Hello, everyone!

Having online shopping as your go-to pastime is not so great for your wallet. Luckily, some compulsive spending can be kept at bay with a simple post letting everyone know what you want and why it’s so great. Let’s start from the top shall we?

Floral Print Dress from Chic Wish. Most of the time I dress like a boy, but there is something about vintage femininity that really speaks to me. This dress has a great ’50s cut and the photographic floral print helps to bring it into this century.

“Why I Love Pizza More Than People” Notebook from Nylon. I love a good notebook, and a witty notebook is all the better. With a punch line like “volume 1″, how can you not want this on your desk?

Bohemian Clutch from Le Souk. With Coachella happening right now, I can’t help but be influenced by all the street style (field style?) pictures going around. This clutch is a great pop of color and texture for summer; put your necessities in it and throw it in your beach bag, then take it out for dinner later on in the day.

Silver d’Orsay Loafers from J. Crew. I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of flats lately and these might be them. Structured and menswear inspired with some shine and a pointed toe is the perfect yin and yang of masculinity and femininity.

Silver Crocodile Skull from Burke Decor. How about this for a coffee table ornament? The more I look at interior design, the more I’m drawn to items with a mix of nature and luxury. A silver crocodile skull is pretty much the epitome of that.

Gold Cuff with Stone Detail from A Peace Treaty. This is a new brand I recently discovered (new to me… not new new). I really love how unique everything is and I would recommend everyone go check them out!

Green Velvet Couch from Ikea. Ohhh, house porn. I can’t get enough of it lately. Unfortunately, as I am only 23 and am nowhere close to having a steady living situation, I will hold off from furniture purchases for now.

What do you guys think? What has been on your wish list lately?

Have a great day!

  Hello, everyone!

Yesterday it was so beautiful out that I dragged my friend down to Newport to meander around the Cliff Walk and take in the sights. It was so exciting to be able to go outside without even so much as a scarf! If you’ve ever been to the Cliff Walk, then you know that it is essentially a walking path along the shore line, on a cliff (duh) overlooking the ocean. The sun was shining and everything was blue and sparkling and I couldn’t help but bust out my phone to snap some of the views.

      Of course the views in the other direction aren’t so bad either… This is The Breakers, the largest of the Newport Mansions and where the Vanderbilt family used to live. It is a 70 room “cottage” that was inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin.

Casual.

  After spending some time on the Cliff Walk we took a right turn and looped back on Bellevue Avenue, where the line up of mansions are, as well as other amazing houses. I probably looked like a creep standing in the exact center of the drive way of this one while taking a photo, but it was so beautiful I couldn’t help myself. I love a white house with black shutters.

  After getting back to the car we took a short drive to Brenton Point, a park on the water that I used to visit with my family as a kid. In the summer it is a prime kite flying destination; it’s always fun to watch all of them dancing around in the sky. Unfortunately it was still a little too brisk for kite flying with the wind coming off of the water, but not too brisk for Del’s lemonade! They were parked in their usual spot ready for the good weather.

   What did you guys do this weekend?

Have a great day!

Breakfast Parfait Bowl

Hello, everyone!

I thought I would start off your Friday on an easy note with a new minute meal =). This parfait bowl is completely customizable so feel free to use whatever ingredients you want. You’ll need a base of either Greek yogurt or ricotta cheese. I tend to use ricotta for my parfaits. Then add whatever combo of fruit/berries you want. I gravitate towards strawberries and blueberries because there aren’t too many seeds to get stuck in your teeth and complicate your morning flossing routine. Then you can add some additional toppings for crunch and sweetness. I use blanched almonds and honey, although pecans and maple syrup would also be delicious!

What combinations are you going to try?

Have a great Friday!

3 Ways to Wear the Pencil Skirt
Hello, everyone!
I’ve been over due for the next Wardrobe Essentials post for awhile now (click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3), but as I’ve mentioned before, work clothes aren’t exactly my forte. After waiting a little too long for inspiration to strike I decided to try to style the basic pencil skirt 3 ways, none of which would include a button down (well…not one of a normal length anyway) or a blazer. Office dress seems to be the obvious choice for this particular essential, so I took it upon myself to mix it up a little.
Look #1
I really love this boxy cropped blouse with the fitted skirt and pops of color in the accessories. There is something very whimsical and boyish about the whole look. Like a little boy had to get dressed up but then wouldn’t dare leave the house without his superman mask. What do you guys think?
Look #2
This outfit is very “I begrudgingly chose to look good today even though I wanted to wear sweatpants”. It’s just badass. I adore the unique knit of this sweater and the fringe clutch adds just the right amount relaxed drama.
Look #3
If you’re ever invited to a tea party on the upper east side, you know what to wear now. It doesn’t get much more classic than this, but the exposed skin between the crop top and skirt helps to keep it fresh.
While I absolutely love all of these outfits, it occurred to me while I was putting them together that they are quite a bit dressier than the previous wardrobe essential posts. I’ve been trying to do a casual, professional, and dressy outfit example with each piece, but there’s something about the pencil skirt that begs for a little elevation. Outside the office, it becomes a Kardashian-caliber “casual” article of clothing, don’t you think? How would you guys wear the classic pencil skirt?
Per usual, you can click on the image above to be brought to all the shopping information for the outfits.
Have a great day!

 

I swear there are vegetables under there. 😋 #breakfastofchampions

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At least it's spring on my dining room table 🌼☀️

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Second star to the right and straight on till morning. #illnevergrowup

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I can feel #spring coming! It's almost time to bust my lightweight coat out of the back of my closet ☺️💐

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Hello, everyone!

I’m sorry for not posting very much recently. I’ve been teaching two night classes this semester in addition to my 9-5, so things have been pretty crazy! I figured I would post a few photos I’ve shared on Instagram lately. What do you guys think? Stay tuned; I have a lot of posts on my to-do list ;).

Have a great day!

Becky

Image via Flickr, because mine were gone before I took a photo

 Hello, everyone!

I told you I would be back with a recipe to use up all your leftover cauliflower rice! These babies are delicious and a perfect side to an omelet for brunch =).

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, boiled for 15 minutes, drained and mashed with a fork (like described here)

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 tspn cayenne

salt and olive oil

Mix the cauliflower, eggs, cheese, breadcrumbs, cayenne and salt together. I deviated from this recipe a little, using the parmesan cauliflower from this recipe, with italian breadcrumbs instead of panko and cayenne and it was still good, although the panko would probably give you a crunchier pancake. Form patties with your hands and fry in an olive oil covered pan for 3 minutes on each side. That’s it! They’re super easy to make and really yummy; a perfect combination.

Enjoy =)

Steak Dinner

 Hello, everyone!

Lately I’ve been making myself a steak dinner on Sundays. It’s nothing special, but it’s really good (because it’s steak, duh). I also have been replacing the classic mashed potatoes with cheesy mashed Cauliflower, in an attempt to be healthy. It’s actually really good and also makes a great substitute for rice, depending on how much you mash it up. This recipe is meant to make two servings, I like to eat one for dinner and then have lunch the next day at the office.

What you’ll need:

1 Sirloin Steak (or Filet if you’re feeling fancy)

1 head Cauliflower

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1 bunch Parsley

4 oz of green beans, 1 oz of sliced almonds – I just buy a frozen package to heat up in the microwave if I’m pressed for time and/or don’t want to do dishes

Red Wine, I tend to use whatever wine I plan on having with dinner as opposed to cooking wines.

Sliced Onions and Mushrooms (however many you want)

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to boil. While you are waiting for it to heat up, cut the Cauliflower into small florets. When the water is boiling, add the Cauliflower and cook for about 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain.

While you are waiting for the Cauliflower to cook, chop the parsley and slice the onions and mushrooms. Heat some olive oil in a pan over high heat. Season your steak with salt and pepper, or a seasoning mix of your choosing. Cook the steak an appropriate amount of time on each side. I actually found this great chart on the internet that is going to be a life saver in the future:

Steak Thickness vs Cooking Time

When you are done cooking the steak, set it in the oven on the warm and hold setting to rest.

Once the Cauliflower is ready, you can mash it with a fork pretty easily for a rice texture, or use a food processor for a mashed potatoes texture. Mix in butter, the Parmesan cheese and the parsley. You can also add salt and pepper to taste. If you are using a food processor, adding some milk will help you get a creamier texture. Set them in oven to stay warm.

If you are using fresh green beans, then saute them in the same pan you cooked your steak in for about 4-6 minutes, season with salt and pepper, and then set them in the warm oven. If you are using microwave green beans then just prepare them so that they are ready at the same time as everything else.

Still using the same pan you cooked your steak in, melt some butter and add the mushrooms and onions over medium-high heat. Saute until the onions are translucent, adding more butter if necessary. Then add enough red wine to coat the bottom of the pan in about 1/4 of an inch of liquid. Stir and let the sauce reduce until you are ready to spoon it on top of your steak. YUM.

Have a great day!

PS. If you have leftover Cauliflower, don’t worry, I found a great recipe to help you use it up that I’ll be posting soon!

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