Friday, October 21, 2016

No Bake Graham Cracker Cake

Who wants an easy, no bake recipe that delights taste buds? You're going to love this no bake graham cracker cake. For the past few years, the easy graham cracker cake always leads the list for any event where I need to bring a dessert to share.

It's so light and fresh that you will be tempted to eat the entire thing by yourself. Last night, I whipped up this cake for a tailgate party for tonight's homecoming game.

All you need are a few simple and inexpensive ingredients and only a little bit of time. This recipe should sit overnight in the fridge and is perfect to make ahead of a party.

no bake graham cracker cake recipe pudding easy

Here's what you will need:
- 2 packs of Jello French Vanilla instant pudding
- 4 cups of milk
- 1 container of Cool Whip
- almost 2 boxes of Honey Maid graham crackers

1. Prepare the pudding with milk as directed on the box.
2. Add Cool Whip to the pudding and blend well.
3. Layer graham crackers in a 9 x 13 dish.
4. Top with about 1/4 of the pudding mixture.
5. Repeat the process, layering graham crackers and pudding mixture until you have used all of the ingredients.
6. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

If you have a sweet tooth, top the cake with icing or fruit.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Disney World Outfits

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The word fashion rarely appears in the same sentence as Disney World, but it is possible to be comfortable in the parks, no matter what the temperature, while looking fabulous. Not only did we brave the summer heat in Disney, we did it in style.

Even though I logged almost 20,000 steps every day in Orlando, my outfits lasted all day through the heat and humidity, although I can't say the same thing for my naturally curly hair. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the summer Disney vacation, including lots of picks from Lilly Pulitzer

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disney world lilly pulitzer outfits

In December, I'm making a return trip to Disney World and plan to highlight some of my park picks for cooler temperatures. 

disney world fashion style lilly pulitzer

What do you like to wear to go to the Disney parks?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tackle Breast Cancer Tee

Recently, students and teachers showed support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. With nearly 100% participation, I happily looked at a sea of pink all day. Despite the fact that my wardrobe bursts with pink, I wore an adorable, but simple t-shirt.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall Boots $120 and Under

It's that time of year when you pull out your cozy sweaters and favorite fall boots. I never mind spending money on a good pair of boots because they are an investment. Dividing the wear count by the cost of the boots makes even the priciest pair seem like a bargain, especially if you purchased them on sale.

Some of the boots carefully tucked in my closet are years old, but look brand new. But I still search for new, unique styles to add to the collection.

Here are the boots that I'm loving for fall 2016. At $120 or less, these won't hurt your fall shopping budget too much.

2016 fall boots under 120 jack rogers j crew suede topshop gray

Rich, classic suede is always in style and match everything.

2016 best boots for fall j crew langston suede boot

Langston Boot, $120 (currently on sale!)

When summer style meets winter warmth, it's a perfect combination. I just received my Chloe boots and sized down one whole size for a perfect fit.

2016 best boots jack rogers chloe boot

Black and brown boots dominate my wardrobe, so why not make gray a new fall neutral. Red looks particularly pretty with gray and I love the unique heel on these boots.

2016 best fall boots topshop bella ankle boot

Which boots top your fall wish list?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Gray + Ruffles + Bows

preppy blogger fashion over 40 Grey Boat Neck Bell Sleeve Shift Dress

A few days ago, I posted a quick picture of this dress on Instagram and received quite a few messages to ask where I purchased it. At less than $10, the adorable and unique dress is quite a bargain. The detail of the ruffled sleeves and bow detail makes this a winner. Since it's a little bit short for school, I wore it as a tunic with a pair of leggings and sparkly flats. The weight of the fabric is fairly substantial, standing up to a busy day with wrinkling or stretching. Although the dress offers plenty of stretch, I did size up to a medium.

gray ruffle bow tunic dress under 10 fashion after 40 preppy blogger

Dress //  Leggings  //  Shoes (old, Kate Spade "Sophia")

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Forever Spring with Garnet Hill + The Bouqs

From now until March 20th, Garnet Hill is co-sponsoring a #ForeverSpring sweepstakes where users can enter to win fantastic prizes.

Daily Winners will be selected, so enter often. Enter to win a special Garnet Hill bouquet with a $50 Garnet Hill gift card. The #ForeverSpring Grand Prize offers and even sweeter treat. One lucky winner will receive seasonal flowers from The Bouqs delivered to your home every month for a year!

As a special treat with this promotion, participants receive a special discount on with promo code GARNETHILL. After entering the sweeps, unlock a secret Garnet Hill floral category.

garnet hill the bouqs collaboration foreverspring

I first saw The Bouqs featured on Shark Tank. I loved the eco-friendly concept of the company and the fresh cut flowers. I sent a bouquet to my mother who loved the surprise. She remarked that the flowers lasted for almost 2 weeks and that they smelled delightful. I highly recommend the service for excellent quality and price.

Spruce up your spring wardrobe with some floral inspiration like this stunning signature merino crewneck sweater from Garnet Hill. The blue mums print makes a perfect transitional piece for cool spring days.

garnet hill crewneck sweater navy mums

I also love the bright colors of the signature merino cardigan from Garnet Hill.

garnet hill signature merino cardigan

Remember to enter to win daily at Garnet Hill from now until March 20th and celebrate #foreverspring. I'd love to know how you're getting ready for spring.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lightning Trip

Lightning Trip...One of the things that I love the most about speaking other languages is knowing words or phrases that don't quite translate exactly to English. Sometimes, a word in another language is just what I need to adequately express the situation or my sentiments. In Spanish, a viaje-relámpago refers to a quick, but usually fun and event filled trip.

Last weekend the girls and I took a lightning trip to New York City and we enjoyed every minute of our short weekend trip. We boarded a bus early Friday morning for a relatively quick ride to the city. In one weekend, we saw three Broadway shows, ate like champions, and saw the most iconic spots in the city.

We stayed at the Marriott Marquis, located in the heart of Times Square. The spacious hotel rooms offered plenty of space and a spectacular view of Times Square. For the entire weekend, we walked everywhere! No need for taxis or other public transportation at all.

view of times square from marriott marquis

Rockefeller Center holds a special place in my heart, so I knew that we had to visit. Natalia and Alexia wanted to view the city from the Top of the Rock. Since I knew that it tends to get crowded in the afternoon, we went there fairly early in the morning and didn't find any lines at all.

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From all four sides, the observation deck offers an incredible view of the city.

new york city skyline from top of the rock view

The girls captioned this selfie "Twins Take Manhattan."

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We ducked into the Lindt chocolate store for a quick boost of sugar before walking the short distance to the Museum of Modern Art.

lindt chocolate store new york

I love to see famous works of arts that I studied or that are familiar to me. The extensive collection at the MoMA boasts some true gems of the art world. Starry Night is among my favorites. Natalia helped me find this fun Snapchat filter for the picture. We listened to the audio tour on our phones and loved the interesting interpretations of the paintings.

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Stay tuned for more fun details from our trip including some amazing food recommendations and mini reviews of the three shows that we saw.


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