Week Night All Star Vol. 3

When inspo is running thin and the dinner bell is T-Minus from ringing, you gotta pull yourself together and #MakeItWork #TimGunn

This week a frozen bag of stir fry veggies were front and center, while Kikkoman stir fry sauce took this week night dish to varsity status. My tip for pulling off a spontaneous meal: listen to your fridge. If you have fresh ingredients on hand, use them up. If you have leftover bits and bobs, transform them into something new. A colorfully dressed salad will give life to tired grilled chicken. And do NOT underestimate the power of a great dressing or sauce!

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Fancy Pants

If you’ve ever worked out with me, then you know I’m a big fond fan of bold tights. I adore bright colors, graphic patterns and stripes. They are a staple and investment piece in my wardrobe. Some of my favorite brands include but are not limited to; K-Deer, Bombshell Sportswear, and Alo Yoga.

When purchasing tights, I need the following things: high rise, full/ankle length, won’t show sweat, squat proof, bold colors and stand out prints. That’s it! But seriously, I work out every day and need tights that are made to last. In my opinion, the brands above have nailed it. They make quality athletic apparel that easily transitions to the street. WIN WIN

Dinner Party

Girls night in? Yes, PLEASE! Whether it’s a patio party or a casual tapas spread at my basement bar, I’m here for it. I love to cook and entertain, and have been doing just that for my best of girlfriends. We sipped gin cocktails, dinned on grilled shrimp salads and nibbled at charcuterie and fruit boards. Last but certainly not least, the night commenced with decadent red velvet brownies and chocolate chip cookies.

Major shout out to Kimberly Stevens the author of Savor. This cookbook is full of delicious dips and beautiful boards. (The Green Goddess Dip on page 177 was amazing!)

She Get It From Her Mama

If you didn’t know, my Ma is majorly fashionable. She is fabulous and has always been on trend. She legitimately needs a YouTube channel. #MakeUpMama

She has a passion for fashion, she follows fashion bloggers, loves fashion magazines and IG influencers. When we get together we trade secrets and obsessions. She shares her gems and treasures with me, while I take mental notes and wonder to myself…Why aren’t you a personal shopper for celebrities? #SKILLS

Some fabulous gifts from Mama Dukes:

Woven handbag, Statement Earrings, solesociety.com sandals

Flower Power

Planting herbs gives me great joy. I’m in love with basil, rosemary and mint. If these three herbs are not in plenty on my deck, then Houston we have a problem. We also have four planters that I fuss with daily. In two I planted creeping jenny, purple calibrachoa and a calamagrostis acutiflora for height. In the others I placed a boxwood in the center with alternating creeping jenny and blue star creepers round the exterior. My minimalist approach to ‘gardening’ keeps me sane and gives me just enough landscaping to tend to. That said, my husband is our groundskeeper. He is officially obsessed with mowing our yard, watering the beds, weeding the beds, seeding the yard, and trimming all the trees, flowering plants and shrubbery. He’s my #LawnBoy and man does he get after it! It’s his pride in our lawn and attention to detail that gets our lot a double take. #GreenThumb

Meals for Munchkins

One will do almost anything to get kiddos to eat. I myself have cut a hotdog into an octopus, used a ‘(fart) cloud’ cookie cuter to lore them into eating sandwiches, and many more zany tactics. Presentation matters most to kiddos, while taste comes secondary. In addition to the what and how, the WHERE also plays a significant role in their satisfaction. If a meal is served in a different place or presented in a special way, the likelihood is high you’ll have members in the Clean Plate Club. The effort and creativity that goes into arranging and staging food for my boys is so EXTRA! Wonder where they get that from?!

I Ain’t No Basic Bish

Some days I’m just simply inspired to get dolled up. Nevermind that I’m merely taking my kiddos to school or running a few errands, that’s neither here nor there. I WANT to look my best! Long gone are the days when we ladies wore pearls to the grocery store and wouldn’t dream of stepping out of the house without full glam make-up.

I’m not one for half ass, as I’m a full ass kind of girl. In this look my jump off piece is a Rebellious Fashion bodysuit. #Spicy #NotSoBasic #FullOn #IsMyHairBigEnough #YAAASSSSSQueen

Teacher Appreciation

Can’t thank them enough for all they do! Here are some gifting ideas for the dedicated teachers in your life. Our Pre-K class of twenty-couple went together on these gifts for our wonderful teacher and her aide. Since shopping is my (additional) cardio, I happily volunteered for the job. In my town, I turn to the following gems when looking for the perfect gift; The Enchanted Olive, Eva Bryn Shoetique, Serendipity Zelie, HOUSE 15143, and Gather. #FABULOUS