The little things…

I brunched at It’s All Natural yesterday and then shopped at the It’s All Natural market across the street. Here are the things you should know…

Things I learned yesterday:

*Sweet potato enchiladas are amazing.

*Bloody Marys make me feel like I could rule the world.

*Tofu sour cream is really, really good.

Things I bought yesterday:

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A tiny elephant cream almond milk dispenser

*who doesn’t like elephants that dispense cream almond milk into your coffee*

Badger Focus Balm

*who doesn’t like citrus and ginger…or focus for that matter*

Cards that inspired me yesterday:

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The Liebster Award

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I’ve been nominated for The Liebster Award by the lovely Diary of A Hopeless Optimist. Thank you, thank you DOHO! This award is all about highlighting new bloggers, which I think is pretty stellar. You should all check out DOHO’s blog, she has some great stuff!

The rules for this award:

  1. Link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 3 other blogger who have less than 200 followers.
  4. Create 13 questions for the nominees.
  5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

So here are my 13 questions:

1. What made you start blogging?                                                                                      I love fashion and I love cooking and I love DIY projects. I feel like I have a tiny spin on each of these areas so I thought it would be a great way to share those ideas with others. Plus, the majority of my close family and friends are scattered all over the east coast and I don’t get to see them all that often. Part of me feels more connected to them (and you) by sharing my life on this blog. I hope they (you) do too!

2. Favorite Youtubers?
I don’t really have a favorite Youtuber, per se, but I probably watch The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the most. Love him.

3. Favorite Season?
Fall. I love layering and the changing of the leaves.

4. Most recent beauty or fashion purchase?
These J.Crew sparkly loafs.

5. Top three make up brands?
Bobbi Brown. Benefit. Laura Mercier.

6. Favorite High Street Fashion store?
I actually had to google what was considered high street fashion (you learn something new every day). I couldn’t choose just 1! J.Crew. Anthropologie. Zara.

7.Most recent book you read?
The Secret Place, by Tana French.

8. What countries have you been to?
England, France, DR, Canada. I need more travel, people!

9. What countries would you like to visit in the future?
Ireland, Switzerland, France (again), Costa Rica, Italy, Iceland, and the list goes on…

10. Favorite musician?
I’m not sure if I have a favorite but I’ve been listening to a lot of Ben Howard, Joshua Radin, The Beatles, Zac Brown Band, and The Avett Brothers. And Beyoncé, always. Duh.

11. Birthdays or Christmas?
Birthdays…considering I like to celebrate all month long.

12. Dream Job?
Spending half of my time as an OT and half of my time as a pilates instructor.

13. Favorite Restaurant?
The Cafe in the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. I’ve never known omelets like I’ve known them at this Cafe. You must go!

I’m going to stick with all the same questions for the following 3 bloggers. I’ve chosen these bloggers because I think they have amazing spirit, and more importantly, an amazing message. Congrats!

*There’s a Veggie Burger in My Briefcase*

*City Girl Scapes*

*Style Assisted*

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more and thank you so much for staying in touch!

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Knitting is cool, okay.

Guys! Knitting is cool. Let’s bring it back.

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I finally sent out this infinity scarf this week as a (very late, late) Christms gift. It’s a great personal gift, AND, it fits into the ‘girl on a budget’ category. WIN!

What you’ll need:

Chunky yarn

Size 13 knitting needles

Large sewing needle

The look:

I love the look of a chunky scarf. I wanted it to be wide so I did 30 stitches across the needle. I wanted it to be fairly loose loops so I used size 13 needles. The length was roughly 2/3 of a yard when I finished.

Instructions:

Below you’ll find videos for casting on the first row, the basic knit stitch, and casting off the last row. Enjoy!

CAST ON

BASIC KNIT STITCH

CAST OFF

Make it infinity:

Cut to minute 7:00 on the video below to find out how to connect the two ends of your scarf together.

Somewhere up there, I hope my Gram is proud…even if this is the only stitch I ever master. It’s easy, relaxing, and I can make it look almost exactly like a scarf that I would see in the stores. At more than half the cost. Again, WIN!

Tip: knitting pairs well with winter nights, a glass of vino (I mean…what doesn’t), watching RHOA (#teamNeNe), and/or Sunday’s by the fire. You will love it. I swear.

Go on. Get to knitting.

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P.S. Go Pats!!

How I styled my…

Anthropologie Lili’s Closet Scout Tunic

(similar)

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Look # 1: Leather Jacket: Old (Similar) Leopard Scarf: Old (Similar)

Leopard and stripes and leather, oh yes!

Look# 2: Blazer: Old (Similar) Necklace: Old (Similar)

I love hot pink and teal together. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.  

Look # 3: Shirt: Old (Similar) Necklace: My gram’s necklace (Similar)

On cold days, I need flannel. 

What do you think?

Cheers!

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Friday Favorites

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Hello! It has been a very hectic week at the office. Friday has never felt so good. I’m looking forward to cheat days and sleeping in and getting outdoors and anything else that might come my way. Anyways, on to the good stuff! Here are my favorite finds of the week.

Soludos Leopard

Soludos Smoking Slipper

“As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.” – Jenna Lyons

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I’m excited to be getting this cute little travel mug in the mail from Ashley Brooke Designs. Check out her site! She has other cute mugs and notebooks that are so punny.

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I’m obsessed with capes. This one from Nasty Gal is not over the top and does not swallow a person whole like most of them. I want it! And it’s velvet. Swoon!

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This cute little sleep mask from my favorite Brooklyn Jeweler, Catbird.

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Reading the adventures from one of my dearest’s new blog! Check her out. She has sound and honest advice on staying fit and healthy. She is also one of the funniest people I know so it is all wrapped up in witty charm.

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Lastly, this hilarious read about trying to make plans. All via text.

I hope you’re just as excited as I am about the better days that are coming…Saturday and Sunday.

Cheers!

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DIY :: Gold Leaf Paint + Vase

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While browsing, I came across the above picture. Now, if you’re like everyone most people, you don’t want to pay full price for anything.  Either that, or you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something you can make yourself. Me too!

When I saw the above picture, I knew what I had to do. I immediately jumped on pinterest and looked up how to make it myself. Here’s the rest of my story…

First, I went to Ace Hardware and picked up gold leaf paint, one foam brush, and painter’s tape.

Second, I drove over to TJMaxx to look for cheap, glass vases. I got distracted by the workout clothes section, then the bedding section, and then the kitchen section. Finally, I make it over the vase area but it was empty. What’s the next best thing? Buying 1 medium, and 2 large glass salad dressing bottles. I mean, #wwbd, right? Close enough.

Third, I went home and Goo Goned the stickers off those salad dressing bottles vases. P.S. If you don’t have Goo Gone in your home, you don’t know the meaning of convenience. The stuff is amazing! Especially for TJMaxx stickers that have been on there, likely, for all of 2014.

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I cut the .94″ painter’s tape in half and made a design by wrapping the pieces around the bottom of the vase.

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I shook the paint and then just dabbed it in between the pieces of blue tape. One website noted that I would need two coats but I found one coat was enough. Call me lazy.

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I turned the vases over and covered the bottom. Instructions say dry time is one hour but I let it sit for two before taking the tape off. Call me lazy.

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Sigh. That’s ugly, but, I had a solution! You just need a handy chap living in your house who has something sharp to trim the edges.

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Solution: trim back the edges with a razor.
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Nice and clean! It did take more time and patience than I had anticipated but it was well worth it. Repair time: under 30 minutes.

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Now, if your aunts are anything like mine, you’ll go over to their house and they’ll fill your car with half their fridge and half their garden. That’s where these beautiful Chinese Lanterns came from! I dried them back in October and they fit perfectly in my glass salad dressing bottle vase!

What do you think?

My only problem now is that I find myself a little addicted to this gold leaf paint. How do I put gold leaf paint on everything without making it look over the top? Hmmm…next blog post, I guess.

Cheers!

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Shrimp Scampi Zucchini Noodle Dish

Guys! I’m in heaven. As part of my New Years Resolution (ehemm…), I wanted to challenge myself in the kitchen. I’m off to a great start because these zucchini noodles (or zoodle as a dear follower called them – love that) are drool worthy! My only qualm is why I waited so long to try them.

Anyways, here starts my 2015 #somebodywifemeup series and I hope you enjoy.

Shrimp Scampi Zucchini Noodle Dish

Serving Size: 3-4

Ingredients:

4 zucchinis (mandolin sliced)

1/2 cup of chopped scallions

2 chopped plum tomatoes

1 bag of cooked and devained shrimp

1/2 lemon

Sea salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup of graded parmesean

Directions:

Wash zucchini, cut off ends, and mandolin them up to your hearts content. Be careful, mandolin’s be sharp!

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In a large sauce pan, heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil at medium to high heat. Add in the shrimp and season with sea salt and pepper. If you like it hot (and some like it hot…get it?), add red pepper flakes.

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After 3 minutes, add in your tomotoes and scallions. My house can’t have garlic (shame, head hangs low) but this would be a good time to add that in (1-2 cloves sliced).

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Cook for another minute or until the shrimp is cooked through. Set aside

In a medium size sauce pan, heat up the remaining olive oil and add in your zucchini. Squeeze in the lemon and season with sea salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes.

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Once cooked, pour the zucchini noodles into the pan with the shrimp and mix it in. Serve immediately and sprinkle with parmesean. Pair it with a nice Pinot Grigio. It’s five o’clock somewhere, #amIright?

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Don’t be alarmed if after making this dish you feel like you’re Giada and could rule at Iron Chef America.

Cheers!

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How I styled my…

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#1 How I like to wear my faux leather jacket in the winter. With a sweater underneath!   *Leather Jacket: Joe Fresh (similar); Sweater: J.Crew (similar)*

#2. My print on print look. The key to wearing print on print is pairing a bold print and a subtle print. I like to have one similar color in each item so that it’s cohesive.   *Blouse: Loft (similar); Belt: Old (similar)*

#3. Putting my forest green cable knit sweater to good use in the winter. And a chunky necklace!    *Sweater: J.Crew (similar); Necklace: Old (similar)*

 

P.S. Check in every Saturday for another How I Styled My… segment!

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Friday Favorites

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I’m dedicating this post to all of the lovely products I use for my skin before I leave the house. It’s all about moisture, protection,and renewal. They are amazing and they make me feel amazing.

BODY

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What I love about Neutrogena Body Oil is that it’s light, makes my skin soft and smooth, and it doesn’t feel like I have anything on my skin immediately after application. In the summer this is all I need, but in the winter, I like to add an extra layer of moisture. Nivea Smooth Sensation does the trick.

FACE

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After I’ve washed my face with Neutrogena Pink Grapefruite Facewash, I follow it up with Alba Hibiscus Facial Toner to minimize my pores. It leaves my skin soft and smooth and ready for moisture. It doesn’t hurt that both of these products smell amazing!

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I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older, that my pores are more visible. Anyone else? I take a small dab of Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer and a small dab of L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher and rub it all over my face and neck. I don’t like to feel like I have anything on my skin so this combo wins. Whatever moisturizer you put on your skin, always make sure that it includes SPF. Rain or shine, people.

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I started using eye cream when I was young, age 20, thanks to my momma’s tip! I never leave the house without it on and I never go to bed without it on. I’ve used a variety of products over the last ten-ish years but I was introduced to  StriVectin back in August and I will never use anything else. It is on the $$ side but because you use so little of it at a time, it lasts. Plus, all the benefits make it well worth the money. I want to be a young lookin’ grandma some day. #amIright?

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If you have dark circles under your eyes like me, then you know that concealer is your best friend. One day I had run out of my old concealer and I made a quick stop at CVS. I came across this godsend. Age rewind? Yes, please. Soft applicator? Yes, please. Cost under $10? YES. I will never buy another concealer again. It is considered the best drugstore concealer by Rank & Style so I am not alone in my opinion!

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I polish and de-shine with POREfessional from Benefit. It’s quick and easy, and most importantly, doesn’t look like I have any ounce of powder on my face.

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I finish off with Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm Coconut & Lime Pear and I’m ready to go. It hydrates my lips and smells amazing!

This takes me roughly 5 minutes and I leave the house feeling protected, moisturized, and young.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks favorites and always remember…

You are beautiful. (psst…pass it on)

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WCW: Style Crush

Women Crush Wednesday : Style Crush : Olivia Munn

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Since one of my favorite shows just ended, I thought it only fitting to have one of the stars be my style crush of the week. Not only that, Olivia Munn and I have many a thing in common.

Before I get to her style, here are the top five reasons why I relate to OM.

1. She was Cappie’s love interest on Greek. I wanted to be Cappie’s love interest on Greek! #whodidnt

2. She’s dating Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers was my quarterback in my fantasy league! #alwaysnextyearAR

3. She wrote a book. I write a blog! #practicallythesamething #amIrite?

4. She loves pairing stripes and red together. I LOVE pairing stripes and red together! Ehemm…

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Lastly, and most importantly in my opinion…

5. She partnered with PETA to help bring awareness to the mistreatment of elephants. I foster this sweet babe from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust! #savetheelephants #elephantsareamazing

I mean, we’re practically twins.

Regardless, I love Munn’s everyday style so here’s my pick to mirror this week.

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Shirt // Pants // Bag // Pump // Pendant // Bangles (one, two, three, four)

Lipstick // Blush

Bobbi Brown is my go-to makeup. This blush looks like it would be over the top but it’s just the right amount of subtle and pop. If you’re going for a nice pink glow, look no further!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks style crush of the week! Also, if you’re in the mood for a good show to binge on, The Newsroom will not disappoint.

Cheers!

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