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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I Wore: Leopard in the Summer


When I first started adding leopard pieces to my wardrobe I naturally wore them in the fall and winter because leopard just seems to fit in those seasons. I wanted to be able to wear some leopard pieces in the summer and figured out that that best way to do so and still look summery is in moderation and paired with bright color. I just don't see anyone in a leopard print skirt or dress in the summer.... too much leopard for the summer. Below are some examples of how to insert small amounts of leopard into your summer outfits with two being business casual outfits and one a casual outfit. Another great leopard accessory is a leopard scarf as long as it isn't too hot for this. Just pair it with a bright top or bright bottom to keep the summery look.


I finally found a pair of leopard flats I liked and that fit at the beginning of the summer. There are a lot of great options I found in the links below for cute affordable leopard flats. As you can see in the 2nd and 3rd outfits and imagine they will be a nice addition to many outfits and can be worn like a neutral but are a more fun neutral :)  Since I was already wearing a leopard top in the 1st outfit, I didn't overdo it by also wearing the leopard flats and opted instead for black.



Blue/purple blazer: Loft Outlet, very similarsimilar
Leopard top: Target, similar, similar, similar
Khaki skirt: Old Navy, similar, pencil skirt
Black flats: Aerosoles, similar, similar
Black pendant necklace: Towne & Reese, similarsimilar
Black earrings: Towne & Reese, similarsimilarsimilar



White sleeveless top: Loft Outlet, similar, similar, similar
Coral shorts: J.Crew (brilliant coral 3" chino shorts) - these often go on sale and you can get them for around $30
Leopard belt: Targetsimilar
Leopard flats: Sam Edelman, similar, similar, similar, similar
Teal earrings: Francesca's, similarsimilar
Teal necklace: Towne & Reese, similarsimilar
Gold ball bracelet: Towne & Reese, very similar
Aviator sunglasses: Loft Outlet, very similarsimilar




Light tan cropped jacket: Loft Outlet, similar
Coral red top: Loft Outlet, similar, similar
Black straight dress pants: Loft, similarsimilarsimilar
Leopard flats: Sam Edelmansimilarsimilarsimilarsimilar
Yellow bubble necklace: Amazon - $12 and free prime shipping
Yellow stud earrings: Amazon, similar



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eggplant "Meatballs"


We are not vegan or vegetarian although we sometimes make meatless meals. But we really liked this vegan dish. We both really like eggplant so when I saw this on Skinnytaste, I was intrigued and decided to give it a go once Eric gave me the nod that he would try it (or just eat cereal for dinner if he didn't like it... spoiler... no cereal was had).




Vegan Eggplant Meatballs
from: Skinnytaste, serves 4 (3 meatballs per serving - the meatballs are larger than normal), 260 calories

Ingredients:

- cooking spray
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb unpeeled eggplant cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup water
- salt and pepper
- 1 medium onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (or regular if you don't have whole wheat)
- pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
- approx 2 cups of marinara sauce (Trader Joes for the win!)

Heat oven to 375 degrees and spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Put 1/2 Tbsp of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium high heat. Add eggplant, water, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes. Transfer to food processor bowl.

Add remaining 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil to skillet and add onion and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Transfer to food processor bowl. Add beans and parsley to the food processor bowl. Pulse until well combined and chopped but not pureed. Combine food processor mixture with breadcrumbs and red pepper (if using) into a large bowl. Form 12 meatballs and place on baking sheet.


Cook for 25 to 30 minutes until browned. Warm the marinara sauce and serve meatballs over some pasta (or on a roll or whatever you prefer). Pretty sure I used wheat linguine noodles because that was what was in the pantry. Throw some parmesan on top if you want (or course this does make it no longer vegan) because who doesn't love cheese... can you tell I'd have a hard time being vegan?



The meatballs were really flavorful and not dry at all! Nobody wants a dry meatball (or non-meat ball in this case). They were great as leftovers too. I haven't tried to make them and freeze them but if anyone does that let me know. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I Wore: Woven Fedora


I wanted an every day type of summer hat to wear outside but that wasn't as wide brimmed as my amazing beach hat. I saw a few bloggers with this fedora from Target and decided to get it. I really like it and have worn it a couple of times already. Looks like they are sold out online of the exact one but there are a couple of similar ones I linked to below. I wore this outfit to go to a vintage/antique/collectible show at The Metrolina Tradeshow with my friend Ashley. We had a great time browsing and chatting. They do these once a month so if you're local you should check one out.




Woven fedora hat: Target, similar, similar
Blue striped top: Target, similar
Denim capris: Loft Outlet, similar, similar, similar - only $12
Sandals: rainbows
Pink earrings: Towne & Reese, similar
Pink pendant necklace: Towne & Reese, similarsimilar
Coral toe nail polish: Essie Sunday Funday - only $6 and free shipping


Here's the hat again at a baseball game with the 'rents. You can see it a lot better in this photo.



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recent Reads


Here are a few books I've read lately and some brief thoughts on them. No spoilers!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn



You have probably at least heard about this book by now since they are making a movie. It is about a young couple in a bit of an odd relationship where the clever wife disappears on their 5th wedding anniversary. Police and media surround the investigation and blood scene in their home in a small Missouri town and the husband is pretty quickly the main suspect. He definitely isn't a star husband and isn't doing anything to help his situation but could he have killed his wife?


Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves


I've talked about On The Island before so when a novella came out that crosses that story, I couldn't wait to read it. And it didn't disappoint! I read it all in one sitting. It's only $2.99 and only comes in Kindle version but you can get Kindle for PC and read it on your laptop if you don't have a Kindle. Of course, if you haven't read On The Island yet, read that first.


Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella



I've liked all the Sophie Kinsella books I've read because they are light and funny read. This one was good but not as good as I've Got Your Number... still worth reading if you like her novels. A woman wakes up in a hospital after an accident and has the perfect life but she remembers nothing from the past 3 years. She is not sure she likes the person she has become and has to try to piece things back together to try to remember anything she can.


Barefoot by Ellen Hilderbrand


This book had a decent number of reviews but it was just okay IMO. It is about three women who go on a summer vacation together (along with 2 kids) to Nantucket all escaping different issues from failed marriage to being fired from a job due to a scandal to needing cancer treatment and trying to still care for her two kids. The bright part of the novel was the college student who they hire to babysit who is intrigued by their stories, etc. Of course there were nice parts of them supporting each other and such but it was just a bit of a downer of a read for a summer read. It has 4 stars so there are definitely people that liked this one, it just wasn't a favorite of mine.


Read anything worth recommending lately? I'm currently reading Maze Runner and liking it a lot so far. Here are some other recent reads and the funniest book I've ever read.
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