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TGIF: A Skip & A Jump to LMW

Hello readers!! Today is an exciting day for me. Drum roll please. I am being honored with my first guest post on a good friend of mine’s blog: Little Miss Wade!! When Morgan asked me to write a post for her blog, I was beyond flattered. I know this doesn’t seem like a big accomplishment but let me assure you, it is. Please do me a huge favor and head over to Little Miss Wade to check out my feature!! I’m sharing a few trends and styles I have been keeping my eye on lately!

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Have a fantastic weekend!!

xx, MEB

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Take Me With You

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After getting back from my NYC getaway I realized that I am in dire need of a travel bag. Not so much a weekend bag as it would be a “put-all-my-random-crap-in” bag. I have never been one of those girls that travel lightly — thank you, mom — and I need a bag that I can carry on the plane or fit easily in the car without a hassle. Now I know this would not be hard to find. However, I have one requirement for this bag. It must.be.organized. I cannot have any more bags that become bottomless pits. Yes, they are great but I already have one that I bring to work. When I travel I need to know where everything is at all times; phone, passport/boarding pass, iPad, magazine, snacks etc. Everything needs a home, if you ask me. Otherwise, it will get lost and go into the black abyss never to be seen again (until I empty my bag once i return home). Pointless, right? Therefore, I need a bag with pockets, zippers, you name it- i need it.

One of my dear friends was recently telling me about how she scored a LO & SONS bag for Christmas. I immediately started giving her the third degree about her bag. How many pockets? Can I fit blah, blah, and blah inside? Is it heavy? What colors does it come in? If i put blah in, can I still fit blah? Is it waterproof? You get the idea. I was extremely intrigued. She continued to rant and rave about how great her bag was and all of it’s amazing compartments. I think at one point she even said “this is the best bag ever created” which I thought was pretty solidifying. Not to mention, the bag looks amazing and oh so classy. They’re price tag is a little hefty ($295) but my LO & SONS gal swears by it and promises it’s worth the price. Does anyone else have one of these bags and can attest to my friend’s review? I would love love loveeee to hear more about the bag… or any other bags for that matter!!! I seriously need help picking one out… and soon! Never know when my next impromptu weekend trip might be!

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Have a wonderful, organized, and stress-free Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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Weekend Recap: NYC

This past weekend was beyond amazing. New York is such a great place to visit. Keyword: visit. Although it is wonderful, I don’t think I could ever live there. But that is just my personal opinion — clearly there are many people who would agree with me! The fashion was spectacular — hello, Madison Ave — and the food was even better. This was the boyfriend’s first trip to NYC and I think it safe to say he is a fan, as well. Below are a few (read: A TON) pictures to help review this weekend! We started off Saturday at Freedom Tower and some exploring in the city. Saturday night was a hit with seeing The Book of Mormon (hilarious!). Sunday we visited the MET and took a stroll through Central Park followed by a long walk through the city. Monday was short day in the city but we made a quick stop by The Empire State Building to get some beautiful views of the city. Perfect weekend trip if you ask me! I apologize, pictures uploaded in reverse order so just pretend it was on purpose…

 

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Beautiful city — how great is this picture. I love all the brownstones in NYC!

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Taking a quick break in Central Park

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Outside the MET — fantastic museum

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Frattiest kid that ever lived. I want him to be mine (one day)!

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Scored this coat at a sale in SoHo (C.Wonder — available in stores only)

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Have a great four-day-week!!!

xx, MEB


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Empire State of Mind

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This weekend I am off to the Big Apple!!! Cue “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z. Every time I am in NYC I have this utter sense of Carrie Bradshaw being injected into me as soon as the plane touches down. New York City is one of those places you can travel to for years and still never see everything. It is a little magical if you ask me. As far as fashion is concerned, anything is possible and everything is acceptable. I haven’t been to the city in a few years so I am super excited to get back. The boyfriend is accompanying me and I could not be more excited (he’s never been!!) to share this experience with him!! I’ll be sure to capture tons of pictures and share them with you when I return! Until next time…

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!! Happy Friday!

xx, MEB


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The Good Stuff

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Last night I had an impromptu night of cooking with my roommate & friend. We made, you guessed it, stuffed bell peppers. I have always been a fan of stuffed peppers. Something (err— everything) about them is just fantastic. I think it has something to do with the mix & match of meat, vegetables, and rice — all of these make a balanced meal in my mind. Not to mention, I love baking things. Is this weird? I would MUCH rather bake something than an other form of cooking. Its so simple and easy! Okay,  I understand that may have just qualified me as a lazy cook but whatever, the food turns out great and allows my kitchen to remain mess-free. Perfectly good justifications if you ask me. I have used the recipe from Let’s Dish before and once again, it was a complete success. Bon Appetit!

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Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
2 cups cooked rice
4-6 red (or green) bell peppers
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds and ribs.  Coat the pepper halves inside and out with about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.  Place into a lightly greased baking dish.  In a large saute pan over medium high heat, saute the onion and garlic in remaining olive oil until soft.  Reduce heat to medium and add ground beef; cook until beef is no longer pink .  Stir in taco seasoning.  Add diced tomato and green chilies, corn, beans and sour cream.  Stir and cook until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in cooked rice and cilantro.

Generously fill peppers with meat and rice mixture.  Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until peppers are just tender.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Return to oven, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes more, until cheese is melted and peppers are tender.  Garnish with additional cheese, cilantro, avocado or sour cream, if desired.

* My friend brought over a side salad which included goat cheese (my favorite!!), shaved almonds, apples and a few other goodies. It was delicious!

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PS. Can you tell the difference in quality of photos? I used my dad’s camera that I talked about yesterday and I think the pictures are so much better. But I am a nerd and notice these things. Maybe I finally found a hobby? We’ll see!! Bare with me as I am still learning how to use it :) Enjoy your Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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New Year, New Rule.

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If you ask me New Years resolutions are designed for you to fail. I mean realistically, how many of you have actually kept a resolution going for longer than 3 months? Not me — that is for sure. I am just not one of those people that can stay committed to something for that long. I am a phase kind of gal. I go through phases like you wouldn’t believe. My mother can attest to this. Therefore, this year after twenty-two something years of making “resolutions” I have decided that a change (read: rule) is necessary. [Rule #1: This year I will make goals rather than resolutions.] Goals seem much more attainable. After all, I want something that can be accomplished and I will be proud to cross off my list come 2014.

I know I am little behind on posting my “resolutions” but whatever, sue me. Here are a few that I’ve been working on and wanted to share with you:

– find a hobby — I don’t know why this is so hard but it’s been on my mind for awhile. I want to find something I can become passionate about. I am currently borrowing my father’s DSLR camera to see if I want to dive back into photography.
– eat organic — whether I like to admit it or not, I am a health freak. Not so much that my life is consumed by it but being healthy and living well has always sparked an interest. I know eating organic is much better for my body so I figure, why not?
– buy classics, don’t just settle for spontaneous sale items — this is a no-brainer. Saving money and being practical about purchases could never hurt.
– teach the dog a new trick — he is turning 3 in April and I think it’s time he learn something new.
– make an educated decision about the blog— i can officially check off my first goal!! With yesterday marking the day I made a decision to get back into blogging.
– make 5 new friends — i know this may sound odd but I am finally getting settled and Dallas is starting to finally feel like home. However, I love meeting new people and think that it would be great to gain some new friends in Dallas. I’m looking forward to seeing this goal develop!
– volunteer — give back!
– cook a meal at least once a week— so far, so good. On Sunday the boyfriend and I made chili and tonight’s menu includes stuffed bell peppers!
– witness something truly amazing— i am hoping this happens before Summer 2013 but if it doesn’t, I know that come July (my big brother is getting married!) I will have witnessed something wonderful.

These are just a few of the goals I have been working on so far. I have a full page in the back of my new calendar dedicated to these bad boys and I cannot wait to start checking them off! Wish me luck! Does anyone have similar goals? Or different ones that they want to share?!

Have a wonderful day!!

xx, MEB


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The Beginning…Again

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I’ve been “ignoring” my blog— it’s not really ignoring when I think about it daily— for about 1.5-2 weeks now. I wish i could say I had an excuse (does getting the flu count?) but regardless, I’ve been denying my blog the attention it deserves. Lately, I just haven’t been motivated to write but with 2013 now in full effect, I realized that it is time I make an educated decision about Tasteful {ness}. I am going to try and make a commitment of blogging 3-4 times a week. I want to be able to post every day but I just don’t think I have the time or the material right now. So here is to a brand new start in 2013. Full of good food, lots of fun, and a bunch of tasteful things in the future!! Thanks for sticking around :)

 

xx, MEB