Thursday, December 17, 2015

Joie de Vivre

2015 is coming to an end and I will be concluding it by returning back to work and plumper than I expected.

Haydel's Kringle Cake. When I start seeing these boxes at my father-in-law's, I know Christmas is around the corner. It also serves as a reminder that skinny jeans aren't an option.

My sister and I hang out on Wednesday's and usually sushi is on the menu.  Our lunch dates are our way of bonding and coming up with new ideas.

On most Sunday mornings Shane and I make it a point to walk around the park. Its a nice way to get some fresh air, get the dogs out, and enjoy nature.  I personally enjoy seeing the nutria rats gliding in the water more so than the swans.

Okay, so I do enjoy crude humor and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is definitely crude and humorous. I decided to watch all 9 seasons on Netflix and finally get caught up. Considering I hate TV, I do not regret my decision!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Recipe: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The name is a mouthful but trust me you will have a mouthful of these cookies once you try them out. What I especially like about these cookies is that they taste healthy and therefore I don't feel like such a gluten after I've had 12 of them in one sitting (do not try that at home).

Yields: 24 cookies

2 cups of oatmeal
2 cups of flour
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of ground flax seeds
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of canola oil
1 stick of butter
3 dollops of peanut butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, slat, flax seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Melt butter, mix with sugar, and add to mixture of dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk in honey, eggs, canola oil and vanilla.
  4. Mix in raisins.
  5. For the next step I definitely recommend using a stand or electric hand mixer... if not you may have better luck using your hands. Slowly add the oatmeal and peanut butter to the mix. Do half a cup of oatmeal followed by a dollop of peanut butter, mix, and repeat til you are out of ingredients. Trust me... it gets super thick!
  6. Use cooking spray to grease baking sheet and add spoonfuls of mix 1/2 an inch apart. These cookies hardly rise. 
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gifts $100 & Up

Gifts $100 & Up

  1. Trouve Leather Moto Jacket- $298 Some people think leather jacket and shutter with fear. Well, this jacket has a great balance between edgy and femme that is so hard to come by. I think most women will find a use for it in their wardrobe.
  2. Mini Chevron Diamond Necklace- $365 Who wouldn't like diamonds for Christmas? This 14k rose gold necklace has just the right size diamond chevron. This is a great layering necklace and is also dainty enough to be worn every day.
  3. Kate Spade Scallop Watch- $195 The time of big bulky metal watches is coming to an end. Update her with this cute watch.
  4. 22 Vial Block Spice Set- $180 If she likes to keep organized counter space but her spices in reach- this is a cute quirky answer to her problems. Its easy on the eyes but extremely practical.
  5. Vince "Addie" Sandal- $395 This shoe is every girls answer! You can wear these all year long, they will match everything, and you can wear them with shorts, jeans, and dresses!! Its worth every penny.
  6. Tory Burch Canvas & Leather "Ella" Tote- $295 Does someone you know love to carry around 5 million things or maybe a student who loves fashion? This tote is elegant, spacious, and practical.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gifts Under $100

Gifts Under $100

  1. Madewell Border Cape Scarf- $79 How fabulous is this idea? I love it. This is a great gift for those of us who like to be chic at a moments notice.
  2. Kate Spade Decanter- $70 If she likes red wine and to entertain... a decanter is a must. This modern looking decanter will be sure to make someone's day.
  3. Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette- $58 This Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani marriage is wonderful. I love this palette because its extremely versatile. I especially love the neutral shades.
  4. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet eau de parfum- $77 Give her something sweet this Christmas. The scent is nice and romantic.
  5. Geode Bookends- $79 Calling all bookworms or book shelf décor masters! This is a must to have in your library. It's a great accent piece that brings a little bit of outdoors in.
  6. Wine Rack- $88 Most people don't own wine cellars so the next best thing is a wine rack. I especially love this one because its arch gives it a simple elegance which lends itself to more rack space!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gifts Under $35 for Her

Gifts Under $35 for her

Gifts Under $35 for her by fleurluxe featuring Cost Plus World Market

The next two days I will be featuring gift guides for under $100 and splurges!

  1. Gold Steamless Wine Glasses, Set of 4- $24 For the woman in your life that loves to entertain or sip vino. Stylish glasses will definitely please.
  2. Chenille Throw- $29.99 Know someone who loves nothing more than to snuggle up on the couch or maybe someone who is always cold? This is the perfect gift to keep them comfy.
  3. White Wash Frame- $13 Something I always find special is when someone gifts me a picture in a frame. Find a photo that will evoke a great memory and put in a stylish frame. White wash is huge right now but be sure to think of their home decor before picking a frame out.
  4. The gift of music- approximately $14 Nowadays people are buying music exclusively online so I think there is something nostalgic about having the album artwork in your hands. If you have a big music lover in your life build their collection. You may also want to look into concert DVDs.
  5. Draper James Coaster Set- $35 Calling all Southern girls! This coaster set is so adorable. They are gingham with cute phrases like "Cheers, y'all"

Friday, December 4, 2015

Crustless Broccoli & Gouda Quiche

I love a good quiche so I thought I would share with you one of my favorite, hassle free recipes. What I love about a crustless quiche is that it feels more airy and its a tiny bit healthier.  Feel free to serve this up at your next brunch!

Serves 6
Prep time: 7 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

4 medium eggs
1/4 cup of chopped onions
1/4 cup of chopped green pepper
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of shredded gouda
1/2 cup of parmesan
2 cups of broccoli
2 tblspoon of butter
salt & pepper to taste

1. Saute onions and green pepper in 1 tblspoon of butter until fragrant. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Use remaining butter to coat the bottom of pie pan. Add broccoli and sauteed vegetables.
3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, add both cheeses (leave enough parmesan to top quiche), season with salt and pepper.
4. Pour egg mixture into pie pan, add parmesan on top and put in oven for 40-45 minutes.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Joie De Vivre

I feel like I have so much to be grateful for this holiday season and as cliche as this sounds... time with my loved ones seem to be on the top of my list. It is so great to have my sister back in town, Camila, and loyal friends.

We make it a Sunday custom to watch football at Shane's family's home. We always bring our pups so that they can play with their dogs. Ember approves.

Coffee on the Tchefuncte River. I wish I would've taken a better picture of this site. Madisonville, LA is super cute. The weather was just right and my marshmallow latte at Abita Roasting Company was delicious.

My 10 year old niece is a huge fan of DC Cupcakes and has become an aspiring baker. On Thanksgiving, she decorated cupcakes and I was so proud of her awesome work. I can't even get a good swirl like that! I'm definitely encouraging her to keep the dream alive.

My sister showed me what my nephew wrote at school. It brought a little tear to my eye that he is so thankful that Camila is okay. It's so sweet. I can't wait to show her this when she is old enough to comprehend the sentiment.

Baby smiles! Camila loves to smile and is very expressive with her eyes. I apologize for the blurry picture but I just love how playful she looks. You can almost say she looks mischievous. She's my child so mischief is in her blood. 

Hardee's tacos. I know that sounds disgusting but they have the best fast food tacos and they are only 59 cents! They are my new obsession and I'm sure I will get over it once I give myself an intervention but for now in sweet taco bliss I remain. If your local Hardee's is a Hardee's/Red Burrito give them a try.

Louisiana has such fickle weather but as soon as it was below 60 degrees we pulled out this cute little number. Isn't it adorable? She makes the cutest bear.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Make Up Free

I've been on maternity leave for the past two months and let's just say I've been extremely relaxed. I thought I was going to just jump into heels as soon as I had Camila but I've hardly gotten dressed up. It literally took one month after her birth for Shane and I to go on a date and even then I didn't wear heels. It's freeing.  Day in and day out I go make up free. My skin seems to be more vibrant and I'm somehow starting to be okay with my under eye circles.

My beauty routine consists of face wash and moisturizer. I know part of it is adjusting to being a mother and I'm loving this unexpected perk. Do not get me wrong, I will be back with a full face of make up once I return to work but for now I am happy to share with you that make up doesn't need to be a daily routine.  Take your make up off sometime and love your looks. Look past a blemish here and there and go out fresh faced. Sure, you may die a little when you look in the mirror but the more and more you get used to it the better you will feel about yourself overall.