Fitbit x Tory

Friday, August 29, 2014

Post-knee surgery my mom got me a Fitbit to help me get back into the walking game. After being on crutches for so long, walking was something I really needed in my life. Anyway, flash forward to now, I'm still wearing my Fitbit and tracking my steps. It's super fun competing with yourself and other Fitbit friends! 

The only drawback is that it is a bracelet that you wear 24/7. When I got mine, the band options were black or blue. Boring and not that cute. Enter Tory Burch. 



She has created a line of super cute Fitbit compatible bracelets that are cute and stylish! One even borders on something you could wear in a professional setting! Safe to say, I'm in love! You can shop the whole Tory Burch x Fitbit collection here!

2L

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Oops! I disappeared again. Sorry y'all! Don't worry, I'm still alive and well, just really.insanely.busy.

So what is it that has kept me away from you? 17 credit hours, that is what. I am still adjusting to my schedule and trying to find time to fit it all in, so I PROMISE that I will be appearing here on a more regular basis soon. 

But for now, here is what is up:

1| Operation Summer Detox- This past week I have been participating in a challenge with my most favorite BeachBody Coach ever! #shamelessplug But in all seriousness, she has been great motivating me to stay on track, hit the gym and drink lots and lots of water. She hosts lots of challenges like this so next time you want to get in on one, let me know! :) You can also visit her coaching page, here, to check out everything she has to offer. Next up, I think we are doing the 21 day fix! Yay!

2| Schooooooool- yep. That's back in full swing. On deck for this semester is Evidence, Constitutional Law, Business Associations, Legal Writing II and Juvenile Courts: Practice & Procedure. 

3| The.Pink.Mixer- If you follow me on Instagram you've probably already seen this but I'm so proud I must share. OBVIOUSLY, I have a think for pink...and baking...so when I found this BRAND NEW Pink Kitchen Aid Mixer on eBay for $70 I knew I had to bid on it. And I won!!!! So I now have this beauty sitting in my kitchen and I didn't have to sell my first born child to get it!


4| Morgan & I have an exciting new project in the works. That is all I can say for now, but more or less, it is going to be pretty.dang.awesome.

5| Lulu- she is still alive and kicking...and being TROUBLE. But you know, she is still pretty darn cute. 


Power Suit

Friday, August 15, 2014

I have always subscribed to the mentality that when you feel good in an outfit, that good feeling emanates into your personality and you can make some really powerful impressions on those around you. I'm not saying that clothes are everything, but for me, going into an interview or a presentation being comfortable in my outfit choice helps me to be far more confident in what I am doing. I am a huge proponent of having proper business clothes because nothing is more unprofessional than being underdressed. 
Obviously, being in professional school I have many occasions where suits are required. But even in the business world, there are certainly circumstances where suiting up is going to make a difference. 
People are often critical of suits because they can seem stiff or boring...but y'all know me...nothing about my wardrobe is boring. Here are my picks for this fall's most stellar professional gear! 

J.Crew | Jacket | Skirt
Ann Taylor | Jacket | Skirt  
Ann Taylor | Suit

Clean Your Jacks!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

As evidenced by my many outfit of the day posts, I'm sure y'all already know that I love my Jacks. I pretty much wear them every.single.day. 
When I was at the nail salon getting my mani/pedi for Morgan's wedding, the lady next to me in the pedicure chair was wearing brand new jacks. I didn't realize until that moment how tired mine were looking. 
Then it occurred to me...EW.
The next time I went to the grocery store, I paid a little visit to the shoe care section and I found this stuff called Saddle Soap. 


Basically, its just leather cleaner but I figured it would be okay since, Jacks are all leather...and really they're probably at the end of their life span anyway. I decided to give it a try. 
This stuff is AMAZING. Seriously, this trick is going in my bag forever and ever. 
Anyway, my Jacks don't look brand new, or even close to brand new BUT they do feel much cleaner. In fact, I know they are cleaner because of the gunk I cleaned off of them. I'm not going to post a photo of the rag I used because quite frankly, it is embarrassing. Plus, the leather on the foot bed is so much softer than it was before. 


Like I said, not perfect but a step in the right direction. Yay clean little babies! 

1| Get a washcloth and get it damp, wipe off the shoes to get rid of any dirt.
2| Take a little bit of saddle soap and rub it into the shoes with the washcloth. 
3| Take a clean cloth and wipe away the dirt and soap! Done! 

Tassels! Tassels! Tassels!

Friday, August 8, 2014

These little frilly things seem to be popping up everywhere. And I kind of like it. 
You know when you repeat a word over and over it starts to sound funny...I'm about there with tassels but that isn't ending my love affair with them! Here are some of my picks to get you totally tasseled out! 


Purse | Vince Camuto
Bracelet | Stella & Dot
Earrings | Bauble Bar
Key Ring | Gigi New York
Dress | Lilly Pulitzer 
Pillow | Furbish Studio
Clutch | Gigi New York
Loafers | Sperry Top-Sider
Necklace | Kendra Scott 

#AllSignsPointtoWest

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oh my goodness where to begin. Last week was crazy to say the least. I headed up to Atlanta on Wednesday to be with Morgan before all the festivities began. 
We spent Wednesday night with her family, getting manis and pedis, having dinner and enjoying the company. 


The next day was rehearsal day! We woke up and had a fantastic breakfast and spent the morning at the gym and just relaxing. Then we went for lunch before her PawPaw arrived! 
We had lunch at this adorable cafe called NINE Street Kitchen. We both had apple and swiss grilled cheese sandwiches and pasta salad. It was so yummy! After lunch we went with PawPaw to pick up his Tux. You know how they say to expect there to be bumps leading up to your wedding? Well this was one of them. PawPaw tried on his Tux at the store, and the hem of his pants was at his knees!!! Luckily, he is very lighthearted and had Morgan and I rolling on the ground laughing instead of panicking! Thankfully, the store was able to fix the length of the pants quickly and we were on our way to get ready for the rehearsal.

Unfortunately, it started raining  so we had to rehearse inside the venue but I was still able to snap some photos of the outside (where the ceremony was to be held). 





Aren't the gardens fantastic? After we rehearsed, we headed to a local Italian restaurant for dinner. E's parents had a lovely dinner planned for us. It was really fun listening to all the parents and grandparents tell stories of Morgan & E as children. 


After dinner, all the bridesmaids headed back to the hotel for the night. We wanted a good night's rest before waking up for the Bridesmaid's Luncheon. Morgan and I shared a room and we were both VERY wound up. We ended up having mini jumping on the bed party to burn off some extra energy. It was just what we needed. LOL 


The next morning Morgan's Aunts, Grammy & Mom had planned a luncheon for all the bridesmaids! It was held at a local coffee shop called Crema. It was so nice for all the ladies to get together and chat and have brunch before heading off to get ready! We were lucky enough to have a hairstylist and makeup artist come right to the hotel to do our hair and make up! 



I went with a half up curly style for my hair. 


The makeup artist did airbrush make up so it would last throughout the night. It tickled a lot during the application but it lasted VERY well. I was amazed. Then it was game time. We headed to the venue to get dressed and take some photos. 


Remember how I said that you have to expect some bumps along the road? Well, this is when my bump happened. The zipper on my dress was broken. It would not zip more than halfway. Needless to say, I was panicking a little...okay fine, a lot. Luckily Morgan's Grammy saved the day! She is a fantastic seamstress and we just happened to have a needle and thread. She sewed me into my dress, and no one was none the wiser. *phew* 
The bridesmaid's carried hydrangea bouquets. They were absolutely beautiful. 





I happened to get this photo of Morgan sneaking a peak at E as he was being photographed with his groomsmen. It was just so sweet. 
The ceremony was beautiful and it went off without a hitch. Thankfully the forecasted rain stayed away and we had beautiful blue skies. The reception was also lovely, the decorations turned out very well and everyone had a fantastic time. 




A few years ago E hiked the Application Trail, all the way from Georgia to Maine. So naturally, his groom's cake was AT themed. Can you believe his mom made the whole thing?! The details are just amazing. 


I am so thankfully to have been by Morgan's side as one of her MOHs for her big day. She looked absolutely stunning and I just know that her and E are going to have a lifetime of happiness. 

Sorry for the randomness of this assortment of photos, I didn't have my phone with me at all times, obviously, so I only had a few photos. I really can't wait to see how the wedding photos turn out because the photographer was AMAZING. 

Bread-Making Endeavors

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A few weeks ago I found a recipe on line for a braided pesto bread. The picture was just so pretty...and it sounded yummy so I decided to make it. Well, I've never made bread from scratch before so it was adventure to say the least. 


Mine was not nearly as pretty as the picture I saw, but it was quite delicious. So, I though I would share the recipe with y'all so you could try it too. 
Ingredients
Loaf: 
1 1/4 c water
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/2c all purpose flour
1c white whole wheat flour
1 tsp fine sea salt
3 tbsp parmesan cheese
Pesto: 
2c packed fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 c parmesan 
3-4 tbsp olive oil 

Step 1: Heat water and add yeast. Add sugar and allow yeast to proof. 
Step 2: If you have a stand mixer (yay!) then use the dough attachment. If you don't have a mixer thats fine, you just have to use a little more elbow grease. In either your mixer bowl, or just a regular bowl add flour and salt. Start mixing and slowly add yeast. Keep kneading or mixing until the dough comes together into a ball. Put into a lightly greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for about 30 minuets. 
Step 3: In a food processor, blend together basil and garlic. Then process in the cheese. and then the olive oil. 
Step 4: Roll out dough on a non-stick surface. (or create one with some flour) Spread pesto sauce about 1/2 inch from the sides. Starting on the shorter sides, roll up the dough and pinch the sides as you go. Using a sharp knife, slice the roll in half, lengthwise. Braid the dough.
Step 5: Transfer the braid into a greased 10 in loaf pan and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cover and allow to rise for 30 min. 
Step 6: Bake at 350* for 40 minuets. Cool on a wire rack.  

Wellllll....I had so much fun baking the pesto bread I decided to try another recipe. So Cinnamon Swirl Bread it was! 


Let's just leave it at OMG.YUM. If you're going to try baking bread at all, this is absolutely one you must try. 

Ingredients: 
Loaf: 
1 packet of rapid rise yeast
3 1/2 c of all purpose flour 
1 1/4 c warm water
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
butter for pan & for brushing on finished bread 
Filling: 
1 egg white 
1 cup granulated sugar 
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Step 1: Follow directions above or on the package of yeast to get the yeast to poof. 
Step 2: Again, mixer owners rejoice you can save your arms. Use dough hook again. Or your hands. Mix together 3 cups of flour and yeast. Add water, oil, honey and salt. Mix/knead until dough is smooth and elastic. Add up to 1/2 cup more flour if needed. 
Step 3: Roll dough into a ball and put into a greased bowl, cover and allow to rise for 30 minuets. 
Step 4: In a small bowl, mix egg white, sugar and cinnamon. 
Step 5: Roll dough out on a non-stick surface. Spread cinnamon mixture over dough, about 1/2 inch from the edge. Starting on the shortest side, roll up dough. 
Step 6: Transfer dough into a greased pan. Cover and let sit for 30 minuets to rise. 
Step 7: Bake for 30 minutes at 350* or until the top and bottom are golden. 
Step 8: Spread the top with butter & let cool. 

Wedding Bells!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Countdown to wedding: TODAY!!!!

Morgan,

It has been a whirlwind since your engagement in November. We finished our first year of law school, survived our 1L summer and today you get married!

I could not be more honored to stand by your side as you say "I do!" and I wish you and E a life time of happiness! 

Happy Wedding Day!

Love,
Leslie

He who finds a wife, finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. - Proverbs 18:22
 
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