January 29, 2015

Style: Winter Whites

A quick little post on a classic look: winter white. I had never worn an all white outfit before this weekend. It was a refreshing change that perked up my wardrobe. I'm still not sure if I'm ready for white jeans during the winter, but I'm getting close. 

Anthropologie Sweater // J.Crew Skirt (similar &) // Madewell Booties // J.Crew Coat // Rebecca Minkoff Bag (similar) // Old tights

January 28, 2015

Style: Bucket Bags

I've never gravitated towards bucket bags. Until Mansur Gavriel came about I never considered owning one, but they are now on my bucket list... HA. Since it seems nearly impossible to get a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag I've picked a few of my recent favorites. I'm especially found of this Sophie Hulme Small Drawstring Leather Crossbody Bag. It is simple, but also a little funky thanks to the gold details. What is your current must-have bag?

January 26, 2015

In the Kitchen: Curried Tomato & Kale Soup

There is a a specialty grocery store in Charlottesville that serves the most delicious soups and salads. I try to limit myself to only eating their twice a month, but I can easily stop in every week for a quick lunch while I'm at work. They make the most amazing tomato and kale soup that I recreated at home this weekend. The curry adds a great warmth, and the coconut milk adds a nice creaminess you don't have to feel guilty about. You can make this with fresh tomatoes if you have them on hand, but canned tomatoes make a great substitute during the winter.   

Curried Tomato & Kale Soup 

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced 
1 garlic clove, minced 
1 tablespoon curry powder 
1 teaspoon turmeric 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes 
2 cups water 
1/2 bunch kale, torn 
3/4 cup coconut milk 

Add olive oil to a large dutch over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft. Once onions have turned soft and brown, add garlic and spices and cook for about a minute until fragrant. Pour in tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, and blend with an immersion blender or regular blender until smooth. This will take 2-3 minutes.

Add kale and cook for another 5 minutes until softened. Stir in coconut milk and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve warm with a drizzle of coconut milk.

January 22, 2015

Style: Lazy Weekends

Last Saturday was nothing particularly special. I cleaned the apartment, ran a few errands, and then threw on this outfit for a quick stop at my favorite local brewery. I picked up this cape last fall after debating if it was practical, and have surprised myself with the amount of times I've worn it. The voluminous style of the cape works best with slim pieces: like a slim fitting dress or pants. I'm a fan of slim black pants paired with over the knee boots, but you really can't go wrong. If you're looking to add a cape to your wardrobe I suggest picking a neutral color so you can wear it throughout the season. 

Anthropologie Cape (similar here) // Anthropologie Tee (similar here) // J.Crew Pants // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // Zara Boots (similar here) // J.Crew Beanie // Karen Walker Sunglasses (similar here) // Old scarf

January 21, 2015

Style: Black Oxfords

This season, black oxfords are far from boring. Many designers have updated this classic staple with a few fun twists. From metallic details menswear inspired buckles you can find a pair of oxfords to fit almost every taste and budget. I'm particularly found of these Rachel Zoe Cap Toe Oxfords (totally splurge-worthy) with a metallic pointy toe. If you're looking for something more budget friendly, these H&M Oxfords come in under $40. Plus, with such a classic shoe you can wear it season without it going out of style.

January 20, 2015

Style: Simple Midi Skirt

I'm so excited to finally be revealing my new site! Kelly of Kelly Christine Studio did a fantastic job, and I could not be more pleased with the results. I wanted something simple and easy to use: two things I feel like she did successfully. This month marks my third year of blogging. It's been a sporadic ride, and I'm ready to commit more time and creativity to this site. Hopefully you'll enjoy the new features I'm scheming up. 

Cheers to 2015! 

Banana Republic Midi Skirt // J.Crew Stripped Tee (similar) // J.Crew Coat // Madewell Booties // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // Karen Walker Sunglasses (similar

January 19, 2015

Florals: Eucalyptus

Florals were a huge influence in my wedding. I had an awesome florist who brought my vision of a garden party to life, and since our wedding my loves for florals has only grown. Since I cannot afford a professional floral arrangement every week I usually resort to making my own. Sometimes they turn out great, sometimes they look like crap, but I always enjoy making my own floral arrangements at home. 

Eucalyptus is great for beginners. It is fairly inexpensive (I got mine at Trader Joe's for $3's a bunch) so you can buy multiple bunches to create a lush look without breaking the bank. Plus, working with one --- makes arranging easier. Follow the steps below to create your own eucalyptus arrangement at home. 

2 bunches eucalyptus
2 medium vase 
kitchen sheers 

Start by working from the front. Trim a few of the wider branches so they just peek out of the vase, and leave the rest longer. Start by placing the smaller, wider pieces in the front. You may need to use a rubber-band to keep them together. Decide which side you want to be fuller, and being placing branches to this side so they loosely drape out of the vase. Continue working until you've reached desired fullness. 

January 16, 2015

Mid Winter Playlist

Has this week seemed particularly long week to anyone else? I blame the fake snow day we had in central Virginia. This playlist is built for those who need a little pep-in-their-step. Those, much like myself, who have a serious case of the winter blues. Pour yourself a drink, turn on these tunes, and enjoy the fact that is is Friday. Plus, we're only 62 days away from spring!

The Party Line // Belle & Sebastian 
Ways To Go // Grouplove
Lampshades On Fire // Modest Mouse 
Young Blood // The Naked And Famous 
Side with Seeds // Wilco 
The Wire // Haim 
Modern Jesus // Portugal, The Man 
Turn It Around // Lucius 
Miracle Mile // Cold War Kids 
The Struggle // Grizfolk 
Ambling Amp // Yeasayer 

January 15, 2015

Style: Chunky Turtleneck

I'm declaring this the winter of the turtleneck. Growing up in Mississippi gave me a skewed take on winter. I could go sans-tights (hello, catholic school skorts) the majority of the time. So, I was not at all prepared for the bitterly cold winter in Charlottesville last year. Turtlenecks have become my new go-to this season. They keep me warm, and can look put together without much effort. Pair them with skinny jeans or a tulip skirt to keep the look streamlined and you are ready to face the coldest days. I know I'll be wearing this oversized Madewell turtleneck all the way into March.  

Madewell Turtleneck // Madewell Jeans (similar) // Zara Booties (similar) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // Ray-Ban Sunglasses

January 14, 2015

Winter Elements: Shirtdress

A classic shirt dress can we worn in any season. Layer it under a sweater or over a stripped tee and you are ready to brave the cold weather. It seems like almost everyone has a sale in January so it is the perfect time to invest in a few wardrobe staples. I'm particularly found of this T by Alexander Wang dress because you can layer it now, or wear it during the summer by itself. Plus, at under $100 it is an affordable way to update your closet. What are some of your favorite wardrobe staples? 


January 12, 2015

In the Kitchen: Buttermilk Waffles

On a cold winter morning there is nothing I want more than to stay in my pajamas and warm up with a rich breakfast. My parents gave us a new waffle maker last fall, and these buttermilk waffles have been on serious rotation lately. I think they are easier than pancakes because the waffle maker does the majority of the work for you. Plus, almost anything tastes good when slathered in butter and maple syrup. 

Buttermilk Waffles 

1 cup flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
2 tablespoons sugar 
1 cup buttermilk 
1 egg 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
2 tablespoons butter, melted 

Preheat your waffle iron. 

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Slowly mix in wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. The mixture will be lumpy but that is ok. 

Spray waffle iron with a non-stick spray or melted butter. Pour 1/3 cup waffle mixture into waffle maker, and cook until desired doneness. Serve with warm maple syrup and butter. 

January 9, 2015

January Favorites

ONE Step up your winter hat game with this floppy wool beauty // TWO I'm loving 3.1 Phillip Lim's resort collection. // THREE Treat yourself to a luxurious salt scrub on a cold winter day. // FOUR This gold cuff will be a staple in your closet. // FIVE Start a resolution to keep track of your favorite recipes. // SIX A cashmere sweater just about $100. // SEVEN This Voluspa Candle has a warm citrus scent that is perfect for winter. // EIGHT At under $100 this jeans are worth taking a risk (coated denim!) // NINE Calf hair d'orsay flats at a nice price-point. // TEN This rich lotion is the perfect size to keep in your purse. // ELEVEN Give your flat hair a little texture with this product. // TWELVE Warm enough for the coldest days, but light enough to wear indoors. // THIRTEEN Upgrade your winter coat with this stripped number.

January 8, 2015

Style: Embossed Leather & Stripes

After a few weeks of constant holiday travel a weekend at home was just what I needed. I slept in, ran a few errands, and pretty much lived in this leather jacket. I grabbed it on major sale while in Jackson for Christmas. I've been searching for a leather jacket for years, and even though I had always envisioned a black motorcycle jacket this cream embossed one seemed to speak to me. It will be perfect for the cool springs we have in central Virginia. Until then, I'm saving it for the warmer days when my down overcoat is not needed. 

 Vince Leather Jacket (similar) // J.Crew Striped Tee // AG Jeans // Zara Booties (similar) // Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar) // J.Crew Hat

January 7, 2015

Cocktails for Two: Bittermilk's Tom Collins with Elderflowers & Hops

I normally shy away from cocktail mixes. They're usually packed with sugar and calories, two things I do not need more of in my diet, but when I heard about Bittermilk I knew I had to try it. They're made in Charleston, S.C. with all natural ingredients, and come in a variety of flavors (I'm dying to try this one). This one is both sweet and tangy and pairs perfectly with gin. Through 3 ingredients in a glass and you have one delicious cocktail for an evening at home. 

Bittermilk's Tom Collins with Edlerflowers & Hops 

3 ounces Bittermilk Cocktail Mix 
3 ounces gin 
8 ounces sparkling water 

Fill two highball glasses with ice. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of cocktail mix and gin in each glass. Top with sparkling water and stir. Cheers! 


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