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

{click on the photo to check out the full post}

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Plaid Sherpa Vest

Winter in Florida lasted all of three days, which meant I finally had a chance to wear my new sherpa vest! I fell in love with it the second I touched it - so soft! The best part: it's reversible! I paired it with a cozy black knit & leggings and brown over-the-knee boots (now on sale for $20!) Am I the only one that loves black & brown together?! 

Vest - Target || Knit - Zara || Leggings - T.J. Maxx || Bag - Tory Burch || OTK Boots - Target || Sunnies - Warby Parker || Lipstick - Maybelline "touch of spice" || Nail Polish - Sally Hansen gel "v-amplified"

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Red Carpet Style: Golden Globes 2017

Golden Globe red carpet highlights: plunging necklines, metallic embellishments and embroidery, and shades of pink & bright yellow. My picks for Best Dresses below. Who was your favorite of the night?

{Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan}

{Emma Stone in Valentino}

{Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham}

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta


Who doesn't love Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp?! This copycat pasta is so easy to make, and packs so much flavor, with just the right amount of kick!

1 box of pasta (I suggest penne or spaghetti)
1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
black pepper to taste

{Bang Bang Sauce}
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
1/2 cup thai sweet chili sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of lime juice
1/4 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon onion powder

In a large bowl, mix all of the sauce ingredients together and set aside. 
Cook pasta al dente, drain.
Mix together shrimp, paprika, 3 cloves of garlic, a third of the parsley and black pepper.
In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add coated shrimp. Stir constantly while cooking until no longer pink - about 10 minutes.
In a large serving dish, combine the pasta, shrimp and sauce and toss really well. Top with remaining parsley for garnish and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Looking Back at 2016

2016 will always be a favorite...

It started off a little rocky but everything just fell into place. Between landing my dream job in my hometown to getting engaged (eeeek!!) this has been the best year ever! Greg and I often talk about how much we miss California, but quickly remember how much we love living back home and closer to our families and friends. Being a part of my nieces and nephews lives the last year was absolutely priceless.

2016 has some big shoes to fill but I have a feeling 2017 is going to be even better! I'm really looking forward to my golden birthday, finally sticking to my (third-annual) New Year's resolution to floss more and, of course, our WEDDING!

I also wanted to thank you for reading! This blog has been my creative outlet for the last 6+ years and it would be nothing but a digital diary without you, so thank you for following along with the outfits, recipes and big life moments in between! Wishing you all a very happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts aren't only for the office - I love to dress them up for date night.  For this outfit, I paired my black and cream knit pencil skirt with a body suit & leopard clutch. Finish it off with a dainty choker and red lip for a subtly festive party look. 

Hope you all have a safe & happy holiday with your loved ones! I'll be back next week sharing all of my favorite posts from 2016!

{outfit details}
Body Suit - Forever 21 (last worn here) || Pencil Skirt - Zara || Clutch - Clare V. c/o Shopbop (seen here & here) || Heels - Zara || Choker - Shore || Lipstick - NARS "cruella" || Nail Polish - Essie "a list"