Summer Spaces

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LEAGRAVE collection


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KERRY JOYCE pillows


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BEN SOLEIMANI diamante rug


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CARDIFF lanterns

It may be safe to say that Summer is upon us here in Minnesota! To me this is the time where everyone is ready to start getting back outside and enjoy the warmer weather. It all starts with a great space to either be around yourself or to have together when friends and family are over.

Here I have taken just a few great pieces from Restoration Hardware to start a sophisticated beachy space. With the printed blue colored rug and pillows give off a sense of the beach. Where then the furniture design and finish along with the lanterns bring a more sophisticated look.

I hope this can bring some inspiration to start off your entertaining for the summer!

xo, G

LEGRAVE collection – https://tinyurl.com/n32ghyy

KERRY JOYCE pillows – https://tinyurl.com/ky5lhyu

BEN SOLEIMANI rug – https://tinyurl.com/kmbjsfc

CARDIFF lanterns – https://tinyurl.com/mvtznqa

*Not a sponsored post and all pictures are from RH.com

 

 

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Nordstrom Favorites for Spring

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GIBSON Ruffled Top 

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CUSHNIE ET OCHS Pencil Skirt 

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KATE SPADE NEW YORK Crossbody

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SOPRANO Bell Sleeve Top

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DEE ELLY Skater Dress 

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SOLE SOCIETY Satchel

 

It’s almost Friday everyone! With warmer weather on its way, I thought I would share some fun pieces I came across online over at Nordstrom!

This blush and white blouse would pair great with the skirt above, or even a pair of jeans for a more casual look. I have been seeing lace all over lately as well. I think the blue dress would be perfect for any spring time occasion. And of course a new handbag can always be put to good use. The pale blue and blushed colored handbags would fit with any of the pieces above!

Hope this can bring you some inspiration for your Springtime wardrobe! Everything is linked in text.

xo, G

Spring Time Brunch

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Welcome Spring!! Once March comes around and the weather starts to finally warm up a bit, I find it the perfect time to have family and friends over. Hosting brunch is one of my favorite ways to entertain my family and friends. Today I wanted to share a coffee cake recipe I came across and an egg bake that I made up the other day when I had a few of my girlfriends over!

I hope you all can find time this spring to get together with family and friends! Thanks for stopping by, xo G

Spinach, Sausage and Goat Cheese Egg Bake 

  • 8-10 eggs
  • 2 TBSP of milk
  • 1/4 cup of spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mild Italian sausage, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of goat cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk eggs and milk together. Stir in spinach, sausage and cheese. You can always add more of whatever you’d like. If the mixture needs more thinning, add another splash of milk. Bake at 350ºF for about 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. It will depend on how thick your egg bake is.

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffee Cake –  http://www.marthastewart.com/965160/cinnamon-streusel-coffee-cake

Baking dishes from TJMaxx (similar ones linked)goo.gl/TtgqBR, goo.gl/4F5wxb 

Rose gold flatware and plates from Target (similar) – goo.gl/CmVog1, goo.gl/N2ymvA, goo.gl/d7KMfX, goo.gl/TyQ9Ki

Footed glass dishes from Crate and Barrel – goo.gl/zCVM9s

Yellow napkins from Pier1 Imports (similar) – goo.gl/yHy5Yz, goo.gl/JsklrN 

Friday Night Taquitos

taquido-1taquido-2taquido-3 It’s Friday!! At the end of the week I’m always looking for something quick and easy to make for dinner, and I’ve usually given up on cooking healthy. These taquitos fall right under that category! You may feel less guilty about the flour tortilla and cream cheese mixture though if you pair these with mexican quinoa. Check out that recipe I posted awhile back.

Let’s get started on putting these together! I find it easiest to boil the chicken, let it cool slightly and then transfer it to a standing mixer. Use your paddle attachment to shred the chicken, trust me it works! Then you add the cream cheese, shredded cheese and green chiles. You can also add hot sauce if you’d like. I’ve also made taquitos with green onions and a little bit of garlic powder when I’ve been out of green chiles, and they’ve tasted just as great!

I used about 1/4 cup of the mixture per tortilla and got about 8 or so taquitos with having around 3 cups of shredded chicken. I tend to eyeball a lot of things when cooking. I didn’t measure exactly how much chicken I had, but the recipe below gives exact measurements! Instead of frying these as the recipe I found said, I baked my taquitos at 375°F for about 10 minutes, or just until crispy and slightly golden.

Hope you enjoy! xo, G

Recipe for Chicken, Peppers and Cream Cheese Taquitos

  • 3 cups of shredded chicken
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of hot sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 (4.5 ounces) cans of chopped green chiles [I didn’t use this much, depending on how spicy you want them and how much chicken you do shred you may want to use less]
  • flour tortillas

adapted from tablespoon.com – http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/chicken-peppers-and-cream-cheese-taquitos/6a1dad3c-3698-4520-ad4e-d46be4c1433a

Mexican Quinoa – https://stylinglifebyg.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/mexican-quinoa/

Color Correcting Concealers

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Hello and happy Thursday!

It has been awhile since I have been on here, but today I wanted to share a great find I bought at TJMaxx over the holiday season. I’m not a huge makeup guru and don’t get into all the technicalities of makeup, meaning there is no contour in my life. I am now changed though after using these color correcting foundations. I’ve been mostly  impressed by the yellow color for under my eyes, the green for any redness, and the purple for if my skin is looking dull in certain areas. I tried using the brush and blenders it came with, but they didn’t work at all, so I’ve honestly just been using my finger. Again I’m not in the loop with fancy brushes, but may have to find something to use soon. The consistency of the foundations are too thick to use with a beauty blender. Let me know if anyone has a suggestion!

Unfortunately I could not find this exact Ellen Tracy pallete online. I did find a couple color correcting palletes on Ulta.com! I know once I use this one all up I’ll be going out to try the NYX pallete, L’Oréal pallete or even the Maybelline color correcting concealer.

Here are the links, thanks for stopping by! xo G

NYX – http://www.ulta.com/color-correcting-concealer?productId=xlsImpprod12011171

L’Oréal – http://www.ulta.com/infallible-total-cover-color-correcting-kit?productId=xlsImpprod15361139

Maybelline – http://www.ulta.com/cover-stick-yellow-concealer?productId=prod2050786

Styling Thanksgiving

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

With Thanksgiving coming up soon I thought I would bring you all some inspiration for a table scape! Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons, next to winter, and decorating for it is even better. One of my favorite places to shop for home decor and dinnerware is Pier 1 Imports. They have some really beautiful pieces out right now, and they were too good not to share!

*all photos are from pier1.com, not a sponsored post*

To start the white and gilded pumpkin bowls are a must! Thinking outside the usual Thanksgiving meal and having soup as a starter might be a fun new tradition. I also found a matching charger and napkin ring set to add some sophistication to your table. The leaf patterned napkin caught my eye right away and alternating with a solid color is a really fun look!

Next I love to set a center focal point or look to a table. Pier 1 has these great gold acorn tealights that would be perfect scattered throughout the middle of the table. I would do two for every foot of space you want to fill on your table.

Cake stands for each end of your table are a great way to showcase Thanksgiving pies or treats and to also add height to the look. You always want to make sure you have some dimension when styling your home. Whether that be a table scape, bookshelf or bedroom nightstand.

To tie the center of the table together, garland is an excellent touch. Intertwining it throughout the acorns and cake stands gives it a more cohesive look. Not only do I enjoy making a dining table look festive, I also love to bring in some fall pillows. If your furniture is neutral enough, changing out the pillows each season can bring an easy fresh new look to your space.

I hope you found this useful, comment with any questions you may have. I’d be happy to help with any design questions! Wishing you all a safe, happy and fulfilling holiday season!

xo, G

Mexican Quinoa

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Recipe Linked Below 

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Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since my last post and I’ve been meaning to share this great recipe I came across at the end of summer. It was the perfect change to the typical taco night at our house. Don’t let the quinoa scare you either! I know it’s not the most popular grain people choose, but in this dish you hardly know it’s there, and it’s such a lighter option rather than using rice. This is one to try! 🙂

I know fall is right around the corner but this recipe is perfect any time of the year. You use canned beans, corn and diced tomatoes. The avocados, limes and cilantro may be hard to find but the avocados and limes can easily be substituted for sour cream and bottled lime juice. If you can’t find the cilantro in fall or winter months you’ll be fine omitting it. I’ll leave the recipe and link to it from the website I found this on!

Go check it out, you know you want to!

xo, G

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (I omitted this and still thought it was great)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet (make sure you have a deep skillet or just make it in a large pot, that’s what I did!) over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper (your broth may be salty enough so watch out), to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice (I left this on the side in wedges for people to taste themselves) and cilantro.
  3. Serve immediately.

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

 

Best of the Best – Room Perfume

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Bath & Body Works Room Perfume

 

Hello everyone! I have to share with you the greatest room freshener that you are EVER going to come across. Seriously it really is the best of the best and I’m telling you to head out to your nearest Bath and Body Works now!

This air perfume, as they call it, will brighten up a room with ONE pump. I emphasize on the one because it can get really strong and then it doesn’t smell as good! Although they are little they will last awhile being that you only need so little of it. I just picked these two up a couple days ago (2 for $11), but there are SO many more options! I wanted to buy all the new fall scents but had to stop myself from going too crazy! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, XO G

Adrienne Vittadini Charging Wristlet

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Portable Charging Wristlet

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Power Pack

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Red Light = Fully Charged

I’m so excited to share this wristlet! It was a no brainer to purchase after finding it’s also a portable charger. I found this at T.J.Maxx in my town and hope you can find one at your store too. Hurry before they’re gone! There was a tan, purple and blush pink color available.

As you can tell the power pack buttons in so you can don’t always have to have it in the wristlet. You know it is fully charged when you see a red light as it is plugged into an outlet. The wristlet came with a little “instruction” sheet with little tips about the power pack.

I recommend trying to find this wristlet somewhere because it makes so much sense! It’s nice and small so you’re not having to deal with a large charger. Plus the price I paid at T.J.Maxx was way less than if I would have bought a wristlet AND portable charger. Go check out your local T.J.Maxx to hopefully score a great deal too!

Here’s to being fully charged everyday of the week! 🙂

XO, G

https://www.amazon.com/Adrienne-Vittadini-Charging-AroundWristlet/dp/B01IU3HLNC

Fun Weeknight Dinner Idea

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Turkey Club Recipe

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Hello to Monday! I know some people want to say goodbye to Mondays as soon as they wake up, but there are ways you can brighten them up! To me creating fun food can enliven the day. 🙂

I’m sure most of you have seen the “pizza roll” or “pizza rose” idea all over the internet. I decided to change it up a bit and do it using a favorite pizza recipe in my house, Turkey Club. I did make the pepperoni and salami ones as well though! I’ll have exactly what you need down below for the Turkey Club recipe at the end.

This concept is super easy, especially if you go with a store-bought crust! A homemade one would work but the Pillsbury one didn’t stretch back on me like a homemade one would. Basically all you do is roll out the crust a little thinner and then cut it into about 1-2 inch strips. You then layer the sauce, cheese, any small toppings and then the meat to hold everything underneath in place. Then you just roll them up!

Something as simple as changing up the way you make a certain meal can make dinner fun and exciting! Everyone loves pizza and it’s hard to get bored with it but who doesn’t love a twist on things? These could also be a great thing for the kids to get involved with in the kitchen.

Here’s to happier week night meals! XO, G

Turkey Club Pizza

– sauce: mayonnaise and lemon zest – toppings: basil, tomatoes, bacon bits, ham and turkey – mozzarella cheese