Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Try It Tuesday...Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28

Have y'all seen Olivia Palermo's Spring ready to wear line collaboration with Nordstrom that just landed in stores yesterday? I've always admired her sense of style and her ability to mix low and high pieces that work together. BTW...if you're in the market for a fun blue faux fur vest I found this similar one for the "look for less".  I remember wearing culottes as a kid and I love how she used frayed hems to update their look. These are definitely on my list to try for spring. Her collection, minus a few items can basically be worn all year long which is always good when you're trying to stretch your dollars!  Shop her full collection here.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Friday Favorites...Birthday Week!

arrow mix sprinkles
February is one of my favorite months. I adore everything about it..the pink & red, all the hearts, valentine's day, family visits and let's not forget about birthday celebrations. How can we not celebrate all month long? I couldn't wait to break out these heart & arrow sprinkles that I stumbled upon awhile back. So cute right?  In my opinion, every valentine needs a little sprinkle of these. We started off my birthday week strong, caught up mid-week with friends for dinner at one of our local mexican restaurants and will be ending it watching Superbowl 50. Who else will be watching and will it be the Bronco's or Panther's my friends?
perfect spring crew
birthday bubbles
birthday perks from being an insider here
birthday bundt
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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Try It Tuesday...Paloma!

Summer like temps calls for summer like drinks around our house. Our weather here in Houston was in the high 70's last weekend and I made a new drink for us to celebrate with. Sundays are usually for margarita's but I switched gears this time and made paloma's. After researching this drink online, I read that it's Mexico's favorite drink, not a margarita. I'm not sure I believe this but I do believe that we will be making these again because they were out of this world good. I settled on a version of this recipe and did use jalapeños in my homemade simple syrup because sometimes we make our margarita's with a little heat. P.S. Making your own simple syrup is super duper easy.  Cheers to the paloma...
tequila (I prefer blanco or silver)
simple syrup  (homemade directions below)
PURE grapefruit juice (I used lakewood organics)
grapefruit sparkling water (I used la croix)
2 jalapenos (if you like spicy)
sugar (for simple syrup if making your own)
How to make simple syrup
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and then add in 1 cup of sugar. (If you want to make a bigger batch, it's always equal parts water & sugar.) Stir sugar until dissolved. If you want to add some heat this is where your jalapeños come in. Slice and remove seeds and membrane and if not using disposable gloves remember to not touch your face or eyes! I used two jalapeños and thought it was just the right amount of heat. Simmer for about 7-10 minutes and remove. Strain your mix and let cool. Keep the extra in an airtight jar and store in fridge.
Let's make a paloma
1 oz tequila 
1 oz simple syrup
2-3 oz grapefruit juice
juice of 1 lime
splash of sparkling water
Mix the above ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake and use strainer to pour into a salt rimmed glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of jalapeno or lime wedge and enjoy! 
*If you like a little stronger drink use 2 oz of tequila 
this & this takes your drink game to the next level

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Favorites...Last of January

brussel sprout/kale salad
One of my favorite restaurants added a new salad to their menu and I could eat it e v e r y d a y. I met a friend there for lunch this week and enjoyed every bite of it ;)  I'm hoping this one stays around for awhile.  I feel like I always talk about the weather but it's going to be absolutely gorgeous here this weekend. Listen up my midwest crew... I'm talking sunny skies and 70 degrees. Can I get a high five? 
daily lip situation// liner & gloss (similar)
gorgeous color of pink
this color for spring nails
neighborhood walk

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Try It Tuesday... Smoothie

Sooooo a friend of mine was raving about this smoothie recipe that she found through her vitamix  recipe book. Of course I had to try it even though I'm not a huge fan of ginger and orange juice. We all know how good ginger is for you so get your blender out and try this healthy, immune boosting smoothie. There's 5 (including ice) ingredients so it's super easy to make. I'm still on the fence but something keeps making me come back to making it. Be sure to leave a comment to let me know what you think of it.
2 small carrots 
4-6 oz orange juice
1/2 " or so of ginger
clementine or orange
I chose to scrape the peel off my ginger but it's optional. Place all ingredients in a blender and enjoy! 

P.S. Drinking with a fun straw makes any drink that much better!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Try It Tuesday...Mind Game

This past three day weekend had me all types of busy so here's a fun mind game to try. It's a lot harder than you think! Have a great week y'all...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Favorites...

Woohoo! Happy Friday y'all! This has been a long week and I just realized that we have a three day weekend and I can't even begin to tell you how that has changed my mood. All I want to do is lounge around in my favorite sweatpants (which are now on sale, click here or below) and finish watching Making of a Murderer for the next couple of days. Have you seen it? If not, you might want to check it out for your nightly entertainment. Hope you enjoy my favorites this week and how 'bout the clementine pic above that my son took this week? He was playing around with our digital SLR camera and I just love when he starts snapping away. His pictures are always the best...
once a week peeling gel 
sweats now on sale

snappin' away on snapchat (username charity little)

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