Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Calling All Guest Bloggers



Hiiii lovelies,

As you know, I am heading out of town next week for a tour of Italy with my husband. In an effort to keep things fun an exciting on the blog while I am away, I wanted to engage any guest bloggers that would be interested in writing posts on health, beauty, style and/or fitness. I am looking for six posts to go live while I am gone.

If interested, shoot an email to tartanandsequins@gmail.com by EOD 4/24 with your proposed post idea. I will get back to you by EOD 4/25 and let you know. Looking forward to all of the exciting posts!!

Xo J

Monday, April 21, 2014

Our Easter Brunch Recap

Easter flowers from my sweetie.

I wanted to post this update yesterday but I woke up with a sinus infection! After rushing to my Mucinex supply, downing a bunch of vitamins and sleeping the better part of the day, I am starting to feel like myself again. I have to kick this sucker before our trip to Italy next week! Okay, back to the post…

Enjoying the incredible Easter weather out on our roof.

As I mentioned last week, this year we hosted an Easter Brunch at our house. It was our first time entertaining in quite some time so we had a lot of fun prepping for it. We served Mint Juleps (just like at our wedding), mimosas, wine and beer to drink.

Mint Julep station.

This champagne bucket we got for our wedding has been a dream for entertaining!

For food, we served egg souffl├ęs, chocolate chip and plain gluten free pancakes, hash browns, beer biscuits, a ton of bacon, coconut macaroons and yummy strawberry and rhubarb crumbles and pound cakes that my friend made. It was quite the feast and almost everything was gobbled up immediately. 



After brunch, we played several rounds of Cards Against Humanity. It was my first time playing it and it was so much fun! It's very inappropriate but fun never-the-less. Have any of you ever played?!

Our Easter baskets.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Brunch


Easter is kind of a big deal in my house. My husband and I, while not being very religious at all, both always give something up for Lent, so Easter is such a fun day! This year, as with most, I gave up sweets, and my husband gave up whiskey. I'm not going to lie, the first couple of weeks were tough, the middle was fine, but now that we're so close, I can't wait to indulge!


This year, we are having a few friends over for Easter Brunch. We are making all sorts of indulgent goodies - from chocolate chip pancakes to massive amounts of bacon to cupcakes! I've been dreaming of the menu for weeks and now am so excited the day is almost here.


No Easter celebration would be complete without massive amounts of preppy pastel decorations right?! I scoured Pinterest to find inspiration, and while I'm sure our soiree will be nowhere as fancy as these, here are some of my favorites:







I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and Easter if you celebrate!

Xo J

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Espadrilles



Ahhhh espadrilles, the quintessential summer shoe. Perfect with summer dresses and jeans, the espadrille is making a big comeback this spring/summer. While celebs and bloggers alike have been rocking the Chanel ones pictured above, that just simply isn't reality for most of us. Here are some more budget-friendly (but still chic!) espadrilles:

Soludos - $36

J.Crew - $60


Topshop - $75


Splendid - $68


Rebecca Minkoff - $175

Schutz - $130


Tory Burch - $150


Rebecca Minkoff - $175

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Healthy (AND Filling) Recipes


I'm just going to come out and say it- eating healthy all of the time can be really hard! Recently, I have been working to get back into a more balanced routine where I am watching what I am eating more. I need to kick this metabolism back into gear!



Not to be dramatic, I have been STARVING. I kept referring to myself as 'the hungry hippo' because I felt like I was always hungry. That can be a trade-off sometimes right? Well after a few too many frustrating days, I scoured the internet for new filling, healthy recipes. Boy did I find some great options. In the event that any of you are deal with the same thing, here are my favorites (spoiler alert, 90% of them are from Skinnytaste):


BREAKFAST

Mixed Berry Muffins - Similar to a recipe of my mother's that I make,
I love having a muffin with hard-boiled eggs for breakfast.

SNACKS

Coconut Mango Chia Pudding - I know I am late to the party on chia seeds. This weekend, I stopped by one of my favorite juice shops for a treat after spin class and got a sample of their chia pudding after seeing someone buy it. It was incredible, I bought some and then proceeded to make it a couple of days later bc I couldn't get it out of my mind. This version is probably a lot healthier but just as yummy!


Zucchini Tots - Like I said, I felt like I was still hungry after my meals so I looked for something healthy to either add as a side, or have as a snack.
These tots did just the trick! They are easy to make in big batches and oh-so-yummy.

Cauliflower Fritters - Another great addition to any meal or snack, these fritters are the bomb.com.
I feel like I'm cheating when I eat them because they are SO GOOD.


LUNCH/DINNER

Greek Couscous -  Holy eff this is amazing. I made it last night and I cannot wait to have the leftovers for lunch.
It's really easy to make (just involves a some chopping) and tastes divine.


Lavash Pizza - This has quickly become a household favorite! The lavash we buy comes with three sheets so I've tried a few versions.
Mushroom, olive and sun-dried tomato pizza and a white pizza with just mushrooms, garlic, truffle and cheese. YUM!

Three Cheese Tortellini Mushroom Soup - I always wondered why people made soup when it was so easy to buy, then, on a blustery day, I decided to try this soup recipe. OMG my mind was blown.
It was incredibly delicious and made a ton of leftovers, which I love.


Looking for more healthy recipes? Here are some of my old favorites :)


Xo J

Monday, April 7, 2014

Comfort Zone


By this point, I am pretty aware of what styles work for me and what styles don't. However, in my quest for chic styles for Italy, a friend suggested this adorable Yumi Kim dress. Although outside of my usual comfort zone, I was immediately smitten with it. Navy is one of my two favorite colors (hello wedding), the heart print is too cute, and the cut of the dress will be flattering after one too many pieces of pizza.


The dress is so breezy and cute, I'm obsessed. I plan on wearing it during the day as pictured here and then throwing on some cute wedges and fun jewelry for dinner. Can our trip get here already? ;)

Ray Ban Aviators, Yumi Kim Dress, Louis Vuitton Bag, Jack Purcell Sneakers, Adriana Orsini Earrings
Hair and Makeup by the fabulous ladies at The Social Beauty Co (recognize this broad?)


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lovely Lavender



With pastels being back for spring, I have been on the hunt for the perfect pastels pieces to fold into my wardrobe. When I saw this J.Crew sweater (here is a similar version in cashmere), I knew we were a match made in heaven. I was so jazzed about my new lavender sweater that I wore it the next day with my "chandelier" necklace as I call it, dark jeans and grey suede wedges. A new favorite combo.

Prada SunglassesJ.Crew Sweater, Necklace (similar), Abercrombie & Fitch Jeans,
DKNY Booties (last seen 
here), Dooney & Bourke Bag




In the market for a lavender sweater too? Check out these options: