Friday Sales

If you're looking to deal with this dreary weather by staying inside and doing a little online shopping for fall and winter, here are a few sales you should definitely check out...

Barbour is on sale at Nordstrom, which never happens. Most items are 25% off and definitely a worthy investment for fall. A few of my favorite picks are below. Note: The utility jacket only comes in size 4 and up, but the 4 fits like a 2.

Bean Boots at L.L.Bean are quickly getting backordered into October, November, and beyond. Order them now before they are backordered until spring. And, if you're wondering what all the fuss is about, check out this article.

Kayce Hughes has up to 80% off through tonight. She's one of my favorite smaller designers and has the most gorgeous simple, retro styles. This dress is one of my favorites, and I love her nightshirts.

J.Crew has an extra 40% off sale styles, and many of these items are perfect for fall. Also check out some of the adorable new fall items like this navy buffalo check vest. Don't forget to also take a look at J.Crew Factory which has an extra 30% off the entire site.


Pinterest Recipe of the Week: Empanadas!

I've been on a roll with Latin American food this week, so I figured why not continue the fun at home? Though, unfortunately when I'm making cooking at home there's no queso involved (speaking of, best queso in DC? I used to think Los Cuates, but Mission brought its white queso A game this past week.)

Tacos, fajitas, and quesadillas seemed too easy, so I decided to spice it up with Spiced Beef Empanadas with Lime Sour Cream. And, because I'm trying to be healthy these days, I used a vegetarian ground beef. Fun fact: I was vegetarian for 7 years back in the day, so sometimes I like to revisit those meat free options.

Spiced Beef Empanadas with Lime Sour Cream

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 pound ground beef or Gardein vegetarian ground beef
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Refrigerated store bought pie crust (roll out)
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon lime juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil in large skillet. Add onion and cook until soft. Add ground beef and cook through, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in ketchup, cinnamon, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Roll out pie crusts. Cut out circles from piecrust (great if you have a cookie cutter, I used a cup!). Divide meat mixture between piecrust circles. Wet the edges of each circle with water and then fold over. Press with a fork to seal. Transfer to a greased baking sheet and brush with egg. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Stir lime juice into sour cream. Sprinkle with a bit of chili powder. Serve empanadas warm with sour cream. Enjoy!

These are the perfect recipe to make for a dreary football watching Saturday like today! They definitely taste best when served fresh from the oven, so make sure to time it right. Also, you can add all sorts of different mix ins - cheese, chicken, peppers, pineapple... have fun with it!


Chambray and White for Fall

White jeans are a staple in my wardrobe long into fall. Paired with flats and a casual chambray shirt, they make for a casual fall day look, perfect for those warm afternoons. Add pair of pretty earrings to give this look just a little something extra and you're good to go.

Of course, for those of you who stick to the no white jeans after Labor Day rule, you can always go the ecru route to get your white jean fix.

Gold Cuff Bracelet - Gold Loafers {similar} - Sunglasses {similar}

You can shop all the items in this look using the images below or the links above the photos! 

Wednesday Reading and Favorite Links

It's Wednesday! I always go into my week thinking I've got nothing on my plate and all the free evenings in the world, yet by Tuesday I'm back to just trying to squeeze in time to do laundry. I read this post on Lemon Stripes earlier this week and need to take its message to heart. Though that may have to wait til next week, of course, and then I'll definitely make the time to sit down with a healthy fall inspired meal and a few of the magazines I've been meaning to read, just like in the photo I took below.

  • The pope is in DC through tomorrow, and while I am being bad Catholic and not participating in the hoopla and crowds, there are lots of people who are beyond excited for this occasion. So much so, that apparently pope crushes are becoming a thing.
  • Reese Witherspoon is one celebrity who has created an incredible brand and I can't wait to see the Draper James store when it opens in Nashville this fall. It will be located in the 12South neighborhood, which, if there was a place that completely and truly encompassed everything the new South renaissance is about, that would be it. Read her profile this month in Garden and Gun.
  • Favorite home tour of the week? Definitely this one by Pencil + Paper Co. The balance of bright color with ample white space strikes the perfect chord. 
  • At my old job, I had a coworker with whom I shared a love of print books and amassing collections far beyond what we could read in this lifetime. We always lamented the fact so many people had switched over to e-readers, so I was glad to see the trend is reversing.
  • I'm glad to see Richmond's darling blogging couple is back on the radar with their new book. While their blog was always a little too technical for me (I do recommend it for anyone who is diving into home renovation projects and needs the step by step process!), their casual, attainable, and contemporary aesthetic is great for inspiration.
  • I love a good blazer in the fall and this one from J.Crew is amazing. The contrast collar and elbow patches? Perfection.
  • The past couple months have left me terrible short on time, so I've been using every meal shortcut I can. The grain salads from Suddenly Salad are the perfect base for adding veggies, fruits, and protein to make a quick and filling meal. I added baby spinach, feta, and sliced apples to the one pictured, and you can find other recipes here and here


Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Kate Spade is one of my go to places for fun, sparkly jewels and whimsical accessories, and their Surprise Sale, which happens just a few times a year, is a great opportunity to pick up the colorful bags, jewelry, clothing and shoes

I've rounded up a few of my favorite picks for jewelry and accessories here, though there are also great clothing items to be found, like this peplum top that will go with everything, or this gorgeous vintage inspired fit and flare dress. Of course, I should also probably pick up this necklace

kate spade surprise sale - kate spade jewelry - kate spade accessories

You can shop all of my Kate Spade Surprise Sale picks using the images below. The sale goes through the 24th and offers free shipping on orders over $175.

And while we're on the subject of Kate Spade, has anyone watched the latest Anna Kendrick video with Kate Spade? It's making me want lipstick red and a fur trimmed coat to be staples in my winter wardrobe. 


Pinterest Recipe of the Week: One Minute Nestle Crunch Cake

It's been a while since I've done a Pinterest Recipe of the Week. Apparently summer simply isn't conducive to cooking, baking, and just generally being home at all. But, now that it's fall (or is it?), I'm back in the swing of being domestic on occasion.

I've seen one minute microwave desserts before, but had never actually given one a try. These One Minute Nestle Crunch Cakes are my first attempt at whipping up something delicious that can be made in literally a matter of minutes. For someone who isn't a huge baker (exact measurements? no, thank you), these are a great way to get my chocolate and baked goods fix with minimal effort.

One Minute Nestle Crunch Cakes

3 fun size Nestle Crunch Bars or 1 full size
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
Generous drizzle of chocolate syrup
Sprinkle of confectioner's sugar

Chop Nestle Crunch Bars into rough pieces. Beat butter and sugar until blended. Add egg and mix together.  Combine with flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Fold in Nestle Crunch pieces. 

Split the batter between two ramekins. Generously drizzle chocolate syrup into the middle of each ramekin. Microwave each for 1 minute. Sprinkle confectioner's sugar on top. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

You can check out my past attempts at re-creating recipes from Pinterest here! And stay tuned this fall as you can be sure I'll be cooking up a storm with crockpot recipes, pumpkin everything...


Game Day Ready

It's football season! I headed down to Charlottesville this past Saturday for the UVA-Notre Dame game, and while it was a heartbreaker (that is, if you thought UVA had a chance of winning - personally, I've become emotionless to UVA football), it still turned out to be a great day. A forecast of thunderstorms and pouring rain turned into a cloudy and mild day full of good eats and Bud Light (and for those who have already read this post and questioned me on why I wasn't drinking my usual bourbon, I was being responsible, thankyouverymuch.)

There are four games on my schedule this season and I'm pumped for some quality time tailgating with family and old friends. I don't often dress in school colors for games, but this season, I'm going to make more of an attempt to show some subtle school spirit. So what's on my game day apparel and accessory wish list? 

Virginia Football - UVA football - game day outfit

Who else has a busy football season lined up for this fall? Anyone have a team they're rooting for that is looking to have a winning season?

Check out all my orange and navy picks in the images below. Also, if you're thinking about buying the Kendra Scott earrings above, or if you ever wear heavy earrings, definitely check out the Lobe Wonders. They are stickers that go on the back of your ear and support the earrings, and they truly work. No ripped lobes here.


Labor Day Weekend

I spent Labor Day Weekend down on the Gulf of Mexico in Texas and actually remembered to not only bring my camera, but use it! Granted, it wasn't until the last morning and I was dealing with a camera lens that kept fogging up in the heat and humidty (DC people, we think we have it bad with the sticky summer weather, but we don't. At all.)

A low country boil (is it called that when it's not in the low country?!), a few stiff cocktails, some beach time, an afternoon out on the boat, and a night of karaoke with the locals made for an all American way to end the summer. Now I'm just counting down the days until my next vacation.