I’m thrilled that it is finally the first day of Fall! I’m so excited to be sharing Fall content and have some exciting things planned, that I can’t wait to share soon. With Fall weather comes Fall clothing and even better those Fall Outfit Staples that we love year, after year.
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I’m also excited to share this post because I rented my first ever camera! I am considering purchasing a new one, but let’s be real, these things are expensive! So I rented one from LensRentals.com and I’m so excited that Jay and I were able to shoot these photos together.
For me fashion needs to be versatile, comfortable and let’s just say fabulous! I love beautiful clothing, handbags and shoes, but I don’t want to have to spend hours putting together cute outfits. I like tor rely on a few really great staples that I can mix and match and throw on in the morning! Fall is such an exciting time for fashion. The new layers, styles, colors and fabrics that are brought out are inspiring and will definitely steal your wallet from you. On the daily, I like to rely on a few staples to get me through the week.
Fall Outfit Staples
From the time I was young, my mama made me carry around a cardigan with me. It was like illegal to go to dinner, or to the movies, without one because “You know you’re gonna get cold!” She would always say. She was, and still is, always right! So I always carry one with me. I recently received this one from Romwe (c/o) and I have to say that I have been wearing it almost everyday. The sleeves are slightly cropped, so it pairs perfectly with a pretty bracelet stack. It comes in an assortment of Fall colors including this beautiful burgundy and army green. Not to mention the grey is only $12.99!
Normally I share more expensive pieces, which is still true to who I am. However, I do like to mix high and low to make things more affordable and this is definitely a piece to have in your wardrobe, in every color!
If you follow my blog religiously and my Instagram too, you have already heard me talk about my love for denim. You just can’t beat a pair of good jeans. My favorite errands are J.Brand, AG and Madewell. I know I can always count on them to product a good pair of jeans that will last me several years. This Fall, I am really loving all of the pearl accents on denim. I love this pair of Good American Pearl Jeans! Who doesn’t love KoKo?!
The Perfect T-Shirt
There is no hiding my t-shirt obsession! I rarely post OOTD’s on Instagram because they would all basically be me in jeans and a t-shirt. But, hey, that’s my style! So I thought for a second about my favorite t-shirts and I have to say that Club Monaco and Madewell do the best! I recently disproved this t-shirt from Madewell and fell in love! Seriously, I need this in every color it comes in. I also love this one from Club Monaco in black and wear it almost every other day!
You are probably tired of me talking about booties, especially these ones. I promise I will get off a little $$$ soon and buy a pair, but finding the perfect booties isn’t easy. Booties are perfect for Fall because they give a Fall appearance without being as hot as taller boots. I love these dessert boots my mom gifted me a few years ago! She said she used to wear these when she was younger and thought I might them too. That in itself makes these special to me!
Scarf or Hat
Generally in early Fall I go for a hat, or maybe a scarf. In Virginia I usually don’t wear both in early Fall, but I think it’s the perfect time to wear pretty hat or sport a baseball cap around!
I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyed seeing a little peak into my favorites from my Daily Fall Outfit! I would love to know what pieces are in your daily Fall wardrobe!
With Fall just around the corner, I have found myself craving more warm, savory dishes for dinner! This probably isn’t the best thing for my waistline, but I just love spending time in the kitchen during the cooler months. This Creamy Chicken Pesto Recipe is one of my all time favorites and I got so many questions about it a couple of weeks ago, when I shared it on my Instagram Story, so I wanted to it share it with you!
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If you didn’t already know, growing up my family owned a restaurant. From may late childhood, throughout my teens, I spent most of my time at our family restaurant. There are so many things I learned from those years, including but not limited to, my love for Chicken Pesto. It wasn’t until the age of 16, or so, that my mom finally convinced me to try out that green pasta that I could barely stomach the thought of! Little did I know, I was about to try out one of my absolute favorite dishes. Since those restaurant days, I haven’t had chicken pesto. I was really craving it a few weeks ago and did my best to recreate our restaurant recipe. I think I landed this recipe spot on, thankfully.
There are so many variations of chicken pesto out there. However, my favorite way to enjoy chicken pesto is with a creamy sauce, served over angel hair pasta or spaghetti. Over course, you can recreate this recipe without all of the creamy goodness or serve it up without pasta. But, for me, this recipe is the perfect way to enjoy chicken pesto!
I have found that I get the best fresh pesto from Whole Foods. Unfortunately, when I made this for the shoot, I used pesto from a jar and it just wasn’t as beautiful. The taste is definitely just a good, if you use pesto from a jar. But I would highly recommend purchasing freshly made pesto, as it will give your dish a vibrant green color!
Creamy Chicken Pesto Recipe
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
spaghetti or angel hair
2 cup whipping milk
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup parmesan
2 ounces cream cheese
6-7 chicken tenders- I usually use one package of organic chicken tenders, which vary between 6-7 pieces)
1/2 cup pesto + extra for serving- Add as much pesto as you want!
In a large pan or dutch oven, warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Pat, clean chicken tenders dry and season generously with Kosher salt and pepper. Add the the tenders to the pan and cook until brown on each side, about 8 minutes per side. Remove chicken from pan. Set aside.
Add whipping milk, butter and cream cheese to the pan and heat. Stir frequently until all ingredients have combined completely. Use your spoon to scrape some of the remaining chicken drippings, off of the bottom of the pan. This will add a richer flavor.
Bring the sauce to a low simmer while continuing to stir frequently. When the sauce begins to thicken a bit, add in parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Add in pesto, until fully combined. You should have a pretty, green sauce now!
Add the chicken tenders back to the pot with the sauce. Continue to simmer until sauce has thickened well. Usually about 20 minutes, or so.
Meanwhile, boil noodles until al dente. When done, return the noodles to the pot and top with Creamy Chicken Pesto Sauce! Serve in your pot or transfer to your favorite platter.
Garnish with pesto or olive drizzle or fresh basil leaves!
This recipe is so easy and if you love pesto, you will love this Creamy Chicken Pesto recipe! It’s the perfect recipe to transition into fall with. Not only is it warm and comforting, but it still has a bright dash of summer greens! I hope that you will love this recipe as much as I do. Be sure to send me any pictures, if you try it out. You can shop all of my my kitchen essentials here and everything pictures below. See more of my recipes here.
When we were in Chicago a month, or so, ago, I picked up this navy dress from Club Monaco. The detailed sleeves and transitional qualities have me grabbing this dress repeatedly, when in need for something chic to wear! Comfort is key for me and most of the time you can find me in a basic tee and good jeans. However, I love how this dress is the perfect transitional piece from Summer to Fall.
When shopping for new pieces to add to my closet I have a few key things I look for. First up is color and style. I naturally gravitate towards neutrals and shades of pink. Navy is a huge color for me and probably one of the only colors, other than pink and red, in my wardrobe. This dress display the perfect shade of dusty navy. I knew that this color would cary me from Summer to Fall easily and fashionably! As far as the style of an item, I like to make sure this piece is something that will be flattering on me. Now I never say never, but chances are you won’t be seeing me rock a crop top anytime soon. For one, its just not my style and they also just don’t fit my body type that well.
Second is definitely versatility. Once I am captivated by a color, or style, I instantly think about how versatile this item of clothing will be. Will it be able to transition from season to season? Can I style it different ways? Is it adaptable for different climates? How much wear, will I really, be able to get out of this piece? I have no problem in investing in pieces that I know will last. Personally, I would rather purchase something that costs a little more, but I know I will be able to wear over, and over, throughout the coming years and seasons.
I’m excited to style this dress for fall with theseankle boots! It will look great with a classic trench and these pumps pair perfectly with it! I have a feeling you will be seeing this beauty quite often here on the blog and on my Instagram account! What is your nonnegotiable when it comes to picking out something new for your closet?
My skincare routine has been long awaited and I’m so excited to finally be sharing it with you. While my night time and morning skincare routines, don’t differ too much, I thought it would be better to share them separately, for the sake of this post not being too long. Skincare has always been something that I focused on, even from a young age. My mom always taught me the importance of caring for your skin and investing in your skincare, instead of makeup.
In my teens, my skin began becoming a problem and it has taken me many years to figure out how to heal it. Most every teenager experiences some breakouts, but mine were pretty brutal all the way up until the past year or so. I have had to spend time finding out what my skin likes, what it doesn’t like and how to keep it from freaking out so often! I have taken oral medication to help my acne and found that it made my skin way too sensitive. The sun became my enemy. I couldn’t be out in it for a minute without scorching and that is just not how I want to live. I love being outside.
Obviously hormones play a huge role in acne, as well as the food, and drinks, we consume. When it’s that time of the month for me, my skin definitely breaks out. I can usually tell when it’s hormonal because my jaw line is lined with pesky pimples! Little and big ones! Unfortunately, that’s something I can’t really control. Greasy, unhealthy foods, definitely don’t aid in keeping my skin clear either. If I am consuming a ton of alcohol, let’s say when I’m on vacation, I also tend to break out more. In the end, I think it all comes down to balance, lot’s of water, a little sunshine and a good skincare regimen!
While it has taken me a while to perfect my skincare regimen, I am still always trying out different products and treatments. I love getting facials and have truly seen an improvement in my skin, the past few months, by getting regular facials.
Morning Skincare Routine
Cleanse + Tone
First, start out by cleansing my face. I am that weird person that brushes their teeth in the shower, so you bet I wash my face in there too! I use the Murad Daily Cleansing Foam to cleanse my skin. This leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, without being stripped of it’s moisture. I love this cleanser because it gives my skin a clean, refreshed and toned feeling, without drying it out. With a foam pump, the packaging is efficient, allowing me regulate how much cleanser I use.The formula itself contains witch hazel, which really helps to tone my skin.
Next up, I apply my Estée Lauder Clear Difference Advance Blemish Serum. You guys this might just be one of my favorite products in the entire routine. A sales associate recommended this to me when I was at the counter for another purchase. At first I wasn’t willing to bite. I really don’t like pushy sales associates and you could say I was getting that vibe from this lady. In the end, I’m glad I caved! This product has worked miracles on my skin. Not only does it heal active breakouts, but it soaks up oil and prevents future irritation.
Most people probably wouldn’t double up on the acne treatments, but I just can’t help it. I need all the acne fighting power I can get! After the Estée Lauder serum, I apply the Kate Somerville Anit-Bac Clearing Lotion. This lotion seems to get a ton of attention and great reviews online. It also happens to be one of my favorite skincare products. I guess I love a good acne treatment! The Anti-Bac Clearing lotion contains benzoyl peroxide which helps to kill bacteria and calm inflamed areas on my skin.
If there are any spots that are giving me more trouble and just need a little extra attention, I will apply the Mario Badescu Drying Cream to those areas. I started using this cream when I was in high school and at first I wasn’t convinced this was for me. I just felt like it wasn’t working. So, I gave it to Jay, for him to try. It didn’t take long before we could both see a difference in his skin. Needless to say, I snatch that drying cream right back, in a heartbeat! I’m still thankful for his endless patience with me. Since then, I have been pretty loyal to the Mario Badescu Drying Cream and feel like it is truly one of the best spot treatments out there.
I would be a terrible person if I didn’t warn you that this does smell terrible. But, it works like magic! So you just have to weigh the pros and cons.
Depending on what my makeup plan for the day is, I will either wear my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel or go straight for my It Cosmetics CC+ Cream. I have been using the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for years. My mom gave this moisturizer to me as the start of my skincare regimen, when I was a little girl. The gel moisturizer is great if you have oily or acne prone skin. It keeps the oily at bay, while still hydrating the skin. It always feels really cool and calming the skin too!
The It Cosmetics CC+ Cream is a tinted moisturizer, so you want to use the in the morning. If I am just cleaning around the house, running errands, or going to the beach, I will wear this! It has been a serious favorite of mine all summer. I haven’t worn foundation the past few months, instead I have been wearing this. I picked up this NARS foundation to incorporate for the Fall, but I have to say It Cosmetics is a new beauty favorite!
There is no denying that I love a good lip balm. I have raved for years about the La Mer Lip Balm and I truly love all of their products. This balm does an amazing job of keeping my lips hydrated. I apply it morning, night and in between. When I put this on my lips at night, I wake up in the morning with a trace of balm and hydrated lips. To me, that is some serious hydration and staying power! Lately, I have also been loving this Lip Pot from Emile Cordon (c/o). It is also very hydrating and gives my lips the perfect pink tint!
I just recently started using the Clinique All About Eyes Rich eye cream and I have to say that I now understand the hype. This product is so hydrating and cooling. It feels so great on my eyes and I am it helps to calm any puffiness that I have. I would recommend this eye cream for someone who wants to prevent any fine lines or wrinkles! It also doesn’t interfere with my concealer and foundation, so it’s perfect for morning and night time use.
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Over the past 10 months of marriage, and living in our new home, I have learned a lot about life and myself! Cleaning and caring for our home is an important part of everyday, but I’m going to be completely honest. It can be a real struggle sometimes. I wrote this post, last year, sharing 5 Impactful Cleaning Tips you can do in under 5 minutes. I still use these tips all of the time from this post. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed and behind on my cleaning, I try to start with a small area and just spend five minutes!
Working from home is both a blessing and a challenge. I struggle to find balance between work and home life. I need to clean my house, but I also need to write for the blog and let’s not even begin to talk about having everything picked up, and dinner made, when my husband gets home! None of which usually happens. If you work from home, then you know the struggle too.
The past few months got completely out of hand. I feel like my mind and motivation left me to go on summer vacation! I knew that I had to get back on track. So the past few weeks, I have been working on creating a daily list to stick to. Whether you need a little motivation to keep things tidy or just realize you aren’t the only one struggling to keep it all together. I hope this post will inspire you keep up with the daily house chores and hold me accountable too!
Make Your Bed Every Morning
I watched this video on Facebook of the University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address by Admiral William H. McRaven. I would be doing you, and me, a disservice if I didn’t tell you that I now think of this speech every time I make my bed. Also, every time I think about skipping out on making my bed, his words haunt me! He shares,
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed.”
This video is so powerful, I could right an entire blog post on it, but today we are talking about cleaning. So I will get back on topic. Making your bed each morning provides you with a sense of accomplish and the desire to continue completing tasks throughout the day. Maybe your bedroom is a complete disaster. Just start out with making your bed. Not only will it lift your entire rooms appearance, but it will also inspire you to spend another five minutes on another task in the room. For example, putting away the three baskets of clean clothes you have yet to put away from last week, that you continue to pull clothes out of each day to wear. Ok, maybe I’m the only one that does that! 😉
Also, upon doing research to find the link to this video, I found out that Admiral William H. McRaven has written a few books! This one “Make Your Bed”, is now on my reading list! I know it’s going to be a great one!
Laundry: Do It, Fold It, Put it Away
Speaking of laundry, this is definitely something that tends to come in waves for me. Sometimes I’m like superwoman and will have my husband put his work pants straight in the washer. Other days, I have 3 baskets of clean folded laundry waiting to be put away and the rest of the clothes I own are on the floor scattered anywhere between my bedroom, bathroom and the laundry room.
You win some. You lose some.
I find it best, as with anything, to just start. Simply starting that first load will encourage you and the rest will be easy! Wash, dry, fold and put them away! I find putting away freshly folded clothing much more fun inspiring, than something that has been sitting in the basket for a week.
Every night or morning, make it a habit to take your dirty laundry to the laundry room and start washing it, or at least sorting it.
Excuse me, while I go start my first load now!
Ok, I’m back. Which has reminded me of another tip. Start with something easy, like towels. Sometimes I dread doing loads of laundry based on their size or shape. Folding towels is much more simple than folding long sleeve shirts and other clothing that aren’t really mindless tasks. Chances are you keep your towels in the same spot, making them easier to put away. This way, you aren’t hunting all of your closet, and bedroom, trying to remember where you decided to store a particular clothing piece last month, when to completely rearranged your life.
Don’t Leave the Dishes for Later
Guilty. Leaving the dishes in the sink over night, quickly became a terrible habit for me this summer. Not only does this completely gross me out, I can’t stand cold, dirty water, but it sets me behind the next day. After dinner, or before bed, make it a point to load and run the dish washer. Hand wash any larger pots or extra dishes that won’t fit in the dishwasher. Not only will your kitchen be much cleaner the next morning. But it’s really just a good habit to get into and makes for a much more sanitary space.
I’m not sure if this counts as a tip, but buy yourself a iRobotRoomba! My sister-in-law and her husband gave us a Roomba as a wedding present and it took us so long to start using it, but it is seriously such game changer! Roomba does the maintenance floor cleaning for me, which not only keeps my house clean but saves me time. All I have to do is simply turn on our Roomba (some schedule themselves) and let it roam around the house. It docks itself and saves me so much time. I love it because I don’t really have to do anything, Roomba does all the work, yet the house still gets cleaned!
Break Up Big Cleaning Tasks Into Smaller Ones
Cleaning an entire room can be such a daunting task. Throughout the week, I like to try to break up the bigger cleaning to-do’s, whenever I can. I will do things like spray the shower cleaner in the shower, and let it sit, while I’m putting away the laundry. Maybe you need to take just five, or ten, minutes out of your lunch break to throw in a load of laundry. Make your bed quickly or put away the clean dishes. Batch quick tasks together and break down bigger tasks to do throughout the week.
Cleaning isn’t something weal way want to do. However, a clean home is not only a welcoming home one that will inspire your to live your best life. I hope this post has been helpful for you and inspired you to keep up! It’s not easy, that’s why we have grace and good husbands! As a new wife, this is something I struggle with and I have a feeling I’m not the only one!