Love my Leopard Shoes

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I just love how a fabulous pair of shoes can take a simple pairing of khakis and a cardigan and make it an outfit.

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I paired my khaki ankle pants with a white tee, blue cardigan, gold necklace (borrowed from my sister) with my Cole Haan leopard print heels.

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We thought about going to see the Dark Knight Rises tonight, but ended up getting a refund on our tickets when we decided that we didn’t feel like waiting in line for over 3 hours to get decent seats.

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Tee – Target, Cardigan – Target, Ankle pants – Banana Republic, Shoes – Cole Haan

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Shades of Nude

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I wanted to wear my new Cole Haan wedges, so I decided to play up the “nude” theme with a multi-strand pearl necklace and a nude top.

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I also discovered the wonder of buying “ankle length” skinny jeans. For folks on the shorter side of average (like me!), ankle jeans end up being just the perfect length and don’t need to be tailored!

Time for the details!

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I love the bows!

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A more modern twist on the classic pearl necklace.

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Top – Ann Taylor, Jeans – Joe’s from Nordstrom, Wedges – Cole Haan from Nordstrom, Necklace – purchased in Japan

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Quick and Easy Chicken “Parm”

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I love using leftovers to make something delicious. I was craving chicken parmesan, but wanted a version that was both low-carb and gluten free.

We had a leftover tomato base (tomatoes, salt, garlic, and olive oil) from making pizza as well as fresh mozzarella, so he made a very simple version. He used chicken breast, topped with the tomato base and a bit of oregano, and then put fresh mozzarella slices on top.

Baked at 325 until done (took about 30 minutes).

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He served it with steamed broccoli.

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Time for new clothes!

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My favorite thing about going shopping is wearing the new clothes!

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I paired my new blazer and lace top from the anniversary sale with AG skinny jeans (worn cuffed) and nude heels.

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With the details on the top, I kept the rest of my accessories simple.

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Blazer – Nordstrom BP, Lace top – Nordstrom BP, Jeans – AG from Nordstrom, Heels – Vince Camuto Kira from Nordstrom

Simple can be best….

Sometimes a simple dinner is exactly what you need….

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Our farmers market has been full of delicious fruits and vegetables, so we had an extremely straightforward dinner of braised kale and salmon filets.

To make the kale (about 1 1/2 lbs, coarsely chopped), Nick used oil (~1/4C) and chicken stock (~3/4C), added salt and pepper to taste, and simmered covered in a saucepan until tender. Once tender, remove the lid and cook until the liquid has evaporated. (about 10 minutes total)

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The salmon was cooked sous-vide, and sprinkled with finishing salt to plate.

Target Style

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I love mixing “high” and “low” pieces, and basics can be the perfect way to accomplish that. I recently discovered my new favorite tee at Target! You know that a piece is a keeper when you have it not only in multiple colors, but duplicates in the same color as well.

The tee is the scoop neck tee, and it is perfect for layering under blazers, cardigans, or jackets, or even just wearing on its own. I actually have four colors: white, grey, black, and light blue.

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I also discovered Target cardigans. I love v-neck cardigans because they tend to be the most flattering to wear both buttoned and unbuttoned. The Merona ultimate cardigan sweater, currently I have it in white and blue.

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I paired my grey basic tee with slacks and one of my cardigans for the perfect basic work look.

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Tee – Target, Cardigan – Target, Slacks – Nordstrom

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Earrings are also from Target

Grilled Steak and Domino Potatoes

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My sister’s boyfriend was visiting this weekend, so on Saturday night we had them both over and enjoyed a roof-tip dinner on our deck.

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Rib-eye has become our favorite cut of steak to grill. The flavor is perfection, and the slightly fattier cut makes it perfect for grilling. The steaks are pretty massive, so they each serve 2.

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Nick modified this recipe for domino potatoes from Bon Appetit to work on the grill. He used Yukon gold potatoes, and prepped them like the recipe by cutting them into rectangles and then slicing. He then put them in a foil pack with a bit of olive oil, butter, garlic, and rosemary.

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They were on the grill for about an hour or so, and the steaks were cooked to rare and medium rare.

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He plated the potatoes in rows, and topped with finishing salt.

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Fantastic company, and incredible views.

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