Monthly Archives: March 2019
Pleated Midi Skirt + Denim Jacket
Happy Friday!! I’m bringing you the prettiest pleated midi skirt for spring today. I’m so in love with the colors of this skirt. The teal and light pink work really well together and the black and white add great contrast. I am so happy we were able to catch the movement of this skirt because it only gets prettier when you walk.
While this midi skirt is perfect for work, I wanted to share how I would style it for a more casual outfit. I paired it with a few spring basics my favorite black tank top and denim jacket. Both pieces help dress the look down a little. On a warmer day, you could go sans the jacket and just do the tank top.
I went with my black block heel sandals because I felt they worked with my petite height and the length of the skirt. Add in a few rose gold jewelry pieces and this look is complete. To make your jacket work for a spring look, roll up the sleeves to 3/4 length. I usually keep mine rolled like this all spring, occasionally unrolling on cool evenings.
I’m so excited for this weekend. I am headed to an all girl slumber party at a girlfriends’ new house. We have a dinner planned at one of her city’s hot new restaurants and then all the girl talk. I hope ya’ll have a fabulous weekend!
| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Similar Denim Jacket | Black Tank Top | Pleated Midi Skirt | Black Block Heel Sandals | Black Crossbody Bag | Rose Gold Necklace | c/o Rose Gold Earrings | Bourbon & Boweties Bangles | Nails: CND Cashmere Wrap
Photography By: Banavenue
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Currently Coveting: Wedge Sandals
ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR
FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT
NINE | TEN | ELEVEN | TWELVE
THIRTEEN | FOURTEEN
I have been slowly dusting off my wedge sandals during our warmer days the past few weeks. I figured it was time to check out the latest sandals of the season. I branched out of my neutral route for ya’ll and included lots of color and a few animal prints. One of my favorite shoe trends lately is the blue denim look. I love this for spring paired with white jeans or sundresses. I also included red, yellow, and pink because I think these colors can work with an array of other colors and outfits.
Animal print is coming in strong this season. The two popular prints are leopard and python/snakeskin. Another trend going strong is the mule style sandal, aka backless. I am a huge fan of this style, so I am happy to see it still sticking around. I also included a few neutral shades from nude colored to white to black. I think black and nude colored are two essential pairs to start with because they can be worn with all the things.
Which wedge sandal is your favorite?
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Blue Off the Shoulder Top
Hello Ladies! Does anyone else feel like this weekend flew by? I feel like I blinked and it was Sunday night. Despite how quick it seemed to go by, it was definitely a fun one!
When it comes to spring and summer weekends, this outfit would be perfect! This blue off the shoulder top is so fun and can easily be dressed up or down. I’m planning to pair this top with shorts too this summer. I think the shorter length of the top will pair perfectly with a pair of white or black cotton shorts.
For a spring outfit idea, I decided to pair this top with my white skinny jeans. Bright and bold colors really pop when paired with white. I tossed in a little bit more color with these yellow statement earrings. I think pink would be another good pop of color to pair with this blue top.
Alright ya’ll, I hope you have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by!
| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Blue Off the Shoulder Top | White Skinny Jeans | Block Heel Sandals | Black Crossbody Bag | c/o Yellow Tassel Earrings | Similar Gold Bangle | Similar Gold Cuff | David Yurman Bracelet | Nails: CND Cashmere Wrap
Photography By: Banavenue
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Weekly Meal Prep Tips for Beginners
Hello Friends!!! I’m so excited to share today’s post. It’s a little follow up to my post about What I Eat in a Week. I talked about how I do some meal prep each week, and today I wanted to share some of my tips. These are perfect meal prep tips for beginners, and a closer look at how I plan and prepare my meals for the week.
TIP #1 – PLAN, PREPARE, & SHOP – Every week, usually Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, I sit down with Pinterest and my recipe books and make a meal plan for the week. I make a plan for 3 meals for the next 7 days. I then use this plan to create my shopping list. At the store, I try to stay as close to my list as possible and avoid temptation aisles, I’m talking to you chip and dip aisle.
As you will learn in a later tip, I don’t meal prep every single meal. I do like having a plan for every meal though. For dinners, I usually plan 2-3 different meals for the week and decide day of what I am in the mood to eat. I make note on my meal plan of which nights I have plans to eat out too. I also account for snack time and buy a few healthy snacks to keep in my fridge at work.
Keeping your meal plan in view during the week can help you stay on track. After a long day at work, I love being able to look at my dinner list on the fridge and pick one to cook.
TIP #2 – SET A SCHEDULE – Set a time when you plan to do your meal prep and stick to it. I usually meal prep every Sunday night. It’s become routine for me. If I know I will not be home at that time, I set aside another time either earlier in the day or on Saturday. Cooking is relaxing to me, so meal prepping on Sunday night is perfect for me to wind down from my weekend and set up for a new week.
In addition to setting a time to meal prep, set a schedule for your actual meal prep. Look at your recipes, so you know how much time you need to cook each item. If something takes an hour to cook, start with that first and then work on the items that only need 15-20 minutes. Make sure anything that needs to marinate or soak is set up in time for your official meal prep time. I like to set up marinades Saturday when I get home from the store. For anything that soaks like nuts, I set it up Sunday morning.
TIP #3 – PREP & COOK IN BULK – Whether you meal prep all your meals or just one set of meals, bulk cooking is key! I mainly bake items, so I cook everything at once that needs a specific oven temperature setting. Occasionally on busy weeks, I will roast extra veggies for my dinners when I cook my lunch veggies. Another time saver is to pre-chop my dinner time veggies when I’m prepping my lunch vegetables.
TIP #4 – GET YOUR CONTAINERS READY! – The first item to purchase before you start meal prepping is the right containers. Think about what kinds of meals you plan to prepare and how many you plan to prepare, so you know which style container to buy and what quantity. I like these 3 section ones for 1 meat and 2 sides. I also use 1 section Rubbermaid containers for bowl type dishes or pre-chopped vegetables for dinners, and I just purchased these 2 section ones to try out. I also have small Rubbermaid containers for any breakfast meal prep or snacks.
TIP #5 – START SMALL – If the thought of meal prepping all your meals in one day sounds overwhelming then just start with one meal. Most weeks I only meal prep my lunch. When I did Whole 30, I also meal prepped a scrambled egg breakfast for each day. Just like with starting a new workout routine, easing yourself into the habit of meal prep is ok. Start with one meal and once you have that down, add another if you would like.
TIP #6 – MEAL PREP 2-3 WEEKS AT ONCE TO ADD VARIETY TO EACH WEEK – This weekend, I am venturing into the multi-week lunch meal prep. I had the idea after talking to a friend about meal prep. They said they couldn’t eat the same thing everyday, and I suggested doing 3-4 meals that would last for the month. This way you can have a different lunch almost everyday of the week. With my weekends starting to get a little busier, I decided to give this a try. I plan to freeze all the meals after my meal prep and take out my 5 picks each week.
If you like the idea of monthly meal prep to weekly, Once A Month Meals is a great place to learn more about monthly meal prep! Years and years ago, this is where I first learned about meal prepping. Back then, it was called once a month mom and was free. For the amount of help and info she gives you, I think it’s worth the price. She creates monthly meal plans for like 7 different types of diets from Vegetarian to Whole30 to Quick & Easy. She gives you the recipes, a shopping list, and a meal prep day schedule. If meal prepping scares you and you want more guided help, this is a great place to start.
TIP #7 – KNOW YOUR WHY – Ok maybe not the most common tip you will see for meal prepping, but I think it’s important. I do have Sundays when I just don’t want to spend an hour or 2 cooking. I want to sit on my couch and be lazy. These are the days, I remember my why. For me, meal prepping my lunch keeps from ending up at restaurants and fast food lines. It gives me a healthy lunch option and saves me money so I can buy more important things like shoes. 😉 I don’t like wasting food. If I have a meal ready to go in my work fridge, I will pass on lunch out because I don’t want that meal to possibly not be eaten and go to waste.
On busy weeks, I do a little bit more meal prep for my dinners and breakfast to ensure I’m not tempted by a quick fast food fix. If I know I have something waiting for me at home that requires little work, I will pass by the drive thru lanes.
(Featured Meal: Lemon Ginger Chicken with Boiled Green Beans and Baked Zucchini)
I hope these meal prep tips will help any of you looking to start prepping your meals or gave you a few ideas if you already meal prep. If you want to see a little more of what types of meal I eat each week, you can check out my post about it HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!
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