Monday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It's a very busy time for Jamie and I, so we will both be taking this week off. Between work, school, and family we want to be sure to slow down and take time to enjoy all the little moments, we hope you will too! 

Enjoy the baking and family time around the table, don't forget to share what you are thankful for! 

And after all is said and done, don't forget to take some time to relax and refresh! We will be back on Monday, December 1st, see you then!

Friday, November 21

Fashion Friday: Comfy & Casual Thanksgiving

Sweater: Modcloth, sold out (similar here & here)
Shirt: Target
Leggings: Modcloth
Boots: Steve Madden, sold out (similar here)
Bracelete: Walmart, in store only (similar here)
Scarf: Unknown (similar here & here)

Fashion Friday with Jamie (follow her on Instagram: @browneyelovely) is here and this week is all about how to stay comfy yet still look stylish during the holidays! Budgets can get tight this time of year, but taking a few basic items and adding a sweater makes the perfect low-cost look for lounging around the house (or for long days of travel). Add a scarf for a stylish pop of color and you're all set!

Bonus: a loose shirt and stretchy leggings mean you can eat all the turkey you want for thanksgiving dinner and not have to worry!

Things we're thankful for: friends, family, and all of you dedicated readers! What are some things you're thankful for?

Monday, November 17

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

One of Hubby and I's friends from university dropped by this week because he is on tour with How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical and they came through Albuquerque! He currently plays second trumpet in the band. Since he was working we didn't get to spend as much time with him as we might of liked, but it was great to see him for a little while and we got to see him perform on Saturday.

The musical is a blast! I grew up watching the original cartoon film every single Christmas and I'm pretty sure I could recite the whole story by heart. For me it was really fun to hear the classic songs (You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch is always a classic) as well as see how they were portrayed. An older version of Max the dog narrates the show and gives a bit of new perspective to the little dog. The actors, especially the Grinch and older Max, even interacted with audience which really helped draw everyone in to the magic of the occasion. The costumes are vibrantly colorful, the music fun and engaging, and the actors well-timed and high energy. The show is definitely fun and appropriate for all ages. If you have little ones, though, be prepared as the show is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. This didn't appear to be a problem for any of the families around us, though, as the kids were too engaged to notice or care. We laughed out loud at many parts of the show. It's the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and they will be traveling to 8 more cities before this tour is over. I highly recommend that you pick up tickets now!

Friday, November 14

Fashion Friday: Cozy Coats

Have you felt that cold snap? From Jamie in Washington to me (Lauren Michelle) down in New Mexico, you can see your breath in the air. Jamie (follow her on Instagram: @browneyelovely) is back to tell you how to deal with the cold!

It's so chilly and Washington is expecting it's first snow this weekend. Just because it's time to bundle up doesn't mean you can't bundle in style! This jacket (from Modcloth) is not only stylish, but also quite cozy. With a good coat, there's no need to look like a snowman to go out in the snow. Check out Modcloth's outerwear section for this jacket and more great winter weight options!

Hat: Gift From Grandmother (similar here)
Coat: Modcloth
Sweater:  JCPenny, sold out (similar here: Petite, Tall, Plus)
Leggings: Modcloth
Boots: Steve Madden, sold out (similar here)
Bracelet: Walmart, in store only (similar here)

Tuesday, November 11

Ridiculously Practical Meals: Basil Pesto Pasta

I don't know about you, but I like to use up my leftovers! After last week's post, which you can find here, I had leftover pasta, sausage, and parmesan, so I decided to make another dish that would include all three.

Despite having so many similar ingredients, this new recipe tastes quite different. You will need: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1.5 sausages (I used this sausage), a half pound of spaghetti noodles, basil pesto (I used this pesto), a half pint of heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic, and parmesan to taste. Start by boiling some water for the noodles and cook them according to the package directions. While your noodles are cooking, put olive oil in a pan, cut sausage into bite size chunks and add to pan, cook on medium for 3 minutes. Add cream and garlic and cook for another 7 minutes on medium high, stirring constantly. When your noodles are done cooking, drain them and add the contents of the pan. Stir in pesto, mix well. Dish into bowls and top with some parmesan. All in all this entire dish takes under 15 minutes! Bon app├ętit!

Friday, November 7

Fashion Friday: Country Charm

Country charm always has that cozy, homey feel that manages to blend so well with the romantic. Picture a picnic in the middle of a field, the tall grain hiding you and your date from the rest of the world. Think peaceful days, wildflowers, and a light breeze. Jamie's (follow her on Instagram: outfit embodies country charm with with warm, natural colors like cream, brown, and green, matched with lace details and pretty patterns. Don't forget to top off any fall outfit with a cozy cardi to protect against the evening chill!

Hat: Santa Monica Hat Company, in store only (similar here & here); 
Sweater: Modcloth, sold out (similar here & here); 
Shirt: Modcloth, sold out (similar here, here, & here); 
Skirt: Forever 21, sold out (similar here & here); 
Boots: Steve Madden, sold out (similar here & here).