Y’all finding a puffy vest is hard. (LOOK AT HOW SOUTHERN I AM NOW!?!?!) But seriously, I’ve been on the hunt for the past 2 months for the perfect vest.
The first stop was my go-to: J. Crew. I got the excursion vest in a medium. I thought it was a winner at first, but as it sat in my closet and I never wore it, I had second thoughts. It was a little short and a little wide in the shoulders. Return.
The second stop was Old Navy. I saw a few of these cute puffy vests on other bloggers and thought I would give them a try. The price was so right: $27.00 on sale. The fit: huge and bulky. It could have worked. But I returned.
The third option was a vest I already had in my closet and had never worn from Gap. And I liked it, but wasn’t in LOVE with it. It was one of those purchases that saved me when I was in Alaska, but maybe wasn’t the right fit for Georgia. It was $60, and I can’t return it now…. but still back to the drawing board.
So then I went to the C. Wonder store up in Atlanta and I tried on this Barn Vest. And I liked it, but I wasn’t sold, so I drove home. That was 3 weeks ago. And then I started thinking about it. And thinking about it. And I looked online and they were sold out in my size. Drat. So I went up to the store and they were sold out. Drat. And then I very politely asked them to call other stores to see if anyone had one… and success!!! One final vest in my size found in Corte Medera, California. They shipped that pup out to me and a week later, it was mine!
It’s lighter than my other options, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It doesn’t make me look like a marshmallow: plus. It doesn’t give me a ton of warmth: negative. It has an adorable inside lining: plus. It was the most expensive of the 5 options: negative. But I love it. Do you guys have a vest that you just adore???
Guys, I’ve officially turned into a hippie. This converted Southern belle/Los Angeles gal has turned a new leaf (hahaha). So what turned me into a crazy person… I’ve found a love for essential oils. Q calls them my “snake oils,” but I am fully convinced they make me healthier, more focused, and best of all sleep better. It’s crazy, I know. Me = hippie.
It all started before I headed to my girlfriend’s wedding in Napa. The day before I was set to get on a plane, I felt horrible- scratchy throat, flu-ish, like I wanted to stay in bed all day. I was terrified of getting on a plane and feeling like that, so I called my girlfriend, Laura, who had been talking about these crazy oils. I was desperate and I told her to load me up. So she gave me a diffuser and a couple of oils and sent me home with instructions. And 24 hours later- feeling like 90% of myself. 48 hours later – 100% back to normal. I was a believer.
So I bought some oils and a diffuser and Q thought I was crazy (and still does). And when I feel sick, I swipe some oils in my mouth and diffuse in my house. When I’m sore after a workout, I make some bath salts with oils. And when I’m tired, oh ya there’s an oil for energy. For teaching, it is the best germ killer and I have that diffuser running all day long. Hippie dippie Koko has arrived folks! I know it’s weird and sort of out there, but I love them.
And I guess it runs in the genes since my mom has been using essential oils for 20+ years…. so I guess I had a little hippie in me from the start
I use Young Living oils because they are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.I completely trust them to ingest, diffuse, rub all over
I have a shoe addiction. It’s a serious problem. No matter how many I own, I keep wanting more…. Here’s what 16 consecutive days of shoes looks like:
1: J. Crew $180 / 2. Sperry by J. Crew $90 / 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs $150 / 4. Gap $20
5. kate spade $80/ 6. Sam Edelman $180 / 7. Birkenstock $130 / 8. Kate Spade $328
9. Kate Spade $200 / 10. Loeffler Randall $150 / 11. Target $35 / 12. Sam Edelman $131
13. DV by Dolce Vita $100 / 14. Kate Spade $200 / 15. Loeffler Randall $250/ 16. Loeffler Randall $150
It may not be the best looking dish I’ve ever made, but man is it good. This cheesy, 20-minute dish is a great weeknight pick. I was fine eating it without any meat, but you know Q… so I added some grilled chicken to the top to make it man-friendly.
I used brown rice, but you can easily replace that with quinoa, farro, barley or whatever grain you prefer. For your tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts, just eyeball it (no need to measure 1 cup exactly). I love a lot of spinach, so I loaded it up. I had plenty of tomatoes, so more of those too. You can add olives if you wish (they just aren’t my thing). I love the feta sauce- I’ve never done anything like it before and it is SO darn easy. This was fabulous the night we made it, but honestly even better the next day for lunch.
Cheesy Greek Brown Rice Bake
- 2 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup chopped spinach
- 1 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts cut in half
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- Prepare the brown rice as directed. While brown rice cooks, dice cherry tomatoes and chop spinach leaves, then set aside. Next, in a food processor or blender combine feta, milk, garlic, lemon juice, and parsley — blending until smooth.
- When brown rice is ready, stir artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, and spinach into rice, plus one tablespoon oil from artichokes, stirring well. Pour over with feta sauce, then season with onion powder and salt & pepper, combining thoroughly.
- Transfer mixture to oven-safe 8×8 casserole dish, spreading evenly. Top with remaining feta and mozzarella.
- Bake at 400F degrees for 15 minutes until top has melted. (I also like to broil the dish for 2 minutes to get the Immediately plate and serve.