New York weather has me bummed lately, with all the frigid cold temperatures and rain/snow combinations. Every year I forget how brutal winter can be until it arrives and then the only thing that can get me through it is the purchase of new warm gear. I love my pastel blue coat because it makes me think of spring. I also picked up this super warm anorak with furry hood recently and I am obsessed with how warm it is (see here). It’s around now that I usually start looking ahead to think about pieces I want to buy for spring. I’m trying not to do that this year and know it would be impractical since winter isn’t even half over. I’ll just have to find some other way to get through the frigid months ahead. Any ideas…?
Waiting to share our wedding pictures here on the blog was almost as hard as waiting for the actual day to arrive. It was well worth the wait though because now I can finally share all the beautiful images snapped by our amazing photographer. And at last I can share the exciting news that our wedding is up on one of my favorite wedding websites today, Style Me Pretty! I was so thrilled that SMP was going to publish our wedding photos, it made waiting to share them totally worth it. Stop by their website today to read all about my design inspiration and how I created the theme for our special day. I’ll also be pinning all the pictures here, to a board I made for these images which are so near and dear to my heart.
Our wedding was the most special day I have ever experienced and I’ll be forever grateful to our family, friends, and amazing vendors for making everything possible (all vendors are listed in the SMP article). And of course, I’ll be forever grateful to my wonderful husband who started making this day possible nine years ago when we met.
I hope you enjoy the pictures I decided to share and don’t forget to read all about it on Style Me Pretty today! xo
All images: Kelsey Combe Photography
These egg-muffins have to be one of the easiest things you could make for a simple breakfast item. I love eggs in the morning but during the week I’m always rushing out the door and never have time to make them. A few Sunday’s ago I made these little egg muffins and they were the perfect way to get my egg fix on the early weekday mornings. Eggs aren’t allowed on the cleanse I’m doing so please make these so I can live vicariously through you. There are endless combos and I listed some other possible variations underneath this recipe below. Let me know what you think! xo
- 4 eggs beaten (this will make about 6 muffins)
- 1 cup chopped baby spinach
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
Spray your muffin tin liberally with cooking spray (my cute muffin tin is available here!). Preheat your over to 350 degrees. In a bowl beat the eggs, add the spinach, parsley, and goat cheese and season with salt and pepper. Distribute the mixture evenly throughout the muffin tins and bake for 18-20 minutes or until eggs are puffed up and set.
Some other healthy + yummy combos:
- turkey bacon, cheddar, scallions
- feta, kale, roasted cherry tomatos
- mushrooms, onions, swiss
- cilantro, black beans, jack cheese
The possibilities are endless! Enjoy.
The cape has to be the best thing people started wearing since everyone started wearing pants for the first time. I just love it. It’s an instant outfit, plus they’re comfy, warm, and oversized. My favorite cape was the best thing to throw on after eating one too many holiday cookies. Also I was going to brunch and eating beignets (yum), so an blanket/sweater was necessary. There are so many cute cape sweaters this season and I’m also loving this one, this one, and this one all at a super inexpensive price point!
PS- All those cookies and beignets I mentioned have lead to me doing a post holiday 21- day cleanse. I’ve gotten a few questions on instagram so you can read all about the cleanse I’m doing here. Wish me luck!
I have a pinterest board which I so cleverly call wordspiration. It’s where I pin inspiring quotes and important messages I want to keep in mind. In honor of beginning a new year I thought I would round up the quotes I find the most motivational. A new year is a great time to make change, even if that change is just in your mindset. I know some people believe in having a mantra or one particular quote they try to live by at all times. I find it helpful to just scroll through my favorites on occasion to be reminded what is really the most important to me. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and positive year ahead! xo
2014 has been a wonderful, exciting, and busy year. It brought so much change and so many blessings into my life (getting married and starting a new job just to name a few). I feel so grateful for everything that came to be over the past year and am so looking forward to 2015 and what lies ahead. Thank you all for following along this past year. Here’s to a wonderful, happy, and healthy new year!
Red velvet cake may very well be my spirit animal. I have an absolute weakness for it and I rarely meet a piece I don’t like. Every year for my grandma’s birthday I make her this red velvet cake recipe. This recipe is somewhat of a cheat (you’ll see what I mean below), but it is full proof and comes out amazing every single time. I’ve tried other recipes that are more “homemade” and none of them even come close to this cheat recipe.
This may not be whole, or paleo, or organic, or even remotely in the healthy ballpark but it’s the holidays and it’s too good not to share. Follow my recipe below for the cake and icing and instructions for decorating the cake to look like a cute little wreath. I do this since my grandma’s birthday is today, two days before Christmas, but you could obviously decorate it any way you wish. The next few days starts the hustle and bustle of seeing lots of family for the holiday. No matter what you celebrate I hope you have a good one, and find some time to enjoy some cake. xo
Easy “cheat” Red Velvet cake:
- one box of plain white cake mix
- on package of dry chocolate pudding mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 eggs
- 1 bottle of red food coloring (the bigger one)
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 package softened cream cheese
- 1 stick softened butter
- 5-6 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 tbspn milk
- red and green M&M’s (optional)
- green icing (optional)
Ignore the directions on the back of the cake box. In a mixer, beat together the first 6 ingredients until there are no lumps and it is well combined. Add the red food coloring and continue to beat until the batter has turned a bright red color. Fold in the cup of mini chocolate chips. Bake in two round cake pans at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Allow the cakes to cool completely before icing.
For the icing, beat together the softened cream cheese and butter for about 4-5 minutes until combined and fluffy. Slowly add in the confectioners sugar and continue to beat adding the milk at the end to reach your desired consistency.
Frost the cakes one layer at a time. Add green M&Ms around the outside rim to make a wreath. Use the icing to outline a bow shape at the bottom and cover icing with red M&Ms. Enjoy!
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