How to Wear Mixed Prints

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 Topshop Top (runs true to size) // J.Crew Skirt (old, similar) // J.Crew Pumps // Loeffler Randall Bag

One of springs biggest trends, and one that I’m most looking forward to wearing, is the mixed prints trend. The look can be achieved relatively easily but there is a fine line of looking chic and looking a little clown-like. Making sure the colors in each print are coordinating is the key to making the trend work. I have had this J.Crew skirt for awhile (this one is similar) and the pink, white and navy color combo works perfectly with the colors in this floral Topshop peplum.
Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!! Since we arrived in Hawaii we have been busy getting things settled so I’m ready for a relaxing weekend of exploring the island and laying on the beach! If you have any Oahu must do/see/try I’d love to hear them!!

Classic Mai Tai

SAMSUNG CSCNow that we are living in Hawaii I thought it only appropriate to share a recipe for Hawaii’s signature cocktail, the Mai Tai. If you have yet to try this tropical goodness do yourself a favor and run to your local store and get the ingredients and shake one up. With one sip you’ll be instantly transported to a tropical island… or at least you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a white sand beach instead of your couch! But really, I can’t get enough, they are delicious. Thank you Hawaii!

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Classic Mai Tai:

Adapted from Trader Vic’s Recipe

Ingredients:
– 2 ounces Jamaican Rum
– 1/2 ounce French Garner Orgeat
– 1/2 ounce orange Curacao liqueur
– 1/4 ounce simple syrup
– juice from 1 lime
– ice
– pineapple for garnish

Directions:
– Add all ingredients except garnish to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour over ice. Garnish with pineapple and lime.

Enjoy!

 

 

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SAMSUNG CSCPink Blush Top c/o // J.Brand Jeans // J.Crew Heels // Clare Vivier Clutch // Pink Blush Necklace c/o

 A quick hello!! We landed in Hawaii yesterday after a long day of travel, and are excited to finally be here. We can’t wait to start exploring the Oahu! Today we are starting the house hunt…wish us luck!!
These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago (I’ll promise start sharing Hawaii pictures as soon as I can find the suitcase that all my sundresses are packed in!) in the beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego. I’ve been obsessed with off the shoulder tops for months now and while I find them to be more summery/beachy boho, I wanted to find a way to dress it up for cooler weather. Keeping things monochromatic, I paired this Pink Blush lace off the shoulder top with ultra flared jeans and blue pumps.
Have a great day!!

Inspiring Spaces : Dining Room

This weeks inspiring spaces is all about dining rooms. I love to entertain and am kinda a stickler for family dinners so I have loads of happy memories sitting around the dining room table. When thinking of decorating our new home, the dining room is one of my main focuses. These rooms are bursting with inspiration from the chandeliers to the rustic tables and the slipcovered chairs and I quite honestly can imagine myself in each of these rooms! I am also now totally convinced that I need slipcovers on my dining room chairs and of course, statement lighting!

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Ready for Spring

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Toggery Brand Dress c/o // Camo Jacket (similar and under $30) // Hayden Harnett Bag c/o

Happy Monday! I am currently in the midst of packing for our move…TOMORROW and living in this striped midi dress from Toggery. It is the most comfortable dress and the perfect piece for casual weekends. With alternating green and yellow stripes it pairs perfectly with my neon yellow flats and a green camo jacket. Tied together with a cream perforated leather tote, I’d say I’m pretty ready for Spring!
I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was full of dinners with family and friends and saying our final goodbyes before we head off to Hawaii. It was bitter sweet but we are excited to start this new adventure! I’ll be sharing tons of pictures on Instagram once we get to Hawaii so be sure to follow along!

Joie De La Vie

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SAMSUNG CSCJoie De La Vie Sweater (similar) // Gap Button Up // Cameo Skirt (similar, similar)// DKNY Tights // Boutique 9 Booties // Gap Coat (old, similar, similar) // Prada Sunglasses // Saint Laurent Bag (similar under $50)

Happy Friday!! This is my final look from out week in Pittsburgh. I had every intention of taking more outfit pictures but it was just way too cold! I wore this sweater and gird skirt for a day exploring downtown Pittsburgh and lunch atop Mt. Washington. It happened to be one of the only crystal clear days and we were really able to take in the views of the city. It was beautiful!
This skirt has quickly become one of my favorites, last wore it here, and I love how it looks styled with a sweater and collared shirt for a more preppy look. Adding a pop of red to a black and white outfit is always one of my favorite ways to add color and lucky this coat kept me warm enough to do a little exploring.
Have a great weekend!

Thai Curry Soup with Chicken

SAMSUNG CSCWhile it may not be soup weather here in San Diego I know that the majority of the country could use a tasty bowl of soup to warm up! Soup is one of my favorite comfort foods and I am totally serious when I say that I could eat it all day every day, 24/7/365. I’ve always loved the Tom Kha Kai soup that is served at Thai restaurants so I figured that it was time to give it a go and make some at home. What I came up with is a little different than the original but still packs that sweet and tangy taste that makes the soup so delicious. I added loads of veggies and chicken to make it more of a meal and finished it with a big squeeze of lime. Delicious! Here’s how you make it…

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Thai Curry Soup with Chicken:

Ingredients:
– 3 cups chicken stock
– 3 cans light coconut milk
– 2 lbs chicken breast
– 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
– 1/2 cup frozen peas
– 1 onion, diced
– 3 carrots, chopped
– 1 bell pepper, chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 inch fresh ginger minced or shredded
– 3 – 4 tablespoons red curry paste, depending on taste preference
– 2 tablespoons soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon fish sauce (or sub soy sauce)
– 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (add more for spice)
– Juice of 1 lime, plus more to serve
– 2 lemongrass stalks
– EVOO
– cilantro

Directions:
– In a large stock pot sauté onions in olive oil until translucent, about 7 minutes.
– Add garlic, ginger and mushrooms and sauté for another minute. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add coconut milk, curry paste, soy sauce, fish sauce and the lemongrass. Let cook for 10 minutes.
– Add in chicken. I just added the breasts raw and let them cook in the broth for about 30 minutes. You can add cooked/ shredded chicken breast if you prefer.
– Let the soup simmer for at least 30 minutes, the flavors really come together. Taste it and add more curry paste if necessary. Add the carrots, bell pepper and peas and let cook for 10 minutes. Serve with a big sprinkle of cilantro and fresh lime wedge.

Enjoy!

Cozy Cashmere

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 Design History Cashmere Sweater c/o (also LOVE this style) // Gap Button-up // J.Brand Jeans // Boutique 9 Booties // DKNY Coat (similar) // Asos Hat // Saint Laurent Bag (under $50)

Happy Wednesday! I’m back from Pittsburgh and in full on packing mode in preparation for our move! Can’t even believe it’s next week! We had a great time visiting Marc’s family and while I’ve never been quite so cold in my life we were happy to spend time with everyone. One of our first days there we took a little drive to a local ski resort called Seven Springs and had lunch while watching the snowboarders and skiers come down the mountain. It was lightly snowing and so beautiful! I wore this cozy cashmere sweater from Design History that seriously kept me so warm!! I layered a crisp button-up underneath and finished off the look with my favorite black accessories.
Shop my outfit here: