Oh, hello!

A few weeks ago, I was asked to create a Chanel inspired look using a few classic jewels from Charish.com, a website where design lovers can buy and sell vintage furniture, decor, jewelry and accessories to one another.

Oh, hello!

Oh, hello! by undomesticbride featuring a chanel necklace

For my look, I decided to put together a casual yet classic style that can go from an afternoon shopping to cocktails with friends. Since a great pair of jeans is my go-to staple and a shoe with a pop of color is a must, I intertwined  a few of my favorite things  and tied the look together with two classic pieces from Chanel — a quilted handbag and pearls.  I didn’t want to overdo the look, so I kept it simple, because a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous!

Enjoy! xoxo

 

 

Two Penny Blue

I love finding and supporting new fashion brands, and my latest find, thanks to Elements of Style blogger Erin Gates, is Two Penny Blue, a company with a global mission that designs a collection of tailored jackets and blazers.

According to the Two Penny Blue website –  “For every jacket purchased, a school uniform is donated to a girl in need in Africa – opening the door to her education, increasing her self-esteem and providing the opportunity for a brighter future. Two Penny Blue was founded in 2010 by designer, Marie Whitney. She created the collection with the dream of using fashion as a way to educate, empower and inspire young women and children around the world. The Two Penny Blue line is proudly made in the United States with extraordinary quality and care.”

I love the concept and also love how the jackets are versatile. Since I spend my days working in an office, I’m always trying to find pieces that can dress up a pair of pants or a simple  black dress, and Two Penny Blue is the answer to my fashion prayers.

My favorites include the Audrey Jacket in Coral and the Parker Jacket.

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The blazers, which are a little under $400 each, are a little pricey, if you are on a budget, but can you really put a cost on quality and fit? Well, maybe…but everyone deserves to splurge every now and then, and a blazer from Two Penny Blue is a great investment piece. Especially if you buy a classic color that can be paired with just about anything.

To learn more about Two Penny Blue visit 2pennyblue.com.

For every jacket purchased, a school uniform is donated to a girl in need in Africa – opening the door to her education, increasing her self-esteem and providing the opportunity for a brighter future. Two Penny Blue was founded in 2010 by designer, Marie Whitney. She created the collection with the dream of using fashion as a way to educate, empower and inspire young women and children around the world. The Two Penny Blue line is proudly made in the United States with extraordinary quality and care. – See more at: http://2pennyblue.com/our-story/about-us#sthash.qfCae91X.dpuf
collection of luxury jackets and blazers that combines thoughtful classic design with fine fabrics, bespoke detailing and an impeccably tailored fit. – See more at: http://2pennyblue.com/our-story/about-us#sthash.qfCae91X.dpuf
a collection of luxury jackets and blazers that combines thoughtful classic design with fine fabrics, bespoke detailing and an impeccably tailored fit. – See more at: http://2pennyblue.com/our-story/about-us#sthash.qfCae91X.dpuf
a collection of luxury jackets and blazers that combines thoughtful classic design with fine fabrics, bespoke detailing and an impeccably tailored fit. – See more at: http://2pennyblue.com/our-story/about-us#sthash.qfCae91X.dpuf
a collection of luxury jackets and blazers that combines thoughtful classic design with fine fabrics, bespoke detailing and an impeccably tailored fit. – See more at: http://2pennyblue.com/our-story/about-us#sthash.qfCae91X.dpuf

Day 3, 4 and 5: Going Vegetarian – Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Day three and four were pretty uneventful.  Since we were busy running around and attending events, we ate leftovers on Wednesday and ordered a pizza on Thursday. Nothing too exciting.  However, I did notice a few things during this challenge.

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1. I don’t feel as hungry as I thought.

2. I didn’t lose any weight.

3. Cheese is somehow incorporated in to every meal.

Overall my vegetarian experience has been positive. Next week my husband wants to try the Paleo diet. I tried it once before and liked it, plus I’m up for another food challenge.  This time I won’t cheat two days in.

On Friday (day 5) we had time to make dinner and decided on  stuffed red peppers.  Here’s the run down. Wash two large red peppers, cut off the top and remove the seeds, drizzle with some olive oil and pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 375-400 degrees. While the peppers are cooking, bring two-three cups of chicken broth to a boil, add in one-two cups of quinoa and cook for 10-12 minutes as well. Chop up what ever vegetables you have in the refrigerator – I used zucchini, red onions and green onions.  Once the quinoa is cooked and cooled, throw in the chopped veggies, add you favorite cheese (see cheese is everywhere) mix and stuff in to the red peppers. Layer more cheese on top and pop back in to the oven until warm and toasty.  I use the cheese as my timer – once it’s melted, it’s time to remove.

Stuffed peppers{The photo’s not too pretty…I was in a rush and running late for my riding lesson. }

For a side, I chopped up some red potatoes, coated them in oil, salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper and put them in the oven, which was set at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Instant french fries!

Tonight we will be making Cauliflower Pizza.  It’s delicious, but a pain to make since you have to use a blender.  I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

Simple Watermelon Margaritas

If you are a fan of watermelon you are going to love this simple margarita recipe. My husband and I whipped up a pitcher last night and the drinks were a huge hit. In fact we had to quickly make another batch because they were so good. And, they were really easy to make, which I loved, and they paired perfectly with the chicken tacos we served for dinner.

Margaritaprep

Now,  I am not a fan of tequila and rarely order margaritas when I go out. But, this watermelon margarita recipe had a subtle hint of tequila thanks to the lemonade, fresh watermelon juice and triple sec. However, don’t let all of the juice  fool you, these drinks had a kick!

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Simple Watermelon Margaritas
Makes one pitcher

Ingredients:
5 oz of your favorite white tequila (add more or less to taste)
2 oz of Triple Sec or orange liquor (add more to taste)
2 or 2 1/2 cups of lemonade – I used a store-bought brand called Simply Lemonade
1 – 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 1/2 cups of fresh watermelon juice (cut in cubes and toss in the blender)
1 1/2 cup of frozen watermelon cubes (use as a garnish in the pitcher and each cup)
2 cups of ice, or as needed
2 limes

Directions:
In a blender, puree the watermelon and sugar until smooth. Pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer (I did this for the first pitcher but not the second…and you couldn’t tell the difference). Transfer the liquid to a pitcher and add the lime juice, tequila and 2 ounces of the Triple Sec. Stir to combine and top with frozen watermelon.

This recipe is perfect for summer, Saturdays or signature wedding drink. Enjoy! xoxo