8.21.2016

Comfiest Jeans Ever


I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

I went on a nice Harley ride with James yesterday, and visited with my parents on Friday for dinner. It was really pretty outside and I love spending time with them. Today I am blogging, packing for an upcoming trip, and trying to get things straight with my health insurance (FUN, right?)! 

I wanted to share these amazing jeans with you that I just got from Nordstrom recently, and I put together this fun look, with lots of other details on the look posted below!












SHOP THE LOOK:

Jeans: Nordstrom | Top: Nordstrom | Shoes: Nordstrom (Similar) | 
Necklace: Forever21 (SimilarBracelets: Henri Bendel, Kate Spade, Nordstrom
WatchBand: Strap Smith (Custom) | Earrings: Henri Bendel | Hat: Nordstrom (Similar) | 
Ring: Wear Bracha (10% off code: Gretch10) | Lipstick: Blush Nude | 
Lashes: Volum [c/o] | Nail Color: Sew Me

You can also scroll through and click the items below to shop! 

What are your favorite jeans? Let me know the brand and style. 
I also have a love for Paige Denim and 7 For All Mankind - both from Nordstrom, as well. 

XOXO,

Gretchen


8.12.2016

My Turkey Taco Salad Recipe!

BY POPULAR DEMAND... If you follow me on snapchat that is.. my Taco Salad recipe!
If you don't follow me on SnapChat, and you want to - I don't promise the most exciting reel of life ever, but I do have some fun recipes, makeup tricks, outfits, fashion, some late night singing in the car garage parties, photos of my cats, etc. I am @afitfashionista over there. It won't let me change my name to @GretchCannon - but that is what you see on the page after you add @afitfashionista. Weird. 

Down to biz. 

I have been on a turkey taco salad kick for the past couple weeks, and I guess it is just because it is SO good and so easy and I don't get tired of it! It could be healthier (remove cheese, remove chips), but I love it like this for now! Here is a photo of the one I made today. They are all usually very much the same, sometimes a little bit different.. 


This is what they look like after I snap my photo and smash everything together to eat it. Not so beautiful but still so scrumptious. 

Shopping list/ ingredients for the taco salad are as follows - AND THIS SHOULD GIVE YOU ABOUT 5 TACO SALADS - depending on the amount of turkey meat you add to your salad:
  • 1 pack of extra lean or lean ground turkey meat 
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning (i get gluten free) 
  • 1-2 bags of shredded iceberg lettuce (would be cheaper to shred your own lettuce, but this is for lazy people like me) 
  • 2% plain greek yogurt tub (you can use full fat or fat free if you want, but I like the flavor of 2% and I get the individual sizes so I can save half)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (or fiesta blend - mmm!)
  • Vegetables (I like to add tomatoes, cucumbers and lime juice - also sliced avocado when they are in season at my house, and cilantro and green onions for garnishing!) 
  • Salt & Tapatio (or whatever hot sauce you like) for seasoning - could use salsa too if you want
  • Bag of some type of tortilla chips (i get anything gluten free, and I love Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips) 

Instructions: Remember - This should make you 5 lunches for the week!! 
  1. Brown the entire package of turkey on the stove and add the seasoning packet contents per the directions on the outside of the package. Take out what you need today's salad, and store the rest in a tupperware container in the fridge. I probably eat 1/2 cup of meat on each salad and I run out after 5 salads. 
  2. Get a large bowl, and add shredded lettuce, sliced vegetables, 1/2 cup of cheese, and 1/2 package of the greek yogurt. The greek yogurt tastes like sour cream and is delish!! 
  3. Line your bowl with chips and top with tapatio and anything else you want, like cilantro or green onions. 
  4. Eat! 
  5. Oh wait, SNAPchat that ish, then eat the whole thing!
  6. Lick the bowl? I would never... :) 


I hope you enjoy this recipe. 
Let me know if you try it or have any other ideas or suggestions for me! 

XOXO,
Gretchen



August Beauty Empties!

Happy Friday beautiful people! Of course, I already have empties for August ! 
You can check out May's HERE, June's HERE, July's HERE, and August's below!

This continues to be my favorite series, because it is so rewarding and fun for me to reflect back and see what I used, if I loved it, and if I will purchase it again. I throw my empty products in a box under my bathroom vanity, and collect them for a post before I recycle them. 

Check out the ones I have for you below and let me know if you love any of these or have used up anything interesting this month or season so far!


1. Sleep Pillow Mist Spray - You can get these at Bath & Body Works in the room spray section for under $13! This particular scent is not being carried anymore (Warm Milk & Honey), but I love and also own the 2 they still have - Lavender Vanilla & Lavender Chamomile. The one I have pictures is in a glass bottle, and now they come in a plastic bottle. I spray this on my pillow when I go to sleep at night and I feel like the scent helps me relax.

2. Glam Glow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment - I loved this travel size sample I got from Sephora! The full size jar is $69, but of all the masks I have tried, I love this brand and will definitely end up purchasing one when all my smaller sample sizes run out. It is for firmness, and when you apply it on your face it is SILVER and it peels off. I love it and highly recommend it as a face mask.

3. Make Up Forever Mist & Fix - This is $30 for a full size bottle at Sephora. I got this smaller travel size in line at the store - you know where you are ready to pay and then you suddenly need everything else that they have displayed!? I would totally recommend this though to set your face after you do your makeup. It makes it last all day long, and this one doesn't feel sticky or heavy like some of the other brands.

4. Enjoy Sulfate-Free Hydrating Shampoo - This $18 price on Drugstore.com is the lowest I have seen for this product. I purchased mine from my hair salon, when I had some tape-in hair extensions in the front. I have been using Enjoy hair products for years, and was urged to use this sulfate-free line to take care of my tape-in extensions. I still have some of the condition and a hair mask to use up, but this shampoo ran out faster. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with tape-ins! Mine lasted forever!!

5. India Hicks Island Night Smooth Body Lotion - The link is to a lot of India Hicks similar products, as it looks like this is discontinued. It was a sensual scent that I loved to keep in the bathroom for guests to use, and I think I have talked about it before. Now, I am absolutely out of it!

6. Secret Paris Deodorant - You can probably find this in any drugstore, Target, etc - but I did love this Paris Romantic Rose scent, and the invisible protection this deodorant/ anti-perspirant this provided! Less than $4, you can't beat it, and I love the sleek packaging.

I hope you enjoyed my August Empties Haul! I look forward to September's already! 
Let me know if you have any questions and let me know what products you ran out of this month!! 

POLL - Would you also like to see this as a YouTube video or series? Or keep it to a blog post? Let me know in the comments here or on social media. Thanks!

XOXO,
GretchCannon

8.03.2016

My #NSale Plaid Look

Hope you all are having a good week!

I wanted to share with you some of my #NSale Faves, before the sale is over in a few days. I created this plaid look with some of the items I love most from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I hope you like it!

The over-the-knee (Steve Madden) boots are black, have a block heel, and I got the black suede color. They also come in chestnut suede. There are a few sizes left in the black right now, and they are a much cheaper option to getting something like the (Dolce Vita) option, or the (Stuart Weitzmans) everyone covets (including moi).

These (Steve Maddens) are also in the sale, and under $100! I am so in love with the ones I got, I cannot wait to pair them with skinny jeans and even dresses and tights this fall and winter. They are super comfy and have a little zipper on the sides so that they are easy to pull on and off.


My necklace is actually a Henri Bendel gift from my Mom (similar here), but I found another similar one from Nordstrom Rack (here) that has the side tassels too. I don't wear silver all too often, but I need to start to! 

I wore my (Yurman look-alike bangles) (here from BP), (Alex & Ani) bracelets, and my Calvin Klein crossbody with the look (similar here). 


These (Nadri earrings) might just be my FAVORITE #NSale purchase. Similar ones from the same brand are linked (HERE). The ones I got are even more beautiful in person than they were online. They are out of stock right now, but hopefully Nordstrom will restock them after the sale! I may need them in gold too! I love this brand. Everything I have purchased by them has held up so well and always looks super high end, but they are really affordable. 

My lip look here is (Mac Lip Liner) in Spice & (Jeffree Starr Liquid Lip) in Mannequin, topped off with (NYX Butter Gloss) in Creme Brulee. 

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This (plaid shirt from BP) was less than $30 ($15 off in the sale), tunic style and super comfortable! 
I got the black doyle plaid and also the ivory doyle plaid color. I ordered a medium, and I like the size on me - a little loose. 

If you like your shirts a little more fitted, I would order a size down. I am interested to see how the size retains in the wash too. It is so soft and comfy and would look super cute also with one of the jackets in the sale! 


Let's talk about these (Zella Leggings). Order a size down (I ordered a Small), and they will squeeze you in all the right places, and are super comfy. I think I will probably wear these for casual yoga pants, dress up like I did here, or with sweaters, or with oversized shirts - all season long. I used to get them in the crop length for the gym, but this long style has definitely been missing in my life! 

I would also recommend (these underwear) to wear under your dresses and other tight fitting clothes this winter! 


Shop the look through the links above or see below and click the images! 

Let me know if you get any of these items! I would love to hear what you think!



P.S. Nails are the color (Sun Bleached from CND)! Don't forget, prices go up at Norstrom on August 8th! So, get your favorites now! And, don't forget to use Ebates - here you still get 6% cash back right now. 

My other #NSale posts:



XOXO,
Gretchen

7.31.2016

NSale Leopard Shoes I Love!

Happy Sunday shoppers and bloggers! 

Can you even stand how cute these shoes are? I got these super cute pointy Halogen flats at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - which ends this week on August 7th! More info in this post!

I am not seeing many sizes restocked in this print, but there are tons of other colors available now, and these should be restocked after the sale too. Someone told me that leopard was a neutral, and I don't currently own much, so I went for it! These amazing jeans are also in the sale right now, $90 off, and so comfortable. This is one of my 2 favorite jeans brands - they hug you in all the right places, and I am 5'3" and this length is perfect on me.



I paired the shoes and jeans with a super cute bell-sleeve cold-shoulder white top from Forever21, and I couldn't find it online anymore, but linked an exact dupe below. I grabbed an old leopard clutch (also from Forever21), and linked a high end dupe below. 


My glasses are prescription from Firmoo.com (linked below), my favorite arm candy, and my Wear Bracha ring (use code GRETCH10 for 10% off!). I felt comfy and dressy and could really wear this in summer or in fall! I could pair it with a cute jacket when it gets chilly out too! 


Shoes: Exact (#NSale) | Other Colors | Similar
Jeans: Exact (#NSale)
Clutch: Similar
Sunglasses: Prescription
Ring: Exact - 10% off with code: GRETCH10
Watch: Exact
Bracelets: Exact | Similar
Shirt: Similar
Rug: Exact



I hope you enjoyed this look! 

Let me know if you have any other shoe dupes like 
this or if you grabbed any of this great stuff too! 
I never want this amazing Nordstrom sale to end!

XOXO,
Gretchen

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