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My New favorite drink: Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe


Happy Friday! Today I want to share my sort of new obsession, which is Matcha Green Tea lattes. I am one of those people that LOVES coffee, not because I need it to stay awake or be alert, but because I love the taste and smell. When I was pregnant, I couldn’t drink coffee for several reasons, so I tried to come up with a substitute. I had heard that green tea powder is really good for you (full of antioxidants), but I wasn’t so sure about the taste. WELL, I looked all over the internet for some ideas, and this is the recipe I fell in love with. It is so easy to make; in a couple of minutes you have a frothy delicious latte for 1/4 of the cost of Starbucks.

You will need:

Matcha Green Tea Powder (I like this one)

Vanilla Almond Milk- or whatever milk you like

Sugar (I use Stevia or Truvia)

A milk frother (I bought this one)

First, pour one cup of vanilla almond milk into a large mug. Microwave the milk for about 1-2 minutes or until it is HOT. Then add a teaspoon of Matcha Tea powder and mix really well until almost all the clumps are gone. If you used unsweetened almond milk, you will probably want to add sugar. I use one packet of Truvia. Then use your handy milk frother to mix it all together and make a nice frothy layer at the top. If you don’t have a milk frother, you can just mix everything in a blender and it will make it frothy.

Try it out this weekend!





Preview of Fall 2013 Trends

Hello everyone!

Last week I had a great time at Tootsie’s learning about all of the upcoming trends for this Fall. Fall is definitely my favorite season for fashion, and this season did NOT disappoint. Overall, I would say this Fall you will see a lot of military inspired clothing, menswear looks, rocker chic, and interesting fabrics such as coated denim, lace, colored leather, and velvet.


Other big trends for fall include: ankle length jeans (so you can show off your fabulous shoes), destructed jeans, motif tops (t-shirts with a word or phrase on it), lots of camo prints, black and white, studded details, and denim on denim. So excited! I put together a collection of my favorite current pieces that are hot for Fall. What is your favorite Fall trend?

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday everyone! I recently attended a Fall Trends preview show at Tootsies, and it gave me so much inspiration for upcoming fall fashion. I will share some of those pictures with you this weekend. In the meantime, I wanted to share a collection of some of my favorite items I have found this week. If you follow me on Facebook, you have already heard me raving about the “Layla” headphones. They are so gorgeous, and they have great sound quality and they are super comfortable. Genius! It’s like jewelry on your head. Also, you may already know about my obsession with overalls. I can’t wait to share my overalls look with you guys! Also, I just ordered the Jeffrey Campbell Everly boot in black. I’m sure its going to be a staple in my fall wardrobe. I hope you like this collection….what are some of your favorites?



Paleo Dinners: Havana Beef with Quinoa


Hi Everyone!

Today, I want to share a meal that was inspired by one of my favorite meals at Snap Kitchen. If you don’t have a Snap Kitchen where you live, it’s basically a place you can go to pick up quick, healthy, and usually gluten free ready-made meals. The only problem is that normally, a small meal will run you about $8.75, so I decided to make my own! I usually make a huge amount and freeze what we don’t eat that night in individual freezer bags. This meal is packed with protein, and is really delicious! If you are trying to lose weight, or just want to have a healthy and easy recipe, this one is for you.


1 lb lean ground beef (I used organic beef)
1 small onion diced
1 can black beans- drained
1/4 cup Spanish olives (pitted and chopped)
1 1/2 cup quinoa (I mixed red and white quinoa together)
3 cups vegetable broth or water
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt/pepper to taste

Directions: In a large pan, saute onions and beef until the beef has browned. Add turmeric, cumin, paprika, and salt/pepper to taste. Add the black beans, olives, and raisins.

In a separate pot, cook the quinoa according to the instructions. The general rule of thumb for quinoa is 1:2 ratio of quinoa to liquid. So for 1 1/2 cups of quinoa, use 3 cups of water or stock. Once the quinoa has cooked, add it to the beef mixture. Mix everything together, and check if you have added enough salt.

Remember: most canned beans, olives, and broths have salt, so you may not need to add very much. I like to serve mine with wedges of lime.




My Favorite Fall Bags

Hi everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty relaxing. Just spent time with family and friends and watched a lot of Arrested Development on Netflix (if you like weird humor, give it a try).

Anyway, I have been thinking of getting a new bag for Fall, and I haven’t quite decided which one yet, so I made a collection of all of my top favorites. You can hover over each one with your mouse to see the price and brand. As you can tell, I am still obsessed with the Phillip Lim Pashli satchel. Since I’m a mom now and I need both hands free, I’m thinking of getting the medium which can be worn as a cross-body as well. Which one is your favorite???

Happy Monday!


San Diego Day 2


Our second evening in San Diego, my husband and I went to dinner with friends, and I wore my black and white printed DVF wrap dress. Diane von Furstenberg is know for making wrap dresses that hug women in all of the right places, and I really love the long version. I wore taupe heels and my taupe Chloe side satchel (mainly because those were the only accessories I packed for the trip, but luckily they go with everything!). What do you think of the dress? Check out more gorgeous DVF wrap dresses here and here.


Dress: Similar DVF/ Bag: Chloe/ Sunglasses: Karen Walker/ Necklace: Neiman’s

Happy Friday!




San Diego Day 1


My husband I had a great time in San Diego with friends. The weather was unseasonably hot, but the city is so beautiful it almost didn’t matter. We stayed near the gaslamp district, which is full shops and amazing restaurants. We ate at the Seersucker and Nobu, which were great! If you like fresh seafood , you should definitely travel to SD one day. San Diego is a really casual city, so I wore a casual chic look to dinner one night. I wore a striped, bowed blouse (also seen here) and skinny jeans. I also wore my favorite new Chloe side satchel, which is great for traveling.


Blouse: J.Crew/ Jeans: Zara/ Bag: Chloe/ Sunglasses: Karen Walker

I can’t wait to share some more of my San Diego pictures. Have you been to San Diego? What are your favorite spots?



Fall Look: Mustard, Dots, and Pearls


Thank goodness Fall is finally here! The weather has been beautiful in Houston the last few days, and it gave me a chance to put together my first official Fall outfit. I love that mustard yellow is on trend right now, and it looks great paired with maroon, cobalt blue, and of course browns. I also love pairing it with black and white polka dots. The contrast is so much fun, but classic at the same time. I also added a pop of red with my YSL Muse bag and color-blocked heels. I also wore my Karen Walker tortoise shell sunglasses which are perfect for the fall! What do you think?


Skirt: J.Crew/ Blouse: ASOS/ Shoes: Zara/ Pearls: Stella and Dot/ Bag: YSL/ Bracelets: Hermes and Limited/ Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to “Pin” the pictures you like!



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Fall Trend Alert: Booties

I am so anxious for the weather to get cooler here, mainly because I want to wear some Fall fashions. One trend that I am really excited about is the return of ankle boots, or “booties.” They come in so many styles: High-heeled, flat, wedge, lace-up, Western, studded, you name it! I have been searching for the perfect black bootie for a while now, and while I was scouring the web, I decided to put together a list of my favorite booties. Which ones do you think I bought? Which one is your favorite?


From the top left: 1.Elizabeth and James 2. Seychelles 3. Tory Burch 4. Ivanka Trump  5. Melin 6. Prada (also love these)

I bought the Seychelles lace-up booties, and I can’t wait to post a look with them.

Also, tomorrow is Fashion’s Night Out, and if you live in Houston, there are tons of events going on. I will be at the Tootsies event and the Galleria events. Hope to see you there!



Fig and Mascarpone Bruschetta


One of my favorite easy appetizers to make is bruschetta, and this Fig and Mascarpone bruschetta is perfect for the end of summer, when the figs are perfectly ripe. It only takes minutes to prepare, and the result is as pretty as it is delicious.

Ingredients: Serves 4 (two pieces per person)

  • 4-5 Figs (I used black mission figs)
  • One loaf of dense, crusty bread (I chose French country bread)
  • Mascarpone Cheese (Italian cream cheese)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
1. Cut bread into 1/2 inch slices and brush one side with olive oil. Place in the oven at 350 degrees until the edges are golden.
2. Wash figs, and cut vertically into thin slices.
3. Spread about one tablespoon of mascarpone cheese onto each slice of bread. Layer the fig slices over the cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Optional: I like to sprinkle a tiny bit of grey salt over the top to give it a nice salty crunch. But use sparingly because it is very salty.
5. Arrange on a platter and enjoy!



I hope you enjoy this simple, chic recipe! Also, you can join me on my Chic Chef Facebook page here.