Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend everyone! Not only is it the weekend, it's also Halloween AND Daylight's Saving! You know what that means. . . . an extra hour of sleep! I'm sure we can all use that. Winston also wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

Any fun plans? Winston, the hubby and I are going to watch scary movies and hand out candy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thank God for raw hide bones

So we gave Winston his very first rawhide bone, and it's probably the best thing we have ever done! DOn't get me wrong, I love my puppy. But he is a handfull!! We have to constantly monitor him and watch our feet so he doesn't bite us. It's like having a baby! Once we gave him a bone, it kept him busy for hours! It gave mommy and daddy a break! So while puppy was occupied, I was able to snap some picture of some new outfits:

I got this top at the Ann Taylor outlet. It was on sale for buy one top, get one half off. I got another basic black turtleneck. I am wearing a Gap black cardigan over it.

This is the Tory Burch dress I got. This could be my Easter dress, who knows :)

Ann Taylor Loft Sweater dress in grey. Love this. Please get cold so I can bust it out.

Ann Taylor Loft ruffle top (got this a month or so ago) and Trina Turk skirt.

Black Gap cardigan, J.Crew frances top and Banana Republic high waisted pinstrip pencil skirt.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Weekend: Outlet shopping, puppies & baking

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent Saturday doing some outlet shopping. My biggest score of the day was this Tory Burch dress:

It was originally $295, and I got it for $70!! It is very flattering on, and it will definitely be worn come spring/summer.

I spent the rest of the weekend playing with Winston and baking (see post below).
I can't believe how fast my puppy is growing! He is heavier everytime I pick him up! Here is a current picture:

I hope you have a great weekend!

Pumpkin Baking Spree

So in honor of fall and Halloween coming up, I decided to go on a little bit of a pumpkin baking spree. I LOVE pumpkin. Like seriously love everything that is made with pumpkin. So I researched some recipes and gave them a shot this weekend. Here are my top two:

1.) Pumpkin Cheesecake:

1 1/2 cups graham crumbs
5 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sugar

3- 8oz.pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
Whipped Cream

Mix crust ingredients together, just till coated and crumbly. Press onto the bottom and 2/3 up the sides of an 8" springform pan. Bake for 5 min. at 350. Set aside.
Combine cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl, mix until smooth with an electric mixer. add pumpkin eggs, and spices, beat till smooth and creamy. Pour into the crust. Bake for 60-70 min. or till the top turns a bit darker. Remove from oven and allow to come to room temperature, then refrigerate. After it has thoroughly chilled, remove the pan sides and cut. Serve with whipped cream.

This is yummy! I have to admit, I cheated a little and bought a crust instead of making this one. But it's delicious. The cheesecake doesn't really look pretty, but it tastes delicious! This one won't last long in my house!

2.) Pumpkin Bread

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp clove

Mix flour, salt, sugar and baking soda together in one bowl. Mix pumpkin, oil, eggs, water and spices together in another bowl. Once completely blended, add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Mix all together and then pour into a well-greased bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minuts.

I also highly recommend this recipe. YUM!


Monday, October 19, 2009

I <3 sweater dresses

I picked up this sweater dress on Sunday, and I am really loving it!! I got it at Ann Taylor Loft:

It doesn't come with the undershirt - just a short-sleeved sweater dress. It comes in grey and black I believe. I will definitely be sporting this soon, with my new tall black Uggs! This is one of the reasons I love fall!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My current J.Crew wish list

Since I've been so busy with the new pup, I haven't been doing a lot of shopping lately (which, of course, is good for the wallet). Today, however, Winston has been pretty mellow, so I took this opportunity to browse around online (while he naps in my lap :)). Here are some of things of my wish list now:

J.Crew Dapple Dot Cardigan. I haven't seen it IRL yet, but it looks super cute online. Anyone tried it on?

J.Crew Minnie Pants. I tried these on and love them. I'm waiting for them to come down a little. . . or for a discount code.

I have also decided to invest in another pair of Uggs. I have the short ones in the chestnut color, and I am thinking of getting a pair of the tall Uggs, in either black or chocolate. Any suggestions? I am leaning toward black, only because I can wear them with black leggings this fall.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weekend with the Parents

So my parents are in town this weekend to visit "the grandpuppy" (well, they say they came to visit me, but I know better), and my mom and I decided lunch at The Ivy was a must. So today we headed over to Robertson for a nice lunch at The Ivy. I think The Ivy is a fun place to go every now and then. Many people think it's overrated, but if you go there knowing it's a touristy place, it's not bad. It has been hot here (like 80-90), so here is what I wore:

Lunch at the Ivy
It's a casual restaurant, so I was dressed appropriately for sure. We had a great time, even though there were no celebrity sightings. Tomorrow I think it's time for some football and maybe some shopping!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. My time and attention has been spent on the below:

I mean, look at that face, how could I resist! My new puppy has been really good so far. He is smart and is learning quickly. He is also growing so quickly! He feels heavier everytime I pick him up! Needless to say, he is keeping the hubby and I SUPER busy. Other than that, I have been decorating and preparing for fall, my favorite season. Today it was actually chilly out, which made me super happy!
On another note, my hubby's birthday is about a month away, and I am trying to start brainstorming early. Why are hubbies so difficult to buy for???? I have already done the wallet, watch, etc. things. So now what do I get him??? I need your help!
I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Short but Sweet

Hey guys, this post is going to be short because I am pretty pooped from a weekend of puppy training and playing! We picked up the puppy on Friday afternoon and then started introducing him to his new home. He seemed to adjust quite well! He caught on to the whole potty training thing verrrrrry quickly. He goes right to the door when he needs to go out. So smart! For now, that is a good thing, but he may get too smart rather quickly! Here are some pictures of my new baby:

I am loving my puppy, even though he is a lot of work!