How to Wear a Skinny Scarf

A skinny scarf is my favorite accessory right now.  I love the way they add polish without effort and go casual or dressy.  Try wearing a skinny scarf with a round or v-neck t-shirt and jeans – so chic!!

In this outfit I am wearing it with a black v-neck tunic, skinny, high-rise, destructed jeans and ankle booties.  I threw on a suede trench with it.  Have fun trying different looks!

Links at bottom of post.

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Skinny scarf and a Floral Style here

Jeans

Tunic (similar) or (similar)

Suede Trench (similar)

Booties

hoop earrings

Marc Jacobs handbag (N/A)

All photos by Carola Muis

Try a skinny scarf and thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

 

 

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup is a savory and sweet soup ideal for the Fall and Winter months and is welcomed as a starter at many a Thanksgiving Dinner.  This healthy recipe is so easy you may be tempted to make it all of the time.

Here is some nutritional information about Butternut Squash found on Medical News Today. “According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked cubed butternut squash (approximately 205 grams) contains 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrate (including 4 grams of sugar and 6.6 grams of dietary fiber) as well as 1.8 grams of protein.  One cup of butternut squash provides a whopping 437% percent of your vitamin A needs for the day, as well as 52% of vitamin C and 10% or more of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and manganese. Butternut squash is an excellent source of potassium, bringing in 582 milligrams per 1 cup (cubed) – more than a banana!”

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WHAT YOU NEED:

48 oz. Butternut Squash – peeled, cleaned and cut up into about 2″pieces. (I buy already prepped)

1-2 TBSP olive oil

1 medium yellow onion (peeled and rough chopped)

2-3 cloves of garlic (peeled and rough chopped)

32 fl oz. chicken stock (or vegetable stock if preferred)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Dutch oven or large pot

Handheld immersion blender or countertop blender

HOW TO:

Add olive oil to pot and over medium/low heat saute onion and garlic until translucent (about 8 minutes) being careful not to burn.

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Once translucent add cut up butternut squash and mix with onions/garlic.

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Add the chicken stock, turn heat to high and quickly bring to a boil.

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Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for one hour with pot partially covered.  After one hour, test squash with a fork.  Should be very tender. Turn off heat.

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If using countertop blender, add cooked squash in batches and blend until completely smooth.  Return to pot.  If using immersion blender, place blade down in pot and blend squash until completely smooth.

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Add cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir to incorporate.  Taste.  If needed add more to desired taste.  Additionally, if you prefer a thinner soup, add more stock or water until desired consistency being careful not to add too much liquid.

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Serve and enjoy!!  Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY THANKSGIVING!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Thanksgiving Table

Whether rustic, elegant, traditional, modern, colorful, current, glam, monochromatic, natural, dramatic, festive or bright, there are countless ways to dress a Thanksgiving Table.  Like one’s personal style, table dressing should be a reflection of you.  If you are hosting Thanksgiving and haven’t quite decided on table decor or, haven’t thought about it at all, perhaps one of the following settings will set your heart a flutter, get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to get Thanksgiving Table dressing!

White candles with mini pumpkins and gourds

modern hurricanes with acorns

mixed candle with greens, gourds and fruit

glam in gold

Natural simplicity

Modern mix of white and natural

Rustic chic

Elegant and fruity

Colorful and ornate

Farmhouse chic

 

Will your Thanksgiving Table decor reflect your personal style?

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Friends and Family this Thanksgiving…Cynthia

Images: Various Pinterest

Sweaters – Cozy, Comfy, Chic

After thankful, the 3 “C”s – Cozy, Comfortable and Chic are what I am thinking about for Thanksgiving.  Tunic style sweaters fit my 3 “C”s, and what is even nicer, no matter the type of gathering you are attending, these sweaters can work!  If you’re going to a casual get together wear with either leggings or jeans.  If it is a bit more dressed up wear with a slack, cropped pant or a skirt, tights and boots. Additionally, if you prefer covered arms, just wear a long-sleeved t-shirt under the short sleeved and sleeveless pieces.  Added bonus and 4th “C” – they Camouflage an expanding waistline!!

Link below the photo.
Splendid Turtleneck Poncho

Splendid Turtleneck Poncho

 

Vince Sleeveless Ribbed Wool Turtleneck

Vince Sleeveless Ribbed Wool Turtleneck

Vince Camuto Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater

Vince Camuto Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater

Vince Short Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

Vince Short Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

Nordstrom Strip Cashmere Poncho

IN Cashmere Stripe Cashmere Poncho

Nordstrom Cashmere Sweater

Nordstrom Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

 

Joie 'Loysse' Wool & Cashmere Cowl Neck Sweater

Joie ‘Loysse’ Wool & Cashmere Cowl Neck Sweater

Wishing you and yours a happy, relaxing, peaceful, cozy, comfy and chic Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

What to Wear for Thanksgiving

Considering the horrifying terrorist attacks in Paris and the uncertainty these acts bring, it is important while we pray for others, we reflect on the good in life and all we are thankful for.  With Thanksgiving a week away, I am thinking of and thankful for my family, my husband and four children and my friends old and new, near and far.  Among other things, I am thankful for my children’s teachers and coaches – particularly those that have influenced them in a positive way or have made a difference in their life.

With the abundant Thanksgiving meal ahead and gatherings being organized, the personal stylist in me is naturally thinking – What to Wear for Thanksgiving?  What comes to mind is casual, cozy and comfy (big meal means expanding waist) but also, stylish and current.

Our Thanksgiving gathering is casual so a comfy cashmere tunic and leather leggings will likely be my choice.

All links for more information on pieces (or similar) at bottom.

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Click on highlighted items in blue (or red) for more information:

Tipped Handkerchief Hem Cashmere Tunic

1969 leather pull-on legging jean

Lucky brand black wedge ankle booties (similar)

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Moto’ Hobo bag

beaded and tassle necklace (similar)

Burberry sunglasses (n/a)

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain

 

All photos by Carola Muis.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy a relaxing, safe and Happy Thanksgiving…Cynthia

Rainy Day Chicken Stew

If I am not checking out stores on a rainy day I enjoy cooking – especially a dish like my Rainy Day Chicken Stew.  Taking the time to cut up the vegetables, saute the onions and garlic, brown the chicken and then slowly cook everything together to get great flavor is a labor I love and is a family favorite!

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YOU WILL NEED: (serves 6-8)

2-3 lbs of skinless, boneless chicken thighs (cut into 1″ pieces)

1 box of (32 fl oz.) organic chicken stock (or home-made stock)

1 Cup of Chardonnay (or white wine of your choice)

Olive oil

1 box (26 oz.) San Marzano Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes

1 medium yellow onion (peeled and diced)

3 cloves of garlic (peeled and diced)

1 russet potato (peeled and cut into 1″ pieces)

1 sweet potato (peeled and cut into 1″ pieces)

1 turnip (peeled and cut into 1″ pieces)

2 yellow bell peppers (cleaned, seeded and cut into 1 ” pieces)

3 carrots (peeled and cut into 1″ pieces)

Fresh sage and thyme sprigs (tie-together with cooking twine)

salt and pepper

Dutch oven or large pot

STEPS:

Add about 2 TBSP of olive oil to bottom of pot.  Over medium heat slowly saute garlic and onion until translucent. Remove onions and garlic and set aside.  Add chicken pieces to pot, season with salt and pepper and saute until lightly browned (about 8 minutes).  Remove chicken and set aside.  Add wine and deglaze the pot getting up any brown bits.

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After deglazing add cooked chicken, onions and garlic back into the pot. Add in the crushed tomatoes and stir.  Add all of the vegetables and pour in all of the chicken stock.  Turn the heat to high and bring quickly to a boil.

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Once boiled, stir , lower heat, add sage and thyme, and simmer for 1- 1 1/2 hours, with pot partially covered.

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The completed Rainy Day Chicken Stew should have reduced slightly, thickened a bit and root vegetables should be tender.

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Season to taste and Rainy Day Chicken Stew is ready to serve!

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Do you prefer to shop or cook on rainy days?

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

 

 

How to Wear Plaid Shoes

By now, considering this is my third post on the subject, one may have figured out that I’m mad for plaid!  Plaid is such a practical print, yet it can really make a statement – with simplicity and elegance.  Putting together an outfit where the shoe is the star makes getting dressed easy (and you will look pulled together effortlessly).  In all of the following instances wearing one column of color top to bottom with a plaid shoe would work.  However, imagine the following scenarios as an option for how to wear plaid shoes…all great for Fall and Winter and, of course, holiday gatherings! (Click on link below shoe for more info)
Prada Tartan Pump

Prada Tartan Pump

1.  Black, body-hugging dress with this Prada Tartan Pump…

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2. Black, ankle skimming pant and a short sleeve cashmere sweater with this Prada Tartan Bow Flat…

Nordstrom Kate Spade (Licorice Too)

Kate Spade New York ‘Licorice Too’ Pump

3.  Black pencil skirt with a cream colored bow neck blouse with Kate Spade New York’s ‘Licorice Too’ Pump…

Bettye Muller Ballard Pump

Bettye Muller ‘Ballard’ Pump

4. Ripped boyfriend or skinny style jean with a fitted black turtleneck and fur vest with Bettye Muller’s ‘Ballard’ Pump…

Charles by Charles David Pact Pump

Charles by Charles David Pact Pump

5. Dark ink wash skinny jean with a white turtleneck and a black leather jacket with Charles by Charles David Pact Pump…

Ivanka Trump Boni Pointy Toe Pump

Ivanka Trump ‘Boni’ Pointy Toe Pump

6. Red shift dress with Ivanka Trump’s ‘Boni’ Pointy Toe Pump…

Sophia Webster Leah Slingback Sandal

Sophia Webster ‘Leah’ Slingback Sandal

7. Elegant black cocktail dress with Sophia Webster’s ‘Leah’ Slingback Sandal…

Think you might add a plaid shoe to your wardrobe?

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

How to Wear Plaid

Are you caught in the rutt of wearing the same thing the same way all of the time?  I challenge you to pick one piece – make it a plaid piece if you have one (for the sake of this post)- and try mixing it with something different and/or try wearing it in a different way.  Change up how you wear your plaid button down, skirt or dress and how you tie your scarves, etc.  Here are some outfits that may inspire you!!!

Wrapping a plaid scarf around a blazer adds interest and style to this skinny jeans, blazer and pumps outfit…
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Wear your flannel button down with a hip-length cardigan and gold jewelry.

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Wrap a plaid flannel button down around a casual sweater dress slightly off center.

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Unbutton your plaid dress and wear it as a jacket over a t-shirt, rolled up jeans and open-toe wedge booties.

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Wear a classic plaid skirt with a solid turtleneck and super-chic over-knee boots.

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Plaid button down over leather leggings, strappy heels with a classic bag.

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Wear head to toe black and belt a plaid shawl around your waist.

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Mix a classic plaid pencil skirt with a t-shirt, chunky jewelry and suede wedge booties. (Then throw your leather jacket over it.)plaid 11

Can’t do wrong following Olivia Palermo’s lead…plaid shift with thigh high suede boots and classic clutch. Perfect mix of classic with trendy!

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Have some fun mixing up your plaid pieces.  You will be amazed how many new outfits you can put together!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

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Plan on Plaid

Plaid is classic but trendy, casual or dressy, basic yet chic.  It comes in many colors, patterns and styles and it is appropriate for all ages.  I have always been a fan and owner of the traditional plaid/flannel button down.  But this year I am loving the versatility of casual plaid dresses.  Wear them with ankle boots, thigh high boots, rain boots, sneakers or a loafer.  They can also work as a long jacket or a layer if they button top to bottom. I also like plaid tunic tops that can be worn over a skinny jean or a leather legging.  There is a plaid piece for everyone!

Below are a mix of pieces that caught my eye and represent different brands and price points.  Options for plaid dresses and plaid tunics are included. The link for more information is below the photo.

PONCHOS….

The Kooples Plaid Wool Poncho

The Kooples Plaid Wool Poncho

BP Plaid Poncho

BP Plaid Poncho

DRESSES….

Treasure & Bond Popover Plaid Shirtdress

Treasure & Bond Popover Plaid Shirtdress

Madewell 'Day Walk' Glendale Plaid Flannel Shirtdress

Madewell ‘Daywalk’ Glendale Plaid Flannel ShirtdressBeachLunch Lounge Belted Plaid Shirtdress

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TUNICS….

Caslon Two-Pocket Tunic Shirt

Caslon Two-Pocket Tunic Shirt

Free People 'Street Talk' Plaid Shirt

Free People Street Talk Plaid Shirt

SKIRTS…

Red Valentino Buffalo Plaid Skirt

RED Valentino Buffalo Plaid Skirt

Clover Canyon Midnight Plaid A-line Midi Skirt

Clover Canyon Midnight Plaid A-line Midi Skirt

OUTERWEAR…

Veronica Beard Plaid Jacket with Removable Dickey & Cuffs

Veronica Beard Plaid Jacket with Removeable Dickey and Cuffs

Pendelton Buffalo Plaid Barn Coat

Pendelton Buffalo Plaid Barn Coat

What’s your plan for plaid?

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Skillet Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Normally, I am captured by fashion, beauty and accessory photos but I recently came across this photo of Skillet Style Chocolate Chip Cookies while looking through a blog I enjoy.  With Fall “sweater weather” I am thinking of cozy gatherings, fireside foods and cold-weather treats – this chocolate chip cookie seems to fit that bill!!

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Ashley’s most delicious looking Salted Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie is from Anthropologie’s Blog which always has great visuals, fun ideas and inspiration.  You can visit the blog by clicking here. I have not made this recipe but it really looks too good not to share — and definitely do share if you make it!

Ashley’s Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, Skillet Style

WHAT YOU’LL NEED…
½ cup (1 stick) butter
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
6 ounces chopped chocolate or chips (Use the best quality chocolate your budget will allow. With a serrated knife, cut chocolate into roughly ½ inch chunks)
½ teaspoon flaky sea salt

12″ cast iron skillet

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cream the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light, 5 minutes. Scrape down the side of the bowl a couple times in this process. Continue mixing while adding the egg. Add the vanilla. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Combine the flour, baking soda and kosher salt in another bowl. Whisk to combine. With the machine on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined, taking care not to over mix. With a spatula, fold in the chocolate.
Dump the dough into a 12″ cast iron skillet and pat down to flatten into an even layer. Then sprinkle the flake salt on top. Bake for 12 minutes. Edges will be golden while the center is still soft and gooey.
For regular cookies, scoop onto a lined cookie sheet then sprinkle each cookie with a bit of the flake salt. Bake in a preheated 360°F oven for 10-12 minutes, depending on size. Makes 18-24 cookies.

And, don’t forget spoons and scoops of ice cream dropped on the just baked cookie!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy…Cynthia