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Went out for karaoke with my sorority sisters this past Friday, so much fun! It was still freezing out but this hot pink sweater was the perfect way to add some color to a black skirt, tights, and booties – a great winter to spring transition piece. I use this polka dot clutch all the time to add pattern to outfits as well – one of my favorite items and it works year round.

Sweater – Old Navy (I’m wearing a Medium), Skirt – Express (similar), Clutch – Ann Taylor (similar and only $35!)

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Hope you all had a fun weekend!

Friday night I headed to my friend Angela’s birthday party and took a quick selfie on the way out. Working on getting a hall mirror set up so that I can take better ones! Which reminds me, my friend Jen told me I had to hear this song “But First, Let Me Take a Selfie” – ha ha, watch if you need a good laugh. Anywho, I’ve been loving the combo of black and mustard yellow so threw together this outfit, and of course added some polka dots and sparkly jewelry. I also discovered a new 5 minute hair do that is so easy and cute, the fan bun!

Blouse – Ann Taylor (similar), Pants – American Eagle, Booties – Vince Camuto (on sale), Necklace – Premier Designs, Clutch – Ann Taylor (similar)

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Last night for dinner I whipped up a pineapple chicken stir-fry  inspired by this recipe I found on a great blog called JP Fashion and Organic Living. I made the recipe much larger, mine below would feed 6-8 people easily, so just scale as needed for how much you want to make. I coated the chicken in an egg wash and arrowroot powder  which made a bit of a sticky dough type coating, but once I got the chicken in the pan and cooked it crisped up nicely. If you choose to do this, don’t worry too much about coating each piece, just get a little on there at least and when sauteeing it all seems to come together. You can also definitely go without this step, I would just add some arrowroot powder at the end once you’ve added the sauce to the pan to thicken it all up. Arrowroot powder is a great paleo thickening agent for sauces and stews and a little goes a long way, give it a try!


  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts or thighs, cubed (I used thighs)
  • 3 colorful bell peppers, chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 a large onion, sliced or diced
  • 2-3 eggs (optional if you decide not to coat chicken), beaten
  • 1 cup or so of Arrowroot powder (optional if you decide not to coat chicken)
  • 24 ounce jar of pineapple chunks in juice
  • 3-4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbps. coconut aminos or tamari sauce
  • Siracha sauce to taste
  • 1.5 Tbsp raw honey
  • Coconut Oil for sauteeing
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Miracle Noodles or caulirice for serving chicken over


1. In large skillet sautee peppers and onions in coconut oil for 5-10 minutes until slightly soft, remove from pan to large plate

2. Season cubed chicken with salt and pepper

3. If desired, dip chicken in egg wash, then toss lightly in arrowroot powder – you can do handfuls at a time, don’t stress about coating really evenly

4. Add more coconut oil to pan and sautee chicken until mostly cooked through – do in a few batches if needed, I did in 2

5. While chicken is cooking, drain the juice of pineapple chunks into a sauce pan

6. Add coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, honey, and a little siracha (start with a tsp.) to sauce pan and cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes or so – turn down to simmer and taste test – add more siracha or honey as desired

7. Once chicken almost done, add back onion and pepper mixture, along with pineapple chunks to the skillet.

8. Reserve about a half a cup or so of sauce for either shirataki/miracle noodles, kelp noodles, or caulirice. Pour the rest of the sauce over the chicken and pepper mixture in skillet and let cook on medium high until chicken is finished and everything has warmed up. Add salt or pepper if needed. Reduce heat and let sauce thicken a bit before serving.

9. I order miracle noodles from`Amazon to serve with my Asian dishes, so good and just a natural fiber made into noodles. They smell a little funny when you open, but just rinse under water in a colander and then toss with whatever sauce you want them to soak up. Other great options here would be kelp noodles or a batch of caulirice. Just toss whatever you choose with the reserved sauce and then serve your chicken mixture over it.

10. Enjoy! My husband gave this rave reviews : )

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Friday night I headed out for drinks with my fabulous fashionista friend’s, Mollie and Jaymee. The perfect excuse to jazz things up!

I picked up this top in Portland at Forever 21, but Mollie said she thought it was Kate Spade! (if only) I absolutely love it! Mine is a Medium if you are wondering about sizing. I decided to add a little edge to the femininity of the blouse by pairing with my faux leather front pants and this pair of gold studded shoes that I picked up on sale. I love the lower heel on these for comfort and they are currently 50% off! (even less than I paid) Do I need them in pink or navy too??

Pop on over to Rich Life in a Budget where I am participating in How I wear My: Green. Everyone looks great!

Pants – Ann Taylor, Top – F21, Shoes – Schutz, Bag – Michael Kors (similar)

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Hi, guys. I’m Amy’s friend Reina and I’ll be guest blogging for her while she’s vacationing in Mexico. I’m so honored that she has asked me to fill in her for again and so jealous that she gets to spend a week in the sun. I live on the East Coast and let’s just say I could use a good tan.

This past weekend I had a day off for President’s Day, so I decided to make a long-overdue trip to visit my friend Amanda in Illinois in an area known as the Quad Cities. She is one of my best friends from college and while we have seen each other many times since we graduated, it had been way too long since I’d visited her in her hometown. We had a great low-key weekend doing many of the things we love to do – eating, drinking and watching our favorite TV shows and movies.

On Saturday night, we decided to grab drinks before dinner. Amanda took me to this great historic hotel called the Hotel Blackhawk.  It was such an elegant place and the cocktails were delicious (not to mention stiff!). After dinner we convinced her husband to take photos of us in front of the fireplace. I even managed to squeeze in an outfit photo.

Pants: Loft (on super sale in prints!) | Sweater: Loft (available in gray on final sale!) | Boots: Me Too (great price!) | Necklace (old, Kohl’s, similar)


The Quad Cities area is pretty casual, and I was trying to pack light, so I brought clothes that I thought could transition from day to night. I bought this polka dot sweater at Loft earlier this year and I liked it so much that I also bought it in gray. I think the little pockets in front are so cute! When I find things I like, I often buy them in more than one color. You might also recognize these skinny oxblood pants from some of Amy’s posts. What can I say? Great fashion minds think alike.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that one thing I didn’t get to do this weekend was shop. Since I am Catholic, I decided to give up shopping for Lent.  I decided it was the one thing that would be truly be a sacrifice for me. So, I am just going to “shop my closet” until Easter. It’s not going to easy, but I am determined to do it and I think that it will help me to become a more thoughtful shopper in the future. If you want to see my outfits and read more about my experiences, be sure to check out my blog, ShopGirlDC.

Thanks for reading and I’m sure I’ll be back again before Amy returns!

I’m a huge fan of polka dots! They are so fun! This scarf is a recent Nordstrom purchase, it is Halogen for $28, and I absolutely love this blue color. It also comes in a bunch of great colors like red, yellow, and green – I kind of want another one! I paired with this great cargo style jacket from The Loft I got at 40% off, I love that the waistband hits just at the right spot.

Are you a fan of poka dots?

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