Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Veronia Shirtdress

Every once in a while you score a find at Anthopologie that you didn't even know you were looking for. I had the opportunity to shop an Anthropologie store recently while they were having the summer sale. I went looking for a completely different dress but spotted this Maeve dress peeking out from the racks. Fortunately for me my size was the only one left. Off to the dressing room I went and into my bag.

This dress is so comfortable. It's lightweight (viscose-rayon material) so it feels like you've got nothing on- perfect for summer! I get so many compliments when I wear it- in fact a girl stopped me in the grocery store today to tell me how much she loved my dress. I'd stopped myself too- (and demand to know where I got it.)

Dress: Maeve Veronia Shirtdress, available at Anthopologie (on sale!!!)
Shoes: Franco Sarto Venezia peep toe flat
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Caribbean Wayfarer  

Ps. This dress most recently made an appearance at a local art show, which featured among others Deeries, which happens to be my friend Coral. Here my niece and I try our hand at being deer. (As you can see the dress looks great with a mustard cardigan.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Outfit of the Day: LulaRoe Lola

I'm a big fan of the color mustard when it comes to clothing. I use it as a neutral. My go-to cardi is mustard and my "goes with everything under the sun" pair of shoes are mustard. So, when my sister pulled out a mustard Lola skirt at the Lularoe party I attended I knew I had to try it on. My heart was set on lace, and I had gone with the intention of getting a bright yellow lace Lola. When I tried it on, my sister made that face that only your sister or mother can make and get away with- that "meh, I'm not feeling it face" so I put it back. Then my attention switched to a blue lace Lola (which I'm still thinking about) but I'm not keen on the pink waistband, so when my sister wisely handed me the mustard Lola I knew that if it fit it was mine. An outfit formed in my head on the drive home and voila!, today's outfit of the day! It's simple, super comfy, looks chic, and best of all didn't cost me an arm and a leg!

Behold!, the Lola! (Outfit details below)

Tshirt- crew neck T from Target

Skirt- Lola from Lularoe (for those local to SLO County check out LularoeMeghanHoetker on Instagram and Facebook for purchase and parties) want FREE sphipping? type MEGHANHOETKER in the coupon code box.

Shoes- gold sandals from LuLu's (lulus.com) shoes were purchased last year and may not still be available. 

Sunglasses- Ray-Ban Caribbean Wayfarer

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Blue Floral

This whole outfit revolved around the watercolor cutout dress. This dress is lightweight but the jewel toned blue makes it perfect for winter when paired with tights, boots, and a cardigan. No jewelry required with the cutout detail at the neckline- everything is kept simple allowing the dress to be the star. (Outfit details below)

Dress: Forever 21 cutout watercolor print dress (currently available)
Cardigan: Target
Hat: Forever 21  wide brim wool fedora (currently available)
Booties: Frye
Tall boots: Bandolino
Lip color: Bite Beauty Brandy matte creme lip crayon

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

holiday pinwheel sugar cookies

This year I took to Pinterest to find the perfect sugar cookies recipe. Two recipes jumped out at me particularly so I decided to do both and compare. It's that time when the classic sugar cookie features prominently in holiday festivities- I'm pretty sure it's Santa's cookie of choice.

First up the recipe which required no eggs. I decided to go with a green pinwheel to differentiate between the two recipes. After making this one I made it a second time a week later and altered it, so I will include the original recipe as well as the alterations in parentheses.

Classic Sugar Cookie recipe, no eggs required:

What you'll need:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 sticks of butter (cold and cubed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (on my second time I upped this to 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (on my second go around I dropped this to 1/4 teaspoon)
Food coloring of your choice (I did not pinwheel the cookies the second time, so therefore it didn't require food coloring)
If pinwheeling you will need an extra 2 tablespoons of flour for the colored dough. 
Decorating sugar or sprinkles. 

What you do:

For pin wheeled cookies:

In a food processor or mixer combine flour, salt, powdered sugar and granulated sugar. Add cold cubed butter a few cubes at a time until mixture is like cornmeal. Add vanilla and combine til you reach cookie dough consistency. Divide dough in half. 

Take the ball of dough that will remain white and roll it out flat between two sheets of waxed paper until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate. With remaining dough put back in mixer and add almond extract, food coloring and 2 tablespoons of flour. Once that is mixed roll it flat between two sheets of waxed paper to about 1/4 inch thick and refrigerate.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour (or if you're in a hurry like I was I put it in my freezer for about 10 minutes)

Once dough is chilled take wax paper off of one side of each slabs of dough and stack them. Trim edges if needed and roll the two stacked doughs into a log shape. In a shallow pan pour your decorating sugar or sprinkles and roll your dough log in it until completely covered. Cover dough on plastic wrap and refrigerate another hour (or use my freezer trick of 10-15 mins). Once chilled again slice dough log into 1/4" slices. Place slices on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 375 degrees F for 15-17 mins. 

*when I altered to recipe I reduced to amount of almond extract and chose not to pinwheel or divide the dough. I did still roll it into a log and cover it with sprinkles. I reduced the baking time to 13 mins and got perfect, soft sugar cookies. This will definitely be my go-to sugar cookie recipe in the future. 

Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe 2, contains eggs:

This is a more traditional recipe and you use the more traditional method in preparing them. I liked this recipe but it requires eggs and I don't always have those on hand. 

What you'll need:

2 cups butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 cups of flour

What you do:

Cream butter. Add sugar, eggs, almond, and vanilla extracts. Combine. Add salt and flour.  

Follow the above directions if you'd like to pinwheel the cookies (divide dough, refrigerate, roll, etc...). I chose red food coloring for this recipe so I would be able to tell the two types apart. 

My final thoughts. The first recipe when followed in its original form tasted exactly like Danish butter cookies, after I altered it they tased like traditional sugar cookies. Both recipes are delicious, but in the end I prefer the first, they don't have eggs and require less sugar.

Now get to baking, Santa's on his way!!!

*first recipe found on www.pipandebby.com
*second recipe found on www.craftinessisnotoptional.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

LuLaRoe Addicts Anonymous

Hi, I'm Leah and I'm a LuLaRoe addict.

My addiction began with the Cassie pencil skirt that I purchased at a LuLaRoe party hosted by a friend and her young daughter. I had never heard of the brand before that invite but I was intrigued when I checked out their website. I thought perhaps I'd find a maxi skirt or maybe a pair of leggings to wear around the house. I tried on a Cassie pencil skirt because I've never been one to turn away from a pencil skirt and I fell in love. I purchased 2 Cassie skirts that night and came home and ordered one more online in a print not available at the party. (scroll to bottom of post for links to photos of the Cassie skirts I purchased).

Since that party I've been keeping tabs on the website for new patterns and prints to come out in the Cassie, but decided that I needed to branch out and get a dress instead of another pencil skirt. I decided on the short sleeved Amelia dress which features pockets and an exsposed zipper in back. I like the look of the zipper, but to be honest I don't like how it feels against my skin- the zipper has no fabric backing it so I'm very aware of it when I put the dress on as well as when I move throughout the day. That is my only complaint about this dress, but it'll be easily remedied with a lightweight tank underneath.  I love the feel of the fabric- it's stretchy and heavy which just feels great when on. I definitley have plans to purchase more Amelia dresses, as well as add to my Cassie collection. Since I gravitate towards stripes I also have my eye on the navy and yellow striped Julia dress- I've already put an outfit together in my head. 

Read on below to see how I wore the black and white striped Amelia dress.

Dress: LuLaRoe Amelia
Cardigan: Target similar
Necklace: Cost Plus World Market. 
Belt: Urban Outfitters similar
Boots: Steve Madden Intyce

(lipstick: Bite Beauty Apricot)

Accessories: Gold Belt from Urban Outfitters. Bracelets from Banana Republic.

Below is an alternate belt choice. Chunky woven belt purchased from local boutique Coverings.

Local to SLO County? Meghan Hoetker (LuLaRoeSlo) will be hosting a LuLaRoe "Lulapalooza" featuring multiple consultants (the number was up to 10 last time I checked!) in one location on Thursday December 11th 6-9 pm at the Ludwick Community Center located at: 864 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo. 

I, for one will be going straight there after work to spend way too much money! I hope to see you there!!

Want to see my Cassie skirts in action? Links to my Instagram photos here: Cassie 1 (still available online), Cassie 2, Cassie 3.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cozy Throw Blankets

Back in the summer when it was way too hot to contemplate slippers, hot mugs of cocoa, and cozy throws, West Elm had a fantastic sale. I just couldn't resist purchasing some throws since I somehow managed to only acquire one in the last five years and it's not exactly fit for display. With that thought in mind I got click happy and before I knew it my virtual basket had two throws in it and voila, they were on their way!

When they arrived I could only use my imagination in the blistering California heat- I had absolutely no need for throws in August and honestly I broke out in a sweat just looking at them. I set them aside and delayed my gratification for another much chillier day.

Fast forward a few months, we've got one rain on the books so far and the occasional fall like day but for the most part we're still too warm for cozy things. The rest of the world on the other hand is definitely feeling fall and in some places winter is coming early- these blankets will be a welcome friend to you. Even better, they're back on sale!! 

While my little throws have only been used a handful of times so far I know that come January I'll be very happy that I thought ahead and got my hands on them early. Maybe you'll find a little cozy number yourself? Something you can see yourself bundled up in with a mug of hot cocoa?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coming Home From Big Sur

The last post was about our time camping in gorgeous Big Sur and this post is a part two of sorts. We deviated from our usual route- going back south down the 1 to our home in San Luis Obispo County- and went home via Monterey and from there connecting with Hwy 101 South.  The only reason that we chose to do this wacky route was our poor pup Finnigan. We didn't want to subject him to the twists and turns of Hwy 1 which made him car sick on the way up to Big Sur. Even though our detour took us farther north than we needed to go it took us the exact same amount of time to get home as it did to take Hwy 1 up.  An added advantage to this journey? The Bixby Bridge and rain!!!!!

We haven't seen rain since my husband and I went to Ireland in January. I cannot tell you how thrilling it was to turn the windshield wipers on! Nerd alert!! But in drought ridden, water starved California that business is a big deal!!

Here's a little pictorial of our journey home...

North on Hwy 1:

We stopped at a vista point after crossing the bridge so I could get the above photos. 

Heading South on the 101:


 if you look closely I'm camouflaged with the tree. 

Soledad Mission-