The Front Tuck

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A couple years ago, everyone was half-tucking their shirts and recently I’ve been noticing the models are front-tucking their shirts again. The trick is to tuck in just a tiny bit. With all the high-waist skirts, palazzo pants, slim-fit denims and pencil trouser that are trending right now, learning how to tuck in a shirt is an essential skill to master. Check out this step by step guide.

Thoughts? Will you do it?

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More Summer trends you may have missed:

Floral | | Nude  | Sneakers | Kimono | |Polka Dots | | Classy Crop Tops |

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How to Bloody Mary Bar

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Give me a loaded Bloody Mary or give me mimosa because when it comes to brunch, I want more, more, more. A loaded Bloody Mary is my ideal Sunday morning after a long weekend, the spicier the better in my opinion. Snacking on all of the extra trimmings while I wait for my actual meal to arrive is kind of a necessity. I mean, it’s almost lunch. 

Add a salad to your Bloody Mary

Lemons

Limes

Celery

Cucumber slices

Kosher pickle spears

Pimento or cheese stuffed green olives

Pickled beans and asparagus

Pickled okra

Pickled beets, cauliflower or carrots

Pickled jalapeños

Pepperocinis, peppadews or other peppers

Large caper berries

Marinated artichoke hearts

Marinated pearl onions

Baby corn

Add Tons of Flavors to your Bloody Mary

garlic powder

celery salt

crushed red pepper

black pepper sauces

Worcestershire sauce

horseradish

wasabi

crumbled bits of bacon

pepperoni

beef jerky

Frank’s hot sauce

Tabasco

siracha 

Three Things all 20-somethings need to focus on

Yesterday while surfing the web I stumbled across “Three Things all 20 Something-Year olds need to focus on” while reading Thought CatalogIt is true that your twenties sometimes feel like a roller coaster ride – you will laugh, cry, and be confused in the direction your life is heading. Between bills, early morning wake ups, and tighter schedules it can be easy to lose sight of the fun side of life. But this is all part of the fun on the path in the right direction. Before we know it, we will be hitting the 30 milestone, looking back it’ll all make perfect sense. The article below is how they explained what we should be focusing on during each age range: 

1. Discover yourself, who you really are through risk.

2. Discover what kind of personality you are compatible with by dating a lot.

3. Discover what you can do in society to make a lifestyle living good enough.

18 to 21/22 is when you should leave home and try being on your own. You should be training in a career, training in relationships by dating a lot, training in education, training on being on your own away from the support as well as hassle of home. Learn to cook and clean your own stuff. Train yourself to manage your money. Many buy their first big purchase, a car. Responsibility starts to be glimpsed at.

25 is big. That is when the dust should settle. That is when the first big evaluation of self takes place, give or take a year. People have finished their undergrad work, the marriage/babies might have started, the job you’ve been doing is getting clearer. You are able to look at the idea of: This really is my life, what am I doing about it?

I see all kinds of course corrections around this time. They have majors in college they took because they were told to or seemed like a good idea at the time. They have jobs they really hate. They have spouses they don’t really love. They have kids they don’t really want. When they get that first real look down the tunnel of time in the future, bleak is what they see if they continue.

The first big correction tends to take place around now. And generally, it is relatively cheap. The longer one waits after the revelation, the more costly it becomes. That is why I ask my young patients: “Don’t make any major life decision you can’t change easily until you are twenty five.”

25-30 finish up the correction. Tweek your early life decisions so they are more suited to who you are going to be. Finish grad school, get out of the military, get married, have the first kid, settle into the skill set you are developing. From thirty on, the decades with those zeros will be the evaluations of self and whether or not you are living up to your own expectations.

850th Blog Post

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Today marks the 850th blog post on Beauty in Everything. This simple blog that I started as a way to look back on pictures and my life has now turned into a place where I also share my love for food, fashion & DIY projects. I am so happy that I have stuck with it for this long and thanks to everyone who takes the time to read it each day! 

One of my favorite meals to cook for myself is pasta salad because of the simplicity and deliciousness of combining a couple of ingredients. This chicken pesto pasta salad is so easy to make and helps you eat healthier during your mid-day meal.

You’ll need the following:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pasta 
  • Pesto Sauce – 4 Tbsp
  • 1/2 cup Cucumber- Chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup chicken breast- Chopped
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic powder & Oregano

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Cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Drain the pasta and transfer it to a large bowl.

Combine the pasta with the pesto sauce, mixing well so all pasta pieces are evenly coated.

Mix in the cooked, shredded chicken breast.

Store in refrigerator or serve immediately, topping with crumbled feta cheese.

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A Few Snippets from Life Lately

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July just keeps chuggin’ along and continues to be amazing! Over the weekend my hometown friend, Kari came to visit Indy. I couldn’t be more excited with how great the weekend turned out and how nice it was to catch up.  Hope everyone had a great weekend! 

Here are a few iPhone photos from our weekend festivities…Cheers to long distance friends and picking up right where left off everytime! image

{Bloody Mary’s at Union Jacks followed by pizza and beer towers at Three Wise man}

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{Downtown Indianapolis- Tin Roof & Ball & Biscuit for a moscow mule}

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{We ordered a Mexican feast, an entire tray of tacos, guacamole, margarittas and queso dip at Bakersfield on Mass Ave}

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Garlic Smashed Potatoes

For the cheap recipe lover, potatoes are the jackpot. They’re super nutritious, affordable and can be prepared in countless ways. If you’re a potato lover like me, you need to try this recipe tonight. My friend, Megan  told me about one of her go to side dishes, crispy garlic smashed potatoes! If you haven’t heard of smashed potatoes then you’re in for a real treat. These potatoes are incredibly tender on the inside yet amazingly crisp on the outside – the perfect side dish to any meal!
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INGREDIENTS

  • 24 ounces red baby potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Garlic power
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes; drain well.
  • Place potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a potato masher or fork, carefully smash the potatoes until flattened but still in one piece. Top with olive oil, garlic and thyme.
  • Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve immediately.

DIY Tissue Covered Luminaries

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Good morning and happy Monday friends!  We had a kick-butt girl’s weekend filled with dancing, laughing, a talent show, a trip to IKEA and loads of fun.  I hope your weekend was wonderful too!  So how about a little crafting to kick off the week?  My Aunt Cathy originally found this project and showed us all how to make our own using colorful tissue paper.

Tissue Paper Luminary Supplies

  • Mason Jar or Repurpose a Condiment Jar to save
  • Tissue Paper
  • Craft Glue- I used Modge Podge

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Tissue Paper Luminary Directions

  1. Cut or tear your tissue paper into squares.
  2. Apply Glue to one side of your Jar. Be sure to spread evenly.
  3. Place tissue paper squares in a random pattern on top of the glue. Be sure to press squares in place firmly and apply any additional needed glue.
  4. Repeat the above steps until you have covered your jar completely.
  5. Add a battery operated votive and ribbon if you wish.

This project is so quick, easy and affordable. If you have a few minutes and a few dollars you will have a new beautiful decor to decorate your home!

Lake days…

There’s nothing that screams summer to me quite like a day spent at the lake. So far my two favorite weekends this summer have been the one spent on crooked lake and the other one during fourth of July on Sylvan Lake. So when I dream of the perfect summer night it can only end one way: in a cozy lakeside house, listening to the waves crash onto the shore, watching the boats cruise by and racing back to the waters in the morning to get a spot on the sandbar. Check out my 10 favorite lake house finds on the web: Hey, a girl can dream right?