How to roll up those sleeves

With my recent posts about these denim tops, you may be wondering how I folded my sleeves. Instead of just rolling your sleeves up the traditional way, here is a quick, step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve this look. My aunt taught me this when I was younger, and I am happy to share it with you!IMG_7699IMG_7700IMG_7701IMG_7702IMG_7703IMG_7704IMG_7705IMG_7706IMG_7707IMG_7708IMG_7709IMG_7711

Denim top: J.Crew , LOFT | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Earrings: Kendra Scott

Ta-da! Your sleeves are set for the day! Enjoy!

The Basic Chambray

Do you remember that denim on denim look Britney and Justin had going on back in the day?

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08 Jan 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA — Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, arriving at the 28th annual American Music Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium. — Image by © Frank Trapper/Corbis

Well it’s back! It might not be that drastic, but denim is definitely a popular style right now. Whether it be a dress or blouse, you can definitely stay trendy with this look. Another plus is you can make denim work in several ways too!

A chambray top, which others may call a denim button-up, is a great base to have in your closet. If you already have one, you are already on the right track!

A lighter shade will go great with those dark jeans, and you can really get creative on accessorizing. I will admit that I did pay a little more for my top, but I believe it was a great investment. I’ve had my chambray top for going on four years now, and it still looks brand new. I have both a lighter and darker shades that I wear ALL THE TIME.

A tip for this top is always iron or take it to the cleaners. It is an easy touch to make your look dressy, without rolling out that dough.

Here are some ideas on how to wear denim:

Denim top: J.Crew Another denim top option: LOFT | Skirt: J.Crew | Similar shoes: Vince Camuto | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Similar purse: Tory Burch

Top: J.Crew another top option: Target | Jeans: LOFT | Shoes: Tory Burch | Watch: Michael Kors

Denim dress: Sneak Peek | Brown tights: Merona | Riding boots: Sam Edelman | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Scarf: custom-made by wonderful people! (comment below or message me if you are interested in purchasing)

Blanket scarf: Dimore | Denim top: J.Crew | Another denim top option: LOFT |             Army green jeggings: H&M |  Riding boots: Sam Edelman | Sunglasses: Ray Ban |                  Earrings: Kendra Scott

 

Faux Fur Fun

Vests are so fun and handy. They keep you warm, and you don’t have to pull jacket sleeves up when you are working.

One of my favorite purchases was this faux fur vest. In Texas, you will see them everywhere and paired with everything. Here are two ways I love to dress up my vest for work and for date nights.

Vest options: H&M, OVERMAL, Choies, WIIPU |Top: J.Crew another top option: Target | Black jeans: LOFT | Shoes: Tory Burch | Similar earrings: anthropologie tartini drops , anthropologie aufeis drops

Vest options: H&MOVERMALChoiesWIIPU | Similar dress: Everly, Charlotte Russe , Element | Similar earrings: Kendra Scott | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Shoes: Vince Camuto

Hopefully this gives you some new ideas on how to wear that vest in your closet! With weather all over the place lately, hot one day and cold the next, a vest is a safe bet on your next date night.

 

Happy Trails

One of my favorite things to do in our town is go exploring. We always find hidden gems. We recently found this walking/biking trail, and we love it! We really enjoy places where we can take our pup too!

I encourage you to find something new in your town It could be a new restaurant, local store, or even a park!

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Top: Under Amour | Bottoms: Old NavyLululemon | Shoes: Nike | Hat: Polo

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Sweet Snacks

This past Sunday was the the Super Bowl, and I hope you all had a blast! In Texas, we don’t take our football lightly. Our neighborhood was filled with barbecue, food, and a lot of fun.

This Sunday also gave me an excuse to make some fun treats. I showed our team spirit with muddy buddies and some no-bake peanut butter rice krispies cookies.

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With the left over muddy buddies, I got a little creative for Valentine’s Day too! I simply put different colors of M&Ms in the jar instead of Bronco colors. You can easily turn the rice krispies cookies into pink heart-shaped cookies too!

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Below are the ingredients for the muddy buddies and the no-bake peanut butter rice krispies cookies:

Muddy Buddies (recipe from the back of the Chex cereal box):

  • 9 cups Chex cereal. Any flavor will work. I used Rice Chex for mine.
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Put the measured cereal in a large bowl and set aside. In a one-quart microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on high for one minute. Stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer, or until the mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over ceral, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into a two-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag and shake until well coated. (one tip from me – I usually put some powdered sugar at the bottom of the plastic bag to make the coating a faster process). Once coated, spread onto waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

*Don’t forget to add your desired colored candies to go with your theme. I used plain M&Ms.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies (recipe from Martha Stewart’s website here: No-Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies):

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups salted peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies

Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with wax paper or baking parchment. Place the corn syrup and sugars in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the peanut butter and mix well to combine (this is where I added the food coloring as well). Quickly stir in the vanilla and Rice Krispies. Spread into the lined baking pan. Cool and slice into squares.

*Note: I did not spread the Rice Krispies into a pan. Instead, I shaped the design with my hand and put them on wax paper. If you are doing heart shapes for Valentine’s Day, you could let them cool and then use a cookie cutter or shape them in the cookie cutter while they are still warm.

For the icing, I simply mixed powdered sugar, water, and food coloring until the consistency was right for me. I put the icing in a plastic storage bag and cut the corner with scissors as an icing bag. I’m not a professional, so they aren’t perfect. But that never bothers me because I alwayas have a blast making them.

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I hope you all have a wonderful week! I will chat with you again soon! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too!

Friday Feature Bonus: Gift Ideas for Her!

After my blog post about gift ideas for him, I definitely can’t leave out the ladies! There are so many routes to take when it comes to showing your love to your special someone. Here are some of my favorites when it comes to little gifts.

Shari’s Berries: I am a little biased on this one because strawberries are my favorite food. It is always a wonderful treat for me to get these, and you can have them delivered right to your special one too!

*There is a 20% off coupon right now for your Valentine’s Day order. It is a banner on the home page. All you have to do is click it, and the reduce prices are reflected throughout the site.

IMG_9423.jpgClick here to order: Shari’s Berries

Pura Vida Bracelets: I’m a sucker for bracelets, and I really like to giving back when I can. Pura Vida bracelets are the best of both worlds. Not only does Pura Vida have great bracelets, they have bracelets that donate towards certain causes too – animal awareness, women’s causes, service/military, education, and more! It will also show her that you ARE paying attention to things she really cares about in life. 🙂

IMG_7898Click here to choose the perfect bracelet(s): Pura Vida Bracelets

Also featured: my pup and this ring: James Avery

 

Kendra Scott: I will admit, and my husband can testify, that Kendra Scott steals my heart when it comes to accessories. You can usually find it on my birthday and Christmas list every year. Kendra Scott is extremely popular in right now for all ages too. They also have every size and color to fit your age and hairstyle. Not all of the jewelry is real stone, but it is cute, fun, and super trendy right now.

*There is also free shipping right now if your order online!

IMG_7923Here are the links to some of my favorites (some are not featured in the photo above): Danielle Earrings in Black ; Skylar Earrings in Torquoise ; Jana Bracelet in Pearl ; Magenta Gift Set (necklace and earrings) ; Silver Necklace in Platinum Drusy

Jon Hart: If luggage or bags is something she likes, then Jon Hart is a safe win. They have everything for every budget. You can also customize the color and name on the product.

My all-time favorite piece is their clear Grande bag. It holds makeup perfectly, and also is TSA-approved for traveling.

IMG_7905Click here to order a bag today: Jon Hart Grande Bag

The only catch to this one is that you might not have enough time to get it by Valentine’s Day if you order online. However, stores carry it as well. You might not get to put her name on the piece, but they have generic images as well.

Click here to find an available store near you: Jon Hart Retail Locator

Fujifilm Instax 8: I received this as a birthday gift last year, and it is so much fun! If you have a fun date planned, this would be the perfect gift to capture every moment of your amazing day. Don’t forget to purchase film too, or you will be running to the nearest Best Buy or Urban Outfitters to pick some up!

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Click here to purchase your camera: Fujifilm Camera or Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera

Here is the link for the film as well: Fujifilm Instax Film or Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film, 10 Sheets x 5 packs

I wish you gentelment the best when planning your day to make your loved one feel special. Happy shopping!