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/

Fashion
October 19, 2017

Loft Friends & Family Event

Loft Friends & Family is here! In my book, it is always something to be excited about because 40% off everything is a great deal.

Why I Love Loft (#loveloft)

I really am a big fan of the brand because they make some affordable pieces that work for my lifestyle, i.e. one that goes back and forth all the time between casual and more polished. I also know that a lot of working women like this brand because the styles work for their job and are again, affordable. Also, did I mention the clothes wear well?! And, most of the styles come in petites, another big bonus for this short-waisted gal. And finally, their Lou & Grey brand always  makes the SOFT pieces ever!

Top Choices

After looking online and going through my own closet, here are the tops that I found to be good buys during the sale (Note: I usually wear an XS in Loft clothes, sometimes an XXS, or an XS Petite. I find the petite just hits me at my waist more often so if it’s a top that is more flattering in that size, that’s when I go for it. Usually with a top or sweater that doesn’t have a defined waist, I don’t bother with the petite). Notice lots of bell sleeves, cold shoulders and some ruffles, all trends that are big this Fall (see my post about my favorite Fall trends here).

   

See me wearing some of the pieces here:

Loft diamond smocked top

Just last weekend wearing the Diamond Smocked Top in Charlottesville, VA

Loft tie hem blouse

Also, last weekend going to a 50th birthday party at someone’s house wearing the tie hem blouse (necklace and shoes here)

The top with the short sleeve ruffles is really comfortable! I mentioned in my What I Wore post from September that I love that it’s a material that can be dressed up or down. It also comes in a gray I really liked. The diamond smocked top I’d been waiting to wear and finally got the perfect chance this past weekend. My husband and I headed to Charlottesville for a short get away and I couldn’t wait to embrace Fall scenery and the clothes that go with it. EXCEPT, the day we went it was supposed to be warm and sunny. So, the top was perfect – it had the Fall colors I was looking for but loose and pulled together for hanging out with my husband doing some shopping, eating and enjoying a stop at a winery. And the bottom top, it is loose and flattering on a stomach but the ties at the bottom create a shape that is overall very flattering. I also love the simple neckline to show off a pretty necklace or earrings.

Sweater Choices

With Fall here and Winter not too far off (if that’s hard to believe based on the weather we’ve had here in the Northeast), before we know it will be here whether we like it or not. So, now’s the time to stock up on any new sweaters if you haven’t already. There’s nothing worse then hearing the forecast and realizing you don’t have any sweaters you feel like wearing and and you missed a good sale, right?

I am loving the colors in the feckled sweater, so pretty! And the dolman sleeve is a nice change, too. The slit sleeve sweater is a slight twist on the tie sleeve that may be more comfortable. And this pretty button sweater with bell sleeve is such a pretty blue! While I love the blush pink that is everywhere right now, the blue is refreshing to see.  Plus, the sleeve is not too bell-ish (ha!). For a more casual look, the cuffed rim sweater is perfect. It’s got the throw on and go look that could make it a good “go to” sweater for the Winter.  For an update on a simple sweater, the sweater blouse is perfect! Sometimes I am one to err on the side of caution and go for more classic looks so I find this sweater a perfect combination of classic and trendy. And, I love that it can be dressed up or worn casually.

 

One last item, the shirttail open cardigan – it is so soft and versatile! I have it in pink and blue! 😀

Loft shirttail cardigan

Shirttail Open Cardigan I wore to a girls dinner back in September

Don’t forget to use code FRIENDS at check out to get the 40% discount.

Happy shopping!

Fall/ Fashion
October 18, 2017

Fall and a Furry Vest

fur vest fur vest stella dot necklaceLoft tee fur vest

fur vest closet shot

Current/Elliott jeans (on sale!) | Booties | Tee – old Loft | Vest – old BB Dakota

Fur Vest – old Banana Republic | Necklace | Shoes | Jeans| Tee – Old Loft

History

When I think of Fall, I often think of outfits to wear with a vest, and my favorite vest is a furry one! Whether it’s shearling, faux fur, or some other material, I just love the idea of having something warm and cozy to put on when the temperatures drop, before they get freezing.

I got my first fur vest a few years ago, the one seen in the bottom picture from my closet. I was always afraid it was a style that wouldn’t look good on me and I’m  not saying it truly does, but I think the idea was just about embracing something outside my comfort zone. And I’m so glad I did! Since then, I’ve gotten 2 more furry vests, the shearling one worn in the other photo’s and also a black furry one, too. I have told many friends who feel the way I used to that it’s just about finding the right furry vest to try but that everyone can wear the style.

How to Wear

I find pairing a furry vest is best with more simple tops, like a long sleeve tee or a simple blouse. It doesn’t have to be a neutral top, that is just what I’m more comfortable with. For shoes, booties or tall boots look better to me then casual sneakers but to each his own. 😁 Also, I find wearing a pair of bigger earrings or a pretty long necklace are the best accessories to go with the vest. Just be sure that if you’re going the earring route, they’re not too long to get caught on any fur. Ha!

See my other favorites here

 
Happy shopping!

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