Monday, January 26, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Discovered a new Burger Bar opened up in our neighborhood, and proceeded to stuff myself silly with pulled pork and andouille sausage.
...Did a day of training for my volunteer work with Destination Imagination.
…Guilt watched a Lifetime movie about William and Kate that was so bad but so good. God I hope William really did terrible karaoke to say he was sorry in college.
...Grabbed drinks at Square One with the boo.
...Went to Oakbrook Center for the first time to return a bunch of things (I keep buying shoes for the wedding and then deciding I hate them) and contemplated why northern Illinois has so many outdoor malls when it's cold for most of the year.
…Saw This Is Where I Leave You and thought it was surprisingly good, even though I usually end up hating whatever character Jason Bateman plays.
...Grabbed an immense amount of sushi at Kai Sushi and then had to roll home.
...Had a little party with some friends for the Royal Rumble. Yep, you read that right. I was mostly in it for the party snacks ;)

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

One Pot Sausage Red Pepper Pasta

If there's anything that get's me in a recipe title, it's the words "One Pot." I mean, seriously, washing dishes isn't that hard, but I loathe it above all other chores, so cutting down on the dishes is a major score for me. 

The thing about one pot recipes though is that they're usually a little weird, because meals usually really shouldn't all be made in one pot. Not this one. In fact, when I asked Jeff if he liked it, he said, "Yeah, I love when you make this." Turns out he was confusing this one pot pasta with this other roasted red pepper pasta recipe that was waaaaaay more time consuming and make my kitchen look like it was attacked by a band of two year olds. A side note: do I make too many roasted red pepper pastas? Nahhhh....

One Pot Sausage Red Pepper Pasta (adapted from Host the Toast)
Serves 4 very hungry people or 6 regular people

You'll Need:
1 lb spicy italian sausage, casings removed
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 TB olive oil
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 16oz jar roasted red peppers, drained and pureed in a food processor
12 oz pasta
5 oz spinach
3.5 oz goat cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
Salt and pepper

In a large pot, sautee sausage, garlic, and olive oil over medium heat until browned. Add milk, chicken broth, pureed red peppers, and pasta. Stir to combine. Let pot come to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until pasta is just cooked through, about 12 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted. Stir in goat and parmesan cheese until melted. Remove from heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper as necessary. Serve and top with copious amounts of shredded parmesan.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Buffalo, Stripes, & Chambray

Tee (similar) and Chambray (similar) - Loft / Jeans - Madewell / Scarf - Old Navy (gifted) / Boots - Sole Society / Watch - Kate Spade

Pattern mixing used to be such a scary thing (I remember being totally freaked to try this combo back in 2013!) but now I don't even realize I'm doing it. A little buffalo plaid with stripes? No problem. I probably should have tossed in some leopard to really make it fun. I got this scarf for Christmas and I love how easy it is to wear. It's just one small loop that goes right over your head so you don't have to worry about twisting it around or getting it to fall right. Scarves for beginners.

Oh, and yes, you're right, I am wearing those Madewell jeans again. I was this close to taking them back, and then my go-to pair started to disintegrate. I decided I was just being a bit hypercritical of them, the knees really aren't any bigger than any other pair I own. And in case you're wondering, I did break my "no more boots" ban and grabbed another pair during Sole Society's after Christmas sale. They were final sale, which was a bit of a mistake because they hit my ankle bone a little funny. With extra thick socks it isn't that noticeable, but I'm hoping they break in a little better.

 In other clothes related news, I have to get my headshot taken at work today, which was weirdly stressful to plan an outfit for. It feels like getting ready for school photos all over again. I'm writing this post in advance, so fingers crossed I didn't freak out and pick out something totally crazy this morning!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

... Went to a charity event for the Kerry Wood foundation, which was at the new Harry Caray's at Watertower Place. I was a little apprehensive because I don't really care about the whole sports thing, but it was fun to go through their little museum, play some sports games, see how my wingspan compares to Scottie Pippen's, and check out how I'd look as a Blackhawk. There was also an open bar, the Plain White T's performed about 10 feet from our table, and I shook Kerry Wood's hand, so all in all, a pretty good night. I wonder how much the Plain White T's hate Hey There Delilah at this point...
...Got an early start to the weekend when the internet went down at work.
...Went to the outlet mall to try to find a new purse that would convince myself that I don't need this beauty from Kate Spade and failed miserably.
...Went out with the in-laws to Chicago Cut as a little preview to our rehearsal dinner, and my god the steak I had was good! I'm super excited to go back in a few months.
...Took an early morning trip to IKEA (seriously, we managed to get there before it opened) to buy a couple new storage solutions for our house, and then took 3 episodes of Gilmore Girls to put everything together.
...Caught up with some friends who were in town for a little Sunday Night Football.

I hope you had a good one! As a little PSA, I've suddenly hit a time crunch with the wedding planning where I just don't have the time to put together content for this little bloggy, so I'm going to try out just posting 3x a week this week. Come back for an outfit on Wednesday and a recipe on Friday.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Current Wishlist

Coat - Club Monaco / Heels - Banana Republic / Necklace - Stella & Dot / Dress - Piperlime / Bag - Kate Spade / Necklace - BaubleBar / Watch - Kate Spade / Sweater - Gap / Bikini - Kate Spade

Around this time each year, as I snuggle down under my faux fur blanket and start dreaming about spring break, pastels start to draw me in. I've been wanting a smaller bag that fits my iPad mini to go with my wool coat, but now I'm thinking instead of a dark color maybe a pretty lavender would do the trick instead. Or maybe I'll just get a new wool coat for spring, like this pretty one from Club Monaco, so I don't have to worry about matching. I'm also dyyyyyying over this little striped dress, I'm not sure how it would look on my figure but I can imagine this working so well for a wedding this spring or maybe for one of my own wedding events. As for the bikini, well, I've been staring at it every day wondering if my chest would fit into the top and really need to go into the store to see how it looks.

What's on your current wishlist?

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Topped with a Bow

Blouse - NY&Co / Sweater (similar) - Gap Outlet / Skirt (similar) - Loft / Belt (similar)- ASOS (last worn so freaking long ago) / Bracelet - Michael Kors / Flats (similar) - Tory Burch

Are these pictures super old? Ummmmm, guilty. You're looking at one of my family Christmas party looks. I was going to share my winter wedding look from this weekend, but as per the usual I didn't manage to take any pictures besides a selfie or two. Too busy shaking my booty off I guess ;)

This belt is one of those pieces I've had in my closet for a long time and love but rarely makes it out. I put it on all of the time, but it just doesn't quite work. Is it financially irresponsible if I buy a whole new wardrobe specifically to wear with my fancy bow belt?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Austin Weekend

This past weekend Jeff and I went down to Austin for a friend's wedding, and seriously you guys, I loved the city. And I barely saw any of it! It was rainy and cold and we ended up having more pre-planned activities than I thought, so we never even left the downtown area. I know, I know, I probably missed the real Austin. Don't worry, we definitely plan on going back when it's a little warmer out. So what did we get up to? Well besides the gorgeous wedding we attended at The Allan House, mostly a freaking lot of eating and drinking:

- Went to Midnight Cowboy for drinks. The bar is built in an old brothel, so when you make a res you're actually booking one of the old rooms. Kind of gross and kind of hilarious. Also, they have a very fancy prohibition-style cocktail list and a bar cart that rolls up to the door so you can watch your drink being made.
- Wandered down Congress to see the sights and check out some of Austin's famous murals.
- Visited a bar thats entrance is hidden behind a sliding bookcase. Seriously, they had me at hidden door. Also, all of the bartenders had very amusing facial hair, so this place was a win for me.
- Decided that my new life goal is to become the governor's wife so I can live in this beauty of a house. So, step one, move to Texas, step two, get Jeff to become the governor. Shouldn't be hard.
- Rode a jackalope, because, well, why not, and had a freaking amazing burger at The Jackalope.
- Went shopping in the boutiques on Second Street and found an amusing mix of designer handbags, Austin souvenirs, and items that are clearly meant for illegal drug usage.
- Had brunch at Stubbs, where there was a live gospel show as well as a buffet featuring both eggs and barbecue. I was a very happy girl.
- Visited the Texas Capitol building, which is just slightly bigger than the US Capitol because, well, Texas, and full of intricate details like stars on everything and some very fancy door hinges.
- Ate and drank and ate and drank and ate and drank some more.

Austin, I will definitely be back.

Oh and P.S., today I'm being featured on Style Me Weekly!

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