Floral Dresses

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There’s no better way to welcome Spring with open arms than with a fun, flirty, floral dress. Yesterday, out here in Wisconsin it was 70 degrees (yes, 7-0, can you believe it?!), so I thought a post on the feminine warm-weather staple was pretty acceptable. These classics are easy to style, and there is no doubt that every girl can pull off a classic floral dress. Easily dressed up or down, and with plenty of choices around to satisfy your personal style, botanical frocks are a must-have for spring and summer.

There are a ton of cute floral finds at this time of year, so be sure to check them out. Below I picked out a few of my favs!

Xx,

Tash

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Spring Sunnies

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An essential for every season, especially Spring/ Summer, is a decent pair of sunnies. Whether you only pull them out on the brightest of days, or they are practically molded to your face like Wintour; if you have one go-to pair, or like to switch it up and play around with different styles, it is no secret that they are a necessity. As for me? I would say I like to switch it up, allowing my shades to complement my outfit. Therefore, I’m always on the search for some quality, unique, and not-so-pricey sunglasses. Last spring/summer I was all about the Illesteva Leanord classics. And this year, as spring is quickly approaching, I’ve been on the look out for quality brands and styles that I’d like to get my hands (eyes) on. Here are a few designers and styles that I will be wearing once the sun starts shining a little brighter. (Click on picture to be directed to site!)

Karen Walker ~

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3.1 Phillip Lim ~

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Wildfox ~

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Tory Burch ~

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Marc Jacobs ~

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Xx,

Tash

Wardrobe Essentials for Every Woman

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Each season, trends come and go. Fringe may be in this season, and never-to-be seen in the next. This can be frustrating, if you’re one to spend a lot of dough on seasonal items. However, one thing I can promise that you won’t be wasting your buck on is quality essentials. Many women overlook these key simplicities, or buy cheap versions. But, are you still getting use of that plain white tank that you got 5 years ago? Your answer is probably yes. And how about that really expensive ankle-length-skirt that was “in” last season? I’m assuming, no. My point proven! These simple wardrobe necessities will last you basically forever, so its worth spending a little extra.

And, what exactly are these basics? Here’s my list of key items for your closet:

PS. All items below are from Asos. (click on the image to be directed to the site!)

1. Plain white tee

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2. Plain white tank

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3. A pair of denim that fits your body just right

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4. Simple leather moto jacket

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5. Jean jacket

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6. Striped top

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7. Little black dress

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8. Nude pumps

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9. Classic pair of boots: riding or ankle length!

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10. A cozy sweater

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Xx,

Tash

Weekend Getaway: Chicago Outfits

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Going to Chicago was a really good excuse to wear some new items in my winter wardrobe that I never get to wear in Madison. It’s usually either too cold, or I’m in a rush to get somewhere and   I have gotten into the habit of just reaching for my coziest sweaters and most durable jacket (I try to avoid frostbite at all costs). I had some coats and winter accessories that I was scared wouldn’t make it out until next winter season! But thankfully, while we were in Chi-town, yes the weather was cold, but it was definitely bearable, so I got to make some use of these pieces during the trip.

Here are some pictures of my outfits (backdrop being the bean ~ we were feeling touristy), and descriptions below of where the items are from (all of it super affordable!). We got a little carried away taking silly pics of me with my kiddie hat!

PS. You can totally figure out what my favorite stores are considering everything I wore was from basically the same three stores. Ha!

I paired faux leather skinny pants (H&M) with a white cropped sweater (Zara), and topped it off with a light pink trench coat with an amazing fur neckline (Zara). Accessories consisted of heeled beige booties (TopShop), aviator sunnies (CWonder), and a simple black tote bag (H&M).

On day two, I wore a chunky knit turtleneck (Zara), black and white checked cigarette trousers (TopShop), and a lightly embellished moto-style jacket (Zara). I finished this look off with a fun beanie (Zara Kids), Illesteva glasses (Illesteva), that same black bag (from day one, H&M), and black suede booties (TopShop).

Xx,

Tash

The Look: Sporty Chic

Nike sneakers are one shoe that I think can totally make an outfit, transforming it from an 8 to a 10. They have the ability to give your look a sporty-chic vibe, and, since the styles come in practically every color of the rainbow, they give it a pop as well! Now, some might disagree with me, who maybe aren’t into the sporty-chic look, but lately its completely been on trend. Whether you’re literally headed to the gym, running errands around the city, or going to catch a flight, they are the perfect shoe as they have an A+ in the comfort category. My favorite is matching them with my favorite pair of skinny denim and a basic t for a casual, quick and easy look. Recently, many designers have been coming out with their own versions of the sporty sneaker. But, if you’re sticking to a budget, I would stick to the original Nike versions. They keep on coming out with cooler, more high-tech styles. And even better, if you don’t like what they’ve come up with, you can customize your own! Here are a few new styles out now:

Xx,

Tash

DIY Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap

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My favorite type of food has always been (and probably always will be) Asian cuisine. I love it so much that I crave the infusion and smell of eastern culture and delicatessens. I used to stick to the sushi menu, and adventure off from there (jk I would get the California roll every time). However, as my palette has expanded, so have my dinner orders. After trying many things on different menus, all of them being i-want-seconds kind of amazing, one dish that always excites me is the chicken lettuce wrap. A rather generic option, it is usually very similar no matter what restaurant you order it from. The peanutty yet soy sauce suffused dish is so yummy, and it’s also so fun to create your own little wraps (it makes it really satisfying when biting into also, lol). Not only that, but it’s definitely a healthier option than the go-to Asian noodles or fried dumplings.

I could not stop craving this dish, and thought that there must be recipes out there for a DIY chicken lettuce wrap as it is such a simple concept. And, yes, yes, I was correct. There are many recipes out there, however many are way more technical than they should be. After lots of hard recipe-book searching, I think I found the most delicious and the easiest recipe out there, for the perfect Asian infused chicken and lettuce wraps.

I know at first glance this recipe looks like way too many ingredients and way too complicated, but I promise it’s actually very simple and quick. Take a look, try it out, and tell me what ya think!

Servings: 8 wraps (About people, depending on hunger levels!)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 6 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves (about 1 head)
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves (about 10 oz)
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts (about 2 oz)
  • Chopped peanuts

Preparation

  1. Combine first nine ingredients into a bowl as marinade, and whisk
  2. Marinate chicken breast with marinade and add 2 tablespoons of oil in a zip-lock for one hour in the fridge
  3. After one hour, remove chicken breast, and discard the marinade
  4. Heat a large nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat, spray it with cooking spray
  5. Grill chicken for about 12 minutes, or until fully cooked
  6. Cut chicken thinly, and divide between the lettuce leaves
  7. Top each lettuce leaf with 2 tablespoons mint, 1 tablespoon sprouts, and 1 teaspoon of reserved oil mixture
  8. Garnish with chopped peanuts

Personal Tip: I love veggies, so I prefer adding other greens into my wrap (shredded carrot, water chestnut, chopped pepper, and cilantro all work well)

Recipe courtesy of myrecipes.com 

Xx,

Tash

Making a Statement with Graphics

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Fashion and one’s personal style is a great way to express yourself. This is often done by dressing certain ways (ie. preppy, edgy…), but one easy way to make a statement is with graphic t’s. A graphic t is a true go-to piece, as you can dress them up with a statement necklace or jacket, or down with a pair of your favorite jeans. Nowadays there are so many fun graphics and sayings that make their way onto t-shirts that it’s almost impossible to have a dull outfit whilst rocking one. Fun, witty, and often quite serious, there’s no better way to make a statement than by literally writing it on your shirt! Oh, and bonus— they’re often pretty inexpensive (I mean, they’re just tshirts!). I find that Zara always has some creative and chic graphics, and they change them up each season. In their most recent collection, the brand incorporated many self motivating graphics, with other fun styles as well. Check out a few of my favs below:

Xx,

Tash