Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sale Shopping For Fall

Banana Republic is having an additional 50% (code BREXTRA50) off on all sale items and it inspired me to finally buy a pair of the petite chinos I've been wanting to try (pictured above).  Mr. Fantastic shops the BR sales quite frequently because the GAP brands and JCrew are two of the very few places that offer a significant portion of their catalogs in men's tall sizing.  However, from time to time, he will have to return something to a local store if it doesn't work out.  He had forgotten that he had a gift card from the last return when we misplaced the receipt and had to take a store credit.  It was a sweet surprise when he saw me browsing this morning and remembered his long-forgotten gift card.  I ended up buying a white oxford and light sweater in anticipation of the cooling temperatures in the coming weeks, in fact last Friday we had a great preview of Fall weather that is soon to come.  Too bad it didn't stick around!
Banana Republic Soft Washed Oxford Shirt
Banana Republic Drop Shoulder Pullover
After saving some money at BR with the gift cards, I browsed the LOFT website and saw that their Lou & Grey essential leggings were also on sale for $14.99 and were discounted an additional 50%, so I bought both a pair of black as well as charcoal leggings!
LOFT Lou & Grey Essential Leggings
I feel like I still managed to come out on top, but my husband reminded me that it was just money we had already spent.  Happy Shopping nonetheless!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Third Blogiversary

I can't believe that it has been three years since I first clicked on that publish button on an interview outfit.  This blog has gone very far from work attire, which was the main goal when I started, as my "direction" in life changed as well.  I haven't had a corporate job in nearly two years and I have to admit that when I first started blogging, I never imagined that I would still be blogging three years later.  While there are definitely times that I feel like I have nothing to add, most of the time, I love blogging.  I love that this is the place where I can forget about the day to day stresses of helping my husband raise two teenage almost-men, and dealing with our frenetic calendar.  Blogging about what I wear gives me the chance to not take myself seriously when everything else is about being a serious grown-up.  Besides meeting Coco earlier this year, these are some of my favorite outfits of the last three years.  The images will take you to the original posts if you are interested.
First outfit ever published. Interview outfit (2011)
I accidentally shrank this sweater and I miss it every time it's cold! (2011)
I still love this photo from our trip to New Orleans. (2012)
$15 dress paired with $1000 shoes for Gaultier After Dark (2012)
Date Night at the Getty (2013)
Casual at the Ft. Worth Stockyards (2013)
My First DvF Wrap Dress! (2014)
Vineyard Wedding, love the wine country! (2014)
I feel really fortunate that I get to share this space with those of you who visit regularly.  I know it's not many of you, but I am truly grateful for the moment you take of your day to come and read this space. I know how lucky I am to be able to travel and work with brands that I love and discover new ones that become old favorites. Most of all, I am thankful for the friendships I have made in the last three years both in person and in cyberspace. I have a long way to go before I consider myself any kind of authority on fashion, but I feel like I have come a long, long way from 2011.  I hope to find continue to find my sense of style here in the coming year and once again:

THANK YOU!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Summer Stripes on Repeat

Earlier this week,  we had a birthday celebration.  Since I was organizing the festivities, I threw on a simple outfit that had garnered me a few compliments the other two times I wore it earlier this summer, so that I could get everything done and still look like I tried.
Tank Top and skirt: Banana Republic; Earrings: Blue Nile; Necklace: BaubleBar
Purse: DKNY (old) (current); Wedges: BCBGeneration (old) (splurge option)
The first time I wore this outfit was early this summer when we went to the horse track with friends.  Since we were up in a box and I knew it gets cool in there, I threw on a lightweight cardigan over everything.  This week, I would have passed out of a heat stroke if I had attempted to wear a cardigan!  Supposedly, we will have a cool front come through tomorrow, but we have yet to feel any relief from this heat!
Cardigan: BCBGMaxAzria (current); Necklace: c/o Jane Basch Jewelry
Have a great weekend!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Late Summer Lake Day

While all our blogging counterparts around the country are celebrating the return of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, we are still melting in the sweltering Texas heat.  We escaped to the lake this weekend with friends to give summer a proper send off.  When I was in college, I made a huge mistake and took a parasitology class.  As a result, I don't drink water from the tap and I don't swim in lakes.  On the rare occasions that I make an exception, my anxiety always gets the best of me and I end up at my doctor's office.  Instead, I just enjoy being on the boat out on the lake and being around our friends.
Dress: Cynthia Rowley (similar); Sunglasses: Lucky Brand (dupe); Earrings: Blue Nile; Necklace: BaubleBar
Bracelet: Fossil; Tote: Calvin Klein; Scarf: c/o AG + Liberty of London; Beach Towels: Nicole Miller
Wedges: BCBGeneration (old) (similar by Cole Haan)
At the lake with my guy
It was great to relax even though this marks the official end of our summer schedule.  From here until January, every single weekend is booked with activities for our kids, families, charities, or just us.

How do you mark the end of summer?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Date Night: Transitioning Linen

We had a rare date night yesterday and since I've never cared about the "No White After Labor Day" rule, I took it a step further and wore these white linen pants for our date.  It is still in the 100's here in Texas, even at night, so these flowy pants and striped tank top were perfect.
Tank: Banana Republic on sale; Linen Pants: Victoria's Secret Beach Pant
Earrings: Banana Republic (old); Necklace: Michael Kors via eBay
Bracelet: Panacea; Clutch: c/o BCBG Max Azria (2012) (current glitter version)
 Since we were going to have dinner and drinks, I dressed up this very casual outfit with gold, blingy jewelry and a sleek clutch.
Wedges: Christian Louboutin Miss Boxe (old) (similar by J Crew) (bargain option)
My concessions to the time of year were to wear black closed toe wedges and all neutral colors. I managed to stay cool and comfortable in the steamy heat all night.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Filler Food

We were supposed to host friends at our house for Labor Day.  I got as far as mixing my fruit salad, making my dip and had my veggies roasting in the oven when our friends arrived and immediately had to leave due to a medical emergency.  We didn't feel like celebrating much of anything after that, and we ended up eating only fruits and veggies with dip for our Labor Day meal.  Fortunately, everything seems to be on the upswing for our friends now.  I call these "Filler" foods because while they are never the main dish, they always go very well with whatever is cooking and each make a great "side" dish on their own for pot-lucks.

The above fruit salad is so easy, it hurts. I took a container of cut pineapple and then I rinsed and cut the stems off a container of strawberries and mixed them together.  One of my friends loves this with mangoes instead of pineapple. For Memorial Day or Fourth of July, I like to add blueberries and blackberries instead of pineapple and I add a dollop of whip cream on top.  One year, I made a kiwi and pineapple salad for St. Patrick's Day.  As long as you have a pretty dish and the fruit is fresh, it can be anything.
The Cilantro-JalapeƱo dip is one of my favorite dips to make because it can double as a salsa when poured over pulled pork tacos or carne asada!  I originally found the photo & recipe for this dip on Pinterest, but I tweaked it a bit and this is what I use:

-5-6 mature jalapenos, chopped
-1 packet of dry Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning
-8 oz. of Sour Cream Lite
-half a bunch of cilantro
-Substitute 8 oz. of Philadelphia Cream Cheese for the mayo (We prefer cream cheese to mayo)
-Add the juice of half a lime

Blend it all together and then add a sprig of cilantro for garnish.  It tastes best with Ruffles potato chips, or Ranch Dip Doritos, but it will be just as gone with regular tortilla chips!
Finally, I stole this roasted veggies idea from a friend and fellow winer.  Our boys love roasted veggies and it is the only way that I have ever fed them brussel sprouts and they don't even blink.  Here is how I make them:

-Take all your veggies and chop them up into small slices
    In this case, I used broccoli,  carrots, and mushrooms (I've added pototoes, brussel sprouts, squash, even apples before)
- In a gallon ZipLock bag add:
- 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
- 4 Teaspoons of Italian Dressing
- Lemon and Pepper to your taste
-Add the veggies to the ZipLock Bag and shake well enough to coat the vegetables.
-Place the veggies on a baking pan and add some cloves of garlic
-Roast in oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes

This is another recipe that works with any vegetables that you want to roast.  I sometimes remember that I want to do roasted veggies for dinner the next day and will prep everything until I add the veggies to the ZipLock Bag.  Then I let them sit in the bag overnight in the fridge to marinade them very well.  More often than not, one of the kids will ask for veggies while I am contemplating dinner and I will just drizzle the olive oil, italian dressing, lemon juice and pepper right onto the baking pan where I've laid out the vegetables and it still turns out great.

I hope you all had a great and safe Labor Day Holiday!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Short Shorts: Summer Whites

I know everyone else is thrilled that Fall is right around the corner.  Texas isn't worried about Fall yet. It has been over 100 Fahrenheit for the last two weeks and I was actually irritated to discover Starbucks has already started serving their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Seriously? In August? In Texas? In over 100 degree weather? No, thanks! I've been wearing shorts everyday and yesterday was no exception as I ran errands to prepare for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Top: Banana Republic Factory (old) (current); Shorts: Target (old) (similar)
Sunglasses: c/o Toms (LuckyFABB 2012); Earrings: Blue Nile; Necklace: c/o Gorjana (2012) (current)
Handbag: c/o Susu Handbags (LuckyFABB 2014)
I didn't realize until I was writing this post that both the sunglasses and the purse came from LuckyFABB conferences.  The Toms sunglasses are from my first LuckyFABB back in 2012 and the Susu clutch was from this last one I attended this year.  I just reached for purple accessories to complement the top. I love that sometimes things just come full circle on their own.
Sandals: Cole Haan (old) (current)
Any cool plans for labor day? We have been cleaning the pool and back yard to receive houseguests for Labor Day.  I am also looking for a new dip to serve in the summer, if anyone has any ideas.