Month: February 2014

Morning Music

It takes me forever to wake up in the morning, so I tend to rely on music to really get my day started.  Well that, and coffee!  This is my morning playlist that really gets my day started the right way!

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Morning Mimosas with the Bests

1.  Fireflies – Owl City

2. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

3.  Ready to Love Again – Lady Antebellum

4.  It Girl – Rip_Chord

5. Red – Taylor Swift

6. Brave – Sara Bareilles

7. C’mon – Ke$ha

8. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye

9. Sunny and 75 – Joe Nichols

10. Clarity – Zedd

11. Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson

12. 22 – Taylor Swift

13.  Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer

14. Perfect Day – Hoku

15. Viva La Vida – Coldplay

16. White Houses – Vanessa Carlton

17. 4Ever – The Veronicas

18. Steer – Missy Higgins

19. Wedding Dress – Matt Nathanson

20. Breathe – Michelle Branch

I know some of these songs are old, but really, they are so good!  I’ve been listening to them for years and they always cheer me up first thing in the morning!

What are some of your favorite morning songs?

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Lipstick

I go back and forth about whether or not I like lipstick.  Sometimes, I feel like it adds the perfect splash of color to my face, and other times I feel like it is too much trouble (making sure it’s even, keeping it off your teeth, smudging, etc.)

I truly believe that Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf brought the lipstick trend back into the fold.  And now, whenever I look up make-up or fashion on Pinterest, I find that many of the women are wearing lip color, and it usually is one of my favorite accessories in their ensemble, which leads me back to the lipstick team.

These are some of my favorite images of how much of an impression lipstick can make!

Sara von Schrenk, Living it up on South Beach

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classic :: J.Crew Hat, Vintage Scarf and Pins, J.Crew Top, J Brand Jeans, Michael Kors Sandals (old), Estee Lauder ‘Stay Scarlet’ Lipstick, OPI ‘Lincoln Park after Dark’ Nail Polish

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Neutrals

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Love those sunglasses with red lipstick. The leopard makes it perfect <3

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Beautiful mannequin

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Breakfast on the Go

Some mornings I have a hard time remembering to eat breakfast, or I simply run out of time.  I forget the importance of starting the day right with a well-rounded breakfast.  It kick-starts your metabolism and helps you focus more throughout the day.

I find it more convenient to eat breakfast if I have something I can take with me and eat on my commute to work.  Here are some of my favorite grab and go breakfasts.  They are super easy to make, healthy, filling and one batch lasts me all week!

1.  Cheerios Jumbo Breakfast Cookie

Cheerios® Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

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I find just one of these cookies to be incredibly filling.  I love how well the crunch of the cheerios compliments the chewiness of the raisins.

2.  Oatmeal Breakfast Cupcakes

Oatmeal Breakfast Cupcakes

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I added cinnamon to mine, like she suggestion in her optional add-ins list.  These are perfect to eat in the car because they aren’t messy AT ALL!

3.  Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

For a breakfast the entire family will enjoy, try these tasty Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins with shredded orange peel. More of our best-ever muffin recipes: http://www.bhg.com/recipes/bread/muffin-recipes/?socsrc=bhgpin052913orangemuffins=6

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I made these without the streusel topping to make them just a little bit more healthy, but they are still the least health conscious recipe on the list.  They are totally worth it, though.  I’m a sucker for orange and chocolate!

4. Spinach Quiche Cups

Manila Spoon: Spinach Quiche Cups

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These are incredibly easy to make, but are slightly more difficult to eat in the car.  I would recommend putting it in a zip lock bag and eating it that way, so the bag catches the crumbs.  Also, you’re probably going to want to pop these in the microwave before eating.  I just can’t do cold eggs.

5.  Bacon Egg Cups

Bacon Egg Cups

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How cute are these?  I love seeing them in my refrigerator because they make me feel like I’ve put thought into the presentation of what I’m cooking for myself.  So often I forget to pamper myself in the small ways.  When I have company, I always make sure the food in pretty and plated well, but I tend to forget to do the same for myself.  They are just as yummy as they are cute!

Do you have tips and tricks to remind yourself to eat breakfast?

Spring Outerwear

With the onset of spring we find ourselves with cool mornings and warm days.  I find myself either getting too hot or too cold as the day wears on, which means it’s time for me to start thinking about layers.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces for this spring!

1. The J.Crew Downtown Field Jacket

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I always like J.Crew’s outerwear.  This jacket is perfect for a day when you need something to keep you dry when the sky promises rain.

2. Ann Taylor LOFT Candy Dot Trench

I’m obsessed with trench coats!  I can’t tell you how many I have in my closet, and, more importantly, how often I gravitate toward them.  This is the perfect mix of feminine and professional.  You can wear this to the office, or on the weekend!

3. Gap Utility Jacket

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My best friend came to visit this weekend and she wore an absolutely adorable utility jacket very similar to this one.  It’s the perfect weight to protect you from the wind without being too warm.

4.  Old Navy Rain Coat

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Yellow jackets are my fav!  I love how they paired this one with a navy striped top.  This can be the perfect statement on a dreary day.

5.  Banana Republic Pink Short Trench

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I love the buttons on this jacket, they are the perfect detail to pair with the vibrant pink.  I love the fabric of the jacket, it will protect you from rain, while also still being appropriate for a sunny day.

Do you have any favorite outerwear for spring?

Wine and Food Pairings

I just recently found this website called “wine folly” where they have all kinds of information about different types of wine, wine glasses, food pairings and so much more!  I think I’m in love.  I just spend a solid 45 minutes perusing their pictures and infographics.

As a newcomer to the wine world, I am still learning how to cook with wine, as well as what types of wine go best with different foods.  I came upon this infographic, and it was really helpful for me!  I hope it is for you, too!

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I’ve recently been trying to cook with wine, as well.  This is my favorite dinner recipe so far.  It is from The Midnight Baker‘s blog and highly recommend it.  It doesn’t take too much time and is completely affordable!

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The Midnight Baker

Mushroom Asiago Chicken

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses wine?

Girl Scout Cookies

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As a Kappa Delta, I am in LOVE with Girl Scout Cookies.  I seriously can’t get enough of them.  You know, I think I probably have to worry more about weight gain during Girl Scout season than I do during the holidays.  And to top it off, I recently found these wine pairings on Pinterest.  So perfect.

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Seriously though, you should check them out.  If you love wine and Girl Scout Cookies, then this is quite literally perfect.  And, it goes to a good cause.  To me, it sounds like a really awesome girls night in party idea 🙂

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Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Quotable

Quotable

I love this quote. I have periodically used it as the background on my phone as a reminder not to give up before I even give it a shot. I am really bad for thinking something won’t work, so I stop before I even give it a fair chance. That is no way to live. So I use this quote in my everday life. I would rather fail, knowing that I tried, than live wondering what would have happened if I had taken that chance.
Does this quote speak to you in any way?