Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Denim Jacket CT Blogger Style Challenge

Head to Toe: Top, Urban Outfitters // Culottes, Marshall's // Jacket, Thrifted (L Train Vintage) // Clutch, Ora Delphine // Slides, Summit White Mountain

Since moving back to Connecticut, I have loved getting to know the local blogger community. There is such a fun, supportive group of stylish ladies in the Nutmeg state. I teamed up with several fab local bloggers for a fun denim jacket style challenge. Check out what everyone came up with in this Instagram post, and go follow their accounts!

For me, I love throwing a jacket over my shoulders for a day at work. I know what you're thinking and no, it's not really functional to not have arms. But it is an ideal "shawl" to combat office AC and looks very cute in a "I'm totally not trying to look cool" sort of way. In this look, I paired the jacket with my favorite gingham top (milking this summery trend as long as I can) and autumnal-hued culottes. The result is perfect for the crisp late-August weather we've been having. Still, I'm hoping we get one more blast of heat before fall settles in.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Thrifty Throwbacks and a "New" Secondhand Romper

Head to Toe: Romper, River Island (thrifted) // Bag, Elephant's Trunk Flea Market // Sneakers, Puma

As you may know, most of my closet is made up of secondhand clothing. I thrifted this jumper at Mongers Market in Bridgeport this weekend. Not that I don't enjoy a good TJ Maxx shopping spree as much as the next girl, but I love getting more bang for my buck. Many of my followers expressed interest in getting some more tips about the method to thrifting madness. I'm working on a new post, but in the meantime, I wanted to provide a little reading material. I just did a story about the state of secondhand in Connecticut for Connecticut Magazine, where you can get advice from storeowners themselves.

I also posted my 10 Thrift Tips a few years back. (Okay it was 2013, and now I feel 1,000 years old.) In my new post, I'm planning on talking about shopping Goodwill versus high-end consignment shops and including some of my favorite places to buy secondhand in the greater NYC area. Anything else you want to know? Tell me in the comments!
Photos by Chris Loynd

Friday, August 16, 2019

Summer Neutrals With White Paper Bag Waist Pants

Head to Toe: Tank, Marshall's // Pants, Mavi Denim // Bag, Brahmin // Flats, Delman // Necklace, vintage (found at Elephant's Trunk flea market)

As you already know, I'm big on color and pattern. Even living in New York City for several years couldn't turn me into an all-black type of dresser. So, you can imagine how much restraint it took to style this neutral outfit. But I love the outcome! Of course, I had to sneak in hot pink lipstick. What do you think, are you a neutral dresser or a bright babe, like me? Happy weekend, fashionistas!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Thrifted Straw Bag With DIY Pom Poms

Head to Toe: T-Shirt, Feel Great Goods // Jeans, Juicy Couture (thrifted) // Wedges, EMU // Bag, thrifted

One of my favorite things about the straw bag trend is how easily thrift-able it is. Stop in any secondhand store and you're sure to find one. I nabbed this one for a few bucks in one of my favorite Upper West Side haunts, Unique Boutique. I DIY'd the pom pom tassels. All you need is yarn and one these handy pom pom makers. Pair with jeans and a tee—how can you go wrong? Here's to getting over the hump of this week.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Easy Aldi Baja Shrimp Tacos

Earlier this week, I posted a question on Instagram stories asking friends what they wanted to see more of on the blog. Food/recipes was one a common ask, so I've been pondering how to go about it. I'm no food blogger, and I don't often follow a real recipe. Typically what I do is find something that looks good on Pinterest and then put my own spin on it.

So instead of creating a typical recipe, I thought I'd start by sharing some easy meal hacks. I started shopping at Aldi this year, and it has saved a ton of money. I was inspired by this recipe for Baja Tofu Tacos that I found on Pinterest. I decided to make Sean's with shrimp...Full disclosure: I actually don't eat seafood, but I've been starting to make some meals for hubs that don't require much handling on my part.

For those of you who do like seafood, this is super easy to execute for about $10 at Aldi. (I couldn't find tofu, so I actually made mine with a piece of breaded chicken.) Okay, so here's my non-recipe recipe:

Easy Aldi Baja Shrimp Tacos

Shopping list:
  • Frozen breaded butterfly shrimp (can also get coconut shrimp)
  • Southwest chopped salad kit
  • Flour tortillas (or if you're a corn person, do that)
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  1. Cook shrimp according to package directions.
  2. While it's baking, prep the "slaw." Grab a few handfuls of the chopped salad and mix with juice of 1/2 lime. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Make the dressing by mixing a few scoops of sour cream with a shake of garlic powder, chili powder and salt. 
  4. Once the shrimp is cooked, cut off the tails. Assemble the tacos by layering shrimp, slaw, and sour cream dressing. Top with sriracha, cilantro, and sliced avocado. If you figure out how to make pretty avocado slices, please call me. 
Pro tip: Use the rest of the salad kit for lunch the next day. Mix up the chopped salad with tortilla and dressing and top with your leftover protein. Or, if you're feeling lazy, just use the chipotle ranch dressing in the kit instead of making your own sour cream dressing. 
Okay, so there you have it! My first non-recipe recipe. Let me know what you think. Happy taco Tuesday everyday!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Being A Pineapple In a Yellow Blouse

Head to Toe: Blouse, Anthropologie (thrifted) // Jeans, GAP (thrifted) // Sandals, Cambiani // Tote, Feel Great Goods

Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, be sweet on the inside. I'm loving this mantra and my new Pineapple eco tote from Feel Great Goods. Connecticut recently banned plastic bags so I've been carrying a tote everywhere to have an easy place to stash unexpected purchases. Plus, its super cute so double win.

The bright yellow tied in perfectly with this new blouse I scored at Goodwill in Westport. (It's the best around, if you're local.) It was new with the tags from Anthropologie, so I was excited for the $8 find. Only thing is, these ties are a horrible pain, but the sleeves are so adorable I'll call it a wash. I finished this look with one of my favorite Vera Wang sunnies, which I forgot I had until recently. Isn't that the best feeling?
Photos by Chris Loynd