April 6, 2016

How we wore it//Bright Colors

Hello, Spring! Sometimes I feel like I get in the rut of wearing black pretty much every day. I probably should have went to hair school or something? So it's pretty refreshing for me (and for my co-workers, ha!) when Springtime rolls around and I bust out some brighter colors. And it was great to dust off the old wedges in my closet.. they've been dying to get worn!!

Jeans: Target//Tank:Target// Blazer: Target// Shoes: Target//Purse: Japan// Lipstick: Urban Decay in Catfight
             This months How We Wore It: Bright addition is inspired by the lovely Chic Street Style. 

Check out these loves blogs to see their take on this fun bright outfit:

Deidre at Deidre Emme
Kyla at FordOlogy
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Berkley at Here in the Now
Autumn at Stay gold Autumn
Brielle at Breezy & Co.
Alexa at He & I
Brooke at Silver Lining
Sierra at Sierra's View
Madeline at CaseyLand
Susan at Sue's News
Bonnie at The Life of Bon
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Robin at Penn & Quill

and if you want to join in the fun hop on over to Deidre's blog and sign on up :) 

March 13, 2016

Cumin Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad

One of my very favorite parts of spring is being able to eat Sunday lunch out on my back patio. There's just something about being able to eat outside. Ya know? I love hearing the birds chirp, the sun shining on my face & spending a quite Sunday afternoon outdoors. With the weather warming up here in Utah the past few weeks I have been craving some of my favorite spring and summertime salads. This one is so light & fresh. I love how the flavors pop! Plus, it's super fast & easy.
Cumin Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad


For the salad:
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (or 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can black beans (or 1.5 cups cooked), drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, julienned (about 1.5 cups) OR 1 large chopped and roasted sweet potato
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Fine grain sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  • Dressing (recipe below)
  • Sliced avocado (optional)
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (3-4 limes), to taste
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste


  1. If using Sweet potato: rinse, peel, chop in cubes & lay in baking dish & drizzle olive oil, salt & pepper to taste. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until cooked. Cook quinoa according to package, let cool. 
  2. In a large bowl, toss the quinoa, drained and rinsed black beans, cilantro, carrots (or roasted sweet potato), green onions & avocado.
  3. Whisk together the dressing in a small bowl or jar. Adjust to taste if desired. Pour onto salad and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

March 11, 2016


today i am thankful for friendship.
i've always been a lover of friendship.
if you're familiar with the hartman personality color code, i'm a blue.
we are all about relationships. it's what makes our world go round.
it makes us tick. it connects us to others. it makes us feel complete.
i somehow have been so #blessed with wonderful friends in each part of my life.
my childhood was wonderful. my neighborhood was full of kids my age. we had our little saved by the bell gang if you will. we did everything together from night games, to sleepovers, to climbing trees. as i got older i met new friends in junior high. those who would help me become the outgoing person i am today. i owe a lot of that to the relationships i cultivated during my student council time.
then i got to high school. i had the worlds best guy friends. all who treated me like gold.
i was surrounded by wonderful friends in classes, church, and on my drill team.
then i moved away. i lucked out with meeting some of my very best friends. we experienced everything together. boys. heart break. buying our first cars. college pranks. big life altering life decisions. simply, we really grew up in those years. then life moved forward.
i moved, friends got married. & started having children. i reconnected with old friends.
i fell in love with a new best friend. when that didn't work out other friends were there for me.
in between i met blog friends who have been more than just blog friends. they are irl friends. and who are dear to my heart. through the years i kept in touch with many of those old friends as well as made many new ones who God placed in my life when they needed to be there. sometimes they needed me. and sometimes i really needed them & they were the perfect person for me at that time of my life. and now when i see any of them we laugh together, cry together, talk about our triumphs & our trials. but we are always there for one another.
i moved again. met more amazing human beings who would soon become close with and who would change my life for the better.
point blank.
some how i have always hit the jack pot when it comes to friends.
and for that i am grateful.
and days like today when i have had a rough week i get a random phone call from a dear friend.
just calling to say hello & see how i am doing.
and for that i am thankful.

sometimes we may not always see each other or even talk or text each other. but there is nothing more comforting about a knowing someone cares.
friendship is a beautiful thing.

March 2, 2016

How we wore it//SPRING

As usual I am ecstatic to share with you another version of HOW WE WORE IT: Spring Edition!!
 I love the blogger community and how many wonderful friendships I have made in the past 8 years. (Has it really been eight years?! Where does the time go??) I have always loved being apart of Brooke's How We Wore It & was so happy to hear that she was going to keep it alive and pass on the torch to Deidre. I love fashion and I love sharing my personal style with you!

Top: GAP // Jeans: Target// Jacket: Target// Necklace: Target // Glasses: Target // Purse: Kate Spade // Shoes: Coach

This outfit was my jam! The best part of transitioning from winter to spring for me is mix and matching some of my winter and spring articles together. I can't think of a better way to utilize my wardrobe. I have really been into holey/ripped jeans lately. I love how much of a 90's influence has made a comeback. I wear mine more than I should probably admit. I'm also a little obsessed with my new coach sneakers. They are literally the comfiest and CUTEST and couldn't be more perfect for springtime. It feels so nice to only have to wear a light jacket again with this lovely unpredictable Utah weather. Bring it on spring, I'm ready for you!
 Our inspiration:
Mint Arrow
Check out these ladies blogs to see their spin on this darling outfit:

Deidre at Deidre Emme
Katelyn at The Suitcase Blonde
Amy at Harris inc.
Madeline at CaseyLand
Rachel at Rachel Sayumi
Brooke at Silver Lining
Berkley at Here in the Now
Kyla at FordOlogy
Robin at Penn & Quill
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Autumn at Stay gold Autumn
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Sierra at Sierra's View

January 16, 2016

Glitzy Denim and Yummy Desserts

Happy New Year! Let me virtually stuff cake in your face as you think about your new year's resolutions! .Just like every one else I have set new year's resolutions and can proudly say that I have stuck to every one of them (all sixteen days this year!). I am a big believer in new years goals, lists, and making yourself a better person. Each year I like to choose a word or quote to be my theme of the year. This year I chose the word "PUSH" I also found a quote to go with it,
"Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you."
 I have set little reminders through out my bedroom, in my planner, and placed a picture of this quote on my laptop desktop. That way it is always fresh in my memory. I am all about setting short term goals each week or month to help myself accomplish my big goals. The other day I had a sister date at The Chocolate Dessert Cafe.  I love getting together with any of my sisters. We chat, make each other laugh, make each other mad, discuss our goals, and plus I can make them take my pictures! On this sister date I went for a little denim-glitz, if you will. I paired my denim up with my favorite sparkly earrings. Denim is one of my wardrobe staples. I love that you can dress it up or dress it down.  We had a lovely afternoon chatting at The Chocolate. It has been a favorite hang out since it opened in 2009.  My personal favorite desserts are the chocolate with caramel cupcake & The Kitty Katrina signature cake. I know it's the new year and you're probably wondering why I tempted you with all these delicious desserts. And that's because I believe moderation in everything! I have found that in setting my goals that if you go cold turkey instead of teach yourself moderation you will never obtain those goals. I am all about balance. Here's to another year of pushing myself and finding balance in everything.. including a few cupcakes here and there :)

September 29, 2015

How We Wore It // Fall Transition

Jeans: Target//Shirt:Cotton On//Blazer:H&M//Necklace & Earrings: Nordstrom//Booties:Forever Young
Lipstick: "Sin" by MAC

 As I think about transitioning my wardrobe into the Fall all I can think about is layering. You throw on your shirt, your cardigan, your light jacket, a scarf, and a hat. I love layering because let me let you in on a little secret about myself: I do NOT like anything long sleeve. I am okay with long sleeve jackets with a shirt under but I can't stand wearing a plain long sleeve. Maybe I'm claustrophobic or something? ha! When I saw our outfit inspiration I got excited because I recently had just gotten jeans with holes in them & I have been digging on them. I also was excited because I was able to use a summer shirt for this outfit. That's the beauty of fall is that you can just throw a cardigan or blazer over summer shirts and WA-la! you have a fall looking outfit. I am by no means a fashionista but I sure do love this time of the month where I get to show you all my love for fashion. This outfit was right up my ally because I take any chance I can to wear my summer clothes longer & wear a blazer in the office. What is your favorite fall item? Here's to lots of boots, scarfs, hats & of course dark dark lipstick. Happy Fall Y'all!

This was our inspiration:

via Life with Emily

Check out these lovelies blogs to see how they wore it:

Brooke at Silver Lining
Robin at Penn and Quill
Kyla at FordOlogy
Sierra at Sierra's View
Sharlee at My New Lines
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Jennifer at The Pepper Express
Amy at Harris, Inc.
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Berkley at Berkley Anne
Riley at Riley Jo
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Jacqui at Drink the Day
Maren at Mark and Maren
Brooklyn at Brooklyn Jolley
Sarah at My For Real Life
Madison at Madison Custer
Amy at Lamb and Ivy
Alicia at Snowstorm
Shelby at R + S Brereton
Alexa at He and I

August 25, 2015

How We Wore It // Summer Cool

//Sunglasses: Target// Shoes: Nordstrom Lipstick: Snob by MAC

As much as I love fall time I am super sad to see this summer come to a close. It obviously has been a busy summer considering I haven't blogged since the last time I did the How We Wore It collaboration, Yikes! (insert monkey covering his eyes emoji here). So huge shout out to Brooke for hosting and keeping me on my A game. I have so many fun summer adventures to share including an amazing trip abroad! I was so excited that this months HWWI inspiration came from Julia at Gal Meets Glam. I have followed her for years & love her classy style. I had nothing close in my closet to what she had but her soft dressy summer outfit made me want something light. I love this dress from H&M because you can dress it up for date night, wear it running errands, or a girls night out! I like that Julia's outfit looks comfy yet dressed up. That is what inspired me to wear this black dress. The slits on both sides give it a little sexy edge & anyone who knows me knows I love to pair a hat with just about any outfit.
 Here's to wearing all my summertime outfits as long as I can! 

This was our inspiration:
via: Gal Meets Glam

Take a peek at these chica's spin on Gal Meet's Glam's outfit:

Brooke at Silver Lining
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Jana at Bouvardian
Alexa at He and I
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Brooklyn at A Little Too Jolley
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Danica at Danakin Skywalker
Rachel at Rachel Sayumi
Sharlee at My New Lines
Emma at Ever Emma
Kyla at FordOlogy
Kalyn at Geez Louise
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Bonnie at Life of Bon



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