Monday, July 16, 2018

Kale Apple Salad for Lunch


Kale is one of those veggies you either love or you hate. I never had any issues with it, but it wasn't until I bought into a community-supported agriculture (CSA) from a local organic farm that I really started to embrace it. I've received kale in every share this year. To use it all, I've been packing kale salads in my lunch. The recipe is really simple, yummy, and healthy. The tangy dijon dressing really takes away any bitterness in the kale. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

For the salad:

1 cup of kale
A handful of slivered almonds and dried cranberries
Half an apple chopped up
A sprinkling of goat cheese

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of smooth dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons of honey
A pinch of salt and pepper


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Good Pair of Denim Shorts

Details: Similar Anthropologie Body Suit / J.Crew Denim Shorts and Scarf / Jack Rogers Sandals 

The last time I owned a pair of denim shorts was in high school. I still remember wearing them with my Tommy Hilfiger polo and matching Tommy Girl perfume probably on my way to go cosmic bowling. As an adult, I didn't think they were very flattering until recently. Now I like the way they look with flowy, bohemian tops or a simple striped shirt. They go with anything. I bought this pair during the J.Crew memorial sale for 50% off, and I think they're a great investment. The fit and wash are super flattering. My only regret is that I didn't buy them in a bigger size. I think I would have liked a slightly more relaxed fit. I do like how they make my legs look longer, though!




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Avocado Grapefruit Salad

I've made it a priority to make fresh meals almost every night for dinner. No packaged or frozen meals unless that's all I have time for. With these sweltering 90-degree days we've had, it's hard to want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So I've been gravitating toward simple, no-oven-required recipes. This avocado grapefruit salad is perfect for hot summer days and it's bursting with color and flavor. All you need are a few ripe avocados, grapefruit, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, and kosher salt. I made this with fish tacos one night and it was bon appetit!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

One of the biggest sales of the year is almost is here: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you're not familiar, I'll give you a quick rundown. Every year around this time, Nordstrom debuts its fall merchandise. Instead of waiting until the end of the season to mark it down, they launch it at sale prices. This includes designers like Tory Burch and Michael Kors, which rarely go on sale, and major brands like Nike and North Face. So if you've been eyeing those Tory Burch Reva Flats or a North Face Jacket, now is the time to pounce. You likely won't find better prices all year. 

The sale opens to the public on July 20 and runs through August 5. You can get early access starting July 12 if you sign up for a Nordstrom Credit Card or Rewards Card. You certainly don't need early access to shop the sale, but it does ensure you get access to it before the more popular items sell out. A Southern Drawl wrote a great blog post about all of the details if you're still not convinced. 

The first time I shopped the sale, I felt very overwhelmed. Nordstrom has a huge selection to sort through, which can be especially stressful when you're hunting for a great deal and hoping nothing you want sells out. Here are some tips for getting the most out of it. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Fourth of July Flag Luminary

The American flag as home decor has always appealed to me. There's something so traditional about the stripes and stars, yet timeless. The colors pair just as well with deep wood tones as they do with bright whites. And the Fourth of July holiday has always held a special place in my heart since I was a young girl walking to see the fireworks display with my family and staying up late to play with sparklers in the backyard. Although I've moved away from home, the rituals remain the same. To quickly add some festive flair to the apartment this year, I made these American Flag luminaries, which double nicely as flower vases.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Loft Striped Swing Dress

 Details: Loft Dress (Similar) / Madewell Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Scarf 

Every summer my social calendar fills up with dressy occasions faster than a Target collab sells out. It's usually a mix of bridal/baby showers, graduation parties, and rehearsal dinners. And every year, I inevitably want a new dress or two to wear to all of these soirees. This year, I gravitated to this simple, but classic navy blue and white striped swing dress from Loft. Its timeless yet has a really flattering and modern fit. The nautical theme fits with the various events I have lined up, from dressed-up dinner at the beach to bridal shower brunch. And with my red flats, it definitely has potential for the fourth of July. What are you excited to wear this summer? 




Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Burrata, Tomato, Basil Pasta


The last few weekends have been pretty quiet for me, so I wanted to spend some time really indulging in the activities I enjoy when by myself. I've been painting, reading, crafting, watching movies — whatever I feel like in the moment. As part of that, I didn't want to commit myself to too many duties — cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, etc. The to-do list could go on forever. Saturday night I wanted a dinner that felt just as indulgent as spending my free time however I pleased but didn't require a lot of effort. That's where this pasta dish really shines, and it all comes down to one ingredient that really steals the show: burrata cheese. 

Burrata is essentially a mozzarella cheese pouch filled with cream and curd. It's as ridiculously good as it sounds. I first encountered this type of cheese at one of our favorite Pittsburgh restaurants, Il Pizzaiolo. It was served with basil, tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The first time I had it, I felt like I never truly understood how good cheese could be. And I loved cheese before that, so this was a big deal. When I saw that Trader Joe's carried it, I had to have it! The first time I prepared it, I copied the Il Pizzaiolo tomato salad recipe. For a homemade salad, it felt restaurant quality. When I saw this Camille Styles pasta recipe, I knew this would be the perfect easy yet indulgent Saturday night dinner. Trust me when I say, you have to try it!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pink Tassel Earrings

BaubleBar Earrings / Banana Republic Sweater and Top / Articles of Society Jeans / Everlane Loafers

The sun is out and it's getting warmer and nicer by the day, which means it's time to start adding bright colors and fun textures to your wardrobe. In preparation for the summer months, I purchased these BaubleBar Tassel Earrings because I knew they would be the perfect complement to white jeans and nautical tops and many other combinations. They're versatile enough to wear with a maxi dress for dinner and drinks or with a white t-shirt and jean shorts for strolling around town. Right now I'm slowly starting to introduce them with outfits that are yearning for a pop of color, like this navy blue sweater with jeans. What are you starting to wear more of now that the weather is nice?



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Striped Midi Skirt

 Details: Banana Republic Factory Skirt (Similar) / Gap Shirt / Nine West Sandals 

After what felt like a century-long winter and months of wearing the same sweaters and pants, this striped midi skirt is giving me and my wardrobe life. The length makes it easy to style with a tucked in t-shirt or blouse and the vertical stripe is elongating. I don't have a lot of black in my wardrobe, but I made an exception for this skirt because I loved it so much. Plus it's perfect to pair with pink heels for a little pop of color. And I definitely feel more confident and creative when I'm wearing this outfit at work. Sadly it looks like this is sold out on the Banana Republic Factory website, but I found a similar skirt at Loft and linked it above.






Wednesday, April 25, 2018

White Crop Flare Jeans

Details: Abercrombie & Fitch Jeans and Sweater (Similar J.Crew Sweater) / Gap Factory Sandals / Anthropologie Necklace / Nordstrom Ring / Charming Charlie Earrings  

Guys, I'm loving crop flare pants! Is it just me? Sometimes I think my mind's playing tricks on me because they're kind of reminiscent of floods, but then I picture them 100 different ways for spring and summer and I'm sold. They're definitely a departure from the skinny jeans that have been dominating my closet lately. I love how they show a little ankle and a little shoe. Right now I'm wearing them with sweaters. (By the way, I wish I bought a couple of these sweaters in different colors before they sold out!) But, once it gets a little warmer, I can't wait to wear these with a t-shirt and Chuck Taylors or with a nice top for work. What are you crushing on for spring/summer?





Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blouson Sleeve Top

 CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Blouse / Banana Republic Factory Skirt / Madewell Ava Slingback Flat

I'm a sucker for a dramatic sleeve and this one had me at hello. With its sweet, light blue pattern and pintuck detail, it's a nice daytime option for either work or play. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to contrast the voluminous sleeves with a more fitted silhouette like this BR Factory skirt. I love playing with proportions. The cherry on top of this outfit is really this pair of Madewell slingback flats. Aren't they fun?

If you love the blouse, you maybe be able to find it at TJ Maxx. I got mine there for $24. If you can't find it there, it's also available via Nordstrom Rack at the link above for less than $35.
 





Kale Apple Salad for Lunch

Kale is one of those veggies you either love or you hate. I never had any issues with it, but it wasn't until I bought into a communi...