New Year’s Eve Charcuterie Cheeseboard

My Outfit Details: DRESS Cheetah Print Pink Dress // JACKET Beige Cocoon Coat // BRACELET Gold Link Bracelet // BOOTS Pointed Toe Boots

I honestly can not believe that 2020 is coming to an end. Oddly enough, this year has felt like both the shortest and longest year ever. If we weren’t celebrating at home, this would be my outfit. I will most likely hold onto this dress for a future Valentine’s Day celebration. Personally, we will be ringing in the new in our pajamas with some scrumptious food and our favorite pack of sparkling seltzers. I am actually looking forward to a relaxing celebration. Yesterday, I created a New Year’s Eve themed cheeseboard to help provide some fun “staying-in” inspiration.

CHEESEBOARD DETAILS: PLATTER Wooden Cheeseboard Tray // UTENSILS Cheeseboard Knives // COOKIE CUTTERS Mini Alphabet and Number Cookie Cutters // GLITTER Edible Gold Star Glitter

For this New Year’s Eve cheeseboard, most cheeseboard food items were purchased from Trader Joe’s. I snapped a picture of my cart so that you can see my shopping list and what I purchased. I used sugar cookie mix and alphabet/number cookie cutters to create the letters. It was beyond delicious and it was super simple to make. I even sprinkled edible star glitter on some of the cheeses to give the board a more “New Year’s Eve” feel. I will definitely be making more holiday themed cheeseboards in the future.

I hope you have a blessed New Year’s Eve celebration. If you decide to celebrate with a yummy cheeseboard, I hope you enjoy 🙂

With Love,

Jordan

Merry Christmas & 20 Things We Learned in 2020

My Outfit Details: DRESS Long Sleeve Cream Dress // HEADBAND Jeweled Embellished Headband // BRACELET Gold Chain Bracelet // SHOES Pointed Toe Boots // WREATH Glitter Holiday Wreath

First one, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, this year sucked. With how many times that I have cried this year, I am pretty sure that I officially own stock in Kleenex Tissues. Despite the crazy and unique year that we all had, it is important to take a pause and think about the growth that we went through this year. Even though this year was challenging, we still made a heck of a lot of growth. I think we can all walk away from 2020 having more knowledge about who we are and a newfound resiliency.

“If it is challenging you, testing you, and pushing you . . . it’s helping you become more of who you’re meant to be.” – Mandy Hale

  1. Let’s not be greedy. There is enough toilet paper for everyone 🙂
  2. Even when life is hard, it still goes on.
  3. Wine and cheese do qualify as dinner.
  4. Don’t wait to call someone. Pick up the phone. You never want to regret not making that phone call.
  5. Quarantine birthdays can still be special.
  6. A year can feel both equally short and equally long at the same time. I’m not quite sure how that is possible, but alas 2020!
  7. Even if you are not going anywhere that day, still get ready in the morning.
  8. We are all uniquely talented in our own way. Friends, I watched videos on how to make bread, tutorials on hair braiding, and I saw Small Businesses take off. That is pretty freakin’ cool if you think about it.
  9. Humans are resilient.
  10. Grace, empathy, and understanding goes a long way.
  11. We aren’t all passionate about the same thing, and it’s a good thing that we aren’t. Our passions are what make us unique!
  12. That our jobs can change in an instant. Who would have thought that back in March I would still be teaching from a computer.
  13. Being grateful for the small things, like to-go Margaritas or Office re-runs.
  14. Authenticity wins every time!
  15. Take a leap of faith. There will never be a right time for anything. If you’re thinking about it, just do it.
  16. That putting up your Christmas tree in October is a great way to spark some joy.
  17. It’s okay to slow down and breathe.
  18. Long walks are good for the soul.
  19. Find contentment with what you have. My husband and I both were privileged enough to stay employed during this year. There were a few temporary pay-cuts here and there, but nevertheless . . . we are grateful.
  20. That Psalm 16:8 will forever ring truth: I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Cheers to a blessed 2021. I am so grateful for you, and I am praying for the year ahead.

With Love,

Jordan

LoveShackFancy Style for Less No.2

My Outfit Details: TOP Sweatshirt Turtleneck // JEANS High Waisted Dark Denim Jeans // HEADBAND Jeweled Headband // BELT Cream Belt // PURSE Louis Vuitton Crossbody Clutch Purse // BRACELET Gold Link Bracelet // BOOTS Knee High Caramel Boots //

Happy Monday friends!

A couple months back, I wrote a post about LoveShackFancy Looks for Less. It was a complete hit . I think we can all agree that LoveShackFancy makes adorable pieces, but the price point is a little beyond what some of us can spend. Personally, I have LoveShackFancy taste, but I’m definitely rocking the teacher salary budget.

I scoured the internet to find some more pieces that are LoveShackFancy-like, but are at a more affordable price point. I hope you enjoy the cute pieces I found!

Happy Shopping & Saving!

$495 Pink Sweater vs. $49 Pink Sweater

$525 Star Patterned Dress vs. $30 Star Patterned Dress

$275 White Blouse vs. $39 White Blouse

$275 Pink Floral Sweater vs. $19 Yellow Floral Sweater

$255 Floral Dress vs. $62 Floral Dress

$195 Tie Dye Joggers vs. $44 Tie Dye Joggers/ $44 Tie Dye Sweatshirt

With Love,

Jordan

floral bodysuit & teacher gift guide

My Outfit Details: BODYSUIT Floral Long Sleeve Bodysuit // PANTS Black Distressed Denim Jeans // HEADBAND Jeweled Double Row Headband // NECKLACE Monogram Pearl Gold Necklace // BOOTS Pointed Toe Booties

This week, I took a quick break from Teacher Outfit Tuesday to bring you a teacher gift themed gift guide. As you know, my daytime vocation is an elementary school teacher. I thought I should put my knowledge to the test and formulate a gift guide of items that any teacher would enjoy. I hope you find this helpful, since picking out a teacher gift can be tricky!

  1. 2020 Teacher Ornament to Remember the Year
  2. Floral Travel Mug Set
  3. Wine Glass: “It’s 3:30 Somewhere”
  4. Gold Initial Monogram Bracelet
  5. Monogram Initial Mug
  6. The Best Felt Tip Pens Colorful Set
  7. Teacher Notepad
  8. Funny Teacher Candle

Happy gifting 🙂

With Love,

Jordan

The Best Casserole for Thanksgiving

My Outfit Details: TOP White V-Neck Sweater // JEANS Distressed Denim Jeans // NECKLACE Snowflake Gold Pendant Necklace // EARRINGS White and Gold Studded Earrings // OVEN MITT Anthropologie Colorful Oven Mitt (similar linked) // POT HOLDER Anthropologie Colorful Oven Mitt // CASSEROLE DISH Portable Casserole Dish (one of the best kitchen items you will ever buy!)

Last week I shared my family’s favorite Broccoli Casserole recipe on Instagram! You all went NUTS over it. I even had a couple people who made it the next day. I decided it needed a permanent place on my blog. We make this casserole three times a year: Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We always look forward to it, and I even got my husband’s family hooked on it.

Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • one pound of mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans of cream of celery
  • 12 oz bag of broccoli
  • 1 1/2 tsp of oregano
  • 16 oz of “Best Foods” Mayo
  • 4 oz of panko break crumbs
  • half a stick of butter

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Steam broccoli and drain: I always buy the broccoli you can steam in the bag it comes in (Quick & Easy!)
  3. Combine cheese, eggs, cream of celery, oregano, mayo, and steam broccoli into a larger bowl.
  4. Spray non-stick butter in a 9 x 13 casserole dish (this portable casserole dish is my favorite!)
  5. Melt the butter in a bowl. Fold the panko bread crumbs in with the melted butter. This is the best trick for making the top part of your casserole crispy!
  6. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on to the top of the mixture that is in the casserole dish.
  7. Cook at 350 for 60 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

With Love,

Jordan

gift guide for the homebody under $50 & cute loungewear look

My Outfit Details: TOP Black Rhinestone Crewneck Sweater // JEANS Distressed Straight Ankle Denim Jeans // EARRINGS Pearl Hoop Earrings // SUNGLASSES Black Oversized Sunnies // SHOES White Platform Sneakers // PURSE MCM Worldwide Pink Blush Tote

Today’s theme is comfy and cozy! First, let me talk about this loungewear look.

2020 is the year we mastered loungewear. I don’t think any of us will leave it behind either. Comfy loungewear is here to stay. I have been loving finding loungewear that is still cute and stylish. This $30-ish black crewneck sweater is super comfy, but with an adorable rhinestone detail. It also comes in two other colors: a creamy white/beige and gray.

Now let’s get on to the gift guide. Comfy finds are some of my favorite! Below are a ton of cozy finds for a homebody–which we have all turned into during 2020.

1.Pom Pom Slippers

2. Cozy Fringe Blanket

3. Nest Candle

4. Fuzzy Socks

5. Adidas Beanie

6. Monogram Mug

7. Gold Monogram Candle

8. $10 Mini Waffle Maker

9. Camel Fuzzy Slipper Sandals

10. Domino Set

11. Pearl Spa Headband

Happy gifting 🙂

With Love,

Jordan

What to Wear for Thanksgiving

My Outfit Details: SWEATER Camel Turtleneck Sweater // SKIRT Sweater Midi Skirt // JACKET Camel Winter Coat // EARRINGS Pearl Hoop Earrings // BOOTS Camel Pointed Toe Booties

Thanksgiving is coming!

I am a big fan of any holiday that involves family and casseroles. I currently have a blog post in the works where I share the BEST Broccoli Casserole (#familyrecipe).

In preparation for the best holiday, I wanted to round-up several outfits that would work perfectly for any Thanksgiving setting: from casual to glam. Take a peek down below!

Outfit #1: Classic Outfit

DRESS Turtleneck Sweater Dress // EARRINGS Black Statement Earrings // SCARF Cozy Blanket Scarf // SHOES Knee High Black Boots

Outfit #2: Comfy Outfit

DRESS Flannel Shirt Dress // BOOTS Brown Knee High Boots // NECKLACE Gold Chain Necklace

Outfit #3: Glam Outfit

SWEATER Cozy White Turtleneck Sweater // SKIRT Boho Printed Fall Maxi // EARRINGS Pearl Gold Hoop Earrings // HEADBAND White Braided Headband // BOOTS Pointed Toe Booties

Outfit #4: Casual Outfit

SWEATER White Henley Sweater // JEANS Black High Waisted Denim Jeans // SCARF Black Fringe Scarf // BRACELET Black and Gold Chain Link Bracelet // SHOES Cozy Winter Combat Boots

With Love,

Jordan

Teacher Outfit Tuesday

My Outfit Details: DRESS Rust Orange Long Sleeve Bow Dress // BLAZER Tan Cloth Blazer // SHOES Pointed Toe Booties // SUNGLASSES Circle Oversized Amazon Sunnies

Hey, friends!

I’m calling this outfit a “Double Dipper” today.

For one, it is the perfect fall teaching outfit. This dress has been a staple in my wardrobe this fall. Quite frankly, I am a sucker for anything that closely resembles a shade of rust or burnt orange. If rust orange isn’t your color, it also comes in a darling magenta shade.Most importantly, the feminine bow detail takes this dress to the next level.

This look wouldn’t only be perfect for the classroom, but it would also double as a cute and comfortable Thanksgiving Feast outfit. The flowy fit of the fabric would be great for hiding a casserole-made food baby. If it is a little chilly where you are at, just throw on a pair of black tights and black booties and you would be good to go.

With Love,

Jordan

Things to Do in Solvang, CA

My Outfit Details: TOP Long Sleeve Cinched Top // SKIRT Corduroy Mini Skirt in Plaid // EARRINGS Studded Kendra Scott Earrings // SUNGLASSES Black Circle Sunnies // PURSE Louis Vuitton Crossbody Clutch Purse // SHOES OTK Taupe Boots (mine are the shorter heeled version)

Last weekend, we went on a weekend getaway to Solvang, CA. I had not been to Solvang in a little under two decades, but I remembered loving my trip to Solvang even when I was about eight years old. I wanted to compile a list of all of the yummy and delicious places that we went. Every single place we went was amazing at following the 2020 COVID guidelines. If we weren’t sitting down at a restaurant of winery, masks were present.

*Where did we stay: Mirabelle Inn in Solvang

The Mirabelle Inn is an adorable boutique hotel right outside the main downtown area. We were able to walk to the downtown shops in a few minutes. It also has a super cute restaurant that served food at night. We did not eat at the restaurant, but it is definitely on my list for the next time we visit.

*Saturday Adventures

  • Breakfast at Succulent Cafe: This place was amazing! I ordered the Bourbon Vanilla French Toast (10 out of 10!) My husband ordered “The Succulent Biscuit”. After seeing the amazing biscuit his meal came with, I also ordered one. Yum!
  • Winery #1 Shoestring Winery: We went to two wineries on our trip. This one was very relaxed and it was super cute. We did not have a reservation, but we had no problem finding a table. If you go around the back of the barn, you will also find THE CUTEST goats.
  • Winery #2 Pence Vineyard: This winery was a little up the way in Buellton, CA. For this location, you need a reservation. There were dozens of little tables set up throughout the property for socially distanced wine tasting. For our reservation, we also ordered the individually packaged cheese boards. I was in heaven!
  • Candy Shop Visit at Swedish Candy Factory: My husband is Swedish, so we made sure to visit this adorable little shop. We picked up a ton of Polkagris, which are delicious Swedish hard taffy. We’ve been eating them all week.
  • Dinner at Leonardo’s: This restaurant was the talk of the town. Every time we asked a local about recommendations, this place was always mentioned. You wouldn’t expect much from this restaurant just by looking at a picture of the location, but do not let the strip mall location deter you from going. The Italian food we ordered was delicious! I ordered spaghetti and my husband ordered pizza. Both menu items were super yummy.

Sunday Adventures

  • Breakfast Paula’s Pancake House: Warning! If you are going to go here, go early! The wait can get very long. Paula’s has a traditional diner feel, with a Danish twist. I ordered the Danish Pancakes with strawberries. My husband ordered his Danish Pancakes with cinnamon apples. We had to be rolled out of this place with how full we were after our meal.
  • Visiting the Ostriches at Ostrichland: I love animals, so this was definitely a highlight of our trip. At this unique farm, you get to feed 100+ emus and ostriches. After visiting this place, I can now check “Feed an ostrich” off my bucket list.
  • Yummy Treats called Abebleskivers: If you leave Solvang without getting an Abeleskiver, you failed! This is what the town is known for. The place that we got ours does not have a website, but it was located in the main downtown area. In fact, you can find these Danish pancake balls all over town. The ones that we ordered came with raspeberry jam and powdered sugar. Yum!

If you are planning a trip to Solvang, CA, I hope you enjoy these amazing recommendations! We are definitely planning a trip up to Solvang again for in the near future.

With Love,

Jordan

Best Selling $35 Amazon Prime Sweater

My Outfit Details: SWEATER Cozy Turtleneck Sweater // PONCHO Kimono Fringed Poncho // JEANS Distressed Straight Ankle Jeans // BOOTS Pointed Toe Suede Booties // EARRINGS Gold Link Hoops // HAIR ACCESSORY Bow Scrunchies

This sweater has been dominating everyone’s fall wardrobe. It is THAT GOOD. It is comprised of a cozy knit material that is beyond soft and cozy. It also comes in twenty-five different colors. Yes, you read that correctly, twenty-five! I am definitely planning on snagging a couple more colors to add to my fall and winter wardrobe.

Thankfully, we finally had some cooler fall-like weather this weekend. I was able to finally throw on a cozy cardigan while sipping a warm cup of coffee. Woot woot! It was pure bliss. I hope you are enjoying some cozy weather, too!

With Love,

Jordan