Friday, July 1, 2016

Stylish, Affordable Home Decor

4. 'Bais' Diptyque Candle (best scent!)
7. Pink Cakestand (available in blue also)
8. Jewelry Dish ($10, love the wedding rings on it!)
9. 'Sup' Doormat (also available in 'holla', 'hola', & more!)
10. Super Soft Leopard Throw (ordering this!)
12. Pink Teapot (available in several colors)
13. Euro Pillows w/ruffle detail (available in other colors!)

We are still trying to decorate our home - it feels never-ending! I've been shopping on Nordstrom quite a bit because I can order my sheets, pillows, duvets - as well as kitchen necessities & furniture. I recently got the cutest tray from Nordstrom - I will have to post a photo of it on Instagram today - it goes perfectly with our formal living room! If you weren't aware that Nordstrom had home decor goods, make sure you check it out - there are lots of options are various price points. Like, decor under $50 & bedding under $100.

Annyyyway! What are you all up to this weekend?!!?! I'd love to hear about your plans for the 4th. As for us, John is on nights so my family is coming here which is always fun. 

Oh, PS. - THIS is a great gift if you have a friend who is recently engaged. 

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring today's post.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Summer Must-Have: Little White Dress

DRESS: ASTR | HEELS: Steve Madden (on sale!) (also love these) | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | HANDBAG: Prada (similar style here & here) | WATCH: Michele | BRACELETS: David Yurman, here, here, & here | EARRINGS: Vintage Chanel (love these) | LIPSTICK: Candy Yum Yum

I'm obsessed with this dress from Nordstrom. It is the ultimate little white dress for all summer needs! It's cute dressed up or dressed down w/flats and a denim jacket. I love the fit - its flattering and the length is perfect. It's got a handkerchief hem which is just different & gives it more personality.

Also, I have a few summer favorites (all from Nordstrom) right now.. like this bronzer & this instant tanner / gradual tanner. Also, I recently heard some girls raving about THIS product so I tried to hunt it down and it was sold out everywhere but it literally just came in stock on the Nordstrom website (like last night I guess!). It smells amazing and makes your legs glow & look beautiful!

Anyway, I had to share a few of my favorite products for the summer. :) I'll link everything below so you can check it all out. 

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring todays post.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Most Flattering Dress + Wedding Guest Dress Idea

DRESS: Parker (wearing size small + linking tons of similar options below) | PUMPS: Christian Louboutin (dupes here) | SUNGLASSES: Quay | HANDBAG: Chanel (similar styles here & here) | LIPS: 'Redd' + 'Heat Wave' | WATCH: Michele | EARRINGS: Vintage Chanel (linking more options below, I do love these!) | RING: David Yurman 

I mentioned that I attended a wedding in Nashville over the weekend & it was a gorgeous wedding - every detail was perfect. The bride herself was stunning! The reception was at the Country Music Hall of Fame and it was seriously to-die-for... (all the heart eye emojis!). The wedding was considered 'formal' but the bride informed me that some people were wearing full length gowns and some were doing cocktail... I decided to merge the two. I didn't want to risk being underdressed or being over the top. I am SO glad I went with this dress because no only was it flattering, but the color was striking and the length so classy. I was too busy to shoot this in Nashville so yesterday I shot it w/John and he goes "woah that dress looks so good on you!" - probably because the way it is cut, it slims down the hips big time! 

If you have any showers, weddings, parties, etc. come up the next 2 months - I recommend trying a red dress! A couple of other girls at the wedding wore red and all of the girls look gorgeous and really caught my eye. 

I'm linking a ton of fun dress options similar to mine below!! My dress is available on a few sites so all sizes are in stock - I linked all of the different sites below. *And it comes in white. :)

Sidenote - did anyone make yesterday's recipe just yet? AND I'd love to get some fun recipe ideas for the 4th that incorporate red, white, & blue!! Leave me a comment w/an idea!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

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 So, I'm all about spicy + low calorie... especially if it involves chicken! Since moving into our home, John and I have been cooking so much more and trying new, fun (healthy) recipes. I follow Skinnytaste on Facebook so I am constantly screenshotting her recipes so that when I get groceries I can get the exact things needed! When I saw her recipe for a skinny buffalo chicken dip - I was immediately excited! My recipe is a bit different from hers - I wanted to change it up to make it perfect for John & me - and I wanted to bring the calorie count down a little. For example, instead of sour cream, I used Greek Yogurt & instead of using bleu cheese I used just a bit of Mexican cheese.

Anyway, I snapped about this dip a few weekends ago and I so many people ask for the recipe so I decided to do a full out post on it! I ended up making this dip again for when the residents came over and of the girls & guys were like "woah what is this?!" (clearly not noticing that it's low calorie!). This is pretty much just an easy, simple (crockpot!) recipe that tastes like it required some time! :)

Anyway, this is my rendition of buffalo chicken dip - even w/ me making it a bit healthier, it is still crazy good & flavorful!! 

What you'll need: (if you just want a small serving for 4-5 people)

1. One Rotisserie Chicken 
2. 1/2 Cup of Franks Hot Sauce or Cholula Hot Sauce (I've used both- this step is very important!)
3. 1 Cup Greek Yogurt (I've used non-fat & regular - both taste good so I go for the non-fat typically.)
4. 1 Teaspoon White Wine Vinegar
5. 1 Cup Greek Cream Cheese / Greek Yogurt (or you can do regular cream cheese - I prefer this, it is healthier!)
6. Mexican Cheese or Monterey Jack (any cheese you like - I just use a little bit and the cheese doesn't change the flavor much!)
(*I think before adding the chicken, this is 320 calories!)

Before I even get started, I plug in and turn on my crockpot so it starts getting warm. I pour everything except the chicken into a large bowl & stir it up as best as possible. I pour it all into the (warm) crockpot which is where the ingredients soften and start mixing together even better. I will say this - you need to make sure you have enough hot sauce or it will be more bland! Don't skimp on the hot sauce - but also make sure you can handle it as well. One-half cup is plenty for me for this recipe! Anyway, once everything is melted and mixed together, add in the chicken and mix! I let it sit there for an hour or so, so that it all gets really warm and the flavor is soaked in! :) 

You can serve this with tortilla chips, crackers, or veggies. I don't like celery but I am bad about eating vegetables so I try to eat them by dipping them in this dip since this overpowers the veggie taste, lol! And, I definitely notice that guys prefer chips for this dip.


Everything is linked in the tool below but here are a few quick details:
My top is here.
Dish towels are here.
My dishes are from Pottery Barn.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Casual Days..

TOP: BP | CARDIGAN: Madewell (similar cardigan) | DENIM: J. Brand | EARRINGS: J.Crew | HANDBAG: Valentino | WEDGES: Steve Madden | LIPS: 'Nude 1' + 'Undressed'

Another look from San Francisco... this look was a favorite of mine while in the city.

I spent the weekend in Nashville for a wedding and had so so much fun! One of my girlfriends from college rode with me there and back so we were in the car for over 14 hours and it flew by SO fast! We hadn't seen each other in years so we caught up the whole time - it was one of the best trips. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

All Black Summer in San Fran

TOP: Show Me Your MuMu (xs) | DENIM: AG | SANDALS: Steve Madden | HANDBAG: Chanel (similar here & here) | RING: Cartier & BaubleBar | EARRINGS: Vintage Chanel (linking tons of Vintage Chanel in widget below!) | WATCH: Michele

Another look from last weekend in San Francisco.. really missing the 60 degree weather! It's 100 degrees here - I am actually writing from Fort Smith, AR. I am on my way to Nashville so I have a 7 hour drive today. One of my best friends from high school is getting married in Nashville so I am making the road trip! Nashville is one of my favorite cities, ever - so I am so excited. When John was in medical school in Virginia (his first year) we started dating long distance bc I was in Arkansas (in grad school) and Nashville was our middle-point and many of our college friends lived/worked there so I have lots of fun memories from Nashville! I'm hoping my girlfriends & I are going to go to the Pancake Pantry... :)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

5 Ways To Style All White

CARDIGAN: Custommade (on sale!) (really craving THIS one tho!)  | DENIM: J. Brand | TANK: Topshop (obsessed) | HAT: Birkin (it is adjustable inside which was amazing in the SF wind!) (dupe for the hat is here) | HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton (similar styles here & here) | WEDGES: Steve Madden (just got them in grey, here) | NECKLACE: Love Always Couture (4XL, 16") | LIPS: 'Pink Tease' + 'Tell Me Dior' | WATCH: Michele

While in San Francisco, the temps were in the 60-70 degree range. It was actually very chilly during the AM and PM (or in the shade). I was so happy I packed this oversized cardigan, it came in handy, that is for sure! I'm all about wearing all white - especially when there's another color added to break it all up! 

Here are a few ways to wear all white & make it fun / different:
1. Wear all white and a fun scarf as a pop of color.
2. Wear all white and tie a jacket around your waist.
3. Wear all white and a fun color sandal or pump that coordinates with your jewelry.
4. For business causal, wearing white slacks with a white cami would like great with a blazer & belt. 
5.  Lastly, like the look above^, throw on an oversized cardigan or kimono like I did!

Hope you all are having a great week!! <3


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