Sunday, June 21, 2015

In Susie's Shoes 5th Anniversary!






















My blog first started back in the days where Rumi Neely (fashiontoast) ruled the world and bloggers were few and far between. I was fifteen years old and I practically worshipped Rumi and thought what she was doing was the greatest thing since sliced bread (or, in her case, toast). I decided to create a blog of my own (outside of tumblr) and started posting all sorts of things- outfits posts, flat lays, outings and adventures with friends, makeup, Polyvore guides...you name it, I was attempting it.

All of a sudden, blogs started popping up everywhere. Companies would contact me left and right and I was thinking, "Holy crap. This is so. Cool."
I was constantly looking for new things to talk about and to wear, and it was great.

And then I started working every day until 10 pm. And I started college and I suddenly had to start working for my grades (who knew?). My blog posts were dwindling, but I couldn't bring myself to delete it. Just recently I realized what a huge outlet and blessing this blog had been for me and how many opportunities I have been given through it, so I started to get back into the habit of posting occasional outfits and recipes (while not letting it get too consuming).
And I thought to myself, I've been doing this a while. I wonder how long it's been?
Much to my surprise, Blogger tells me I started this old thing in June of 2010. Five years ago. 

 So I wanted to take this opportunity to post a few throwback outfits and to thank everyone who read my blog 5 years ago, everyone who just started reading it, and the all of the companies and organizations who have collaborated with me to make something great.
I am so very thankful for each and every page view, comment, and email I get from all of you!

Here's to another five years!

Friday, June 19, 2015

In Susie's Kitchen: Cheesy Enchilada Rice


I think it's time for me to be put on a Mexican food timeout. I think about chips and salsa all day and I have dreams about enchiladas. And margaritas. Always margaritas. So since I have been on such a Mexican food kick, I decided to start trying out my own (easy) Mexican dishes for dinner! This one was crazy easy and, not to toot my own horn, pretty darn good. I hate leftovers, and I ate all of these leftovers. All. Of. Them.
So like I said...dreams about enchiladas. Except I don't actually want to have to put forth the effort to make enchiladas right now so...an enchilada rice skillet that takes 25-30 min tops? My kind of enchiladas. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb chicken (I used frozen shredded chicken)
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup onion (I used frozen onion!)
  • 1 can of sweet corn, drained
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup mild enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup green enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 packet of taco seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • small bunch of chopped fresh cilantro
  • tortilla chips (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
Cooking instructions:

  • In a medium pot, boil 1.5 cups of water, then then add rice and simmer on low for about 20 minutes (could be different depending on instructions on package).
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet on med. high and add garlic, onion and chicken. Cook until chicken is browned (3-5 min).
  • Stir in corn, black beans, rice, enchilada sauces, cumin, and taco seasoning. Let sit on med. low for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until heated through.
  • Remove from heat and top with cheese, cilantro, crumbled tortilla chips (optional) and sour cream (optional).
Enjoy! 



Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Chic with Madison Reed




I was just talking to some wonderful ladies over at Madison Reed, an at-home hair dye company, and we were discussing how we transition our style and beauty regimen into summer! So today's post is about what I change up to survive this inferno of a state (Texas) for the year's hottest months.
If you live in Texas, you'll know what I mean when I say that the heat is almost unbearable. Jeans and cute airy, lightweight sweaters no longer exist. We throw them out this time of year because we can't even look at something that would make us even hotter than we already are. We fight for the closest parking spot everywhere we go because we don't want to walk more than a few feet in the heat before going inside. Unless we are in a pool, the hours of 12pm-6pm are off-limits as far as being outdoors and we try our hardest to stay inside an air-conditioned building.

Such a drastic change in the weather also calls for a few other changes!

  • I almost always live in a maxi skirt and crop top in the summer. It's an easy, lightweight combo that keeps me cool and doesn't show too much. 
  • I generally lighten my hair a little bit, and being as frugal as I am, I always use an at-home kit.  The next color I'm going for this summer is Roma Blonde! I've been wanting something a little bit lighter and not quite as brassy. 
  • If I'm not at work, I almost never wear makeup in the summer, and I leave my hair natural! I use summer months to give my hair and skin a little time off.
  • I stop drinking hot coffee almost entirely (except for maybe a cup in the morning at home) and switch over to a vanilla iced coffee! 
  • You can almost always find me in a sun-hat. Sometimes I'm just not feeling washing my hair and it's the perfect way to cover up my greasy hair and add an extra punch to what I'm wearing. 
  • I always keep a spare bathing suit in the car. Something I have learned over the years is that it's never fun to be over at a friend's house and they are dying to swim and you don't have anything to wear. So I keep one in the car now, and it's saved me from having to drive home on several occasions.
What do you you guys do differently during the summer months? 
Check out Madison Reed's summer checklist below for ideas!

  • Top- Thrifted for $1! (It's a little girl's tank that I turned into a crop top!)
  • Skirt- Thrifted for $2.50!
  • Shoes- Sam & Libby for Target
  • Sunglasses- RayBan
  • Necklace- Forever21




Thursday, June 4, 2015

And thus, the black & white saga continues...



One day soon I'll make a post where I'm wearing color. I promise.
But today is not that day and there's nothing I can do about it at this point. 

Today was all about cheap basics with statement accessories.

  1. Top- Forever21 ($8)
  2. Pleather shorts- Forever21 ($6- resale)
  3. Booties- Target ($12- resale)
  4. Necklace- Sam Moon ($5)
  5. Watch- Target ($20)
  6. Triple Crystal Cuff- Jazzy Jems (the boutique I work at)
  7. Rayban aviators in black & gold- ($30- resale)
  8. Loren Hope "Sarra Cuff"- From my new RocksBox set! I get designer jewelry every month and you can get a month free with my code insusiesshoexoxo
  9. The clutch was gifted and has no brand,  sorry!


Almost all the essentials of this outfit were basics and under $20, and I just added some fun accessories to make it pop! I wore it to work and after I got off I switched my bucket bag for this cute clutch and made it the perfect outfit for dinner with friends! 





Monday, May 25, 2015

In Susie's Kitchen: Oven-roasted Sausage & Potatoes


So here I am, knee-deep in a 15-month relationship loving to play the housewife role (minus the cleaning) and cook dinner, and I am scouring the "Food & Drink" section of Pinterest for at least 30min every day looking for fun, new things to try out. I'm dying over all of the extravagant pastas and salads, asking my boyfriend, "How does _____ sound?" "Omg _____ sounds amazing." "I'm totally making ______ tonight!"
His response? Every. Time?
"I just want something with meat and potatoes. Meat and potatoes, Susan."

So here I am, feeling defeated with a potato and sausage meal, only to find that 1) not only is this the easiest meal in the world, but 2) it is also incredibly delicious.
This is a must-try and I cannot tell you this enough. Plus, you most likely have half of the ingredients on hand!

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes (I used 3 medium red potatoes and 2 russet potatoes because that's what I had)
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage
  • 1/2 packet of zesty italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
Cooking instructions:
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • While the oven is preheating, chop potatoes into small cubes/slices/whatever (doesn't actually matter)
  • Slice sausage
  • Mix potatoes, sausage and onion into a bowl with all of the seasonings and olive oil, and toss 
  • Cover a cookie sheet with foil and toss everything onto it, distributing evenly
  • Cook for 45 min, stirring slightly every 15 min (to make sure the potatoes cook evenly)
And that's it! So easy, all you have to do is wait for it to cook! Smells amazing and serves 3-4.

PS- I always add more seasoning/onions/etc. to my own taste. I like flavorful foods, so I almost always add extra, and I encourage you to do the same! Try it out as it is, and if you want more- add more!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Leopard & Checkered




It's been a long time since I've had an outfit post, and I'll tell you this: I'm just as awkward at "posing" as ever.
"What should I do with my hands?" "Do my arms look awkward?" "How fat do my thighs look from this angle?" "Okay stop let me look at these really quickly to see what I should stop doing."
And then there's the terrible moment when you look at all the images on the camera and you thought you were smiling in all of them but you actually look like you're trying to snatch someone's soul. Yeah. Does this ever get easier? Stay tuned.

But regardless of how awkward I am, I have been super into black and white checkered prints lately. I got this Forever21 top at a thrift store recently, as well as a similar print on a pair of shorts from Forever21 (also thrifted) which I can't wait to wear. I'm a black-and-white-clothing-only girl through and through, so when I can find a print that I like, I wear it to pieces. It's like wearing a flannel in the summer. And I love it.


  • Top- Forever21 (thrifted)
  • Leather shorts- Thrifted (real leather, high-waisted...only $3. Such a happy thrift moment)
  • Necklace- Jazzy Jems 
  • Leopard Clutch- Jazzy Jems
  • Shoes- Trouve
  • Cuff Bracelet- Forever21
  • Moonsong Bracelet- Rocksbox (sign up with my code and get 1 month FREE- insusiesshoesxoxo)
  • Sunglasses- RayBan
  • Earrings- Sam Moon (these are clip-ons because my ears are not pierced!)


Bucket bag: Splurge v. Steal

Pictured above is my own "steal" bucket bag, from Old Navy! (Sadly no longer available)

Being the unorganized person that I am, bucket bags are my favorite go-to bag because I can throw everything I need in and head out (it all gets lost eventually, right?). The draw-string ties are also a bonus because they stay shut, but are easy to pull open- you know, when your phone's ringing and you're expecting a call and you simply do not have time unzip three zippers and punch in a 10-digit code to get into your bag. 
These don't weigh you down and they're easy to transition from fall into a summer beach bag, so you can keep it on your shoulder year-round.
Everywhere I look, someone has a cute Tory Burch or Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, and as much as I'd like to splurge on one, I think I should pay my rent this month.
And that brings me to my "steal" bucket bags. If you're in the same boat as me, here are a few options for you that are all under $40!

Edit: After this post was originally created, the two Liz Claiborne bags went off sale from $39 back to their orig. price of $65.