I apologize for the lack of posting lately. I have been completing my community pharmacy rotation for the past three weeks, which has left little time for blogging. It has, however, presented me with countless opportunities for professional-minded outfits. Although my career has a somewhat conservative dress code, I have tried to play around with color, layers, and accessories to spice things up.
skirt and blouse, H&M; cardigan, Target; necklace, Anthropologie; shoes, Aldo
I recently planted a small herb garden which included basil, mint, thyme, and an arugula plant that has really flourished. I made this salad the other night with a bit of store-bought spinach and some arugula leaves from our back porch. Throw in a bit of quick, semi-homemade bruschetta, and you've got quite a meal!
Little arugulas from the garden
Add in spinach, cranberries or granny smith apples, walnuts, blue cheese, and chicken (optional)
For the dressing, mix equal parts of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pure maple syrup (I suggest about 1/4 cup each.) Make sure to stir well to ensure the mixing of the oil and vinegar.
For an easy bruschetta, bake frozen garlic bread for about 5 minutes on 400. Remove and top with diced tomatoes (I used fire-roasted garlic tomatoes) and a bit of mozzarella cheese. Place back in the oven for another 3-4 minutes.
If you have any of the dressing leftover, be sure to store it at room temperature. The salad is also quite good without the chicken, especially for a quick lunch. Bon appetit!
After reading a post on one of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere, I decided to give these Vanilla Cupcakes a try. I used the Vanilla Buttercream icing that the bakery recommended, and the treats were divine! The only change that I will make in the future is that I will decrease the amount of confectioner sugar in the icing. I found it to be just a little too sweet. Also, I would like to play around a bit more with the decorations on top. I was slightly rushed with these since I made them Sunday morning before heading to K's parents' house for lunch. Despite my thoughts on the icing, the cupcakes were a hit with everyone! I would definitely recommend the recipe!
Easter has been a favorite holiday of mine since I was a child, and I always spend the day surrounded by family and friends. I do hope that you all were able to do the same and that you had a very happy Easter Sunday!
This past Saturday, K and I went to the Braves baseball game with one of our favorite couples, my girl Kindredlyand her hubby. I haven't been to a major league baseball game since high school, and it was a blast. We munched on a yummy seven-layer Mexican dip (my sister's recipe) and turkey burgers in the parking lot before heading into the stadium. When in Rome, right?
The Braves won, which made the evening end on a happy note despite the cold weather that crept in when the sun set. Luckily the kind woman sitting beside me shared her blanket. God bless her!
Overall, the night was a definite success, and I think we'll be repeating it once the weather warms a bit. While the boys had some manly bonding time, Ashley and I talked mostly about fashion and decorating. It was perfect! You should definitely check out her blog; both she and her husband are hilarious, plus she's super stylish.
A few months ago, I posted about my newfound appreciation for Levi's jeans. I had never had much luck with them in the past, but I am eating my words. I finally found a pair of the low-waist skinnies on sale at Kohl's while shopping for my nephew's Easter presents. Kohl's! Not to be snobby or anything, but I just don't shop at Kohl's. (This is mainly because the only things that I ever think are cute are in the Vera Wang collection and they never fit me.) Anyway, the skinny Levi's are perfect, dark wash, supper skinny, and super comfy.
On another denim note, I also ran across a pair of high-waisted Guess jeans on major sale over the past weekend. The denim gods must be smiling on me as of late. The only slight downside to the Guess jeans is that they are waaaay too long, so a bit of hemming will be in order. After said hemming, I'm planning a white tank tucked in with some nude platform sandals for a slightly retro look. Stay tuned for outfit posts and for some fun happenings this weekend. (I've been a bit scarce lately due to academic endeavors that are now coming to a close. I do apologize, my lovelies.) Xoxo.
For those of you who have not yet heard, Tracy Feith is launching a GO International line for Target starting May 17th. The designs are vintage-inspired, beachy pieces that definitely have potential to be fun summer wear. Although the designs are styled a bit too young for my taste, I think a bit of tweaking and styling could make them more fashion forward and less teenager hip. Either way, I have my eye on a couple of the items, especially this leaf skirt (on the right.)
I would pair it with a white v-neck tee, tucked in, gold chains, and some gladiator sandals. For an evening out or just to dress up, I would change into some chunky, heeled sandals. An easy, fun summer outfit.
I also think that both the blue dress and the leather motorcycle jacket have potential. I love the exposed zipper down the bodice of the dress and the vibrant color. For these or other images of the Tracy Feith collection, click here.
I honestly hope that the garments do end up being less tween and more fashion; it's often hard to tell with the Target lines. So, what do you all think? Are you looking forward to the Tracy Feith line or do you think the designs will look to young in actuality?