Friday, March 24, 2017

Thoughts For Friday

Happy Friday!  
Today is my birthday and I am looking forward to a fun dinner out with my parents and best gals.  
I ordered this dress to wear and hoping the weather stays warm so I can wear it tonight.  If not I will definitely save it for another occasion because I love it.

Sterling talked me into letting him get a trendy haircut yesterday and I am loving it on him.

I enjoyed this wine with my parents last night. It is a fabulous Sauvignon Blanc from Orin Swift Cellars. I highly recommend it, I am super picky about Sauvignon Blancs because they can be too sweet and this one is perfect. 

I had lunch at Five Loaves this week, hands down one of my favorite lunch spots.  The ham and brie sandwich is amazing.  I also love the mushroom quinoa salad. Actually thinking I should recreate that salad for the blog i love it so much.

Dinner out with my loves.
My friend Melissa was in town from Charlotte, so we enjoyed hanging with her and her two boys.

Loving this embroidered dress I tried on at Madewell this week.
I am obsessed with these new workout pants and they are high waisted too!  They run TTS, I am wearing a small.

After several recommendations I picked this book up and started reading it last night.  So far I am liking it.  It talks about focusing on the important things in life and not wasting your time worrying  about the little things.

New wedges on sale for under $50.

If you don't follow @thebookofprosperity on instagram you should.  The quotes have really resonated with me.  I look forward to what he posts everyday.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What I Wore | Plaid Off Shoulder Blouse

Lately I have been loving plaid.  Sometimes I feel like plaid can be more geared towards Fall but I have seen some great Spring options lately.  This blouse is perfect for Spring.  I paired it with back jeans but it is also super cute with jean shorts. 

 Excuse the massive amount of wind in these pictures.  It was super windy the day we shot these pictures. 
I love the shoulder tie detail.  The blouse runs TTS, I am wearing a size small.
I know I show these earrings often but they are seriously the best!   Super light weight and they go with so many outfits.
Arm candy on repeat (and please ignore my nails, the gel nail struggle is real.  I want to peel them all off every time ).

I tried on this plaid dress yesterday and love it.  Would make such a cute Easter dress and is currently on sale and under $70.  Runs TTS, I am wearing a size 4.

Scroll through to see some other Spring plaid favorites.

You can shop my look below:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Prosciutto + Artichoke Stuffed Shells | OOTD Stripe Tee and Loft Sale

I have not made stuffed shells in years.  In all honesty I don't cook much pasta.  I can't control myself when eating pasta so it's better for me not to eat it:)  This week I had a craving for some stuffed shells so I set out to make them.  I originally was going to do chicken and artichoke stuffed shells but decided prosciutto would be way better and have more flavor than chicken.  This would also be great with Italian sausage.  The shells turned out awesome and the kids both actually ate them- winning mom moment since most of the time they won't touch what I cook.  
These can be made ahead and just baked at dinner time.  

|| P R O S C I U T T O  +  A R T I C H O K E  S T U F F E D  S H E L L S ||

- 1 box large pasta shells
- 1 small container ricotta cheese
- 1 shallot, finely diced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 cup chopped prosciutto (I used the pre-chopped) 
- 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped finely
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1.5 cups mozzarella
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil
- 1 jar marinara sauce

Cook shells according to box.  Drain and let cool.  

Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet.  Add in shallot, garlic, and prosciutto.  Cook about 5-10 minutes until shallot is wilted and prosciutto is slightly crispy.  Add in artichokes at the end and cook about 1-2 minutes. 

In a large bowl combine ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup parmesan, 1 tablespoon basil, 1/2 cup mozzarella, prosciutto mixture and salt and pepper.  Mix well.  

In a baking dish cover the bottom with 1/2 the jar of marinara.   Stuff each the cooled shells with the ricotta mixture and place in the baking dish.   Scoop the rest of the mariner over the top of each shell.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella- and add more cheese if desired.  Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped basil.  

Bake at 350 degrees about 20-25 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted. 

optional- bake 3-4 slices prosciutto at 350 degrees until crispy.  Crumble and place on top before serving.

Yesterday's OOTD.  I figured this pastel stripe tee was perfect for the first week of Spring.  I love the slightly oversized fit and colors.  I am wearing a small in the tee.

LOFT is offering 40% off everything if you have a Loft card with code SPRING17.  I think the sale opens to everyone tomorrow.  A few things I have spied lately and love.
Wearing a size small.

Wearing a size XS.

Wearing a size small.

I am also loving these scalloped shorts.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Obsessions

Since yesterday marked the first day of Spring I thought I would share a few Spring beauties I am loving.

This is sitting in my shopping cart right now, I love the bright colors and tie front style.

This comes in 4 gorgeous colors and is under $40.

This would be amazing for a spring wedding.

I love that these zip up the back so you don't have to worry about it coming untied. 
These are so fabulous.  They come in several other color options too.
This also comes in a beautiful yellow color, but I am partial to the white.

I keep seeing this purse everywhere and love it.  Such a fun statement clutch.

Such a great classic wedge and not crazy expensive.

This is under $70.

Tassels, stripes and florals are always a good combo.

I never tire of chambray.  Always a classic choice.

I am beyond obsessed with this.   I am wishing I had a wedding or event coming up so I could wear this beauty.
These are so cute.  They also come in black.  

These are under $35 and so amazing.