Thursday, October 2, 2014


Shirt Gap (similar here), Jeans Madewell (here), Shoes Steve Madden (here), Bag c/o Sole Society (here), Necklace c/o Sole Society (here), Rings Stella and Dot / David Yurman, Bracelets David Yurman / Stella and Dot / J.Crew, Jacket Marshalls (similar here and here)
Sometimes you just need a simple look with a few fun accessories re: leopard heels, leather and this adorable Sole Society bucket bag. I found this jacket last season at Marshalls for like 60.00 bucks and I'm so glad I got it when I was debating- Nordstrom has some great priced ones right now! I linked a few below!

Anyway, denim on denim is one of my favorite looks. A little Canadian tuxedo if you will! (What do you call them? That's what we called them in Ohio...)

Have a great one friends, thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Homemade Granola

Every morning before (or at work), I have granola and Greek yogurt. It keeps me full and is slightly sweet, so it's just enough to get me through my mornings without wanting to eat my hands. I usually pick up my granola from Whole Foods or TJ's, but a week or so ago, I decided I was going to try my own hand at some granola making. It turned out great and was so much less expensive than buying a huge bag of it!

Here's what you need:
  • 4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • Honey
  • 4 tbs butter
  • raisins
  • sliced almonds

Melt butter and honey (to taste), sprinkle over rolled oats and other toppings in large bowl. Spread mixture thinly over cookie sheet. 
Bake at 350 degree for 15 minutes or until  crispy and light golden brown- stir occasionally.

Sprinkle on yogurt (or milk), add toppings like berries and enjoy!
Did I mention how easy this was?
Obviously, the recipe is subjective to whatever you'd like to add. Cranberries would be great as well as other varieties of nuts! This granola will keep for roughly 1.5-2 weeks in a tupperware container!

What about you? What do you eat for breakfast? Granola fan?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oversized Floral

::Dress Nordstrom (here only 59.00), Heels c/o Sole Society (here), Hat c/o Sole Society (here), Bag Forever21 (old, love this nude similar version), Ring Forever 21 / David Yurman, Bracelets C.Wonder / David Yurman / Nordstrom, Sunglasses Kate Spade::

I don't know if it's because I've packed on a little weight since we've moved to NC (I blame the delicious food), but lately, I have been loving over sized items of any kind. I could have easily bought the smaller size in this dress (I got a M), but I loved the feel of the M when I put it on that I was immediately sold over the small. I figure even though a little big, I can still get away with this dress at work with a blazer and it's perfect for date night. Speaking of which- these heels from Sole Society are amazing and a new staple for my date night attire. I love the cut out detailing and of course, I am a sucker for anything nude. They have the best shoes/accessories right now- I have my eye on so many items!

Just want to say thank you for reading and commenting! I read every comment and try to respond if I can. I appreciate y'all so much!

Photos by Em Gray

p.s. have you entered the $500.00 Neiman Marcus Giveaway? If you haven't, go here!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dots + Boots

::Dress Anthropologie (here, love this one too), Boots Shoemint (old, similar version here), Sunglasses Michael Kors, Bag Rebecca Minkoff (here), Rings David Yurman / Stella & Dot (here), Bracelets J.Crew (similar here), David Yurman, Nordstrom::

Another weekend come and gone. So sad. So sad. How was your weekend? Aaron worked a 24 hour call, so ours was pretty low key, but I did make some time for brunch with this gal (thatnks for the pics Jaime), organizing and some blogging.  Some times those no plan weekends are the best, so it was nice to take a step back and enjoy the free time to get some things checked off my to-do list. 

Speaking of brunch, this is what I wore on Saturday to run some errands and meet up with fellow blogger gal pal. I love this dress from Anthropologie (shop an additional 25% off right now, btw). It's big, comfy and I think it can be dressed up/down/sideways. :) Im looking forward to putting it was some more "fallish" items once the temps drop around here.

What did you do this weekend? Anything so fun you'd like to share? Five work days stand between me and Mexico (with Aaron and some best friends of ours) and I simply cannot wait. Here is praying for sunshine and good weather next Monday!

Thanks for reading friends!


p.s. have you entered the $500.00 Neiman Marcus Giveaway? If you haven't, go here!

P.S. Enter now to win $350.00 to Nordstrom!

Friday, September 26, 2014

iPhone Lately

Happy Friday! We FINALLY got a new hot water heater last night, so instead of writing an amazing post, I spent about an hour in the shower. I kid you not. :) 

I thought I'd share some recent iPhone pics and also answer some questions from Instagram! I'd love to have you follow along @amy_cbandbp

Read about my current beauty must haves here.

 Dress Target (old, similar here, here - major sale, here) / Trench H&M (similar here) / PSL :)

Such a cutie!

Homemade arugula and egg pizza last weekend.

Beers & R&R on Aaron's day off (outfit details here)

Yummy dogs in Chapel Hill. 
Lounging (outfits details here)


 Office Reveal here

Have a great one friends! Thanks for reading!! xoxox

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Peep Toe Booties

::Jeans J.Brand (here and love this ripped version), Top Nordstrom (different print here, similar here), Hat c/o Sole Society (here, great price!), Booties old via Marshalls (similar here for 69.00!), Jewelry David Yurman / c/o Capwell Co (this piece is gorgeous for fall), Rings Stella and Dot (here) /David Yurman, Earrings c/o Lisi Lerch (here), Sunglasses Bobbi Brown (here), Bag Kate Spade (here)::

I bought these Marshall booties about 2 years ago. My husband hated them. Numerous times I have debated getting rid of them, but now that peep toe booties are so hot for fall- Im keeping them for now. :) I swear, everything really does come back around- some things are worth holding onto I guess. The real kicker is that the other night I wore them and my husband didn't hate them this time. Maybe he's on trend for fall too! haha...

On the other hand, I've been wearing these J.Brand jeans from Nordstrom non stop. I think a good pair of black jeans is essential in any one's wardrobe even if you're not into colored denim. Dress them up or down, they are perfect and can be found at so many different price points. I've listed mine below, but also a few under $75 too (there is a great pair of J.Brand similar below)! Get'cha some!
You know today is? Thursday- one more day until the weekend! Enjoy it my friends and thank you for reading! It means SO much!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Current Beauty Favorites

Lately, I've really been experimenting with new beauty products. I found I was using the same over and over again, but I didn't LOVE any of them. Some of my purchases have been stellar, so I thought I'd share what Im currently using/loving/still deciding on with y'all today.

1. The POREfessional by Benefit: A+ This product is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores and it really does. I picked up the $10.00 sample size, but once it's gone, I definitely will be buying the bigger tube. I should say, it does not minimize pores, just minimizes the appearance of them. However, it is super light, and doesn't feel heavy. I know the sample tube will last a long time- you only need a drop!

2. Smashbox BB Cream I am pleased with this. Lightweight, covers well. I typically don't wear foundation- I don't like feeling bogged down by makeup- so I love BB Creams. Just enough coverage, and yet, they are light. This brand is much better than what I've tried from drugstores, however, I loved this brand that I got in a recent Birchbox. I think after this tube is empty, Ill be switching.

3. Smashbox Contour I just recently started playing with contouring. I don't do it before work, typically only on the weekends. I find this kit great for beginners and it comes with a brush. I woudl highly recommend it if you're interested in it.

4. Better than Sex Mascara I talked about this TOO FACED product here and I love it. It lengthens, separates and doesn't clump. Overall, it's a total win and worth the money- I promise you!

5. Benefit Push Up Eye Liner  I am still on the fence about this one. I love the line it makes and it lasts. It's smooth, dark and perfect, but honestly, I just haven't mastered the wand yet. Practice makes perfect though and I think after awhile, this will be a product I really love. If you're craving the cat eye look, this is definitely a great product. It helps you make perfect cat eyes without the mess- practice makes prefect!

6.  MAC 159 brush Dual fiber, perfect for bronzer and the highlighter Im talking about next. I use one side for bronzer and the other for highlighter. So soft and great function!

7. MAC Strobe Cream Love this cream-- not only does it highlight but it hydrates. It's perfect for that dewy look. I use a little on my temples and cheekbones and it creates such a lovely soft glow! 

 What products are you loving lately? I'd love to hear!

Shop all of my favorites below!

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