Create Your Own Sunshine

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Shop: Top – ON SALE, Earrings, Jeans, Shoes

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

Welcome to my Humble Abode

Welcome to my Humble Abode

Hey y’all and welcome back to That Blonde Rebel!

For those of you that are new or are seeking a little apartment inspiration, look no further than my 600 square foot studio.

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Shop: Top, Earrings, Bracelets, Jeans, Heels, Round Mirror, Bedside Tables, Clothes Rack, Couch

Lamps (Ralph Lauren from Homegoods), Mattress (Big Fig), Pillows (Anthropologie and Homegoods), Vase (Target)

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Shop: Rug, Storage Bench, Coasters, Yellow Velvet Pillow, Headband and Hair Accessory Storage, Jewelry Boxes (similar)

Frames (World Market, Target), Prints (Rifle Paper Co, Nordstrom, Happy Mail), Bunny Bust (Anthropologie)

My favorite brands for home decor: Target, Homegoods, Anthropologie, Amazon, and World Market

I hope this post inspires you to add some color into your space!

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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Shop: Dress, Earrings, Sunnies, Shoes

Hope you have a great weekend, y’all!

Lane Bryant’s Magic Flex Waistband

 Thanks to Lane Bryant for sponsoring today’s post!

Happy Thursday, beautiful people!

I am so excited to be partnering with Lane Bryant to introduce you to their NEW Flex Magic Waistband in their most comfortable jeans EVER!

So what is their new flex magic waistband, you ask? It’s a revolutionary stretch waistband with stay-put technology, so the waistband moves with you, leading to all-day comfort when you throw a pair of these bad boys on. I’ve been wearing my new pair for weeks now, and I can truly attest to how great they are!

These jeans are available NOW and you can check them out online and in stores in sizes 10-28!

Plus, you can come hang out with me at the Fairway Plaza on August 17th from 2-4! Besides hanging with yours truly, you’ll also be able to enjoy major savings on LB’s newest jeans for Fall!

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Shop: Kimono, Top, Jeans, Shoes, Hoops

Hope to see you there!

Xx

PSA: Wear What You Want

Happy Monday, friends!

Are we ready for a great week or what? I’ve got some travel this week for work, but have planned out a great week of content!

I wanted to start the week with some body positivity for ya. I can’t tell you how many girls and women have messaged me on Instagram saying, “Oh, I love that, but I could never wear it”

And honestly, why not? What are we so scared of?

We’re living in the dawn of a new age. Curvier gals have more clothing options than ever before and there’s a supportive movement in place. It’s time to let go of the insecurities placed on us by society and festered internally for years making us question our value, our worth. And for what? A couple extra pounds? Shed that self-doubt, that shame. Wear the crop top, let your soul shine, and do whatever you damn well please. For yourself, for your daughters, your sisters, your mothers. Believe in your worth, your value. Your size tag on your clothes, the number on the scale. That doesn’t define you. You know what does? Your kindness, your compassion, your confidence to handle any single thing that presents itself as an obstacle to you.

I wanted to share an outfit oh how I styled this blousy crop top, which is something I typically wouldn’t wear. But I honestly love it, it’s off the shoulder, and flowy. A total winner!

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Shop: Top, Earrings, Skirt (similar here and here), Bracelets (gold bangles, bracelet, bracelet, bracelet)

I hope you have a great week, y’all!

Xx

My Favorite Lippies

Hi, friends!

So glad you’re here today because I’ve got something super fun to share! I’ve rounded up my favorite lippies and they range from $8-$60.

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Shop my favorites lip products below:

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Buxom Plumping Lip Cream – $21

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Maybelline Ink Crayon – $8

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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – $20

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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner – $22, Lipstick – $34

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Pixi LipLift Max Gloss – $14

I hope you enjoyed seeing my faves, I love rotating these!

Xx