Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Skinny Cocktails

I love a cocktail as much as the next girl, but I cannot deal with the sugar hangover! A lot of cocktails these days have so much sugar and so many additives in them that the bonus sugar and calories do not make for a pleasant morning after. Here are a few beverages that I like {and my body doesn't hate me for sipping}.

Drunken Arnold Palmer
{Made with Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka + Lemonade}

Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita
{Open the bottle, pour over ice, and enjoy}

Vodka Water + Crystal Light
{Choose your preferred vodka. Add your favorite Crystal Light flavor to water. Mix, enjoy.}

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rainy Day Outfitting

I don't mind the rain as long as I'm dressed appropriately. When I feel like rain may be lurking, I make sure to check the weather before leaving the house. In my coat closet {near my front door}, I keep my wellies, raincoat, and a backup umbrella... just in case. There are some darling rain accessories out there in the wide world of fashion.

{Classic Ali Ro Raincoat}

{Tall Original Gloss Hunter Boots}

{All For Color Paisley Umbrella}

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Movies I Love

I have an eclectic taste in movies. I enjoy a zombie movie as much as I enjoy a good rom-com. I like to laugh at dumb humor and I like to cry as a drama unfolds. As the temperatures drop outside, I find myself more apt to curl up inside with a glass of wine and watch a movie. Lately, here are a few I've been loving:

Anna Karenina

{"There can be no peace for us, only misery, and the greatest happiness."}


{"And on some small level, I think you owe me something for deceiving me so exquisitely."}

Moulin Rouge 

{"The show must go on. We are creatures of the underworld. We can't afford to love."}

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bachelorette Party Alternatives

There are many blushing brides-to-be who look forward to their bachelorette party. I, however, was not one of them. The thought of partaking in a stereotypical, "tradtional" bachelorette party gave me anxiety. The strippers, the pervy games, the silk-screened matching t-shirts, the tequila shots, it was all overwhelming!

After talking to my girlfriends, I was put at ease. They helped me realize that i was in no way required to partake in the raunchy aspects. I didn't have to run around and bar-hop with phallic light-up jewelry; I could take a different approach. My wonderful maids of honor completely understood and we decided to go for relaxing, girly theme. We plan to go wine tasting and get massages and play some fun bachelorette games, but nothing too lascivious. 

For me, I want my bachelorette party to be a time to reconnect with my girlfriends who live far away. I want to sip cocktails, relax, laugh, talk, and unwind with my best friends. I'm very excited for my "last hurrah" as a Miss! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Breakfast Club Relocated

As I've mentioned before, one of my fondest memories of college is participating in Breakfast Club. My Darling Fiance and I were having a nostalgic trip down memory lane and decided to throw our own Breakfast Club in the comfort of our own home. We invited friends over to watch the Purdue game, dress in costume, and enjoy some breakfast club beverages and snacks.

{The girls}

{Pikachu dance party}

We watched the game, enjoyed some screwdrivers, mimosas, and beer, and had a great time! I served a veggie frittata, ham and cheese sliders, bacon roll-ups, and pumpkin muffins

Monday, October 21, 2013

Spinach Artichoke Dip

I am a huge fan of spinach artichoke dip. However, I've been known to take on more than one serving per sitting. In an effort to enjoy some yummy spinach artichoke dip without adding too many inches to my waistline, I "skinnied up" the recipe. The end result was delicious! Here is the recipe I used:

1 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained of any excess liquid)
1 16 oz. can artichoke bottoms, chopped (you can use artichoke hearts, if you prefer)
6 oz. cream cheese (low fat or fat-free)
1/4 cup sour cream (low fat or fat free)
1/4 cup mayonnaise (low fat or fat free)
1/3 cup grated parmesan
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and pop them into a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is melted. Serve with a sliced baguette, carrots, and celery. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday

I love napping. I have always been very sleep sensitive {just ask my parents} and value my time to snooze. Here is a little throwback to a few years ago when Patches accompanied me in a mid-afternoon weekend nap.

{Thank you, Darling Fiance, for snapping this pic of nap time.}

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Football Season

I've been around football my whole life. My older brothers all played football and my father is a huge college football fan. I was a cheerleader from the age of 6 through my senior year of high school. However, I still to this day, do not know a single thing about football. I know what a kickoff is and what it means to score a touchdown. However, I don't know much other than that. You may find this sad or disappointing, but honestly, I just don't care all that much about football. I know, I know. It's very un-American of me to admit such blasphemy.

I do enjoy football culture. I like tailgating. I like dressing in my team's colors {old gold and black or a Halloween costume}. So, turn on the game, pour me a drink, and watch me not watch some football.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For those of you living under a rock, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to, about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The most important thing is to talk to your doctor! If breast cancer runs in your family, he or she might advise you to start getting regular mammograms starting at age 30. The key to beating cancer is early detection. Be sure to so self-exams and have your doctor do a breast exam at your annual Lady Doctor appointment.

Odds {unfortunately} are that you or someone you know will go through breast cancer. One of my friends was recently diagnosed. At first, I didn't know what to do. How could I help her? I knew nothing I said would ease her pain. I felt completely helpless. Why was this happening to her? I had no answers. All I could do was tell her I love her, let her know I would always be there to lean on and listen to her. I hugged her when she cried; I listened to her when she expressed her fears and anxieties about treatment options. Sometimes, all you can do is listen. My friend is a fighter. She is entering into this chapter of her life with such strength, determination, and courage that it humbles me. She is going to kick cancer's ass.

This month especially, be sure to wear a pink ribbon proudly. Support organizations who support breast cancer research. Donate to cancer research. Above all else, check yourself.

Monday, October 14, 2013

What's In My Ladybug Lunch Box

I am 25 years-old and I bring my lunch to work every day in my ladybug lunch box. My lunch box was a gift from one of my mother's best friends and I love it! She bought it for me a few years ago for no reason, simply because when she saw it she thought of me. What a sweetheart, right?

While at work, I try to graze throughout the day {gotta keep that metabolism going!} I usually pack a Luna bar, a banana, a single serving of peanut butter {I have been known to eat it out of the jar by the spoonful... hence the need for a single serve packet}, almonds, and carrots. Sometimes I'll throw in a cup of applesauce or a NutriGrain bar. I also try to drink 64-100 ounces of water, however, I find it very challenging.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Airport Chic

These days, traveling is an inevitable part of life. When I travel, I want to be as comfortable as possible {duh}. However, the days of it being socially acceptable to be seen in public in yoga pants, Ugg boots, and my sorority sweatshirt are behind me.

I recently flew to the west coast for a fun-filled weekend. In an attempt to look put together while flying across the country, I opted for a simple look: red skinny jeans {with plenty of stretch}, a black tank top, a loose black cardigan, and wedge sandals {a very, very small wedge, might I add}. I put my hair up and out of my face in a big, polished bun. I made sure to have my tablet, book, headphones, and almonds tucked into my purse {aka my one personal item to store underneath the seat in front of me}. 

Yes, it's important to be comfortable while traveling. However, it is not an excuse to throw caution to the wind and look like a hot mess. 

Here are a few looks that are airport chic:

Helpful hint: a scarf can double as a pillow. Snooze away. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Friday

Happy Friday, my readers! This has been quite the week. I'm glad the weekend is here to catch up on sleep, my DVR, and spend time with that Darling Fiance of mine. 

{A cat, offering a glass of red wine, during the Fall time. Cheers!}

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Throwback Thursday

Ah, graduation day. I remember the day well. I wore a navy dress and my Rainbows. I walked across the stage and snagged my high school diploma. I threw my glitter-doused cap in the air and cheered for the class of 2007. I took many photos and went to a lovely dinner with my family. I opted out of grad night to spend the evening with family {and receive gifts... a selfish, but honest choice}. Six weeks later I kissed California goodbye and hopped on a plane to Purdue. It was the best decision of my entire life.

{Bye bye, high school!}

{A Throwback to my mother's graduation from the same high school. #we'regoingstreaking}

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday Wonderings

I grew up loving donuts. I remember my dad running out to our favorite spot, Mag's, on the weekends and bringing back a big pink box with various delicious donuts inside. My brothers and I would dive in (knowing to save a blueberry cake donut for dad, a bearclaw for mom, and one brother in particular usually had dibs on a maple bar).

Thinking back on my early adoration for the donut has gotten me thinking. I've heard of the cronut craze (learn more here). I also live in the same town as the Kripsy Kreme headquarters.

So... it's only natural that I wonder... what if Krispy Kreme made a cronut? 

Just think about it. The melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness of an original Krispy Kreme glazed donut blended with the flaky delicateness of a French croissant. It would be a tasty treat. #Yum 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Favorite Niece

I have a favorite niece. I'm still allowed to call her my favorite because she's my only niece. I remember the day Amelia was born and have loved watching her grow up! I {relatively} recently got to spend some time with this little lady and loved every minute of it. We played, laughed, ate, and snuggled. It was perfect.
{Snazzy shades}

{Snug as Amelia and Aunt Bug in a rug}

Monday, October 7, 2013

Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

Upon choosing bridesmaid dresses, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, think about color. Your girls should be clad in one of your wedding colors, so pick a color that is flattering to most skin tones.

Think about fabrics. Will your reception be indoors or outdoors? Will it be very hot or mild? Are you going for a casual or more formal look? If your reception runs the risk of being very warm, avoid farics like satin and charmeuse as they show sweat easily. Some lightweight and beautiful fabrics for any wedding are chiffon, dupioni, and taffeta. Jersey is ideal for more casual settings, while peau de doie is lovely for a formal affair.

Think about cuts. There is a reason people say, "eat, drink, be married". It's because there will be a lot of eating and drinking and your wedding reception! Don't choose a cut that shows every lump, bump, and food baby. A classic a-line works on almost all figures. If you have a bridesmaid who might be expecting around the time of your wedding, opt for an empire waist for the mama-to-be. This is a more comfortable, bump-friendly option. Although the mermaid style is gaining popularity, use caution. Not everyone looks good in a figure-hugging dress.

Keep budget in mind. If you are buying each of your bridesmaid's dresses, make sure you can afford to do so while staying within your budget. On the flip side, if your girls are responsible for purchasing their own dresses, choose one that won't break the bank. Keep in mind, these girls are already doing a lot for your big day and you don't want to tack on too much of a financial obligation.

Do your research, look at many dresses in person, and make an educated choice. Once you've chosen your bridesmaid dress, try on a sample yourself. That way, you can see if you like the way it looks on your body. It will give you a better sense of whether your bridesmaids will be comfortable in the dress.

Here are a few bridesmaid dresses that I love.


{Alfred Sung}


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pumpkin Muffins

Like any good scarf wearing, Pumpkin Spice Latte drinking, Fall loving girl, I have a slight pumpkin obsession. It is my sheer delight to share with you what is, in my opinion, the perfect Pumpkin Muffin recipe:

12 cupcake linkers
cupcake tin

1.5 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
.5 teaspoon baking soda
.5 teaspoon salt
1.25 cups sugar plus 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1.5 cups solid-packed canned pumpkin

Preheat your oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, and baking powder and set aside. Mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil. To the pumpkin mixture, add sugar and mix until combined. With the mixer on low, add in the flour mixture 1/3 at a time until just combined. Divide batter into each cupcake tin and fill 3/4 of the way full. In another small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over each muffin. Pop into the oven for 22 minutes (give or take 2 minutes). Cool, eat, enjoy!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Nostalgic for Michigan

One of my favorite memories of living in Michigan is going to the apple orchards/cider mills in Autumn. Darling Fiance went to a few cider mills during our time living in the Mitten State. They had the BEST apple donuts and apple cider. We would walk around the grounds, take in the scenery, then buy a big bag of donuts and some cider, and sit down somewhere {usually a bench or table} and enjoy the taste of Fall.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Throwback Thursday

One of my fondest and most cherished memories at Purdue is going all out for Breakfast Club with my sorority sisters. Breakfast Club is one of the oldest {and most awesome} traditions at Purdue. Whenever there is a home Boilermaker football game, students {and faculty} dress up in Halloween/homemade costumes and stand in line at 6:00 A.M. and wait for the bars to open {usually just before 7:00}.
{A Bridal Party. The groomsmen wore tuxedo t-shirts, obviously.}

{Swine Flu - we made it into the school paper, The Exponent, for this one}


{Holidays. I was Valentine's Day and had a pink bow and arrow}

{Guess Who?}

{Ty Beanie Babies}

{Hey, amigo! I drew a mustache on myself with eyeliner and had one quirt gun of tequila and one of margarita mix. This was, by far, my favorite costume.}

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Music and the DO NOT Play List

After writing about Wedding Music a few weeks ago, my darling friend, Lisa, {from Lisa Loves John} asked me what songs were on my "do not play" list. That comment definitely got the wheels turning! Each bride has her own style and musical preference. However, the following songs will not be included in the soundtrack of my and Darling Fiance's wedding reception:

The Macarena  - Los Del Rio
Cha Cha Slide - D.J. Casper {No. Just no.}
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Hot In Herre - Nelly {a song about stripping is not wedding appro-pro}
YMCA - The Village People
The Chicken Dance {for the love!}
Everybody Dance Now - C+C Music Factory {that should stay on a Now That's What I Call Music CD and never leave}
Celebration - Kool and the Gang
Hokey Pokey {our D.J. knows us better than that, but had to put it just in case}
Love Shack - The B52's {I can't stand the way they say "Love shack, baaaabbyyy. Love shack, BABY"}
Mambo Number 5 - Lou Bega