You Spent How Much??!

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It’s been a while since I blogged about my bargain finds in my “You Spent How Much!?”  posts.  Not to worry, I have found more bargains!  After Christmas deals are usually the best time to find some really deep discounts. When I ventured out to Easton one day, I really wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but those are usually the times when I find some of my best deals. Sure enough,..I found a pair of J. Crew sateen toothpicks and a Talbot’s Nordic sweater.  Both for under $75!  Who doesn’t love a great pair of olive bottoms and a lovely winter sweater? The toothpicks are perfect because they fit into any boot and are they can be worn with so many colors. This sweater is so fun and breathes some life into these dull winter months!  I liked my finds so much, that I decided to blog about them today:-)  Most importantly, both items pair well with pieces that I already own and look good together!

Hurry!!  Sale’s Won’t Last Long!

J. Crew- Extra 40% off Sale  www.jcrew.com

Talbots- Extra 40% off Markdowns  www.talbots.com

Coat: French Connection

Boots: Burberry

Denim Top: J. Crew

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Hat: Talbots

Holiday Shoes & Baubles

Holiday Shows

 

Holiday Baubles

Today’s holiday inspiration post features a few of my favorite holiday shoes and baubles.  2 very important parts of dressing are shoes and accessories.  If one is a bad choice, it can utterly ruin an entire outfit. (Sad, but true)  I hope this post will help you with whatever outfit you have in mind because the options shown are excellent choices for pairing up with many colors.  From the Miu Miu’s with the gold decorated heel to the Christian Louboutin mesh crystal embellished pumps, you are sure to make an entrance in either!  If there are any men reading my post, and your significant other wants a fabulous pair of shoes for Christmas, these 5 are easy winners!!  A well put together outfit also needs beautiful baubles…which is why I put together a snapshot of my personal favorites.  If you don’t want to wear a chandelier, why not try these jaw dropping crystal cuff earrings?  Maybe the cuff’s aren’t your style, but you still want major bling then check out the beautiful art deco emerald earrings.  Whatever your style, these 6 are sure to impress:-)  Hopefully these choices can help you wind down your shopping lists for that special someone!

 

Happy Holidays!

Fit to Print

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I hope all you ladylike readers have been enjoying the holiday parties and crossing things off your lists!  Today’s post shows a more casual approach to dressing for a holiday work party.  Maybe your coworkers are going out after work for drinks to celebrate the holiday and it isn’t such a formal affair.  No need to worry!  All you have to do is add a festive pair of pants (like my green J. Crew ones) and a printed top (windowpane top from Target). A classic pearl necklace (Talbots) and earrings work well against this print and keep the look pulled together. This is a simple look that can be worn during the workday and transitions well into the evening with black pumps.  I have always been a fan of winter white, so I was excited to find this beauty by Elle at Kohl’s for a great price! The coat really softens the overall look and the broach adds a classy touch a la Elizabeth Taylor:-) Even though your outfit underneath is super cute, you have to remember to stay warm!  Wherever I go I am always bundled up with a scarf and headband.  A great cashmere headband will keep you warm throughout the winter months and still keep you looking chic on those downtown streets:-)

 

I will be featuring some great statement pieces to complete your looks this week!

 

Top: Target  www.target.com

Pants: J. Crew  www.jcrew.com

Shoes: Coach  www.coach.com

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff  www.rebeccaminkoff.com

Necklace: Talbots  www.talbots.com

Coat: Elle by Kohl’s  www.kohls.com

Headband: Henri Bendel  www.henribendel.com

Statement Holiday Look

 

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The holidays are here!!  Everyone, including myself, loves holiday parties.  The excitement hits when you receive the invite, but then the daunting idea of what to wear hits!  I have created a look today to hopefully ease the stress of wondering what to wear. Today’s outfit features a gorgeous rosette adorned top with a black tulle skirt.  This statement top by Bradamant (www.bradamant.com) is the perfect accessory to wear with a skirt or even your favorite jeans!  Black on Black…borrrinng right? Nope it doesn’t have to be! I simply added a little bit of holiday color by pairing emerald chandelier earrings and red satin peep toes.  You don’t have to dress like an elf in green and red to look festive:-)  The best part about this outfit is that top is a bodysuit…fidget free…never have to worry about my top getting un-tucked.  (it’s a real hassle)!  Still considering going a bit more casual to your holiday party?  Keep the amazing fuss free Bradamant top and add dark denim jeans, gold or silver belt, and a killer pair of heels and you are good to go!  It can easily be dressed down and still have that “WOW” factor.

 

I will be featuring more holiday looks in the coming week!

 

For more info on Bradamant visit their website for great gift ideas!  www.bradamant.com

 

Thanksgiving Looks Part Deux

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Today’s post features 2 Thanksgiving looks that are perfect for heading over to your parent’s for dinner or meeting the parents for the first time! I love going home to spend time with family and enjoying delicious home cooked meals.  These J. Brand skinnies are so soft and stretchy which makes them a good option for dinner at your parent’s house ( key word stretch!)   The gold waffle knit sweater is a perfect color for the season and is roomy enough for you to have that extra slice of pie:-)  I finished off the look with a fabulous pair of black Loub booties.  The second look I created is dressed up just enough without appearing overdressed for dinner.  Keeping with the traditional fall colors, I chose this cranberry pleat skirt and a herringbone jeweled top.  Adding a pair of tights with these knee high boots would be a smart choice if it’s cold:-)

Finally,  continuing with my “Never Go Empty Handed” rule…here’s a yummy Thanksgiving side dish recipe from my lady Katerina at www.diethood.com

 

Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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This time last year I did not want to think about food, look at food, let alone cook that food. I was in my first trimester and all I wanted to do was sleep.

So about 3 days before Thanksgiving I went to visit my mom at her store. Amongst other things, she told me that I had to make my mashed potatoes for Turkey Day. I said, “Woman, look, I am gonna fall asleep standing above that stove… this year you will have to find someone else that likes to make mashed potatoes”.

An older lady in the dressing room overheard our conversation, and when she came out she told me to go home, place my potatoes in the slow cooker and forget about ‘em.

Best. Advice. Ever. One, I did forget about ‘em, and if it wasn’t for the beeping reminder on the slow cooker, I would have left them in there and burned down the place. Two, the Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes freed up my stove for other things that we needed to make that day.

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I obviously took her advice and made my famous mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. They were divine. I remember only having a few bites before the baby in mah belly decided to let me know that we couldn’t eat just yet, but those few bites left a lasting impression.

Another thing I have done with these potatoes – on a few occasions, I made them the day before. After removing the mashed potatoes from the slow cooker, I placed them in a baking pan, covered it with foil, and put them in the fridge. About an hour before serving time I took them out of the fridge and let them sit on the counter for 20 minutes. I then placed some butter on top at a few spots, covered the pan with foil, put them in the oven at 350, and 30 minutes later my mashed potatoes were ready to be devoured.

So, you can go make them now or wait until tomorrow morning. Your choice.

ENJOY!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: Serve 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 5 lbs. red potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ cups sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the potatoes, butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and water in the slow cooker.
  2. Cover with lid and cook on high for 4 hours, or cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
  3. When finished cooking, remove the lid and add in the sour cream.
  4. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher to desired consistency.
  5. Taste for salt and pepper.
  6. Serve.
Notes
You can make these mashed potatoes a day or two in advance.
After removing the mashed potatoes from the slow cooker, place them in a baking pan, cool, then cover with foil, and put the pan in the fridge. About an hour before serving time, take the pan out of the fridge and let sit on counter for 20 minutes. Put some butter on top of the mashed potatoes at a few spots, cover the pan with foil, put in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve.