May 29, 2013

Four Favorites: Dainty & Gold Necklaces

initial necklace

This week I am loving dainty, gold necklaces-- while some days call for big, bold statement jewelry, most days I like to keep it simple. I already own the top two, but the bottom two are a must-have for my jewelry collection.


Top: Gorjana & Griffin Tribal Chevron Necklace | Maya Brenner Asymmetrical Mini Letter A Necklace
Bottom: Dogeared Infinite Love Necklace | BaubleBar Pristine Bar Necklace

Are you more of a statement necklace or a delicate necklace type of gal?


Also linking up with Shanna's Random Wednesday over at Because Shanna Said So





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May 28, 2013

My Week(end) on Instagram

Memorial Day was super low-key this year-- Steve and I stopped by my parents for dinner one night and sat out by the pool at my aunt's on Sunday. Yes, sat out. As in, this girl was not getting in the cold water! Got to work on my color though :)


Photo Randomness: The BF Steve and my younger sis, Melissa 


Sweet Miss Bella 


The weekend wasn't all just burgers and junk food. I made (juiced?) a new juice of celery, apple, and spinach. I'm not a fan of celery, so I wasn't feeling this one much. If  you do like celery, you would love this juice-- healthy greens with a touch of sweetness from the apples. Recipe to come!



Memorial Day dinner: burgers & tots... yum!



Steve and I being goofy weirdos

Also, can you tell I'm absolutely OBSESSED with the new A Beautiful Mess app?


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May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!




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Happy Memorial Day! For more summer inspiration, be sure to follow me on Pinterest
How are you celebrating today?


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May 24, 2013

High Five For Friday


1.     Kate Spade order arrived! Can’t wait to see my goodies!
2.     Made this recipe last night and it was super yummy (Confession: I used frozen meatballs)
3.     Decided to stop being so lazy and get back on track with this blog
4.     Got a few new apps: SnapChat, A Beautiful Mess, and Afterlight-- totally geeking out over them
5.     Three-day holiday weekend… ‘nuff said

Linking up with Lauren over at Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

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May 23, 2013

Memorial Day: Fun In the Sun!

Striped bikini

It's hard to believe it's already Memorial Day... and that means summer is just around the corner! Whether your hitting up a pool party, BBQ-ing with the fam, or road tripping to the beach a cute swim suit is a MUST this holiday weekend. Have some fun, eat some good food, and enjoy the sun!

AE Aerie Crochet Coverup (similar) | Target Xhileration Swim Suit | Kate Spade Tote | BCBG Blaire Sandals | Anthropologie La Brea Sunglasses


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May 8, 2013

Four Favorites: Mother's Day Gift Ideas

gift guide

Mother's Day is this coming Sunday and I thought it would be fitting for this week's Four Favorites. Are you ready with your gift to mama? If you're like me and plan to pick something up last minute, here are a few gifts to keep in mind:

1. Forgo classics such as roses and carnations and opt for a vase filled with springy florals, such as these delightful tulips! ProFlowers has some great deals and are still taking last-minute orders.

2. Splurge for Mom's favorite perfume. I love the look of Tocca's classy perfume bottles and the variety of scents to appease any type

3. With so many different scents, colors, and designs, candles make an easy and classic gift. I came across these at Target a few weeks ago and have been obsessed since. 

4. When all else fails, go the gift card route! Get her a card to her favorite store and plan a day to shop together-- quality time with mom + shopping = perfect day




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May 7, 2013

Trendspotting: Fresh Florals


One of my favorite spring prints has always been florals, especially pretty, feminine florals. Check out my top picks on adding a little flower power to your style:


What spring print can you not get enough of?




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May 6, 2013

Insta Monday: My Week On Instagram

Happy Monday, I hope you had a wonderful Cinco :ahem: Drinko de Mayo! My day was low key-- had family over for dinner and margaritas. I made honey lime chicken tacos with a black bean and corn salsa. Combined with an icy, blended margarita? Win-win.

My week on Instagram was also pretty low key-- I realized I never took pictures on CDM! Fail.


Cute eyelet slipons I came across at H&M a couple weeks ago. So cutesy spring, and oh so comfortable.


happy hour frappucino

Half-priced Fraps at Starbucks! If you haven't stopped by your local SB for Happy Hour, be sure to do so 3-5p everyday until the 12th. This one is vanilla bean with a swirl of caramel sauce on top. How do you take your Frap?

(Not in anyway sponsored by Starbucks, I just love a great deal... and a yummy Frap!


black bean burrito

Black bean and sweet potato burrito smothered in scrumptious avocado sauce



Saturday was a gorgeous day, perfect for sitting poolside sipping wine spritzers and reading Gretchen Rubin's Happier At Home. What good books have you read lately?


Enjoy your week!

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May 3, 2013

Avocado Sauce and Tortilla Chips




With Cinco de Mayo coming up this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a delicious, and super simple, recipe for an avocado sauce. Pair it with homemade (or store bought, no one is judging) tortilla chips and start dunking-- trust me, this stuff will get gobbled up quick!


Avocado Sauce
 Ingredients:
- 2 Ripe Avocados
- 1 Cup Salsa Verde, jarred (I use Trader Joe's salsa verde)
- 1 Lime, juiced
- Handful of Cilantro
- 2 Cloves Chopped Garlic 
- Sprinkle of Salt
- 1-2 Tablespoons Water, as needed to thin
- Optional: 1 Jalepeño, seeded and diced (for those who like a kick!)

Directions:
 Scoop out flesh of avocados and combine in a food processor or blender along with the salsa verde, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, a pinch of salt, and jalepeño. Blend away, adding water as necessary to thin out your sauce (about 2 tablespoons, however, if you like it super thick you can leave out the water). Taste and add more salt and/or lime juice as needed.

 Serve alongside tortilla chips (easy recipe below), taquitos, tacos, or your favorite dish!


Homemade Tortilla Chips

Ingredients:
 - White Corn Tortillas, cut into triangles (I usually cut into 1/8ths)
- Cooking Spray (use canola oil spray to keep these light) 
- Pinch of Salt

baked tortilla chips

Directions: 
 - Preheat oven by setting broiler to high. 

- Place tortilla triangles onto baking sheet in a single layer. Give them a light spray of cooking spray, turning them over to coat the other side. Sprinkle lightly with salt, to taste.
-Broil for about 3-4 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 4-5 minutes until chips reach desired crisp and are a light golden brown shade. If baking a large batch of chips, bake only one sheet at a time.

- Let cool, dip into your fresh avocado salsa, and enjoy!


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May 2, 2013

Lust vs. Must: Black Sandals


summer sandals

Loving Dolce Vita's Ayden sandals? Stick to your budget with the near perfect dupe from Target!
Lust: DV by Dolce Vita Ayden Sandals | Must: Mossimo Nina Braided Strap Sandals


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May 1, 2013

Four Favorites: Beauty Edition



makeup must haves

Eyeshadow, mascara, perfume... I'll admit, I am a sucker for makeup and beauty items. My obsession used to be a lot worse, I would spend hundreds every year on new products. I've cut back a LOT in the last couple of years, mostly because other things (read: bills and rent) have taken precedence, but I'll still splurge every now and then. Here are a few of my latest obsessions:

1. Kate Spade New York Live Colorfully Perfume - I finally received my sample and am OBSESSED.  | 2. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette- the perfect, small, neutral eyeshadow palette. I bought this weeks ago and have been using it practically every day. | 3. Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Brush Set- quality brushes, amazing designs, inexpensive price! | 4. Montagne Jeunesse Anti-Stress Mud Masque - I try to do a mask every 2 weeks or so and have been loving this one. I get about 3 uses out of just one of these packages!

What are your faves this week?


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