Saturday, November 29, 2014

Comfy Casual

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Here is a comfy, casual and warm look I wore yesterday. I know I don't do enough of these but this is more like something I'd wear at night when it's cold and dark. As of right now though it's raining outside so I'll probably wear something similar today :) This turtleneck is just as amazing as it looks and these boots are the ideal compliment to any easy-going vibe you might go for, cold or warm actually. Here is how I styled them in summer/fall!  

I hope everyone found some amazing Black Friday deals! Who's looking forward to Cyber Monday though? 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Uptown Funk

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fall-outfitSheinside sweater, Black Skirt [see linking below], Jeffrey Campbell booties [Steal / Splurge], Zara bag [similar], Prada sunglasses 

I realized when I threw this skirt on yesterday that this is probably the single most blogged clothing item I've shown you guys in the past three years. I actually got curious enough to look for all the posts. :P If you are curious too, here they are [from newest to oldest]: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

It seems to me... I'm a big fan of black skater skirts. This one specifically. Though I would admit that every single time I'm putting it on, I think for a moment, Hm... it's prettyyyy short. Yes even for me ;) Surprised I never wore the same shoes... or much less anything with it twice. Hair up, hair down, it don't mattah. So in honor of hitting the big 1 - 0 mark, here are ten similar options that I found. With some variations on length [from $ to $$$]: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

*UPDATE* One reader commented about the shorts I always mention I wear under short skirts and wanted to know exactly what kind of shorts do I mean? >> I wear cotton yoga shorts a lot like these.

Happy Thanksgiving! 
Also who's excited for Black Friday?
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Fall Look: Earth Tones

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I personally took a lot of time to just relax and finally clean! Do you notice how messy stuff gets when you are busy out of your mind? 

How do you like this earth toned fall look? I got these brand new Vince Camuto boots at Kitsch Couture in downtown Los Gatos. Kitsch Couture is the most amazing boutique full of dreamy boho chic items, with labels like Wild Fox, For Love and Lemons, Reverse and Free People. And of course you guys can probably tell how crazy I am over long coats this season. I am really building up my winter collection so what can I say! I am finally happy it's cooled down which is unusual for me :) 

Happy Monday!
xoxo

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Cooking at Home with Blue Apron

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Excited to start :) Wearing: Jessie Steel apron and oven mitt, Delia sweater, Topshop denim and Bear Claw boots!

Recently I've been trying to figure out how I can get back into cooking. Before I started a blog I actually cooked all the time! One of the hardest parts for me is picking something to make and getting myself to the grocery store. Blue Apron solves this problem for me! Plus they are so affordable at only $9.99 a person/meal!

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Here are three recipes I received for the week. Each dish I create is likely to last at least two days because serving sizes are pretty big.

Basically Blue Apron allows you to create delicious, chef-designed recipes at home by delivering all the farm-fresh ingredients you need, right to your doorstep, in exactly the right proportions! So that means no waste! And all the packaging is recyclable which is just amazing.

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I decided to make the Crispy Salmon & Barley-Fennel "Risotto" with Fresh Herb and Walnut Salad.

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Cutting the fresh veggies.

You get three meals a week and can choose between two or four people's worth of servings. Shipping is free. I actually wasn't home for a few hours before I had a chance to take all of the food out of the boxes and they were packed so incredibly well - with refrigerated material and ice packs - that I had no qualms the steak, chicken and salmon had "been sitting out."

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Prepping the "Fresh Herb and Walnut Salad" topping and getting started on the barley risotto.

When starting a subscription to Blue Apron, you get to input your dietary needs and preferences. And even though they have a huge selection of recipes, every week Blue Apron updates their menu anyways!

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Used the lemon juice and the lemon rind for zest. Toasted the walnuts.

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The only ingredients they expect everyone to have in their house: olive oil, salt and pepper. 

Blue Apron is available in about 80% of the USA - your location is (probably) guaranteed if you live in a big city or even just close to one like I do. You can check if you are in one of their delivery zones here!

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The dish turned out amazing! It was surprisingly rich and had great flavor.  Blue Apron calls this "Fine Dining" :)

My favorite part about Blue Apron is all the new ingredients they introduced me to. I had never tried barley (crazy?!), fennel, tarragon nor sun chokes. I've never cooked with bamboo or Brussels sprouts either. Their recipes are also really healthy, which is always good of course! The main time sucker was from cutting all the veggies. But if you can get someone to help you, that's always great ;)

Now to those of you that read all that ^^ GREAT news! Blue Apron is offering my readers two free meals to the first 100 that sign up!

Thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post!
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Something Soft

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This is just a fun holiday look I threw together since I'm already feeling the magic in the air. Sparkles, check. Soft and cozy cardigan, check. Strappy suede heels, check. And speaking of magic and other wonderful things, Kipling is teaming up with Chictopia.com to give away two amazing Kipling prizes (up to $200 each) and a grand prize at the end of the contest(up to $500). I am actually going to be one the judges for the grand prize and you can bet I would love to see one of my readers win!

Here are the steps to enter:
1. Follow @KiplingUSA and @Chictopia on Instagram
2. Take a pic or video showing your fave holiday cheer moment past or present!
3. Upload the pic or video to Instagram and tag it with both #KiplingHoliday AND #MakeCheerContest

Contest runs from 11/19 – 12/19.  
Good luck! xoxo

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest is open to U.S./DC residents, age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Four-period Contest running 11/19/14-12/19/14 with eight $200 Kipling shopping sprees [Two (2) weekly winners each to win up to $200 in Kipling Winning period for the giveaways will be on every friday(11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19).] and one Grand Prize $500 Kipling shopping spree. For details, see Official Rules

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Purple Rain

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winter-outfit-olive-jacket-style-purple-bag-longchamp-lepliageLongchamp Custom Le Pliage Bag, Zara Olive Puffer Jacket, Purple Turtleneck [Steal, Splurge], H&M Faux Leather Mini Skirt [Similar], Ivanka Trump Suede Thigh High Boots, Rue Gembon Ring [Similar Rue Gembon Rings: 1, 2, 3]

A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit Longchamp in downtown San Francisco and design a custom Le Pliage Heritage bag as part of their 20 year birthday! If you guys follow me on Instagram you may have seen this post! While Longchamp was founded in 1948, they created the Le Pliage line in 1993. Since then they have been exceptionally successful and sold over 32 million bags! 

 When customizing your bag, aside from the size, you have the option to choose a color for the strap, handles/flap, outside color, inner color, and tabs! So you can really go crazy if you want! And in retrospect, I think I should have gone with a hot pink inner lining for a fun little kick! JKR are my initials (yes the same as J. K. Rowling!), and I could have gotten them perforated for an even more unique look. As it is, I think purple and black are pretty unusual colors for a bag already. I chose them anyways because the combination of purple and black is both sporty and perfect for winter! I picked the largest version since it looked just right for traveling and I really need a new carry on bag. 

Upon styling, I decided to go with olive, which is one of the best colors to complement purple! And as you all can see I have styled these boots for the 5th time in less than a month. Oh dear...

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