1 Piece 5 Ways: Little Black Dress


I love when magazines take one item of clothing  style it several different ways. I always find these articles especially helpful because I am definitely the type of person who looks into her full closet and claims she “has nothing to wear.” Seeing one simple piece worn so many unique ways never fails to inspire me. In that spirit, I am starting a new series called “More Bangin’ Hot For Your Buck,” and I’m going to kick things off with this simple little black dress from H&M:

P1160213I got this dress for only $12 a couple of years ago and it has really become a staple because of its versatility. You can find a similar ones here and here.

Okay, here we go!

Look #1:

P1160191I love the boho vibe of this look. H&M hat (similar here), Forever 21 belt, Payless shoes (similar here), thrifted skirt (similar here), and a necklace from my mom

Look #2:

P1160138Don’t be afraid to bring those strapless minis right into fall and winter! Just add a cozy sweater, tights, and boots. Wearing a thrifted sweater (similar here), Vera Wang tights, thrifted boots and necklace, and my DIY headpiece

Look #3:

P1160172Perfect for a night out. I really love how the dress acts like a pencil skirt in this look. Wearing an American Eagle Crop top (similar here), Urban Outfitters shoes, Forever 21 bracelet, and a thrifted clutch

Look #4:

P1160146For when you’re feeling edgy! Or, if you’re feeling more saucy than edgy, just ditch the vest

P1160158 H&M vest, thrifted skirt (similar here), and thrifted boots (similar here)

Look #5:

P1160099A sportier, more casual look. H&M top (similar here), Converse sneakers, Forever 21 necklace, and a hand-me-down backpack.

I hope this helps you look at your clothes and see a few new possibilities for them. I can’t tell you how many of my favorite outfits have come about by trying on pieces that I didn’t necessarily think would work well together or wearing a piece in a way other than what it was intended for. Just try it out and have fun with it. Now go into your closet and see what combos you can come up with, I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!



Casual Friday




Shot these just before Matt and I made a campfire and drank a couple of summer ales on a beautiful little “beach” by a waterfall near our house……does it get any better? P1160045Mostly I just wanted to show you this bag that I just about married…I got it yesterday on clearance at  Target for $10.48! It is my absolute favorite color in the world: raspberry pink (it’s a little deeper in person than the pictures show). You can buy the same bag online here and in other colors; unfortunately it costs a bit more, but it’s still a steal. You could always check your local Target store, too. P1160053P1150963Wearing a Forever 21 hat (similar here), shorts (similar here), belt, and shoes (similar here), thrifted tank, and jewelry given to me by my very own mother- thanks mom!

Super Easy Vegan Banana Muffins


When I woke up this morning I had every intention of going for a run. Really. But then I heard the steady pitter patter of  a heavy summer rain falling and those plans were effectively squashed. (Darn….)


So what’s the next logical step after one’s outdoor exercise routine is made impossible? An indoor exercise video you say? A little Pilates? Some Jillian Michaels? What, and risk ruining the fine collection of dust that has been accumulating on my workout DVDs? No. Obviously, the only thing left to do is to make banana muffins.


I love this recipe because it is so simple. I have plenty of amazing vegan muffin recipes, but they require that you make a flax egg and sift things, and to be honest I am just not up for that kind of hard labor at 7:30 a.m. So here we have a perfect, stumble-down-the-stairs-make-these-in-your-pjs muffin recipe.


  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mash the bananas.

Add vanilla, vegetable oil, salt, and cinnamon to banana mash. Mix well.

Add sugar, white and wheat flours, and baking soda. Mix gently just until combined.




Scoop batter into a lined or non-stick muffin pan. For this step I get to use two of my very favorite kitchen tools. First, this Oxo large cookie scoop.


It has one of those awesome handles that you squeeze and it sort of squeegees all the batter out like magic. This makes filling the muffin cups so much easier and saves me from slopping batter all over the place. About two full scoops per cup is perfect.

The other thing I always get excited to use is my Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch nonstick muffin pan. This pan is amazing and saves me from having to grease or line my muffin cups. As I said, it’s all about convenience at 7:30 a.m.


Top each muffin with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds. Place in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.



And there you have it: a delicious alternative to your morning exercise routine. Don’t judge me, Jillian Michaels is perfectly happy in her dusty corner at the back of my entertainment center. Harrumph.

Teetering Around in my H&M Dress

Oh, hello beautiful $5 dress from Goodwill



Hello, soul-warming sunshine and platform heels that are surprisingly functional for an outdoor BBQ


Okay that last bit about them being functional was a stretch, but at least my heels didn’t sink into the grass.



I have always been afraid of platforms due to my less than graceful nature, but these work because the heel, though borderline frighteningly tall, isn’t too steep. Also I couldn’t really say no to these because of the cool tassels and because they were only $15 at a local consignment shop.


Wearing an H&M dress (which is absolutely perfect for twirling, by the way), H&M vest -similar here, Boca 61 shoes-exact here but only in sizes 9 and 10, similar here, thrifted belt, and Forever 21 jewelry.

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go twirl around in my very uneven yard wearing  platforms…………….who’s bright idea was this?