casual as usual

 

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KN and I had a weekend getaway to Seaside, Florida. We have decided to try and go to places we have never been, which can be tricky since we have both been a lot of different places. This area in the panhandle was a quaint, little mecca of beach towns that were all completely unique. Although all planned communities, each town was different and were so fun to check out. The weather was cool but there was sun and we could actually be outside and ride a bike!

We took these pictures in a town called Rosemary Beach. As we were passing through town on the way back to the airport, we decided to stop for lunch and took a little stroll around.  We felt like we were transported to a little European town.

Travel outfit details here:

 

pants

t-shirt

sweatshirt

shoes

ripped jeans

FullSizeRenderI know, I know, ripped jeans are everywhere. AND I just happen to LOVE them and can’t wait for it to be warmer so that I don’t look a fool for wearing them in negative temperatures.

I actually bought these Current Elliott jeans in Florida and brought them to California two days later. I knew it would be warm enough!

The style of the jean was meant to be more “boyfriend” style but I just went down 2 sizes to make them more skinny like. Keith was standing by the fitting room when I tried them on and was like “wait, what boyfriend?” hahahahaha

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jeans

sweater

t-shirt (similiar)

shoes

sunglasses (similiar)

San Diego and Coronado beach

birthday dinner

 

 

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Why does every single outfit on Pinterest, People magazine, any clothing ad or Instagram post, blog post, look awesome, because the girl is wearing HEELS?? I just really don’t have a high heel lifestyle 99% of the time. I mean, if I walked into the high school basketball game with heels, seriously, the eyeballs would be rolling right out of people’s heads, down the bleachers right onto the court.

I would love to be all tall and sexy and confident strolling through Target but uh, I got this bunion on my right foot and  and for sure I would slip and break my neck.

I like to wear heels on dates with my husband. He knows if I have heels on that he has to drop me right off at the front door of the restaurant, cause I can’t clomp down the sidewalk, not to mention how slow I have to walk.

Speaking of hot dates with my husband….

We went out for dinner for my birthday to a unique restaurant and had a fabulous time. {I wore booties that had a heel but were totally manageable and warm} We ate at Intro, you have to buy tickets in advance and there is no menu because the chef has already decided what he is going to serve you before you get there.

{From the restaurant: Chef CJ Jacobson is introducing a five-course menu that is rustic-refined. His cuisine combines flavors foraged from the local terroir of Chicago combined with hyper-seasonal, local California ingredients he highlights in his West Coast kitchen.}

It was delicious.

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{oxtail tea, rutabaga ramen, Aronias berries}

 

 

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{potato, seaweed, chicken skin, mugwort}

 

 

 

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{lobster, black trumpet, snow pea, cumin}

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{myself and my hot date}

jumpsuit Banana Republic, similiar here

white blazer Zara, similar here

pink Hugo Boss coat, similar here

black booties, similar here

Restaurant here:   http://introchicago.com 

gingham for spring or now

 

 

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Winter doldrums? Unmotivated? Crabby? Sick of every single thing in your closet?

Seriously, that isn’t me, I just made that up……

Ha, right,

I am sure I have every single “winter issue” available, starting with “severe complaining” and ending with “consuming too many calories”.

Where is the happy winter wonderland of snow angels and hot cocoa around the crackling fire?

Not seeing it from where I sit, it’s all gloomy and frozen and dirty.

Solution: Maybe something new to brighten the day?

YES!

It seems that gingham is going to be a big hit for spring. It’s cute and classic and preppy and everyone can wear it! And we should start now to make ourselves feel better and there are zero calories involved.

 

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Zara pants

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Madewell skirt

 

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Target swimsuit

 

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C&C California shirt

 

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Oscar de la Renta dress

 

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Tory Burch wallet

 

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Diane von Furstenberg

 

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Banana Republic shirt

 

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Old Navy shirt

 

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Forever 21 dress

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Hue Leggings

 

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Michael Kors trench coat

 

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Marc by Marc Jacobs cardigan

 

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ASOS blazer

Comfort Food

macaroni & cheese
macaroni & cheese

Can I blame the weather for making me eat too much?

Of course!

I have never made mac & cheese that did not come in a box. But it sounded warm and cheesy and filling and I thought maybe everyone would eat it and not one person would say “I don’t like this”.

First step: what is the very easiest possible way to make it.  (I only cook with shortcuts).

Sitting in the grocery parking lot, I googled “easy mac & cheese recipes” so I could run in and grab the ingredients, and curses, the recipe says, “pre-shredded cheese does not melt as well because it has cellulose in it”.  This was almost the breaking point for me, I gotta shred my own cheese??

Once at home with my block of cheese,  still unsure about this cheese shredding business, still googling: “Can you shred cheese in a Vitamix?” It appears you can grate it, like parmesan or asiago but not sure if that will work with cheddar. Then this: a video on how to make the entire cheese sauce in the Vitamix, one bowl and no shredding. Yee Haw! This is what I’m talking bout.

 

 

Here it is: Easy Peasy Mac & Cheese

 

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Get ready for Valentine’s Day!

Vday pink Collage

 

12 Days till Valentine’s Day!

Here are a few ideas to get you motivated.

1) Diane Vonfurstenberg sweater

2) Deborah Lipman Sexy Back

3) Too Faced bronzer

4) Sexy brief

5) Kate Spade Heart Dish

6) Love Carries All print

7) Red Cake Stand

8) Red Bodysuit

9) Volcano Candle

10) Zara red dress

11) Red Heels

12) Pappillon Red Wine

13) Heart Paper weight

Fashion news

Piperlime

Here are some updates in the fashion world:

piperlime-logo1) Piperlime is going to shut down!

 

 

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2) Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade stores are closing.

 

jonesNYlogo3) Jones New York is closing.

 

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4) H & M (did you know what the H & M stand for? This: Hennes & Mauritz AB). Business is great, they are opening more stores and are going to add more shoes and sportswear and then makeup later this year.

 

J. Crew pop flower necklace5) I WANT THIS J. Crew necklace:

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6) Statement stripes are in for spring-{YES!} I love stripes!

Scenes from Naples

 

 

 

4ofusSpent a few days in beautiful, sunny Naples with my mom and dad. Since they head there for most of the dreaded winter, it is great to fly down and see them and get away from the dreary, grey skies.

My mom and I always go shopping. {My dad always goes golfing.} Sometimes we shop for clothes and a lot of time for decorating for their place. {My dad does not shop, in this picture we were at the art fair and he thinks that is way too closely related to shopping= stress}.

This trip we needed to go on a search for new lamps. We were successful and purchased 3. We also hit the Miramar outlet mall which I had never been to. I don’t typically like outlets but we enjoyed ourselves and both were successful and returned with {multiple} shopping bags.

There was a lot of eating out. And eating dessert. This was not in line with my “eight week challenge”…

It was a little unseasonably cool, but if you could get in the sun away from the wind, it felt perfect.

KN and I like to talk about retiring to Naples when we are there, {wish us luck}.

lamps{Lamp shopping at Wilson’s Lighting}

 

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kswall{The wall at the Kate Spade store—love it}

pie       {Homemade Cherry pie from friend’s of my mom and dad-YUM!}

{Dinner at Campiello}

Naplespool{a book, a cookie + sunshine}

 

Shopping math

Brown_eye_shadow_paletteI don’t always understand what is happening.

Even at Target…..

I headed out to Target because I needed bananas, lightbulbs and eye shadow (all set on toilet paper right now) and my Target card balance was zero.

This is what one of my current eyeshadows looked like:

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Yes, it is Cover Girl. Yes, I liked it. I have Christian Dior eyeshadow that I bought in an extremely weak moment and I seem to be afraid to use it for fear that the CD that is stamped in it will wear off.

Back to Target.

I picked out a 2 new replacement eye shadows.

1)L’oreal 2) Maybelline

Tangent: Why do they put so many colors in one package? I picked these because I only need like 2 colors. There’s no way that I will use all 4 colors, where do you put all of those colors? And why are those little compartments so small? I want 2 colors and I want the little square to be big enough for my finger, because that is usually how I apply it. No, I do not own any $55 eye shadow brushes and yet, my eyelids manage to always have eye shadow on them.

I think I am ready to toss the Cover Girl.

 

Cruising down the aisle and there is a men’s clearance rack that says extra 20% off with your Cartwheel. (Cartwheel is the Target app). On the rack are a size large Champion hoodie sweatshirt and a grey medium Champion hoodie sweatshirt like this:15580711These are my boys sizes so it was fate that I ran into the clearance rack. The hoodies were $9.98 each, and this price was on the clearance tag on both of the hoodies.  I pulled up my Cartwheel and scanned the bar code and it said “no offers”. Whatevs, sign says extra 20% off, but I’m taking them anyway because that is still a deal.

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Now I have only used my Cartwheel 2 times because I always forget, but since I had it out, I stood in the men’s department and scanned everything in my cart. About 4 or 5 things came up with the extra 5 or 10% off. Great! Headed to check out.

This is when the not understanding” happened.

I put the hoodies on the belt and told the cashier that the extra 20% off clearance was not coming up on my Cartwheel. She asked another cashier for help and between the 2 of them and their brilliant math skills, they took $5.00 off each hoodie.

Now, I’m pretty sure, without taking out my calculator, that that is not 20%.

I wish I had a picture of my face, because I’m sure I wasn’t breathing…

$9.98-$5.00 =$4.98  Seriously? LOL

She continued scanning and bagging and I was putting the bags in my cart and I reminded her that I needed her to scan my phone. She said, “yes, at the end.” OK. So I am staring at the computer screen because I want to see my monumental Cartwheel savings….(I mean, 5% off of bananas is like 3 cents). I didn’t see the total change so I asked “did it scan?” And BAM, she starts typing and entering and  typing and entering, then she says “I don’t know if it worked so I just took money off.”

Wait, wha ?

She hands me my receipt and says thank you and says “it’s ok, I took money off”.

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Now, I am still not understanding what just happened. So I push my cart away and stop just short of the doors to review my receipt. Yes, the Cartwheel did work on all of the correct items besides the hoodies.

At the bottom of the receipt there are all of these “store coupons” listed. I do not use coupons because that takes pre-planning and none of my shopping is pre-planned unless I am heading to a big sale at the mall.

She just flipping made up store coupons!

The first one was -$.05 because she must of messed up when she was trying to type in -$5.00 off hoodie number one and then -$5.00 off the second. THEN she made up 3 more coupons for a total of $12.00 off!!!

Bahahahahahahahaha

WHAT?!

Between my Cartwheel, Red card savings, and the 6 store coupons that she MADE UP, I saved $41.28.

I even like the eyeshadow.

Expect more. Pay less.

4 sandal trends

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I’ve been thinking about sandals.

Probably…. maybe….of course…..

because I have the opportunity to wear them, this winter!  Heading to Florida to visit mom and dad at the end of this week, a weekend get away next month for my birthday (KN didn’t tell me where yet) and going on spring break in March.  Woop! This is good stuff.

I did some serious research and these are a few of the trends I see in sandals, even though it is not technically sandal season:

{  1.) The heeled slide 2.) gladiator 3.) rhinestones on natural leather 4.) espadrilles  }

 

Heeled slide

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Gladiator (small scale)

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Rhinestones on natural leather

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Espadrilles

 

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What would you pick? I think I am leaning toward the smaller scale gladiator or the rhinestones. The thought of wearing shorts or a bathing suit sounds mortifying so I may have on new sandals with my trusty black yoga pants until I actually feel the sun and warmth and can ease into showing some skin.

xo

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