Making a Uniform Cute

hermes_knockoffClassing up a uniform is so hard to do. I took a part-time job a few months ago that requires we wear black pants and a white button down oxford with a black apron. Thankfully, I will only have to work retail until I graduate in December (as long as I can find a job where I can actually USE my degree). However, upon first putting on this uniform I was slightly appalled at its blandness. Really, white shirt and black pants? How original. Naturally, I had to class it up a bit and make it a little more fashion forward.

In keeping with the black pants I bought black skinny jeans at Lucky Brand for $30 on sale at their outlet store! My top is a light weight cotton blend from Banana Republic I found on clearance a few years ago. Since I wear a little apron, no one knows it isn’t a button down. My boots are from Etienne Aigner and I found them at Marshall’s for $45 and I’ve had them since 2012. Finally, my scarf I found at Ross for $6. The thing I love about scarves like these is that they’re similar to ones made by Heremes and Ralph Lauren without the price tag. Believe me, I’ve fooled many people with that scarf!

 

I’ve also learned to incorporate pretty earrings into the uniform as well as fabulous nail colors. I’ve also rocked a black pencil skirt on occasion. However you can accessorize, do it and own it!

jack_skellington_halloween On another note, when I got home from work today my sister, Becca, was carving a pumpkin in the shape of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas. She used a stencil for a little while until she got tired of it and then went on by herself! I’m debating what I should carve into my pumpkin. It will either be Tinker Bell or my own monogram just because it would be really cute! What will your jack-o-lantern look like?

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At Home Coffee Station

butfirstcoffeeThis post is for my fellow coffee lovers out there. I’m a coffee addict. I have one cup in the morning and two in the late afternoon. Its my ritual and I love it. Additionally, I collect coffee mugs. They just make me happy. I also take my coffee with seasonal creamer… lots of creamer. Right now I’m on a pumpkin spice kick. That will end probably mid November when the radio stations start to play Christmas music and I get a hankering for peppermint mocha everything.

In my future home, I hope to be able to have enough counter space for this wonderful little thing called a coffee station. After seeing an awesome one online (seriously, check out that link), I was inspired and created a little list of things you might want in your at-home-station.

1. A collection of fabulous mugs like the C. Wonder mug I featured.

2. An espresso machine or just regular old coffee maker (duh).

3. Starbucks’ professional-in-store syrup pumps for that shot of vanilla you have to have.

4. Biscotti for the slower days when you can actually enjoy your coffee.

5. Stir sticks so you don’t dirty a million spoons.

6. Multiple kinds of bean roasts so you have options (remember, this is for coffee addicts).

7. Sugar stored in a mason jar so everyone knows your awesome at Pinterest.

8. Whipped cream for the illusion of your coffee being made by a barista, oh wait, it was, wasn’t it? Winky face.

9. Spice shakers filled with cinnamon and other heavenly spices to top off that latte.

I can think of a few other things I might have on hand as well such as agave nectar for the friend that comes over and cringes at the chemicals you put in your drink. Possibly a few Starbucks recipes so you can make professional grade lattes. Whatever you fancy!

I got tired of spending $4 on a latte at ‘Bucks and decided to start drinking more of my own creations at home. It saves a fortune. I’m such a typical American girl when it comes to my coffee. It has to be flavored and named something complicated in order for me to drink it. What’s your typical Starbucks order look like? Share with me below!

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Autumn Decorating

Hello loves! First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who has liked or commented on things recently. I’ve been so busy and haven’t had time to respond hardly at all and I sincerely apologize for this! I have a lot of things going at once and a few fun things I’m working on for the blog, which you will see soon.

pumpkin_pickingYesterday, I spent a few hours around the house decorating for Halloween this weekend. I love pumpkins and cute/spooky things on display for the season. I also might add that I’m so proud of myself for only drinking 3 pumpkin spice lattes this season! Despite being surrounded by pumpkin things for the last month I have stayed strong!

Anyway, I want to give you all a peak inside my house to see what decorating I’ve done so I’m including some photos below! Most of these decorations come from Michael’s craft stores. Hint: things are going on clearance there right now because they’re moving Christmas stuff in! Now’s the time to stock up on decorations for next year and not spend a fortune!

Autumn and Halloween can be the best time of the year to decorate. It can be whimsical, rustic, natural, spooky, or sparkly themed. I absolutely love the ideas I find on Pinterest for the season. I’m linking my own “Everything Autumn” Pinterest board so you can check out some of the cute things I’ve pinned on there that I’m dying to try!

Hope you enjoyed the photos! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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Bows and Stilettos

Bows and Stilettos

I’m just going to cut right to the chase here and say that those shoes are too cute! Stilettos heels make legs look great and that color is perfect for Autumn. I think it was Victoria Beckham who said I always wear heels, I can’t concentrate in flats.” I concur. However, sky high shoes like these can be super uncomfortable from brands other than Christian Louboutin. I’ve tried some of those red bottom shoes on and there’s a reason Mrs. Beckham can walk around in them all the time- they’re very comfy! For the average person though, we shop at Famous Footwear and Designer Shoe Warehouse, both of which do not house Louboutins. Shame isn’t it?

There ain’t no rest for the wicked though. I found a pair similar to these heels for a much cheaper price from Guess. Although not the same exact color, I think they could pass for almost as cute and just as comfy.

If you clicked on the link above it probably took you to a little site called Posh Mark. I’m new to the Posh Mark world, but I want to put some of my clothes up for sale that I don’t wear anymore. What do you all think? Anybody want to raid my closet? Comment below!

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Weekend Wear

abercrombie_and_fitch_scarfHappy Saturday everyone. The weekends come and go so fast but I’m determined to make this one last. On the agenda is a few hours of home work tomorrow morning and then actual money-making work in the evening. Finally, girl time with my bestie, Lindsey, on Sunday. We rarely get time to just hang out and do nothing for hours on end so I’m looking forward to it.

Proper hanging out isn’t complete without a cute outfit to do it in (and an iced latte). I’m wearing Old Navy shorts, Ann Taylor top and shoes, Abercrombie & Fitch scarf, and a Target belt. I’d give you the links to each item but they’re from so many seasons ago I don’t know where you would find them! The shoes I found over the summer for only $25 and sadly they aren’t sold anymore. Here’s an adorable alternative though from Express. The rest of my outfit is pretty easy to find in most stores and I didn’t spend much money on it either! If you’re in need of shorts like mine for next summer, shop in Old Navy’s clearance section. Seriously, shorts are under $5 right now! You can still look great without a hefty price tag if you plan ahead a bit.

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Trending: Sparkles, Cute Quotes, and Gold

In typical Liz fashion, I have found an Etsy store that has the cutest prints and stationary ever! Trending right now is gold, glitter, and cute quotes so believe me when I say this store has both goin’ on! Its called Kardz Kouture by Jessica Boffo. I seriously need to know where this girl gets her inspiration and how she learned to create such adorable little things.

Eventually, I would love to open a business like this but finding out how to do it is the biggest difficulty there is. No one is going to tell you what programs they use or who their printer is and how they run their business. Why would they? You would become their competition! I know a little bit about things pertaining to this through my dad’s Etsy store . However, you can never know enough!

Anyway, I’ve included a few cute little things from Kardz Kouture that I found on her store. Be sure to tell me about any other cute Etsy stores or if you have one you think others might enjoy!

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Daily Routine for the Most Uncertain Times

Have you ever started to write something and had no idea what to say? That’s the feeling I have right now. Writer’s block maybe? I couldn’t tell you if it were. I’ve felt a little off-kilter so to speak the last few days. Like many soon-to-be graduates, I have a lot riding on the next few weeks. I can’t tell you where I’m going to move after December when I finish my last class. Lord only knows who I’ll be working for. It all becomes so real when the future is suddenly at your door knocking.

To create a sense of tranquility and routine in my life, I’m compiling a list of little things that I (and you) can do. I find that I feel my best with a schedule and know what to expect on a daily basis even if the future is a little unstable. Just like our bodies have a schedule of when to eat and sleep, our minds NEED a schedule of wait to expect throughout the day. Enjoy my little list!

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Blog Inspiration!

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When I wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is “what do I write about” (after coffee of course). I’m sure other bloggers feel the same way I do when they feel like there isn’t anything to write about. It’s basic writer’s block. What do we do to get past this? We find inspiration! This is mine for the day and I hope this will inspire you too! Sparkles, pinks, golds, and Vogue of course make for a big smile on my face and a renewed sense of what I love!

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Autumn Exercising and Routine

Autumn Exercising

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was restful and you’re enjoying the start to a new week. Since it’s getting chillier outside I thought I should create a new outfit for outdoor exercising that is not only functional but full of pink! I’m not a runner or even athletic, but I know what a new workout outfit can do to lift the spirits and encourage us to get outside and shed the pounds.

I also figured that since it’s Monday and much easier to start a new routine at the beginning of the week that I’d send you all a short, easy workout to do! Don’t start groaning, it isn’t that bad I promise. You can do this before you shower at the end of the day or whenever you have time.

-2 Sets of 12 lunges

-3 sets of 10 butt lifts

-2 sets of 10 leg lifts (on each leg)

-2 sets of 7 triceps lateral extensions (per arm)

-2 sets of 20 ab crunches (use stability ball if you have back problems like I do)

Even though this workout is by no means what it will take to look like Jillian Michaels, at least its something! If I try to commit to doing too much (i.e. an hour workout everyday) I will without a doubt quit after two days. Simple and slow is easier at first until it becomes part of your daily habits. You can add more later when you feel that you’re ready!

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Sunday Afternoon Bites

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Oh Sunday, you were meant for church in the morning and a relaxing day with a pretty drink in the afternoon. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere really pretty for lunch on a Sunday. When I lived in Washington, D.C. there were so many places to go that had lovely views of the river and great food! It was particularly enjoyable during the summer. Everyone was out with friends and family. People would come to eat after docking their boats. It was the life!

For those of you who don’t live near such awesome places, here are two recipes that you might enjoy for a Sunday afternoon! Tip: add Jack Johnson music for a great atmosphere!

Tomato Feta Salad by Ina Garten

4 pints grape tomatoes, red or mixed colors
1 1/2 cups small-diced red onion (2 onions)
1/4 cup good white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 1/2 pounds feta cheese
Cut the tomatoes in half and place them in a large bowl. Add the onion, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley and toss well. Dice the feta in 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes, crumbling it as little as possible. Gently fold it into the salad and serve at room temperature.

*Add saltwater crackers for balance

Champagne Sangria by Giada De Laurentiis

1 (750-ml) bottle Prosecco or French Champagne, chilled
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows
1 lemon, zested and thinly sliced
1 lime, zested and thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
5 fresh mint sprigs
Crushed ice
Mint Simple Syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves

In a large pitcher, combine the Prosecco, orange juice, Mint Simple Syrup, lemon zest, and lime zest. Add the sliced strawberries, lemon slices, lime slices, and mint sprigs.

Fill glasses with crushed ice and pour the sangria over the top. Serve immediately.
Mint Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and mint over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using.
Yield: 2 1/2 cups

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