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12/12/14

December Favorites


ONE Tis the season to splurge on silk pajamas. // TWO Keep your noggin warm for the cold months ahead. // THREE A simple print that would make a great gift. // FOUR MY favorite lip balm in would make a great stocking stuffer. // FIVE The Net-A-Porter sale is still going on, and this gorgeous Tibi blouse is still available. // SIX Snuggle up by the fire, or your TV, in this buffalo check throw. // SEVEN You can never go wrong with a pair of black cashmere gloves. // EIGHT This chunky gold cuff is the ultimate sleek accessory. // NINE Get a jump start on 2015 with this planner. TEN A great pair of feminine loafers. // ELEVEN Festive and quirky.. just my style. // TWELVE The perfect leggings for lounging in on Christmas Day

12/10/14

Winter Skincare Essentials


I tend to stick to the same skincare routine year-round, but lately I've felt that my complexion looks a little lackluster. I can almost feel the dry winter air sucking all the moisture out of my skin. It has taken a few weeks to get my new routine down, but I've found a few products that I already love.

Origins: A Perfect World Moisturizer Flaky patches do not stand a chance with this rich moisturizer. It is thick without being greasy and feels light on my skin. It has a mixture of white tea and vitamin C which protect against daily elements like smog and stress, plus a lovely light scent. I apply this at night before bed, but it also comes with SPF if you need a moisturizer for daytime wear.

Origins: Balancing Tonic I've read about this toner for years. It has gained a cult following, and now I understand why. It is great for those with combination skin who still suffer the occasional acne spot (so annoying) because it de-clogs pores without stripping your skin. After applying my skin feels tight, but not dry. I use it twice a day.

CLINIQUE: All About Eyes Over the last few years I've started to notice a few fine lines creeping in under my eyes. This eye cream light enough to layer on, doesn't run in my eyes, and doesn't break the bank. All major winners in my beauty cabinet.

12/9/14

Early Winter Playlist



Winter is beginning to creep in, in Central Virginia. Most of the fall foliage dropped weeks ago, and we've already received our second dosage of winter weather. I'm ready to curl up in my fuzziest socks and hibernate until April, but unfortunately life goes on. This mellow playlist makes the grey days a little a little more soothing.



Fireproof // The National 
Fools // The Temper Trap 
Speak in Rounds // Grizzly Bear 
My Silver Lining // First Aid Kit 
Winter Prayers // Iron & Wine 
Please Be Patient with Me // Wilco 
Sleeping In (Remastered) // The Postal Service 
Shuggie // Foxygen 
Kathy's Song // Simon & Garfunkel 
Oh Ho // Andrew Bird 
He Doesn't Know Why // Fleet Foxes 
Lost In The Light // Bahamas 
A Little Lost // Sufjan Stevens 
Christmas // Rogue Wave 
Silver Lining // Rilo Kiley 
One Of These Things First // Nick Drake 
The Greatest // Cat Power 
To Be Alone With You // Sufjan Stevens 
The Past And Pending // The Shins 

12/4/14

Style: Plaid Poncho


I was originally skeptical of the poncho trend. They don't really seem that practical, and I was unsure of how I would style them. Then, on a whim, I picked up this Anthropologie Poncho back in October. I'll admit, it didn't get a ton of wear at first. But I've found over the past month that the poncho is a great transitional piece for the up and down weather we've been having in Charlottesville. I goes great with lots of outfits. I can wear it with a simple tee and black riding pant. Lately, I've been pairing it with light sweaters and jeans as the temperature has dropped. When winter comes in full force, I'm looking forward to wearing it with turtleneck and dark denim. 




12/2/14

In the Kitchen: Turkey Pot Pie



Are you swimming in a sea of leftover turkey? Good, me too. After the first turkey sandwich I am ready to raise the white flag. Leftovers just aren't my jam. I have to repurpose my thanksgiving leftovers in order to make them palatable. So, on a not so cold fall afternoon I whipped up this pot pie. It was hearty and warm, and had almost no resemblance to our thanksgiving dinner. The turkey sauce made a velvety gravy that I could have eaten on its own. Try out this recipe if you're already tired of turkey. 

Turkey Pot Pie 

2 tablespoons butter 
1 onion diced 
2 celery stalks diced 
2 carrots diced 
1 leek diced 
1 garlic clove minced
1 1/2 cups mushrooms quartered
2 cups cooked turkey chopped 
3 tablespoons flour 
2 1/2 cups turkey broth 
2 tablespoons heavy cream 
1/2 teaspoon thyme 
1 tablespoon fresh parsley 
1 frozen puff pastry 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat butter over medium heat in a heavy saucepan. Add onion, celery, carrots, and leek and cook until slightly browned and tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook for  2 minutes until soft. Stir in flour and cook for another 2 minutes until a paste forms. The flour should become a pale yellow/grey color. Add turkey stock and heavy cream and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add turkey and cook until a thick sauce forms, about 20 minutes. You want it to coat the back of your spoon like a light gravy. Stir in fresh herbs. 

Pour pot pie mixture into a lightly greased baking dish. Top with puff pastry and cut off edges. Bake for 20-30 minutes until puff pastry is browned. Serve warm.