Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blowing Bubbles

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
::Tee J.Crew (major sale, here), Bag Kate Spade (here), Jeans Nordstrom (here), Shoes C.Wonder (here, major sale), Hat my Alma Mater (similar JCrew version here, here), Bracelet David Yurman, Jcrew (from a sweet friend), C.Wonder, Lipstick MAC Ruby Woo, Necklace Mindy Maes Market, Personalized Necklaces::

Something about going to the baseball game makes me think about chewing gum, hot dogs and baseball hats (duh). Durham doesn't have a professional baseball team, but they do have a Triple A team with a great stadium and a fun crowd- we headed there Monday night to watch the Durham Bulls game with some of my husband's colleagues. It was so muggy, but I still wanted to dress the part of a baseball fan, so I threw on my hat and baseball tee and we headed to Walmart to purchase bottled water and bubble gum. Apparently, Juicy Fruit chewing gum is stepping up its game because right in front of Walmart where we stopped was a big fruit chews display as well as bubble gum (the kind perfect for blowing bubbles). Yum! Aaron and I later had a bubble blowing contest in the stadium and he told me I'm not very good (see below)- however, considering he didn't let me snap a picture of him blowing bubbles, I think I am the clear winner!

Luckily, upon arrival, we were in covered seating and there was a nice breeze, so although it was thick out (as it has been the last two weeks), it wasn't terribly bad and the Bulls won which is always fun! 

Are you a good bubble gum bubble blower? I always wondered if there really was an art form to it!

Make sure to attend one of the Juicy Fruit demos at Walmart stores across the country on July 25 and August 1-3!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stop and Smell the Flowers

 ::Dress c/o ShopRiffRaff (here), Bag Michael Kors (similar here), Shoes Jack Rogers (similar here), Hat Old Navy (similar here), Jewelry David Yurman, Forever21, J.Crew, Stella and Dot, Belt (old, similar here or here for 20.00)

This was another look I wore a week ago in Charlotte walking around with gal pals. These flowers were gorgeous and seemed like the perfect place to snap some photos before stuffing our faces with the most delicious crepes. In all honesty, I had never had a crepe (or at least that I can remember). I went for a western type one, but we all split a s’mores crepe. I mean, what’s a little ice cream and chocolate at 10am?

Anywho, this dress is another Shop Riffraff number. I love their items for their sheer versatility. I can also imagine dressing this little number up with some heels and fun jewelry—but this look was perfect for walking around downtown and just chatting along the way. I am so thankful I have met so many amazing girls here in Durham to call friends.

I linked some similar styles below, but I suggest popping over to Shop RiffRaff and checking out the real thing! It also comes in mint!

Thanks for reading all! Have a great day!

Bar Cart Styling

 Previously I had shown you how I styled the bar cart in our loft (here). Now that we are living in a house, I thought it would be fun to show you how I’ve tweaked it a bit. I love the idea of displaying some bar type items, especially when having company over. When Jose Cuervo sent me this Teagarita package, I was thrilled because everything tied into my bar car styling from the mason jar glasses, to the adorable striped straws (which I always keep handy). We keep regular Jose Cuervo tequila on our cart, but what I love about the Teagarita is that it’s a delicious twist on the classic lime flavored margarita, blended with Jose Cuervo Tequila and orange liqueur, then combined with refreshing iced tea which makes for an easy ready to serve over ice cocktail.

When assembling a bar cart for hosting or even for everyday purposes, here are some tips I think are helpful:

  1. Have am array of different types of liquors. You never know what someone will ask for, so it’s good to have the essentials on hand and a few mixers.
  2. Also keep easy to pour drinks on hand such as Teagarita. These make for quick and delicious cocktails which can be poured over ice, garnished and served.
  3. Add some visual appeal. Flowers, cute straws, trays and books make the cart or table appear visually pleasing as opposed to just placing a bunch of alcohol out and about.
  4. Layer and arrangement make a difference. Again, trays help create perfect layers. Use the full width of your area to create a layered look.
  5. Keep garnishes on hand. I usually have a lemon or lime in the fridge and again, keep straws and cocktail stirrers out to make an ordinary cocktail look a little more glam. 

What tips do you have for bar cart styling/building?

Make sure you check out the Jose Cuervo Teagarita package and drink, you wont be disappointed!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Easy Peasy Iced Coffee

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I am also participating in a contest as an additional aspect of this campaign. #shop #collectivebias

By the title of my blog, you may or may not know… I love coffee. It’s a go to drink in the morning whether at home, the office or meeting friends for a quick cup or latte. With it being extremely humid in NC right now however, a warm cup of jo isn’t always the best route, so I’ve been opting for iced coffee. I love picking up a coffee before work in the morning, but sadly, it gets a little expensive everyday. Luckily, Keurig has come to my rescue with their new line of BrewOver Ice K Cups! I picked these up at Walmart, but I have seen them numerous places and they come in teas and coffees. I thought today I would share how I brew my iced coffee in the mornings.

  1. Grab a plastic tumbler.
  2. Brew desired Kcup flavor. I picked up the Hazelnut Donut Shop which comes slightly sweetened, (if it wasn’t, I would add a splash of almond milk or skim milk). It’s great because you literally just brew the coffee over ice, easy as pie!
  3. Add sweetener if you’d like. I like my iced coffee slightly more sweet (the brand I bought has a little bit of sweetened creamer already mixed in), I also picked up some sugar free flavoring and added a bit to that I also picked the vanilla up from Walmart. It’s weird… I drink regular coffee black, but like my iced coffee bit sweeter, anyone else take their coffee’s differently based on temperature?
  4. Sip and enjoy! Polka dot cups help!

I was surprised how delicious and easy these KCups were. Within minutes I had tasty coffee and was ready to take on NC’s humidity. Ugh! I know for some people brewing a large pot of coffee is easier since they can just fridge it, pour and go, but my husband doesn’t drink coffee, so drinking a whole pot would be hard for me even with how much I drink. I love the single serve option that Keurig offers!

Are you a morning coffee drinker?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Some of my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you are a card member, you may have already peeped some of its fabulousness, but it opens to everyone today! Above are some items I am eyeballing! Those TB Boots- swoon! You can shop my picks below!

Do you plan on making any purchases?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Arugula Orzo Salad

My friend made this yummy salad for one of her gatherings that basically had Aaron hooked. Come to think of it, everything she has cooked for us has been delicious (I think it's a born skill to be a good cook if you're form the South and she is). Midwest people being good cooks? It's a crap shoot. I'd like to think I'm getting there...

Anyway, I texted her one day to find out the recipe and I also quickly learned that southern women don't measure- it's all, "do it to taste" or "do it to your liking." I like that, which is probably why I'm NOT a baker because baking is an exact, not an estimate...another topic for another day. Well, during my little do-what-I-like session, I started second guessing myself and started googling similar recipes online and popped upon this little gem. I love Ina, and hers is quite similar, but I love that my girlfriends has arugula because I think it adds a little something extra. Also, my girlfriend's doesn't use the pine nuts or green onions and uses her own lemon/Dijon vinaigrette- but I always think a recipe with a few variation is the best kind so you can keep people guessing! Anyway- we took it to a BBQ and everyone loved it, so naturally I had to share. It's easy, delicious and leftovers are equally just amazing. I believe we ate this for the next two days and didn't complain once. It was actually a little sad once it was gone. 

Everything my girlfriend has made for us has been amazing, so hopefully she keeps inviting us over for the yumminess that happens in her kitchen- well that and the good conversation of course!

Happy Tuesday and thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Romp Around

::Romper c/o Shop Riffraff (here and similar here- more below), Bag Michael Kors (similar here), Bracelets David Yurman, Stella and Dot, Forever21, J.Crew, Shoes Shoemint (similar below)::

Remember in this post when I said I couldn't wear rompers? Well this Shop Riffraff romper came along and it was breezy and baggy and I loved the colors so I though I would give it a try. I was a bit hesitant at first, but with my girlfriends convincing me it look good, this is what I wore to Justin Timberlake this past weekend in Charlotte. I love that it's loose and baggy- almost like a dress and I received so many compliment throughout the night on it. Shop Riffraff is definitely one of my fav. online stores, so many cute and unique pieces. 

Keeping this short today because we are heading out to celebrate my girlfriend Hope's bday. Have a great Wednesday y'all!

Are you a romper fan?

Thanks for reading all, it means so much!

p.s. thanks to my gal pals for snapping these pictures!

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