Random Round Up

My custom Lucchese boots are finally home. I am pretty obsessed with them. Never have I ever had such a great pair of boots and I plan to wear them for life.  Why do I always take selfies pre-makeup?!

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I have been traveling an enormous amount lately for work which has meant a lot of lonely nights in hotels. Somehow I started watching New Girl on Netflix…this is strange because Zooey Douchewhatever is not someone I would typically like, but I love the show. It is seriously funny and cute. So watch it if you are looking for a new tv binge. Yesterday I was cleaning, it was raining, and Mike was napping, so I reluctantly started Breaking Bad. It is good. Duh.

We were supposed to have a big yard sale yesterday, but it rained on our parade. Everything in our house has a price tag on it. We are selling everything except the tufted craigslist sofa and chair I recently purchased, my favorite RL blue & white lamps, a couple sets of awesome pillows…and that’s pretty much it. I want a big yellow sign on the front of our house that says “EVERYTHING MUST GO” like furniture stores keep out year round. I have given away, donated, consigned or ebay’d probably 10 garbage bags worth of clothes and at least 50% of my shoe collection this year. It is an amazing feeling to have space in my closet again.

And last but not least, a Pinterest recipe round up:

One Pot Chicken Risotto – so I was thinking this was going to be a quick, easy version of real risotto. But it is just like making actual risotto except you add some chicken. It actually took longer to get the right consistency IMO. Probably won’t make it again.

Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas – these were the heat. Delicious, easy, amazing the next day too. I will make these a million more times. I love enchiladas and this was a different type of sauce that is a great alternative to the red kind. Katie Perks…if you haven’t made these yet, you need to asap.

Easy White Chicken Chili – This was pretty good, especially if you aren’t afraid of a little cumin. I omitted the beans because they are gross to me, but next time I might add black beans instead of no beans at all.

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps – These were delicious. I totally hate all kinds of Mexican food, obvi. Cooking these in a skillet gives them a nice crispy outside. I will make these again and again.

Recipes on my radar:

Italian Drunken Noodles

Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips – Whoa. Pretzels and chocolate always make me think of my sister. I will definitely be making these for the holidays.

Kale and Chicken Egg Rolls – I love homemade egg rolls. I usually bake mine, and would probably do that with these to make them a teeny bit healthier.

Chicken Sausage Brown Rice Stuffing with Celery and Mushrooms – um, Yum.

So that was like 3 posts in one, but one post is better than none.

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#omgshoes | Rag & Bone Booties

I am super late in the game, but decided last week that I am in love with the Rag & Bone Harrow booties. I have obviously been seeing them on celebs and bloggers and other stylish friends for a long while now, but it just hit me that they might be the perfect boot for me. Unfortunately with renovating a house and all, I don’t have $500 to drop on booties. Fortunately they have been around a couple seasons now, and there are several lookalike options out there.

BootiesSole Society

DV by Dolce Vita

Target

DV by Dolce Vita

The real thangs are still my favorite, but the Sole Society option is a close second and a mere 18% of the cost. All of the lookalikes come in a variety of colors, just like the originals. This mushroomy color shown is my top choice, although I also like the black.

What are your favorite booties for fall? Do tell.

Collecting Thoughts

  • We signed the papers, handed over the cash, and got the keys to our new house! Let the fun begin.
  • I ordered this sweater from Madewell. It is a nice weight and super soft, and on sale.
  • Kohls has garnered some interest once again with this embellished blouse. It looks a heck of a lot like this sleeveless version from J.Crew, except with the long sleeves it is a lot more versatile for year-round wear. I purchased the solid blue, but I am really thinking about going back and getting the white. It is a heavy, slightly stretch material that wasn’t see through at all, a rarity these days. Great quality for only $30. I am also a sucker for joggers. Pants that is. The Joie silk joggers have been all over the place and I have been eying them repeatedly.  These from the J.Lo Collection are a good quality, also available in gray, and were on sale for 50% off, making them oh about 90% cheaper than the Joie pants. High five for Kohls.

Kohls

  • I am obsessed with this Tumblr, STAG.
  • I bought an amazing pair of Lucchese boots recently and am having them tailored a bit at ManMur aka the greatest shoe shop in the world. I seriously love that place. If you are in Raleigh, or not, take your shoes to them. I’ve left Louboutins to Lucchese to vintage to anything in between in their hands and they work magic.
  • For my birthday gift to myself, I bought this super fun ring from Gorjana. I wasn’t overly hype about the quality when it arrived, but I decided to keep it. I wore it only a few times before a stone fell out! I have had better jewelry from Forever21, and for a fraction of the price obvi. Reviews aren’t always roses people.
  • Have a delightful weekend!

 

Weekend

I had the house to myself this weekend and went full hermit. It was awesome. Mostly because this happened:

Rachel convinced me that Friday Night Lights should be the next series to start on Netflix, and man oh man. There’s not much in this world more gorgeous than Tim Riggins. Plus I love football shows/movies, I love Texas, and I love Connie Britton’s hair.  I’m not even going to tell you how many episodes I watched from Friday to Sunday, it is just embarrassing.

One thing the show reminded me is how great cowboy boots are. I wear them almost everyday for work, so they lose some of their appeal for non-work outfits, but now I am really wanting a new pair. I had a fabulous pair that I had resoled twice, but they finally died, and 3 pairs since that have just not fit the bill. The perfect boot is hard to find.

I found this on google images, and had to post. And this displays how cute cowboy boots can be. Especially paired with Tim. Let’s discuss…did y’all have any guys in high school that looked like Tim? Or any of the guys that play high school boys on tv? I don’t think so.

On another note, Lake Bell and her boobs. Probably hubs favorite part of How to Make it in America, the great show that didn’t make it on HBO.

How was your weekend friends? Do tell.