October 24, 2016

My Favorite J. Crew Purchase.

    Two years ago, I purchased my J. Crew Factory Wool Sidewalk Skirt. Hands down one of the most versatile and best purchases that I've ever made! I wear this skirt with everything. Each fall, I look forward to styling it different ways!! It's a classic and preppy wardrobe staple piece. 

    This time around I'm pairing it with this cute flannel shirt! YMI Jeans was one of the sponsoring brands at The Blog Societies Conference this past summer, and I received this shirt from them. I have a few different flannel shirts and love wearing them in the cooler months. If I'm just lounging around, I'll wear my flannels just with jeans or leggings and top it all off with a messy bun or ponytail. But it's totally possible to dress flannel up as well, which is shown here! I've found an almost identical flannel shirt to the one I'm wearing, and it's under $15!! 

     I hope that y'all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty quiet, but still wonderful. Do y'all ever have a weekend where sometimes the smaller moments are the highlights? That was mine! The highlight of my weekend was getting the chance to pour out my heart and life story over coffee (my very first-ever Pumpkin Spice Latte- to be exact!)  on Saturday afternoon... I think few things in life are more wonderful than being able to be totally vulnerable and honest and just to share your story with someone! :-) I truly treasure those types of conversations and moments. 

     Other weekend highlights included two separate day trips to South Carolina- I'll be sharing more about both of those in this week's Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases! I've been bad about getting those posts up for the past few weeks, but I promise it will be back this week.

     xoxo Miss ALK

October 21, 2016

Ruffle Top + My Favorite Day Trip Destination.

      My parents were visiting me in Charlotte last week, and we took a day trip during their time here to one of my favorite Southern cities: Greenville, SC. This is the outfit that I wore that day! I'd been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear this pretty ruffle sleeve top, and a day trip proved to be the perfect chance. I paired the top with some of my beloved fall pieces from the past few seasons- like my fringe booties, floppy black felt hat, and a favorite fall vest. And there you go- a perfect day trip outfit!! 

     If you're from the South and have never been to Greenville- definitely make a trip!! It is so worth it. It's one of the most charming small cities that I've ever visited. A lot of elements about the downtown and the culture there remind me of home and some cities up North, but it still has its Southern charm as well. The downtown is adorable, and within a short walking distance of downtown is Falls Park on the Reedy- an incredible public park and walking bridge over waterfalls! These photos were taken on the bridge. :-)  My last trip to Greenville was exactly three years ago when Jules, my best friend from high school, came to visit me in college. It was really fun to go back to such a great place, and also to get to show it to my parents! 

      Speaking of South Carolina- I'm headed back there today! A sorority sister and I are going to the SC State Fair this evening. It's been on my bucket list for a few years to go to a state fair down here- so I can't wait. And beforehand I will be meeting up with a blogging friend! Stay tuned to my Snapchat and Instagram (@miss_alk) for updates through the day.

     Have a great weekend!

      xoxo Miss ALK

October 20, 2016

Tried and True Pinterest Dinner Recipes.

      There were many things that I was looking forward to about moving into my first apartment this past spring. I couldn't believe that my days of communal laundry rooms, late night fire drills, closet-less clothing storage, and claustrophobically small shower situations were finally over. However, what surprisingly proved to be the absolute greatest thing about having an apartment was the kitchen situation! (Yes- despite that I'm a fashion blogger, my kitchen even beats my walk-in closet for me, can't believe I'm saying that!)

      I absolutely adore cooking and baking- especially baking! I have barely had the opportunity to do either of these things during the past four years while I was in school. The lack of a kitchen access was definitely one downside to living on-campus. Now that I do have a kitchen, I cook and bake all the time! I usually bake some sort of a treat to take with me through the week to school and work as snacks on Saturday or Sunday nights (depending on my schedule), and I try and cook dinner at home on most weeks for the majority of weeknights. It both saves money, and is fun and relaxing for me! I joke all of the time to my friends that I am the world's most single "housewife". ;-)

     I would like to start blogging more about my cooking and baking adventures since it's become such a hobby of mine this year. I thought that sharing a Pinterest recipe round-up post might be of interest to y'all! I do love cookbooks and own many, but usually I prefer to try recipes directly from Pinterest. They can be kind of hit or miss though- I've had some that have turned out to be big hits, and others that have been flops. With Pinterest sometimes you never quite know what you're getting.

    I've done the hard part and actually tested all of these out, but here are some Pinterest recipes that I have deemed to be "tried and true." I would definitely recommend adding any of these to your recipe boards! If y'all would like, I can continue to share Pinterest recipe round-ups as I continue cooking my way through my Pinterest boards. :-)

*Korean Beef Rice Bowls - This might be my favorite dinner recipe of all that I've found and tried from Pinterest since I moved into my apartment! These are very easy to make, and SO tasty. The leftovers are also delicious. I love spicy food, so I always add a lot of red pepper flakes. Also- I've never made mine with the Gochujang (Korean ingredient), but they still come out amazing even without that.

*Garlic Honey Ginger Glazed Salmon - My go-to recipe when I have company for dinner! It tastes much fancier than it is to make! The sauce on this is so delicious (and again- I can't stress how easy it is).

*Sesame Ginger Turkey Meatballs - These are a really unique twist on meatballs. They have such a delicious seasoning blend in them!! They would not be good in traditional spaghetti and meatballs, but are amazing on their own, or served with plain pasta or rice. 

*Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup - Can y'all tell that I like Asian influences in my food?! Haha!! This soup really does taste just like Thai curry, it's so good! Since it is a slow cooker soup, it does make a very large portion. I've stopped making it often because it often makes too much just for me to eat, but would be great for having people over for dinner (or for anyone who lives with more than just themselves!).

*Italian Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Potatoes - This is such a tasty side dish!! I have served it before when I've had company over with the glazed salmon recipe that's linked above. It makes a lot- so if you live by yourself you'll definitely have leftovers!!

*Easy Indian Chicken Biryani - A fairly simple Indian dish!! I am not a fan of raisins so I omit them in this recipe, but if you don't mind them then they would add a fun touch of sweetness to the recipe.

*The Best Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup - Another great slow cooker soup option! This would be ideal for a sick day, or for some cold weather comfort food. As with the other soup I shared, my only downside on this is that the portion is huge!

     Happy cooking!! Please let me know if you would like to see more cooking/baking/adulting/apartment living type blog posts. And stay tuned for a fun outfit post tomorrow- we're almost to Friday!

    xoxo Miss ALK