Style Friday

Happy October!

I haven’t done one of these posts in forever, but I’ve been getting really into putting together outfits for work and I am researching starting to use liketoknow.it so I thought I’d post my favorite outfits I’ve worn in the last few weeks. So here it is, two days late!

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I got my first Rocksbox a couple weeks ago (get your first month of Rocksbox free by using codeย leilabff18) and these Loren Hope earrings were my favorite thing in it. I love the deep wine color right now. I can’t believe I haven’t tried Rocksbox before; the concept of getting to try and wear beautiful new jewelry for a while and then sending it back to get new stuff is genius!

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I got myself a Golden Tote this month to celebrate getting a job, and this feather dress is one of my favorite pieces I received. This photo doesn’t do a great job of showing off what the dress looks like, but I love the composition with the pears and the cactus ๐Ÿ™‚

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I wore my new black leather booties from Lucky Brand with this JustFab blazer and a beautiful scarf that I got for my birthday to a Kristen Chenoweth concert last Friday. I got a ton of compliments on my scarf. I love these booties, they were exactly what I wanted for this season and I tried on about a million pairs at Macy’s and these really were the cutest/most comfortable.

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This Puella dress (also from Golden Tote) is perfect for work. It’s a good length and matches so well with my beaded collar necklace that I got in Germany. I got the necklace because I thought it was really interesting, but it’s quite bold, so I haven’t worn it that much. This type of wrap dress neckline is perfect for showing it off.

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Davis actually had a little rain last week! The weather cooled down a lot last Thursday, so I broke out my fringe cardigan. It’s so cozy and looked good for work with linen khakis and these awesome earrings:

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I got these big (but lightweight) earrings from Baublebar (link to same pair here). The ruby color is very fall-ish for me and I’ve already worn them twice so I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of them .

That’s it for now! I can’t wait to put together some fall-ish outfits for the next week.

Happy Sunday!

Spicy Paleo Breaded Fish

Here’s an easy and flavorful fish recipe I made for dinner on Monday. I made my Paleo Schnitzel this weekend and was inspired to use the same kind of breading on fish.

Ingredients:

2-4 fillets of white fish

1 egg, beaten

1/2-1 cup coconut flour

1-2 cups almond meal

Chili flakes

Cayenne pepper

Salt & pepper

Coconut oil

Directions:

Prepare the breading ingredients in three dishes: coconut flour, egg, and almond flour. Add chili flakes & cayenne to the almond flour as desired- be careful that you go in small pinches or you will end up with really spicy fish.

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Melt coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Salt and pepper both sides of your fish, then dredge in coconut oil, dip thoroughly in the egg, and coat both sides with the spicy almond meal. Place in pan once the oil is hot. Cook about 3 minutes per side (but this will differ slightly depending on what kind of fish you use.)

That’s it! Very simple and quick to make. I topped it with my homemade mayo (recipe to come) and it was a nice balance to the spice.

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Fall Berry & Pear Crisp

This is an update on the first recipe I posted on this blog, almost a year ago! Ben’s parents brought us hella pears when they came down last weekend and they are so good, I’ve been eating them every day.

Ingredients:

Filling:

1 bag frozen berries (I use Trader Joe’s Cherry Berry Medley

3-5 pears, depending on how big they are, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1/4 cup raw honey or real maple syrup

cinnamon to taste

Crisp topping:ย 

1 cup gluten-free oats

1/4 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds

3 tablespoons grass-fed butter

1/4ย cup maple syrup or raw honey

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or 1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon

(Optional: dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 baking pan. Toss your berries into a colander and rinse with cold water, then transfer to a bowl and mix with the chopped pears and honey or syrup.

Melt butter in a dish in the microwave, and then add maple syrup, spices, nuts, and oats and mix well.

Spread fruit mixture evenly in baking dish, and then crumble the topping evenly over it. At this point, I also like to put some chocolate chips on top, but that is totally up to you.

Put in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.

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Ate half, then remembered to take a picture

Wow, September has been crazy

September has been a crazy month, and it’s already almost over! It’s the first day of fall tomorrow but it’s still hot here; I’m in denial about the heat and shamelessly loving my pumpkin and fall-colored things while getting settled into the apartment and now getting used to working 40- hour weeks.

Pumpkin spice Bulletproof Coffee for the win

Pumpkin spice Bulletproof Coffee for the win

I got a job! It’s my second week and it’s going very well so far. It’s a temp-to-hire position, so keep your fingers crossed for me that I got hired on permanently! I’m working as a word processor/ administrative assistant at a civil engineering firm.

Ben and I had both our families here last weekend to see the new apartment and to celebrate my 23rd birthday (Ben says I’m a birthday diva because I get so many birthday celebrations every year). It was wonderful to have everyone here in the new apartment, sharing a delicious meal and a lot of champagne.

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The tall candle in the middle “sang” happy birthday

I have so much to be thankful for right now and I’m really happy, but I’m also really busy! I’ll have to figure out when I can keep up with blogging, because I do enjoy it and I have a few posts that I want to catch up on writing soon. I’ll be posting more later this week for sure!

September 2015 Wantable Accessories Review

I took at 2-month hiatus from shopping during July and August which was great, but I knew I was going to want to order a Wantable box for my birthday in September. I opened it this morning and I love 3 out of the 4 items.

For those of you who are new to Wantable, they are a subscription service that offers three kinds of regular boxes (items you keep at no extra cost) and two different edits (styling services that give you a discount on items if you choose to keep them). My favorite box is the accessories one, which is what I got this month.

*This post contains affiliate links.

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Just having some fun with pumpkins and accessories

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Easy Frittata Recipe

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Frittatas are a super simple, quick thing to make when you have no inspiration and a seemingly random assortment of things in the fridge, or, I suppose also with intentional ingredients you planned to put in a fritatta. As you can put almost anything in it, I’ll put an asterisk next to the ingredients you definitely need, otherwise feel free to experiment with what I used or your own combinations!

Prep time:ย 10-15 minutes

Cook time:ย ~15-20 minutes

Serves:ย 2-4

Ingredients:

6 or more eggs* (depending on the number you’re feeding and how many other things you’re putting in the dish)

Half an onion

3 strips of bacon (or other meat/protein)

Half a bell pepper (or other vegetable, zucchini would be good)

1 Serrano pepper (for spice)

1 1/2 cups spinach (or other greens)

Salt & pepper*

Directions:

Preheat oven to 500 and heat an oven-safe skillet over medium heat on the stove.

Add bacon to the skillet and cook until done. I like using bacon because then I can use the yummy bacon fat to cook the veggies in.

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While the bacon is cooking, whisk the eggs in a bowl with some salt and pepper and chop up whatever veggies you are using.

Drain bacon on a paper towel but keep the fat in the pan. Add the chopped onions and peppers/ other vegetables.

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Cook until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes, then add spinach and let wilt. Add chopped bacon back in.

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Pour whisked eggs into skillet, and mix together with bacon/veggie mix. Let it cook on the stove for 2-3 minutes, until the edges are set but the middle is still wet.

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Edges set & ready to go in the oven

Put the skillet into the preheated oven and cook 3-5 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the whole fritatta is set and bounces back slightly when touched. Cut and serve hot!

What’s your favorite ingredients to put in a frittata? Do you have a favorite “whatever is in the fridge” recipe?

New Apartment Updates

Wow, how time flies! I can’t believe we’ve been in our new apartment for almost a week! I’ve been totally inconsistent with my blogging but I’ve been so busy. I’ve been taking pictures of some of my favorite parts of the new place, so here they are:

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Miniature cactus garden from Trader Joe’s helps cover our modem and router

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Mums are my favorite fall flowers so I had to get some to put by the front door

I really love decorating and I’m happy that Ben let me take charge apartment decor. I already have a pretty big collection of awesome things to hang on walls, including, but not limited to, my vintage sign collection:

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I hung these up in the dining area, right above the table. They add a lot of color to an otherwise bland nook and I think they’ll be a great conversation piece when new people come over. I’ve had most of these for years, but I’ve never gathered them all up together before; I really like the result.

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IKEA is such a great store. Ben and I went ham there on Saturday and got all new couch pillows, more shelving, wine glasses, this new duvet cover, and the cute little porcupine playing piano pillow! I really dig the alliteration of that.

We also bought this dope lampshade and clock. It was hard to take a good picture of it that also showed the clock reasonably well, but the inner coating of the shade is copper, and it shines through and looks really pretty.

The apartment is still very much a work-in-progress but it’s coming together really well and I couldn’t be more happy about it!

Whole30 Chimichuri Sauce Recipe

I looooove this sauce! I made it as a marinade for steak and chicken last weekend and I made it again for Ben this weekend. I adapted this from the Whole30 book and doubled it because if you don’t make this much, you will wish that you had. I hear it freezes well.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup lime (or lemon) juice

4-6 cloves garlic, minced

3 green onions, chopped

3 cups olive oil

1 bunch fresh, washed parsley

1 bunch fresh, washed cilantro

salt & pepper

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Favorite Thing of the Week: Making Apartment Project Plans

I decided to reinstate my favorite thing of the week posts! I really enjoy exploring and finding new things to be excited about, and I feel like writing these posts encourages me to have that kind of spirit.

I’m really excited about moving into my new apartment with Ben in September, so I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at Pinterest and other sites to get ideas for decorating and DIY furniture projects. Specifically, I’ve been obsessed with trying to fin this project of making a headboard with shelves out of cinder blocks, but I CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME FIND IT. If anyone knows of this mythic project’s existence, please point me in its direction. However, not being able to find it means I’m just going to have to make it myself, which is probably better for my brain anyway. I want it to have the look of this cool shelving unit from Sian Pascale, simple and minimal, but behind my bed instead.

Picture from Sian Pascale's blog

Picture from Sian Pascale’s blog

I need to measure the height of the bed (I have it on risers so I can have storage space underneath) and figure out the diameter of the shelves I want, and then I can plan out the design. I really like building and putting together furniture, so this is a fun project for me.

One of the other projects I’m excited to try will be based on this bar cart IKEA hack from Lifestyle 365.

Image from Lifestyle 365

Image from Lifestyle 365

I love the idea of mounting stemware and wine bottle holders on a piece of furniture I already own, so I’m going to try it with the IKEA chest that we’re going to use as our entertainment center. Combination booze storage/ TV unit? Sounds perfect to me.

There are so many great projects out there! Do you have any favorites that you’ve used for your house?