Thursday, August 30, 2012

This Weekend

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Tyler and I are heading to NYC and I plan on doing just what this picture says {and by sleeping in I mean 9am - Tyler begs to differ}. 

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

xx

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On my mind | bordeaux

On my mind | Bordeaux


It's official...I can't wait for fall. Even though I love strutting around in the sheerest of tops and shortest shorts, I'm obsessed with layering, fall colors, snoods, boots and wine. Well, I love wine any season, but bordeaux for fall just seems to fit. The deep hue warms up the coldest days and is a great transition color along with navy and emerald. I'm not going to get too ahead of myself since it's supposed to be in the 90's this week, but once that first frost hits that means no more mosquito bites and it's completely appropriate to match my favorite drink {wine, duh!}. 

What's your fall color crush this year? 

I've still gotta wrap up some things before leaving on Thursday, but you'll probably hear from me tomorrow. Hope you all have a great Tuesday!

xx

Friday, August 24, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Travel Essentials

Travel Essentials


Happy Friday! My coffee is extra strong this morning as I'm just trying to get through the last few hours that separate me from the weekend. Recharging and thinking about what I'm bringing to NYC is on my agenda for the next few days. Last night we had a fantastic Pattern meetup at City Way in downtown Indianapolis. First off, City Way is going to be an amazing addition to downtown. I'm really excited to see that particular area liven up and bring in new traffic {me included}. A new mixology bar and restaurant have definitely got my attention! Secondly, the Pattern Paper Fall 2012 issue is sure to be a hit! The cover alone is stunning. Come October 9th I'll be nose deep in the 100+ pages until I'm finished reading it cover to cover. Lastly, Pattern meetups are always great networking events! I still get super nervous mingling with fashion, photography and textile professionals considering the only way I'm connected to the industry is through my blog. I take a lot of pride in Allie's Bubble, but my day job has me submerged in the health care and legal industry - not fashion. I bring personal style and fashion into the work place as well as read, dream, and shop it after 5p, but that still doesn't consider me a fashion professional. Maybe someday! ;)

Anywho, it's Friday and we're about to get fancy. Like I've mentioned before, Tyler and I head to NYC next Thursday! He went to school at Syracuse and frequented NYC, but I've never been! We plan on going to a Broadway show, shopping, eating, visiting friends, and seeing some sights! I'm dead set on being out and about as much as possible {no sleeping in, babe!} soaking up the city, culture and of course, FASHION! Today, I wanted to share a few of my traveling essentials that will obviously accompany me to NYC.

  1. Comfy sweater - We're all aware planes are freezing. I typically always wear a comfy sweater or at least bring a chunky cardigan to throw on just in case. 
  2. Soft pashmina - Who likes to use the airlines blankets? Definitely not me. I bring my own pashmina for extra warmth or to ball up and use as a pillow. 
  3. Big sunglasses - After long hours of traveling and layovers, sometimes big, dark sunglasses are just necessary.
  4. Hand sanitizer - I don't leave home without it.
  5. Loafers - Nothing I hate more is being held up in security for longer than I have to. Slip on shoes like loafers are stylish and convenient for bolting through security.
  6. Weekender bag - Has anyone else had precious items stolen from their checked baggage? That's definitely a trip bummer and not a way I want to start off my relaxing a fun weekend. I always carry my jewelry, electronics and expensive items with me on the plane. A weekender bag is roomy and typically has several compartments for easy organization.
  7. Trail mix - Trader Joe's trail mix is my all time favorite. It really saves the day when hunger pains set in and I need to tame the hungry beast within. You're welcome in advance babe. 
  8. Magazines - There's nothing I love more than catching up on trends, beauty products, and editorials while flying high. 
What are some of your travel essentials? Anything you recommend? Head on over to {longdistanceloving} for more FF!

Hope you all have a safe weekend! 

xx

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Indiana State Fair

Hi everyone! First off, I am so grateful for Pillsbury to have featured my recipe on their Facebook Page yesterday! I'm blown away by all of the sweet comments and amount of likes it received! I was seriously on cloud 9 all day and haven't really come down just yet. It definitely inspires me to keep cooking and share my wannabe chef endeavors with all of you. However, today I'm going to focus on someone else's food - The Indiana State Fair. A small group of us went last Friday with empty bellies and a lot of cash. Over a four hour span, we hit what seemed like every food/drink/dessert stand possible. Tyler and I captured a decent amount of pictures, but honestly we were so engulfed in our food and people watching that we didn't focus too much on pictures. Hope you enjoy some of the food snap shots below!

 {Indiana State Fair}
 {Playing dress up}
 {Aggressive hungry goats that kind of scared me}
 {Caught in action}
 {Super hot sweet corn that was worth slightly burning my mouth}
 {Delicious deep fried veggies}
 {Elephant ears}
 {Deep fried Oreos}
 {Tyler doing some people watching}
{Wore my new dress from Niche Boutique in Broad Ripple - obsessed!}
{This ginormous turkey leg was my main course}
 {Apparently I missed out on the Lemon Shake Ups, but there's always next year}
 {Perfect weather for the fair}
{This Bavarian funnel cake was the best and last thing we ate. Oh. Em. Gee.}


I'll be attending the Pattern meetup tonight to preview the Pattern Paper Fall 2012 issue. I'm super excited to see what the editorial team has put together as well as talk Fall trends! Perfect timing before I head to New York City in one week to explore and go shopping with Tyler. Of course, when I return there will be lots more shopping to do for Indy's 1st Fashion's Night Out on 9/6! For my Indy readers, make sure you check out Pattern and/or Social Club 19 for more information on the event! I'll give you a full information post next week, but hop on over to their sites if you just can't wait that long ;) 

xx

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rainbows & Ruffles

//work wear// Shirt: Old Navy / Skirt: Target / Brogues: Charlotte Russe / Bag: H&M / Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: J. Crew, H&M, Lily & Laura /

Sorry for the hiatus from my little blog. I've been super busy with some other things and haven't gotten around to actually writing blog posts {or reading many blogs either!}. I've been consistently taking pictures though, so don't you worry! I'll post some yummy recipes soon! Speaking of yummy recipes, remember this Caprese Cup post I shared with you a few weeks ago??? Well, it's featured on Pillsbury's Facebook page TODAY!!! Make sure you go check it out and I wouldn't mind at all if you liked it on Facebook too :) 

Okay, so I bought this rainbow plaid button down months ago and have yet to wear it. Mostly I wasn't sure how to style it without looking like a clown. Finally I dug through my closet and rediscovered this lavender ruffle skirt I wore to my friend's wedding a few years ago. Honestly, I totally forgot about it. Not because I don't love it, but because it's borderline length appropriate for work. A good solution for alleviating its risque  length are flats and a super obnoxiously bright shirt so eyes are focused on the top half of my outfit. I guess it worked since I didn't get sent home for inappropriate attire. 

Hope you all have a fan-freakin-tastic Hump Day! I can't wait until 7pm when I get to celebrate my friend Ray's Birthday by eating all of his mom's delicious cooking. Seriously, she blows my mind and satisfies my stomach every time. Thanks in advance Deloris. 

xx

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bowl of Sherbet

//work wear// Sweater: F21 / Blouse & Pants: H&M / Loafers: Lauren by Ralph Lauren / Bag: Aldo / Watch: Michael Kors / Necklace: F21 / 

Well, this outfit grabbed lots of attention the other day at work and out and about. My boss {who wears a suit every day} quickly commented that I looked very bright and like a big bowl of sherbet. I couldn't really disagree with his comment. Dressing in bright colors is one of the quickest pick me ups while facing a gloomy day. Another pick me up is eating ice cream, or in this case a bowl of sherbet. Conclusion: dressing like a big bowl of sherbet keeps pep in your step all day long. Let's just consider this scientifically proven.

I took today off just to relax, maybe cook, and basically do nothing on this fine soon-to-be-rainy Thursday.

xx

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

One Year Strong


Happy one year anniversary to this man. Can't wait for a yummy dinner tonight and exploring New York City in just a couple of weeks {anniversary trip!}!!! Love you boo. 

xx

Friday, August 10, 2012

{Friday's Fancies} Gingham & Floral

//work wear// Top: Old Navy / Pants: Thrifted / Heels: Zara / Bag: H&M / Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Bracelet: J. Crew / Watch: Michael Kors /
/Ring: Niche Boutique / Bracelets: J. Crew, H&M, F21 / 

Well, it's Friday. The weekend is just hours away and I hear my bottle of Chianti calling my name. I'm excited to meet up with my bestie Claire tonight to celebrate 25 years of her fabulous existence here on this Earth. Usually when we get together our nights involve Irish Car Bombs {which I hate and she loves}, flailing arm dances and smashing a somewhat embarrassing amount Ripple Bagel Deli sandwiches. I'll let you know how the night turns out, but for now we're going to chat about my outfit above.

These pants have made a few appearances on my Instagram {@alliesbubble} and for good reason. First off, these babies were a lucky Goodwill find at a measly $4! Yep, you read that right -  four freakin dollars!!! I hadn't been to the Goodwill by me in a hot minute, but for our friend's luau themed birthday party I realized I didn't have my boxes of costumes to resort to. Like always, Goodwill came through and provided me with a Hawaiian inspired outfit and new trousers for work. Side note: for my readers in college - DO NOT GIVE YOUR COSTUMES AWAY! No matter how much you tell yourself you won't need that grass skirt, 80s windbreaker, pimp hat, tutu and random piece of cloth that you used as a toga, sometime in your post-grad life you will need it! 

Okay, back to the outfit. Print mixing has been all the rage for quite some time and I'm not one to shy away from a good challenge of trying to {in my best Tim Gunn voice} "make it work." These pants obviously pair well with solid color tops, but after writing this post last week I felt the urge to really push the limits with my work wear. Gingham and floral seems to go with everything, so why can't they be paired together? You see my logic in this right? To make it even more obnoxious, I piled on bracelets and quickly stomped out the door in my color blocked heels before I had the chance to change my mind. 

So what effect did this man-repelling combo have on my coworkers?? Nothing. Not one furrowed brow {at least that I witnessed}. I guess my work place has deemed gingham and floral to be an OK combo after all. What do you think about this outfit - too much or just right? I'd love to hear from you ladies and gents! 

Of course, there's more gorgeous gingham inspiration over at {longdistanceloving} you should definitely check out! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 

xx

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hot Pineapple Chile Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Are you sick of lettuce wrap posts yet?! And ground turkey as the main ingredient?? No? Cool, me either. This one is probably the BEST lettuce wrap to come out of my kitchen. I'm sure I said the same thing about my last one, but I'm serious this time. Lots of vibrant veggies, a crap load of cilantro, and juicy turkey all nestled in a crisp lettuce leaf. Sound the same as the others? Yeah, maybe. But this wrap includes the secret ingredient of Archer Farms Hot Pineapple Chile Sauce {only found at Target, to my knowledge}. 

Now, the front of the bottle is misleading because it describes it as a "grilling sauce," but in no way shape or form should it be confined to ONLY the grill {I used it in another post here as a dipping sauce!}!!!! I used an entire bottle to make these lettuce wraps, which may seem terrifying to those of you watching your calories and/or sodium. However, an entire bottle combined with 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey and lots of veggies, then divided by like 15 servings or so, will be better for you than adding the traditional low sodium soy sauce. Plus, the flavor is unreal. So, have I convinced you to try these yet? Good. Now go frolick on down to the nearest Target {or stock up online here} and try out this recipe below. If this recipe doesn't give your stomach butterflies, then just pour/dip/smear it on something in your fridge because whatever this sauce touches turns in to a foodgasm. No joke.


{Makes ~15 lettuce wraps}

Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey. 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped. 1/2 red onion, finely chopped. 1 or 2 jalapenos {your preference}, deseeded and minced. 3 stocks celery, sliced. 1 bunch cilantro, chopped. 2 tsp red pepper flakes{ad more if you're daring}. 2 cloves garlic, minced.1/4 tsp garlic powder. 1 bottle Archer Farms Hot Pineapple Chile Sauce. Salt & pepper to taste. 2 heads of lettuce, washed thoroughly.

Directions:
  1. Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the red bell pepper and red onion and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic, at least 2 Tbsp cilantro, jalapeno, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper; mix all ingredients {add a little bit more olive oil here if needed}. Cook for an additional two minutes.
  2. Turn the burner off and then add the sliced celery. I prefer to not cook the celery because I like the crunchy aspect, but feel free to cook it down with the second addition of ingredients above. Set the pan aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the ground turkey. Cook turkey until pink is gone, but meat is still juicy. Drain the juice, then place back on the burner over low heat.
  4. Add the veggies to the turkey, then add the entire bottle of Hot Pineapple Chile Sauce to the pan; toss to coat. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. I also recommend adding MORE cilantro either to the entire skillet {or just a sprinkle on top of each lettuce wrap}.
  5. Scoop the turkey mixture into the middle of each lettuce leaf, then enjoy! 

Hope you like this one - my house sure does! 

xx

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pattern Meetup at the IMA

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Pattern and Fashion Arts Society (FAS) meetup that took place at the Indiana Museum of Arts (IMA). We gathered together to take a personal tour of the exhibit, An American Legacy: Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprouse, all of whom are from Indiana! Their classic, iconic creations were put on display for us to admire drool over {don't worry, I didn't actually drool on the pieces}. I couldn't get enough of the vintage textiles and patterns used, which range from the 1940's to the 21st century. Out of all the collections {currently what's on display - there's more to come!}, I have to admit that Norman Norell and Stephen Sprouse had me weak in the knees. Of course, I wanted to snatch Halston's beautifully draped dress {inspired by Andy Warhol's 'flowers' painting - pictures 13 & 14 below} right off the mannequin, but I contained myself. For those of you who cannot make it to this fabulous exhibition, enjoy some of the pieces I captured below with what little information I was able to remember from the plaques provided! But you really should go see it for yourself, especially if you're a fashion fanatic like myself. 

{What a great entrance piece - Halston's lavender silk evening gown with long strands of bugle beads that hang perfectly}
{1962 Norell Chantilly lace fox fur trimmed evening dress}
{1963 Norell embellished shell and floor length skirt}
{My FAVORITE piece on display is this 1966 Norell chemise, glass rhinestone encrusted beauty}
{Bill Blass summer floral dress}
{Halston's lavish creations: the "dinosaur" jacket & silk chiffon caftan dress}
{Halston}
{Halston's Andy Warhol inspired 1960s creation}
{Your mind isn't playing tricks on you - those are safety pins on Sprouse's creation}
{Sprouse}
{Sprouse's creation is totally fitting considering the superhero trend is back in action!}
{Sprouse's silk, velvet and satin tuxedo, inspired by graffiti art for the "uptown" crowd}
{Lara, Sarah, Ashley, Amber, Me}

This exhibition is going on until January 27th, 2013, so there's still plenty of time to go. I did hear they're going to be rotating different pieces to display from time to time, which means I plan on going back to see what fabulous work Sprouse has loaned and the IMA has acquired from Halston, Blass and Norell. Hope you enjoyed! 

Also, a BIG THANKS goes out to Pattern, FAS, and the IMA for putting this event on and your gracious hospitality! It was such a great night chatting with friends and making new ones! 

xx