Fab Food: Charcuterie

When you and your friends decide to be sophisticated and have a wine and charcuterie night, what do you do with the leftovers? Make up a meal, of course!

A few months ago my friends and I just wanted a chill girl’s night in. That resulted in us channeling our inner refined selves and deciding on a wine and cheese night. Each friend brought a meat, cheese, or edible arrangement to compliment the charcuterie board – ie, nuts, fruits, jelly.  And in case you were wondering, charcuterie is a French word for any smoked, dry-cured, or cooked meat.

The next day though, my creative juices got flowing and I decided to make a little dinner out of the cheese and jelly I had leftover from charcuterie night. I supplied Brie cheese, raspberry jelly and some grapes to complete the spread, so staring at the ingredients plus what I already had in my fridge, I came up with spinach and Brie stuffed chicken with a raspberry jelly reduction.

Raspberry reduction? Who am I?! HA! Totally watch too much Food Network. Anyhoo, read on for ingredients and instructions to make your own version:

• Prepare chicken – season however you’d like. Looking back, I wish I used rosemary!

• Stuff chicken with slice of brie cheese and handful of spinach.

• Seal with toothpick. I didn’t have any on hand so I used cakepop straws.

• Pop in oven, let bake til done.

• Take 2-3 spoonfulls of raspberry jelly. Add to pot of boiling water.

• Add chicken broth to “jelly water.” I typically use low sodium broth, but that’s just my preference.

• Let cook til reduced to a sauce-like substance.

• Drizzle over chicken when done cooking.

• ENJOY!

So next time you have interesting leftover ingredients, take a moment to figure out how you can create something unique and delicious!

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Life is About Taking Risks

I’m 31, ya’ll! Am I where I want to be in life? Almost! Am I where I thought it would be in life? Nope! And not to go all Drake or anything, but it’s God’s Plan.

While I continue to ask God for guidance and favor, I think 31 might be the year of risks. There have been some changes at work that have taken me out of my comfort zone and while I could have thrown my hands up and said I’m not doing it, I’m taking life head on and doing what I need to do to get sh*t done. I even keep randomly running into an ex and I’m taking a risk by being a nice and polite human to him. But you know what? I’d rather risk being nice than risk being a *bleep*.

Aside from personal and professional risks, I’m taking fashion risks! I actually never thought I could pull off a bell sleeve top, but here I am, hunny. I picked this top up at Target and felt like a cupcake princess when put it on. Dressed up or dressed down, it’s the perfect excuse for a dramatic piece in your closet.

So I’ll leave you with this, it’s not fashion if it’s not risky. Also, be nice and don’t be afraid of a challenge.

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ABC – Always Be Cute

Life is a balancing act, making adulting hard.

You’ve got to go to work, pay your bills, respond to text messages (all 15 different group chats), keep your skin clear, have your hair and nails done always, play with your pets (kids if you have them) even when you’re dead tired, go to the gym, drink water, eat your veggies, be nice, smile even when you don’t want to, and get through everything on your DVR. There’s always going to be a lot to do, but you just have to understand how to navigate life and make time for the things that are important to you, but most importantly look cute while doing it!

Life’s always easier when you’re confident and cute.

I snatched up this silky duster from the sale rack at Francesca’s. If you’ve watched my Instagram Stories lately, you’ll know I’ve been obsessed with the Francesca’s sale rack, finding some items for only a penny. YES, ONE CENT! This outerwear wasn’t one of my one cent items but, who can resist any type of sale?

So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to just breathe and look through your closet and pull out your cutest outfit and go on about your day. Because, as my dear friend Andrea says, “ABC – always be cute.” xoxo

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Jillicious Charms with Meaning

You might not know it, but there are people out there rooting for you. When I had my second interview with my current employer, I thought I totally bombed it. It was a phone interview with the VP of HR and I was actually at my old job rushing to a client sight. Distracted, I felt like my answers weren’t completely on point, but little did I know I’d get a call just a few short weeks later offering me the position of Recruiting Manager.

I of course accepted the offer and began a new chapter in life. Just a few months into my position, I learned that the VP of HR was totally rooting for me. Not just in my new position, but also in life. She was aware of my blog and sent me the nicest note along with an ice cream charm necklace from Jillicous Charms and Accessories to blog about. She knew blogging and fashion are two of my passions and whether she did this intentionally or not, she was totally an inspiration to keep up with blogging. There was a time when I wanted to throw in the towel. I have taken a bit of a break and these recent weather conditions haven’t been exactly ideal for #ootd photo shoots, but I’m jumping back on the horse and doing what I need to do. So thank you, Ellen! Thank you for rooting for me. Thank you for being such an inspiration inside and outside of work, and thank so much for the necklace!

I rocked this adorable ice cream necklace when I went to MOIC LA in December. It will forever be a reminder of the amazing time I had, but most of all, the importance of doing what you love. Don’t stop, because there’s always someone out there rooting for you whether you know it or not. BTW, this was literally THE BEST ice cream I’ve ever had in life.

About Jillicious Charms and Accessories: Jillicious offers an array of handmade jewelries and accessories fit for all ages!

Most of the company’s food jewelries are handcrafted in a home studio located in South Hill, Washington.

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Home Decorating Tips for the Winter

Hey friends. I’m going to be honest. I don’t know how much more of winter I can take. This cold and snow is just disrespectful, and it should be illegal. Ya feel me?! But alas, I can’t change the weather, so I’m just changing my scenery instead.

Life with sun and sand is a little bit down the road, so in the meantime, I’m changing my indoor scenery. I decided I wanted to come home to more bright colors to make life feel a little warmer, so I’m in the process of redecorating. This is a great way to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you’re in a winter slump.

Not only will brightening your decor make you feel happier, it will open up your space to give a homier, warmer feeling. I’ve been living in the same apartment for almost 4 years now. I love it and I love the location, so there’s really no need to move just yet. So I figured a little bit of redecorating would be a great way to make it feel new and fresh, and also have something to look forward to coming home to after walking several blocks in the cold daily.

When I first moved in, I wanted everything to play off of Turquoise. Although I am still fond of the color, I decided to play with pinks and gold for this stage of redecorating. There’s still more to be done, but I’ve had a great start so far.

Decorating Tips:

  • Find a base color and one or two accent colors. For example: Turquoise – base color. Nude and gold – accent colors.
  • Play on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Before you know it, you’ll be getting ads on your timelines for everything you’re dreaming of!
  • Where to shop? HomeGoods, At Home, and Wayfair. Fun story – I took a friend to At Home and she is now obsessed. Really though, if you have the chance to go any At Home location, do yourself a favor and just do it!
  • Add live plants and flowers to your living space. Always have at least one fake arrangement, but live plants and flowers add life and depth.
  • Don’t purchase everything at once. Find a good starting off point like pillows and work your way through the space. Pick up something here and there until you feel the decor is complete.

Happy redecorating!

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How to Make a Bit of Cash from Fashion

Maybe you just want to save some money creatively using your knowledge of fashion, or maybe you have your eye on certain item that you need to have, whatever the reason, you can make some cash from your knowledge of fashion. This can be much easier than you think, and could even do it from the comfort of your own home. There comes a time in everyone’s life then realise they need to wake up and get their hustle on. There are lots of ways you can make money from selling your clothes, to getting discounts on certain retailers, to making a move into the fashion industry. Whatever your reason, you can make some money with your fashion wisdom you have gained over the years. Read on to find out how you can make some cash, all through fashion and style.

Sell Old Stuff 

The internet is a beautiful thing that has opened up so many opportunities, and so many businesses up to loads of customers too. This is something you can use to your advantage as well. Selling your old shoes, that old prom dress you only wore once, or even stuff from when you are younger that you have totally grown out of. How about them ice skates that you swore you would use every week? There are plenty of things in your wardrobe, and in your home, that you can sell online. It might seem like a lot of effort to take pictures, and put everything online, then post the items, but it is money just waiting to be made.

Many people make a good living from doing exactly this: buying wanted items then upping the price and selling them on. If you have an eye for a bargain, and know when something is good, then you could do this to earn some extra money on the side. This is not only limited to clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry, but anything you can get your hands on. If you have an eye for style, this could be a fantastic side hustle that really suits you.

Work at a Retailer

There are loads of retailers in cities that hire staff, especially young staff too. Working in a retailers is a great way to earn some extra money, and it comes with benefits as well. Many fashion retailers offer discounts on clothes, so it can save you money on things that you have your eye on. If you’re really struggling for cash, check out signature loans. Working at a fashion retailers can be a great option, as working for your favorite fashion retailers can save you money on your next purchase too.
There are lots of ways that fashion can earn you an extra bit of cash on the side. Anything from selling on old items, to getting a job at a retailers or in the fashion industry. If you have an eye for style and a passion for fashion, why not use it to make you some cash on the side?

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**This post has been contributed**

Girl Power with Shop J&G

I love finding new stores online to shop, and I was super excited to find out about Shop J&G. This online boutique was created by Jerusha Greenwald in 2015. With her lifelong love of fashion and love for empowering other women, she decided to combine them both into creating products that every woman could enjoy.

We share the same goals in life as I aspire to empower women (and men) through this blog, so I was more than happy to share my newfound knowledge of J&G with you all.

J&G offers clothes, jewelry and accessories. I was immediately drawn to the jewelry and chose this layered necklace. It pretty much goes with everything and have even had friends borrow it for a night out. It’s sassy yet classy and the perfect hue of gold.

Along with jewelry, J&G offers fun handbags and clutches. Shop the site here and my coupon code FAB20 at checkout. 😘

“Girls compete with each other, women empower one another” #GirlPower

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