With New Year’s Eve upon us in just a few days, I’m sure you ladies already have your outfits picked out, nails painted, makeup look thought up, and plans set, but just in case you don’t I took the liberty to come up with a few outfit ideas for different potential party venues. No glitz was spared.
Girls Night Out
There’s no better way to spend the evening than with your best gal pals, especially if you’re all dolled up and turning heads! The best way to dress for this? Opt for a bedazzled dress to keep it comfy and simple, read: sequins are a must, but a dress is far easier than a multi-garment outfit. Add in a clutch or crossbody bag that won’t detract from your outfit and you’re ready to ring in the New Year!
Evening Dinner Date
If you’re spending the evening with your S.O. or it’s your third date, you want to make sure to be festive (yes, wear glitz on your date) while still being appropriate for a restaurant setting.There are plenty of ways to incorporate sequins that won’t make your date think you’re a disco ball (see look 2). Whether you opt for trousers, a skirt, or a dress, make sure to not be too revealing (i.e. mind the cleavage and the length of your skirt), bring a cardigan or shawl, and go ahead and wear those new sparkly pumps. You’re not walking the streets, so your comfortable shoes don’t need to make an appearance tonight. Show your date a good time and look cute, it is New Years after all!
If you know you will be migrating from location to location on NYE this year, it’s in your best interest to dress warm! When I say warm, I simply mean DO NOT HAVE BARE LEGS; you will hate yourself by bar 3. I suggest opting for an embellished top to have your glitz, and understated bottoms. At bars, no one ever looks at your bottom half—people are too busy cheering, talking, buying drinks, and socializing. So why not be comfy? This includes your shoe choice too. There is no reason to kill yourself in 5inch heels if you’re bar hopping; choose a lower heel or even flats so you won’t need to be “that girl” walking down the sidewalk barefoot, heels in hand. As for your bag of choice: a crossbody will be your best friend. They’re small, lightweight, and since you don’t have to hold it there is no need to fret about putting down your bag somewhere and forgetting it.
Have fun, be safe, drink responsibly (if you’re over 21), and have a Happy New Years everyone!
While some of us count down the days ’til Christmas morning, are others counting down the days until Chinese restaurants and a day at the movies? For my non-Christian readers, I have a special treat just for you. After hearing for ages that Chinese restaurants are packed on Christmas day, I thought I’d offer you an at-home version of my favorite dish: Vegetable Lo Mein. Typically serves 4 (all depends on how many veggies you add!)
- ∞ 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- ∞ 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- ∞ 2 tbsp canola oil
- ∞ 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- ∞ 1 small yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- ∞ 1 package white mushrooms, sliced to your liking
- ∞ 1 baby bok choy (both stalks and leafy tips), thinly sliced on an angle
- ∞ 5-8 baby carrots, thinly sliced
- ∞ 1 cup snow peas (trim the ends, first)
- ∞ 1 cup mung bean sprouts
- ∞ 1 package lo mein noodles (you will use half)
- ∞ 3 tsp grated ginger (I buy this tube instead of grating fresh ginger)
- ∞ 2 tbsp vegan fish sauce
- ∞ 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
- ∞ 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- ∞ Sriracha hot sauce to taste
- Prep your ingredients.
- In a large skillet saute the onion and garlic in canola oil until onions are translucent.
- Add only the crunchy veggies to the skillet. They take the longest to cook, so cook ’em first! This would be all bell peppers, bok choy stems + leaves, carrots, and snow peas. Cook until carrots are tender.
- In a separate sauce pot, bring half a pot of water to a boil. Since Roland’s brand of lo mein noodles comes in bunches of 4 per package, use 2 bunches. Cook according to package instructions. Set aside.
- In skillet, add in the softer ingredients: mushrooms + bean sprouts. Before mushrooms are fully cooked, add the cooked lo mein noodles to your skillet. NOTE: Be careful, your skillet will be VERY full.
- Add in sauce ingredients one by one. I never pre-make a sauce and add it; I always add each ingredient then taste-test to adjust. The measurements I’ve listed above are generally what I do (sometimes I like it more ginger-y or spicier). Thoroughly stir all ingredients in the skillet after each addition to ensure that everything gets coated.
- Serve and enjoy!
There are so many variations you can try, it’s all in the ingredients! To try your own variation, consult the list below or come up with your own. You may know of/prefer ingredients I haven’t listed!
Other Additional Ingredients
- ∞ 1/2 can green peas
- ∞ Broccoli florets
- ∞ Cauliflower florets
- ∞ Water chestnuts
- ∞ Bamboo
- ∞ Sriracha
- ∞ Meat substitutes: cubed tofu, seitan strips
- ∞ Meat: chicken, pork, beef, shrimp
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With Christmas next week, I thought I’d offer a few outfit suggestions for the multiple occasions many of us have to tend to. I’ve included A Day with Your Family, Meeting His Parents, Plans with Friends, and 3 additional outfits that are applicable to nearly every holiday soiree thrown your way. I want to point something out: yes, a few of the same articles of clothing repeat (even an outfit or two!). No, this was not because I got lazy in my apparel search, I did it with the intention to save you money this holiday season! In fact, every set contains the same exact pair of black patent platform pumps and black small clutch. I wanted to demonstrate to you that the same garment can be worn for different occasions and never look the same twice 🙂
Day with Your Family
Holidays with either side of my family is a fairly casual affair. Normally calling for jeans, cardigans, and flats, or slacks, heels, and a nice top. I tend to like to dress up a bit and follow the mantra “Always overdress rather than under-dress.” 1. The first look is a high-waisted, pleated tartan plaid skirt paired with a white v-neck wrap shirt and a black cardigan tucked into the skirt. Paired with oversized crystal drop earrings offers a more dressed-up look. 2. A simple pairing of black slightly flared dress pants and a maroon/red festive turtleneck offers a comfortable and classic look. Pair with a chic statement necklace to complete your look and black patent pumps to complete your look. 3. The most casual of them all: skinny jeans paired with a contemporary embellished sweater and coordinating statement earrings. Pair with black patent heels for a bit of shine literally from head to toe.
Meeting His Parents
Meeting his parents is always a daunting event. “What if they don’t like me?” is often overshadowed by “What do I wear to make a good impression?” I always recommend keeping your outfit simple to let them know you and not be distracted by your busy top. 1. A simple black knee length dress that is 3/4 sleeves offers enough coverage to be appropriate but adding the waist belt and statement necklace offers a defined silhouette and a bit of sparkle. 2. Yes, this is totally an outfit taken from the first set—it’s just so versatile! 3. Keeping with simplicity, here is a chic pairing of a longer-cut white wrap top belted at the waist and a pair of slightly-flared black pants. Pair with a shiny statement necklace to bring the attention to your face.
Plans with Your Friends
Letting loose with your friends during the holiday season allows for a bit more funky glam options than with your family members. Opting for interesting silhouettes and atypical holiday colors, you’ll be sure to stand out during these holidays. 1. If you’re going to a swanky soiree with your friends this is a unique option to an LBD: your typical mini-dress length with a rounded crew neckline and voluminous sleeves. Keep your look classy with unique over-sized crystal drop earrings and an updo. 2. Instead of opting for your typical red garment for the holiday season why not switching it up a bit with a fuschia top and metallic pants. Choosing a lower-than-usual neckline allows you to really show off an elegant statement necklace. 3. A metallic beaded top paired with coated black jeans offer a sheen-y look with a rocker/boho feel that’s suitable for nearly any venue. This is perfect for drinks out with friends or dinner with the girls.
If all else fails, and you honestly don’t know what to wear, below are 3 simple foolproof outfits. Each is a simple pant/top pairing with a basic black patent pump and simple small black clutch. There is nothing to “get wrong” about pairing a top and a pant in neutral tones with 1 accent color (or no accent at all, see look 3!). The first look offers a white blouse with voluminous sleeves tucked into lipstick red high-waisted wide leg pants. Just be careful not to get your sleeve in any food with this type of blouse! The second look pairs a black peplum top with bronze metallic pants to offer a glitzy-glam girly look. Finally, the third look offers a feminine floral embroidered top with slightly flared black pants. Pair with simple accessories to keep things simple and elegant.
The stress of final exams, the minor stress when realizing senior year of college is half over, and remembering “Sh*#—I’m still not done Christmas shopping” just makes me want to crawl into bed with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Today’s post can achieve half of that! I present you with…my new favorite Vegan Hot Chocolate recipe! I made my version with sweetened almond milk, but feel free to try sweetened soy milk, cashew milk, etc. if you prefer. I recommend making this in a pot on the stove so the cocoa powder can fully mix and dissolve in the liquid. [NOTE:] The following ingredient list contains vague measurements because when you’re in the mood for hot chocolate it’s all about taste testing to get it just right 🙂 This recipe makes 1 serving:
- ∞ 1 1/2 – 2 cups sweetened almond milk
- ∞ 1 spoonful vanilla extract
- ∞ 2-3 spoonfuls of cocoa powder (I used unsweetened)
- ∞ 1/2 – 1 spoonful of sugar (adjust according to your taste)
- ∞ Sprinkling of ground cinnamon (adjust according to your taste)
- Pour almond milk into small pot over medium heat on the stove. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Add in cocoa powder, making sure each spoonful is thoroughly mixed before adding the next.
- Mix in a spoonful of sugar based on your taste, and a sprinkling of cinnamon if you’d like.
- Heat over medium heat, stirring, until ingredients are thoroughly mixed and liquid is at ideal temperature.
- Pour into favorite mug. Sit, sip, enjoy!
If you like this recipe, make a batch with your own spin on it! Try adding:
- ∞ Marshmallows
- ∞ Chocolate chips
- ∞ Mint leaves
- ∞ Pumpkin Spice
- ∞ Coffee (flavored or not)
- ∞ Cayenne Pepper + Cinnamon
- ∞ Alcohol of your choice
Other Hot Chocolate Recipes to Try:
- Ultimate Hot Chocolate (with coconut milk + Kahlua!)
- Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate (make sure to have canned pumpkin on hand 🙂 )
- Creamy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate (with coconut milk + ground cinnamon)