Monday, May 31, 2010

Dinner Tonight: His and Hers Pizza

I was going to make pizza last week, but I got lazy and turned to Pizza Hut instead.  My laziness paid off though, because it was the answer to "we have no food in this house!" when we got back into town today.  (We went to Hutchinson for the weekend.)  I pretty much always have stuff to make pizza dough on hand (flour, olive oil, salt, yeast, sugar) but the toppings are another story.  So this was a bit of a make-do with what's in the fridge pizza.  Aaron, not surprisingly, went pepperoni all the way.  I decided to use up some leftover rotisserie chicken on my paler half.  A little (or heaping handfuls, whatever) mozzarella, some romano, and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning and we're done.  Yes, it looks a bit rustic, but it was the perfect end-of-weekend meal.  

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Friday, May 28, 2010

I See Trees of Green

Okay, just a quick outfit post before Aaron, Ellie and I start our Memorial Weekend festivities.  I say festivities, but I pretty much just mean sitting around and having a few beers.  But hey, that's festivity enough for me!  We are going to a wedding though, so that will kick our weekend up a notch or two.  Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the long weekend!  

Cardigan: Loft; blouse: NY and Co; shorts: Old Navy; earrings: Old Navy; bracelet: Target; shoes: Xhiliration, Target

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Eight Days a Week

I know I wear this scarf all the time (Thanks Abby!) but it really is the perfect add-on when I feel like my outfit "needs something".  Which this outfit, with its simple stripes and yellow flats, did.  I haven't really gone anywhere lately that warrants dressing up, so I've kept things pretty simple.  Mixing the floral scarf and striped cardigan is as crazy as I get this week I guess.  

I went to a new hair stylist today, which always makes me nervous.  The guy I'd been going to moved to California.  For some reason, Aaron won't let me fly there just to get my hair done.  And he calls himself a supportive husband! Anyhow, I was a little scared when he got done today--my hair was huge!  I managed to tone it down a little afterwards, and I hope that once I style it myself I'll like it better.  I know it isn't really that different than what I had before, but it just doesn't feel like me right now.  Well, I suppose the good thing about hair is that it grows.  

Cardigan: Loft, secondhand; tank: Gap; shorts: The Limited, Marshall's; scarf: Old Navy, gift; shoes: Merona, Target

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Love the Colorful Clothes She Wears

What is it about summer that makes me sing Beach Boys songs?  I remember I saw them in concert when I was little, and I was disappointed because they looked so old.  I told my mom, "Hey, these aren't Beach Boys!"  

This isn't a very exciting post I know--I've worn almost this same outfit before, I just changed up the shoes.  But it was perfect for a little afternoon barbecue at one of Aaron's coworker's places.  Go math teachers!  

Blouse: Liberty of London for Target; jeans: Old Navy; earrings: Charlotte Russe; shoes: Ann Taylor Outlet, gift

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I think I'm a day late, but I'm playing along with my friends at RV Designs (the fabulous girls behind my blog's design) and their fun with food blogging.  Breakfast for me this morning consisted of Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt, strawberries, and Special K Granola.  To accompany this bowl of deliciousness, I had a glass of Minutemaid Pulp Free Orange Juice.  My usual fare is cereal (I change it up--Kashi Go Lean Honey Almond Flax, Great Grains, Multi-Bran Chex) which I eat dry.  I know, I'm weird.  Since I'm not working this week, I actually have time to put a little more effort into the most important meal of the day.  Bon App├ętit!

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Dinner Last Night: Spicy Pork Noodle Bowl

Sorry, I wasn't on the ball enough last night to post this, but I made this Spicy Pork dish (called Noodles with Roast Pork and Almond Sauce) from  While the almond sauce sounded good, I couldn't find the almond butter it called for, so I used peanut butter instead.  Also, the cooking times were a bit off in the recipe, so I turned up the oven to 450 instead of 425, and cooked the pork a little longer than the recipe called for (I like my pork pretty well done--still juicy but not too pink).  Oh, another thing, I added the teaspoon and a half (okay, maybe it was a heaping teaspoon and a half) of the chili garlic sauce, and lets just say my sinuses are clear.  It had great flavor, and I would make it again, but it was pretty freakin spicy.  

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Inspired by: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

I'm not as radiant today as it turns out. This was the only decent picture, and I'm making an annoyed face and squinting.  Anyhoo, I was thinking yesterday about how I get inspiration from other bloggers more than anywhere else.  While I don't see anything wrong with that (fashion bloggers rock my world!) I don't think it hurts to be inspired by the somewhat unconventional.  Since I read probably more than I do anything else, I thought about the book I'm reading right now (Scoop--as mentioned in the title) and how it too can be a source of inspiration.  Published in 1937, it's about an unknown journalist, William Boot, who is mistakenly sent to Ishmaelia (a fictional country in Africa) to cover a civil war there.  Boot not only knows nothing about the conflict he's supposed to cover, but also little about journalism in general.  

So, how did this inspire my outfit?  Since the setting of the story is Africa, I decided to incorporate the safari trend into my look with khaki shorts, a tan leather belt, and a pocketed button up.  Inspired by Boot's unpreparedness, I added accessories that would make going on an actual safari quite impractical (the chunky necklace, the high wedges).   

So what inspires you?  

Oh, I almost forgot--I'm now on twitter!  I have yet to figure out how to link it to my blog, but I will... I need some sort of a handbook I swear!  But, if you're on twitter I am @shealennon (bonchicbongastronomique was too long!).  

Blouse: Ann Taylor Outlet; shorts: Old Navy; earrings: Target; necklace: Forever 21; belt: Target;  wedges: NY & Co.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

I am 32 Flavors and then Some

I love the way these pictures turned out today!  The colors are so vibrant.  I wonder if it is the lighting, or the time of day.  Or maybe I’m especially radiant today.  It must be that.  But seriously, Aaron and I are both pretty clueless about photography, so I don’t really know what lighting works best for photos.  For us, it’s pretty much trial and error.  Also, usually there’s only one time during the day that works for both of us (after work), so we just make do with the lighting and settings that are available.  This summer, I hope to vary the location of the shots a little more.  It’s so difficult during the school year—we’re both too busy to meander any further than our own yard for pictures.  

For this look, I was inspired by this look by Diane Kruger (on  I love her bright cardigan, and I love how she wore it buttoned up and tucked in.  I changed up the color scheme a little, and I'm quite happy with the sorbet-like result.  If only I had an awesome straw fedora like hers, but I rarely buy hats.  I've been tempted by the Eugenia Kim for Target line, but haven't made the commitment just yet.    

Cardigan: Gap; tank: Isaac Mizrahi for Target; skirt: Loft; headband: Loft; earrings: Target; necklace: Dean Harris for Target; belt: Target: Shoes: Mossimo, Target (Holy Target!!)

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

She's Sun and Rain She's Fire and Ice (Sweet and Rough Challenge)

Last night, Aaron and I went to one of my favorite places, Spin Pizza, for dinner.  We've been so busy lately with all the house stuff, it was nice to have a night to just relax with some good food, wine, and conversation.  I figured a date night would be a good night to come up with an outfit for Jessica of What I Wore's style challenge.  Her challenge, called "sweet and rough", is to pair something feminine with something more edgy.  I wore a floral print ruffled dress, delicate jewelry, and a bow bobby pin in my hair.  To roughen it up, I put on a black military jacket, black wide belt, and black platform gladiators.  I love how the contrast in styles really balances the look, and I also surprisingly love the black and navy together.  

Jacket: Converse One Star, Target; dress: Forever 21; bow bobby pin: Forever 21; necklace: Banana Republic Factory Store, gift; belt: Forever 21; shoes: Mossimo, Target

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Hot Sun Makin Me Sweat

Well what do you know it feels like May!  Time for shorts!  Lately, it seems like many other bloggers have also been plagued with rainy weather, but for those who haven't I've been jealous of their sunny summer looks.  One such look I loved and wanted to put my own spin on is this simple but chic summer look from Kendi.  I love the summery white top and dark shorts combo.  I was so excited about the weather I wanted to make it ultra-summery with bright earrings, a flowery belt, and bright yellow wedges.  

So, where did I go in my "celebrate the weather" look?  To Target.  And don't forget the uber-exciting Sam's Club.  Hey, it's a party when you buy in bulk!  This totally makes me think of Old School, when Will Ferrell says, "Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot."  I did go to Lowe's with Aaron on Friday.  No streaking though.  

Blouse: Loft; shorts: the Limited, Marshall's; sunnies: secondhand; earrings: Target; scarf as belt: Old Navy, gift; wedges: NY & Co.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tomorrow There'll Be Sun

Yes, I know, I'm wearing stripes.  Again.  And I'm also shamelessly displaying my love of Twilight on my bookshelf.  I do what I want, bitches.  Just kidding, I know I can't sound tough even when I try.  Apparently, on New Year's Eve night, I walked around telling people I was a badass.  Yes, I'd had some (okay a lot of) champagne before I did this, but still the idea of me being a badass, and telling people I'm a badass, is pretty laughable.  

Anyway, my state of badass-dom is beside the point here.  The point is, I can't seem to stay away from the stripes.  When I was perusing Orchid Grey's blog yesterday, I came across this rainy day look.  As usual, I was instantly attracted to the striped top.  Lately, I've also been drawn to unique color combinations, and I loved her navy ensemble, with turquoise tights, and a touch of red.  So, I decided to keep the base the same, but do turquoise shoes (I can't bring myself to put on tights right now, even if the weather is chilly enough) and a red and navy necklace.  I've looked to some of my favorite blogs a lot lately for inspiration, which makes me wonder how I got dressed in the pre-blog world!  

T-shirt: Gap; skirt: Nanette Lepore, thrifted; necklace: secondhand; belt: Target; shoes: Nine West

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Green Eyes Yeah the Spotlight Shines Upon You

Sorry I look pissed in this photo.  I swear I'm not--the pictures with me smiling looked funny.  Not funny ha-ha, just funny weird.  So pissed face it is.  The weather here is getting me a little irked, however.  Yesterday was such a tease; it was beautiful and sunny.  Today we're back to chilly, cloudy and rainy. So I was inspired by Erin of Calivintage and her rainy day look.  I love how she paired a bright, colorful dress with black and gray, and tied it all together with red shoes.  I chose this bright skirt to counteract the gloomy weather, kept the gray and black, but opted for yellow flats instead.  

I have another summer job interview on Monday! This one is for a clothing store, which would be a rather dangerous job for me.  If I get that job, I'll be lucky if I bring home any money at all.  I can hear Aaron now, "Honey, I thought you said you worked 30 hours this week..." Me--"Isn't there a baseball game on or something?" See what I did there--a little change of subject.  I knew those D.A.R.E. strategies would come in handy for something other than saying no to drugs! 

Cardigan: American Eagle; t-shirt: Loft; skirt: NY & Co; earrings: Target; necklace: Target; shoes: Merona, Target

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

My outfit today is an amalgamation of some of my favorite things for the season.  I didn't really plan the outfit that way, but that is how it turned out.  I'm loving stripes.  Obviously--every other post it seems is me wearing this (or a similar) shirt.  And I know I'm not alone on that front--I see them EVERYWHERE, on blogs, in stores, in magazines, etc.  Also, I love khaki colors mixed with punchy brights.  Finally, the wedge is Spring/Summer perfection.  This nude pair I've had for a couple of years, and they're still going strong.  What are your favorite things for Spring and Summer? 

T-shirt: Old Navy; pants: Gap; earrings: Charlotte Russe; scarf: from my mom-in-law; wedges: Xhiliration, Target
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Monday, May 17, 2010

La Vie en Rose

I've got another word to describe "la vie" today, and it isn't rose.  But, since I'm wearing a rose pin, and "La vie en crap" isn't a song, I suppose I'll leave it be.  Please don't misunderstand--I love my life, and I love our new house.  Today just wasn't my day.  For one thing, Ellie jumped our fence, again, which means we have to add some fencing to our yard.  Also, we did our monthly budget today (a task that always leaves me stressed) and was reminded that my student loan payments are starting next month.  Boy that grace period just flew by.  And, to top things off, taking my car in for a routine check up today cost me quite a bit more than I was expecting.  Maybe I need to start buying lottery tickets.  I know that money can't buy love and all that, but I've never heard anyone complain about having too much of it.

Okay, I'm stopping right now.  That is enough whining from me.  Things could be a heck of a lot worse.  I'm putting on my rose-colored glasses as we speak. Figuratively, that is.  In reality, I have to wear reading glasses when I blog, so unless they make rose-colored reading glasses, I'll have to stick to my purple frames.  Okay, it's time to watch my DVRed episode of House, so for now I bid you adieu.  

Cardigan: Loft, secondhand; tank: Old Navy; jeans: Old Navy; rose pin: I can't remember, but most likely it's from Target; shoes: Steve Madden, Marshall's

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dinner Tonight: Chili in May

Chili, usually reserved for those, well, chillier months, was on tonight's menu.  It was fitting for this cold, dreary weather.  Although we try countless recipes in our household, this one was a standby from Rachael Ray's 365: No Repeats cookbook.  This chili has the usual suspects (ground beef, tomatoes, onion, garlic, beef stock) as well as black beans, beer, chipotle powder, cumin and shredded cheese.  To accompany this comforting bowl of deliciousness, I made "sweet" cornbread.  I got the recipe for the cornbread from my Taste of Home Cookbook, and although it was called "Sweet Cornbread", my usual go-to Jiffy box tastes sweeter.  Why, why do I try to beat that little blue box of perfection?  Oh well, a little honey and butter sweetened it right up.  Well, I must go warm up now.  Unfortunately, I can't type with gloves on.  I've tried.  The results look something like this: sainet;ai hieanf eairojt.  Have a warm, comfy night!

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Oh Stormy, Bring Back that Sunny Day

Every calendar I own says it's May, but I feel as though I'm being tricked.  For the past week, it's been cold and rainy.  And while I LOVE my new home's beautiful wood floors, they sure don't warm up my feet.  Monday, I wore gloves as I was unpacking boxes.  Gloves! Inside!  I have this weird thing where my fingers turn white (yes, even whiter than they are normally) and tingly when they get too cold, so I have to be careful.  So, I'm praying for a warm front.  

This was an action-packed weekend.  Friday night I went to a Royal's game with my girlfriends, and shockingly, our ever-losing baseball team won!  Saturday morning was just as lucky--I went to several garage sales with friends and found a beautiful dining room table set in near perfect condition!  Now Aaron and I don't have to eat on TV trays anymore!  Finally, last night (when these pictures were taken) we met a friend from college for some drinks.    Sorry for the obscure background--our kitchen sink filled with dishes does not a fashionable backdrop make.  For this look, I was inspired by the lovely Kendi at Kendi Everyday.  She was sporting one of my favorite color combinations:  turquoise and coral.  She's one of my favorite reads--she's never worn a look I didn't like, and I laugh out loud when reading her quirky posts.  

Cardigan: NY & Co; blouse: Gap; jeans: Old Navy; earrings: Target; necklace: Forever 21; shoes: Nine West

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