May 30, 2014

Fabulous Friday

Looking forward to trying some new Crest 3D White products sent from the Crest team!

Anniversary dinner set up [Cocoa + Hearts Painting in background]. 

Mara Hoffman bikini [top here + bottoms here] from the Saks sale [up to 40% off!].

Happy Friday! No big plans for me except I might venture over to the new Soul Cycle Pasadena location [that opens today] for a class. Hope you enjoy the last weekend of May... can't believe we are almost half way through 2014! XOXO

May 29, 2014

Recipe: Kale Salad + Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies

Kale Salad with Champagne Honey Lemon Vinaigrette.

3-4 cups of chopped kale [I bought a pre-chopped mix from Whole Foods that contained carrots and cabbage]
1-2 red bell peppers diced
1/2 cup red seedless grapes sliced in half
1/3 cup of roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
1/3 dried cherries
1/3-1/2 cup of freshly grated pecorino cheese
shaved manchego cheese for topping

Combine all of the ingredients above except for the Manchego and pour dressing over everything [reserve a little to add to taste before serving], making sure to massage into the kale for a few minutes. Cover and chill for at least a few hours before serving and top with the shaved Manchego cheese to taste. Make sure to serve cold. This salad will hold up for 1-2 days so you can make ahead of time!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies.

I used this recipe from Averie Cooks [read her direction thoroughly before starting!] but subbed the flour for Trader Joe's Gluten Free Flour Mix, added 1/2 teaspoon Guar Gum and sprinkled with Maldon Sea Salt [make sure you chill the cookies for a few hours and bake them directly from the fridge or else they will spread!]. I served them after cooling for about 5-10 minutes on the cooking sheet with Talenti Sea Carmel gelato.

I made these to recipes yesterday for our anniversary dinner and they were so delicious I wanted to share! This salad is perfect for summer and is great as a side or paired with seared salmon or quinoa as an entree. Let me know how you like them if you make them and enjoy! XOXO

May 28, 2014

How I Spent My... Weekend

1. Fun anniversary nails from Buff + Tweeze [a little too much for my everyday preference but they were fun for the occasion!]. 2. Weekend spent at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena 3. Early celebratory dinner at The Royce. 4. Dinner Outfit Top: J.Crew [old color but same shirt here] | Shorts: Zara [old but cute alternative here] | Bag: Fendi Mini 2Jours in Black | Jewelry: Melanie Auld Square Stone Drop Earrings in Lavender Jade/Fuchsia, Hermes Clic H in Black/Gold, Sarah Chloe x Bauble Bar Personalized Bangle

Today is officially our 3rd wedding anniversary! It seems like just yesterday and so long ago at the same time [in the best way]. I am truly lucky to have the best husband, father to our baby and friend a girl could ask for! Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day and week so far! XOXO

May 23, 2014

Sales & Steals: Memorial Day Weekend Discount Codes

This weekend, we are celebrating our 3rd anniversary a few days early at The Langham in Pasadena [where we got married!]. So looking forward to relaxing and reflecting on all the special memories made there a few years ago! But first, my girlfriends and I are have our first "wine club" meeting tonight [same concept as a book club but with a new type of wine each month, hehe]. Listed below are a few sales and discount codes that are happening over the holiday weekend. I'll be updating as new deals pop up so check back! 
Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day! You can find me on Instagram under @nsguidetostyle to see pics throughout the weekend. XOXO

May 21, 2014

Beauty: Current Favorites

Sharing a few of my current beauty obsessions today! I have been using this perfume and mascara for a few months now and absolutely love both. The Bareminerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation just came out this month and so far I really like it [I took #4 Bare Ivory]... it give sheer to full coverage depending on how many drops you use. I would definitely recommend getting the brush to apply it properly, I think it makes a big difference in the application! Cle De Peau's concealer [I use it in Beige] has been my holy grail product for awhile now, but this one by Marc Jacobs Beauty does a great job as well for half the price [I took #3 Young Beige]. And as someone who loves all Kate Somerville products, the three pictured above have been great for my skin during the spring heat. Let me know your current picks below! XOXO

May 19, 2014

Baby: Baby Hoedown Shower

Invitations, Printables + Tassel Garland: Bloom Designs
Custom Wooden Rocking Horse: Ten 23 Designs
Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
Cake Pops, Macaroons + Cupcakes: Sweets & Celebrations
Mini Hay Bales, Wooden Crates, Mason Jars + Burlap Accessories: Michaels 
Drink Buckets: Target
Ruffle Tablecloth: Pom Pom At Home
Howdy Baby Kraft Letters: Joann Fabric + Craft Store
White Platters + Drink Dispenser: Pottery Barn
Stuffed Rocking Horse: Pottery Barn Kids

This past Saturday we had the honor of throwing our friends a coed baby shower for their little boy due this summer! I had a great time planning the country themed hoedown and loved seeing everything come together. Such a special day! XOXO

May 16, 2014

Fabulous Friday

Hooray so glad it's Friday! I've been prepping for the baby shower [see the invites here] all week and can't wait to share pictures of the country themed hoedown on Monday [I'm planning on wearing this Tibi top in white with some vintage cowboy boots]. Also so happy that it is supposed to cool down...101 degree weather is rough! For a sneak peek of party details, follow my Instagram account nsguidetostyle. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, TGIF! XOXO

May 13, 2014

Current Obsessions

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I had a great Mother's Day celebrating with my boys Saturday [lunch at La Scala for my favorite salad + shopping] and on Sunday with my Mom seeing a movie, pilates and then dinner at my in laws. I also got to sleep in which was quite a treat! This week I'm prepping for the baby shower we are hosting Saturday, can't wait to share pics on Monday! XOXO

May 2, 2014

Fabulous Friday

TGIF, hope you all have a great weekend! Hoping I get a chance to read a few magazines from the scary looking stack I have piling up on our desk, it's getting out of control! Also, our Max Wagner photo arrived yesterday so I'm looking forward to taking it to get framed at some point on Saturday. Will post a Gift Guide for Mother's Day next week [don't tell but I got my Mom this]. Have a great one! XOXO

May 1, 2014

Decor: Recent Home Updates

We've been in our house almost a year now and I still haven't finished decorating. I seem to lose steam easily especially after some recent disastrous ordering experiences [backorders, damaged items being sent, etc]. The baby shower we are hosting in a few weeks is proving to be good motivation to try to work on a room or two and I'm especially looking forward to seeing this Max Wagner photo and this Serena & Lily rug in person! Would love for you to share any favorite recent decor purchases to help give me some inspiration for the rest of our home! XOXO