Jewelry & Jeans: October 2016

Totally 90's {4 Ways to Rock A 90's Look}

Monday, October 24, 2016

90's fashion

fall fashion

90's look

corduroy mini
stripes and corduroy
fall staple
mule and mini

modern 90's fashion

Anyone else in a little denial that all of our 90's styles are coming back?  I was slow to jump back on the band wagon of corduroy and chokers but these trends aren't leaving anytime soon and with a slightly edgier flare they are improved versions of our younger selves.  Since I'm loving anything maroon I couldn't resist this corduroy mini skirt that is under $20.  It's a good staple piece too since I can wear boots and a sweater with it just as easily.  I threw on a beige cable knit the other day and it was a pretty combination. Can't wait until it's cooler and I can pair it with my OTK boots. Another staple is a simple black and white striped Tee which goes with everything. It's a good layering piece too. 

This look makes me feel like a teenager again and I don't mind that one bit.  Which is so funny because when I actually was a teenager, I couldn't wait to be all grown up.  Man, what we don't know when we are young! 

If you're looking to test the waters with some 90's inspired trends but aren't sure you want to dive right in, I suggest starting with one of the following:
  • Tie a flannel/plaid shirt around your waist.  Perfect for fall days when the mornings are cool but the afternoons warm up
  • Round sunglasses.  Accessories are an easy way to transition. Round sunglasses were small and petite in the 90's, opt for something more proportionate to your face now. 
  • Choker- try a modern metal choker that resembles a necklace just as much as a choker. 
  • Overalls- fit, fit, fit.  In the 90's they were baggy and loose. Typically with one shoulder not buckled. Choose a style that is more fitted from top to bottom and pair with a crop top if your adventurous enough. 

I'm happy to share that my Tory Burch is finally for sale. It was a market sampler and it did so well they decided to sell it in all stores.  I've linked my whole outfit, including the bag below. 

Shaking It Up {Sharing 2 Easy Nutri Ninja Smoothie Recipes}

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Kevin and I try to eat clean and healthy on a regular basis. Typically our meals include a protein and veggies sans any starch but I have been fighting a cold all week and nothing has sounded very appealing to eat.  My throat is sore so something cool and sweet has been much more enticing. We starting making green smoothies, or our version of green smoothies at home with the Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo and it has been my saving grace. We literally just throw any fruit (fresh and frozen) in the blender with some greens, typically spinach.  No matter what combination we make they always turn out great. We have been making at least two a day.  I love eating all the extra greens but it tastes like I'm cheating, getting a dessert like drink.

There are two current go-tos that I have been making daily. With just a few simple ingredients and less than 2 minutes I have a healthy, nutritious and delicious smoothie. My 3 year will even drink them and he sees me put handfuls of spinach in it.

Watermelon Sipper
  • 1 Cup Watermelon
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Berries (Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry all work)
  • 1/2 cup Water
Blend together for 10-15 seconds

Cherry Lime Smoothie
  • 1 Cup Frozen Cherries
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Lime juice
Blend together for 20-30 seconds

I absolutely love having the (2) 24 ounce cups with lids.  You make the smoothies in the cups by affixing the blade to the top. Once done, you simply take off the blade and add the drink lid. It's so nice not having to clean a full blender cup and there are no loose pieces to take apart or clean.  The Nutri Ninja has a great locking system making it foolproof. The power is incredible.  There is a timer that counts down from 60 but I've never needed more than 30 seconds before my foods are completely blended.

I will say, my one complaint is the size of the food processor.  The base of the Nutri Ninja is large and the power is clearly present.  The 4 cup food processor is sadly undersized and there is no handle so you need to use two hands to remove it from the base and to pour anything out of it.  It's fine if you want to chop some nuts or garlic but its pretty useless for anything of significance and the included dough attachment is kind of a joke.  Who wants to make dough for 2? If you are making bread or cookies you will definitely need to do it in shifts or get a different processor.

Despite my dislike of the food processor, the love and ease of the cup blenders fair outweighs any negatives. I now have a healthy new obsession with Nutri Ninja which is available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart.

I received product in exchange for this post however, all opinions expressed are completely my own. 

Friday Favorites- October 21st

Friday, October 21, 2016

I seriously think I blinked and the month of October is more than half done, 2016 is nearly over and I don't even know where the time went.  I've been trying to soak up the moments more and more since things seem to be getting more hectic. I think I'm busy now but with the Holidays coming and the restaurant opening what little time I do have will soon be gone!

I have thus made an effort to start planning a few key things in advance.  Kev and Colton both have birthdays in February and it seems like I finally start recovering from the holidays when it hits me that I need to plan something STAT. I've fallen for this rose gold leather planner from Graphic Image. It has a pebbled leather exterior, gold binding, month and weekly views, plus so much more.  Like conversion charts, maps, etc.  All the things you don't know you need until your recipe calls for quarts and liters and your measuring cup is in cups and ounces. You can personalize any product which is a really nice touch for when giving as a gift.

You can shop my exact planner HERE or any of the other awesome products below. They would make great gift ideas too.

Even though its been in the 80's here this week, the forecast does call for 70's and even some 60's so I have been stocking up on fall accessories.  I recently ordered this adorable leopard beanie and have the geometric blanket scarf pictured below.  I've paired them with some coordinating accessories that are currently in my cart, its just hard to limited them down!! 

We had a Halloween party this past weekend where they set up an out door screening of Hotel Transylvania.  The one nice thing about 80 degree weather in October is it makes for amazing nights. The kids were in a complete trance as they munched on popcorn, sipped apple juice and watched the movie under the stars. It was a lot of fun and actually kept them all quite and seated long enough for us adults to have some fun too.

Sorry the quality is so poor, it was dark and on my phone. Colton went as a firefighter and Bronson went as a Tiger.  Not pictured is his cute little hat but it was on most of the night. I got Colton's outfit at Costco and it comes with so many accessories standard.  He loves it and has worn it a dozen times already. 

I have been trying out a couple new skin care products.  I'm reserving my opinion until I have used them for a couple of weeks but I wanted to share what I've been trying out with you. Anyone else use Ole Henriksen? I've read some good things so I'm excited to see how my skin feels after using a while. The collagen booster caught my eye IMMEDIATELY. I mean, who doesn't want a little boost!

Dressed for Fall {1 Key Piece for Transitioning Dressing into Fall}

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Just because I love fall doesn't mean I want the temperature to drop 60 degrees. I am seriously a chicken when it comes to being cold.  Often times I need a sweater when going to dinner when it's 100+ degrees outside because the air conditioning will be too cold. So a good 78 degree day would be just perfect because I can still rock my favorite summer dresses with the addition of my favorite fall boots.  

My go-to way to transition those summer dresses for cooler temps is to switch out my shoes. Whether in a dress or in jeans swapping a sandal or wedge for over the knee boots perfectly transitions a look from summer to fall in an instant.  These OKB are one of my favorite new shoes for this fall/winter season and I love how they make it feel like the cooler weather is on its way. Shop my dress HERE and my boots HERE. Plus you can Shop Fall's Best Trends HERE.

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Golden Rule {3 Tips For Pattern Mixing}

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

One of my favorite looks is pairing shorts and booties.  It works for both spring and fall.  Adding some warmer tones and fall accessories and it's a cute and casual look for the cooler temps. I got this pretty golden striped dolman top from Down East Basics and it's the perfect light weight, 3/4 sleeve top for fall.  It has a relaxed fit and is super soft.  I grabbed this camel/grey felt hat once I saw the feather details wrapped at the base. Hats are so nice for those not so great hair days, aka when even dry shampoo can't help! 

I used to be so timid about mixing patterns.  I used to thing one was all I could wear at a time.  Now I realize that couldn't be farther from the truth! I love adding stripes and polka dots or plaid.  I'm not wearing two patterns here but I absolutely love the pretty tile pattern and the stripe top together.  Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I do take stripes and pair it with a patterned scarf.  

I try to remember a few things when I pattern mix.
  1. Try to have a common color found in each pattern or coordinating colors.  Colors in the same color family, ie all cool tones or all pastels, tend to blend and mix together well. 
  2. Make sure to scale your patterns. The primary pattern shouldn't be more than 50% of your look and the secondary pattern shouldn't be more than 25%.   
  3. Look at proportion. If you have a large scale pattern on the bottom you typically want to pair it with a small scale pattern on top otherwise it can become overwhelming. 
Remember, sometime less is not more, more is more! Have fun with it and own it!

I received product in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions expressed herein are my own.
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