Happy Monday, my loves!! I have had the best day so far, but it just got even better when I saw that H&M is offering 20 percent off of their website and free shipping for orders over $75 with the code DT8732. I have not always been the biggest fan of H&M, but this year, I have been loving it and buying many of my clothes from there.
As far as fast fashion retailers go, I think the quality of H&M clothing is fantastic. Aside from the incredible designs, I like that most of the clothing is machine washable, durable and the colors don’t fade. I also love that they offer discounts on already great prices! For sales like this, I recommend getting staples, but also some fun holiday outfits to wear for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and even New Years Eve!
Whatever you get from this sale, I know you will be so happy with it! Leave me a comment and let me know what you get!
If you would have asked me a year ago what my favorite thing to do was, I would have instantly answered, “going out to dinner!” I love trying new restaurants and cuisines, but lately, I prefer cooking at home. I’m not sure whether its because of COVID or our new puppy, but I love being at home so our date nights have transitioned from going to our favorite restaurants to cooking at home as a family.
When I saw Alex posting about this meal last night, I just knew we had to make it. Last year, my husband and I spent some time in the French countryside and ever since, I have such a new appreciation for chicken. The recipe Alex shared was inspired by the Cajun Chicken entree at Le Bilbouquet…one of my all time favorite restaurants. I’ve never had this dish in the restaurant, but I definitely will next time I go!
For our date night, we started off with a little cheese board when Will got home from work. I kept it pretty simple, but used my favorite ingredients. Central Market makes my FAVORITE crackers, the rosemary crostini crackers…they are a game changer so I started out with those, selected a basil pesto goat cheese and a blue cheese, peppered salami and holiday grapes to round out my board. I like to drizzle local honey over my blue cheese because I think it gives it a really nice balance.
Pan-Roasted Blackened Cajun Chicken with Oven Frites
by Alex Snodgrass – The Defined Dish
Pan Roasted Blackened Chicken
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2 lbs boneless, skin-on chicken breasts about 1 1/4 pounds
1 tablespoon avacado oil
1/2 cup dry white wine substitute chicken broth plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon arrowroot starch
1 garlic clove minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or whole 30 use ghee
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes or 2 large potatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pan-Roasted Blackened Cajun Chicken
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
in a small bowl, combine the salt,pepper, thyme, cayenne pepper, paprika, rosemary, and oregano. Set aside.
Pat the chicken breasts dry and season the skin side with half the spice mixture.
in a medium oven-safe skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat until just starting to smoke. Carefully lay out the chicken breasts into the hot skillet skin side down. Cook without moving until the skin is deep golden brown and very crisp, about 6 minutes. While cooking season the second side of the chicken with the remaining spice mixture. Carefully flip the chicken breasts and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until cooked through, or when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breasts registers 150 degrees, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and set aside, reserving the pan juices in the skillet.
In a medium bowl, combine the wine, chicken broth, and arrowroot and whisk until the arrowroot dissolves. Set aside.
Pour off all but about 1 teaspoon of the fat from the skillet and place the pan over high heat. Add the garlic along with the wine mixture, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Cook, stirring until the sauce is reduces by two -thirds, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add butter and the lemon and allow the butter to just melt. Stir to combine. Taste the pan sauce and season with more salt and pepper, if desired.
Slice the chicken breasts and serve on individual plates. Spoon plenty of pan sauce over the slice chicken and serve with the oven frites.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scrub the potatoes well, then cut them lengthwise into 1/2 inch wide fries.
Place the fries in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated.
Spread the fries across the prepared baking sheet in a single layer (you may need two baking sheets to ensure they are in a single layer and have plenty of room to crisp up).
Bake in the oven until potatoes are golden brown all over and crisp, about 30 minutes (and no, you do not need to toss during the cooking time at all).
This dinner was amazing!! My husband and I both loved it and were pretty impressed with just how good it was. The chicken was full of flavor and moist, the oven frites were excellent ( I roasted mine for about 45 minutes because I like them extra crispy) and we loved the salad!
What are y’all doing for your date nights this week?! Leave me a comment and let me know!!
It’s that time of year again! One of my favorite online retailers, Shopbop, is taking up to 25 percent off of more than 20,000 items!! From shoes to accessories and clothing, this sale is all you need to get your fall and winter wardrobe in top shape. I’ve scoured through the 200 pages of items and am sharing my favorites with you below.
Happy shopping, loves!! Whether its splurging for that pair of shoes you’ve been coveting or for a fun new dress, I hope you find some beautiful pieces to add to your closets!
Even though you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures here in Texas, fall is finally here and I am busting out my sweaters! I am so excited this season because I feel like designers and stores are finally embracing the grandmillennial trend and these sweaters I have chosen are living proof.
I live for feminine cuts, pastels, bows, delicate embellishments and dainty collars and I have never seen more of these details on sweaters before!
What is your favorite sweater trend this year and where is your favorite place to shop for sweaters? Leave me a comment and let me know!
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will take the stage tonight for the first presidential debate of 2020. While this debate will give voters more of a glimpse into the two candidates, it also serves as a reminder to register to vote. In Texas, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 5th. If you have moved, switched political parties, changed your name or haven’t voted in the past four years, you will need to register or re-register to vote.
If you’re not sure if you are registered, you can check your registration status here and also learn more information about polling locations, mail-in ballots and more. If you’re in Texas, votetexas.gov is a great resource to use for local voting information. According to the Houston Chronicle, 16.6 million Texans have registered to vote so far, an uptick of 1.5 millions voters since the last presidential election.
While I don’t intend to share my political beliefs on this blog, I don’t consider the act of voting as political. It has been said time and time again by both parties, that this election, no matter who wins, is going to change the future of our country and it is our civic duty and privilege to vote. Because voting is a privilege that many people around the world do not have, I think it is important to take this responsibility seriously and to inform yourself before the election.
When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to take speech and debate classes taught by a former speech writer for one of the presidents of the United States. Of course, we all wanted to know if she was a republican or democrat and who she worked for, but she wouldn’t tell us. On the first day of class she told us that she would never tell us which party she voted for, but that if you listened to what she said, you would know which party she aligned with. Rather than blindly following a party, I think we should all be able to clearly articulate why we are voting for a person based on their beliefs, agenda and policies. Until you are able to do that, you really aren’t prepared to vote.
To learn more about both candidates, tune into tonight to watch the first of three presidential debates. Tonight’s debate, held in Cleveland, will be the first debate where the presidential candidates will not shake hands because of coronavirus protocol and will give candidates a chance to speak about how the COVID-19 pandemic was handled, the economy and possibly the filling of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court seat.
Are you watching the debate tonight? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Happy first Friday of the fall, y’all! We had a brief moment of sweater weather here in Austin and it was amazing! I’m not usually this excited about the beginning of fall, but this year, there is something so wonderful about it and I can’t wait to break out my sweaters, boots and jackets!
This week, I’m easing into my fall fashions with neutrals. These pieces can really work year-round, but put together, they work perfectly for the early weeks of fall. For my first manicure of the fall, I’ve already brought back my go-to color, Don’t Bossa Nova me Around by OPI, this white-beige polish is a beautiful neutral and it looks gorgeous on a multitude of skin tones.
Something I love about this time of year is that you can still wear dresses or jeans and a tee and just throw on a sweater to stay warm. I’m loving these sweater dresses from Zara and Nanushka and think they would be beautiful with ballet flats, tennis shoes, sandals or even a pair of boots depending on where you are in the world.
Working from home–or WFH as it has been coined, once a situation many dreamed of, now seems here to stay. As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, in-person meetings have been swapped for zoom meetings, and a new genre of clothing has emerged…Work From Home Style. Luckily, comfort is key in the WFH trend and pairing comfortable pieces with laidback sophisticated pieces will have you looking on point for your all of your virtual appointments.
Working from home is a major adjustment and while many of us thought it would be a temporary situation, we are now six months in. At this point, we just need to embrace our new normal and be thankful for the time we’re saving each day getting ready. Although working from home is more relaxed than your look needs to be in the office, there is still an unspoken dress code… or at least there should be. By mixing sophisticated pieces with casual loungewear, you can achieve a polished work-from-home look. From easy t-shirt dresses to work-appropriate leggings, I will show you five looks that will be great for Zoom calls and keep you comfortable for the whole day.
Brit’sTips for Working from Home Comfortably:
Comfort is key
Mix easy pieces with a polished top or blazer
Amplify your look with accessories from the waist up
Save your skin and do a minimal version of your usual makeup
What have been your favorite WFH pieces the last few months? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Depending on where you are in the world, you might not be ready to think about boots for Fall and Winter yet, but in fact, the time is upon us! Fall is just one week away and many top boot and bootie styles are already selling out. Here in Texas, we can only wear boots for a few months out of the year so I’ve rounded up my favorite boot styles that you can save or splurge on, but still look stylish as ever.
It is feeling like fall here in Austin, y’all and I am here for it!! This was my first summer in Austin and I was shocked at how hot/unbearable it was! So of course when I got a whiff of this 65 degree weather, I jumped on my chance to try out some of my new fall clothes!
I recently picked up this plaid green dress by Sister Jane and am so in love with it! The fabric is a bit heavier than I expected, but it is beautiful in person and really well made! I’ve paired it here with a pair of old Zara boots that have since sold out, but I’ve linked a similar pair here, and my grey Celine Belt Bag. If boots are too heavy for the climate you’re in right now, I would suggest wearing this dress with tan ballet flats or even slide sandals.
If you’re looking for a for a casual fall uniform, look no further than this combo! I’m a sucker for anything green so this Cupcakes and Cashmere Sweater speaks to me on so many levels! The simplicity of the sweater and classic Moussy jeans (currently on sale) leave a perfect opening for these amazing Gucci loafers! Will be running all of my errands in this look for the next few months! If you’re looking to add a little more color to your look, I would suggest this amazing set of blush-toned bracelets from Roxanne Assoulian, they are 80 percent off right now at Moda Operandi! I know Christmas is still a few months away, but if you have ladies you need to buy gifts for, these make a fabulous stocking stuffer!
Labor Day is the definitive sign that summer is coming to a close. Although I don’t particularly subscribe to the belief that you can’t wear white after Labor Day, I do believe it’s a time to start transitioning your wardrobe.
I’m loving these pieces because they are good any time of year (especially in Texas) and can help you transition from Summer to Fall seamlessly.
I hope you have the best Labor Day Weekend and wear your white jeans and dresses as much as you can!