Mar 3, 2015

Blazer Of Glory

Yesterday's weather was a tiny glimpse of happiness in this snow predicted week to come. Ryan and I took these photos in the park after running some errands throughout our day. I hardly ever get dressed up but lately I find myself wanting to more-just to make myself feel better with this dreary weather! Pretty soon we will walking around in shorts and t-shirts but until then I am trying my best to be patient and take this awful weather for what it is.

As usual I put a pop of color in this outfit by wearing one of my favorite purple hats. My usual get up consists of mainly black so a pop of color is definitely important. I also threw my statement necklace on because I love accessorizing and even though it falls under the collar of the blazer, it still shows over the shirt-and I love that look. I love that this blazer can be worn casual, or dressed up for work or a meeting. I really love the jersey cotton too- it's so comfortable and warm for days like this.

I hope you guys are having a beautiful day wherever you are, and don't forget to smile!

Details: Fitted Blazer via Old Navy (On sale!) (gray) //Ponte Skinny Pants via Nordstrom // Necklace via Bauble Bar // Hat via Lovely Bird c/o (similar) // Black Long Sleeved Shirt (on sale) // Rings are vintage & UO // Mila Riding Boots Ralph Lauren via DSW c/o (black suede combo)on sale!! // Karen Walker Sunnies // Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Tote (black is in stock)

Feb 27, 2015

Starbucks & My Love For Coffee: Part I

I have always been an on and off caffeine drinker since college, but for the past year coffee has been one of the most important parts of my morning. I love the boost it gives me- and even more-so the flavor and options there are to choose from. I am teaming up with Starbucks today (and a few more times throughout the year!) to talk about some of their coffees, products and up and coming things to look for in their stores. 

I truly couldn't be happier to have this collaboration because it's something I am passionate about and I know that coffee is also very important to so many of you as well. I want to start off by saying that this Christmas I invested in a Jura Impressa F50 (this thing is the bees knees) and I haven't looked back ever since. I have saved money on running to the store every day to buy coffee and honestly, if you get good beans, it can be just as good at home.

My rules to the perfect cup? Get yourself a good coffee machine, use Starbucks coffee beans & grounds, and of course start the coolest mug collection (below are some of my favorites). I really love the Veranda Blonde blend because it's on the lighter side, and very mellow. The medium blend is very balanced and smooth. The Cafe Verona dark roast features a fuller body and a more robust flavor. This is the roast I didn't use in our machine because the bean itself is a little bit oilier. Oilier beans tend to clog the Jura so I opted out of doing that and used the pour over brewer for that cup of coffee.

To use a pour over brewer you need to make sure you have the proper materials, and cone filters. You also have to make sure you use coffee grounds (not the full bean) for this. It's pretty cool, and I had never heard of this technique before but it's definitely a different-fun way to brew. There's a tiny hole in the white mug that filters the coffee right into the mug you put it over.

In my package from Starbucks I also received this awesome little coffee passport book. This book explains everything a coffee lover needs to know. It describes the four steps of tasting coffee, the fundamentals of brewing and more information about the coffee and how it is produced.

Feb 24, 2015

Sunrise & Cutouts

Hey guys! I ventured out with this outfit today and was looked at like I was crazy--well maybe that's because it's like 13 degrees outside. Whatever, a girl can dream, right? I am so missing the maxi skirts and dresses I wear in the warmer months and really can't wait for Spring to find its way to New Jersey. I feel like all I do lately is talk about the weather-but it truly is taking over life around here!

Not much else to report around here, looking forward to some upcoming projects I have in the next few months and really waiting for the weather to switch it up a little bit. I just realized that everything in this outfit has a cutout-from the shoes, to the sweater, to the skirt! I am doing some seriously wishful thinking huh? It wasn't done on purpose, I swear! Hope you're all having a great day!

Feb 23, 2015

The Sound Of White

Hello, and Happy Monday everyone! It seems like every time I check in, there's more snow to report on, and yet again here we are. It snowed over the weekend, and if you look outside, everything is still freshly covered and beautiful. I'm starting to force myself out of the house more often because cabin fever is easy to come by when the weather keeps you from going most places. A lot of our plans have been cancelled due to the snow, so it's very frustrating to get motivated.

I've been using this time to do more around the house, and I really feel like it's all coming together (finally after a year!) I've also been focusing on my workout challenge, which is already at week 6 out of 8! I can't believe how fast the time is flying. I am really excited to finish and see my final progress in the next few weeks. Going to the gym has stayed pretty consistent for me throughout these past few snowy weeks, and that's the one thing that I have made sure of. 

I have a few trips coming up in the next few months that I am really looking forward to, and can't wait for Texas in a few weeks! I think I need some warm weather to melt away my summer blues, because this snow is just killing the vibes around here! 

I wore this outfit yesterday while we were running some errands. I am in love with these J Brand jeans (I had to order a second pair!) Also loving these flat booties, they're perfect for staying warm while making the outfit pop with the print. As always gotta keep the ring game & necklace game on point. Accessorizing is super important when all I have been doing is layering lately! Hope you guys are having a great winter so far, and hope Monday isn't dragging too bad!

Details: Tunic & Statement Necklace via Urban Outfitters // Photo Ready Ankle Cropped Skinnies via J Brand // Black Hat  (similar) // Rings are all vintage, Labradorite via Perry Rhodes , Booties via Marshalls c/o (similar-on sale!) (similar-color options too!)