Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wear: Old Lady Lace

The fog on the morning I took these pictures was so stunning- it's like I was meant to do a photo post that day! I really love the color scheme of this dress, of course purple is my favorite color but the cream and taupe just set it off nicely. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

To make you feel a little envious, I'm actually writing this post while on vacation in Santa Barbara- and it's stunning here!! Although by the time your reading this I'll probably be back, and we'll all be in the same boat by wishing we were on vacation. Oh well, the grass is always greener!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wear: Fair Isle Fall

It's Fall! It's Fall! It's Fall!!! Well at least it's cool out lately, so I decided to pull out my most favorite boots to wear with my new Kensie sweater that I plan on wearing to death.

You might recognize this sweater- Kensie did a similar version last year that Rihanna was seen wearing, and it's incredible. I also have a confession to make- I have this sweater in three different colors. Should I feel ashamed for that? Because I don't...

Sweater, top, leggings: Kensie | Cuff: Joe Naperville | Socks: Nordstrom | Boots: Frye

I'm so excited for this season, I have so many sweaters and coats that I can't wait to bust out of my closet. Happiness is sweaters and boots.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Visit: Downtown Naperville

With my sweet heart in town and gorgeous weather overhead we decided to spend the day in downtown Naperville. I love walking around the river walk this time of year- it's so beautiful and peaceful!

Some day we are going to go on the paddle boats- I just couldn't talk him into it today!

I love a white dress in the summer, it's so casual and effortless, I'll be heading with my family to Santa Barbara soon- what should I pack!? I hear it's pretty chilly there in the end of September- what do my Californian readers suggest I pack?

Dress: Urban Outfitters | Necklace: Banana Republic | Bag: Kate Spade | Shoes: Target

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Make: Broccoli Pasta

I love pasta, I eat it a minimum of once a week (usually twice) but it doesn't always leave me full and can be loaded with tons of calories. Watching Hungry Girl on the Food Network I was inspired to try her simple swap for a filling, low cal, pasta dish through this recipe I just made a few swaps!

Start by pouring a 1/4 cup water in a skillet, then pour half the bag of broccoli slaw on top. Stir it around for about 6 to 7 minutes, just long enough for the broccoli to soften up.

Once the "pasta" softens up pour on some of your favorite pasta sauce- we all know my favorite is the Arrabiata from Rao's Homemade- and let the sauce warm up.

Pour the yummy dish into a bowl, sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and enjoy!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wear: Artsy Florals

I'm completely in awe of Kensie's Fall collection, and this dress is one of my favorite pieces because it's so versatile! I can wear it right now, or I can layer it with tights and a sweater for colder months, and the print is so sweet and girly!

Of course I'm wearing these shoes with it. They are my favorite shoes and I will probably wear them everyday for the rest of the year, I've just accepted that.

Happy soon to be fall! It's almost October!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Apple Pie Bake Off

For Labor Day weekend Naperville hosts "The Last Fling" with rides, concerts, and events, and it's always a good time. A few years ago my sister and I entered the fling's Apple Pie Bake Off with a recipe she created, but sadly we didn't win. This year I decided to try again with the same recipe and had such a great time- and a great turn out!

The look of the pie and decorations were a fourth of the score- so I had to make it look good!

That's my mom and I showing off my winnings- we were in first place for best filling and second for best overall pie, so exciting!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wear: Bright twist

Of course last post I'm getting excited about the wonders of fall and here I'm am smiling in a bright citrusy skirt- oh mother nature! Today honestly was one of the best days of the summer, warm but not too hot, gorgeous sun- I'm feeling it!

Never fear color! I love mixing brights that don't seem to "go together" what does that even mean!? Wear what you love- that's my motto!

Top: Kensie | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: Target | Earrings: M2 Boutique | Watch: Kie & Kate Couture

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wear: Neutral Morning

We have been swamped at work lately, so please excuse my relaxed outfit! I had to jazz it up with my absolute most favorite pair of fall shoes from Kensie, I bought them in string and black because I love them so much!

How has your summer been? I feel like it's flown by, I'm definitely not complaining though because I LOVE fall! I've slowly been transitioning my wardrobe from super summer-y to slightly fall-ish, although I really want to wear my coats. 

Sweater, tank, shoes: Kensie | Leggings: It! Jeans | Watch: Kie and Kate Couture

I'm going back to pre-fall cleaning!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Make: Magic Layer Bars

Growing up my sister always made these Magic Layer bars, and they are a great staple to have in your recipe folder because you can change out the ingredients so easily! The original recipe is from Eagle Brand, which you can read here, but I changed it up a bit!


- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cups chopped almonds
- 1 cup coconut flakes

- Set the oven to 350' and grease a 13 X 9"
- Crush the graham crackers in a plastic bag to avoid any mess 

- combine butter and graham crackers

- Evenly spread cracker crumbs in the pan
- pour sweetened condensed milk directly over cracker crumbs

- Layer on top chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, almonds, and coconut
- pop in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes

- Take them out of the oven and let them cool, then enjoy!

I like to keep them in the freezer once they've cooled down- they are much more delicious cold!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wear: Deja Vu

If this post has you feeling mild Deja Vu, don't be alarmed- I wore an incredibly similar outfit here- I'm just really feeling the ease of this outfit today!

Have you had a colorful summer so far? Can you believe fall is almost coming!?