Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just Saying...

Everyone needs a little road trip in their life... and later today my favorite man and I are taking one to OHIO! It's the first time I've been back since I moved to Philly and I am so excited to see all my friends and family!  We have a jammed packed weekend of fun including.... tailgating, a wedding, my sister's birthday... and just seeing friends!  It will be the perfect weekend - just hope I can get over this horrific cold of mine! :) PS. Love the quote below.... I've always tried to live by it and will continue to for as long as I can! See you on Monday!! xxoo!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Doc is in...

When I was in London, I was reminded that Doc Martens are definitely making a come back!  Then this past weekend I stopped in the brand new Doc Marten store in Philly and almost cried when I saw the exact shiny blue Docs I had previously owned when I was 14!  Why did I not save my many pairs of colorful boots?!  They would be perfectly vintage by now... ;)  I think I might have to get another pair this year... but this time, when the style starts to fade, I'm saving them for the next go around! :)

Doc Martens on the streets of London!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Instagram: NYC Date Night

Happy Monday!! I hope you all had a great weekend!  I sure did :)  Friday night I went to NYC with my favorite man and had a wonderful date night!  We went to dinner at Alta (my fav place in the city) and ate amazing food and drank yummy sangria!  One of the recommended favorites was fried goat cheese (amazingness)... but our favorite dish was the Avocado Relleno with Crabmeat and Shrimp - sooooo good! We heard rumors that one glass of Sangria was enough for any person... but I decided to order us a second round - let's just say, we would have been fine with just one each!! It was the perfect date and night!  Can't wait to go back again!!!!!

PS. I can't believe it is the 7th week of linking up! Thank you all so much for stopping by... I love looking at your instagrams weekly! xo.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fab 5 Friday: Week 8

Happy Friday!  I am soooo happy it is finally the weekend! :)  Actually, I'm so excited it is Friday because that means it's date night... and we're doing things a little different and heading to NYC tonight so I can dine at my {favorite restaurant} ever!  Totally normal to drive a couple hours for dinner, right?! Even better, when we get back... it will only be a few more days until we head to Ohio for a jammed packed weekend of fun!  To say that I am loving life right now is an understatement!! :)  Anyway... I know it has been awhile since I have done a fab five friday post... but there are so many fabulous things I am loving right now... I just had to share!! I hope you have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday with instagrams from NYC for sure!! xxoo!!

a statement chair
manhattan (duh)!
these amazing shoes
fall picnic date
chunky wool with lace
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Just Saying...

I only have a quote today... and it's the most perfect quote in the world!  I truly believe everything happens for a reason... even if it sometimes takes awhile to realize what that reason is!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fancy Cases...

I have already informed Santa that I would like an iPad for Christmas.... which is perfect timing because my laptop is making hissing noises and I believe it is dying a slow death!  So... I started looking at iPad cases and wow... who knew there were so many fancy cases out there!! I think every designer in on board with this trend as well... from Marc Jacobs to Burberry to Tory Burch.. these cases are fabulous!  However, I must say... I love myself an occasional Louis Vuitton or Gucci purchase - but when the case costs more than the iPad itself... even I have to admit, that's a little crazy!!  Here are some of my favorites!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Fall Jacket

I have a huge weakness for jackets, coats, vests... basically any 3rd Piece layering item!  And... fall jackets are my favorite (cuter and less bulkier than winter coats)! Right now I am obsessed with blazers (tweed, pop color, lace)... and I am pretty sure I am going to substitute them as my fall jacket this year! Wish I could buy all of the jackets below! Love!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Instagram: Philadelphia Stuffed Chicken

When I started this blog, I never intended on having recipes of any sorts!  Pictures of pretty food that I ordered out - yes!  But... not photos of food I cooked myself!  Because... when I started this blog you would have only gotten photos of lean cuisine spaghetti with meat sauce (yes, I am pretty sure I bought out my local grocery store of this every single week)... or photos of cereal (lucky charms are pretty... but not that pretty!) and maybe, if you were lucky you might get something a little bit more advanced... like a smoothie or a yummy salad!  That was cooking to me :)  I am not sure why I never cooked... I come from a family of excellent cooks!  I think it's just safe to say.... it's never fun to cook for just one!  But when there are two.... look what I (we) can do :)


Philadelphia Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients:
  • skinless chicken breasts
  • light philadelphia cream cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • prosciutto
  • salt, pepper, italian seasoning
Directions:

I am not sure if I am going to be good at the "directions" part... but basically I first made the stuffing by mixing together the cream cheese with chopped fresh basil leaves (as well as sprinkling some basil seasoning on it).  Then we prepped the chicken by slicing it open and seasoning it with italian seasoning, salt and pepper.  After that we stuffed the chicken breast with the cream cheese mixture, closed it back up and seasoned the outside of the chicken with the same seasonings (as well as adding a little more basil).  After that we wrapped the chicken in prosciutto and put it in the oven at 400* for 20 minutes and voila... a perfect chicken!

I wish I could take credit for the yummy gnocchi we had on the side, but you can get that pre-made at Trader Joes!  Pop into the microwave for five minutes and it's done!  But I did make the salad... but that isn't difficult, so no need to give directions on that ;)

Serve with a {Pimm's Cup} and you got yourself one delicious meal :) 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday's Fancies: {Gameday Chic}

...a little late! I couldn't pass up {av}'s Friday's Fancies this week since the theme was gameday chic and football tailgating is one of my favorite things ever! :) However, I kind of like a lot of teams!  I definitely always put my Hoosiers first... but, love, love, love Ohio State football (I know this is kind of conflicting since they are both in the Big 10... but it kind of is what it is)!  I will always support the Browns since I will always call Ohio home... but usually have another favorite football team since the Browns... well, they're the Browns!  So, this year I am trading the Chicago Bears for the Washington Redskins since... well, I may have promised to be a fan this year... and so far, after last week's game, I kind of like my decision! :)  Oh... and also because the Bear's quarterback who took them to the super bowl in 2006 is now the quarterback for the Redskins - (I love how that just made me sound like a real football fan or something ;) !!  Below is what I would wear tailgating.. nothing too fancy - just perfect!


Oh, and I am pretty sure I will be eating these while watching the game sometime this season (most likely after some homemade chili and dips)... Yum!! Happy Football weekend!! 


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just Saying...

I love this quote! It is so true… at least in my life!! I think it is great for people to always remember that you can go your own way and take adventures that are unfamiliar and scary! I wouldn’t change any of my moves or the places I’ve gone for anything in the world! Have a great Thursday! xxoo.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wishlist Wednesday

I have had a huge crush on the {Cocoa and Hearts} paintings by Jen Ramos from {Made by Girl} for a long time!  But... recently I was reminded how much I want one of my own after seeing it hanging in this lovely {workspace}!  So pretty!!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Missoni for Target

Today is the day!!! I know you have heard the hype, seen the ads, and gotten super pumped for the epic 400-piece Missoni for Target collection! I am pretty sure I have been counting down the days for this launch for about, umm... 6 months now! Well, the wait is over... I'll be heading to Target after work tonight to browse the collection and (most likely) purchase a few items!! Especially those cheveron shoes... love! Enjoy the collection online {here}!

Not only am I excited to check out their apparel and accessories, but I think I am most excited for their home items!  Love the shower curtain and rugs below!! Happy Shopping!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Instagram: Abbey Road

Hi Friends! I hope you had a great weekend!! I did :)  Really low key... but great company!! :)  While I did instagram this weekend, I thought I would share some more photos from London.  These instagrams are from Abbey Road... where we paid a quick tribute to the Beatles!  I had always wanted to visit this famous location since my middle school days when I had a slight obsession with the Beatles (I can sing 'Hey Jude' from memory... since I used to listen to it on repeat)!  And... while it is just another crosswalk in London... it was pretty cool to see Abbey Studios and the graffiti-ed wall with notes from fans around the world!

Can't wait to see your photos!! xxoo!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Happy Weekend and Link Love!

Happy Weekend!  This week went by so fast... 4 day weeks always do and I was super busy with work so I didn't even realize it was Friday yesterday!!!  It was so crazy that I haven't even fully unpacked from London nor called my mom to catch her up on my trip.... phone date tomorrow MOM - promise!! However... in the madeness I was still able to read some of your pretty blogs and here are a few links I loved this week!


I stumbled across this blog this week and absolutely adore it!  First of all... love the blog name, {Sequins and Stripes}... umm, my two favorite things!  But... look at her {wishlist}, I'm pretty sure I could clone it and call it mine! 


The girls from {Honestly WTF} celebrated Fashion's Night Out at Free People in NYC making their ever so popular DIY friendship bracelets with shoppers!  Wish I could have been there!!

One of my long time favorite blogs {apartment 34} has updated her look... check out some of her {updates} here!  Love the look Erin!

Have a great weekend!!! xxoo

Friday, September 9, 2011

...but wine is my favorite!

Why do banks and other online accounts use security questions that are subjective or could change?! This isn't the first time I have locked an account because I just can't remember my answer to something that is my "favorite"!  Don't they realize that there are people out there whose favorites change daily?! But... I thought this was a safe answer since this hasn't changed in 8 years!!! :)  Guess not...  Ugh! : /  

Pleats Please!

Everyone in London was wearing pleated maxi skirts... including all of the mannequins in pretty much every store!  The most popular color I saw was red... but every color was well represented!  I can't really pull off the maxi skirt look, but if I could... I would want all of these! :)  Maybe I can find the pleated look in a shorter version... like the blue one below - LOVE!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fashion's Night Out

Tonight is the 3rd Annual Fashion's Night Out... and while I wish I was still in London or even NYC for this fabulous event, I'm heading to Philly's Rittenhouse Square for a FNO party at BCBGMAXAZRIA!  Nothing like drinking a little champagne before shopping (I think this is why my bank account hates me!) Oh, and I just learned today that FNO began in NYC in 2009 to encourage us to shop and support the fashion industry during the tough economic climate!  Love that (especially since I work in retail... and get bonus' based on how much YOU shop ;)!  Hope you are able to partake in an event near you....

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Just Saying...

I have always loved fun, inspirational quotes.... especially quotes about living the most fabulous life possible ...or women who do what they truly love (all of you bloggers fit into this category)! I used to write these down and read them often, so I thought I would share some of my favorites with you weekly!  It's always nice to be reminded that life is what you make of it... and with a positive attitude amazing things will happen! :)  Lots of love!

Ottolenghi

Let me introduce you to {Ottolenghi}... aka Heaven.  My girlfriends and I went to brunch at the Notting Hill location while we were in London and I can officially say it was the most beautiful and yummy place I have ever been!  I mean... we walked into this -


The food is familiar food... but done in a unique presentation that makes you want to try it all!  Everything is made from scratch and the menu is visual so you can see everything you are going to get before you even order!  Not only were their sweets to die for... check out some of their savory items - 

*best beet salad EVER!
There was only one table in the restaurant!  That's right - one! And we lucked out to get a spot... but it quickly filled up with the local ladies and their girlfriends! All of the details were just perfect!  I loved the heart in my latte!  I know you can get hearts and other shapes in the US... but not from Starbucks ;) haha... so it made me extra happy! 


There are four locations in London and I would recommend this place to anyone!  Hope you get a chance to try it someday!! xxoo

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Zara Dot Com

How excited are you that {zara.com} launched today!?? I know I would be a little bit more excited if  I was still living in Ohio and didn't have a Zara just a few blocks away (5 points for Philly)... but I'm a big online shopper, so I definitely browsed their website this am!  How cute are some of these fall staples!?!

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Now if Zara Home could get on board as well... my life would be complete :)  I died when I walked into the home store in London... it was that fabulous!

Leopard Love

I am currently obsessed with leopard printed anything!  Which is hilarious to me because it doesn't really fit my casual, preppy look that I am normally drawn to.  Of the very few items I actually bought in London, two pieces of clothing were leopard... and I am super excited to mix them into my fall wardrobe! Here are some of my favorite looks.... 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Fall

Well... it's officially after Labor Day, so in my book it's officially fall! ...my absolute favorite season of the year!  I was so excited to wake up today and put boots on! I didn't even care if it was going to be 80 degrees out... I was wearing my boots!  Good thing it ended up being a chilly day!  I also woke up to one of my friend's facebook status' reminding me that Starbucks now has Pumpkin Spiced Lattes... another fall staple of mine!  I was extra late to work today because I just had to stop and get one!! :)  It was perfect. To the first of many fall days... and many pumpkin lattes (and treats)!

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Instagram: Love from London

As promised I am back for the Instagram Link Party.... but I only have a few minutes until my computer dies... so can't give too many details about my trip!  All I can say is WOW... I can't believe this place exists and I do not live in it!  I have had the best trip of my life!!! Can't wait to share all of the details with you... but until then, here is an instagram from the trip!! xxoo!!! :)

The Girls in London!


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