It's been in the 40's & 50's here in MN, so I think it is spring! Really, 32 was starting to feel balmy at this point. Every year I get so excited for spring. Sunny days, warm breezes, things start to bloom, and I get to bust out my dress collection. By this point in the year I am incredibly over pants, and I am ready for some floral frocks!
I partnered up with Red Dress Boutique to share some spring outfit ideas. They always have the prettiest dresses for the spring & summer time, and almost all under $100! And my fellow brides-to-be- the have the best selection of little white dresses. Without further ado, let's get into the outfits.
Which is your favorite? I don't know if I can pick one. I'm so happy as we get more & more sunny days in Minnesota, so I can wear all these pretty pieces for spring!
You know when you want to bake something cute and seasonal, without making a huge mess? I loved the idea of making a Valentine's Day inspired treat, but my energy for doing fun projects while working full time has decreased drastically. So when I was seeing lots of cake mix cookies on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try! I was happily surprised with thick, chewy, and all around delicious cookies. So, here's that I did-
What You'll Need:
-1 box cake mix ( I used strawberry)
-1/2 cup veggie oil
-1 cup white chocolate chips
What to Do:
- Preheat your oven to 350
-Dump the cake mix, egg, and oil into a bowl, and mix with a spatula until smooth. It will be a pretty thick mixture- which is just what we want!
-Mix in your chocolate chips, some fun sprinkles would make a great addition as well!
-Spoon into 1 TBS cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes
Let me know if you make them! They'd make a darling Valentine's Day gift wrapped up in a cute goodie bag!
While I know that Valentine's Day is sort of just a ridiculous Hallmark Holiday... I love it. I love having another opportunity to spoil my loved ones, and of course I love a holiday all about pink & sparkles. It is a great excuse for me to dress up like those Valentine's gift boxes from elementary school- do you remember those? Mine always had lots of pink and glitter. So, just like my Valentine's Day inspired outfits of today!
I've shared and worked with Red Dress many times before, and I am so excited to work with them to share some Valentine's Day inspired look, for whatever you might get up to!
What are your Valentine's Day plans this year? Ben & I will be cuddled up in our heated blankets with hot chocolate, trying to stay as cozy as possible!
Long time, no blog post. December is always my favorite month of the year filled with birthday fun, Christmas cheer, and then immediately followed by some post-holiday depression. Throw in a road trip from Minnesota to Texas, and back again while still working a full time job- not a lot of time for penning blog posts!
As a little catch up post, I decided to round up a couple of my favorite outfits I put together this month. In all honesty, I have spent most of my time in Christmas PJS. But when I have gotten dressed, it has been in some outfits I really love!
I have been searching for knitwear that lets me get into the spring mood, while being frozen tundra that is Minneapolis in January. I have to say, my favorite trend going into 2021 is floral embroidery. If I can go ahead and look like someone's grandmother's throw pillows from the early 90's every day of the week, that would be great. In fact, I would love that. I have found some really great options at J.Crew, H&M, Red Dress, ChicWish, and a site that is new to me called Simple Retro.
Along the same lines of that 'grandmillennial chic' look, I've been loving is cardigans. Not just because of the Taylor Swift song, but again something about it that is sort of retro that I can't resist. They'll be adorable with a mock neck top underneath, or tossed over dresses into spring & summer. I even found some cardigans with floral embroidery, which you know absolutely delighted me.
Less of a trend & more of a favorite- Kan Can denim. I got sent this super dark washed pair from Red Dress in the fall for a collab, and they have become my very favorite jeans I own. For a self-proclaimed denim hater, I have quite a few pairs of jeans- and these hands down fit me the best. And best of all they're so stretchy you could do the can can dance in them!
And finally, white booties. These have been trending since last spring I believe, and in my closet they are here to stay. I love how they pair so well with the lighter, feminine outfits in my closet. And they brighten up a cold weather outfit when I want to get into the spring mood. I got a nice pair from Steve Madden for Christmas, but I have still been loving my affordable pair that were under $50. If you're on the fence, or just wanting to try out the trend for yourself- go for the cheaper pair! Mine have been holding up great.
Now I am replacing my lack of Christmas cheer with some for Valentine's Day. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a Hallmark holiday! I'm going to try my hand at some strawberry white chocolate cookies, and if they turn out I'll be sure to share the recipe.
It is officially sale season! I wanted to share some sales from my favorite retailers, and my top picks from each. I know you are here for the deals, so click any picture to shop each retailer & my favorites!
Christmas is pretty much my favorite thing in the world. All of the twinkly, cozy things and getting to get all of my loved ones gifts? It all just makes my heart so happy! Not to toot my own horn, but I am a pretty great gift-giver. I am never stumped, and I love finding people gifts that will just make them feel special. I look forward to making gift guides every year, and I hope these help you find something perfect for everyone on your list! You can click on the guide to shop it. So, lets get into them.
Did I miss someone on your list? Need more ideas? Leave a comment & I'll help you find something perfect. Who do you have the most trouble shopping for?
Baking pumpkin muffins in the fall brings me so much joy. They're so simple, easy, yet delicious! Totally get me in the spirit for fall. And, they make your house smell incredible! I love having these on hand for breakfast or a snack throughout autumn, and I wanted to share my recipe with you. So, let's get into it!
What You'll Need:
-1 cup pumpkin puree
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 tsp cinnamon
-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1/4 c milk
-1/4 c vegetable oil (or butter)
- 2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 cup flour
-1 cup rolled oats
-cinnamon sugar ( for topping)
What to do:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350
2. Put your pumpkin, egg, milk, oil, vanilla, spices, and sugar into a bowl and mix until smooth. (You don't need a mixer for this one!)
3. Next mix in your baking powder and baking soda, and mix until smooth.
4. Fold in your 1 cup of flour and oats, and mix with a spatula until your mixture is smooth.
5. Line your muffin tins, and evenly scoop your mixture into 12 muffins. (about 2 Tbs per muffin)
6. Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top of each muffin, then stick them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
7. Remove once risen, fluffy, and delicious!
These are also so goo with some raisins, or some nuts mixed in! I usually use sliced almonds, but it's all personal preference. Also incredible with some mini chocolate chips to really make them a treat. I like this smaller batch because you can enjoy them before they pass their prime, but you can double the recipe for bigger crowds! My mom made them recently, and added a cream cheese frosting glaze to the top- which looked heavenly. What is your go-to fall baked goodie?
til next time,
While Minnesota has decided it is winter-it is still technically fall, and I still have fall outfit inspiration to share! So this is what I would wear if I wasn't freezing my butt off in South Canada. Well, I did wear it clearly- but only for 15 minutes to take these pictures! Ran back into a heated space as soon as I could.
I love these corduroy skirts in autumn. Every year they come back into style, so I feel safe saying that they are a fall wardrobe staple at this point. I would say the classic colors are black, camel, and a burgundy shade like this. I love the burgundy because it is also darling during the holiday season!
They're so cute styled with a tee and cardigan, bodysuit and scarf, and my personal favorite- with a cozy sweater tucked into it! Since it is a more form-fitting skirt, I like pairing it with cozy, looser fitting top to even out the look. ChicWish sent this one over, and I love all of the adorable details! The square neckline and puff sleeves are so on-trend, the cropped fit makes it perfect for pairing with this skirt, and the mini baubles on the sleeve and bow in the back make it so charming!
Here I styled it with my pair of over the knee boots. I had never had a pair up until this season, and I am really loving them! They really dress up this look with the pointed toe and block heel, and that extra leg coverage is very much needed in MN. If you don't have OTK boots, or it is simply too hot still where you live (looking at you, Texas!), it would be adorable with your favorite booties and some polka dotted tights. That was my favorite way to style this skirt for Texas in the fall & winter time! My MN & other midwestern ladies, you'll want to throw on a trench coat... at least I was definitely wishing for one.
Are corduroy skirts one of your fall staples? Let me know your favorite way to style them!
til next time,
It is no secret that I am a lover of all things frilly and feminine. I have been so happy to grab chunky knits in all of the prettiest fall shades lately while enjoying my first fall in Minnesota, I can't stay away from my lighter colored girly pieces for long! It is a balance wearing the lighter, brighter shades in the fall without looking out of place or like I am ignoring the season. And while I will bust out a bubblegum pink sweater in the middle of fall, I think this outfit is the perfect blend of feminine and autumnal!
This sheer, dotted sleeve sweater is from ChicWish! They always have the loveliest, girly pieces throughout every season. It will be so cute dressed up over the holidays with a velvet midi skirt, and a pearl embellished knotted headband. The chiffon sleeves make it a great pick for early fall, or if you are somewhere where it doesn't feel like fall quite yet! The ruffled cuffs and neckline are just adorable too.
Here I dressed it down a little with some dark wash denim, and my over the knee boots. I have wanted to try over the knee boots for a while, but have never gotten myself to make the purchase! JustFab sent this pair over, and they are such a fun addition to my autumn wardrobe. I love the dark, chocolate brown color, almond toe, and block heel. They are the perfect fit on my legs, and they tie on the back of the top helps they stay up! And you know I'm a sucker for a bow.
I added my blush leather belt from J.Crew, my delicate pearl headband, and my pearl beaded bag from Rachel Parcell. To dress it down even more I would pair the sweater and jeans with some ankle booties, and a chunky scarf around my shoulders! I linked a new favorite I picked up from Target in the prettiest sage color, with a cream and blush box-check.
Do you just love fall colors, or do you miss the lighter more feminine shades of the warmer months? Let me know!
til next time,
It's fall, and I cannot recall the last time I was so in love with this season. In Texas, the leaves didn't really change, the temperatures didn't really drop, it just cloudy and humid. So while I have always adored fall fashion, I had never really gotten to do it justice. I mean, unless I wanted to sweat it out in the 90 degree weather. However with our move to Minnesota in August, it has given me the chance to wear autumnal looks I never could have worn in Texas. And really fall in love with these stylish, layered looks!
I shop an embarrassing amount from Red Dress Boutique, so I am absolutely thrilled to partner up with them again to share some fall outfit inspiration! They have trendy, unique pieces you won't find anywhere else which is what I love so much about their shop. They make everyday fashion feel special, which I am all about! All of these pieces are from Red Dress. The hat, jeans, and denim jacket I had already purchased- and the rest was gifted for this post! I have linked everything for you throughout the post, so its easy to find. So without further ado, let's get into these fall 'fits!
So, which look is your favorite? I absolutely cannot pick, and please don't make me! Working with Red Dress is always such an honor, I have been shopping there since high school! Their curated collections of such special pieces is what always has me going back. Let me know if you want to see more from them, I'll take whatever excuse to shop there that I can get!
til next time,