Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Favorites - Halloween Edition 10/31/2014

Happy Halloween! Even though I won't be doing anything exciting this year for the holiday, I figured I'd share some of my spooky, or not so spooky, favorites, including my favorite Halloween candy, a hilarious video of a mutant, giant, a DIY mermaid costume and more.

Favorite Halloween Video - Mutant Giant Spider Dog

I just can't help but laugh every time I watch this video. I do have to say that my reaction would be the same as the poor running and screaming people that were traumatized in the making of this video though.

I thought this was pretty cool, especially since I don't know what half of the costumes are. Note the spider dog costume search in Washington.

Favorite DIY Costume - Lauren Conrad as a Mermaid

Not that I could ever accomplish this perfect of a DIY project, but I love the all the shells and sequins. It's girly and fun, yet still cute and body con. Not to mention, you won't have anyone asking what you're dressed up as. 

Favorite Halloween Candy: Reese's

This is a tough one. I basically like any sweets, but there's something about Reese's on Halloween that you just can't beat. Chocolate & peanut butter, what's better than that?

Favorite Halloween Recipe - Mummy Dogs

These are so effortless, enjoyable and festive, it's a no-brainer if you're having a Halloween get together. Great for kids or adults.

- Hot dogs/Turkey dogs
- Crescent rolls
- Yellow Mustard

- Unroll crescent rolls and cut each perforated piece in half
- Wrap crescent roll around hot dog or turkey dog
- Bake in 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes
- Add two dots of mustard for the eyes!

What's your favorite Halloween candy? Are you dressing up this year? What's your favorite Halloween costume of all time?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oven Baked Chicken & Veggies

This is one of my favorite dishes to prepare at night and store to bring to lunch at work. It's a simple dish with chicken, peppers and onions and only takes about 30 minutes total time to prep and cook, plus, it's a clean meal with no additives or extra ingredients you can't name. 

The directions below serve three packed lunches for me, but double or triple the ingredients for a larger family or to prep additional meals.


1 lb boneless chicken strips
3 bell peppers - I chose 2 green and 1 red
1 medium sized onion
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano


- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Lightly coat a 13x9 clear baking dish with cooking spray
- Lay chicken in dish and drizzle with olive oil
- Sprinkle spices on top of chicken and toss around with hands to work into chicken
- Slice peppers and onions and add to dish with chicken
- Bake in oven uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout and veggies are tender

I put my chicken and veggies over a bit of brown rice, but you can make them for dinner and wrap them in tortillas like fajitas or just eat the chicken and veggies by themselves. 

What's your favorite dish to bring to lunch?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Daring or Dreadful: Baring it All

Recently, celebrities have been in the news for showing off a little too much of their bodies - namely their chest. 

Last week, Scout Willis made headlines when she decided to protest the Instagram's anti-nudity policy by strutting around New York City topless, then posted a few photos on her Instagram account for the world to see. Willis included the caption "Legal in NYC, but not on @instagram," and used the hashtag #FreeTheNipple.

Just last night, Rihanna shocked many at the CFDA Fashion Awards with a sheer, sparkly nude gown that exposed her chest. She was being honored as the 2014 CFDA Fashion Icon of the Year and she definitely made a statement with her outfit. In her acceptance speech, she even stated "Fashion should never be frustrating, it should be fun."

So what do you think about the outrageous new trend? Daring or Dreadful? Do you think that Instagram should change their policy to allow nudity?

Monday, May 12, 2014

An Exciting Weekend of Celebration!

This past weekend was full of celebration for my family and me. It all started on Thursday when I celebrated my boyfriend's 22nd birthday with him. We didn't do anything too crazy, just went bicycle shopping and had dinner at my house with my family. 

Later that night, I found out that my oldest brother, Max, proposed to his girlfriend, Caitlin, of about 5 years. My parents knew he was planning it the whole time, but they kept it a secret from everyone else, so everyone was pretty shocked when they found out.

Friday was my graduation celebration. My parents threw me a party and charted out the Starlite Majesty, a big dining yacht out of Clearwater Beach. We had about 120 of my friends and my parents friends on board for a 3 hour dinner and dancing cruise. It was so much fun to have everyone there, and I know everyone had a great time. 

I wore an off-white BCBGeneration lace dress that took forever to find. I couldn't decide if I wanted to wear a bold color for a statement necklace, or a bold colored shoe. I was literally shopping the morning of my party to try to decide and came across a bright pair of wedges from Aldo. They had my name written all over them, but they didn't have my size in that store. My boyfriend was nice enough to go pick up my size from a different store, so I paired them with a simple gold necklace. Unfortunately, he had to drive separately and was one of the last people there, so I had to make a shoe change once he brought them. 

And last of our weekend celebration was Mother's Day. I got my mom a cooking pot she has been asking for and a UCF t-shirt. We also had an edible arrangement delivered to the house instead of flowers. It looks like a big bouquet of fruit, cut into different shapes - and we had chocolate covered strawberries delivered also. 

Overall, these past two weeks are two weeks that I won't forget. Between graduation, birthdays, parties, engagements and moving out of my apartment in Orlando, it's been hectic, but definitely worth it - and also a lot of fun!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Trend Alert: Colored Dial Watches

I'm loving the new trend of watches with a colored dial. Whether it's a rose gold, silver or gold band, the pop of color from the dial is unexpected, yet super chic. I like the bright colors, like cobalt blue, teal and fuchsia as opposed to the more neutral colors like white or navy blue. 

The trend the past few years has been colored watches, band and everything, but the colored dial with a neutral band allows for a more versatile accessory. 

Are you loving this trend? Do you have any colored dial watches?