OOTD – 11/4/17

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It is finally starting to feel like fall. I’m sure in about 3 months I’ll be looking forward to seeing the sun and blankets of snow on the ground to vanish, but for now I am enjoying sweater weather.

Get The look

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  • Old Navy Boyfriend Cardigan-This sweater already has an oversized fit, but I decided to go up a size for an even roomier fit. I have a feeling this is going to be my go to sweater from now until the spring.
  • BDG High Rise Twig-These are still one of my favorite pairs of jeans. I cut offf a few inches on the leg to turn them into a pair of undone cropped jeans and made a slight tear at the knee( you can also buy these which are already ripped at the knee)
  • Old Navy Sueded Ankle Boots– These are the perfect go with everything boots. It gives you just a little height without being uncomfortable for all day wear.
  • UO Double Knit Essential Beanie– As soon as the cold weather hits, this is my go to hat to finish off any outfit. I have the dark gray which is more like a marled black and white knit, but I think I may order this in another color or 2 .

Similar Options

  • Top-I found a few options that will give you a similar look to my striped sleeveless sweater
    • Free People Mock Me Tank– I love the swing fit of this go with everything tank and that it comes in a bunch of colors.
    • Old Navy Mock-Neck Top– I picked this up when I spotted it at Old Navy last week because my closet doesn’t have enough striped (mock) turtleneck sweaters already.
    • Madewell Shirttail Tank-Sleeveless, stripes, and a mockneck.This is the most similar item that I’ve found and it’s on sale which is even better!
  • Purse- While the Tory Burch Dena Crossbody is no longer for sale on the website, you can find it for resale through eBay and Poshmark. Here are a few other similar Tory Burch options
    • Tory Burch Chelsea Mini Crossbody-I love the structured shape of this and the adjustable gold chain makes this a great pick for running errands or for a night out
    • Tory Burch Georgia Crossbody-I love the quilting detail and am in love with the emerald green version
    • Tory Burch Alexa -If I was to add a new bag to my collection, it would probaby be this one. The leather handle and chain detail makes me think of Chanel flap bags. The size is perfect for carrying essentials without having to rummage around to find something
  • Coat- This is my favorite and most worn coat when the cold weather runs around.
    • Madewell Atlas Cocoon– The oversized fit makes this a cinch to put over even the bulkiest of knits and layers. If I thought I had the room for this, I would probably add this version to my closet.
    • Madewell Monsieur Coat– Not quite as oversized as the coat above, but just as chic. I am obsessed with the deep plum shade.
    • Old Navy Coatigan– A cross between a coat and a cardigan, one of these will fight off the chill in the mornings, without making you feel like your wrapped up in a sauna when the day starts to warm up.

Makeup

  • Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick-I am wearing the shade Purple Power. It has a tinge of purple/violet, while still being wearable for everyday.
  • Essence Make Me Brow– Cheap enough to own multiples (I  keep one in my bag and one in my bathroom) and it gets the job done
  • Essence Rock n ‘Doll XXXL Mascara- My HG mascara. It not only adds length and volume, but doesn’t make my wallet cry when it’s time to buy a new tube.
  • Cover Girl Ready, Set, Gorgeous -I’m trying to use up the last of this foundation so I have an excuse to go to Sephora and try out Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty foundation.
  • Mac Mineralize Skinfinish-I use the shade Medium Deep. I usually use this as a bronzer in the summer, but tend to use this more like a blush when wearing a bold lip.

 

Aside from trying to get back into blogging, I’ve started to pick up the guitar again. I’ve definately gotten a little rusty, but am slowly starting to pick it back up and has been a fun creative outlet for me when I’m not cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

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Office Space

 

You would think after over 2 months of having to wake up early and be out the door by 6:20 at the latest, waking up early would become routine. Definitately not the case for me. I just want to bury myself under the covers and sleep the day away especially since it has been cold,dark and snowy outside . After months about posting about wanting to have a desk, I finally bought one since I will be working from home . Right now I pretty much have my ideal desk layout, however once I’m working remotely, I will be gifted with dual monitors and a clunky phone which will probably take up all of the space on my desk so I am enjoying the space while I can. Garrett bought himself a new desk too since his was starting to break and also to  justify the $100 delivery fee since we live no where near Ikea.

Garrett took the day off to accept delivery and assembled both desks by himself. To be honest, I was a little worried on what the quality would be like for the desk, but I’m pleasantly surprised at how solid it feels. I wish cabinet door had a back to it instead of being open and the desk has a smooth, but rough texture that attracts Annabell’s fur, but therwise I am happy with how it looks. It has a decent amount of storage space for all my office supplies and more and just fits against the wall between the window and Garrett’s closet.

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My new white quilted chair
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I added a faux fur throw from target to give it a fun trendy look

Get The look

  • Desk- I was going between a few different desks from Ikea. I knew I wanted it to be white, compact, and a fairly minimal design. I am happy with the choice that I went with.
  • Chair-I ended up with an armless chair since I figured it would be easier to sit upright and push my chair under the desk. I found my chair at TJ Maxx, but this chair from Bed,Bath,& Beyond is identical, if not the same chair.
  • Faux Fur Throw- While I love the look of these faux fur chairs from PB Teen (1 2)it’s a little outside of my budget. A great way to get this look is a faux fur throw. I ended up picking up this one from Target and I couldn’t be happier with it. If your feeling crafy, there are some DIY videos and articles on how to make your own as well.
  • Desk Accessories-I ended up getting lucky and finding a pen cup, small organizer tray,and a tape dispenser by Poppin at Marshalls. Another great option for fun desk accessories is Ban.do which has everything from pens, tape, and a bunch of cute notebooks and planners .
  • Pens-While I love a good ol’ Bic pen, I am loving pens in bright fun prints like these Lily Pullitzer ones from Papyrus or these ones by Sugar Paper at Target
  • Air Plant-My sister gifted me with an air plant from Prismatic Gardens for Christmas and I love it. It adds a small touch of green and is super easy maintenance. I love this one This plant mister  from Urban Outfitters is just as pretty as it is functional and use it for my airplant and other plants around the apartment.
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While I prefer a minimal space, Garrett is going for a Mega Man & Sonic theme.

After complaining about wanting a new desk for over a year, he finally got his dream desk, or close enough to it. He ended up ordering a stand to hold his monitors to give it a more clean look and is happy to not have his tower on the floor( much to Annabell’s dismay). His is more of a work station and dwarfs my simple desk in comparison. Next on his list is to buy upgraded computer parts and build a new one.

I will hopefully have an updated apartment post soon. We just bought new curtains for the living room and finally have a sofa cover since the sofa has some scratch marks and tears on it(thanks to Annabell). Since I will be working from home and going back to a later schedule I should be back to posting regularly again or at least aiming for one post a week.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Currently loving

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These are the 5 things I am currently loving/obsessing over

 

  1. Distressed/ripped jeans- I am a huge fan of ripped jeans whether they are skinny or a boyfriend fit. As of late, I have fallen back in love with this pair of Current/Elliot skinny jeans in the Loved Destroy wash. The denim is soft and broken in and the white paint splatters give it a different look than a basic pair of ripped jeans. My go-to uniform lately has been a pair of ripped jeans with a tank tucked in.
  2. Tank Top-  Lately my tank top of choice to tuck into my (distressed) jeans is the Unisex fine jersey tank top. It’s lightweight, easy to throw on, and comes in a variety of colors.
  3. Copper jewelry-Something else I’ve been wearing lately are some copper bracelets I’ve had for a while. I like that it’s more unique than rose gold and it’s just as easy to accessorize. One of Pantone’s top color for fall is Potters Clay and this be a great way to incorporate the color into your wardrobe or the finishing touch if your going for a monochromatic look. I somehow found the same exact bracelet I have on Etsy here and here.IMG_20160826_164513
  4. Gucci Marmont bag- It’s no surprise that I love purses. I’ve been drooling over the new Marmont bags by Gucci. It definately has a similar to look to some Chanel bags, and despite being over $1000, is still less. I love the black&white or the bright pink one for a bold statement to an outfit.
  5. Wall paper- I fell in love with this wallpaper I saw in an Instagram photo and have spent my day browsing the website . As I mentioned in the last post, the kitchen is a work in progess.The idea of a fun/bold pattern wallpaper for the kitchen or the area where the washer/dryer are is becoming very appealing.
What are some of the things that you are currently loving?

 

Lentil Soup Recipe

One of my favorite things to make during the cold winter weather is lentil soup. It’s easy to make and you can add ingredients you have on hand. Since it actually feels like winter in Syracuse, I decided to make some to keep warm. This is the recipe I used .

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of dried lentils(1 lb)
  • 2 qts of broth( I usually use veggie broth)
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 3-4 carrots shredded
  • 3 gloves of minced garlic
  • 1 ½ cup of mushrooms chopped (optional)
  • 5-6 small potatoes diced (optional)
  • Olive oil

 

Seasonings

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of crushed red pepper
  • Pinch of cumin (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. of turmeric (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. of paprika (optional)
  • A bay leaf

 

 

  1. You can soak lentils overnight. I usually rinse them well and put them in a pot of boiling water to soften up. While the lentils are cooking, I start working on the other ingredients
  2. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and stir occasionally until softened.IMG_20160103_132048
  3. Add minced garlic to pot and cook until fragrant.
  4. Next, add mushrooms, potatoes, and broth and stir together.( Use less broth if you want a thicker more stew like consistency).IMG_20160103_134241
  5. Add tomato paste to the soup and stir until blended.
  6. By this time, lentils should be feel semi-soft/soft. I usually drain most of the liquid from the lentils and then add them to the mixture.
  7. Next add seasonings, stirring the soup to blend them in and cover.
  8. Stir occasionally and let it cook(about 40 minutes)
  9. You may want to give it a quick taste and make sure lentils and potatoes have softened and it’s seasoned to taste.
  10. Once the soup is done, serve immediately.IMG_20160103_135847

 

This soup is also great served over rice or with some nice crusty bread. Spinach/kale and sausage also make great add-ins to this soup as well.