sporty sparkle

Hello Friday!!!
its still winter, its still cold, but its officially the weekend!!  so im still bundled and bumpin, but i brought out a little color to liven my mood.  i have been living in black and white and all shades in between so what better way to break up the monotony that a bright pop of hot pink!  i love a chunky knit on a cold day (even if its not exactly slimming).  with pink being so girly, i went with a sporty vibe for the rest of my outfit with color-blocked accessories and added some shine with my accessories.  like Monday's post, most of these items have been in my closet for quite some time, so i've linked some great alternatives below.  have a great weekend you guys, and stay warm!!!
 "don't define your world in black and white, because there's so much hiding amongst the greys"

sweater Forever 21 // skinnies Chip & Pepper via Belk // hat Target // sunnies Forever 21 // booties ShoeMint // bag StyleMint // "shine" necklace RocksBox // earrings Moon & Lola

martha who

little known fact, I LOVE to cook!  it doesn't happen very often these days, but there was a time where i actually contemplated going to culinary school.  i used to cater all my parents parties when i was in highschool and i'm probably the only girl i know who asked for a Martha Stewart cookbook for her 16th birthday and would religiously watch her show for the latest recipes.  you could say i was slightly obsessed.  but you know how it is, life gets busy, schedules don't align and eating out becomes a much more convenient option.  however, it is not good for the wallet or my waistline and honestly, nothing beats a home cooked meal, am i right??  now my problem is, what to cook that everyone will enjoy?  2 boys with picky palettes, a husband with a healthy carnivorous appetite, and a fairly organic/crunchy momma, i felt in a bit of a pickle.  then, i discovered Hello Fresh!!  AHHHHHHH!!  every week a box is delivered to your front door full of fresh goodness ready for you to whip into 3 delicious meals!  if it was just me, i would probably opt for the vegetarian box, but i knew that wouldn't fulfil the hubs, so i picked wisely and gave us a variety of protein options.  i have to tell you, i was so pleasantly surprised by how much everyone has enjoyed every meal!!  even my 3 year old who would literally live on chocolate milk and rice, scarfed down on things he'd never even seen before.  i was so excited, i knew i had to share with you guys so i've posted all the recipes below.  not surprisingly, my fave was the roasted salmon and of course, J loved the peppercorn steak and has already asked me to make it again like 3 times.  Every meal takes under 35 minutes and with the exception of butter and oil, every ingredient is premeasured and provided for you, making these the most convenient meals EVER!! 
Roasted Salmon with Garlicky Grape Tomatoes & Crushed Potatoes
Ingredients for 2 Persons:

2 Salmon Filets
12oz Yukon Potatoes
4 oz Green Beans
2 cloves Garlic
1 bunch Grape Tomatoes
1 bunch Parsley
1T Butter
1T+2t Olive Oil

 1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Bring a pot of water to a boil with a large pinch of salt.  Halve the tomatoes.  Thinly slice the garlic.  Finely chop the parsley.  Trim the ends of the green beans.
2.  Blanch the green beans by adding them to the boiling water for a minute or two, then set aside, reserving the water.  Add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook for 15-20 minutes, until easily pierced with a knife. (one of my potatoes was much larger than the other, so i cooked it for an extra 10 min)
3.  Meanwhile, drizzle each salmon filet with 1 teaspoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper on each side (i also added old bay and crushed red pepper for extra flavor).  Place on a baking sheet, skin side-down, and roast for 8-10 minutes, until easily flakes with a fork and slightly opaque in the middle.  Drain the potatoes and set aside.
4.  Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a pan over medium heat.  Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for about 2 minutes, until slightly burst.  Add the green beans and cook, tossing, for a minute of two, until green beans are crisp-tender.  Add the garlic and half the parsley and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Set aside.
5.  Once the potatoes are done, slice into 1/2 inch rounds and crush with the side of your knife.
6.  In the same pan you cooked the tomatoes in, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat.  Add the potatoes and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy.  Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and season with salt and pepper.
7.  Serve the salmon filets with the green beans and tomatoes, and crispy potatoes to the side

 Tuscan Pork Linguine
 Ingredients for 2 Persons:
6 oz Sweet Italian Sausage (i would suggest doubling this)
6oz Linguine
2 cloves Garlic
1 Red Onion
1 Lemon
1 Zucchini
1t Chili Flakes
1/4c Parmesan Cheese
1t Dried Thyme
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1T Olive Oil
 1.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt.  Meanwhile, quarter the zucchini lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces.  Halve, peel, and finely dice the onion.  Mince or grate the garlic.  Cut half the lemon into wedges.  Remove the sausage from its casing.
2.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  Add the sausage and season with salt and pepper.  Cook, breaking up the pieces, for about 6 minutes, until golden brown.  Set aside.
3.  Add the onions and zucchini to the same pan and season with salt, pepper, and as many chili flakes as you dare (i used 1/2 teaspoon).  Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until onions have softened and zucchini is browned.  Add the garlic and thyme and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
4.  Add the linguine to the boiling water and cook for 9-10 minutes, until al dente.
5.  Add the sausage and the diced tomatoes and season with pepper.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer while the pasta cooks.
6.  Once cooked, drain and add the linguine to the pan with the sauce.  Toss to combine and finish with a squeeze of the half lemon.
7.  Serve the pasta in bowls and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.  Serve with lemon wedges on the side.  (i also served garlic knots on the side)

 Peppercorn Steak with Roasted Baby Potatoes & Creamed Spinach
 Ingredients for 2 Persons:
1 Sirloin Steak
8oz Spinach
10oz Baby Red Potatoes
1 Shallot
4T Sour Cream
1 Stock Concentrate
1/2t Cracked Black Pepper
1T Butter
2T Olive Oil
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Take the steak out of the fridge to bring to room temperature.  Toss the baby potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper and spread them out on a baking sheet.  (i quartered the potatoes and doubled up on salt and pepper and a pinch of crushed red peppers)  Roast for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and easily pierced with a knife.
2.  Meanwhile, finely mince the shallot
3.  Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the spinach and season with salt and pepper.  Cook, tossing, until wilted, about 5 minutes.  Add a splash of water and half the sour cream.  Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside off the heat and cover to keep warm.
4.  Season the steak with salt and pepper.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium heat.  Sear the steak for 4-6 minutes per side (depending on thickness), until golden brown.  Set aside to rest.
5.  In the same pan you cooked the steak, add the shallots and cook for a minute or two.  Add the stock concentrate, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt.  Cook over medium heat until reduced and slightly thickened.  Add the remaining sour cream and stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Simmer until slightly thickened. 
6.  Thinly slice the steak against the grain.  Spoon the peppercorn sauce (this stuff was the bomb!!  i will never eat steak without it) over the steak and serve with creamed spinach and roasted potatoes on the side.
"cooking with love provides food for the soul"
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peplum pleats

good morning lovies!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!  ours have been filled with renovations which means, the house is constantly filled with dust, which means, im usually sporting a mop or a vacuum and cleaning what will inevitably be dirty again within the hour.  but I don't mind, because I am so excited to see how much progress has been made, and finger crossed, our master bath and closet will be completed before baby m's arrival.  speaking of the little guy, he is out and about in full force these days!  i can no longer see my feet and strapping on heels is an exhausting task (one that i refuse to give up) but i am determined to stay fab until the end of this pregnancy!  with only 7 weeks left, i have resorted to reworking items in my closet.  i plan to make a few purchases once the weather agrees with me, but with winter hopefully coming to an end, i hate to invest in pieces that won't get much wear.  so with that said, today is a full on shop your closet outfit with pieces you've seen a time or two before.  a growing bump means shirts no longer fit like they should, which is the case with this embellished peplum.  because a peplum generally requires a waistline which i no longer can find, i tucked it into a pleated midi skirt and layered on my fave vintage blazer.  to show some semblance of a separation between bump and chest, i belted it with my leopard skinny.  and sorry if you're sick of these pumps by now, but i am so not so i strapped them on for a much needed dose of black and gold to tie the whole look together. 

"so often we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to enjoy the journey"
blazer Vintage similar here // embellished blouse Dolce Vita via TJMaxx // skirt Charlotte Russe //
heels GoJane // clutch BCBGeneration // belt Banana Republic

beanie baby

 like most of my outfits these days, this look has been on heavy rotation.  in part because this winter has been never ending, but mainly because its one of the few outfits I have left that still fits and doesn't make me look massively pregnant.  plaid is always an easy throw on for me and the baggier the better.  I bought this one a few sizes too big to give it that bf feel and the bleaching makes it extra grungy.  I paired it with basic skinnies and my go-to moto and to beat the chill (and cover my roots) threw on a beanie.  the leopard booties always get a lot of play this time of year because you can't beat the comfort of a wedge and I mean, every outfit needs a little leopard.  my lips match my sunnies to perfection thanks to Kismet!!  i love the berrylicious hue don't you?  im seriously obsessed with these lipsticks you guys, and Vivianna has been my shade of the season.

 "joy is the best makeup, but a little lipstick is a close runner up"

plaid Kohls // vegan moto American Eagle // skinnies Vestique // booties Betsey Johnson //
beanie H&M // sunnies BCBGeneration // clutch styleXchange // lip "Viviana" Kismet Cosmetics


Happy (almost) Valentine's!
this is not exactly one of my favorite holidays, but i am feelin' extra love this year with my growing bundle and 2 babes at home.  so, why not throw on some hearts and a bold red lip and get in the spirit?!  okay, so i only halfway committed, because a majority of this outfit is shades of blue, but there's really only so much V-day themed gushiness i can give you without wanting to gag myself.  Love is great, but i like the real life kind, not this hallmark holiday, forced to prove your love to one another bs.  i know i'm not the only one who feels this way, right??
i Did fall in love with this sweater the moment i saw it, because the embroidered hearts are just too sweet and i really do love a pop of red.  if it looks familiar, its because Venita was rocking it in the Dandy Lookbook post from Monday, and yes, i stole it off of her the moment the shoot ended to claim it for myself!  #sorrynotsorry  I layered it over my Canadian tuxedo and threw on my blue boucle coat (i told you you'd be seeing it plenty!).  red pumps, red lips, red signature and i think this is my perfect winter look, valentine's or not.
"true love never dies, it only gets stronger with time"
sweater Poppy Lux via Dandy Boutique // chambray shirt TJMaxx // jeans American Eagle //
coat Forever 21 // hat Target // heels GoJane // "tarabelle" necklace Moon & Lola