Lovin’ Right Now: Sweater Details

 

Sweaters like these, with the coolest details, make me wish that mild temperatures were more common where I live.

Honestly, one week it’s in the 30s and the next it’s in the high 70s. If there ever were a state to be known for it’s ridiculous weather, it’d have to be Texas.

-C

 

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Five Rosemary Based Recipes to Try This Weekend

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Rosemary Sea Salt Sweet Potato Rolls

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Rosemary and Garlic Roast Beef

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken

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Rosemary Butter Cookies

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Lemon Rosemary Salmon

Earlier this week I tried a recipe for some pork loin chops that I’ve had in the fridge for a couple of days that involved rosemary and was enthralled by the flavor it had. Now, I want anything and everything with rosemary. Truly.

And seeing as how I do have leftover rosemary, I am thinking that those rosemary butter cookies may just have to be baked this weekend so I can use my leftovers. Purely just so I can use those leftovers, of course. 😉

Happy Friday y’all! 

-C

 

Style to Admire: Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle has been in the limelight for a while now, with playing the role of Amy Jessup in Fringe and Rachel Zane in Suits. Like her character Rachel Zane–this lady has got some style!

With her newfound status as the significant other of Prince Harry, I’m sure we will be seeing more and more of her. Also, I always knew she had good acting chops and amazing style, but I recently found out about her humanitarian efforts in Africa (i.e. providing clean water, building new latrines for school aged children, and more).

Needless to say, I not only admire her style but also her work ethic and big heart. Definitely a woman that many could look up to.

-C

 

(Find more style inspiration here)

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)

Style to Admire: Lucy Hale

 

If you’re one to browse the internet semi-endlessly in order to find someone whose style can inspire your closet–look no further than Lucy Hale.

Her outfits can be easily recreated by pieces you more than likely already have in your closet, which is such a good thing, as that doesn’t always happen when recreating a celebrity’s outfit. I also love how she pulls off current trends that you otherwise wouldn’t think a petite woman could, giving petite women like myself a little extra confidence when it comes to trying those trends. (Thanks girl!)

Happy FriYay!

-C

 

(Original photos found here)

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

How to Wear It Now & Later: Topshop Pretty Collar Shift Dress

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I ADORE a good collar shift dress, and this one by Topshop is not only “pretty” but also very versatile.

The white collar tends to scare most people off in thinking that this dress can be worn in cooler months. Don’t let the collar fool you, this dress can still be a true adversary on your quest to look ladylike and chic when it gets colder out. Just pair it with a classic style purse and some sophisticated booties (along with some fleece lined tights for all you cold blooded people out there), and you’ve got a great look!

Happy Friday! 

-C

 

wear it now: dress, sunglasses, purse (similar and less expensive) & flats 

wear it later: dress, purse (similar and less expensive) & booties (similar and less expensive)

Style to Admire: Julianne Hough

 

If you’re needing a little inspiration as to the type of outfits you could be pulling from your closet for right now and this upcoming season, look no further than Julianne Hough.

I personally love her pairing of a dark blue dress with a black leather jacket and black booties, as I’ve always been one to think blue and black can totally go together. However, I also adore how she cuffed her bow tie wide legged trousers, which adds a little quirk to her overall simple and classic ensemble.

Who am I kidding?! I love it all! 🙂

-C

(Photo sources found here)

Style to Admire: Karlie Kloss

If there’s one thing I’m really wanting to achieve come Fall/Winter time, it’s that “I just threw this outfit together and look great yet still comfortable” look.

I also love putting basics together and making them look so chic, like Karlie Kloss does in the above photos. Leather jacket paired with a Breton top tucked into high waisted jeans? Check. V neck sweater paired with a suede skirt and knee high boots? Check. All of which are wonderful basics that lead to great pairings and can easily be replicated by anyone.

Who’s your current style inspiration for the cooler months that are coming?

-C

 

See more fashion inspiration via my Pinterest page, including the above photos!

 

Home Envy: Colorful Kitchens

Have any of y’all noticed that when you look for a new place to live, you can really see housing trends over the years as you go from one place to another?

For some reason, I’ve never been the biggest fan of light wood grain cabinets or even white cabinets as both just seemed kind of “country” to me. I’ve always loved the idea of a darker shade or even a colored cabinet and lucky for me they are trending right now. I also love quartz cabinets but man those are hard to find with my budget! (A girl can dream….)

What do you automatically think of when you envision your dream kitchen? As said previously, I think of quartz cabinets, colored cabinets, lots of counter space, and a double oven to fit my cooking needs.

-C

(To see more of home spaces that I am envious of check out my Pinterest account)