Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Recipes: Fresh Peach Bellinis

Happy Friday Everyone! Time for a fresh and light summer cocktail to finish off the work week with style. I love recipes with peaches in the summer - this fruit is in season, extra affordable, and so delicious. Make these fresh peach bellinis for friends this weekend and enjoy an evening away from the office.

This recipe is from Ina Garten on the Food Network and makes 6-8 servings.

Fresh Peach Bellinis - Ina Garten 



Ingredients: 

2 fresh, ripe peaches
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 bottle chilled prosecco sparkling wine

Directions: 

Use a food processor or blender to mix the main ingredients. Take the pit out of each peach and place the fruit, lemon juice and sugar in the machine. Mix together and blend until smooth. Next pour the mixture through a sieve to remove the peach solids. Finally, grab a fancy glass and put 2 tablespoons of the peach mixture in the bottom of the glass and fill the rest with chilled prosecco. Cheers!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tips and Trends: Workout Wednesday

A good sweat session is one of the best ways to reduce stress, take a break from work, and clear your mind after a hectic day. Some of my favorite workouts are ones you can do right at home in your own living room. Here are some of the best home workouts that are short and effective to get you in shape with only a small amount of time.


1. Poolside Pilates 




Pilates is an amazing way to tone and shape the body and focus on core strength and endurance. Try this workout at home to strengthen the abs, glutes, legs and arms.

2. Bikini Yoga Flow 




Nothing says relaxation quite like a Yoga flow workout. This one is filmed on the beach and ohhh so relaxing. Tone up while relaxing and distressing from your day.

3. Weight Loss Cardio Sculpt 




Jessica Smith has a great Youtube Channel with full length workout videos to do after work. Burn calories and have fun in less than 30 minutes!

4. Barre Fitness Workout - Booty, Abs, Arms 




Engage the total body with this ballet inspired workout. Tone up gracefully with this workout you can do anywhere with just a chair.

5. HOT Body HIIT Workout 




Blast calories with this total body workout. In just 12 minutes you can get the heart rate up and really tone and shape all the major muscle groups.

Try these workouts this week to get some exercise in during a busy work week. These videos are great to do in the morning to jump start your day or at night after a day at the office. Leave you comments for Polished Pinstripes below and happy workout!


Monday, July 27, 2015

What to Wear on the Weekends: Black and White Polka Dot Dress





Dress: White House Black Market (Sold Out) and similar here
Shoes: Black Peep Toe Pumps similar here
Clutch: Black Clutch similar here


This black dress is perfect for a weekend night out in London! I love wearing all black (what girl doesn't...) but this polka dot pattern is a different take on the classic little black dress. The flowy A-line cut flatters almost every shape and is always chic. Adding a pop of color with red jewelry brings extra interest to the outfit. Perfect for a night out at the theater or a date night to a new restaurant in the city. Classic black accessories make this look easy to put together and timeless. 


Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Recipe: Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes

People in London definitely love their tea, and these portable tea cakes are the perfect pairing with a steaming cup of earl grey. Cherries are especially delicious in the summer and perfect in this recipe.

This recipe is from The Food Network and makes 12 servings.

Cherry-Pistachio Tea Cakes



Ingredients

1/2 Cup Pistachios
1/3 Cup White Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2/3 Cup Confectioners Sugar
2 Large Eggs
6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
12-24 Fresh Cherries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with paper liners. Put pistachios, flour, baking powder and salt in food processor and pulse until ingredients are finely ground. In a second bowl mix together sugar and eggs, then add pistachio mixture. Melt the butter and stir it into the batter until smooth and combined. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups and bake around 8 minutes or until batter begins to set. Place 1 or 2 cherries in center of cup and continue baking until edges are browned about 10-12 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar, serve and enjoy with a hot cup of tea!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

10 Style Secrets for the Professional Woman

Look chic at the office with minimal effort and no time at all with these 10 style tips. These are some of my essential fashion 'do's for a polished and professional look every day. 


Julia Jordan Eyelet Sheath Dress

1. Shop For Your Body 

Trends come and go, and as much as we love fashion it is more important to think about what flatters your body than what newest trend are. A piece may look good on the mannequin but not fit your body well at all. When choosing clothes remember that a top style secret is to pick what works for your body, not what the magazine says is trendy. 

Vince Camuto Pencil Skirt

2. Embrace the Basics 

You can never go wrong mixing basic neutrals for the office. Invest in professional basics in neutral tones that you can mix and match effectively. These staples can take you from season to season with different accessories and will make up the backbone of your wardrobe.

Halogen Shawl Collar Vest

3. Play with Layers 

Add interest to your outfit by playing with layers to add texture and depth. Cadigan sweaters, colored blouses, structured blazers and vests are great ways to layer your professional look. Layering allows you to remake and repurpose the same pieces in new ways to add variety. 

Kate Spade New York 'nilda' Pump

4. Add a Pop of Color 

A pop of color is a great way to add interest to your outfit. Stockpile colorful tops that you can mix with basics to add color to your neutral suits. I also love a bright pair of shoes or statement tote bag to bring a new hue to your look. 

Max Mara 'Alare' Calf-Skin Belt

5. Belt Your Look 

Belts are a great way to accessorize an ensemble. Whether it is a thick belt, or slim belt over a cardigan, this must-have professional accessory give you endless possibilities with your wardrobe. 

Manolo Blahnik 'BB' Pointy Toe

6. Invest in Key Pieces 

One of the best style secrets is knowing where to invest your money and splurge, and when to search for a bargain.  Invest in a quality pieces where in counts, and then mix and match with other pieces from Target or H&M. Good pieces to invest in are the ones that you wear over and over such as a black pencil skirt, leather tote bag and neutral heels. 

Halogen One-Button Suit

7. Get to Know Your Tailor 

Finding a tailor who can make sure your clothes fit like a glove is a top style secret. Ill fitting clothing look cheap and unflattering - whereas an affordable suit can look like a designer piece if the fit is on point. 


Kendra Scott 'Hazel' Studs

8. Accessories Make The Outfit 

Accessories can take a work outfit from the office to a night on a town. Invest in accessories that can transform a day look to an evening look. Office accessories should be classy and subtle, and you can trade them out for bolder pieces at the end of the work day. 

Rebecca Minkoff 'MAB' Tote

9. Avoid Impulse Purchases 

Use your money wisely by limiting the number of times you shop and buying pieces you know you need. I keep a list of the items I want to add to my wardrobe, and purchase thing from the list to avoid impulse buys. Buying a few good pieces per season versus spur of the moment purchases lets you invest in quality versus quantity.
Philosophy 'ultimate miracle worker'

10. Prep The Base 

Look chic at the office with glowing skin and healthy hair every day. You want to keep primp time simple in the morning so invest in regular hair cuts, a good moisturizer, and a healthy skin and hair products to embrace natural beauty. Add just a few touches of makeup to highlight your features and keep mornings simple.  



Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below!



Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Recipe: Fresh Bruschetta Recipe

This bruschetta recipe is easy, fresh and delicious...perfect for a summer barbecue. It's always good to have easy summer appetizer recipe on hand. Ree Drummond from The Food Network makes an incredible bruschetta that is full of flavor and color with both red and yellow tomatoes.

This recipe is from Ree Drummond and makes 12 servings.

Bruschetta Recipe - The Pioneer Woman


Ingredients: 

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Pint Red Grape Tomatos, Halved
1 Pint Yellow Grape Tomatos, Halved
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
16 Whole Fresh Basil Leaves
Salt and Pepper
1 Whole Baguette
1 Stick Butter

Directions: 

In a skillet, brown the garlic for about a minute. Next mix the garlic and oil in a small bowl. Add the red and yellow tomatoes,  balsamic, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two. Cut the baguette diagonally and grill the bread evenly on both sides. Spread melted butter on the baguette pieces generously. Next spoon the tomato mixture on the bread slices. Serve on a big platter and enjoy!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Professional Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened last week for Nordstrom card holders, and opens to the public on Friday. This sale is unique because Nordstrom puts a NEW merchandise that has just come in for fall on sale for a limited time. Here are some of my favorite professional picks that will be on sale to the public starting Friday. Start planning now to stock up on your must-have pieces for fall at discounted prices.



1. Longchamp 'Le Pilage' Expandable Tote



I love this tote bag because the expandable zipper makes it so versatile. Available in both navy and black, and at an incredible price - now is the time to pick up this wardrobe staple.

2. Sam Edelman 'Alaine' Scaloped Topline Flat



A classic ballerina flat with a twist. These flats are chic and comfortable and perfect for when you feet needs a break from heels at the office.


3. Pleione Split Neck Top 


Love this chic blouse that pairs perfectly with slacks for the office, or jeans on the weekend. At only $29 you cannot beat the price! Pick up on in every color to stock pile work tops for fall.

4. Vince Hooded Coat 



Start preparing for fall and winter with this incredible Vince hooded coat. With a warm wool blend fabric and chic oversized silhouette, this coat will be your new favorite.

5. Kendra Scott 'Dylan' Stone Pendant Necklace

Kendra Scott is one of my favorite jewelry designers. I love her new neutral colors for fall that look understated and chic with professional outfits. This necklace is a great simple piece to pair with just about anything. 

6. Street Level Vegan Leather Pocket Tote


At only $31.90 this vegan leather tote is a steal for fall. I love the Cognac color, but it also comes in black. The perfect tote for fall to carry all your work essentials. 

7. Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt


This pencil skirt comes in 7 colors, and at under $50 during the Nordstrom sale, you may want to stock up. The dark purple and classic camel are my favorite colors for fall. 


8. Vince 'Adley' Sandal


This chic shoe is the perfect suede sandal for early fall. I love the fig color, and the black counter strap adds dramatic sophistication. 

9. Rebeca Minkoff 'Large MAB' Tote


This Rebecca Minkoff tote is one of my favorite work bags. Black is a staple tote color for your wardrobe, and the price during the anniversary sale makes it the perfect time to check this off your wish list. 

10. Kendra Scott 'Hazel' Stone Stud Earring 


I love a small pop of color with a simple stud. These emerald green Kendra Scott earrings are simple, chic and perfect for your work wardrobe. Also available in other colors, and only $29.90 during the sale. 



Happy shopping everyone! What professional pieces are on your list for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale?


Monday, July 13, 2015

What to Wear to Work: Back to Basics

Dress: J. Crew, US and similar here for UK
Jacket: J. Crew, US and UK
Pearls: similar for US here and UK here

So my latest deal has gotten pretty busy and I have been running around quite a bit. This classic little black dress and matching jacket is the closest I can get to wearing sweatpants to the office because it's SUPER comfortable. Also, this is a GREAT outfit for changing into flats once it hits 5:30pm and I know that I'll just be curled up in my office for the rest of the night, because the dress and jacket combo still looks quite chic even without heels. Turning up the sleeves to show the striped cuffs adds a touch more color and takes the edge off the rather severe jacket. Adding the pearls keeps the whole thing from looking too boring. For this outfit I usually opt for my long string of pearls so I can loop it several times - a single strand of pearls looks a bit too basic. I'm trying to keep up some semblance of fashion while pulling 15+ hours in a day!!




Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer Recipe: Rice, Bean and Corn Fiesta Salad

Summer is a great time to eat fresh, clean food and make recipes that are simple and easy. This recipe is a vegan rice and bean salad that can be eaten on its own or in a wrap, on a salad or with corn tortilla chips. The fresh cucumbers and tomatoes add crunch and flavor that tastes like summer.

This recipe is from SummerGirl Fitness and makes about 6 servings.

Rice, Bean and Corn Fiesta Salad




Ingredients: 

1 Can Black Bean
1 Cup Brown Rice
1 Can Corn
1 Cucumber
4 Large Tomatoes
Cilantro
1 Bunch Small Green Onions
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (Optional)
Salt and Pepper

Directions: 

Cook the brown rice in a rice cooker, mixing 1 cup rice to 2 cups of water. Once the rice is done, set it aside to cool. Slice the green onions into small pieces, and dice the cucumber and tomatos. In a large bowl mix together the corn, black beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. Slice a handful of cilantro and toss into the bowl. Next add the brown rice and stir it all together. Add 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, an optional 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Add additional olive oil or vinegar to your liking. Serve and enjoy!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

5 Tips for Traveling this Summer - The Healthy Way

The best part of summer is definitely summer travels. Traveling is a great way to take a break from the busy work grind and relax. One of the big challenges of vacation time, though, is keeping up with your workouts and maintaining healthy eating habits. Stay healthy while on vacation with just a little planning ahead. Here are 5 tips for healthy traveling, and some pictures from some of my favorite travel destinations. 
Clock Tower in Bern, Switzerland 

1. Bring a Resistance Band


Resistance bands are the perfect way to bring the gym with you no matter where you go. I picked one up at target for about $10 and they take up no room at all in a suitcase. With a resistance band you can work every major muscle group with only a small amount of space.
Eiffel Tower Paris, France

2. Pack Healthy Snacks


Site seeing can make you very hungry, so make sure to pack healthy snacks every day for when those cravings hit. Packing bags of almonds, apple slices, and low fat cheese sticks helped resist buying a croissant after every museum tour. Also, having protein packed snacks will keep your energy levels high while you are on the go. 
Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood - St. Petersburg, Russia

3. Track your Walking each Day


Walking on vacation is a great way to burn calories, and all those steps definitely add up. When you are traveling, consider buying a Fitbit to track your steps and see how many calories you can burn a day just by walking around museums and to and from historic sites. Try walking instead of taking the subway or bus and watch your steps add up with every hour. 


Tunis, Tunisia 

4. Drink Plenty of Water


Make sure when you are traveling to drink plenty of water. With all the excitement you can easily forget to drink water, and bottled water abroad can cost a lot. Bring a water bottle with you to fill up whenever you get a chance, and be sure to drink around 3 liters a day to stay hydrated while out in the sun. 

The Royal Ascot - London, England 

5. Incorporate Active Activities


There are lots of ways to incorporate active activities into you travels that can help you stay fit while on the road. Hiking and taking walking tours of the city are amazing ways to workout while seeing some incredible natural landscapes. Keep an eye out for active activities to add to your travel itinerary and burn extra calories while enjoying your visit.

Wishing you all safe and healthy travels this summer! Leave your comments for Polished Pinstripes below. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What to Wear to Work: Grey Panelled Jacket with Black and White Floral Skirt


Skirt: Prabal Gurung for Target, similar black and white floral print here
Jacket: H&M, similar unique jacket here or standard grey blazer here
Cami: Ann Taylor, similar here
Pumps: Manolo Blahnik | Clutch: Kate Spade, similar color here

I fell in love with the panelling on this jacket the minute I tried it on and knew I had to take it home! It's incredibly versatile and the perfect shade of grey to for a British summer. Might not be the first color you think of for summer, but it's cold up here - it only got up to 75 degrees this week, and I only stopped wearing my winter coat to work at the beginning of June! The rest of the oufit is a mix of softer, floral-inspired pieces that still look appropriate in a city where brown is a "light, summery" color.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Recipe: 4th Of July Red, White and Blue Trifle

The perfect, easy no-bake recipe for your 4th of July picnic! I love festive recipes that make entertaining fun and delicious. Add this Pinterest worthy recipe to your menu this Saturday.

This recipe is from Skinnytaste.com and makes one large trifle.

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle - Skinnytaste.com 



Ingredients: 

10 oz Angel Food Cake Cut into Cubes
2 Pints Sliced Strawberries
2 Pints Blueberries
6 Tbsp Sweet Condensed Milk
1 1/2 Cups Cold Water
1 4oz Package White Chocolate Pudding Mix
12 Oz Frozen Whipped Topping

Directions: 

Whisk the water and condensed milk into a bowl, add the pudding mix and allow mixture to stand for 2-4 minutes. Then fold in the whipped topping to make the filling. Next assemble to trifle. In a large bowl put a layer of cake in the bottom, spread a layer of filling and pour in some blueberries, layer more filling and add some strawberries. Then put another layer of cake, filling, and strawberries and then more filling and then blueberries. Finish off the top with extra whipped cream and berries. Serve and enjoy - Happy 4th of July!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fashion Round-Up: 4th of July Style Picks

4th of July is this weekend, and whether you are celebrating in the city, with family, or on a yacht somewhere (one can dream...) these summer essentials are perfect for this Independence Day celebration! Embrace a little red, white and blue in you wardrobe with these chic and summery 4th of July picks. 





Hope all of you have a wonderful, festive, and fashionable 4th of July weekend! Keep it effortlessly chic with these summer picks from Polished Pinstripes. 


 
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