Monday, June 30, 2014

TODAY ON POLYVORE: Trend Spotted

Trend Spotted Elephant Motifs


Elephant Long Sleeve Top
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Tribal Elephant Tank
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Floral Elephant Tank
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Elephant Print Harem Pants
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Tribal Elephant Crop Top
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Elephant Charm Bracelet
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Elephant Charm Bracelet
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Turquoise Tooth Necklace
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FFF: Avocado Chicken on a Honey Wheat Bagel



One thing I love about leftovers is you can turn them into completely different dishes. We do this a lot at Thanksgiving when there is so much food left, but cooking for one person means tons of leftovers throughout the week. Since I had a lot of chicken leftover, I decided to make some sandwiches with it. You can do just about anything with leftover chicken. You can add it to your salads, pastas, soups, etc…






For the chicken sandwiches, all you need is: 1 Tbps roasted red pepper hummus, 1/4 of an avocado sliced, 1 honey wheat bagel, 1/4 cup of chopped kale, cucumber slices, and 3 ounces of baked chicken. You can add any kind of sandwich toppings you like!
Some good ones? Cream cheese, onions, tomatoes, mustard, pickles, spinach, jalapeƱos….
AND HERE IS HOW IT’S DONE:
Slice the bagel in half, add the hummus and avocado slices.

Top one side with kale and chicken, the other with cucumber slices.

Smack the slices together and slice! Boom, you have yourself a delicious sandwich.
What is your favorite leftover meal and how do you eat it!?
Bonus:
Check out how Taralynn rocks our skirt in her latest post and check out her blog to see how you can win her top!
Skirt can be found here.
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  *This is a repost from simplytaralynn.com

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kick Off the Weekend with our Tops Buyer Kim!

As a young girl my grandmother and I would go on “dates”, as we liked to call them. We would go shopping or to the movies, always stopping along the way to grab breakfast or lunch. I grew to cherish and look forward to this special girl time with her, as I had very little girl time of my own. I grew up with three brothers who only liked sports, watching television, and eating. So, being able to hang with my grandmother gave me that time to just be a girl and talk about girl things. As I grew older, went off to college, and moved out on my own, our “dates” became less and less.

So, you can imagine my excitement when my grandmother asked me to go shopping with her just recently. After sharing the news and excitement of my engagement with my grandmother, the next thing out of her mouth was, “We need to go shopping!” She wanted to give me a gift, or a memento, to always have to remember my special engagement.
This is what I wore our little date.
Similar look: Tie Waist Tunic // Metal Coil Stretch Belt //
Cut-Out Metal Bar Sandals // Ivory Elephant Charm Bracelet
Not only was I excited to spend some quality time with my grandmother, I also felt really special. It would be just like the old days, with the two of us shopping and lunching together.

We planned to meet for breakfast and then go shopping. At breakfast we laughed and reminisced about our past “dates”. Then we were off to Neiman Marcus to check out the jewelry. After browsing for a while and trying on a few pieces, we decided to move on and check out Barney’s. Barney’s had equally beautiful jewelry, but nothing caught my eye. I was feeling so overwhelmed with all the choices and options, we decided to take a break and stop for lunch. We ate at the newly remodeled La Brea bakery. After refueling our bodies, we decided to check out the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles. Since I hadn't seen anything I was excited about at Neiman Marcus or Barney’s, my grandmother suggested we have a piece of jewelry made for me. This way I would get exactly what I wanted. After exploring the jewelry district for a bit, we met with a jeweler and put an order in for a white topaz ring.

It was an amazing day filled with lots of fun, laughter, and memories. Now, not only will I have a memento to remember my special engagement, but I will always remember my amazing grandmother and our date together.

The Nail Files by Yaya: Funfetti

It's summer! For this nail design there really isn't much you can do to mess it up. Select a white polish for your base color. This will make the colors really pop. Then select some fun bright colors. I used a pink, green, yellow, blue, red and orange polish for my fun bright colors.

Step 1: As always apply base coat

Step 2: Apply you base color

Step 3: Place colorful nail polishes on a plate so it's easy to dip your dotting tool

Step 4: Dot away. Place random dots on your nails

Step 5: Apply top coat


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Style Council: Turning Your Winter Wardrobe to Summer

By Andrea Lozano

"This outfit is perfect for hitting the clubs on those hot summer nights!"
Still have your New Year’s Eve outfit? Well, you’re in luck! Here is one way you can make this sequin skirt work with today’s latest trends. Check out this cute palm tree ruffled tube top accessorized with black heels, a black/white/gold textured handbag, a gold layered chain necklace, black and gold earrings, and some arm candy for each arm. This outfit is perfect for hitting the clubs on those hot summer nights!


The color burgundy was very popular in the fall/winter season. Why not pair it with a mint floral kimono to brighten it up for the summer time? The outfit also has a white crop top accessorized with a floppy hat, gold hoops, gold bracelets, a burgundy statement piece, and mint booties. Although these mint booties are not available, you can find the black or tan booties online!

Hope these combinations helped you with taking your winter pieces into summer!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mel's Munchies: Ooey Gooey Crockpot Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Summer is officially here - Whoo hoo! Here is a simple and yummy recipe to bring to any summer BBQ!

You'll need: 1/4 cup milk (whichever % you normally drink), 8 oz cream cheese (I used whipped because it has the least amount of calories!), 14 oz can of Artichoke Hearts, 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese, 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, 10-12 oz bag of frozen spinach (thawed and drained), a pinch of Cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste and 1 tsp onion flakes.

Ensure the spinach is fully thawed, then empty the bag into a colander and drain. I used my hands to squeeze out the excess liquid. But be gentle so you don't mash it. When the spinach is fully drained, place it in a large mixing bowl. You'll need the colander to drain the artichoke hearts next.



Next, empty the can of artichoke hearts into the colander to drain. Separate the hearts gently using your finger tips.



Add artichoke hearts to the bowl with the spinach. Gently incorporate using your fingertips.



Next add the cream cheese, onion flakes, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, milk, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Combine the mixture using a wooden spoon (metal is okay too but avoid using a whisk).







Once fully combined, add spinach artichoke mixture into a 5 quart Crock Pot. Using the back of a spoon, even out the mixture so it cooks evenly.



Set the Crock Pot to high and cook for two hours. Give it a stir every half hour to ensure the entire batch is evenly heated. This will also help avoid scorching on the sides. 




Once the dip has cooked for 2 hours, give it one more stir and top it off with a handful of parmesan & mozzarella cheeses... however much you like! This is best served warm so I usually serve it right away. Keep any leftover in the refrigerator and heat up for a minute or two when ready to serve. 



Enjoy!!!


Saturday, June 21, 2014

FFF: Homemade Horchata




Horchata is one of my favorite drinks. You can usually find it at any Latin restaurant. Growing up, we use to drink it from the packets with skim milk and ice. Horchata is made differently all over the world. I want to share my recipe for Horchata that I have been making or the past couple of years. It’s much lighter than adding all the rice and sugar. You still get the same flavors and enjoyment! It contains high fiber and protein without any sugar!
In a blender: 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup unsweetened rice milk, 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon, 2 packets stevia, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1/2 cup ice. Blend and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon!
Nutrition: 110 calories, 10 g Carbs, 3.4 g Fat, 4 g Protein, 9 g Fiber, 0 g of Sugar.
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This is a repost from SimplyTaralynn.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Style Council: 3 Easy Summer Beauty Tips

By Angela Johnson

Summer Beauty Tip #1 

Beach waves: Beachy waves are a staple summer hair trend. To perfect them you want to add some texture to your already tousled  hair. 



DIY Sea Salt Spray
Mix Sea Salt and Seltzer Water in a spray bottle to create that beachy texture.
Image via Cosmopolitan.com

Summer Beauty Tip #2
Under cover: Much like Emma Watson and Lily Collins in the summer heat it is best to stay protected from the sun. However much like these ladies you should always try to be as chic as possible.


Image via Chasing Lovely
Try a stylish, cute, fedora or floppy hat: great for keeping out the sun while still looking fabulous.


Summer Beauty Tip #3
Sunny Disposition: The right sunglasses this summer are a MUST! You should look chic and they should fit you style. Rita Ora does fun color sunnies while Kate Bosworth does a classic aviator and Olivia Munn looks great in over-sized shades. 

Image via Handbag.com 
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Image via Popsugar
For a mix of all their cool shades try these sunglasses from Windsorstore.com



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