A Step Above: How to Wear Heeled Sandals

College, Fashion & Beauty, Real World

Heeled Sandals

I have always been an advocate for the “oh this outfit? I just threw it together, no biggie” look. I like when your clothes look effortlessly put together, even if it really took your 45 minutes to perfect it.

Three simple rules are all I follow:

1. Don’t over accessorize

2. Less is more

3. When in doubt, black is best choice.

From staring at my closet for an hour and a half not knowing what to wear to having under 15 minutes to get out the door, these rules have led me to success on many occasions. Despite this, they have also led me away from a variety of pieces and accessories, including heeled sandals.

This is one shoe I avidly avoided. Who needed a slight, two-inch heel? It didn’t make sense. Either be five inches tall, a solid wedge or completely flat. The in-between felt like it was trying too hard. This spring though, I have come to love heeled sandals. In the right styles and colors, they add a level of chicness to any daytime look or an element of casual to any night outfit. With cuffs at the ankles, multiple buckles, color blocking or studs, these baby heels are taking spring wardrobes to the next step.

 

 

Still not convinced? Here are my favorite things to wear with heeled sandals:

  • Distressed denim shorts: High waisted or hip huggers, a loose pair of distressed denim paired with a graphic T-shirt and a patterned blazer is the perfect day look.
  • Loose sundress: Dress up a loose frock with a little bit of heel height. Pick dresses in bright colors and styles that only hug your chest for the ultimate feminine touch.
  • Dropped hem skirt: Tight around the toosh with a ruffle dropped below. Paired with a crop top or tank top, this look gives the ideal flirtatious, playful attitude.
  • Asymmetrical skort: The bold, Zara-inspired envelope skirts killed it this past fall with heeled booties. Continue the look with a white or patterned skort and heeled sandals. Similar effect, but a more summery vibe.

The key? Play with loose silhouettes and shorter garments. The small heel with slim and lengthen your legs without the pain of a higher heel.

 

Collage links: Zara, Lulu’s, Isabel Marant, Steve Madden

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Networking: Follow Up, Follow Through

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Follow Up & Follow Through: These are the two most important aspects of networking in my opinion. You have to continually follow up with the people you connect with. It keeps your name in front of them and chances are they may very well have missed the first email you sent. Following through is equally as important. If you say you are going to keep someone updated, then do it! You never know who their connections are, and when they may be able to help you in the future.

Following up before and after is essential. One email is not enough. After I was left hanging on a few occasions, I vowed to never do that to anyone. So far so good, but now that I have my first job, I can see how crazy the real world, and my industry (public relations), can get. It really isn’t that hard to skip over something in your inbox, or miss an email that got filed into your spam folder. Professionals must be diligent in looking out for requests, but students and job seekers need to keep trying. Trust me, I won’t think you’re annoying if you contact me more than once. It helps keep people, including myself, accountable. Especially if they have put themselves down as a contact on networks from their alma maters, in my case the Elon Mentor Network.

Following up after the interview is more important than you realize. Courtesy pays off and will help you be memorable. As Coach Skip Prosser said, “Never delay gratitude.” You need to be thankful for the people that help you because they will no doubt be the reason you get to where you’re going. Personally, I got countless informational interviews and three job interviews by simply following up with one person I had interviewed with. He told me to let him know when I applied for any positions because he may know people at that agency. Well, a week later I emailed him that I had applied for a position and without my asking, he already had a note into his two higher up contacts to look out for my application. It is nearly impossible to break through online applications without putting in that kind of effort. My contact also asked me to interview for a job at his agency, again without my asking. Follow Up! (Do you get the point yet?)

Following through is equally as important. By following through on my informational interviews and meetings, I was presented with countless opportunities and this allowed me to meet some incredibly smart people. Make sure you call or show up on time. Professionals don’t want to be left hanging if they block out a chunk of their time for you. Also, follow through if you say you will keep someone updated. As I have pointed out from personal experience, it can potentially help you get your foot in the door for a dream job, or at least the first step on the ladder to get there.

The percentage of students and recent grads that consistently follow up and follow through is so small, that doing so instantly puts you ahead of the game. Obviously there are more steps to networking, but after you put yourself out there, these are the two that complete the cycle and really make your effort worth it.

Follow up, Follow through, and happy networking!

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8 Cocktails For Spring

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Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Sunshine, music, patios, friends, family and the wind in your hair. What’s missing? The perfect cocktail. Lets be honest, this week is completely crawling by at a snails pace, and I need something fun to look forward to making this weekend. Here are 8 simple recipes for great spring and summer cocktails, weekend wisely!

Counting down to my all time favorite we are starting with…

08 – Kir Royale

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Courtesy of Google

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients: Creme de Cassis, Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Instructions:

  •  Pour 1 Oz of Creme de cassis in the glass
  •  Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  •  Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object
  •  If you have a cherry just throw it in your drink.

07 – Long Island Iced Tea

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Courtesy of Cocktails.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients: 1 Oz Vodka,1 Oz Gin,1 Oz White Rum,1 Oz Silver Tequila ,1 Oz Triple sec,1.5 Oz Sweet and Sour mix,Splash of Coke,8 Ice cubes of ice
Instructions:

  • Pour the vodka and gin
  • Add the rum, tequila and triple sec
  • Add the sweet and sour mix
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Shake it ! 12 times at least
  • Fill your highball glass with ice, fill it to the top.Strain the cocktail into your glass
  • Strain the cocktail into the glass over the ice
  • Save a little room for the coke, top the drink with it
  • Drink or serve it, garnish with a lemon wedge

06 – Margarita

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Courtesy of Chow.com

Ingredients: 2 Oz Tequila,1 Oz Orange liqueur,Juice of 1 lime or lemon,0.5 Oz of simple syrup or Lime Cordial,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice
Instructions:

  • Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Add the fresh lime juice or just squeeze a whole lime inside
  • Shake it hard! 12 times at least
  • Strain the cocktail into your chilled glass or strain over ice (margarita on the rocks)
  • Place a lime peel on the rim of the glass or put salt on the rim of the glass. If you want to “salt your rim” check out our cocktail guru tip at the bottom of this page.
  • Drink or serve it, your Perfect Margarita is ready to drink!

05 – Mimosa

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Courtesy of Inspired Taste

Ingredients: Half a glass of orange juice,Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Instructions:

  • Fill half of your glass with orange juice, make sure it’s cold
  • Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  • Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object

04 – Apple Martini

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Courtesy of Gustologist

Ingredients: 1.5 Oz Apple flavored vodka,1 Oz Sour apple liqueur or apple flavored schnapps,Dash Midori,1 Oz Pineapple juice,1 Oz Apple juice,8-10 Ice cubes
Instructions:

  • Pour the alcohol into your shaker
  • Add apple and pineapple juice
  • Add ice
  • Stir 12 times
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or over fresh ice a tall glass
  • Drink or serve it, your cocktail is ready to drink!>
  • Garnish with three apple pieces on a toothpick

03 – Bellini

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Courtesy of Laylita

Ingredients: One third of a glass of peach puree or juice,Two thirds of Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Instructions:

  • Muddle a whole peach (or skip this step and just pour peach juice in the the glass)
  • Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  • Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object

02 – Cosmopolitan

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Courtesy of InspiredTaste

Ingredients: 2 Oz citron vodka ,1 Oz orange liqueur ,1 Oz Cranberry Juice ,Dash of Lime Cordial ,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice ,Lime peel for garnish
Instructions:

  • Chill the martini glass (click here if you want to know how)
  • Pour the liqueur and vodka to your shaker
  • Pour the cranberry and cordial to your shaker
  • Add the fresh lime juice or just squeeze a half of lime inside
  • Fill shaker with ice
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Stir it! 12 times at least
  • Strain your cocktail into the chilled glass

01 – Mojito

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Courtesy of MyRecipes

Ingredients: 1 Spoon white sugar ,2 Oz White Rum,Hand full of Mint leaves ,Half of one lime cut into 3 wedges ,Splash of club soda ,1.5 Oz Sweet and Sour Mix ,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice
Instructions:

  • Muddle the mint, limes and sugar, muddle until you actually smell the mint.
  • Add 2 Oz of Rum
  • Add the sweet and sour mix
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Shake it hard! 20 times at least
  • Double Strain into the glass full of crushed ice
  • Top the drink with club soda
  • Add 5 fresh new mint leaves and a lime wedge on top and serve it, your perfect drink is ready!

5 Essentials for Spring

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This has been quite the dreary and never-ending winter. With abnormally cold temperatures and wintery mixed precipitation, it has been difficult to kiss our parkas goodbye and bid spring a warm welcome.

Usher in this spring with bold floral prints and feminine silhouettes because 2014 is all about the girly-girl in you. Not sure where to start? Here are five essentials for this spring:

Spring 2014

1. White sleeveless blouse from H&M, 2. Floral skirt from Lulu’s, 3. Red fringe tote from Zara, 4. Steve Madden red heels, 5. Paul & Joe Patterned drawstring shorts from Net-A-Porter

1. White blouses with high collars– Button-up those blouses to the top button; this spring it is all about the neckline. Tucked into a floral pencil skirt or high-waisted work trousers, this modern, crisp blouse is the perfect staple for your spring closet. White blouses can have the office, up-tight stigma but you can dodge this by picking studded collars or accessorizing with a bold statement necklace.

2. Fuller skirts – Ditch the tight, body-con skirts and accentuate your waist with a fuller, flowing skirt. Modernize the shape with a tighter crop top or a day-time bustier. These skirts are the best in floral patterns or pastel colors.

3. Fringe bags– Don’t worry, these bags are not comparable to hippie sacks from the 70’s. In bold jeweled tone hues or your basic neutrals, this fringe adds texture and character to any look. Selecting rectangular or square shaped bags will also help you avoid the vintage, rounded sack look.

4. Ankle-strapped heels– Give your feet a break and steer clear of mile-high pumps. This season it is easy to achieve a girly, feminine it look with a shorter heel, an ankle strap and a playful color.

5. Drawstring shorts– This spring is all about the sporty-chic, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to gym shorts and Nike sneakers. Similar sleek looks can be accomplished with looser shorts detailed with a drawstring waist band. Floral or geometric prints, pastel colors and suede or cotton materials will give the look the necessary feminine, warm attitude. Paired with a graphic t-shirt or a basic tank and you’re ready for a day out and about.

6 Things Twenty-Somethings Want For Their Birthday’s

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As we grow up, sometimes it’s harder to think of good presents for those around us, or harder for our parents, siblings and family to figure out what exactly it is that we really want. In honor of our co-founder Amanda’s birthday today, we decided to clear the air about six things that twenty-somethings actually want for their birthdays. Go forth and gift.

1. Money

That’s right, cat’s out of the bag. We want money. We are broke around 90% of the time; and you may think that it isn’t a “fun gift”, but honestly, we don’t care. There is always something that we have had our eye on, and we will use that money to get it. No one knows us better than we know ourselves.

2. Designer Life Planners

A life planner. Another fact- most of us are severely over-committed. We would love a Lilly Pulitzer, or Erin Condren life planner to help us keep track of everything on our very full plates. We love sitting down with a multi-colored pack of pens to write in our various assignments, work trips, meetings, days off, and birthdays (there are even color-coded stickers). Very few things are more satisfying than knowing your week is organized and ready to be tackled.

3. Fun Wine Glasses & Wine

These are both classics. From the time we turn twenty-one (and maybe beforehand), we love to receive these on our birthdays. Going through our twenties there are different ways we interact with them. Yes, we may stick a straw in the bottle and call it a day at 21 and 22, but at 25 we may have two glasses with girlfriends before heading out on the town, and at 28 we may use it to create a romantic evening with a loved one, or drink a glass after a crazy work day. The fact is, wine and beautiful wine glasses are an essential part of our twenties.

4. Accessories

Nail Polish, a killer ring, a cute headband, a good watch, a funky pair of earrings. Accessories are the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off. Okay, that isn’t true, but they definitely can spice up an outfit. The most mundane of work day clothes can be brightened and make personal by adding the perfect accessory, and we are always looking. So if you spot one, share it with us.

5. Magazine Subscriptions

This is something that I received as a gift this past year, and I love it. How many times are we temped at the store to buy that People or InStyle? If you are like me it is basically every time we see a new cover. However, it can get expensive, and back to number 1 – we are mostly poor this decade. A subscription service to your favorite two magazines is surprisingly affordable. You can give a People Magazine subscription for around $2.00 an issue, and and a year of InStyle costs around $1.50 an issue.

6. A Beauty Box

For me, BirchBox is the first one that comes to mind. But there are many other options, such as Sample Society, GlossyBox, Ipsy, Beauty Army, and Goode Box. These are great for many reasons, you can pick a service that matches your price range, and you can chose either test or full sized samples. The recipient gets to try samples of make up from companies they may not otherwise have tried, and can find new go to shades to purchase moving forward.

5 Beers You Need To Try

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When we all started college, beer was something you drank at a party because jungle juice wasn’t available. That somewhat-warm, light, and cheap beer from the keg that did the job back then absolutely does not cut it now. I will admit, I have become a bit of a beer snob. Trying a new craft brew? I’m in. All the time. I love the look on a bartender’s face when I order a porter or really any type of beer that isn’t “chick beer”. Even better, I love when I’m on a date and the guy realizes the beer I ordered is classier or darker than what he just ordered. Whatever your preference, trying new brews is a great pastime and you may discover something you never thought you would like! So get out there and taste test – to help you out I have compiled a list of 5 beers you should try to start….

1. Lagunitas Lil Sumpin’ Wild-

Sumpin Wild takes their Lil Sumpin, a wheaten American pale ale, and adds a wild yeast strain, bringing a whole new flavor profile to the beer. The American hop profile still resonates, but is now both preceded and followed by sour and funky notes, bringing an almost saison-like perspective to an all-American recipe. It’s not a beer for the faint of heart. With hints of bubblegum and citrus, a strong aroma, and a lingering aftertaste this beer will certainly be one to remember.

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2. Troubadour Obscura-

This is a Belgian beer that tastes like a mild stout with a great balance of roast, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. It’s a darker beer and the aftertaste is a little bitter. Personally, it’s one of my favorites. It’s very well balanced, even a little hoppy for a Belgian beer, and is absolutely perfect for the last cool nights of the season.

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3. Petrus Oud Bruin-

Oud Bruin, meaning Old Brown, refers to the length of time the beer is allowed to ferment and refine itself in oak casks, taking on some very un-beerlike characteristics. Sweet, sour, with notes of cherries, and more ruby than brown in color, its complexity can be taken advantage of because it’s just so damn good to drink.

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4. Pliny the Elder-

This one is a double india pale ale with robust hop and pine flavors with hints of floral and citrus. It’s a benchmark for hoppy American ales. You’ll find it on many top beer lists, some go so far as saying it’s the best beer made in America. It’s easy to drink and definitely worth trying at least once.

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5. Creme brûlée by Southern Tier-

I’m rounding out this list with a very sweet, dessert beer. If you’re not typically a beer-drinker, this one is for you. It may not be as classy as the others, but it is quite good and actually tastes like creme brûlée. It’s hard to drink more than a 12 oz pour because of the sweetness, so plan to share it with a friend.

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Whatever you prefer, go out and try something new and let us know what you think! Is there anything you would add to this list?

20 Things Sex & The City Taught Us About Our Twenties

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Sex and the city

In my opinion, Sex and the City is the cornerstone of twenty-something womanhood. That may be a slightly aggressive statement, and yes it may be an old show – but think about it. Have you ever had a problem that hasn’t been addressed in an episode of the show? Haven’t you discussed which of your friends is which character? Have you ever secretly wished that life could happen like the show, that you could have Carrie’s closet, Samantha’s confidence, Miranda’s smarts, and Charlotte’s class? When friends go through bad break ups we heal ourselves with ice-cream, alcohol, a good cry, and a few seasons of SATC. There is an episode for everything you can expect in your twenties. But more important than all the clothes, men and cocktails Sex and the City teaches us all some of the most important lessons that we need to learn as twenty-something’s.

Don’t Compromise Yourself

Dont Compromise Yourself

Everyone Has Issues

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People Will Judge You- But You Control Your Life

You control Your Life

Embrace Your Sexuality

 Embrace Your Sexuality

Sometimes You Have To Accept Defeat

 Sometimes you have to accept defeat

We Aren’t Meant To Be Tamed

 Women arent meant to be tamed

Release The People That Drag You Down

Release the people that drag you down

Realize What Is Important, And Prioritize It

 Realize whats important

You Don’t Have To Be Positive All The Time

 You dont have to be positive all the time

Our Girlfriends Are Our Soulmates

 Girlfriends are our soul mates

Timing Isn’t Always What You Want It To Be

 Timing Isnt always what you want it to be

Wait For What You Deserve

 Wait for what you deserve

Shopping Is The Best Cardio

 Shopping is the answer

Listen To Your Friends, They Look Out For You

 Listen to your friends

Be Honest

 Be Honest

You Can’t Plan For Everything

 You Cant plan for everything

Embarrassing Things Happen To Everyone

 Embarassing things happen to everyone

Tell It Like It Is

 Tell it like it is

Don’t Let Fear Control You

 Don't let fear control you

Your Most Important Relationship Is With Yourself

The Most important relationship, yourself

The “M” Word

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My parents met just after college. My mother’s childhood best friend had been dating one of my dad’s fraternity brothers. To this day, those brothers are like uncles to me, and all of the kids have grown up together. And there, my dears, lies the foundation of my complete disillusionment.

I had a high school sweetheart. We dated on an off for four or five years. We talked about marriage, but only in the way that kids do when they first fall in love. Then I went off to college confident that I would meet my husband within seconds of my arrival to campus and we would vacation with each other’s families and take adorable pictures at our Greek functions and graduation. Mind you, I was 17 when I started college. Thus began my long string of failed relationships. I began to panic when I reached the end of my sophomore year and had yet to have a “boyfriend” for longer than a few months. What was I doing wrong? I should be halfway to engagement according to my calculations. How was my future husband going to propose to me at graduation in our matching cap and gowns with a bouquet of stargazer lilies if he didn’t hurry up and get here? The stress was real.

I started dating my current boyfriend, Benjamin, in October of 2012, with no intention of it becoming what it is today. He was far from what I had envisioned for myself, sporting a buzz cut, pierced ears, a tattoo, and a Long Island accent. He was a bit shy where I was obnoxiously loud, and he preferred to go mudding whereas I enjoyed polo matches. Never the less, we became inseparable. In May of 2013 we got our puppy, Emma, and that summer spent two weeks at a beach house with his parents and three brothers. As the fall approached, Ben and I were forced to consider the fact that I would be graduating that year, and he would still have one more year of college. Cue wedding commentary.

Our friends began making jokes about how we were going to get married, and my parents began to ask how our relationship was going to play into my career path etc. The year began, and we unofficially lived together with our dog, already cozying up to the routine. Everything was going swell, until some of our other couple friends began to get engaged and others having children. So one night, as we were lying in bed, I asked Ben how he felt about it all. I knew I was the first girl he had dated for this long, but I was curious if he too had planned out his future prior to meeting me. My timeline had long since been disposed of, and I had adopted a new-found sense of acceptance that my life, love and otherwise, would unfold at some point, and it was not to be planned as I had originally attempted.

How do you have a conversation about marriage with your significant other? I was afraid that my avoidance of the topic of “forever” had been a tad insulting to Ben over the years. I by no means meant to imply an impending doom to our relationship, I explained, I just simply had no interest in putting pressure on something that was already working. As I write this, I find myself sounding like Big from Sex and the City. He expressed his opinion that it was not about the years spent with that person, but rather the instinct that kicks in when you find “the one.” I agreed, still nauseous from the subject matter, and rolled over to my side of the bed. I do love you, I said. He reached over for my hand and squeezed it three times (our sign for I love you), and so the conversation ended.

Talking about marriage can be an incredibly difficult conversation to have with your significant other. You might be afraid of not being on the same page, or simply scared of marriage as a whole. For me, I was scared because nothing had gone according to plan. I didn’t know how to approach marriage from any other angle than a college set-up followed by reunions and fraternity / family beach trips. Without my map in front of me, I had no idea how to handle anything. Thankfully, Ben understands the mess that is my brain, and the awkwardness of the conversation was soon forgotten.

For those of you attempting to address the big M, just be honest. Even if your partner is disappointed by your response, at least he or she wont be misguided and ultimately more disappointed by being so.

Boozy Brunch: Mimosa’s and Panini’s

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Steak and Egg Panini orange mimosa

As we all know, there are few things that a twenty-something loves more than a boozy brunch on the weekends. Let’s be honest, if we could do boozy brunch every day of the week, we would. A lot of the fun is the bottomless drinks, and the atmosphere – but occasionally a weekend brunch in the comfort of your own home does just the trick. You can have as many mimosas as you like, you don’t have to drive, take public transport, or hail a cab, and you have full creative power over the menu.

In the spirit of boozy brunch weekends we are bringing you an easy, tasty recipe for a panini and mimosa – go forth and enjoy it!

 

BRUNCH STEAK AND EGG PANINIS AND MIMOSAS

Steak Panini Grocery List: Serves 6

  • 2 rib-eye steaks, each about 12 oz.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 12 slices sourdough bread, each about 1/2 inch thick
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • Hot sauce for serving (optional)

 

Directions:

  • Preheat an electric panini press to high (400°F) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Place the steaks on the panini press.
  • Close the lid and cook for 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare, or until done to your liking.
  • Transfer the steaks to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Cut the steaks into strips 1/4 inch wide.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, parsley, chives, salt and pepper.
  • In a nonstick fry pan over medium heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the melted butter.
  • Add the egg mixture and, using a silicone spatula, stir frequently until soft curds form, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove the scrambled eggs from the heat.
  • Reduce the heat on the panini press to medium (350°F).
  • Brush one side of each bread slice with the remaining 4 Tbs. melted butter.
  • Lay 6 slices, buttered side down, on a work surface, and arrange 3 or 4 steak slices on each one.
  • Top each with 1/4 cup scrambled eggs and 1 cheese slice.
  • Top with another bread slice, buttered side up.
  • Place 2 sandwiches on the panini press and close the lid. Cook until the sandwiches are nicely grill-marked and the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
  • Serve with hot sauce. (optional)

 

MIMOSA

Mimosa’s are a great staple drink to have in your back pocket for brunches. They are simple, and the perfect ratio of champagne to juice can not be beaten. Especially now that spring has arrived this cocktail has taken its rightful place at my brunch table.

Ingredients:

  • Champagne
  • Fruit Juice (I prefer Orange, although feel free to choose your favorite citrus juice)
  • Frozen Berries, Slice of Orange (optional)

 

Directions:

  • Take out 6 Champagne flutes
  • Rinse them with water and place in the freezer to chill
  • Remove flutes from freezer, and drop some fresh berries of your choice
  • Fill the flutes half way with Champagne
  • Fill the rest of the glass with your juice of choice
  • Add a slice of Orange
  • Enjoy

 

Invite some friends over for a boozy brunch and get to snacking, you deserve it.

Spring 2014 Fashions

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends

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Spring 2014 Fashions

It’s officially spring! Now that warmer weather is here to stay, my online shopping time has increased exponentially. I’ve been so excited for the roll-down-the-windows weather that I’ve been preparing by spending way too much time browsing online selections. And watching Netflix.
Thanks to Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and InStyle Magazine, I was able to quickly find inspiration by researching the Spring 2014 top trends. Although you may be thinking ahead to summer wear, keep in mind some of these current fads.

Long Skirts

Across the board, longer skirts are what a lot of people are wanting to wear right now. From thin, beachy material to business wear, skirts that are longer than the knees are in.

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Pastels

One of the top spring trends every year is to wear bright and vibrant pastels. Pastels can be paired with neutrals fairly easily, so you can mix and match all spring long.

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Lauren Conrad

Pastels

Crop Tops

Surprisingly enough, crop tops are still very popular. Many celebrities have gotten credit for their red carpet style wear by pairing a crop top with a high-waisted skirt or trousers. Although I probably would not be able to rock a crop top like Diane Kruger, I still love this trend.

For more ideas of how to wear your crop top, you can go to this article from Huffington Post.

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Crop Top Street Style

Nice Shirts

Pressed work shirts are in, as well as button downs. White button-downs are also wonderful for springtime, as they can be mixed and matched with many different colors and styles.

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Miranda Kerr

Holographic

This is one of my favorite trends from this year’s spring “it list.” Holographic and shiny metallic clothes and accessories are in, which you can pair with neutrals/pastels or neon if you’re daring enough. These may be a little bit more difficult to find, but ASOS has a whole section dedicated to this trend if you’re interested.

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Sheer/Lace Apparel

Slightly to very sheer tops and bottoms are trending this spring and will be cool enough for summertime. Wear with more layers during the spring and then pair with a bathing suit for summer!

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