April 7, 2017

Pastels for Spring!

{Black Leggings: H&M / Black Tunic: Zara / Mint Bomber Jacket: Zara {old but similar  here and  here} / White Leather Clutch: Asos / Nude Choker: Forever 21 /  Rose Gold Apple Watch / Sneakers:  Mint PUMA - Basket Platform Patent Leather

My love for soft pastel tones knows no bounds this spring. Soft rose pink and mint green are my favorites to wear lately so when I saw these gorgeous mint sneakers, I knew I had to have them.  They are adorable, extremely comfortable and the patent leather lends a sophistication to any look that I pair them with.  I can't wait to rock these with a pair of ankle trousers, a button-up shirt and blazer. Sneakers have been in heavy rotation for me and I love it! The "athleisure" trend is still very much relevant so I am happy to partake. :)

xoxo, thanks for reading!

April 6, 2017

Tequila Fruit Spritzer

Fun little fact about me: I have tequila cravings more often than I am willing to admit. I can't really explain it, besides possibly being a lush, haha, but I just enjoy the taste of good tequila, especially when mixed with fruit juice. Even though I enjoy a good tequila mixed drink (namely margaritas!) all year, when the weather gets warmer, it's time to start whipping up my tequila spritzers! 

These are so simple and so yummy and most important to me right now, low in {added} sugar and calories. They require very little effort and it is almost surprising how these very few ingredients mixed together creates the most delicious cocktail!

Here's how I hook them up:

{In a pretty glass, add in the fruit of your choice and begin to mash it so that it releases all of the yummy {and natural!} fruit juice.  Pineapple may be my favorite to use but watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, orange segments, OR all of the above together - all work perfectly in this spritzer.}

{Next add in some ice.}

{Then pour in your favorite tequila! One shot is perfectly fine but I prefer a shot and a half or two, depending on the day or occasion. :) It's too difficult to try and pick a favorite tequila, but I am loving this Camerena brand at the moment. It's very inexpensive and tastes really good; it's so incredibly smooth too. Definitely a must-try.}

{Add in the fruit juice of your choice. I enjoy pomegranate juice. It's perfectly tart and not too sweet.}

{Top the mashed fruit, ice, tequila and pomegranate juice off with about 4 ounces of your favorite sparkling water.  I am a huge fan of the La Croix brand - I love every single flavor that they offer and every single flavor tastes really yummy in these spritzers.}

{Mix with a pretty straw and ENJOY responsibly!}

This tequila fruit spritzer will definitely be my go-to spirit this spring and summer.  Fruity, sparkly, pretty and it packs a tequila punch? ...what more can you ask for?}

Let me know if you give this a try!

April 3, 2017

Flutter Sleeves & Stappy Sandals

{Denim: Old Navy Rockstar / Black and White Striped Blouse: SheIn / Strappy Suede Sandals: J Renee / White Leather Clutch: Asos {old} / Pink Watch: {Michael Kors} / Pink Blazer: Thrifted!}

Hello there! Sharing an outfit I wore this weekend on a casual date night. I kept things simple with jeans and a blouse... and of course I had to pop on a blazer.  Oh, how I love a unique thrifted blazer. This fancy pink one is adorned with bright gold buttons and scalloped edges. I love throwing this on when I am just about to run out the door to complete my outfit. I have worn it with leggings and a t-shirt and even over a formal dress.  I love the way it finishes my outfit each and every time.

These bright strappy sandals make me so happy; these will be in heavy rotation all spring and summer.  They are so comfy - the heel height is perfect for wearing all night. Now those are my kind of heels!

xoxo, thanks for reading!

March 28, 2017

Crispy Shrimp & Cheesy Grits

Hello everyone! I am back today with a delicious new recipe that I am craving right this second as I am typing out this recipe post from my bed.  This has got to be one of the most flavorful dishes I have ever made. Shrimp and grits can be made many many different ways, and will probably almost always be delicious, but I think by frying the shrimp I was able to kick this dish up a few extra notches and I am not even mad at that.  I love how simple yet significant this dish is; if you want to impress whoever is lucky enough to eat this dish, you MUST make this shrimp and grits recipe ASAP. 

Ingredients {Serves 2}: 

12 Large Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
1/4 Cup Self-Rising Flour
1/2 Cup of Oil for Frying {I used avocado oil}
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Quaker Oats Quick 5 Minute Grits
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup Extra Sharp Cheddar
1/3 Cup Chopped Red Pepper
3-4 Green Onions, Chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Pepper 
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
2 Tablespoons Half and Half
Salt and Pepper to Taste

{In a large bowl, season your peeled and deveined shrimp with salt and pepper to taste.}

{Add the flour and mix well, coating each shrimp.  Pro tip: use self-rising flour when frying, the baking powder creates an extra crispy coating.}  

{In a skillet over medium heat, fry your shrimp in an oil of your choice. Be careful not to have the heat too high - you don't want to burn them. They should cook for about 3-4 minutes total, depending on the size.  Once they are golden brown, remove them immediately.}

{Set your golden, crispy shrimp aside in a warm spot on the stove while you cook your cheesy grits.}

{In a small pot with a lid, add your water and milk and bring to a simmer over low heat.  Be careful not to boil it too rapidly or you will have a mess on the stove. Once the milk mixture starts to simmer, stir in your grits.}

{Stir the grits constantly for a minute or two until they begin to thicken.  Reduce the heat to as low as it will go, cover and allow your grits to slowly cook.  Stir them every minute or so to prevent any lumps.}

{After about 10 minutes, your grits should be perfect. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and stir.}

{And finally the cheese!}

{Now it's time to make the savory sauce that will bring this dish together.  In 1 tablespoon of butter, and over medium heat, sauté your chopped red pepper and green onions until softened, about 3 minutes.}

{These are the two seasonings used in this dish.  They added the perfect amount of savory goodness.  If you have never tried this  "The Gourmet Collection" brand of spice blends, I highly recommend them.  The combinations of flavors are pure perfection! In addition to finding them on Amazon {of course!} I have also seen them in TJ Maxx and HomeGoods.}

{Add your spices to the softened peppers and onions and mix well.}

{Add in the chicken broth.}

{And then the fresh lemon juice.}

{Let this bubble over low heat for a minute to two.}

{Finally, add the half and half and stir.  Taste for salt and pepper and season, if needed.  This should cook for a minute more; the half and half with thicken the sauce a bit! }

{In a pretty bowl, add your creamy cheesy grits and the crispy shrimp.}

{Spoon your savory, lemony, peppery creamy sauce over the shrimp. YES!!}

{The combination of flavors and textures is out of this entire world! My husband enjoyed this so much he even said it tasted like it was from a restaurant. My response? "Well lucky for you, your wife can throw down!!" hehehe!}

xoxo, thanks for reading!

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