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Valentine’s Day

Image of thigh high boots and a floral dress

Happy Galentine’s/ Valentine’s Day to  all the couples and single people out there (aka moi).

This year I’ll be celebrating the holiday with my favorite gal pals, a little dinner, a little shopping, a lot of indulging (it’s fine because it’s a holiday).

Also I just realized it’s been FOREVER since I posted a lookbook and I wanted to rectify this situation so I put together this little Galentine’s/Valentine’s day look. I’m am borderline obsessed with this outfit. The dress has this beautiful floral pattern and bell sleeves which serves major boho vibes which I’m all about.

The boots left me speechless. I’m shook. It is almost impossible to find thigh boots when you’re a plus size woman and these Make Me Chic boots are the perfect fit. They have an adjustable lace at the top of the boot so you can customize the fit.

I was terrified about ordering thigh high boots online and everyone told me it was a bad idea but I did it anyway… and thank goodness I did! So, my plus size ladies if you’re looking for a nice thigh high boot check out these boots, you won’t be sorry.

Image of black thigh high boots and a floral dress

As you can see, this look really brought out the sass in me and I’m not mad about it.

Until next time my friends!

Photos shot by Nicole Rose 

Your Journey

Caution, windy roads ahead.

When I was a child I always wished I was older so I could get to do all the cool things life had to offer like go to homecoming, prom, date, attend college and travel. While trying to tap into my past and reminisce, I realized that I had spent majority of my life wishing I was somewhere else than where I was in life. I literally wanted to fast forward to the good parts. Typical adolescent behavior, but now that I am 24 (almost 25) I don’t really feel that way anymore.

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Let’s Get Toasty

Image of Avocado toast and blueberry toast

Today we are going to get very toasty. Not warm weather kind of toasty, but the bread kind of toasty.

TBH, toast and smoothie bowl (post coming soon) are my go to breakfasts. They’re easy, take no time at all and honestly pretty damn delicious.

You may be thinking “toast? isn’t that a little boring?”

On the contrary my friend.

It’s how you dress up your toast, that’s what keeps things interesting.

Today, I sharing my favorite toast combinations. You can eat them for breakfast, or for any meal at that.

Typically when I have toast, I have both  savory and sweet because I can never decide which one I want.

In this case I made spicy avocado toast and apple butter toast topped with blueberries.

Image of avocado toast and apple butter toast topped with blueberries

YUM.

What You Need – Avocado Toast

You need one ripe avocado

Garlic salt, onion powder, pepper

A lot of chili flakes (optional)

Bread of Choice toasted

How To

– Mash up your avocado

– Add garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and combine

– Spread evenly on your bread of choice (I love oatmeal or sprouted bread)

– Top with a lot of chili flakes

– Most importantly, stuff your face.

What You Need – Apple Butter Toast

Apple Butter  you can find some at your local farmers market or here)

Blueberries

Bread of choice toasted

How To

– Spread apple butter evenly on toast

– Top with blueberries

– Most importantly, stuff your face.

 

 

These recipes are so easy, and healthy.

Try them out and let me know what you think!

 

How To: Plan A Party

Fun Fact. I love planning party’s and events.

It brings me pure excitement.

Most recently someone asked me what my favorite part of planning events and I was stuck for a little bit. I really do love everything about it, even the hiccups.

I’ve been working in this field professionally for some time and I’ve come up with a little worksheet for each event or party I plan.

Disclaimer: I use this for larger parties. You can totally use it for smaller parties if you want too!

Budget – Be realistic, how much are you willing to spend on EVERYTHING (food, beverages, space rental, party favors etc.) This ensures that you don’t over spend and purchase only what you need for the festivities.

Location & Date – Do this early, especially if you need to rent out a space. The earlier the better! Also consult with some of the party goers to make sure the date works.

Theme – This is very important! This ties in the the decor and sometimes the type of food and beverage you are going to serve. For example, if your party is Luau themed, you probably don’t want to serve your guests greek food or tacos? You know?

Decor – This also goes with the theme. I love hitting up my local party store for decor but to be honest my favorite thing is to make decorations myself. Be realistic, and make sure it’s doable! I don’t know how many times I believed that I could make something on my own and it turned out to be a hot mess. So buy what you need and only make what you’re comfortable with. Pinterest is my BEST friend. When I’m in the early stages of planning I make a Pinterest board dedicated to decor.

Food & Drink – This another very important step especially if you decide to cater, you should first talk to potential caters to make sure your party is something they’ll be able to do. When you get the okay, place your food order! Now if your caterer provides beverages I always suggest taking it, it’s less work for you! But…if they don’t offer it no worries! I found the coolest little cheat sheet for beverages (and food). If you decide to make food yourself, plan it out in advance so you’re not running around the day of.

A graphic explaining how much food and drink you need to serve at a party.

 

 

Guest list – Make this in advance so you know how much food, drink and party favors to order.

Party Favors – You don’t need to have party favors if you don’t want to. I always like to give people a little something to remember the event. For my aunt birthday we had candy filled wine glasses (from etsy) and it was a huge hit!

Social Media Stuff – Create a hashtag! They’re easy to come up with and it’s a great way to keep track of photos of your party as well! Although hashtags are awesome Snapchat geofilters are my favorite for parties! They’re customizable, inexpensive and everyone loves them!

I hope you found this post helpful!

Let me know if you’re interested in more party related posts!

The link to the worksheet can be found below.

How To: Plan A Party

2016 Reflections

Image of a cup of coffee, a book, and photos of Dahlia

2016.

I brought in 2016 alone in a hotel room in Iowa. I was following the presidential campaigns for my job at the time and I remember being a little sad because I was away from my family and friends, but also optimistic about 2016 would bring. So in my little hotel room nestled right next to the Des Moines International Airport I promised to work hard and be open to whatever came my way.

Did I work hard? Yeah.

I produced some of my best work.

Was I open to whatever came my way? Yeah.

2016 brought me more independence, a strong sense of confidence, discipline and patience; all characteristics I lacked the year before. I’m feeling more blessed and thankful than ever.

In 2017 I’m going to work much harder to manifest what I want in my life. Exhibit gratitude on a daily basis and take better care of myself.

All things that are easier said than done.

It’s going to be a journey, but that’s the fun part.

2016, peace out.

2017, Hey how’s it going? I’ve been expecting you.

 

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