Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chicken Asparagus & Goat Cheese Pasta


I recently bought a spiralizer and have been enjoying zoodles (zucchini noodles) substituted for pasta butttt for a cheat meal, this chicken asparagus penne with homemade goat cheese sauce is totally worth it! I adapted this recipe from the original, adding a few of my favorite ingredients: sundried tomatoes, onion & basil. It's so flavorful and luckily makes a ton for leftovers!

ingredients
1 box (16 oz) pasta (I used penne)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 cloves of garlic, peeled & minced
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into bite size pieces
16 oz fresh baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 8 oz package sundried tomatos, julienne cut
1 onion, chopped
i tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
8 oz goat cheese
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
salt & pepper to taste

recipe
{1}
Cook the pasta al dente according to package instructions. Once pasta is ready, scoop out 1 cup of pasta water and reserve to use later. Drain pasta and set aside.
{2}
In a cast iron skillet, saute the onion over high heat for about 5 minutes. Add asparagus, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes. Stir occasionally for additional 5 minutes. Add garlic and heat for 2 minutes. 
{3}
We grilled the chicken breasts but you could also cook it in a pan on the stove. Cook thoroughly then slice into strips.
{4}
In a bowl, combine goat cheese, milk, 1/4 cup of parmesan and 1/2 cup of the reserved hot pasta water. Whisk until combined. If the sauce is too thick, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the hot pasta water. 
{5}
Ina large serving bowl, mix together the pasta, chicken, veggies and sauce. Top with fresh basil & the remaining parmesan cheese. Enjoy!



Friday, August 19, 2016

Chambray & Chevron


 Chambray is one of my favorite fabrics so it's no surprise that I immediately gravitated toward this chambray dress while taking a lap in T.J. Maxx. I've had some major scores there lately (like this & this) so I've been checking back often. This Cloth & Stone dress was one of my best finds to date! It was a little expensive for T.J. Maxx ($50) but worth every penny since I can wear it to work and on the weekend! I love the details: subtle fading, pockets & a dolphin hem. It's a bit long for me since I'm 5'2, but my go-to styling trick is to add a belt at my waist and make the top a little blousier while simultaneously creating a shorter hemline (I wear it longer at the office!) You guys know I love a boho touch so this colorful chevron headband was a must. 

{outfit details}
Chambray Dress - Cloth and Stone via T.J. Maxx (cute chambray dresses here) || Chevron Headband - World Market || Brown Leather Belt - Target (great belts here)|| Yellow Bucket Bag - Zara (more bucket bags here / last worn here) || Lace-Up Sandals - Target (summer sandals on sale here)










Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fave Drug Store Beauty Buys Vol. 4


{1}
Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
I love that this scrub is gentle enough for every day use, unlike other exfoliators I've tried that are so gritty it almost hurts to wash my face. I keep this one in the shower for a deep clean after my workout.

{2}
Nailtiques Formula 2
I mentioned Nailtiques recently in this post, but it's worth bragging on again. This stuff has completely saved my nails! They are naturally thin and it doesn't help that I have the horrible habit of bit my nails {monkey covering eyes emoji} but now they are longer, thicker and stronger. I also use it over polish as a clear top coat, then re-apply nightly to stretch my manicure 10+ days.

{3}
CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in "Coral Twist"
Whenever I'm not wearing lipstick, I still like a little color on my lips. This one goes on pretty sheer and I love that just one swipe looks natural or I can layer it for a bolder shade.

{4}
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer
I'm at that in-between age where I have to worry about zits & wrinkles. I recently added this moisturizer to my nightly skin care routine - I wanted to try something with retinol for the fine lines on my forehead. I'm not even half-way through the bottle but I'm liking the results so far. Just be sure to slather on sunscreen and moisturizer any time you use retinol products!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Weekend Warrior


My current go-to weekend look includes a romper, sandals & messy bun combo. I love this little black romper - so easy to just throw on and go! I paired it with neutral accessories in the form of gladiator sandals and a vintage crossbody - perfect for a day filled with shopping, errands and the inevitable coffee stop.

{outfit details}
Romper - Target (love these rompers) || Sunglasses - Warby Parker || Bag - Coach (cute crossbody bags here) || Sandals - T.J. Maxx (more gladiators here) || Lipstick - Maybelline "coral burst"








Thursday, August 4, 2016

LWD


 Nothing feels more quintessentially summer than a little white dress. I had been in the market for an LWD and was sold as soon as I saw this one on sale at Zara. I love the details: off-the-shoulder, tie straps & embroidery. Perfect for anything from brunch to the beach.

{outfit details}
Dress - Zara (cute LWDs here) || Sunnies - Seafolly c/o (more mirrored sunnies here) || Belt - Target (great belts here) || Tote - Cotton On (loves these too) || Sandals - Target (similar sandals here / last worn here)











Thursday, July 28, 2016

Baseball Cap


This outfit is the definition of casual: denim shorts, knotted white tee & gladiator sandals, all topped off with my LA Dodgers hat. After months of stealing Greg's hats, I finally got my own baseball cap! I like to wear them any time I'm in the sun, to both shade my face and protect my hair color from fading. I also love the laid-back vibe that baseball caps add to any look. This one is particularly nostalgic and reminds me of the Dodgers game that Greg & I went to while we lived in LA. I need to get a Florida State Seminoles one next!

{outfit details}
White T-Shirt - boutique in Huntington Beach (similar tees here) || Denim Shorts - Express (great shorts here) || LA Dodgers Hat - Amazon || Cognac Satchel - Dooney & Bourke || Gladiator Sandals - Target (last worn here)









Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MC-gram

Sharing a few outfit snaps from my work trip to Miami for the Swim Show & Agenda Show. It was a crazy 4 days packed with thousands of bikinis, vendor appointments and after-parties but I loved every second of it!

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{Day 2 Look: BCBG dress / Forever 21 bag / Target sandals - worn to the Swim Show in South Beach}

{handmade flower headband I scored as a "sample" from one of the vendors}

{Seafolly after-party - wearing a Zara olive lace romper (last seen) and thoroughly enjoying my piña colada in a coconut}

{Custom necklace I designed at the Billabong party. Check out Pixley Pressed on Etsy - she's so talented & sweet!}

{Day 4: Heading to the Agenda Show in Wynwood wearing a Joie tie-dye dress & major beadhead}