Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Aztec shorts & a Baby shower

Top: Zara (on sale) / Skort: Forever 21 / Clutch: TJMaxx also seen here / Shoes Steve Madden / Sunglasses: Target (similar)/ Necklace: I bought while traveling in Prague / Nail Polish: NYC

We spent the weekend last weekend in Connecticut visiting family and celebrating my beautiful sister-in-law and brother. They are the first in my family to be expecting a baby, aka the first grand baby for my parents, it is an exciting time to say the least. It is crazy how many people are preggo around me, my husbands sister is also expecting their first boy, but brother to three older sisters! Watch out!

So I bought a cute pink dress to wear to the shower because they are having a girl (eeek) and when I put it on again it was not so good, do you ever have those days? I tried it on in the store, again at home, then once I had to leave the house with it on, I was just not feeling it, but we were already on our way, so luckily I am me and I had some spare outfits in the trunk.....ok judge me. Also my family knows me, when I showed up in the pink dress, ran into the bathroom to change into this outfit they understood...oops #fashionistaproblems This outfit was much more comfortable, much more me and I loved it, this shirt from Zara is a serious staple, that I scored on sale. I also really enjoy a skort, for so many reasons but mainly because if you happen to forget to sit lady like, its quite alright and no one will you know...Skorts are almost like a mullet, except backwards, girly in the front, tomboy in the back.

Hope you all got trough your manic Monday. Happy Tuesday -- one more day until hump day. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cobalt & a Crop top in Kennebunkport

Skirt: Bebe / Top: Nordstrom / Shoes: Steve Madden / Clutch: BCBG / Target: Necklace / Bracelets: Alex & Ani / Sunglasses: Forever 21 

Ok all I'v got one more outfit from our amazing Kennebunkport weekend to ease a serious case of the Mondays, I have a feeling that I am going to need some umph to get me through this week. I spent this past weekend reminiscing about our mini vacation, instead of vacationing I was home cleaning out my closet and debating about what color I want to paint the walls in our apartment.There are some Benjamin Moore colors in the running, I think Revere Pewter may be the winner. I told the Hubby that I am thinking I may paint our whole apartment light grey, he just rolled his eyes (he is learning). Maybe I will wait for the weather to cool down. Also, side note,  have you notice that grey is the new brown? I used to have everything in my home decor scheme brown when I moved into my first apartment, now I want all grey or white everything. Funny how things change, I traded in my brown couch for a very chic Macy's grey couch, and changed my shower curtain to a nice ombre grey with yellow accents. I could go on, but that's for another post. What do you think about grey being the new brown, was I the only one who liked brown? hmph

p.s. I threw in one golden hour photo for you all, I'm not digging my hair, what the heck why so blah?  But anways there is just something about summer and the golden hour that makes everything so beautiful. Half of me hopes that the summer never ends, then the other half is dreaming of apple picking, hot apple cider and layering. I guess I can wait one more month, because I know soon after I will be cursing mother nature after the first snow. Ohh New England <3

Friday, July 25, 2014

Seaside causual

Shorts: American Eagle / Top: Target / Shoes: Target / Hat: Nordstrom / Clutch: TJMaxx / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: Alex & Ani / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Kennebunkport is a beautiful place. Kev & I had visited once before in the winter after our wedding. Summer in Kennebunkport and winter in Kennebunkport are quite different to say the least. My appreciation for Maine has changed so much in the past few years, it is a place I wish I could visit much more, we actually were talking about how we both could live there, well, maybe when we are old.

I told you guys I was officially feeling the crop top and high waist shorts, I had been looking for some good high waist jean shorts for a while, I just couldn't seem to find them, either they were too short and my bum would hang out, or they were too long and short legs + long shorts = not a good look. I found these shorts at American Eagle, who would have thought, they are soo perfect, I bought 2 pairs, and I may go back for the maroon color.

p.s. I am totally into hats right now. Yup, I'm feeling it. It was super windy so I had to hold onto my hat for dear life, and hubby thought I looked silly, but it will grow on him whether he likes it or not.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kennebunkpot Wedding

Dress: BCBG / Earrings: BCBG / Clutch: TJMaxx / Heels: Michael Kors

We spent the weekend in Kennebunkport, Maine in mid July for a beautiful wedding for one of my closest friends from high school, and well one of my only friends from high school. We spent the weekend celebrating the lovely couple, Friday night we got to go to Tia's Topside, I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a good place with a good view in Kennebunkport. The wedding was at the breath taking Breakwater Inn. The day was perfect, the weather was impeccable, the couple was stunning and the party was so much fun. I am so happy we got to be a part of it. I highly recommend visiting Kennebukport, or Maine in general if you have never been. 

I was looking for a dress for a while, I manage to have exactly what I am looking for in my head, and then it takes me forever to find something like it. I really wanted to wear a maxi dress, I just think they are so chic at weddings, but I didn't just want to wear the typical maxi. I bought a few dresses and returned them, and then one day when I was just browsing BCBG in the Mall, I found this lovely, and had to have it. I bough the dress and earnings and couldn't wait to wear them. Below are some other snaps from instagram with my hubby, and the lovely couple. 
Cheers to the newlyweds! Love you both!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

red wine braised short ribs

OK. So are you guys ready for one of the easiest and most delicious red wine braised short rib recipes out there? It is literally two steps! Can you tell I really enjoy a hassle free recipe. I love to cook, but there are many things I enjoy much more than cooking, especially in the summer. My love for short ribs all started when I had these amazing short ribs with fresh pasta at a restaurant near my parents house called Carbone's Kitchen if you live in CT in that area its a great spot, you must try! {Side note: I am also not usually the kind to order heavy meat like that off a menu, man have I been missing out.}These short ribs were soo good, I had to try to recreate them. I finally found this recipe on Bon Appetit, and it was a slow cooker recipe none the less, your welcome. 

Keep reading to see how I made Red Wine Braised Short Ribs (in my slow cooker).
4 pounds boneless short ribs
coarse salt & cracked pepper
2 cups dry red wine
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 6 ounce package button mushrooms (or baby bellas)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, peeled
6 fresh Italian parsley sprigs
2 day leaves
1 lb homemade pappardelle pasta
fresh crusty bread

1. Sprinkle ribs with coarse salt and pepper. Please in an even layer in slow cooker. Add next 7 ingredients (red wine, tomatoes, mushrooms,onion, garlic, bay leaves, parley) cover, and cook on low heat until meat is tender, about 8 hours,

2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ribs to serving bowl, discard parsley and bay leaves. Spoon fat off the top of the sauce and pour sauce over ribs, Serve with fresh pasta & crusty bread

I mean, how good does that look. While I made fresh pappardelle pasta with ours but you could totally eat these with mash potatoes or even alone. My hubby liked these short ribs so much he was practically drinking the sauce out of the pot! I hope you enjoy these as much as he did. 


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