Before I give you a run down on our new fav jeans I feel like maybe I should tell you what I’ve been up to the last few weeks. For those of you who don’t know by day I’m in sales and the last month was an extra busy one. I had a conference in Hawaii (I know, I know, lots of people would have been willing to take my place) and a week long national sales meeting in Florida. My husband travels weekly for work and we don’t really miss a beat when he’s gone but it always adds some extra stress to our fam if I have to head out of town. Auntie even had to step in for night when both my husband and I were gone-I swear, it takes an army. Being a working mom is hard and the guilt is real. I didn’t end up getting home until midnight after my week away and you better believe I ran right into my sweet girl’s room to see her when I got home. I’m pretty sure I cried when I finally saw her, a full week away is just a little too long for my liking. There is nothing more to this story other than to say to the working mom, I feel you.

Now, the jeans. I don’t know about you but finding the perfect white denim is a STRUGGLE-first world problems amiright? We have finally found the perfect fit and it’s safe to say we’re probably not going to be following any of those ‘white after labor day’ rules. These pants are the perfect fit – high waisted with no gap, great quality, ideal for running to the playground with sneaks and layer with a sweater, or dressy enough to head the office.

 

 

Current Ann Taylor Favs

We had so much fun shopping at ThredUp in Walnut Creek. Bri was sweet enough to open the store a few hours early on Saturday and let us have the store to ourself, they even had a rack set aside for Campbell-I have a feeling Campbell is going to enjoy lots of shopping trips with us. We also had some fun styling Erica (our photographer) girl got some steals for her upcoming trip to Hawaii. Jen & I were both able to snag some designer shoes and we swear neither had ever been worn….hello cute Chloe and Manolo (see pics below).

If you’re in the area we highly recommend going to check them out and if not have fun exploring online. Every time you go in it’s a different store, with new items you’ve never seen.

 

For the record, my girlfriends rip on me all day/everyday for always having my “face” on. I’m not gonna lie, I give it my best effort that’s for damn sure. I personally would LOVE to be one of those girls who looks cute without any makeup on. Unfortunately, that’s not me, I use to have serious acne issues, my skin is uneven and I’ve been blessed with these lovely dark circles under my eyes (thanks, Dad) that literally never go away, doesn’t matter how much water I drink or sleep I get. I did get fillers before my wedding for the dark circle, definitely helped my cause, but I haven’t committed to getting that done on a regular basis. We can discuss botox/fillers at another time.

Anyway, I have a handful of product I can’t live without and even if I’m running to the grocery store or heading to the gym I always put a little something on. My tips below, but I will also link my fav products for my everyday face.

Tips:
1. Moisturizer/Skin evening serum, I use eminence. I’ve noticed it helps my general skin tone and helps with lines since I’m old AF.
2. I always put a base on, some foundation mix with moisturizer if you don’t want full coverage.
3. ALWAYS fill in my brows, make sure you are user the proper color to match your hair. Nothing worse than bad brow color.
4. Put a little blush on the cheeks, makes me look alive and healthy.
5. Don’t touch your face! The removes makeup and makes you breakout.

Daily Products

After overindulging during the holidays it was time to have a major reset-I’ll miss you cookies and wine, but momma needs a BREAK. My husband conveniently gifted me a Peloton bike for Christmas this year and the timing couldn’t have been better.

Quick review of the bike (I get messages often about it) -I used to love working out, I went 3-5 times a week, swore by SoulCycle, and loved a good reformer class. Insert the “I worked out until I was 9 months pregnant and haven’t really gone back to the gym since” excuse (Campbell is 16 months- that’s basically two and it means I need to get my shit together). I do feel like the world should know that I made a 6am SoulCycle class twice over those 16 months and they were damn good classes. I digress…the bike is awesome! Over 8000 spin classes available out of the convenience of my small SF apartment, whenever I want – it’s exactly what I need.

We’ve committed to doing Whole30 for the month of January-this means no sugar, alcohol, dairy or carbs. My husband swears by it and I’m along for the ride. I’ve also been working out 4-5 days a week (thank you husband and Peloton). I’ve been posting a few recipes we have been cooking up this week on insta story, and after receiving several requests for recipes, I thought I’d start with the chili because it was the easiest and maybe the best:

Crockpot Whole30 Chili-This recipe was SO easy and delicious
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced unsalted tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth, low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon homemade chili seasoning see below
  • salt, to taste
  • Instructions
    1. Brown the turkey over medium high heat.

    2. Add the turkey and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker.  Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 3-4 hours.  Adjust seasonings to taste.

    3. Homemade Chili Seasoning Blend:  5 Tablespoons chili powder, 2 Tablespoons cumin, 2 Tablespoons garlic powder, 2 Tablespoons oregano, 1 Tablespoon paprika (or smoked paprika), 1 1/2 Tablespoons onion powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons salt.  Store in a mason jar or tightly sealed container.

    For the Instant Pot
    1. Set Instant Pot to saute.  Spray with cooking spray and add ground turkey, stirring until cooked.  Add remaining ingredients to the pot.  Set to Manual for 10 minutes.  When cycle is complete, allow for natural release of pressure.  Serve with favorite toppings!

    Recipe Notes

    **This recipe makes a  thinner, more broth-like chili.  If you prefer a thicker chili, add a can of crushed tomatoes and additional chili seasoning!

 

Happy New Year, friends! Thank you to everyone who tuned into my impromptu little hair tutorial, if you didn’t get a chance it’s on our highlight reel on Instagram. It’ll give you a good idea of how we both do our hair everyday. Now that I recently installed a little weave, we have both have had the pleasure of having both short and long hair. For those of you who asked, my extensions are tape in and my hair stylist is @carlaforniablonde (Carla Malia) from Aida Salon in San Francisco. I personally prefer tape in extensions over clip in for daily use, they are a lot of work drying and styling etc but since Carla cut and matched them to my hair color perfectly, you’d never know they were extensions. Clip-in extensions are perfect for events or a one time use but for an everyday look, I think tape in is the way to go. Aside from linking the products and styling tools I use, I’m also added 5 tips that I think are essential to good locks.

Hair Tips

  1. Always use a heat protectant, especially if you are using styling tools daily. Honestly, even if I air dry my hair I put the protectant in for good measure it part of my daily routine.
  2. For long hair styling,  I use a 1.5 inch wand and I always wand the hair away from my face on each side.
  3. For short hair styling, I use a 1.25 inch wand and I rotate the direction that I’m wanding away every other piece. When doing the pieces around your face make sure you start with the hair away from your face.
  4. Nothing is worse than a sticky/heavy hairspray my fave is here
  5. Dry Shampoo, is your best friend. Even if your hair is clean.

Cheers to a new year and great locks (or great fake locks) whatever works!

xoxo,

Jenica & Jessica

 

Products

First let me start by saying we have had a WEEK over here. I spent Sunday night/Monday morning cleaning up vomit from my sweet little 15 month old-which also happened to be my birthday all I can say is #momlife. I thought we were in the clear and things were looking up only to have another vomiting episode last night which resulted in a trip to the ER. F U flu. The overprotective mom in me was concerned about dehydration and we needed some meds to put a halt to the vomit once and for all. It worked and she seems to be doing much better this morning, you better believe I’ll be keeping those anti nausea meds in that nugget for the next 24 hrs. Momma has Christmas dreams and vomit isn’t on the agenda.

Before Campbell got sick for a second time we were able snap a few pics of her in our family Christmas pajamas this year. Every year I force my husband and his entire side of the family to wear matching pajamas for no other reason than a good photo opp (that my MIL happens to love) and comedic relief after Christmas Eve dinner and several glasses of wine.  This year Jenica and her husband will be joining the fun…get excited.

I’m linking some of my fav jams for Christmas and after since were just a week away at this point-bad blogger, what can I say?

More recently we were able to spend the afternoon in the kitchen with Lindsay of Food La La- before we discuss her ability to make everything in the kitchen look effortless can we all please take a moment for that hair.  It’s real, we asked and we’re jealous. She also mentioned she used to make this in college. Which is interesting because we’re pretty sure the only thing we were making in college was ramen noodles. Lindsay makes quality time in the kitchen fun and easy, and this is definitely a recipe we will be keeping in our back pocket this holiday season.

Wrap this toffee up in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon and a piece of holly (or snip a branch off your Christmas tree!). We love the festivity and crunch of the crushed candy cane, but you can substitute crushed pistachios, almonds or even toasted coconut if you prefer.

 

Recipe:

CANDY CANE TOFFEE

Ingredients:
 40 saltine crackers
 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
 1 cup brown sugar
 2 cups chocolate chips (milk or dark)
 10 candy canes, crushed

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Line a large jelly roll pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray*.
3. Arrange a single layer of saltine crackers on the pan. Make sure the crackers are
touching—get as many as you can in the layer, even if you need to break crackers into
pieces.
4. In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring to combine.
Once it boils, stop stirring (WHY? #1) and let it continue to boil for three more minutes.
5. Remove the sugar mixture and carefully pour over the saltine crackers. If needed, tilt
the pan to create an even layer.
6. Bake pan for 10 minutes.
7. Remove pan from oven and immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let them sit for
a few minutes to melt, then spread the chocolate with a spatula (if it doesn't easily melt,
return pan to oven for 30-60 minutes.
8. Sprinkle melted chocolate top with crushed candy cane and let cool completely. Then,
put in fridge or freezer to set.

9. Remove from fridge/freezer and pull parchment paper and toffee up out of pan. Peel
parchment off back and use a sharp knife to cut into pieces.

Recipe notes:
Note: I like to use coconut oil spray
Note: Store airtight in pantry for 1-2 weeks,

For red and wrap dresses, this is a classic dress will never go out of style. I’ll keep it short, but this fabric is gorgeous it’s such a perfect shade of red, throw it on with a red lip, camel coat, some nude heels and you are all set for your next holiday party. I’ve linked this dress some of our favs and the most adorable (and super affordable) camel coat.

Happy shopping!

xo,

Holiday Dresses