Friday, October 31, 2014

Fall Friday

Since it is Friday, I thought I'd show you guys how I relax. I know the outfit itself doesn't look like sweatpants or lounge wear, but if you don't have a pair, American Apparel Disco Pants are such a great investment. They are shiny and comfortable. Nothing screams comfy like a cozy cardigan so it is included in my everyday fall style. I live in the land of the still-warm-until-November/December so cropped tops are still okay without catching cold. I really love this outfit because it is effortless style without trying so hard work to hard.

There is not much to say about this outfit other than I love it and it will be in repeat throughout the remainder of the fall season...well until it gets too chilly!

|| Sweater: Apt 9 - Kohl's | Crop Tank: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Disco Pants: American Apparel | Boots: Steven Madden "Troopa" ||

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pink and Splattered

So I found these pleather leggings at Forever 21 and have been trying, (as usual), to find ways to wear it instead of my just my staple giant sweater. So I added a button up shirt underneath to add some variation, A bright pink sweater can be tricky to style, but never be afraid to try out every combination because the more you try the more outfits you'll come up with without even realizing it! 

To pump the volume on this outfit I added my Splatter Paint boots to give it some balance. 

Get your sunglasses ready, this is going to be a bright one!

|| Gray Button Up: Old Navy | Sweater: Forever 21 | Pleather Leggings: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Earrings: Island Passage | Shoes: DIY ||

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Food Fun! - Apple Cider Muffins With Honeycrisp Apples

I love this time of year - as if I had not said it enough, but it is the only time of year I can find my favorite type of apple, the Honeycrisp. It tastes exactly like it sounds and it is perfect in just about everything apple-related! Since they are so huge I like to incorporate them in cooking. They are a very sturdy apple if you need them to hold their shape. Sometimes when you bake with apples, they can get very mushy. These do not. But if you need them to create things like applesauce, apple butters, etc they are perfect!

There is not much to this recipe since I used a store bought muffin mix in Apple Cider. If you want to cut this recipe in half, you can do that too. Here is whst I used:

2 packages of Martha White Apple Cider Muffin Mix
1 cup of milk (mine lactose-free of course, but you can use what you have)
2 Honeycrisp apples, diced (the ones I used were fairly large so I'd say an apple per pack used)

Yield: 12 Cupcake size muffins

Equipment Neeeded:

Mixing Bowl
Spoon (for mixing & measuring batter into the cups)
Muffin Pan (One that holds 12)
Muffin Cups 

Here we go! It's so simple!

!. Preheat your oven to the temperature according to the package.( Different places may require various temperatures.) Arrange your muffin cups in the pan.

2. Chop up your apples and empty the muffin mix into your mixing bowl. Add the apples into the mix. No need to worry about your apples turning colors when cutting them. Since they are being baked, presentation here doesn't matter too much.

3. Mix in apples and milk. Spoon the batter into the baking cups evenly (about 2/3 full). Bake according to your oven. Enjoy! Look at all of those nooks and crannies!

So delicious!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Farmer's Market Style

I love going to the farmer's market especially in the fall. Who says you can't be stylish in the process. It's really in how you layer that makes a difference. Since it is not too hot and not freezing just yet I love wearing sweatshirts this time of year. But plain sweatshirts can be boring so I jazzed it up with a bright colorful print underneath. I found this sweatshirt at of all places Walmart. I've had it for a while now (like a few years), and it is still holding strong. The shirt I am wearing is actually a sleeveless floral top I made some time ago, but I love how the two compliment each other. 

To twist this outfit even more, instead of using a normal jean, I went with a dark acid wash jegging that appears like a jean and is dark enough that you can see the wash, but it flows with the rest of the outfit. Normally I am not a fan of wearing heels to a market, (having to keep from getting my heels clipped by baby strollers should be a sport!), a kitten heel is still functional as long as you keep your load light - unless you are a boss - then I say go for it! For me I usually wear flats or boots to the market, but the pink heels I coordinated with outfit keep it feminine but functional.

Here we go!

|| Sweatshirt: Hanes Brand - Walmart | Floral Shirt: Made By Me! | Chain Necklace: Vintage  | Jeggings: Forever 21 | Heels: Chelsea Crew - Island Passage ||

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall at the Farmer's Market

One of the best things about this time of the year is the harvest of fall crops. The colors of fall are so vibrant and eye-catching. Anyone that doesn't like this time of year is insane. I find myself visiting the market more and more this time of year. Between the apples, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, snap peas, and greens, the list goes on and on. Mums are also a prevalent fall flower that enhances the landscape. Here are snapshots of the latest visit to the market.

So this is what fresh ginger looks like before the root turns brown. I looks a little like fingers, but smells amazing!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Anthropologie Birthday Party

Earlier this month I was invited to an invitation only birthday party hosted at a local Anthropologie store. They combined September and October birthdays so it made for a fairly large guest list. I was not sure exactly what happened at one of these parties so I searched to see if any other bloggers had mentioned attending one of these. Pleasantly surprised I sent in my RSVP and when the time finally came, I got myself dolled up a little and headed there.

Luckily for me they finally opened a store closer to where I live. Before I had to drive about an hour to get to the closest one, so this gave me more motivation to go. For those of you who may not be familiar Anthropologie is a store that sells women's apparel and housewares. They are a sister store to Free People which are both owned by Urban Outfitters. I like to call Anthropologie the cool middle sister of the three.

Any who onto the party...

The snack table was full of treats. From white wine sparklers with blackberries to hackberry and rosemary infused water, there were plenty of goodies. 

Delectable treats that I had to resist. I would have taken the risk if they were cupcakes, but with these rich petit fours and macaroons, I had to say no. 

Photo backdrop for pictures!

The name tags were adorable and they spelled my name right!

So here is me being silly in front of the camera. The dressing rooms are spacious. Since it is that time of year where fashion is transitioning from warm to chilly, much of the store was still full of summer and early fall pieces. (You guys know I love my sweaters!) I did find a teal, black and white shirt (pictured behind me), but it was way too short - I like tunic length shirts. The dressing room attendant informed me that this particular brand usually cut their tops short, so I didn't find any clothing that interested me. I ended up buy a couple of decorative hooks to hang on my wall and some crazy amazing smelling soap - I just might have to go back for more.

I enjoyed walking around the store getting inspired at every turn. Once it gets a little colder I stop back in the store to see their fall/winter collections.

Such a fun time!

Oh yeah and for my birthday I bought the OtterBox case for my phone. It was in desperate need of one.