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Pineapple and Pork Tacos

We've all heard of porkchops and applesauce. I'm not exactly sure where this pop culture reference started (someone enlighten me?), but that sweet and savory combo is a classic. While I'm not planning on putting applesauce on a taco, I decided to work off that pork accompanied by fruit theme and make a fruity salsa to accompany spicy pork in a flour tortilla. It turned out to be a delicious combo that I've now made twice this week—it even made a great take to work meal! 

This isn't a recipe where you'll need exact measurements—just see what looks and tastes right, and work with you have on hand! You can use yellow or white onion instead of red, I just used red for the color. You could add in mango, jalapeƱo, go crazy!

Pineapple and Pork Tacos

Pork Loin or Chop, cut into bite size pieces before cooking
Chili Powder
Garlic Powder
Red Onion
Lemon Juice

Season pork with chili, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Cook with EVOO over medium-high heat until cooked through. Dice pineapple, red onion, tomato, and cilantro. Season salsa with pepper and lemon juice. Serve pork warm over flour tortillas and top with pineapple salsa. Enjoy!


Adding to the list of brands I've become obsessed with post TBSCon in August is Cosmedix. I like to have some facts backing up my skincare products, so while I may not understand the science behind these, I was immediately intrigued by the focus on using technology to create skincare products that are ahead of the game. An added bonus, I love the clean, sleek aesthetic of the packaging!

The first product I tried was their Peptide Rich Defense Cream which has an SPF of 50. I'm always wary of new sunscreens because my skin is sensitive and can react poorly to certain SPF products. This one, however, has become my go to. Layered over the Affirm Antioxidant Serum, which I use both morning and evening, it's the perfect two step combo. The Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser is a great every day cleanser to keep skin looking refreshed and clear, and once a week, usually on one of those nights when I'm doing all my weekly primping rituals. I'll pull out the Purity Detox Scrub.

Last Year's Looks, Revisited

Sometimes you shouldn't mess with a good thing. That's why I'm bringing back some of my outfit posts from last year. From my go to leopard coat to buffalo check to layering chambray over a turtleneck to a classic navy blazer, these are looks that I reach for year after year. Below I've linked to where you can find these items, or extremely similar ones, this season. 

This was one of my absolute favorites from last year. A gray knit dress, buffalo check cape, black moto boots, black clutch, and a necklace that you'll wear all fall and winter. 

Layers on layers is what I love about this look. The turtleneck under chambray has a 90's vibe, but it's updated with with a gingham vest—and, yes, gingham is still having a moment in my book.

You can't go wrong with a faux fur leopard coat. I dress mine up, I dress it down. Whether it's with a t-shirt and jeans or a little black dress, it always looks perfectly glamorous...and maybe even a bit effortlessly cool. Below I've got everything from an under $50 steal to a major splurge.

A navy blazer is one of the most iconic pieces you can own. It dresses up a pair of jeans for the office and elevates a striped shirt to the most sophisticated look. Plus, it'll never go out of style.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This past weekend for an afternoon of football watching I made buffalo chicken dip. Easiest recipe ever and one of my absolute favorites. There's no bigger hit for a fall afternoon when you need to throw something together and only have a half hour.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup buffalo sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread cream cheese in bottom of 1 quart dish. Layer chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, and top with cheddar. Cook for 30 minutes. Serve warm with tortilla chips or lettuce wraps like I did below!

Of course I overbought ingredients and ended up with enough to make a second dish. This is where Reynolds Disposable Heat & Eat containers come in handy. I was able to store some it in these disposable, microwave friendly containers, take it with me to work, and eat it wrapped in big pieces of romaine lettuce.

High Waisted Jeans

Turns out mom jeans have secretly been the most flattering style of denim you can wear and we had no idea. They suck you in (hello, brunch), define your waist, and have a bit of a throwback vibe. Why haven't we been wearing high waisted jeans all the time? I'm a big fan of the half tuck, front tuck, whatever tuck to show off the waistline without going too far into tailored territory

Bean Boot Season

With October 1 comes the real start of fall in my book, regardless of whether the temperature reflects that. September 22 may be the official day, but I don't pull out the pumpkin candles and flannel until 10/1. I finally switched over my closet yesterday, saying goodbye to all the sundresses I haven't worn in a month anyway, and pulled out the Bean Boots and Barbour.

If this year is anything like last, you have to order your Bean Boots early before they're backordered until next spring. Whether you opt for thinsulate because you're wearing your boots in freezing temperatures or just opt for the mocs because you're dealing with mild, soggy days, there's a style for everyone. I like the 8" style, but the 6" is a bit more casual, and the 10" is for those who are serious about staying dry in winter weather. 

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