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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In Susie's Kitchen: Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup


I'll admit, I've been cooking up a storm the past few weeks and have been seriously slacking on posting recipes of the deliciousness that has ensued. I want to use the whole "I'm studying for finals! It's the end of the semester- give me a break!" excuse, but we all know I'm not the type to lock myself in my room or a library and study for hours. 
So here I am, with a long overdue recipe that I loved, and the best part? It cost me under $20 for all of the ingredients (I used store-brand for everything except the Rotel) and only took 30 minutes to make!

Ingredients:

  • 2 small corn tortillas cut into strips (I used a pizza slicer! So fast & easy)
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb of chicken breasts, diced or shredded (I used pre-cooked & diced)
  • 1/3 cup white or yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup enchilada sauce 
  • 8 oz. original cream cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 can corn (drained)
  • 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes (with green chiles- optional)
  • 1/2 cup fiesta blend cheese
  • *optional* Cilantro for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Over medium heat, add 1tsp  vegetable oil in a large pot. Add your tortilla strips and fry until they are crispy and slightly browned. Remove them and set them aside.
  2. Add the last 3 tsp of vegetable oil to the pot and turn heat to medium high. Toss in your chicken and onions and brown them. (Cook your chicken for about 7-9 min if you did not use pre-cooked, and add your onions after about 5 min).
  3. Mix together your cream cheese, cumin, and enchilada sauce in a separate bowl. 
  4. Pour in the chicken broth over the chicken and then add your cream cheese mixture. Stir in well, and then add the beans, corn, and Rotel. Let it simmer on medium-low for 5 minutes, and then cover for 10 minutes (stirring occasionally).
  5. Serve immediately with cheese, tortilla strips, and cilantro.

Enjoy!
Let me know if you try it & how you like it!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GPPO Blogger Event

Photo via http://cocktailsandconverse.com
Photo via http://katyroark.wix.com/kadydyd




Blogging is a cool thing. When I first started my blog back in 2011, I just wanted an outlet to practice what I wanted to do for a career: write about fashion. I had no idea that it would lead me to such cool opportunities and exciting adventures. 
Among some of those cool things is having the opportunity to get to meet up with other bloggers who share the same interests as you. Last week I got to do this at the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets with a couple of other really sweet bloggers and some amazing hosts.
We started off the evening mingling over champagne and dainty little snacks at Saks off Fifth Avenue, which was followed by a presentation of an array of trends for spring and then we were sent off to shop. Champagne and shopping? Sign me up, count me in, and don't ever let me leave.
Next we headed to bare minerals and they made me pretty. I will, without a doubt, be back for all the products my bank account will let me walk away with. If you are like me (pale with dry skin and ugly blemishes-so basically hopeless) they can help you. I was truly amazed.
After that we all made our rounds through Kate Spade, J. Crew, and Bloomingdales- everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. Except my wallet. And my feet. 
I left with arms full of goodies, tons of spring outfit ideas, new friends, and sore feet. All the ingredients of a good night!

Huge thank you to Saks off 5th for hosting us and all of our wonderful store tour guides! 

Top- Forever21
Skirt- Sugarlips
Chunky Necklace- Jazzy Jems (Order items straight from Instagram- @jazzyjems)
Dainty Necklace- Kendra Scott
Shoes- Uptown Cheapskate Arlington (Only $12!) 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Soup


For pretty much the entirety of my life I have had one thought towards cooking: someone else can do it for me. I love my mom's cooking, and I love fast-food. And despite my parents efforts to get me to learn how to cook, I have always objected with the mindset of getting rich and having someone else do it for me (a girl can dream, right?). 
And then a little over a year ago I got into a relationship where my boyfriend enjoyed cooking, and was good at it, so I let him do it. And it was great
But with both of our busy schedules, we mostly resorted to fast-food. I've always heard people say, "I'm so sick of fast-food, I want a home-cooked meal." Me? No. Never. I could live off of that junk.
My sister/roommate was disgusted by my eating habits and always told me that's why I was constantly sick and tired. Didn't believe her. How could my fast-food betray me like that? It wouldn't.
But all of a sudden it happened: I constantly felt lethargic. And bloated. And I could not get my skin to clear up. 
SO the fast-food queen of the world unhappily decided she would do a little cooking to see if that helped matters.
And even though I almost hate to admit it, it really has been working. And I kind of love cooking and can't stop.
But my favorite part? Finding recipes online and completely switching them up and adding new things to make them my own.

Here's my recipe for loaded baked potato soup (which tasted AMAZING and is a must-try!).

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (yikes...I know. I used the "light" version to compensate)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 4 red potatoes, sliced into quarters
  • 1/4 cup white or yellow onions, diced
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 can of corn, drained (optional...I just love corn in my potato soup because my mom always added it)
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Chicken broth (OPTIONAL- only to thin it if you want!)
Instructions:
  • Fry bacon in a large skillet and cook all the way through, until browned and crisp.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add in the flour and whisk together with the butter, and then add in onions until it's a creamy mixture (1-2 min).  Then add in the milk and whipping cream and stir again, constantly, until it thickens. Once it looks thick and consistent (add more milk OR chicken broth if you want to thin it) add in the potatoes, green onions, corn, and half of your crumbled bacon.
  • Bring it to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer until potatoes are cooked thoroughly. This took me about 30 min, but test them after about 20-25 min to check. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, add in the cheese, sour cream, the rest of your bacon (save a little to garnish it if you want) and salt and pepper to taste. For your desired consistency, add more milk OR use chicken broth to thin it.
  • I garnished mine with a little more cheese, a couple sliced green onions, and some more pieces of bacon! 

I'd love to hear feedback on how it tastes if you try it! I loved mine! Let me know what you do differently, as well, because I love to try new things.
I'll continue to post new recipes, and a couple of past ones that worked out well!


Friday, February 27, 2015

snowed in (kind of)

The many things I am stranded without but desperately wish I had.

So I should start this off by saying it is taking everything in me not to quote something from Frozen. Everything.
I truly believe, in my soul, that I am a snow queen. Nothing in the world excites me more than snow, and being from Texas, snow days are few and far between. 
Earlier this week we had a couple of "ice days" which I thought was going to be my closest hope to a real snow day. There was white cold stuff on the ground and school was closed, so that would have to do. 
And then the weather called for snow a few days later, and then again today. The first day it said we would have flurries was a bust. That was just about all we got- a few flurries. So this morning when I woke up, I decided I would actually haul my white-as-snow butt to class instead of getting my hopes up. Halfway through the drive, snow started falling like crazy. It was a Texan's blizzard (so basically it was nothing even remotely close to a blizzard but, ya know).When I got out of class, the entire campus was covered in snow. 
And after the excitement came the sudden realization that I drive a 50-year-old car with absolutely no safety features and that 90% of our roads were shut down because we Texans lose our minds while driving in the snow. 
And thus I am stranded half an hour from home at my boyfriend's apartment without my pup (who is head over heels for this weather) and without suitable clothing, food, and everything else one could possibly need. (Ok I'm exaggerating- there's food. Just not any cheezits or takis.)

But regardless of where I am, there is snow on the ground and I got to build a snowman and thus I deem today the best day ever.

I will leave you all with a collage of my little pup in her natural habitat today (courtesy of my sister who sent them to me to torture me).




Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Makeup for Under $35


Here's the thing about being a girl in your early twenties in college: you really want to have nice things (ie: clothing, jewelry, makeup) but you also really like buying coffee and greasy fast food while you attempt to study and also seriously contemplate getting a sugardaddy so you can just drop out already. Take a look at my bank account activity and you will see this: Walmart- $30, Wendy's- $7, Whataburger- $12, QuikTrip, $5, McDonald's- $5, Starbucks- $5, etc. etc. 
And I promise you that $30 at Walmart did not go to anything but Ramen (enough to feed a small army), Taki's (3 bags, please), coffee, and coffee creamer. And maybe a pack of Orbit gum if I'm feeling extra wild at the self-checkout lane.
Bottom line? I want to be cute but I want my #1-no-mustard-sub-ketchup from Whataburger way more.

And that's where my frugality comes into play. Makeup is fun but it's ridiculously expensive and the lady at the counter is going to do it way better than you ever will so you're basically dropping $60 on a foundation that you're not even sure how to apply and I find that absurd. If I spend $10 on a foundation and it doesn't work out as well as expected, then darn, that was 2 (tall) Starbucks drinks I just threw out the window. But it's really not a big deal. But you just have to experiment a little with drugstore products and I promise you you'll wind up with a couple of things that you love for a fraction of department store counter prices. And you'll look just as hot.

I threw this look together this morning in preparation for Valentine's Day in under 20 min and spent less than $35 on the total cost of all of the products.
Here's what I used:

Revlon Photoready Primer- $10
Revlon Colorstay 24hr Foundation- $10
Elf Sheer Blemish Powder- $3
Elf "Natural" Lash Kit- $1
Elf Blush/Bronzer Duo - $3
Elf Marker Eyeliner in Black- $1
Elf Lipgloss in "Michael" - $2
NYX Highlight/Contour Stick- $1
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder- $3

Ps- my dog is obsessed with lotions and makeup and she will attempt to lick off every drop of makeup I put on my face every morning. Look at those crazy eyes. She means business.