Shoe Obsessed

Friday, October 27, 2017

I feel like it had been so long since I got a pair of new shoes, but the other day I was doing some shopping and lucked out finding some affordable options that are great for work. Since sandal season is coming to a close and fall is officially in the air, it's the perfect time to switch up your usual shoe routine. Mules are all the rage this year and although I'd seen so many cute styles, I just didn't think I could pull them off. But I was wrong! Oh my gosh you guys, if you haven't tried a pair of these slides yet, you MUST! They are the perfect mix of effortless, casual and stylish, not to mention they are soooooooo comfortable!

Fall Shoe Refresh

All of these are under $50!

I just got these mules on sale at Target and am thinking about ordering another pair because they are that amazing. (FYI: I did size up a 1/2 size because they run a little small.) I've gotten to where I can hardly wear anything with a heel due to my back so I am definitely loving this relaxed style for a work option. But let's be serious, I plan on basically wearing them all the time! My friend said they are business in the front and a party in the back and that's quite possibly the best way you could describe them!

I also picked up the taupe pair with cut out details to pair with my favorite cuffed jeans and moccasin style loafers for another work option. I got them in black, but they also come in an amazing olive color. I love the suede on each pair and the loafers feel like I'm wearing work approved slippers, so I'll take it.

I told you, I'm shoe obsessed right now! There are so many cute styles out there that you can get for a bargain. I always check ebates to see if I can earn cashback and then check for any and all available promo codes. I love using my Redcard at Target for the free shipping online and 5% savings. I encourage you to try something different and let me know what you think!

Halloween House Tour

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October is always such a fun month for many reasons. The crisp air, the changing leaves, and of course it basically kicks off the fun holiday season, starting with Halloween. I never used to decorate much for Halloween until I married Ryan. In my family we would always go all out on our costumes, but we decorated more for fall. Well, once I met my MIL and saw her house at Halloween (not to mention her giving me some of her decor she didn't use as much anymore) I have done it every year! I'll be hosting Thanksgiving this year as well so I mainly decorated the entry way and then added bits and pieces of other spooky decor throughout the house. I started decorating outside this weekend but have more to do because we have a ton of trick or treaters, not to mention, I think the neighbors are trying to show us up and I just can't have that, hahaha.
I've added a little to my collection every year and wait until things go on sale and buy them for the next year. The skull and spell book were marked way down at World Market a few years ago and the Dollar Tree is another great place to check. That's where I found the spooky pictures!
I absolutely love this candy bucket my mom and sister got for me at a flea market! Isn't it adorable? Just an old cast iron pot on a pedestal if you're feeling like a DIY project. 
One of my all-time favorite costumes when we dressed up as The Big Bad Wolf & Little Red Riding Hood and one of my all-time favorite pictures of me and my little sis on Halloween 25+ years ago.
I have to wait until the last minute to buy candy might not make it until Halloween. #sweettooth 
Do you decorate for Halloween? 

Effortless Entertaining: Charcuterie

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's no secret that I enjoy entertaining. For any reason or no reason at all, I will find something to celebrate! I love the gathering, the socializing, the toasting, and most importantly the festive details that go into making any occasion feel special.

I used to spend the days leading up to an event preparing several dishes, planning an extensive menu and baking, but then LIFE happens, and basically I don't always have time for that. This doesn't change the fact that I still want to host a great party and really create something unique for my guests to enjoy. And so, out of this was born my love for charcuterie trays!
If you've never heard of charcuterie, it's basically a fancy French word for cured or cooked meats. Essentially, what I am talking about is meat and cheese tray with a twist, but I love referring to it as charcuterie. (In reality, it's more of a cheese, fruit, cracker, spread, meat and nut tray, lol.) I am very adventurous when it comes to trying new meats, cheeses, spreads and garnishes and there is really no right or wrong way to do it, which is part of the fun!

Some of my favorite things to use:
Hot Pepper Jelly + Cream Cheese
Brie + Goat Cheese
Pretzel crackers and/or sourdough baguette
Green grapes
Almonds + Pistachios
Prosciutto + Salame
Mustards and/or fun spreads
I always have a few different cheese, crackers, green grapes, and a variety of meats and nuts. I love perusing the aisles of small markets to see what I can find, but I also love Trader Joe's selections! I've linked a few of my favorite things I like to use above, but have fun with it and let me know if you have any other questions!