Friday, September 27, 2013

5 Things

Five Things I'm Loving This Week

1.  This weekend I'm going on a camping trip in a mountain town between Breckenridge & Leadville, and I ran to Target to pick up some goods for the trip....I also dropped into the women's department and scored this inexpensive but perfect V-Neck Tee. It's loose & "drapey" and so soft! I probably need it in every color :-).

Target Drapey V Neck

2. I am loving this easy slit-neck drawstring dress for Fall by Gap.  It's super flattering on all figures, and is long enough on me (just above the knees) to wear to work with tights & boots this fall....and can transition into after-work drinks easily as well!

Gap
3. This is hands down one of my favorite colors. This sweater-jacket is perfect for fall, and can transition into cooler weather when worn under a heavier jacket. Perfect for dressing up jeans, or worn over a dress as seen below! BB Dakota has seriously impressed me with their affordable chic designs.
BB Dakota Velma Jacket



4.  This is the perfect dress for Fall. This emerald color lace is gorgeous...I need to add this to my closet asap for only $98! Via

 



5. The Vegan Leather Legging is incredibly popular for fall-winter season. It is obviously not real leather so you're saving yourself about $800 dollars buying these guys instead of the real deal...they look great and go with everything! Via


 

 6.  The quintessential Fall bag....Kate Spade's "Beau Bag"....via





Off to finish a busy (but slow moving) work week, then heading up to the mountains for a hut-camping weekend--hoping for minimal rain (or snow), lots of campfires, whiskey drinks (you know, to stay warm!), and a good time! Happy Friday y'all!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Beautiful

I have found that in the real world, betches want to be "skinny"--not necessarily "fit". I'll admit it, there are far too many times where my friends and I have talked about strategies for how to lose 20 pounds in 2 days, right before hitting the beach (it's not possible btw!haha)! I really commend Jennifer Lawrence for being a great & gorgeous role model who isn't stick thin--women need to sometimes be reminded that "fit" is a way healthier thing to aspire to be, especially in a world where the latest diet craze is everywhere you look. So cheers to healthy bodies, rather than skin & bones! 
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm 25, What Filter?

Yesterday, I saw this "I'm 26, What Filter" blog post going around from a woman in Washington, D.C.--it became so sensationalized, that Buzzfeed even created a page about it, "This is one of the most brutal responses to a breakup text you will ever see".  To preface this, the girl and guy had met drunkenly at a bar, and only gone on two dates....read below... 
 
GUY:
 
 
GIRL:
 




For starters, Guy could have probably been a little more gentlemanly, ie. calling her instead of texting her to do the whole, "it's not you, it's me" thing. However, after only two dates, I'm not sure I even think that's necessary.  The guy was actually pretty polite in his let-down, AND at the very least he let her know that he didn't see things going anywhere, instead of just dropping off the face of the earth (which is probably the more well used tactic by men on women they have gone out with less than 5 times) therefore opening her bed up to a future Mr. Right--saving her a lot of time and energy in the long run.

I think the female went impulsively overboard in her response. It's easy to get impulsive when you have the power of texting right at your fingertips.  Even when you're an incredibly smart, even-keeled, friendly, and independent woman, there is something so satisfying about hitting the "send" button on a text message--though, it hindsight you will probably think, God, I am so not that girl that I came across as being in that stupid text--the 24-hour text hold would be a very powerful texting tool to have in times where your self-control is slightly out-of-order!

I'm all for girl-power, but essentially blackmailing a guy because he let you know, after two dates mind you, that he didn't see things going anywhere, is a straight up bold and bitchy move.


REMINDER: Not every person in the world is required to think you're the bees-knees! Which of course can be a hurtful and harsh reality in many cases.


Yeah, and while the guy probably shouldn't have been such a dumbass and "sexted" a girl he barely knew from his company phone....this woman, illustrated majorly conflicting vibes--on the one hand she wants to prove how she doesn't let men interfere with her happiness (essentially she tries to say that men have no affect on her)-- she tells Guy that she thinks it's hilariously condescending even that he thinks, HE alone could ruin her birthday through his rejection after only 20 hours of knowing each other.....but on the other hand, she also kind of proves that he DID in fact hurt her really badly...she connivingly (in my opinion) sent screen shots of their "sexts" sent from his "company paid phone" to HIS BOSS??

Lady, I feel for you if you are hurting, but if you really could give two shits less about this guy as you try to prove in your passive-aggressive texts back to him, then why in the world would you go out of your way to try to ruin his career?  Rejection sucks, but it could have been much worse...seriously, get a grip...trying to prove that men have little to no power over your happiness is a little difficult when you intentionally try to ruin them...in fact, I kind of think this lady should thank him for not wasting more than two dates of her time....imagine getting a TEXT MESSAGE breaking up with you after five years together....or thirty...

.....THEN BETCH CAN SEND WHATEVER THE F*CK SHE WANTS TO HIS BOSS (kidding).

 Do you think this lady took rejection a little too far..or was she simply standing up for herself?

This is the author of "I'm 26, What filter" and the above text messages.

Baby Pandas


14 Baby Panda cubs were born this week in China (artifically-bred)....and aren't they just near the cutest things you've ever seen!?!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekend Recap!

While this morning is a bit rainy here in Denver, I had a really fun weekend with gorgeous weather!

On Friday night, I went to dinner at Blue Sushi Saki Grill downtown...and shared a whole bunch of sushi and it was delicious.  I seriously recommend their "Tidal Wave" roll.  Afterwards, drinks were enjoyed at the Green Russell which is a saloon type bar on Larimer Street that serves specialty drinks....and late night was spent at Satellite Bar where I lost a few too many games of shuffleboard!


Saturday morning, I brunched at Lucille's which is famous for their southern cooking and biscuits.  I got the eggs benedict and it was delicious!

Saturday afternoon I found my way to the gym....then settled up on the couch to watch a few episodes of The League with the Peanster!


she loves cuddling up under the covers!


Later in the afternoon I met up with my friends Brie, Caitlin, and Chris at Cantina for a few afternoon beers on the patio...and had a great time catching up with them as it's been a busy summer for all!



Saturday night I hung out with some girl friends and had a nice time talking about girly things :-).


On Sunday, I woke up fairly early and got in a good work out at the gym.  I find that during the work week I tend to stick to the small gym in my apartment for convienience...but I really like going to my other gym as often as I can make it there because I get a rush of energy working out around other people.

Sunday afternoon, I hit up the Rockies vs. Diamondbacks baseball game.  The weather was pretty perfect (though it drizzled slightly at one point) and had great seats right near the field! It was probably the last baseball game I'll get to go to this season as they only have a few games left.


 
 
All in all I had a fun weekend and am looking forward to hopefully a positive week! I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday--I get super anxious about going to the Doctor's, so really praying that everything goes well.
 
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Turkey Breast & Veggie Stuffed Bell Peppers

Last night I cooked up somethin' yummy....almost as yummy as Clint Eastwood's son, Scott....



...you're welcome ladies!...I digress...


I cooked up some Turkey Breast & Veggie Stuffed Peppers! While my pictures are questionable at best, they were delicious and super easy to make!...You can kind of put anything your heart desires into stuffed peppers...but this is what I used:

INGREDIENTS

-1 lb of 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
-olive oil
-1 can no-salt added corn
-1 can no-salt added black beans
-1 can no-salt added diced tomatoes
-handful of mushrooms
-diced garlic (bout 1 tsp)
-splash of white wine
-Peppers (I used 3 big red peppers, and 1 green pepper)--halved
-Shredded cheese to top peppers with (I used Mexican mix cheese)
-Ricotta cheese (only need a tiny bit for the bottoms of peppers)

INSTRUCTIONS

-Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
-Chop up a handful of mushrooms (anytype you like) into small pieces.
-Throw mushrooms and some chopped garlic into an olive-oiled pan and cook on low stirring every so often. I added in a splash of white wine too.
-In another pan, add in 1 pound of 99% fat free Turkey Breast to cook...I mushed (only word I can really describe it as?) my turkey breast as it cooked so that it would be in smaller chunks. Keep an eye on your meat and turn every so often to cook fully....you could use a diff type of meat too.
-In the meantime,  wash and slice in half your peppers (I used 3 big red peppers and 1 small green pepper--the small green pepper i kept whole).
-Olive-oil a 13x9 inch glass pan and place halves of peppers in the pan...they will be tight.
-Next, throw in a can of no-salt-added corn, a can of no-salt-added diced tomatoes, and a can of no-salt-added black beans into the mushroom/garlic/olive oil mix that's cookin on the stove...give it a stir every so often and let get hot.


-When the Turkey is all cooked, ladle it into the Veggie mix pan....stir everything together...let sit for a few minutes to marinate.
-Put a little spoonful of Ricotta cheese inside each of the pepper halves
-Next, spoon a bunch of the Turkey-Veggie mix into the pepper halves, until each are full (I had leftover mix).
-Top each pepper with low-fat Cheese (I had mexican cheese mix on hand, so I used that...but any will do).



-cover stuffed peppers & glass pan with aluminum foil...cook in oven at 375 for 35 minutes.
-After 35 minutes, take off foil....cook without foil for another 10 minutes.

VOILA!:...These make great leftover lunches the next day as well!
 


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How To Be a Man in 2013

This recent article in Business Insider, "The Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide to being a Man" really spiked my interest. I found some of the unofficial requirements for being a "man" in 2013 to be somewhat pretentious such as, "your ties should be rolled and placed in a sectioned tie drawer"...while other rules I found to be just plain good advice on developing yourself into a better person... "Read more. It allows you to borrow someone else’s brain, and will make you more interesting at a dinner party" and "Don’t gamble if losing $100 is going to piss you off."



I thought some of the tips could be thought of as old fashioned-turned-modern dating advice...they are rules requiring the chivalry that any woman worth your time still honestly expects from a man who is worth her time, even in this modern era...."Yes, of course you have to buy her dinner"..."one girlfriend at a time is probably enough"..."Be spontaneous"
..."Pretty women who are unaccompanied want you to talk to them"....and probably most importantly, "when in doubt, always kiss the girl." While many women would have different ideas about the above rules, and of course different experiences and personalities require tweaks in the rules, I'd argue that these rules always apply when you are trying to make a woman feel special.

There were other rules that were more practical..."Never date an ex of your friend"...."Always carry cash"...."Burn your khakis and wear a suit or jeans"...."You will regret your tattoos"...."When the bartender asks, you should already know what you want to drink"...And most importantly, in order to be a Man in 2013, you must remember that, “rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.”
 
This guide, while undeniably shiny & handsome (and full of unrealistic ideals!), is truly a guide on how to be a whole sequence of characters, but mostly, on how to be a Gentleman in 2013.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Stilettos Stuck in Rain

Well it has FINALLY stopped raining in Denver, so I no longer have to change my blog name to Stilettos Stuck in Rain :-)!  There are however still 1,200 people unaccounted for in flood areas in Colorado, and so many homes lost...as well as lives. So please keep my state in your thoughts this week.

This weekend was fairly low key...and I literally took zero pictures! Saturday I ran a bunch of errands and got in a good workout which was nice...and then went to dinner at my favorite mexican restaurant in town, Benny's.  I caught up on a lot of netflix shows--Season 9 of Grey's came out on Netflix--so that was both relaxing and unproductive...but with all the rain and grey weather out, I really didn't feel responsible for doing anything this weekend!

Tonight I'm going to get in a good workout after work, run a few errands, then try to get into bed at a reasonable time...I've been thinking of deep cleaning my tub again and taking a bath...but for some reason taking a bath in an apartment kind of grosses me out?

While "window shopping" from the comfort of my couch and iPad this weekend, I found a few more fall pieces that are killer...



1. I have a documented obsession with leather! This leather pleated skirt by GAP (of all places) is amazing, and I need to head over to my nearest store to try on this limited edition piece for fall. I can see this looking darling with so many pieces that I already have in my closet.  While it's $198, it's real leather, and a piece you would get so much wear out of over the years...I suppose you could find a cheaper version (aka. fake leather)...but this one is classic...




2. I am also really loving this olive green shift from Gap as well. It's so versatile--and I think it would look perfect with a skinny belt to add some shape. I could definitely get away with wearing this in the office, which is often what I look for when I am buying new things for my wardrobe.

 

 
 
3. I know a lot of people are into the "boyfriend" style jean (baggy-ish) for Fall--and I definitely think they are a cute look on 5 foot 10" models...but frankly, I don't think that they are the *most* flattering style on about 98% of real women.  Most women are doing their figures a disservice, and should better stick to the likes of a skinny or bootcut jean. These matchsticks from J.Crew are great, I also like how they are a bit distressed but not distractingly so.
 
 

Via


4. Not that I have $1,800 just sitting around waiting to be spent on a luxe-Italian, calf-hair pencil skirt...but if I did...you know what you would find me wearing...Via



 
 
5.  I think it might be time to run to the J.Crew store and pick up this perfect jean jacket for Fall. Maybe they still have it in a size Small for me, now that it is on sale...but guessing that is veryyy doubtful! I think you can get an additional 25% off the sale price even with the code SHOPFALL at checkout, so go check out their sale (see what I did there!).
 


Via
 
 
6.  While I already have a wonderful pair of dark brown boots that I received as a gift last Christmas from my Mom and Dad...these Tory Burch ones would also be a great investment piece in any closet.  I definitely prefer a dark brown boot, instead of a black boot, for Fall.
 
Via


7. I have a large collection of nail polishes...and they sit on an acrylic stand that doubles as a colorful piece of "art" ;-).  This Essie color, "Sew Psyched" is the perfect dark neutral for fall!






Well time to get back to it! Hope you all had great weekends & happy Mondays :-)
 
 
  
 
 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Delicious & Colorful Vegetarian Lasagna!

Most Thursdays for the past few months, I have gotten together with my girls friends Mae & Erica--who went to the same college as me, and were best friends with my best friend from home, Rebecca, during college--for Supper Club!  Sometimes we go out to eat, and other times we host at home.  As a total girls' girl, it's nice to get together with such sweet and fun friends on a regular basis!

Last night, I hosted at my house, and I whipped together the best vegetarian Lasagna (Mae is a veg).  While my Dad made a phenomenal meat lasagna last week that I absolutley adored, I generally cook a lot of vegetaraian dishes.  This vegetarian lasagna is guaranteed delicious enough to knock your socks off, and is super colorful, and fairly low-sodium:


1) I started by pre-heating my oven to 375 degrees.  Next, I chopped up an entire red, green, and orange pepper.  Next I chopped up about 3/4ths of a yellow onion, and about 3/4ths of a box of pre-sliced mushrooms (just wanted the pieces to be smaller). Side Note: I added a small bit of each cut-up veggie to my salad, and voila I had a side dish. 


2. Next, I sauteed the veggies in garlic & olive oil for about 5-10 minutes.


3. While my veggies were cooking, in a large bowl, I mixed together about half of the 32 oz. container of Frigo Ricotta (this has 1/2 the sodium in it than the store-brand at my Safeway)....with 2 whole eggs, and about 1/2 a bag of the mozzarella cheese. (Save the other half).

 
The Ricotta mixture will be creamy and look like this:
 


5. I also had on hand 2 cans of Diced no-salt-added Tomatoes (which I ended up only using 1 can of actually)...and a bottle of Classico Tomatoe sauce--which I only used a little bit of to put on the very top of the lasagna so that the top noodles had some extra moisture (hate when they get too crispy on top)...while you can use the type of noodle that you boil first, I don't really think there is a taste difference between those and these genius "oven-ready" Lasagna sheets, that you don't need to pre-boil--they just cook and transform into the lasagna noodles that you're used to in the oven.  These save some time, and honestly, I'm all about that!



6. Back to our veggies that are cooking....I added in one can of tomatoes, and about 1/3rd cup of white wine (any you have on hand will work)....let that simmer for a few more minutes to get a little less watery...and oh yeah, I added in some basil, parsley, black pepper, and a little bit of "NuSalt" which is fake salt that really tastes the same as regular salt (kind of)....you can use regular salt if you don't have salt-issues!


7. Next, I put a little bit of the sauce on the bottom of my olive-oiled 13"x 9" glass pan. 



 

8. Next, lay your first layer of 4 sheets of Lasagna down on top of the sauce....


9. Add a thick layer of the Ricotta cheese mixture on top of the noodles...then ladle in more suace on top of the Ricotta...

10.  Finally add a little handful of your mozzarella cheese on top...then start over with another layer of noodles, then ricotta, then sauce, then mozzarella, then noodles...and again...and again...

11. I think I had about 4 layers of noodles in my lasagna....and the top layer of noodles I topped with a bit of the Classico pasta sauce and some Mozzarella...put a piece of tin foil over lasagna, and cook for about 25 minutes at 375 degrees.  At the 25 minute mark, take your tin foil off (save for later leftovers), and let cook for an additional 15 minutes...and voila it's ready to enjoy!

This is pre-cooked lasagna...we were so hungry I forgot to take a picture of the after...but it was delish!

NOTE: Lasagna prep took about 30 minutes...and cooking takes an additional 40 or so.


It's still raining here in Colorado...and I mean hard! I walked to work today (trying to save some money by not driving in and having to pay to park) and wore both a rain coat and rain boots....AND an umbrella...and still got pretty wet...

So...here's to it being Friday...and getting to actually stay in bed tomorrow morning when I wake up and it's like this...



At the very least, I got to wear my pink rainboots!


And there may be another Rainbow today like yesterday's, with all this rain....

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Perfect Rainy Day Essentials

It's another crappy, cloudy, rainy, grey day in Colorado. I don't really know why my sunny city has put on such a front this past week...but honestly, except for the flooding part, which downtown Denver hasn't really experienced yet, I kind of like a rainy day.

Got me to thinking of the major things I need on a rainy-sick-sleepy day....


1) A great cozy blanket is a key necessity when trying to make a day of laziness out of a rainy day! The "Nap" collection from Brookstone is amazingly soft and comforting...it's like an adult swaddle-- which is just what you need sometimes! Via



2) Nothing better than curling up on the couch and tuning into Netflix shows or movies during a rainy day. I actually gave up my cable in an effort to save $75/month, since I wasn't really watching much on live television anyhow. Netflix has taken it's place since I have a Netflix App on my TV (my TV has an internet hookup). Be careful, Netflix can become an addiction! It's a super affordable addiction however, at only $7.99/month...my whole family uses one subscription as you can log into it via 5 devices I believe!




3) A big cup of hot tea...I personally love a decaf Green Tea (with a splash of milk). For all you coffee lovers, I'd argue, a rainy day is by far the best day to drink coffee...in fact, it's been said, by someone very smart in my life, "the reason people in Seattle drink so much coffee is because with the grey clouds, it constantly feels like it's 6am"....so very true!...I feel that statement today especially!




4) I know a lot of people like to lounge in their undies on a rainy-sick day...but personally, I like to wear a really unsexy pair of matching PJ's when it's grey, cold, and rainy outside...I have found that the uglier the PJ set, the more comfortable they seem to be! My Brooks Brothers pair is a rainy day fav...save the slinky stuff for night time! So grandma-esque and lounge worthy....


Via

5) I hate when my lazy ass refuses to stand up from the couch to grab one of my comfortable sleeping pillows from the bedroom to bring back out to the couch...so I'm stuck using a decorative couch pillow to prop my head up! So yeah, I give you permission to move directly from your bed (with pillow in hand) to the couch on a rainy day...

 
Via


6) On a lazy-rainy day you really shouldn't bother your pretty little self with any responsiblities... cooking, cleaning, or even leaving the couch are to not be thought of...let's be real...ain't no way I'm cooking up supper after frying my brain in front of a tv for 4 hours...in comes the awesome invention of Seamless Online Delivery service.  Last Monday, my best friend Tory and I had just driven back from the beach house...we settled in to watch movies for the remainder of the night...she asked if I wanted to order in dinner from Lost Dog Cafe (a place I know doesn't deliver)...she pulled out her laptop, typed in Seamless.com, and an hour later we were eating from the comfort of her living room without having stepped foot outside. Seamless delivery came to the rescue-- placing and picking up our takeout order for us, then delivering to us, all for a small charge.  BRILLIANT....AND.WORTH. IT. (and no I wasn't compensated for this post...just think this service is awesome!).


Seamless.com



 
7) Finally, on a rainy-grey-cloudy-sick-youjustwanttosityourassonthecouchandnotmove-day...I think you need to have something or someone to snug on the couch with...Peanut is always up for snuggle sessions on the couch with her momma (me)...but I'm sure your dog, another furry pet, or oh yeah, a human being like a boyfriend or husband, could substitute nicely for you!



my sweet goose as a baby!

So yeah that's pretty much all I would need for the perfect lazy day--now if only I could leave work a few hours early to have one!

Tonight I have lasagana Supper Club with the girls at my house! Will be making a veggie lasagna and cesear salad! Excited to see a few of my Denver girls :-)