October 31, 2014

Halloween Basics









Happy Halloween!

I have to say I am so excited this holiday finally lands over a weekend, it means having three full days to celebrate without feeling guilty about it. However, if you're like me, you were too busy this week that you didn't have the time to shop for an actual costume and are no scrambling for some help. Above are some inspiration boards I built to help bargain and use what I may already have in my closet to come up with a few amazing costume ideas. I also sometimes feel that store bought costumes can seem cheap and low quality at a high cost. My staple is to start with a basic idea (such as a simple body con dress) and make it unique with a solid color palette and killer costume accessories. I hope everyone has a fabulously fun time celebrating, we know we will ;)


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October 30, 2014

Fall Cocktail Favorites

In honor of it being Thursday I decided to share some fall inspired cocktails I found on Pinterest that I think are perfect! They will definitely be frequenting my bar this fall and winter. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest to always keep up with what we are pleasantly pinning :)

Cherry Whiskey Smash 

















Do you have any other fall inspired cocktail recipes that I must try?

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October 29, 2014

Hats off to the Season

Fall hats


Some of the best things about Fall and winter fashions are all of the different choices of accessories and layering techniques. They allow us to get creative and make an outfit structurally unique. These hat styles are all so diverse and can take an outfit up a notch in their own unique ways. My personal favorite of the season so far are shown above, and I especially have been utilizing the wide floppy brimmed hat style frequently (seen here and here). What are some of your favorite hats to sport this time of year?



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October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Patch In Black White & Denim


Fun fact for all you fabulous people on this wonderful tuesday, I am OB-SESSED with anything related to halloween. Its one of my favorite times of the year. I could recite all the lines to Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice to you, tell you where at least 3 pumpkin farms are within 60 minutes of me, and have had my costume planned for over a month (a sailor!). Like I said, obsessed :). This weekend the boyfriend was in town from New York and the weather was gorgeous out. 73 degrees at the end of October?! No complaints here! Matt's never been to a pumpkin patch before (I know, I couldn't believe it either) so I knew we needed to go! It was so much fun to get lost in the corn maze, ride camels (yes I said a camel), go on hay rides and pick out the perfect pumpkin. With the unusually warm weather I decided to wear my black jeggings with a white long sleeve shirt, a denim vest, and some riding boots. This look kept me cool and comfortable for our adventure around the pumpkin farm! What's your favorite part about Halloween?

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October 27, 2014

Sunday Sports Wear










In my house, Sundays means football which mean Chicago Bears gear only (let's just not talk about their game yesterday, ok?). I love to support my team while still carrying some style. These new Nike Roshe run sneaks I recently bought are so comfy and different I just had to have them. No, I didn't think about how they resembled my favorite football team but it doesn't hurt when I wear them on sunday and they match the rest of my outfit. Old Navy Active is also my go to for comfortable and fashionable activewear. This half zip up sweatshirt (on sale now!) and running leggings are great for my weekend runs as well as my football watching. At least when I'm super bummed about my team loosing I can still look cute, right?
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October 24, 2014

Cheesy Garlic Bread Bites From Scratch

So an added benefit to being close with 100% italians is learning recipes they created by randomly deciding to throw some ingredients they have in the house together to make something yummy. This recipe is happens to be one of those delicious creations, cheesy garlic bread bites!

Ingredients


1 loaf of bread, unsliced (bread of your choice, I used sesame seed french bread)
1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 bowl of garlic butter (how to make this is in the directions below)


Directions

Step one: cut bread on a diagonal, but do not slice all the way through. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Step two: Cut the bread in a diagonal in the opposite direction it has already been cut, remembering not to slice all the way through.


Step three: Mix together the garlic butter. To do this melt two sticks of unsalted butter, then mix in garlic powder for the desired garlic taste.


Step four: Use a spoon to spread the garlic butter into the cuts you have already made in your bread.


Step five: Take pinches of the shredded mozzarella cheese and stuff it into the bread. Put in as much or as little cheese depending on how cheesy you want the bites to be.


When you are done it should look like this:


Step six: wrap the bread in tin foil


Step seven: place the bread into the preheated to 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes


Step eight: remove the bread from the oven after about 15-20 minutes to check and see if the cheese is melted as much as you want it to be. If its not put it back in the oven and continue to check on it. 


Step nine: remove the bread from the foil and place it in a serving tray 


Voila you're done and ready to enjoy some cheese garlic bread bites with your meal



I hope you enjoy this easy to make recipe as much as I do!

If you want to see my full outfit of what I wore while I was cooking this yummy treat you can find that here. Have a great weekend!

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