Cut out shoulder tops have raided the shopping racks this summer and become more popular than ever. I’ll admit that I started buying tops like this about two years ago before it became so popular, and my obsession has only grown since! I typically wear this style for a night out to the bars rather than casually, although, they do design sweaters and other shirts that are more casual to wear for any occasion.
Wisconsin weather has been all over the place with temperatures ranging 45-80*F all within the last week! I’ll admit it’s pretty darn annoying, because I never know what to wear without being too hot or cold. I don’t think I have ever seen a September quite like this before though. On Monday, it was 79* and I laid out by the pool gazing at the colorful foliage in the background, it’s never this warm in September!
Anyways, onto my chambray post…Chambray and scarves continue to be very popular as the fall season has approached yet again (wasn’t it just summer, like yesterday?!). The day after I took the above photo by the pool, the weather dropped significantly, and it was time to bundle up. It was officially time to break out my fall fashion apparel! The thing I love about this outfit is that it is extremely comfortable, yet stylish! Layer, layer, layer!!
Forever21light blue chambray shirt, bought last season-$25
Purple scarf, bought from Walgreens two years ago-$9
I am kind of obsessed with the color coral if you haven’t caught on to my posts! I recently sold some of my clothes to a local fashion resale boutique (which I often reference in my fashion posts), and received a lot of in store credit to spend. With all of this in store credit, I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I visited their other store to find something I could buy. I found this top and fell in love!
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I never used to like rompers because I thought they looked awful on me, that was until I found some that I liked. The first romper that I purchased was bought in Italy surprisingly. I think my perspective and my obsession with fashion changed a LOT after living there for 4 months! In fact, I have bought a few different ones since, and thought I would share with you!
In front of my apartment in Florence, Italy
H&M light pink romper bought in Italy two years ago (for about $20 USD)
Chunky Gold beaded necklace bought in Italy from a vintage market
Chunky Gold necklace bought from vintage market in Italy
Black zippered wedges from Target, bought two years ago
After finding a few different rompers that I liked, I have realized that they tend to look best on me with wedges or heels. Since I am already tall, it adds to the outfit to create additional length. I love it =) Plus, you can wear it during the day casually, or dress it up for a night out on the town!
Halloween is approaching, and although I am a year late posting this, I felt it was appropriate to still post for this blog. As the years have gone by, I have realized how dumb it is to purchase costumes for themed parties and halloween when I can just pull things out of my closet to make my own! With some digging and ideas from the internet, I came up with this gypsy idea. I wore this costume my freshman year of college, and yes, I admit that I wore it again my senior year! I celebrated halloween 3 nights my senior year and didn’t have enough costumes, so I brushed off the dust and wore this again!
Rachel Roy black dress with golden coin embellishments from Macy’s– (bought on clearance several years ago)$35
One of my favorite things to do is buy fresh mint from the farmer’s market or the grocery store and mix it in my water for a refreshing thirst quencher. When I lived in Italy, I stayed with an Italian … Continue reading →
A friend of mine blogs for her career while living in England and she constantly posts pictures of her overnight oats on her Instagram and blog. I had never heard of them until I saw her post it months ago, and I decided to finally try it myself. I probably should have tried her recipe that she posted on her blog Love and London, however, I just Googled a random simple recipe that included ingredients I already had.
The recipe which I found online, was a Strawberry-Coconut Overnight Oats recipe, and I changed up a few ingredients. Instead of using Almond Milk, I used Soy Milk and I also didn’t add maple syrup, which probably should have been added. I also had read several other recipes which had greek yogurt in it, so I added that as well to this recipe.
I doubled the recipe on most ingredients, and added more strawberries. When I ate it in the morning, I didn’t think it had as much flavor as I had hoped it would. I would recommend using a flavored greek yogurt if you want more flavor, as this was pretty bland. Many people also think you are supposed to heat up the overnight oats, but you don’t cook anything!
What I used:
1 Cup Greek Yogurt
Handful of freshly cut strawberries
1 Cup of Steel Cut Oats
Sprinkle of Chia Seeds
Splash of Soy Milk
Mix it all together, and stick in the fridge overnight. Again, I would recommend adding more fruit, a flavored greek yogurt, or nuts. Or, try one of my friend’s recipes such as the one listed on her blog Love and London.
Everyone loves watermelon on a warm summer day, but I know I love watermelon in the fall too! Some people cut it into triangles, others cut them in cubes, either way, cutting up watermelon can be a mess! I recently saw a video shared on Facebook that showed a man sharing his tutorial on how to cut watermelon in an easy, and fast way. After I purchased a watermelon from the local farmer’s market last wee, I decided to try his technique for myself!
Have you ever tried to make Kale chips before? Well, I have attempted to several times, and every time I make them, I get a different result. I think one reason is because I have baked my kale chips in 4 different … Continue reading →
I’ll admit, I have quite the obsession with seafood… Especially as of lately. I think it’s because I ate so much of the locally caught fish in Australia, that I became accustomed to it!
Obviously moving back to the Midwest, changes the accessibility for fresh seafood; however, it doesn’t change my craving for it. I just have to be willing to pay a bit more money for the imported products… (sigh)
Luckily, I not only have a boyfriend that loves seafood and home cooked meals, but a close friend as well. My friend Lisa and I have started to get together every so often to whip up a healthy and delicious dinner in her kitchen. She’s gluten intolerant, so we have to be a bit flexible on our recipe choices, but that’s okay!
Lisa has never used Pinterest before, and man oh man, have I got her started on using Pinterest after we found this yummy recipe!
Step 1:Preheat oven to 400 degrees & get out a large baking dish. Place the salmon in the center of the pan.
Note: The original recipe calls for a 17 x 12 inch baking dish, but we used a large cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (instead of parchment paper). You can also cut the salmon into smaller pieces if you wish. It may help speed the cooking process up.
Step 2:Get out a mixing bowl and mix together 1 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil, lemon zest, half of the garlic cloves, dijon, and onion powder. Brush it on top of the salmon and add salt and pepper for taste if you’d like. Top the salmon with thin slices of lemon.
Note: We used about 1/2 a clove of garlic from the store bought minced garlic instead of fresh garlic. We didn’t want our salmon to be too garlic-y in flavor. We also didn’t have a lemon zester, so we carefully shaved off pieces of lemon with a knife, which works just as well. If you like lemon flavor, I would also recommend squeezing some lemon juice on top of the salmon!
Step 3:Cut up your asparagus accordingly, and toss with the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil, garlic, and add salt if you would like. Place around the outside of the salmon on the baking sheet (or baking dish).
Note: We chose to not really cut the asparagus up too much, just preference in presentation, that is all!
Step 4:Place into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
Step 5:Remove from oven, rotate the asparagus to allow it to cook evenly, and sprinkle it with parmesan.
Step 6:Return the baking sheet/dish to the oven and bake until the salmon is fully cooked, for about 5-10 minutes.
Note: The recipe says it should take about 5-10 minutes longer, but it took us about 15 more minutes to fully cook. We checked the salmon at about 10 minutes and it was still somewhat raw. This is probably because we had one giant piece of salmon and never really cut it into smaller pieces. Would be worth trying to cut up ahead of time!
Step 7:Check to make sure it is fully cooked. Serve it warm and enjoy!
Tip for recipe: Serve it with sautéed mushrooms and a glass of white wine, and BOOM you have got a perfect meal. =) Plus this still tastes amazing as leftovers!