winter

Margherita Grilled Cheese

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We had warm enough temperatures this past weekend that it no longer felt like winter. I wanted to make something for dinner that would make me feel like I needed to be warmed up from a winter chill (despite the 70 degree weather). I knew I wanted tomato soup, but decided to get adventurous with the pairing. That’s when I found this recipe for Margherita grilled cheeses – it’s like eating a pizza in a sandwich. If you like either pizza or grilled cheeses, I suggest you try this tonight. Its amazing.

Ingredients

french bread

pizza/tomato sauce

fresh basil

1-2 pinches garlic powder

2-3 slices mozzarella per sandwich

olive oil

Recipe

Cover each piece of bread with pizza sauce. Sprinkle fresh basil and a pinch of garlic powder on top. Cover with cheese, and close sandwich.

Cover both outsides of the sandwich with olive oil. Coat a grill pan with olive oil, and place over medium heat. Toast both sides of sandwich until golden brown. Enjoy with a bowl of tomato soup.

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New Year’s Jumpstart

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One of my favorite parts of fashion blogging is the ability to be creative and go outside of the box. When I first tried on this jumpsuit weeks ago, the lady letting me in the fitting room said to me, ‘Oh, I love this. It’s so outside of my comfort zone but it has ended up being one of my favorite pieces.’ I shrugged it off as a sales tactic – until I put in on. I was instantly in love. I owned nothing else like it, and suddenly felt more daring slipping it on. I love how a piece of clothing can suddenly make you take on a while new personality and confidence.

Naturally, since this piece is slightly outside of my comfort zone, Ryan and I decided to take some creative liberties with the shoot as well. We did our first ever night shoot – and while it may have been freezing cold, there was something fun and mysterious about shooting in the dark. I love that with blogging, it’s okay to try something different, find what works and what doesn’t, have have a ton of fun along the way.

Photos by Ryan Sides


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Anthropologie Jumpsuit :: Madewell Jacket :: Madewell Heels


Rainy Reflections

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It’s crazy to think we are just a couple of days away from the end of 2014. It’s been such a fast year with so many wonderful memories. This time last year, was when I decided to throw myself into blogging. I remember sitting at an eye appointment with my Poppop, realizing how much I loved this hobby, and promising myself that a year later, I would still be doing it.

I’ve had so many amazing experiences this past year and have learned so much already. I feel like I’m just at th beginning of something great, and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes me. Thank you all for being a part of this journey so far, and all of your support that keeps me going. I hope everyone has a wonderful end of 2014, and embraces the possibilities 2015 has in store for us!

Photos by Ryan Sides


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Frenchi Lace Top :: H&M Skirt (similar) :: BCBG Pumps (similar) :: J.Crew Bag (old, love this one) :: Moon & Lola Necklace :: Made well Ring :: YSL ‘Rouge Voulpte’ Lipstick

Winter To-Do List

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I always use the changing of seasons as the beginning of a new period of time. It’s always on the first day of the season that I map out what it is I want to accomplish most. Most of the things on the list have to do with holidays or cliche season-realted things, but others are smaller tasks I have been putting off. Here is what has made it onto my list this holiday season, and what will be keeping me busy during the long, cold months ahead. (You can see my past winter to do list here).

1. Actually manage to stay awake until midnight on New Years Eve.

2. Find a way to organize my closet that I will stick to.

3. See snow (this will make the list year after year).

4. Spend a weekend with friends and family cozied up in the cabin.

5. Attempt to build (and if all else fails, buy) a coffee table.

6. Experiment with making new types of pasta from scratch.

7. Launch a new blog design (coming soon – stay tuned!).

8. Attempt to read all of the magazines I get delivered (and make some of the recipes, too).

9. Take a weekend getaway, or plan a trip for the near future.

10. Get my craft area under control so that I can get re-inspired for some home DIY projects.

*Images via Pinterest 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

Back to Basics

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We all have them – those days when nothing in our closet fits, and the things that do fit, are just too fussy to wear. I woke up the other morning feeling that way – I had intentions of wearing a dress and tights out to grab my morning coffee for the day, but everything I looked at appeared uncomfortable and uninspiring.

It’s mornings like these that going for classic basics is what works best for me. If I put on my favorite striped tee, a comfy pair of denim, and a staple coat, by the time I walk out the door, I feel confident in what I am wearing, and don’t end up regretting my decision halfway through the day. This look may not be groundbreaking fashion, but these pieces (in combination with going for an all-black look), are definitely what I would consider my “comfort clothes”. They are tried and true staples that can never let me down.

Photos by Ryan Sides


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Tulle Coat (similar here) :: Striped Shirt (similar here) :: Madewell Pants :: Nine West Booties (similar here) :: J.Crew Bag (similar here) :: Madewell Rings


Falling for Outerwear

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Ankle Booties :: Felt Hat :: Cape

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Mohair Coat :: Men’s Scarf :: Patent Oxfords

Each season, there will surely be something that I’m obsessing over. This year, it’s outerwear, and the accessories to match. I keep finding myself drawn towards the classic and polished silhouettes of trenches and pea coats. When you have a statement jacket and coordinating accessories, most of the time you only need a slim fitting black pant on the bottom, and a basic white shirt on the top to look pulled together and ready to go. Here is a round up of my favorite styles, and the fall accessories to match.