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


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

Print Recipe!


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


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.


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


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)

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Fresh Recipes | Easy Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope that you’ve been enjoying the past few weeks of summer! I’ve been in California for the last few weeks and the blog kind of got lost somewhere in the traveling…I’m hoping to continue again regularly, however, as some of you know, I quit my job as a middle school English teacher at the end of the last school year to attend graduate school full time for the next two years; and since I’m still not quite in full form, I’ll need to do my best to limit the things that cause headaches + vertigo (i.e., computers).

Fresh Recipes | Easy Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Still, I am going to be doing my best to make it all work!

I guess the lure of living in a university town was just a little too much to resist, so in the middle of all of my concussion turmoil, I decided to apply to Virginia Tech to get my masters in communication. It’s an idea I’ve been toying with for awhile–as much as I enjoyed teaching, I just didn’t see a future for myself in K-12 education and when I was offered a chance to be paid to attend grad school, I jumped at the opportunity. It will definitely be a bit of an adjustment to being back on the student side of things, but I can’t wait to see what the next two years will bring.

Fresh Recipes | Easy Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Oh, and the best part? My two hours of driving each way to work has been reduced to zero–it’s a five minute bike ride/10 minute walk each way!

Fresh Recipes | Easy Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Of course, the beginning of any school year is always an adjustment, and Jeff and I will be looking for easy, healthy meals like these zucchini noodles to get us through the week. I am definitely a little late to the zucchini noodle game but after using my parents’ spiralizer while back in California, I just had to get my own to try it out at home. At $7, it was definitely a great tool to add to our kitchen arsenal!

Fresh Recipes | Easy Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Easy Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Serves 3-4

Print Recipe!


1/2 yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped

1 small eggplant, chopped

2 zucchini (or squash), spiralized

2-3 tablespoons pesto

1 tomato, chopped

olive oil


Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.

Stir in the onions, garlic, and pepper and saute until the onions become soft and aromatic, about 5 minutes.

Add in the eggplant and zucchini/squash and toss to coat with olive oil.

Stir in pesto and continue to cook until all of the eggplant, zucchini, and squash are completely cooked, about 5-7 minutes.

Just before serving, stir in the tomato.

Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Time: 20 minutes

Special Equipment: spiralizer


Outfit Ideas | Style Wants

by on July 26, 2015

Outfit Ideas | Style Wants

Red Floral Dress

White Tank Top

Pink Floral Midi Dress

Palm Romper

Blue & Pink Floral Top

Tan Sandals


Home Ideas | Home Around the Web

Upholstered Chair

Copper Bowl

Boxwood Wreath

Porthole Mirror

Mounted Bottle Opener

Milk Crate