Peruvian Baked Quinoa: Part of a Well Balanced Wardrobe

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We are officially in the season of Spring, but yet it's snowing. And has been for the better half of the day. I went for a cold, wet, snowy run after work and the whole time I was dreaming of my warm clothes and a warm meal. One of my besties, Karen, gave me this recipe back in February, but with a husband that dislikes quinoa, I kept putting it off. I am alone for the weekend so it's perfect timing - no husband to complain (although after making this I think he would actually eat it)!  So now I present you with......Peruvian Baked Quinoa!

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I definitely modified the recipe because I worked with what I had in my pantry and refrigerator, but most of what the recipe contains are kitchen staples, unless you don't eat quinoa. For those unfamiliar, it is considered a "superfood". Protein content is really high, as is the dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, and calcium! All from a grain? Who would have thought. It's considered a "Complete Protein" which means it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids necessary

! I like the organic white quinoa from Trader Joes - quick and easy!

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Peruvian Baked Quinoa and Cheese a la Karen

Think of this recipe as a protein-packed alternative to mac ’n’ cheese.

Ingredients

Serves 8

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium leek, white and pale green parts halved and sliced (1 cup) (

I USED 2 small yellow onions because I didn't have leeks)

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained

2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)

2 large eggs

1 cup nonfat milk

1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, plus more for sprinkling

(I used a mix of shredded parm and cheddar for the top)

OPTIONAL (I didn't have tonight and it was still really yummy): 

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 

1/2 cup diced green bell pepper

Directions

1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add leek and bell peppers; cover, and

cook 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in quinoa and garlic, and cook, uncovered, until quinoa grains turn opaque.

2. Add 3 cups water, and season with salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer

 until most liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat, and let

stand 5 minutes.

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3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Whisk together

eggs and milk in large bowl. Fold in quinoa mixture and cheese. Transfer to prepared

baking dish, and bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until browned around the edges and on top.

Nutritional Information

Per SERVING: Calories: 241, Protein: 12g, Total fat: 10g, Saturated fat: 4.5g, Carbs: 27g,

Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 295mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 3g

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I scarfed it down with a simple side of greens with olive oil, balsamic and a dash of seasoning. Trust me - I went back for seconds. YUM.

I feel satiated, but it wasn't heavy so I might have room for a sweet treat! 

If you are looking for more recipes and tips on healthy living, put 

Fun. Fit. Flavor.

 on your blog roll. My gal pal, Sherri, is super knowledgeable about all this fun stuff! Check it out.

Eat and enjoy a well balanced wardrobe,

kiki

Soundbites: Week 1

Typically I plan my outfits out a week in advance, but last week I took a challenge and planned out 4 weeks worth of outfits! There are a couple of reasons why I did this: 1.) It was fun! 2.) It is ridiculously time-saving 3.) It helps organize my life by setting outfits aside because this is also an opportunity to weed through the forgotten clothes in the back of my closet (as well as those that can go in the "good-will" pile).

If you want to attempt this, (and I recommend you do) try it for at least a week (time-saving alone is worth it). Here is what you will need:
- a separate place to put your outfits outside of your closet and preferably outside of your main bedroom. You need the space! (I use a rolling rack and put it in the spare bedroom)
- sticky notes and a pen to jot down "accessory notes" (see below)
- your creativity!

You will have to excuse my photography, it's done with a point and click and although the sophistication level of a beautiful camera isn't there, I think it still gets the message across for now.....


DAY 1: I get more use out of this skirt then I ever thought I would! It's a pleated faux leather skater skirt (similar  here).This is also a serious risk vs. reward outfit. I didn't know how to feel about a tucked in sweater until now. I officially love it. Chic and simple, but really makes you think differently about the boring old sweaters sitting on your closet shelf. The one I am wearing is from J.Crew, a gift from my mom a couple years ago (similar here).
I layered three necklaces (my gram's long pearls, Jewelmint chain necklace, and a porcupine necklace from H&M. As you can see above - the note I wrote for this hanger was "tucked in" to remind myself of the inspiration I had when putting the outfit together. If you do these far enough in advance the notes will come in handy! If you are anything like me you won't remember your intention after the first week!



DAY 2: A J.Crew maxi skirt in a flowing, soft material (similar here) paired with a "tough" leather moto jacket (similar here). Hair done in a bohemian braid. Jewelry collected over the years (similar bracelet here and pendant here).



DAY 3: Zara sweater dress paired with Splendid layering tee. I have one in a bunch of colors because they are so versatile and are built to last (buy at Shopbop). Faux leather leggings (similar here). Belt is J.Crew (similar here). Bangles from C. Wonder (similar here). Oxfords are a new find from ShoeMint. Foley and Corina handbag in nude (here).


Pink Joie top that I scored for an amazing 65% off on a Cusp mid-day dash. Zara leopard inlay pants (similar here). Jennifer Zeuner Rose Gold Wishbone Pendant was a gift from my in-laws and it's a staple - I wear it all the time layered with other pendants. Stacked bracelets from Etsy (similar here), Rebecca Taylor Rose Gold Nail Bangle (no longer available), and Love bracelet (similar here). Jessica Simpson Black + Gold shoes (similar here) and J.Crew gold belt (a great staple for the wardrobe, similar here).

Ahhh Casual Friday...gotta love it. Canadian Tuxedo Shirt (here from J.Crew), Cargo pants (similar here), J. Crew sweater (similar here), Nixon Rose Gold Watch (here), Rebecca Taylor nail bracelet, and Vintage Pearl bracelet made by my lovely cousin-in-law, Brooke (see her Etsy page here for other fun treats). My dog is not for sale, but he's awfully cute, isn't he?

Week 2 will be complete before we know. Always be thrifty - my motto is that outfits should be a mix of high/low - it can be a challenge, but that's what makes it worth it! 

Have a fun, fashionable Monday,
kiki

Lemon Poppy Seed Squares: Part of a Well Balanced Wardrobe

(thanks to the amazing Will Mann for the above photo)
One of my besties, Joanna, celebrated her b-day on Saturday night and her husband Will threw a wonderful little soiree in her honor . The food was amazing - everything from sushi to stuffed peppers. So yummy!

Will tasked me with bringing a dessert. Originally supposed to be a "bundt" (insert My Big Fat Greek Wedding joke) cake, I realized halfway through the recipe that I had left my bundt pan somewhere in my travels.... Oops. I dug around in my "pan cabinet" and found a recent purchase that looks like a cupcake pan, but is actually a "square" pan (see here). It's kind of a genius invention that I will use for brownies and other yummy bars at some point in the future. It creates the most perfect squares! 

 This recipes comes to us by way of my fave foodie blogger Smitten Kitchen. Pure heaven! I added a lemon glaze to the top because I didn't think it was quite lemony enough....

Poppy Seed Lemon Cake (or squares as seen above)


2/3 cup sugar
8 large egg yolks
1 large whole egg
1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
Pinch of salt
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, melted and cooled a bit
1/2 cup poppy seeds (I got this from one 3-ounce spice bottle)
FOR THE GLAZE: 2 cups confectioner's sugar and 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (or more depending on how much lemon you like)

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F Butter and flour an 8-inch* fluted Bundt or square bar pan.
  • Butter the dull side of a 10-inch piece of foil.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the sugar with the egg yolks and whole egg at medium-high speed until the mixture is pale yellow and very fluffy, about 8 minutes. 
  • Beat in the lemon zest. Sift the flour and cornstarch over the egg mixture and fold in along with the pinch of salt with a rubber spatula. 
  • At medium speed, beat in the butter, then beat in the poppy seeds.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and cover tightly with the buttered foil. 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes if you do the squares (checking periodically) and 45 minutes for the bundt cake, or until the cake pulls away from the side of the pan and a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 
  • Remove the foil and let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Invert the cake/squares onto the rack and let cool completely before serving, at least 30 minutes.
  • GLAZE: when cakes are cooled, mix the confectioners sugar and lemon juice together until it creates a thick glaze - drizzle over the top so it creates fingers down the side of each bar (or the cake). Place on plate and sift confectioner's sugar gently and lightly over the top!

Do ahead: The cake can be wrapped in plastic and foil and left at room temperature for up to 3 days

The result is a nutty, savory, lemony treat! Now pour yourself a big glass of milk or a nice cup of hot tea and enjoy a delish bar!

-kiki

Canadian Tuxedo No More!

I know what you are thinking. Quite the hiatus, lady. You are correct. Life has thrown me some very positive curve balls in the last 6 months and has hindered me from doing something I love - BLOGGING! So, Lillian and Alice is back, although it will be a slow go seeing as life is still running pretty fast, but I can promise that at least once a week I will give you a little slice of my faves....

This week it's all about the Chambray/Denim shirt, formerly known as the top portion of a Canadian Tuxedo... think of it as your new white t-shirt. A basic, that when worn correctly, is simple and easy as well as timeless and classic!

 In honor of Jenna Lyons, J.Crew Denim Shirt is the perfect pick to achieve this look.
Here is an Affordable Chambray Shirt that will look so sweet with the sleeves rolled up to your elbows!

Love this one!
Best men's picks here and here




Just a couple of tips (come on...it's me! You knew they were coming!):

  • Denim vs. Chambray: Denim is a coarse, twill cloth, heavier than chambray, which is a light weight fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns (essentially a lightweight, lighter colored denim).
  • Picking the right denim wash can be tough, weigh out your options by looking at your jean wardrobe. What color jeans do you gravitate toward? If it's dark, go with a lighter chambray so you can wear them together and have the necessary contrast to make the outfit work. 
  • For fun, go ultra fem on the bottom, perhaps even throw on a sequin skirt for the ultimate juxtaposition!
  • Color jeans or printed pants are naturally complimentary
  • Wear it like a cardigan, open over a dress or pants. Wear it as a light jacket on chilly spring nights paired with a scarf!
  • Remember think of this as your new white tee and wear it to the office! It will "work" hard for you and add depth to your everyday wardrobe.

If there is one piece you are considering adding to your spring wardrobe, let this be it!
-kiki


Martha's Vineyard - Protect Thyself

Martha's Vineyard Inspiration

Fave Things: Winter Accessories


Flowy soft sheer fabrics for layering......whether it's splatter print, leopard, or polka dot.


bracelets are a must have accessory...."B" bracelet from loulou boutique in D.C. and Astrology bracelet from Gorjana - the others are a collection over time, mixing high/low, real pearls, Sequin bracelet, and 4-Eva 21.


cloche hat - courtesy of my mom - polka dots are a girl's best friend. Similar here


Missoni inspired scarf from loulou boutique with bright neon colors


ridiculous 5 and 3/4 inch block heel on these Mia Uptown Girl pumps in black patent - buy them here on Zappos for under $75

Have a great week!

xoxo
kiki

Inspiration: Celebrating Tiffany

My dear childhood friend who I love like a sister and who I have known since we were in diapers is getting married! To properly send her off we have planned a gal's weekend in DC which is where I am headed right now on the airplane - btw, wifi on planes is so key to making a 4 hour flight go fast.
As a fellow bridesmaid, I have a couple tricks up my sleeve which I will post as soon as they are pulled out of my hat. The bottom line is that she inspires me- To be a better person, a better friend, and a better family member. She is kind, beautiful, intelligent and thoughtful. All things that make for a wonderful human being.

As Rihanna so aptly sings, "cheers to the freakin' weekend, let's get it started and celebrate the shit out of my BFF, the future Mrs. Kalnas!

Happy Friday!

Xoxo
Kiki

Inspiration by Ladi

I just got my hair done for an event in LA at Mike Chavez! My stylist Ladi was a magician! I wish I knew how to do it myself! Anyone got tips on how to get your hair looking salon worthy every day?

Inspiration - Early Flight

This week and through the month of April is going to be pure hectic craziness, so my posts might look a little different, but it's only because I am on the go! This week is Boston to LA to DC and back to Boston! Oye! As I dressed by mere candlelight (insert exaggeration here) at 5am this morning as to not wake the dogs or the hubby, I wasn't sure what to do with my hair! I decided to go a little retro by doing a slight side French braid pinned with a couple bobbies (similar to Ashley Greene)... The goal: to be comfortable on a five hour flight and still look ok when I land in LA!
Happy Wednesday!

Xoxo
Kiki

And the WINNER OF THE GORJANA Feather Pendant is..............

gold feather inspiration.....
Thank you to everyone who entered to win the Gorjana Feather Pendant! I love the enthusiasm and can't wait to do another one because it was SO FUN looking at all of your posts! Please comment on this post to give me ideas for the next GIVEAWAY! 

I wish I could gift you all, but this time there can only be ONE winner....

and that person is.....

Emily, from the fabulous foodie blog, Simply Gourmet in Southie! Congrats Emily!!! Be sure to check out her blog for yummy recipes...


xoxo
kiki

GIVEAWAY: Feather Your New Year!


Quick scoop about the Gorjana "Feather" Pendant: Charm is 1" long. Chain is 16" long.18k gold plating

So......yeah......talk about radio silence. I know, I know! A whole month has gone by, but I am ready to start the new year off with a bang. The first GIVEAWAY for Lillian Alice! I couldn't be more excited. The Gorjana small Feather Pendant is out of stock on their site and retails for $60.00 - BUT L&A has it for one lucky gal (or guy)!

To win this whimsical, fabulous pendant please leave a comment below and on the Lillian Alice Facebook page. If you do both by Sunday, January 8th at Midnight EST you will be entered in the giveaway. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here on Monday morning.

Was it worth the wait? I think so!

Happy 2012! I hope everyone had a nice holiday season and I look forward to dazzling you all year long....

xoxo
kiki

Lily & Alice Give: Holiday Gift Ideas

#1: Giles & Brother Archer Cuff - $175, in yellow gold. love the knotted metal.
#2: West Elm Jewelry Tree - $29, the perfectly modern take on a jewelry box
#3: Gorjana Super Star Necklace - $80, this will look adorable layered
#4: DIY Charms from Anthropologie - design a necklace that represents the jewelry lover you 
      know! each charm is $15 and the chain is around $18
#5: Giles & Brother Archer Bangle - $125, Giles does it again with this knotted bangle! So
      pretty....

 #1: PaperSource - personalized notecards are always a beautiful gesture for that special party 
       hostess - I am in love with these simple designs! around $15 for a set
#2: Bottle of Wine -easy, but always perfect! Raymond Cab Sav made Epicurious's list of great
      wines by state. check it out here!
#3: Slatkin and Co. candles - I am a huge fan of these fabulous smelling candles! I don't
      typically shop at Bath and Body Works unless it's for candles....fresh balsam is one of my
      faves, but there are so many scents that make a delicious gift. $19.99 for one
#4: Mrs. Meyers Gift Set - unexpected right? I know what you are thinking - what? I am telling
      you this will go over well because it smells like heaven (or in this case Basil). promise this
      will be a gift not soon forgotten. $25 for above set
#1: Cloche Hat by Jessica Simpson - no accessory is better than a hat for the winter -
      everything about this one is yummy - the brass button, the feather, the color, and the price -
      Zappos for $54
#2: Stylemint Shirts - you have heard me talk about JewelMint, well this is of the same ilk,
      $29.99 for a tee per month and they seriously have the softest shirts with the best cuts -
      bought my first last month and can't  wait for December selections to become available this
      week!
#3: Anthro Scarf - Anthropologie does it again! this scarf is so special. bohemian chic with soft
      colors and texture the fashionista in your life will not be disappointed, $68


#1: DIY Furniture -  this book is truly cool! what guy doesn't want to dabble in home furniture
      building? creative and interesting ideas for men that want things to look cool without
      spending a lot of dough. Amazon for $16
#2: Whiskey Shot Glasses - made of soap stone, these will keep his drink cold without watering
      them down, $38
#3: Vintage Poker and Domino Set - Restoration Hardware makes gift giving easy this year
       with kitchy vintage games perfect for guy's night! $35 for Dominos and $89 for Poker
#4: Hungoevr Coobkook - hilarious book for a whopping $8 - it has tests to prove how much
      whiskey he actually did drink last night and what recipes will cure it!
#5: Tom's Wayfarer Sunglasses - famous for shoes, Tom has now launched a sunglass portion
      of his business. it's a one for one - buy these for the man in your life and Tom's will give
      better sight to one person in need.
     you can get them in aviator style or the wayfarer for $135
#6: Lululemon Sweatshirt - what man wouldn't want to put this on after a rough workout
      Lululemon has a knack for hitting the mark on fit and lifestyle, $108
#7: Beer Bottle Hooks - decorating in a "guy kinda way" - made by an artist who melts beer
      bottles - available in green, clear, or brown for $27
#8: Panoramic Video Attachment for iPhone - for the techy in your life, an attachment for the
      iPhone that allows for panoramic video and instant sharing via Facebook - $79


#1: West Elm Slate Cheese Boards - amazing for serving all the stinky (or not) cheeses and
      accoutrement that you want - flip it over and use it as a cutting board, $24-$49
#2: Wood Salt Dishes - also from West Elm, these are definitely on my wish list! I use sea salt
      and pepper everyday when I cook, so it's helpful to have them right at the finger tips for a
      dash here and there - $9 each



stockings might be the best part about Christmas morning - all the little stuff is just so much fun! here are some of the girly things I hope Santa leaves for me this year....
#1: Wet N' Wild eyeliners - these smudge amazingly well and are offered in every color under
      the sun. for the bargain price of 99 cents I am pretty sure that Santa can afford to leave
      couple of these!
#2: Essie Nail Colors - the Essie "winter" gift pack comes with 6 of the newest colors for the
      season! this nail polish goes on creamy and smooth - simply the best! $48 for the set,
      Zappos
#3: Charlotte Ronson - lipgloss is fabulous especially in "sophia" and "samantha" at Sephora
      $14.99
#4: Monogrammed Zipper Pouches - West Elm is scoring big w/ lily and alice this holiday
      season. these bags can be used for everything - from travel to makeup to a sweet clutch.
      $7-12, plus a tad more for monogram
#5: Goody Doublewear PonyTail Holders - these double as a bracelet when on your wrist!

gift giving is such a small part of the holiday spirit - I know my most cherished gift is getting to spend a whole weekend with my mom, dad, aunt, uncle, and husband baking Christmas cookies, listening to Christmas music, and drinking wine! hopefully you have your "holiday moment" too and perhaps all I have done with this post is to spark some ideas and got your creative juices flowing for that perfect gift to give. I truly do believe it's better to give than to receive. so....do it! 
happy start to the season...

xoxo,
kiki

Turtlenecks and Tights


Emerson Made carries a "Bag o Turtlenecks" for $58

turtlenecks have officially made a comeback. layer them, wear them as a stand alone statement piece, with an unexpected pair of pants, or try them under your favorite blazer or suit jacket.  
 J. Crew shows the t-necks layered with a cami for $36.50. also love it under a big bulky drapey sweater.
 a bohemian approach on the left - a simple cream turtleneck with a long pendant and fabulously printed flowy skirt. or in a preppy way, showing bright colors and a puffy vest...perfect for those warm fall days... I also wear mine under a fun flannel button down....
 and what about those nude tights? how do you guys feel about them? are they going to make a comeback like the turtleneck? above seen on Kate Middleton, Hayden Panettiere, and Pippa Middleton, does it look dated or fresh and new?

popular site likes ShopBop, J. Crew and Asos all carry styles that are simple and don't interfere with the overall aesthetic of the outfit....I am still not sold though - I do own a pair of nude fishnets similar to above....but are they old lady or on their way back? help me decide!

xoxo
kiki

The Next Generation: A Party Fit for a Future Niece

 my sister-in-law is having a little girl! last weekend my mom and I threw her a shower in CT....
 Tera (my sister-in-law) and our friend Diana...
 details...sparkling lemonade and yummy chocolate covered sunflower seeds dressed up in autumnal colors...
 tons of tiny gourds in different shaped vases, a carved Baby Dacek pumpkin, and candles...ahhh a fall shower!
 cabbage plant in the center pieces by my mom's best friend, Barb. so beautiful....

 the menu: fresh fruit, three different quiches, a big salad, yummy potato casserole, sweet and savory french toast casserole (thanks Cindy!) and croissants
 diaper cake a la Vermont.....
 in case you are wondering what it takes to make a VT baby.....
little Addy (Diana's daughter) enjoying the food and baby fun! she's getting so big!


the take away.....kiki's mint milanos (and the recipe). yum!

it was a gorgeous day and turned out to be a shower filled with loving family and friends - the details may have added to the event, but the people sharing in the enjoyment and anticipation of a new little one are what made it all perfect. thanks to everyone.

to follow Tera's pregnancy check out her blog (it's super cute) called Glowing Me.

xoxo,
kiki

Cheesy Broccoli Soup: Part of a Well-Balanced Wardrobe

 this weekend my mom and I hosted a baby shower for my expecting my sister-in-law. it was so much fun and I will post pics of the day later...I still can't believe I am going to be an auntie! by the time my husband Bryce and I got to Boston this afternoon, I had only one thing on the brain....a yummy, wholesome, warm dinner! have you guys heard of a site called Pinterest? one word: amazing. 'nough said. alas, the recipe....I adapted this from a soup that I found on Pinterest and with a couple tweaks, it executed beautifully.
 cheesy broccoli soup
serves 6-8 bowls
ingredients:
2-4 tbsp butter and a dash of e.v.o.
1 cup chopped onions
1 1/2  - 2 cups of finely chopped carrot
1 cup celery (although I wasn't exact on this) finely chopped
1 1/2 -2 tbsp minced garlic
8 cups chicken broth (low sodium if possible)
3-4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp flour
1 cup water
several shakes of chicken bouillon powder (to your taste, but this does add a nice kick of flavor)
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/3 cup milk
3-4 cups of chopped broccoli (again I didn't measure perfectly)
3-4 cups of shredded cheddar

 directions:
melt the butter with the e.v.o in a soup pot. add the onions, carrot, and celery and saute over medium heat until soft. add garlic, cook a couple more min. give a healthy shake of the bullion powder, pepper, and salt, stir. add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender. whisk together flour and water, add into the soup mixture and stir. let simmer until the whole pot thickens. add more bouillon powder if it still needs a little love. add the milk and broccoli. simmer. when broccoli is soft, add the shredded cheese. stir until cheese is melted. if you have time, let the soup sit over low heat for awhile giving the flavors time to marry. if you are in a hurry - pour into a bowl and serve with a hearty baguette....
here is Bryce inhaling it and I did too. thankfully we have plenty of leftovers for the week ahead.

remember - a good recipe always creates a well-balanced wardrobe.

xoxo
kiki

Fave Things: Three New Ways to Tie a Scarf

if you have been following lillian alice for awhile you know the love affair I have with scarves. and the company Ruche. when I came across this video a couple months ago I immediately put it on the "to post" list! alas...here it is! I like all three scarf ties, but #1 and #3 are my faves! both are super easy and can be done with all the scarves you have in your closet - big to little, wool to silk, and everything in between.....
 I could literally buy a thousand scarves and still find more that I love. every place I travel to I bring one home as a reminder....and my friends have caught on. my friend Marissa bought me one when she traveled to Paris last. whenever I wear it part of me feels like I am window shopping on the Champs Elysee. what gives you that feeling? if not scarves, what?

 I would love to see all of these tied just like the video shows....
1. (left to right) Wild Flower Leopard for $15.99 - Ruche does it again with this soft pallet and contrast of animal print and floral. the colors are uncomplicated and lovely.
2. Tolani "feather" Silk scarf - this brand continues to amaze me, their prints are simply fabulous. who wouldn't want to feel like a peacock showing that pop of color? $85.00 retail
3.Farmer's Market scarf for $16.99 - this is another Ruche fave, love the price, love the print!

I surprised myself on this one guys! my style doesn't typically lend itself to Lilly Pulitzer (although the name Lily makes me happy), but when I saw these scarves I found myself picking my jaw up off the floor. it's not that I don't respect the brand and the mission of making every day feel like one spent on Palm Beach, but sometimes the saturation of color and print is overwhelming. not this time, folks. Lilly nailed it with the Murfee Scarves. all of the above have a price tag of $118.00, but qualify it by the soft mixture of cashmere and silk, infused with the perfect amount of Palm Beach salt air and sun!  check them out here and make one your own!

xoxo,
kiki

Monogram Mayhem

 monograms have been around since the days of Grecian coins and also decorated great kings/queens as a symbol of their monarchies. we may not be in Greece and we may not have royalty running through our veins, but that doesn't mean that we can't show love for our family pride.... jewelry company Sarah Chloe provides the perfect opportunity to highlight your pride in mixed metal types (which I love, especially the rose gold)... this isn't the first time you have seen monogrammed jewelry - the Julie Collection also has beautiful pieces and you first saw it here.
Lana Ring - $108.00
Ella Bangles - $98.00 (my personal fave)

 wishbones with a little hint of sparkle for $59.00

it's the holidays, so drop your hints now! these pendants will look lovely layered with special pieces in your jewelry box...

xoxo,
kiki

Sequin Jacket: Build an Outfit

sequin jackets are where it's at for fall into winter....and this isn't your holiday outfit anymore! welcome a little jazz and spice into your everyday life...each selection completes this look for under $100!

clockwise from top left:
1. Hive and Honey wedge booties - a must have in this tan color for $79.00, piperlime
2. Oliver sequin jacket - the center piece of the whole look for $88,00, nordstrom
3. Gorjana Chloe studs - an absolutely perfect yellow gold basic earring for $35.00, gorjana
4. Braided chain bracelet - love the Nantucket feel of the rope + the polished feel of the gold for $4.80 from 4-eva 21
5. Levis Modern Bold Curve skinny jeans - finally a skinny jean for the woman with curves in a classic wash and fit for $47.90, levis
6. Basic white tee you can't live without and at this price you don't have to, $6.80 from 4-eva
7. Pastel Polka Dot Scarf - in my book no outfit is complete without a scarf - the contrast between the sequin jacket and soft polka dot pastels leave me with a warm feeling, outfit complete for $28.75, asos 

xoxo
kiki