Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Recent Netflix Recommendations

With all the cold weather I've been opting to spend more time inside where it's warm which means plenty of time to work through my Netflix list. Honestly nothing sounds better on a cold night than snuggling under my beloved heated blanket with some of my famous hot chocolate for a good Netflix binge. It's so funny that I only jumped on the Netflix bandwagon 2 years ago, because now I honestly can't imagine not having it. I'm currently watching Jane the Virgin, but here are a few recents that I would recommend.

1. Land Girls - This one was originally a BBC miniseries, so it starts slow the way I feel all British shows start. It follows a group of girls during WWII who move to work on a farm. I don't think it's very accurate but the story lines quickly suck you in. 4 out of 5 stars

2. The Santa Clara Diet - Why is there still only 1 season of this and why did I wait so long to watch it!? Drew Berrymore is a realestate agent turned zombie. I binge watched this in one day. 5 out of 5 stars

3. The Young Victoria - After watching this I realized I know nothing about Queen Victoria other than she ruled for a long time. I think this one if fairly accurate, but if nothing else the costumes were beautiful. 3 out of 5 stars

4. Suite Francaise - I watched this one on a total whim and was glad I did. It's about a French woman and her affair with a Nazi officer when her town is taken over by a German unit. It's one of those movies that reminds you not every bad person is 100% bad and not every good person is 100% good. 3 out of 5 stars

5. Wild Hogs - I watched this one with the boyfriend, but honestly I'd recommend it even if you're alone. What's not to love about Tim Allen and John Travolta as middle-age men who ride motorcycles. 4 out of 5 stars

6. White Gold - This one took me a while to get into, but I ended up enjoying it in the end. I think the biggest drawback is watching Chuck Bass have a British accent and be someone you don't want to cheer for. 2.5 out of 5 stars

7. Grace and Frankie - If you've ever watched this Netflix series than you know you are in for a treat! This may have been my favorite season yet, and I can't wait for the next. 4 out of 5 stars

8. When We First Met - I clicked on this one when nothing on my list sounded good at the moment. I feel like they could have done more with the plot, but over all was pleased with this Netflix original. 3 out of 5 stars

What have you watched recently on Netflix? Anything you wouldn't suggest?

Friday, February 16, 2018

what's in my shopping cart - Nordstrom winter sale edition

Have you checked out the Nordstrom winter sale section? Last night I clicked over to see if the Valentine's Day pillow was on sale post holiday and I discovered a whole new sale section. One thing I pride myself on is being a bargain shopper so obviously I had to click over and see what deals I could find! I just bought a plane ticket so while these all might be in my shopping cart, sadly I don't think they'll be mine.

I think all these items are perfect to help carry you through the end of winter. I'm especially loving the two tops and those booties! I think they're the perfect mix of trendy and classic. Buy them now on sale and wear them again in the fall!

What's in your shopping cart?

Monday, February 12, 2018

6 recipes for a romantic at home Valentine's Day

I love Valentine's Day, but I also don't love overpriced rushed meals. Unfortunately when you dine out on the biggest date night of the year (I just made up that fact but it sounds believable) that's what you're usually facing. This year the boyfriend and I are opting to cook dinner at home and just enjoy a relaxing evening together. Call me biased, but I think this is 100% the play for Valentine's Day. I'm making shrimp stir fry Wednesday night, but today I rounded up 6 recipes for a romantic at home Valentine's Day.

1. Lobster Mac and Cheese - the only thing better than mac and cheese is lobster mac and cheese

2. Heart Shaped Pizza - you don't need a fancy meal; sometimes simple is best 

3. Grilled Pork with Dark Cherry Sauce - but sometimes fancy is nice and this sounds fancy

4. Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Rounds - this looks like the perfect side dish for your famous steak

5. Mint Chimichurri Lamb Chops - whenever I think of lamb I think of the scene in How to Lose a Guy in 10 days when she pretends to be a vegetarian 

6. Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes - because what's Valentine's Day without dessert 

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Anyone else planning a romantic night at home? 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentines gifts for her $50 and under

Valentine's Day is just a week away! That means if you haven't picked up a gift you're running out of time. Full disclosure I'm not a big Valentine's gift person. I'd much prefer a card and maybe some flowers (I've seen lots of my favorite tulips lately hint hint) with quality time. But if you are the type of person who likes gifts, or you've got a girl in your life who really loves them (we all have different love languages) I've rounded up a few of my favorite Valentines gifts for her $50 and under.

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If I had to pick a favorite it'd probably that ring. It is so classic and really looks more expensive than it is. But that llama pillow is a close second because I'm obsessed with Grease.

Do you do gifts for this holiday? What are you hoping to get for Valentine's Day?

Monday, February 5, 2018

4 looks for Valentine's Day

The other day I shared 15 dresses for your Valentine's date night, but today I wanted to share three looks for Valentine's Day that don't require a dinner reservation at the hottest spot in town. I mentioned the boyfriend and I are skipping going out opting to cook shrimp stir fry at home instead. Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday which means I won't be eating meat that day (Catholic problems) and honestly being rushed through a dinner so they can flip the table for the next reservation isn't my idea of a romantic evening. As people try to make the day less of a Hallmark holiday and into a more personal experience I think the idea of staying in or having a casual date night out is becoming more popular.

Work Day - I fully believe in dressing up for holidays even when you have to work. This outfit would help spread some love at the office without going overboard

Casual Date - You and your beau decided to skip the overpriced restaurants and are going to your favorite date night spot. Just because you won't be paying triple digits for your meal doesn't mean you shouldn't have fun dressing up.

Single Ladies - You're single this February 14th and grabbing drinks and tapas with the girls. You're not dressing for a boy; you're dressing for yourself and the fierce Instagrams you plan on taking.

Pajamas - Let's be real, this is the outfit I really want to be wearing. Nothing says love like a cozy pair of pajamas

What are your Valentine's Day plans?

Friday, February 2, 2018

15 Valentine's Day Date Night Dresses

Now that February is officially here I'm so excited to start sharing Valentine's Day content! I've always loved Valentine's Day, even at my most single. Call me a cheesy hopeless romantic, but there's just something so lovely about love! I also happen to think the conversation hearts are one of the best candies and seriously underrated. And who doesn't love an excuse to wear bright pink in the middle of winter. Today I've rounded up 15 great dresses for your Valentine's Day date night.

What are you planning to wear for Valentine's Day? The boyfriend and I are planning to skip the crowds and just cook at home, or I'd want to wear one of those cranberry dresses.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

5 things I'm going to buy after my no spend month

Was it just me or did January seem 5000 days long? We've finally reached the last day of the month and that means the last day of my no spend month! And y'all I'm so proud of the success I had. Technically I cheated twice the last couple of days with eating out, but with my boyfriend over it was just easier than cooking at home that many times. But other than that I avoided all frivolous purchases! As I'm counting down the hours till I can spend again; these are the the items I've most been wanting, the 5 things I'm going to buy at the end of my no spend month.

1. A King Cake - If you don't know what a king cake is I feel bad for you. It's the traditional dessert of mardi gras and it's delicious, essentially a cinnamon cake with royal icing and colored sugar on top. I plan to order one to share with my co-workers.

2. Gummy Vitamins - I've seen a few bloggers talk about these vitamins this month and I've had them sitting in my Target cart for weeks. I seriously debated if they fell under an allowed purchase for January, you know because they're vitamins, but ultimately decided they were a little frivolous because they're for your complexion.

3. The rest of Kate the WASP's book - I purchased the first couple chapter after I bought my Fire tablet but didn't start reading them until this month. Buying the individual chapters and not all at once was a big mistake because I can't wait to read the rest. I've mentioned how much I love Kate before and this book has been everything I wanted and more.

4. A manicure - Admittedly I'm not one of those women who always has her nails done, but going to the nail salon has become such a little treat for me. I go about once a month mainly for them to do my cuticles and shape them with those perfect round edges I can never replicate.

5. Sandwich from my local bakery - Most people think sandwiches are a little boring, but they're honestly one of my favorite foods. We have a little bakery deli here that makes the best sandwiches on in-store baked bread. My go to is roast turkey and provolone on sourdough with spicy mayo, cucumbers, and lots of shredded lettuce.

Have you ever done a no spend month? What was your first purchase afterwards?