Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Over The Knee Boot Trend

I was late to the Over the Knee Boot trend having bought my first pair last year (see this post) but they soon became my favorite purchase. I wasn't sure how practical they would be or how often I'd wear them. But I've actually wore them 7 times in a year! How do I know that you ask? lol I use the Stylebook app to organize my closet. I love how OTK boots seem to make an outfit feel luxe and they are perfect for fall and winter seasons. The boots I got are flat so they are very comfortable to wear but still feel dressy. You can wear them with a sweater dress, a skirt, over skinny jeans or here I paired it with a fit and flare dress. These have definitely become one of my favorite purchases as they are keep you warm and are great for when you don't want to wear tights with your dresses.

I challenge you to try one of the hottest trends of the season, even if you are skeptical if you can pull them off. They elevate any outfit they are paired with! Below you have so many choices to choose from in many colors, I think you will be pleasantly surprised how well they will work for you. If you have wide calves, some of the linked shoes have elastic at the top so you can move with ease. Some of the boots have side zippers to make it easier to put on. The super tall ones are reminiscent of the boots Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman. I hope you find the perfect pair!

I also want to show you how another bloggers styled their boots in a way that I love. Check out
Taylor's post.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How to Style Faux Leather Pants

I've spent the last two Sundays watching the Game of Thrones. Yes I'm the last person who has never seen an episode! So my friend is changing that by starting a weekly Sunday night viewing party.

It doesn't seem to feel like fall here yet, the trees aren't turning colors and the temperature is still 80s with high humidity. But once the cool weather hits, I like to break out my faux leather pants as they go with anything and give everything an edgier look. I just bought my first pair last year! It's a nice alternative from boring black pants. Now I feel that every gal should have a pair of faux leather pants. Mine only have faux leather on the front, but I have another pair that is just a faux leather strip on the side. You can also pair faux leather pants with an over-sized sweater or a plain white tee, they're very versatile. I paired these pants with a black tunic, taupe hat and pointy shoes. I don't normally wear all black outfits, but I thought this combo made a statement.  I absolutely love the natural glow these pics got from the golden hour sun. 

Once again I'm collaborating with other fab fashion bloggers and who are also are sharing their favorite ways to wear leather. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Trader Joe's New Fall Items

A new Trader Joe's opened up in my city so my mom and I went opening day to check it out. Here are some new foods that have quickly become my favorites.

Cornbread Crisps
Crunchy crackers that taste just like cornbread that are sweet & salty.

Butternut squash mac & cheese
This is absolutely to die for!!!! It's so cheesey with a touch of squash.

Organic Reduced Sugar Cherry Preserves
with 50% less sugar than regular cherry preserves

The next three items I used to always buy at Whole Foods so now I'm excited to find them being offered at Trader Joe's at for cheaper.

Maca Powder
Ancient Peruvian women would give Maca to their men before they went off to battle because it contains high amounts of protein and has been known to energize the central nervous system. For centuries, maca root has been used to combat stress and fatigue. Tosca Reno recommends using maca for weight loss because it's a strong hormone regulator - helpful for weight loss. You can add it to your oatmeal or protein shakes.

Nutritional Yeast
Fortified with B vitamins, these golden flakes provides three grams of protein. I flavor my tofu with it.

 Coconut Aminos
Similar in taste to soy sauce but with less salt and no soy ingredients. Made in Sri Lanka, organic coconut sap is hand-harvested and fermented, then boiled to create an amino-rich sauce—13 amino acids. 

Curried Carrot & Cashew Dip
Similar to hummus, it's a veggie-and-nut based dip.

Just Mango Slices
This is my crack! It's dried mango slices with no added sugar that tastes just like candy! Be careful though TJ's sells the same product with sugar so make sure you pick up the right package. It looks prettier in person.
Just Mango Slices
Cauliflower crust pizza

Organic Kabocha Squash
You can use this frozen squash to make this delicious curry.

Apple Caramel Greek Yogurt
This tastes thick and delicious!
Apple Caramel Greek Yogurt
Butternut Squash Parmigiana
Butternut Squash Parmigiana

Spiced Cider

Pumpkin Marble Mousse Bar 
Pumpkin cheesecake over a brownie base. My mom and I split one package so we wouldn't eat the whole thing. I pre-cut them into pieces so that I only grab one serving at a time.

Related posts:
13 Trader Joe's Foods You Have to Try This Fall
Trader Joe's Fall Favorites
It's Pumpkin Season!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

White After Labor Day

I think this rule is broken so much that it’s no longer a rule. I wear white year-round, especially in the winter time when I love doing all white outfits. In the fall white jeans can be paired with your favorite chunky sweater. Can we talk about this sweater? A sleeveless sweater is perfect for transitional weather.

Over the weekend I visited the Arboretum and while the leaves haven’t turned colors yet, it was still a nice visit to see the gardens and bonsai trees. The weather was 70 degrees, breezy, and colder in the shade. So, this sweater gave me the perfect amount of warmth. I really like the ivory on white combo. I wrote it with Old Navy’s Rockstar distressed jeans whose fit is amazing. I paired this look with comfy shoes since I had to do a lot of walking to explore the place.  I was also thrilled to break out my wool floppy hat. I think the plum bag and hat make the outfit look more fall.

I'm so excited to share with all of you that I will be collaborating with 9 other fashionable ladies over the next month to bring you some amazing fall fashion content!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Must See Fall TV Shows 2017

Will & Grace
I'm so excited Will & Grace has returned to the air after a 11 year hiatus! I was laughing so hard during last week's premiere. Seems like quite a few shows are coming back: Full House, Roseanne, and Dynasty. You might remember that Karen was friends with Trump so the entire episode was very political which I heard turned off some people. Before the Nov. election, the cast got together to do a political PSA video, and that led to them thinking about doing the show again so I assume that's why this first episode was so political. You'll also notice that Megan Mullally has as slimmer figure since we last saw her.

The cast was on the Megyn Kelly show, the new 9am hour of the Today show and afterwards Debra Missing wrote in the comments under one of her instagram pics that she regretted being on there, here's the video. I think I was more surprised a celebrity was responding to comments on instagram! lol  The show has already been picked up for a second season so I look forward to watching! You can catch it Thursdays at 9pm on NBC or you can watch it for free online if you missed it. Reminds me of the good old days when all my favorite TV shows were on Thursday nights: Seinfeld, Will and Grace, Frasier, Without a Trace, and CSI.

Seal Team
There's a few military inspired shows this season, but the critiques seem to give Seal Team their stamp of approval. The show follows an elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes clandestine operations around the world. You can catch it Wednesdays at 9pm on CBS.

I'm also watching the new seasons of Dancing with the Stars and Modern Family. One of my most popular posts this year is What's New on Netflix  and if you like Orange is the New Black I highly recommend the Australian version Wentworth. What are you watching this fall?

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