Dress Code: Birthday party fun!

imageLast night I celebrated a dear friends birthday down in San Diego. The invitation for the party stated the dress code was “dive bar casual.” I knew I would start with my Joe’s boyfriend jeans, as they are perfect dive bar attire. I then added a black, gold-studded Michael Kors t-shirt and my hot pink Kendra Scott tassel necklace. Next, I piled on the Kate Spade bracelets and put on my leopard and lace Tory Burch pumps. I was ready to go! It was a fun outfit and a great party to celebrate my friend Duane’s birthday!

Homework: What would you wear to a “dive bar casual” party?

Dress Code: Coral and stripes and everything nice!

imageWe are still experiencing a heat wave and it is sooooooo hot! My short sleeved cardigans come in handy when the heat is rising. They keep me cool and covered up. Today, I wore a coral short-sleeved cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft with a black and white striped a-line pleated dress from Banana Republic. The best part of this dress is that it has pockets! To kick the outfit up a notch, I added a coral statement necklace from Banana Republic and it matched the cardigan perfectly! My Coach wedges finished off the look. This dress makes a very bold statement, so I don’t wear it very often. When I do wear it, I always get compliments.

Homework: what would you wear to work during a heat wave?

Home Economics: Chicken “noodle” soup

imageI recently stumbled upon a crockpot chicken noodle soup recipe on Pinterest. I thought it would be interesting to make the soup recipe and swap out the wide egg noodles for zucchini noodles made with my spiralizer. I sort of followed the recipe on the Jo Cooks website. I always add more veggies, so I doubled the amount of carrots, celery, and onion. I put all the ingredients in the crockpot before I went to bed and let it cook overnight. I’m keeping the zucchini noodles in a separate container and will add them in before heating up each serving.

I love my spiralizer and enjoy finding new ways to swap out pasta for vegetable noodles.

Homework: How would you use vegetable noodles?

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we are minty fresh!

imageWe are experiencing quite the heat wave in sunny Southern California this week. It’s hot, but air conditioners are on blast, so layers are a must. You need to be ready for both extremes, indoors or outdoors. Today, I wore my black and tan polka dot sundress from Ann Taylor with a mint green cardigan from J. Crew. I love the huge bow that can be made from this dress’ sash. I added a mint green ombré pendant necklace that perfectly matched my cardigan and my Coach wedges and I was ready for a busy day.

Homework: How do you dress for the extreme heat and air conditioning?

Home Economics: Pumpkin Overnight Oats

imageThis overnight oats recipe is so easy to make and it tastes so good! I found the original recipe on Pinterest and then times the recipe by 7 so I would have my breakfast ready for the whole week. Click here for the recipe.

I bought all my ingredients at Sprouts and found that the bulk oats and the chia seeds were by far the best buy. The best part of this recipe is that everything expands overnight in the refrigerator, especially the chia seeds. It’s such a filling and delicious breakfast.

Homework: What is your favorite oatmeal recipe?

Dress Code: Showing my school spirit in pearls and plaid!

imageSpirit days at my school are so much fun! Each grade level is assigned a class color: red, white, or blue. Since I represent all grades, I always wear all three colors. So, I decided to recycle my 4th of July shirt and pearls combo. I wore a red, white, and blue plaid shirt from Banana Republic with navy khaki pants from Gap. My navy Cole Hahn wedges were perfect for a day that involved a ton of steps and running around. To jazz up the outfit, I piled on my long pearls from C. Wonder(worn as a triple strand) and a pearl bow necklace from Ann Taylor Loft. Pearls and plaid are a fabulous combination!

Homework: How would you incorporate red, white, and blue into a spirit day outfit?

Dress Code: This shirt “bee” on repeat!

imageThis hot pink, bee print shirt from Banana Republic is just too cute! I seriously can’t even handle it. I wore it to work last week with a pencil skirt and knew it would look equally adorable on the weekend. I wore it to a casual party with my white Gap boyfriend jeans and my black Tory Burch sandals. I stacked on a few Kate Spade bracelets and my gold hoop earrings and I was ready for the party. I love adding items to my wardrobe that can be dressed up for work and can also be worn with casual pieces on the weekend.

Homework: What would you wear with this bee print shirt?

Dress Code: One LBD… two ways

imageLast night was my school’s Back to School. I knew I wasn’t going to have time to go home and change between the end of the school day and the start of the evening event, so I needed to get creative. I decided to use my black sheath dress from Banana Republic as a base and create two unique outfits with it.

For my daytime look(on the left), I wore the dress with a black bow belt from Banana Republic and my black and tan Cole Hahn spectator wedges. I completed the outfit with a neon geometric cardigan from Gap and my hot pink Kendra’s Scott tassel necklace. It was a perfect school day outfit.

Right before Back to School Night, I made a quick switch-a-roo! I swapped out the cardigan out for a black and white fitted blazer and then changed to a leopard print belt. I love mixing stripes and leopard. I then added a hot pink statement necklace, which makes this entire outfit from Banana Republic. The only non-Banana item was my Coach wedges. This outfit was professional and polished. My walkie talkie and clipboard completed the look!

Using a simple black dress as a base was an easy solution for two events in one day. I’m glad I didn’t have to pack a separate outfit in a garment bag, drag it to school, and then find a place to hang it during the day.

Homework: What do you have in your closet that can do double duty for daytime and evening events?

Passing Notes: Dollar Tree heaven!

imageHave you been to a Dollar Tree lately? I had a few extra minutes before a meeting tonight, and I happened upon a Dollar Tree store. OMG, caps, I found so many awesome things. It was a good thing that I didn’t have a lot of time, because I could have done some serious damage. This is what I found in ten minutes…
2 sets of Halloween coasters that would be great as a hostess gift
25 Halloween treat bags
2 Halloween cupcake kits because I love cupcakes
16 gold medal winner necklaces for my office staff to wear on spirit day
12 dollar sign bling rings that I had to have, why, I don’t know!
4 multi packs of Extra gum that will be given as gifts with a “you are EXTRAordinary!” gift tag

I WILL be back with more money and more time!

Homework: 99 Cent Store or Dollar Tree?

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we wear necklaces that would make Mr. T jealous

imageToday I wore my awesome “Mr. T” statement necklace. Each time I wear it I want to say, “I pity the fool who doesn’t own a fabulous necklace like this one,” in Mr. T’s voice. This necklace is so amazing, it needs a simple backdrop so it stands out even more. I decided to wear it with my best LBD from Anthropology and my black Coach wedges. This outfit is classic, with a edge! I’m so glad I parked outside of the Off 5th Saks 5th Avenue outlet and cut through to get to Banana Republic. During this short cut, this necklace caught my eye and it was only $34. I knew I had to have it!

Homework: How would you wear this “Mr. T” style necklace?