Thursday, January 30, 2014

January Additions

This has been a pretty light month for shopping, and as much as I'd like to start tackling my wishlist this is a nice change of pace from my last few months of spending.  This month I've added a much needed skinny black patent belt.  The one I currently have is 4 years+ old, which wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't literally falling a part.  Even though the replacement belt is over $20 more than the original, which only cost $2 bucks at a discount shoe store, I consider this to be a wardrobe basic.  It's also a piece that I'll wear so often I'll definitely get my money's worth.  As for the jewelry, I've purged a ton of old things I no longer wear, and these are just some sweet additions.  The monogrammed earrings were a total steal, only $3.50 to start with, and I ended up getting them with a coupon and free shipping.  I've never had a white necklace before, and while I thought this piece would look beautiful in the summer, I'm looking forward to see how I can incorporate it into outfits all year.  Finally, I'll be picking up the unpictured Zara dress from the store in a few days, and I hope it fits well.  I'd like to get a few more casual dresses that I can dress up for work.

2014, here we go: 

American Eagle Monogram 'E' Earrings - $2.90 (here)
Zara Ribbed Grey Dress $19.99
Factory J.Crew Cameo Chandelier Necklace - $24.50 (here)
Factory J.Crew Superskinny Patent Belt - $18.50 (here)

+7.88 shipping and tax

Total = $73.77

Solid Merona Scarf (Target)
J. Crew Star Necklace
Zip Back Sweater in Raspberry Splash (Loft)
Animal Jacquard Knit Pencil Skirt (Loft)

Again, this month I've been blessed with some lovely new pieces, including this lovely star necklace I've been eyeballing since before Christmas! Thanks Mom!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar

Back in November, I stopped by Harvest Seasonal Grill with the beau, and I must say it was a pleasant surprise.  This is a great place for casual dining that's a bit more upscale, and the menu is full of farm fresh and local ingredients.  I ordered the Cedar Roasted Atlantic Salmon (with Asparagus, Baby Carrots and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes).  I felt the portions were modest, but somehow the meal managed to be filling.  Everything was seasoned well and was really fresh; this made the price more justifiable.  J had the Coq Au Vin (Seared Organic Chicken Breast, Pearl Onions, Pancetta, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Merlot Sauce).  As usual I tasted a bit of what he ordered, and I thought it was even better.  I'm talking clean your plate, scrape your plate to get every inch of the sauce good.  This was my first time having this dish anywhere, and it's something I definitely want to try to make in the future.  It's definitely a good cold weather dish.

Harvest is definitely a place to try if you're in the area.  The food was good and so was the service.  Just one warning: beware of crafty waiters who will try to entice you with a tray of delicious desserts at the end of your meal without your request.  They will be delicious, made with layers of fruit, chocolates, cake, and rich creams.  We fell for the trap.  Luckily, the portions were small and just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without being too heavy; we ordered the banana cream pie and an Oreo-cheesecake like dessert.  Keep in mind that the menu is seasonal, and the food is farm fresh.  This restaurant also has an extensive wine and spirits menu which includes some pretty creative sounding cocktails, like the Grandma's Candy Dish.
Things I'd like to try on my next trip: 
Asian Barbeque Chicken Skewers
Wood Grilled Shrimp and Grits 
Local Farms Cheese Plate
Bison Meatloaf

Been here before?  Any other recommendations for farm fresh restaurants (in any city)?

Photo Credit: JRY3 Photography

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Loft Looks: January New Arrivals

Here's my favorite picks of the Loft new arrivals.  They really have some lovely pieces out that can be worn so many ways throughout the year.  The embroidered clover shirt may be a great alternative to the polka dot shirt I've been seeking.  Let's see how good the sales are to me.


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Sunday, January 5, 2014

flour·ish /ˈfləriSH/

It's funny how the end of the year always brings about reflection, a time for looking back at lessons learned, moments of joy, losses, gains, and things to come.  I don't think I could ever capture the fullness of 2013 in words.  A year that started off with me knowing what the year would not bring was also a year full of surprises and grace for the year to come; a year in which I truly learned what it meant to be given beauty for ashes.

So what are my resolutions, my firm and purposeful decisions for the upcoming year?  As if there aren't enough lists out there, here's one more.  With less than 360 days left, I resolve:
1. To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive
2. To do or fare well; prosper
3. To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence
4. To make bold, sweeping movements
In one word: to flourish.

I am thankful for those who have been on this journey with me and for all those to come, and I hope that all who endeavor to do the same will see the fulfillment of their wildest dreams!  

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