Mon Style: Petals + Polka Dots

Colorful petals and playful polka dots are the perfect pair to welcome Spring, it’s peeking around the corner.

Mixing prints can be tricky. Here are a few tips to help you create a playful and polished look…

  • Choose your colors. Similar colors and palettes compliment your patterns and pull the look together.

The black & white in my dress is repeated in my shoes. They compliment each other.

  • Pick your patterns. If the first pattern is complex, go simple with the second. Try to stick two patterns, it’s easy to go overboard when you’re having fun mixing prints.

With the colorful floral pattern and cross back, the dress is the star here. I went with a effortless, playful and comfy shoe that accents the dress.

  • Play with size. Use large and small patterns to avoid prints clashing and/or hypnotizing yourself while looking in the mirror.

The flowers/petals in my dress are larger than the print on the shoes. The patterns are not in competition with each other.

Have fun creating your look. Below are my deets.

The Deets

Flower Print Cross Back Dress – Boutique

Polka Dot Tennis Shoes – Forever 21

Leather Wrap Bracelet w/ Message – Dillon Rogers

Hugs, 

Roshell

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Cooking On A Budget: Lazy Chicken w/ Rachel Ray

One year while perusing in Target, I decided to grab cookbooks. I’m pretty sure cookbooks were not the purpose for the visit, but you know how that goes. Twenty-fifteen looks like the year that I will actually use said cookbooks. On Sunday, I flipped open Classic Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals: The All-Occasion Cookbook and tried ‘My Sister Ria’s Lazy Chicken, or My Lazy Sister Ria’s Chicken’ recipe. Yum-O! I’m pretty sure the 30-minutes does not include prep time, start to finish took about an hour. Check out my photos and get the recipe below. To purchase the cookbook from Target, click the link above.

Ingredients
Balsamic vinegar
1 & 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets – thinly sliced or pounded breast meat (I used 2 chicken breasts, I sliced into pieces.)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
2 medium white potatoes, thinly sliced (I did not skin the potatoes)
1 medium white onion, halved and thinly sliced (I used a brown onion)
Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick, to taste
1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth (I used white wine from Trader Joe’s)
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes ( I did not use the full 28oz)
10 leaves fresh basil, torn or coarsely chopped
2 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves stripped from the stem chopped

1/2 to 2/3 cup shredded Italian cheese of your choice (I used a packaged mixture of 6 Italian cheeses)

Ria’s (Rachael’s sister) Recipe (with a few changes)

Lightly coat chicken with balsamic vinegar. Heat 1 tbsp evoo (once around the pan) in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken for two minutes on each side  (Next time I will add time and cook it about 90 percent through)
Remove chicken and set aside (Next time I will add seasoning to chicken for more flavor).

Add 1tbsp evoo to pan and add a layer of potatoes and onions. Sprinkle potatoes and onion with Montreal seasoning. Continue cooking and turning occasionally until potatoes begin to brown. Add wine to the pan. Layer zucchini on top of potatoes and onion. Add more Montreal seasoning. Top with layer of chicken breasts. Pour crushed tomatoes on top (I used about 3/4 can), then sprinkle chopped basil and oregano. Cover pan and cook until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes (I cooked for 25 minutes).

Sprinkle shredded cheeses on top. Place pan under broiler for a few minutes until cheese melts and begins to brown. Serve directly from the hot pan at the table, with a green salad on the side (I added a baby arugula blend as the side. I used a balsamic and basil vinegrette dressing).

I look forward to trying this recipe again. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading.

Hugs,

Roshell

San Francisco for the BIG three-oh

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On Sunday, I turned 30. Happy Birthday to me! In celebration of the three-oh milestone I traveled. Saturday through Monday I explored San Francisco with one of my best friends.

The city is filled with delicious food. Like a glutton, I stuffed my belly with layer upon layer of food. We stayed in Nob Hill, so we basically hiked through San Francisco, this warranted overeating .

Via LinkedIn, I connected with a sales manager at the Fairmont San Francisco. She emails me rate promotions periodically. I reached out and asked for a promo rate for my travels dates. Boom! Ask and thou shalt receive.

The sales manager and her assistant were super sweet. A welcome package (card, fruit bowl, and Evian) greeted me in the room.

As for my flight, I paid $141 round-trip. Virgin America offers flight sales frequently. In October, I booked my flight for January with a promo.

See San Francisco in pictures. Click images to enlarge.

Thanks for reading.

Hugs,

Roshell

Fill your closet with Luxury Brands, it’s practically FREE!

IMG_6677Blue Tank Top by Urban Outfitters & Black Cross Back Tank Top by Zara

Inhaling the scent, then gliding my legs and arms through the openings of new clothes or beautiful shoes became a ritual. Pumped by the register ringing as each price tag floated near the scanner that read its barcode…  yes, it was an addiction. Careless shopping became a habit that my bank account should not have funded.

I grew and learned that I would always be poor if I failed to budget. Becoming fiscally responsible has not erased my love for clothes and shoes. However, it has inspired me to explore alternative options, like FREE clothes.

In December, a friend (@socalsaver85) introduced me to Twice, an online concierge-style marketplace for quality secondhand clothing. Pricing is great, shipping is fast and easy.

Twice offers a wide selection of brands including Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Phillip Lim,  Marc Jacobs, Gap, Dolce & Gabana, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lululemon, Michael Kors, and Yves Saint Laurent. 

Receive your first item totally free without entering  your credit card info, I kid you not. I was skeptical, but I figured I had nothing to lose. I have now received six tops from Twice.

  • Follow this link (https://www.liketwice.com/RIbMG) to setup up your account online, you earn a $10 credit. If choose not to sign up through the referral link above, you will not receive the $10 credit.
  • Download the Twice app, you earn an additional $10 credit for each (iPhone and iPad) device download.
  • Use the promo code BUNDLEUP15 to save 15 percent off your first purchase

Your item will be shipped to you totally free if it’s priced below $26 and  you have racked up $30 in credit. Choose an item below $16 if you receive $20 in credit.

I received all items pictured for free using Twice credit, but paid partial shipping for a few items.

IMG_7483Navy Blue Blouse by ASOS & Multicolored Tank Top by Calvin KleinIMG_7489Purple Solid Tank Top by Kensie & Black Tank Top by Talbots

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