Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas cheer

Merry Christmas! Hope everyone has a blessed day with their family & friends!
Here's last night's church outfit! I was feeling festive in my red.
Coat: Guess // Sweater: Kenar (100% extrafine Merino Wool) from TJMaxx // Dress Pants: from Stein Mart // Snakeskin Shoes: BCBG // Necklace: Swarovski Crystal from Kohls

Thursday, December 19, 2013

For me or for you?

Goodies for me and gifts for you! What's in my cute little pouches? You'll have to stay tuned to find out! Wouldn't want to ruin someone's Christmas surprise!

If you haven't heard of Chloe + Isabel yet, you're missing out! Being a Mary Kay girl, I love the similarities of the company setup: lifetime guarantee on their products, great customer service and staying up-to-date on trends... all while giving women a chance to run their own business as an independent merchandiser. (Sounds a lot like my pink bubble!)

I was introduced when my friend Kelly became a merchandiser. I've been loving the jewelry, for myself and for gifts. And what better way to spend my money than making sure a small business woman makes some dough off me rather than a large retailer?!

I'll reveal my goodies later! Until then, browse her website! I'm currently obsessed with everything Art Deco! Check it out: 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Girly girl

Yesterday's outfit was comfy but girly!

Clothing: Lace top- Rewind @ Kohls; leggings- Xhilaratin @ Target; Boots- BearPaw; Pink Corduroy Jacket- I'm 99% sure is from Marshalls (old)

Accessories: Perfume- Coach Poppy; "I Love my Marine" necklace- etsy shop Milspec Couture; Four leaf clover necklace with pearl- vintage; Silver earrings- purchased from a street vendor in NYC; pink bead necklace- Forever 21; sunglasses- Cole Haan

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jazzy & Snazzy

Last night Chris & I walked to Sundance Square for some free jazz, courtesy of the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. It was bitter cold, but I was in the mood to wear something snazzy! I was surprisingly warm, thanks to this amazeballs wool cape.

Outfit details: Wool Cape- vintage Neiman Marcus; Sweater- Ralph Lauren; Belt- Fossil; Jeans- Levis Too Superlow 524 Skinny; Cowboy Boot Wedges: SO @ Kohls (old); Handbag- Michael Kors

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Fort Worth Free

If you don't already have plans tonight, head on over to Sundance Square for another Fort Worth Free event!
It may be chilly outside, but bundle up and take advantage of some amazing music, right in the heart of downtown!  Sundance Square is holding a free concert on the brand new stage, tonight starting at 8pm.  We are blessed to have a city that offers so many cultural events, so I hope that you'll head out and support Adonis Rose & the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra! Check out Sundance Square's Facebook Page for more details! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pattern Play

It's a dreary, cold, rainy day in Fort Worth. So I decided to spice up my day with a little pattern-on-pattern play! The neutral colors and similar print sizes are what keep this outfit in check. The pattern mix could be overwhelming if they weren't subtle beiges, ivory, browns and black. I love this hammered metal pedant necklace too! It adds a tiny touch of art deco flair with yet another interesting pattern. This outfit is comfy enough for a cold, casual Friday but spicy enough to stand out in the rain ;-)

Outfit details:

Sweater- Apt 9 @ Kohls; Houndstooth scarf- Cejon from Stein Mart; Handbag- Michael Kors; Boots- Bearpaw

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope your holiday is filled with family, friends, food, love & laughter! Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Recipe Rewind

I received the ultimate compliment last night from Chris after another crock pot experimentation... "Are you writing these recipes down?"

I'm very new to cooking. Chris moved in at the beginning of 2013 and since then I've been doing my best to put together homemade, or at least semi homemade, meals every night. This is all in an effort for both of us to be eating healthier and also to be saving money by not eating in restaurants. So began my journey of repeating the recipes my mom gave me from what she used to cook when I was growing up. And I have to say, I've done well with recreating those meals- meatloaf, casseroles, tacos, pork chops, chicken breast, etc. But lately I've been more so bitten by the make-it-up-as-you-go bug, especially now that the weather is colder and I've brought out the crock pot.

My goal recently has been to not waste anything. I'm in the process of training myself how to shop for the two of us without wasting fresh food. I'm constantly purchasing produce, which is great! I'm so happy that Chris loves fresh vegetables and fruit and is literally thrilled with anything I give him! The challenge lies with me... the super picky one. So how do I work in the produce, without letting anything go bad? My current answer: soups and stews. I've learned to think ahead and use my ingredients wisely. Truthfully, until a couple of months ago, it never occurred to me to cook additional servings of food to use as building blocks for later; or to set aside small portions of ingredients to be used in tomorrow's meal. But now, I'm doing it all the time!

A few nights ago I made hamburgers on my George Foreman grill. I planned ahead and cut our burger sizes down, just a tad. I saved the ground beef in the fridge, not really knowing what it would end up being used for, but knowing that a little ground beef can go with a lot of dishes. Yesterday, when I decided to make vegetable soup, I decided last minute to throw in the leftover ground beef, just to make the soup a little heartier. I could have also used it in breakfast tacos, or as a pizza topping! (Another great tip: If you like a frozen pizza every once in awhile, buy the cheese version, which is always cheaper, and chop your own fresh toppings! I stock up on the cheese pizzas when I have a coupon or when they're on sale, then use whatever veggies and/or meats I have in the house when I cook it. That way I'm using up fresh produce that's usually leftover scraps, I'm getting a fresher taste and I'm saving money on the store-bought pizza!)

So after chopping up whatever veggies I had around the house yesterday, I then threw together leftover ingredients such as diced tomatoes used from a casserole, spaghetti sauce, and various spices. I happened to have a small amount of beef broth left from beef stew last week, but it wasn't quite enough for the soup, so I used up the beef broth and then topped it off with vegetable broth.
I was proud of this soup. I don't normally talk about my own cooking but I honestly couldn't stop saying how much I liked it. Chris agreed, and that's when he asked "Did you write the recipe down?" Me? Recipe? Wait what? You think someone might want to duplicate this?
Look, in all honesty I know this isn't a new idea... beef & veggie soup... nor is using the ingredients you already have in your kitchen. I'm sure this dates back as long as people have been cooking. But for me, a relatively inexperienced cook, this IS new. And refreshing. I feel a sense of success... like I'm creating a happy home, filled with yummy smells and a happy man. And I'm using up more of my food and throwing out less. And I'm eating fresher foods. And apparently, I'm doing pretty well :-)
So... here's my first attempt at rewinding and remembering back to exactly what I did. Maybe next time I'll actually think to write it as I go and have a little more confidence that it'll be great!

Texas Sass Veggie Beef Soup

1 stalk celery chopped
2 carrots chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (I used red bc it's what I had)
1/4 cup chopped jalapeño
7 oz canned diced tomatoes (1/2 can)
1 & 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce (I used Classico Tomato & Basil)
1/2 cup organic beef broth
1 cup organic vegetable broth (this is what I had, you may want to use only one kind of broth)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/3 pound ground beef (browned in skillet before adding)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to crock pot & cook on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 5-6 hours.

Hope any kitchen newbies out there will be encouraged by my adventures in the kitchen! :-)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Birthday? Ain't nobody got time for that...

Lately I've felt like I barely have time for anything! I feel that's fairly obvious just with my blog alone! (Forgive me, bloggers, I'm trying!) But it's even more obvious in my daily life. Everything is so crazy right now with building my beauty consultant business, and working on starting up other business (which is going super slow btw, but WILL be happening), wedding planning & figuring out my schedules and duties as a future wife since Chris moved in. Needless to say, I have NOT found the balance yet... not even close.

Last week was my 30th birthday, and it completely came out of nowhere. I remember thinking months ago that it was coming... and then all of a sudden it was a few days before my birthday! I've had my mind on so many things lately, I didn't really get a chance to really plan anything... and now it just sort of came and went, no big deal. *sigh* I feel like this more and more lately... like I'm missing out because I just didn't have the time to think and plan ahead.  So this is my current battle with myself.  And you'd think that someone that has been paid to organize others' lives would be a little better at her own! But there's just something about your own life... you can never see as clear :-/

I've come to realize that I need to ask for help more often, like WAY more often. And I need to let go of my OCD tendencies, and be ok when someone does something in a different way than I would have. I need to not take life personally, and I need to persevere because that is what my God has made me to do. I need to be thankful, every day, and remember that my current craziness is simply because God has blessed me with SO much, not TOO much.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Think Pink

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I'm thinking pink! ...more so than usual ;-)

So I thought I'd do a soft, subtle, pink makeup look! Details:

Foundation- Mary Kay Mineral Powder in Ivory 2
Eyes- Mary Kay Limited Edition Smoke & Shimmer Eye Wand in Enchanted Mauve
Cheeks- Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
Lips- Mary Kay @ Play Lip Crayon in Perfect Pink
All over- Mary Kay Translucent Finishing Powder + Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray

Happy Monday y'all!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Coffee stop

I'm always on the lookout for cute, local places to give my business.  Not that I don't enjoy my starbucks, because I do (let's be honest, I enjoy coffee anywhere... I'm just coffee obsessed!)... but I definitely prefer little local coffee houses, especially within walking distance!  

Casablanca Coffee is an adorable shop, tucked away on 8th street, right off of Throckmorton.  I've admired it for months, but it seemed to be closed every time I walked by... perhaps because I take most of my walks later in the evening, rather than the morning.  But this morning's cool temperatures and overcast skies brought Chris and I out earlier in the morning for a long walk.  Finally, a perfect time to stop in and check it out!! 

Our coffee was delicious, as was the apple turnover that Chris and I split.  I sipped on some black, dark roast, while Chris enjoyed a cappuccino.  According to him, it's the best cappuccino he's ever had... and after tasting, I had to agree that it was right up there with the cups I used to enjoy in Italy, where I first began drinking cappuccinos.  The shop also serves as a small convenience store, offering snacks and drinks.  There's not much seating, but then again, this coffee shop is more of a "pop-in-and-out" place, rather than a "sit-and-sip-for-hours" coffee house, that mostly serves downtown businesses.  However, they do offer free wi-fi and if you're lucky enough to grab a chair, you'd surely feel relaxed and welcome :-)  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy National Dog Day!

Did you know that today is National Dog Day?!  I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the doggies in my life, and how amazingly wonderful they are.  

Mr. Wilbur has become my main sidekick, and I can't explain how awesome it feels knowing that this dog loves me back and is willing to protect me at any cost!  We snuggle, we run and play, and I take him with me everywhere I go... when possible ;-)

I don't see Cozmo as much as I'd like, but when I do, we have a blast together!  He's such a cool pup and he's always willing to go for a run with me... always a ball of energy and enthusiasm.  I've watched him grow from a tiny puppy into a beautiful dog.  I'm blessed to have him in my life, even if he's not my own. 

Hope you're spending some of today with your puppy pals :-)  Happy National Dog Day!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Eye Makeup Look: Green Eyes

Today's eye makeup look was created with the following Mary Kay products:

Remember, purple is great for green eyes because it is the opposite and makes your green 
eyes pop!  If you have blue eyes, try shades of brown, or our Mary Kay At Play™Baked Eye Trio in "Earth Bound".  If you have hazel eyes, try the Earth Bound Trio also, or neutrals that play with gold tones!  If you have brown eyes, be daring and try some color like purples, greens & blues!  Check out the Mary Kay At Play™Baked Eye Trio in "Ocean View".

If you want a 100% guarantee you're choosing the correct eye makeup for your eye color, try Mary Kay's Eye Bundles! And don't forget the brushes! Blending is the key to wearing bold color, and brushes are the key to blending! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

TCU Frog Chic Fashion Show

Wednesday evening I attended my second Frog Chic Fashion Show, hosted by TCU Alumni & Neiman Marcus Fort Worth.  I fell in love with this event last year and couldn't wait to attend again this year!  True to form, Neimans rolled out the red (or should I say purple?) carpet for us!  The event provided guests with wine & champagne and a yummy array of hors d'oeuvres.  After mixing and mingling, Neiman Marcus held a spectacular fashion show to alert us of the upcoming fall trends.  Before and after the runway show, guests were invited to shop the store, and were especially encouraged to pick up purple pieces for the Frog's football season!  

I have to say, I'm obsessed with just about every trend I saw! Red as a neutral, boy-inspired clothing, mixing and matching geometric prints as well as various animal prints, and rocker meets lace... everything was fabulous! 

I did my best to capture some great photos, but despite my prime seating location next to a break in the chairs, my efforts were somewhat thwarted by the use of my cell phone camera... which is not a bad camera when it gets a chance to focus, but it struggled with the models' movement.  Alas, here's to the upcoming fall season! ...which I'm sure won't actually hit Texas for another 2 months ;-) Can't wait to try out some of these looks!  Which is your fave??