Homemade Happy Hour: Moscow Mule

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Moscow Mule

Ingredients:
1 Shot of Vodka
1 Cup of Ginger Beer
3-4 Ice Cubes
Slice of Lime
Frozen Blueberries (Optional)
1/2 T Agave Nectar (Optional)
*My Twist: Add blueberries and mint leaves

My all-time favorite happy hour drink is a Moscow Mule. I love the mixture of ginger beer and vodka, with the hint of lime! Since the ingredients are so simple, I decided to give it a try, and add my own little twist. In my opinion, there is really no particular order to add the ingredients, but I did ice, vodka, ginger beer, lime, blueberries, mint leaves, and agave nectar. After topping it off and mixing it up, I thoroughly enjoyed every sip! It was so easy to make, so I suggest you try it! If you have copper cups that you plan on using, I highly suggest placing them in the freezer the night or hours before – it helps keep the drink a bit cooler and refreshing!

What is your favorite happy hour drink?

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Road Trip Playlist: Mammoth

Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 11.43.44 PMA road trip is never complete without a playlist. I am the type of person who spends hours upon hours putting together a very intricate playlist. I consider the people who will be in the car with me, our surroundings, and our destination. Okay, maybe you don’t have to go that in depth when creating a playlist, but good music is vital for the drive.

The below playlist is for our mini road trip to Mammoth this coming weekend. It contains folky, indie, country, soulful music, which I feel are staples for a Mammoth trip. Nothing like listening to some Johnnyswim and The Civil Wars, while making my way through the Eastern Sierra! Check it out!

Leave a comment with some of your favorite Road Trip songs that we could add to our list!

Weekend Wardrobe: Budget finds from Forever 21 & Target

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Happy Sunday beauties! I had the best weekend sipping PSLs with besties and going to the farmers market and playing with puppies! It was a simple weekend of little pleasures, but those are seriously my fave! I’m anticipating a serious case of the #MONDAYBLUES mañana after this peaceful little perfect weekend.

Today’s ootd was Free People inspired but on a total Forever 21 / Target budget (WINNING!). I’m always trying to branch out and find fun bohemian pieces on a budget because I’m otherwise known to go overboard at Free People or Planet Blue << these shops are my weakness! This week, I rediscovered my love for Forever 21 & Tarjay Boutique and embraced fashion on a budget!

This Week’s Look:
◊ Skirt – Forever 21 ◊
◊ Top – Forever 21 ◊
◊ Necklace – Jasper Plum ◊
◊ Shoes – Target ◊
◊ Sunnies – Target ◊

Fish Burrito Bowl

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Ingredients:
Brown Rice
Black Beans (Unsalted)
Black Olives
Sliced Carrots
Bell Peppers
Onions
Tomatoes
Corn
Fish (Mahi Mahi, Tilapia)
Lime
Cilantro

Fish Seasoning Ingredients:
Chili Powder
Cumin
Cayenne Pepper
Garlic Powder (pinch)
Lemon Pepper

*Don’t forget avocado like i did :(

Since, burrito bowls are my favorite item to order at Chipotle, I decided to give it a go and make my own version of the delicious meal. I do have to say that I was not well-prepared, but with that being said, it all tasted pretty great! But in the blogging world, it is really all about the photos…right? Hehe.

I started by cooking the brown rice, since it would take a bit longer than any of the other ingredients. While it was cooking, I chopped up my veggies and seasoned my fish with all sort of yummy seasonings. Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like, but I went with what I had in my cupboard and sounded good. As soon as the pan heated up, I placed down my pieces of fish to start cookin! WOOHOO!

While the fish was cooking, I made sure to put the black beans and corn on the stove, since those took the least amount of time to prepare. As soon as my fish was done cooking, I added in my veggies (alongside of the cooked fish), which allowed the veggies to simmer in the same seasoning base as my fish! Soon thereafter, the layering began – brown rice, black beans, corn, veggies, black olives, and fish! I topped off the dish with some green salsa, cilantro and lime, which gave the dish the perfect KICK! Yay to a successful recipe and meal! Your move Chipotle! (JK. Their bowl is obvi 10x’s better…that cilantro lime rice though)

enjoy :)

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Weekend Wardrobe: Kimchi Blue, Bebe, Anthropologie

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This weekend was all about being bohemian chic. I wasn’t sure where the day would take me yesterday, so I wanted to be ready for any situation be it casual / artsy / dressy. We ended up going to a street jazz festival (artsy), followed by dinner at one of my faveee restaus (dressier), followed by game night back at home (casual). Turns out my outfit was versatile enough for all!

Since my dress has a patterned lace overlay, I decide to opt out of wearing a belt or any loud jewelry. I kept earrings and necklaces simple, then decorated my wrists with a chunky sequined cloth bracelet and a few bangles (and my Jaw Bone Up Band, obviii).

This weekend’s look:

◊ Dress – Kimchi Blue ◊
◊ Shoes – Anthropologie (forever ago!) ◊
◊ Purse – Bebe ◊
◊ Necklaces – Leola Lace ◊
◊ Cloth Bracelet – Anthropologie ◊

Boutique Hunter: Leola Lace

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Store: Leola Lace

Location: 301 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: Mon – Closed, Tue -Sun 11am-7pm

What You’ll Find: Leola Lace has a wide variety of clothing styles, ranging from classic chic to bohemian. They also have a fabulous selection of purses and totes, along with beautiful pieces of both bold and dainty jewelry. The boutique usually has new styles and items on display each week, which means you should shop by once a week so you don’t miss out!

What We Loved: The owner and the employees (they are the sweetest), the interior design (succulents, terrariums, cloth covering windows), the wide variety of dainty necklaces and rings, and the sales rack!

Price Range: The jewelry usually ranges from $12 -$15, but there are a selection of higher quality pieces, ranging from $20-$30. The  tops are around $20+ and dresses are $35+, but Larissa and I did find some great items on the sales rack (You’ll see if you keep scrolling)!

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♥ Looks we Loved ♥

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• The emerald dress can be paired with a blazer for work, then stripped down to expose the open back for cocktails and a night out on the town! A great outfit for a top knot bun too!
• The boxy, hot pink dress would be easy to slip on for work, and since the look is very bold, all you’ll need to complete the outfit are simple black heels! In the evening, ditch the work bag for a cute patterned clutch!
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• The long sleeved lavender dress is perfect for both summer and fall/winter. The light and refreshing palette can be great during a cool summer’s day, complemented with bold jewelry and wedges. When fall rolls around, you could easily pair the dress up with tights/leggings and boots!

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• The patterned pencil skirt and crop top are perfect for a day date/event, and paired perfectly with a dainty drop down necklace, heels/flats, and clutch.

*Instagram your purchase and tag @leolalace @halfsiesblog for an opportunity to be featured on our account!

Soba Noodle Dish

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Ingredients:
Soba Noodles
Tofu
Takuan (Japanese pickled radish)
Red ginger
Cucumbers
Green beans
Soba sauce

*Most of the ingredients you could find at your local grocery store. You could also go to the Japanese store (Marukai) to get the soba noodles, takuan, red ginger, and soba sauce.

Fill a cooking pot with about a quart of water (depending on the amount of noodles you are making). As soon as the water comes to a boil, carefully place the soba noodles in the pot. Stir noodles as they cook for 3-4 minutes. When the time is up, quickly pour the noodles in a colander bowl, while running cold water to cool the noodles. You can also add ice cubes to the noodles to keep them chilled.

While the noodles are cooling, you can cut the tofu, green beans and cucumbers that will be placed on top of your noodles. Feel free to add fish, beef, or chicken to the dish. Once the noodles are cool enough, place them in a dish, add your toppings, and pour about a 1/2 cup of soba sauce on top. Enjoy :)

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Weekend Wardrobe: Urban Outfitters, Anthropolgie, Leola Lace

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This weekend’s look:

◊ Dress – Urban Outfitters ◊
◊ Shoes – Anthropologie ◊
◊ Necklace – Leola Lace ◊

 

Fall Wishlist

NEED LIST

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New York Fashion Week always brings me inspiration, enlightenment, and a really looonnnngggggg NEED LIST!!! These are the little gems that I’m drooling over for Fall:

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest 
Wrap-effect wool and cashmere-blend skirt by Burberry 
Natural Tree-Stump Side Table by West Elm 
Leopard-print calf hair iPhone 5 case by The Case Factory 
Sontag down parka with fur-trimmed hood by Altuzarra 
Rockstud Leather Gloves by Valentino

Need it too? Shop with these links:

 BOOK // SKIRT // STUMP // CASE // PARKA // GLOVES

Street Style: Fall Dresses

You may recognize this beautiful babe because, wellllllp, who wouldn’t? She’s fabulous and stylish… and she’s one of our very best friends!

She showed up like this for breakfast with the girls, making effortless look unachievable. Either way, this chica is Fall-ready wearing subdued, earthy tones and neutral wedges. The busy pattern and colors of her dress get all the attention, which is why we LOVE the way she kept her accessories and makeup simple! Skinny belt, single watch, & middle part? Check, check, check!

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See more model photos of this babe

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