Thursday, December 11, 2014

Winterized Floral.

Back during Easter I wore my favorite floral dress from ASOS. It's black with a beautiful lavender flower print across the entire thing, and a subtle skater silhouette. I really love it. Thank you ASOS petite section for fitting so well!

Sometimes I buy items that I'm so obsessed with that they sit in my closet cus I want to "save them" for the perfect occasion... and then months later the season has changed and I feel like I've missed my opportunity to wear it! I think an important thing to do is to learn how to adjust your wardrobe, through layering, for any type of weather. I've been wanting to winterize this dress with some accessories and cozier pieces so I can get more use out of it. Knee high socks and a statement necklace tied the entire ensemble together.
Dress, ASOS. Vest, Urban Outfitters. Shoes, H&M. Socks, Target. Bag, Kate Spade. Necklace, Versona.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Flashy.

The lighting on thanksgiving night was a spectacular, sherbet colored backdrop. Right when I saw the sun hitting the autumn leaves outside my front door, I grabbed the camera, a blanket, and my twin sister and I ran out into the street to take some head shots, just for fun! It was cold and windy, but we always have a good time doing anything artsy and creative. 

That morning I had put on a new dove flash tattoo, just for a little golden detail. Have ya'll tried them yet? I think they're my new favorite accessory. They're so simple and yet they look so feminine and pretty... and flashy!
Flash Tattoo, Fab'rik.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Turtlenecked.

One trend that I love that has circled around for winter 2014 is the turtleneck. Anything that can help you stay warmer and cozier for cold, crisp weather is a must-have in my book! If you look on blogs, in stores like Madewell, Gap, J.Crew and even Forever 21 you will see turtlenecks revamped and worn in a variety of ways. I struck Goodwill gold when I found this forest green turtleneck sweater for only three bucks. What a steal! To make this preppy piece a little trendier, I paired it with my leather leggings and oversized glasses... a perfect combination!
Turtleneck, Goodwill. Gingham Top, Forever 21. Bag, Urban Outfitters. Leggings, Fab'rik. Boots, Forever 21. Glasses, Urban Outfitters. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Biltmore Photo Journal

On November 17th Sean and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary! We have been through so many ups and downs together, but I wouldn't trade my time with him for anything. He means so much to me, and I know that everything we've faced has just made us stronger as a couple. We're the perfect match, and I can't wait to see what the next five years hold for us! We decided we wanted to do something new and fun in honor of our anniversary, so we put on our warm clothes and hit the road for Asheville! 

It was such a beautiful day, with perfectly crisp, cold weather and an absolutely amazing Blue Ridge sunset. The Biltmore House was all decorated for Christmas with gorgeous trees, twinkle lights, and countless antique ornaments covering the house. We ate great food, drank delicious peppermint lattes, and got a head start on our holiday festivities. If you live in NC and haven't visited The Biltmore for Christmas, I definitely recommend it!
Early Girl Eatery for a delicious brunch! I had breakfast, he had BBQ.
Of course we had to take some street style shots!

Top, Target. Vest, Fab'rik. Scarf and Hat, Target. Denim, Urban Outfitters. Bag, Kate Spade. Boots, Steve Madden. Ring, Hand Picked.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Ups and Downs of Life.

Wow. All I can say is wow when I think of this year. My life lately has been so crazy, it literally feels surreal. Let me just give you an update...

Two weeks ago my parents went out of town for my dads birthday. I was home alone for five days, and during that time Sean's dad was declining very, very quickly. We all knew it was getting towards the end. I was really scared and anxious to be staying by myself during such a stressful time. I worked a lot, and every second I had I spent at Sean's house. I didn't know when everything would end, but I knew that God's timing was going to be perfect. Tuesday night after a long day at work, I decided to finally watch The Fault In Our Stars (I'd been waiting for weeks, knowing what it was about) with a glass of wine and some pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and have a good cry. I didn't know how ironic that moment would feel the next day! I know it sounds stupid and cheesy, but that night I just sat by myself watching this movie, thinking about Sean and his family and their time together. I didn't want to go to sleep, as if I was subconsciously aware of what was going on. I stayed up until 2 am watching TV, wide awake, and when Sean got home from work in the middle of the night he said his dad's breathing was heavy and slow. His dad wasn't responding and seemed to be in a deep sleep. We all mentally prepared ourselves. Wednesday, October 8th, my parents were flying home and my twin sister was flying to Charlotte to visit NC for the weekend. I was going to have the comfort of friends and family around me when I needed them the most. That day, at 1:30 in the afternoon, Sean's dad passed away. He was surrounded by family and prayer, and went peacefully. I'll never forget watching Sean say goodbye, I think my heart literally broke into a million pieces. God's timing is hard, but always greater than what we could pick for ourselves. Day by day we are given more joy and more peace to help us cope with the grief that we all feel. Nothing is worse than losing a loved one, but knowing Sean's dad is no longer in pain and that we'll see him again one day is so comforting! Great is God's faithfulness - His mercies are new every morning! (Lamentations 3:23)

Sean has been so strong. It's insane how much we've gone through together. I feel like we are closer and more in love than some married couples. We are strong! We can face anything! I love him more than I ever thought possible. I truly admire his ability to face challenges with a positive attitude, patience and resilience. This guy is a stud, my best friend, and the love of my life! We're ready for a challenging yet exciting year full of fun and new beginnings.
Top, Urban Outfitters. Scarf, N/A. Sweater, Fab'rik. Bag, Kate Spade. Denim, Urban Outfitters. Sunglasses, Versona. Boots, Forever 21.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Paleo Spinch Dip & A Thrifted Sweater Dress.

With the weather getting cooler there are two things that you definitely must add back into your life and fall routine... game day food and a signature sweater.

This sweater dress, which I found at Goodwill last fall, will forever be one of my favorite finds. It's so cozy and comfy, and looks perfect with a cute heeled bootie. I'm a little obsessed with it. Here's how I styled it last year...
And here's how I styled it this morning before work! Similar, but some electric blue eye makeup instead of the color block with a scarf, and a little pattern with some striped socks. So cozy! (via instagram) ...
Socks, Target. Boots, Forever 21.

Isn't that just so stylish yet sleepy? I love a lazy day outfit. Oh and speaking of lazy days... the other day, as I was laying on the couch watching the Panthers game, I started craving some game day food. I knew I wanted something hot and preferably some type of dip (my favorite), but I wanted it to be healthy, so I whipped up my own version of paleo hot spinach dip. So delicious! Here's the recipe...
Spicy Spinach & Caramelized Onion Dip

Ingredients
-1 bag of spinach
-1 tablespoon EVOO
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-salt and pepper

-1 yellow onion
-2 teaspoons olive oil

-1 avocado
-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
-1 teaspoon hot sauce
-1 tablespoon spicy mustard
-1/3 cup coconut milk
-1 tablespoon creamy tahini dressing
-1 teaspoon pepper
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon lemon juice

What To Do
In a large skillet, saute a large chopped yellow onion with 2 teaspoons of olive oil until caramelized and golden. Dump into a food processor. Add 1 chopped avocado, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, spicy mustard, coconut milk, tahini, pepper, salt, and lemon juice. Pulse and blend until slightly smooth.

In the same skillet, saute 1 bag of spinach with 1 tablespoon of EVOO, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and desired salt and pepper until completely cooked and wilted. Add spinach to the food processor and blend with other ingredients. Add salt and pepper to the completed dip, to taste.

Pour dip into an oven safe bowl, and sprinkle the top with smoked paprika. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes at 375.

Eat with homemade sweet potato chips, sliced bell peppers or corn chips! Enjoy!