Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we dress like leprechauns!

imageI don’t think it is a secret that pink is my signature color! However, Kelly green is a close second to my beloved pink. If I can’t or don’t purchase an item in pink, I will buy it in green. Today, I decided to go all green, all over. I wore the pants I bought the day before St. Patrick’s Day with a muscle tank top, both in Kelly green from Gap. I bought these pieces separately, but they were meant to be worn together. I needed to break up all the green with an accent color, so I layered on a lightweight ivory cardigan from J. Crew. It has a cute blue seahorse detail and it was only $12 at the J. Crew outlet. I added my mixed metal statement necklace from Banana Republic and my nude Tory Burch bow flats. I scored the Tory’s at the Desert Hills outlet for $145. They go with everything, and you know I love a good bow detail. I love finding things in my closet, that must be worn together!
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Home Economics: Slow cooker sun dried tomato and pesto chicken with zucchini noodles

imageThis recipe is so good and very simple to execute. You simply add a jar of sun dried tomatoes, a jar of pesto, a chopped onion, and two pounds of chicken breast to your crockpot and cook on low for six hours or until the chicken shreds easily. I found the recipe here on Pinterest. The original recipe on Make the Best of Everything suggests that you add the pesto and sun dried tomatoes to the chicken in a Ziplock bag and marinate in the freezer. When you are ready, dump the contents of the bag in the slow cooker in the morning and cook on low until you get home.

imageI thought this recipe sounded good, but I wasn’t happy with the jarred pesto options at my grocery store, so I decided to make my own with kale. It was not difficult to make and it was much healthier than the store-bought version. The kale pesto was made with kale, olive oil, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese in my food processor. Click here for the recipe.

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The Make the Best of Everything website suggested putting the chicken mixture over pasta, but I used my new spiral vegetable slicer to make zucchini noodles. The sun dried tomatoes and pesto create a sauce for the “noodles” so you don’t need to add anything else. You could also use broccoli slaw. The veggies are a much healthier alternative to the pasta. Less calories and carbs!

Homework: What is your favorite crockpot recipe?

Dress Code: Dreaming of fall… Part 2

imageFall is going to be a ball with cute pieces I bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Last week, I promised I would share more of
my purchases, so today I will highlight two additional pieces. You already saw my Vince Camuto leggings and Enzo Angiolini boots last week. They are the base this outfit, as well. This plaid “sweatshirt” is also by Vince Camuto. It’s unique because the plaid portion is sheer and there is a zipper detail down one side. It looks great with these leggings, and I know it will be a very versatile top for the fall. I see myself wearing it with a pencil skirt at work and my boyfriend jeans on the weekend. I topped this outfit with a Jolt coat I bought in the Brass Plum department. It was only $65 and I know I will be wearing it often! It faux leather and lamb and it makes a huge statement with the black and ivory color blocking. I have an amazing black, knit and fur scarf that will look fabulous with this coat. Hopefully there will be a few days cold enough to wear them together! Is summer over, yet?

Homework: What is your favorite piece of fall clothing! Hats, scarves, coats, sweaters, etc?

Home Economics: The “perfect” paleo pancake

imageMy new stove has a griddle flame, and as a result, I’ve become a little obsessed with pancakes. A much as I love them, traditional pancakes are just too heavy for me. So I spent some time in search of the best paleo pancake. I think I found it! Of course, my source was Pinterest. It led me to A Spicy Perspective and this recipe. The pancakes require only three ingredients: bananas, eggs, and coconut flour. I bought the coconut flour at Sprouts, and I used my blender to make the batter. Now, I have to admit, these pancakes don’t look great, but they are delicious! The website where I found the recipe stated that you wouldn’t need syrup since the pancakes are so sweet. I agree! I topped mine with a dollop of vanilla Chobani 100 Greek yogurt.

These are a great weekend breakfast or brunch option! Enjoy!

Homework: What is your favorite paleo breakfast recipe?

Dress Code: Neon and leopard

imageHappy Friday! Today is the perfect day for my neon coral khaki pants from Gap. They are so bright and cheery. I found these pants for $2.97 and then they were 30% off. Best. Deal. Ever! Since the pants make such a bold statement, I decided to keep the rest of the outfit fairly simple. I added a black tunic t-shirt from the Brass Plum department at Nordstrom. It was part of the Anniversary Sale and a steal at $17.99. I then put on my leopard Franco Sarto flats and my adorable, striped Kate Spade bangle. It’s the perfect Friday outfit!

Homework: How would you style neon pants?

Honor Roll: The telescoping selfie arm

imageI live alone, so taking pictures of my daily Dress Code outfits can sometimes be problematic. My arms just aren’t long enough to get the perfect shot! No problem, with this new gadget, the telescoping selfie pole. It’s amazing! It might be the best $10 gadget ever. I found it at Amazon.com and it even qualified for free shopping. It’s totally taking my selfies to a whole new level. I use it in combination with the Cam Me selfie app. For more information on the Cam Me app, please see my March 31, 2014 Cam Me Honor Roll post. The combination of the Cam Me app and my new selfie pole makes my life so much easier! #bloggerproblems

Homework: None! Take tonight off!

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s we wear pink alligators!

imageThis outfit is the perfect way to celebrate a summer Wednesday! Of course, I started with my white Gap boyfriend jeans. I swear they were one of my best all-time purchases. I topped the jeans with a pink, mini cable knit Izod halter top. The green alligator is the epitome of preppy dressing! I bought this darling top a few years ago for $20 at the Lacoste outlet in Carlsbad and I had forgotten about it. Sometimes it’s a good thing to shop in your own closet, as you never know what you will find! I completed the outfit with a pair of pink Tory Burch sandals, another outlet purchase from a year ago. They are the perfect match to my halter top. I only added my Kate Spade initial necklace and bow bracelet. I’m officially ready for some summer fun!

Homework: What’s your favorite summer outfit?

Honor Roll: Cool Brew Celestial Ice Tea

imageI’m always looking for new products that will help me quit my Diet Coke and Crystal Light addiction. I recently discovered this Cool Brew Celestial Ice Tea, and I love it. You add cold water to the tea bags and it brews in approximately five minutes. There’s no wait time while you boil water and then wait again for it to cool down. It’s express ice tea! I bought this box at Sprouts for $3.99. I’m hooked on the raspberry flavor. Plus,it tastes great with Boom Chicka Pop! Try it, I think you will like it!

Homework: What’s your favorite summer drink?

Dress Code: Dreaming of fall…

imageThis is a difficult time of the year for fashionistas! Fall sales are in full swing, yet it is still 80 degrees out. So my cute fall purchases are hanging up and waiting anxiously to be worn. In honor of my favorite season, this week’s dress code posts will highlight my best purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.

I can’t wait to wear this outfit! It’s perfect for a chilly, fall Friday at work and/or dinner and a movie after school. These Vince Camuto leggings are the best. I bought a similar pair last year and wore them all the time. They are a thick knit and hold their shape well. This Caslon black knit tunic is the perfect topper. It’s super flattering because it it long enough to cover my backside, and it will look great with my other leggings and my black skinny jeans. I’m in love with this tan, fur infinity scarf from the Brass Plum. It reminds me of teddy bear fur! It’s the exact color of Christopher Bear, my family’s mascot, and it is so soft and warm. This outfit would look cute with flats, but will look even better with these black leather Enzo Angiolini riding boots. I have freakishly large calves, and I had the hardest time finding fabulous boots that fit. These boots are made for “athletic calves” and fit like a glove! The only other accessories needed are my emerald green Kendra Scott earrings and a gold nail bracelet. I can’t wait for a cold day to wear this perfect fall outfit.

Homework: What is your favorite fall purchase?

Dress Code: Eyelet and leopard meets party fuchsia

imageHere’s a super cute and casual outfit for running errands and lunching or brunching with friends. Yes, I’m still obsessed with my $17 H&M leopard “MC Hammer” pants. They are so comfortable… Seriously, it’s like wearing your pajamas in public! When my friend Stephanie bought her “Hammer” pants last year, I teased her saying it was a slippery slope, maybe she would get too comfortable. Now, I can’t stop wearing mine. I take it all back! To dress up my public pj’s, I added an ivory eyelet t-shirt from the Ann Taylor Loft sale rack and my new favorite Tory Burch “party fuchsia” Reva’s. You are going to be seeing a lot of these shoes. I love them and at $145 they were a great deal at the Desert Hills outlet! I kept the accessories simple by only adding a two-toned pink bangle from Forever 21 and my C. Wonder pink gem studs. It’s the perfect daytime, running around town outfit.

Homework: Would you wear “Hammer” pants?