Anthropology crop pants for Fall

It was about two weeks ago that I was in Anthropology checking out their sale items when I found these cropped wide leg pants.  I purchased the pants in a size 27, knowing they were a bit snug and hoped that I could order a larger size online.  I ordered a size 28 and these pants fit this pear shaped gal perfectly.

Note: These $118.00 dollar pants are now on sale for $39.95. Good size selection available.

Crop wide leg pants by Hei Hei from Anthropology (sold out)

Crop wide leg pants by Hei Hei from Anthropology

The Off We Go tee that I’m wearing is from ModCloth and I’ve worn it before here.  I love how the graphics on the tee go well with the rusty orange color of the pants.

Off We Go tee (ModCloth) | Necklace (Stitch Fix)

Off We Go tee (ModCloth) | Necklace (Stitch Fix)

Last weekend I purchased a cute pair of black sandals from DSW, but my left foot kept moving around in the sandal so I returned them.  That’s when I realized that I should just buy what works and I purchased the second pair of the Bare Traps Royce Sandals in black.  Go with what works, right?

Royce Sandals by Bare Traps (Famous Footwear also at Macy's)

Royce Sandals by Bare Traps (Famous Footwear – all sizes available in black)

I really enjoyed the recent rainy day earlier this week.  The rain cooled down the temperature a bit and made me realize that I am so ready for Fall.

Cheers,
Monica

Link up:  Alice, Happiness At Mid Life, Nicole: High Latitude Style

Let the accessory do the talkin’

J Lo Necklace (no longer available) | Macy's

J Lo Necklace | Macy’s (no longer available)

Sunday always seems to be an errand day.  My husband returned from sailing in Santa Barbara on Saturday evening and he is leaving Monday morning for Singapore.  We need to compress a lot of errands into an 8 hr day so I don’t have much time to dress up all fancy. Keeping it simple, I threw on a plain top and capri jeans, but added a unique necklace to dress up a rather ordinary outfit.

This necklace has been in my jewelry drawer forever.  The necklace is from the Jennifer Lopez collection when Macy’s carried her line.  J Lo items are now available at Kohl’s.

Other Southwestern style necklaces:

Sleeveless tee (TJ Maxx) | Worn jean capri's (ancient!) | Sandals (Famous Footwear)

Sleeveless tee (TJ Maxx) | Worn jean capri’s (ancient!) | Sandals (Famous Footwear)

The sandals that I’m wearing are the BareTraps Royce Sandals from Famous Footwear.  I wore the sandals here and they turned out to be so comfortable that I purchased a second pair in black.  Sizes are limited on the Famous Footwear site, but you can still get these sandals at Macy’s.  The sandals are called Bare Traps Rylan Sandals in the cognac color.

It has been the most fabulous summer here in San Diego – can you believe summer is almost over?  Are you looking forward to fall?

Cheers,
Monica

Oribe Cult Classic Collection Review

Oribe Cult Classic Collection | Birchbox

Oribe Cult Classic Collection | Birchbox

Two weeks ago I purchased the Oribe Cult Classic Collection from Birchbox.  I’ve heard a lot of hype about the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, but I didn’t want to pay $42 for the 8.5 oz can in case I didn’t like it.  So the sample set for $41 seemed like a better way to go.  At least I’d get to try out the shampoo & conditioner and if I didn’t like the texturing spray, a small size product can easily be used up.

I stared with the shampoo & conditioner and I thought these products were ok.  I’d use the shampoo & conditioner two days then swap it out for something else.  I found that I’d rather use my Pantene Daily Moisture shampoo & conditioner than the Oribe products.  That pretty much says a lot.  The Oribe shampoo & conditioner are nothing special and I wouldn’t purchase the full size.  If I’m going to spend money on shampoo & conditioner, then I’m purchasing Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing shampoo & conditioner – Alterna is worth the money :-)

On to the texturizing spray which is something special.  I purchased the texturing spray to help boost my very flat second day hair.  I generously sprayed my roots in sections, then gave my hair a vigorous rub to fluff up my layers and I did get very nice fullness and volume.  I also love the fresh scent of the texturing spray which isn’t over-powering.

Some ladies consider this product a good substitute for dry shampoo, but I would say it’s a completely different product.  Dry shampoos leave my scalp itchy and my hair flat.  Oribe Dry Texturing Spray doesn’t irritate my scalp and gives my hair fullness.  I’d like to purchase the full size; however, $42 is quite a bit of money to pay for a hair product.  So I think I’ll check out a few dupes like Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Texture & Volume Spray ($24) and Garnier Fructis Texture Tease ($3.49) before splurging on the Oribe texturizing spray.

Cheers,
Monica

A blazer, jeans shorts and heels

This post is inspired by 9 Ways to Wear Denim Shorts from the Stitch Fix blog.  I looked at all nine outfits and most seemed easy and typical ways to dress up denim shorts except No. 8. I was curious to see if I could dress up my Tommy Hilfiger shorts with a blazer and heels.

Can I pull this look off?

Look No. 8 from 9 Ways to Wear Denim Shorts | Stitch Fix

Look No. 8 from 9 Ways to Wear Denim Shorts | Stitch Fix

Here is my look:

Blazer, jean shorts, and heels

Blazer, jean shorts, and heels

Outfit Details:
Linen Blazer (old), Cute alternative – Kensie Three Quarter Sleeve Blazer
Ultimate V-Tee in Uniform Blue | Target
Tommy Hilfiger Shorts | Macy’s
Oval Links Layering Chain Necklace | Charming Charlie
Coach small handbag | Coach Outlet
Heels by Caparros (no longer available) | Cute alternative – Caparros Savoy Sandal

I think I did a decent job pulling this outfit together with items from my closet, but the big question is – Would I wear this out?  And the answer is, no.  If I was wearing a white pair of chino shorts instead of denim shorts, then yes.  While this outfit allowed me to see how cute dressier items can be with shorts, my preference for denim shorts is a simple pair of flip flops, casual wedges (as seen here) or tennis shoes.  Still, I’m always up for a wardrobe challenge so I’ll keep checking out the Stitch Fix Blog and see what else I can pull together :-)

Cheers,
Monica.

Summer outfit: White distressed shorts, crochet top, and sandals

Summer Outfit

Summer Outfit: Sandals (Target) | Top and Shorts (JC Penny)

It was my goal today to find an outdoor location to take a few photos.  I’ve always wanted to show case San Diego, but I’m shy about setting up a tripod and camera and posing for those obvious selfies. Today, I found a quiet spot, put my tripod on a picnic table and finally took a few photos in a more scenic location.  So much better than me standing in my back yard.

Location: Hospitality Point (near Mission Beach), San Diego, CA

Location: Hospitality Point (near Mission Bay), San Diego, CA

The shorts that I’m wearing are the roll cuff denim boyfriend shorts from the A.N.A. brand at JCPenny. I really like that these shorts are slightly distressed on both legs.  To fit hips and thighs, I purchased a size 8.  These aren’t the best fitting shorts as the waist gaps in the back so I do need a belt.  I’m ok with the fit as the shorts are comfortable.  The Tommy Hilfiger denim shorts that I chatted about here, are a much better fit.

On top I’m wearing a Joe Fresh sleeveless crochet top in burgundy also from JCPenny.  The crochet is see through (no backing material) so I chose to wear a black bra which works well.  I really like the air-flow through the crochet, which makes this top quite cooling in the hot summer sun.

My sandals are a Target find from last year and although this style isn’t available, the Raelynn thong sandal is quite similar as it has the cushioned natural cork foot bed.

Hospitality Point to Ocean Beach

Hospitality Point to Ocean Beach

After looking at this photo, it occurred to me that I should have used the ‘scene’ setting on my camera for a much wider shot.  This is looking from Hospitality Point: Ocean Beach is to the left and open ocean to the right.

I’m glad I got out and about to take a few photo’s.  Of course, not all the photo’s I took turned out good (wind / hair issues), but it was nice to get out in the sun and breath the salty air.  I need to consider outdoor locations more often.

Cheers,
Monica.

Link up:  Alice, Happiness At Mid Life, Nicole: High Latitude Style

 

Loaded Morning Glory Muffins – Paleo Magazine

Loaded Morning Glory Muffins | Paleo Magazine

Loaded Morning Glory Muffins | Paleo Magazine, Aug / Sept 2015

Recently, I’ve taken a look at my current diet and came to the conclusion that I eat way too many frozen convenience foods. My husband travels quite a bit and so why cook for one? However, I just flat out decided to stop purchasing packaged foods and I have been eating fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, and lean animal protein. The bonus of clean eating is that I dropped 3 lbs. in one week. Before eating clean, I would drop .5 here or 1 lb there, gain it back and never really slim down.

I’ve also limited bread, pasta and rice. Oh, I’ll still have a slice of toast with almond butter if I’m hungry and I still want to have my occasional baked goods, which brings me to this recipe.

In the evenings, I sometimes like to have a cup of herbal tea (currently liking Republic of Tea, Get Some Zzzz’s) and a snack so when I saw the recipe for Loaded Morning Glory Muffins in the Aug/Sept 2015 issue of Paleo Magazine, I thought .. yeah, I gotta make these.

Now I was a bit skeptical as there’s no conventional flour in the recipe, but the muffins are packed with whole food ingredients, which made me feel that this recipe would be alright. I’ve made my share of “healthy” recipes from Pintrest, youtube, blogs and those baked items ended up in the trash (what a waste of ingredients!). Luckily, these muffins turned out GREAT!

Loaded Morning Glory Muffins | Paleo Magazine, Aug / Sept 2015

Loaded Morning Glory Muffins | Paleo Magazine, Aug / Sept 2015

Cheers, Monica

Loaded Morning Glory Muffins - Paleo Magazine
Print Recipe
Delicious and healthy muffins loaded with whole food goodness.
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minute
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minute
Cook Time
30 minutes
Loaded Morning Glory Muffins - Paleo Magazine
Print Recipe
Delicious and healthy muffins loaded with whole food goodness.
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minute
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minute
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cups of a standard muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a food processor, combine the eggs, oil banana, maple syrup and vanilla. Process until completely smooth. Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Process until smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into a large bowl. Stir in the carrots grated apple, raisins (if using), pecans and coconut. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes (rotating the pan once halfway through), until just firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool the muffins for 10 minutes in the pan. Then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage.
Recipe Notes

I used my food processor grating blade to grate the apple and carrots.  First, grate the apple and put in a bowl, then grate the carrots and cover the grated apples.  This will prevent the apples from browning while preparing the other ingredients.  Using a box grater works too, it just takes more muscle ;-)

If you decided to taste the uncooked batter, it will taste gritty.  Don't worry, the muffins won't be gritty after baking.

Also, if you have left over batter, just pack it all into the muffin tins evenly.  These muffins are dense and won't rise over the muffin tin.

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Old Navy Hits & Misses

Once in a while, those Old Navy deals get me and I place an online order.  I actually shop at Old Navy online more than in the store as the clothing looks better online than in the store – go figure.

Anyway, here’s what I got and decided to keep:

Printed Poplin Cami Dress | Old Navy | $29.94

Printed Poplin Cami Dress | Old Navy | $29.94

The printed cami dress is really cute.  The light weight material is comfortable in the hot summer weather and the elastic waist fits well, not snug at all.  I also like that the skirt is an A line ( great for the pear shape ) and the cami straps are adjustable.  The navy print isn’t available, but the coral print dress is equally nice.

Old Navy Cami Dress & Kut Denim Jacket

Old Navy Cami Dress (size medium) & Kut Denim Jacket (size large)

I tried to get a “whole” outfit photo, but it was a windy day and 25 pictures later – I said – forget it! This is the pic that came out the best :-)  The Kut Denim Jacket is a recent purchase from Macy’s.  The jacket runs small so I purchased a size large.

I also purchased a cute summery scarf ( as if I need more scarves!! ).

Stripe Scarf | Old Navy | On SALE $7.97

Stripe Scarf | Old Navy | On SALE $7.97

I also purchased the Embroidered Midi dress in black ( on sale for $24.97 ) and this dress is a summer version of the LBD ( little black dress ).  I’ll do a separate blog post on this dress.

Those were the items that I kept – here are the returns:

Sleeveless Chambray Dress | Old Navy | $39.94

Sleeveless Chambray Dress | Old Navy | $39.94

This dress is super cute and well made.  However, the higher waist line and the pleats in the skirt made this dress too poofy.  One reviewer on the Old Navy site said, “I felt like I was wearing a 6 year old’s party dress”.  Yup, I agree.

Gauze Midi Skirt | Old Navy | On SALE $14.97

Gauze Midi Skirt | Old Navy | On SALE $14.97

I’m looking for a midi skirt that I can wear with ankle boots and thought this skirt would work. The skirt fit well, it’s a nice A line and has a polyester lining.  However, it wasn’t the look I was going for so, this skirt was returned.

That’s it for me.  Old Navy is having their Back to School sale, so if you’re a mom  shopping for your kids, make sure to pick something up for yourself too!

Cheers,
Monica

Link up:  Alice, Happiness At Mid Life, Nicole: High Latitude Style,

StitchFix No 5

One of the options available to Stitch Fix subscribers is to add a note before your fix is mailed. This is a great way to communicate with your stylist if you have an upcoming event or want a specific item, such as a date night top, included in your fix.  In my note, I asked for athletic inspired clothing and a fit and flare dress.

So here’s what I received …

The minute I put on this crochet hoodie, it was mine.  I just love the light weight knit and the crochet detail in the back is oh, so cute!  It’s so my style!

$54.00: Westbury Crochet Detail Hoodie by Tea N Rose - KEEP!

$54.00: Westbury Crochet Detail Hoodie by Tea N Rose – KEEP!

Crochet Detail back of hoodie

Crochet Detail back of hoodie


My stylist also include a fabulous pair of leggings in navy and a tie-dye knit tank.

$54.00: Denison Fringe Trim Knit Tank (Loveappella) - RETURNED

$54.00: Denison Fringe Trim Knit Tank (Loveappella) – RETURNED

The material of this tank was ultra soft and I liked the tie-dye and fringe detail; however, the top was a bit too voluminous for me.

Kiley_Ankle_Zip_Legging

$48.00: Kiley Ankle Zip Legging (Rune) – RETURNED

I really liked that the leggings were navy as I always buy black.  Plus, the gold zipper detail was really chic, but these leggings were a size medium and I felt really squeezed in them.  I definitely need a size large.


 

$48.00: Huron Reversible Magnetic Closure Tote (Street Level) - RETURNED

$48.00: Huron Reversible Magnetic Closure Tote (Street Level) – RETURNED

Since I asked for an athletic inspired fix this tote bag was a really great idea.  This tote is super large and it can easily hold all yoga essentials – including a yoga mat.  However, I already have a black tote bag and I didn’t want to add another to my collection.  I have to say that I have a bit of “returners remorse” over this bag.


 

$68.00: Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress (Pixley)

$68.00: Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress (Pixley) – RETURNED

Although the dress fit well, the stripes are just all wrong for me and I felt uncomfortable with the “V” back.  The dress also has puffy shoulders and it’s just not pleasing to the eye on me.


My stylist, Mindy did a great job and I really enjoyed this fix, even though I only kept one item. Also, a big thank you to Susanna N. for clicking on my referral link.  I received a $20 credit.  I hope your are enjoying your subscription :-)

How about you?  Have you been thinking about trying Stitch Fix?  If you are curious about their service, then I invite you to try Stitch Fix through my referral link: Stitch Fix Monica.  If you’re not quite ready to commit, then stop by Stitch Fix and review their FAQ section.

If you’re tired of shopping for yourself – let someone else do it for you!

Cheers,
Monica

Pineapple, Carrot Smoothie

I recently ordered a subscription to Paleo Magazine.  I’m not planning to become a strict Paleo dieter as I can’t imagine chilli without beans, but I’m always interested in different diets and healthy eating.  Plus, I’m looking for new recipes that incorporate whole foods vs. packaged foods.

While flipping through the magazine, I found a recipe for a Pineapple, Carrot Smoothie.  I liked the sound of it and went shopping for the ingredients.

Pineapple Carrot Smoothie Ingredients

Pineapple Carrot Smoothie Ingredients

Pineapple Carrot Smoothie:  Makes one large glass
from the June/July 2015 issue of Paleo Magazine

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 medium carrot or 1/2 cup baby carrots
1 tbs hemp seeds
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp grated orange zest ( I zest half an orange then squeeze the juice into the smoothie )
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 coconut milk ( can use coconut water and a splash of almond milk )
1/2 cup water ( may need a more water or coconut water for blending )

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Cheers!!

Pineapple Carrot Smoothie

Pineapple Carrot Smoothie

I’ve probably had this smoothie every day for the past five days.  The smoothie is so fresh and delicious that I can’t stop making it.

Hope you give it a try.

Monica.

My new denim jean shorts for .91 cents

This weekend I paid 91 cents for these Tommy HIlfiger jean shorts.  I was lucky enough to have a $25 Macy’s Star Rewards Certificate, so that amount handled most of the cost.

The jean shorts were $49.50, and due to a sale, 20% off, so that brought the price down to $23.99.  With tax, the jeans were $25.91 and I used the $25 gift certificate.  That left me owing .91 cents.

Macy’s no longer offers Star Rewards as they have changed their rewards program to Plenti, but I am holding on to one more $25 certificate ~ whoo hoo!  What to buy, what to buy?

Although these shorts are a straight fit through hip and thigh, the shorts fit my pear shape really well as there is a slight stretch to the denim.  The waist is mid rise, so it falls just below my natural waist line.

Weekend outfit

Weekend outfit

I’m wearing:
Sunglasses,  Coach from Coach Outlet Online
Off We Go Tee (size large, runs small), ModCloth
Tommy Hilfiger Shorts (size 10), Macy’s
Canvas Wedge Sandals (similar), Target

Hope you had a happy summer weekend!

Cheers,
Monica