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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.

Thanksgiving Dressing…

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I’m getting really excited for Thanksgiving next week!  Not only is it Thanksgiving and time off work, but I actually get to go home for the week to visit my family!  So in honor of the upcoming holiday, I thought I would post a few holiday appropriate looks that go from comfy to classy in a snap. Today’s look is a great outfit if you are heading to a Thanksgiving dinner that may require dressier attire.  The textured jacquard ankle pants(Bonus: They’re on sale at Talbots now!!) are perfect with a simple J. Crew cashmere turtleneck and minimal jewelry.  The lovely Talbots blue wool coat adds a splash of color and warmth!  I always like to jazz up a coat with a classy brooch like the one shown above.  It was actually one of the brooches I used for my wedding bouquet:-)  Who said you can never wear anything from your wedding again!   Stayed tuned this week for more Thanksgiving Dressing ideas:-)Whether you are going to a casual gathering at your parent’s or hanging out with friends, my mom always taught me to “never go empty handed to anyone’s home.”  So, I have partnered up with the fabulous gal behind the “Diethood” blog to share a few quick recipes this week that you can make in a pinch to take over for Thanksgiving!

 

Check out Diethood’s Thanksgiving Salad Recipe:

For more recipes from Diethood visit: www.diethood.com

Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad with Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Simple, beautiful and festive salad made with Quinoa, pomegranate seeds, tangerine segments, and topped with a delicious homemade Cranberry-Pomegranate Vinaigrette.

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Ummmmm. Are you seeing a pattern here? I’m a teeny-weeny bit obsessed with quinoa. Okay, a lot. I can’t help it! It’s SO! GOOD!

Also, remember when I said that I was keeping all the fresh spinach for my salads? Well, here is the salad, except there’s no spinach in it. I used up the spinach and made my awesome Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pizza, instead! Far cry from that diet I was talkin’ about. But to counter that drool worthy pizza, I made this Pomegranate and Citrus Quinoa Salad the following day. Balance, people…that’s where it’s at.

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So this is my new favorite quinoa salad. It is my way of taking my quinoa-obsession up a notch.

How, you ask?

I’ll tell you!

By boiling it in chicken broth instead of water. YEAH! That is some gooooood stuff! I am shouting as if I invented this method, however I had always made my quinoa with water, trying to save me some calories for all the toppings I would add to it, but this time around I really wanted something different, and different is what I got. Different and damn good!

This is my new favorite quinoa recipe and it will be my favorite quinoa recipe until I try my next new favorite quinoa recipe! Besides, this is a lot more exciting than the usual lighter-meals that I eat – cereal, water and berries.

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OH! And let’s not forget about the dressing! You are going to LOVE it! Cran juice, pom juice, pom seeds… it’s just plain amazing. I drank it straight from the jar then I remembered to add it to our salad. Don’t judge… you’re going to do the same thing. Nevah say nevah!

ENJOY!

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Pomegranate Citrus Quinoa Salad and Cranberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 2 to 4

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Simple, beautiful and festive salad made with Quinoa, pomegranate seeds, tangerine segments, and topped with a delicious homemade Cranberry-Pomegranate Vinaigrette.

Ingredients

For the Dressing
    • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
    • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
    • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
    • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
For the Salad
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 wedge iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 small tangerines, segmented
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

Instructions

For the Dressing
    • Combine all ingredients in a jar/cup with a lid; shake well and let stand.
For the Salad
  • Combine quinoa and broth in a saucepan and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes; remove from heat and let cool.
  • Layer shredded lettuce on a large plate.
  • Layer cooled quinoa on top of salad.
  • Add tangerine, avocado and sliced radishes.
  • Sprinkle feta cheese and pomegranate seeds.
  • Shake or mix the salad dressing very well and add desired amount to salad.
  • Serve.

Notes

*Refrigerate any remaining salad dressing and leftovers.

Live Columbus Recap

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1st stop-Katalina’s

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Best breakfast tacos & dulce de leche pancake balls…ever

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2nd stop-THREAD

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HELLOOO..Lulu Frost

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Lunch Time! Headed over to Easy Living Deli to have the “Vlade Special”

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Vlade Special-pure deliciousness!

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Final Destination..Couture on High

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Beautiful Carolina Herrera gown. Thank you Kevin Black!

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Stunning evening clutches found at Couture on High

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Lovely Rene Ruiz dress with jeweled Perrier clutch

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I had the opportunity to take over Live Columbus’s Instagram on Monday and WOW what a fun filled Monday afternoon in Columbus!  I took a little tour de Columbus and experienced amazing food and beautiful boutiques.  First stop was breakfast at Katalina’s…dulce de leche pancake balls, need I say more!  Katalina’s has to be one of Mrs. Ladylike’s favorite breakfast spots in Columbus.  If you haven’t gone..definitely check it out EARLY because the lines can get long!  After breakfast, I decided to stop by THREAD in Grandview to see if I could get a few Christmas ideas.  They didn’t disappoint!  From the stunning Lulu Frost necklaces shown above to the fun and flirty feather blazer, they surely had something for everyone.  My next stop for lunch was a no brainer-Easy Living Deli!  Where else can you find delicious sandwiches, great people, and a former OSU kicker!  Vlade Janakievski, owner and former OSU football player serves up some of the best sandwiches in town. After lunch, I wanted to stop in to a new boutique that opened up in the Short North called Couture on High.   This amazing boutique carries some of the most exclusive designers such as Carolina Herrera, Rene Ruiz, and Badgley Mischka.  Who doesn’t like to play dress up in some of the most beautiful gowns around town! The clutches are to die for!  There are various styles that range from jewel encrusted to python. If you have a special event coming up and need a one of a kind dress, and an equally show stopping clutch, definitely pop in this lovely boutique.

Find Mrs. Ladylike’s stops below with additional information…

Katalina’s

1105 Pennsylvania Ave. Columbus, OH

www.katalinascolumbus.com

 

THREAD

1285 Grandview Ave. Grandview Heights, OH

www.shopthreadonline.com

 

Easy Living Deli

1355 W. Lane Ave. Columbus, OH

www.easylivingdeli.com

 

Couture on High

844 N. High St. Columbus, OH

November Ladylike List

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October was so busy for Mrs. Ladylike and I can’t believe we are into the 2nd week of November already!  It’s time to start thinking about those holiday lists early if you want to avoid long lines and limited merchandise at stores.  November’s list features some items that have been on Mrs. Ladylike’s radar.  It’s a list that combines dressy and casual, but pieces can still be intermingled:-)  I’m really loving cream sweaters right now, especially cashmere & cable knits.  They are perfect layering pieces and such classics.  Whatever your budget, this Burberry tiered skirt, Manolo Blahnik heels, & Kate Spade emerald earrings are lovely gifts for any lady in your life!  Trust me, these gifts will NOT be returned! This Talbots coat has definitely been on my radar for a while..the luxe caramel color paired with alpaca certainly makes it a favorite for warmth and looks.  I have been looking for a great boot, and I must say that I am pretty picky when it comes to boot shopping.  Although,  these Kate Spade’s really caught my eye for 3 reasons. 1.) they are flat 2.) leather and suede contrast 3.) not flashy with just a simple spade detail.
Have any of you already started your holiday radar lists?
Want to know details about each item featured?  Just click on the picture:-)

Happy Shopping!