December 5, 2016

Snow Date at Winter Fest OC + GIVEAWAY

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Southern California Winter Fest

Aside from a drive up into the mountains, there's not much of a chance you'll see snow in Southern California, least of all right next to the beach... unless you go to Winter Fest, of course!

The snow will soon be coming down at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa for Winter Fest December 16- January 1. Winter Fest is perfect for some wintery family fun, for groups of friends looking for a fun time, or like me, a chill(y) and charming date night with your SO. We're planning to make it a double-date for double the fun!

This snow-filled event will feature snow tubing, a full ice skating rink (I am horrible but I'll still lace up get on the ice!), snow play including an ice slide, a holiday light show with more than 2 million lights, carnival rides, eats & drinks and even the chance to see Santa! Hey, us big kids love Santa too.  If you're looking for something to kick your holiday spirit in gear or to start a new tradition, this is definitely it.

Winter Fest- Orange County
Image via Winter Fest OC

Grab your honey for a snowman making contest or a race down the ice slide, then warm up with a yummy cup of cocoa... and a cookie or two ;)  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.winterfestoc.com.

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November 29, 2016

Good HUES-Day: Holiday Jewelry Musts + Linkup


Like many young women I have a strong affinity for pretty, shiny objects and just cannot get enough. I felt like my personal jewelry collection needed a little bit of an update so I teamed up with my Stella & Dot stylist, Buckley, for a fun online party. While I did pick out a piece or two for gifts, I couldn't help but get a few for myself as well... plus a super cute travel bag! 

Keep reading to see more of of my Stella & Dot favorites for the holidays, plus join this week's Good HUES-Day link party>>

November 25, 2016

Unboxing: November POPSUGAR Must Have Box + Coupon Code

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try, all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation has been provided. Thank you for supporting brands that support A Good Hue.


November POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription Box Review

The holidays are officially upon us- a time to celebrate the year that has passed and make new memories with the people we cherish most. This month's POPSUGAR Must Have Box contains all the essentials for life's best celebrations-- a mix of home decor musts to set the scene, fun party favors, and a palette to get that festive holiday look just right.

The POPSUGAR Must Have Box is a lifestyle subscription box curated by the POPSUGAR editors that includes beauty, fashion, fitness, food, even home items. Every month, a new box is released containing new items (full-sized!) from these categories, here's a look and review on what's inside the November box:


November 23, 2016

Recipe File: Autumn Pumpkin-Squash Soup

Panera Copycat Autumn Pumpkin-Squash Soup

When it comes to soups, I was always a traditionalist with chicken noodle being my jam with the occassional minestrone, brocolli cheddar or French onion thrown in. When Panera Bread came out with their Autumn Squash Soup, however, I was immediately hooked. It's creamy, savory, sweet, and is basically a bowl of fall vibes. Being my go-to during the cooler months, I just HAD to figure out how to re-create it and what beter timing to share than on the eve of Thanksgiving?

If you're on first course duty, I recommend starting the meal off with this creamy, delicious soup. This recipe is a close copycat to Panera's with a few extra veggies thrown in (I sneak them in where I can!) It's pretty easy to make and you can whip up a huge pot of it for all your guests. You can even freeze leftovers for the next cozy soup day. And yes, I even included the pepitas. Here's the recipe>>

Autumn Pumpkin-Squash Soup adapted from The Cafe Sucre Farine
Ingredients
1 Butternut Squash, roasted (see roasting steps below)
1 Sugar Pumpkin, roasted (these are not the pumpkins you use to carve, these are smaller ones used for pies. Likewise, you can use 1 can of pumpkin)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Onion, diced
3-4 Carrots, diced
1 Shallot, diced
2 Celery Stalks, diced
1 Zuchinni, diced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 tsp Curry Powder
½ tsp Cinnamon
8 C Vegetable Broth
1 C Apple Juice
½ C Greek Yogurt (plain)
1 tsp Honey
Salt & Ground Pepper, to taste

Seasoned Pepitas:
1 tsp Butter
½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
¼ tsp Paprika
½ tsp Curry Powder
¼ tsp Salt

To roast, preheat oven to 400˚F. Cut the squash and pumpkin in half and scoop out all the seeds and stringy flesh. Sprinkle olive oil over the pieces and place cut side down on a lined sheet pan and roast for approximately 30-40 minutes. Once tender, remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Once cool to touch, scoop out roasted flesh from the skin and set aside.

Heat large saucepan or Dutch ove on stove over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil. Once heated, add diced onions, carrots, and celery sauté for  about 5 minutes or until slightly translucent and soft. Add shallots and zuchinni and cook for additional 3 minutes or until soft. Add minced garlic, curry powder and cinnamon, cooking for another minute.

Next, add broth, apple juice and about 2 tsp. salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, then add roasted squash and pumpkin, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.

While soup is simmering, prepare the pepitas by melting butter in a small pan over medium heat, being careful not to burn (not that I did that or anything...). Add the pumpkin seeds and stir to coat. Next, sprinkle the seeds with the paprika, curry powder and salt and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. The seeds will start turning a golden color once done. Remove from heat and set aside, tasting and adding more salt if needed.

Remove pan from the heat and using an immersion blender, puree until very smooth. If you don't have an immersion blender, add to a blender and blend in batches. Remember, hot liquids expand when they blend so only fill blender about half-ways full. Once blended, return to pan if using blender, stir in the Greek yogurt, honey, pepper and salt to taste. Taste test to make sure seasoning is good and adjust with salt and more honey if needed. 

Serve hot with pepitas sprinkled on top.


November 15, 2016

Good HUES-Day: Dark Florals + Under $50 with Stella & Dot

H&M Dark Floral Blouse
Blouse: H&M | Grey Skinny Jeans (similar) | Lace-up Flats: Target | Bag: Kate Spade New York | Bracelets: Stella & Dot

I am finally back with an outfit post and linkup again, this last month has been insanely busy and it gets dark so early so I don't have time to shoot after work. Speaking of getting dark, is anyone else ready to go to bed at like, 6pm? It's like pitch black already and it's definitely been taking some time to get used to the change.

I recently found this pretty dark green floral blouse for just $10 at H&M- darker florals are one of my favorite prints to wear in the fall and winter months. Keep reading to see more of this look plus a special invitation below>>
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