Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Frugal Fall: Part 2 - Transform a Summer Dress

Day 2: Transform a Summer Dress
Take that cute summer dress and layer it with tights and a chambray shirt for an entirely new and fall look!  (See this summer dress styled 3 other ways here and here)! 

dress: c/o joules(sadly, out of stock, but they have some other lovely dresses here)// shirt: J. Crew// tights: ross// boots: DSW(similar)// earrings: gift

Here are few other variations on the same theme! 
 left: Twist Me Pretty// upper right: Steal Their Style// bottom right: Fox on the Run 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Frugal Fall: Part 1 - Monochrome

This week, I thought it would be fun to focus on 5 different ways that I change up my wardrobe for fall without going to the store.  Fall is one of my very favorite times of year, because you can leave behind the t-shirt and shorts of summer and head into the sweaters, jackets, layering, tights and boots of fall...  I just love it!  I will spend each day on a different idea to help keep your closet fresh for fall, and post some example and inspiration photos to go along with it!  So stay tuned this week for a fun series!

Day 1:  Monochrome
Pull together a monochrome outfit for a chic, bold look.  I love monochrome, because it can be sliming (important for my ever increasing waistline) and timeless. Plus, if everything is the same color, it is super easy to match :)

shirt: anne taylor// skirt: old navy// shoes: dsw (similar)// scarf: h&m (similar)// earrings: kohl's

A few bits of inspiration for getting your monochrome on!  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Made From Scratch: Granola

Like most foods, everyone has their own opinions about the best way to make something, or what to include in it, etc.  Personally, I don't think that granola should have dried fruit or coconut in it, so when I decided to make granola the first time, I left out about half the ingredients from this granola recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. I altered it so much over the next few months that when Adam went to make it 2 or so years ago and asked me where the recipe was, I told him, then went I looked at it  and didn't even recognize it.  My modifications have been a triumph in our household though, because Adam has decided that this is the best breakfast ever and I have made it every week since we discovered it (which was about 2 1/2 years ago).  It makes for a hardy and tasty breakfast.  It is especially delicious when served with plain cream-top yogurt.

6 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw flax seed
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil (coconut or canola)
1/2 cup honey

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seed, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Stir until relatively even.  Then pour in the vanilla extract, oil and honey and mix until the honey and oil has coated all of the dry mix.  Put a silicone liner or piece of tinfoil sprayed with non-stick spray on a rimmed cookie sheet.  Pour half of the granola mixture onto it and pat it down with a rubber spatula (this will help it your granola form clumps).  Bake in the oven for 12 -15 minutes, turning some of the mixture over with a spatula at the 10 minute mark.  Remove from oven when golden brown on top.  Let cool for about 15 minutes.  Cook the 2nd half of the mixture.   Pour granola into a tupperware or other sealable jar.  It lasts the two of us about 7 days if we eat some every day.  Will stay good for 7-10 days in a sealable jar or tupperware.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Week 26

The weeks are FLYING by!  Perhaps, when I hit 3rd trimester, they will slow down and I will wish they would fly by like they are now, but currently, things are going faster than I can keep track of! 
I am having a hard time believing that September is drawing to a close, which means that I have less than 100 days of pregnancy left (if he comes on or close to his due date)!
We are still working through names, and we affectionately call our little dude 'baby' right now, which actually sounds so endearing to me that I don't mind that we haven't picked out a name.   
He is very active and is doing lots of flailing around right now. It is so fun, except when it happens at 3:00 in the morning, which happens about once a week.  
My strong pregnancy cravings have mostly gone away, but occasionally I still get a hunkering for gummy worms, skittles and chips (why is it always the junk that sounds so appealing?).
Overall, 2nd trimester rocks, and I love being pregnant!   

shirt: forever 21// skirt: old navy(similar)// shoes: dsw(similar)// necklace: purchased in London

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Loving Lately

These Molasses Spice cookies from Smitten Kitchen - I made them on a whim a few weeks ago when I didn't have any other cookie making supplies (aka: peanut butter, oats, or chocolate chips) and they were AMAZING!!  They taste a little like gingersnaps, but way better, I thought.  That may be because I am not a huge fan of gingersnaps, but I thought these were quite fantastic!  Soft, chewy and they basically taste like fall in a cookie.

This blazer from J. Crew Factory - When my parents were in town this weekend, my mom and I spent some time at the outlets.  We saw this gorgeous thing on sale and I just had to get it!  It fits like a dream!  Seriously.  It reminded me why I wish all of my clothes were from J. Crew (and Anthropologie...).

Lean In - this was a very inspiring book for me!  I always need a good kick in the pants to get moving on projects and move my Etsy shop and blog forward, and this was a great read!  She has great things to say about taking control of your career and some ways to do this.

City by Sara Bareilles - This song is soft and lovely and perfect for a crisp fall evening!

This cat fail video - Nothing makes me laugh quite like a good cat fail video... This one is my favorite.
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