I’m fairly certain there was a time in my life when I wouldn’t wear tweed, on leather, on suede. So many different textures would have felt overwhelming like there was too much going on in one outfit. Now, I love the idea of playing with different textures and prints. I think it gives an outfit dimension and allows you to stretch what’s in your closet because not much is off limits. I’ve been pairing these faux leather leggings with everything from the jacket above, to this sweater. I can’t get enough!
Happy December! It is officially the best time of the year. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is over and we are already well on our way to Christmas. I really feel in the holiday spirit this year, kicked off by a great long weekend seeing family, eating (a ton!), and of course shopping. I always go to the mall on black friday, I just usually wait until later in the day when the crowds thin out a bit. I also did some online ordering, since today is cyber Monday and the sales are fantastic. I picked up this & this from ASOS which is offering 20% off until tonight with the code GIMME20.
Since the holiday season is officially upon us, don’t forget to check out my guide to dressing for all holiday occasions (here)! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend and are feeling as in the holiday spirit as I am. And don’t forget to follow along with me on instagram this holiday season (@sweetest_somethings). xo
Brrrrrrr! It’s cold, wet, and gross outside. All the more reason to stay inside, drink hot apple cider (see above), and be thankful for all the good in your life. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, most importantly getting engaged to a wonderful man and getting to plan my wedding! I’m looking forward to spending the holiday with family, but tonight I’m thankful for staying in, fleece blankets, warm beverages, and catching up on Mad Men via netflix.
Also, I would like to say that I am so thankful for all of you! Your emails and comments mean so much to me, thanks for coming back and reading my blog. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xo
One of my all time favorite soups is avgolemono, Greek egg-lemon chicken soup. You can find it at almost every Greek restaurant and I’ve even made it at home before. In my opinion it can cure most common colds and make a bad day dissolve in a matter of minutes, it is just that comforting. However, there is one main problem, to make it at home you have to temper the eggs. If you don’t do this you basically have soup with scrambled eggs floating around in the pot. While tempering the eggs isn’t necessarily a big deal, sometimes I feel I just can’t run the risk of ruining a huge pot of soup. Plus this recipe is faster, and in my book faster is always better. It doesn’t have the creaminess of avgolemono, but it definitely has the same comforting feeling and lemony flavor.
This would also be delicious with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving this week. I’m always looking for creative ways to use leftovers.
2 large boiled chicken breasts, shredded
2 cups orzo pasta
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups sliced carrots
1 sliced leek
1 chopped onion
3 stalks chopped celery
3 cloves chopped garlic
4 lemons (zest and juice)
3 sprigs tarragon
2 bay leaves
In a large pot add two tablespoons of butter & olive oil. Sautee the carrots, leek, onion, celery and garlic until slightly tender, about 8-10 minutes. Add salt, pepper, bay leaves, tarragon, and the zest of four lemons. Sautee a minute more. Add the shredded chicken and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Cook the orzo according to package directions. Right before serving add the juice of 4 lemons and the pasta. Serve with feta crostini (which is just feta cheese melted on ciabatta bread- yum!). Enjoy!
I have a pretty standard rule when it comes to my lipstick choices. Bright outfits get neutral lips, dark outfits get bright lips, and neutral outfits get dark lips. It’s not an exact science, but it’s what I usually gravitate towards based on my coloring. When I broke out this bright printed dress I decided to break my little rule and pair it with colored tights and raspberry lips. I actually love the idea of brights on brights, and think it’s the perfect pairing for the holidays.
As I was writing this post I got slightly panicked that I had posted this recipe on the blog before. I was definitely confusing it with this and these (thank goodness for archives). Also, I promise this will be my last pumpkin recipe for a while. I’ve been going a bit crazy with the recipes, and I know many of you are probably getting pumpkin-ed out by this point in the season. I had one last can of puree left so I whipped up these cookies earlier in the week. No matter how many pumpkin recipes I’ve made, nothing can top the smell of these cookies in the oven. Recipe is below. Have a great weekend! xo
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies:
Whisk together dry ingredients: 3 cups flour, 1 cup oats, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt
In a separate bowl beat two sticks unsalted, room temperature butter with 1 cup granulated sugar, and 1 cup packed dark brown sugar until smooth. Add in 1 egg, 1 cup pumpkin puree, and 1 tablespoon vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet until combined. Fold in 1 cup mini chocolate chips.
Using a tablespoon, drop cookies into rounds on an un-greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10minutes.
I love taking something that’s meant to be dressy and finding a way to make it more casual. For example this over-sized black blazer (that I’ve had forever), paired with ripped jeans and flats. Don’t think I don’t notice that every outfit post lately is featuring these flats, because I do. But what can I say? I’ve just been wearing them so much and every time I go to snap pictures I have them on. I fear my flats days are limited (when it gets too cold I strictly wear heavy socks and boots), and I’m enjoying them every chance I get!