Fashion/ Travel
November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas 2017

Thanksgiving, the start of the season of eating and family. And hopefully giving. But on this blog, I’ll be honest, it’s easier to focus on the less important aspect of the holiday yet one of the most important aspects of the holiday season – WHAT TO WEAR! Because we all know, it matters a lot what you wear whether you admit it or not.  To make things easier, I put the outfit ideas in to 3 different categories  – Travel, Hanging Out and Dinner.

Thanksgiving Travel Outfit or Lounging

I realized, like me, a lot of people travel for the holiday. So whether you’ll be in a car for a few hours or on an airplane, it’s always nice to plan ahead of what you’ll be wearing. Comfort is always ideal and thankfully, comfy is still in! Thought here is a comfortable shoe (in case you’ll be waiting in long TSA lines), sweater that can be layered over a tank, and more then a simple legging, i.e. moto style or glossing legging. Even if you are not traveling but just spending the day lounging at home with/without family and friends and just want to be comfy before the big meal, these options would also work. Note: The gray theme was totally an accident! 😊

 

Thanksgiving Hanging Out (i.e. couch sitting but pulled together)

Some people’s Thanksgiving mainly revolves around sitting around, eating, and watching the parade and then football, basically relaxing with family and friends. Now I know people have different interpretations of casual but I think it’s easier to focus on an outfit you’d want to wear to actually be around other people in. Thought here is jeans and a fun top and some cute jewelry.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Outfit #1 (i.e. casual dinner with some couch sitting)

Now some of us like to  look a bit more pulled together for the actual Thanksgiving meal but the idea is understated dressy. Like jeans and a nice top or sweater.

Thanksgiving Dinner Outfit #2 (dressier dinner with minimal couch sitting)

Some people actually enjoy getting more dressed up for Thanksgiving. If you’re lucky (or unlucky 🤔) to be in this boat, try a blouse with some details, dark bottoms, shiny jewelry and you’re good to go! Just make sure the pants are comfortable enough in the waist or the top is loose enough for all the food you’ll be inhaling. Ha!

Hope this post provides a little inspiration! And no matter what you wear, remember to be thankful to have food on the table and family and friends to spend the holiday with!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall/ Fashion
November 13, 2017

Fall Sweaters to Love

Madewell and Target

Shoes Pictures: Black Booties | Black Slip On Sneakers or hereBeige Booties (on sale!) | Gray Sneaker Shoe 

Hey there! I’m happy to say that it has finally cooled off enough here outside DC to officially break out sweaters and warmer tops. Although, the temperatures dipped way faster then I think any of us expected, I know, for me, it is a welcome change. Bring it on cold!

With the cold temperatures on my mind, I pulled together a quick post on my new favorite sweaters in my closet. Have you seen the new Target brand ‘A New Day’? It is a line of clothes in trendy new styles plus materials that I’m finding to be comfortable, soft and well made. Plus, I’m really loving some sweaters from Madewell right now, too. Read on to see what my favorites are.

From Target

Ruffle V Sweater (Left) – This reminds me of the Velvet by Graham and Spencer top I mentioned in a previous post. That one was fleece lined and $118. This one is definitely a sweater but has the same vibe. Could work for every day or dressed up for a dinner date on a cold night. Or even a family event like Thanksgiving!

 Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sweater (Right) – Ruffles and could shoulder make a perfect combination for an evening out. This sweater is similar material to the Ruffle V Sweater where that it is warm but not heavy and definitely not itchy.

Target sweaters

Embroidered Top (top right in first picture) – So this sweater isn’t a real sweater, it’s more like a thick top.  I also mentioned embroidery as a popular trend in the same post as the Velvet by Graham and Spencer and linked a Madewell sweatshirt with embroidery but this version from Target is really similar! Except it’s not a sweatshirt and it has a zipper down the back to give it a little extra detail and it is $25! I must note though, I sized up from my normal XS to a Medium in this one to get the fit I wanted.

From Madewell

Madewell Sweater (bottom right in top picture) – Boy was this sweater hard to find in the cream! But I couldn’t resist it! I saw it in the store but decided I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on getting it just yet. BUT, then, here I was running to the store a few days later (on a very warm day, might I add) to get it in the cream and my size (XS) after realizing that it was sold out online. Don’t get me wrong, the pink is pretty, too, I just felt the cream would go with more of my clothes. I love the details of it (fringe at the bottom) and hope that the style will last at least a few years since it’s not overly trendy.

Wearing the sweater here:

Other similar sweaters from Madewell I saw in the store and online I like are here:
 

I know these sweaters will be on rotation quite a bit this Winter. As the weather continues to be cold, I will definitely do another post with other warm sweaters. But for now, happy shopping! And stay warm!

 

Fall/ Fashion
November 2, 2017

What I Wore – October 2017

Happy November! This What I Wore for October is jam packed with quite a few new buys because it was a busy month and I was on a shopping kick (much to my husband’s dismay). 😊 Some items were definitely on repeat, like my AG Jeans (on sale!) and my Jslides sneakers but overall, I tried to include only the outfits that had a new item. The month had it’s usual gym days, nights out and a dress up night, too. What I didn’t have – too many cold days again but I did finally get the chance to break out a new sweater at the end of the month. FINALLY!

In any case, off we go…..

Casual Outfits

Outfit #1

The month started off with warm temps that continued throughout a lot of the month. So, it was a great excuse to get a bit more use out of some tank tops

Ribbed Tank – Madewell, last Spring | Jeans – Old, Blanknyc, similar here | Steve Madden sneakers |Stella & Dot necklace, engraveable (Mine says “LOVE” ) |

Outfit #2

This was a laid back Saturday. Took my daughter to a dance class and kids to get pumpkins. No, it wasn’t very “farm like” but it was a warm day and my “farm” clothes all involve long sleeves or booties. Next year, maybe?!

Lululemon ‘Love Crew III’ Tee (LOVE IT!) | AG Jeans – old, similar | Adidas Campus Sneaker or try the Gazelle ones |

Outfit #3

Still a warm day, but cloudier so felt like it wsa the perfect time to break out t his tee. I got this tee during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale so the color is no longer available but you can find it in white and black. I may actually consider getting the white, too!  It is very comfortable and I like the ruffled sleeve. Anything to add to an update to a plain tee is good with me.

Current/Elliott tee  – (here in white), sized up to small, or 1 in their sizing | Hudson jeans | Jslides | Necklace – South Moon Under, no longer available

Outfit #4 –  A

Outfit #4 – B

Got a new tank and top to wear to the gym. The tank is an old stand by from Lululemon that I finally bought because I liked the grayish black. The top I put over it is comfy and fun with big side slits and is hi low. It can definitely be worn for a casual day because it is not a specific gym material.

Lululemon Tank | Lululemon Crops (the most amazing cropped legging, esp for yoga) | Alo top | Nike sneakers

Outfit #5

So I laugh because the day I wore this outfit I intended to go to the gym (not in the shoes pictured of course!). It was right after we got back from Charlottesville and I had missed my usual Monday day at the gym. And while I felt like I had errands to catch up on I was going to squeeze in a workout. Well, guess what? The gym had no power so changed my shoes and did my errands. 😀 And snapped a pic. Lol.

Jslides sneakers | Old Navy Bomber Jacket – sold out, similar | Alo Leggings – sold out, try these for similar

Outfit #6

Cloth & Stone tee

Outfit #7

Free People top – old, similar | Citizens of Humanity jeans – old, similar | Jslides (again)

Outfit #8

Rails plaid (see my post about it here) – old, similar here | Kendra Scott NecklaceVince Camuto Booties

Outfit #9

My husband and I were lucky enough to get away for a day and night and went to Charlottesville, VA since it’s only a few hours drive from us. The weather we got that day was beautiful! I did have a sweater with me that I wore to start the day but it warmed up enough to ditch it.

Loft Top | AG Jeans

Outfit #10

Rivet & Thread Top (from Madewell) (I was showing the bell sleeve)| AG Jeans | Vince Camuto booties | Necklace – old Madewell

Outfit #11

Madewell Sweater | Jeans | BP Booties – old, similar | Nadri Necklace similar

Evening Outfits

Outfit #1

Casual 50th birthday party at someone’s house. Wasn’t quite sure what to wear but this seemed like a good middle ground of casual (low heel) and dressier.

Loft blouse | AG Jeans | Steve Madden shoes | South Moon Under necklace

Outfit #2

Party at the Country Club (that sounds so pretentious but that’s what it was, lol). I went for the rented dress because we had another dress up event the following weekend and was getting bored with my dresses. Renting is easy and fun! I did a post about Rent the Runway this past Spring that you can find here.

Nicole Miller dress from Rent the Runway Dress (sized up) | Tassel Earrings | Bracelets | Shoes

Outfit #3

Date night

Aqua Blouse | Hudson jeans | Sole Society wedges – old | Kendra Scott earrings

Outfit #4

Date night again

Blanknyc Jeans – 0ld, similar | Sam Edelman Heels | Faux Fur Vest – old, similar (see my post here about my love of a furry vest) | Aqua Sweater – old, similar or similar |  Bauble Bar earrings – no longer available

That’s a wrap on October!

Happy shopping!

 

Fall/ Fashion
October 30, 2017

Plaid and Gray Booties

Rails plaid

Oh how I love that it finally felt like Fall last week! And on a day that I didn’t end up in my gym clothes all day. I’m honest, it happens. #sowhat. #wealldoit. In any case, it was the perfect chance to break out the plaid shirt and to wear these new booties (or sneakers?), I got from Nordstrom recently. I was on the hunt for a cute gray shoe and when I saw this pair by Caslon, I knew they were exactly what I was looking for.

Fall Plaid

I don’t know about you but one of the patterns I think of year after year when I think of Fall is plaid. It took me many years to embrace plaid as something I could comfortably wear but I’m so glad I did! It’s perfect for going on a hayride, apple and pumpkin picking, or just sitting out by a fire. My top is by Rails and while this brand is on the pricier side ($148, ideally you can purchase on sale or with a promotion), they do make some of the best plaid tops out there. They are soft, lay well on pretty much everybody type, and come in the best plaid patterns I’ve consistently seen. So while mine is a year old, here are some new ones I’m liking:

 

Some other plaid tops I like as well that are under $100:

 

Boot or Sneaker?

As I  mentioned, when I saw this  Caslon Ezra shoe at Nordstrom, it was calling my name. While I’m not sure if it’s a boot or a shoe, I love that it will work in to the colder temps of Winter. Assuming I can bear to have a slight bit of skin exposed…..In any case, it comes in 2 other colors and is the perfect shade of gray in my opinion. Plus, it has a very comfortable insole and is reasonably priced!

Rails plaid

If you don’t own a plaid top yet, or you haven’t purchased one in awhile, I highly suggest going and buying one BEFORE Winter comes calling and you’re just throwing on a sweater. 😀

By the way, here’s a cute outtake from this little session. It’s so hard to get pictures with my 2 “fur babies” so I took the quick chance while it presented itself. That’s Buster on the left and little Lucy on the right.

Also wearing: Kendra Scott ‘Cory’ necklace | Citizens of Humanity jeans (old) – similar here

Happy shopping!

Food
October 27, 2017

Grilled Asian Salmon Cakes and Sauteed Baby Bok Choy

A food post for the day! Yup, it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a food post and honestly, the reason is two fold. One is that I haven’t made much of anything new in awhile and second is that if I did, I forgot to take pictures.  😛

But here you go! I made these over the Summer and they were good! I paired them with baby bok choy because the flavor of the cakes was Asian and so, therefore, felt they went well together.

Good news is that besides them tasting good, this salmon cake recipe is easy AND it has a secret ingredient, so possibly appealing for kids. Read on to see how it went.

The ingredients seem easy enough, right? Canned salmon, panko breadcrumbs, zucchini (the secret ingredient!), toasted sesame oil, eggs, scallion, and soy sauce. Not sure about you, but I do like having canned (or a pouch) of salmon around for those last minute meals, like this night was for me. I looked around to see what I had in the pantry and fridge that I could make in a flash. And was on the healthier side. Most of the ingredients, minus the zucchini, I usually have on hand. But I’m sure if you didn’t have a zucchini on hand, the recipe would still work.

Here’s my prep – drained the salmon and rinsed the baby bok choy. (I used this baby bok choy recipe)

drained salmon

Salmon all drained and flaked.

ready to mix salmon together

I didn’t show the grating of the zucchini but it’s easy to do and goes fast with just 1 zucchini. Just put all the ingredients together in a bowl.

ingredients mixed together

And then mix them all together. 😀

Meanwhile, I started working on the baby bok choy. Note: I happen to have a wok that I got like a zillion years ago right after we got engaged. I won it at some event at Bloomingdales. Hahaha. A regular frying pan would suffice.

I also took this chance to start the grill.

salmon cakes and sesame oil

Cakes formed and ready for the sesame oil.

salmon cakes to go on the grill

Now they’re ready to go on the grill!

salmon cakes on the grill

Just grillin’.

All done! That’s it!

Sorry I don’t have a more finished picture of the bok choy. I believe things got hectic in my house and I totally forgot. Just know that it was yummy and paired perfectly with the salmon cakes. However, my husband declared he’s not a big fan of the bok choy. His loss I tell you! Lol. Did I mention kids may even eat this?!! I’d give it a shot considering the recipe is from Parents Magazine!

Happy eating!

Grilled Asian Salmon Cakes and Sauteed Baby Bok Choy from Parents Magazine

Ingredients

  • 1 14.75 oz can skinless, boneless pink salmon, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini (about 1 zucchini)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • Optional: Serve on buns
  • Pair with: Garlic Baby Bok Choy
  • Recipe from: Parents Magazine, tested by me, Renee LeVine

Instructions

http://lattesandlipgloss.com/grilled-asian-salmon-cakes-sauteed-baby-bok-choy/

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