Friday, October 31, 2014

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In lieu of Halloween today I decided to share a recipe for the adults tonight and give you a suggestions for what to do do with your pumpkin seeds. There are a ton of different things you can do, and you can go in the salty direction, spicy, or sweet. Since hubby and I are not much into spicy I decided to go down the sweet & salty direction because well you cant really go wrong. I found this recipe from The Clever Carrot and I promise it could not get easier. 
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min

Ingredients
  • 2 c. pumpkin seeds (about 2 small pumpkins), cleaned
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin seed oil or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. runny honey
  • flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Instructions 
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 F.
  2. Cut open your pumpkins. Remove the pulp and stringy bits from the seeds and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Make sure that there is no remaining moisture.
  3. In a large wide skillet, warm the oil over medium heat and saute the pumpkin seeds until lightly golden, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the honey and stir with a rubber spatula.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Roast for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that they do not burn.
  6. Taste one of the seeds. You want them crispy throughout, and not soft in the center. Continue to cook if necessary.
  7. When finished, tip the seeds out onto a parchment lined or non stick baking sheet to cool.
  8. While hot, sprinkle with salt to taste (if using Maldon, make sure to pinch the salt between your fingers to break up the flakes).
  9. Enjoy with ice cold beer.

If you really wanted to make this easy on yourself you could buy already roasted salted pumpkin seeds, and then roast them for just a few min with the honey and then sprinkle a small amount of salt just for an extra crunch! I also heated my honey up in the microwave for 25 seconds to get it to be a little more runny. Happy Halloween! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Leopard & Purple Demin

Sweater: Express / Demin: Forever 21 (similar) / Scarf: Express (similar) / Bag: Michael Kors / Boots: BCBGeneration / Sunnies: Vintage / Watch: Michael Kors

Aren't you all proud of me, no olive today! Although, I did stick with my all time favorite lip color by Mac called rebel, it is just too perfect for fall I often pair it with the liner in nightmoth, its gives a stunning ombre effect because the nightmoth is just a shade or two darker than rebel, it is really an amazing pairing. Nars also makes a similar color called Liv if you are more of a NARS fan. My lip color is almost matching my hair these days, I dyed it a week or two ago -- lush cherry, I am feelin it.

I had a serious thing for colored denim a few years back, well I think we all did. It is one "trend" I am glad is still around, maybe not as extreme as before but I bough this pair and it has not failed me yet, I actually wore it in our engagement photos and used the outfit for our save the date magnets for our wedding. The purple color of this denim is actually very easy to pair pieces with, I would almost say it is as easy as all of that olive I have been wearing. I do love the combo of  deep purple and leopard, ok well I would pair leopard with everything, so I guess that's not a really fair comment to make. 

Shout out to my hometown, does this location look like something you know?! I was in CT I had to do it. My parents wedding photos were also taken here so, it was a must do. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Fur Vest & Olive Of Course


Vest: Simply Vera Wang (Kohls) / Shirt: Old Navy / Jeans: Old Navy / Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft/ Shoes: Nordstrom / Clutch: Cole Haan / Watch: Michael Kors

OK I officially need an olive intervention. The sad thing is I didn't even notice how much olive I have been wearing and posting, who knew I even had that much in my closet! All I wanted to do was wear this fur vest, and this awesome shirt from old navy just went so well with the look I was trying to create! I was asked via instagram to post a look on how to wear a fur vest, so here is my first look. This awesome brown fur vest I got last season from Kohls, the Simply Vera Wang collection is often on point, so if you are ever in Kohl's don't shy away from their clothing department, you can often find some good pieces, and Kohl's is always having a sale, so you know you will get a good deal! I paired with with my coated all time favorite rockstar jeans from old navy, that you all know I love, mainly because I have bought other designer pairs that loose the "coating" in one wash, these will never loose their coating, and they are way cheaper than said designer brands...There will be more looks on how to wear a fur vest coming soon, so if you have a fur vest, or really want to buy one but don't know if you will wear it enough, stay tuned! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Casual Vibes & An Olive Fedora

Hat: Nordstrom / Tee: Forever 21 (old) / Plaid Shirt: Victoria's Secret / Jeans: American Eagle / Heels: Make Me Chic / Clutch: Sheinside / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelet: Alex & Ani

Clearly I have a small obsession with olive, I wore this olive skirt yesterday. Well to be honest I am really loving all neutral colors right now for fall, beige, maroon, black, and grey are my go to's right now. Ok, well let's talk about this hat for a second though, it was $28 from Nordstrom and you need it, like now. It also comes in other colors, I think I am going to go back for the black. I am loving hats right now they are perfect for second day hair, or well in my case 4th or 5th day hair. (I hardly ever wash my hair, I know, judge me). Then once the snow comes hats are a must have and they keep your curls from getting all wet and weighed down in a big snow storm, plus they look so chic! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Beige and Olive

Sweater: TJMaxx / Skirt: American Apparel / Heels: Ann Taylor / Purse: Michael Kors / Necklace: Forever 21 / Bracelets: Alex & Ani / Sunnies: Target 

I have always had a love hate relationship with turtlenecks. One winter season I will love them, then the next I won't even look at them. Luckily they are always in style, when I see other people wearing them I think "aww how cozy and cute", but I think there are a few reasons for my strange relationship with them. First off, I am like a furnace, I just pump out heat at all times, so add a turtleneck and forget it. Secondly, my family had a yellow lab when I was younger who had to have a tracheotomy because she was allergic to the latex tubes they used when they went to spayed her. Uh yea, so then my parents proceeded to take all of my turtlenecks and cut the necks off and give them to the dog to wear after her surgery...so I guess you can say I may have a bit of a grudge against turtlenecks. Thanks Mom & Dad! :)

I think this season is going to be one of my good turtleneck seasons, I got this sweater last season and it has a looser more comfy neck which I am really loving, I am going to have to hit the stores to see if I can find more like it. I will be waiting for these babies to go one sale for sure (this and this)!  I love the beige color of this sweater, you really can pair it with almost anything and any color. If you don't do turtlenecks, a simple over-sized beige sweater is a closet must have.
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