2.19.2019

Five Ways To Style A Faux Leather Skirt





Faux Leather Skirt // Bee Graphic Tee // Faux Leather Jacket // Booties // Aviator Sunglasses

Faux Leather Skirt // Gingham Blouse // Buffalo Check Top // Red Heels // Red Lipstick


Faux Leather Skirt // Leopard Top // Black Pumps // Work Wear

Faux Leather Skirt // Chambray and Lace Top // Leopard Heels

Faux Leather Skirt // Black Tank // Faux Leather Jacket //  Polka Dot Scarf // Ankle Strap Heels

Hi Friends!  I hope you are having a great week so far.  It is looking like rain every day this week in WNC, so you may need to send the ark for me soon!  Honestly, I shouldn't complain, but the rain gets to me after so many days.  I could never live in a place like Seattle where it rains more than there is sunshine.  Something about the sun just makes things better even on bad days.  Am I right?

Anyway, this week on the blog I wanted to share different ways to style a faux leather skirt.  When I am shopping for items, I typically try to have a minimum of 2-3 ways to wear them because I love versatility and I always try to look like I never wear the same outfit twice. That definitely doesn't happen, but I try to make it look that way nonetheless.

The thing I love about a faux leather skirt is that it can look edgy or chic.  You can look work appropriate or make it fun and flirty.  Changing your top and shoes with this skirt can make a huge change in the appearance of it.

Look 1:  You can never go wrong with a graphic tee.  This one I have had for a while, but you could also pair it with a fun band tee for a super edgy look.  I wore it with booties, but you could use tall boots too.  I have the regular version of this skirt because the petite was sold out, so for me, the skirt was not quite short enough to pair with my tall boots.

Look 2:  A simple black and white gingham or buffalo check top is always a good idea.  And really, any black and white top is cute with leather.  I made it more fun by adding red heels and red jewelry because I always love a pop of color when I wear black and white.  I think it makes more of a statement.

Look 3:  This look is by far my favorite for work.  I am slightly obsessed with animal prints still and leopard is my favorite.  I love the chic and fun way it looks with the skirt.  I have to dress up every day for work so I try to make it as fun as possible.  I paired it with basic black pumps that aren't super high, but still give me the heel I love.

Look 4:  Chambray is another one of my favorites.  I love it paired with black and this top is especially fun with the feminine lace detail on the back. I can't find this exact top in stock, but I have linked some other options I love too.  As I told you earlier, I love leopard and I thought just the pop on my shoes made this look a little "extra" while still being work appropriate or fun for a night out.

Look 5:  You can never really go wrong with a monochromatic look in my opinion.  I just paired the faux leather skirt with a black tank, black faux leather jacket and black leather ankle strap heels.  I added this cute polka dot scarf for just a little bit of color, but still being neutral.  For the record, I also think polka dots are a cute way to add some interest to an outfit and I think they will be very trendy this Spring.  I had it tied around my neck for a fun retro vibe in one of my photos, but all of my pictures from this session except these five were lost when my SD card broke.  :(  But I am so glad I was able to salvage these to share!

I have linked items under each photo for easy shopping and all the items are linked at the bottom as well.  Do you have a favorite look?  Comment and tell me which one you love the most!  And tell me if you love faux leather as much as I do.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate you all more than you know!


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2.13.2019

What Is Galentine's Day? And How I Celebrate It!


Galentine's Day//Cookies//Friendship//Pink Sweaters//Pink Skirt//Jeans


Galentine's Day//Cookies//Friendship//Pink Sweaters//Pink Skirt//Jeans


Galentine's Day//Cookies//Friendship//Pink Sweaters//Pink Skirt//Jeans

Galentine's Day//Cookies//Friendship//Pink Dress//Red Dress//Pink Coats//Heart Balloons


Galentine's Day//Cookies//Friendship//Pink Dress//Red Dress//Pink Coats//Heart Balloons//Confetti

So, what is Galentine's Day exactly?  So many people still don't understand the fabulousness that this "holiday"!  It is extra appropriate that my very best friend since the 6th grade has this day (February 13th) as her birthday as well!  The last 3 years we have celebrated with dinner and a movie.  You see, we love the Fifty Shades books and we had no desire to watch those movies and critique them with anyone other than each other.  I am a little bummed we can't watch a new one this year!  Unfortunately, Kelly is out of town this year, but I will get to have lunch with her tomorrow to celebrate both of these holidays.  And perhaps we can have a movie marathon and have a fun weekend instead since it is supposed to rain!

I know Galentine's Day is a complete made up holiday, just like Valentine's Day.  Haha!  (I have definite opinions on this day, maybe I can get my act together and post about it tomorrow.)  But regardless, it is always fun to have an excuse to get together with my best blogger girls, eat sweets and take cute pictures.  If you don't already follow my friends Jessica and Michelle, you need to check them out!  We had the best time!  Truthfully, it feels like I have known these ladies so much longer than 6 weeks.  We hit it off immediately and cheer each other along when we are having moments of doubt or uncertainty.  If you are on this blogging journey with us, find you some local girls, it will make all the difference!

To me, Galentine's Day is just a great day to celebrate friends that stick by your side and offer encouragement to you.  It is so much fun to just hang out with the girls and celebrate the relationships that you have formed and the support system that you have in place.  Do you celebrate Galentine's Day? Tell me what you enjoy doing and head over to my instagram and tag your Galentine.  <3

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2.05.2019

Recipe: Super Simple Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie

Super Simple, Cast Iron Skillet Recipe, Delish, Quick and Easy


Peeling apples for the apple pie

Adding sugar and cinnamon to apples

Melting butter in a cast iron skillet with brown sugar

placing a pie crust over the butter and brown sugar

Filling the pie crust with the apples, cinnamon and sugar

Placing the remaining pie crust over the pie

Holding the finished apple pie up to see

Is it just me or does winter time make you want to cook all the sweet things too?  I know that apple pie seems a lot like a fall dessert, but in my personal experience, I think apple pie is perfect year round.  That being said, I am a bit of an apple pie snob.  I only want it hot, straight out of the oven.  We had a great Christmas party at work this year, but the apple pie was cold.  I wasn't even tempted to take a bite.  (I suppose that is a good side effect haha!)

This particular recipe is one of the easiest and best pies you will ever make.  So good, that you won't have to worry about it getting cold at all.  It will be gone before it can cool down.  My mom found this recipe in Southern Living many years ago.  Since that time, I have made it a lot, always to raving reviews.  It makes a beautiful presentation and I love anything cooked in a cast iron skillet.  I think that always makes it taste better.  My sweet granny gave me the cast iron skillet that I am using in the photos, and it always makes me think of her when I use it.  She seasoned it for me long ago and I will never part with it.  If you don't have one though, I will link you some good ones you can purchase.  Everyone should own at least one!  I use mine for cornbread, searing steaks, frying potatoes, and pretty much anything else you can think of too.


Super Simple Skillet Apple Pie Recipe:
  • 4 pounds of apples, approximately 6-8 (I used Braeburn and Granny Smith)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick of butter ( I always use salted)
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 package of refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel and cut your apples into wedges and place in a bowl.  Toss the apples with the cinnamon and 3/4 cup of sugar.  Melt the stick of butter in the cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Once melted, add the brown sugar and cook until the sugar is dissolved, around 1-2 minutes.  Remove from heat and place one of the pre-made pie crusts over the brown sugar and butter.  Fill the crust with the apples and top with the remaining crust.  Brush the top of the pie crust with egg white and sprinkle with the rest of the sugar.  Cut a few slits in the top of the crust for allow for steam.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  The pie will be golden brown on top.  You may want to place a pan underneath in case it drips.  Let cool for 20 minutes or so and serve plain or with ice cream of your choice.

I think this apple pie is plenty sweet enough without adding anything else.  But sometimes I do like ot add some vanilla ice cream.  My dad used to like a basic icing made out of confectioners sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract on apple pie, but with this one, he probably just adds butter haha!  I would love to know, do you like apple pie?  What is your favorite way to eat it?  If you end up trying this recipe, please let me know in the comments.

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