Thursday, February 16, 2017

Striped Tee

It's crazy that one of my most worn pieces of clothing has yet to make it on the blog until now. A striped tee is a stand-by for me - from work to weekend, pencil skirt to cut-offs, heels to flats. I got this one from Zara a couple of years ago so it's perfectly worn in. I'm a huge fan of the half-tuck - a styling trick that I love to use with slouchy tees. By tucking in the front hem of my shirt, it creates a lengthening effect which helps me appear taller than my 5'2 frame claims. I recently went shopping in my own closet and re-discovered this olive and faux leather jacket. No clue why I stopped wearing it before but it's back with a vengeance. 

I'm so looking forward to this weekend! My god-sister Amanda and her boyfriend Bryan are in town for her birthday. We're going camping and (weather permitting) watching the rocket launch from Space X  Saturday morning! Hope you all have a good one.

{outfit details}
Striped Tee - Zara || Olive Faux Leather Jacket - Zara || Jeans - Current/Elliot || Fringe Bag - Zara || Leopard Booties - Sam Edelman || Aviators - Ray-Ban || Lipstick - Maybelline "touch of spice"

Monday, February 6, 2017

JORD Wood Watches + Giveaway!

When it comes to Valentine's Day, I prefer a romantic night in - I love making dinner together and snuggling on the couch watching a movie. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with Greg this year, especially since he has been working over-nights for the last seven months and time together in general is rare lately. My favorite way to spend quality time together is in the morning enjoying a cup of coffee. It's a relaxing ritual that allows us to really talk without any distractions like our phones or tv. We make it a priority to carve out part of our day to just be together.

A watch is the perfect Valentine's Day gift to show that special someone in your life how much you love to spend time with them. JORD Wood Watches are so cool and unique! When I received this Frankie Koa & Ash watch, I was blown away by the quality and creative design. It's surprisingly lightweight and so stylish. I will definitely be borrowing this men's watch from Greg - I love adding menswear accessories to my outfits. JORD has a huge selection of wood watches for men and women, made from all different types of wood including bamboo, sandalwood and walnut.

I'm hosting a giveaway from JORD Wood Watches!

The winner receives a $100 gift code and EVERYONE who enters receives a $25 gift code - it's a win win!

To enter the JORD Wood Watch contest click HERE
(Contest ends February 12th)

This post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Layer + Link Up

Layering is key with our current "winter" weather - 50s in the morning, 70s by noon. I love wearing cropped sweaters over my usual tank so I can easily slip it off mid-day. For this look, I kept it monochromatic with faux leather leggings but added standout accessories. Still wondering how these heels haven't made it into an outfit post yet. Oh yeah, I live on a island and wear sandals 90% of the time!

I'm so excited to be co-hosting the Fashion Frenzy Link Up this week with Annessa from Seeking Sunshine and Kelly from Rosy Outlook! These babes are so stylish and sweet - check them out and join the link up below!

{outfit details}
Cropped Sweater - BCBG (last worn here) || Silk Top - BCBG || Faux Leather Leggings - Zara (last seen) || Heels - Zara || Leopard Clutch - Clare V. c/o Shopbop || Choker - DIY || Watch - Michael Kors

Don't forget to join the Fashion Frenzy Link Up!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

Chili is one of those comfort foods that I associate with football. Not only does it feed the masses, but it tastes extra delicious when snuggled on the couch enjoying the game. I'm looking forward to making this crock pot chicken taco chili for Super Bowl Sunday! 

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (15 oz) can of black beans
1 (15 oz) can of garbonzo or kidney beans
1 (15 oz) can of corn
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 (10 oz) cans of Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies
1/4 cup cilantro
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet of taco seasoning

Combine beans, onions, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker and mix well.
Nestle chicken in and completely cover with mixture.
Cook on Low for 8-10 hours or High for 4-6 hours. 30 minutes before serving, remove chicken and shred with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and stir well. 
Serve hot with your favorite toppings. We used jasmine rice, cilantro, shredded Vermont white cheddar cheese, sour cream, onion & a little Cholula hot sauce for an added kick. I like to scoop mine with corn chips!

Friday, January 27, 2017


Today is my golden birthday! (27 on the 27th) I'm officially in my late twenties, but honestly I couldn't be happier about it. I'm loving this stage in my life, and trying my hardest to live in the moment. Much easier said than done, but I am a work in progress. 

Tonight I'm fully embracing my old soul and staying home for a relaxing night of take-out sushi, wine and catching up on This Is Us. My niece Alexa turns 7 on Monday so we are having a girls day (lunch, shopping & pedicures) on Saturday with my mom. Then we're having a party at my sister's house on Sunday. Greg won't let me get away with a birthday month so we're making the weekend as eventful as possible. Hope you all have a great one! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Greek Zoodles

I revamped my recipe for zoodles with shrimp & avocado pesto, and gave it a Greek upgrade. I added cherry tomatoes, black olives, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and crumbled feta. This dish is made of mostly veggies and creates such a colorful plate. Every bite is different, but equally delicious.

6 zucchini, spiralized
1 pound of shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 cup of black olives, sliced in half
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
1 cup of sundried tomatoes
pesto (either store bought or homemade)
feta cheese crumbles

Spiralize zucchini and set aside on a paper towel to soak up any excess water.
Chop veggies. Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet and saute mushrooms. Add sundried tomatoes. Set aside and cook shrimp in the same pan, and season with salt and pepper. Stir constantly until shrimp are plump and pink.
In another large skillet, saute zucchini for about 5 minutes or until tender. Do not overcook - there is a fine line between crunchy and mushy zoodles.
In a large bowl, combine zucchini, veggies, shrimp and pesto. Serve warm and top with crumbled feta.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ode to Hats & Headbands

Accessories make the outfit, especially when it comes to casual style, like mine. One of the ways I like to add interest to an otherwise basic look is by adding a hat or headband. I love that I can completely transform an outfit from bohemian (printed silk scarf) to sporty (baseball cap) with just a simple swap. I've rounded up some of my past outfits featuring headwear...which one is your favorite?

other odes:
denim || black & white || leather & suede

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