This year I’m in charge of wine and table decorations.
This is how I operate: Sign me up to cook and I’ll worry about it for weeks. Sign me up to shop at Anthropologie for holiday decorations and I’ll be beaming.
Right off the bat I was thinking that we need flowers, candles, bows made with ribbon, and vases. I knew I wanted to look for these things at Anthropologie but was going to wait and get it all when I’m back in Austin.
I stopped by the Anthropologie in Highland Park yesterday to pick up a birthday present and saw this little beaded tree. It has little hooks on the end of each branch to hang mini ornaments. I’m waiting for it to go on sale. In the meantime I’m planning all the other decorations for the table around this centerpiece. I’ve linked it below in case you like it too!
I finally found the right kind of lights for my tree. I never knew there were so many options! Warm white, cool white, or clear. I like to look at the lights in person. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what they’ll look like when you only have a tiny picture to go off of.
I looked for lights online at Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Home Depot. Home Depot’s website was the easiet to use, so I ended up going with them. The lights I bought are only $2 a box! Most of the lights were priced around 7 or $8 a box. I didn’t want warm lights because they look a little too yellow, and I didn’t want cool white lights because they look a little too blue. I bought clear white and was wondering what in the world they would look like. I picked up my order yesterday, got home, opened a box and plugged a string of lights in. They’re so pretty!! I’ll link them below in case you’re looking for a great deal on lights.
Home Depot will certainly ship your lights, but they also have a buy online and pick up in store option.
Every year since grad school Christmas time comes around and I bring out my mini tree. It's the cutest little thing, it really is. I got it at Target and it has been in more apartments than you could count. We had a good run.
I decided I wanted to step up my game this year and get a full size tree. Bring a little extra holiday cheer into the house. The full size tree will be here next week sometime. I can't wait to see it in person and get it all set up. I'm currently deciding on lights and ornaments. I also need a tree skirt that isn't so tiny.
Originally, I was only going to share the finished product with you. Once the tree was up, and everything looked perfect. I decided that's not ideal, and that's not real. The truth is this tall tree thing is a process. I want to share that process with you. Just in case you too are in the market for a new tree, or just want some holiday inspiration for your home. So here it is. My new tree : )
My time back home last weekend motivated me to cook. My Mom and Dad annnnd my brother and sister in law all cook. It made me think “why can’t I?”
While driving back to Dallas I tried to think of something healthy to cook. An actual recipe, not just chicken and veggies on the side. I couldn’t think of anything so I googled “easy healthy recipes.” Stuffed peppers was first on the list. I scanned the ingredients and was surprised to find that I actually had some of the stuff!
I stopped by Central Market and wandered around for a good 45 minutes. I’m slow, I know. My usual list is this: Ozarka water, ritz crackers, and green gum. Sometimes cereal. I think I did an ok job. There were a few speedbumps. I didn’t see any normal looking garlic so I was forced to get whatever was in the box that said “bundled garlic.” I think the box must have been mislabeled because the lady at the cash register typed in a code that was different than my self printed sticker. The next problem was the dang Italian seasoning. Never seen it in my life. I looked over and over. The most interesting part about staring at the spice section was the conversations I overheard. There were so many couples shopping together. One always seemed to be the leader of all things ingredients (read: bossy). I gave up on the Italian seasoning and got some type of season all instead.
Here are some gems from my grocery trip:
I made it back to my place, and went to work washing and cutting the peppers. Cooking the wild rice. Gosh the rice took forever to cook. That was the slowest part.
Boiling the peppers.
Cooking the chopped onion and what was supposed to be garlic. Once the onion was cooked, I added the ground turkey, all seasoning, salt, pepper, and a can of crushed tomatoes.
I lined the peppers in my baking dish, filled them with the stuffing. and cooked them on 350 for 30 mins.
They actually turned out pretty well. I added some shredded cheese and a little bit of sour cream with each serving. Nothing a little cheese can’t fix.
I ate the last stuffed pepper last night. Four days worth of dinners. I promise that I’m not able to come up with any recipes on my own. This stuffed recipe was found here on Dear Crissy. Be sure you email or message me if you try this recipe! I’d love to know if you liked it!
Most of the things in my kitchen are from Target or Bed Bath & Beyond. You can shop some of the items used for this dish by clicking on the pictures below:
Hey y’all! I hope you had a great weekend. I spent most of my weekend back home to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. We all had a great time. I even got to see my brother and his wife! We watched a lot of football and ate all the good stuff (pizza and cake). We ventured out to see a movie, opened presents, and took photos for the blog.
Of course I’ll share the photos with you soon, but for now I’ll share my most favorite one of them all. The one that has Dad and Ike in it. They’re my buddies.
Last week on Instagram I saw that Reese Witherspoon was attempting to make a few Halloween goodies. I thought I should probably do the same. I googled “Halloween cupcakes” and found the most adorable cupcakes I’ve ever seen. Of course there were endless options. I settled on these two designs:
After I found my inspiration via Instagram and Pinterest, I recruited a family friend to help. On Sunday after church I stopped by Tom Thumb to get all of the ingredients:
Yellow Cake Mix
White Cake Mix
As I filled my little shopping cart I realized that maybe I should have picked only one cupcake design instead of two. It’s a long walk from the parking garage to my front door. This would be tricky trying to carry it all at once. Would Reese only have one cupcake option? I don’t think so. I kept filling the cart.
We made the cupcakes while watching football Sunday afternoon. It didn’t take too long. Drawing the spider legs was the most tedious task. I brought most of them to the office on Monday morning and they were a hit! Now I’m planning a Thanksgiving dessert. I’m thinking sugar cookies in the shape of a turkey.
How much time do you spend thinking about how much you weigh? Or eating healthy? Working out? A healthy lifestyle isn’t easy. It requires commitment, determination, purpose, and planning.
I have a hard time finding the right balance. Being healthy but not going overboard. I’ve been in all of the buckets or categories by this point. Naturally thin, with the metabolism most women wish they had. I’ve been an athlete, strong and in shape. I’ve also been overweight. Freshman year of college I put on weight thanks to Shipley’s donuts. We didn’t have a Shipley’s in Pflugerville growing up. Trust me when just say that I did NOT take for granted that Shipley’s in College Station. I did my part to make sure they stayed in business. I also had a rough summer several years ago and gained a lot of weight. I’ve been on extreme diets that controlled my life. Life happens, sad things happen. Different people deal with those emotions differently.
I’m a work in progress and I’m still trying to figure it all out. Right now I’m five pounds from where I need to be. Five isn’t bad but it can easily become ten or twenty. I recently started taking classes at Pure Barre. It’s my hope that those classes will make me stronger and will allow me a little more flexibility when it comes to food. What I eat and don’t eat. How much I can eat. I miss my high school days. I miss being able to eat bread with my dinner every night. I miss being able to eat a small pizza all by myself and not thinking twice about it. Those days are gone so I have to accept the fact that if I want to look a certain way I have to work towards that goal. I can’t sit around complaining or worrying about something, yet not do anything about it.
At the end of the day, your health is most important. Take care of yourself so you can feel strong and have confidence. When I started this fashion blog I was overweight (for my height). I kept telling myself that I would start a blog once I reached a certain milestone. Sometime in the future. Once I was good enough to present myself in pictures daily and share my thoughts and opinions. I share all of this with you so I can relate with my readers. So you can see that it’s not all fashion and fabulous-ness. Hopefully we can all do better, be better. This fashion blog’s main purpose is to help you be your most confident self. It’s my
job to share with you what works, what doesn’t work. I have to find that balance of caring but not miss out on life. I’m working on it.
Last week I was able to attend the Gal Meets Glam Collection launch party here in Dallas. The event was held at the NorthPark Nordstrom. White drapes, flowers, pretty dresses, and tons of girls who look up to Julia just like I do. It was a wonderful night.
I arrived early and had time to find a mirror and look around a little before we were able to take our seats. Champagne was served while we waited for Julia's grand entrance. The first part of the evening included a Q&A with Julia. After the Q&A session pictures began. Everyone was able to take their picture with Julia and her husband Thomas. Which meant you had the opportunity to introduce yourself and congratulate her on the new line of dresses. I was nervous. I've never been the most bold person in the room, or the most talkative. I remember saying hello and honestly I couldn't tell you what was said after that. I don't think I've ever met anyone who I consider famous before this night. It was so incredibly cool! After pictures and hugs, I made my way to the flower cart and then stood in line for a fashion illustrator live drawing. Rongrong DeVoe was so sweet and looked adorable in her white Gal Meets Glam collection dress.
After the live drawing I made my way back to the car, called my Mom and then my boyfriend to tell them all about it. I left with the mindset that anything is possible. I couldn't ask for a better night.
I just listened to the following message on Pride:
Something I struggle with. I used to never take notes during sermons, and what's worse is that I would secretly judge those who did (she's such an over achiever/she's just doing that to look good). Now I sit here on a Sunday morning listening to a message on Pride and taking notes to share with you. Oh the Lord...and the ways that he works. God is good.
Sometimes I miss my church in Houston. The music. The location. The sermons. Oh and did I mention that the pastor is an Aggie? I have a church here in Dallas but it's not the same. Houston's First Baptist Church still feels like home. I was kind of missing the familiar on Sunday and decided to watch one of Gregg Matte's sermons online. Here's the link in case you're interested:
Click on Finding an Anchor in Our Anxiety and the video should come up.
The sermon was about fear and the different ways that fear can impact your life. Maybe you can't fall sleep. Maybe you wake up in the middle of the night worried. Maybe you have terrible headaches or back pain because of it. You have to find out what you're afraid of. Ask yourself. What am I so afraid of? Once you answer the question, give it to God. Gregg mentioned that we are fearful because of unbelief and the unknown. We worry because we think God isn't involved in a certain aspect of our life. We worry about tomorrow. What will happen? What won't happen? Will I be good enough? Will everything be ok? Give it to God. That's what I learned from the message yesterday. I'll let Gregg explain the anchor. Once you watch the sermon, you'll understand the need for an anchor.
Thanks for reading. I promise there are more fashion posts coming your way. This blog was built on my love for fashion, but I would be lying if I led anyone to believe that's all I care about. Posts like these are made in an effort to show you what else goes on in my life.