Monthly Round Up - September 2014

This last month seemed to be never ending. Seriously! I don’t know if it’s because I don’t have a job and spend my days playing SAHM/full time blogger or because I’m still getting used to being in a new environment, either way this gal is happy September has come to a close. 

In other news, I thought it would be fun to share the Monthly Round Up for September 2012 and September 2013! What comes to mind for 2012 is bangs! While I loved them remind me never to do that again. And for 2013, baby weight anyone? 

As always thanks a lot for reading!

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How to Style: A Swing Dress for Fall

A month ago I added a swing dress into my closet and it has easily become a wardrobe workhorse. Why I hadn’t added one into my arsenal of dresses is beyond me but I’m happy it has found a home among many of my favorites. I love a good swing dress because it can be styled up or down with the swap of a couple pieces and it is super comfortable. For today’s installment of How to Style I chose a classic swing dress perfect for the Fall season! I ended up going with a pewter blue color because I wanted to showcase great ways to incorporate pastels beyond the typical spring days. An unexpected softness amongst the standard rich hues of autumn. Minimal effort, maximum style;) 

psst! Below I have compiled a collection of swing dresses that are all cute, perfect for the season and all under $100!

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Look 1: Dress | Jacket Sunnies | Tote | Booties

Look 2: Dress | Blazer | Necklace | Clutch | Flats

Look 3: Dress | Moto Jacket | Socks | Clutch | Fringe Booties

Look 4: Dress | Denim Jacket | Hat | Scarf | Booties 

Shop Swing Dresses

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10 Quinoa Recipes To Try Now!

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My love for quinoa is a fairly recent thing. If we’re out to dinner and quinoa is on the menu I usually order it. It’s just so good and such a great vessel to impart tons of flavor! Not to mention that it’s a great substitute for pasta and rice. However I’ve only made it once in the past and it wasn’t very good. Let’s just say it turned me off to quinoa for a very long time. But I’m determined to master the art of cooking quinoa and did a little Pinterest searching for yummy recipes. Here are some of the top recipes I plan on whipping up in the kitchen this season! 

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Garlic Mushroom Quinoa 

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Mexican Street Corn Summer Quinoa Salad 

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Quinoa Fried Rice

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Mexican Quinoa 

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Greek Quinoa and Avocado Salad 

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Chickpea and Vegetable Curry with Quinoa

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Quinoa Taco Salad

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Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake

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Tomato Quinoa Risotto 

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Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad

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At the Vineyards

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When you’re not quite ready to pack away the shorts for the season, what better way than to pair them with a light weight sweater for a day at the vineyards! Add brown booties for a little fall kick (pun intended) and the end product is an outfit that doesn’t require sacrifice! 

This past weekend the gang and I (i.e. sorority sisters #gammaphitilIdie) headed south to celebrate the birthday of one of our own (Happy Birthday Brit!). It was so great to be reunited and catch up on life complete with wine, cheese and some killer charcuterie. A Saturday for the record books!

P.S. Please ignore the strange line glare. Camera malfunction, but we’ll work with it;)

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Get the Look:

Old Navy Sweater [similar| F21 Shorts [plaid version perfect for fall!]| Booties - old Target [love these!] | House of Harlow 1960 Necklace [exact] | Thrifted Cross-body bag c/o Savers [similar]

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A shout out to my girl Amy for playing photographer! 

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