Friday Favorites

Man oh man, what a week. I started this month with the best of intentions for a great January: exercise, healthy eating, and wearing big girl outfits to work. Of course all that went to the wayside by Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Hello hash browns for dinner with a side of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Skittles for dessert. No joke. And don’t even get me started on Alan Rickman… I’m looking forward to recovering with Mil tonight and then getting glammed up for the opening night of Marriage of Figaro tomorrow. Hope you have a good weekend and enjoy this week’s roundup.
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1. Embroidery and cross-stitch are having a comeback. Get a head start on this up and coming trend by following these embroidery Instagram accounts. Trust me, they’re beautiful and much cooler than they sound!
2. Sydney Loves Fashion is one of my favorite local fashion blogs. I particularly love her Seattle shopping guide series. This week she came out with her guide to Capitol Hill, a must visit neighborhood for all you out of towners.
3. As alluded to above, I’ve been off my outfit game recently. I love the ideas from this Career Girl Daily article on How to be the Editor in Chief of Your Own Wardrobe. Keeping an editorial calendar is something I’m seriously considering. After I moved towards a seasonal capsule wardrobe, I’ve found myself wearing the same four outfits on repeat.
4. Online dating is a mystery to me. I somehow bypassed the phenomenon of  Tinder, Match, and OkCupid. Everyone tells me I’m better off not knowing, but a very small part of me wonders what it’s like to puzzle through the question: how to dress for a Tinder first date?
5. This recipe from How Sweet Eats is destined for Mil’s mouth: Cheese Enchiladas of My Dreams.


Holy Guacamole

Fresh guacamole is one of my favorite summer snacks—and so easy to whip up in a flash if you have a few friends over. (It’s also a great option to bring to a party if you want to seem like you made more effort than you really did.) I’ve been perfecting this recipe over the years and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


• 1 large ripe avocado (should give slightly when squeezed)

• 1 Roma tomato, chopped (or two smaller tomatoes stolen from your mom’s garden)

• 1/4 cup very finely chopped red onion

• Half a lime’s worth of juice, freshly squeezed

• One clove of garlic, finely chopped

• Optional: half a jalapeno, diced

• A dash or two of Tabasco sauce

• The secret to my success–plenty of spice! My favorites are cumin, cayenne pepper and paprika, and of course salt and pepper, too. Start off with a little bit of each of these, and mix in more to taste.


Combine all the ingredients in a medium size bowl and stir/blend/mash it into submission with a big spoon (or a pestle, if you’re fancy). When you’re done, it should be fairly creamy, with minimal avocado chunks. Serves 2-3. Best enjoyed with margaritas on a sunny patio.


Tip: if you have some guac left over (crazy, I know), squeeze a bit of lime or lemon juice over the top to keep it from turning brown too quickly.

If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

♥ Mil

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