10 Ways to Snap Out of a Style Rut

January 26, 2015

1. Shoshanna Liz Cocktail Dress  2. Ban.do Girl Talk Bobbi Set  3. Max Studio Stretch Jersey Blouson Tee  4. Baublebar Atlantis Fringe Bib Necklace  5. theBalm Girls® Lipstick in Mia Moore  6. Loeffler Randall Foldover Clutch  7. Zara Blazer  8. DL1961 Poppy in Golightly  9. Topshop Leopard Print Tube Skirt  10. French Connection Kourtney Kitten Heels  

It can happen to the best of us--you wake up one morning, pull on some version of the same trousers/shirt combo, and accessorize with the same safe and expected jewelry and handbag. You're in a style rut, and it ain't pretty! It's impossible to always feel totally inspired by what you see hanging in your closet (even when it's full of clothes) but it is possible to update your look by making small changes. Here are ten easy ways you can break out of a style rut without spending a fortune on a complete wardrobe makeover.

1. Make dressier and "going out" clothes work for day by pairing them with more casual pieces like a denim or moto jacket and light jewelry.

2. Infuse a little fun into your look by ditching the ponytail or bun and adding cute hair accessories.

3. Rethink how you wear neutrals. To keep a neutral palette from becoming stale, look for cool and unexpected design details (hidden pockets, an interesting drape, origami pleats, etc.).

4. Add a statement necklace; it's the fastest way to update your look, even if you're just wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

5. There is no better way to instantly feel more glamorous, confident, and sexy than with a beautiful, bold lip color like red, orange, or bright pink.

6. Punctuate an otherwise ordinary (READ: boring) outfit with a metallic bag. Avoid glitter or sequins though, as you don't want to look like a six-year old.

7. Switch out your basic black blazer for something colorful and bright. 

8. Reconsider the hemlines and silhouettes when it comes to your pants; try cropped trousers and jeans, culottes, high-waisted, shorts, you name it--anything that isn't your norm.

9. Treat a printed skirt like jeans and pair it with everything from T-shirts and Chuck Taylors on the weekend to blazers and heels for work.

10. Even something as simple as changing your high heel for a flat, or your flat for a kitten heel, can make a noticeable difference in your entire look.


January 26, 2015

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Friday Favorites

January 23, 2015

This week was relatively uneventful--we went to work and school, we cooked and ate meals, read books, watched movies, etcetera, etcetera. And while there wasn't anything particularly memorable about these last few days, there were a couple of moments that I absolutely loved. The first was finding my two sleeping little girls cuddled up together in bed, even though they started out apart. I don't have a sister, so I love that they will always have each other. The second, having my five-year old tell me I'm the best mommy in the world because I let her wear the Hello Kitty dress that my cousin got her to school. She was so appreciative and excited, she made me get all excited. I'm hoping to share more sweet moments with them this weekend. I wish you a fun and safe weekend as well. God bless!

DIY balloons for Super Bowl Sunday.

Recipes for at-home brunch. (I'm determined to host more brunches this year.)

3D hearts that I'm thinking of making for Valentine's Day.  

A new painting by Jen Ramos

This desktop wallpaper

12 Super Bowl Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

January 22, 2015

There are three things you can always count on for Super Bowl Sunday (which is less than two weeks away, by the way): crazy hilarious commercials (advertisers have to shell out the big bucks for 30 seconds of glory during the game, and they definitely make it worth our while), an epic half-time show (this year it's Katy Perry!), and, perhaps best of all, the traditional Super Bowl fare of wings, pizza, beer, and a plethora of other diet-derailing bites. For a killer dessert table at this year's Super Bowl party, try a few of these game day-approved treats. 

Turn savory snacks, like pizza and nachos, into dessert!

Homemade or purchased, no dessert table is complete without baked goodies.

And whenever possible, incorporate the football theme.  

Candy-Topped Peanut Butter Pie

January 20, 2015

After merely seeing a peanut butter pie at a bakery in Phoenix last year, I've become obsessed with the dessert and have been trying to find an excuse to make one ever since. This weekend we had dinner with friends at their home, so it was the perfect opportunity to make the pie. I tweaked the recipe to incorporate as much chocolate as possible--I made a chocolate graham cracker crust, added a layer of milk chocolate, then topped the whole thing with candy. Triumph! The pie was gorgeous--creamy (slightly ice cream-like, actually) and chocolatey and salty and chewy thanks to the candy. It received rave reviews, even from my 5-year old who insists she doesn't like peanut butter. 

Candy-Topped Peanut Butter Pie
1 7.5 oz box chocolate graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1¼ cups creamy peanut butter
¾ cups packed light brown sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons vanilla
3 regular-sized Snickers bars (or whatever candy you choose)

Preheat oven to 350° and put Snickers bars in the freezer. Mix graham cracker crumbs and melted butter and press evenly into the bottoms and sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.

Microwave milk chocolate chips in 20-second intervals until melted and smooth, pour into the cooled pie crust, and freeze to harden. 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat peanut butter, brown sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla on high speed until smooth, then gently fold peanut butter mixture into the whipped cream until it's completely blended. Remove pie pan from freezer and spoon peanut butter mixture into the cooled crust and smooth out the top.

Using a sharp knife, cut candy bar into chunks, then sprinkle the chunks over the top of the pie. Freeze pie for one hour and remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving. If you have to keep it in the freezer for longer than an hour, wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it from getting freezer burn. 

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