Friday, July 28, 2017

Royal Obsession: Blue & Gold Details

Wow, Friday already?! This was such a busy week for me! I wasn’t sure if I was even going to have the time to crank something out for the blog. Work has been crazy hectic and I’m still house hunting like crazy. The housing market in North Dallas is such a nightmare.  Since so many people are moving here from Cali, where the prices are outrageous, you have to be ready to pay asking price or higher within 24 hours of a house going on the market. This is at least the case for the new homes or neighborhoods that I’ve been looking into. I just keep trucking on and will hopefully find something before the year is up! Fingers crossed.

Today I’m stepping a little out of my comfort zone. This is just a “hey, look I have cute clothes on” post, haha, or more like a style feature. I really just wanted a chance to show off these super cute shoes because I'm in love with them! I don’t really like having pictures taken of me so this was a little different. I’m going to try to do more and more because I want this blogging journey to be an outlet for creative and pushing me to do new things! Two main staples for me, regardless of season, are blue and gold. It really doesn’t matter what shade of blue, I love it! And I honestly used to despise yellow gold but it is really making its way into my heart lately! I think that means I'm getting older *sigh*

Friday, July 21, 2017

Top 5 #Nsale Must Haves for Fall

Happy Friday!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open to the public! RUN RUN RUN! Some items are already sold out - booo. One of my favorite scarves that I somehow missed when I made my purchase last week is now sold out but you better believe that it is still on my wish list and I have my fingers crossed that it will get restocked! (EDIT: It's restocked & on it's way to me!)

Today is just a super quick post on the 5 things that you NEED for this fall to build an entire look. I am a big believer on building an outfit around an accessory like a handbag or shoes. This is why I think if you choose to splurge on anything that it should be one of those! For these top five items, I am building it around some adorable booties. Let's jump right in it because I don't want you to waste any time on getting those Nordstrom deals!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Best Dessert You'll Ever Have: Nutella Raspberry Cheesecake Dip

As I was telling you last week, we (The Cocooners & I) had our Real Housewives of Orange County watch party and made some delicious treats! The recipe that I’m sharing with you today is so yummy and will be my new go to dessert for parties or family gatherings. For this recipe, I used Nutella as the base flavor and although I chose to add raspberry preserves, you could really add any fruit or nut to make a delicious combo! Cheesecake dips are everywhere and now that I’ve made one, I can see why!

If you read last week’s post you know that I made a savory dish (Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread) and a sweet dish, this recipe. I typically gather my inspiration from Pinterest as it is now the Google of the recipe world! As I scrolled through there were so many variations for cheesecake dips, and I thought it would be something good to try since I have never even made a cheesecake. I didn’t want this recipe to be a cumbersome recipe with lots of ingredients so I tried to keep it as simple as possible. Voila, 4 ingredients plus a topping or mix in and you don’t have to bake or chill anything! This recipe also made a good amount but there still won’t be leftovers (it’s that good!) I don’t want to delay this recipe any longer because my mouth is watering as I type this out, mmmmmm.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Newbie: Early Access + Giveaway!

Happy Friyay!

I am jumping on the "Yay!  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale" bandwagon. I wasn't planning on it but I thought, oh why not! I shopped round 1 of the sale last night and stuck to my budget pretty well. Although with that being said, I still have a few items sitting in my cart until public access starts next Friday, or until I win one of the many gift card  giveaways that are out there right now including this one over on  The Cocooners! My thought is that if it is still there by the time it opens to the public, then it was meant to be and I have to have it! 

I wanted to give a quick look at some of the great finds that you can get so far! Remember that some of these items may sell out before public access starts but I will keep this post updated if that does happen to any of my items. If you are waiting until public access, I definitely suggest scouting out your picks now and adding them to your wish list online. It will be much quicker to already have them waiting for you when you get access to buy them!

Let's get down to business, shall we? 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Premiere Watch Party Recipe: Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread

Happy Wednesday loves!

Does anyone else think this is perhaps the longest week ever? The week after a beautifully short week is just always so tough!  It probably didn’t help that Monday night, The Cocooners and I threw a Real Housewives of Orange County watch party, which made it feel like the weekend when the week had only just begun. We will really just take any excuse for us to have a party and try out new recipes with each other and get dressed up (not the case this time around, we were in full comfy mode).

First off, let me just say that I love RHOC. I know, I know, don’t judge me, it’s a very guilty pleasure! I have been watching it since the beginning and I just can’t stop! I think my favorite part is how much their faces change over the years, haha. It is kind of like a car accident you can’t look away from. Don’t worry, since we are Dallas ladies, we will have another night of shenanigans when Real Housewives of Dallas comes back next month too. I am getting ahead of myself now so let me get back on track! We had a delicious spread for ourselves complete with Pina Coladas for National Pina Colada Day. Camille made some amazing Crostinis so make sure to check The Cocooners for the recipe coming soon!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Why am I blogging?

What am I doing?

Hello old friends (& new). It has been quite some time since I made a commitment to be consistent with blogging and for that, I’m not even sorry. Why you ask? I needed a break!! Not just from blogging but social media in general, so I took a step back to catch my breath. And this is my first post in MONTHS but sadly, it will be a bit boring to some of you so I will throw in some pretty pictures of life lately & some favorite looks from my fav bloggers to keep you interested.

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