November 16, 2017

Blushy Shoes

I recently did a number in the shoe department.  Call it too much time on my feet at No. 14 or maybe I'm just getting weak!  Back in the day, when I worked at Nordstrom (seasonally in college), I used to wear 4 inch heels during an 8 hour shift and not even complain.  This season, switching to boots made my feet cry!  I don't feel like I can wear big pumps anymore to work or boots that don't have some support.  Enter the kitten heel and killer flats.

Anybody who knows me knows I looooove a good statement shoe.  I feel like your outfit is nothing without a killer pair of kicks to complete it.  These three pairs of shoes just made it to my doorstep yesterday and I couldn't wait to share with you guys!


 



These Brown Chelsea Booties are everything I ever wanted.  I actually preordered them a few weeks ago and they came more quickly than expected!  I love how tall they are on my ankle and that there is a bit of a heel, but not enough to make you feel like you're too dressed up.  They're going to go with absolutely everything and I love how sleek they are for a brown boot.  I always go up a size in boots because I like to wear thicker socks- I did a 39 in these and they fit perfectly!



I had been on the hunt for blush velvet pumps since early fall, but everything had too skinny of a heel for my liking or was too tall for me to wear to work everyday.  When these popped up on the J.Crew new arrivals last week, I couldn't press 'order' quickly enough. 

*SIZING HELP*
These run small! I am a very true sz 8 in J.Crew shoes, I originally ordered an 8 and they were really tight on my toes, I went half a size up and the 8.5 fits me perfectly!



Lastly, these sweet bow flats.  I have this exact shape of flats from J.Crew from nearly 3 years ago and I wear them ALL the time (especially in that weird transition time between summer and fall when its too late to wear sandals but too warm to wear boots).  I was looking for an updated pair with a bit more oomph and these walked right into my cart.  They are super comfortable because of the elastic band and fit TTS! 



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November 13, 2017

Whimsy Christmas Ornaments




So I know I was a bit ahead of the game on decorating my house for Christmas, but I couldn’t help myself!  Because we were out of town this past weekend and I am now going to be prepping for retail weekend (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, & Sunday), I wouldn’t have been able to decorate until the first week of December, which I felt was too late!  I feel it is never too early to feel the Christmas vibes! This is our first Christmas in #houseofkords and I had a BLAST searching around for Christmas decor and buying a tree and ornaments. 

I’m also a huge proponent of early decorating because the process takes forever! Why not have it up early and enjoy the beauty for two whole months rather than only 3 weeks? 

When I posted on Instagram, that I was going to be decorating, I got a million questions regarding where to shop for ornaments.  The majority of my ornaments are from Anthropologie and decorated the rest of the tree with flowers from JoAnn Fabrics & I looove the element that the flowers brought to my tree.  It gives the tree more texture and dimension than just ornaments. 

I rounded up a few of my favorite ornaments, my galvanized tree collar,  and even some awesome flocked trees for great prices below! 

My favorite's are: 

This feathered (I think it is a peacock)- I used the ivory version as a tree topper


This Champagne Bottle (a great gift for a friend who is getting engaged or married this year!) 

This case of beer (I got E a few beer esque ornaments because I know my tree is more feminine and he lives here too!)



October 23, 2017

Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Softest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies that you never knew you needed 

I've been making these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for the last two fall seasons- usually for No. 14's UPS man because let's be real, the dude puts in a looottttt of work for us.  Every time I post that I made them on my instagram stories, I get a lot of questions about the recipe and thought it would benefit to put the recipe on a blog post so you guys aren't always hunting it down on my Pinterest! Now in the future, all you have to do is search 'pumpkin chocolate chip cookies' on my site and this post should pop right up!




Prep Time: 20 min     Cook Time: 11 min
Yields: 3 doz 

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I have also used mini chocolate chips and absolutely loved the way the cookies turned out- but it is completely your preference!) 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease the cookie sheet.
  2. Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil, vanilla and egg into a stand mixer- Mix until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda with the milk. Add both the dry flour mixture and the wet baking soda mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Mix well.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips and stir. 
  5. Using a spoon (I use a regular household spoon) scoop cookies evenly onto sheet.  Dough will be rather sticky, so I do not recommend using your hands to 'roll'.  They will not form into perfect circles, and that is okay
  1. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  Insert fork in middle to make sure they are fully cooked through.  Move to a cookie rack to cool. 
  2. Enjoy warm with a scoop of ice cream..because what's better than cookies a la mode?  





Recipe originally found on Pinterest via a family feast- Tweeked to my preference 
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October 16, 2017

Tie Sleeve Sweater




October 11, 2017

No. 14 buying trip day in Atlanta




October 10, 2017

Travel Style


Travel Outfit:
PIT -> ATL for No. 14's Spring buying trip












September 28, 2017

The sale continues...More favorites!

Shopbop Sale Continues!

Today is the second to last day to shop the shop bop sale & I swear my wallet is crying because I keep finding new things!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

1. Blushy Ballet Flats



Wear with:

OR





2. Killer Moss Moto Jacket 

This Moto Jacket in the prettiest shade of green.


Wear with: 

Black Skinnies, Booties, Basic Tee, Statement Bag

OR

Floral Dress, Over the Knee Boots, Cross body bag



3. The Colored Statement Coat

I am such a sucker for outerwear and this blushy salmon one takes the cake



Wear with: (other than everything ever in the world) 

Cozy up with this scarf and a hat

OR

A feminine sweater, leather skirt, and over the knee boots




4. A Comfortable Jumpsuit

Somedays you just aren't feeling it, and if you don't look good- you're going to feel worse. Enter the jumpsuit.  So comfy, but so cute. This one is the perfect addition to your wardrobe for that lazy day that looks like you tried.



Wear with:

Casual with sneakers or mules

Dress up in the evening with a strappy heel and a leather & a killer lip