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Surprise, Surprise – More Pearls

Pearl Top (Small) | Tulle Skirt (Size 4) | Velvet Tie Heels (Size 5.5) | Bangle Bracelet (Sold Out – Similar Here) | Blush Pink Cross Body (Old – New Style Here) | Tie Bracelets (Layering Gold & Rose Gold)| YSL Lipstick (Color: 09)

Surprise y’all – it’s more pearls, ha! If you caught my last blog post then you know my obsession with small little white beads, or beautiful elegant little pearls as I like to call them, is real. I have a few tops and a lovely pair of sneakers with pearls on them, and I just saw one of my favorite bloggers sporting a pair of pearl jeans (STOP.EVERYTHING.). So it’s no surprise that I would feature two posts back to back with similar tops. I just couldn’t resist!

In other news, if you saw my Instagram story today, then you know I got into a fight with a stationary bike and the bike won, leaving me with a very sore and bruised nose. Maybe it’s my fault for storing both a dog cage AND a stationary bike in my closest (don’t ask), but nevertheless – I’m not feeling my best right now and pearls make everything better! Or maybe it’s the fact that I’m giving up coffee for Lent (well that and holding grudges!) and I got a head start by giving up coffee yesterday. So maybe the lack of caffeine is to blame. 

Whatever the reason, I can tell you that I still have a headache and I’m wiped from no coffee – so this is all you get today 🙂

Happy Tuesday loves!

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Pretty Pink Pearl

c/o Zaful Pearl Cape (Size Small) | White Distressed Denim (Size 0) | Gray OTK Boots (Size 6) | Tory Burch Bag | White Turtleneck Sweater (Size Small) | Pink Lip (Dose of Rose) 

Prior to my wedding, the only pearls I ever owned were fake. A set of real pearls were always something I really wanted because the vibe pearls give is something that is effortless, classic and timeless. Joe gave me my first pair of real pearl earrings for our wedding day and I was so excited! I wore them with my dress at my wedding, and I wear them all the time now. Getting my first real pair for such a special occasion has made me love pearls even more because now they are sentimental in addition to be classy! 

So it won’t come as any surprise that I am obsessed with this new trend of wearing pearls on everything: sweaters, jeans, shoes. Heck, I’d put a pearl on my panties if it wouldn’t be the most uncomfortable thing I could possibly imagine. So I knew the minute I saw this pretty, pink pearl cape that it was destined to be in my closet. Wearing it makes me feel like a snow bunny in Aspen, which is weird because I hate snow and I’ve never been to Colorado – so. 

But jokes aside, I love this cape and I love the neutrality of this whole look. It really makes the pink and the pearls pop. And if you haven’t invested in a pair of over the knee boots yet, now is the time. I really thought this style was going to be a quick trend and yet here we are like 7 years later and they’re still going strong! Be sure to check out this post on how to style OTK boots just in case you need a few tidbits 🙂

I hope you guys are having a great Wednesday!!

 

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Stylish Sweater

Zaful Sweater C/O (size: one size) | Madewell Jeans (size: 26) | Danielle Earrings | Robinson Tote Bag | Lip: Fight Free Red-icals | Blush Booties (size: 5.5 & current on sale for $30!)

One of my favorite things to wear are sweaters. They’re effortless, comfortable and can be dressed up or dressed down. I have the most absurd amount of sweaters, but Joe is always shrinking them in the wash so every time he shrinks one, I get to buy two more 🙂 When I do the laundry, I set them aside to wash them in bags or I’ll hand wash and I always lay them flat to dry. Nope, not Joe. He forgets they’re in there and throws them in the dryer, or worse he lays things out that doesn’t actually need to lay flat to dry, as the sweaters are tumbling in the dryer! I shouldn’t complain though, he’s willing to help out with house chores and really helps with the laundry, and for that I will always be grateful!

So it’s no surprise that when I saw this sweater, I had to have it! While I do love sweaters, they’re not always the most stylish because they always look the same. Nope, not this one! It stood out to me from a mile away (or through the computer screen!) because of the stark contrast between black and white, the ruffles on the sleeves and the gold zipper in the back is just perfect!

This outfit is a seamless weekend staple…comfy and casual, but still cute and I can chase Beckett around in it. Plus these little booties don’t hurt to walk around in for a few hours, which is always a bonus if we end up at a mall or a trip to Costco. I liked the extra touch of pink velvet to snaz up the look a little more and of course the red lip! A red lip will make any outfit look polished, except maybe pajamas. Pretty sure Joe would think I lost my mind coming to bed with a bright red lip! Talk about a bad idea with our white sheets?!!!

And the best part of this sweater is that’s it’s cheaper than most the other sweaters I own because it’s only $29! A good deal and a good sweater = touchdown! Yes, I just used a cheesy football pun given the Super Bowl is this weekend, but whatevs! If you’re still looking for some last minute, super easy recipes you can make for your Super Bowl party though, be sure to check out this post!

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Valentine’s Day

 Zaful Top c/o (wearing size M) | Express Skirt (old) – similar here | Lip: Fight Free Red-icals | Nude Pumps (36) | J Crew Earrings (old) – similar here

Love is in the air and Valentine ’s Day is right around the corner. Wait, weren’t we just celebrating Christmas like yesterday? Seriously though, how is it almost February?

Nevertheless, my favorite, mushy gushy, lovey dovey, “I better get flowers” holiday is in just a few weeks and right around this time every year I start pulling all the pinks and reds from my closet. I LOVE to pair these two shades together, but I really only ever feel comfortable doing it in an “over the top” manner when Valentine’s Day is near. Not sure I could get away with this color combination in March, ya know?

I wore a similar outfit a couple years ago and then last year I was so pregnant that I didn’t even want to wear pants, much less a skirt and being cutesy with my holiday fashion just wasn’t a priority lol! But I’m back at it this year with this absolutely beautiful top!

If you know anything about me, then you know I love a good bow. Bows in your hair, bows on your shoes, bows around your neck – doesn’t matter, I just love the femininity of bows. On a side note, it’s too bad my child doesn’t feel the same way considering every time I put a bow in her hair, she pulls it off her head and throws it down with this vindicated “take that mama” attitude. Ughh, what have Joe and I gotten ourselves into?!

But anyway, back to me…and more importantly, back to this shirt!

The original intention when I ordered this shirt was obviously for Valentine’s Day. The pink ruffles and contrasting red bow were screaming to me from within the computer screen, but once it arrived, I envisioned wearing it on so many more occasions than just for this one particular holiday. How sweet would this top be as a baby shower guest, or even Easter, OR with some crisp white jeans for summer?! The possibilities are endless.

You know what else is endless? The amount of chocolates I’m going to consume this Valentine’s Day! I’m rewarding myself for getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight by eating my weight in chocolate. Then I can restart my goal of getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight and then fall off the wagon with more chocolates, etc. etc. It’s truly a vicious cycle. How are you guys celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Any big plans!? Do tell in the comments below 🙂

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Super Bowl Party Recipes

The Super Bowl is just a few days away (go Patriots!), and while I do love football, I always get excited about Super Bowl parties because I get to eat (and make) a lot of great food.

Joe is the chef between the two of us. He absolutely loves cooking and his dream is to open his own restaurant one day. Matter of fact, I’m trying to convince him to start a food blog because he is that good 🙂 But that doesn’t mean I can’t cook…matter of fact, I love to cook! He just happens to love it a little more than I do lol.

So anyway, I am sharing two of my favorite chip dip recipes with y’all today and they are both SUPER simple. I’ve made each of these countless times, and they’re both always a huge hit!

Ps: If you have ever been to Chuy’s and had their jalapeno ranch dip, then you will love this first recipe!!

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

I put this on everything – tacos, salads, on top of a bowl of chili…it’s delicious!

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup chopped jalapeno (I’ll leave the seeds in if I want it to be a little spicier)
  • 1/3 cup green chili (I usually just find a can of green chilies if I can’t find them in the produce section)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1 packet of dry ranch mix

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Viola!

Taco Bean Dip

  • 1 can of bean dip
  • 8oz container of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 bag of shredded cheese (I usually get the taco blend)

Spread the bean dip along the bottom of a square/rectangular serving dish

Mix together sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning packet. Spread on top of beans in serving dish

Sprinkle a layer of cheese on top of mayonnaise mixture.

Enjoy!

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