The Super Easy Way to Wear Floral Print

The idea that bright colors should be saved for summer should be tossed away and I am glad that the fashion world has come on board. It used to be that white and other bright colors are not to be worn after labor day. Granted warm tones like brown and plum look good on fall jackets and winter coats, however mustard yellow jackets and blush blazers look just as great in the cooler weather. Today the focus is on the floral print and how to wear it.

The Super Easy Way to Wear a Floral PrintThe Super Easy Way to Wear a Floral Print


Oufit Details:

 Casual Ruffle Floral Top: Gozon, Blue Jeans: Fat face, Michael Kors Yellow Cross Body Purse (Similar): Macy’s, White Classic Petite Bondi Watch: Daniel Wellington, Bead Bracelets: EvaDane


The Super Easy Way to Wear a Floral Print

Its the beginning of fall and I am rocking florals and yellow! What can I say Iike to live on the edge. This outfit includes a very bold mustard yellow color from the blazer and purse while the blue jeans balance out the look.

The casual ruffle floral top from Gozon, is the star and anchor of this outfit therefore I selected the accessories, shoes and pants around it. This is a good way to figure out how to style your outfits, find the item that anchors the look and style with items that complement it. When it comes to wearing a floral print like this one it is important not to overdo it by mixing it with another print. Best to pair floral prints with solid prints like I did with these blue jeans. Because the weather is getting cooler in the evenings the mustard yellow blazer was the perfect fit to provide a layer of warmth.

Accessories play a key role in completing this outfit. Bead bracelets, a layered necklace and the Instagram famous Daniel Wellington White Classic Petit Bondi Watch. You can get the same watch or any watch of your choice on the Daniel Wellington website for 15% off! Just use the code STILETTOS at checkout.

Style Question of the day: 

How do you like to wear florals and bright colors? Do you like to mix them up or do you like a hint of them?

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below. I am always looking forward to hearing from you! Like this post on the floral print and are looking for more fall style inspiration? Be sure to check out my post on how to wear a black sweater dress. 

Big thanks to Gozon and Daniel Wellington for providing elements of this look. As always, all text and opinions are completely my own. 

Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel – A Boston Staycation story

Although we live near Boston, My Fiancé and I love to go into the city for a staycation at least once a year. We love staycations because they usually mean complete relaxation, easy access to top restaurants, getting away from our regular routine and experiencing the city as tourists. For those unfamiliar with it, a staycation is a vacation spent in one’s home town or city and I highly recommend it! No luggage nightmares or worries about being late for your flight.

This year our staycation was at the chic and modern Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel in Boston. A couple of weeks after my visit I am still thinking about the great time that I had there. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably watched my stories while I was at the hotel. It was truly a blast.

Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel

Exterior: The Aloft Boston Seaport hotel is located in the booming seaport district, minutes from Downtown Crossing, the airport and many of the new hot spots in the Seaport area. The hotel itself has everything you need to relax and enjoy your stay.

We enjoyed sitting outside the chic hotel patio that is decorated with pretty chairs and beautiful flowers. I felt like I was at a retreat away from Boston whenever I sat there.

Interior: The interior of the hotel has a very contemporary feel with high tech features. I especially liked the touch screen elevator controls and their voice activated rooms. The fact that I could easily find a USB port in the room is a simple pleasure for a blogger like me who has to stay connected. You will be surprised how many hotels don’t have USB ports which I find unacceptable in this day and age.

Views from the room: We were lucky enough to get a room facing the city skyline and overlooking the Lawn on D were people can play yard games, enjoy the swings and concerts. At night time we enjoyed staring at the city lights while drinking some wine in the room.

Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel The Room: The room we stayed in was comfortable, clean, and modern. I love that not only do we get a mini fridge and a coffee maker, but a good size flat screen TV and fancy alarm clock radio. I cannot even begin to explain how terrific it was to shower in the large walk in shower with a rain shower head that had the right amount of water pressure. I was super impressed with the Bliss shampoo and body wash which came out of dispensers. A convenient and a great way to save the environment instead of the individual disposable containers used in most hotels.

If you need a quick bite the hotel has Re:fuel by Aloft, a casual grab and go food station with plenty of food options from salads, sandwiches, yogurt, pastries and more. I ordered some scrambled eggs with vegetables for breakfast and they were good and reasonably priced. The coffee is free which I thought was a pretty cool.

Entertainment: One of the highlights of my visit to the Aloft Boston Seaport hotel was our experience at the W XYZ bar situated in the hotel lobby. Every Thursday night between 8 and 11pm the bar features emerging artists and bands from the Boston area. The night we were there we got to watch a live show from Planet Radio and the show was absolutely awesome. It was nice to experience the live performance while relaxing and drinking some cocktails from the bar.

If you are looking for a place to eat and hang out without having to go too far, there is an option right next to the hotel. The open lobby connects guests with the Social Register (a fab restaurant that offers shareable American food & cocktails with a patio & DJs) .

We had such a fabulous time at the Boston Seaport Hotel and a big thank you to Aloft Hotels for hosting us!

Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel is located at 401-403 D Street, Boston, MA, 02210, United States. For Hotel Reservations call: 866-716-8143

 

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How to host a fabulous girls’ night during football season

Can you believe football season has arrived already! The other day I heard my fiancé talk to his friend about the new players on one of the teams and I had no idea what they were talking about. I know a few of you non-sports fans can relate.

If you are like me, you are apathetic to the arrival of football season and are wondering about things to do when your hubby or boyfriend is watching the game. Today’s post is for you my friends! To those who have tried hard to sit and enjoy the game but just can’t get into it, I have the best way to enjoy the football season without actually watching it…A girls’ night on football night!

How to host a fabulous girls’ night during football seasonHow to host a fabulous girls’ night during football season

I usually like to bake a cake or go upstairs and watch movies while my guy is watching the game and over the years I have come up with more fun ways to spend my time. My favorite way is hosting a girls’ night during the game. While the guys are in another room, you can set up another room for the girls!

How to host a perfect girls’ night 

One of the most vital parts of girls’ night (second to good company) is the food. Having a variety of snacks makes sure everyone in your group is covered. I like to have some fruit, nuts, chips, dip, chicken wings and mimosas. I highly recommend switching it up and getting bagels instead of pizza because bagels are lighter and can be eaten is different ways. You can cut the bagels up and dip them in cheese, fondue style or have fun with different cream cheese flavors and toppings.

Bruegger’s Bagels is my go to bagel place because of their awesome bagel bundles which include a variety of bagels and your choice of cream cheese. Bruegger’s will also have an offer for $3 off the Big Bagel Bundle on August 31st this year so it will be the perfect time to stock up on your bagels and host your first girls’ night – you can check it out here. You also have the option of ordering sandwiches, soups, salads and beverages for your night using Bruegger’s online ordering feature for catering.

How to host a fabulous girls’ night during football seasonHow to host a fabulous girls’ night during football season

Now that you have the food situated and have already picked up your bagels from Bruegger’s , next thing is entertainment. What is a girls’ night without some fun activities for your friends?

Here are some fun ideas for your football season girls’ night:

  • Mini spa – Bring out some fun nail colors so all girls can paint their nails or bring out your favorite face masks and everyone can get a DIY facial.
  • Dress swap – Changed your mind about a dress you bought on sale? Tell your friends to bring items so you can swap clothing and shoes.
  • Movies or TV show marathon – This would be a great time to watch your favorite show or movie together. How about watching some Game of Thrones or Real Housewives episodes? This is truly the best way to enjoy a show.
  • Games – You can never go wrong with games as they are very interactive and involve a lot of laughter.

How to host a fabulous girls’ night during football seasonLooking for other ways to host your guests? Read my post on how to host the ultimate build your bagel brunch I would love to know how you spend your time during football season in the comments below!

Sponsored post written by me in collaboration with Bruegger’s Bagels. The opinions and text are all mine.

Beauty Talk: Nurse Fiona Medical Spa

I have been contemplating getting a facial and as luck would have it a few Boston’s bloggers and I were invited to Nurse Fiona’s Medical Spa which was exactly what I needed. I admit that I haven’t been giving my skin the full attention it needs and after visiting Nurse Fiona I am back on track especially after receiving their popular HydraFacial treatment.

Nurse Fiona Medical SpaNurse Fiona Medical SpaBefore we had our facials we were treated to some delicious bites and bakes from the cookie goddess, I am still thinking about the chocolate covered strawberries and cake pops. What could be more fun than getting beautified and sipping on some bubbly with fabulous friends. I had the best time!Nurse Fiona Medical Spa Nurse Fiona Medical SpaNurse Fiona Medical spa is an oasis for anyone who wants to maintain their beauty and stay looking great for as long as possible. The space is gorgeous, clean and well equipped with high-tech equipment and products.

The Spa offers a variety of advanced aesthetic services including vitamin infusions, medical grade face treatments, eyelash lifting and tinting, Botox, spray tanning and more. I had the HydraFacial which was absolutely amazing. The HydraFacial is great for improving the skins health, but also a good treatment for wrinkles, skin texture, enlarged pores as well as improving elasticity, firmness, skin tone, evenness & vibrancy. I literally felt the difference immediately after the treatment and highly recommend it.

I had such a great time and a big thanks to Nurse Fiona for hosting a fabulous night. The night ended with all the guests receiving a fab swag box filled with lots of beauty goodies from RevitaLash, Image Skinkcare and PCA skin

If you are local and interested in mantaining your beauty you can contact the aesthetics experts at Nurse Fiona Medical Spa today to schedule a complimentary consultation! See details below:

Nurse Fiona
The Medical Spa
435 Worcester Road
Suite 200
Framingham, MA 01701
hello@nursefiona.com
(855) 762-6869

FYI: My experience at Nurse Fiona Medical Spa was complementary and as always the opinions in this post are my own. 

Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of DaVinci Pasta. The opinions and text are all mine.

You know that moment when you get home, open the fridge and just stare at it as if some dish is going to miraculously appear? This happened the other day when I had no idea what to cook until I noticed a bag of precut veggies sitting in the fridge. I then remembered I had received some bags of DaVinci Orzo pasta a few days before. If there is a pasta that goes well with veggies it is Orzo pasta. I had all I needed to make a delicious Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad

For the beginner cook wondering what Orzo is; It is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. Because of its similarity to rice it is often used as a rice substitute. DaVinci Orzo pasta is made in Italy with the finest ingredients, making it the perfect canvas for creative meal ideas like this Zesty Orzo and Veggie Pasta Salad. DaVinci Orzo can be found in Italian markets as well as a variety of grocery stores including your local store. The different varieties of DaVinci Pasta can be found using the product locator

Orzo pasta is very popular in salads because it goes very well with crunchy veggies and it is a good way to bulk up a salad. It is great in soups, pilafs, casseroles and risotto. In the cold weather, a hot bowl of lemon chicken orzo soup is my favorite. Another fun way to use Orzo pasta is to stuff it into halved avocados or tomatoes for pretty presentation.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad

My Orzo Salad is quick, easy and there are so many ingredients that can be added to it. Delicious possibilities include cucumbers, radishes, dill, tomatoes, red onion, green peas, asparagus, feta, basil and more. You simply cannot go wrong with Orzo as it goes well with many things.

I spiced up my orzo salad with a little curry. The addition of curry may seem a little strange in this dish but it does not overpower the dish at all. I added a little lemon juice which mellows the strong curry flavor. The curry creates a unique depth in flavor unlike any orzo salad you will have. Another unexpected ingredient in this salad is capers which provide a hint of saltiness.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie SaladZesty Orzo and Veggie SaladThis zesty Orzo and veggie salad can be served warm and it will keep well in the fridge for a few days. It makes a great take to work lunch meal. Since I made more than enough for dinner, my fiancé and I were able to have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Orzo salad can be served with any protein from chicken, beef, pork or fish like I did. If you like you can eat it alone or even top with a fried or poached egg.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad

Looking for more Orzo salad inspiration? Check out my delicious Orzo and Hearts of Palm Salad recipe too.

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Veggie Orzo Salad
zesty orzo and veggie salad
Course Side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 cups mixed veggies broccoli, carrots, brussels sprouts,
  • 1 1 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp capers
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil
  • red and yellow peppers sliced
  • Lemon zest
Course Side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 cups mixed veggies broccoli, carrots, brussels sprouts,
  • 1 1 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp capers
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil
  • red and yellow peppers sliced
  • Lemon zest
zesty orzo and veggie salad
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo per package directions
  2. While the pasta water is coming to a boil, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, ginger, garlic, capers, salt, and pepper. Set aside
  3. In a large wok sauté onion for 3 minutes. Add curry powder and cook another 2 minutes. Add mixed veggies to onions and cook for 5 minutes until veggies are tender but still have a bite to them.
  4. Drain orzo and rinse under cold water.
  5. When the pasta and vegetables are ready, transfer them to a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Taste the salad and adjust salt and pepper as desired.
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