Downright Dotty: Top + Skirt + Boots

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving Week!  I am so excited for these next seven days!!  To start the holiday week off right, tonight Matt and I did some more decorating of the house and a date night to a yummy new Italian place [mmm, pasta].  Tomorrow evening is Friendsgiving, and we are ready to chowwwww some more.  Then on Wednesday night our college BFF/roommate is getting into town from California, and I cannot wait to celebrate Tofurkey Day with him and my family.  Hooray for the holiday season officially beginning!

This outfit from today's post is definitely something I would wear for the festivities with family and friends.  The color palette reminds me of Taylor Swift in her "Red" album phase, and I just love that period of T.Swift.  This skirt will be getting me through many a holiday celebrations these next few months!






Navy blue boatneck top: Old Navy
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Butterscotch & white polka dot pleated skirt: Old Navy
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LC Lauren Conrad brown buckle ankle booties (also seen here): Kohl's
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What are your plans to get the Thanksgiving party started?  Are you doing a Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving with your family, or both?  I can't wait to stuff my face with all the vegetarian cuisine my abnormally large stomach cavity can handle.



Recipe Rundown: Spinach Ravioli Soup

Friday, November 21, 2014


Who's hungry?  Me!  Always.  All the time.  24/7/365.  That tends to mean I torture myself by looking up new veg head recipes on Pinterest.  I recently came across the amazing blog, Sprinkled Side Up, and discovered her absolutely delicious vegetarian soup recipe!  It is Spinach Tortellini Soup, and it is the bomb.  For real.  Matt & I made it earlier this week for dinner one night, but we changed the original recipe (which you can find here) just a bit to our preferences.  We made our soup vegan friendly, but you can also add in slices of yummy, fancy cheeses to top it off, too!

The recipe, which makes eight servings, is below:



Ingredients:

-2 tablespoons of olive oil
-2 garlic cloves, diced
-1/2 of a medium-sized onion, diced
-2 leaks with the dark green parts removed and thinly sliced
-2 tablespoons thyme
-8 cups of low sodium veggie stock
-2 cups of water
-1 can of cannellini beans
-6 cups of fresh greens (We used spinach, kale, and chard.)
-1 package of tortellini or ravioli (We used a vegan Spinach Florentine Ravioli from Whole Foods, but you can use whichever kind suits your personal preference, of course!)




1.) Add the olive oil, onions, and leaks in a large pot over medium heat.  Sauté the mixture for four minutes.  Add in the diced garlic and thyme and sauté for an additional two minutes.


2.) Add in the veggie stock and the water.  Let it cook until it starts bubbling, and then let it simmer for about ten more minutes.



3.) Drain and rinse the cannellini beans before adding to the pot, along with the ravioli or tortellini of our choice.  Let it simmer for two minutes.


4.) Add the greens and stir.  Season to your liking.


5.) Eat, eat, eat!!!


Feel free to add in the slices of cheese, such as Manchego, too!




This is so perfect for a cold wintry night.  Personally, we made White Russians and danced around the kitchen to Christmas tunes as we made this, and it was festively fantastic!  Let me know if you try this recipe and how you change it to fit your tastes.

Happy eating!




Looking Glasses: Striped Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Boat Shoes

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Hey guys!  I was cleaning out files from my (severely cluttered) computer, which quickly turned into a trip down Memory Lane as I found photos up photos from my college years.  I miss it, man!  It was oh-so-nice to stay up all night talking about absolutely nothing and absolutely everything with my roommates, cheering on our rotten football team at games, going to class [Hey, no making fun!  I picked a major that I actually enjoyed what I was learning!], and eating out for basically every meal.  Those were the days, I tell ya.  People always said those four magical years would be the best ever and, while I do truly enjoy post-collegiate life and getting older, that time period really was a whole different kind of fun and freedom.  Thankfully, Matt & I made amazing, lifelong friends during our school years (plus, we met each other in our freshman year dorm!).  One of these aforementioned buds is even coming in to town from San Diego next week to celebrate Thanksgiving with us again for the second year in a row.  Ooh man, I just can't wait!  (Hiiii, Jotir!  I'm looking at you!)







Black & white striped t-shirt: Old Navy $3.99 [Seriously, this top is less than $4!]
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Guess distressed boyfriend jeans (also seen here, herehere): Macy's
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Rock & Candy beige boat shoes: DSW
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Tortoise shell glasses: c/o Firmoo
These glasses are one of my new very favorite accessories!  Firmoo has an amazing array of eyewear products -- and they are so affordable!  Plus, as an added bonus, the customer service was superb.  If you are in the market for some new specs, I'd definitely recommend you check them out.









Green crystal & rose gold stud earrings: c/o Authfashion
These earrings will be absolutely adorable for upcoming holiday occasions.  I can't wait to wear them more!  If you're looking for new accessories for the season, be sure to check Authfashion out (especially this kitschy ring or these snowflake earrings that I will also be featuring in another post soon!).



Rose gold geometric triple chevron necklace (also seen here & here): American Eagle

Rose gold link bracelet (also seen here): c/o Sparkle and Sophistication




Did you already graduate?  What are the traditions and times you miss the most?  I could go on... and on... and on reminiscing.  :')




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