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{Anthropologie Nautical Print Dress, Dooney & Bourke Purse (similar), YSL Tribute Sandals, Bracelets via TJ Maxx and Street Vendors, Bulova Watch, Tiffany Ring}

I bought this nautical print dress specifically for a cruise last summer, and I’ve enjoyed wearing it ever since. I usually reserve it for festive occasions, like the 4th of July.  But I was feeling a little playful last week and wore it just ‘cuz. After all, there’s never a good reason to let a cute dress go to waste!

P.S. This post is linked up with the following:
Whitney Nic James | More Pieces of Me | Fizz & Frosting | Little Miss Monday | PinkSole | I Would So Rock This | Still Being Molly


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{Zara Floral Scuba Dress, Chloe Handbag, Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses c/o SmartBuyGlasses, Miss America Shoes, Amrita Singh Bracelets, Michael Kors Watch}

While I absolutely LOVE 3-day weekends, it’s SO HARD to get back into the swing of things afterwards! This week has been a loooooong one indeed, but I’m still keeping a smile on my face.  Fancy shoes and a new pair of shades always tend to help in that department.

Speaking of which… what do you guys think about my new peepers?! This is a new shape for me as I usually stick to rounder frames. But I thought I’d try something new when the generous folks over at SmartBuyGlasses offered me the chance to check out their online shopCat-eye glasses are generally a no-no for me, but I think this particular pair works with my face since they aren’t too severe.

In other news, I have absolutely ZERO plans this weekend, and I can’t say I’m too upset about it.  I’m looking forward to taking it easy and catching up on some reading. What’s on your agenda?


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Holy Guacamole

I’m always on the lookout for ways to make homemade versions of my favorite snacks.  I’ve been making my own guacamole for ages, but this time around I also tackled making homemade tortilla chips… BEST. DECISION. EVER!

They were seriously so easy and delicious.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to tortilla chips out of the bag again.

Now, queue the ingredients!

Guacamole Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
Guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepped, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 TBS fresh cilantro, chopped

Tortilla Chips

  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup of canola or corn oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Toss the avocado and lime juice in a large bowl.
  2. Add salt, cayenne, and cumin and mash together until smooth.
  3. Stir in garlic, jalapeno, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro.
  4. Allow the guacamole to sit at room temperature while you get started on your tortilla chips.
  5. Mix the masa harina and salt in a bowl. Add hot water, a little at a time, and mix until a dough forms that’s smooth and neither stcky not crumbly
  6. Form the dough into a ball and let it sit for atleast 30 minutes.
  7. Divide the dough into 8 sections and roll into balls.
  8. Place each ball between two pieces or parchment paper or plastic and flatten each ball into a thin 1/8 inch thick circle.
  9. Preheat oil in a large skillet.
  10. Carefully peel off the paper or plastic, and drop each circle into the hot oil.
  11. Cook each side for 1 minute until the tortillas start to puff.
  12. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil
  13. Cut each cooked tortilla into 4 segments and brush each side very lightly with oil. 
  14. Spread out the triangles on a baking sheet in a single layer, sprinkle with salt, and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees until crispy and golden.
  15. Allow chips to cool, and serve with guacamole.

Bon Appétit!

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{Liberty of London x Target Top, H&M Pleated Midi Skirt, Forever 21 Ring & Bangles, Dooney & Bourke Tote, Joe Fresh Shoes}

I’ve always been into ladylike dressing, and today’s outfit is pretty representative of my work uniform as of late: a pretty blouse (bonus points for frilly details like a ruffle or floral print… or BOTH!), a pleated midi skirt, and prissy shoes to match.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I picked these wonderful shoes at Joe Fresh for a song in the spring. And I’m still kicking myself for not scooping up more colors, because I’ve darned near run these things into the ground by wearing them so often!  Which is so funny, because I used to be a hoarder when it came to items I really loved.  I’d save them for “special occasions” for fear of wearing them out too soon.  Over the past few years, I’ve become quite the opposite.  If I find something I really like, I’ll wear it over and over again (and possibly get it in several colors if it’s really amazing).

And what about you guys? Do you save the things you love and only wear them occasion, or do you wear them every chance you get?

 


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{Zara Blazer, Forever 21 Yellow Dress (similar), Guess Shoes}

Yeah, I know tomorrow’s the 4th of July, and I should probably post the obligatory red, white, and blue ensemble, but…

Why should yellow be the lonely primary color left out of all the fun?!

Besides, sometimes a gal just likes to feel she’s walking on sunshine…


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