Monday, July 25, 2016

Brunch At Home


Confession, while I enjoy cooking, I don't do it all that often. This summer I have been averaging about 2 x a week and while on vacation in Nantucket, I don't think I cooked dinner once. Breakfast or brunch however is my JAM! I love cooking it. It rarely requires a recipe, it's always fun and I always keep the ingredients for it in the house. So yesterday when my guy had work to do, I decided to make him a big old breakfast to get him going. Our favorite go time and time again is a frittata {exhibit a & b}, turkey bacon & something sweet like a smoothie, mango lassi or some kind of baked good. I know it sounds like a lot and it is but we usually skip lunch to make up for the big meal. 

My husbands Italian grandmother used to make him frittatas all the time and I am always trying to replicate her recipes but she was more of a cook that threw whatever she had in the house into a pan and served it up. Everyone always raves how amazing her cooking was and while I never had the chance to meet her, I try to take mental notes of those stories and recreate those dishes for my husband. When he tells me it's just like grandmas, it is the ultimate compliment.



I have no idea if what I make is an actual frittata, I call it egg pie because it has a crust, a filling & a topping.  Here is how I make mine:

Ingredients

6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 shallot
1/4 cup of whatever shredded cheese you like
1 cup shredded potato or tater tots

Instructions

Whip eggs, milk, salt & pepper {add in whatever other toppings you like too} set aside.

On medium heat sauté the shallot in some unsalted butter till translucent. Add in potato of your choice {when I am using tots I like to mash them a bit with a fork to get a crust} and form a crust with them in the bottom of your frying pan. Once potatoes and shallot are mixed and flattened to a crust on the bottom of the pan add in the egg & cheese mixture. Cook for a few minutes till the egg mixtures starts to look like it's solidifying. Don't stir the eggs, just let them sit on the potatoes. Finish the eggs under the broiler to cook the middle part for a few minutes. Don't leave the oven, they finish fast! Once the top is browned, remove from oven and slide out onto a cutting board for slicing & enjoying.

For the Blueberry Maple Corn Muffins

Ingredients

1 box Jiffy
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
3/4 cup fresh blueberries rinsed & dried
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

Mix the jiffy, egg, syrup & milk together {it's ok if it's not totally smooth} then gently fold in blueberries trying to not crush them. 

Fill greased muffin cups halfway full & bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or till the edges start getting golden brown. I like to top mine off with a little turbinado sugar too. Cool & enjoy!

To check out more of my brunch recipes check out this acai bowl, these baked donuts, this fun take on a mimosa or this punch which is a real crowd pleaser.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Closet Confessions - Nordstrom - Anniversary Sale


Today I ventured out to the burbs where the closest Nordstrom is from the city and checked out all the Anniversary Sale items. I gotta admit, the selection Nordstrom offers here is a bit weak which just reinforces how vital online shopping is {never mind the two hours of traffic it took me to get home}. I tried on lots of items but only are sharing a few favorites and at the very bottom you can see what made it into my shopping cart as I decide which items I absolutely love!

First up, this DVF sweater was heavenly. It has a great cowl neck collar that isn't too stiff nor too droopy. I loved that only the cuffs and hem were ribbed. I find that anything ribbed on my chest just makes my already ample top look too heavy. This was a size medium & I would suggest it runs true to size. 


Since I am soul cycle obsessed I always want new work out gear. This little tank & coordinating sports bra came home with me today for Sunday's class. I am wearing a L in the  top & XL in the bra. I felt they ran a little small but I am also heavy in the chest area so I generally size up in work out clothes.


I just cannot pull off that half tuck if my life depended on it. I always think it looks so cool on others then I do & I feel like a dang fool. I however loved this sleeveless blouse for it's loose fit subtle print in black and white. Perfect for work or play. I am wearing a large and had no issues with the buttons on my chest causing a gap. 


This Vince striped car coat is like wearing a blanket. Therefore it makes me want to sit on the couch with a  glass of wine and a great book. I also loved the Vince blouse {similar style for much less} I tried on with it but isn't part of the sale. This coat runs super big. I am wearing a medium and it was huge. I also hate that it didn't have pockets or a tie closure. 


This sweater vest was so fun. I love the split sides and the uneven hem. It worked really well with this comfy t-shirt that had the same style. I feel like this would be super cute with knee boots and leggings for a comfy weekend look come fall. Wearing a large in both & run true to size.


This Vince coat was one of my favorite items I tried on. This was a medium and it was just right. I however only had a silk blouse on under it so I may size up for layering with sweaters. It's an oversized fit so it's up to you the look you want. 


This Joie top looks horrible online but looks so much better in person. It's a bit sheer so it will require a camp of some kind if you are like me. This is a large and I would say it runs true to size. 


This Joie leopard print cardigan was super soft and the grey tones were right up my ally. I am wearing a medium and would suggest it runs true to size. I paired it with a grey Equipment sweater also in a size Medium, that isn't part of the anniversary sale but is marked down!


Last but not least was this side zip Vince sweater. I love this sweater but they only had a size small which I am wearing and is way too small on me. I also feel that someone with my chest size should avoid ribbed sweaters all together. One day I will get my reduction and be free from these monsters on my body. 


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What I wanted to try on & wasn't available in store is below. Now to the important job of narrowing it down to only one or two items!






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Friday, July 1, 2016

Independance Day Sales

Happy weekend friends! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday wherever you are. We will be heading to Nantucket to celebrate and I am already dreaming of our first night tradition of grilling hot dogs, sitting in our little yard and drinking spiked lemonades. I put together a little list of all the great sales taking place this weekend in case you want to score some major deals on a new summer wardrobe! 


ANN TAYLOR // 40% Off // CODE: JULY40
 ANTHROPOLOGIE // Additional 30% Off Sale Items // CODE: EVENBETTER
 BANANA REPUBLIC // Extra 50% Off Sale 
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG // 30% Off Sale
FURBISH STUDIO // 20% Off Sitewide // CODE: FIREWORKS
J. CREW // 40% Off Select Styles // CODE: COOLSTYLES
LOFT // 50% Off // CODE: JULY4TH
LORD AND TAYLOR // 20% Off Almost Everything // CODE: FOURTH

LULU FROST // 20% Off Sitewide // CODE: JULY20
MACY’S // 20% off + Free Shipping over $50 // CODE: FOURTH
MINTED // 15% Off Select Items // CODE: JULY4
 RAMY BROOK // 25% Off Select Items 
REBECCA TAYLOR // Enjoy 40% Off Sale Styles // CODE: FIREWORKS
SERENA AND LILY // Tiered Discount up to 25% Off // CODE: SUMMERBREAK
WAITING ON MARTHA // 20% Off // CODE: HAPPYFOURTH

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cash or Credit - Summer Uniform

There are quite a few trends that are taking place this summer but off the shoulder tops and dresses are surely ruling the fashion world. I have always loved this look even if it was a top that only revealed one shoulder but have always dreaded the strapless bra that was required to wear the look. Until I found this baby that is perfect for us gals with a little more chest then the rest. So in honor of my favorite trend and an outfit I am actually wearing today {similar version here}. I thought I would do a little cash or credit to get the look!
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cash - top // earrings // denim // bag // phone case // sandals 
credit - top // earrings // denim // bag // phone case // sandals

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Closet Confessions


While picking up a few things for my husband the other day a salesperson told me fall items would be rolling out in a week or two. Say What?! Fall...it just turned summer like two days ago! So since all the summer sales are currently taking place, I am looking at you Shopbop, Saks & Bloomies. I thought I would share a few of my favorite purchases for the warm weather season that I have shared on my Instagram. You can also shop all my looks without Instagram by signing up with Like to Know it here. Full disclosure, I feel like a real idiot taking these pictures most of the time but I love talking about fashion and when I post an outfit it sort of reminds me of the days when me and my girlfriends would all plan out our outfits before we went out and do a mini fashion show of what to wear. I miss that girly stuff!


















































Do you notice a lot of the same accessories amongst these photos? Some items are on major repeat like these sandals that I live in & love as well as this gold bracelet {available in silver here} gifted to me by my husband at christmas as well as this necklace from a few birthdays ago and finally my favorite phone case and sunglasses

Happy Weekend & Happy Shopping!
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