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Summer Staples

11 Jun

Summer is in full swing… AKA it’s freaking hot outside. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the season. New Jersey basically turns into an Amazon forest or something and humidity turns those sunny days into more of a nightmare.

Still, there is one plus: new clothes and styles! I love summer shopping: dresses, sandals, the whole kit and kaboodle. So I’ve done the painful research and found the staples that I need for this summer to at least look cool while I’m slowly boiling in the Jersey heat.

Bright Wedges
Target, $29.99
This has been my year in heels. I’ve never had much of an occasion to wear heels, but now that I’ve got a real job I’ve been rocking them with each season like it’s nobody’s business. In fact, wedges were the reason I decided to write this post in the first place. You can’t avoid them and they are available in the cutest colors and all different heights. My advice is to check out target for some really good deals, like the ones pictured or the ones I’m wearing now that I found for $8! Yeah, call me the ultimate sale hunter.

White Jeans
Gap, $69.95
I tend to avoid white clothing like the plague. White and I don’ get along for too long. It’s only a matter of time before I somehow manage to spill something dark-colored and permanent on a brand new item. I’ve gotten used to walking around with stains on me, but now that I’m turning into a full-fledged adult I should probably make some changes.

I have wanted white jeans for forever, and this summer it’s an undeniable desire. Colored jeans are everywhere, and I’ve been obsessed with white on navy blue recently. Pretty much anything slightly nautical, I’m on board. Plus, they’re versatile: day to night and all that jazz.

Maxi Skirt
Pac Sun, on sale! $39.50
Oh gosh, how wonderful are Maxi skirts? I get little chills just thinking about them. They are like more fashionable sweat pants: super comfy and easy to throw on with anything. Plus, short people like me can usually just roll the top over or do a quick hem on the bottom without any worries. I’ve been secretly eyeing up long skirts for a few years, and I’m so excited that people are finally rocking them. I fully embrace the hippie-chic look, which is why I can’t stop daydreaming about this tie-dyed skirt, but they make a ton of bold colored maxis that, when paired with a solid tank top and some chunky gold jewelry, look effortlessly classy.

Strapless, Floral Dress
Old Navy, on sale! $18.99
Best part about summer? Dresses. Picking one dress for this blog was hard enough, but I’ve had my eye on this little number and now that it’s on sale I feel like it’s time to pounce.

Giant floral prints may look tacky on guys, but they look awesome on ladies so I plan on taking full advantage of that giant step for femininity (sarcasm, everyone, sarcasm). Plus I love a strapless dress with an elastic top. Without that thin piece of elastic you are stuck pulling up the sides of your dress all day long, but it’s such a lifesaver when designers (most likely women designers) use their brains for such a simple solution.

Straw tote
Michael Kors, $328
I am not encouraging you to go out and spend $300 on a purse. That would be absolutely bananas. I’m just saying that if I had the money to throw around this would be my ideal suggestion. It’s actually a purse I stumbled on while I was doing some research for my job (see it in print next month! Yay shameless plugs) and have fallen in love with it. So has the rest of the world, apparently, because it was on backorder soon after it hit the Internet. I love that this has straw, a little leather and the perfect amount of chain. Plus, it is humongous, which is just right for a crazy bag lady like me.

Toms
Zumiez, $44.95
Normally I wouldn’t be able to justify spending almost fifty bucks for a pair of shoes that are practically slippers, but I have to make an exception for Toms. This fabulous brand of super-comfy slip ons actually match your purchase, by delivering one pair of shoes to children in third world countries that could not otherwise afford their own.  That might be why every celebrity under the sun originally made them a trend. I like them because they’re plain canvas, and you can totally tweak them to make them your own.

Patterned Shorts
Gap, $49.95
I’m at an age where cutoff jean shorts are slowly becoming more trashy then trendy, so searching for an alternative was necessary. And then I discovered this year’s patterned shorts trend. I used to wear shorts with designs on them, when I was 10 years old and my mom still shopped for my clothes and everything was covered in pink bunnies and embarrassing stuff like that. So, yes, you can guess that I was slightly hesitant to embrace this new idea.  But then I discovered that patterns can be cute… really cute! And not ugly at all. What a concept!

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My Favorite Things of the Season

27 Oct

Ahhhhhhhhhh…

Fall is here!!

I cannot hype up the fall season enough. First of all, just look outside (unless it’s the night time, then just Google “autumn afternoon” or something). It is so unbelievably beautiful. I have always wanted to get married the second to last weekend in October, just when it’s the perfect temperature and the leaves have changed to their maximum color potential… I haven’t thought this out at all.

With autumn comes with a whole world of new food opportunities. There really isn’t any other time with so many seasonal flavors that tie in so perfectly with the way the world is reacting outside. Here are just a few of my favorite fall treats!

Punkin Ale

I have been waiting to try Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale for two years. After several days of hunting, Alex and I loaded up on two cases of the stuff.
If you are 21 and have the opportunity, run as fast as you physically can to the nearest liquor store and get Punkin Ale. It is so perfectly delicious and tastes so wonderfully seasonal I couldn’t even believe it. It has this deep pumpkin color and it smells absolutely unbelievable, like cinnamon and pumpkin pie and falling leaves and everything you would picture on a Thanksgiving Hallmark card.

The beer has a sweetness to it, but nothing so unappealing that it loses its beer taste. I’m no connoisseur, but I could taste all of the ingredients that they listed on the front of the bottle individually at some point.

I’m a really slow drinker when it comes to specialty beers, and that usually hurts the finale for me. For all those recent college grads that spent the last four years drinking warm cups of Natty Ice, you ill be just as shocked as I am when you drink this beer warm. I think it actually enhances the flavor when it’s a little warm.

This weekend, settle down at home, cook a really nice, warm, seasonal meal, curl up with a blanket and a Punkin Ale and watch a Halloween movie. I’m telling you, you will not be disappointed.

Apple Cider

As a fan of celebrating all seasons in excess, I like doing anything and everything to get others into the spirit as well.  A couple of weeks ago I made my wonderful boyfriend, Alex, buy me apple cider, which we warmed up on the stove while making apple pie… overboard? I think not. Besides, it made the whole house smell amazing.

When the season ends I spend a lot of time searching the juice aisles for apple cider, and am usually let down. That’s why I am stocking up on apple cider K-cups from Green Mountain Coffee for the rest of the year. I’ve never had them, but Green Mountain makes some blergtastic coffee and I’m assuming these are just as good as the others. Plus I can use them to make this awesome mixed drink my room mates and I made for Halloween last year: Apple cider, Spiced Rum and Sparkling Water… Happy fall, happy fall indeed.

Oktober-foods

Yeah, sure, Oktoberfest is actually in September. And yeah, sure, I live in New Jersey, which is nowhere near Germany which is where Oktoberfest is actually held. That doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate it.

Luckily for me there are a million places around the area that have Oktoberfest menus and specials that appeal to the Kraut in my soul. Iron Hill Brewery, for example, offers Oktoberfest eggrolls, stuffed with bratwurst, sauerkraut and cheese and served with mustards. So. Good.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

With my new job requiring me to wake up a horribly cruel 8 a.m. I have become a coffee person. I like a little bit of sweet, and it usually needs some sort of flavor in the bean. My go-to is French Vanilla, but seeing as it is the fall, I have switched my sites toward Pumpkin Spice coffee.

I went for a latte at first, but in the morning when any amount of work or emotions is too difficult to face, I can’t take super sweet. Plus they are an insane amount of calories and I’m trying to avoid diabetes with my morning drink.

My new standard in the morning is Wawa’s pumpkin spice blend, mainly because I’m from South Jersey and Wawa’s consume my entire being. Try it with hazelnut creamer to add a little extra flavor.

Halloween Candy

Come on, this is a give-in. Stores are stocked full of ridiculous amounts of candy and it taunts me all day long.

Alex and I decided to grab ourselves some sweets the other day. Alex is a general sweet and sour guy: SweetTarts, Nerds, Swedish Fish, you know how it is. I’ve always been a chocolate fan, but I decided to mix it up with something seasonal, which is why I chose Caramel Apple Pops from Tootsie Rolls.

Now for someone like me who just got my first filling ever a few weeks ago a green apple lollipop covered in caramel might have been a bad choice, but they are really, really good. They weren’t what I expected, but they are definitely a good way to celebrate Halloween.