Pinterest Redux: Flat, half leather over-the-knee boots

Yup, I'm at it again. This time with a functional, but still chic outfit, from People Style Watch that was sported by Elizabeth Olson, while out as far as I can tell just generally being adorable despite yucky weather. The secret sauce is obviously those amazing boots.

Original Boots:

Pinterest Redux:

Choice is yours, keep those tootsies warm!

Download this song now!

Xmas morning I dragged the HF to SoulCycle. Yup, his present to me. And of course, I love it. I felt like a sponge sucking up all the good energy in the room. Also the music was DOPE. And I went home and poured over the internet for this song I could not get out of my head. Then I found it - for freezy. It's a xmas miracle! And so I had to share it with you...


Download this ASAP and add it to your workout mix. You will thank me - I promise.
Good energy + health + so much love,

Super Low Cal Sweet Potato Soup

If you're like me, you want something sweet, warm and filling in your belly when it's cold outside. You probably are also fighting a constant battle between heavy, calorie laden "seasonal food", "party food", "edible gifts" and all those other gooey things conspiring to make you feel like a stuffed turkey - just when you are also enlisted in a string of events that has you slipping into one party dress and velvet cocktail number after another. So, I came up with this recipe for the times when I want something with all the seasonal, belly warming, comfort of the season but also want to fit into my clothes come January.

In addition to being hella easy (a pre-req for my recipes) it also keeps for about a week in the fridge stored in an adorable mason jar, so I make a big pot and feast on it all week long.

3 sweet potatoes
1/2 white onion
Pam spray
1 carton chicken or vegetable broth
spices to taste (I throw in whatever's handy, nutmeg, basil, oregano, garlic salt, Mrs. Dash, whatever)
nonfat yogurt (optional garnish)
chopped green onion (optional garnish)

Calories (without garnish) about 385 for THE WHOLE POT (makes between 4-8 servings depending)

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Taking a break for the Holidays

What is going on with planning, you may ask me? Or perhaps you already have? Well the answer is NADA - we are taking a break for the holidays. :)

The next holiday coming up is Steve's Birthday!!! More on that to come...
But until then please enjoy this Britney Spears video which I have been playing on repeat:

No this song has NOTHING to do with me & steve, it just has a KILLER beat...


MONDAY INSPIRATION: Words of Wisdom & The Greatest Sparkly Shoes of ALL TIME

Borrowed from the amazing Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins, who just launched an amaze balls shoe line with Matt Bernson, now available on Anthro. Would you think me terrible if I said I think my life might be over if I don't get the gold ones... #hyperbole #dontcare 

Please enjoy the eye candy 

On fortitude & survival

Sometimes a positive attitude is not enough. Sometimes, you have to endure something that no positive attitude can stand up to. Your only choice is to go head down, get through it, eyes on the prize or the light at the end of the tunnel or whatever imagery you need to ease your suffering. Because pain is part of life- and not all pain can be avoided.

The other day I was getting a painful procedure done and the doctor was amazed at my pain tolerance. He told me I was a "world record holder for pain endurance" He said "I guess after everything you've been through this is not that bad?" And I said, "Yes, totally, but also the way I get through everything is by reminding myself I can do anything for a minute." 

It's true- I can do anything for a minute. It's something I discovered in a body sculpting exercise class- when the instructor had us do approximately a thousand weighted squats. I was like nope. And the teacher was like "come on Dena, you can do anything for a minute." And so I did it, and my fortitude was born. 

There's a story I used to tell (back in my teen educator days) about a magic ring that would make the happiest man cry and the saddest man dry his tears. The ring wasn't magic - just engraved with the words "this too shall pass." 

Such a simple concept but so true - when you are sad, struggling, hurting, scared, bald, fragile, doing lunges- it's not going to be like that forever. 

If you can do anything for a minute, then why not as many minutes as it takes till it's over. This too shall pass. So I just breathe through that minute to the next one, and the next one, until I come out on the other side. I wouldn't say it's easy, but it works. 

But the flip side of this coin is that when I am happy, and I'm happy a lot, I need to stop- acknowledge it, appreciate it, revel in it- because the way life works some other curveball is bound to come my way and make me work towards that happiness again. 

Then again mama always said nothing worth having comes easy. 

The most high maintenance girl in the world (who has lots of hair now) 

Paleo Caesar without Mustard

As someone who has faced many food restrictions for health reasons I have a deep and abiding empathy for anyone suffering from the above. Dealing with restrictions is hard - on your wallet, on your tastebuds, and on the pleasure that should come from sitting down to eat. With that in mind I have been playing with this Paleo ceasar recipe for the last few weeks with a few restrictions - no pepper, no dairy (for me), and no mustard seeds. After much experimentation (and a few, we'll call them "less than successes") I finally came up with the creamy, dreamy, tangy sauce. It is thick, luscious and has that certain extra little thang that you want from a salad dressing to cover that yucky lettuce taste (yup, I hate lettuce, I'm not gonna lie)

So here it is in all it's natural, easy to mix glory. Throw the ingredients below in a blender, watch them swirl into saucey goodness and enjoy! You may have to experiment a bit with my extra scientific measurements to get them to the taste you want.

2 egg yolks
A generous pour of olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 tbsp of anchovy paste
2 garlic cloves, crushed & squished
1 generous tbsp of capers + a splash of the caper juice

**Pro tip: For a stronger flavored green like kale I added more lemon and anchovy paste, for something lighter like butter lettuce you may want to hold back a bit"


It feels like Thanksgiving came soooo late this year. But it's here and with it comes joy, love, presents and a tartan glitter explosion that could warm even the scroogiest of hearts.

I have pretty much gone crafter crazy and it is awesome, can't wait to share some of these projects with you as part of my new series - DIY thursdays.

But it's Monday, and monday is for inspiration so for today's post I give you this winner:

From Pinterest

Lots of love & evergreen scented goodness to you,