New Boots!

I love buying a new pair of boots each fall. Here is the pair I snatched up last week via Endless dot com...
They are the Madden Girl "Cazino" Tan Slouch Boot and are on sale! (By the way, if you've never shopped Endless - DO IT. They have free overnight shipping + free return shipping... ie. you get your purchase the next day and can send 'em right back without paying a dime!)

To prove to hungry hubby that I did need another pair of boots because I will wear them so often To show how versatile these puppies are, I put together several outfits for fall thanks to my newfound webfriend: Polyvore.

Purple Reign

Military Leopard

Cozy & Casual

Black & Brown

In case you're wondering, I have a slight obsession with OPI nail polish. I think it's the perfect accessory for every outfit. ;)

Have you snagged yourself a new pair of boots this fall? Do you love flat boots as much as I do or do your boots need to have a heel?

HH vs HH: Roasted Veggies & Spaghetti Squash

HH often calls me a rabbit. Get your mind out of the gutter... he calls me a rabbit because I'm constantly eating vegetables! Truth be told, vegetables are my favorite foods! I love just about every single vegetable and will eat them raw, steamed, grilled, whatever. Something new I have started doing is roasting them! Yes, I know it's INCREDIBLY easy to roast veggies, but I simply did not know how to do it until recently.

I love vegetables, but Hungry Hubby does. not. It's always a challenge for me to prepare them in a way he will like and eat. Last Saturday night, I cut a ton up and got to roasting. Some he liked, some he didn't, and some he refused to even try (ie: the brussel sprouts).

After washin' and choppin', I spread the veggies on 2 pans, sprayed with Olive Oil Pam, and sprinkled with salt and pepper. I cranked the oven up to 430 degrees, roasted the potatoes, butternut squash, and carrots for about 40 minutes, and did the cauli and sprouts for 20.

I also made spaghetti squash for the first time this night. (Shout-out to my friend Prairie for telling me how!) Since I'm all about the short-cuts... I pierced holes into the squash and microwaved it! Then I cut it in half, shredded it up, and added salt, pepper, and a melted wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. It tasted similar to fettucini! No seriously, I swear it did! Even hungry hubby enjoyed the spaghetti squash. :)

Of course, Hungry Hubby does not live on veggies alone, he needs some meat. So I marinated some lean steak and broiled it for about 3 minutes on each side. Voila!

Hungry Hubby's Plate:

Healthy Honey's Plate:

I will definitely be roasting veggies all winter long. And the spaghetti squash was fabulous and fabulously easy!

What veggies do you like to roast? What toppings do you put on spaghetti squash?

Seattle Shopping: I LUV H&M!

My hubby and I traveled to Seattle at the beginning of October for our dear friends' wedding (congrats Marielle & Damon)! Any time I visit a new city, I HAVE to go shopping, right!?!? I set out walking downtown on Friday morning, while Hungry Hubby took a nap after our early flight. The highlight of my shopping venture...

AHHH! H&M!!! I was so stoked! They were celebrating their 10 year anniversary of being in the states, so it was a 10 Days of 10 promotion. Translation= everything was either $10 off or just $10.

Here's what I grabbed...
This top with lace shoulders was $10 off of $14.95... it was only $4.95!!!! So I did what any normal girl would do, I bought it in black as well. :)

This tunic was $9.95 with a super flattering look when on. Perfect to throw over brown skinny pants for work.

This sleeveless tunic has gorgeous fabric embellishments! It works great alone for a more messy, comfy look, or with a belt to look more polished. It was also $9.95.

I couldn't resist this leopard clutch with an optional chain strap for $9.95.

While this wasn't from H&M (I snagged it from Nordstrom BP) I had to share this brown cross-body bag. It is super versatile.... you can shorten the strap to wear it as a shoulder bag or remove the strap entirely and use it as a clutch!

Our trip to Seattle was such a blast, and the shopping was just a plus! Oh, and I have to mention, the wedding reception was IN the Space Needle! GORGEOUS!

Homemade Spring Rolls

I love most all Asian food, particularly sushi and the like. Including... veggie spring rolls! I was inspired by Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) and Kristin (Iowa Girl Eats) who both have made their own spring rolls (as seen here and here). While they are both much more accomplished in the kitch than I am, they made it look so easy, so I decided to give it a go myself! And guess what!?!? It actually WAS easy. Even for a pathetic rookie chef like myself!

Here are the ingredients I wrangled up for my first spring roll attempt:
  • Banh Trang Spring Roll Wrappers
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Romaine Leaves (not pictured)
  • Sriracha Sauce (a teeny-tiny-drop is all you need! this stuff is HOT)
  • Peanut Dipping Sauce

Everything is pretty self-explanatory. I found the spring roll wrappers on the shelves attached to my grocery store's "Sushi Station." They are much thicker and stiffer than I imagined! While I am supposed to lay out a plate with water to dip the wrappers in, I cheat take-the-easy-way-out and just run the faucet over them! Hey, it works! ;) They get soft when wet, but still durable.

Lay out a wet wrapper, place all your chosen ingredients in the center, and roll it up burrito-style! That's all it takes. :) I was not inspired enough to make homemade dipping sauce, so I found the peanut sauce (in the Asian aisle at the grocery) with the least calories and sugar and used that - delish!

Notice the glass of vino... :))) I have made them again using different veggies and some shredded chicken as well. Mine weren't near as beautiful as Averie's or Kristin's (<--- hers look restaurant or magazine-worthy, seriously), but they were just as yummy!

Have you ever made spring rolls? What do you like inside!?

Thinspiration: Victoria Beckham

I got my latest issue of Marie Claire magazine in the mail yesterday, and I squealed when I saw Victoria Beckham on the cover! (Although I don't think the cover pic does her justice AT ALL.) I have loved Victoria since she was Posh Spice, yes - I admit it, I used to jam out to the Spice Girls.

Here is the cover shot:

I liked the shot better on the Australian Marie Claire from April:

I know lots of people criticize her boob job and her low weight, but I honestly do not think she is in the "ohmygoshthatchickissoskinnysheisgoingtobreakintwo" category. I think she has a very small frame naturally and is healthy and toned. I would love to have her figure! And how can I not love someone who ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS looks chic! Not to mention the fact that she is permanently in high heels. I wish. Maybe in my next life... when I'm not chasing 5 year olds all day...

Here are some of my fave Victoria shots:

I think I like her hair best when it is dark and short. Although she has looked gorgeous with the longer, wavy do.

Oh, and Posh's hubby, David? YES, PLEASE!