Feb 24, 2021

The Structured Shoulder @ Balmain

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

Hello Wednesday. You have made it through HUMP DAY! YAH!

In an effort to entertain and inform, I offer a little “style levity”  today and  feature some MAJOR structured shoulder detail courtesy of the Balmain Spring 2021 Collection.

This collection leaves me to wonder if the shoulder pad is coming back in a BIG way? I guess only time will tell…

All images Courtesy of Vogue.com Runway/Balmain

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Feb 22, 2021

Trending Spring Summer Color Report

Posted By: Terri

Spring is closer than you think In fact the good news is that Spring officially starts in a mere 26 days-March 20, 2021. Bearing in mind that we all need something to look forward I thought you might want the 411 on the official Spring Summer Color Trends -Courtesy of Pantone.

And the Biggest news (when it comes to color for the Season is:

The two major colors of the Spring/ have been deemed: Illuminating Yellow & Ultimate Grey

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Feb 22, 2021

Monday Moment of Inspiration

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

As we embark upon another week and I think it’s a wonderful reminder that sometimes it’s darkest before the DAWN. Wishing you  a week full of bright moments and wonderful surprises that fill your heart with hope. Praying for the people of Texas and all those dealing with the continuing Covid crisis.


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Feb 17, 2021

Let’s talk Shoe Storage

Posted By: Terri
Category: Closet Organization

Today’s topic is one near and dear to my heart…shoe storage.
In my humble opinion…you can never have enough shoes or for that matter ways to display your perfect pairs of pumps. Full disclosure.. I’m am a major shoe addict and I have a feeling I have allot of company.

Shoe storage is key when it comes to organizing one’s closet. If you’re a shoe hoarder-there is absolutely no need to be ashamed because when all is said and done I’m a firm believer that when it comes to shoes –you don’t have a shoe problem you have a storage problem. Tee He. There are oodles of  shoe storage solutions for your closet  if you happen to be short on space, I’ve highlighted  a few fabulous solutions to get you organized and free up some space for….more shoes.

 

Positioning is everything…Easy to find and view heel height when you display in this simple way.

“Raise the bar”-Install bars on the back of your closet doors or purchase already assembled hanging bars over the closet door.

A Picture is worth a 1000 words * Photograph your shoes and post on front of storage box to find in a moments notice.

Soerreo Shoe Storage Slots (Amazon) 10 pieces for $16.39

Bed Bath & Beyond Madison Park Sasha Round Ottoman $102.99 (additional colors available)

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Feb 16, 2021

National Pancake Day is TODAY

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Today is….ta dah dah dah National Pancake Day, one of the all time favorite comfort foods. I mean who doesn’t love pancakes? I have such happy memories of enjoying this delish dish growing up. Every Sunday my Dad would be at the griddle helm and make pancakes for the family. This was a major bonus for Mom as she could sit and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee while waiting for Dad to flip and serve his delicious pancakes. As  I scoured the web for the best of the best pancake recipes you can make at home, I have uncovered not one but 2 that should quell your pancake cravings.

Enjoy and  have a Happy National Pancake Day.

Best Pancake Recipe  EVER

(Secret ingredient & 5 Star Reviews…)

(Courtesy of TheWholesomeDish.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Butter for greasing the pan -about 3 tablespoons
  • Maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add the milk, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until combined. It’s ok to have small lumps of sour cream.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir just until no large clumps of dry flour remain, trying not to over mix. The batter should be very lumpy.
  • Melt about 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat until lightly bubbling and light brown.
  • Ladle the batter into the skillet making 3-4 pancakes (about 1/4 cup of batter each). Cook 3-4 minutes, until bubbles form on top of each pancake and the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Flip the pancakes. Cook 1-2 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.
  • Carefully wipe out any excess browned butter with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining butter and pancake batter.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup.

 

Fluffy Greek Yogurt Pancakes

These Fluffy Greek Yogurt Pancakes are light and delicious, plus packed with protein! The recipe is easy and fast, so perfect for a busy morning breakfast!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Servings: 12 pancakes
Calories: 140kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cups plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup white flour)
  • 1 TBSP sugar or sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Toppings: blueberries, maple syrup, Greek yogurt, orange zest, nuts whipped cream

Instructions

  • Whisk eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and milk together until well combined and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, if desired, and whisk again until a smooth batter forms.
  • Drop by 1/3 cup onto heated griddle coated with butter. Cook until small bubbles form and pop on top of pancake. Flip and continue cooking on the other side until golden brown.
  • Serve warm with blueberries, maple syrup and nut topping.
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Feb 15, 2021

Suiting UP…Vintage Style

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Fashion tips

Hello Monday, andddd Happy Presidents Day. As many of us are still working from home and in no need to SUIT UP for the work day I thought a little style inspiration  to give you a much needed style lift…might be in order.

Here’s a look back at some lovely Vintage suiting courtesy of Lilli Ann (an upscale shop that offered women a bevy of beautiful clothing-back in the day).and some style tips to keep you motivated going forward.

When all is said and done I think we can all agree that what we choose to wear each day can absolutely  affect how we feel. A mood boost is sometimes as simple as dressing up or at the very least looking at some beautiful style inspiration. Enjoy!

Jean Patchett in Norma Norell *Photo by John Rawlings for Vogue February 1, 1951

Style Notes:

  • Great tailoring
  • Cinched in waist to define figure,
  • V-Neckline
  • Tapered skirting (Elongates the body  and makes one appear taller and slimmer).

 

“Good taste” stands the test of time.

Dorian Leigh Photo by Roger Prigent Harpers Bazaar January 1955

Enjoy and Happy Monday.

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Feb 15, 2021

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

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Feb 10, 2021

Heart Shaped Dessert Delights

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I have sourced 4 easy peasy desserts that are sure to quell your sweet cravings.  Enjoy to your hearts content.

Chocolate Raspberry Hearts.

Ingredients

1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet

 1/3 cup hazelnut spread with cocoa

 24 raspberries

 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

 1 egg, beaten

 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

 

Easy step by step

Step One

Heat oven to 375°F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.

Step 2

 Unroll dough sheet; cut into 8 squares. Place squares on cookie sheet.

Step  3

Spoon 2 teaspoons of the hazelnut spread onto 1 side of each square. Top each with 3 raspberries and 4 chocolate chips. Fold dough over filling; press edges to seal. Form each into heart shape as shown by pressing indentation in center to form top of heart while rounding sides of heart with hands. Brush with egg.

Step  4

Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until hearts are golden brown.

 Step 5

 In small microwavable bowl, mix remaining 1 tablespoon hazelnut spread and remaining 1 tablespoon chocolate chips. Microwave uncovered on High 45 to 60 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Spoon into resealable food-storage plastic bag. Seal bag; cut off tiny corner of bag. Sprinkle hearts with powdered sugar. Squeeze bag to drizzle each with chocolate mixture.

Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury.com

Two easy ways that you can cut the cake.   

Strawberry Delights

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Feb 8, 2021

Monday Closet Inspiration…

Posted By: Terri

Nothing puts a spring in my step like a beautifully organized and styled closet…

Style your closet shelving with shoes and handbags and anything that makes you feel special…. (aka beautiful bottles, trays, jewelry, books..etc.)

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Feb 8, 2021

Monday “Kindly”Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

I’m a big believer that what the world could use right now is a major dose of kindness.

The quarantine and ensuing shutdown has made us all a bit anxious to say the least.  I cannot blame anyone for feeling  out of sorts, hedging on irritable but I continue to endorse the notion that we will all get through this difficult time a whole lot better with a daily dose of kindness…. not only to each other but to ourselves. 

An act of kindness or generosity doesn’t have to cost you anything. In fact, it can be as simple as a cheerful Hello, opening a door for someone, paying a parking meter that’s about to expire or just going a smidge out of you way for someone in need.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and hoping that you find time in your day to extend a simple act of kindness.

 

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