Outfit Ideas | Style Wants

by on August 23, 2015

Outfit Ideas | Style Wants

Split Back Top

Pink Plaid Dress

Maroon Swing Dress

Leopard Joggers

Plaid Pullover

Green Faux Leather Pencil Skirt

Grey Plaid Dress

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Home Ideas | Home Decor Around the Web

Bar Cart

Dream Big Wood Art

Wire Starfish

Tomato Print

Geometric Rug

Lambskin Rug

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Asheville Trip

by on August 21, 2015

Asheville Trip

Happy Friday, everyone!

I wanted to share with you a trip we took two weeks ago, right when I got back from California. Since I landed at 1am in Charlotte, N.C., we decided to spend the night there and then drive to Asheville the next morning to see the new Sierra Nevada Brewery and a few of the local breweries there as well, something we’ve been wanting to do since we moved here.

Asheville Trip

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Asheville Trip

Jeff and I have both been to the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico many, many times, so we knew we had to get to this one while we lived here. The brewery site was huge, and perfectly manicured and designed–it seriously felt like beer Disneyland!

Asheville Trip

Asheville Trip

Asheville Trip

We had lunch there–smoked trout salad for me–and then wandered around the grounds.

Asheville Trip

Asheville Trip

In downtown Asheville, our first and favorite stop was to Wicked Weed. I had the cucumber beer–so good!

Asheville Trip

Asheville Trip

We also stopped by the Asheville Brewing Co. and the Thirsty Monk which had a fun membership only upstairs prohibition style bar. I paid the $1 membership fee just to see the view from the balcony.

Asheville Trip

We can’t wait to go back to explore more–till next time!

Asheville Trip

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Outfit Ideas | Palm Romper

by on August 20, 2015

Outfit Ideas | Palm Romper

Outfit creation has become one of my favorite parts of my week, so I’ve decided to try out blogging two outfit posts per week–we’ll see how it goes!

Outfit Ideas | Palm Romper

This romper has been on constant repeat after purchasing it at the beginning of the summer. I’m obsessed with the print (Lilly Pulitzer much?) and the fit is super flattering.

Outfit Ideas | Palm Romper

Jeff calls it my jungle camouflage dress and on the trail where we took these photos, it does kinda seem like I could just blend into the background–but totally not the case when I wear this in public!

Outfit Ideas | Palm Romper

Since the romper is so busy, I kept the rest of the outfit simple: my go-to rose gold sandals + gold Gorjana disc necklace + a few bracelets. I could seriously wear this everyday!

Outfit Ideas | Palm Romper

Romper: Old Navy (Dress in same print–may be able to find it on sale in stores)

Sandals: Clarks Shoes

Necklace: Gorjana

Linking Up with Mix and Match Fashion, Style Elixir and Stylin in St. Louis

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Fresh Recipes | Date Energy Bars

These date energy bars were another recipe I put together when preparing for the upcoming school year. I wanted a healthy, filling snack option that could stay in the freezer for long term use and these were perfect!

Fresh Recipes | Date Energy Bars

The ingredients for these bars are pretty simple–dates, coconut oil, almonds, almond butter, shredded coconut, chocolate–but the result is so tasty. Plus, they require only about 15 minutes of hands-on time and then set up in the freezer until ready to cut.

I actually keep my cut, smaller bars in a baggy in the freezer too to help them hold their shape and to increase their longevity.

Fresh Recipes | Date Energy Bars

Date Energy Bars

Makes 12-15 small bars

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Ingredients:

1 cup dates, soaked for 1-2 hours

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 cup shredded coconut + more for sprinkling

1/4 cup almonds, chopped

1 dark chocolate bar (about 3 ounces), broken into pieces

Steps:

Drain dates and place them and the coconut oil in a small food processor. Pulse until combined into an almost applesauce like texture. Pour into a bowl.

Add the almond butter, shredded coconut, and chopped almonds into the bowl and mix to combine.

Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave until melted, about two minutes.

While the chocolate melts, line a square baking pan with wax paper. When the chocolate is melted, use a spatula to spread it into a thin, even layer on the wax paper.

Pour the almond, coconut, date mixture on top of the chocolate and spread evenly.

If desired, sprinkle a little extra shredded coconut on the top.

Place in freezer for about 8 hours or overnight.

When frozen, remove the wax paper from the pan and flip onto a cutting board. Remove paper and cut bars into squares.

Either eat immediately or place in a plastic baggie and return to freezer.

Enjoy!

Time: 15 minutes hands-on time, 8 hours in freezer

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Outfit Ideas | Floral Swing Dress

I usually wait until things go on super sale, or at least till I have major coupons, when I buy things at Old Navy, but this dress was just irresistible–I mean, that print! And then combined with the swing dress shape? Totally in love.

Outfit Ideas | Floral Swing Dress

did purchase these sandals recently on super sale ($8!) at Target and love the look of them, though they definitely are not made for walking long distances. I’d been spotting them online for the past few months as they were dead-on Joie lookalikes, but still didn’t want to pay full price for them. If you can find them at your Target stores, all clearance shoes are an additional 25% off this week with the cartwheel app!

Outfit Ideas | Floral Swing Dress

Outfit Ideas | Floral Swing Dress

One of the other things I love about this look is the mix of high\low items. Actually, all  of the clothing items–dress, sandals, hat–were steal items, but when you add the Kate Spade purse, it just elevates the entire look. And, I actually snagged this Kate Spade off of Thred Up for $70 and then with credits, it was almost free…definitely some grad student shopping!

Outfit Ideas | Floral Swing Dress

Dress: Old Navy

Sandals: Target (cute, inexpensive option, Joie version)

Hat: Target (similar and only $12!)

Purse: Kate Spade, thrifted (lusting after this one, fun floral option)

Linking Up With Style Elixir

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