Monday, September 30, 2013

Season Transition: Fall By J.Crew

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There's nothing like fall in New England and it's probably the reason why I wouldn't want to live anywhere else (that and the fact that I can make it to the beach in less than an hour).  It's the mecca of fall and all my favorite activities: apple picking, pumpkin carving, apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and Halloween (Salem, MA, anyone???).   I love where I'm from and all the history that comes with it.  Fall is also the best time for fashion; just cold enough to layer and accessorize, but not so cold that everything you're wearing is covered up by a giant coat (trust me, no one looks cute in a floor length puffer jacket no matter how skinny you are).  Unfortunately, however, we are still in that awkward transition from summer to fall where it's freezing in the morning and hot as hell in the afternoon.  Therefore our outfit choices must be versatile.  Above you'll find some my favorite picks for transitioning to fall from J.Crew and J.Crew Factory.  Little known fact about me:  I worked at J.Crew Factory for five years while still in college and in graduate school and completely fell in love with the clothes. I miss my associate discount, but now that I'm employed full time at a high school, I still enjoy the 15% student/teacher discount they offer.  Not a student or a teacher?  Sign up for J.Crew and J.Crew Factory emails and you'll know when they offer great sales - Factory will often do a 40-50% off the entire store and thats when I stock up on all my favorites.   Enjoy!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I Don't Always Make Dinner...

But when I do, I make stir fry.  It's the quickest, easiest, and healthiest option that even the cooking challenged (like myself) can manage.  Here's the completed product:

Recipe Rundown:
  • 2 bags of frozen stir fry veggies (my go to is any Birdseye blend)
  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Siracha sauce
  • Stir-fry chicken until mostly cooked
  • Add in frozen veggies and cook until they are hot
  • In a separate ramekin mix brown sugar, soy sauce, and siracha until blended
  • Add sauce mixture and let simmer for 2-3 minutes until thickened
See?  Super easy.  This batch will typically last me about 4 meals throughout the week. Let me know what you think?

*This sauce is originally from this Dragon Noodle Recipe from (also an excellent meal that my awesome momma has made).

The Best Beauty Product I Own

I'd be lying to you if I said I loved my hair.  In all honesty, I envy those of you who have long, thick, gorgeous locks that just look fabulous without having to do anything to them.  I don't have that.  My hair tends to fine, wavy (when it feels like it), and grease-prone if I don't wash it everyday- and I'm sure many of you know that washing your hair everyday is the enemy of beautiful hair.  Well I thought my hair prayers were answered when I found out about dry shampoo. I was promised days upon days of fresh hair without having to do much on my end except some minor touch ups.  Imagine my dismay when I tried everything from the expensive $20 brand to the cheaper $5.  Nothing seemed to get rid of the grease and hold up throughout the day without some reapplication (and even then it didn't look that great).  I thought I was resigned to a life of washing my hair each and every morning (not that awesome when you're getting up at 5 am and don't feel like doing your hair).

Enter in Batiste Dry Shampoo.  This dry shampoo has completely changed my whole beauty routine and saved me precious minutes in the morning.  I happen to stumble upon this amazing product while shopping at Urban Outfitters one day and bought it in a last ditch effort to find something that worked with my hair (and I may or may not have also purchased it because it came in a leopard can, don't judge me).  Well friends, I haven't looked back.  This lovely $8 can of wonderful-ness has been the only product I've tried that has kept my hair fresh for days on end.  I recommend it to anyone I meet!  Batiste carries many different versions of their Dry Shampoo (think blonde, brunette, etc.), but I have not strayed from my "Sassy Daring Wild."  I buy in bulk now when I shop at Urban Outfitters.  So go forward my friends and snag this lovely product up- I don't think you'll be disappointed.