cornflake dreams.: August 2014

8.29.2014

friday five.

TGIF friends! I am excited for a lonnnng weekend -- do you have any fun plans? 
Here is what's on my mind lately:
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ONE: I am still working my way through my summer reading list and I just started reading One More Thing: Stories and Other Short Stories by BJ Novak. So far it's pretty funny! One Plus One by Jojo Moyes is up next. What is the best book you have read this summer?
TWO: I'm excited to finally visit Callie's Biscuits this weekend! I'm a huge biscuit fan (I have this print hanging in our kitchen), so I hope this place lives up to my expectations.
THREE: Bauble Bar is having a huge Labor Day sale this weekend and marking prices down 50%. My favorites include: numerical pendant $10 / ombre bib necklace $15 / crystal glider necklace $15 / daisy chain necklace $15 

FOUR: Tory Burch is also having a Labor Day sale (spend more/ save more), if you're planning on adding new shoes or a bag to your closet this is probably the time to do it. I have my eye on: robinson pebbled mini fold-over cross-body / patent caroline flats / thea convertible tote

FIVE: There are still a few days left to enter the Meadowbelle Market giveaway! I'll announce a winner on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Have a wonderful (long) weekend + Happy Labor Day!
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. here's some more Labor Day sales you won't want to miss:
ANTHROPOLOGIE: extra 20% off sale  - loving these sunnies and d'orsay flats
JCREW: extra 40% off final sale with code WEEKEND at checkout
JCREW FACTORY: 40-60% off everything - this sweater looks cozy for fall
LOFT: 50% off Fall styles -- this tee and dress are cute
LULU & GEORGIA: extra 25% off with code LABORDAY25 at checkout
OLD NAVY: up to 50% off everything - including this cute frenchie tee
SEPHORA: up to 75% off summer picks - my favorite perfume is on sale

8.28.2014

i love peanut butter & co.

Full Disclaimer: I received complimentary items from Peanut Butter & Co. to review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams.

Peanut Butter & Co. was sweet enough to send over some product samples last weekend. ahhhmazing. I got to try five different all-natural peanut butters, including: Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, White Chocolate Wonderful, and Dark Chocolate Dreams. I was in peanut butter heaven. They were all delicious but my favorite was the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. I love that every jar lists unique ways to use the peanut butter. The Cinnamon Raisin Swirl tastes SO good with apple slices or bananas and it instantly turns dry toast into a delicious and easy breakfast. It's also good directly off a spoon (meet joe black style) - I'm adding it to future grocery lists.
After sampling the peanut butter, I decided to get busy in the kitchen on Sunday and bake some peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips (recipe via Deliciously Sprinkled) using Peanut Butter & Co.'s Crunch Time peanut butter. Now it's a few days later and I still can't stop eating them :) I also thought it'd be tasty to add a little Dark Chocolate Dreams to the cookies to make a sandwich. yep. best idea ever ;)

Have you tried Peanut Butter & Co.? 
What is your favorite flavor?
-xo-
Jillian

8.27.2014

shopping keepers and returns.


Keepers: CB2 knitted gray pouf -- This has been on my wish list for a long time and I even included it in my April Houzz Ideabook. It looks great in our living room and I use it almost much every day.

I took advantage of the Layered and Long Etsy shop discount I posted about the other week and bought a Wishbone necklace. It's even prettier in person and I've already worn it a few times. Use the promo code CORNFLAKE at checkout for 10% off -- I'm tempted to buy this necklace too.

GiGi New York All in One Bag, stone embossed python  - I am a huge fan of GiGi New York and Graphic Image! Their leather wallets, bags, and planners are high quality and made in the USA. The All in One Bag is beautiful in person and it's the perfect size for date nights and brunch dates (it fits my phone, credit cards, sunglasses and lip gloss).

and now for the Returns: I waited until the last day of the Nordstrom anniversary sale and bought a Caslon Drape Neck Zip Tan Cardigan - I had high hopes for this cardigan but it just looked frumpy. I also bought the Spanx 'Ready to Wow' structured leggings -- they are good in theory but eeks no. They were really tight up top (ok that might be the Spanx part), the cut was not flattering and they were very uncomfortable.

The Le Mer Del Mar gold watch I had on my wish list finally went on sale the other week from $88 to $61. Shopbop has fast (and free) shipping and I got the watch within a few days of ordering it. At first I was thrilled, I loved the small size and pretty face with great detail. But when I put it on I realized the watch has an elastic wristband and it hurt my wrist = no bueno. I promptly returned it (thankfully Shopbop offers returns too).
And finally, the Kristen Blake Piped Stretch Cotton Trench Coat (currently on sale 1/2 off) unfortunately did not work out. I liked this trench, it had nice thick water resistant fabric, pretty lining and seemed well-made. But it was too big on me. I normally wear a Small but I think this coat would fit better in a Petite XS -- hopefully Nordstrom restocks soon!

What are your latest shopping keepers?
-xo-
Jillian

8.26.2014

weekend good things.

Sorry for the delay!! This past weekend was pretty low-key but I managed to try a new restaurant and do some baking! Here are the highlights:

Friday night H and I went to the gym and I did some yoga and some exercises on a foam roller (I love those things!)...and then we hit up a taco bell. #classy! Don't worry we both ordered off the light fresco menu :) We finished the night with a few episodes of Lost (we're starting from season one - I never watched the whole series but it's pretty good so far).

On Saturday H spent most of the day studying and I started The Hundred Foot Journey. I also made my great grandma's date nut bread (again). And later that night we met up with some friends for dessert at Kaminsky's. I ordered the brownie sundae with vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel, and pecans. so. so. good. Afterwards we walked around the Night Market downtown and managed to snag a swing by Waterfront Park (the breeze by the water was ahmmazing).

I met up with Ally and Caitlyn the next day for brunch at Leaf. The restaurant was beautiful with lots of seating indoors and a pretty patio. I ordered the egg, cheese, apple and bacon croissant sandwich - one of my favorites! It did not disappoint, and the breakfast came with fruit, potatoes AND a mimosa, bloody mary or juice -- you can't beat that! I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies later that afternoon and finished The Hundred Foot Journey. The book was a quick read compared to Outlander and it was pretty good (although it wasn't the romantic story I was expecting, so that was a little disappointing). I'd love to see the movie and see their interpretation of the story and characters.

-xo-
Jillian

p.s. THANK YOU for your salon suggestions last week. Now I'm in search of a good place for a pedicure downtown... any tips would be greatly appreciated! Also stop by Recent Somethings - I am guest posting today!

8.25.2014

Medowbelle Market etsy shop gift card giveaway.

I am teaming up with Meadowbelle Market for a great giveaway for your jewelry box! I featured their delicate stacking ring in my etsy summer picks post and I am excited to giveaway a $30 gift card to one lucky reader. Meadowbelle Market has a pretty collection of stackable rings, midi rings and personalized necklaces in gold, rose gold or silver. Here are my favorites: 

One winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 2. 
Good Luck!
-xo-
Jillian

8.22.2014

friday five.

Happy Friday!! I'm ready for the weekend :)
ONE: These Honest Slogans made me laugh -- see all of them here.
TWO: When I posted my sangria color crush roundup earlier this week I guess I forgot that I live in the South -- where college football is king. So it might be a good time to mention that I have zero interest in ALL sports -- and yes, that includes pro and college football, basketball, baseball, and hockey (even if the Blackhawks are winning). I have no shame admitting I will go to a game if the tickets are free and there is food. And the same goes for a game-day parties -- appetizers and dips are required. I realize that some people love sports (my husband wants everything in our home to be red and black in honor of his Italian soccer team) but it's just not my thing. But don't worry, we can still be friends... and eat game-day appetizers together.
THREE: During the Summer I really like to watch shows on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel, and one of my favorites: The Great Food Truck Race premiered earlier this week. Watching it makes me want to go back to Portland and visit their food truck scene. Do you watch the show? Do you have a favorite truck yet?
FOUR: H will be studying again this weekend, which will give me lots of time to read The Hundred-Foot JourneyI'm sure an Indian food craving will follow :) 
[cartoon via]
FIVE: I need a haircut soonish -- Charleston ladies, I'd love downtown salon suggestions!

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

8.20.2014

homemade chicken pot pie.

Last night I was in the mood for a little comfort food. Growing up I used to love Marie Callender's frozen chicken pot pies, but as a "responsible" adult I can't bring myself to eat something so unhealthy and salty. So I decided to make my own and update the recipe to make it a little healthier (substituting milk for cream for less fat and water for chicken stock for less salt). The end result was delicious and h very happy. Next time I'd like to figure out a healthier (homemade) alternative to the pre-made crust -- maybe light biscuits or mashed potatoes on top (like a Shepherd's Pie). In the meantime I'm looking forward to eating leftovers. 
Recipe adapted via Food Network

Ingredients:
1-2 large chicken breasts diced
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup diced white onion 
1/2 cup diced carrots (I like to use baby carrots)
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large potato, diced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup water (or low-sodium chicken stock if you have it)
1 cup milk (or sub with heavy cream)
1 store bought pie crust, unbaked and thawed if frozen

METHOD: 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.


Sprinkle the diced chicken breast with paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and spray with Pam (or use olive oil). Add the seasoned chicken and saute until cooked through, remove the chicken and put on a plate for later (to avoid overcooking). Cut the potato into 1/4 pieces and boil.

Add the onions and peas and carrots to the pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir and cook until the onions become tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute longer. Check on your potato, once it's cooked dice it into smaller pieces and add to the mix of vegetables. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until the flour dissolves into the vegetables and juices. Add the water (or chicken stock) and raise to a simmer, stirring until thickened. Once the liquid has thickened, stir in the milk (or heavy cream). Season with salt, if needed.


Return the chicken to the pan. Fill the pie tin with the mixture and place in the oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!
-xo- 
Jillian

8.19.2014

color crush: sangria.

I've spotted lots of shades of sangria red/purple in stores lately -- which makes me really excited about Fall but there are still cute options to wear now (and purchase for later). Here are my favorites: factory draped sleeveless blouse $50 (wear now and later with a cardigan) - ruched underwire tank swimsuit $63 (there's still time to get to the beach in Charleston) - 3" chino shorts $45 - embroidered pom-pom tank $49 - v-neck tee $15 - factory tissue scarf $35 (light enough for summer) - sophie dress $200 (I wish I had somewhere to wear this dress -- it's gorgeous!) - embroidered navy top $50 (cute color combo) - andie chino $49 (I want these for Fall)- essie limited addiction nail polish $8.50 - contrast stitch sweater $90 - suede ballet flats $80 (adding these to my wish list!)  -- use the code EXTRA25 for 25% off Jcrew Factory purchases

Would you wear the color sangria for Summer and Fall?
xo, 
Jillian

8.18.2014

weekend good things.

Happy Monday! I had a pretty low-key weekend since H is in the middle of studying for his boards exam (it's in 4-weeks - let the countdown begin!) 
Friday night we went to the gym and I picked up some free weights, it felt good to use my muscles again :) Later that night we (finally) finished season two of OITNB and I was pretty happy with the way things ended -- when does season three premiere?!

On Saturday H spent the day studying, while I kept busy around the house. I dragged him outside for a bike ride around our neighborhood and then I made my great-grandma's date nut bread. Later that night, I watched part of Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire (ahh, so many good childhood memories.) And followed that up with the not-so-family-friendly movie, The Heat, it kinda dragged on but Melissa McCarthy made me laugh a few times.

 I made brunch on Sunday -- we indulged in french toast sticks, turkey sausage, and scrambled eggs (it was soooo good, I need to make brunch more often). H spent the rest of the day studying again (I don't know how he does it) and I finished OutlanderNow I'm debating on starting the next book in the series (has anyone else read it yet?) or starting something new on my summer reading list

How was your weekend? 
xo, 
jillian 

8.15.2014

friday five.

Happy Friday friends! I'm ready for the weekend :)
ONE: I met up with Shelby and Ally last night at O'Hara & Flynn Wine Bar last night and we shared some delicious appetizers. Bruschetta with mozzarella and avocado is my new favorite...it was sooo good.

TWO: Our carriage house got a little cozier this week with the delivery of our upholstered bed and a knitted pouf for the living room. Our kitchen is another story... last week our lower cabinets were removed to remediate mold. So now we have a temporary sink and counter with no lower cabinets. The new cabinets will be installed in a few weeks, until then we are being creative with "storage" (our pots and pans are currently in the oven). ah well - it'll be worth it to have a mold-free space!


yogi fruit
THREE: I practiced yoga three times this week, and I am going to a class tomorrow morning. hooooray I think I have found my new workout routine. AND I held crow pose for 12-seconds yesterday (that's a major personal victory). 
FOUR: I am still in search of the perfect trench... I found this one on major sale (1/2 off) at Nordstrom, it should be delivered any day now. I'll let ya know how it works out. 

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FIVE: Thank you for all of your Charleston restaurant suggestions, I updated my list...and now I'm hungry.

have a great weekend! 
xo, 
jillian  

8.14.2014

charleston, sc (restaurant) wish list.

I have quickly discovered that Charleston is a foodie city with lots of great restaurants. So to make the most out of our time here, I made a wish list of all of the places I'd like to visit within the next year. There's a few restaurants that appear on food critics "best of Charleston" lists, and other not-so-smancy places that were recommended by bloggers. I have already visited the restaurants crossed out below and I'll do my best to do post recaps for the remaining places :)
images via - update: I've included a * next to my favorite spots.

downtown: 
39 Rue De Jean
Basil
Bin 152
Brown Dog Deli
Butcher & Bee*
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit*
Dellz Uptown
FIG
Five Loaves
Fuel
Goat Sheep Cow
The Grocery
Hominy Grill
HoM
Husk
Indaco
Leaf
Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen
Macintosh
Mellow Mushroom
Minero
Monza
O'Hara & Flynn Wine Bar
Park Cafe*
Persimmon Cafe
Poogan's Porch*
Queen Street Grocery*
Taco Boy
Two Boroughs Larder
Virginia's On King
Xiao Bao Biscuit

desserts:

Charleston Donuts
Cupcake Down South
Jeni's
Kaminsky's
Sugar Bake Shop
coconut cake at the Peninsula Grill

surrounding burbs:

Americano*
Basico
Boxcar Betty's
EVO Extra Virgin Oil
The Glass Onion
Mazzo Deli
Mex 1
Jack's Cosmic Dogs
The Obstinate Daughter
Olympik Deli*
Poe's Tavern*
Sesame*
Swine and Swig
Tattooed Moose
White Duck Taco Shop*
Zia Taqueria

I am not a seafood fan, so I am going to skip the shrimp -- but I'd love your suggestions on other restaurants to add to the list!! 
xo, 
Jillian 

8.13.2014

craving: homemade banana bread.

At my first "real" job in Chicago I had a sweet co-worker who used to bring in a loaf of homemade chocolate chip banana bread every week. I ate my weight in banana bread and I haven't really craved it for a few years - until now. Sooo I took the lazy girl route and bought some mix and made muffins. They were decent, but now I'm determined to bake up something less processed and homemade. Here are a few from-scratch recipes I would love to try: 
What is your favorite thing to mix in with banana bread? 
xo, 
jillian

8.12.2014

good things.

I'm back! I returned to Charleston Sunday night and I took most of yesterday to recoup from my busy weekend... here are some highlights: 
On Thursday I convinced H to take me to Boxcar Betty's for some Southern fried chicken. We indulged in fried chicken sandwiches with pimento cheese + sweet potato and regular french fries + fried green tomatoes (my favorite!) It was all soooo delicious. The portions were huge and we couldn't finish everything. And obviously everything was super fried. In retrospect it wasn't the smartest dinner option for someone who suffers with Crohn's. However if you can handle fried food -- visit Boxcar Betty's and eat some chicken + fried green tomatoes for me ;)
The next afternoon I flew to Chicago to meet my family for my brother's wedding reception. We got together that night for the wedding rehearsal out on the farm. 
On Saturday afternoon my older brother Andy and his wife Amy renewed their vows in front of 300+ friends and family and we celebrated in a huge barn. They had tasty barbecue, adorable honey favors, mason jar lemon cookies and cupcakes. Guests were treated to live music from a Nashville country band, and everything was just perfect. And yes, I even wore cowboy boots ;) 

The family got together the next morning for my grandpa's biscuits and gravy (my childhood favorite), and I traveled back to Charleston later that afternoon. It was so wonderful to see family and friends and indulge in some delicious food... now it's time to detox! 

How was your weekend?
xo, 
jillian

p.s. not to end on a downer but I was so shocked and sad to hear the tragic news of Robin Williams' death. I remember watching Mrs. Doubtfire, Jack, Hook, Jumanji, and Aladdin over and over with my brothers and he never failed to put a smile on our faces. As the wife of a psychiatrist, mental illness is often a topic of discussion in our home, and depression is no joke. If you are dealing with mental illness please seek help, you should not have to battle it alone. 

8.08.2014

wedding weekend.

Happy Friday! I'm heading back to Chicago for my older brother Andy's wedding reception (he got married last month in the Bahamas). I'm so excited to see my family and celebrate one of my favorite couples. Here are a few photos from their beach wedding: 
This weekend they are having a rustic-themed reception, complete with BBQ and a Nashville band, for their friends and family in Illinois. Follow along on instagram for wedding pics :)

Have a great weekend!
xo, 
jillian 

8.07.2014

shop crush: layered + long.

I love a great statement necklace as much as the next girl, but lately I have been drawn to lighter, delicate necklaces. I have a shop crush on just about everything from Layered + Long on Etsy. They were sweet enough to send me their hammered gold disk necklace and dewdrop necklace after featuring it in my summer picks post, and it's even prettier in person. Now I have my eye on a few other pieces -- all under $35! Bonus: they offer personalization and you can choose the necklace length and color (gold, rose gold or silver) on most items.
personalized skinny bar necklace $34 - personalized gold bar bracelet $37 - simple bar drop necklace $33 - large moon pendant necklace $28 - hammered gold disk necklace $29 - tiny gold triangle necklace $27 

What is your favorite piece?
xo,
jillian

8.06.2014

evolution fresh juice review.

Full Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Evolution Fresh. I received coupons for Evolution Fresh juices to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As always, all thoughts are my own, thank you for supporting brands that support Cornflake Dreams. 

I recently had the opportunity to try Evolution Fruit Juices’ line of summer inspired juice — hooray for healthy sweet treats! Evolution Fresh peels, presses, and squeezes raw fruits and vegetables. After chilling, blending and bottling their juices, they use High Pressure Processing (HPP) to help protect flavors and nutrients. Click here to watch a video on how this process works. Also good to know -- while the fruits and vegetables used to make the juices are raw, the juices themselves are not. I love when juices incorporate both fruits AND vegetables. Typically I do a pretty good job eating lots of veggies at dinner, but I need to work on incorporating them into my snacks and lunch. The veggie/fruit combo is an easy way of drinking your veggies. And since Evolution Fresh juices are cold-pressed to keep in the nutrients, the texture is a little thicker than typical juices, and the flavor is a little more intense. 
Evolution Fresh offers a variety of juice flavors like Organic Spicy Lemonade, Coconut Water and Greens, and Sweet Burn to help quench summer thirst. My Favorite flavor was Defense Up- a blend of orange, pineapple, mango, apple and cherry. It came in handy on a long walk back from the grocery store (FYI Charleston friends, you can buy Evolution Fresh Juices at Harris Teeter). I also loved Mango, it has a great combination of mango and coconut flavors. I was not a fan of the green juices: Coconut Water and Greens or Sweet Greens and Lemon... they might be more of an acquired taste. 
Another great flavor is the Organic Strawberry Lemonade, it's sweet and would be perfect to freeze and make summer cocktails — hello Margaritas + Daiquiris! For a non-alcoholic option, I froze the juice and mixed it with low-cal citrus soda to make a fruity fizzy drink... exactly what I needed to cool on a hot Charleston summer day. 

Final verdict: I recommend Evolution Fresh Juices to anyone who wants to get more fruits and veggies into their diet without sacrificing taste, or to use as the juice base in low-fat fruity drinks or popsicles. Find Evolution Fresh Online: Evolution Fresh website - facebook - twitter - instagram - pinterest


Have you tried Evolution Fresh Juices? 
What are you favorite flavors?
xo, 
jillian 

8.05.2014

weekend good things.

This weekend I explored the food scene in Charleston and went to three new-to-me restaurants.
Friday night H and I met friends at Virginia's on King. We ordered the tomato pie (best dish of the night), I had the bbq biscuit sliders (they were covered with mustard?!  This was a totally new "bbq" concept for me, I wasn't a fan.) H had the fried chicken and he did the happy food dance throughout his meal :) I'd like to return sometime for lunch to try their po'boys.
After dinner we went to Kaminsky's for dessert (why haven't I been here before!?) The cafe has a large dessert case up front full of cakes, pies, and desserts, you make your selection and then sit down and get your sugar on. Our table got the Tollhouse Pie (a huge warm cookie pie with pecans -- SO good), a piece Key Lime Pie (tangy and sweet), and a piece of Chocolate Marshmallow Cake (totally disappointing, there was hardly any marshmallows and the cake was dry). Despite that one miss, we'll be back. Did I mention they also serve boozy milkshakes?! #fattys.
On Saturday we went to the gym and I took a yoga class. While we were inside it rained so much the streets flooded (apparently that happens quite often in the lowcountry). We decided to stay home the rest of the day and watch a few episodes of OITNB (we're finally almost done with season two). I made Korean Beef for dinner and it was delicious. I used a recipe from Lizzy Writes and added chopped onions, and broccoli and cabbage slaw for some additional veggies. I typically don't love Asian food, but this dish is going to make it into our monthly meal rotation. 
Sunday was a lazy day, I met up with Ally and Caitlyn for brunch at Husk and did a little shopping on Kings street afterwards. The restaurant is in a charming Southern-style home, complete with a double-decker front porch. I ordered the cheeseburger with two bacon-infused patties, american cheese, onions, pickles and special sauce. It was exactly what I was craving :)

How was your weekend? 
Locals -- have any other Charleston restaurant recommendations?
xo, 
jillian 

8.04.2014

skillshare one-year membership giveaway!

Last week I shared my 11 in 11 to-do list. That list included taking more classes via Skillshare, a global learning community. The site offers online classes in a variety of fields, including: business, culinary, design, fashion, photography, technology, and writing. The classes feature unique instructors who are experts in their fields and they teach project-based classes, so you learn by doing

Here are a few examples of classes you can take: Logo Design Fundamentals; Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy; Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator; Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship: Pitching Your Business and Yourself; Context is Key: Social Media Strategy in a Noisy Online World; Perfect Southern Fried Chicken and Biscuits; Digital Photography: Become a Better Photographer - Tips & tricks plus camera features and settings; and Introduction to HTML: Building a Portfolio Website. Sounds fun right?

Skillshare offers unlimited classes for $10/month or you can pay $20/class. Lucky for you, Skillshare is offering up a free one-year membership for one reader.


Open to domestic and international readers, one winner will be announced on Monday, August 5. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good Luck! 
xo, 
Jillian

8.01.2014

five things.

It's August! How did that happen so fast?! I'm excited for a low-key weekend with lots of tasty food. Here are a few things on my mind today... 
Cambron, Amy, Shelby, and Ally - I wore my new favorite cut-out black dress (a $25 steal!)

ONE: I met up with some more Charleston bloggers last night at Bin 152 and indulged in a realllly tasty charcuterie and cheese board. 
TWO: Now that I am in charge of cooking dinners in our house, I have been relying on Pinterest for dinner inspiration. Cheddar baked chicken fingers, turkey bacon avocado summer pasta, and ratatouille for two with goat cheese, tomato sauce and veggies over couscous were all winners in our house. I am excited to try to make korean beef and one pot chicken risotto next! 
draped henley tunic / varsity-stripe tee / black herringbone vest / classic plaid button-up

THREE: I am loving Jcrew Factory's new arrivals -- the navy and burgundy tops are making me excited about FALL.

FOUR: My July Houzz ideabook is all about decorating your office space on a budget! I miss having an office -- so that'll be a priority in our next apartment rental or house.


FIVE: H's friend is visiting this weekend with his girlfriend. We're meeting up with him on tonight and I can't wait to try a new-to-me Charleston restaurant.

Have a great weekend!
xo,
Jillian