Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recipe Wednesday: Simple Burgers With Caramelized Onions And Cheddar Cheese On Toasted Pretzel Buns

Hello again! I have anther recipe post to share with you. My sweet mother-in-law gave us some fresh ground Texas beef from a family friend's ranch and it inspired me to make some simple hamburgers. I knew the quality of beef would be outstanding, so I did not want to make anything complex or use too many ingredients. I started searching for a recipe that could inspire me. I found this little gem from Skinny Mom and I changed it slightly to get exactly what I was looking for.  I also added some sliced cheddar cheese and grilled onions and served it all on a toasted pretzel bun because they are Travis' favorite. I hope you enjoy this delicious summer treat!

Simple Hamburgers With Caramelized Onions And Cheddar Cheese On Pretzel Buns 



  •  1 pound of ground beef, preferably 80-85% lean
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon of paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce 
  • Pretzel buns
  • Sliced mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 sweet vidalia onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil     



Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Place your ground beef into a bowl. Add your salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce to the bowl and combine with the beef. Form into 4-5 patties. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add your oil and onions to the skillet and cook until caramelized. Place your burgers on your hot grill and cook about 4 minutes per side. Add your cheese during your last 2 minutes. Toast your pretzel buns slightly on the grill. Assemble burgers, serve, and enjoy! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Ripped Jeans And Easy Tee's

Hey guys! I wanted to share with you all today a simple, casual outfit that I wore just hanging around the house yesterday. I know I have already told you how much I love these Gap shirts, and now they are on sale in all colors for $7.95 a peice! You cannot beat that. I also wanted to sport these new shoes I ordered last week. My friend Tia has the same pair and I've had my eye on them ever since she bought them. She told me she loved them and that they were so comfortable, so I decided to snag them myself! I hope you enjoy this easy look! 

Top: Gap HERE
Jeans: Gap, similar HERE
Shoes: Dolce Vita via. Piperlime, available via Nordstrom HERE
Belt: Banana Republic HERE
Earrings: Stella and Dot HERE
Hair: Bellmai Ciao Bella Curling Wand c/o 32mm attachment HERE
Styling Product: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vertical Stripes

Hello again guys! I wanted to share with you today this simple, easy dress that will definitely become one of my summer staples. I have always looked for a flattering tunic dress but have never seemed to find one that I really like. I prefer my clothes to have a shape to them so they give me a more slimming effect, but sometimes you just want to be casual and comfortable. While shopping with my sweet mother-in-law, we found this dress! My friend Tia had actually tried it on a few weeks earlier, but she wasn't to fond of the way it looked with her cute pregnant belly. When I saw that it was on sale the next time, I decided to give it a go. I'm not sure if its the soft, weighted fabric or the vertical stripe but I fell in love. It is so comfy and easy, and I think even flattering. It looks great with flat sandals, but I decided to dress it up this weekend for a date night with the Hubs. I hope you enjoy this summer look! 


 Dress: Anthropologie (still available in some stores) similar HERE
Shoes: Sam and Libby for Target similar HERE
Necklace: Kendra Scott HERE
Bag: Michael Kors HERE
Hair: Bellami Ciao Bella Curling Wand c/o 32mm attachment HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A Blue Picnic

Hey guys! I have a pretty casual post today of what I wore on a picnic date with the Hubs. It was warm outside, so I wanted to keep it simple. I have been loving shorts from Banana Republic lately because they are the perfect length and seem to fit just right. Also, I'm pretty sure I have this Gap shirt in almost every color it comes in. I love accenting these neutral cool blues with a bright pop of color, and this day I went for pink. Trav and I had also just watched "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and the character Agatha inspired me to do these Dutch milk maid braids. I hope you enjoy this casual outfit!

Top: Gap HERE
Shorts: Banana Republic similar HERE
Belt: Talbots (gift from my mother-in-law) similar HERE
Earrings: Kate Spade via. Nordstrom (birthday gift from friends) HERE
Shoes: similar HERE
Hair: Fave4hair Style Stay c/o HERE


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Hidden Gem

Hello again! I wanted to share with you all today this gorgeous new dress my sweet mother in law got for me a few weeks ago. It was a part of the Banana Republic  Marimekko Collection. I had my eye on it when the collection first was launched but it seemed that everything was sold out almost as quickly as it was launched, so I thought I had missed my chance. While shopping, we discovered it on sale and only in my size! It was meant to be!!! I love the bright colors and bold pattern in the dress. It makes it very unique and a true stand out peice. Paired with a Dutch braid and a fun orange-red lip, it is the perfect statement making outfit!

Dress: Banana Republic Marimekko Collection (sold out online, on sale in some stores) 
Earrings: Opaque Lion via Shoplately (search "Green Statement Earrings") HERE
Shoes: Cole Haan (old) similar HERE
Lipstick: MAC Lady Danger HERE
Hair: Fave4hair Style Stay c/o HERE


Monday, July 07, 2014

Fourth Of July 2014

Happy Monday everyone! I know today is rough considering we are all coming back from a lovely long holiday weekend, but I think we can think positively and make it a great start to this week. I wanted to share with you all today my Fourth of July outfit. My sweet mother bought me these Banana Republic shorts a little while back and I have been loving them! The linen fabric is so comfortable and the high waisted fit is just my style. When she was visiting last weekend, she also gave me these gorgeous Tory Burch espadrilles and we each fell in love with this beautiful J Crew scarf, so naturally we both had to have it. I know I probably shouldn't have worn a Sicily scarf on the Fourth of July, but I thought the colors were perfect so why not! I also love mixing pendant necklaces with my scarves to add a bit of sparkle. My Kendra Scott Rayne necklace brought out the turquoise in the scarf perfectly. I hope you enjoy this holiday look!

 Top: Old Navy HERE
Shorts: Banana Republic, similar HERE
Scarf: J Crew HERE
Shoes: Tory Burch HERE
Necklace: Kendra Scott HERE
Hair: Bellami Ciao Bella Curling Wand c/o 25mm attachment HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE



Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Moms And I At Blushington And The Drybar

Hello again everyone! I hope you all have a fun Fourth of July holiday this weekend. The Hubs and I are planning a fun little staycation here in Dallas. He was away in Canada for ten days fishing with his father, so we need a little one on one time and I am so excited for our relaxing weekend together. This past weekend my parents and my mother-in-law came in town to visit and keep me company until the boys got home on Sunday. We had a blast trying new restaurants and shopping of course, so you will be seeing some fun new outfits the next couple of weeks. 

On Mother's Day, a local make up boutique called Blushington held a contest. To enter, you had to Instagram a picture of yourself and your mother and explain why she deserved to win a fun gift basket full of items to pamper her. I could not believe it, but they chose the picture of my mother! I was so excited to tell my mom about her gift, especially because she had no idea she was even entered into the contest. Part of her winnings was a free makeup application from Blushington and a gift card to The Drybar for a blowout. We decided to take advantage of her prizes this past weekend and my mom, mother-in-law and I all went to Blushington and The Drybar to get pampered. Blushington is an adorable boutique that offers professional makeup applications, air brushed makeup, facial waxing, lash and brow tinting, and eyelash extensions. The Drybar is a blowout boutique created just for styling hair. No cuts, no color, just blowouts. I have been to The Drybar several times for that perfect signature blowout, but it was my first time ever to have my makeup applied at Blushington. It was such an amazing experience. The professionals who did our hair and makeup we so nice and we absolutely loved the end result. Both Blushington and The Drybar would be the perfect places to treat yourself to prepare for a big event, like a prom or a wedding, or for a simple date night. It also helps that they are right next door, so you do not have to travel far. We will definitely be back for round two!

Makeup: Blushington HERE
Hair: The Drybar HERE