I eyed this Bauble Bar statement necklace at Nordstrom for the last couple of months… and now it’s mine.
Funny story, I went to Nordstrom last weekend to return two bracelets that I bought during the summer Anniversary Sale. The bracelets were really cute, but would not stay closed. I thought I paid the sale price of $17.99 for each bracelet, but when the sales associate looked up my purchase, it turned out I paid $28 for each bracelet. This amazing Bauble Bar statement necklace was on sale for $30, and since I returned the two bracelets, it was technically FREE! Yay!
I wanted to wear this necklace with something fun, so of course, I pulled out my favorite Gap camo khakis. I paired them with a black tunic from Brass Plum at Nordstrom and my Coach wedges. I added a few Kate Spade bracelets and I was ready for a great day.
I’ve been waiting almost a year to wear this graphic t-shirt! I found this anti-drug muscle t-shirt at Forever 21 last year, about a week after Red Ribbon Week, an annual event in October that promotes a healthy lifestyle and no drug use. It was on $12.99 and I had to have it! I knew I would wear it the day of our Red Ribbon assembly. I decided to wear the shirt with my H & M leopard print “Hammer” pants and a vintage Classiques black blazer from Nordstrom. It was a fun outfit with a great message!
Halloween is right around the corner and I really hate dressing up. I always try to figure out a clever costume that is mostly made up of my own clothes. This year, we have a Halloween dress up day and dance on Friday the 24th and then I have a couple of parties Halloween weekend. I saw an idea on Pinterest and ran with it! I decided to be a bank robber since I had almost all the components in my closet. I started with a black and white striped long sleeved t-shirt that I bought over Columbus weekend at Banana Republic. Everything was 40% off, so this leather trimmed top was only $25. I’m going to wear it with black leggings, a plain black beanie, and black gloves. I needed to buy two things to complete the costume. The black mask that I found at Party City for $3.99 was perfect. The next item was a little more challenging. I needed a money bag. I found a plain canvas bag at Walmart for .99 cents and then bought black puffy paint, also .99 cents. I sketched a large dollar sign on the tote and the painted it with the puffy paint. Done!
This dress is one of my favorite purchases from the Gap. It was on sale and a great deal. It’s very simple and super comfortable. It’s perfect for a busy morning when I need to get ready quickly after my morning workout. I threw it on in a hurry and added my Kate Spade orange Popsicle pendant necklace. My navy Cole Hahn wedges completed the look. I love that the Popsicle necklace perfectly matches the bottom stripe on the dress.
Homework: What is your favorite fall color block look?
If you haven’t yet tried one of my soups or stews, you HAVE to make this one! It’s the best! I stumbled upon this recipe years ago when I started at a Crossfit gym and learned about the Paleo lifestyle. I originally found this pumpkin chili recipe on Feed Me Paleo. Click here for the original recipe.
All the ingredients can easily be found at Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store. Of course, I had to modify the recipe a bit. I used 2 lbs of ground turkey instead of 3 lbs and added a bag of shredded carrots. I also had some extra zucchini noodles, or zoodles, so I threw them in as well. There is something about the combination of the chipotle salsa and the pumpkin flavor that tastes soooo good. This recipe is on constant rotation all fall. It’s great on its own, but it is even better over a baked sweet potato. Enjoy!
You can easily make a vegetarian version of this chili by swapping out the meat for beans and more veggies.
Homework: What would you serve with this pumpkin chili?
I needed a few fall gifts to hand out at work and I came up with a fun idea! I had these pearl and rhinestone initial stickers left over from another project and thought they would look adorable as monograms on mini pumpkins. These pumpkins were .69 cents each at Trader Joe’s and the stickers were less than $5 a package at Michael’s. I cleaned the pumpkins with soap and water and completely dried them before applying the stickers. So easy! These will look great on the desks in the front office.
You could easily modify this idea by using larger pumpkins and stickers. Spelling out words like “boo” or “thanks” would look fabulous on a mantel. Metallic Sharpie pens would also work well to accent the stickers. The possibilities are endless!
Homework: How would you decorate these mini pumpkins?
Today was all about the accessories! I wore my black and white, geometric print pleated skirt from Banana Republic with my black and gold studded Michael Kor’s t-shirt. Then I started piling on a ton of fun jewelry. I liked the way yesterday’s necklaces looked, so I found three more to wear together. I started with a long gold mini tassel necklace from C. Wonder, then added a single tassel pendant necklace from Ann Taylor, and finished the look with a vintage Chanel button charm that I bought at a Christmas boutique. The bracelets came next! I started with my hot pink, Kate Spade leather bow bracelet for a pop if color. A few more Kate Spade bangles and a multi-strand leather and chain bracelet from Forever 21 created the perfect arm party! Lots of accessories for a fun day!
Today, I wore a really simple navy and maroon jersey striped dress that I recently bought at the Gap factory store at the Carlsbad outlet mall. The dress was only $30 and it’s a great grab and go option. It’s perfect for mornings when I need to get ready at the gym, since it doesn’t wrinkle and will roll up nicely in my gym bag. Since the dress is rather plain, I decided to play with necklaces of varying lengths. I wore three of my favorites and I think they really compliment one another. I layered my Kate Spade “one in a million” initial disk necklace with my Coach heart locket, and my C. Wonder “H” script necklace. I love the way the necklaces make the dress stand out! Now I’m looking at all my necklaces and trying to figure out other combinations to layer together.
Homework: Have you tried layering necklaces? Share your ideas with us!
I wear my leopard “MC” Hammer pants from H & M on days I know are going to be super busy. They are so comfortable, almost like pajamas! Today, I wore them with a simple black tunic from the Brass Plum at Nordstrom and my Coach wedges. If I wear these pants with flats, they look really casual. As soon as I add a heel or wedge, it instantly dresses up the pants and makes them appropriate for work. To complete my look for the school day, I added my hot pink Kendra Scott tassel necklace and a hot pink Kate Spade bangle bracelet. If I’m wearing leopard and black, I almost always add hot pink as an accent color. It’s such a fun color combination!
My pumpkin obsession continues with the easiest recipe ever! All you need for the world’s greatest pumpkin cookies is a box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin. That’s it! Click here for the official recipe on the Cookies and Cups website. It’s so simple!
You can add frosting to the cookies or make them into muffins. You could also add chocolate chips or toffee bits! The possibilities are endless!
A box of cake mix with a can of pumpkin and the cookie recipe would make an awesome hostess gift!
Homework: What would you add to the pumpkin cookie recipe?