Sunday, September 15, 2019

Pretty Florals | Wrap Dress

I love when the first mums of the fall season start popping up everywhere.  The white ones are my absolute favorite and they arrive early and go fast.  Jimmy and I popped in one of my favorite local nurseries today to pick up a few and he snapped some phone pics while we were there.  I was so happy to be feeling like myself again after battling a summer cold last week.  It was a beautiful day, still warm, but no humidity.  I was wearing a current favorite dress, in the prettiest small floral print.  I love a good wrap dress that stays in place and is short enough to be able to wear casually.  I wore mine with slip on sneakers.  This dress would look so pretty with a long open front cardigan and booties or a denim jacket when the temps start to drop, if they ever start to drop that is...  The pattern also comes on a high neck blouse that I'm eyeing and a midi skirt. I will link everything below.  The rattan bag I've been carrying everywhere is linked as well.

This a true wrap dress, but it stays in place without any issues.

This little rattan bag is lined with a pretty floral fabric and is big enough for all the essentials. I found one just like it in Rhode Island but it was 3 times the price.  This one is a steal.

We always have these in our fall window boxes and they always remind me of 
Cabbage Patch Kids.  Haha

Hard to resist, but I did because I have no luck keeping rosemary topiaries alive.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Recipe | Best Weekend Belgian Waffle Recipe

I know I've posted waffles recipes before, but this one is new to me and became an instant favorite.  As much as I love my overnight Belgian waffles recipe, it's one that requires planning ahead.  I'm not much of a planner.  Especially when it comes to weekend mornings.  We woke up to chillier temps today and after a walk with Quincy, all I was craving were these waffles.  The recipe comes from my girlfriend's husband and is a long time family favorite in their home.  Recipes from friends tend to become my favorites too.

These are very hearty, which I like.  One waffle is a meal.  They are crispy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside.  One of my biggest complaint with other waffle recipes is that they don't feel very substantial and you have to eat a few to feel full.  The flavor and smell remind me so much of Juice Bar waffle cones on Nantucket, just in a Belgian waffle size.  What could be better?!

Here's the recipe:


2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups granulated sugar
3.5 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
1.5 cups whole milk
1 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
Belgian Pearl Sugar
Toppings: powdered sugar, berries, maple syrup

1. Combine flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.
2. Combine egg yolks, milk, and vanilla in a large measuring cup
3. Add milk/egg mixture and melted butter to bowl with flour mixture.  Stir together with a plastic spatula.
4. Whip egg whites to stiff peaks with electric mixture.  Fold into batter.  Careful not to overmix.
5. Let batter rest while you warm up waffle iron. I cooked mine on setting 5.
6. Add batter to iron and sprinkle top with pearl sugar.  Cook.

I recently bought a new Belgian Waffle iron that works great with this recipe.    Here is the link
Placemats pictured are from here here. And pearl sugar can be ordered here.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fashion | Nordstrom Sale 2019

A couple people asked if I shop the Nordstrom Sale.  Mmmm, not really.  At least not with the frenzy that some people do.  I'm not the biggest bargain hunter and I have a hard time thinking ahead a season.  The only reason I even went online to check out the sale was because Jimmy and I have a trip planned for October and there is nothing that gets me more excited about freshening up my wardrobe quite like an upcoming trip. I bought a new sweater (the one pictured above, but in ivory). Four of the above are things I already own and would highly recommend and buy again.       

1. Patagonia Fleece - I have this in ivory and love it.  The Blue Smoke color is so flattering!  I size up in Patagonia for a more comfy fit.

2. Free People Tunic Sweater - I almost bought this last year but missed out.  I ordered one in ivory but red is the only color still available.  I love the red as well.  Will wear with leggings and boots.

3. Riding Boots -These are my favorite pair of riding boots.  They are $150 off and one of the best deals in the sale.  They hot below the knee and if you have narrow caves, they fit really well without gaping.  They also come in an extended calf option.  They are excellent quality.  I wear mine to death and they still look amazing after 5 years of wear!

4. Zella Legging - I have about 6 pairs pairs of these leggings (in black and other colors) and they are one of my favorite high waisted leggings. I wear these to workout, and they are the best "suck in the belly" leggings I have.  I don't wear these all day though, but know many people that do.  I personally hate a tight, high waist band, unless I am working out, in which case that's what I prefer. They are are softer than my Lulus and a nice thickness without being too thick. I wear an XS in Zella leggings and a 4 in Lulu for sizing reference.  I don't like my leggings to bunch up at all.

5. Cute J. Crew Wrap Dress - Loving yellow this summer and this can be worn now. 

6. Pretty J. Crew Wrap Blouse - Don't have this one, but have one similar and wear it with jeans.

7. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings -  I have had a pair for 3 years and wear them more to go out in than during the day.  I wouldn't wear them to work at home or pick ups kids from school.  If you don't have them and want them, this is the best price you'll find them all year.  I have real leather pants and another brand of faux leather leggings and the Spanx are the least convincing in terms of looking like leather. They do not look like or feel like leather, but give the illusion of leather from a distance.  They are however the comfiest of the leather/faux leather pants and leggings I have and usually the first I reach for when I want to look a little more hip than I really am...