Friday, October 31, 2014

Hooray! A Winner!

Braids & Glasses! Please contact me at inspirationeleblog@gmail, so I can send you your treats!  Have a great weekend, and stayed tuned for fresh posts and more giveaways!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall into the Gap

Lately my style has been pretty casual, since school doesn't have a dress code except for patient encounters and labs; however, I always feel a little better, a little more focused when I put the tiniest bit of effort into what I'm wearing (more than leggings and a sweater).  Since I haven't done a style post in a while, I figured I'd jump back into the swing of things by sharing a few of the pieces I've been wearing most lately.  Comfort and versatility are two of the factors that have been driving my evolving personal style, and these pieces definitely fit that.  Here's a few of my fall favorites from the Gap:   

 Cozy Plaid Scarf in Vintage Navy (here)
I have two other Gap scarves from previous years in the same style but in super bright holiday colors, so I'm glad to finally have one in a more neutral palette.  This scarf is seriously like wearing a blanket around your neck, and it's worth every penny.  

 Chelsea Boots in Worker Brown (here)
Brown ankle booties have been on my wardrobe wishlist for a while, but I haven't been able to find a nice pair for my size 10 feet.  I was surprised when I saw them in store, and they fit like a glove.  They're not Madewell, but they're madewell.  I wear them with regular socks, and they don't irritate the sides of my feet when walking or wearing them for an extended period of time.  I'm looking forward to wearing them as much as possible throughout the season before I have to hide the pretty suede from the snow and ice.

 1969 Always Skinny Cords in Palomino Brown (here)
The Always Skinny jean has been a long time staple.  I live in the same two pairs of jeans and black jeggings, so I was glad to add these classic cords to my rotation.  Cords are a seasonal staple that the Gap does right.  If you're looking for a way to change up your look from the typical blue or black jean, these are a great alternative that come in a variety of neutral and fall colors.

All of these pieces were purchased during a 40% off sale, so I definitely recommend checking back frequently because the Gap is always running a good promotion!

What are some of your fall favorites?

Linking up with WIW

Friday, October 24, 2014

High Five For Friday: Seize the Day

This flannel.

This tote.

This song.

This quote:

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common – this is my symphony." -William Henry Channing

This day.  Seize it

Have a great weekend guys!
I'll be back next week with more goodies,
and if you haven't already be sure to enter the giveaway :-)

Friday Favorites // High Five For Friday

Monday, October 20, 2014

{Fine Finds} Scalloped Shell Bowl

A few months ago I went to Pier1 Imports looking for a spoon rest.  I ended up leaving with that as well as two of these porcelain dishes, and they've quickly become two of my favorite household items.  I'm sure these little bowls were made for seasonings and sauces, but I've found just about every use for them under the sun.  For less than $2 each these sweet little dishes were worth every penny considering how often I use them (daily).

As we already know I have a thing for ring dishes, and these little bowls can definitely be used that way, but I've found them especially useful in the kitchen.  It's the perfect way to save a sliced lemon or lime.  I just turn it cut side down, and it keeps it fresh without any other wrapping.  It's great for sauces, seasonings, and portioning snack dips like peanut butter or Nutella.  I also use it for holding tea bags.  Since I usually try to get several cups from one bag, this little dish is the perfect size for holding it.

Not only are they functional, but the scalloped rim is such a pretty detail.  I can easily see myself buying a few for gifting, especially at the price point.  They would look great stacked and wrapped up in some burlap with ribbon.  Just an idea ;-)

What are some of your fine finds?  Have any kitchen must haves?


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting


I don't like carrot cake, but I love this carrot cupcake cake.  Seriously, ever have a bad experience with a food and never touch it again?  I can't say that I ever had a "bad" experience with carrot cake, but I've just never found one that I liked until this one.  J's mom was sweet enough to make my mom and I a couple boxes of carrot cake cupcakes.  After one bite, I found that one just wasn't enough.  Even my dad couldn't keep his hands off of them.  So of course, when I find something good I want to share it, so I asked Mrs. Y for the recipe.  Not only did she give me the recipe, but she was also kind enough to whip up this little review to share with you guys.  If you don't make the cake right now, you'll definitely want to save the recipe for later.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this recipe is perfect for the season!

"What better way to enjoy the fall season than to have a delectable dessert!  This cupcake is heavenly, spicy, tasty, yummy and moist.  This is the recipe of Loren Avellino winner of “The Chew Tank” contest.  This is Loren’s way of sharing carrot cake without having to cut it.  If you are watching your calories, this is the recipe for you without forfeiting a delicious taste.  I substituted the unsweetened apple sauce for regular apple sauce.  I did use Neufchatel cream cheese for the frosting; but if you don’t mind the calories you can use regular cream cheese.  The frosting is delightful.  The bottom line is you will not be disappointed, if you like carrot cake.  Don’t forget to share.  Happy Baking!"

Let me know what you think if you try the recipe!
What are some of your favorite fall recipes?

Photos: These photos almost didn't happen.  This was the last cupcake.  The other's didn't make it.  They were that good.

Linking up with Delicious Dish Tuesday and Handmade Tuesdays


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Zavino Wine Bar and Pizzeria

A few weekends ago I traveled into the city for a little day break.  I picked up some new candles at Bath and Body Works, got some fresh donuts, scored a ton of fresh fruit and vegetables for $8, and caught a movie.  It was amazing, a much needed break from my daily routine.  Earlier that day, I also tried a new [to me] restaurant.

I've never been a huge fan of sausage pizza, but something told me to give it a try and I'm definitely glad I did.  Compared to the heavy chunks of greasy meat I've had before, the crumbled sausage on "The Joey" was perfect, and the chili flakes gave it a nice kick.  The ingredients were all very fresh, and the service was quick.  Next time I visit I want to try "The Polpettini" (with ricotta stuffed veal sausage) and "The Diavolo" (with sopressata, a salami). 

Margherita (Mozzarella, Crushed Tomato, Basil)
The Joey (Berkshire Pork Sausage, Mozzarella, Crushed Tomato, Spinach, 
Garlic, Chili Flakes, Provolone)

The gentlemen next to us ordered the most delicious looking meat tray and pizza overflowing with greens.  I don't know exactly what's hidden beneath that forest, but it looked amazing.

Zavino is the kind of place I recommend for happy hour or catching up with a few friends, as there is something for everyone.  There's a variety of boards and pizza for sharing as well as small plates to full meals depending on your level of hunger.  I'm not really into happy hour since I don't drink alcohol, and the drink specials are usually better than the food.  I prefer good food over a good drink, but I could easily be happy here with all of the dishes and trays for me to choose from.  And of course, as the name implies there is plenty of "vino" to choose from; Zavino has a full beer and wine menu including cocktails and drink specials.

Interested in visiting Zavino?  Check out more of their menu and location information here.  And as if you needed more convincing, there's a gelato shop across the street.  Do it. 

What's your favorite pizza (or any) restaurant?  I don't know exactly where or when, but I see travel in my future, and I'd love to keep your city picks on file!  

 Have a great week!  

Linking up with Biana and Meghan

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hooray!!! {A Giveaway}

Hey!!! Guess what?  Someone has a birthday today, and that someone is me!  I've officially reached the quarter century mark (25 years old), and guess how I'm spending it?  In the books!  Yup med school and life doesn't stop for anyone, but in spite of the work that has quickly accumulated since just last week, I can't imagine doing anything else.  I "celebrated" my birthday this weekend, and I'm happy to say I got just what I wanted.  A little bit of fall shopping with mom and a fridge full of food.  How practical right?  But I'm happy.  As a special thanks to all of my readers, I thought this would be the perfect time to host a little giveaway for you to celebrate with me.  One lucky reader will receive the following:

...and my personal favorites, yes better than the J.Crew earrings:

These are mine, you'll get a nice new packaged set still in the plastic :-)  

So how do you enter?  You'll receive one entry for each of the following (4 entries max):

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Whether you already follow the blog, or you're just joining in on the fun, comment below to let me know where you follow that way I can count your entry.  Make sure to comment separately for each place you follow, so I can count each one (one entry per comment).  The giveaway will end October 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM.  I'll announce the winner on October 31st; it'll be a treat for sure!

I hope you're all enjoying the beginning of fall, and stay tuned for some reviews, recipes, and outfit posts right around the corner!  Have a great week! 

"Seeking a life inspired and sharing it along the way." --Ele

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