Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Best Gold Necklaces for Under $20 this Summer!


I have a new summer obsession with gold necklaces. I love them. Chunky. Long. Layered. Something about them that just screams to me YOU ARE MAKING GOOD LIFE DECISIONS. So I have put together my top five favorite summer gold necklaces for under $20. 

Because from we know from fashion and life, what we love today will scream WHAT WERE YOU THINKING tomorrow. 

But I really think these will always say sweet nothings to you.  













Monday, June 9, 2014

Top 5 Summer Dresses Under $50

I Love. Love. Love. LOVE summer dresses! It's one of my favorite parts about summer shopping. Here are my top five picks for spring dresses ... all under $50!




Day Dreaming Dress in Coral 
Buy it here: ShopImpressions.com

Only $34.00! 




Back for Good, Ivory
Buy it here: Blue Door Boutique 

Only $46.00! 




Zipper Pocket Shift Dress
Buy it here: Maude Boutique

Only $39.00! 



ASOS Cami Sundress with Lace Inserts
Buy it here: ASOS.com

Only $40.01! 


And of course ... a maxi! 


Malibu Sipping Maxi in Navy 
Buy it here: ShopImpressions.com

Only $46.00! 


Hope you enjoy my favorite summer dresses I have been shopping for this summer! 



(This blog post is by me - Not a paid advertisement.)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Free Snow Day Workout Videos

I have been snowed in for four days now. Some by chance ... some by choice. I guess I could have actually ventured out, but why chance it when I am so comfortable and snuggled at home? Thanks to Pinterest, take out Chinese food, and a boyfriend who likes to watch a lot of movies, it wasn't that bad. I actually really enjoyed it

But day three got me. Day three had me antsy pantsy. A lot of energy and not a lot of things to do since I have no idea how to drive on ice. So I did what any person would do. I worked out. (Right?) Since grad school is basically over now, I knew that my next goal was to be in ridiculously good shape. So why not start on a snow day? Thanks to YouTube and free videos... I found plenty of workouts that I could save and do now, or on another snow day since I won't be driving to the gym.

I started out with the day 1 shred video.

There is the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred - Video 1

I believe I will try to abs one soon.

Jillian Michaels 6 Weeks 6-Pack Abs



And, Jillian Michaels Stretch Video



After I start to workout more, in the gym and at home, I'm going to tackle the hardest looking Jillian Michaels one...

The Banish Fat Complete Workout



There you go. No excuses. Not even for me.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken

There hasn't been a lot of time lately to cook ... or blog for that matter. Luckily for me graduate school is only a couple of days for being over for good. In the past few weeks I have tried a couple of new things, including this herb-roasted chicken. It's was easy and delicious. 



All you need is love. 

And a chicken. lemon. onion. rosemary leaves. thyme leaves. and fresh rosemary. 


Hey fella! 


Hey guys!


Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. 

Always season with salt and pepper. 


Mix a tablespoon of dried thyme and dried rosemary together.


Coat all over the chicken. 


Squeeze half/whole lemon over the chicken.




Next, take a sprig of rosemary and a small onion and cut it up.


Then insert the onion, rosemary, and fill the half of the lemon that you use with garlic, and insert all into the chicken. This keeps the garlic IN the chicken.


Look at your chicken. 

Smile. 

Put the little fella in the oven. 


Roast, baby, roast!



Once you remove the chicken, let him rest. He's had a busy few minutes. 

After a few minutes, it's time for dinner! 

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken 

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 half to whole lemon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 sprig of rosemary 
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

Directions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Unwrap your chicken and wash under cold water. Remove the giblets and toss. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Place chicken in roasting pan
  4. Salt and pepper chicken
  5. Mix dried thyme and rosemary and coat chicken with the herbs
  6. Squeeze a half/whole lemon over the chicken 
  7. Cup up a small onion, and fill the cavity with onion, sprig of rosemary, and half a lemon filled with the minced garlic 
  8. Place in oven for an hour to and hour and half, or until chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temp. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

#GivePink, Get More with Bloomingdales



Breast Cancer affects everyone that is a woman. Either you have had it, known someone who has had it, had it affect you through family, or go for a yearly check up. In 2013, 232,340 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed. Whatever the form, it's time to stand together to end the fight and win the war. 

And what better way to do that through shopping? Shopping to end breast cancer? Sign me up! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Bloomingdale’s will fund research support and awareness programs. So how do you do this? See below for more details. 



The GIVE 


From October 1 through November 3, 2013, enroll by charging a $15 fee on your Bloomingdale's card–100% funds research, support and awareness programs at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Tutu Project benefiting The Carey Foundation and The Cancer Vixen Fund at Beth Israel Hospital.Then shop to your heart's content (even for cosmetics and fragrances) on your Bloomingdale's card. 



The GET

You'll be mailed a Give Pink, Get More gift card worth up to $250 in December–just in time for the holidays–to use at any Bloomingdale's store and bloomingdales.com.*

Don't have a Bloomingdale's card yet? APPLY NOW







The SOCIAL


This is a sponsored post on behalf of She Speaks & Bloomingdale's
All opinions are my own. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Makeup Monday: L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup

I don't like to admit that I am a girly, girl, but I am. I like to think I can rough it, or that I'm tough, or that if you dropped me in the middle of the forest I could find my way out and even build a fire. Sadly, none of that is true. I am a girly, girl. I like makeup, and perfumes and things that smell nice.

Which is why I'm totally in love right now with a certain foundation. Now, to be fair, I did receive this foundation free to try and review. Previously to this certain foundation, I only wore department store makeup, I never even thought about drugstore brands. (I'm not good at trying new things a lot.)

But I did. I tried L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup. Results? I LOVE it.



It doesn't take a lot (which I also love) and it stays on practically all day (which is another great bonus). 

It really is kind of magic. Now, I still use the L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, but this makes everything so much better.


Here is a little bit of info about this liquid powder: 

About L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup: 
This revolutionary liquid-powder formula glides on and transforms on contact to a fresh, powder-like finish for a look that’s flawless,yet undetectable. The lightweight foundation with SPF 18 will make you feel like you aren’t wearing makeup at all!

To apply: Shake well. For best results, pour just a few drops onto fingers and apply directly onto skin. Not recommended for use with a sponge or brush.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude retails for approximately $12.95 for 1 fl oz. It is available in 12 shades and is available at mass food and drug retailers nationwide.



Seriously. Try it for yourself. I highly doubt you will be disappointed. 

Disclosure: I received complimentary product from SheSpeaks/L'Oréal Paris.
My opinions are honest and true, over and out. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Little Rock Food Truck: Southern Gourmasian

As you get older there are things you learn to appreciate.

Good fashion.

Your mother's advice.

Delicious food.

However, when your mother tells you that you are getting too old to take fashion risks (like the pink dress pictures) that isn't always the most fun to hear.

Also, when your mother tells you that the dress looks like we could just patch three dresses together for the same look ... not the best.

Needless to say I did not buy that dress even though I am somewhat in love. What else is good about getting older? Really appreciating good, quality food.





Like The Southern Gourmasian food truck in Little Rock. 


As food trucks become more and more popular in Little Rock, AR, (Yay!) they are raising the bar and quality of the food that is served. Here's how you know you are eating good food, the quality, ingredients and amount leave you filled and satisfied. That's exactly what the Southern Gourmasian provides.

Here is there description from their website:

 The Southern Gourmasian brings you a tasty alternative to fast food.  High quality and affordable - all of our food is made from scratch on the truck daily by chef Justin Patterson! All of our delicious bread is from the fantastic and local Boulevard Bread Co.  We will always avoid pre-made frozen food and will bring you fresh food to fit into your healthy lifestyle. We have found a love for delicious, real food that we want to share with everyone! 


Today for lunch I had the Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Sriracha Lime Butter. 


Does this make you hungry? Because it should. The homemade pickles are also delish. There are lots more food trucks in Little Rock to mention, but I thought I would start with this one. 

To find where they are each day either like their Facebook page, or check out their Twitter feed. 

Food trucks and social media ... like my own personal heaven. 

I may not be able to pull off that pink dress, but at least I can enjoy good food. 
(By the way, I totally did order pleather pants for the fall... Sorry, mom.)