Tuesday, August 6, 2019

White Chocolate Banana Pudding

For my birthday this year I was really wanting something other than the usual cake and ice cream.  I am normally a Carrot Cake or German Chocolate kind of girl but one of my favorite desserts is a decadent Banana Pudding.  Rich and smooth, this dessert is one that I can rarely ever pass up.  Aside from the cold banana pudding and softened vanilla wafers, I was also craving a rich and buttery graham cracker crust.  While traditional banana pudding doesn't have a crust, I set out to come up with something that would satisfy all of my cravings.
I came across many different variations for both Banana Pudding and Banana Cream Pie while researching recipes.  Anything white chocolate always jumps out at me so I knew that had to be incorporated.  Seeing delicious recipes with the most mouthwatering pictures made me realize that I wanted a little bit of everything in this dish!  I started with a traditional graham cracker crust, using a simple and very easy recipe that I found.  Crushed graham crackers, sugar and butter holding it all together is the base of my White Chocolate Banana pudding.  Lining sliced bananas right on top of the crust and layering pudding and Nilla Wafers made for a simple yet delicious dessert!

How to Make White Chocolate Banana Pudding

Ingredients:

For the Graham Cracker Crust

2 cups Graham Cracker crumbs
1/8 cup Brown Sugar
1/8 cup White sugar
6 Tbsp Butter

For the Banana Pudding

2 Boxes of White Chocolate Pudding
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tub of Cool Whip
Nilla Wafers
6 Ripe Bananas, sliced

Directions:


Easy Graham Cracker Crust

This is a very quick and easy Graham Cracker crust recipe.  For this White Chocolate Banana Pudding recipe, I used this 9' x 13' dish.  It makes a bit more than the normal pie dish amount making it perfect for entertaining!


Step 1

Crush the graham crackers until you have 2 cups.  This food processor works amazing and is so much easier!

Step 2

Mix in both white and brown sugar, making sure it is fully combined.  Add melted butter and stir until you reach a sand like consistency.

Step 3

Press mixture into baking dish until you have a flat surface.  Chill in the refrigerator until while you are making the pudding.

White Chocolate Banana Pudding

Step 1

Mix white chocolate pudding as instructed on the back of the box.  Add in Condensed Milk and Cool Whip, stirring until combined throughout.

Step 2

Line your baking dish with a layer of sliced bananas, placing them right on top of the graham cracker crust.  (Shown in picture above.)  With a traditional Banana Pudding recipe, you would start with a layer of Nilla Wafers but because I added the graham cracker crust, this way seemed like the right thing to do.


Step 3

 Add a layer of pudding, about half, covering the bananas completely.  Next add a layer of Nilla Wafers followed by the remainder of the White Chocolate Pudding.  Garnish the top with crushed Nilla Wafers.



I like mine best served the next day.  It gives the favor a chance to really set in and combine.  I usually make my pudding recipes the night before and serve them chilled the following day.  I have linked everything I used on Amazon for easy shopping.  I would love to hear how yours turned out!

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

The best budget friendly neutrals

One thing that I am very passionate about when it comes to blogging and sharing work friendly outfits is affordable office wear.  I personally know how hard it is when you are just starting out or not quite making extra spending money.  Having to buy an entire new wardrobe for your office job can seem a little daunting and overwhelming.  I want to incorporate different price points for you all but I especially want to share with you very affordable outfits that can still make you feel like a million bucks!
What I love most about this outfit is that everything is neutral and can be worn year round.  The prettiest shade of blush adds a touch of feminine to a neutral pair of pants.  These slacks can just as easily be paired with a chunky sweater in the winter or you could throw a cardigan over this look in the fall.  Pair them with a neutral and classic white tee and you have a staple outfit for your wardrobe!

Swap the heels with a comfortable shoe!

This outfit is extremely versatile and can be worn with flats as well!  Although heels always look amazing, I know that not everyone prefers to wear them to work and that is completely understandable.  Flats can be so much more practical and especially a comfortable loafer.  My Camel Suede Loafers pair perfectly with this outfit, creating more of a casual chic look!


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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July recap

And just like that guys, July is over and summer is coming to an end.  My oldest goes back to school tomorrow (it feels SO early!) and I'm sitting here wondering how in the world summer flew by so fast!  Either way, school is starting back and this time of year always gets me so excited for Fall.  But before we close out the month of July, I'm rounding up all of my favorites from the month.  I post a lot of outfits to my Instagram or on LiketoKnowIt so I wanted to document them here as well!

Our trip to Cabo

Loyal and I took our first trip together, without kids, to Cabo for my best friends wedding.  We had the most amazing time and the views were absolutely stunning!
We stayed at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort and it was amazing.
Gorgeous property, great food and fantastic location for a destination wedding.

Top: H&M (Old) | Hat | Wrap

My dress is old from Vici Collection | Bag | Shoes | Watch


The bag you need this summer!

This is my most worn bag this summer!  It's a designer dupe and under $25.  I love it so much that I'm thinking about ordering it in brown for Fall.  Color in photo is Apricot.
(Romper is from Forever 21 but not online, unfortunately.) | Sunglasses | Shoes (Old) | Watch

The perfect nail color for a wedding

Color is Gelish Once Upon A Mani


My top picks for the Nordstrom Sale

So many great things in the sale! - Full post here


Nordstrom Sale Try On

Boots (Best purchase of the NSale!) | Top | Cardigan


One top, 3 ways

J.Crew Factory had an AMAZING clear the clearance sale this month!  This top was originally $50, on sale for $10!!  Limited sizes are still available  fully in stock in a similar pink, black and army green.  Extremely versatile and cute any way you wear it!
Blazer | Pants | Bag | Loafers (Color is Camel)
Denim Jacket | White Shorts | Tory Burch Sandals
Pencil Skirt | Shoes



Polka Dot Work Wear



High Waisted Leopard Bikini

Leopard bottoms | Top (Old from J.Lux Label) | Hat


Summer was good to us this year but I have a feeling Fall will be even better.  I have a lot of good things coming up and can't wait to share more!

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Friday, July 19, 2019

My Top Nordstrom Sale Picks

The Nordstrom sale is HERE!!! And open to the public!!!
This sale is always a favorite of mine for many reasons.  If you are new to the Nordstrom sale, it's basically where brands release their new Fall items at sale prices!  It's a great time to stock up and upgrade your wardrobe with some great Fall staples.  Whether you are shopping for work wear, shoes, casual everyday wear, athletic clothes, beauty or home, Nordstrom really brings it all.  So let's get right to it!  Here are my top pics from the sale and below are some of the items I tried on and purchased.

Nordstrom Sale Top Picks

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Shoes and sweaters were high on my list this year.  I have been wanting a pair of over the knee boots for a couple years (without having to spend a bunch on Stuart Weitzman's) and Steve Madden nailed it with these.  Speaking of Steve Madden, he always brings a great, on trend, flat to the sale and these snake skin loafers sold out immediately.  They come in a couple other colors (LOVE the grey suede and mustard color!) and are one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes!  I was able to grab the snake print when they came back for presale so if you are eyeing these, jump on them while you can!  Cardigans were also high on my list.  They are a great office staple as well as transitioning from summer to fall.  I purchased both the grey and cream (pictured below in mustard color) and I love them.  I included a bunch of great basics and staples in my pics but this tweed pencil skirt is a statement piece that I absolutely fell in love with!

Nordstrom Sale Try On

Steve Madden Everly Over the Knee Boots

Kicking things off with the very first thing that went into my cart, the Steve Madden Over the Knee boots!  I can't say enough about these because I absolutely LOVE them.  They are great quality, great price, super sexy and exactly what I have been looking for.  Also pictured is this longline grey cardigan.  Another top pick and a great staple piece for your wardrobe.  True to size and a little on the lighter side for a cardigan.
(Boots run a little small so go up half a size.)


Halogen Black Blazer

Here I swapped out the cardigan with a black blazer for more of a casual chic look.  This would be great for a date night in the fall or winter!  This blazer was very well made and extremely affordable!
(I am wearing a small but probably would have done better in a petite size.)



Long Cardigan and Camisole

One of my favorite looks and a staple outfit in my closet.  I love pairing a satin camisole with a long cardigan.  It looks great with any shoe, whether boots, wedges, heels or flats.  This BP Longline Cardigan is on the thicker side and definitely comfortable and cozy!  I love this color but ordered it in cream for myself.  Camisoles are always a favorite for me and this print is so dainty and pretty.  It comes in several other colors if this one is not for you. :)
(Wearing a small in the cami and XXS small in the cardigan.  Cardigan is oversized and I like mine a little more fitted so I sized down.)





Wrap Sweater and Pencil Skirt

This was another outfit made of great staple pieces.  The wrap sweater is so soft and flattering.  It comes in many different colors and I was honestly a little torn on which one I liked best!  This pencil skirt is a great staple for your closet at a fantastic price.  It was extremely comfortable and flattering as well.
Wearing a small in the top.  Size down for a more fitted look.  Comes in petite as well!
Paired here with Vince Camuto Trousers for more of a sleek look.  I can't decide which I like better!



Tweed Pencil Skirt

This tweed pencil skirt is probably my most favorite item out of everything that I saw and everything that I bought.  It is so classy, elegant and beautifully made.  I felt amazing in it!  It is extremely versatile and can go with so many colors.  I honestly plan on wearing this all fall, winter and for many years to come!
(Wearing a 2.)
Paired with black or burgundy, both look great!  You can really see the detail in these close ups too.  SO beautiful!
(Both of these tops are sold out.  I linked them here and below so keep an eye out for restocks!  Wearing an XS in the black sweater and a small in the burgundy bodysuit.)



I hope you loved all of my picks!  I had so much fun shopping this sale, as I do every year.  I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who follows me, supports the blog, shops through my links, etc.  I really love doing this and your support means the world to me.  Thank you!
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Button back floral blouse - From Work to Weekend

Something that is extremely important to me when shopping for clothes is versatility.  I used to buy so many things that I found myself only wearing once and I have since realized that it was such a waste.  Now when I select items, especially ones that can be worn in the work place, I try my best to make sure I can get the most out of each piece.  A bonus for me is always being able to easily transition my clothes from work to weekend.
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