Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mind Your Manners


It often seems to be the concensis that dressing well is only for people who are "in to fashion". I think that is not true. Maybe that's why I enjoy this quote. I like the broader reason it gives for dressing well. 

I like it as an inspiration to be respectful of others through thoughtful dressing. While tees and jeans are totally appropriate in many situations, it's important to remember that sometimes they are not. 

p.s. Like most things, the quote is best taken in moderation. I give myself a free pass when sick, pregnant, and anytime before 8am.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Palmiers...So Simple

I never knew how easy it could be to make Palmiers.  Of course, the recipe I chose from Ina Garten uses a purchased puff pastry.  I'm sure they are a lot more difficult and time consuming if you don't use this cheat. Another plus for this recipe is that these can easily be frozen and baked at a later time.  It makes it easier to eat only one or two.  

Aren't they cute?  Mine look less like elephant ears and little more like smiling faces.  I'm okay with that. :)
   

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Are Carrot Muffins Healthy?

I can tell you that carrot muffins are probably not healthy if you smother them in frosting like I did.  The thing is, I wanted to test out a new recipe I found for vanilla buttercream on one of my favorite cooking blogs, add a pinch.  As crazy as it sounds, I didn't want to test the frosting on a cake because I wanted to be a bit more healthy.  Yeah, I used "frosting" and "healthy" in the same sentence.

I found this recipe for carrot muffins on another blog, 100 Days of Real Food.  I figured they'd be the perfect healthy-ish vehicle for my frosting.

I'm happy to report that I'm a big fan of both recipes!  The frosting is smooth and nearly white (that's what I wanted, something not so yellow).  The cupcakes, er, muffins are moist and have a flavor strong enough for me to enjoy, but they were mellow enough that my toddler was begging for them.

Here are the muffins pre-frosting...

Since the frosting portion was meant for testing, I didn't take any post-frosting photos.  I'm sure I'll have a cake wearing it soon. ;)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Warby Parker Experience

I recently bought a new pair of glasses.  I know that there is a lot of buzz about Warby Parker glasses, so I gave them a shot.

Here's how I shopped...
photo from warbyparker.com
First, I went to an optical boutique to try on frames.  I found a pair I liked, but I wanted a different color. Then, I took to the internet for some research. I decided to check out Warby Parker.  I ordered a home try-on kit.  I continued thinking about the other pair I had seen in the store.  I received my try-on kit, and I was disappointed (more on that in a sec).  Ultimately, I ordered the more expensive pair that had originally caught my eye.

What not to do...
If you want Warby Parkers to work for you, do not try on any other glasses.  Repeat after me: You get what you pay for.  Since I started with higher-end frames, the quality of the Warby frames was startling.  They felt like something I would find in the dollar spot at Target.  The styles were cool, hipster-y.  I just couldn't see past the cheap feeling I got from them.

This isn't meant to be a bad review...
The try-on at home idea is excellent.  They arrived quickly, and it was completely free.  I can't comment on the lenses since I didn't get that far, but the frames are adequate.  If you are the type to have multiple pairs of glasses to suit your mood they might be perfect for you.  If you aren't concerned with the feeling of the frame, but you care about the look, definitely check them out.  I also appreciate that they do not advertise the brand on the frame itself.  That kind of subtlety is hard to find.

The gist...
I think Warby Parker glasses are great for some people and not so great for others.  I keep each pair of my glasses for a while, so I decided the extra money for extra quality was worth it.  My advice, consider what is important to you in a pair of glasses, your budget, and expectations, then make your choice.

*For more details about their service and prices here is a link to the Warby Parker site. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ugly Chic

I am all about the rare moments when fashion trends and comfort collide.  It's even better when this mash-up happens to involve footwear.  This summer, Birkenstock sandals have been dubbed the "it" shoe for your Sunday Fundays.  My only problem is the price.  They aren't that expensive, $130, but I don't want to pay very much at all for a trend that is made for tromping through muddy festival fields.

I found a solution...



These were about $20 on asos.com.  These are a pregnant woman's dream shoe.  Did I mention we are expecting a baby in October? ♥ Sorry in advance if you don't like baby, pregnancy, food, or comfortable fashion posts.  It's pretty much all I can think about.

Back to the shoes.  If you want...
...the real-deal, original Birkenstock, here they are on nordstrom.com.
...a heal strap and snake print, check out these on zara.com.
...hippie shoes for your little one, teeny moccasins at freshlypicked.com

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Summer!

I've got some new posts brewing in my brain. Stay tuned. Happy Summer!