Thursday, October 8, 2015

Scalloped Skirt.

The first time I saw a photo of this scalloped button-front skirt I knew I had to have it.
The most difficult decision then became "should I get it in navy or in camel?"
As shown below, I decided to go with the camel color; if only because I already own a navy skirt in a similar length and I wanted to change things up a bit. Well, friends, let me be the first to tell you that this skirt did not disappoint!  It is ridiculously soft and the color is even more beautiful in person. Because of the rich hue of the skirt, I decided to pair it with a striped sweater in a contrasting color to break things up and add depth to the look. Finally, I added a chunky cardigan, navy ankle boots, and a blinged out necklace.

Scalloped skirt, you had me at "hello". <3

Skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (exact)
Striped Sweater: Forever21 | Similar 123
Cardigan: Forever21 | Similar 1234
Navy Ankle Boots: Kohl's -sold out | Love these options 1234
Necklace c/o T & J Designs (exact) ; Use code 'YASI20' for 20% off 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Modern Retro.

Even though I whole-heartedly appreciate and love the variety of clothing options that we have available to us today, I've always been infatuated with classic, ultra feminine silhouettes. Anything that says "I Am Woman, Here Me Roar".
Something about this silhouette just makes me feel like I have my sh*t together. 
And who couldn't use more of that?!

White sleeveless blouse: Express | Similar 1, 2, 3
Yellow cardigan: Target (exact) | Similar 1, 2
Black pencil skirt: H&M | Similar 1, 2
Silk scarf: H&M | Similar 1, 2, 3
Nude pumps: Target | Similar 1, 2
Rose gold watch: Anne Klein (exact) | Similar 1, 2
Crystal necklace: Stella & Dot (exact)
Gold headband | Similar 12

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Red Blazer + Plaid.

The outfit below is from a cold snap a few weeks ago. Currently, though, I am in scorching Southern California for my little brother's wedding. (When did he become all grown up?!) 
It's been a great trip so far. 
On Sunday we threw my soon to be sister-in-law a tea party themed bridal shower. Everyone dressed up in fancy dresses and hats and it.was.amazing. (Check out the pics on Instagram!)  And apart from spending time with my parents (lots of shopping with mom yesterday. Snapchat: hellogorgblog), I've been doing nothing but eating delicious home-made Persian food. 
So, basically, the trip has been perfect. Mwahaha.

The rest of the week is going to be just as busy with other wedding-related activities. Speaking of which, I better get to it!
Here's hoping that when I get back the weather has cooled down enough that I can wear outfits like this again! 

Plaid button-up: Old Navy | Similar 1, 2, 3
Red blazer: Kohl's | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4
Khaki corduroys: Target | Similar 1, 2
Cognac ballet flats: Target (exact) | Similar 12
Tote c/o Angel Reinares
Necklace (Similar)
Watch c/o Wristology | Use code GORGEOUS20 for 20% off
"Love" cuff c/o Bauble Boutique 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Comfy Cozy.

Oversized sweater, skinny jeans and a scarf?
Sign me up!
Oversized sweater c/o Catch Bliss Boutique | Similar 1, 2, 3
Dark wash skinny jeans: ExpressSimilar | High-waisted option
Ivory Moto Jacket: Express | Similar | Love
Scarf: Forever21 | Similar 1, 2
Grey suede loafers: Payless |Similar 1, 2, 3

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Navy Ankle Boots.

Last week's ankle boot shopping spree turned out to be much more of a spree than I had originally intended. (Sorry, honey!)
I ended up purchasing a couple of additional shoes, including this navy version of the cognac pair of boots that I ordered. And call me crazy, but I love the navy pair so much that I'm not even sure if I will keep the cognac pair. The navy ones are seriously gorgeous and on sale for even cheaper than the price that I bought them at! So, if you're looking for a comfortable, beautiful pair of navy ankle boots, these babies are calling your name.

Gingham button-up: Old Navy | Similar 1, 2
Cargo vest c/o Avery Lane Boutique | Similar vest 1, 2, 3 | Similar necklace
Skinny jeans: Rock Revival | Almost exact | Similar 1, 2
Navy ankle boots: Kohl's (exact) | Similar 1, 2
Watch c/o Wristology | Use code GORGEOUS20 for 20% off

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Spinach Muffins!

If you're the kind of person who enjoys cooking delicious food that happens to be healthy, drop everything and read this post.

J was gone over this past weekend. Naturally, I divvied up my time between entertaining the dog, browsing Amazon, and attempting to better my life through Pinterest. I pinned approximately 572 crockpot recipes and 67 pancake recipes--all of which I planned on making that same weekend, duh. I also happened to pin a recipe for spinach muffins. 
Shut the front door. Spinach muffins?! 
Right now I'm at a stage where finding healthy recipes that also taste great makes me feel like I'm winning at life. So, you can imagine my excitement. I used this recipe from The Green Forks. The entire preparation and baking process took a whopping 30 minutes and the results were A.MA.ZING. The muffins were also approved by my neighbors and co-workers. 
I believe one direct quote from a co-worker went something like this: "MmmmMMm nomnomnomnom".

A few alterations I made to the recipe:
  • Whole wheat flour throughout, instead of 1/2 wheat and 1/2 all-purpose
  • More spinach and a little less sugar
  • Added a handful of chia seeds. They are packed with protein and fiber. Plus, their texture and flavor is similar to that of poppy seeds! Yum.
  • Olive oil instead of canola oil
  • 2 bananas

Other Ideas/Suggestions:

  • Natural honey instead of brown sugar
  • Coconut oil instead of canola or olive oil
  • Almond milk instead of real milk
  • Use more chia seeds. You can never have too many chia seeds. Think of all that fiber!
  • Use a scoopful of vanilla protein powder mixed with 1/2 cup water, plus half the suggested amount of vanilla extract
I hope you guys enjoy these muffins as much I did. 
Let me know how they turn out!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Shopping Adventures: The Perfect Ankle Boot.

1  Apt. 9     2  J.Lo    3  SO     4  Sonoma
Even though I love fashion and style, I'm always late on trends. I don't know if it's because of my cautious, have-to-know-#ALLthethings-before-I-jump-on-the-wagon personality, or because I live in a small city and popular trends hit us much later than other places. Either way,  it took me a long time to warm up to ankle boots. My stylish mom was wearing them for at least a year before I convinced myself to buy a pair and try to incorporate them into my wardrobe. But once I learned how to style that first pair, I fell in love. Living in a cold-weather state, they can seriously save your sanity by breaking up the constant monotony of rain boots, riding boots, and winter boots. And with Fall just around the corner, I've been on the look-out for new ankle boots. However, I didn't want to spend an arm an a leg on just one boot because I was hoping to buy at least a couple of pairs in different colors. 
Since I had found my ankle boots at Target last year, that's where I decided to begin my search. To my surprise, however, I wasn't overly impressed with Target's selection this year. I checked out a few other online stores before landing on the Kohl's boot page. And I have to say I was blown away. I don't have a Kohl's near my workplace anymore, so checking their website for shoes was on a complete whim. But, WOW. They have such a great collection of boots right now!  
I ended up buying four pairs-- all on sale under $60! I can't wait until they come in the mail so I can style these pretties. 
Fingers crossed that they all work out! ;) 

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