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4.21.2017

How to Style 2017's Spring/Summer Dresses

 
Disclosure: I received some of the products in this post for review purposes.  The opinions are my own.


Spring is in the air!  To me, that means it's time to start breaking out the dresses!  I love that dresses can be worn for seemingly every occasion, whether it's for work, vacation, brunch, shopping, a wedding, you name it!  Today I am showing you how to style a few of this spring and summer's hottest dress trends for different occasions. 


Look 1: Your Casual, Everyday Dress. 
As I shared in my spring fashion must-haves post, off-the-shoulder and bell-sleeves are uber hot for spring and summer this year.  This Tobi Peace of Mind Striped Off Shoulder Shift Dress is the perfect combo of both those things, in a breezy silhouette and nautical stripes.  This is great for a spring break trip or a day of shopping.  I paired it with one of the hottest shoe styles of the season, a block-heel mule.  These mules are JustFab's Bijou in Cognac.  If you're not a member of JustFab yet, click here to join to get the VIP pricing on these shoes (disclosure: this is an affiliate link, which means I receive commission from JustFab if you sign-up using the link)!  The icing on the cake are my current favorite sunnies, Karen Walker 'Simone' Retro Sunglasses (affiliate link).

4.19.2017

Recipe: Bacon White Cheddar Pesto Mac and Cheese - Developed for Barilla and Allrecipes.com

 
Another one of my original recipes developed as an Allrecipes Allstars ambassador has been "kitchen approved" and published on the Allrecipes.com site!  If you are an Allrecipes member, click here to follow @fabeverydayblog on Allrecipes to see my photos, reviews, and activity on the site for your meal planning inspiration.  You can also sign up for the Weekly Fab email newsletter to get a weekly digest of the recipes I cook each week.

This recipe was another partnership with Barilla to develop a new recipe using one of their Blue Box pastas and a sauce.  Again, like with my Red Hot Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese, I was inspired to use a Fab Fam favorite (bacon) as a key ingredient.  I developed a Bacon White Cheddar Pesto Mac and Cheese, a rich and bacon-y variation of the tradition macaroni and cheese pasta dish.

4.17.2017

Legit New York-Style Pizza in Austin, Texas: 3 Train Pizzeria


Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal at 3 Train Pizzeria for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

The Fab Fam recently had a night out at northwest Austin's 3 Train Pizzeria (8127 Mesa Drive, Suite B-202, Austin, TX 78746).  We all love pizza, so we were looking forward to trying this place for the first time.  I was also eager to check it out for comparison purposes, as it is described as a New York-style pizzeria, and I am always looking to find pizza places that remind me of the way pizza tastes in NYC.  Another thing that appealed to us about 3 Train was that it seemed family-friendly.  They have board games for the kids to play, and even have family night on Tuesdays where kids eat FREE! 

Well folks, we were not disappointed!  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Read on for more details about our experience at 3 Train.

4.15.2017

Come with me to the Macy's Culinary Council event with Chef Bryan Caswell at the Domain in Austin next Saturday!


This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

I'm going to be quite in my happy place next Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3pm... I am going to be at Macy's for the FREE #CulinaryCouncil event with Chef Bryan Caswell!  I'll spend the afternoon learning from the master chef as he shares stories, best-kept culinary secrets, and techniques on how to prepare some of his favorite award-winning dishes.  The best part?  There will be plenty of food and drinks to enjoy!  AND I will be at one of my favorite department stores.  Cooking and shopping... it sounds like seventh heaven to me.

Come and join me!!  As if the above wasn't incentive enough, here are some added bonuses for RSVPing and attending:
  • RSVP and receive a $10 Macy's gift card at the event!  Here are the RSVP details: http://bit.ly/ChefBryan17
  • While at the store, feel free to explore the latest in cookware and gadgets for your kitchen.  Plus with any purchase of $35 or more in the Macy's Home Department, you receive a special gift, get to meet the chef, and take a photo with him!

Event details:

What: Macy’s Culinary Council event with Chef Bryan Caswell
When: Saturday, Apr. 22 at 3pm
Where: Macy's at the Domain, Home Department (Level 2), Austin, TX
For more information on the event visit: http://bit.ly/ChefBryan17

I hope to see you there at the Domain in Austin next weekend!  If you aren't in the Austin, TX area, follow my Instagram Story during the event (http://instagram.com/fabeverydayblog) for live coverage, or click here to see if Chef Bryan Caswell is coming to a Macy's near you soon. 

4.13.2017

Recipe: Red Hot Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese - Developed for Barilla and Allrecipes.com


As you may recall, I recently became an Allrecipes.com ambassador (the ambassadors are referred to as Allrecipes Allstars).  One of the great parts of being an Allstar is the opportunity to partner with brands to develop new recipes using their products.  Well folks, I've had another original recipe developed for the Allstar program become "kitchen approved" and published on the Allrecipes.com site! 

This was a partnership with Barilla to develop a new recipe using one of their Blue Box pastas and a sauce.  Since the entire Fab Fam loves bacon, I was inspired to start there as a key ingredient.  The recipe I developed is Red Hot Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese, a next-level macaroni and cheese with a red sauce (different, I know!), smoky chipotle spice, and bacon.

4.11.2017

Travel Tuesday: One Day in Zion National Park

 
For spring break this year, the Fab Fam took a camping road trip across the Southwest (from Austin to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas, Page, Arizona for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, and Zion and Arches National Parks in Utah).  I'll share our overall road trip route, itinerary, and recommendations in a few weeks, but leading up to that I am highlighting each of our destinations in detail.  Today's post covers our short, but memorable time in Zion National Park in southern Utah.

In our jam-packed road trip week, we found ourselves so close to Zion that we had to try and squeeze it in.  We only had time for one day in the park, but it's a place I have always wanted to go, and I couldn't resist at least touching the surface.  I do have to admit that one day was not enough time.  We didn't get to see as much as we would have liked.  If I could do it again, I would have tried to book early enough to stay in the park (camping sites and accommodations book well in advance).  That being said, we don't regret our time there.  Zion was so beautiful to behold that it was almost surreal.  Everything was so large in scale, so majestic, that the photos don't do it justice.  So if you find yourself in a similar situation with limited time, here is our advice on seeing a few things and getting around with young kids.

4.07.2017

Friday Faves: ESPEROS Handbags - High-Quality Style with a Mission

 
Disclosure: I received two handbags from ESPEROS for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.
 
My latest bag obsession: ESPEROS.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me styling two different bags a lot recently, especially during our recent road trip through the Southwest.  Today I am pleased to share a lot more images of these bags as styled on our road trip.
 
I love these bags for a few reasons.  First, they are really cute.  Second, they are really well-made, and of a high-quality, buttery soft leather.  Third, they were both really versatile and functional, even during our hikes and more rugged days in the state and national parks.  Finally, ESPEROS is special because they also have a mission.  With every product sold, ESPEROS funds one year of education for children in developing countries.  How can you not love that?  It's not often that we find ourselves both giving back and shopping for luxury goods at the same time.  Click here to learn more about them and shop their different handbag and backpack styles for both men and women. 
 
The first style, and the one I am #currentlyobsessed with, is the ESPEROS Bucket Bag.  This bag comes in five different colors.  The one I have is Pearl.  Made of soft, durable leather, this bag is also perfect for spring and summer boho lux styles.  
 
 

4.04.2017

Travel Tuesday: Visiting Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ


For spring break this year, the Fab Fam took a camping road trip across the Southwest (from Austin to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas, Page, Arizona, and Zion and Arches National Parks in Utah).  I'll share our overall road trip route, itinerary, and recommendations in a few weeks, but leading up to that I am highlighting each of our destinations in detail.  Today's post covers our time in Page, AZ, where we camped and visited Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.

So, you know those rainbow-striped slot canyon photos you see as a computer lock screen image, or in those fantasy travel posts in your Facebook feed?  What about that magical looking shot of the Colorado river in a deep red canyon on your TV screensaver?  Well, both of these unbelievably beautiful, no-filter-needed spots are just minutes from the small town of Page, Arizona.  And yes, they really look that magical in real life.