10 Dresses to Wear this Easter

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Easter is this Sunday and with that comes the question of what to wear. Or, if you’re like me, the joy of knowing you can have chocolate again–come at me Thin Mints! 😉

However, finding a cute dress to wear on Easter is still definitely something that comes to mind. Lucky for me, I recently got a cute blush cap sleeve dress at a steal that will be perfect to wear once I get it back from the alterations (short people problems, am i right?).

Here’s to finding that perfect outfit!

-C

Wednesday Want: Bookmaking Brunch Dress in Roses

Modcloth Brunch Dress in Roses

 

If there’s one thing I love about warmer weather, it’s the ability to wear a dress without worrying about if my legs, arms, or what have you will get cold. Seeing as how I am a dress person, not having to worry about something like that makes life just a bit easier.

As far as this new Modcloth dress, I am loving SO many things about you. The colors, the lovely print, the fact that it’s above the knee (huge plus for someone who is just barely over five feet tall), and also just the overall classic look of it.

With seeing such a huge quantity of cold shouldered dresses out there (too many in my opinion), it’s really refreshing to see more classically designed dresses still hitting the racks per se.

Happy hump day! 

-C

$50 and Under for Her Gift Guide

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I honestly cannot believe Christmas is this week!

I’ve yet to wrap my gifts and I need to figure out what I’m going to wear for Midnight Mass and for the big day. In actuality, I just have been putting off a-lot of Christmas related things as it had not felt like that time of the year down here until this past weekend (yay for cooler temps!).

Here’s to the most wonderful and stressful time of the year!

-C

 

(From left–> Marc Jacobs Lipstick Set: Sephora; Earrings: Bauble Bar; Cashmere Fingerless Gloves: Nordstrom; Minted Daisy iPad Case: Anthropologie; Purse: Nordstrom; The Beatles 1 Album: Urban Outfitters; PJ Short Set: Topshop; “The Southerner’s Cookbook”: Barnes & Noble; Biker Jacket: H&M; Scarf: Urban Outfitters)

Lovin’ Right Now: Fair Isle Sweaters

 

I love fair isle sweaters because they are THE perfect sweater for the holiday season and will continue to remain a classic, unlike those sweaters with Rudolph and jingle bells on them. 😉

So for those who are heading to a more casual or cozy holiday party, I totally recommend pairing a fair isle sweater with either a simple mini skirt or some fun jeans. You’ll be cute AND comfy as you sip on some spiced cider. Win win, no?

-C

 

(More winter style inspiration can be found here)

What to Wear Now and Later: Holiday Style

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This time of year you hear so many women talk about never knowing what to wear for this and that holiday party. Lots of times they have something they could wear in their closet, but of course, we all like to treat ourselves to something new that just makes us feel good.

That is why I love this red swing dress from H&M. It is EXTREMELY versatile and can go from day to evening easily, which is why I feel it’s a great choice for both your Christmas day outfit and your New Years Eve look.

-C

 

(1. Dress: H&M; 2: Glasses: Warby Parker; 3: Purse: JCrew; 4: Booties: Sam Edelman; 5: Necklace: JCrew; 6: Purse:H&M; 7: Heels: Bagdley Mischka)

$25 and Under Gift Guide for Her

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As much as we all love the holiday season, it can honestly be a really be a stressful time, especially when you are shopping for others. Don’t worry y’all, no matter if they’re a a music lover, planner, bibliophile, beauty junkie, cat lover, or a wannabe chef, you’ll find something for everyone who is on your list.

And for those who are struggling to find that perfect gift, I have cultivated a few lists of some of my personal favorites (starting with this one) to help you out. I personally love to go with more quirky gifts, hence the cat coloring book for the cat lover in your life (seriously though…they probably have enough stuffed cats as it is) or a sassy mug for the bibliophile.

Just remember that they’ll be happy just with knowing you thought of them this holiday season.

Happy holiday shopping y’all! 

-C

 

(From left–> Bon Iver “22, A Million” LP: $25,98; Adorn Essential Oils Set: $24; Jot What It Takes Pencil Set: $19.99; Bonheur 2016/2017 Planner: $22; “A Million Cats” Coloring Book: $9.95; “Milk and Honey”: $15.19; Sephora Favorites Travel Perfume Set: $25; “Cool Story, Poe.” Mug: $16; “One Pan, Two Plates”: $24.95; Y’s and Wherefores Necklace: $19.99)

Five Butternut Squash Recipes to Try

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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

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Skillet Butternut Squash and Sausage Penne Pasta 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries

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Stuffed Butternut Squash 

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Fall Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash and Apples

Now that we are in the full first week of November, it is starting to look and feel like Fall here in Texas. I’m talking days where it doesn’t even reach 80+ degrees and where I can actually wear my booties. I know, it’s crazy talk but it’s happening guys.

So, in celebration of Fall finally showing its face, I have a butternut squash sitting in my kitchen ready to be either roasted, baked, or put in a skillet along with some other yummy things. Personally, I’m thinking of going the skillet butternut squash and sausage penne pasta route but who knows what I’ll do with it later this week.

What are you looking forward to cooking now that the temps are starting to dip again?

-C

 

(Original recipes and their sources are available by clicking on the photo titles. More fall recipes can be found here

Wednesday Want: Williams Sonoma Pumpkin Spice Candle

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A few weeks back when I was at Williams-Sonoma, I came upon this deliciously yummy smelling candle while at the check out counter.

I’ve honestly been quite good lately and have yet to purchase this candle until it truly is fall *pats myself on the back*. However, come September 22nd, I may not be accountable for my actions when it comes all things pumpkin, including this candle.

-C

 

Happy 4th of July!

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I hope each and every one of y’all have a day filled with lots of sun, grilling, and fireworks.

I’m personally going to be spending the day by the pool with my family and a close friend who I’ve known for over 10 years now.

Happy 4th y’all! 

-C

 

P.S. Props to my dad for figuring out how to work my camera haha

 

(Outfit Details–Top: Topshop (old); Shorts: Ann Taylor Loft Riviera Shorts; Sunglasses: Ray Ban Clubmaster; Lipstick: Red Lizard by Nars)

Comfy and Casual for the 4th

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Here in Texas, the heat index is hitting the triple digits and there’s (of course) some lingering humidity.

So let’s be realistic, most Texas women (myself included) will not be dressed to the nines this 4th of July. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone dressed up that much on this particular holiday as that’s just not what happens.

One of the reasons I’ve always loved celebrating the 4th, besides hanging out by the water, the food, and the fireworks, of course, is that it’s such a casual holiday. A holiday that’s really just about relaxing and feeling good as we celebrate our day of independence.

Wishing y’all a happy 4th! 

-C

 

(1. J. Crew Eyelet V-neck T shirt: $68; 2: J. Crew Garden Short in Linen: $39.99; Aegina Tassel Drop Earrings: $18 at Francescas; 4: COACH Gracie Swagger Sandal: $69)