French Onion Soup At Home

French Onion Soup

Have you ever been to a restaurant where you ordered a dish that was so incredible that it left you thinking about it all the time? I have, more times than I can count. Recently, I had a bowl of french onion soup at Bistro Francais that totally blew my mind. After returning home in a state of total cheese and onion overload, and I mean that in the best way possible, I knew I had to make a choice. I  could continue to frequent this restaurant as much as humanly possible or I could try to recreate this delicious concoction at home. Since driving into DC every time I crave this little bowl of heaven would be a little ridiculous, I decided to try my hand at recreating Bistro Francais’ french onion soup at home. And after many attempts I finally came up with something that almost compares and something you most definitely should try. (recipe below) (more…)

NYFW with BBOS

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Wearing- Hat: Hat Attack; Sunglasses: Rayban, Coat: (sold out-similar here) Zara; Jeans: Forever 21, Turtleneck: NastyGal; Boots: Sole Society; Bag: Chloe. — Photography by Natalie of The Fashionably Broke.

Packing for New York Fashion Week is no joke, especially in mid February. It’s a battle of what will be super chic, fit in your suitcase and will also keep you warm in 1 degree weather. I tried my best to look put together most of the time I was there but I’m not going to lie, by the end of the week I was bundled in a comfy sweater and my poofy down parka. But beyond the cold weather, it is still a struggle to decide what to bring to one of the most fashionable events in all of the world. It’s a lot of pressure! Luckily I discovered a secret weapon to keep my outfits looking fresh, on trend and all at an affordable price. (more…)

Cute Shoes and Craft Brews: A Girls Guide to DC Breweries

IMG_3874-2Most people probably wouldn’t think of DC as a mecca for craft beer but in the past few years things have been changing rapidly and DC is quickly making the beer industry take notice. It seems like new emerging breweries are popping up by the handful and since we had heard so much buzz surrounding our cities new craft, we had to go out and see it for ourselves and then of course share what we found with you.

But before we start, we have to be honest, we aren’t beer connoisseurs. We aren’t even close. Of course we enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (mostly with our husbands) but our drink of choice is usually wine. But after taking a peek behind the curtain of the beer making process, the people behind it and what goes into it, lets just say we have a better appreciation now and so do our taste buds.

Check out a few photos from each of the breweries that we visited below and then head over to Rent.com for the full article, a list of our favorite beers we tasted, and a full review on each brewery we visited. Cheers! (more…)

NYFW 15: Street Style

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After attending New York Fashion Week for my second time, I noticed that the street style you see outside of Lincoln Center is almost as entertaining as the new collections you see on the runway. People come from far and wide to see and be seen in front of Lincoln Center, they dress to be noticed and linger in hopes to get their photo taken by top fashion photographers. It was beyond freezing in New York, so there was really a wide range of what people were wearing. Some were dressed weather appropriate with warm hats and furs, others were dressed in shorts for spring and some had birds on their heads…no lie. Here is a glimpse into the good, the bad and the ugly of street style at NYFW 15 from Fall/Winter 2015. I’ll let you be the judge which is which.

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This girl had it right: She grabbed her comforter from her childhood bedroom and wrapped up. Smart move.  (more…)

Wide Open Spaces

Everyone needs their happy place, somewhere to unwind and recharge with minimal distractions. That place to my husband and I is his family ranch in South Dakota, Casey was lucky enough to grow up on a 4th generation working cattle ranch 45 miles from the closest stoplight.  It’s rugged, beautiful and relaxing but also alive with livestock and wildlife at the same time. When he gets in the ranch truck and turns up the George Strait or climbs on his 4 wheeler and takes off across the open fields I swear he is a different person entirely.

Being from a small town myself, I totally understand wanting to escape from the city every now and then. The traffic, the noise and the fast pace living can certainly get exhausting. So when our parents headed out on a joint vacation for a few weeks and the cattle needed taken care of we jumped at the chance to ranch-sit for 10 days.

We may have been a little nuts to pack up our brand new electric car, our two insane mutts and drive 1600 miles across the country to get there but we are adventure seekers, so that is exactly what we did.  Three days, 10 podcasts and 13 stops to charge later we pulled off the highway and on to the gravel road that leads to our little slice of heaven.

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Valentine’s Day: Beer for Dessert

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It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and that it is already time to celebrate this love filled holiday. It’s funny, at the beginning of my husband and I’s relationship, I would get all dolled up and we would head out to a fancy dinner on Valentine’s Day but in the past few years we have realized that it’s about something more than an expensive dinner. This holiday is about celebrating your relationship, your love for one another and making sure you show one another how much you care. Casey and I’s Valentine’s Day tradition (and my all time favorite date night) is going to Chipotle, seeing a good movie and then coming home to have dessert that I prepared. We exchange cards, have our dessert and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine together. (more…)

Travel Tips: Central European Tour

20141203_224350030_iOSOur trip all began with one tweet. A tweet from a travel blogger that tells the world about incredibly cheap airline deals and lucky for me my husband follows this guy like a hawk. We have found multiple airline deals this way and have traveled to many parts of the world we probably would have never seen if it wasn’t for this travel site. And yes, I will share this phantom twitter account at the end of the article, I promise I have your back. But first things first lets talk about Central Europe.

We purchased our tickets to Budapest for $400 round-trip, about half the price of a normal ticket to Central Europe.  And after alerting a few of our couple friends to the deal, one took the bait and jumped in with us.  Then we set about planning a European tour for four around Christmas time.

December in Europe isn’t always balmy but we knew there would be copious amounts of mulled wine awaiting us, so we packed our sweaters and took our chances. During the pre-trip planning we secured a minivan to get get us around, booked hotels and plotted out our route but aside from a few tours we left our days mostly unplanned on purpose.

What follows is a quick hit list of the top things we found to do in Budapest, Vienna and Prague during what these four road warriors came to call #minivaneurocation.  (more…)

52 Shades of Grey

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 1. Sergio Rossi Godiva/ 2. Vince Basic Luxe/ 3. Karl Lagerfeld Scarf/ 4. Frame Denim (on major sale!)/ 5. Vita Fede Wrap/ 6. Vita Fede Titan/ 7. Balenciaga Chèvre Bag  (amazing steal!)

Whether or not you got hooked on the 50 Shades of Grey series, one thing we can all agree on is that the Glacier Grey color will be the trend for Spring 2015. We thought it would only be fitting to put together a 52 Thursdays of Grey inspirational board in honor of the 50 Shades of Grey premier on February 13th. (more…)

Winter Sales & Splurges

Shopping is a personal thing. We all have different styles, budgets and looks we are trying to achieve. So when it comes to your go-to store, we may all have different opinions and thats a-ok. As many of you may already know, my shopping go-to is Zara. They are always on trend, have exactly what I am looking for and all for a reasonable price. Recently they marked down all of their fall/winter merchandise to make room for spring, so I have been loading up that online cart a bit more than usual.

This plaid shirt-dress was a major score for me because of it’s extreme versatility. When shopping, I don’t usually gravitate towards fads or trendy pieces. If I make a purchase, I want it to last at least two seasons, no matter what the cost. So I try to keep my purchases classic. I will be wearing this shirt-dress with jeans, tights and on warmer days with bare legs and tall boots.

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CityCenterDC: The Newest Luxury Destination

We are excited to share our experience at CityCenterDC with you guys from the fine dining and cute coffee spots to the many options to exercise your retail therapy at. It’s all conveniently located in one spot, where you can shop outdoors but not walk a mile to get to your next favorite store.

City Center DC- The Ultimate Luxury

CityCenterDC’s location is perfection and providing easy, accessible parking and two of the city’s busiest Metro stations near by, is just icing on the cake. Convenience is king for us, so having multiple options to get to this shopping destination is a huge plus for us. We have been loving all of the luxury stores that have been popping up and have recently been frequenting Burberry, Kate Spade and Longchamp and really looking forward to the opening of Dior and Hermes! Our husbands may not be as excited…
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