I always love an excuse to buy a holiday themed dress. Not only is it fun to get into the spirit of holidays, but who doesn’t love an excuse for a new dress? I don’t have any plans this year for Valentine’s Day as of yet, but even if I end up having dessert and a glass of wine with my girlfriends, I’ll definitely take advantage of the opportunity to get dolled up in pink and red!
What started as a sale purchase at Bloomingdale’s has turned into a full-blown love affair. I bought a pair of Dolce Vita boots a little over a year ago for the fall, and quickly began to live in them. Shortly thereafter, I found a pair of brogues on sale, and scooped those up too. Well, and then I started to live in those. And now? I added a pair of metallic heels. And you guessed it, they are now my favorite pair of heels in my closet. Keeping track? Dolce Vita: 3 – Alex: 0.
Dolce Vita shoes are by far the most comfortable shoes I own. And I’m legit not being paid to say that. I’m wearing my brogues as I write this, planning on going out for the night in them. My boots will make an appearance this week at work, and I swear, I’ve been planning outfits around the metallic heels. I can’t wait to scoop up another few pairs!
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Last week, I shared my morning routine on the blog, and I mentioned that I try to start every day with a smoothie (whether I really like to or not). I’ve shared a few of my favorite smoothie recipes on the blog before (here, and here), but this is my go-to, every day, always have the ingredients on hand smoothie.
One of my favorite “diet” tips is pretty simple, try to eat the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. I know it sounds absurd, but there are so many days where I don’t get my recommended intake. And generally, if I focus on getting that intake, I’m usually too full to eat much else, so it’s a simple technique I’ve stuck with over the years. With this smoothie, you end up getting 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables, which means your already halfway there! And trust me, this smoothie recipe keeps you full for hours until lunch!
Everyday Smoothie (makes 1):
- 1/2 cup frozen berries (I use a pre-packaged blend, or if I have leftover frozen berries, I’ll use those)
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1/2 cup coconut water or plain water if you prefer
- Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth, enjoy!
My closet has become pretty simple recently. I wear a lot of denim, patterned blouses, and heels. Have you heard the theory that geniuses wear the same thing every day to remove choice from their lives? Yeah, this must mean I’m a genius, right?
Okay, not really. Montana is really cold, and honestly, it’s not exactly the fashion capital that NYC was. But I’m not complaining. I love having a closet full of simple staple pieces that make it easier for me to make fashionable and comfortable decisions in the morning. I found this Nanette Lepore blouse on eBay in the fall and I love that the monochromatic floral pattern makes it easily wearable in any season. And the shape is great, because let’s be real, I definitely put on a few delicious holiday pounds, and the boxy shape of the blouse manages to be both flattering, while hiding any extra weight.
I got my first pair of glasses at age five. I remember bursting into tears in the doctor’s office wailing “we’re going to be the glasses family!”
Yup, I was quite the child. And while my parents were awesome and took it in stride, I think they always felt guilty for that, so in turn, I usually could pick out whatever pair of glasses I wanted. And naturally, I had expensive taste.
Looking back, I can’t believe how expensive most glasses are, and now that it’s my own dollar dollar bills going to glasses, I always look for a great deal.
So when Firmoo asked me if I wanted to try a pair of their glasses, I jumped at the chance. I was overwhelmed by the amount of affordable frames they had, and when they arrived I was definitely not disappointed. I thought the glasses might feel like they were poor quality, or be ill fitting, but I LOVE them. I took a risk ordering cat-eye style glasses with tortoiseshell frames, but I feel so chic and put together when I put them on that I haven’t stopped wearing them in the office.