Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Coral Pleats



Hello again all! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday weekend! I have a more elegant outfit to share for you all today. With wedding season in full swing, I wanted to share with you a flowey, coral maxi dress that is perfect for any shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding you are invited to this spring. I am very critical when it comes to wearing a maxi dress at these occasions, only because I never want to look like part of the bridal party when I'm not. I think this maxi has the perfect amount of casual flare that will set you apart from the bridal party, but still make you stand out amongst the other guests. The flowing pleated chiffon is the perfect spring fabric, and will keep you nice and cool during any outdoor parties or ceremonies. I also love this color, simply put, it screams spring! This dress just makes me feel so girly and beautiful, i never want to take it off! Besides weddings, it is the most perfect date night ensemble, especially for a tropical vacation. I hope you enjoy this dressed up look and it inspires you to step outside the typical cocktail-dress box!












Dress: Nordstrom (old) similar HERE and HERE
Belt: Included with dress, similar HERE
Shoes: Dolce Vita (old) similar HERE
Hair: Nume 25mm Magic Curling Wand HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE



XOXO




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Parisian Spring



Happy Friday everyone! Lately, thanks to my sweet mother, I have been so inspired by Parisian fashion. I love their outlook on aquiring high-quality classic pieces and mixing and matching them to create timeless outfits. As I get older, I am less focused on trends and more in tune with styles that will last a lifetime. When I look back at this blog ten years from now, I still want to be proud of the outfits I came up with, not horrified by that silly trend! Some trends I know will come back every couple of years, and those are the ones I will be sure to follow, but others are short lived and easily avoided. This outfit combines classic, staple wardrobe items that may be a splurge, but will last for years to come. I hope you enjoy this timeless look and it inspires you to skip a trend to invest in a wardrobe staple! 














Trench: Burberry HERE
Top: Saint James HERE
Pants: Banana Republic HERE
Shoes: Christian Louboutin HERE
Purse: Tory Burch HERE
Scarf: J Crew (old) similar HERE
Hair: Nume Style 32mm Magic Wand HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE



XOXO


 




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blue and Pink Pastel Pop



Hallo again all! I have a quick and casual pastel outfit for you all today that is perfect for almost any occasion. You could easily get away with this at a business casual office, as well as for church or brunch with your favorites! I love the mix of this robin's egg blue blazer and this pale pink scarf. I think they act as perfect accents to my white and gray jeans and tee. I hope this inspires you to add a little pastel pop to your neutral ensamble! 







 




Blazer: Zara (old) similar HERE
Top: Old Navy HERE
Jeans: Banana Republic HERE
Scarf: Gap, in another color HERE
Purse: Tory Burch HERE
Shoes: Dolce Vita HERE
Sunnies: Karen Walker HERE
Hair: Nume Style 25mm Magic Curling Wand HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE


XOXO


Tasty Tuesday: Roasted Sweet Potato Taco Salad



Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope everyone's week has started off right. Today I wanted to share with you another simple, healthy recipe post. I made this for my Hubby and myself last week when we were craving Mexican, but I still wanted to keep it healthy. I thought it would be fun to mix it up and instead of serving a taco in, well, a taco shell, why not on top of roasted sweet potatoes?! It was so delicious and a huge hit with Hubby, so I predict it will be a go-to meal at our house for sure. Also, if you have kids, it is an easy way to sneak vegetables into a yummy meal. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and are a much healthier alternative when compared to tortillas or taco shells. I hope you enjoy this simple recipe and your family loves it as much as my family did!

Roasted Sweet Potato Taco Salad

 

  Ingredients:

  •  1 pound of lean ground sirloin
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large or 2 small avocados
  • 1 large or 2 small limes
  • 1/2 of a jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, finely chopped  
  • 1 teaspoon of cilantro, finely chopped
  • about 2 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil for cooking
  •  your favorite salsa 
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat your oven to 450 degrees. Wash and dice your sweet potatoes, skin on, and toss them in your oil. Add salt and pepper to season and spread them out over a cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. It helps to have them on the mid rack of the oven to prevent burning. While your potatoes are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add a little oil, and your onions to the pan. Saute until they are translucent and beginning to brown. Once you reach that point, add your beef to the pan and season as you stir with salt and pepper. Cook until all your meet has browned. Next add your taco seasoning to the pan and follow the proposed instructions. The brand I used called for 3/4 cup of water to be added as well as the seasoning, and then the meat was to be cooked for an additional ten minutes. While your meat is continuing to cook, dice your avocados and 1/2 of jalapeno, making sure to remove most of the seeds. Add them to a bowl. Finely chop and add your cilantro to the same bowl. Then add the lime juice, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Stir and slightly mash your avocado, creating a quick, chunky guacamole. Set aside. Once your meat has finished cooking, drain in a mesh strainer to remove excess sauce and grease. Once your potatoes have slightly browned and are fork tender, remove form the oven. Start to assemble your salad by first placing your potatoes on your plate. Next add your meat and then cheese, allowing the cheese to slightly melt. Top it off with lettuce, your avocado mixture, and your favorite salsa. Serve and enjoy this simple, tasty dish!









XOXO


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Black, White, Gray



Hey guys! I have a pretty casual outfit for you all today that I wore out to lunch with my mom during our weekend in Houston. I wear black quite a bit, even in the summer, so I wanted to switch it up with a white dominant look. I am loving this light gray textured moto jacket I snagged at Banana Republic. It is the perfect light weight jacket for almost any spring ensemble. I was inspired to mix it with this black and white look because I wanted to keep my whole outfit neutral. I also am loving this black and white striped tee. I had been on the hunt for a while for this classic piece and I really fell in love with this one from Saint James. It is the perfect Parisan chic top. I hope you enjoy this black, white, and gray outfit! 











Jacket: Banana Republic HERE
Jeans: Banana Republic HERE
Shirt: Saint James HERE
Shoes: Dolce Vita HERE
Purse: Tory Burch HERE
Sunnies: Karen Walker HERE
Hair: Nume Style 25mm Magic Curling Wand HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear HERE


XOXO




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Walk Around the Pond



Hello again all! I hope you are having a fabulous week! My family was in town over the weekend and it was so nice to spend some quality time with them. My brother has been living in San Fransisco for the past couple of months so it was really great to have him in the Big D. Also, I was so thankful I was able to celebrate Mother's Day with my mom! We took her out to my new favorite Dallas restaurant, Eureka, and had such a lovely brunch. Growing up, Mother's Day was really the only day of the year we would go out for breakfast. Even if I am a more frequent-bruncher these days, I love that this childhood tradition lives on. The Hubs and I also visited Houston last weekend and saw both of our parents, so May has been a family filled month so far and I love it! This outfit is from my time in Houston. My mom and I went out for iced tea and a nice walk around the lake in the neighborhood. I wore this classic striped shirt dress from Ralph Lauren Polo and paired it with a simple belt, my favorite wedges, and a panama hat. I love how versatile this dress is. It is the perfect outfit for a simple spring stroll, day at the office, and can even be dressed up for church or a friendly get-together. I personally love to belt it, but it has such a nice shape to it that the belt is not a necessity. The fit-and-flare silhouette is flattering on almost every body type. The dress makes me feel good, and that is all I really want from my clothes! I hope you enjoy this classic look and it inspires you to add a staple shirt dress to your wardrobe!












Dress: Ralph Lauren Polo HERE
Purse: Louis Vuitton HERE
Shoes: Dolce Vita HERE
Belt: Banana Republic (old) similar HERE
Hat: J Crew HERE
Sunnies: Karen Walker HERE
Hair: Nume Style 25mm Magic Curling Wand HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE



XOXO