Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Music Moment || Andy Grammar


I've always really liked Andy Grammar. His songs are always super catchy and never fail to put me in a good mood. I first heard "Honey, I'm Good" on Spotify. I shared it with Dylan, and immediately we couldn't stop listening to it.

The other day he sent me a link to the music video which is super cute, so naturally I had to share it with you all:


Tell me that isn't the cutest thing ever...especially the older couples!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Musings

I'm super lucky enough to get Dec. 24-Jan. 4 off from work. Although, it makes for a uber crazy week leading up to the time off (especially since my boss will be out the 22nd & 23rd). Unfortunately,  I'm sure I'll be drained at the end of the day and in no mood to put together posts for the next day. However, all that time off will give me plenty of time to focus on the blog! Hopefully meaning I can direct the sails to head in a somewhat a new direction for the new year!

In short- this will probably be a pretty brief Monday Musings, and more than likely so will be most of my posts this week.

  • The Cats took down the Tarheels Saturday, and I'm sure you all know I was over the moon about the win. Despite the victory, the game was a little glum. The day before the game news that one of my favorite players, Alex Poythress, tore his ACL. However, one of the most amazing things to witness was how is teammates (current and former) rallied up around him. This is picture explains it all:
I mean how could you not love this team?

  • As of today I have everyone but my dad checked off the list of Christmas presents to buy for. How about you? Still looking for ideas? Check out my gift guides for the Life of the Party, Music Lover, Hostess,  Guys On Your List and Best Friend! But jump on it, it's getting close to the last days to order to get mail on time.
  • I'm heading to Nashville for New Year's Eve! Dylan and I will be going down on the 30th to see a Predators game, and then staying down there for NYE festivities. We got an Airbnb pretty close to downtown. It's my first time using Airbnb, so I'm pretty excited to see how it all works out! I also can't wait to share all the fun stuff we do during our little get away. Well, as much stuff as you can do in 48 hours!
  • Speaking of NYE, did you check out my post with all sorts of cute outfit ideas for the evening from ASOS? 
  • I went to the eye doctor last week and found out my eyesight has only gotten worse- YAY. While that sucks, it means I can justify new glasses frames! I'm definitely thinking it's time to get a pair of Warby Parker frames. I've heard nothing, but great things about the company. Their at home try-on program is pretty darn great, but I plan on hitting up Imogene + Willie while in Nashville since they carry the full collection. Here are some frames I have my eye on:


  • Have you seen the two holiday commercials below? As for Glade, probably not my go-to candle brand, but um an amazing song. And Apple, you stole my heart a long time ago, plus this commercial warms your heart in all the right ways. But come-on, there had to be a better song to choose from...



Hope you have a fantastic start to your week!






Friday, December 12, 2014

Creamy Potato Soup

Not sure if you saw this Instagram post Tuesday, but we (Dylan & I) made homemade Creamy Bacon Potato Soup. Like I said in the caption, I was feeling pretty accomplished: 

Sweater- old (similar), Shirt- old (new version) , JeansBooties
I discovered this recipe on Pinterest. It comes from Red Apron Girl. It was so good, and pretty easy! Here's the recipe:

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb bacon. chopped and cooked (we cooked the bacon in the oven while the potatoes were boiling)
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces (about ¼ inch pieces) (We used yukon gold)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • ½ cup half and half (can use heavy cream)
  • green onions
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions

  1. Boil potatoes in a large pot until fork tender
  2. While potatoes are boiling, saute onion for about 8 minutes. Add garlic and continue to saute for a couple more minutes
  3. Add flour and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Slowly add in 1 cup chicken broth while scraping side of pan.
  5. Add in remaining chicken broth and simmer.
  6. Add cheese into soup until melted.
  7. Once potatoes are done,drain and rough mash with potato masher.
  8. Add potatoes to cheese and soup mixture.
  9. Add half and half and salt and pepper to taste
  10. Let cook for about 5 minutes.
  11. Serve and top with bacon, green onions, and grated cheese
Dylan loves the Food Network, and I pin a lot of recipes on Pinterest. So we try to cook at least 2-4 nights a week. 

Although, I'll be honest we're horrible at planning ahead for meals. Therefore we go to the grocery 2-4 nights a week as well (thank god we both live uber close to multiple grocery stores). If you've had a long day at work it's super hard to motivate yourself to want to go get everything then cook it all, especially because we don't end up eating until 8 if we're attempting a more tricky recipe. 

But I will admit I do enjoy spending time with him in the kitchen, we usually turn on music and act like total goofballs. It's kind of a weird, super slightly cheesy, bonding moment. 



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gift Guide || Life of the Party

You know how in my gift guide for the hostess I described this person as "she is always the person to have people over for a drink, or she was more than eager to host Friendsgiving/The Tacky Sweater Party/New Years Eve"? 

Well let's just say the person that today's gift guide is  for that someone who is always down for a drink, or she was the first person to respond 'yes' when it comes to attending Friendsgiving/The Tacky Sweater Party/New Years Eve plans. She is always a blast on Saturday night, tends to be a bit of a hot mess on Sunday morning, and you love her nonetheless. If you can't think of this person in your group of friends chances are its you, and hey there's nothing wrong with that!
Keep Calm & Party On Multi Bottle OpenerLet's Unwind Tea Towels | All that Glitters Gia | Straight Up & Liquid Courage Shot Glasses | Trust Me You Can Dance Pillow | Antler Corkscrew | Beer Card Party Game | Pace Yourself Cocktail Napkins | Santa's Little Helper Flask | Tequila is Not My Friend Terry | Outdoorsy Someecards Pint Glass | Overdressed and Overserved Koozie |  Cards Against Humanity | kate spade new york Set of 4 Silver Street Coasters

It's funny because when I originally came up with this idea for specific gift guide all I could come up with at first was koozies and a hangover kit (which ironically didn't even make the final cut). But once I found a few of the items more and more ideas kept coming to me! 


Cheers!

New Year's Style Inspiration



I know we're not even to Christmas yet, but if you're like me, it doesn't stop you from trying to pick out a great New Year's Eve Outfit. Which is why I was pretty stoked when I got an email from Asos announcing up to 70% off New Year Gear! Check out my picks:



All these items are on sale, but there are so many other great options for regular price as well like these tops (1, 2, 3) or these dresses (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gift Guide || Music Lover

Clearly I like music. On here I try to share new music that catches my ear, playlists for different occasions, or what I've been listening to recently. I'm pretty much listen to music all day- getting ready in the mornings, sitting at my desk all day and any time I'm in my car. But, by no means does that make me an expert when it comes to music gadgets and what not. However I thought I would put together a gift guide for those who like me, love music! There's always the east go-to of concert tickets, and obviously you for a few of these gifts you would want to cater them to your music lover's taste. But, if you're at a lost it's a good place to start-

Music Lover Gift Guide
Back Down South / Kings of Leon - Music Lyric Art Print | JBL Pulse Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with LED lights | Muscle Shoals DVD | Beats by Dre Solo 2 Headphones | Avett Brothers  Carpenter Slim Fit T-shirt | 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die Book | Happy Plugs Earbud Headphones | Hozier Vinyl Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Musings

Is it just me, or do you sometimes need a weekend to recover from your weekend? Anyways, without further ado, your standard dose of Monday Musings:
  • After watching the Cats' game and not doing much of anything Friday night I ended up surprising my pals in Lexington for our annual Christmas Soirée Saturday. 
Tacky Christmas Ideas
With Lexington being just a little over an hour away it's hard to not want to drive back every weekend since most of my friends are still there. I often have to remind myself that I need to establish a life here in Louisville as difficult as it can be at times, but it had been a month since I had seen everyone so the trip was much needed. Plus, the Christmas Soirée is always a great time, so I mean how could I miss it? 
I took a bit of my own advice and checked out the vintage store that's super close to my house and found a gold mine of tacky sweaters!
  • Speaking of Christmas parties, if you're planning on hosting on of your own checkout my festive little playlist! My suggestion? When making a playlist for a Christmas party try sprinkling a few of party favorites in with holiday tunes to ensure a good time.
  • How stinkin' cute is this little boy in this video for UPS's #WishesDelivered campaign?


  • I'm kind of getting the itch to redesign the blog. I completely redid the design about a year ago and this summer I updated the header and signature, but as I've started blogging more I'm starting to think it's time for a whole new look. What do y'all think?
  • Did you catch my gift guides last week? I shared one for the guys on your list and one for the hostess! Also, the week before I shared a gift guide for your best friend! I have about 5 more gift guides planned that I'll continue to share up until Christmas!
  • The Grammy Nominations were announced. If you know me you know that I was thrilled that my girl Beyoncé received 6 nominations, making her the most nominated female artist of all time (and the 6th most nominated artist overall). 
Hope you had an amazing weekend, and that this Monday isn't too rough on yah!

Bluegrass Blonde