Monday, August 31, 2015

Gingham on Gingham


Gingham has been hot, hot, hot this summer, and the great thing about it is that it can perfectly transition into fall. Which, apparently we're doing now. Transition out of summer is always bittersweet, but maybe gingham can help it be less bitter and more sweet.


I picked up this little gingham jumper while on a trip to Ireland last fall, and I always struggle with what to wear under it. Until now, that is! Matching sets are all the rage, and this top with gingham accents and the jumper were a match made in heaven.


I took this whole look in a retro direction with a baby beehive hairstyle and a pastel pink lip. I typically take any chance I can get to make an outfit more retro, but gingham works especially well the mod 60s vibe.


This checked pattern ensemble is equally perfect for casual picnics and classy enough for a cute date night look. The black cutout wedges kick up the fancy factor a bit, but this outfit could be easily be paired with tennis shoes, too, for more of a daytime look.


Do you have any favorite patterns or pieces for the transition from summer to fall?

-Molly


Top: Modcloth, Jumper: Primark, Shoes: Modcloth (similar), Lipstick: Revlon Necklace: The Limited

Friday, August 28, 2015

Scalloped


Oh boy, do I love a good scallop. I'm not referring to the marine kind, but more the clothing and potato kind. Who doesn't enjoy scalloped potatoes? Mmmmmm...


Alas, this isn't a recipe post (although I have just been struck with an idea). No, this is a good old fashioned outfit post. I've been noticing scalloped edges on clothing all over the place recently. In fact, I have my eye on a skirt and blazer as we speak. A scalloped edge on a simple piece of clothing really takes things to the next level. It punches up a look without being overly dramatic. 


Since I'm not the most patient person in the world and wasn't prepared to wait until fall officially started, I went ahead and grabbed a pair of scalloped edged shorts from Kohl's a few weeks back. They're proving a perfect transition piece at the moment. Here I styled them with a nifty little top that I got forever ago and still love, some strappy sandals and a sleek clutch for a sexy little night out look. These shorts are not only super flattering, but they're also quite comfy! I really love it when a piece is both flattering and comfortable. It really doesn't get much better than that. 


Outfit details: Shorts: Kohl's, Top: The Limited, Clutch: T.J. Maxx, Heels: Chinese Laundry, Other great pieces here, here, here and here.





Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Energy Bites




What do you do when you need a little snack boost to get you to dinnertime or when you're running too late to make a real breakfast? I don't know about you, but granola bars are usually my go-to. But sometimes the prepackaged ones can be too sweet, or maybe you don't want a whole granola bar's worth, just part of one. That's where these little babies come in!



These energy bites are about the equivalent of a third of a granola bar for a tiny pick-me-up, or you can grab a few for a filling breakfast. I love them because they're customizable and you can make up a big batch and just carry a few with you when you know you're having a light lunch or a late dinner. They're packed with protein (and some indulgent things, too!), and you can control what goes in them.

 


I did two variations, but, again, you can customize them based on preferences, allergies, or your mood! Just keep to this basic ratio: 1/2 cup nut butter, 1/3 honey, 1 cup oatmeal, and about 1/2 cup each of 3-4 fillings like berries, nuts, seeds, or chocolate. If pressed, I think the white chocolate cranberry ones are my favorite. Shhh, don't tell the chocolate ones!




Chocolate Raisin Energy Bites:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/ 2 cup sunflower seeds



White Chocolate Coconut Cranberry Energy Bites:
1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/3 shredded dried coconut

Combine all ingredients well and let sit in refrigerator 2 hours-overnight. You can then roll the batch into ping-pong-sized balls and store in a sealed container separated by wax paper in layers, or scoop and roll as you go. Throw them in a Ziploc bag for work or school and head out the door!

One batch yields 24-30 energy bites.

 
 Now you won't have to hit up the vending machine or make unhealthy choices in a pinch again!
 
 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Modern Cinderella


Do you ever put on a piece of clothing that feels like it was made for you? Shopping as a female is tricky because we come in so many shapes and sizes; there is no standard bust to waist to hip ratio. But, every once in a while, you have that Cinderella moment where you want to spin around in the dressing room and yell to the world that this piece of clothing works, gosh darn it, it works! This dress was that for me.


I even wore this outfit to a wedding once and had a woman stop me in the bathroom and tell me to wear this dress every day. I wish I could, lady, I wish I could. But, alas, Cinderella cannot wear her ballgown on the daily.
 

I love the flowy pleats that give a vintage feel to the dress, while the color and fit of the top portion make it feel very modern. I paired it with this long knot necklace to help reinforce that '20s feeling and fun bright earrings to play off the modern edge. This necklace is my new favorite because it can match anything: it's got gold, silver, and rose gold colors. Matching for the lazy!


A nice updo showed off the fun back cutout. (You can check out how to create the baby beehive look here.) And, when you have killer heels that 100% match your dress, you can't not wear them. So I didn't not wear them ;) 


What piece of clothing do you have that magically fits and makes you feel like all is right in the universe?

-Molly

  
Dress: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Target, Earrings: Von Maur, Necklace: Kohl's, Purse: Target (similar)

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Pineapple A Day


My love of pineapple prints is well documented. To me, nothing quite says "let's have a summertime party" like mini pineapples all over your clothing. Also, let's be honest, that's just another excuse for a party. Like I needed an excuse. 


I added a skinny brown belt to this dress to break up the pattern and accentuate the waist. I also added these sweet retro cat eye sunglasses I snagged last month to really punch up the retro vibe. 


This dress is nice and lightweight and isn't stifling when the temperature sores. I've worn it to work with a cardigan and to a weekend get-together. It really works well in all summer situations you might find yourself in. Case in point, it was so hot the day we took these photos, I was sweating like a, well you fill in the blank, and you can barely even tell!  


Of course, I had to accessorize with this straw tote and nude wedges that I've been wearing on repeat all season long. I have yet to find an outfit either of these items don't go with. Best.Purchases.Ever. 


Outfit Details: Dress: Modcloth, Belt: The Limited, Wedges: Modcloth (love these too), Tote: T.J. Maxx, Sunglasses: Modcloth




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches



Now, I feel like it would be a little silly to call this a recipe, because the breakfast sandwiches I'm making here aren't anything unexpected. But, breakfast is something that can get old if you're making the same thing every day, so I'm encouraging you to spice it up! I usually keep a rotation of Greek yogurt and berries, cereal, and these breakfast sandwiches, so I don't get bored with one thing day after day, but I'll be throwing more recipes on the blog and into my own rotation soon, so stay tuned for more ideas to follow!


This is just in time for back-to-schooling because you just have to take a sandwich out of the freezer, throw it in the fridge the night before, and then microwave for 45 seconds. Viola, a hot and hearty protein-filled breakfast awaits you!

I did a mixture of both bacon and sausage breakfast sandwiches (again, all about that variety), and I mixed up both wheat and white English muffins.


Here's what you'll need to get a big batch of your own breakfast sandwiches underway (feel free to adjust based on what you have on hand:

12 English Muffins, halved
1/2 roll of breakfast sausage, cooked in patties
9 slices of bacon, cooked, cut in quarters
6 slices cheese (I prefer co-jack or cheddar), cut in halves
18 eggs
salt and pepper for seasoning
Foil and Ziploc freezer bags for storing

Put a small pan on the stovetop on medium high heat and add a slice of butter. Scramble eggs in a small bowl in groups of three, with a dash of salt and pepper, adding to the small pan and turning once the butter has melted. Repeat until all eggs are in 3-egg patties. After the egg patties are cooked, cut them in halves.


 Assemble all of your ingredients and place: a folded egg half, a folded cheese half, and either 3 short pieces of bacon, or a sausage patty. Repeat until you've used up all of your ingredients.



Wrap each sandwich in foil and label (unless you love surprises!) and store in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Before eating, place in refrigerator overnight. Microwave for 45 seconds-1 minute to reheat. (You could also defrost in the microwave if you forget the night before).

 
Now, with this supply on hand, you surely won't miss the most important meal of the day!

-Molly

Monday, August 17, 2015

Floral Romper


Public Service Reminder: It is mid-August! This means we've come to the critical point in summer where summer won't be summer much longer. Fall is closing in on us, friends. So, bust out your rompers, shorty shorts, crop tops and strappy sandals and give them one last hoorah before you start layering and donning boots. No need to panic yet, but this is obviously a time-sensitive reminder here.


This little floral romper has been a staple in my summer wardrobe the past few summers. I was rompin' around is this piece since before rompers were really in, so I'm really hoping it's not actually out of style, but I'm so blinded by the beautiful blue floral pattern to notice. Rompers can at least last through this summer, right? Pleasesayyes, pleasesayyes.


I really love the fact that this has a fitted top, because I do feel like some rompers that are flowy in the middle make you look a little too much like a three year old during playtime. Or they do me, anyway. Luckily a fitted waist help de-toddlerize the look significantly.

 

When going for the ultra-summer look, a flower crown is an absolute must-have. Because flowers on my outfit and head were not enough, I opted for sandals with flowers and a little flower clutch. Both are a nice understated white, so as not to clash with all the other bold colors going on. But, you can never overdo it on flowers. Pretty sure that's in the rulebook.


 Now go out there and grab summer by the popsicles while you still can, friends!

-Molly 

  
Outfit Details: Romper: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: Modcloth, Clutch: H&M, Headband: Payless, Lipstick: Revlon, Ring: Kohl's

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Perfect Dress for Summer


I stumbled across the perfect summer dress a few months ago. I was perusing the H&M website checking out their summer staples, when I came across this little gem. Now, if you follow us on Instagram, you will know that I have thing for patterns that you would find on your dad's Tommy Bahama shirt (think pineapples, flamingos, palm leaves, etc.). I can't help it, I like pretending I'm in 1960's Hawaii. 


Naturally, this palm print caught my eye, but the deal closer was that it was less than $15! How could I say no? I ordered it and when I got it in the mail, it was even better than I imagined. It's a super soft jersey material and is so flattering on. You really can't go wrong with it. 


Every time I have worn this dress, I have gotten a ton of compliments too! It's magic, I'm sure of it. To keep things simple, I paired this with summery white wedges, a gold straw clutch and minimal jewelry. I'm ready for the luau! 


Outfit details: Dress: H&M (on super sale!), Clutch: H&M, Wedges: Nine West via T.J. Maxx




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cocomero Frozen Yogurt


A few weekends ago, we stopped by what is undoubtedly the cutest spot in the Decatur area: Cocomero. This is not your typical frozen yogurt joint. In addition to a wide variety of yogurts and toppings, they've got many other fun goodies like bubble tea, macaroons, and coffee drinks. And everything from the macaroon packaging to the sign for the bathroom is cheerful and adorable.


The staff at Cocomero were extremely helpful and kind. We felt very at home and well taken care of during our stay. The recommendations they gave us were spot on and a lot of the treats were made by hand. 


There are tons of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings to choose from. They switch out the flavors too, so you might get a different selection every time you go. The flavors and toppings were some of the best we've seen at any other treat shop like this. There's everything from fruit and candy to FULL-SIZED cookies and brownies, you guys.


Molly got a mix of taro root flavor (we decided this tasted more like shortbread cookies than any other flavor we could place) and birthday cake yogurt and topped with a huge brownie bite, strawberry wafers and chocolate drizzle. Jodi opted for peanut butter flavored frozen yogurt with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups and Butterfinger bits. 


If you've never tried bubble tea, you have to give this place a try and order some. (Spoiler alert: it's not necessarily tea, and the frozen versions actually aren't bubbly.) They have both fruit and milk-based bubble teas. The first resembles a smoothie and the second is more like a milkshake, but they both come with large tapioca balls in them. The flavors vary from fruits to milk tea and green tea. The tapioca balls are pretty chewy, so if that's not your thing, just ask for the tea without them.


Molly got taro root flavored and Jodi got strawberry banana (at the recommendation of the welcoming lady who was helping us). Both flavors were delicious!


We could not go in without trying out the cute little macaroons in fun flavors. We tried green tea, lemon ginger, blueberry and vanilla. They came in adorable little packaging with winking and smiley faces, but you can purchase a whole box of them, too.


All in all, we had a fantastic first time outing to Cocomero! We will definitely be back again and we hope to see you all there when we go. Check out their website here and their Facebook here for more information and hours of operation. Happy fro-yo-ing!


Molly's Outfit Details: Popsicle Top: Wal-Mart, Skirt: Target, Shoes: Target, Barette: ban.do Earrings: Wal-Mart


Jodi's Outfit Details: Ice cream top: Modcloth, Eyelet shorts: T.J. Maxx, Wedges: Seychelles