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.

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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

 

 

My Vegas Style – Lounging, Lunch and Prada

I’m in full vacation mode so when I was approached to put together a few outfits ideas for the #MyVegasStyle blog challenge,  I graciously accepted. The challenge asked a select number of blogger to put together their take on a day at the Aria Resort and Casino, one of Las Vegas’ premier hotel properties. Since I have never been to Las Vegas, I did a little research before starting the challenge and quickly realized that fashion in Vegas has an anything goes attitude. Perfect, I’m ready to pack my bags!

I decided to keep each outfit very simple. Because honestly who wants to deal with an abundance of clothes when there are drinks to be had and fabulous food to munch. So here it goes…My three looks take me from the pool to lunch with friends and then a romantic dinner with my husband.  Enjoy! xoxo

Lounging Pool Side: Obviously my first stop after a long flight from Fort Lauderdale is straight to the pool and the closest bar for a refreshing drink. My pool side outfit includes a colorful bathing suit, a light cover up, jeweled sandals and a great pair of Ray-Bans. This outfit is easy to throw on or take off, and can transition easily, allowing me to dine, sip, swim or enjoy a spa treatment effortlessly.

 

WhiteCabana                          Bathing Suit: ANTHROPOLOGIE | Cover up: SHOPBOP | Sandals: RIVERISLAND.COM| Sunglasses: RAY BAN


Lunch at Javier’s:
You had me at hand-shaken margaritas…Javier’s gives off a cool vibe and after spending the afternoon at the pool, I feel like a boho romper would be the perfect choice to sip tequila, nibble on Baja specialties and show off my tan. My romper pick, by Blu Moon, features a tie dye pattern, crossover deep V-neck, long sleeves, covered elastic defined waistline and flounce shorts. Combined with a great statement necklace, easy to carry clutch  and nude booties, this outfit is ready to take on the lunch crowd and a little shopping cardio.

LunchatJaviers                 Boho Romper: PLANET BLUE | Clutch: GOLDENPONIES.NET | Necklace: STELLADOT.COM | Sandals: SHOPBOP

Dinner at Jean Georges: When I think of Jean Georges I think of New York. I’m not sure why, because, I’ve never been to Jean Georges in New York or Jean Georges period. But for some reason when I hear the name I think of a style that is classic and sophisticated — with a pop of fabulous. So my dinner look is a little Audrey Hepburn intermingled with the modern-day glamour of Anne Hathaway, circa The Devil Wears Prada. I styled this outfit so every piece has a simple element that demands attention. From the pleating on the dress and cut that hugs your waist to the infamous logo of the Prada bag and the bold patterns on the shoes, which incorporates just the right amount of color for a night out on the town….or the hotel restaurant.  I love simple, but I also love a surprise piece that makes people take a second look. And, please…This dress just screams “twirl me on the dance floor after an amazing Wagyu filet dinner..”

DinnerMyVegasStyleDress: NEOPRENE | Shoes: SOPHIA WEBSTER | Clutch: PRADA

For more information on Aria Resort and Casino, visit aria.com.