Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Style Inspiration + Where I Shop

I get asked all the time where I like to shop and how I find well made classic pieces that I can wear for years to come. Well, today I thought I'd tell y'all all about it! 
For me, my favorite outfit to wear is one that is comfy but put together, with well cut basic pieces and a few trendy things thrown in here and there. As y'all well know by now, my style icon is Kate Middleton and man, do I wish I had her closet. She is classic, graceful, put together but never over the top, and always so timeless. From her hair, to her accessories, to her shoes she always shines but not in a "center of attention" kind of way. That is 100% my goal for my life and style.
When it comes to shopping, I am forever and always a J. Crew girl with a penchant for designer bags *lol*. I know some people hate it, but I love online shopping, especially at places like Nordstrom where you get free shipping and returns, because I do no have time to pay for things that may not work thanks! My favorite brands are J. Crew, Madewell, Gap, Banana Republic, and Loft. The key to online shopping is reviews, reviews, reviews. I go through every one that I can and take all of their advice into consideration when I'm deciding what style or size I need. I rarely have issues after that!

Easy Style

The things I turn to time and time again are my nude flats, a well fitting pair of jeans, a nice watch, classic sunglasses, my pearl earrings, which are sentimental as well as cute, and a nude bag! I can make such a cute but casual outfit by putting all of them together, but each of those pieces can be mixed, matched, or added to anything in my closet, which makes me feel like I have tons of outfits in only a few pieces.
The best thing you can do is invest in pieces that are a more neutral color, have things tailored to fit you well, and never fill your closet with only trendy things. Once you have a few good "go with anything" pieces, then mix in a few trendier, more colorful ones until you have a good balance. I'll do a "staple wardrobe items" post soon, but I hope this helps! Always, always, always quality over quantity!

Friday, May 5, 2017

My One Pot, Lowfat, Homeade Alfredo

Hey friends, happy FRI-YAY! I have had such a week, but am so happy to share this recipe with y'all today because I've finally gotten it to a place where I think it's ready to share, because I know I've really enjoyed it. Most alfredo sauces are made with heavy cream and cream cheese, but mind just calls for low fat cheese, skim milk, and a bit of flour to thicken it up. I promise you, when I first heard skim milk and low fat cheese I thought YUCK, but Y'ALL, it so good. It's light and creamy and a little spicy if you want it to be. I've made it with both chicken and shrimp and loved it both ways, so I recommend you make it with whatever you've got on hand.
image via, which I love
 This one pot recipe is super easy to make, and comes together quickly, but does require a bit of prep beforehand to make sure everything goes smoothly. Especially with shrimp, things go quickly, so you'll want to have everything pre-measured and ready to go! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have - I love the fact that I can have comfort food without having to feel so guilty or bloated after!

Please let me know if you try it, or if you have any recipe recommendations, below! I'm looking forward to hopefully sharing more healthy(ish) recipes with y'all soon! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mother's Day Gifts

When it comes to Mother's Day (May 14th), I always try to go for comfy, meaningful gifts that make my mom feel spoiled and pampered, because Lord knows being a mom is hard work! 
 I'll keep today's post short, because no one knows your mom better than you, but if you're short on ideas, there are a few gems below! And don't worry, you still have time to order! I tried to round up things I thought were trendy but thoughtful, cute and comfy, or extra meaningful. I think there's something for every mom in this bunch!
I totally think a lunch date and pedicure can never fail to make a girl feel special, but I also love this leather travel organizer that feels SO fancy, this Peter Thomas Roth facial set, and this engraved Maya Angelou "Mother" bracelet. If your mom is into cozy downtime, this PJ set is amazing, and these UGG slippers are perfect all year around. Last but not least, I love this monogrammed pendant necklace. You can get the initials of you or your siblings on them!

Friday, April 28, 2017

3 Ways I'm Preparing for My First Year of Law School

So, I can't remember if I updated you guys or not, but I got in to law school! And because I'm Type A and can't function without a plan, it's been killing me to have so much down time since I graduated in December. I have been in school my entire life, so I miss the business and the schedule of it and I'm feeling that excitement that comes before a new chapter, almost like starting college all over again!
Every time I go to an event for accepted students, they tell me to relax and enjoy this break before law school starts, but that's just not gonna happen. So if you're like me, I think you'll enjoy hearing about the ways I'm preparing and getting ready for my 1L year!
1 // School Supplies
I know this sounds crazy, but I've been doing a lot of research on what supplies I should go into law school with. Not like pens and pencils, but like school bag/backpack, laptop, and planner wise. I know that to some people these may seem like small things, but for me those are 3 major parts of my productivity. 
As for laptop, I currently have a MacBook Pro from 2011, but everyone I've talked to has said to make sure that I get a newer one that has more memory and holds a longer charge, so that's my number one priority before school starts. 
My second one is the school bag I'm going to use, because I want something functional and light but a little more grown up than my current neon North Face backpack. I recently purchased a Longchamp Le Pliage tote in black and I love it. It's nylon, so it's super easy to clean and can handle light rain without getting soaked, plus it's magical and can fit everything without looking stuffed or getting too heavy. Because my textbooks can stay in my locker, and I plan to get a really light laptop, I'm not really worried about it being too heavy on my shoulder. All in all, I highly recommend it and it comes in TONS of colors. 
Lastly, I can't wait until May 17th to get another Simplified Planner. I love how simple and clean the SPs are, because they have all the room I need without all of those extra features that I don't. Plus, they're 12 month planners now, so no more wasting those 5 months every time 17 month planners overlap. Plus, the covers are precious and can now be's the little things y'all.
2 // Leisure Reading 
Another tip that I've gotten from everyone is to do my leisure reading now, because once law school starts I won't have time to read anything but cases. I've been trying to read as much as possible, especially at night because my Law and Order SVU habit has been giving me nightmares! 
If you're starting law school in the fall and want to get some "fun" reading done over the summer, or just want a few book recommendations, start with my current reading list!
3 // Stocking Up 
  One tip I hadn't heard but think is really helpful was to stock up on clothes, skincare, expensive makeup, etc while I'm still working, because you can't work your first year in law school. I'm stocking up on cute flats, a nice pair of jeans, tops I can wear with jeans of nice skirts, athletic wear, running shoes, etc. Any big tickets items that I won't have money for in the fall basically! I tried to think of things I wear day to day and make sure I have really good quality pieces that will last until I have a real job again! As long as you have business casual pieces that you can mix in with jeans and casual outfits you'll be good to go! 

I hope this helped a little if you're preparing for law school too! I know these things seem trivial, but for me, having these little bits figured out will help me handle the bigger things in the long run - like being broke and having way more work than I have time for. YAY!

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