faux fur collar

October 9, 2015

beige coat with faux fur collar on M Loves M @marmar
Before I go on trips, I always try to plan out my outfits for each day I'm gone. It makes it a lot easier to pack, and also get ready while I'm gone. An added bonus is that it also helps me make more versatile outfit decisions. Of course, I can never get away from packing dresses. They're my favorite, and they make for an easy outfit. This was a dress I added in last minute to my suitcase for New York but of course I totally forgot about it. The dress is gorgeous with the light blush color so I was so excited to wear it when I got back home. I paired it with this beige coat has the most beautiful faux fur collar.  This is a coat I know I'll wear a ton this fall and winter. The material is so thick and comfy and the color will go with a lot of items in my closet!

beige and pink fall outfit inspiration M Loves M @marmar
beige coat and pink dress and nude heels M Loves M @marmar
beige coat with faux fur collar M Loves M @marmar
pink layered dress and nude heels M Loves M @marmar
loren hope and kendra scott jewelry M Loves M @marmar
feminine fall outfit M Loves M @marmar

dress . coat . shoes . sunglassesnecklace . purse . bracelet . ring . lipstick Extreme Heat

Happy Friday everyone! What are you up to this weekend? Matthew and I are heading to the Algarve region of Portugal. We were hoping to spend our last few days at the beach, although it looks like it might be a little rainy. We'll see. It's been such a great vacation and it will be so sad to see it end. Although, I will be excited to have more outfit options than what's in my suitcase!

photos by Valorie Darling

tweed mini skirt

October 7, 2015

mustard blouse and tweed skirt M Loves M @marmar
Making good use out of this mustard blouse {FYI it looks good with jeans too!}. I paired it with this tweed mini skirt {remember?}, that is perfect for those in-between weather days where it can be a little chilly but then warm up. I've been so excited to wear boots so I brought these ones along on our Portugal trip. Can you believe I didn't pack one pair of heels?! Crazy, right? These booties were the only heel I packed but they don't really count because they're way more comfortable than a pair of stilettos. I've been wearing these booties a lot lately, but I think it's because it's a great shoe when you want to dress up a little bit but still stay comfortable. Here are some other boots under $150!
ruffle mustard blouse M Loves M @marmar
mustard blouse with tweed skirt M Loves M @marmar
tweed skirt and suede booties M Loves M @marmar
leather jacket and mustard blouse with tweed mini skirt M Loves M @marmar
ruffle blouse for fall M Loves M @marmar
fall outfit inspiration with mustard yellow and tweed M Loves M @marmar


Portugal has been so much fun to explore! I'm trying to keep good notes of all the places we're seeing, and the things we're doing, so that I can share with you when I get back. I feel just as tired as when I left, but I think it's because I just want to see and do as much as I possibly can. There really isn't enough time! Unless I'm on a beach vacation, I guess this feeling is pretty normal, though. As ridiculous as it sounds, I feel like I'll need a staycation from this vacation when I get home. haha! Do you know that feeling? 

photos by Valorie Darling

Linguine with Clams and Leeks

October 6, 2015

Linguine with Clams and Leeks Recipe M Loves M @marmar
One thing that Matthew and I were most looking forward to about Portugal was the seafood. Boy, has it lived up to our expectations. The fish has been incredibly fresh and I swear we say every dish is our favorite. In Lisbon it was incredible, and then in the Azore Islands, on Sao Miguel, it was even better. To get ready for our trip, I made a big bowl of Linguine Vongole. It’s such an easy dish to make, but for some reason I was always really intimidated by the idea of boiling the clams. Let me just tell you that it’s incredibly easy. Make sure to buy the clams from a reputable fish vender and you’ll be set.

This dish was so fresh and delicious. I added some leeks since we had them in the fridge {part of my use up everything in our kitchen plan}. This would be a perfect date night at home meal. Just add some white wine and some rustic bread to sop up the yummy broth! That’s my favorite part!

adding leeks to linguine with clams pasta M Loves M @marmar
Linguine with Clams and Leeks- easy weeknight dinner M Loves M @marmar
Linguine with Clams- good recipe for a date night at home M Loves M @marmar
Linguine Pasta with Clams and Leeks recipe M Loves M @marmar

Linguine with Clams and Leeks
serves 4

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 leeks, white and green parts only, thinly sliced crosswise
¾ lb linguine
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 lbs littleneck clams, scrubbed
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup low sodium veggie broth
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped parsley
kosher salt and pepper
torn basil leaves, for garnish

In a pot, heat 2 Tablespoons of the oil. Add the leeks and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly golden, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the linguine until just al dente. Drain.

Meanwhilte, in the pot, heat 2 Tablespoons of the oil. Add the garlic and red chili flakes and cook for about 1 minute. Add the clams, white wine, and stock and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook until clams open, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the clams to a large bowl as they open. Remove the pot from the heat; discard any clams that didn’t open. Reserve 12 whole clams in their shells; shell the remaining clams.

Bright the juices in the pot to a boil and stir in the linguine, clams, and leeks. Add the remaining ¼ cup of olive oil and toss until the pasta is coasted and the juices thickened. Stir in the lemon juice and half of the parsley; season with salt and pepper. Serve the pasta in shallow bowls garnished with basil, the remaining parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.

Have you ever made Linguine Vongole before? If you have any yummy variations, let me know in the comments below. This is such a classic dish, but I bet there are some good modern, or even cultural, adaptations.


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