Foodie Friday: Breakfast Obsessions

TGIF!

There’s nothing quite like the weekend, especially lazy Sunday mornings. I love to lounge around, brew a big pot of coffee, and browse Pinterest while deciding on a breakfast plan of action. Sunday is the day I go all out, with pancakes, waffles, or french toast, often including liberal amounts chocolate chips and whipped cream. I try to keep up the breakfast spirit during the week, but whipped cream and chocolate chips can’t always be part of my morning. Lately, I’ve been loving these three healthy breakfast choices.

1. Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Quinoa

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This breakfast is a great alternative to oatmeal. Just like my favorite breakfast grain, quinoa is perfect for a sweet, warm bowl of goodness, but it amps up the nutrition with extra protein. The addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice makes this the perfect autumn breakfast.

2. Pumpkin Spice Granola

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I baked a batch of this delicious Pumpkin Spice Granola over the weekend, replacing the maple syrup with dates, for a naturally sweetened breakfast I’ve been enjoying all week. The nuts, seeds, and coconut oil give this granola a healthy dose of good fats. It’s delicious on top of Greek yogurt or with almond milk.

3. Quinoa Berry Breakfast Bowl

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This has been my favorite quick and easy breakfast lately. It’s a great way to use up leftover quinoa once you get sick of salads or homemade quinoa veggie patties. Since it’s served cold, it’s been great for the extended summer we’re experiencing here in Dallas. The sweet berries, creamy yogurt, quinoa, and almond butter combine for a super satisfying weekday breakfast.

What have you been enjoying for breakfast lately?

xoxo

Claire

Fall Beauty Updates at Any Budget

Image Source: Marie Claire France, September 2012

Image Source: Marie Claire France, September 2012

Today I’m sharing two of my favorite ways to update my beauty routine for fall. Whether you want to save or spend, here are two tricks for transitioning into autumn.

1. Plum-colored Lips

As the temperatures drop, I love to swap my shimmery pink gloss for a richer shade of lipstick. This Guerlain lipstick ($51) in Gala is the perfect shade for cooler weather, and L’Oréal’s Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick ($9.99) in Everlasting Plum is an excellent option as well.

2. Fall-Inspired Fragrance

Changing my scent can change my mood, and spritzing on a spicy autumn fragrance gets me excited for riding boots and sitting in front of the fire with hot chocolate. Orchard ($14) from Bath and Body Works has hints of honey crisp apples and warm buttered rum. This Jo Malone London nutmeg and ginger cologne ($120) scented with sandalwood and cedar will evoke memories of eating pumpkin pie and baking gingerbread.

How are you planning to switch things up for fall?

xoxo

Claire

Looks I’m Loving: Fall Edition

Hello!

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately, I have been making an exciting transition from public school to online school. This has definitely been a big adjustment for me, but now that I have gotten into more of a routine with school, I’m hoping I’ll get back to more of a routine for blogging as well.

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall looks with you. Even though it’s still 90 degrees here in Texas, I’m totally ready for my favorite season, fall. I’m already eating pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast, reorganizing my sweater collection, and browsing Pinterest for autumn inspiration. Here are some styles I can’t wait to sport as the temperatures drop.

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I’m so in love with blazers for this season. I already picked up a classic black blazer at the Nordstrom anniversary sale, and I have my eyes on a few fun patterns as well.

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Caitlin always has the cutest looks, and this one is no exception! This look is the epitome of schoolgirl chic and I can’t wait to incorporate some preppy details into my fall outfits.

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How stylish is Olivia Palermo? This look incorporates some of my favorite elements: chunky knits, blazers, prints, tights, booties, and a pop of color!

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This look is great inspiration for Texas’ cool fall mornings and warmer afternoons. When it gets warm, just tie your sweater around your shoulders for instant elegance. And nothing says sophistication like a quilted bag!

I hope your week is off to a great start!

xoxo
Claire

The Best of Kate Spade New Arrivals

Kate Spade continues the year of traveling colorfully with a new collection inspired by Shanghai. The collection, inspired by the art deco era, is feminine and sophisticated. I love the bows and polka dots featured throughout the collection and the black and pale pink color palette. I have a feeling Kate Spade’s latest would get Blair Waldorf’s stamp of approval!

Kate Spade New Arrivals

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Bishop Arts District

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Happy Monday y’all!

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I hope everyone is having a fabulous Labor Day weekend. Yesterday, I spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon strolling around the Bishop Arts District.

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I paired my favorite navy skirt from J.Crew with a kelly green top. This color combination has always been one of my favorites. I just love the way the bright green pops against the navy and makes it a little more lively for daytime wear.

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I accessorized with my statement pearl necklace, a great find from Target, a chevron watch from Anthropologie, and my Kate Spade cross body.

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This look was sophisticated, yet casual enough for pizza dinner at Zoli’s, one of my favorite Dallas dining spots.

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xoxo,

Claire

Peach Chia Jam

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The end of summer is that fabulous time of year when every store and farmers market is stocked with an abundance of in-season produce. Summer fruit is the juiciest and most delicious, and with fall approaching, needs to be taken advantage of. But what happens when you find yourself with a few too many farmers market peaches? I love to freeze extra fresh fruit for smoothies or bake it into muffins or pastries, but one of my favorite ways to preserve this bounty is by making a simple chia jam.

This recipe can be easily adjusted to use any fruit, fresh or frozen, and can be halved or doubled depending on how much produce you have on hand. It is excellent hot and cold, and is great on a sandwich, swirled into oatmeal, or on top of pancakes and french toast.

By using orange juice without any added sugar, this recipe is naturally sugar-free. Chia seeds boost the nutrition content even further with a dose of plant-based protein and healthy fat. Unlike a store-bought spread, this jam is one you can feel good about eating!

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Peach Chia Jam

Adapted from Minimalist Baker

Yields 12 Servings

4 cups peaches, chopped (5-6 medium peaches)
¼ cup unsweetened orange juice
¼ cup chia seeds

In medium saucepan, combine the chopped peaches and orange juice over medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes until warm, then use the back of a spoon to mash the peaches to the desired consistency.

Continue cooking for 8-10 minutes until the mixture has thickened and reduced.

Remove from heat and stir in chia seeds. Refrigerate and cool for at least two hours before serving to allow for thickening. Store in the fridge for up to a week.