Fresh Picks to Follow – Pastel Pretty

In my opinion, macaroon inspired pastels always signifies the start of spring and I’m really looking forward to this season.  Pastels are a fashion staple that you can find just about anywhere to complete or revamp your spring wardrobe.  Various shades of mint, light pink, lilac, baby blue and lemon are feminine, flattering for all body types.  For this week’s Fresh Picks to Follow, here are my top 10 ways to make your mark with this season’s key trend.  Are you looking forward to wearing pastels?

Today, I’m linking up with AV’s Friday's Fancies over on Long Distance Loving.  If you like what you see here, check AV’s blog for more pretty pastel ideas.  

1. HUGO - Light Pastel Pink Karline Dress…$375.00
2. Ann Taylor - Smocked Keyhole Peasant Top…$58.00
3. Anthropologie - Eyelet Crops…$118.00
4. Anthropologie - Masque Geo Sandals…$128.00
5. J.Crew - Pastel and Neon Statement Necklace…$165.00
6. Dorothy Perkins - Pastel Cocktail Ring…$17.00
7. Tory Burch - Robinson Spectator Double Zip Tote…$595.00
8. ALDO - Proa…$40.00
9. Threads 4 Thought - Pastel Colorblock Tee…$58.00
10. Catherine Malandrino - Sunrise Stroke Print Dress...$265.00

Fresh Picks to Follow – Feeling Lucky?

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I’ve collected some inspiring Irish-themed clothing and accessories to show your spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched.  For this week’s Fresh Picks to Follow, here are my top 10 ways to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.  Do you have any favorite shamrock pieces?  Let me know in the comments.

Today, I’m linking up with AV’s Friday's Fancies over on Long Distance Loving.  If you like what you see here, check AV’s blog for more lucky inspired ideas.  

1. Charlotte Russe - St. Patrick's Day Graphic Tank…$17.99
2. Nike - St. Pats Deep V (Mlb Yankees)…$32.00
3. Alice + Olivia - Steffie Wedge Sandal Green Snake…$325.00
4 Coach - Signature C Shamrock Key Ring…$48.00
5. AG Jeans - Stilt Jean…$168.00
6. Tuleste Market - Shamrock Stud Earrings…$50.00
7. Black Halo - 'Jackie' Belted Gabardine Sheath Dress…$345.00
8. M Missoni – Cotton-Blend Jacquard Dress…$995.00
9. Juicy Couture - Leni Charm Convertible Leather Crossbody…$159.99
10. Amrita Singh - Heidi Stretch Bracelet…$100.00

Moody Girl Eats: Greek Quinoa Salad with Shrimp

As part of my New Year’s resolution, I mentioned that I wanted to stick to healthier diet of more fruits/vegetables and clean up my bad eating habits.  I think that I’ve been pretty successful with this so far.  I’ve been eating a ton more vegetables and trying new foods and recipes that include quinoa, chia seeds and lentils.  I’ve also given up eating greasy fast food and opting for a healthier option like subs from Subway or soup and salad at Panera Bread.  This is especially challenging because I travel so frequently, but I force myself to buy anything other than McDonalds or my old favorite Chick-fil-A.  Lately, since I’ve stopped eating at these places I really haven’t had any cravings for them, which is great.  I also gave up eating dessert/sweets for Lent.  This has been extremely difficult because I love ice cream, cake, cookies – you name it, I eat it.  Anyway, I digress.

I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite recipes that I found sometime in January from another blogger.  This recipe has been my go to meal for the past month and a half.  I recently made some for my sister a few weeks ago and today I brought some in for a potluck at work.  Everyone enjoyed it and they all wanted the recipe.  My sister now makes this meal probably just as much as I do.  So, I figure that I would share this with you all today.  It’s really fresh and healthy with a few simple ingredients.  It’s also really quick to put together.  Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think.

Greek Quinoa Salad with Shrimp
[Adapted from With Style & Grace]

                  1 ½ cup of dry quinoa
                  2 cups of water [or chicken broth]
                  1 cup of cucumbers, quartered
                  ½ cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
                  ¼ cup of Kalamata olives, sliced
                  ¼ cup of red onions, chopped
                  2 green onions (scallions), chopped
                  1 lemon, juiced
                  3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
                  2 tablespoons white wine vinegar [or red wine vinegar]
                  2 garlic cloves, minced
                  Salt and Pepper to taste
½ pound of cooked shrimp (chopped in half)
                  ½ cup feta cheese (optional)


In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water [or chicken broth] and quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, 16-18 minutes, until all the water is absorbed, Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool approximately ten minutes while prepping the rest of the ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine cucumber, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onions, and green onions.  Add the cooked shrimp that has been chopped in half.

Dressing: whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.

Drizzle a little bit of the dressing over quinoa/vegetable mixture and stir in a little at a time while folding the mixture.  Season with salt and pepper, top with cheese, serve and enjoy!

Current Mood – Top 3

I really love all of the looks of spring in the new Anthropologie catalog.  I also love all of the great shots of Thailand.  I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand and now I’m even more determined to get there.  It has definitely moved it’s way towards the top of my list of future getaways.  Have any of you been there or do you have plans to go?  What was your favorite part of the trip?  Anyways, I waned to share my top 3 items that I would love to add to my closet. Do any of you have any favorites that you can’t live without this month?  What’s on your wish list?

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