Monday, April 29, 2013

Fitness - Adding 10

Fitness week 2.  My husband was kind enough to text this motivational gem to me today.  

Last week I made it through 3 sessions of toning exercises!  I also got 3 cardio sessions in leaving my feeling that it was a successful fitness week.  Will my scale agree?  Now I'm adding 10 minutes and a second Pinterest find to my toning routine from last week.  This will bring my home exercise session to 20 minutes if done back to back.  This one requires a set of hand weights and optional exercise ball. I'm not going to use the ball this week because I think the routine will be challenging enough without it!
Belly Blast - 10 minute workout 
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Little Blue

Outfit post.  I need a new word for "accessorize".  Anyone else tired of "pop"?  Everyone and their mother says "pop of color".  In the vast english vocabulary, surely there is an alternative.  So here I am wearing black and white stripes with blue.  Blue scarf, blue stones, blue toenail polish.  



And lest anyone think I'm just living my life getting dressed everyday and worrying about alternative synonyms for "pop"  here's a glimpse into my real life. Real as it gets.







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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

aqua and coral

Favorite color combo of spring this year.  Aqua/mint greens with coral/peach mix as you like.  
Sanctuary button down similar here , Old Navy shorts, Converse chuck taylors
I'm trying to dress my right arm more often.  Watch + bracelet stack an easy go to for left arm. But adding another arm, oh my.  What I didn't do indeed!  lol #1st world problems (stolen line).  These "enamel" bangles were a steal at Forever 21.
Forever 21 bangles in stores

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday - Fitness via Pinterest

Monday and I'm reinspired to be fit.  I've been collecting pins on my
Pinterest boards in hopes of being inspired by the beautiful bodies (and not so much by the beautiful cupcakes).  Today i'm creating my own challenge.  I will pick one pin from my board to try for a week.  I will add cardio to my daily routine in some form even if I have to jog around my own house (i have stairs too!)  I will note any improvement on blog as my witness.  

starting today with this pin from self magazine.  claims that these 7 moves will tighten me up everywhere and help lose 2 lbs a week.  here we go....





web Link here


My Pinterest Board Link Here


 DO THESE MOVES THREE TIMES A WEEK ON ALTERNATE DAYS, AND BE READY: THEY'RE HARD. BUT YOUR BODY WILL BE, TOO.
YOU'LL NEED: YUP, JUST A PLAIN OLD WALL. DON'T WANT SCUFF MARKS? LOSE THE SNEAKS. THERE—ONE LESS THING TO WORRY ABOUT.
YOUR PLAN: DO THESE SEVEN MOVES THREE TIMES A WEEK ON ALTERNATE DAYS AND YOU'LL REALIZE THAT SOMETIMES ITCAN 
BE A GOOD THING WHEN YOUR WORKOUT HITS THE WALL. HA, HA

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

peachy

peachy

H M jean jacket
$46 - hm.com

Coral necklace
doorstepluxury.com

Forever 21 jewelry
canada.forever21.com

TOPS
francescas.com

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday...Jcrew inspired

From this pic-spiration on Jcrew website, I added my orange Banana Republic scarf tied into a hobo sack from this Pinterest pin. I was dubious as to the real life application but to my surprise, I carried the scarf around all day as my purse!


Target espadrilles, DIY shorts, Banana Republic scarf (similar Tory Burch here), blue oxford shirt similar here




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Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Party

My first Monday party on the blog.  Thanks to Kayla at fashionsgreatesthits for inviting me over.  I DO love a party. Perfect Spring weather was here this weekend.  Sunny, mid-70s, breezy. Even with the sneezing and itchy eyes, it was just amazing.  I ventured out for some outdoor shopping and dining, a lovely respite from the busy weekend just past.  Refreshed and rested, starting the day with a blog party, looks like a good week ahead! Hope you are enjoying Spring too.

XXI Jean jacket, Francesca's Necklace and top, Sanctuary jeans, Kate Spade purse (past season),
Tahari sandals via DSW )
 I enjoy browsing at Francesca's. They have great gift items, jewelry and often a score with clothing.  These are not pieces you'll wear after a season or two, but can give a lift on a down day without breaking into the nest egg.  I found this tank (available online in mint, similar coral one here ) and necklace on such a day!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Brunch

Excuse the poor photo quality.  The last two weeks have been a blur.  Ha!  This meal was so good it was worth sharing.  Its definitely an adaptable menu from casual to a more formal changing out the sliders for a pork entree and adding rolls and a side salad.  The pork was perfect - thanks Paula Deen!
Paula Deen's Fig Pork Tenderloin Sliders adapted with blue cheese butter; Bacon Wrapped Asparagus;Deviled Eggs 

Pork Tenderloin
Servings: 6Prep Time: 5 minCook Time: 30 min Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients 
1 1 pound Pork Tenderloin
(I created my own version *below)
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup fig jam, (can sub any of your favorite jam)
Slider Rolls

Directions

Brush Tenderloin with Paula Deen Collection Fig Balsamic Grilling Sauce and roast in a 350º oven for 28-30 minutes or internal temperature reaches 160º F, or place on the grill for 8 minutes per side. Brush again with Fig Balsamic Grilling Sauce and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
In a small mixing bowl, stir together blue cheese and butter.
To assemble:  Slice tenderloin into 1/4” slices. Spread the bottom of a slider bun or roll with the blue cheese butter, top with two slices of tenderloin and finish with a dollop of fig jam. Place top of bun on the slider and secure with a decorative pick.
PreHeat - 350°


Roasted Asparagus with Bacon
1 lb fresh asparagus
8 -10 slices bacon
Directions:
Wash and trim asparagus spears.
Cut bacon strips in half crosswise.
Wrap one-half strip bacon around each asparagus spear, leaving tip and end exposed.
Lay on a cookie sheet with sides.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bacon is cooked.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
**Note: You may want to cook the bacon in the oven for 10 minutes first, to avoid over cooking asparagus.

Dad's Deviled Eggs
6 eggs hard boiled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Peel the eggs and slice in half lengthwise, remove yolks, place in bowl, and place the whites on a serving plate. Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Spoon yolk mixture into egg white halves.  Chill until ready to serve.

I used 1/4 cup basalmic vinegar, a 1/4 cup Wegman's basting oil with garlic and herbs, and 1/4 cup Braswells Fig Preserves.  Whisk together and brush over pork.  I made an additional batch to pour over the pork after it cooked.




Easy Spring Centerpiece - the lemons seem to keep the flowers fresh longer too!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday - Stripe Blazer

Easter Sunday was gray and wet down here.  While most of my sweeties donned their pastel finest, I had my mind set on this black on black combo. I've mentioned the season of blazers is fleeting in the South!  Stripe jackets are everywhere this season.  Here, here and here.  Mine is Forever XX1 from last year.  I had it tailored after posting jacket week in November.  I realized the proportions were wrong for a "petite" mama.  Better, yes?  Stripes, I'm finding, are as versatile as polka dots.  Florals, a bolder stripe, leopard (if you dare), a fun graphic tee could all be paired with this guy. Stay tuned.
Blazer Forever xxi, Polka Blouse xxi, crop pants HM, flats similar here
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