Q Clothing Boutique Event

On Thursday night, we met my lovely friend and co-worker, Rebecca (the stylish lady behind rebecca hearts) at Q Clothing on Broadway in downtown SLC. 

We met up right after work and stopped for a quick drink at the Tavernacle before popping next door — by 6pm, the line was already out the door. You can’t tell me SLC doesn’t care about style. 🙂  We headed straight back to the sample sale for a quick look of at the new clothing from Kling, a brand of lovely, lady-like clothes from Spain. The colors and styles were beautiful and the dressing rooms were packed. To escape from the crowd for a minute, we snuck to the back and enjoyed a glass of fruity sangria and a few appetizers — the presentation was as stylish as the store itself!

The next two hours were a blurry of fashion, food and friends.. does it get any better? Here’s how it went…

I was SO CLOSE to buying that beautiful colorblocked strapless dress I’m modeling above. Instead, I left with a cute antique gold bicycle necklace that hasn’t left my neck since that evening. Thanks to Q Boutique for hosting such a fun, fashionable event! {J}

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And I left with the perfect summer dress by YA LOS ANGELES, and love that I went home with something that I can’t find online, truly boutique style.  The dress is a taupe chiffon with cream lines and dainty giraffes printed all over.  Thanks Q Clothing! {A}

 

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Spring into Style

I’ve been working on a major closet overhaul — you know, the kind where you REALLY go through everything. So far, I’ve got two huge garbage bags full of old clothes to take to the D.I (Utah’s local version of Goodwill) — I’m talking JNCO flares, rainbow studded belts and shirts that barely cover the ladies (did I seriously ever wear this stuff?)  It’s been a fun trip down memory lane, but I’m eager to pare things down in many aspects of my life — the closet is just step one.

It’s felt really good. But, my closet also feels really bare (in a good way).  My new goal: buy just a few unique additions each season to build around the staples. Here’s what I’m swooning over today:

I’m loving the rose-printed jeans, although I feel like they’ll end up in a similar D.I. pile in a few years.  The moss green tee acts as the perfect classic balance.  Also, I think this is the year of the romper for me — I’ve always been hesistant, but why?!? With the right structure, it’s just like a dress with shorts! What could be better than that?  This number has both — pintucking and voluminous shorts in navy blue.

What are your favorite spring fashion trends?
–Jen

CHILDREN AND LITERATURE

Go have some fun, kid events are happening every Tuesday at the The City Library!  Click Here to see a list of events.

The City Library-Kids Events

Saturday in Salt Lake

Salt Lake City’s City Creek just opened this week and downtown has a become much more appealing to locals.   People are out and about.  So what would a Saturday Night in Salt Lake City look like?  Well, here’s what you could have done last night: Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, dreamed big in Restoration Hardware in City Creek, take the kids and spouse to Beauty and the Beast at Capitol Theater and meet one of the cast.  Or Dinner at Eva, Shopping at City Creek Center, dance to Tuxedo Tramps and Three Bad Jacks playing at Beck Street Garage, and maybe even meet a local artist like Adam Bateman.  Sounds pretty good to me and I only gave two scenarios.  Salt Lake is becoming a hot spot for fashion, art, food, music and night life.  So whatever you know of Salt Lake City, I’m happy to say, there’s more…  {A}

 

Recommended Music: Imagine Dragons

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Imagine Dragons at In The Venue May 1, 2012

My Perfect Summer Style

My Perfect Summer Style

I love what Garnet Hill has selected for summer!
http://pinterest.com/blisshall/my-perfect-summer-style/

St. Patrick’s Day Stew Update:

So, I love this stew now.  My first time trying to make it was very trying on me…I had tried to make it an hour before everyone arrived and it was NOT ready.  So remember to let this “stew”.

Mine is stewing right now in a crockpot, recipe and finished meal later on

1 SlowCooker
1 Frying Pan
1 Med/Lrg Sauce Pan
1 Lrg Mixing Bowl
Misc. Utensils

1 lb. Beef Stew Meat
3/4 c. All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Black Pepper
4-6 Tbsp Vegetable Cooking Oil
4 Stalks of Celery Chopped
3 Large Russet Potatoes Diced (sized to your liking)
4 Large Carrots Chopped
3-4 Parsnips Chopped
1 White Onion, Chopped
1 Can Diced Organic Tomatoes
1 Can Organic Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp diced Garlic
1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Can Guinness Draught
4 C.Water (or beef stock)

Step 1. Chop Celery, Potatoes, Carrots, and Parsnips and place in Crockpot
Step 2. Heat Oil in Fying Pan on MedHigh
Step 3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, 1 tsp. Salt, 1 tsp. Pepper
Step 4. Toss Stew Meat in flour mixture until coated evenly.  Using Tongs or a slotted spoon, place coated meat into oil, leaving excess flour in bowl.  Cook until all sides have browned.  Place meat in slowcooker.
Step 5. Dice Onion and use the frying pan you just cooked the meat in.  Cook on medium until onions are clear, then place in slow cooker.
Step 6. In Saucepan, combine remaining ingredients (tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, salt, pepper, Worcestershire, Guinness, water) cook on low until tomato paste has dissolved.  Add to slowcooker.
Step 7. Cover Slowcooker and place on high for 5 hours, then move to low for 1 more hour.
Step 8. Serve with bread and enjoy!

{A}

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Kiddos!


This photo I thought was just too good… Etsy seller Onceuponastory:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92704150/the-leprechauns-made-me-do-it-st?ref=sr_gallery_11&sref=&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=st+patricks+kids&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

The leprechauns made me do it, St Patrick's Day kids t-shirt

St. Patrick’s Inspired Meal

I’ll be making a version of this lovely Guinness Stew this weekend – check back to see how it turns out!

http://homecooking.about.com/od/soups/r/blss129.htm

beef guinness stew recipe, irish stew, st patricks day, receipts

ANDREW BIRD “IMITOSIS”