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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What to Wear on New Year's Eve






I didn't intend to take such a long break from blogging, but I was able to spend some relaxing holiday time with family and friends. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I'm back today with a few last minute dress ideas for whatever event you have planned for New Year's Eve. 
Right now I am on my way down to Florida and I get to spend a whole day at Disney World! Follow along on my trip on Snapchat and Instagram! Happy New Year everyone! 

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY : Holiday Cars




I wanted to share with you a quick and easy DIY project you can throw together in a snap! These little Holiday cars are such a fun gift, that is totally unexpected. All you need is a couple toy cars, tiny bottle brush tress and some string. That's it! Easy, right? 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday Finds : Gift Guide for Her



Here are my picks for that gal in your life that is the hardest to shop for. You are sure to put a smile on her face with any of these gifts. Have a great weekend everyone! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Outfit Obsessions



Look #1

Look #2 

Holiday parties are in full swing, so festive looks are a must-have! J.Crew Factory is having a great sale right now, so take advantage and pick up some of these fabulous pieces to add to your holiday wardrobe! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Deck the Halls!



After this weekend, I'm sure most of you have at least one Christmas decoration out somewhere in your house. So I thought I would show you a glimpse at what my bedroom looks like during the holiday season. Happy Monday! 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Finds: Gift Guide for Him


From now until the big day, Friday Finds will be focused on the perfect gifts for everyone in your life. So keep checking back to see my favorite picks to make everyones holiday extra special this year. 


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Shrimp and Pesto Spaghetti Squash


I have been dying to make spaghetti squash for quite some time now. So last week I bit the bullet and bought a spaghetti squash having absolutely no idea what to do with it. After I little bit of research (on Pinterest of course) I came up with a super simple recipe to make for my family. 

Ingredients
  • 1-Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 LB small shrimp
  • 1 TBSP Garlic
  • 2 TBSP Pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • Salt/Pepper

Recipe
  • Cut off the top and bottom of the spaghetti squash and then slice it in half length wise
  • Place them cut side down in a baking dish and fill it with an inch or so of water
  • Then cook the squash in the microwave for 15 minutes or until you can easily pierce the skin with a fork
  • While the spaghetti squash is cooling, sauté the garlic in a little bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add the shrimp, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and sauté until cooked through
  • When the squash is cool enough to touch, simply shred the inside with a fork
  • Add the shredded squash to the shrimp and add in the pesto
  • Toss together until fully coated and serve immediately 


Monday, November 30, 2015

Flares

Abercrombie & Fitch Sweater (similar), Free People Flare Jeans (old), Kork-Ease Wedges 

If you haven't noticed by now, flares have officially made their comeback. It's such a welcomed change to the super skinnies we are all accustomed to. I loved how simple this outfit was to throw together. My new favorite sweater from A&F paired perfectly with the style of these flares. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What are you Thankful for?


With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I'm sure a lot of us are thinking about what we are thankful for this year. With out a doubt, family is at the top of my list as it always is. A lot of very exciting things happened this year, I gained a brother in June and found out that I'm going to be an aunt next Spring. So it's safe to say that my family has a lot to be thankful for this year. 
To say that I am lucky to be blessed with an amazing family would be an understatement. They are truly the most supportive group of people anyone could ask for. As I'm reaching the end of my masters program, I've been looking back on what it took to get me to this point and I am unbelievably grateful for these people standing next to me for helping me reach my goals. Each and everyone of them helped me in their own way and for that I am thankful. 
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Must-Have Recipes



Simple is always better when it comes to appetizers for Thanksgiving. Remember, don't over do it! 

A staple at my family's Thanksgiving table. We opt for the brown sugar/pecan topping instead of marshmallows. 

Instead of just plain old Brussel sprouts, I decided to try this new recipe out this year. 


To me it's just not Thanksgiving without classic pumpkin pie. I've always made my Grandma's secret family recipe (hint, hint it's on the back of the Libby's Pumpkin can ;) ..) 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

You Don't Want to Miss This..




J.Crew Factory is having a sale for today only, and believe me, you don't want to miss it. They are offering 40% off their already low prices and FREE SHIPPING! This is the time to stock up on your holiday must-haves and maybe even cross a few things off that growing Christmas List! 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall Colors


I live for sweater weather. Not only has the crisp air moved in, but so has the beautiful fall colors as well. This sweater from Loft reminded me of those fall colors the second I saw it and I couldn't help but fall in love with it's high neck and boxy silhouette too.




Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Finds


A lovely swing dress
Roasted Butternut Squash and Farro Salad, a great Thanksgiving side dish
An inspiring gallery wall
A stylish bucket bag in a perfect fall neutral 

As wonderful as the weather has been this passed week here in Chicago, I think it was our last taste of warmer temps. Fall, and sooner than later winter, weather is finally upon us. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend spent with family over the next few days. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins



I made these Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins last week for the fam. They were a total hit, even my dad liked them! Now this isn't one of the quickest recipes I've ever posted, but it is worth all the time it took, believe me. 

Ingredients
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 pound (about 2 small) boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cups olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 3 whole chipotle pepper, minced (in can is perfect)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 (half a 10oz bag) cups spinach
  • 5 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated

Recipe
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  • Wash your sweet potatoes and prick all over with a fork
  • Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until fork tender
  • Place your chicken in a baking dish and coat evenly with a tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper
  • Place chicken in the oven with the potatoes and back for 25 minutes, allow to cool
  • Shred chicken and set aside
  • When the sweet potatoes are finished cut them in half and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes
  • In a medium size bowl combine the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper, set aside
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and wilt the spinach
  • Toss the spinach and shredded chicken together, set aside and keep warm
  • Turn the oven up to 400 degrees
  • Scrape the sweet potato out of the peel, leaving a medium size layer of flesh inside the peel so that it stands on its own and place in a dish
  • Brush the skins with a little of the chipotle sauce remaining in the can and bake for 5-10 minutes until crisp
  • While the skins are in the oven mix together the chicken, spinach, and chipotle sauce together
  • Remove the skins from the oven and stuff with the chicken mixture, top with shredded cheese and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted

Enjoy! 



Monday, November 2, 2015

Prints and a Poncho

Hinge Poncho via Nordstrom (unavailable) , Old Navy Shirtdress, Old Navy Booties 

One of my favorite things about fall is being able to wear layers. With the cooler mornings and warmer afternoons, a poncho is the perfect way to stay warm. 



Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Finds: Hallow's Eve


1. Skip the costume and opt for this adorable (and comfy!) Skelton sweatshirt
2. Add a little fright with these Dracula inspired pumpkins
3. These super simple Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops are sure to be a hit with the kids, and adults too!
4. Set the mood with this perfectly inspired Halloween Playlist (complete with a Spotify playlist!) 

Today's Friday Finds are all about what is going to take your Halloween bash to the next level. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Falling in Love Engagement Party


Over the weekend we threw an engagement party for our good family friend. You might remember a similar party we threw last year for my sister. We decided if it ain't broke, don't fix it and used a lot of the same ideas from that first party again. We had a chili bar with all the fixin's, Carmel Apple Sangria (it was a hit! I can't recommend this recipe enough!) and an adorable S'more favor for our guests to take home.