Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Aching for Utah.....

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Lush (comes in 3 colors and on SALE!) / Cardigan: Hinge (comes in 3 colors) / Jeans: Rag and Bone (old similar here) / Boots: HM (old similar here) / Necklace: Baublebar c/o / Bag: Vici (similar here, here, here) / Watch: Michael Kors (40% OFF!) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Roseberry
I can't believe that Thanksgiving week is here, and that Todd and I aren't going to be able to go home. Since we moved away from Utah 5 years ago we have always made it home for the holiday even though it might have not been on the exact day. The fact that we aren't going home at all crushes my heart, and I have missed AZ/UT like crazy over the past 5 months. 

My experience in Dallas has definitely challenged me in ways I didn't know were possible, and being further away from friends and family is one of them. Last night I told Todd that I want to go home for Christmas to see my friends and family because I desperately miss them. My family doesn't get together a ton, and Christmas has become one of the only times that everyone comes together. The thought of missing that family get together coupled with Todd working Christmas Eve isn't something I want to go through. Call me selfish, but going home is something I need to do. My heart aches for Utah....

 Spending a couple hundred dollars on anything is kind of a sore spot in our house since we are shoving out money for Oral Surgery interviews, but I told Todd that it's worth it to me to spend the money I've been saving for a new lens to go home. 

Many sacrifices have been made by moving to Dallas, and not going home for Christmas isn't something I'm ready to give up quite yet.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Night at the Nutcracker

Photography: Ella B Photo
Dress: Amanda Uprichard c/o / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Rings: Baublebar c/o / Bracelet: Baublebar c/o / Bag: Bebe (old similar here) / Shoes: Badgley Micshka / / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 2x Roseberry 1x Fly Girl
 Last Friday I was talking to Todd on the phone while he was waiting to get on a flight to Pennsylvania (2x last week for another oral surgery interview) he surprised me by saying that this Saturday we are going to see the Nutcracker at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. I was absolutely over the moon when he told me this because I LOVE the nutcracker! 

While I get giddy about anticipating a night full of ballet I'm also excited to ditch the 9-5 leggings for something a bit more glam. I'm going for a classic look of black and winter white with a bold red lip. Very Marilyn if you ask me. 

This dress is apart of the Amanda Uprichard bridal collection, and it's a perfect contender for a night at the Nutcracker. You guys know how I love me some bridal shoots, and was so excited when this beauty was sent to me as part of their bridesmaid collection. The year before Todd and I got married I was apart of 6 weddings within one season, and that meant lots of money spent on bridesmaid dresses. I'm sure we can all agree that there's nothing worst than spending so much money on a bridesmaids dress, and never wearing it again. I'm sorry wallet.... 

What I love about the Amanda Uprichard bridal collection is that all their pieces are beautiful, and simple enough that it's easy get to additional uses out of it. This dress is perfect for whether you are a bridesmaid, attending a holiday party, or even going to the Nutcracker :)

This post was sponsored by Amanda Uprichard. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Workout Wednesday: High Shine Leggings - My Newest Obsession

Jacket: Zara (last year but super similar at Chicwish) / Sweater: Alo Yoga / Leggings: DYI / Beanie: Nordstrom (under $20!) / Bag: Pure Barre / Sunnies: Quay / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 1x plum 1x glam doll 1x plum
A few Wednesday's ago I posted a liquid legging outfit inspiration, and ever since then I couldn't stop thinking about getting myself some liquid leggings! I was super hesitant about jumping on this athleisure trend, afraid that it would draw attention to my legs in a bad way.

Oh how wrong I was!

These DYI leggings (I always call the brand DIY on accident) have been sitting at Pure Barre for a couple weeks staring at me, begging me to buy them, and demanding that I try them on. When I finally decided to give these leggings a touch I wasn't in love with how thin the thigh felt thinking that it would make every bump and dimple show. Oh how wrong was I.....

After two weeks of convincing myself that I wasn't going to buy these leggings I finally caved, and tried them on. Once I put them on I was surprised that the waist fit for an xs (not many leggings don't fit my waist.... these run small so up a size!). When I took a look at myself in the mirror I couldn't believe how flattering the high shine is to the legs. I fell so in love with these purple ones that I had to buy another pair in an olive green. #consumerproblems

What do you think of the liquid leggings trend?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Interviews Continue

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Shop Stevie (similar here, herehere, here) / Jeans: AG (seriously are my favorite) / Choker: Baublebar StitchFix c/o / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelet: Stella Dot c/o + Cents of Style c/o (old similar here) / Hat: F21 (old similar here) / Shoes: old (similar here) / Bag: Vici / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Sassy Z
Let the traveling begin! Not for me.... for Todd. Yesterday I woke up at 4 am to drive Todd to the airport for him to travel to Pennsylvania for his first Oral Surgery resident interview of this year. I'm excited/anxious for another year of interviews for Todd. Last year I felt like Todd was gone all fall and winter traveling for interviews, and I was left at home missing him. It will be all worth it in the end. Any guesses to where we will be moving in June?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Messy Pony Tail Tutorial with T3

With scarf weather officially here one of my favorite ways to wear a scarf is to have my hair is a voluminous pony tail. On day 2-3 of post "wash hair day" throwing my hair in a curly pony is a) easy to do and b) cute for any outfit! When T3 sent me some new products to try out I knew that the defined curls 1' barrel would be perfect for this look! The reason why I have fallen in love with T3 is because their products don't damage my extensions, and that you can buy multiple barrels to go with the adapter. 

I first start off by brushing my hair so that it's clear of any knots . On the days where I have fresh hair I blow out my hair first with the T3 blow dryer, and then curl after my blow out. Their blow dryer is MY FAVORITE!!! On the days where my hair isn't clean I'll use the Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo to give me roots an extra boost of life. (Notice Django doing his photobomb, by getting into my gym bag lol).

I divide my hair into three sections, and start from the bottom to the top. When I curl my hair I curl away from from face, and loosen up the barrel grip when I know the curl is close to being done (4 seconds). Once the curl is done I unclamp the barrel, and pull the barrel down allowing the curl to fall down. Since I have beaded extensions I don't curl too high so I don't interfere with the bead bond. 

Once I curled my whole head I'll then finger comb the curls to loosen them up. 

To give some volume at the crown I'll then tease my hair with a brush. 

I'll take my hair and loosely pull it behind my head, and take a hair tie to tie it in place. I'm all about things not looking perfect, and keeping it a little messy looking. 

I will then loosen up the hair around the crown to give it some volume by holding onto the back of my head, and using the pressure of my thumbs to push up the hair. For a little bit more volume I'll keep doing that around the hair tie. 

To hide the hair tie I'll take a strand of hair, and wrap it around the hair tie. I'll then secure the hair by taking a bobby pin underneath the hair tie. 

T3 products c/o / Shirt: Halogen / Jeans: AG / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 1x Plum 1x Glam Doll 1x Plum

This hair style is seriously so easy, and such a fun way to show off a fall scarf or some bold earrings!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wellness Wednesday: Clean Eating - Meal Prep

Containers both from Amazon here and here 
Ever since moving to Dallas life has seemed to continuously get busier and busier, with no signs of  slowing down anytime soon. When Todd and I had a schedule in Arizona we always planned to make dinner together at night, but since our schedules are irregular in Dallas that is no longer an option. Our once nightly ritual has turned into us both getting home late, and doing LOTS of Subway runs. Last weekend I turned to Todd, and told him that we need to do something about our diet. We've traded a wholesome diet into what we deem convenient, and don't want that for myself or my husband. I decided that I needed to step up my game, and start meal prepping so that we no longer have an excuse to eat clean when our bodies feel exhausted. 

Whether you are looking to lose weight, or exercise clean eating I firmly believe that if you have a plan set up then you will be successful. By taking the time to prep meals for the week will set you up for success in sticking to a diet or eating regimen. 

Two days ago I prepped both these meals, and placed them into these handy containers that I got on Amazon. I decided to buy two sizes of containers to give me options when I meal prepped. They are both microwavable which makes it convenient to grab and go. 

I hope you love these recipes just as much as me, and would love to hear if your favorite meal prep recipes to give me some ideas for future meals!

Whole 30 Shredded BBQ Chicken Bowls with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli 

Whole 30 BBQ Sauce

Mix all together ( I doubled the amounts below to make more to freeze) - You can always sub for regular bbq sauce.

  • 1 can tomato paste ( 6 oz)
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinger
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Shredded BBQ Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli 

  • 3 large sweet potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 heads of broccoli chopped
  • Large onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/2-1 cup of whole 30 bbq based upon sauce preference (Todd loves lots of sauce ;) )
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • On a large baking sheet line with tin foil. Line the pan with sweet potatoes and onion. 
  • Drizzle 2 Tbsp of olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, chipotle powder, and garlic powder on top of the veggie mix. Toss well to coat. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes. 
  • Pull sheet out of oven, toss the potatoes/ onions, and push to one side of the pan. 
  • Add the broccoli tossed in 2 tbs olive oil + 1/4 tsp salt, and place to one side of the sheet . 
  • Add the chicken breasts to the sheet with bbq sauce brushed on both sides. 
  • Bake the whole sheet with everything on it for 15-20 minutes until chicken is done. 
  • Remove cooked chicken from the pan, and shred it with a fork. 
  • Toss shredded chicken in desired amount of bbq sauce. 
  • Serve with veggies

Whole 30 Tomato Sauce with Turkey Meatballs

Whole 30 Tomato Sauce

Mix all together, and warm the sauce in a sauce pan. ( I doubled the amounts below to make more to freeze) - You can always sub for regular spaghetti sauce. 
  • 2 Tbsp garlic oil
  • 1 24 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Turkey Meatballs with Steamed Broccoli and Carrots

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Cheese
  • Chopped brocoli and carrots steamed on a stove top. 
  • Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  • Take a baking sheet, and line with tin foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, and shape the turkey into balls to place on the sheet. 
  • Bake the meatballs for 10 minutes, flip, and then bake for another 10-15 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven, and toss in warm tomato sauce. 
  • Apply cheese on top to melt. 

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