Happy Monday! Just wanted to share with you all a few of my recent purchases over the past month in preparation for Fall and this coming Winter. I purchased most of these items either on sale or with a coupon code, so they shouldn't burn a hole through your wallet!
I finally splurged on this Patagonia down jacket-- and I use the word splurge very lightly here. I scoured the internet for this perfect puffer jacket and ended up getting mine from Amazon for $279 but I've linked it here for a sale price of $195. Since it's a down coat, it's packed with feathers to keep you warm. I wore this jacket the entire time I was in Pittsburgh and stayed super toasty! The material seems pretty durable and I'm sure this jacket will last me for years to come!
Are these boots not sick?!?!?!?!?! Over the Knee boots have really picked up this year and I can understand why! They come in all sorts of fabrics, colors, heel heights, and styles. I decided to stick to a more classic style with a slightly chunkier heel, lace up detailing and suede fabric. I wasn't too eager to shell out $$$ for a pair of Stuart Weitzman pair of OTK boots, so I kept searching for a more reasonably priced pair. I order this pair from ASOS during their Black Friday promotion but they have unfortunately sold out since then (but still available in taupe). If you're still on the hunt, check out these options here (under $100 + free shipping), here (free shipping + additional 25% off), here (free shipping), and here ($50!!!). Enjoy!
My aunt got me this bag while I was in Pittsburgh and I'm so thankful she did. I always end up bringing back lots of souvenirs and new purchases whenever I travel and my other satchels and totes can't always hold it all. This tote is huge but still small enough to fold over and fit underneath the seat in front of you on the plane! Plus, you practically get two bags for one since it's reversible. They're on sale now for $22. Go ahead and grab a few!!
This felt fedora from Aldo Shoes is actually one of my all time favorite purchases. It was one of those purchases that you consider in the store, walk away, then come back and get! It's such a beautiful bordeaux color and the rim is fairly stiff (I'm not a floppy hat kind of girl.) I picked this hat up while i was in Pittsburgh and I kid you not, this one guy kept asking if I wanted to sell it to him! He had to have asked me about six or seven times! I haven't found the right outfit to wear it with just yet, but believe me, when I do I'll be sure to post about it here!
I was desperate for a new purse while out in San Diego and picked up the one above from Forever21 while I was out there. It's no longer available online but I've linked a few more stylish and similar options below!
I hope this serves as a little "pick me up" for you all today! Have a good one and I'll see you back here tomorrow for a new travel post!
Ran inside the entrance of the Andy Warhol museum to snap a quick pick with this background!
Snapped this pic from the River Walk.
After having taking picture after picture of and on the Andy Warhol bridge, I made my way a couple of blocks over to visit the Senator John Heinz History Center. You guessed it-- it's a museum...sort of! If you're ever in downtown Pittsburgh, it's a must-see! It's literally 5 floors of greatness! I especially enjoyed the Heinz section--it highlights numerous products of theirs and details the company's global impact! This place literally features so many cool exhibits under the sun. They've got local Pittsburgh memorabilia all the way up to global pieces featured from WWI & WWII. Not to mention, an entire FLOOR dedicated to Pittsburgh sports! Admission is less than $20 for adults and believe me, if you hit all 5 floors you'll have gotten far more than your moneys worth!
After being out and about a full 12 hours, I had to get some rest for Sunday's football game at Heinz Field!
Panoramic view of Heinz Field
If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time now, you can see that most of my travels revolve around sporting events. This trip was no different except for that fact that I got to spend some much needed time with family!
The Steelers took on a feisty Oakland Raiders squad which made for a really exciting game!
The Steelers got the "W" and my weekend was made!
I had such a fun weekend in Pittsburgh exploring the city, hanging with family, and supporting the Steelers. I can't wait until I get the chance to come back!
I'll be updating the blog a lot this week with another really, really fun travel post, another recipe, and a fun style post! Be sure to follow me on Instagram (_margosmith) and Snapchat (margggg58) for a look behind the scenes before I post on the blog! Thank you all so much for taking a few minutes out of your day to visit Simply Monday Musings!
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I'm sure many of you are already starting to bustle about in the kitchen prepping for Turkey Day tomorrow (opening wine counts!) but before you indulge in your carb loaded, pie-filled meals, I want to share really quick and simply recipe I whipped up last week for lunch.
If you follow me on snapchat, you saw how I was raving on and on about the Near East's roasted pepper and basil quinoa. My relationship with quinoa has been on and off for the past year but we are all the way on now! [Mainly because I finally figured out how to cook it. LOL] Let's be honest, my meal was built around it! I decided to simply steam some kale I had leftover from my morning green smoothie and pan sear a single chicken breast to make the meal complete. And viola-- a healthy and very tasty lunch!
*Disclaimer: Now, I'm just getting into the habit of eating healthy, so I don't count calories yet but I do read labels [specifically looking for the number of grams of sugar.]
Here's an easy step-by-step guide to making this tasty dish
Near East's Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Quinoa
*follow instructions on box!!
-Add about 1 cup of water to a small sauce pan and heat over low heat (DO NOT BOIL!)
-Wash & tear kale leaves from stem...add to sauce pan
-Let kale steam for about 5-7 minutes. Be sure to not over steam (that's how you lose nutrients!)
-Remove kale from sauce pan and add seasoning to taste (I keep mine plain!)
-Heat olive oil over medium heat in sauce pan
-Rub a tablespoon amount of olive oil over both sides of chicken breast & season to your liking (I use pepper, garlic salt, and Mrs. Dash Original)
-Sear both sides of chicken breast in skillet until cooked thoroughly
Plate all components and enjoy!
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble til you wobble!
Pittsburgh. Home to the three sister bridges and the city where three rivers meet. The city that produced more steel than all the allied axis powers combined during World War Two. The newest city I have fallen in love with! I took a little trip up north a few weeks ago to visit family and explore this beautiful city. I had an absolute blast!
It's Monday again, so that means an all new #SimplyMondayMusings post! I've had home decor and apartment styling on the brain as of lately and I'm really ready to get out of my current space and into someplace fresh & new. With that said, it's never too early to start planning, right?
I've got this thing for white furniture. It's crisp and clean, just the way I like it! Plus, it's an easy backdrop to add color, texture, and unique pieces to. Not to mention, it's far from overwhelming. It's a sleek look that never goes out of style.
Take a look at some of the things that are helping me define my home style!
Hello lovies & happy Saturday!! I know exactly what you're thinking, "A STYLE post?!?" Yes my lovely readers, a style post. I finally have a new photographer/blogging partner (coming in 2016!)! My friend Sydnei and I ended up back home at our old stomping grounds post-graduation and made the best out of a sour situation with our first "real" jobs. We met up for lunch Friday afternoon and I brought this fun hunter green leather moto jacket to show her and snap a few photos in. Plus, it was a gorgeous fall afternoon!
Minute Maid Park -- Home to the Houston Astros
Hello loves! I just got back in to town earlier this week and I am officially on a traveling hiatus until late December! Don't get me wrong-- I love to travel. I was in a different state practically every week during the month of October. Not to mention a couple of trips to Nashville, TN and a quick game day experience in St. Louis, Missouri. Seriously loved it all! But now it's time to rest and enjoy some time with my family. Today I just want to catch you up on a quick trip I took to Houston and College Station, Texas late last month.
Here's my philosophy on traveling-->You should only be in your hotel room when it's time to go to sleep. No matter where I go, I try my hardest to find something that will get me out of my hotel room and into the heart of the city!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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