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Month: February 2016

the one with Blake Lively

Getting inspiration from celebrities can be dangerous sometimes. You never know how expensive the items might be. With some of them – like Kate Middleton – you know that even if it is expensive it’s going to be quality. With Blake Lively I think it’s most likely the same thing, but unless you better luck than I, it’s harder to figure out where she gets her clothes. So you just have to have faith you’ll find quality items that are similar. Don’t worry, I’m here to help.

blake lively

Sometimes we get lucky, and she wears fairly simple outfits like this one that we know we can find in our favorites stores. I found quite a few at Kohl’s of all places. What I love about Blake’s street style is she doesn’t really stick to a specific color scheme. She just wears what looks good . . .


booties . leggings . tank . jean jacket . scarf . earrings . messenger bag

the one with my love language








dress . tee . pumps . jewlery via

My love language is food. I love to feed people. It can be going out to eat and spending time together – but it has to be a cool, new place that I know you’ll love or a special place for us. It can be me having you over and cooking – which will consist of 3 courses and a perfectly cleaned house. It can be me just bringing you a meal when you need it – but it’ll be some comfort food and dessert will definitely be involved. My husband is reading this and laughing out loud right now because he knows it’s so true even though we’ve never talked about it out loud before. The past year I’ve gone out of town without him 4 times . . . and every time I leave at least 10 meals in the freezer for him with a schedule of when to eat them and how to heat them up. He’s 31 he knows how to put food in the microwave, but I must show him that I love him. At least that’s what goes through my mind. Why am I telling you all of this today? I don’t know. I guess I just wanted you to know.

This outfit? I wore it to church last Sunday. I like it a lot. That about sums it up.

What’s your love language?

5 pieces 1 outfit – valentines day

Valentines day is a little over a week away, and the husband and I have yet to make plans. We’re not big on hallmark holidays only the big ones so I’m sure we’ll just make it an extra special date night. Ya know like little funny gifts and a new restaurant with a romantic movie instead of our usual haunts. We like to keep it simple and just be with each other as much as possible. I do have an idea of what I’ll wear though, and this isn’t it. This is far from a simple valentines day outfit. But that is what makes it perfect for the 5 pieces 1 outfit series. just because you only have 5 pieces doesn’t mean it’s a simple outfit or can’t be fancy, and this volume proves that more than any other I’ve shared I think.

5 pieces 1 outfit valentines day

The best part . . . the entire thing can be found at H&M or Forever 21 for $50. Yup each piece is between $5 and $11. It doesn’t get much better than this guys. I mean most of you should probably wear tights because of the weather, but I consider those base pieces like undies and bras so they don’t count. So this isn’t 6 pieces . . . it’s just 5 . . . and you can’t get much better than that!

What are you wearing for valentines day?

lace skirt . blouse . shoes . necklace . clutch


the one with fancy French fries

Over on my cooking spot today I’m talking about some beer brats my husband and I grilled last week. They were delicious, and they’re super easy. Yes, we grilled them outside because we live in Florida. So that might be a recipe you’ll use this summer or you can grill it on your griddle inside if you want it now (that’s what I’d recommend). Look how good they look . . . don’t wait . . .


Over here on the niche today I thought I’d share what we made to go with it. It’s a simple thing I like to call fancy French fries. I guess you could call them Garlic and Dill French Fries, but that tells you what they are and isn’t fun to say. Here’s what you’ll need . . .

      • 2 pounds russet potatoes, unpeeled
      • 1 quart vegetable or peanut oil
      • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
      • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh garlic (from 6-8 cloves)
      • fine sea salt, to taste


Here’s the how to . . .

•Cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and then cut slices into sticks about 1/4 inch wide. •Soak potatoes in cold water for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 300 degrees F in a large pot.
•Transfer potatoes to a towel or paper towels and dry thoroughly. Cover a countertop, baking sheet, or large serving platter with fresh paper towels.
•Working in batches, add potatoes to pot (do not overcrowd) and fry for 5 to 8 minutes, until light golden and cooked through. Transfer fries to paper towels to drain while you cook the remaining potatoes.
•When all potatoes have been fried, increase oil temperature to 375 degrees F.
•Just before serving, fry potatoes a second time, working in batches, until golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes.
•Using a large slotted spoon or fry basket, drain and transfer hot fries to a large bowl with garlic and dill. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and toss to coat. Doing this immediately when the fries are out of the oil will help the toppings to stick. Serve immediately.

Eat it up, and enjoy the crap out of it.

the one about being active







shorts . similar tee . shoes . sunglasses . jacket

I know a lot of you have health goals for the new year or have it as a part of your word of the year. How are your goals going? It’s the beginning of February so hopefully, you’re still going strong. February is when a lot of people fizzle out . . . those that are still left. I’m hoping none of you have fizzled out. Mine is simply to just be more active. I hate working out, and ,like most, it means I’m not active enough. So my goal this year is to just get more activities in. I can go walking, swimming, play soccer, whatever I please just as long as it’s active. There’s part of me that likes being lazy so I have to find weird things to motivate me. Looking cute is one of those things that motivate me, and old navy is the place I go to get my active wear. The yoga pants are the bomb, and they have this amazing fabric that keeps you dry. But I’ve recently discovered that the shorts are just as amazing. I’ve loaded up on a few pair and I basically just live in them.

What is your favorite place to get active wear?

the one with serenity

This year pantone surprised us all by choosing 2 colors of the year for the first time ever. Ever? That might be an exaggeration I have nothing to back that up, and I’m not going to google it. But I know it’s been a long time since we’ve had 2 colors chosen. One is rose quartz. It is my favorite of the two, but the second one – serenity – definitely has it’s strong points. The two colors together bring in both light and warm colors in the perfect balance. That was probably the point, and it’s one I appreciate. Looking at the two colors I feel calm and organized which are two of my favorite feelings. Yes, organized is a feeling. The colors together also remind me of babies, and who doesn’t want to be reminded of babies as much as possible. Not I.

Separately the colors remind me of rose gold and chambray – two of my favorite colors to wear. I feel like all fashion bloggers took a huge sigh of relief when the colors of the year were ones we wear regularly already, and people love to see (especially together). Since I’ve already gotten lots of rose quartz things put together for you . . . here’s some of my favorite serenity things for 2016. Enjoy!


throw . nail polish . chambray . coat . drop earrings . shooters . clutch

the one about retirement communities

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jeans . tee . similar boots . jacket

It’s certainly not cold in Florida right now, but it’s not beach weather either. So when one of my husbands best friends came into town last week, we felt a little more pressure than usual to show him around town. We live in a small little beach town where lots of Midwesterners come to retire. There’s a considerable amount of younger folks here so it’s not quite a retirement community, but finding things to do and places to eat that are hip and new has evaded us so far. But what we found out while Matt was in town is that there are quite a few places for the younger crowd around town. All we have to do is dig a little deeper to find those hidden gems, which is perfect because that’s exactly what our little beach town is.

This outfit is great for strutting around town looking for those hidden gems in winter. They tell me Florida winters are dry, but this one is far from I – hence the boots to keep my feet dry and warm. And the jacket is light weight enough to keep me cool when the temps rise in the afternoon.

What do you like to wear to explore the town?