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Caseology Phone Cases + Cauliflower Cheddar Bacon Bites

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Ever since I've gotten the iPhone 6S, I haven't mentioned the phone cases I've been using. The very first one I purchased was the Otterbox Strada because I cracked my screen twice prior to getting this new phone and I was wary of doing it yet again to my brand new phone. I definitely recommend this case because it's super sturdy yet slim and also has a flap cover that makes it feel super safe when just throwing it into a purse that has keys or other sharp objects in it. Here's some pics of me using it here and here. At the same time, I did also pick up two Caseology cases, the Skyfall Series in Silver and the Envoy series in Navy.

I actually love both of these and use them over the Otterbox Strada now since they are slimmer and less cumbersome yet I still feel my phone is well protected. They're also cheaper combined than the Otterbox Strada! I chose the Skyfall Series in Silver because I wanted a clear case to finally see the color of my phone and I've bee…

Cuyana + &otherstories Bags!

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I forgot to mention one of my favorite and least expensive purchases from my Paris/London trip here! My BFF and I stopped by &otherstories while in London and it was the first time we stepped into this super cute and cool store. I left with this small little bag, which I absolutely adore and has been super useful to me lately when I have to run out the door and only need a small bag for wallet, keys, phone, and lip gloss.


Cuyana is also a great brand that I've been following that opened up a pop-up shop here in NYC over the holidays. They had a few events that offered free monogramming and I happily took part in it in order to get a monogram with "A <3 B".


As you already know from December's haul here, I did end up deciding on the blush pink laptop sleeve but it was a hard decision to make since everything is of high quality leather and is so soft. Cuyana may open a brick-and-mortar store here in NYC but this is just a possibility. Meanwhile, they will have mor…

Sorel Tivoli II Low vs High + Salad Dressing

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Knowing this year will be very cold and how my North Face 'Alana Boots' from three years ago  didn't quite hold up in cold temperatures, I decided to try Sorel's boots.

I headed to the store thinking I would purchase the Tivoli II Boots in Quarry but was very surprised to realize I liked the Tivoli High II Boots in Curry much more on me, which is also good because the extra height adds a lot of warmth. :)

I was very surprised because I thought the shorter one would look better but in actuality, the taller version helps to elongate my legs more.

I got to test it out over the past few days when it started to snow and they're definitely super warm and will protect against the elements so I am extremely happy with this purchase, which was cataloged here. I definitely recommend Sorel boots for cold temps and love that they're also waterproof too. It's a big plus too that their sizing for certain styles like this one runs small because the size 5, which is my usu…

Organizing Make-Up + Cheeseburger Casserole

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With the beginning of the new year, I decided to tidy up the cubby shelf space I use to store and use my make-up in the morning. After stashing away things I don't use on a daily basis, there is so much more room to spread out what I do need to use everyday so everything's within quick and easy reach in the mornings when I have minimal time to get out the door. It just feels so much better now to have everything neat and ready in one spot and helps in being a great start to my day.


I haven't mentioned it before but I did receive the Christian Louboutin 'Scarabee I' Nail Colour for my birthday over the summer and I absolutely love how the color looks on because it shimmers in different lighting and can look pink or gold, depending on the angle and lighting. It's also super pretty and handy to use to hold rings as you can see it's doing for me.


While on the subject of tidying up, I also organized my nightstand, which makes me feel so much better when getting …

Shoe Thoughts + Delicious Hamburger Stew

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I've found some shoe hits and misses from 2015 that I haven't shared yet so here's a quick and random mix of shoe musings:

1. My summer sandals are breaking and I'm so sad! I've been looking for a replacement since last year and hope to find one this summer! I've noticed I'm moving away from the beloved flip-flops I used to always wear to more structured sandals over the past few years.


2. Jack Roger's 'Lauren' Sandals are so cute but weren't comfortable in the front for me and were just a tad too long in the foot but they are definitely beautiful. If they were super comfy, I definitely would have loved to keep.


3. Fei Yue's Fe Lo Mesh Sneaker is exactly what I was looking for in a summer sneaker that's cute and easy to match with yet breathable. :)


4. Vince Camuto's 'Carlotte' Pointy Toe Pump is super cute so I debated a bit but they're a bit too big to keep. :(



Here's a super delicious hamburger stew/soup recipe…

December Haul + Leftover Turkey Salad

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Here's December's Haul as promised, in which I only bought a sweater, a pair of winter boots, and a laptop bag. :)


I've been looking for a warm and waterproof pair of winter boots since I don't have a pair that is warm enough. I haven't had a chance to test them out yet but I'm really hoping these Sorel Tivoli High II Boots hold up.

I also just want to mention I love my new Cuyana Leather Laptop Sleeve. The leather is high quality and is so soft. One of the main reasons I actually purchased it though is for the monogram I put on it - A <3 B :)

Here's a good way to use up some leftover turkey:


LEFTOVER TURKEY SALADIngredients:1-1/2 cups leftover turkey, shredded or cubed1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt1 slice cookd turkey bacon, cooked and chopped1 teaspoon yellow mustard1 teaspoon dijon mustard2 tablespoons low fat sharp cheddarsalt and pepper to taste
Directions:1. Combine all ingredients in bowl.2. Chill and serve cold.
Yields 3.
Nutrition:per serving (1/2 cup …

November Haul + Fish & Chips

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Here's to catching up in the new year with November's Haul and December's Haul to come shortly:



I've posted several times on the Petite J.Crew Chateau Parka in Stadium-Clothhere and here but never mentioned this Anthropologie Hei Hei Vegan Leather Bomber which I like very much because it's so fitted and looks really cute on as a cropped jacket. While in an Anthropologie, I also spotted these cute Gilded Monogram DOF Glasses and quickly bought a pair for myself and A. :)

Here's a yummy and healthy recipe for Fish & Chips :)


BRIETTA'S FISH & CHIPS
Prep: 10 minutesBake: 35 minutes
Ingredients:1 lb potatoes2 tablespoons olive oil1/4 teaspoons pepper1/3 cup all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon pepper1 egg2 tablespoons water2/3 crushed cornflakes1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper1 lb haddock or cod filletstartar sauce, optional
Directions:1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.2. Peel and cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick slices; cut sl…