Friday, December 27, 2013

These Bags are Clutch for New Years

This New Years don't let your oversized hand bag stop you from making tons of seasonally appropriate bad descisions. Go ahead... have another glass of champagne and you've watched enough YouTube to twerk with the best of them! New Years Eve is for tiny sparkly dresses and even smaller eye catching cluthches. This year will be your year; you need a small clutch in your hands so you can firmly seize it!

Find your perfect clutch below:

Life is Delicious...Go Taste It!

Photos from Nordstrom, Forever21, and Zara

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from Medford, Wisconsin

A truly white Christmas in Medford Wisconsin.

Jacket: Gap
Scarf: from Kuwait City 
Gloves: Isotoner
Jeans: Gap
Snow Shoes, Boots and socks compliments of Eric's Amazing Family**

Friday, December 20, 2013

Setting the Bar in a Vintage Pleated Stunner

The members of the Arizona Black Bar are some of the most positive people I have encountered in my law school career. I know all of the cliches about attorneys and this group of accomplished and approachable folks have managed to thwart each one. This year they hosted their annual holiday bash at the Arizona Summit Law School in Downtown Phoenix. Every year, in the spirit of giving, the organization conducts a service project. This year the ABB adopted a family-in-need through Black Family and Child Services of Arizona. 

I always look forward to the chance to catch up and chat before everyone disappears for various holiday vacations. This gathering gave me the opportunity to rock an amazing vintage dress I picked up this summer. The dress is fun in print and details but conservative in its cut and dimensions, in other words perfect for rubbing elbows with Valley judges and lawyers.

Purple and Cream Print Vintage Dress. The structured shoulders are to die for!

 It is a little nippy our side so I paired the dress with a collarless Blazer from H&M.

Gold Knotted Drop earrings from H&M

I snagged this sweet deep camel colored leather clutch at the local goodwill for $2. I picked it up and thought "Christmas came early this year!"
The arrow ring in rose gold is from Gather Boutique

Ikat Print Shoes in Tan and Black from BCBG

Some of the gifts collected for this year's service project. 

Life is Delicious...Go Taste It!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Post Work-Out or Anytime You Want Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Smoothie

After a good workout I come home starving. This quick smoothie is my go-to for a healthy and replenishing boost that I need after flexing my pecs. And by flexing I mean cursing while lifting 15 pound weights.

Here's What You Need:

  • 3/4 cups Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup old fashion oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of creamy peanut butter
  • 3 ice cubes

Here's What You Gotta Do:

1)Add all of the ingredients into a blender.

2)Blend until smooth, usually between one and two minutes.

3) Enjoy!

This quick smoothie has some of everything good for you!

I like using really ripe bananas, they tend to be sweeter, which makes skipping the sweeteners easy. 

Life  Is Delicious...Go Taste It!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Make a Holiday Wreath: Up-cycle Your Fashion Magazines

Did I mention I love the Holidays? Winter fashion is a blast, there is a free pass to put pumpkin in everything and best of all, crafting craziness! I'm not immune to the holiday spirit but I try to avoid the cliche's of the season. Cue red and green everything, glitter, elves and fake snow. I wanted a wreath but could not find a single thing in the stores that was not laden with pinecones, glitter and bells. I wanted something a bit modern that avoided the traditional green and red color scheme. I thought about making a wreath out of an old cashmere sweater, then I remember how much I'd paid for that thing and broke out the de-piller. Thirty minutes of shaving a sweater is a lot of time to think; I had an idea.

 Behold the "Magazine Wreath of Fashion and Holiday Cheer" aka my holiday wreath.

What your gonna need :

- A pair of Scissors
- Some magazines ( I used the pages of one and a half magazines)
- A wire Hanger
- A hot glue gun and glue sticks

Here's What You Gotta Do:

1) Cut the magazine pages into 1 1/2 inch strips. 

2) Bend the wire hanger into a circular form. 

3) Bunch up up several strips of paper at a time. My magic number was seven strips at a times, but play around with it and see what works for you. 

4) Give them a gentle twist about half way down the length of the strips so that they stay together with little effort. This is where you will fold the strips over the wire hanger. 

4) Apply hot glue to the stripes just above the twisted half-way mark and fold over so that the paper is glued in place around the wire hanger. 

5) Continue the twist, glue, fold over  process until the entire wire circle is covered with paper. 
            *This took me about an hour and a half and one and a half glasses of wine*

6) To create and accent bow, fold three strips of paper in half and glue ends togehter to form one loop of the bow. Repeat this step to create the other loop of the bow. 

7) Cut the tails of the bow from two strips of paper

8) Glue the loops and tails together to create your accent bow. 

9) Glue the bow anywhere you want to on the wreath. I choose an off center placement at the bottom of the wreath

9) Bend the loop of the wire hanger to attach to make hanging easier. The loop can be used to attach the wreath to a nail or hook on a wall or to tie a ribbon through for hanging over the door

I choose a sunny yellow ribbon to tie hang the wreath over my front door. 

I love it!

Here's a close up...aint it grand! 

Life is Delicious...Go Taste It!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Dinner with the Family: Bows and Quilted Leather

I love this time of year because any reason is a great reason to gather around a table full of goodness and hang out with family and friends. What made this holiday dinner so special, well it would be the first time I introduced my boyfriend to the only family I have here in Phoennix. My cousin Shon and her husband Carlos. This was a big deal for me especially since I had sworn off family introductions in the early stages of a relationship. But, hey, rules are meant to be broken and Eric is a nice guy. Twenty minutes into dinner I was reminded why this polite, easy smiling guy felt like the exception to my crazy rule.

This was the first time I asked Eric to take pictures for me, so needless to say, hilarity ensued. 

We eventually got it together.
Wool Sweater with Ribbon: Gap, Polka Dot Button Down: H&M, Faux Leather Quilted Leather Skirt: One Clothing, Tights: Target, Peach and Gold Purse: H&M 

The satin ribbon detail on this sweater is what makes it one of my favorites.

Earrings: Vintage, Necklaces from Goodwill

Being sassy or avoiding dog poo

Another bow detail on these suede wedged booties. 
Shoes: Dbdk

Life is Delicious...Go Taste It!