Fall Transitions

Y’all.

We are well into September now and I for one am so excited to transition to cooler tones and sweater weather pieces!

Now we are not there (by any means) yet for sweater weather, but dark florals are a perfect place to start.

I absolutely love this pleated skirt and thought it was so fun to pair my beloved Gucci belt with it. I love mixing high and low end pieces for a pulled together look.

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Hope you’ve had a great Thursday, friends!

Be sure to stop back by next week where I’m sharing how to wear this skirt as a dress.

Xx

Create Your Own Sunshine

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Sometimes we get down, am I right? Could be a bad day at work, could be a fight with your best friend, could just be waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

Sharing y’all’s tips from Stories a few weeks back for when you’re having a bad day:

  • Make a list of things you did well
  • Do something kind for someone else (acts of service – put kindness out into the universe)
  • Enjoy a glass of wine and get to bed early
  • Treat yourself – from a chocolate shake, to a massage, to a new pair of earrings, treat yourself to something that will put a smile on your face!
  • Call your mom (or best friend) – there’s nobody that knows you better and sometimes just talking out what’s bothering you with someone who has your absolute best interest at heart is calming
  • Get outside and get your blood pumping. Go for a walk, a run, a cycling class. Release those endorphins, girl!
  • Take a hot bath
  • Pray
  • Write a journal entry of all the things you’re grateful for
  • Turn on your favorite song and D-A-N-C-E

I hope this list helps you if you’re feeling down or need a pick-me-up.

Create your own sunshine, friends!

Xx

Barefoot Contessa’s Crab Mac n Cheese

Hey friends!

Happy Labor Day! I’ve been at my parents’ house all weekend and on Saturday, we had a delicious dinner of crab legs and steak. We ended up with leftover crab and decided to put it to good use and try out some crab mac and cheese.

I’m putting the recipe below if you want to try it out for yourself!

Ingredients:

  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound cavatappi or elbow macaroni
  • 1 quart milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups)
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster or crab meat
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster or crab and stir well. Place the mixture in 6 to 8 individual gratin dishes.
  4. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

Here’s our finished product below

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Enjoy!

Xx

The Prettiest OTS Number

It’s Friday, y’all! Hallelujah!

It’s going to be a busy weekend. I’m on my way back to Houston from Alabama and gearing up for a a charity cycling class and hosting Lane Bryant’s denim event! Then on Sunday, I’m going to a friend’s baby girl’s baptism.

I wanted to share this gorgeous dress and can’t wait to wear it into Fall!

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Hope you have a great weekend, y’all!