Shoesday Tuesday: The Perfect Riding Boots

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“Where did you get your boots?” That is the number one fashion-related question I’m asked during the winter months. My boots were from Vignettes, where I work, but they’re a few seasons old. The key to investing in a pair of brown riding boots is simplicity. You don’t want boots with a bunch of buckles or logos on them. As we say in design, “Keep it simple, stupid!” Since the riding boot trend does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, I really should invest in a nice pair.

These Frye boots are my favorite designer boots. I love Tory Burch but I do not have $500 to spend on shoes. These Frye boots, in my opinion, seem like better quality and are more reasonably priced (especially if you were to get them on sale).

If you’re unsure about the riding boot trend then these boots off of Amazon are perfect for you. They are very similar to the above Frye “Melissa”. These are vegan leather and are the least expensive on my list. Also these have an inner-calf zipper which irritates my ankle bone but if you’ve never had that problem, then these might be the boots for you!
These boots (below) from Target look just like the Frye Melissa boots and are REAL Leather! How stellar is that? These look like they would be a great investment and come in three colors: black, chocolate brown, and cognac. My favorite is the cognac. These also come in a wide calf which I know is really helpful for some ladies.

I can’t believe I found these boots for you! The boots below (again, vegan leather) are the exact boots that I get asked about all the time. They have two buckles on them (one on the top and one on the heel). They have lasted me two seasons and they still look great. We are sold out of them at Vignettes but JCPenney’s has them in stock.

Wanted • $70.00 

Here’s a wrap up for you:

I know it’s almost spring and a little late to be buying boots but you can usually score an end of season sale. Our cold weather doesn’t come until right about now until March so it’s still not too late.

Ciao for now!

 Jaclyn

My Favorite Salad

posted in: Fashion, Recipes, Travel | 0

Boots: Macy’s [similar]

During our trip out west, Jordan and I stopped in Scottsdale, Arizona. The night before stopping in Scottsdale, we stayed in El Paso (I hope to never go back). I’m not sure if Scottsdale was ACTUALLY as wonderful as I remember, or if El Paso was so horrible that I remember Scottsdale being better than it was. Whatever the reason, we fell in love with Scottsdale. 

We were hungry by the time we got into town so we stopped for dinner at Cowboy Ciao. Jordan ordered mushroom stew and I decided I wanted a salad. I usually like chopped salads and there was on one the menu, so I ordered it. The description read as follows: 
Stetson Chopped Salad: “I loved that chopped salad so much that I put it on my screensaver!” – Actual Guest Quote

This is what the salad looked like: 

It was amazing. So amazing that I found the recipe online and made it at home. It wasn’t quite as good as the in restaurant experience but it satisfied my taste buds just fine. 

Here is the recipe: 

Ingredients
SALAD INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) Israeli (pearl) couscous, cooked
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup (1 oz) super-sweet dried corn
  • 1/2 cup (2oz) arugula, chopped
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon, diced
  • 1/2 oz asiago cheese, crumbled **
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 oz) toasted pepitas **
  • 1/4 cup dried black currants**
PESTO DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup aioli (Note: If you cannot find commercially prepared aioli and don`t want to make your own, you can substitute mayonnaise, or use 1 cup olive oil, drizzled in very slowly with motor running so the mixture emulsifies. It should thicken further with refrigeration.
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • Salt to taste 

Directions
SALAD INSTRUCTIONS:
  • 1
    In a shallow bowl, assemble the salad ingredients in rows. Start with tomatoes or arugula at one end; push previous row back with one hand as you place and line up the next ingredient with the other hand.
  • 2
    **Combine these ingredients beforehand and use as one row. All are available at Trader Joe’s. 
PESTO DRESSING INSTRUCTIONS:
Add first three ingredients to food processor and blend thoroughly. With motor running, pour in buttermilk. Add remaining ingredients to combine. If using prepared pesto, taste before adding additional salt. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Source:Cowboy Ciao Restaurant – Scottsdale, AZ


 
Shirt: Old Navy [exact]
Shorts: Nordstrom [similar]
Boots:Macy’s [similar]
Purse: Longchamp [exact]

This was taken at the resort at the bottom of Camelback Mountain. 
We will definitely be making a return trip to Scottsdale, even if for no reason other than to order the Stetson Salad!

Ciao for now!

Jaclyn 

Edibles & Drinkables: Ramen Bars

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So there is the new (to me) trend: Ramen Bars. I remember seeing an episode on the Food Channel show Food Court Wars where one of the contestant’s restaurants was called Ramen Bar. I can’t remember if they won. And I’m not sure if the two are related.

In case you have no idea what I am talking about… this is Ramen:

Earlier this week, I was grabbing coffee with a dear friend, Leah. We were talking about my semi-recent trip to LA. Leah asked if I went to a Ramen Bar while I was there. Our mutual friend, who lives in LA, loves Ramen Bars. I didn’t see any of these restaurants on my trip, but with a simple Google search I found a ton of them. From what Leah said, this Ramen isn’t like the 10 cent packages at Kroger but is extremely delicious. I am very intrigued by this concept and hope to visit a Ramen Bar next time I am in the vicinity of one. Honestly, all I saw on menus in LA were different types of Kale. Lollipop Kale was pretty delicious.

Are there any Ramen Bar type restaurants near you? Have you been to one? What do you think of them? Yay or nay?

Let me know your thoughts.

Ciao for now!

Jaclyn

Thrifty Three

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I love fashion. It has always been a passion of mine and I hope to turn it into a career. I have yet to make the transition from student to full time career woman. but the clock is ticking.  I have learned how to manage well with a tight student budget. I value quality and so the majority of my purchases are from the sale rack. I have decided to start a mini series of weekly posts sharing some great deals and steals that I have purchased or intend to purchase. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to give feedback.

1. Smoking Slippers

https://factory.jcrew.com/womens-clothing/shoes/loafers/PRD~B4845/B4845.jsp?N=217+17&Nbrd=F&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Nsrt=3&isSaleItem=false&color_name=CHEERS%20MULTI&isFromSale=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row6

These beauts are only $53.99 which is great for this type of shoe. J Crew (factory or original) has great quality and style. Theses would’ve been adorable for New Years but work for any occasion. Also blue is my favorite color so what is not to love about these shoes?

2. Pixie Ankle Pants

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=79765&vid=1&pid=525427622

What is not to love? Only $30 right now at Old Navy. These would be wonderful for Spring. I love Old Navy pixie pants because they are the perfect professional ankle pant. Plus they’re super comfy. They have a wide variety of colors but this blue grid was just the right amount of funky for me. It says the color is blue but it looks more periwinkle in my opinion. I also love the contrasting belt with which it is styled. I happen to have a belt this exact shade of pink… guess I HAVE to buy the pants now.  😉

3. Patterned Tunic Dress

http://shopbellac.com/collections/dresses/products/prep-in-your-step-dress-pink

This dress comes in at $58.50. It reminds me of a Sail To Sable dress but is a FRACTION of the price. I love everything about this dress. I do not own this dress so I cannot speak to the fit but it looks like it would be very comfortable. I had to cut this poor model’s face off to screen-shot it but her hair is gorgeous, am I right?  This dress is perfect for Resort / Spring.

BONUS:
I started doing yoga this week. I haven’t ventured into a studio yet (even though there is a great one right down the street from the boutique where I work). I have been doing YouTube tutorials in my bedroom, and let me tell you, it’s quite the work out. I am not as flexible as I used to be. In high school I was cheerleading captain and worked out five days a week, now… not so much. Because of my recent pasttime, I have been shopping for yoga friendly clothing. My sister swears by Athleta for the quality and durability. And this week THEY’RE HAVING A SALE! Click here. Use Code ATHLETA20 and get 20% off your entire purchase until the 19th. I will definitely be taking advantage of this great sale.

Ciao for Now,

Jaclyn

Wander Lust

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Ever since July, I have lived out of a suitcase. Last year I did something that I have always wanted to do, I drove (or rode co-pilot) from the East coast to the West coast. It was a little pleasure, a little play.

View from the plane leaving the Emerald Isle 
Our three day drive through Texas (it’s huge, y’all) 
Sunset at my cottage in the Irish country 
This year will definitely be hard to top as far as travel is concerned (cross country, keys, Europe). I definitely hope to visit Miami and the keys again because that’s where my roots are. This year I also hope to visit NYC, something that was in the plans for last year but never came to fruition.

Beverly Hills last fall 
Florida Keys this past April 

Maybe this year our trip will consist of driving from the Keys to NYC… We haven’t decided yet. I am thankful for my travel companion, Jordan. We have been lucky to have the opportunity to travel and I hope we continue this tradition throughout our years together. Three places which I hope to visit this year are: 
1. New York City- I’ve been intrigued by New York City for a long time but haven’t actually had a reason to visit until this past year. NYC is fashion central and I would love to experience a little of that magic. 
2. Napa Valley- wine Capitol USA. I would love to venture over to the west again and this was one area of California that I didn’t get a chance to explore. 
3. Italy- ok a girl can dream. Maybe after I’ve lost all the weight from Ireland then I’ll be ready for another trip to Europe. Italy is the country I have on the top of my list but I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit anywhere out of the country. 
Dublin, Ireland 
Bring it on 2015! I’m ready for you! 
Ciao For Now, 
Jaclyn 

Mad for Plaid

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I was hesitant about the plaid poncho because it’s so big. I do love how warm it is. It is like wearing a blanket… Because I kinda am. The weather forecast is going to be very cold. Very very cold for the Deep South. It will be below freezing for almost two days… Hopefully everyone will stay safe and there won’t be too much ice on the roads. We can dream about snow but we all know it’ll just be ice.
Also The Bachelor premiered last night. So far my favorite is Britt. I’ll keep y’all updated on my thoughts as the season continues. 
Ciao for now, 
Jaclyn 

PS: Outfit details:
Poncho (similar)- Piko Top (similar)- Favorite LeggingsBoots

Sweet Seven

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Here are seven things that I’ve recently found sweet!  


1. Blank Space 

Taylor Swift does it again. She’s a only year older than I am, but yet she’s been on the cover of TIME. I don’t necessarily agree with her decision to pull her records from Spotify, but I respect her rights as an artist. Also I think that pulling her albums from the streaming service may have back fired a bit. The story gave Spotify a lot of press and surely, more subscribers. Back to the song… I love the music video. Have you seen it? It’s Gatsby themed and there are some fun pop culture references thrown in (Elin Woods beating up Tiger’s car with a golf club). Taylor has always been beautiful but after watching this video, I really want to hit them gym. Or maybe go on Taylor’s diet-coke diet. Cheers, Taylor! 

Here’s the video:


2. The Skimm

This email subscription service was made for me. I love being kept up-to-date with current events but I don’t always have time to sit down and read news articles every morning. It reminds me a lot of the headline reports that I would write for the candidate when I worked on a national political campaign. Sounds glamorous, right? Ok, it kinda was… This service gives you all the important facts and developments on the top national news stories. My sister described the writing as “snarky and college educated.” Love. It. 

Sign up here!


3. Online Shopping

Online shopping has been “bae” this holiday season. I am a sucker for holiday sales and “free shipping.” What was that, online boutique? I need to spend $35.85 more to get free shipping? Don’t mind if I do. Talk about justification. 

4. The Mindy Project

I’m not sure how I got so behind the curb on this TV show but it’s on it’s third season. Not that I mind because I love a good hulu binge. I am obsessed with all things Mindy Kaling. She’s so fabulous. My sister and I decided that Mindy is our spirit animal. If Kaitlyn and I were combined into one person it would be the character Mindy Lahiri. If you haven’t watched it then you need to. Two and a half season to binge over this holiday break. You’re welcome. Also on her latest episode, one of Mindy’s Christmas decorations is a Wreath Witherspoon. Dying. 

 


5. Texas Pralines 

Have you ever had Texas Pralines? They’re like pralines but magical chewy.  


Here is a recipe for them that I found on Pinterest.

6. House Of DVF

My new guilty pleasure. I’m not sure if the premiere wasn’t well advertised or if I don’t watch E! anymore because I am not a KardashiFAN, so I didn’t know about this show. I honestly thought that “E!” had changed to “K!” House of DVF is refreshing. I started watching around the 3rd episode (OnDemand of course, does anyone intentionally watch regular cable anymore?) The finale is this weekend. The whole show is about Diane Von Furstenberg’s quest to find her next brand ambassador. I honestly disliked most of her contestants but the final three aren’t so bad. From the beginning, I found myself wanting the blogger, Keir Mellour to win. She’s a typical “fashun” blogger but is definitely the contestant that I can see myself getting cocktails along with most. There’s still time to binge watch the entire season OnDemand before the finale on Sunday Night at 10


7. Response to my Jewelry 

Last semester, I started playing around with some jewelry making techniques. I have received  overwhelming support from friends, followers, and family about my designs. I am excited for what 2015 has in store for Frazier Lynn. I want to publicly thank all of you for your continued support. I can’t wait to share future designs. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. 

Visit my webstore at www.FrazierLynn.com for my current musing / designs. (It’s a work in progress so please do not judge too harshly)

Ciao For Now,

Jaclyn