October 9, 2015

Fall Style: Heeled Ankle Booties

There are four boots every women should have in their closet: chelsea boots, rain boots, over the knee boots, and a heeled ankle boots. I consider the heeled ankle boots I purchased at J.Crew a few years ago to be one of my best investments. They get a steady rotation each year, pairing well with almost any outfit, but my go-to combination is most always similar to this. They dress up an outfit if the weather does not permit heels, but can also feel casual if worn with jeans. Plus, I can wear mine all day with comfort. If you're in the market for a pair, see below for a few of my favorite picks. 

October 8, 2015

New Season, New 'Do

A new season called for a new haircut, and after a summer spent in the South Carolina sun my hair needed a good chop. I had short hair as a child, but it has been a few years since I've gone this short. I feel like a new person with this new haircut: an edgier version of myself. This newfound edginess is coming across in my style as well. A sleeveless turtleneck and high waisted denim? Sure, why not. If you feel like you are in a style rut, chop off your hair. I promise, it will change your entire outlook. 

October 6, 2015

October Favorites

ONE Grey suede over the knees boots for under $250. // TWO Tie this silk scarf like a neckerchief to perk up an outfit. // THREE Is it too early for holiday candles? I say never. // FOUR Top your outfit with this floppy wool hat. // FIVE If a face oil and retinoid had a baby, it would produce this miracle product. // SIX This long sleeved stripped shirt will be your go-to layering piece. // SEVEN About your chelsea boot with a subtle pointed toe. // EIGHT This wool coat has a teddybear like texture. // NINE A stylish leather bag that will hold almost everything. //  TEN This season's "it girl" sunglasses are totally dreamy. // ELEVEN Get this gold signet ring engraved for a personal touch. // TWELVE I'm still not over this check  print. // THIRTEEN Fill this bowl with fruit as an easy centerpiece for your dining room table. // FOURTEEN Pleated skirts are my new obsession, and this blue is perfection. 

October 5, 2015

In the Kitchen: Warm Lentil Salad

Do you partake in Meatless Mondays? We try to eat vegetarian meals during the week, and filling salads like this are always a go-to. As the seasons change so do the fillings: tones of fresh vegetables in the summer and roasted root vegetables in the winter. This salad is easy to throw together on a hectic Monday night. The carrots and cauliflower roast together, and the lentils can be left almost undisturbed on the stove while the cook. Add a citrus vinaigrette for a little punch, and you have a healthy and filling weeknight dinner. 

 Warm Lentil Salad

1 cup lentils
2 garlic cloves
5 carrots
1 head cauliflower
1 teaspoon cumin
1 orange
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon parsley

Combine lentils, 1 smashed garlic clove, and 2 3/4 cups water in a sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes until lentils are soft. Drain lentils to remove any sludge and place in a bowl.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel carrots and cut into diagonal rounds and place on one side of a baking sheet. Cut cauliflower into small florets and place on other side of the baking dish. Sprinkle carrots and cauliflower with cumin, salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Toss to combine. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and fork tender. Set aside.

Combine carrots and cauliflower with lentils.

Whisk together, 2 tablespoons orange juice, red wine vinegar, 1 minced garlic clove, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Pour over lentil salad and toss with chopped parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

October 1, 2015

Style: Gingham in the Rain

In my mother's words, "I think I'm starting to mold". There is no end in sight for this dreary weather in Charlottesville. After spending the majority of the day at home on Saturday, I slipped on my trusty Hunter Rain Boots and trench coat on Sunday and headed out to lunch. We took full advantage of a few rain-free hours with a stop by our favorite brewery and dinner with friends. I bought these rain boots in college for rainy walks to class. They look great with almost any outfit, making them the perfect investment piece. 


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