Outfit Ideas | Basics Favorites

by on September 1, 2015

Outfit Ideas | Basics Favorites

Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite basics that round out my wardrobe. Though it may not be the most exciting outfit in the world, there’s always something refreshing about jeans paired with a white t-shirt, especially it they fit well and are super comfortable.

Let’s start with the white t-shirt. I purchase white t-shirts all the time because they stain so easily, but I could never find one that I absolutely loved–they were either too low cut, too high cut, too see through, or just didn’t fit well. I’d heard that lots of people had loved the Everlane tees, but it still took me a good year or so till I finally ordered one to try myself. And it actually lived up to the hype–the v-neck is the perfect length, it’s not too tight or too loose, and it’s not too sheer. Plus, I’ve spilled things on it several times and they’ve all come out easily in the wash. It is maybe just a little long on my torso, but other than that, it really is the perfect white t-shirt.

Outfit Ideas | Basics Favorites

Next up are these Paige verdugo jeans. I found them on the sale rack at Anthropologie for $90, marked down from $179. Like Everlane, I’d heard people rave about Paige jeans before but even at almost half off, the price tag was a little hard to swallow. When I tried them on, however, they were seriously the most amazing jeans I’d ever worn–super soft, fitted but not too tight, and definitely looked great from the back. I’ve worn them as often as I can since then, and they never seem to stretch out or lose their shape. I guess there is something to be said for designer jeans!

Lastly, my J. Crew suede flats. I practically live in comfy flats during the school year and had been searching for a pink-ish pair to add a pop of color to my wardrobe. So when I found these on sale on the J.Crew website, I knew they’d be perfect. I often have a hard time even wearing flats for long periods of time, but these are super fitted and supportive–I cannot stop wearing them!

Outfit Ideas | Basics Favorites

So those are three of my favorite basics items–any others out there?

White T-Shirt: Everlane

Skinny Jeans: Paige Verdugo

Pink Flats: J. Crew

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Fresh Recipes | Pesto Avocado Pasta

Happy Monday, everyone!

Fresh Recipes | Pesto Avocado Pasta

I ended up taking the week off of blogging last week to focus on the first week of the school year. It’s going to be quite a time management adjustment to manage balancing teaching college classes + taking classes myself, but I already feel like I have things much more under control than I did at the start of the week. It’s been awhile since I’ve been a student myself so getting back to sitting in a classroom again and all of the weekly reading will definitely take me awhile to fully adjust to. Still, I’m very excited for all of the new possibilities!

Fresh Recipes | Pesto Avocado Pasta

Since starting back, I’ve been making it a goal to meal plan again, and this pesto avocado pasta was definitely on the top of the list of new, easy recipes to try. I somehow am always a little skeptical about using avocado in new ways, which is strange since I love it so much. But just like (almost) always, it totally worked!

Fresh Recipes | Pesto Avocado Pasta

The avocado just added a nice creaminess to the pasta without taking away from the inherent flavor of the pesto–almost like a white sauce would. I used whole wheat spaghetti as my pasta here, but I also think it would be great with zucchini noodles!

Fresh Recipes | Pesto Avocado Pasta

Pesto Avocado Pasta

Serves 4

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Ingredients:

12 ounces whole wheat spaghetti noodles

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 sweet red pepper, chopped

1/5 cups chopped green beans

1/2 avocado

2 tablespoons pesto

1/2 small lemon, juiced

small pinch of salt

olive oil

Steps:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Heat oil over medium heat in a large frying pan. Add garlic and red pepper and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add beans and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, place avocado, pesto, lemon juice, and salt in a small food processor. Pulse until combined.

Add pasta to frying pan. Stir in the avocado pesto and coat noodles. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Time: 25 minutes

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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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