Fall Kimono Look

Fall kimono look – the go to outfit when you are craving fall and the thermometer is still in the mid 80s.

Fall kimono look – the go to outfit when you are craving fall and the thermometer is still in the mid 80s.

Like almost everyone else in St. Louis, fall is my favorite season. The leafs are turning colors, pumpkin beer can be drank by the gallon, red wine patio weather has graced us and there should always be s’mores going by a fire.

Unfortunately, St. Louis autumns are not always that charming. For goodness sake, I was in a pool on Saturday basking in 90 degree weather.

Well ladies, I think I have us covered with the perfect “fall not fall days” look. I give you the fall Kimono look. All the charm of wispy long sweaters without the concern that you are bundled for winter on a hot day. Now, I know this weekend looks like fall has finally hit, but I hate to break it to you… We have been tricked! Next week is back into the mid-high 80s.

How to build your own fall kimono look

Step 1 to building your fall kimono look: Buy your Stella and Dot accessories today. While they are beautiful with the fall kimono look, I promise you will find hundreds of other ways to pair your new jewelry in your closet.

Bracelets: Radiance Coil Bracelet ($29) and Chevron Leather Wrap Bracelet ($59)

– Riad Layering Necklace: ($89) Versatile necklace that can be worn 7 different ways! Hand beaded and braided strands form this versatile wear-everywhere mixed metal piece. Semi precious rose quartz tassel falls from a delicate center strand. Wear all strands together separate or mix and match to suit your look.

– Amala Gold Chandeliers: ($59) Hand-cut semi-precious white agate set in a semi shiny gold frame. Elegant drops for any occasion. 

When you purchase this look from Stella and Dot, you also will qualify for 50% off shopping on the following items through this Saturday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 to building your fall kimono look: Go and buy the kimono from Amazon. It will be here before the weather decides to become warm again.
Hibluco Women’s Sheer Chiffon Floral Kimono Cardigan Long Blouse Loose Tops Outwear (XX-Large, K 9)

 

Step 3 to building your fall kimono look: Go search for your favorite tank or t-shirt. I dug out a cute tank that I purchased via Amazon. If you are looking for a good gray tank staple, I highly recommend this one.  Alternative Women’s Meegs Racer Tank, Eco Gray, Large

Step 4 to building your fall kimono look: Pull the jeans out of the dirty laundry and wash them. You have three days until the weather gets warm and all your new accessorizes arrive.

Step 5 to building your fall kimono look: Open all your boxes and do a happy dance at the cuteness!

Step 6 to building your fall kimono look: Put steps 1 to 5 together and go rock your new “fall not fall day” look.

I can’t wait to see you running around town in your very own fall kimono look. 🙂

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

Amazon Prime WardrobeEveryone knows that I am a little addicted to Amazon Prime. I joke that I single-handedly keep the post office employed. Amazon Prime makes shopping so simple, you think Oh, I need to get cat treats, jump on the app, search cat treats, find the one you want and press Buy Now with one click. Two days later, the cat treats arrive and Oscar is one happy cat! I have saved myself so much time and money by not running out to Target. We know that a Target trip would have resulted in Oscar’s cat treats, $30 worth of the cute unneeded items in the front bins, some ice cream, a new cardigan and a pair of shoes for good measure. So now we are looking at over $100 spent for those cat treats with about an hour round trip. In the Wester household, Amazon saves this family money and time by avoiding going to a traditional store.

When Brad started having his health issues, Amazon took on a new purpose for me. I started avoiding the mall and shopping through Amazon Prime for all my wardrobe needs. Just like before, shopping online gave me the benefit of saving time and money by letting me pinpoint the one item I really needed within moments. All of our Christmas present and outfits were purchased through Amazon Prime. While it might have been the most stressful holiday season yet, it was calm on the shopping front. 🙂

In the past 10 months, I have only stepped foot in a mall twice and that was for new makeup at Sephora. There is something so rewarding of walking out of that storefront with a Picasso looking painting of different makeup swatches on my hand. Other than making masterpieces on my hand, my fashion purchases have been through Amazon!

Yesterday, Amazon introduced the next great idea – Amazon Prime Wardrobe.  When I read it, I boasted to Brad that I should get some credit for the idea. I know that Alexa has heard me using the phrase, Amazon Prime Wardrobe every time a new piece is shipped to me. 🙂 While I try to claim the name and general concept, I could not dream up how perfect Amazon made Amazon Prime Wardrobe.

How Amazon Prime Wardrobe Works

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Why you will love Amazon Prime Wardrobe

Benefits

I get to try on items prior to buying them! Do you know how amazing this would have been as I was on the hunt for the perfect swimsuit? Like every woman, I dread swimsuit season. So I spent some time during one of Brad’s chemo infusions, looking for the perfect swimsuit that would support my larger chest, hide the stress eating love handles while still being cute for a 28-year-old. Of course, Amazon came through, but I had to float over $100 while I tried on 6 different suits to find the one that would make me feel confident by the pool this summer.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe is a new service that brings the fitting room to you, so you can try the latest styles and find your perfect fit before you buy. If you are already an Amazon Prime member then you will get this service for free. The specific release date is not known, but if you are as excited as me let Amazon know. Click here to get notified when Prime Wardrobe launches.

Maple Balsamic Steak and Peach Salad

Maple Balsamic Steak and Peach Salad

On hot summer days like today, I am craving a lighter savory option for dinner. Maple Balsamic Steak and Peach Salad is a fulfilling lighter option that the entire family will eat!

I started the dish with one of the Wester household classics, Whole 30 Balsamic Steak and Mushroom Skewers . I ditched the mushrooms, but kept the marinated steak as the base for last night’s creation. Like normal, it was a toss together meal. I had left over steak and all the fixings to make a marinated steak for dinner. From there, I started Googling in the hopes of finding something to accompany it. You would not believe how often I Google ingredients with recipe behind it to see what turns up.

Well, I hit the jackpot not by Google, but from my Mom’s recommendation. She had found Maple Balsamic Steak and Peach Salad recipe a few days earlier and raved at how delightful it was. A quick jaunt to the store, slice up a red onion, peaches and off the the patio I went with a glass of rose. A few minutes on the grill and dinner was served!

Maple Balsamic Steak and Peach Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 beef Strip Steaks Boneless, cut 1 inch thick (about 8 to 10 ounces each)
  • 2 peaches, cubed
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 12 wedges
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens or arugula
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, chopped pecans or sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Salt

Maple Balsamic Steak and Peach Salad Dressing:

  • 1 cup reduced-fat or regular balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons coarse grind black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves

Maple Balsamic Steak and Peach Salad Instructions:

  1. Combine dressing ingredients in small bowl.
  2. Soak two 10-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread onion wedges onto skewers. Brush onions and peaches with the salad dressing.
  3. Place steaks on grid over medium; arrange onions and peaches around steaks. Grill steaks, covered, 11 to 14 minutes, turning occasionally. Grill onions 12 to 15 minutes and peaches 8 to 10 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally and brushing steak, onions and peaches with salad dressing.
  4. Remove onions and peaches from skewers. Chop onions and peaches into bite-size pieces if needed.
  5. Carve steak into slices.
  6. Combine greens, peaaches, onions, cheese, nuts and reserved 1/2 cup marinade; toss gently to combine.

Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace

Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace

Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace is a delicate and versatile piece that is a must have in your closet. Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace features a hand hammered gold pendant and arc suspending from two delicate chains. Like many Stella and Dot pieces, the Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace is versatile. You can wear the pendant and arc as one cohesive look or each strand separately. Basically, you have 3 different looks for one reasonably priced necklace of only $59. For someone like me, this is perfect. This necklace is a simple statement piece that can be worn from a plain t-shirt to a night out on the town. You can even do a mid-day fashion flip. 🙂

Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace

To see the piece up close and personal, click the link below. You will be able to see the gorgeous hand hammer detailed on the piece.

https://www.stelladot.com/shop/en_us/p/new/new-arrivals/kari-layered-necklace

The best part of the Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace is simple and you should take advantage of it today. This month only you can get the Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace as a free gift. All you have to do is become a Stella and Dot hostess today and I can help!

Contact me today to become a June hostess and you get the amazing piece for free. It is that easy! All you have to do is say yes to having an awesome night with friends either virtually or in your home and earn an amazing piece and product credit.

If you can’t wait to get the necklace, you can buy it right now with one easy click to visit my Stella and Dot St. Louis Fashion page.

Happy shopping!

Stella and Dot Kari Layered Necklace Description:

  • Shiny hammered gold finish
  • 18″, 33″ with 2″ extender
  • lobster clasp closure

 

I silenced myself

Over the past few months, you have noticed that the blog has been sporadic. For most, this means life was too hectic and it feel on the back burner. For me, it means that I silenced myself.

The blog has always been avenue where I could express myself, try my crazy marketing ideas and fail freely without judgement and concern of the outcome. Some where of the past few months, I chained the medium and myself.  I put standards around my writing, my activities and my honesty. I silenced myself. Read more

Stitch Fix Box #4

With all the craziness of life (i.e Brad’s autoimmune disease)Stitch Fix box reviews have fallen off my radar. If you have time to burn or are new to Scrumptious Style, check out the past looks from Stitch Fix – Box 1, Box 2 and Box 3. You will not be disappointed with the detour, but remember to come on back to check out my latest box.

This past box was too cute to pass up reviewing. Plus my photographer was feeling up to enjoying a nice day and taking some pictures with his new iPhone 7 plus. It was a win, win. He could play with his new toy and I could share my styling of already cute pieces.

This Stitch Fix box hit my style perfectly. Almost a bit too perfectly as I already own almost identically pieces. It was hard to choose what to return this month as I could see myself in all of the pieces. It came down to really nit picking points as I am trying to fill my closet with pieces that I absolutely love and can not live without instead of the usual this looks good and is a decent price model.

The two pieces that I picked definitely fill a void in my closet and hit upon the absolutely love bucket. Check out Stitch Fix today to start filling your closet with pieces that you love!
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Consistency Not Perfection

As we change seasons, I am trying to challenge my notion of a healthy and happy life.

Most people start this on January 1st, but I am a procrastinator. Well, that is not a fair statement. I took the Brad approach to life and actually thought through my desired outcome and how to get there. This attempt is different than most, I am not trying to lose the last 10 pounds or get Bikini season ready. Rather, I am trying to foster a new appreciation for my body, my relationship with food and living my best life. The ideas are simple thoughts, but I know that they will be hard to implement because I have years of trying the crash diet and negative self talk. Read more

Life Lessons

Every day, I cross the link into the hospital. So you think on days that I play the patient’s wife it wouldn’t phase me much. It is business as usual, right?! Well, my logical assumption couldn’t be more wrong.

In the past 4.5 months, I have filled the patient’s wife role a lot. For our story, that means being Brad’s driver, cook, house cleaner, insurance provider, friend, the source of entertainment and social interaction. It also means, I spend a considerable amount of time waiting for Brad. In my time waiting for Brad, I have learned so much about our marriage, life, faith and myself.

  1. Average patient families do not pack their backpack and work while waiting. God has given Brad and I the strength to normalize and thrive in this chaos. Every time, I think I can’t possibly be stretched anymore, I find a way. I one time asked Brad, “What do normal patient families do?” and he responded quickly “worry.” I laughed and told him “who has time for that I have a lesson to plan and a report to pull.”
  2. Some expectations are needed for sanity, but don’t over plan or set your expectations too high. Some of the best moments, Brad and I have had over the past few months have been born out of spontaneity. No expectations of what the night would be so you could genuinely enjoy your company and night. This is still new for a type A person like me, but something I hope to adopt fully. You find joy so much easier when you don’t put all these restrictions on it.
  3. Never make an assumption about the person next to you. You might think you have the worst hand, but you never know what the person next to you was given. Now I am not suggesting you go around asking everyone, “How are you? No, really how are you?” I am suggesting be a bit kinder, smile a bit longer and talk to a stranger. You might be the only bright point in their day, or they could turn out to be the highlight of yours.
  4. My husband is the best thing that has ever happened to me. He is literally, the best thing since sliced bread. This is a real accomplishment for Brad since I have had a blessed little life. Brad inspires me every day to be the best version of myself. Every day, I wake up and thank God that he made Brad just for me. Even with all the craziness of life, I still think how am I lucky enough to be his wife? I am blessed enough to share my life with his funny, intelligent, inspiring, kind, generous and good looking man. Holy crap, what did I do to deserve him?
  5. Everything will be ok. Life might not look how you imagined, and you may have what feels like a thousand unanswered prayers, but it will be ok. Every day, I read two reflections, Blessed is She, and Jesus is calling. Between the two, they have curated something beautiful just for me. It is simple.
  • God knows where you are going.
  • Unanswered prayers are always heard, and we are waiting for something else to align.
  • Praise Him even through your worry, pain, anger and uncertainty.
  • I know that God is building us a life that is more stunning than I could ever imagine.

Whole30 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli

Whole30 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli

Whole30 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli is a healthy substitute for the chips and dip that you really crave on day one of a lifestyle change.

Today is reboot day one of eating healthy, and it is hard. Thankfully, my delightful side of Whole30 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli made me excited about all the full flavor Whole30 and Paleo recipes that I will rediscover.

10 pounds snuck back on in the past few months, and it is starting to show. Between the constant chicken with my head cut off running, stress eating and endless steak-n-shake, I have consumed a few too many comfort calories.

While I would love to think of calories as those tiny creatures out to get me, I know like everything else, you have to own it.

Calories (noun) – Tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night.

Well, today I am owing it and starting on the right path with Whole30 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli.

Whole30 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli Ingredients

Whole30 roasted Brussels Sprouts

• 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
• 2 Tbsp. Whole30 approved oil – Primal Kitchen Avocado oil, coconut oil
• Sea salt and cracked black pepper

For the Whole30 Garlic Bacon Aioli

• ⅓ cup Primal Kitchen mayo
• 2 tsp. lemon juice
• 2 garlic cloves, minced finely
• 2 strips of cooked bacon, finely chopped + additional for topping
• 1 tsp. fresh thyme, (1/2 tsp. dried) + extra for topping

Whole30 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli Instructions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wash and trim ends of Brussels sprouts.
3. Slice each Brussels sprout in half (if Brussels are large, slice into fourths)
4. Place Brussels on a sheet pan. Drizzle with oil, dash with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
5. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until slightly browned, tossing about every 10 minutes.
6. While the Brussels are cooking, combine the aioli ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to serve.
7. When Brussels are roasted to perfection, remove from oven and transfer to serving dish. Serve with Garlic Bacon Aioli topped with a few bacon crumbles, fresh thyme and cracked black pepper.
Dip your Brussels sprouts and enjoy your Whole30 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli.

 

My inspiration for today’s post goes to the Real Food Dietitians.

My husband, the zebra

I use to always tell Brad his spirit animal was an Elephant and I was a peacock. He would jokingly yell that fat jokes are not nice and I would defend myself claiming Elephants like him have a great memory. Peacocks, on the other hand, were bold, beautiful and oh so forgetful.
Our little routine often played out as a result of my bad listening skills and was the trademark conversation of our marriage. Based on no facts and pulled straight out of the blue, I used my animal analogy as the explanation for Brad’s overachieving competencies and my normal brain, but stellar good looks.

Over the past four months, I have determined that maybe my very well thought out analysis of his spirit animal was wrong. As of meeting the new doctor yesterday, I have determined that Brad is actually a zebra!

“When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras!”

In the medical community, there is a simple saying taught to remind folks to look at the most obvious explanation. When you hear hoofbeats, it should logically be a horse… right? Well in our case, we are lucky that Brad is a zebra! Being a horse would have resulted in a brain tumor. Finding the horse is what we tried to do for four months. Many educated people looked for those logical horses, but the hoofbeats didn’t belong there. Thank God!

Yesterday, we met with a neuroimmunologist. I swear this is not a made up word even though it sounds like Dr. Seuss himself crafted it. Dr. Shanin spent 90 minutes reviewing Brad’s case with us. He knew that horses were ruled out and went straight to hoofbeats belonging to a Zebra. While he has some ideas of what it might be, he even is double checking prior work to make sure the interpretation of the hoofbeats were right. As D is unique and can’t check all boxes of any diagnosis, I am thrilled with rechecking. The newest hunch is autoimmune disease and vasculitis. While we seem to be now pointing the right direction, I have learned not to cling on to a hunch. For all, we know this zebra might be rainbow striped and turn out not to be this hunch at all.

So like many doctor appointment’s before, we do not know much about the long-term outcome, but we do know the steps needed to get us closer to naming D.

  • Blood work
  • MRI of brain and spine
  • Present findings to another case review (This will be the third time Brad’s zebra case has gone to a review like this)
  • Possible spinal tap

We meet with Dr. Shanin again on March 2nd. Until then, we will live by this little tale.

Each morning on the African savannah, a Lion wakes up.
The Lion knows that to eat, it must be faster than the slowest Zebra.
At the same time, a Zebra wakes up.
The Zebra knows that to survive, it must be faster than the fastest Lion.
The moral is ………
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Lion or Zebra.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.

Brad is good at running in the figurative sense of course. In our 11 years together, I have only seen him actually run once. 🙂 Every day, you got to wake up and try your hardest to make the most of the day. Frankly, you gotta start running.