NYE Ready!

Are you ready for New Year's Eve? It's one of my favorite holidays. I love fresh starts and always have a list of resolutions at the beginning of the year, whether I follow through all year is another story though lol.  This year I must say I dropped the ball on committing to an awesome countdown event, but whatever I end up doing I will definitely throw some sparkle on and have a glass of champagne in hand.

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Style Up the Holidays

There is something in the air this holiday season; I'm totally bursting with Christmas spirit.  I’ve been shopping, baking, and decorating like crazy.  I was lucky enough to partner with Nordstrom to style and plan all my holiday party outfits.  I’m love shopping through TopShop, BP and all the other great brands all under one roof.  Now, I’m a girl who is always on a budget and I was able to find some really great deals.  No one item is over $100! All styles are so versatile; they are perfect for hopping around to all those holiday parties.

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Chocolate Chip Waffles

Is it the weekend yet? I’m so ready for a quiet morning with some chocolate chip waffles and some good reading.  This recipe is a classic and never disappoints.  You could always substitute the chocolate chips for blueberries, nut or pretty much anything else.  I hope you enjoy these. 

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The Classic Tee

One of the most classic pieces of clothing is the basic white tee.  You can dress it up or dress it down; it never goes out of style.  I love to pair it with a leather jacket and pumps.  It just always makes me feel a little edgy and boosts my confidence.  This is a look I contributed to the FYI Network. They have a new series called Style Unzipped that goes on every Monday at 10/9c. On the show they discuss the history of iconic fashion pieces. Stay tuned for the episode on the T-shirt.

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Bar Cart Essentials

I’ve had bar cart envy for a while now, it’s kind of hard to ignore all the beautifully styled and well stocked bar carts out there on Pinterest.  I love mixing up cocktails for friends when they come over and it always gets a bit messy when not everything is in one spot.  I recently rearranged my office and created the perfect spot for a bar cart which gives me something nice to look at, although it can be a little distracting when Friday afternoon rolls around.  

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Raspberry Sorbet Mojito

So this recipe actually started with a recipe I found for raspberry sorbet.  It was so refreshing I thought it would be perfect in a summer cocktail.  I figured mojitos are always a summer go-to cocktail, so there you have it. A match made in heaven.

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Summer Dogs

I love grilling up some hot dogs during the summer.  Sometimes you don’t want to worry about dinner and just throw some dogs on the grill.  I was having one of those days, but I figured I should make use out of some produce I had in my fridge.  You can literally throw anything on a hot dog and not screw it up that much lol. 

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Summer Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

This salad is perfect for any summer dinner.  It’s so light and refreshing; you won’t feel bad going back for seconds or thirds. The salad is so easy.  It’s really all about the strawberry vinaigrette that brings it all together.  You could top your salad with any fruit you’d like but I would recommend having a few strawberries on it.  I also like a little crunch to my salads so I added sliced almond, but you could also substitute them for other types of nuts.  I think walnuts or sunflower seeds would pair nicely.   

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No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Okay, so I always get a weird look from people when I say, “I’m not a big ice cream person”.  I know, I know. There’s that look.  It’s not that I don’t like ice cream, I just don’t crave it all the time and it’s not something I can eat on a whim.  But, when I do crave it, It’s gooood… real good. There is nothing like a scoop of good ole fashioned vanilla ice cream.  

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A Little Sprucing Up

I think every once in a while everyone needs a little change around the house.  I get the itch to change things up about every 2 months, and you can imagine that's not so nice to the wallet.  So I've learned to embrace the DIY revolution by using common objects that can be useful in other ways when I'm just over the previous use.  The artwork above my bed is something that I did because I've been searching for a really cool art piece and just haven't found one, so I was inspired by this print that I can't find anywhere anymore.  Also these wall sconces I made out of $4 wall brackets.  I saw this wall sconce that I was about to buy two of and a light bulb went off.  Just make it! I actually love the way it came out and I can always put up a self somewhere in the future.  Win-Win!

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Give a Little Love

This month I'm partnering with JCPenney to share some of my favorite things about the holidays and #1 on the list is giving.  It is so important to me to give well thought out gifts to my loved ones, so naturally I'm off to Pinterest to spark my inspiration for the best gifts.  Come follow along and see some of my favorite items of the season.  Happy Giving!

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Mejuri

I am in love with my new jewelry pieces from Mejuri.  I love the simplicity of their designs as well as the quality of their craftsmanship.  My favorite is the guardian eye ring. It's so dainty and mixes well with a variety of simple stacking rings.

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Commissary

Lately I've been hearing a lot of buzz about The Line Hotel in Koreatown and a greenhouse bar they have. Hearing greenhouse and bar in the same sentence is enough for me to get excited and I wasn't disappointed.  It is exactly what you think when you hear greenhouse bar.  It's called Commissary and their focus is on farm fresh dishes, all with a very unique Korean twist to them.  Now, me being a beer girl, I was a little disappointed about their beer list (it was very small), but their food totally made up for it.  I am a sucker for details when it comes to design and branding and this place nailed it.  From the menus to the mix matched farmhouse china, it was all so perfect to their concept.  If you're in the area, you should really go check it out. 

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