Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dressed For Rain

Dress: Old Navy {similar here}; Tights: Ann Taylor {gifted}; Jacket: American Eagle;
Fur Vest: Banana Republic; Rainboots: Hunter; Sunnies: Electric {old};
Bangles: J. Crew Factory, Kate Spade, gifted


It's one of those days that's totally disgusting and rainy when you wake up but then the sun peeks through for all of 10 minutes before it's back to gray again. This is by far one of the easiest outfits for me to wear when such weather occurs. I am definitely considering purchasing another pair of Hunters though because I get so much use out of my current pair! PS: GO ZAGS!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Monte's Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Last month when I was home for another super-quick-trip to Cali, our friend Monte brought over Mexican Shrimp Cocktail as an appetizer before dinner. I had never had it before and upon tasting it, I easily devoured 3-4 bowls worth. Though you could eat it like a soup, I opted to just use a big 'ol fork to spearhead the shrimp and drag it through the fresh goodies in the broth like avocado, red onion, and cilantro for the perfect bite. I immediately asked Monte for the recipe and last night, I finally made it! It is super easy but requires a bit of time due to the "chill factor" of 1-2 hours. Enjoy!

What You'll Need:
  • 2 lbs cooked shrimp, peeled and devined
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato and clam juice cocktail "Clamato"
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • prepared horseradish to taste (I recommend using 1 tablespoon)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
Mix all ingredients together.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 -2 hours

Fresh is best!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spring Palette

Top: Forever 21 {recent}; Blouse: J. Crew; Denim: J. Crew; Flats: Me Too {old};
Bangles: J. Crew Factory, Kate Spade, gifted


It was actually light out when I was crossing the street from N's house to mine at 6:30 this morning! Thus, I was inspired to put a bit of spring in my step with this ode-to-the-upcoming-season color palette. Enjoy!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hey Sailor

Top: Unknown {gifted}; Pants: Bitten by SJP {so old}; 
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini {almost as old as the pants}; Clutch: J. Crew;
Sunnies: Karen Walker; Earrings: J. Crew

Remember like 50 million years ago when SJP came out with an affordable label called, 'Bitten'? That is what these pants are from. I've had them THAT. LONG. I don't even remember where the label was sold. Macys? JCP? Target? Hmmmm. Anyway, I was uninspired today, until I threw these pants on and indulged in the wide-legginess of them :) xx

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rainy Red

Tee: Tart {old, via Nordstrom Rack}; Denim: Old Navy; Jacket: Levi's;
Scarf: Old Navy {thrifted}; Boots: Hunter


Sporting red on this rainy day. TGIF! xo

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cozy Cable Knit

Cable Knit: Old Navy; Skirt: J. Crew; Vest: Banana Republic; 
Socks: Volcom {old, gifted}; Boots: Miz Mooz {old}; Necklace: J. Crew;
Hair Accessory: J. Crew; Aviators: Ray-Ban


Sporting a bit of winter white and cozy cable knit on this dreary PNW day. I'd rather be bundled up at home with some homemade hot chocolate and feel-good movies galore!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Top: Forever 21 {old}; Blouse: Gap; Denim: 7FAM; Vest: J. Crew;
Beanie: Ralph Lauren {old}; Glasses: Ray-Ban; Loafers: Michael Kors;
Bangles: Ocean Leather


Geeking out today due to this brisk and chilly weather! Thankfully, no rain though :) Happy Hump Day! PS: Save $2 when turning your Instagrams into magnets by using the code: FRIENDJQV5 on Stickygram!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Denim Darling

Chambray: J. Crew; Jacket: Levi's; Skirt: Frenchi {old via Nordstrom}; Shoes: Enzo Angiolini {old}; 
Sunnies: Karen Walker; Clutch + Neckalce: J. Crew {thanks to Mama Bigley}; Bangle: thrifted


Happy Tuesday! I apologize that there was no post yesterday. I had the day off and utilized it by traipsing around the market with my favorite ginger, getting a pedicure, and nursing myself back to optimal health. Cheers to a short week!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Five Favorites

J. Crew 'Darby' Leather Loafers At $150
- Hot hot pink. Get in my closet NOW! -

Bloom Theory Straps 'Ballet By Degas' At $110
- I mean, please. This was meant for me. It was
destined to grace my neck and my camera. Must purchase
immediately! -  

Essie 'So Haute' Nail Stickers At $10.25
- So super rocker chick. I recently sported some Kate Spade
nail stickers and loved them so much that I'm in the
market for other types! Totally lusting after these for a Vegas trip! - 

Kate Spade 'Goreski Glasses Bangle' At $78
- Do you wear glasses? Do you like Brad? Do you wish you wore glasses?
If so, BUY THIS!

 Kate Spade 'Eat Cake for Breakfast' Mug At $20
- Since I missed getting the bag, I have to get my hands on this mug.
I believe it's the perfect way to start the day :) - 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Little Miss Valentine

Dress: Prabal Gurung for Target; Tights: Express {old, similar here};
Shoes: Vince Camuto; Earrings: Tiffany&Co.; Bracelet: Tiffany&Co.;
Nails: Kate Spade appliques {c/o}

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY MY DEARS! I hope today brings you lots of hugs and kisses . . . and maybe some chocolate too :) Thanks for reading this blog and showing me the love! XOXO

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Take Heart

Sweater: J. Crew {on sale!}; Minnie Pant: J. Crew; Flats: Me Too {via Nordstrom, old};
Clutch: Hobo {similar here}; Sunnies: Karen Walker; Bracelet: J. Crew Factory


Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I thought I'd take the opportunity to dress in a "precursor" outfit of sorts. I came up with two looks using this sweater, but the other is to debut on a different day, as it's a bit too glitz and glam for the office ;) Happy Almost-Hearts Day! xo

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Top: Old Navy; Skirt: Express {old, loving this version}; Shoes: Dolce Vita {sample sale);
Headband: Tasha {via Nordstrom, old, similar here}; Necklace: J. Crew {old};
Bracelet: J. Crew Factory; Sunnies: Karen Walker
Lips: Ruby Woo by MAC


Having a little pinup party on this fine Tuesday. Just kidding- it's cold and grey outside, however I'm certainly happy to be sporting this ensemble. Happy Fat Tuesday! Will you be indulging?