Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I felt like I was one day ahead the whole week, so I am glad to finally see Friday!  And the long weekend.

1.  I picked up two pairs of jean shorts from Old Navy this week, and a pair of sunglasses...all for $28.  I was in need of a new pair of shorts, but since I don't really wear them all that often, I wanted to not spend much money.  Old Navy was (and still is) having 50% off shorts, making them only $10 a piece (for some reason they are showing up a few dollars more online).  I grabbed both a dark and medium wash to have.  I was going to check out when I saw sunglasses.  I am always buying new sunglasses, and for $5 these couldn't be passed up.

2.  Kind of a funny story behind this favorite.  My mom bought me this toothbrush because my dad told her I HAD to have it.  He had gotten it not too long before and really liked it, and decided I needed one, too.  My dad hooks my brother and I up with certain tools, flashlights, a small shop vac - that type of stuff, so it's kind of funny to me when the next 'must-have' was a toothbrush!  It's crazy cheap compared to other electronic toothbrushes, and I think it is just as good.  It keeps a good charge, so you don't have to have it plugged in all the time, which is nice for me.  I usually charge mine on the weekends and then it will last the whole week!

3.  Have any of you watched Nate and Jeremiah by Design on TLC?  I am LOVING their show.  Unfortunately the season is ending, but I believe there is a marathon going this weekend.  Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent help people who are in dire need of a renovation / new design for their home.  For example, on an episode last weekend, the family they helped had a pipe burst which flooded their house and caused the first floor to be pretty much striped down to the studs and concrete floors.  Shortly after, their daughter was diagnosed with cancer.  Just such tough circumstances.  Apart from the design element, it's so fun to watch them interact with each other and the real star of their show, their precious little daughter Poppy.  Just SO CUTE!  Anyways, the show is one of my latest obsessions.

4.  I came across this song a few nights ago and just love it.  I admit to having watched the High School Musical movies, even though I was in college when they actually came out.  I love a good musical and some of those songs were just so dang catchy!  I vaguely remember the original song, but this version is so good.  Definitely more 'grown up', if you will!

5.  I love James Corden's show, but that late late time does not work for me.  He was on primetime this week and did NOT disappoint.  Carpool karaoke is always a win and his Beauty and the Beast sidewalk performance (with some actual actors from the real movie) was so awesome!  

I hope you all have a great long weekend.  See you back here on Tuesday!

Linking up with AndreaApril, and Katie.  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Recipe Round Up: April 2017

Greek Salad Bites from Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers.  I made these for book club and they were a hit!  Super easy to make, although I had a hard time finding the taziki sauce.  I ended up using a Greek yogurt dressing, which I thought was really good.  I finally did see some taziki sauce at Trader Joe's, but that was on a later trip.  If you are looking for a fresh, lighter app, these are it!    

Roasted Spaghetti Squash from Martha Stewart.  I opted for this recipe, because I could not cut through the squash without roasting it first!  Emily mentioned that you can prick it, microwave for a few minutes, and then cut through to roast, so I might try that option sometime.  This works well though, and although you can't really add any seasoning to the squash since it is roasting whole, I don't mind it!  Tossed with a good spaghetti sauce, you don't really need to add anything else.  For leftovers, I stored the spaghetti squash plain in one container, and then portioned it out as needed.  Such a great alternative for when you want pasta, but not all the carbs!

Other Recipe Round Up posts:
Recipe Round Up: February 2017 
Recipe Round Up: January 2017 
Recipe Round Up: November 2016 
Recipe Round Up: October 2016 

What new recipes have you tried lately?

Linking up with Annie.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Work Wear for the Week Vol. 5

Happy Wednesday!  We are on our way to the long weekend - I cannot wait!  I have another work wear post for you today.  Here's what I am wearing this week.

Monday: This is one of my favorite tops to wear in the spring/summer.  The colors are so bright and fun!

Shirt (old): Chaps (similar) | Pants (old): Loft (similar) | Heels: Calvin Klein | Necklace: Kendra Scott

Tuesday:  I am a big fan of pink and navy together for the spring / summer!

Shirt: Express | Skirt (old): The Limited (similar) | Heels: Calvin Klein

Wednesday: A cooler day calls for a blazer.

Blazer: Loft | Tank (old): Nordstrom (similar) | Pants (old): Loft (similar) | Heels: Calvin Klein

Thursday: A meeting at work calls for a blazer / dress combo!

Blazer: Loft | Dress (old): The Limited (similar) | Heels: Calvin Klein

Friday:  I actually wore this exact outfit two Fridays ago - I just love it!

Tee: Nordstrom | Jeans: Nordstrom | Flats (old): Steve Madden (similar)

For more of my work wear looks:

Linking up with The Blended BlogThe Pleated PoppyJenn and Jessi.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday: Travels

Time to share all my travels.  The past few years have been all about long weekend trips and work trips!  Still to come this year - I am hoping to join my family for our annual Michigan trip, road trip with my mom to Oklahoma (to see The Pioneer Woman, of course) and Texas (Magnolia Markets - need I say more?), and fingers crossed, make my way back to NYC around Christmas.  For now, though, let's take a little look at past trips.  Just click on the cities and you will be taken to that blog post!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekend Recap + NYC

This is going to be more of a 'week' recap than just the weekend, because I wanted to share about my work trip to New York.

I arrived in New York late Tuesday afternoon.  Fortunately, the work part didn't really start until Wednesday, so a coworker and I had plans to do a little exploring Tuesday evening.  First stop was Black Tap in Midtown.  I had seen pictures of their shakes online and because I LOVE a good milkshake, I knew I wanted to go.  We were staying at the Grand Hyatt, and it was about a 25 minutes walk, so not bad at all.  We got there at the perfect time, around 6:00.  I say that because shortly after we sat down, the line was out the door and across the front of the restaurant.  I went with the All-American burger with the sweet potatoes fries and the cookie shake.  Everything was so delicious.  A bit messy, so be prepared, but very well-worth it.  We wanted to walk off a bit of dinner, so we headed over to Central Park.  My last trip (which was also my first trip), we didn't make it to Central Park, so I was excited to take a peek.  We just really went on the outskirts, but it really is a beautiful park - just from the little bits we saw!  From there, we headed to 5th Avenue to check out all the stores.  While we didn't stop in any, it was neat to see all the different ones they had their, and check out some of the window displays.  St. Patrick's Cathedral is right there, so we took a little pitstop at the church and checked it out.  It is just so very beautiful there!  We made our way back to the hotel and called it a night.  It was fun just getting out and walking around.  I would love to live in a place where you could walk everywhere like that - just so neat!  The rest of the trip was spent working, but we did have a planned dinner out at The Capital Grille.  I have ate at the one in Chicago and absolutely loved it, so I was super excited when I found out we were going in New York.  The food did not disappoint - everything was delicious.  The work part of the trip was successful and it was back home Thursday evening.

I was so happy to see Friday and ended up taking a half day to just relax and get some errands done.  I headed to the grocery store and got all my shopping done for the next week, and picked up some wine, cheese and meat for a little at-home happy hour.  My new go-to wine is Vinas Chilenas Rosario Estate Rose from Trader Joe's.  I think it's about $4 - super yummy and super cheap!

The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful.  I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen.  After being busy at work and not really cooking, plus being out of town, I always get the urge to cook and eat something homemade.  I recreated my current favorite drink from Starbuck's, the coconut milk mocha macchiato (recipe to come!), finally made zoodles, and did some meal prepping for the week.  As I write this, I am in the process of making some homemade granola to pair with yogurt for breakfast or a snack - fingers crossed it turns out!

Happy Monday!

Linking up with Biana.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Favorites: Where I've Been

Hey all!  Long time, no blog.  That's a bit tongue in cheek because 3 days really isn't that long, but it's been quite awhile since I have taken a break that wasn't holiday related, so I feel like it is a bit long to me!

I have been MIA due to work and poor execution on my part.  I shared about how I plan my blog posts not too long ago, and I had totally planned posts for this week, but did not execute on them - I really need to get better about pulling things together over the weekend!  Work has been crazy and paired with work travel, I just had zero desire to look at my computer anymore than I had to.  I figured that not blogging would take something off my plate and maybe ease a bit of stress.  Since I thrive on a routine, I am not sure if that helped, but hey, I tried!  Anyways, it will be back to regularly scheduled posting next week - including a recap of my work trip to New York!

Happy Friday!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  This weekend was a good one.

It started off right with a happy hour outside.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous.  For anyone in the area, Bishop's Post has the best patio.  We opted for my favorite - cheese and charcuterie and tried out their wings.  Their wings are grilled and are so, so good.  Sometimes the service isn't the best, but we really lucked out with a great waitress and you cannot beat the outdoor atmosphere.

Saturday we headed to Springfield, IL to check out the Cubs / Cardinals exhibit.  We got in right around lunch time, and tried out a local microbrewery, Engrained.  I had their summer shandy and it was the perfect light beer.  So refreshing!  We headed to the Abraham Lincoln Museum for the exhibit.  A tip - if you are going to just see a specific exhibit, make sure to tell them, because the cost is cheaper than if you were to see the entire museum.  The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have a notorious rivalry - so much so that they created an exhibit on it!  And having grown up in Cubs country (my parents' neighbors literally painted part of their house 'Cub blue' and now living in the St. Louis area, it's especially relevant to me!  It's amazing to read all about the history on it.  And so cool to see the paraphernalia they had been able to collect, like an old ticket packet and old uniforms.  Just a super fun afternoon out.  I headed to the mall later that evening, on the hunt for new pillows and sheets.  Macy's was having a sale, so I picked up 2 new bed pillows and this 6 piece sheet set for under $55...I thought that was a great deal!  I also picked up a pair of tennis shoes.  I will be heading to New York in a bit and wanted to get something comfortable for walking that weren't my bright, clunkier gym shoes.  

I tried a new Starbuck's drink on Sunday.  This one may be my new favorite - Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato.  It has a few more calories than my recent go to, the Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato, but I figure what's 20 more calories, really?  I got it iced and thought it tasted a bit like chocolate milk.  Just so good!  The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, reading and trying to relax before another crazy week at work.  

Hope you all had a great weekend!  

Linking up with Biana.