Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thoughts For Thursday

Yay one more day til the weekend!!  
Currently on my mind.

The Bachelor.  Lets discuss who is going to get the final rose.  I feel like Whitney is probably going to win and I like her but something makes me feel like Becca is a better match for him.  It concerns me a bit she has never been in love but he seems really into her.  I can also picture her being happy on the farm.  Lets be real it would be hard to live there, no restaurants, no grocery store or anything nearby to do??  Not sure I could do it- heck I know I could not live there!

Thank you for the book suggestions, I just finished The Girl on The Train and wow I loved it!!  Kind of similar to Gone Girl, I could not stop reading it.
If you have not read it you must!

Next up I happened to find Diane Von Furstenberg's Book at the library.  Can't wait to read about one of my favorite fashion designers!

My Baublebar earrings arrived this week and I love them.  I was looking for earrings that could be great for day or night.
They are such a steal for 2 cute pairs of earrings!

Frances Moon had her 15 month check up this week and my girl is growing like a weed.  She was 95TH percentile + for everything.
Frances' dress is one of my favorite for Summer!  

I love to watch my kids sleep.  Is that weird?  I can not go to bed at night until I have walked in and watched them both for a few minutes.  I saw Sterling like this one night this week and it was too sweet.  He had taken Frances Moon's baby dolls and tucked them into bed (in an old baublebar box).  He has the biggest heart.

I have been seeing so many cute things at F21 lately so I decided to try my luck and order a few things and  I LOVE them.  I have hit or miss luck at F21 but both of these are awesome buys!  They look and feel way more expensive than they are!  I am wearing a small in both for size reference.
and ignore the wrinkles they just came out of the mail bag:)

also comes in white.  I actually just ordered the white too I loved the navy so much.  I swear they look like some $200 blouses I have tried on but they are under $30!

Actually found this on the store but it is online too. This reminded me a lot of Missoni plus the fabric felt great and its under $20!

I forgot how much I love tomato pie.  I made two this week one for us and one for my friend Ashley who just moved here.  Tomato Pie is one of my favorite Southern Comfort foods.  This picture was right before the final layer of cheese and before I baked them!
You can see my recipe HERE.

I have really enjoyed tequila lately.  I still love my wine but lately I swear all the sugar in it and the tannins make me feel worse the next day.  Good tequila does not do that to me.  This is a new small batch tequila I am loving that was actually aged in bourbon barrels.  It is so good!
and how gorgeous is the view from the deck of my parents condo here??

We had our monthly girls Supper Club last week and this is what I wore.  I love our girls super club.  We each switch off and host once a month at our houses and cook for the girls.  It is always a good time.
The purse and jeans are part of the Shopbop event so you can save!

Charleston Friends, don't miss out Barbara Cobb is hosting a trunk show today downtown!
She makes the absolute cutest beach hats not to mention the quality is fantastic.

Check out me and Frances Moon's hat that Barbabra made for us- the fun part is you can design the hats.  I picked the colors and patterns.

We started House of Cards Season 3 and are 5 episodes in, anyone else watching?  So far I feel like it is not as good as the first two seasons but it may get better.

I am thinking for meatless Monday next week I will make these Cauliflower Rice Cups.  I think they look so good!  They are drizzled with Srirachia Peanut Sauce- yes please!

Thursday's Wisdom.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sausage, Broccolini, and White Bean Ragout

My sister and my brother in law had raved about this dish for months, so I finally decided it was time for me to make it.   It did not disappoint and it took no time to whip together.  Such an easy and hearty weeknight meal.  You could easily serve this over pasta, but we just ate ours in a bowl with bread for dipping- this was the recommended serving way per my sister.  Definitely add some fresh Parmesan before serving, it really sets off the flavors.
Not only was this meal easy but it was cheap too, probably cost $15 for all the ingredients.

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- 1 pound hot Italian sausage (ground)
- 2 heads broccolini
- 1 can cannelini beans
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 a white onion diced
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- grated Parmesan cheese

Pour oil into a large skillet.  Add onion and sausage and cook over high heat several minutes, breaking the sausage into small pieces.   Add the liquid from the can of beans and bring to a boil.

Wash and cut the broccolini tops and stems into about 1 or 1/2 inch pieces.  Add to the pan with garlic, salt and pepper,  and red pepper flakes.  And return to a boil- at this point I added a little water maybe 1/2 the bean can full of water.  Bring to a boil and cover for 4-5 minutes until broccolin is tender but crunchy.

Add the beans and mix well and return to a boil.  Boil about 2-3 minutes to blend flavors.  Season with more salt and pepper if needed.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shopbop Sale!

Shopbop just started their tiered sale!
This is a great time to buy a few things you have had you eye on.

You should totally snag the snakeskin blouse that I featured Sunday.  I am obsessed with mine.  The perfect blouse to carry you through Summer.

I decided to order this blouse to try out, I have had my eye on for awhile now.  Love the mint color for Spring.

also this cute little cover-up is headed my way.  Between our two upcoming beach trips and the fact I will be living at the pool this Summer I wanted a few updated cover-ups.

I rounded up a few of my other favorite new arrivals!  Scroll thru to view each item.

Sweet Dreams

Did you guys know it is National Sleep Week??  Had no idea, but it got me thinking about our Master Bedroom.  I feel like I neglect our Master Bedroom the most and want this to be the year I finally spruce it up.  I often have a hard time sleeping, too many things race through my head when I am trying to fall asleep.
 Lately at night I have gotten into reading a good book (reading Girl on the Train now, so good), meditating, and drinking some hot lemon water to help me sleep.  Any other tips?

Fresh bedding can help too.
Crane and Canopy was sweet enough to send me a new duvet and shams for our bed.  It was perfect timing since my kids had recently spilled something on my old duvet and it had huge yellow stains on it. Gotta love those messy little fingers.   I decided to go for all white this time so I could have the freedom to switch out pillows and I may even repaint our walls too.  I did keep our existing bordered European Shams.

and I have to mention I have been loving my Target benches below, such a fab purchase for the price! 

I decided to use a coverlet first and then just fold our duvet at the bottom.
The Crane and Canopy Duvet and Shams are so soft and my favorite part is they have invisible zippers so no buttons coming undone.  It provides a seamless look. 

This little lady is a huge fan of our new bedding.

Next on my Master Bedroom Wish list :

Matching Night Tables

I want two paintings to flank each side of the bed. I am having my friend Ann do these for us.  Check out her Etsy site- she does custom orders too.  Thinking something abstract and similar to this.

My bedroom details:

Here's to sweet dreams.
These other ladies also teamed up with Crane and Canopy to promote National Sleep Week,  check out their beds!

Wednesday-Jess from Bows and Sequins
Thursday- Emily from Life with Emily
Friday- Jennifer from Haute off the Rack

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Feet

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my kids were growing like crazy, their feet too.  It was time to get some Spring shoes for both of them.   I turned to Nordstrom, of course.  They carry my favorite kid's lines and I can't find a local store that does.  

We also needed some new dressier clothes for church and I am already thinking about Easter too:)  I thought these shoes would be perfect for Easter.

Never a dull moment with these two.

Sterling of course likes to pick out his own outfits.  He insisted on a pink polo- Lacoste is my favorite, they fit well and last forever.  He also picked about these skull and cross bone pants, he is in a real pirate phase these days.  They were my first Mini Boden purchase for him and I have to say the quality is awesome.

He wanted a pair of boat shoes to be like his Daddy.  I am always a fan of Sperry shoes for Sterling.  This particular style is great because it is a bit more casual, made of canvas and they Velcro so they are easy for him to put on.  Nordstrom carries a great selection of Sperry shoes.

It looks like the blue color he is wearing is currently sold out but they also come in gray and tan in the exact same style- love both.  They run TTS.

 I also love these Sperry Top Siders if you want a dressier option.

Since Frances Moon has no opinion yet on clothes or shoes I still get get to choose:)  I fell in love with these neon sandals and Pom Pom Tunic. 

 The sandals are so adorable and best part they Velcro on, no buckles or anything.  With a skirmy baby, shoes that go on quickly are key.
I loved the pop of neon color and figured she could wear them all Summer.
Sizing wise, Frances is in a size four.  I actually used the chart and measured her feet.  If you have a new walker like I do these offer plenty of support for them.
I also thought these were adorable for a more closed toe look.  I am into the mixed colors because they would look cute with so many outfits.
 For the older toddler girls I just love these gladiators.  I had no idea Sam Edleman made kid shoes and these are perfection.

Frances Moon's tunic comes in 2 other colors as well.  I kind of want to order the white one too, I love our turquoise one so much.  Frances is wearing the size 1.5-2.  I figure next year she can even wear it again as a shirt.

 I also could not resist and bought both the kids Chuck Taylors.  I used to love these as a kid.  I think they are super adorable for the kids.

Happy Feet indeed.

Shop some of my other favorite kids shoes from Nordstrom below.    Remember Nordstrom always price matches and offers free shipping and returns.

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post, all outfit and shoe choices are my own always.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Date Night Outfit

Hey Loves!  I wanted to pop in today and share a date night outfit from this weekend!
I just love the color pallete of this outfit.  The snakeskin top will be great paired with white jeans or jean shorts this Summer too.

The blouse also comes in this blue color as well.

These tassel earrings are my new favorites and created here in Charleston by Candy Shop Vintage.

Arm candy plus my new favorite everyday purse.

Shop my whole look below: