. A Stylish Little Lady

RAINY DAYS...COOLER DAYS ... AND SOME GOOD LOOKIN' BOOTS

joules wellingtons//a stylish little lady
joules wellingtons//a stylish little lady
joules wellingtons//a stylish little lady
joules wellingtons//a stylish little lady
joules wellingtons//a stylish little lady
hello there friends.

are you keeping warm and enjoying the anticipation of the holidays?  things have been a bit rainy in our neck of the woods (not to mention cold) and well, i must say, these boots from joules have been the best for trekking around town and i'm sure they will be even better once the snow and slush arrive.  i'd been on the hunt for a pair of rain boots for awhile now, and i love how these are not only stylish, but well crafted and full of detail. not to mention, they can be worn with just about anything.

you can see their selection here.  and while you're at it, they have a collection of jackets, coats, and parkas that would go great with your boots too.

peace to your heart.
later.

*full disclosure here ... this post was sponsored by joules.  all opinions and thoughts represented are my own.  and i can say, these are some well made, good lookin' boots. check out their site.  you may find a pair too!

JUST SO YOU KNOW ... + A GIVEAWAY WINNER

taco fever//dese'rae stage
just so you know ...

i have a love affair with tacos.  but not just any tacos.  they have to be from an authentic mexican joint and made simple ... meat, lettuce + some cheese.  no extras.  that's it.

i rearrange things (alot).  and sometimes it may take days (or weeks) before my husband even notices. maybe one day he will come home and things will be just as he left them.  my guess is ... not!

i love twinkle lights.  all year round is cool with me.  right now i have a string on a plant that somehow grew its way up to our ceiling and another set on our baby christmas tree we are trying to grow to be just as big.

my favorite color is black.

i eat alot of veggies and i love to eat beets. maybe gross to some, but an afternoon snack for me.

my husband calls me piglett ... yes, you know, winnie the poohs friend. not my first choice for a nickname, but he feels it's appropriate given the amount of food i ate on a date with him once.  yes, there's no shame here ... i was hungry!

why is this turning into a food post?  maybe that nickname applies after all.

i love vanilla candles.

my favorite number is 9.

and just so you know, we have a giveaway winner!
megan c you are the lucky winner! check your email and respond asap!
AND ... everyone can be a winner and take advantage of 10% off your purchase of $40 or more when you shop ashleigh hodges photo.  use the code EveryoneWins at checkout.  this offer expires 11/20.

and just so you know, it's the weekend.

enjoy it.
peace to your heart.

later.

*photography by dese'rae. you can buy a copy of this image (or other prints) here.


ROASTED CHICKPEAS WITH ROSEMARY, PARMESAN + GARLIC

roasted chickpeas//a stylish little lady
roasted chickpeas//a stylish little lady
roasted chickpeas//a stylish little lady
this is truly one easily made snack that does not require alot of ingredients ... is healthy ... and better than grabbing a bag of chips (even though i could never turn down a chip and well lets's face it ... this in no way is a substitute for a nice salty chip). but, on those days you want to be really good and snack healthy, give roasted chickpeas a try. they are high in protein and if you roast them up just right, they will give you the crunch of a chip (well, sort of). or you can just pretend they are a weird take on peanuts.

here's what i used//
1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1tbsp finely grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. rosemary
1/2 clove of garlic, minced
sea salt + black pepper to taste
olive oil (about 1 tbsp)

here's how i used it//
preheat oven to 400 degrees.
drain your beans and rinse under cold water to help remove the starch. blot dry with paper towels. this is important because the less moisture on your beans = a crispier treat.  and it's ok if the outer skin comes off...i prefer to remove it. toss beans with olive oil + seasoning and bake for about 30 minutes. (keep an eye out as all ovens may vary and roast time may differ)

OR the method i use (still in a 400 degree oven) ...
place beans, in a single layer, on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. remove and drizzle with olive oil and seasoning, using a spoon to make sure beans are coated.  place back in the oven for another 15 minutes. when time is up, i like to turn the oven off and crack open the door and let the chickpeas cool inside (for about 30 minutes).  i'm all about getting some extra crunch and my theory is this method helps.

ps//want a little kick with these?  sprinkle on some cayenne or red pepper flakes.  not a fan of savoring snacks?  try brown sugar + cinnamon in place of the herbs and cheese. and these work great as a salad topper too.

enjoy (or not).  i admit their weird.  but sometimes you just have to fake your taste buds out!

A HANDMADE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY//WIN $200 IN STORE CREDITS

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sugar lane design handmade robes, turbans, and accessories created in spain by sara using indian silks cut and stitched to create unique one of a kind designs.
$50 store credit
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salem style crocheted accessories including scarves, boot cuffs, and beanies created by lianna in salem, massachusetts and  perfect for adding a touch of handmade style.
$50 store credit
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ashleigh hodges photo original fine art photography gifts including pillows, canvas bags, calendars, and prints created using ashleigh's beautiful photography.
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alison storry jewelry handmade jewelry by alison created  for the everyday woman that is modern in design, full of detail, and captures your inner bohemian at heart.
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some cool creative kids decided to give one lucky reader an early holiday gift!  this group of talented artists have teamed up to each offer a $50 store credit to shop their collections! that's right ... you can enter to win a $50 store credit to each of these shops! one winner will take all for a combined value of $200!  and the best part is you can keep it all for yourself or spread a little holiday cheer and share with the ones you love.

it's simple to enter (my international friends can join in the fun too), just use the rafflecopter widget after the jump! all entries will be verified so play fair and good luck!

ps//a special thank you to these amazing sponsors for being so generous and to all of you for supporting small creative businesses that help support me!

HAPPY FRIDAY + SOME INDIE DESIGNERS YOU SHOULD KNOW

bohemian harvest//a stylish little lady
happy friday + halloween.

are you dressed in costume, stocked up on candy, and ready to trick or treat?  i think the sweet boy and i are going to have a dinner out (not in costume though)! i can't remember the last time i dressed up, but you may remember this throwback from when our dog was in costume for a charity event or our evening at the haunted pub crawl.

make it a great weekend and be sure to take a little time to love on those who love you best!

ps//here's some cool indie designers that i think you should know, so follow the links and be sure to check out their stuff. AND ... stop by on monday for the #handmade holiday giveaway! you don't want to miss it as you will have the chance to win $200 in store credits to kickstart your holiday shopping!

now on to the creative peeps ...
+ this lovely wall hanging was created by phaedra from bohemian harvest. not only does she create minimalist wall hangings + weavings, but has a selection of organic earthen goods too.

+ looking for some cool weather accessories?  lianna of salem style has a collection of crocheted goodies to keep you nice and warm.

+find some cute fine art photography gifts at ashleigh holdges photo ... throw pillows and canvas bags to name a few.

+you may remember alison storry jewelry.  she creates modern bohemian jewelry perfect for every day.

+ and check out sugar lane for handmade robes, turbans and accessories created using indian silks.

peace to your heart.
later.

EASILY MADE// KALE + SPINACH SALAD

fall kale salad recipe
fall kale salad recipe
here's another go to salad recipe.  it's easy to make ... quite nutritional ... and works great as a lazy dinner when my husband is traveling and i don't have anyone to cook for kinda meal.

here's what i used//
spinach (raw)
kale (raw) with the center rib removed as i like the greens only
broccoli florets (raw)
dried cranberries
slithered almonds
diced apple
champagne vinaigrette (i like poppy seed dressing with this too)

here's how i used it//
throw all your chopped veggies, almonds, and fruit into a bowl and toss with dressing.


ps//if you don't like the bitter taste of kale, try massaging it a bit before chopping.  yes, give it a little love (you can add a drop of olive to speed up the process).  this will help soften the greens and sweeten them up a little.  if you like meat in your salad, try adding some grilled chicken breast or a slice of chopped bacon.  and one more thing ...  if you need more greens, here's another salad i like to munch on too.

enjoy!
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