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Denim Tunic and Over The Knee Boots

22 March 2017

Even though today's forecast is frosty the last couple of days have been an absolute dream. It's starting feel like spring just in time for my bump to need a little less coverage. I'm having hot flashes galore over here and I need light layers and dresses. Stat! Yesterday was the perfect time to throw this denim tunic back on with a pair of OTK boots, scarf and these eye catching shades from QUAY. Hello, Midas touch. 

Dress Free People, Sunnies QUAY, Boots Report, Bag Marshalls

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

21 March 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita at Target for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
After a couple of weeks of putting my Brita stream to good use I decided it was time to get creative and put together a recipe or two inspired by my new kitchen essential. Obviously water had to be the main ingredient, so I brainstormed on favorite recipes of mine that featured water. Uh, lemonade obviously, especially with spring just around the corner. Next, fruit ice cubes. These are perfect for little (or big) ones that don't necessarily love the way water tastes and need a some incentive to get that daily intake quota. Throw them together and voila! Pretty, spring flavored goodness with fresh filtered water from the Brita Stream Pitcher. 


To put it together, I started things off with the ice cubes. They're super simple to make, so little guys and girls can lend a hand. I wanted to keep the ice cube flavors in theme with the lemonade so I went for strawberry, basil and lemon ice cubes. Easy and flavorful with or without the lemonade. They definitely were a colorful touch to my water and they were actually really good, who knew?! The Brita Stream was kind of a lifesaver when it came to making these because of the controlled pour top.  Easier to get the water in the tray and not on the counter with that little guy.

Fruit Ice Cubes
Silicone Ice Trays
Water
Sliced Fruit of Choice - I used Lemon, Strawberry and Basil 


First slice up the fruit into bite sized pieces so they can fit easily into the trays. 

Add the fruit slices and herbs. I alternated between flavors. Some with just one fruit and some with a mix of the two. I suggest keeping it simple instead of overpowering your taste buds. 

Cover with water. 

Freeze until solid. I went ahead and let them set overnight. 

Pop them out of the tray and into your favorite drink for a little extra oomph! 

Next: the lemonade. Since we had a pretty decent sized surplus of fresh basil in the house I wanted to incorporate it and knew that it would go great with the lemons. Although I still felt like something was missing; thus, the addition of strawberries. The three together are actually kind of amazing, and this belongs on your spring recipe list. It's ridiculously refreshing. 


Strawberry Basil Lemonade (Yields 4 Servings)
4 Cups of Water
1/4 C White Sugar or 1/3 C of Honey
Juice of 1-2 lemons
Fresh basil
Strawberries, sliced 
Lemon, sliced for garnish

In a small sauce pan, combine 1 cup of water and sugar. Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve sugar and then let cool. 

In a pitcher, add the remaining water, lemon juice, and syrup. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add basil, sliced strawberries and lemons. Muddle together if desired. 

Serve chilled with fruit ice cubes and spring sunshine. 
Don't forget to check out the Brita Stream Pitcher, now Available at Target .


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Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress and Sneakers

20 March 2017

Happy first day of spring! Initially I had planned on posting a different outfit but the thought of not posting something bright and floral in honor of the first day of spring just felt wrong. Thus, this post was born. Honestly, I don't know what I love more, these suede sneakers in navy or the off the shoulder maxi dress that matches them to a T. Quite possibly both, especially since this maxi is non-maternity and under $100 on Zappos currently, along with a TON of Brigitte Bailey dresses that I just swooped up in hopes of sunshine and warm weather. A girl can dream, right? 

 
 
 
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Black and Navy Athleisure Bump Style

15 March 2017

Sneakers, we all wear them but I can't help but love where the athleisure trend has gone. Sure, it might be the pregnant woman talking here but who can resist a comfortable pair of shoes with stylish separates for a street ready, on-the-go look? Especially in New York City? I honestly love how sneakers aren't just for the gym anymore. They now come in unique styles, colors and textures that make even the simplest silhouettes pop. I mean, look at the attitude that oozes from the gorgeousness that is the Puma Vikky platform . That color and suede... gimme. We're all into platforms right now, right? Well, this one deserves a spot in your closet, especially if you love navy (though it also comes in grey and black!). The SOFTFoam comfort insert on this trainer is one for the books- that, and the 1 1/2" flatform. A petite girl's got to get her height in somehow.


I'm sold and haven't been able to take them off since they showed up last week. Wear them to the gym for a quick workout or to brunch with a cute little spring dress: the sky is the limit when it comes to styling options. Plus, you get cute and comfy, all day long. It's a win win if you ask me.


As far as my styling of the platform goes, I kept it simple and let them shine with a t-shirt dress, leather moto jacket and simple cross body. While it's not your average t-shirt dress, thanks to the sky high slit, it still lets the sneakers do all the talking. Popular beliefs be damned, black and navy are great pairing. The proof is in the pudding, or at least this outfit.


Grab them on DSW.com or check out their athleisure worthy finds. Because if you're not already DSW obsessed then I guarantee after checking out their current finds for a fraction of the price, you'll never go back to paying full price. I know I haven't. I may be extremely guilty of constantly checking their inventory on a regular basis and may or may not have just bought another pair of sneakers and heels. Oops!


Grab more inspo on how to style the Vikky platform by checking out #PUMAVikkyPlatform


Sneakers Puma Vikky, Dress ASOS, Jacket Express, Bag H. Butler
This post is sponsored by DSW. All opinions are my own. 

9 Easy Pie Recipes for Pi Day

14 March 2017

Pie. Who else loves pie? I personally can't get enough of it. Whether it's sweet and fruity or a savory pizza pie, it belongs in my stomach at all times. I'm not picky. So, when Pi day rolls around each year giving the opportunity to indulge in one of my person favorites there's no chance I'm passing up the opportunity. I'm actually currently defrosting Trader Joe's pie crust as I type. Who knows what I'll create but it's on for pie on Pi day. So, in honor of this lovely math holiday I'm rounding up 9 sweet and savory pies to try today, this week, or whenever. Check'm out! Any guesses to which recipe is my favorite? 
















Green and Blue

While today is far from feeling like spring, I can't help but feel a glimmer of hope that spring is on it's way. Blizzard be damned. In honor of the first day of spring, whenever it really is an not according to the calendar I'm broken out my favorite layers to help me celebrate early. Personally, I can't help but love how my sneakers and leather jacket match perfectly with my floral maxi dress. Who else is ready for spring and pulling out their favorite spring pieces early? Maybe if we all do it the weather will get the hint, no?

Dress Banana Republic, Jacket Kevin Shahroozi, Sneakers Adidas, Bag Gigi New York