Friday, March 20, 2015

Spots & Dots

Here's a quick look at an outfit I wore over spring break.  Yes, I know.  I'm surrounded by snow.  Luckily the white stuff is gone most places, and spring is right around the corner.  For at least the past week some of the most beautiful bright flowers have been all over Instagram (including some of my own), reminding me that the season is changing.  Time to start swapping out those heavy winter knits for some light layers and my favorite spring accessories.    

How I really felt about this past winter...kidding, it could have been worse!

Striped Tee // Gap (similar)
Scotch Plaid Shirt // L.L. Bean
Ponte Pants // Celebrity Pink Jeans
Floral Gauze Scarf // Old Navy
Gloss Welly Boot // Hunter Boot

The scarf is much more voluminous than it seems from the way I wore it; the Old Navy website shows it much more accurately.  

And if I had them at the time, my outfit would have definitely included these adorable boot accents courtesy of Classic Legacy.  Although I've had enough of the snow, I wouldn't mind a rainy day here and there so I can wear these sweet little additions.  Check out all the other Accents by Classic Legacy for your rainboots, scarves, handbags and more.  Be sure to use the promo code "inspirationele" to get 10% off your order!  

Who else is ready to roll out their spring wardrobe?  


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tips // How to Dress Up Canned Soup

While most canned soups contain two servings, I've definitely ate both especially when I'm really hungry.  One trick that I've found to thicken up the pot and stretch one can to two meals is to add a cup of frozen vegetables.  Especially as a student when you're low on time and groceries, you can do wonders with a can of soup.  Of course freshly cooked meals with fresh ingredients are ideal; however, there are things you can do like mixing in a bunch of veggies or adding a salad to make it a little bit healthier.  With creamy or gravy based soups, you can even fix it with a potato, or serve it over rice.  I usually don't add any extra salt since canned food usually has enough.  Adding a little fresh cracked pepper or green onion to top it off is all you need to spruce things up for a quick and easy meal.  

I'm sure they sell this many places, but I found this one at Target.  Fresh cracked pepper is one of my favorite toppings.  It really does give food a different taste!

What tips or tricks do you use to whip up a meal in a crunch?  Recipes are welcome! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Favorites // Accessories


Floral Scarf // Old Navy
Leather Tote // J.Crew
Casual Sneaker // Nike 

Here's a few of my spring staples.  After months of the winter cold, the bright colors that come along with warm weather are just what I need.  You don't need much to transition between the seasons.  Swap in a bright floral scarf like this one for the chunky knits, or trade heavy boots for a light pair of tennis shoes.  I've been looking for a pair of casual non-gym sneakers for a while, and I really like this pair.  They have a few pops of color, but they're mostly neutral which gives more versatility than an all black or neon colored pair.  I don't know if I'm the only one, but something doesn't completely feel right about wearing lighter brown leather when it's cold.  I was lucky enough to get this one sale with a gift card, but you can find a similar more affordable option here.  With the "warm" weather we've had lately, I've found myself reaching for this classic cognac piece more and more.  

What are your spring staples?

Check out my full list of accessory essentials here.

Friday, March 13, 2015

REX 1516

The sweet potato home fries were out of this world.  Really. This pretty much sums up my experience at Rex 1516, the South Street Southern-inspired restaurant.  Always looking for new places for us to try, J found this spot and we gave it a try for brunch on Valentine's Day.  Yes, they offer a unique spin on Bananas Foster French toast made with slices of banana bread.  It comes with butter rum bananas and cinnamon-pecan butter.  J and I both ordered this and were barely able to finish our plates.  It was hearty to say the least, heavy to say the most.   It's definitely the kind of dish you have to take your time with, so it doesn't hit you all at once.  While it was tasty and satisfied my growing taste for banana bread, it still doesn't compare (as nothing will) to the Brioche French toast here; however, in my growing rank of Philadelphia French toast, the novelty of it makes it better than average.  I also ordered a side of Benton's Bacon.  I don't know who Benton is; if I thought about it when I ordered I would have asked, but when it was served it looked and tasted like regular 'ole griddle fried bacon.  Now on to the star of the show.  

Again the sweet potato breakfast potatoes were out. of. this. world.  I'm really trying to ration my "best" complements, but I've never had sweet potatoes that taste so good.  While the menu suggests the choice between sweet potato or traditional breakfast potatoes, when I ordered them I didn't specify; however, I'm more than pleased with what was served.  I've never had sweet potato home fries, but with these I can find no fault.  While I haven't quite figured out the recipe, from what I can taste they kept it simple with the tiniest bit of onion and sea salt.  Either way they were pure magic, fit for a king.  

If the sweet potatoes alone weren't reason for me to return, my attention is sparked by a few other menu offerings, including Shrimp and Grits, Pork Neck Rigatoni, and Smoked Briskett (complete with sweet potato latkes!).  I'd also be up for trying their take on Southern staples, corn bread and collards.

And of course my favorite companion {dining and otherwise}.

One last thing about this restaurant.  You can't get lost, because the address is in the name.  Check out more about Rex 1516 and their menus here

What's your favorite spot for brunch or comfort food?  I'd love to hear about your experience if you've tried this or any of my other city love restaurants!  


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Continuing along with my trip to the Brooklyn Museum, here's a little look at some of the outrageous yet beautiful pieces in the Killer Heels collection.  While some of the pieces are barely even wearable, the artistry, work and detail that went into each piece is remarkable.  

Fortunately J and I visited the museum just in time to see this exhibit before it ended at the Brooklyn Museum, but there's still time to see it as it tours a few other locations.

Get more information on the collection's next stop here

Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring Forward

Back to reality.  After a little over a week of relaxing, spending some time with J and my family, it's time to finish out my first year of medical school.  As excited as I am about the spring weather and more daylight, it's a little scary to think how fast the time will go by.  As much as I love a fresh start, I feel like there is already so much to do with completing course requirements and settling summer plans.  As stressful as it gets to think about it all at once, I know everything will work out.  I'm taking things one day at a time and looking forward to figuring out how to make time for a few little projects along the way.  Stick around for more posts on what I've been up to lately, tips and style.

Have a great week!

P.s. you can find the beaded sandals here!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Plaid and Leather

Here's a look at what I wore last Saturday when J and I took a little trip to the Brooklyn Museum.  I've had most of these pieces for a while, continuing to find ways to remix existing pieces.  With this blustery Northeast winter that definitely involves layering!    

This look includes a few pieces I consider to be style staples for accessories, basic pieces to simplify your wardrobe yet achieve many different looks.  These include a plaid scarf, ankle boots, casual tote, and gold watch. 

Embellished Sweater (J.Crew)
Chambray Shirt (Old Navy)
Blanket Scarf (Target) - great styling tutorial here
Skinny Ponte Knit Pants - an old favorite (Celebrity Pink Jeans)
Chelsea Booties (Gap)
Textured Faux-Leather Tote - a new favorite (Old Navy)
Georgia Three-Hand Leather Watch - same style (Fossil)
Bracelet (Alex and Ani)

Stay tuned for more bits of our trip to the Brooklyn Museum captured by J's great photography, including a look at some Killer Heels, Michael Jackson on a horse, and 
one of the most important art exhibits of our time.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

It's the most dangerous place on Earth.  Target.  We've all fallen victim.  You go there for toothpaste and leave with a new scarf.  You go for toilet paper and leave with new pillows or nail polish.  Naturally knowing this, I made a post finals trip there to buy some blank note cards from the "Dollar Spot" and found the cutest glass jar.  The only problem was the price.  I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but I just can't justify spending $3 for something I throw away all the time.  Then I realized I probably already have a kitchen full of solutions for my organization needs.

A sucker for pretty packaging, this Harney & Son's Tea comes in a beautiful metal tin perfect for reusing.  This is exactly why I purchased it months ago.  Not only is the tea one of my favorites, but the container has become perfect for storing loose bags.  I'd been saving the pint container from some Talenti sorbetto (cleaned well with soap and water); this was just the right size for my Washi tape collection.  This made me look at the empty jar of Tikka Masala sauce I had.  I thought the slender jar may come in handy for something, and I was right.  It's the perfect width and height for storing paper straws in the cabinet.  So, if I can leave you with any organization tip it's to start with what you have.  You may not even need to look past the kitchen "trash" to find everyday solutions without spending an extra dime.

What are some of your organization tips and tricks?
Leave them in the comments below!

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