Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we wear hot pink and camo!

imageI love pink, bows and camo, so, of course, I ❤️ this outfit! Figuring out new ways to wear these camo khakis from Gap, is a challenge I willingly accept. This week I added this adorable pink bow tank top from Banana Republic and I was done! My Coach wedges, C. Wonder clutch, and a few bracelets completed the outfit. Oh, and my Chanel sunnies take an outfit to the next level. Effortless and chic!

Homework: What would you wear with camo khakis?

Home Economics: Lobster ravioli casserole

imageHere is another quick and simple recipe for you that can be easily customized.

You only need a few ingredients. I bought these choices at Trader Joe’s, but you can find similar products at any grocery store.

Ingredients:
Ravioli, I bought the TJ’s lobster ravioli
Pasta sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese

I have made this casserole in a 9×9 dish and a 13×9, it depends on how many people you need to serve. These two packages of Lobster Ravioli will work best in a 9×9 pan. First, cook ravioli according to package directions. Shoot for al dente, since the ravioli will continue to cook in oven. Start by putting a layer of pasta sauce at the bottom of the casserole dish. Then add a layer of ravioli and a layer of mozzarella cheese. Add another layer of sauce, ravioli and cheese. You could also add in other options like sautéed spinach. If you were using cheese ravioli, you could layer in meat or sausage. Bake the casserole at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, take it out and add a layer of parmesan cheese and return to the oven until bubbly, about 7-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Homework: What would you add to this ravioli casserole?

Dress Code: Outlet shopping in style!

imageLast week I spent two days in the desert with two of my college sorority sisters. We thought it would be fun to hit the Desert Hills outlets and spend the night at Casino Morongo. We had a great time! We picked up a few really good deals and shared a ton of laughs.

On day one of shopping, I wore my favorite Bitten seersucker pants. They are lightweight and perfect for the desert heat. I wore them with a $5 black tube top I bought last week at H&M. The tube top was perfect for trying on clothes. In most stores I just put tops and sweaters over the tube top, which made for quick shopping since I didn’t have to go into the dressing room! My black Tory Burch sandals and my new Kate Spade initial necklace completed the outfit. I added my trusty beach market fedora after we were done shopping.

On day two of shopping, I wore my Joe’s boyfriend jeans with an eyelet top from Old Navy. I wore a neon pink lace cami under the eyelet top, so, of course, I had to add my Kendra’s Scott necklace. I wore the same sandals and hat with this outfit. It was actually a little cold this day, so this outfit was perfect.

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I bought two pairs of Tory Burch flats at the TB outlet… One pair of party fuchsia Reva’s and a pair of nude patent leather bow flats. I’m in love with both pairs of shoes!

I bought a ton of cardigans! I added three more short-sleeved cardigans from Ann Taylor Loft to my collection. They were only $15 each. I bought a yellow, red, and another black one, since I’ve worn the heck out of the one I have! The J. Crew outlet had the best deals. Everything on the sale rack was an additional 60% off. That
means $12 cardigans and a few other good deals. Banana Republic is usually a gold mine at the outlets. I found a couple of things, but overall was disappointed.

imageI won $70 playing penny slots at the casino, so on day two, I went back to the Kate Spade outlet to buy two bracelets and a necklace… They were free with my winnings!

I try to hit the outlets a few times a year. I never know what I will find! I try to be smart and not get carried away just because something is cheap. I really
liked that we had all day on Wednesday to shop and then we went back for a quick trip on Thursday to buy the things we were still thinking about! We would also have had an opportunity to return purchases we regretted… That didn’t happen! We were happy with all we bought!

Homework: What would you wear to outlet shop?

Passing Notes: I like big sales and I cannot lie…

imageInfo I do like big sales, and the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is my annual opportunity to stock up on basics that I will wear all year long. There is a lot of buying and returning while I am making major decisions. I like to take things home, and try them on with other pieces I own. Once I have my final purchases decided, I will post and share them. I did pick out great items this year!

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In the meantime, I wanted to share one of my best and most useful purchases. From my other posts, you can tell that I work out a lot. I always wear Nike shoes, mostly LuLu Lemon tops and Zella capris. The Zella Live In capris are part of the Anniversary sale each year, so I buy enough to last until next summer. I used to buy LuLu Lemon pants, but they are so expensive. The Zella capris go on sale for $28.90 and I usually buy at least four pairs. It’s almost three pairs of Zella’s for the price of one pair of LuLu’s. The ones I bought last year are still in good condition, too! I always wash them inside out, I don’t put them in the dryer, and I hang them over my banister to dry. The black slim fit are my favorite, but I have branched out and bought a few of their fun colors. This year, I bought the royal blue version.

Her is a little known fact… Zella is the Nordstrom house brand of workout wear and it’s very similar to LuLu Lemon quality, as Zella allegedly poached one of LuLu’s top designers.

Homework: What’s your favorite brand of workout clothes?

Honor Roll: Boom Chicka Pop

imageIf you are looking for a low calorie and super filling snack, you need to try Boon Chicka Pop! It delicious! It’s great to grab and go! The sea salt flavor is my favorite and only 35 calories per cup. You can make single servings by portioning out the entire bag in Ziplock bags that are easy to take to work or to the movies! I might have hidden a bag of this treat in my purse last time I went to the movies. I bought my bag at Sprouts. You need to try it!

Homework: What’s your favorite low calorie snack?

Dress Code: Neon, pattern, and bling… it’s my thing!

imageI love today’s outfit! I found this INC dress on the sale rack at Macy’s for $12. I kept it in my closet for a long time and wasn’t ready to wear it until recently. Today, I decided to go bold. I paired this bright patterned dress with my neon yellow cardigan from J. Crew. Then, I piled on the bling! Three rhinestone necklaces… from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and J. Crew were exactly what this dress and sweater combo needed. I then grounded the outfit with my black Coach wedges. This is the type of outfit that makes you standout, as you certainly can’t fly under the radar wearing these bright colors!

Homework: How do you style bright colors?

Home Economics: A $5 bouquet can brighten your whole day… and house!

imageI love having fresh flowers in my house. Since, I’m pretty frugal, I like to get the most out of the bouquets I buy. I collect small vases and jars and have them on hand for when I purchase or receive a bouquet of flowers. The farmers market is a great source for inexpensive flowers. I bought this bunch of lavender mini roses for $5 at the farmers market near my house.

imageFirst, I gather up the vases and jars I want to use. Empty spice and jam jars are cute and free! I grab my shears and get to work. I try to end up with groupings of three for display purposes.

imageOnce I have the vases filled, I display them up all around my living room. So for $5, I have brightened the whole room!

Homework: What is your favorite type of flower?

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we wear red, leopard, and pearls!

imageI am in love with my new Tory Burch leopard pumps. When I saw this red dress on the sale rack at Banana Republic for $30, I knew I had to have it to wear with my new favorite shoes. I had a meeting at the district office and a big luncheon to attend, so I needed a special outfit. The red dress was a great find! It’s sleeveless, so I topped it with my black, short-sleeved cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft. I then added a pearl and ribbon necklace that I bought a million years ago at Nordstrom. The leopard pumps were the icing on this cake! Simple pieces, but put together they created a very polished outfit.

Homework: What would you wear with these Tory Burch leopard shoes?

Honor Roll: True Foods

imageTrue Foods at Fashion Island is one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County. I’ve never ordered anything that wasn’t amazing! The menu is seasonal and everything is customizable. If you can’t decide between salads, they will split the two you want. You can also order half portions and combine dishes. Click here to check out the menu. My favorite things to order are the street tacos and the shaved turkey pita sandwich. They give you a choice of their kale salad or sweet potato hash as a side, or you can have a combo, which I always order.

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I love the communal dining table on the patio. It’s fun to sit outside and see what other people are ordering. We always end up chatting with our neighbors and checking out their dishes. True Foods is my go-to place to take friends who are visiting the area. It’s also a great place to meet for a first date! :)

This is how True Foods website describes their vibe:

You don’t have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen. You need only a desire to give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable. The basis for the anti-inflammatory diet isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors, it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living. With a wide, healthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free options we offer something for everyone. Try the kale and quinoa, you’ll live longer. Drink the seabuckthorn and acai, you’ll feel better. At True Food Kitchen, we want you to feel better, live longer, and make your mouth happy in the process. It’s honest food that tastes really good.

If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! My friend Christy is super picky and she requests that we eat their each time she visits.

Homework: What is your favorite restaurant?

Dress Code: Seersucker and lace puts a smile on my face!

imageSummer dressing is so much fun! Today, I decided to honor the lovely weather with seersucker and pastel lace. These seersucker pants are preppy and classic. They always make me smile. You might remember from an earlier post, that these pants are from Sarah Jessica Parker’s Bitten line and were only $14. I found this pastel pink lace topped t-shirt at Forever 21 for less than $20. I thought my gold Tory Burch ballet flats were the perfect match for this outfit. Adding my camo clutch and pearl studs from C. Wonder and some wrist bling completed the look.