Monday, April 30, 2012

Insta-Fun #7

Good morning everyone! I hope your day is starting off on the right foot and if not, well let's try and be optimistic about what the day has in store! My weekend was spent with friends celebrating the opening of the Rathskeller's Biergarten where The Polka Boys played an interesting rendition of Katy Perry's "Hot and Cold" as we downed mannnyyy 20 oz beers! There were three accordionists/back up singers that provided some interesting entertainment and I may have to steal a couple of their dance moves. Saturday evening I attended a good friend's couple shower {they get married on May 12th!} and celebrated with lots of tasty food and Gigi's cupcakes that had frosting as tall as my hair in the first picture below. If a good time is based off whether or not we loosened our belts and walked out of there with a sugar high, then yes, Saturday night was successful. Now for your regular programming, I've rounded up my favorite Instagram photos from last week!
{The "Carrie Bradshaw" bun is super easy and a lifesaver when
 I don't want to wash my hair}
{Chocolate chip mug cake topped with berries and powder sugar 
in my favorite mug from my BFF Jenn}
{Bundled up with Dunkin Donuts coffee in an Einstein mug}
{Casual Friday prep}
{The Polka Boys at Rathskeller}
{Creamsicle trousers for the couple's shower, which happened to 
perfectly match the addictive cupcakes}

Don't work too hard and enjoy the rest of your Monday! For more Instagram pictures, head on over to a {little} dash of ash! Of course, don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more pictures!

xx

Friday, April 27, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Date Night

Date Night


Happy Friday everyone! This week's FF theme is Date Night. Tyler and I have many date nights whether it be a walk to Broad Ripple for some mussels and frites, a night at the movies, or snuggle time while watching our show Shameless. In my eyes, date night doesn't necessarily have to be a planned event. However, I have to say my favorite reoccurring date night is when we attend the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra {ISO}, particularly Happy Hour at the Symphony. Complimentary drinks and appetizers are served about an hour before the show starts, which is just enough time to throw back a few several mini martinis and mouthwatering Adobo Grill tacos.

This Happy Hour event is less formal than other shows the ISO puts on, but I still tend to dress up a little since it's an excuse to wear {or buy!!} a pretty dress. I'm currently coveting all fringe dresses, especially in bright colors! I picked up a red-rust fringe number not too long ago that I plan on wearing to the next Happy Hour at the Symphony {see here}. In addition to the thin fringe, it has pretty lace detailing that makes it extra special. I can't wait to wear it!

Does anyone have a special date coming up this weekend or in the next few weeks?

For more Friday's Fancies fun, head on over to {longdistanceloving} and check out {av} and the other bloggers date night attire! Have a great weekend!

xx

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mini Cinnamon Pancake Stacks {with peanut butter & banana}


From a very young age, I was taught that adding peanut butter {and bacon, of course} makes everything better, especially when it comes to breakfast dishes. Some of my fondest memories with my Grandma Marilyn were making pancakes together. Whether it was out of a box or from scratch, they always came out fluffy and delicious. My brothers and I would smother them in peanut butter and syrup and we would gobble them up like someone was going to take them away. Of course, Grandma delicately ate her pancakes one bite at a time with a sip of milk to complete each bite. I definitely did not inherit her etiquette and/or patience.

So, I started off Sunday morning free of the standard Sunday hangover, and decided to get a little sentimental making cinnamon pancakes. The simple batter was made from a recipe I've used for years, but the plating was inspired from a recipe picture I saw on Pinterest. Instead of strawberries and whipped cream, I opted for our traditional peanut butter method with banana slices. This was SUCH a great breakfast and it brought back a lot of great memories spent in the kitchen with my lovely Grandma Marilyn. 

{Simple pancake batter with cinnamon}

{Layer each pancake with peanut butter and a slice of banana, then stick the skewer straight through}
{Serve with a side of warm syrup and fresh strawberries for an indulgent breakfast}

Plating inspiration from Pinterest {unfortunately it was not linked correctly}

{Serves about 18-20 mini pancakes}

Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour. 3 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder. teaspoon salt.1 Tbsp white sugar. 1/4 tsp cinnamon.1 1/4 Cup whole milk. 1 egg. 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted. Peanut butter. 1 banana, sliced. Strawberries, halved {optional}.

Directions: 
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon. 
  • Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, and melted butter. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 2 Tbsp for each pancake. After a few minutes you should see the batter start to form bubbles, which indicates the pancake is ready to be flipped. After a few more minutes of cooking, remove from skillet and place on a plate under a paper towel {and further topped with a clean towel}. Repeat until all batter is used. 
  • Using 3 mini pancakes, spread about a Tbsp of peanut butter on one side of each pancake, then add one slice of banana in the middle of each. 
  • Stack one pancake/banana on top of one another, then stick the skewer through the middle of the stack to hold it together. 
  • Drizzle or serve with a side of warm syrup and optional strawberries.

You may be turning your nose up at this recipe right now, but combining peanut butter, banana, syrup, and pancakes is soooo delicious. Wash it down with a tall glass of milk and feel comforted by the awesomeness you just inhaled. Enjoy!! 

xx

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Standard


//work wear// Top, Skirt, Belt, Shoes: H&M / Watch: Michael Kors / 
Bracelets: J. Crew, Niche Boutique /

This is a very standard work outfit for me: pencil skirt, top, & heels. I'm loving the muted color palate for spring, especially paired with pops of color like this neon belt and floral heels. I've had these heels for a couple of years now and for only costing me $35, they've held up quite well. During the winter months I feel so bad for them sitting on my shoe shelves and not getting any love. So when the weather finally makes a turn and I'm no longer confined to boots and closed toe heels, I get so excited to take these babies out for some much needed air and sunshine.

H&M is a great store to pick up cheaper items when I'm in need of shopping and don't want to break the bank. I stopped by there the other day and bought some much needed wanted items with a gift card my dad and step-mom sent me for Easter {thanks you two!!}. Of course, I bought way more than the card allotted for, but seeing as it's H&M I didn't spend too much out of pocket. I just couldn't resist an adorable new work tote, lightweight floral shorts, creamsicle trousers, metallic jeans, and collared button down tank. All necessary right? 

Have a great Tuesday :)

xx

Monday, April 23, 2012

Insta-Fun #6

I don't really have too much to recap about from this past weekend since I didn't do much that anyone would find interesting. I cooked a great breakfast yesterday that will in turn be a post of itself, so the only hint I'll give you is it has something to do with pancakes. I did catch up with a good friend {who I've known since 4th grade!} on FaceTime. We chatted for two hours, so I'd say it was a much needed catch up sesh. It's funny how you can go a long duration without speaking to some of your friends, yet when you reconnect, it's like nothing has changed. Those are such great friendships because you know for a fact your friendship is based on compatibility, and not just environmental settings.

Anywho, in case you're not following me on Instagram, here's a few of last week's photos:

{Python and Tradewinds iced tea in the morning}
{Mine and Claire's Sicilian rice balls & salsa verde from cooking 
class - more on this later in the week!}
{Little reminder from Dove}
{Yellow skirt and beer at the Pacers game}
{My brother's dish from text to Instagram: Maple glazed keilbasa,
quinoa burgers, roasted peppers & squash, with a side of  
jalapeno yogurt dip}
{Grillin mahi & drinkin wine made for a great Sunday evening}

Check out a {little} dash of Ash for more Instagram photos, and of course, I'd love it if you followed me on Instagram - just click here. Happy Monday!!

xx

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cheese Popovers

I pinned a recipe for popovers from Completely Delicious a long time ago, but never tried it out until my dad raved about some he had at The Cliff House in San Francisco. He described them as light and airy goodness; he couldn't have been more correct! I've made them many times now in a regular muffin pan and they've turned out wonderful every time. However, my dad and step-mom, Michelle, surprised me with a large and mini set of popover pans for my birthday back in March! I was so excited to try them out, but that's when I ran into a minor setback when our oven decided to crap out for a while. I didn't want to chance these guys not rising to their fullest potential, so I held off until now.

Popovers are a light hollow rolls that serve as a fabulous sidekick to chili and any other dish that needs sopping up. They can also be served as a breakfast dish with some honey butter or flavored cream cheese. I honestly can't choose which way I like them more, so I eat them both ways on the reg. They're a cinch to prepare and then you just need to pop them in the oven, kick back and relax while Mr.Whirlpoool does all the work. You'll see them rise higher and higher, defying gravity one glorious inch at a time, all while filling your house with a cheesy aroma that can eventually bring on some major hunger pains. The wait is well worth it as you tear into the cheesy popover, releasing steam as a soft faint of "hallelujah" echos in your head. If heaven had a smell, I would like to think this is it.
{The batter is made up of flour, salt, egg, and steamed whole milk}
{Pour the batter almost to the brim of each cup, then add shredded Parmesan on top}
{Look at the height these little baked goods get}
{The cheese crisps up nicely and leaves your house smelling phenomenal}

Head on over here for the ingredients and instructions - I didn't deviate from Annalise's recipe at all. I think a crucial part of making popovers is heating the oven and pans up simultaneously, in addition to moving quickly when pouring the batter. I spaced on that part one time and my popovers didn't pop much and stuck to the pan. Not sure if that had something to do with it, but I haven't forgotten and haven't had an issue since. 

In addition to the cheese version, I made some mini chocolate, coffee, and sugar popovers, but I'll do a full post on that in the near future.

Have a great Sunday! :)

xx


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award!


What a whirlwind the last couple of weeks have been. Last week I received the Liebster Blog Award from the lovely Taylor, and come to find out this week I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by  Frikken DuckieEmily Ruth, & Southern Sass! Thank you so much ladies!

Each Nominee Should:
1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
2. Add an image of the Versatile Blogger Award
3. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link to their site
4. Share seven completely random facts about yourself
5. Include this set of rules
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination


So here's seven random facts about myself:
  1. My natural hair color is very light brown with some blonde.
  2. My first pair of real heels {not the little plastic kind} were stripper heels. No, I was not and have never been a stripper. And no, my mom did not let me wear them out.
  3. I've hit many objects with my car, including a bicyclist. Don't worry it was his fault, I swear. 
  4. I own a mini ear model.
  5. My favorite show to rewatch over and over is Law & Order.
  6. I absolutely despise mayonnaise.
  7. I rarely wear eye shadow.                                            

Friday, April 20, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Picnic Primped

Picnic at the Park
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you survived the week and have a fun filled weekend ahead. The theme for this week's Friday's Fancies is Picnic Primped. This theme is slightly fitting because Tyler and I had a little picnic over lunch the other day, but it wasn't outside - it was in his office. We work just a few minutes from each other so we have the luxury of  frequently meeting up during our lunch breaks. Instead of wine and a blanket, we had iced tea and old maps of towns used as placemats. I still think it was romantic, even if we each brought own food to the "picnic". But, if I were to plan a picnic on the weekend, there's some crucial items I would make sure and bring along. Here's my list of picnic essentials for a day or night at the park:
  1. J Crew panama hat - I have a few fedoras that are in pretty heavy rotation right about now. This J. Crew panama hat is ideal for keeping the sun off your face, especially when you aren't set up underneath shade. 
  2. Pendleton blanket - We all know Pendleton has some of the highest quality fabrics out there. I wouldn't mind sprawling out on this thick blanket all afternoon. The pattern contains symbols for mountains, rows of diamonds, single arrows, and double arrows which are believed to ward off evil spirits. I just love the meanings behind Pendleton's patterns, don't you?
  3. Dooney & Bourke wine bottle picnic tote - What a stylish way to carry your wine bottles. Dooney & Bourke has impressed me yet again. And thanks for making room for TWO bottles of wine, DB. It's like they know me...
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses - I just got a new pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, but I wouldn't mind sporting these awesome cat eye sunglasses.
  5. TLC&you Madison drawstring bag - This adorable bag was handmade in Bali {along with many other fabulous bags and accessories} and is the perfect size for all of my essentials. The coolest thing about this bag is it can be worn as a shoulder bag or backpack. Versatility is what I am all about. 
  6. Bug spray - Maybe this isn't an essential for some of you, but it is for me. There's definitely a love/hate relationship with us: they love me and I hate loath them. Mosquitoes, chiggers and any other bugs that bite, seem to have a natural instinct for seeking out West Coasters and eating us alive. So yes, this is necessary for my picnic. 
  7. Crate & Barrel wine and dine plate - These little wine and appetizer plates are so handy. My dad and step-mom introduced me to them while we went wine tasting in Temecula, CA. It's a great way to make sure your wine is safe while you're able to indulge in cheese and crackers. No one wants to cry over spilled wine.
  8. Wine - There's no picnic without some great wine. Some of my favorites: Cupcake {any and all kinds}, Tempra Tantrum Tempranillo/Shiraz, Fat Bastard Chardonnay.

For more picnic fun, head on over to {longdistanceloving}. Have a great Friday!

xx

Thursday, April 19, 2012

{Product Review} Tradewinds Iced Tea


I know a lot of you reading my blog don't know me personally. Most likely you've picked up on some likes/dislikes/obsessions from my ramblings, but I don't think I've ever talked about my love affair with iced tea.

I'm a girl who needs caffeine to get me through the day. Staring at a computer screen and reading lengthy contracts can have the heavy eye effect on me. I don't drink soda unless it's accompanied by some Goose or Hot Box Pizza. I typically don't drink coffee past 11am because my mug doesn't seem to magically reproduce Dunkin Donuts coffee with vanilla creamer. I'm not a 5 hour energy girl either. So my options for caffeine to get me through the afternoons are pretttyyy limited. This is where iced tea comes in. It saves my day, everyday. 

So when Ohio-based Tradewinds asked me to sample some of their teas, I was eager to say the least. Their teas are brewed with real tea leaves and then add only natural ingredients and flavors. And let me tell you, there's a difference between Tradewinds tea and the instant tea I usually drink. Also, coming from a girl who's very family oriented, I really connect with their family tradition establishment. Their main focus is to provide great tasting teas that can be enjoyed by the entire family, while cherishing time spent with one another. 

In my opinion*, their teas tasted fresh and were packed with lots of flavor. Here's my little review on the different flavors I sampled:
  • Unsweet Tea - I'm an unsweetened tea kind of girl, so I tried Tradewinds Unsweet Tea before any others and immediately fell in love. It's incredibly refreshing and I could taste the high-quality black tea leaves it claims to have. Also, the nutritional facts are right up my alley. This tea is calorie free and very low in sodium. I'd rather eat my calories than drink them. 
  • Green Tea with Honey - I've never been a big fan of green tea, which is too bad because it's one of the best teas out there for you! So many benefits from drinking it, but even after trying Tradewinds Green Tea I'm still not impressed. Now, since I already had a strong dislike for green tea I asked my roommate to try it {he loves green tea}. He didn't care for it either, so this is rated our least favorite.
  • Sweet Tea - I enjoyed Tradewinds Sweet Tea a lot, which is pretty unusual considering I don't like sugary drinks. It's something about the aftertaste that rubs me the wrong way. However, I'm happy to report that their Sweet Tea has the perfect amount of sweetness and caffeine to get me the through the rest of the afternoon. The only aftertaste I got was like a little party in my mouth.
  • Extra Sweet Tea - I'll admit, I was scared of this one before trying it. Sweet Tea was a big step for me and then they wanted me to try EXTRA Sweet Tea. So, I was pleasantly surprised that I really, really enjoyed it! This tea's Southern-style taste has a pretty big kick, but it's the sweetest kick I've ever had. 
For me, Tradewinds front runner is their Unsweet Tea, followed by their Sweet Tea, Extra Sweet Tea, and Green Tea with Honey. They have many other tea flavors and even some Tropical Fruit Juices to try out!

Hope you enjoy!

xx

*Allie's Bubble was provided with complimentary samples in order to complete a product review. Any review written is 100% honest and my own words. Receiving complementary items will never influence the content in a post. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Python

I don't know about you, but I lovvveee me some animal print. Sometimes I feel my closet could seriously rage against me at any moment considering all of the leopard print items I own. Some may find animal print tacky, but releasing the inner beast is a pretty fierce look. You just have to know how to wear it and when too much, is really too much. After spotting python on the runways over and over again last season, I started incorporating the sexy print into my wardrobe.

Like I've said before, I own a pretty ridiculous amount of pencil skirts. They're a staple in my wardrobe considering my job and the environment I work in. So when I see a pencil skirt that I fancy, I don't typically turn it down {especially when it's only $17!}. Like most women, I tend to rediscover items in my closet since I constantly favor others! Yesterday I "found" this python print knit skirt and I'm so happy to have it back in my life. I promise to never neglect it again!

That is until another pencil skirt catches my eye. Don't worry, I don't go through men like I do pencil skirts. ;)

//work wear// Top: Target / Skirt: H&M / Shoes: Alexander Wang / 
Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Bangles (Gift), J. Crew, F21 /

Oh yeah, I started a Lookbook {see below} so feel free to get hype once in a while. Happy Tuesday!

xx


Monday, April 16, 2012

Insta-Fun #5

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful weekend and your Monday hasn't been too stressful! Tyler and I went to the Indianapolis Indians opening game at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. What started out as a small group of us, ended up turning out to be one hell of a party in the lawn area complete with massive beers, spiked orange juice, mini wine bottles, and popcorn throwing. The Indians pulled a win out of their ass in the bottom of the 9th, which made for an even more successful night. 

I made a brunch spread for some of our friends on Saturday and Sunday, which consisted of french toast as the star component both mornings. We've come to the consensus that it's ALL of our favorite breakfast. When paired with bacon, fruit, potatoes, and breakfast burritos, this sweet and salty combo has defeated all other breakfast dishes to date. We have some other front runners, but they still don't come close to my french toast. 

We ended up going bowling on Saturday night, which is not a typical activity our crew usually engages in. We had a great time sippin on beer, eating fried bread sticks, playing pool, obsessing over Photo Hunt, and attempting to be great adequate bowlers. I was able to pull off closing out a frame and breaking 100 in the second game. All I have to say is...winning!

Now, enjoy the rest of your Monday and these Instagram photos from the past week. 
{Started off my week with crazy pants from Zara}
{Neon, leopard, and dandelions that refuse to stop springing up}
{Opening game for the Indians at Victory Field}
{Despite the sprinkles of rain, it was a beautiful night to watch baseball #nofilter}
{His and hers two-toned neon bowling shoes}

Check out a {little} dash of ash for more Instagram photos and don't forget to follow me on Instagram here!

xx

Friday, April 13, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Pretty Pastels

The Trend: Pastels


I want to start out by saying THANK GOODNESS IT'S FRIDAY!!!!! I'm so excited for today's Friday's Fancies theme! It's inevitable that pastels reappear in our closets and on the runways during Spring every year. Some fashionistas fully embrace pastels with no fear of looking like an Easter egg, while others may be a little timid of this Springtime trend. Whichever end of the pastel spectrum you find yourself in is OK, but today I wanted to show how you can wear pastels without looking like a five-year old. 

For those scared of pastels try focusing on one pastel item, like a dress or a skirt. Instead of pairing pastels with MORE pastels, opt for neon accessories that can brighten up the light hue. I love the freshness a pop of neon can bring to an outfit. Or if you're wanting to wear that pretty little pastel dress for a girl's night out, throw on a leather jacket and studded heels and other accessories to keep your look edgy. No one will dare mistake you for a toddler in those studded mesh heels above! 

Head on over to {longdistanceloving} for more pretty pastel ensembles from {av} and the huge group of fabulous bloggers who link up each week! 

Happy Friday!!! 

xx


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Seeing Stars & Spots

So, I've decided to start doing outfit diary type posts. It took a little encouragement kick in the ass self confidence for me to actually follow through on this. I admire so may bloggers out there who have no problem posing {or acting like you're not posing} in front of the camera - solo I might add. But, fact of the matter is, I wouldn't mind sharing with those interested in fashion some of my favorite ensembles once in a while. My roommate humors me, but I know he doesn't really care about my daily outfits. However, I give him credit in that he can successfully tell you what a pencil skirt or maxi dress is. Whoa.

I started this blog so I could freely write and connect with family, friends {old & new!}, and generally anyone who may have the same interests as I do! I feel comforted knowing I have the most amazing supporters behind me and my little space in the blogosphere, so I'm no longer "afraid" of the outfit posts idea. Want to know what I am afraid of? Birds. Any bird. Especially seagulls and geese. But that has nothing to do with my outfit below. It's all about print mixing with stars and spots today. 
//work wear// Blouse: F21 / Skirt: H&M / Booties: F21 / Watch: Michael Kors /
 Rings: H&M, Kenneth Cole (thrifted) /

I don't foresee my roommate or boyfriend waking up early enough to snap some outfit pictures for me on a regular basis, so the self timer on my Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS camera will have to do. In addition, since I haven't pulled the trigger on a DSLR camera yet, please excuse the quality/fuzziness of the outfit pictures {and our ridiculously messy patio}. Actually, it's probably a good thing I don't have an awesome camera that can capture the beating these cut-out booties have taken over the past two years. I wish I could find a comparable shoe with the same cut, color, comfort, and price like in these babies. I would be one happy mama {yes, I like to think of my shoes as children}. 

xx

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Green Eggs & Ham Remix

Happy Hump Day! I wanted to do a quick post about a little breakfast dish I made this past Saturday morning for Tyler and I. Since I made a pretty hefty amount of pesto for this dish last week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to experiment and get creative! It's not like I haven't had green eggs before, but I've never made them or eaten them with these ingredients. I actually had everything on hand, most likely intended for another dish I had in mind, but breakfast turned out pretty yummy. The remix to the great Doc's Green Eggs & Ham dish: use prosciutto instead of ham. It's the grown up thing to do. 

I can honestly say that it's boyfriend approved, but that doesn't really say much considering the boy will eat ANYTHING. That's why we make a great pair. Well, one of many reasons {insert "awww" here"}. Just kidding. 
Inspiration from the large amount of pesto I previously made. Oh, and Dr. Suess J

{Serves 2}

Ingredients: 4 slices of bread/sandwich thins/bagels. 5 eggs.  4 slices of prosciutto. 2 Tbsp pesto. 4 slices mozzarella cheese. 16 cherry tomatoes, halved. Salt & Pepper. Fresh basil, chiffonade {optional;}. Balsamic vinegar {optional}.

Directions:
  1. Turn the broiler on in your oven.
  2. Place your pieces of bread on a baking sheet and place under the broiler for 4 minutes. Take them out and set aside.
  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and lightly coat with cooking spray. In a bowl, whisk together 5 eggs. Pour the eggs into the heated skillet.
  4. Add ground pepper (and salt if you must) and use a plastic spoon to scramble the eggs as they cook. Once they’re hardening up (but still pretty soft) add the pesto and continue to scramble until cooked to your liking.
  5. Remove the eggs from the skillet by evenly distributing on each piece of toast. Place the skillet back on the burner.
  6. Now, add the slices of prosciutto to the skillet and let crisp up for about 30 seconds. Flip the slices over and continue to cook for another 30 seconds.  Add a slice of prosciutto on top of each sandwich (on top of the eggs).
  7. Add a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of the prosciutto, then 8 halves of the cherry tomatoes on top of that.
  8. Place the baking sheet under the broiler for 4 – 5 minutes in order to roast the tomatoes and melt the cheese.
  9. Take the sheet out of the oven, add some chiffonaded basil and drizzle a small amount for balsamic vinegar over each open faced sandwich, and serve immediately.

Enjoy!!

xx


The Liebster Award!

I am so happy to let you all know that I have been awarded the Liebster Blog Award!


The fabulous Taylor from CoverGirl and Converse was so sweet to have passed this award on to me and four other amazing bloggers yesterday. The Liebster is an award given to up and coming blogs, having less than 200 followers. The word "Liebster" is of German origin, meaning "Beloved, Dearest, or Favorite". I'll be honest, I was a little apprehensive scared when I first started my little blog since I had questions like "Will anyone ever read this?" scrolling through my head. But after receiving such wonderful support from everyone, I now know that I made the right move in creating a place to share and connect with people who have similar interests! It's a lot of hard work, but totally worth it! Thank you so much, Taylor! 

Now, I get to pass it along to five of my favorite up and coming blogs who have given me some great inspiration or laughs over the past few weeks! Here are my choices: 

Yaya from Mi Moda
Emily from Emily Ruth
Jenn from On a Girl's Mind
Andrea from Left Brain, Right Brain, Pug Brain
Berry from Perfect Shade of Brown

Congrats ladies! In order to accept the award, you must do the following:

1. Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.


xx

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Food Coma

I was able to snap a few pictures over Easter Sunday with my family and wanted to share some more tid pits from the weekend. We always have lots of great food at my family gatherings and we're definitely known to throw down on some breakfast dishes. My mom got busy in the kitchen making breakfast pizzas, blackberry pancakes, and parfaits - just to name a few items on the menu. I contributed with my egg cup creation {see here}, but my mom was the one who successfully put Tyler and I into a food coma. I guess the two bloody mary's my step dad made for me might have contributed to that as well. 
{One of two breakfast pizzas - natually I go for the spicy version. I love me some chorizo and jalapenos}
{mmmm you were sooo good}
{Love the parfait my mama made. It was so pretty AND good!}
{My niece hunting for eggs}
{Big thanks to my fabulous sister-in-law who took these two pictures!}

//my outfit// Jacket: Daughters of the Liberation / Dress: H&M / Wedges: Kelsi Dagger / Scarf : H&M / 
Bracelets:  J. Crew, F21, thrifted, Niche Boutique /

I'll start posting some outfit pictures once in a while. I don't know how some bloggers do it every day. I was able to this morning using the self timer on my point and shoot camera, but man, it's not easy. 

Also, I've had so many warm welcome emails from the IFB members and I just wanted to let you know I haven't forgot about you! I need to set aside some time to respond to your lovely emails and check out your blogs. The blogging community is incredibly supportive and I just wanted to thank everyone thus far who has made blogging for me so enjoyable!

Hope you enjoyed some of the pictures and have a terrific Tuesday! 

xx