Mixing Plaids

October 9, 2015

This post was sponsored by TargetStyle. All opinions are my own.

Target is so on-point with their plaid game this season! I picked up a few new pieces from the Adam Lippes for Target collection the other week and am thrilled about them. Whether you live in a warm climate or a cold one (naturally my mind thinks about LA vs. NY), the ways to wear this duster-style vest wrap are limitless. This vest is one of those universally perfect layering pieces, and the longer lengths are on-trend this season. I styled the look with easy neutrals and let the different plaid patterns on my sweater and heels work together. Having an item like this sweater in my closet is key, because I don’t have to do much thinking besides grabbing my new black skinny jeans and a soft black top. Sometimes, it’s so nice to not have to think too hard about what to wear. (Sizing note: size down in this vest, it runs large.) 

Pairing the black and white plaid heels with this look felt a little daring and experimental, but I love the way it turned out! Mixing and matching patterns has become easy for me, but it is also fun to mix and match different plaids for a seasonally appropriate and festive look! I have to note, these heels fit like a dream and are comfortable without having to be broken in. Score!

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Olive & Grey

October 8, 2015

Olive Drawstring Dress (found at Marshalls - similar, similar, similar) | Sole Society scarf sold out (similar scarf) | Heels c/o | H by Halston Bag c/o | H&M Felt Hat sold out (similar, similar) | Black Sunglasses 

We had a little extreme cold patch a few days ago in Western NY that really freaked me out. My poor LA-weather spoiled self was not emotionally or physically ready at all. Thank goodness it has warmed back up a bit and has really started to feel like fall here!  

I have been gravitating towards muted greens and shades of grey and it seems like everything has been catching my eye lately. These gorgeous leather heels and H by Halston bag (both in shades of grey) were two accessory must-haves. Although I may not be able to wear the heels once it snows, I plan on giving this pair plenty of miles beforehand. Hint, hint: they also come in black and this amazing color called "sting ray" that you have to see to understand. They are a new staple and favorite. The quality is going to last me many seasons to come, and I will most definitely pull them back out in the spring.

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Gourmet Movie Snack Popcorn

October 2, 2015

John and I have not been to the movies in over 6 months, so last night we were so excited to actually go on a movie date. We saw Sicario - a movie that we were both equally jazzed to see. I love Emily Blunt, and John loves any movie that is not a "chick flick" so it was nice to be on the same page for once... (normally we rock-paper-scissors over what to see). The movie was pretty good overall... definitely an interesting plot line. 

However, queue the panic when I get to the front of the snack line! I never know what to choose — do I go with salty, buttery popcorn? Or do I follow my heart and choose something yummy with chocolate? This is always a panic-inducing situation for me, so I decided to come up with an easy-to-make recipe that brings the best of both worlds together! This is a snack you can have anytime, maybe try it during an upcoming scary movie marathon or Halloween-themed movie night at home.

Cook time: 1 hour | Prep time: 15 min | Serves: 4-6  | Yields: 2 servings

  • 6 oz. popcorn (You can air pop or microwave pop. I used a lightly buttered microwave popcorn.)
  • 1 bag (11.5 oz.) Milky Way Minis
  • 1 bag (11.5 oz.) Snickers Minis
  • 1 bag (11.5 oz.) Twix Minis
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • Chocolate drizzle to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 250° F.
  2. Pop the popcorn. Place it all in a large bowl, and set it aside to cool.
  3. Chop the Milky Way, Snickers and Twix candies into small pieces. (I cut each mini into 4 pieces.)
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 cup of butter.
  5. Once the butter is melted, stir in the brown sugar and the corn syrup.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil for 3-5 minutes — be careful not to burn it.
  7. Remove the saucepan from heat, and pour the mixture over the popcorn, gently stirring and mixing to coat all of it.
  8. Next, line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Distribute an even layer of popcorn across each sheet.
  10. Bake in 15-minute intervals for 1 hour. Gently mix the popcorn every 15 minutes on the sheet.
  11. Once the popcorn is done baking, let it cool to room temperature.
  12. Break the popcorn into pieces and mix in chopped candies to taste.
  13. Optional: Drizzle melted white chocolate or milk chocolate over the top.
  14. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature. 

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Bridal Shower Invitations

September 29, 2015

I was thinking, why don't I do a little throwback post today? I want to start sharing a little more about my wedding and the process I was consumed with these past few months. I enjoyed a gorgeous Bridal Shower way back at the end of March, an amazing Bachelorette Party in Miami in May, and finally, my wedding in July!

Without further ado, I wanted to share the stunning custom Bridal Shower invites I worked on with Giddy Paperie. Giddie Paperie is a mother + daughter duo who does greeting cards, phone covers, prints and custom work. I knew that when I started to work with them on my bridal shower invites, that they would be really beautiful. They were even featured over on Grey Likes, an awesome wedding blog and wedding vendor resource.

Since my actual wedding will not feature the color pink, I wanted to highlight a really fun and feminine look for my bridal shower invites that had lots of pinks and a floral details. Since the the theme was "brunch and bubbly with the bride," I wanted the guests to get a good idea of what to expect. The perfect way to convey that was the cute cheers on the front of the invite with watercolor mimosas. The gate fold card was Giddy Paperie's idea and I love how it turned out with the ribbon detail holding each one together. On my registry card, they also added a pretty pearl detail to each card, which was such a fun surprise.

If you are looking to purchase a new print, have custom invitations made, or find the perfect greeting card, check out Giddie Paperie on their website or their Etsy site!