Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Oh Blanket Scarf Oh Blanket Scarf






Scarf: BP | Top: BP  | Jeans: Joe's  | Booties: Mossimo | Bracelet: Panacea (same brand, similar style) | Earrings: Nadri | Ring: Nadri | Lip Pencil: MAC in Staunchly Stylish | Lipstick: MAC in Kinda Sexy

Oh, this scarf you guys... It is the softest, warmest blanket scarf I have ever laid eyes on. It goes great with a ton of different color palettes and it's huge so you can wear it several ways. It went beautifully over the same long sleeved tee that I warned you I would be wearing all season long. Thanks to the chunky heel, these booties are super comfortable. I mean, we went to church, lunch, Costco and the grocery store and I was still going strong by the time we got home. Even better, they are currently on sale using code "COLD" at check out. My jeans are the same tried and true pair I have worn in several recent posts. They are great for every outfit from super casual to a medium dressy. This is such a simple outfit, but there is something about a huge scarf that can make any plain ole tee look polished.

Let the Christmas festivities begin. There are just so many events to attend and people to see in this next month. Sometimes I wish we could just spread everything from the holidays out into the whole year. I don't know how your family and extended family does it, but here in our neck of the woods this week after Thanksgiving is like a race to stake a claim on who gets to see who on what day and there are only four weekends up for grabs. May the odds be ever in your favor. It's all a ton of fun but can be a bit on the overwhelming side. Regardless, I am looking forward to it and I am also looking forward to getting our Christmas tree a little later this week. We love having a real one and like for it to last through New Year's. We typically wait until at least December 1st so it stays nice and fresh as long as possible. 

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Twin's Baptism





Dress - Same Pattern (Different Cut): Ted Baker, Same Cut (Different Pattens): Ted BakerTed BakerTed Baker | Heels: Charles by Charles David | Bracelet: Nadri | Earrings: Nadri | Ring: Nadri | Lip Pencil: MAC in Soar | Lip Color: Bare Minerals in Juju | Tony's Suit (similar style): Nordstrom | Tony's Shirt: Calvin Klein (in Lilac) | Tony's Tie: Tony's Tie | Tony's Dress Shoes: Magnanni 

I got so many kind compliments on this dress at our sweet niece's baptism last Sunday and let me tell you that it is definitely because of the quality. Ted Baker is amazing! I got this dress for a steal (that's why it's no longer available), but most of his dresses are pretty pricey. For an event like this, it is totally worth the extra bucks to have a dress fit and lay perfectly. The skirt always hung just right, as in not too close or too far from the body with a consistently great little wave. The big bold florals this designer uses are like nothing else I have seen. Everything that has hit stores lately is bold and vibrant (definitely worth taking a look). This dress really doesn't need much to compliment it, so I went with nude shoes and a nude clutch. As for the jewelry, it had to be gold because the chunky zipper down the back of the dress demands it. I also linked Tony's complimentary shirt and tie above in case you end up purchasing this dress in the other cut that is still available and you need a great ensemble for your man. 




The twin's baptism and reception were absolutely perfect! The babies did so well during the entire event. They are just the sweetest! We had the reception at Il Fornaio in Del Mar, which is about 20 minutes north of San Diego. It has the most beautiful ocean views, great food and the staff has been amazing with every event we have hosted there. I highly recommend their covered patio if you are looking to host an event between 50-125 people in the San Diego area. For this event, we decided to go with whites and ivories with hints of silver. It keeps with the theme of purity for the sweet babes and makes everything look very clean and streamlined. Miray did a gorgeous job on the dessert table, her mom took care of all of the beautiful party favors and I arranged all of the flowers. I really don't think the day could have gone any better. 

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Basic but Perfect







Top: BP | Ball Cap: August Hat | Jeans: Joe's | Sneakers: Converse | Earrings: Nadri | Lip Pencil: MAC in Edge to Edge | Lipstick: MAC in Pink Plaid

You guys, this was totally my uniform all week long as I wrapped up what was left over from baptism prep and prepared to host Thanksgiving. This hat came in handy when my hair was about 98% dry shampoo and the day after I had it curled, a fluffed ponytail out the back hole looked great. This top is so comfortable that I just about fell asleep in it the other night. The length in the back and front make it great for transitioning out of jeans and into yoga pants (lol). I have it on order in two other colors as we speak. I finally got these jeans hemmed and they are perfect. I absolutely love how sturdy Joe's jeans are. My converse were definitely my best friend's this week. These one's have the Nike insole and they kept me going between baking, cleaning and running. I am totally aware that this outfit is not on the cutting edge of style or anything and super simple, but all of these pieces are so great and comfortable that I had to share. 

We hosted Thanksgiving this year and it was such a great time! There were about 20 of us and I think Tony and I pretty much rocked it. Thanks to home prices in San Diego, we have an oh-so-perfect-for-us 1,500 square foot starter home that we love, but isn't exactly cut out for a 20 person seated dinner. Well, we removed our dining table and replaced it with two 6-foot tables and thanks to the 80-degree weather, we were able to use the other six seats we have outside. It worked out great. We have so much to be thankful for, and seating our 20-person immediate family is only the beginning of it. God has been so good to our family and we look forward to the challenges and blessings He has in store for us this year. 

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

White In The Rain


1. Top: Caslon (40% Off) | 2. Purse: Street Level (33% Off) | 3. Earrings: Target (30% Off) | 4. Jeans: Vigoss (40% Off) | 5. Necklace: Natasha Accessories (50% Off) | 6. Boots: Joules (40% Off) 

How fun are these boots!?! I mean, we all know what a sucker I am for floral prints, but florals on rainboots is a whole new level of amazing! I decided to break the old school rule of no white after labor day because of how fun these boots are and I definitely didn't get enough use out of my white jeans this summer. I'm sure there is someone else ready to break the rules right along with me. I almost bought this top when it was new on the shelves, so I can tell you that it is super soft and the side slits make it such an easy wear piece. The berry color matches that of the same hue on the boots pretty close to perfectly. I thought bringing out some of the green on the boots with this fun crossbody bag would be great. The clasps on the boots are gold so I figured after so much color in the outfit, simple gold accessories definitely do the trick. 

The twin's baptism and reception was such a great success. I will be doing a complete blog post on it (design and clothing) on Monday. For now, I am super busy getting ready to host Thanksgiving at our house. There will be 20-25 of us and it will definitely be a full house, but we are very excited about it. We have hosted Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, but never Thanksgiving. Food is a big deal in our family, so that can make a girl a little nervous. Tony's mom is making her amazing Turkey so that takes a lot off my plate. We have a few other family members bringing some sides, but I have decor, three sides, three desserts and appetizers to prep and cook in the next day and a half. So, that being said, I'm off!

I hope your Thanksgiving is as beautiful as you are!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mini Dutch Pumpkin Apple Pies


 I have made Dutch pumpkin apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert for quite a while now. I first had this amazing hybrid of a dessert in Julian, a suburb of San Diego that is known for all things apples in the fall and I instantly knew I must recreate it. This year however, I decided to make it into a mini version to take away the hassle of slicing a serving pie, and holy moly did it EVER deliver. A ton of pictures and directions that go along follow, but the direct ingredients and directions are at the very bottom of this post if that suits you better. 


Now, it is easiest to think of this as four separate recipes because as easy of a recipe as it is, if you look at it as one big dessert you WILL be overwhelmed.


I always like to start with the crust. I am definitely not going to try to convince you that it is oh-so-worth-it to make your own crust, but this crust is so darn easy that it is a pretty cool bragging point to tell everyone that these itty bitty pies are 100% from scratch, INCLUDING the crust.


All you have to do is put shortening (I use vegetable shortening), flour, salt and vanilla into a bowl and start mixing it with either a pastry cutter or fork until fully incorporated. I love my pastry cutter. I used to have a cheap one and it broke down mid-dough mixing and I cut my knuckles on it. This one is great quality and won't break out of nowhere and injure you. 


Once you have all ingredients fully cut-in, add the water to form a more dough-like substance. You can continue to mix this with the same instrument as before, but I find it is easier to use your hands to really get in there. Then, set it aside. 


On to the pie filling. This apple peeling, dicing, coring gadget was in my home growing up because we had an apple tree in the backyard, so when fall rolled around we always made a zillion pies. When we got married it was super important to me to have this utensil which really only serves one purpose, but I don't think Tony regrets obliging. Anyways, this is the easiest way to prep your apples for apple pie filling. 


You can also use a traditional peeler and core and slice your apples by hand, but once you have tackled all of that, you will want to dice them into 1/4" - 1/2" pieces and set them aside. 


Melt the butter in a saucepan. Once the butter is melted, add the flour and mix until dissolved to make a paste. Once the paste has thickened just a bit add the water, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt to the saucepan and bring ingredients to a boil stirring constantly. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to stir until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. 


Pour the sugar and butter mixture over the diced apples and mix to coat them well, then set this bowl aside. 


Up next, the pumpkin pie mixture. Simply dump all of the ingredients into the mixing bowl. 


Whisk all ingredients until they are completely incorporated and set aside. 


Last but most definitely not least, THE CRUMB TOPPING. I mean, it is everyone's favorite, right!?! Simply, place all ingredients into the bowl.


Cut the ingredients in to mix completely. Do this for longer than your wrist wants you to. It will not be the most comfortable but tons of crumbs = delicious. 


Here's what you should have when you are all done assembling the four separate recipes. 


Next, you are going to want to roll out the pie crust. I haaaaate rolling out anything, but these cute little pies are definitely worth it. Sooo turns out I don't have cookie cutters. I used one of my cappuccino mugs and it worked great. It is about four inches wide which is almost the same as a red solo cup, if that is a bit more handy. This recipe will make about 24 mini pies and I roll mine out about six at a time so things don't get to out of control. After you roll and cut, place each mini pie bottom into a greased muffin pan.  


Using a slotted spoon fill the pie crusts about 3/4 of the way with the apple mixture, letting a bit of the liquid drip off before filling. 


Overfill the pies by about a quarter with the pumpkin mixture as it will sink into the apple mixture while baking. 


Top these super cute pies with the crumb mixture as much as you want because well, it is delicious!! Bake these pies at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minute and serve warm, preferably with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream. 




Ingredients:

Dough

3/4 cup shortening
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold water

Apple Pie Filling

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced and diced
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Pumpkin Pie Filling

1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 egg (yes, I know there are two in the picture, sorry)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Crumb Topping

3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt


Method:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
Grease standard muffin/cupcake tray

Dough

Place shortening (I use vegetable shortening), flour, salt and vanilla into a bowl.
Mix with either a pastry cutter or fork until fully incorporated.
Add water and continue mixing with utensil of your choice or really get in there with your hands.
Set aside once a dough ball is formed.

Apple Pie Filling

Melt butter in a saucepan.
Once the butter is melted, add flour and mix until dissolved to make a paste.
Once the paste has thickened just a bit, add water, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt to the saucepan and bring ingredients to a boil stirring constantly.
Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to stir until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Pour the sugar and butter mixture over the diced apples mix to coat them well
Set aside.

Pumpkin Pie Filling

Place all ingredients into the mixing bowl and whisk until fully incorporated.
Set aside.

Crumb Topping

Place all ingredients into a bowl
Cut in all ingredients incorporating into little crumbs using either a pastry cutter or fork and knife. Do this for longer than your wrist wants you to. It will not be the most comfortable but definitely worth it.
Set aside.

Assembly

Roll out dough and cut into round pieces using a cup or cookie cutter than is between 4 and 4 1/2 inches in diameter.
Place rolled pieces of dough into prepared muffin/cupcake tray.
Using a slotted spoon fill the pie crusts about 3/4 of the way with the apple mixture, letting a bit of the liquid drip off before filling.
Overfill the pies by about a quarter with the pumpkin mixture as it will sink into the apple mixture while baking.
Top them with crumb mixture as much as you want because, well, it is delicious!!
Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes
Serve warm, preferably with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy and I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!!




Friday, November 18, 2016

Vegas Florals







Dress: Lucca Couture | Heels: Steve Madden | Clutch (similar style): Halogen | Lipliner: MAC in Staunchly Stylish | Lipstick: MAC in Kinda Sexy

Clearly I am obsessed with florals. I cannot get enough of them and this dress is no exception. When I tried this little number on I loved it, but I don't typically do a lot of leg along with some cleavage... then I realized we were heading to Vegas shortly. This dress is downright conservative for Vegas and it was perfect for a night out with a side of blackjack (it brought quite a bit of luck lol). The seem right along the naturual waistline tapers the dress in perfectly before it flows into a really fun full skirt. The warm colors of this dress definitely needed to be paired with nude and gold accessories. It feels like I have been wearing these ankle strap heels forever, but they are seriously the most comfortable heel once broken in and they are the perfect amount of understated ellegance.  

This weekend Tony and I will become Godparents to our cute little niece, Hannah. She and her twin brother are 10 months old and the only children of Tony's brother, G, and his wife, Miray. You may remember their baby shower pretty close to this time last year. This will be my first Godchild and I am beyond honored. I can't wait to watch this little nugget grow into the sweetest young lady and getting to be such a big part of that is a huge blessing. The baptism will take place at the church that G and Miray got married at (super special!!) and it will be followed by a beautiful reception with quite a crowd. I look forward to sharing pictures and details with you next week. 

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Any Day Now Fall



The name of this post was inspired by how ridiculously hot it has been in San Diego. I. Am. Over. It. 
All I want to do is wear huge coats, scarves and boots! Anywho, it should be cooling down this weekend, but I'll believe it when I see it. When I saw that this coat was on sale for less than $40 I instantly knew it would be my starting point for this week's post. Cranberry and olive are a match made in heaven so I was super excited when I found these jeans on sale as well. In this outfit, black and white are your neutrals, but how fun is it to add a couple of stripes in the mix in the form of earrings? All of these items are on sale but they will go fast, as per usual, so go grab them while you can. 

We were in Vegas last weekend and returned late Monday night. We go to Vegas as a family quite a bit because there is pretty much something for anyone and everyone to do. I would say this was one of our best trips. It was pretty darn easy going for having to coordinate with 22 other people. Our sister-in-law ran the Las Vegas marathon and came in under five hours. That is a pretty incredible feat if you ask me. I can barely run one mile let alone 26.2. She has run a few half-marathons, but this was her first full. We stayed at Planet Hollywood which is right in the middle of the strip and just about walking distance to anywhere worth going. They have the Miracle Mile Shops attached, which is a great mall for regular stores and just across the way at City Center you can shop pretty much any designer brand your little heart desires. As fun of a trip as it was, I am so ready to be home for a bit. 

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Air Conditioned and Cozy






Top: BoBeau | Jeans: Joe's | Sneakers: Steve Madden | Earrings: Nadri | Lip Pencil: MAC in Soar | Lip Color: Bare Minerals in Juju 

This is one of the softest tops I have ever owned. Usually, you expect an oh-so-soft top to be very warm. Not this one. It is super lightweight and since the sleeves have an actual open-lace insert, it's practically air-conditioned. If the weather would cool down a bit here in SoCal I would live in this top (It was 90 degrees yesterday). Beyond being THAT comfortable the lace detailing is gorgeous. Anytime I wear this top it gets compliment after compliment. I mean, what is better than a beyond comfortable top that people love the look of? I ordered it a size larger than I needed to be able to tuck the front, otherwise it just kind of hangs, which would be fine if my hips weren't already huge. My jeans are the same Joe's that I fell in love with a few weeks back. I got them hemmed right after we shot these pictures so you won't be seeing them cuffed anymore, but I love this look and if I purchased an additional pair I would definitely keep them this way. 

We are heading off to Vegas this weekend for a little family trip. When I say little, I mean just for the weekend because there is a total of 22 of us going. This whole trip is based around our sister-in-law who is running the Las Vegas Marathon. Everyone decided to come out to support her which is really cool. It should be a ton of fun. Yes, we did just get back from vacation, but now that the fair season is over we like to cram all of our vacations in before the holidays hit and they are approaching very quickly. Vegas is less than a five-hour drive for us so it is really no big thing to run out there for the weekend.  I will have a full recap on our trip up sometime next week.

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

 

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