Recipe \\ Bacon-Wrapped Tots

happy friday! i'm bringing you the last of the "game day" snacks from my friend Lindsay, of Cooking In Pearls, today! this one is probably my favorite of the snacks we whipped up because bacon + tater tots + cheese. yes, you read that right. 

a lot of restaurants in Chicago (and maybe elsewhere, i just never noticed) offer tater tots as a side option. you know, like fries, coleslaw, fruit, salad, TATER TOTS. i always pick the tots, so you better believe i was excited about having them stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon. 

Recipe \\ Chex Mix with a Kick

happy saturday! 

i wanted to share this delicious chex mix recipe with you guys from my friend Lindsay, of Cooking in Pearls. if you have a man (or you yourself!) that's going to be enjoying game day on Sunday, you should definitely make this mix. it's super easy and the perfect complement to a football game. 

Donuts + things


as a kid, my favorite flavor of muffins was lemon poppyseed. weird, right? most kids would probably say blueberry or chocolate or, "ew, muffins? i'll have a donut". and there i was, walking up to the breakfast buffet, just hoping and wishing and dreaming that there would be those tiny little yellow muffins with the black dots. there usually were, thank goodness. to this day, lemon poppyseed is one of my favorites, so you can imagine how i felt when i stumbled upon this recipe on pinterest.

IG Round-Up | 02

'ello, errrbody. 

it's tuesday morning and it sort of feels like a thursday, but also like a monday and so i'm just in a weird place emotionally. i'm also yet under-caffeinated and have about 7,395 things i want to get done today, SO popping in to share a quick little IG round-up. anything that isn't identified is either old as the hills or i have no idea where it's from. you can also just scroll through my instagram feed to see the tags and such. 

it's been a bit quiet around here because i've been spending all of my days working on getting the first batch of Dearly Boxes ready to ship! i'm hoping to make some serious ground today, which will allow me to get dressed in real clothes and then actually share an outfit with you.

until then, you can catch me on IG or snapchat (@laurelizabeth4).

KBYE.

cape: TJ Maxx | jeans: ZARA (similar, similar)
tee: Target | leggings: Nordstrom | slip-ons: Steve Madden | scarf: H&M | bag: Kate Spade
jeans: Madewell | sweater: Marshall's
flannel: H&M (similar)
 sweater: Madewell | jeans: Zara (similar) | slip-ons: Steve Madden | bag: Kate Spade | watch: Daniel Wellington c/o
sweater: TJ Maxx | phone case: Rifle Paper Co. | nail: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark | necklace: Elisabeth Ashlie

Lavender x Black

ever have one of those days where you just cannot get it together? 

you wake up late, your hair won't style, you run out of coffee creamer, and, as the clock keeps ticking by, forget trying to put together an outfit that you feel good in. obviously, none of these things are life-altering or important in the grand scheme of life, but there's something to say for starting your day off on a smooth note that makes it difficult when it doesn't happen. 

when you have those times, the simplest thing to do is pick one or two colors and build an outfit out of them. for me, it will always be black, and maybe another color. black is classic, chic, and always appropriate, so it's the easiest one to use as a go-to. if you're looking for something a little more interesting, or just can't fathom wearing all black anything, add in another color, like a lavender, powder blue, or cognac. once you have the base layers, you can add in some texture and pattern with your accessories, like a necklace and printed pumps. and suddenly, you feel like you can conquer the world! or at least survive the day without regretting your outfit at every turn. 
or am i the only one that happens to?





tank: Target | leggings: J. Crew Factory (similar) | cardigan: Target | pumps: Target | scarf: Zara | necklace: Elisabeth Ashlie | watch: Daniel Wellington c/o | cuff: Elisabeth Ashlie | bag: Rebecca Minkoff

photos by Christina Shelley

Saturday Style | 30

we had a bit of a warm up over the weekend, so i took advantage of the opportunity to bare my pale porcelain legs one last time. i naturally dress more casual on the weekend because i'm in relaxation mode. not that i dress up during the week much, but i almost always reach for leggings and oversized sweaters on Saturdays. while a dress may be naturally a bit "fancier", i tomboy'd it out with a flannel, rain boots, and my favorite fall jacket. 

i had a first this weekend, too! i attended my first-ever improv show and loved it. one of my friend's from small group is very active in the improv community in the city, so i finally was able to go see her perform. it was so fun to see her in her element and just soak in all the talent of her group. there are plenty of things in the world that i would be bad at, but improv is one of those things that i would be so, so horrible at. like, it gives me anxiety just thinking about what i would do if someone called me up on-stage. while i can think quickly when it comes to a sassy remark to Mike or my sister, improvising an entire 30 minute skit off of one question posed by an audience-member would have me in the fetal position. it's always so cool to me to experience the talent of other people, but even more when it's something that i could never do. 

the rest of the weekend was relaxing, including a nice long nap on Saturday. 

question: is there anything better than getting back into bed on a weekend day? 

answer: no





dress: Tommy Hilfiger Outlet (similar) | flannel: H&M (similar) | jacket: Marshall's (similar / similar) | boots: Hunter | bag: Kate Spade | necklace: Elisabeth Ashlie | earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie | cuffs: Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here)

photos by Christina Shelley

Recipe \\ Brat Burger Sliders

the NFL season is upon us, which means "game day" food is basically all i want to eat on Sundays. while i'm not a huge football fan, i am a huge fan of good food, so, yes, i'm willing to spend up to 3 hours watching a sport i don't really understand or care about to eat the snacks. i've teamed up with my friend Lindsay, who writes the food blog, Cooking In Pearls, to bring you guys some game day recipes that are easy enough to whip up just before the game or during halftime. 

this first one is a personal favorite because it's something that you maybe haven't seen many other places. whether or not i were a brat fan, i will eat just about anything when you put caramelized onions and spicy mustard on pretzel buns. because pretzel buns.  these sliders are delicious and sure to be a football-viewers favorite new game day snack! 

here's what you'll need: 

brat sliders:
 1 1/2 pounds Brats, raw 
 8-10 Pretzel buns, mini 
 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 
 salt and pepper, to taste 
 1 cup Caramelized onions (recipe to follow) 
 *Cheese, optional 
 *Beer cheese sauce, optional 

caramelized onions:
1/2 stick butter
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 can beer
salt and pepper, to taste
for the caramelized onions:
> melt butter over medium heat in a sauté pan and toss in your onions
> lower the heat to medium-low, stirring onions while they slowly sauté
> once onions are slightly golden, pour in about 1/2 beer and simmer lightly for about 15 minutes
> turn down heat to low and let them slowly caramelize, adding more beer if they look too dry
> season with salt and pepper

after about 35-40 minutes, the onions should be an amber color and sweet, almost jammy in flavor. you can add fresh thyme or any herb for more depth and richness! 

for the brat sliders:
> remove the brat from its casing and cut in half
> form each half into very thin, young patties and set aside
> preheat your grill or grill-pan
> season the brat patties with salt and pepper, generously. place on the grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until the brat is just cooked through
> meanwhile, slice your pretzel buns (you can toast them, too!)
> spread each side of the bun with mustard and top with your brat burger. add a slice of cheese if you want, go wild!
> take a generous scoop of the caramelized onions (oh, the aroma! smells like a day at the ball park!) and top your burger with them
> from here, you can add ketchup, a slice of tomato, relish, or a warm drizzle of beer cheese sauce...yum! 

and there you have it! a brat meets a slider and it's perfect for game day. 




yesssssssssss.

so, now that your mouth is watering and your stomach grumbling, go ahead and make out your grocery list for the weekend, making sure to include brats and pretzel buns. 

happy weekend! and go _____(whichever team you root for)_____!

Plaid x Fur

hellooooooo. 

mayday, mayday. coming up for air. 

i've been a busy little bee, buzzing around my office working hard on prepping some things for the holiday season. but, i had to share this with you.

i spotted this sweater/jacket (or swacket, as i like to call it) at Evereve and immediately thought of at least 7 ways that i could wear it this fall and winter. once i put it on and realized that it was also very warm and comfortable, it was mine. i can't promise that one of the ways doesn't include pajamas, but that's just because i want to wear it at every single turn. 

it will also come in handy this week as i'm working on fighting off my first cold of the season. here's to bundling up, drinking my weight in tea, and popping Vitamin C like it is nobody's business.  





button-up: H&M (similar) | jacket: Evereve | jeans: ZARA (similar) | bag: Kate Spade | booties: Franco Sarto via DSW | bracelets: Elisabeth Ashlie | earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie

Saturday Style | 29

hey, happy monday! 

this monday morning is one of those where i'm excited to get back to work, which is a good way to start the week, if you ask me. while i'm always sad to see the weekend go, there's something about getting stuff done and being productive that feels pretty darn good. 

you know what else feels good? finding that one, perfect sweater for fall. you know which one i'm talking about, right? the one that's the perfect color, perfect style, shape, material, weight...all the things about it are perfect. yep, you guessed it! it's this sweater. if you knew how many times i've already worn it, you'd be embarrassed for me. 

or maybe you're just a little jealous? 

it's also one of those things that my mom and sister own, too. we don't do that with many things (sunglasses, denim jackets), so you know it's good when we do. 




sweater: Marshall's (similar, similar) | jeans: ZARA | flats: J.Crew Factory | bag: Kate Spade Outlet | ring: Kendra Scott c/o | necklaces: Elisabeth Ashlie

if you want to try to find this sweater, i suggest looking at your local Marshall's or TJ Maxx store -- i couldn't find it online, but we saw them in several stores! 

photos by Christina Shelley 

Grey x Animal Print


hi hey hello! it's fall! 

this week has finally felt like true fall weather. you know, the kind where it's chilly in the morning, warm in the sun in the afternoon, and chilly again at night? it's blissful. and it arrived just in time for me to break into my fall wardrobe that i've been patiently waiting to use. 

one of my favorite things about early fall is that there's still time to wear your favorite summer pieces just once more. this dress (turned tunic - hello, shrinking in the wash) was one of my favorite things to wear toward the end of this summer because 1. it's grey 2. it's short-sleeved 3. it's comfortable 4. i still felt like i girl when i was wearing it. unfortunately, it shrunk just enough in the wash that it's too short to wear as a dress, but all that means is that i added another tunic to my fall/winter collection. #winning

this denim jacket is another spring/summer staple of mine, but i feel pretty okay wearing it in the fall, too. because fashion "rules" were made to be broken...or something like that.

okay, final note on these here pretty little pumps. i saw them at Target, tried them on, lingered for awhile thinking, "alright, just buy them, you'll wear them. trust me." but then realizing that i probably wouldn't wear them all that much and could they really be comfortable enough to wear for more than 10 minutes and no, Target, i came here for tape and cheese, NOT SHOES. so, i left them behind that day. 

but then i couldn't stop thinking about them, so i was at the store the next morning and bought them. and i'm really glad i did.  





top: Target | pants: Gap (similar, similar) | jacket: J.Crew Factory | pumps: Target | earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie | watch: Kate Spade | bag: Rebecca Minkoff

photos by Christina Shelley