Off Shoulder Style

You guys, I can’t believe how quickly summer is coming to an end but I am SO looking forward to spending the next three weekends ending Summer with a bang! This weekend you can find us at the Jason Aldean concert, the following weekend is my cousin’s lake bachelorette party, Labor Day Weekend then off on a cruise with the boyfriend. With four full summer filled weekends left filled with outdoor activities, there is still plenty of time to pick up some last minute essentials! If I have learned one thing this Summer it’s that off the shoulder tops are totally in.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite off the shoulder tops and dresses you can still rock the rest of summer!

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Caitlin Wilson Wishlist

I have been in love with Caitlin Wilson ever since I stumbled across her preppy pillows plastered all over Pinterest. I clicked on one of adorable pictures and that’s when I discovered her online shop with tons of must-have furniture and amazingly cute home accessories.

On my wish list? All of her bright cheery wallpaper! YES PLEASE!

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Rustic Frame Collage

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend and are ready for another great week! You may remember that last week I shared our table and chair transformation— from dark wood to old white using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Part of that transformation led to a new rustic frame collage behind the table.

I am not going to lie this took a lot of trial and error before landing the perfect combination and I am not even sure if I am 100% happy with the frame layout. I often end up making changes down the road. It’s a long (and sometimes painful– mostly for my boyfriend) process.

Decorating with empty picture frames can be a great way to add a little personality to your decor without spending much money at all. When I was staging this table in my last blog post showing how to use the Annie Sloan chalk paint I realized how cute it would be to add some empty picture frames above it. I have never used empty frames while decorating but remembered a bunch I had stored away in the basement that I had chalk painted months ago.

The best part about decorating this way is that empty wood frames can be picked up for a great price at thrift stores and yard sales. Many people do not see the value in something that no longer has the glass with it. So what do you say, give it a shot? Are you a fan of empty picture frames?

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Cajun Styled Tilapia with Veggie Tartar Sauce

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tilapia Filets
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Ingredients for Tartar Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 2 tbsp green pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp red onion, diced
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC).[1] Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with nonstick aluminum foil.

Season the tilapia. Pour the lemon juice mixture over the fillets, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle the tilapia with the seasonings to the tilapia at this time, as well.
Bake the fish. At this temperature, tilapia should be done in about 8-10 minutes.
When done, the tilapia will be completely white all the way through and should flake apart evenly with a fork.

Adult Coloring Book

Yesterday I spent an hour and a half at Target trying to find the perfect birthday gift. I have my go to presents of typically buying my friends a colorful scarf, a big chunky necklace or a delicious smelling candle. I had all three of these options in my cart while roaming down each aisle trying to find something different and better than what I typically buy. I made my way to the book and magazine aisle and that’s when I saw The Secret Garden adult coloring book. I remember during girl’s weekend my Aunt Cathy had this and said it was super relaxing to unwind and color in the pages. I was so excited about finding this I threw it in my cart and almost bought the other copy for myself.

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{ Each page looks very detailed and time consuming, are you up for the coloring challenge? }

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Bloody’s, Bikes & Best Friends


 Hi! What a fabulous weekend we had in Indy, it’s GORGEOUS weather here! Not a cloud in the sky! Anyway, I had a great weekend with my friend visiting from Atlanta and as promised I wanted to share with you the rest of the pictures from the weekend.

We crammed so much in one weekend, it wasn’t even funny! I am not even sure how we managed to make it to all of the restaurants and bars but we did!  I had so much on the itinerary and we had an absolute blast! Here’s a few photos from our weekend and also a fun guide of where to go if you’re visiting Indy for the first time.

With so many areas of Indy to explore I decided to share with you a list of fun activities, restaurants and bars that are a must while you are visiting the city. One of the cheapest forms of entertainment is to rent the Pacer’s bikes downtown. This is a cheaper option than calling Uber and way better than walking everywhere on foot.

There’s also Indians baseball games, renting paddle boats on the canal, visiting monument circle, renting the handlebar for a couple of hours and checking out the live music at the Rathskeller’s biergarten , Union 50 & Tin Roof are my top suggestions.

If you’re into wineries and breweries well then you came to the right place there are tons of options all over Indy! The best part is that they even have a brew bus that takes you to each one. Check out Easley winery downtown, Sun King downtown, Triton in Broad ripple Flat12, Tow Yard, Fountain Square & Chilly Water Brewing.

Another fun area in downtown Indy is Mass Ave. The streets are full of cute shops, bars and restaurants. Some of my favorite recommendations are subzero for ice cream, Bakersfield for Sangria, Margaritas and the best guac and chips, Bru burger for amazing burgers, Bazbeaux for delicious pizza & Louie’s Wine Dive for breakfast and killer Bloody Mary’s. If you’re in the mood to shop make sure to stop in Silver in the City boutique. 


Also while downtown there is an area called Fountain Square. it’s a really unique area with plenty of activities to do make sure to stop by Santorini Greek Kitchen for greek inspired cuisine,  Siam Square for thai, Fountain square theater rooftop gardens for an amazing view of the city & La Revolucian for mexican while sitting outside or at the adorable tiki hut in the back of the restaurant.

Come check out my stomping grounds, Broad ripple while you are visiting. This is about 15 minutes north of downtown but worth checking out if you are looking for something different to do. Check out Union Jacks for deep dish pizza, Fat Dan’s for smoked wings and fries, Delicia for mexican and amazing margarittas, Yats for cajun their chili cheese etoufee is delicious, Petite Chou for breakfast (bistro and champagne bar) & Northside Social if you’re looking for something a little more fancy. Jump on the Monon Trail after dinner for a walk and make at pit stop at Brics for ice cream.
  

And that’s just downtown and Broadripple. I don’t have enough time
in the day to go over all of the options on the North side of Indy… You’d have to narrow down what
you like  activity, music,  wandering, shopping, eating or drinking.

Book a trip, you’re gonna have a blast!

Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

This week, I’ve been a little bit of a zombie. I am still trying to recoup from my weekend with Mary Helen. I am trying to get back into the work routine but boy, am I tired. I think we were a little bit excited to see each other, it has been long overdue!

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This mac and cheese is probably one of my new favorites. I have made a similar mac and cheese not to long ago but this had a lot more flavor. The cheese sauce is so thick and creamy, but it has a little dose of protein from the greek yogurt. The yogurt doesn’t make it overly tangy which is one of the downfalls when substituting with greek yogurt. I used a blend of cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, and colby-jack cheeses, but choose your favorites! I threw in some spinach for some veggies and some sausage, but feel free to omit or choose your favorite veggies/protein!

8 oz. (about 2 cups) pasta
8 oz. (about 2 cups) shredded cheese (a sharp cheddar is great)
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 cups fresh spinach
salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup sausage
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Cook the macaroni according to the package’s instructions (about 8-10 minutes), until al dente.

Place the spinach leaves in the bottom of a strainer, and pour the pasta over top to drain and wilt the spinach. Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the cooked macaroni and wilted spinach to the pot.

Add about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the pot, and stir in the cheese until melted. Stir in the greek yogurt, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, until smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining pasta water to thin, if necessary.