purse pleasure

DSC_0020Shoes, Dress (Similar options here, here and here), & Bag C/O Marshalls, Rayban Aviators, Old Navy belt

What is it about women and purses?  I never know how to explain it to people…well men, because women all feel the same way.  Wether it be a purse, bag, clutch, tote, for a woman it is as necessary as breathing.  Leaving home without one kind of feels like walking outside without a shirt on.

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I love having tons of different options for my bags and change them all the time.  I like to use huge carry-all totes during the work week, that can fit my wallet, necessities, and all of my work books and my planner.  On the weekends I like to switch to a smaller cross body bag or clutch for when I’m out running errands or out at night.

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There are so many cute bag options at Marshalls right now, and it is impossible to go there without leaving with one (or four).  I have been using this giant blue suede carry all non-stop after picking it up there a few weeks ago.  It is the perfect size for me and I love that it comes with an attachable shoulder strap for when I overstuff it with belongings.

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A few weekends ago we headed about a half an hour upstate for brunch at a delicious fresh fish restaurant/ farm.  I carried along lots of weekend necessities.  An extra sweater and scarf incase we ate outside, sunglasses, camera, makeup, and cell phone all fit inside my giant bag.  I was also able to store all of the yummy treats we picked up at the farm shop.  They had the freshest baked goods and delicious vegetables.

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Two simple ways to my heart- weekend brunches and a good purse.  Have a happy hump day! xo

white out

DSC_01657Fam jeans, Free People top & bandeau, Target necklace & bag, Wedges c/o Marshalls, Ray-ban sunnies, Kendra Scott earrings, Rebecca Minkoff stackable rings 

I took these photos back when we were still on vacation in Arizona.  It is sadly not quite warm enough for this look here in NY, but it’s getting there!  The weather when we were in Scottsdale allowed me to break out some of my most missed spring and summer items.  I was so excited to get to wear some of the clothes I’d been missing all winter, like my favorite white skinny jeans.  I’ve been in a serious Free People phase lately, I just want to buy everything they’re showing for spring.  I love the casual boho look of this top and that the open back and shoulders make it perfect when you have a little bit of a tan.

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Is anyone else having a hard time not shopping non-stop for new spring and summer pieces?  After that long winter we had I think we all deserve to indulge in some warm weather shopping, am I right?  Take a look at some of my favorite pieces for spring below and have a happy Monday! xo

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Let’s shop spring!  Everything linked is under $100 :)

road trip: arizona & utah

IMG_7097 {At Bryce National Park: wearing Forever 21 sports bra and tank, SOLOW pants, Nikes}

Last week I was lucky enough to spend my spring break out west with my hubby.  I can’t even describe how much fun we had and how beautiful it was.  I’d been to Utah once before to ski, so I knew it was a beautiful state, but had never done any of the National parks and never been to Arizona.  We drove over 1200 miles, visited 3 national parks, and saw 12 different kinds of animals.  Even though we were busy and active the whole time it still felt like one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever taken.

DSC_0011{Grand Canyon: wearing SOLOW leggings, Nikes, Ray-bans, and a Banana Republic tee}

We started off in Arizona, flying into Phoenix and driving straight to Sedona.  Even though we only had half a day in Sedona we made the most of it.  It’s such a beautiful little city, and we had a great dinner at Elote Cafe.

IMG_6956{Red rocks in Sedona: wearing Lulu’s dress, Free People bandeau}

The next day we headed straight to the Grand Canyon.  My husband had been before when he was younger, but I’d never gone.  When you first drive in it looks like your just driving through any old forest and then all of a sudden this huge canyon appears seemingly out of nowhere.  It is an absolutely beautiful sight.  If you’ve never been, go on your next trip.

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IMG_7052{At Zion National Park: wearing Lulu Lemon sports top, Forever 21 leggings, Nikes}

DSC_0105IMG_7075{On the grounds of the resort: wearing Splendid pants and Gypsy05 top via Marshalls}

From there we headed to Southern Utah, to the Red Mountain Resort and Spa.  We stayed there for three days so we could hike Bryce and Zion National parks (breathtaking), and enjoy the resort.  It was unlike any place I’d ever stayed before, right in the middle of the red mountains with nothing else around.  It was such a peaceful and beautiful spot. I loved sitting outside at sunset drinking wine.

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IMG_7107{The pool at the resort}DSC_0121On our last few days we took the long drive from Utah back down into Arizona to stay in Scottsdale.  Even though the drive was about seven hours long I didn’t mind being in the car at all because it was the prettiest drive.  There were stretches when we wouldn’t see another car for miles.  And it didn’t hurt that we drove through Vegas and made a stop at In-N-Out Burger.

IMG_7134DSC_0117DSC_0101During our last two days in Scottsdale we just lounged by the pool, and enjoyed the perfect weather.  We also ate (and ate, and ate).  There were lots of good restaurants and I already want to go back to eat at all the places we didn’t get too.  We loved the drinks at Citizen’s Public House and  I’ve already tried to recreate their famous chopped salad at home.

IMG_7131{Quick stop at the Hoover Damn while we drove down to Scottsdale: necklace from Target}

IMG_7170Overall it was one of the most amazing trips we’ve ever taken, right up there with our honeymoon.  Sorry for the overload of pictures, and I’m even sorrier that my photographs don’t even do the trip justice.  You’ll have to just go for yourself to check it out.  These places are not to be missed! xo

 

put a spring in your step

Spring in your step by Sweetest SomethingsOutfit 1: Free People Sweater, Max Studio skirt c/o Marshalls, Wedges c/o Marshalls, Gap clutch, Ray-ban sunglasses (Take 25% off your order with the code SPRING25)

It is finally, finally starting to feel a little like spring.  It has been a long hard winter in NY, and I am not sad at all to see the seasons change.  It can be so frustrating to get dressed up in the winter and I feel relieved that I’ll finally be able revamp my style and shop with excitement in the warm weather.  I’m also so happy to have my blog back after some (extreme) technical difficulties.  Spring + fixing up my blog means lots of new outfits and recipes coming your way.

Spring in your step by Sweetest Somethings

Outfit 2: Splendid pants c/o Marshalls, Gypsy05 top c/o Marshalls, Sneakers c/o Marshalls, Nordstrom bag, Gap denim jacket

The thing that I could not wait to shed the most is my winter boots.  I have been living in boots for the past few months and I’m so happy to slip into some lighter footwear.  Whenever the seasons change I always want to completely restock my shoe collection.  Shoes can really make your whole outfit and I feel like having lots of options in the spring and summer is a must.

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Shopping at Marshalls makes it possible to feel like you can buy a whole new shoe collection on a reasonable budget.  They have a ton of cute spring styles and everything is so well priced that you don’t have to feel guilty if you leave with one (or two!) extra pairs.  I recently left with these casual sneakers and comfy wedges to add a little pep into my spring step.  I’m no stranger to a dressy pump, but I love that both of these pairs of shoes can be worn all day with no achy feet.  The slip on sneakers are similar to my favorite leopard ones from last year, so I know I’ll get a ton of use out of them.

What’s your favorite type of spring shoe?  Don’t forget to stop by Marshalls to see their all their warm weather options! xo

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banana chia seed pancakes

DSC_0069March is here!  Even though I’m sitting home as the snow falls steadily outside, I know (or am just hoping and praying), that spring is around the corner.  It has to be, because I can’t take much more of the bone chilling temperatures and the slush.  In a few more weeks I know the snow will melt and it will be warm enough to actually enjoy going outside again on the weekends.  And that leads me to my most favorite weekend activity: brunch.  All the delicious options at brunch can be overwhelming.  I usually can’t decide what to order until my husband caves and agrees to split several dishes with me.  I also love making brunch at home (see here and here and here) as examples.

DSC_0067Brunch confections can be on the unhealthy side, so I like to experiment at home with healthier, tasty options.  I recently made these greek yogurt, chia seed pancakes that are gluten and refined sugar free.  They’re made with ripe bananas and chia seeds for extra fiber and protein.  I’m a huge proponent that meal planning and prepping leads to a healthier life style.  I love to make a big batch of these on Sundays and have them to grab as a quick breakfast during the week.  Heat them up (or not!), spread a little nut butter or a top with sliced strawberries and you’re good to go.  Recipe is below, enjoy! xo

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Banana – Chia Seed Pancakes (gluten and sugar free): 

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free)
  • 1/2 tspn baking powder
  • 1 container 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla
  • 1/2 tspn cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbspn chia seeds

Instructions:

Add the oats to a food processor and pulse until they are a ground, flour like consistency.  Add the next 7 ingredients and blend until combine.  Put the mixture into a bowl and whisk in the chia seeds.  Heat a skillet over medium heat and add fat of choice (I used coconut oil but you could also use ghee or regular butter).  Pour the mixture into rounds and cook for 2-3 minutes on both sides.  The batter will bubble when the pancake is ready to be flipped.  Top with fresh fruit, more yogurt, nut butter, or real maple syrup.  So yummy!  Enjoy.

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Necklace and double gold bangle c/o Rocksbox, spike cuff c/o The Shopping bag, Rebecca Minkoff stackable rings 

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Gorjana earrings c/o Rocksbox 

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I’m excited to share some great accessories and coupon codes with you guys today!  It’s been absolutely freezing outside and I’ve been living in the same three chunky sweaters and my oversized puffy coat.  The only way I’ve felt like varying my outfits is through fun, statement accessories.  Have you guys heard of Rocksbox yet?  It’s a monthly subscription for jewels and sends you a new, fun box of accessories each month.  You guys can sign up to get a month free using the code SWEETESTSOMETHINGSXOXO.  

DSC_0095DSC_0104I’m also obsessed with my new spike cuff.  Cuffs are always too big on me and this one fits my wrist perfectly and is the perfect item to stack with other bracelets.  There are so many great accessories over at The Shopping Bag, and you can use the code SWEETESTSOMETHINGS for 25% off your order!

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The coupon codes are good for one month from today, so get shopping!  How do you guys change up you look in the colder months? xo

 

arugula, brie, & purple potato salad

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Brrr!  It’s freezing lately in NY and all I’ve wanted to do is hibernate inside, watch movies, and make delicious things to eat.  Between the weather and our move (we moved three weeks ago into a new place and town), I’ve been so busy and completely forgetting to blog.  However, I have been cooking a lot in our new home since I finally unpacked all of our wedding gifts, most of which were kitchen items.  Even though I’ve been cooking a ton I’m  usually halfway through the meal when I mumble to my myself that I wish I would have blogged the recipe because it’s so good.

I knew in advance that this salad would be a winner so I planned some time to make it for lunch and take some semi-decent photos to entice you guys to make it.  And make it you should, because it is one of the most delicious salad combos I’ve ever had.  It’s actually a recreation of a salad I had in a pub in the city a few weeks back.  It was such a tasty and interesting combination of ingredients I knew I had to make it at home.  I made a huge bowl of it thinking I would snack on leftovers but my husband and I devoured the entire thing in one sitting.  Recipe and instructions are below.  Enjoy!

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The base was a combo of baby arugula, watercress, and shaved brussels sprout.  Such an unexpected but delicious base.

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The tasty add ins: cooked purple potatoes, chopped dried figs, and goat brie cheese (amazing).

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Creamy shallot vinaigrette made with greek yogurt & champagne vinegar.

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The finished product…

DSC_0041Arugula, Brie, and Purple Potato Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette: 

For the salad-

  • A base of baby arugula, watercress, and shaved (or really thinly sliced) brussels sprouts.
  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 package sliced goat brie
  • 1 cup (about 7 large dried figs), chopped
  • 7-8 small purple potatoes, cooked and sliced

For the dressing-

  • 1/2 cup 0% fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and papper to taste

Steps & Notes:

Mix all your greens in a large bowl.  Top with the remaining 4 salad ingredients.  When you are cooking the potatoes make sure they don’t get too done.  You don’t want them to be mashing consistency, just soft enough to slice, so they still have some bite to them.  I just boiled them but you could also roast them.  Allow them to cool before tossing them into the salad.  Also, if you can’t find goat brie regular brie would work just fine.  Something about the goat brie was so delicious though I would take an extra glance around the cheese counter to try and find it.  For the dressing, add the first 5 ingredients to the food processor and turn on, drizzling in the olive oil.  When the dressing reaches your desired consistency turn off the food processor and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Toss the salad with the dressing and enjoy!

 

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