Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Skirt

I have been searching for a fun spring skirt. Can I just say DownEast Basics has some of the cutest skirts! I used to shop there and then I just stopped for some reason. I never really had any luck. But they sure have some cute things.

I love midi skirts. They are such a flattering cut. I was so excited to add this to my closet. Pairing it with a cute chambray top was the icing on the cake. I have also been looking for a chambray shirt that fit over my huge gazanga's. This one sure does the trick. I love this outfit. Just cute and springy.

If you are looking for some cute modest skirts and tops definitely check out DownEast. Your welcome in advance.










Outfit Details
Shirt: DownEast Basics // Skirt: DownEast Basics // Shoes: Lulu's 
Necklace: Charming Charlie (on sale!)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chef Tails: The Cool Cat Lady

I have a crazy life. I am a mom, dental assistant, fashion blogger, and cat lover. I know the term is usually "crazy cat lady", but I prefer "Cool Cat Lady."

We start off our busy day waking up and reading books. Trinity and Aria and I  love hanging out in the nursery and helping me start my day off right. Trinity is a furry kid to us. So we involve her in as much play time as possible.

 


After playing and reading it is time for me to get ready to take pictures for my blog. We all get loaded up and go on a walk around the neighborhood. Trinity usually stays behind to hold down the fort for us. We usually come home to find her lounging in the window soaking up the sun. Makes me wish I were a cat. They have the life!


After we take pictures we come home to eat lunch and take our naps. Aria has been demanding that I lay down with her. Trinity usually takes the opportunity to lay down at my feet and keep us company. Sometimes I can get away with editing pictures while the girls sleep.

After a long day of playing and taking naps I like to prepare a healthy meal for my family.Trinity included. I want to keep her around as long as possible. So we feed her like we feed ourselves. Healthy and hearty. The dish I cooked was inspired by Rachael Ray's Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken. And for Trinity's meal she will have the Rachael Ray Real Chicken and Brown Rice cat food. I believe our animals deserve to have a delicious meal. Rachael Ray has a collection of recipe's here you can check out for yourself.



  • 8 chicken legs, thighs attached ( I used 3 large chicken breasts)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 1 bottle teriyaki sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 scallions, white and green parts sliced on the bias, but kept separate
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 large carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • *I added a can of pineapple to mine.*
In a large bowl, dust the chicken legs with cornstarch and season with salt and pepper. Heat a medium size skillet over medium-high heat with about 1 tablespoon EVOO and brown the chicken legs.
In a slow cooker, add the browned chicken legs along with the teriyaki sauce, ginger, garlic, honey and white parts of the scallions. Put the lid on and cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours. When the chicken is about 20 minutes away from being done, add the rice, water, 2 tablespoons EVOO and salt to a medium size pot with a lid.
Bring the pot of rice up to a boil, then drop it down to a simmer. Put the lid on and simmer for 10-15 minutes. When the rice is done, fluff with a fork and fold in the green parts of the scallions and sesame seeds. Just before serving, combine the bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper and about 1 tablespoon EVOO in a bowl.
To serve, scoop a portion of scallion-sesame rice into the bottom of a shallow bowl and top with two chicken legs drizzled with a bit of the teriyaki sauce. Garnish with the fresh and crunchy pepper, cucumber and carrot mixture.
This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go towww.yum-o.org.

Trinity ready to devour her much deserved chicken and rice. Yum! 

Be sure to follow Rachael Ray Nutrish for more information and fun contests. 

Now that you have seen my #ChefTail I hope it inspired you to make your own. You have the opportunity to cook, share, and win with a #ChefTail of your own. Show us meal time with your pets. How does your furry loved one like to enjoy their meal? At the table? Out on a picnic? Do they wait patiently by their bowl? 
  • Cook one of the delicious recipes provided (or one of your own) and share a Nutrish product with your pet.
  • Share a pic of you and your pet enjoying mealtime using #ChefTails on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win.
  • Win an all-expense paid trip to NYC where you can enjoy a day in the studio audience of the Rachael Ray Show.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blue Print

I am having the Monday Blues really bad today. I love the weekends. I get to hang out with my baby and the hubby. We have a lot of fun together and I sure enjoy just relaxing and not having to work and just hang out. I know that is pretty much everyone but it is hitting me really hard today.

So on to the outfit. Brandon, Aria and I went out on a date to The Sweet Tooth Fairy, and I wanted something cute but able to function as a mother. Normally I would have paired heels with this outfit but I get so paranoid holding Aria while in heels. So I grabbed a cute pair of flats. If you want to see a cute pic of our date you can check out my instagram. I die every time I look at that picture. Also if you live in Utah and have not been to The Sweet Tooth Fairy..GO! Their sugar cookies are to die for. They just have amazing everything.

Hope you guys have a great and fast week. Let's get each other to the weekend!








Outfit Details:
Top; Rue 21 (similar) // Jeans: American Eagle // Shoes: Target // Belt: Rue 21 (similar)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Skulls Again

I didn't realize until I was doing this post that I have worn skulls two days in a row. Of course that isn't hard when the vast majority of my closet contains skulls.

It was super super windy this day. The winds got up to like 65 miles an hour. Luckily while we were on our walk it wasn't that bad. I wanted to be super casual but still wanted to stay warm. This cardigan is the perfect mix of warm but cool. I wasn't sweating to death by the end of our walk. I love the length and the color. It is one of my favorites!








Outfit Details:
Top: Cotton On (old) (similar)  // Pants: American Eagle // Shoes: Rue 21 (old) // Cardigan: c/o Necessary Clothing (similar)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Skulls and Sweaters

I just got my eyelashes done when we took these pics so I had zero makeup on. The sunglasses were not coming off :).

This outfit is perfect for comfort. I know I say this over and over. But that is what I look for in an outfit. Aria wanted to be in the pictures. So I had to bring her in. I sure love this little girl. I cannot stand how cute she is. Little stinker will not keep her shoes on. I try and try  to keep her feet in shoes but she just wont have it :)






Outfit Details:
Top: Groopdealz ( Eleventh Avenue) // Sweater: Maeberry Vintage // Pants: American Eagle (duh)
Boots: Haute Look

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Building a wardrobe

Now I did a post a while back on building a professional wardrobe. This post is just your basic everyday wardrobe. These are key pieces that you can mix and match and restyle with different accessories. I have added items for every price range. So you will find some pricey items and some more affordable items in each category. Just remember some key pieces are worth splurging for because in the end you get more for your money. Especially a good coat. You want a quality warm coat.

Little Black Dress:

It is important for every female to own a little black dress. It can be used for business, date nights, parties and so many events. You can style your LBD in so many different ways.


Jeans:

I know everyone on the planet has a pair of jeans. It is a wardrobe must. They can be good for running errands, dates, going out. A word of advice if you find a good pair you love buy mulitples! The worst thing is having your favorite pair wear out and you can't find them again.


Button Down Shirt:

These are great for dressing up a good pair of jeans. They are also essential if you work in the professional world. A nice white one is the most versatile. You can pair it with any color of vest, blazer, jacket, pant.

Skirt:

Skirts are nice to have for the hot summers. I know they saved my life last summer. They are cute and flirty. I love them for date nights with the hubby. They can be paired with a cute heel, or if you have skill they can even look cute with some good tennis shoes.

Boots:

Boots are great to have around. Perfect for the fall/ winter months. Keep your feet dry and warm as well as stylish. I love a good riding boot over skinny jeans and a loose comfy sweater. That is my go to outfit in the cold.

White/ Black Tee's:

These are a great versatile way to change up your outfits. Jeans and a white tee with a layered necklace on day. Black tee, jeans and heels the next. They are great pieces to have for everyday. You can get fitted tee's or if you are like me I like them to be a little looser so I can tuck them in and have them drape out.

Black Heels:

These pumps can go with any outfit. If you are on a budget and can't afford a million heels in every color start with neutrals. Black being the most versatile.

Blazer:

I love blazers. If I could afford it I would have one in every color. A nice black or white one can take you further. Blazers can be paired with skirts, pants, jeans, leggings. They go with everything.

Coat:

Now this is the one you want to invest in. A nice warm coat. Buying a cheap coat will really be a waste of money. If it doesn't keep you warm it is pointless to have.  It's almost as pointless as wearing socks with sandals. You can sometimes find a good quality coat for cheap. I got one from forever 21 a few years back that is super warm and super cute.


















































Monday, April 13, 2015

Distressed

I have been shopping American Eagle non stop. I am in love with their jeans. They fit perfectly they are comfortable and I just love how they look. I try to buy two of each style I like just so I have a backup in case one pair gets worn out. Nothing sucks worse than when you find the perfect pair of jeans and they get worn out and you go back to buy them and they are no longer available.

I also have been obsessed with Poppy and Dot. Their instagram feed is full of awesome daily deals. I got this shirt during one of their sales. It is so soft and so cute. I love that I will be able to style it this summer with all different types of jeans, and skinnies.

I still haven't passed my kidney stone. It has been brutal but Aria helps keep my spirits up. I swear she has some kind of healing power. Because as crappy as I feel I hold or play with her and it doesn't seem bad at all.

Hope you all have a great week!!









Outfit Details:
Top: Poppy & Dot // Jeans: American Eagle // Necklace: old // Sandals: Windsor