currently reading: where’d you go, bernadette

where'd you go bernadette

have you guys heard of this book? i picked it up this past weekend after i finally decided to give my current book a rest, i was reading it for months and just could not get through it. i was in the lakeview neighborhood of chicago which coincidentally is where my little book heaven is, unabridged bookstore. if it was any bigger than my living room, i’d stay there all day perusing their choice coffee table books like “diana vreeland memos: the vogue years” and their children’s christmas section, cause who can resist that? not me. back to bernadette, i’m so glad i settled on this because it is a page turner (unlike my last book) and hilariously funny. i haven’t finished yet, but i’m guessing my upcoming trip to charleston will give me some ample and needed reading time. any book recommendations? please send my way!

 

currently reading: where’d you go, bernadette

perspective for your monday

someone elsesome perspective for your monday. often, i wake up on monday’s and it is a struggle to get out the door. where has the weekend gone? did it really end that quickly? but lately i have been trying to remind myself that i live a wonderful life and should never be taking it for granted. so this monday morning, i’ll try to see the good in things and not just want to hop back under the covers. happy thanksgiving week!

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perspective for your monday

sunday supper: easy meatloaf

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meatloaf. your mind may hate the word, but your taste buds will love it. i cannot remember the last time i actually ate it until today, always shuttering at the thought. but some little bird mentioned numerous times how much he wanted it, so there i went on a mission to make one we both could enjoy. let’s be real, there is no real kitchen expertise you need to throw this together. chop everything up, mix it in a bowl, pour it in a pan and call it a day. i’m on board, one thousand percent.

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easy meatloaf + sauce

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5-6 slices white bread
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup flat lead parsley, chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1.5 teaspoons worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

here’s how:

preheat oven to 350 degrees. pour 1 cup of milk over bread and let soak for 5-10 minutes.

add meat to a bowl and top with soaked bread, parmesan, parsley, red onion, garlic. liberally season with salt and pepper and mix together with your (clean!) hands. now add your eggs and mix together again until blended. put this aside as you make your sauce. whisk together last five ingredients in a bowl to use as a sauce (ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, worcestershire, hot sauce).

now there are two things you can do. you can pull out your loaf pan and pour the mixture into the greased pan as i did. however, if you don’t have one of these guys — no worries! form the mixture into a loaf on a broiler pan which will allow fat to drain. from here, spread 1/3 of the sauce to the top of the meatloaf and put it in the oven for 45 minutes.

after the 45 minutes is up, take out and spread another 1/3 of the sauce to top and put it back in oven for 15 minutes.

pull out of oven when 15 minute is up an let cool. slice it and add remaining sauce as you wish. serve with mashed potatoes and veggies of choice! mmm.

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sunday supper: easy meatloaf

everyday totes

totesi’m not sure why, but i always seem to forget about totes. i go crazy over little crossbody’s and embellished clutches i can take out with me at night, but seem to have left out “the everyday tote” from my collection. i’ve gathered up a few of my favorites above that i’ve had my eye on. while i definitely do not splurge on many things, one of these may be worth it — or a great christmas gift, wink wink. the baggu looks extremely soft, the RM tote with clean lines and the LV is just a classic.  which one would you go with?

baggu leather tote | kate spade cedar street harmony tote |  lv neverfull | rebecca minkoff “m.a.b.” tote

everyday totes

jaw dropping volvo commercial

have you seen this yet? it is simply eye opening. volvo’s new online commercial filmed in spain just south of madrid and had to be completed in just one take. its meant to advertise volvo’s new dynamic steering system for trucks, but i can’t get past jean-claude van damme doing the splits between two semi trucks, bravo!

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what i wore: camo + tribal

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sweater: h&m | pants: urban outfitters (similar) | booties: les petites parisiennes (similar) |         purse: marc by marc jacobs | jewelry: kate spade & nordstrom

you know when you are looking for that specific piece and you just can’t find the perfect match? that’s exactly how i felt about camo pants. they were either too light, too thin or not in my price range. i was just about to give up when i saw these guys through the window of an urban outlet around the corner from me. could it be? i had to at least give them a try! yep, 5 minutes later i knew i finally found them — and i’m certainly glad i waited (isn’t that the best feeling?). i feel the same about these pants as i do with my leopard loafers and that is they can pretty much work as a neutral. dress them down as i did with a sweater and booties or get fancy with a top knot (which i sadly cannot master), some killer high heels, black top and a bauble. how do you guys feel about camo, are you in or are you out?

what i wore: camo + tribal

gettin’ that gold

gold for the holidaysgold, it gets me every single time. so much so that my cousin has affectionately given me the nickname “carat.” obviously, no offense taken with that one. but i will say, this was not always the case. i used to be a strictly silver girl but then migrated to gold after my first michael kors watch. since then, i’ve been drawn to it as i’m sure every lady in her right mind has. with the holidays right around the corner (yay!), i’ve been looking to add a little gold to my every day life and these are the pretty things that made the cut.

Anthropologie Monogrammed Mug | Stag Head Figure | SS Print Shop Print | Kate Spade 2014 Agenda | West Elm Metallic Throw

gettin’ that gold