50 Shades of White

I am a big fan of white in winter. If the temperatures weren’t frigid I think wearing little white dresses with a snowy backdrop would just be perfection. However, it is insanely cold, especially now during winter storm ‘Juno,’ so I suppose some white layers will just have to do!

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SWEATER: GAP || JEANS: MOLLY & ZOE (similar) || COAT: EXPRESS || SHOES: LOUBOUTIN || SHADES: TORY BURCH || NECKLACE: TOPSHOP || EARRINGS: C/O URBAN PEACH BOUTIQUE || BAG: LINEA PELLE (similar)

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I’m a pretty big fan of the jewelry here. This amazing necklace was a birthday present from one of my besties, Jay! I couldn’t wait to wear it. These earrings are from Urban Peach Boutique, and I have been eyeing a pair so similar to these I literally jumped at the chance to get them! They’re like a fun mullet; low key party in the front, serious party in the back.

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The scuffing on my shoes kind of looks like a heart… I should probably go get the soles protected on all of my expensive shoes. Have you ever done that? I’m so annoyed because the Jimmy Choo bar on the back of my moto boots is falling off and I always forget to take them to get repaired…. until I’m wearing them. And then it’s like obviously I can’t take them anywhere to get fixed because then I wouldn’t have shoes. UGH. My mommy brain is in need of a serious mental vacation! ;] Anyway! Hope you guys are staying warm in the storm! I’m still trying to get over this flu I had two weeks ago! I have a cough that has apparently moved in with me for the time being. WAH. I’ve tried every trick in the book to get rid of it so if you have any cough remedies you swear by, PLEASE, please for the love of god, share them with me!! :]

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As If

Cher Horowitz is my spirit animal. I don’t know any girl that doesn’t wish she had a revolving closet that perfectly picked out outfits for them. I was a tad too young to dress like her the first time around, but when the 90’s came back around in the 2000’s I was stoked.

clueless styleSWEATER: FOREVER21 || DRESS: FOREVER21 || BOOTS: STUART WEITZMAN || BAG: MOLLY & ZOEY || SHADES: CHANEL (similar) || NECKLACE: C/O ROMAN BRIDE (similar)

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This was another bunch styled over the seriously warm weekend that seems completely irrelevant now. What a tease! I actually wore this outfit for my birthday dinner with Matt about a month ago and nearly froze to death. It was a pleasure to be able to wear this without chattering teeth for an accessory!

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I literally can’t say enough good things about these boots. They are comfortable and seriously sexy. They dress up any outfit. I’ve worn these boots for an entire day before and didn’t feel the need to soak my feet in an ice bath after or wear flats for an entire week. If you are going to save your pennies for a pair of splurge-worthy shoes, it should be these or Valentino Rock Studs, which are equally as comfortable.

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If you haven’t caught on yet, this is my new favorite bag. I’ll probably be using this pretty often until I get a new bag to obsess over, but until then, this is it. I’m looking forward to the spring when I can pair it with an ultra feminine sun dress!

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Mini Leather Weather

A couple weeks ago if you stepped outside you may have been extremely confused. The calendar said January, but the air said September. It was glorious. It was amazing. It was short lived. However, that didn’t stop me from throwing on my new brown leather mini skirt sans tights for as long as I could!

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TOP: ANTHROPOLOGIE || SKIRT: FOREVER21 || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN || BAG: LINEA PELLE || SHADES: TORY BURCH || RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE || WATCH: MICHAEL KORS (similar) || BRACELET: C/O ROMAN LUXE

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I really don’t mind the cold. It’s terrible when I have to take my children to and from school in the freezing rain or snow, but in all honesty, it doesn’t bother me much. That being said, if I had my choice between a freezing cold winter day, or a warm fall afternoon, it’s a friggen no brainer. Gimme some fall!

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I found this skirt on a drive by shopping trip through Forever21. I was on a mission to find something specific, and when that’s the case, you never find what you’re looking for, do you? Nope. So I was about to give up, defeated, when I spotted this gem. As soon as I saw it I knew this shirt would pair perfectly. I thought I’d have to wait months to wear it, surprise surprise!

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I suppose I could repurpose this skirt with an oversized knit sweater to make it more weather appropriate. It would seriously be a shame to make it sit in my closet for the next two months while we wait for the temperatures to drop again! Well, until then…

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Tasty Tuesday: Spicy Kale with Bacon & Sweet Corn

Happy Tasty Tuesday! I don’t post a recipe every week, obvi, but when I whip up something delicious I feel like I must share! This recipe was kind of created by accident. It is an update on a filling that I used to put inside my favorite stuffed chicken. When I would make it in the past, I’d make a little extra and toss it with quinoa or brown rice for lunch the following day. I was craving it recently, went to make it, and realized I didn’t have chicken. DUH. So I made the stuffing as a side, added some of my favorite things, and served it up. It was a hit with my husband and daughter, so here we go!

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WHAT YOU NEED: 

4 slices bacon – cooked then chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/2 onion – diced
1 cup frozen sweet corn
1 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
3 cups kale*
salt and pepper to taste
crushed red pepper flakes to taste

*I add the kale little by little as it wilts, so you may find you need more or less than 3 cups.

WHAT YOU DO:

  • In a medium skillet, cook bacon, then set aside. When bacon cools chop it into chunks.
  • Saute onion and garlic in the bacon fat for about a minute, then start adding the kale in small handfuls. As it wilts continue to add more.
  • Add the sweet corn and any extra kale you may have.
  • Cook through for about 10 minutes, make sure to keep stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • For an extra kick add red pepper flakes.
  • When kale is completely wilted, remove pan from heat. Add the bacon back to the mix and add cheese. Toss mixture so cheese melts throughout.
  • Transfer to plates and enjoy!

As I said, if you have any of this left over, save it! It’s amazing the next day tossed with brown rice or quinoa. I mean… it’s kind of healthy… save for cooking it in bacon fat, ha! If you want a healthier alternative I guess you can toss the bacon fat and sautee everything in coconut oil instead! (Which is what I actually do when I make this filling for the chicken because it didn’t include bacon). SO! Cook it up, throw it on the side of a fantastic steak and a big ol’ glass of red wine and enjoy!

You Ain’t Nothin but a Houndstooth

Ok, it’s officially cold now. NOW it feels like winter! Which means the blog posts without jackets on are going to be less and less, but hopefully not for long because I really don’t know how many cute winter coats I have. Two… I have two. :bbm hand over eyes face:

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COAT: MACY’S (similar) || DRESS: FOREVER21 (similar) || BOOTS: STUART WEITZMAN || BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF || GLOVES: COACH


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My daughter, Charlotte, was extremely confused by this outfit. She kept asking where my pants were and insisted I needed to put some on, haha! She was like, “but mommy, you’ll be cold.” I mean… she wasn’t wrong. It was freaking cold this day! Needless to say when I was done doing what I had to do, I shot right home to put my sweatpants on.

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Waving to Char in the car, haha. She loves coming to take pictures with me but it’s almost impossible to get anything done with the girls there. Well, not Kennedy. She’s young enough to pretty much sleep through everything when we need her to. Char, on the other hand, wants to be involved in everything!

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IMG_1807 IMG_1809I’ve had this coat for years and went through a phase where I was like, I can’t wear it, I need a new coat. (<– my super snobby years haha) And I love my newer winter coat but this coat is the bomb.com. I LOVE the print! Who doesn’t love houndstooth though, amiright?

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Light as a Feather Vest

I’m very confused by the weather we’ve been having lately. One day it’s 20 degrees and raining, but not snowing, the next day it’s 65 and sunny, then the day after that it’s like 50 degrees and flurrying. WHAT IS HAPPENING PEOPLE!? Christmas and New Years are officially over, which means I no longer care for cold weather and snow, but to be wearing a flannel, vest, and cropped jeans in the middle of the winter and not be freezing? It’s just strange.
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T-SHIRT: URBAN OUTFITTERS || FLANNEL: H&M || VEST: H&M || BRALETTE: VICTORIA’S SECRET || JEANS: AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS || SNEAKS: C/O DSW || BAG: MOLLY & ZOE || SHADES: RAY BANS || LIPSTICK: NARS ‘SCHIAP’

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This bag is everrrryyyyyything! It was a birthday present from the hubs, ain’t he grand? Ok, maybe I pointed it out on a quick stroll through a store but he gets brownie points for remembering. I am obsessed with this bag. Leather jackets are kinda my thing, but they’re not always weather appropriate, so getting to carry a mini one around with me whenever I want? Perfection. Plus it comes with a strap so it doesn’t need to be used as a clutch, which is so….clutch!

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One of my style resolutions for 2015 was to wear more color (read the rest of my resolutions here), but I mean.. I feel like I need to go shopping because every time I get dressed it’s in some variation of black. Black, gray, white… off white, less black, darker gray…. seriously where the hell is all of my color? It’ll be back when the weather gets warmer, a lot of winter pieces are notoriously dark anyway, it’s not all my fault! I’ll work on it guys.. promise!

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Keeping Your New Years Resolution with Puma

I am not normally one to make a New Years resolution, I know myself… I know I won’t keep them for more than a day. However, this year I’ve decided to make a few with the general goal of just becoming the best possible version of myself this year. Part of that is to get healthy; eat better, be more active, “work out.” To keep myself on track with staying active I’ve enlisted the help of PUMA and their new line of sneakers that are so amazingly fun looking I literally can’t wait to put them on and do something to work up a sweat.

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SWEATSHIRT: C/O PUMA (On sale now!!) || LEGGINSG: LULULEMON || SNEAKERS: C/O PUMA || HAT: H&M || SHADES: RAY BANS

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Ok, if I’m being honest, my real New Years resolution is to start deleting people off of Facebook who do nothing but repost nonsense news articles… especially if they’re negative and depressing. Ain’t nobody got time for that! So be warned. If you re-post an article about a man writing a song for his dying grandmother, or a dog being run over by a semi and limping off the freeway, or crackheads in florida getting high and eating each other… or anything else that doesn’t make me laugh or smile…. bye.IMG_1739 IMG_1743

This is, in all seriousness, the warmest most comfortable sweatshirt I have ever owned! I, stupidly, chose to take these pictures on the coldest day of winter thus far and I kid you not I was barely even cold. The only parts of my body that even felt the chill were my ankles and hands, everything else was toasty warm! The hood is lined with thick fuzzy fur to keep your head and face warm too. It quickly became my go-to piece for more casual cold days.

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These sneakers are so fun! They’re from the new collaboration between PUMA and Solange Knowles, so of course they’re going to be wild and make a huge statement. Part of getting myself motivated to be more active is dressing the part, and with sneakers like these I literally can’t wait to work out! The best part? They’re so festive they would also pair really well with a little white t-shirt dress. (Thank god sneakers and dresses are a thing now, I’m not mad at it). IMG_1740 IMG_1741 IMG_1742 IMG_1743PUMAS were my go-to back in middle school and early high school. I can’t even tell you guys how many pairs I owned, but my black suede ones with the white leather stripe were my favorite. I remember the suede over the toes rubbed off when I went through my “hacky-sack” phase. Aye Aye Aye. Also worth mentioning, I can’t disclose the exact location where these photos were taken because the area is extremely off-limits, but I will say it was my mother’s idea to hop a fence to get some sweet shots. I don’t think she thought I’d document the whole experience, but I mean.. I had the camera and I was testing the light soooo… you’re welcome.


Gotta love my mom! She is always up to no good, haha. (True story: she was the first person to take me out on my first mischief night. It was her idea to egg our town’s police station. My dad was a retired cop so it was all in good fun, at least to us anyway. They did not find it so funny). Anyway! I hope you had an amazing NYE and your 2015 is off to an even better start! To read up more on the collab with Solange and Puma you can go here. These shoes are now available through MadisonStyle.com

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NYE Look Book: Sparkle & Shine [part 2]

Yesterday I showed you guys a look for wearing metallics and sequins for New Year’s Eve. They were a little bit more on the casual side. In today’s post we’re going to spice things up a little bit in case your plans are much more festive. Let’s start with my favorite; sequins!

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BLAZER: H&M (similar here, here) || TOP: FOREVER21 || PANTS: H&M || BRALETTE: VICTORIA’S SECRET || SHOES: GUISEPPE ZANOTTI || SHADES: RAY BANS || WALLET: TORY BURCH || EARRINGS: FOREVER21

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Four things that will instantly kick your outfit up to the next level: super sheer lace, leather, sequins, and insane heels. Bonus points if you’re wearing all four of these at the same time, haha! When I bought this bralette I originally just planned on wearing it with loose white t-shirts but quickly discovered just how perfect it is for a lace top such as this. It fits like a sports bra, which is pretty amazing. It’s SO comfortable, but the criss cross straps across the chest are the sex.

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IMG_1173I love the shit out of this sequin blazer…. excuse my french. But it’s so fun! I’ve worn it with white t-shirts and jeans, little black dresses, seriously anything. It’s a great piece to dress up the otherwise simple look, ya know? Also, these shades, obsessed. I picked them out for myself as a Christmas present because we decided to get Charlotte her own mini pair of Ray Ban aviators and I was like well………we need to match soooo…. ;]

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To be honest, I’m probably not even going to do anything this NYE. Charlotte is still getting over bronchitis and I don’t feel like leaving her for another night, ya know? BUT If I were, I think this would totally be the outfit I’d go with. These leather pants are pretty much everything and the sequin blazer is my favorite. This is most my style for a night like this. However, that being said, sometimes we like to celebrate NYE the super fabulous way and that requires a dress/skirt. Let’s discuss that, k?

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TOP: EXPRESS || SKIRT: C/O BAR III || SHOES: COSMOPOLITAN (similar) || BAG: ALDO || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS || NECKLACE: H&M

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I actually randomly won this skirt through an instagram contest, true story! I never enter instagram/twitter contests, like ever, but I was scrolling and saw this skirt and I was like OH MY GOD #need. So I entered and I won! yay. Isn’t it gorgeous? It begs to be worn on a festive holiday like Christmas or New Years. The metallic pleats catch every little bit of light and legit make you shine.


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This type of getup would be something I would wear to a fancy NYE dinner at a swanky little place and then out for post dinner drinks to watch the ball drop. That’s actually my favorite type of NYE celebration. A few years ago me, my husband, one of my best friends, and one of his best friends all went out to a fancy dinner for New Years and it’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had celebrating this holiday. If we end up doing anything at all this year, I’d like it to be that…… dinner at a nice place, early, and then have my ass home in my sweatpants to watch the ball drop comfortably from my couch, haha. Well! Whatever it is you end up doing, I hope you have a fantastic evening and pull a little inspiration from my posts and have a great time! Cheers to 2015, hope it is your best year yet!

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NYE Look Book: Sparkle & Shine [part 1]

When I was in 5th grade I did a lip sync at my school to Barbie Girl, by Aqua. Myself and 3 of my friends wore sparkly crop tops with fringe…that our moms made. That was the day my love affair with sequins started. Unfortunately as you get older it becomes less socially acceptable to wear sequins on the reg, until of course, New Years Eve. Between today and tomorrow I’m going to show you guys two different ways to wear sequins and metallics for your festivities. Behold, the sequins.

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SWEATER: FOREVER21 || SHORTS: H&M || TIGHTS: H&M || SHOES: FOREVER21 (similar) || BAG: FOREVER21 (similar) || SHADES: RAY BANS || NECKLACE: FRANCESCA’S || RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE

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When I bought these shorts over the summer I had no idea when and where I would wear them, they literally have sat in my dresser until now, when I realized they’re pretty much made for a night out to watch the ball drop.

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Sequins can be quite the accessory in and of themselves, so to dress them down a bit I paired my pink shorts with a chunky knit sweater, tights, and booties. An outfit like this would be perfect for a somewhat casual but still festive dinner out for NYE, or a small house party. Now, let’s talk metallics.

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COAT: NORDSTROM (old, similar styles here, here, here) || TOP: H&M || LEGGINGS: DOR LA DOR || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || BAG: TARGET || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS || WATCH: MICHAEL KORS || BRACELETS: C/O ROMAN LUXE (here, here, here)|| RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE || RING: FRANCESCA’S || NECKLACE: FOREVER21

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So, I wore these leggings on Christmas Eve and to say I heard a few comments here and there from the peanut gallery would be an understatement. I soon realized that maybe my family and Matt’s family were not ready for such a bold look, HAHA. So leggings as eye catching as these would make for a fantastic outfit for NYE, you’ll fit right in there!

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My sister-in-law got me this necklace as a Christmas present and I couldn’t believe how perfectly it matched my outfit. I am in love. With printed leggings like these I always find it best to wear a top with a little length because the crotch on leggings always look so strange. I also hate it when people wear leggings as pants with like…t-shirts… can we stop that now? Anyway! Here are two ideas for a more casual NYE look! Stay tuned tomorrow for more sparkle and shine!

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Last Minute Gift Idea: DIY Sugar Body Scrub

I am legitimately the worst with Christmas gifts… I always have some pretty amazing and thoughtful ideas but I wait until the last minute and then I’m scrambling to throw things together. Case and point: I made these DIY sugar body scrubs last night at 9:30pm for my kids to bring to school for their teachers this morning. I’M THE WORST! But they’re so easy to make and you can literally throw them together with stuff you most likely already have laying around so if you’re like me…. you’re welcome.DIY sugar body scrub

All you need (makes 4 batches)

8 cups granulated sugar

1-1 1/2 cup coconut or almond oil (more or less depending on desired consistency)

red food coloring

extract of your choice: peppermint, vanilla, almond, etc.

small mason jars (I’ve also seen people use recylced Starbucks frappucino bottles – SO cute!)

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STEP 1: Split 2 cups of sugar between two medium mixing bowls. Little by little add the melted oil to each bowl and combine with sugar until most of the oil is absorbed.

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STEP 2: Add a couple of drops of extract to each bowl of sugar. In each batch I created a different scent combination so in one I added 2-3 drops of peppermint extract and in another batch I added vanilla extract to one bowl and almond extract to the other to create a warmer aroma.

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STEP 3: Add red food coloring to one of the bowls of sugar. I made a few batches and switched up the consistency in each. I made a darker batch and lighter pink batch. ** TIP: I add the food coloring to the sugar I’ve mixed with vanilla extract to mask the yellowish color.

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STEP 4: Layer the different sugars in a small mason jar until you reach the top, and boom. You’re done.

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These make amazing gifts for teachers, extended family, friends for a girl’s night gift exchange, your boyfriend’s mama, really anyone. I’d be quite thrilled to get one of these myself, to be honest. A few things worth noting: you can use extract OR essential oils, they serve the same purpose. If you use almond oil or coconut oil it is safe to use on your face as this particular type of oil does not clog your pores. Welp that’s it guys! Hope everyone you give these to LOVES them! Happy holidays! :]

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