Hits and Misses

After a flurry of fall shopping (my wallet is currently on lockdown), I need to be honest about what pieces worked and what didn’t. I’m trying my best to get pieces that a. fit correctly (which means going into the dreaded fitting room), and b. the price per wear makes it worth it (i.e. I will wear it a lot, especially if it’s pricier).

Keepers

This dress from J.Crew is everything! I do not buy a ton of clothing from J.Crew, especially since they’ve recently been getting flack for poor quality. I saw this dress online and in stores, tried it on, and knew I needed it. This will be a workhorse for me because: it’s 3/4 sleeves (cardigan/blazer optional!), machine washable, substantial enough for fall and winter, and a flattering sheath silhouette. I got the blue, but I’m thinking I might keep an eye out for a sale and get the black as well.

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My coat game is going to be very strong this year. I did in fact get this Trina Turk jacket from Nordstrom on sale. I love it! It is very flattering, comfortable, and so chic!

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Returns

I thought this blazer from Ann Taylor would be a go-to, but I was wrong. It was billed as a tweed blazer, but when I got it in the mail, I realized it was more of a flimsy, chunky sweater texture. Plus, it was unlined which made it look rumpled. The fit was also too big and thus unflattering, so it was a no. Sometimes Ann Taylor’s quality leaves something to be desired. No wonder everything is always on sale!

tweed jacket

I love, love, love a white blouse, and I really need a couple fresh white blouses right now. I tried this on in Banana thinking that I was just going through the motions and I would definitely buy it. Not so. It was too long for me, which seems to be a theme for me in Banana lately. I understand wanting some shirts to be long enough to cover your behind, but I would be wearing it primarily tucked into a skirt or pants at work, so the extra length was too much for me. Also, it was pretty sheer and dry clean only. Too many cons to overcome the sale price!

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I also returned this white button down from J.Crew. I generally say no to traditional button down shirts, but I have found that a white button down is kind of an essential. I have a couple “perfect shirts” from Ann Taylor, and those seem to fit me well, but I wanted to try another brand to see if there were other options. This one from J.Crew is a really thin fabric that was pretty sheer and just seemed flimsy. The fit was ok, but it was not good enough to overcome the mediocre fabric. The search for white blouses and button downs continues…

jcrewshirt

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Trashed Up Treats

What is better than a good old fashioned Rice Krispie treat?

A trashed up Rice Krispie treat!

I wanted to bake for a friends birthday recently, and when I think birthday, I tend to lean toward flavors from childhood. My first thought is: sprinkles. Which is my first thought everyday really. I decided to go with Rice Krispie treats to switch it up from some of my latest baking endeavors. I knew I would have to add more than just sprinkles, so the next thought was white chocolate chips. And then I realized only I can handle that level of sugar, so I decided to add pretzels to the mix to cut the sweetness. And thus, these were born:

White chocolate pretzel Rice Krispie treats

Yields approximately 24 cupcake sized portions

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick)
  • 2 10 oz bags of mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped pretzels (I used mini pretzel sticks)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 of a 10 oz bag of white chocolate chips (more or less to taste)
  • Rainbow Sprinkles!

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a pot over low to medium heat on the stove.
  2. In a separate large bowl combine the pretzels, half a bag of marshmallows, and half of the Rice Krispies. Putting some of the marshmallows in this mixture will vary the marshmallow texture, which I enjoy.
  3. Add the remaining one and a half bags of marshmallows to the butter, and stir so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.
  4. Once the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is homogeneous (probably 3-5 minutes), add the vanilla extract, and the other half of the Rice Krispies to the marshmallow and butter mixture and stir until they are well incorperated.
  5. Add the warm marshmallow mixture to the large bowl of other ingredients and mix so the mixture is uniform.
  6. Stir in the white chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles last so they do not melt completely.
  7. Portion into muffin tins with liners (I find this the easiest way to manage Rice Krispie treat presentation) and allow to cool at room temperature or in the fridge.

Before:

Ingredients

After:

White Chocolate Pretzel Rice Krispie Treats!

Five Things

I am loving right now!

1.Synergy Organic Kombucha: Cosmic Cranberry. This is my grocery store treat. When I go to the grocery store, I get a fancy juice! I used to prefer the green or strawberry flavors, but right now I can’t get enough of the cranberry. Exhibit A:

Kombucha

2. Athleta Crux Capris. I got these a couple weeks ago, and nothing beats fresh workout clothes! These are the perfect mix of a basic black capri that go with anything, with some edgier mesh details. Plus they provide that mid thigh ventilation which is key!

athletacrux3. Late Summer/ Early Fall Weather! I definitely like every season, and I love living somewhere that gets a relatively full range of seasons. But after a couple solid months of 90+ degree heat and humidity this summer, I could not be happier for cooler evenings and highs in the low 80’s and even 70’s. Plus, you know my coat game is on point!

4. Wheat germ. I know, my palate is random. I add some to my smoothie in the morning, in no-bake energy balls, or on top of cereal. It adds a really good, nutty flavor. Pro Tip: un-toasted wheat germ is not for the faint of heart!Wheat Germ

5. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser from Target. I’ve been using a few different face washes by St. Ives over the years. They did an ok job, and the price is right. This summer, however, I’ve had more acne than usual, I think because I’m using more sunscreen (if you can believe it). I heard good things about this face wash from Target, and the whole charcoal thing intrigued me. The verdict is that I like it a lot. It smells really good, and I think it’s doing the trick!

face wash

What are you loving right now?