Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Simplest Treat You'll Ever Meet




I've been working kind of a lot lately. This generally means less traipsing around on dates in dresses and a lot more sweatpants and Netflix. I'm just being honest here.

What I can typically count on to liven me up even in my most tired state is spending wee bit of time in the kitchen making something delicious and listening to some sick jams. Recently, I've been experimenting with some delicious watermelon mocktails, this bomb kale salad I found, and last but certainly not least some simple rice krispie treats. The recipe really couldn't be easier. I tend to switch it up every time I make them and generally just eyeball the ingredients, but here's a rough estimate below. The extra kick? A little sea salt on top. I generally find that a little sea salt on most desserts goes a long way. Just me?

Ingredients:
5 cups Rice Krispies
1 jar of marshmallow creme (7-8 oz) or 10oz of marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
A sprinkle of sea salt

Melt butter and marshmallow creme in a large sauce pan. Stir in Rice Krispies 2 cups at a time until fully coated. Transfer to a pre-greased 13x9 inch glass pan. Coat a spatula head in butter and press treats down firmly to create an even layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and let cool. 

Try experimenting with some adorable sprinkles, a drizzle of caramel, or oreos (these are pretty incredible).

The trick is not to eat all of them at once. Oops, I just ate one for breakfast. Sorry Mom!






Sunday, August 17, 2014

A-line Love











Oops, it's my favorite summer skirt again. It's pretty fitting that I would post it twice in a matter of a couple months since I wear it pretty much every week. I still think it's the absolute greatest, although I clearly need to steam that sucker. If you have a skin tone that looks great in a bright yellow, I would highly recommend snagging this skirt in light citron it at your earliest convenience. 

I'm sorry to report, this top is no longer available. I love to play the game of shopping -looking at EVERYTHING- and coming home with nothing. I'll think about everything I saw and if something sticks with me until the next time I'm there, I buy it. I know this probably hints at my commitment issues, but I've scored some pretty awesome pieces by letting fate decide if the items are still available by the time I'm ready to commit. I debated on this pretty little crop all summer long and finally purchased it, only to realize it would become a summertime staple.

I also have to say that while this outfit would have pulled together quite nicely with a pair of heels/wedges, it was definitely a day for flats since we ended up walking approximately 4000 miles (including a very mild hike). These shoes were pretty awesome though. They're simple, cute, and more comfortable than some sandals that I've spent a pretty penny on. And they're less than $20! I highly recommend them if you need a pair for travel that may not look so pretty when you get home. 

J Crew Factory Clutch (black sold out)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunshine State of Mind














Nordstrom Rack Romper (sold out of orange) / Target Shoes / Baublebar Necklace (similar) / Stella&Dot bangle / Madewell bracelet / Nordstrom Sunnies / Essie Nails

Guess what I did this weekend? I took a jaunt down to Santa Monica, that's what.
Guess what else? I loved it. 

I seriously had so much fun spending time with my handsome man in the LA area this weekend. We meandered around the beach, did all the touristy things, and went to Disneyland, duh!

I found this awesome romper at Nordstrom Rack for less than $25 dollars! The lady who rang me up started talking to me about how she couldn't wear a romper because they didn't work on her long torso. I told her she simply wasn't trying hard enough because once she found the right one, it would change her world. This frilly-boho combo is so comfortable and easy.  It's the perfect lightweight item to pack on vacation and wear over and over again.

While I know my romper is a fiesta on it's own, I had to add another tiny pop of color to my wrist with the Julep bangle from Stella & Dot paired with my standard Madewell classic. The Julep bangle is on mega sale right now, so you should probably get one in every color.

I'm already missing the sand and sun. Is it time for me to go back to the beach now?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Black and White and Red All Over










Guys. I had a pretty amazing week. I got to overcome my hermit crabness and spend quite a bit of time with not one, but two close friends that I don't see often enough. Don't you just love kicking back with people who not only make you laugh like nobody's business, but inspire you to be awesome and get exactly what you want out of life? Well, that's how I spent my week and girl, it feels good.

I bought this skirt about a week ago only to bring it home and realize that I had not one, not two, but three other skirts in the exact same color. Am I the only one who does this? As much as I try not to have a uniform, the heart wants what it wants. This swingy little thang is light and simple and ready for a picnic in the park. And yes, I'm wearing these shoes again. They work with everything, okay?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rejuvenate

After a long week at work and a busy weekend filled with weddings and errands, I was ready to treat myself this morning. Sometimes you just need to take a long bath, slather yourself up in your favorite refreshing products, and sit in your nest to recuperate for a day.

Redo

1.) Miss Jessie's Original Pillow Soft Curls: Au Natural for me means embracing my natural curl. No heat styling for me today, I've got to be nice to this mane every once in a while. Miss Jessie's PSC is perfect for allowing me to wash and go resulting in voluminous, healthy, frizz-free curls. Any curly girl knows this combo is hard to come by.

2.) Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream: I once read that cleaning supplies are often lemon scented because the smell of lemon perks people up and makes them happy and clean. After using this lotion, I'm sold on that claim. This lemony cocktail of essential oils leaves me smooth and smiley (surely that's a word).

3.) GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment: This mask provides mega hydration for my forever thirsty skin. I generally wear it longer than suggested, either overnight or throughout the day. It doesn't have a green or white tint to it, so you don't look too crazy waltzing around with the mask on your face all day.

4.) Vaseline Lip Therapy - Rosy Lips: Combine vaseline, a sweet scent, and a rosy tint and I may never need another lip balm again.

5.) Yogi Tea: I always wind down with a little Yogi tea. Whether it be healthy skin (my current fave), comforting chamomile, or detox, they've always got the perfect potion for a relaxing day.

6.) Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator: I start many of my mornings with this scrub and a splash of cold water. It's not only one of the most refreshing ways to wake up, but this exfoliator can make your skin glow!

Now, back to House of Cards...