Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fleeting Fall

I always have lofty weekend goals of taking outfit photos and creating go-to blog posts for the next week. I swear, 9 out of 10 weekend I fail to accomplish any part of that goal.
 
However, as busy as last weekend was, I managed to get a few outfit shots in before it started to down pour.


Sweater: Target | Blouse: J. Crew
Jeans: H&M (the cheapest jeans I own and my favorite) | Boots: Steve Madden

 

A desperate in-car shot to get out of the rain!

I seriously can't believe how fast Fall is whizzing by! I went into Target today (you know, the day BEFORE Halloween) and all of the Halloween decorations were gone and a Christmas wonderland had taken their place. To top it off, Brady and I saw a bunch of men unloading Christmas trees at one of the grocery store lots in town over the weekend.
 
I hope you don't have your tree already, it will be long dead by Christmas.
 
I LOVE Christmas but please, it is too early for decorations and trees!
 
What do you think? Are you ready for Christmas?
 
- C 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kate Love

I don't think I have mentioned my love for Kate Spade here on the blog, however, I know I am not alone!
 
Kate Spade has such a classic and feminine style, you just can't go wrong. From handbags to jewelry to shoes, everything is simple and perfect.
 
Keeping up with the track record of perfection, how fantastic and charming is her new line Idiom? I got the email announcing the new shop a few days back and have since scoured the pages trying to decide which piece and phrase is my favorite.
 
I love how each piece is timeless in style yet offers a bit of whimsy with the chosen phrase, such as "Paint the Town Red" or "Skirt the Rules".
 
After much deliberation, I have decided I absolutely need (okay...maybe not need) the "Get Carried Away Idiom Bangle".

 
 

This new line was just too cute not to share!
 
Do you have a favorite piece from the Idiom shop?
 
- C

Friday, October 26, 2012

Woohoo! Halloweekend!

Seeing as Halloween is Wednesday, I am treating this weekend as my beloved Halloweekend. I truly think Halloween deserves much more than one night. This may stem from my days in college taking advantage of days of parties and multiple costumes. However, that is beside the point.

The real deal here is I love Halloween, hands down it is one of my favorite holidays. It is the costumes, candy and Hocus Pocus watching that does it for me. It also happens to coincide with my birthday.

Birthday + Halloween = Greatest celebration ever

This weekend (aside from the costuming and excessive celebrating), I will be getting the house all gussied up for Halloween and making a few scrumptious treats.

Better late than never, right?
 
As usual, I turned to Pinterest for a bit of inspiration!

Source: thehouseofsmiths.com via Michelle on Pinterest
 

 

Source: hisugarplum.blogspot.com via Gill on Pinterest
 

 

Source: thehighheeledhostess.com via Gill on Pinterest
 

You know, if I had a baby. Somehow I don't think this would translate as well to an adult costume.

 

 
By the way, I am going to be a kitty and Brady will be Dwight Schrute. I can't wait to see how our costumes turn out!
 
What are your Halloweekend plans?
 
- C

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oh hi

My goodness, what a busy week. I had Monday and Tuesday off from work so my brain really thinks is is still the beginning of the week.
 
That is a terrible excuse for no blogging but it is all I've got!
 
Am I the only one that immediately turns to the Pinterest Humor section when they are having a bad day? I swear, cat memes do something great for a lousy day.
 
While I get my brain synced up with what day it actually is, here is a little bit of humor to get you through your Thursday.
 
 
 
This made me laugh probably more than it should have, Brady loved it too.
 
 
Have a great day!
 
- C
 

Friday, October 19, 2012

High Five for Friday!



1. Beautiful sunrise on my way to work.
2. ONE WEEK UNTIL MY BIRTHDAY!!!
3. I definitely need this sweater.
4. I see this chromed out PT Cruiser around town all the time. Such an intense car, I can only imagine the driver.
5. Mornings are better with chocolate chip cookies.

Have a fantastic weekend!

- C

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wherever you are

via

This is something I stumbled across recently that definitely spoke to me. With technology being as prevalent as it is and squeezing into every facet of our lives, it is easy to get wrapped up and not be present. Have you ever noticed how many people are glued to their phones while out at restaurants or bars? It is overwhelming! Instagram, Facebook, Blogger and everything else can wait. Be present.
 
Happy Wednesday!
 
- C

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Chocolate Krispie Treats

Rice krispie treats have always been a favorite of mine. Not only are the simple and delicious, they are universally loved by all (at least I hope so...) and sprinkles can be added to suit any holiday.
 
What else could one ask for?!

Chocolate, they could ask for chocolate.

While I am a big fan of the original rice krispie treat, I am also a fan of rice krispie hybrids like the peanut butter krispie (more on that later). So when I discovered the chocolate krispie I knew that this was going to me a match made in heaven.

So you know when you are just pinning away and find an idea and thing "WHY didn't I think of that?!" this is one of those ideas. I believe the original recipes comes from Jaima at Ring Around the Rosies.
 
Prepare yourself for greatness.

What you need:
1 package oreos (or any other chocolate wafer cookie)
1 bag of marshmallows
1/4 stick of butter
*I ended up having to use a bit more butter, things got wild.

What you do:

Crush the cookies.
 
Melt marshmallows and butter while mixing together.
 
Stir in cookie bits until evenly blended.
 
Pour into a pan* and let set in the fridge.

*Really any normal size will do, I used 9x9. To make cutting easier after the treats set, line the pan with parchment, saran wrap or wax paper. You will thank yourself for this later.

There you have it!

As always, happy baking and please let me know what you think!

 
- C
 

Friday, October 12, 2012

H54F

My goodness, it has been two weeks since I put together a High Five for Friday post! This week definitely calls for a high five, it marks two weeks until my birthday! Woooo!
 

 
1. A darling (an apparently delicious) "pup cake" from a local dog bakery. Snickers consumed it in roughly 10 seconds.
2. And after work glass of wine. Who can pass up a cute label?
3. Is it too early for this?
4. A hot chocolate like this will turn any day around.
5. Displaying my Coug flag proudly at the game two weeks ago (despite our loss).
 
Have a fantastic weekend!
 
- C

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Baseball Tee!

My crush this week is an article of clothing that I have always loved: the baseball tee! I have had numerous over the years, whether they were class tee shirts in high school or casual tees for running around campus when I was in college.
 
However, a year or two back something horrible happened: I FORGOT about the wonders of the baseball tee!
 
How could I?!
 
Thanks to the completely amazing Sydney, my love for the baseball tee has been rekindled.
 
Oh, baseball tee. You have been missed.


Source: washingtonian.com via Bridget on Pinterest
 
 

 
What do you think about the baseball tee?
 
- C

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wisdom from Ferris

Let's celebrate Wednesday with a little wisdom from Ferris...

Source: via Rick on Pinterest
 
Isn't that the truth? It is time to stop and look around.
 
Have a fantastic Wednesday!
 
- C

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Grab a Good Book

I come from a family of readers. One of our big family jokes is that my dad ALWAYS has a book with him. Going to a movie? Dad has a book tucked in his jacket. Opening presents on Christmas? You bet his book was on the coffee table just in case there was a lull.

While I am not quite that extreme, I do carry my book with me most of the time (it fits perfect in my Coach tote!). I am also a huge advocate for reading and am constantly trying to coerce sweet Brady into reading. Everyone should read!

A few months back Brady and I went to Austin, Texas to visit his brother. While we were there we made a few stops for lunch at Chik-Fil-A (a favorite of mine and a favorite of his four year old niece) and I just couldn't get over how incredible it was that Chik-Fil-A gave books with their kids meals. What a neat idea (so much better than the obligatory plastic toy) and a great way to get kids excited about reading!

I just finished The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve (a great, super quick read!) and am starting to re-read The Great Gatsby in preparation for the movie.

I am absolutely obsessed with this graphic! Isn't it the best?
 
Also, ignore the summer part. Reading is a necessity 365 days of the year!

Summer Reading Flowchart

Via Teach.com and USC Rossier Online


What are you reading right now? I would love any suggestions!

- C

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Currently Crushing!

Whoa, how is this my first post this week? It feels like it should still be Monday! I will be a better blogger next week, I promise!
 
While this week feels like it has flown by, I always have time to share my latest crush with Britt!
 
As I mentioned last week, October is my birthday month. Time to start dropping not-so-subtle hints to my family about gifts!
 
If you have looked at a single fashion blog in the last six months, you have seen what I am crushing on (maybe you are crushing on it too!), the most fantastic, perfect and beautiful bracelet ever. Yes, ever. I can just see it stacked on my arm next to a beautiful gold (or rose gold!) watch. The possibilities for these timeless pieces are endless.
 
With the season turning to fall, I have started lusting after several gold items. It is just such a warm tone, so perfect to go along with jewel tones for fall. I have not always been a fan of gold but with these bracelets and watches, I am definitely changing my mind! 


 
 
What do you think about gold?
 
- C