Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Little Faux

Tee - Loft (similar) / Skirt - Target / Heels - Sole Society / Bag - Coach Factory (similar) / Necklace (similar) and Bracelet - BaubleBar

I don't shop for clothes at Target anymore.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It's not that I don't like Target clothes.  It's just that the layout of the closest store is a little funky, and I like the rest of what Target has to offer so much that by the time I get to the clothing section my cart is so full that I don't feel like maneuvering through the clothing aisle with it.

Then some smart employee decided to hang this skirt on the outside aisle, and it literally drew me over from another section like a moth to the flame.  Between the shape and the faux leather scalloped look, I had to have it.  Target wins again.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

This weekend...

This weekend I...

...Worked on a bunch of projects around the house, including a gallery wall on the staircase, new lighting for the living room (btw, anyone in the market for some marble lamps from the '90s?), my Halloweeen costume (too soon?), some fall decorations, and a wedding DIY.
...Once again decided to count Thursday as part of the weekend, and went out to Kai Sushi for a birthday dinner for a friend, and then checked out the new brewpub in our neighborhood, Vice Brewing.  It actually shares an interior wall with my gym, so we've been trying to convince our personal trainer that an interior door between the two would be an excellent idea.
...Went on a lady date with a friend to check out her new neighborhood and maybe try to stalk the Real World cast - they're currently filming just two blocks from her place.  We epic failed on the Real Worlding, but did get some awesome tacos and some aggressive drinks at mas (the rajas con queso was our favorite).
...Had dinner at my parents' house to celebrate their anniversary (an excellent excuse for a champagne toast!) and am still in recovery from all of the desserts I consumed.  My siblings and I are all weird about what desserts we like (me - no cooked fruit, my sister - no chocolate, my brother - no cake or ice cream), which means my mom gets confused when we come over and makes everything she can think of.  I'm definitely not complaining.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Loft Fall Style Sale

I don't usually give sales their own blog post, but in this case, I just couldn't help myself.  Ann Taylor Loft hit the nail on the head with their new fall collection, and I want every. single. piece.  Luckily, everything (including their lounge line, Lou & Grey) is currently 40% off, and you can earn Loft Cash Cards with every purchase over $50.  You may just be seeing some (err, a lot) of these pieces on this little blogger soon.

(click the images to shop)

What's your favorite piece?  I'm trying to decide between the leather sleeve jacket, the gray and white sweater, and the jewel collar oxford.  Welp.  Sorry September budget.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Transitioning White

Dress - Target / Vest - Old Navy / Booties - Sam Edelman / Necklace - Yuni Kelley (similar) / Watch - Kate Spade

It may be after Labor Day, but I'm still in white. While the weather continues to cooperate (at least for today) and it still is technically summer, I'm going to keep on rocking this little white dress.  Paired with my utility vest and booties, it feels perfectly appropriate as a transition outfit to fall.

I wore this earlier this week for a quest over to Wicker Park for trivia night. I think we've finally found a trivia program that I can really get behind, because A) they cater heavily to my intense knowledge of the Home Alone franchise, and B) we've come in second twice. Of course, some of my friends aren't as cool with the whole "not winning" thing, so I said next time we go our team name should be, "Always a bridesmaid."

Are you still in white?  Or have you packed it away until next year?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I don't know if it's obvious from most of the recipes I post on here (pasta, pasta, and more pasta), but I'm not that into health foods.  Most of them plain just freak me out.  I see "skinny" recipes on Pinterest and pass right over them - they just never taste right to me.  I'm actually trying to cut all fake-y foods out of my life right now (margarine, diet anything) because usually the ingredients that are used to replace the "bad" foods are actually worse for.

BUT I kept coming across recipes for chia seed pudding, and the pictures looked so good I had to check it out.  It turns out the ingredients are all pretty legit.  Chia seeds are actually the same seeds from Chia pets, and are edible seeds that contain all sorts of good-for-you things like omega-3s, protein, fiber, and calcium.  I've found them in the grocery store in the health foods aisle as well as near rice and quinoa.  Chia seeds expand when they come in contact with liquids, so adding them to milk causes them to create a pudding-like texture.  After a couple of disaster attempts where my pudding didn't set, I've tweaked the recipe to the point where I've found a healthy dessert that I actually like!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
1 serving

You'll need:
1 1/2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk (I usually use regular old cow's milk, but almond milk works too)
3 TB chia seeds

Add cocoa powder, sugar, and salt to a small jar with a lid.  Add milk and stir to combine.  Add chia seeds, put lid on jar, and shake well to combine.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes, and then shake again to make sure chia seeds don't clump together.  Then let sit overnight, and voila! Pudding!

Have you tried chia seed pudding?  Would you give it a try?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stripes & Sneaks

Tank - Loft (similar) / Jeans - Gap / Sneakers - Nordstrom Rack (similar) / Bag - Coach Factory (similar) / Necklace - Yuni Kelley (similar)

I put this on last week, and Jeff said, "You look really cool. Like a rock star." I'm now uncertain as to whether or not Jeff has ever seen a rock star, but I think it was the sneakers that got him. I've been wearing sneakers whenever I've been walking a lot lately, not just because they're comfy, but also because it turns out I have a leg length discrepancy. Remember a couple of weeks ago when I had to go get my legs measured? Well the right one is about a centimeter shorter than the left, which means I now get to wear a nifty little lift in my sneaks whenever I do anything resembling exercise. I feel like I would have been embarrassed about it when I was younger, but now I think it's hilarious, and with the lift I can finally do squats without falling down. Win win win.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

This Weekend...

This weekend I went down to my alma mater for a football game, where I...

...Coincidentally found myself in a suite with a bunch of my mom's sorority sisters and determined that my mom and father-in-law definitely knew each other in college.
...Got to relive my dorm days with one of our favorite lunch foods, the chicken zing wing.
...Watched Champaign's pride parade (only three months late) and danced on a balcony to It's Raining Men, and then met up with one of my friends in the middle of the pride madness and got my very own Oscar Meyer weenie whistle.
...Started my first fantasy football matchup against Jeff, I think I'm gonna beat him but still have two more players going tonight.  I also beat him in our first matchup last year.  Hee hee hee...
...Went back to one of my favorite downtown Champaign restaurants, Radio Maria, and had some freaking amazing stewed oxtail and paella.
...Had a mini ASB (Alternative Spring Break) reunion with some of the lovelies I went to Arizona with in college.

I hope you had a good one!

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