dark florals

October 1, 2014

dark floral blouse with distressed jeans via M Loves M @marmar
You know when you put an outfit on that just feels totally and absolutely right? The ones you want to wear day in and day out? {And totally would if you wouldn't get weird stares?} This outfit is totally it for me.  It combines some of my favorite things like this floral blouse in a dark moody print, the tweed jacket and my most comfortable jeans! The blouse is such a pretty piece for fall and the sheer paneling detail gives a unique touch. I'm really loving the unlikely combo of the ladylike tweed with these distressed jeans {that I've worn about a thousand times!}. It works although you think it might not. I'm totally going to wear this outfit again, probably very soon, and when I do try not to think too poorly of me! I just love it!
tweed jacket from greylin via M Loves M @marmar
james jeans distressed jeans and tsubo sandals via M Loves M @marmar
floral Ruche top via M Loves M @marmar
tweed and floral outfit via M Loves M @marmar
feminine casual outfit via M Loves M @marmar
tweed jacket with floral blouse via via M Loves M @marmar
floral blouse with sheer paneling with black round sunglasses via M Loves M @marmar
top Ruche, jacket Greylin Women's Micah Tweed Jacket {other favorites: 1 and 2}, pants James Jeans, shoes Tsubo Triss {on sale}, sunglasses Karen Walker Super Duper Strength

Do you guys have a go-to outfit that you reach for when you don't know what to wear? I highly suggest the pretty blouse + distressed jeans combo! Share your go-to below though. I'd love to hear! It will keep me inspired for when I reach for this outfit the 2nd time in the week!

photography by Valorie Darling

apple, gruyere & golden onion grilled sandwich

September 30, 2014

apple, gruyere and golden onion grilled cheese via M Loves M @marmar
Matthew and I are all about the grilled cheese sandwiches! We love them so much that sometimes we'll have them for lunch and dinner! I've been on a roll lately with making them for dinner alongside soups or salads. After going apple picking last weekend we have a plethora of the fruit at our disposal so I thought it would be good to add it into a grilled cheese sandwich. I love caramelized onions but didn't have time to make them so golden onions it was. You can do either though! Or if you're not an onion lover, feel free to leave them out!  
ingredients for apple, gruyere, and golden onion grilled cheese sandwich via M Loves M @marmar
fall apples via M Loves M @marmar
apple, gruyere, and golden onion grilled cheese sandwich via M Loves M @marmar

Apple, Gruyere & Golden Onion Grilled Sandwich
makes 2

4 slices of rustic, seeded bread
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, minced
1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
1/4 apple, thinly sliced
2 ounces Gruyere cheese, sliced

In a heavy skillet, heat olive oil over moderate heat until hot. Add onions and rosemary, stirring so they're completely coated in oil and cook until golden about 10-15 minutes. Stir often so onions don't burn too much. Stir in vinegar and a pink of salt. Cook until vinegar is completely evaporated. Set aside.

Butter back sides of bread (so that it toasts in the pan). Stack with Gruyere cheese, golden onions and apple slices. Top sandwiches with bread and butter the tops. In another heavy skillet (or clean out the one you used with the onions), add sandwiches and heat over moderate heat. Cover with skillet lid if possible to trap steam and allow cheese to melt more quickly. Turn after 3-4 minutes when underside is browned. Cook until both sides are browned. Remove from heat and cut into halves. Enjoy!

What's your favorite kind of grilled cheese? Are you a traditionalist? Or do you like coming up with fun combos? (there are so many possibilities!)


the pink midi

September 29, 2014

striped top with pink full midi skirt via M Loves M @marmar
One of my favorite things about black and white, besides the fact that it's such a classic, is that it can be worn with any color. I love adding the color red to black and white outfits but pink is another great match! I saw this pink full midi skirt on Chicwish and loved how feminine it was. The material is super nice and it would be great to dress up even more for a fun dinner party {like with this pretty blouse}. I decided to wear the skirt a little more casually, though, with this striped sweater and some open-toed booties. It was an easy outfit to wear during the day and also transition for an evening event in LA. 
black and white striped top via M Loves M @marmar
pink chicwish midi skirt via M Loves M @marmar
black and white sweater with vintage camera via M Loves M @marmar
vintage camera via M Loves M @marmar
striped top with full midi skirt via M Loves M @marmar
striped top and karen walker number one sunglasses via M Loves M @marmar
striped top with pink taffeta midi skirt via M Loves M @marmar
top c/o Chicwish, skirt c/o Chicwish, boots Dressbarn, sunglasses Karen Walker Number One, purse Brahmin {also here}

other favorite top & skirt combos from Chicwish:

I hope you all had a great weekend! I was feeling sick on Friday so I was able to rest up a lot over the weekend. Something is definitely going around so make sure to take your Vitamin C and wash those hands!

photos by Valorie Darling

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