Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIWW: Color Block + Leopard!

Hello Wednesday! After having not one, but two Monday's this week - I'm welcoming today with open arms! 

Do you ever have a moment where you're looking in your closet, and it's full of clothes, but you have nothing to wear?! Story of my life. I had an idea of what I wanted to wear.. skinnies, boots with heels and this color block shirt. I just needed a blazer or cardigan to complete the look. I put a blazer on, come out and Tyler says "ummm... I don't think that goes together". Guys. No style adventure whatsoever. So I go back and pick 3 cardigans, bring them out to get his opinion. Once I got his attention (from the golf game that was on), he chose the leopard. He's a keeper :)

Here's what I put together for a super casual date night - perfect for dinner and live music!

Happy Wednesday and YAY for this week being half over!!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Link-Up Announcement!!

I am especially excited about today! Why, you ask?! One week from today I am joining forces with Ashley @ Let’s Get Bananas for our weekly Link-Up {Taste of Tuesday}!! March 5th – be there! This link up will allow you to share your favorite recipes, meals, what you ate over the weekend, favorite restaurants to go to… pretty much anything related to food! Sounds pretty amazing, right?! We think so! Ashley and I can’t wait to see your restaurant favorites and what you’ve been cooking and eating!

Before we kick off our link-up, I thought I’d share what Ashley and I have in common. We “met” recently and became instant friends! We e-mail/text daily and her blog is a daily read of mine!

We’re both Newlyweds!

We’re both Texans – born and raised!

We both have 2 fur babies!

 We both love San Francisco!

We are OBSESSED with Kendra Scott jewelry!

 Our husbands went to A&M!

 Now I’ll turn it over to Ashley so you can get to know her a little more! She’s awesome and so down-to-earth, so I know you’ll adore her! Be sure to follow her on Instagram {ambarnhill] and twitter { @ambarnhill114 }!  

 Hi everyone!  I’m so happy to be guest posting over here today.  Here are a couple random facts about me…

•    My nails feel naked if they aren’t painted
•    I’m just a little obsessed with leopard print
•    I still wear my retainer to bed every night… #superattractive
•    I put pj’s or sweats on as soon as I walk in the front door
•    Heels are this girl’s best friend
•    I’ve had glasses since I was 3 and contacts since 3rd grade
•    I sleep with a fan on 365 days a year
•    My ankles pop when I walk on tile or wood floor
•    Sometimes I snort when I laugh
•    I have a freckle on one eyeball

Come visit me over at Let’s Get Bananas!  See y’all next week for Taste of Tuesday!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend Wrap-Up: Operation Organization!

Do you ever have a moment where you just want everything to be super organized?? Well I started my weekend with that exact thought! I was a crazy-list-maker and it felt SO good! I feel like my life has been super chaotic lately, so I needed to get it together! haha

I got to work super early on Friday and started separating my 'To-Do's'... I've got 4 Tradeshows coming up and 3 are out of the country. A huge white-boarding session was in order!

 This next list is huge... only because we haven't been to the grocery store in over a month! I know, I know... After going to 3 grocery stores {Wal-Mart, Market Street and Costco} we have a fully stocked fridge and pantry! A M A Z I N G!

I came home Friday to find this on our door step! It's officially official!!! MBA graduate. Now we need to frame this bad boy and put it up in the office!

 OK, let's talk about this mess of a closet... I was waiting for T to get home from H-town and I figured I would surprise him with a clean closet. After all, he said that my mess was literally stressing him out {can we say dramatic?!}. So I was a good wife and got to organizing this mess known as tornado Jessica. It only took a minute couple of hours.

BAM! What a huge difference... I am so proud of my work.. I even vacuumed! And yes, I'm tooting my own horn - sometimes you have to. Tyler was shocked and then said "you know, if you would put everything up when you take it off, it would never get that messy." Great advice.. maybe I'll listen one day.
Saturday night we went to Tierney's for a date night with our besties, Whitney and Gavin. It was a blast! They had great home cookin' style food and a live band, which sounded similar to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Whitney and I after dinner... LOVE her!!

Sunday night we decided to try a few new recipes.. one for dinner and the other to take for lunches throughout the week. We love to have a drink while cooking.. it's our reward!

We made this Italian soup and it was so tasty! I can't wait to have it for lunch today. First time trying this recipe and it was a success. Recipe will be hitting the blog this week, so keep an eye out! :)

How was your weekend?! Did it involve organization or date nights with great friends?
Happy Monday!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Oh, How Pinteresting: Recipe Edition!

Happy Wednesday! I am so excited that this week is half over.. it's been a C R A Z Y one! 

As you know, I'm a food lover... but my cooking skills - well I can cook a mean spaghetti, taco salad and baked chicken... with various sides. But I want to branch out and cook out of my comfort zone! These dishes are on my "to-do" list to cook and master! Don't they look delish?!

 Eggplant Marinara Flat-bread
Source: via Jessica on Pinterest
 Baked Crab Rangoon
Source: via Jessica on Pinterest
Baked Zucchini Sticks and Sweet Onion Dip
Source: via Jessica on Pinterest

 Asian Beef

Source: via Jessica on Pinterest
 Prosciutto, Spinach and Pasta Casserole
Source: via Jessica on Pinterest
 Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
Source: via Jessica on Pinterest
Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
Source: via Jessica on Pinterest

What recipes are you planning to cook? Have you tried any of the dishes above?

Let's get this week over with!! Have a great day!

Linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Wrap-Up: Getting Things Done!

Ahhh, How is it Monday already?! I know this is a common question, but seriously! After an extremely hectic week at work {I'm planning for 3 trade shows - 2 in Europe and 1 in Vegas}, It was so nice to know that we would have a low-key weekend. We didn't have any projects going on around the house, which was a nice change from the previous weekends.

 Friday I met my bestie {Paige} for lunch.. I just love spur-of-moment lunch dates! We hadn't been able to get together for my birthday, so we used this as our opportunity. She surprised me with this necklace! I am in love! Such a sweet and thoughtful gift.. definitely a new jewelry staple!

Friday night I met Sarah for a little mani/pedi.. It was SO relaxing! Perfect start to the weekend. We were able to catch up on our week of craziness and talk about our weekend plans. Love her!

When I got home from being pampered, Tyler and I put down our new rug, which had come in on Thursday! It was the perfect addition to our living room and it brightens it up a lot! We moved our ottoman up to the Media Room and are currently looking for a new coffee table.

Saturday was full of errands, so of course we made a pit-stop at Starbucks!

After our errands and a nap, we started prepping for dinner.. Tyler planned out the menu! Perfect date night in!!

And here's the entire meal: Filet Mignon, Lobster, Orzo and Asparagus... Ah-mazing!

This weekend we decided that we were going to try a new restaurant (one we haven't been to) each weekend. So, in keeping with this new rule, Sunday we tried a new place {Scotty P's} and they had this on their menu.. Cardiac Fries, AKA deliciousness!! Perfect way to start off our day-date!

After lunch we headed to the movies to see Zero Dark Thirty.. We've been wanting to go see this movie since it hit theaters, but life gets in the way sometimes!

Well, that was our weekend in a nutshell! Perfection, if you ask me. What were y'all up to this weekend? Did you have a date night in or a day date? Ever had any Cardiac Fries?

Happy Monday!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WIWW: Bold Print with the Fur!

It's back in the 30's in Dallas, so I knew it was the perfect time to break out the fur... especially since I might not get another opportunity this season! I got this vest a few months ago for a steal! I wasn't willing to pay full price {$108}, so when I saw it was on sale for 40% off, I jumped on it! Ah, this top... I have been really into bold prints with lots of color lately, so when I stumbled upon this top I had to have it. I have been looking for a long, flowy solid top to wear with this vest, but of course - no such luck. I was feeling extra bold this morning and decided to mix the pattern with the fur and it actually works well together! At least I think so. 

Oh and please excuse our pool... we just had a storm, which blew in a ton of stuff and Hank (our skimmer) gets tangled and stuck, therefore he can't do his job properly. And it's definitely too cold for this girl to get in with the vacuum thingy! Next week it will be clean {hopefully}!

What are you mixing your fur with? Does your skimmer give you problems too? 
Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Daily Reads

I just entered in to my 2nd month of blogging and I absolutely love it! It's such a creative outlet to just express myself and what's going on in my life at that moment. The blogging community is so welcoming and I've met some awesome ladies that I can truly call friends.

I've stumbled upon a few blogs that are my go-to daily reads. Why, you ask? Well, I tend to gravitate to any, and all, things related to fashion, food, DIY, wine, beauty and did I mention food? These blogs are all of that and a bag of chips! To get the full scoop, keep reading and be sure to check these lovely ladies out!

Erin is such a sweetheart! I love going to her blog because she is so full of life and spunk! I literally laugh out loud at some of her posts and can relate to most of them! Her motto is to live her life, while having a blast {and a glass of wine}. Her outlook on life is amazing and one I'd like to practice. She also has great blogging advice to help out the newbies! Get to steppin' and see for yourself how awesome Living in Yellow is!
Living in Yellow

If you haven't noticed, I absolutely LOVE food - so of course Kelly's blog is on my 'daily reads' list! She has the best {healthy} recipes on the block! She even lists the nutritional information below the recipe and follows the Weight Watchers points system. Amazefest! So mosey on over to Eat Yourself Skinny! Your taste buds will thank you.
Eat Yourself Skinny
Eat Yourself Skinny

Sarah from Tucker Up is one of my best friends! We met in grad school and became instant friends. We love to shop, eat and get mani/pedi's on a regular basis! Sarah's blog is one of my faves and not just because she's my bestie. Not only is she hilarious, but she is also honest.. some great qualities! She, too, recently got married and bought a house. Her blog is full of outfit posts, DIY projects, recipes and her daily life as a newlywed and new homeowner. What are you waiting for?! Go check out her blog and give her some love!
Tucker Up

I have been following Shanna for a few months now and I am always in awe of her amazing fashion sense. She pairs items that I would've never thought to put together and her outfits are to die for! She's so talented! Talented enough that she started consulting as her job {my dream}... and I want to be her next client!! Go browse her blog.. you won't be sorry!! :)
Because Shanna Said So

I met Aubrey of The Kinch Life a few months ago while researching blog designers. After speaking with her via e-mail, I instantly knew that I wanted her to design my blog! She was so outgoing and talked to me like we were long-time friends. Her pricing is very reasonable and she responds in a timely manner. Her blog is adorable and full of great wardrobe and hair tips!! Don't delay.. go visit Aubrey!
The Kinch Life

Which blogs do you fancy and read on a daily basis? Have a fabulous day!