Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Series Five.

Just when you thought I had come to my senses. Just when you thought I was done posting salads. 
Just when you thought "She wouldn't do it AGAIN… would she….?" 

Yep. I did. 

But listen… You will be glad I did! This salad is so simple, and that's what makes it amazing! I wish I had discovered this earlier in the summer, but that won't stop me from making it every night several more times before fall officially hits. Make it this week! 

Recipe via The Chic Wife

4 cups of diced watermelon
2 cups of fresh blueberries (not frozen)
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp of honey
1 cup of feta cheese or goat cheese
2 tbsp of chopped mint leaves
Pinch of salt and pepper

  1. In a large bowl toss together the watermelon and blueberries, set aside.
  1. In a smaller bowl whisk together the lime juice and honey.
  1. Pour the dressing overtop of the watermelon and blueberries.
  1. Toss the feta into the watermelon mix.
  1. Top with mint leaves and a dash of salt and pepper.
  1. Allow to sit covered in the fridge for an hour before serving.
  2. *Can easily be halved, which is what I did for this picture. 

Also, check out my friend Tiffany's blog, Just Another Shopaholic! Sidney Clark Designs partnered with her to give away a $25 gift certificate, so head on over to her blog for a chance to win. Thank you Tiffany for the great blog post and for partnering with me! You're the BEST! I truly appreciate you!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Friday Favorites.

Sidney Clark Designs, the business I started with my mom and aunt, has launched our Fall 2014 Collection on our website/Facebook page! I am so excited to share some of my favorites with you guys on the blog today!  This is only a few of my faves, as I couldn't put the whole collection on here! I am loving every single piece we have and hope you guys will, too! You can order by emailing us at sidneyclarkdesigns@gmail.com or go to our Facebook page and comment on what you would like to order! Thanks for your support!

I am LOVING this black moto jacket! Amazing quality, and the cotton sleeves make this jacket one of the most comfortable I've ever worn! No joke. Wear now with denim shorts, then later over any dress. Comes in S, M, and L. $120.

Wearing this open is a look I love, too! Go all black with a long black tunic or t-shirt and nice black leggings! #winning 

This happens to be THE most flattering jumpsuit I've ever worn. You can't really tell in this picture, but the shape is so flattering! The waist cinches in, and the pockets drape and flare out a bit, creating a beautiful silhouette. Rock this with some killer booties this fall/winter! Comes in S, M, and L. $65.

These faux-leather jogging pants are to.die.for. 
Extremely comfortable…check! Easy to wear…check! 
Did I say how comfortable these are??? Here are two looks I love: 
Basic white or black tank + sneakers for a casual/cool look. Or add heels for a sexy, sporty vibe.
Also looks fab with an over sized top (like our Piko tops in wine or olive green!) + heels.
Comes in XS, S, M, and L. $60.

Who doesn't love a fashionable, casual sweatshirt? This could be your new weekend favorite!
Comes in S/M and M/L. $68.

This is a show-stopper! You won't believe how easy this piece is to incorporate into your fall wardrobe! How I see it…? White tank, skinny jeans, and some boots or booties.  Done!
One size. $85.

One of the stand-out pieces in our fall collection is this leather-trimmed leopard maxi dress!
I adore this with sandals before it gets cool, then add heels or sexy booties to take this piece into fall.
Comes in S, M, and L. $125. 

A jacket you can wear TWO ways?? We got it! This wool jacket is a beautiful, classic way to keep warm this winter! Zip off the bottom part to reveal a whole new jacket! (shown below)

Picture of the above jacket with the bottom zipped off. Comes in S, M, and L. $165.

This crop top is on trend, with it's boxy shape and leather trim! Super cute and well-priced!
Comes in S, M, L, and XL. $48. 

I love a good cardigan! Always have. I've worn this (seen below) with both denim shorts and jeans and love it! Comes in S/M and M/L. $50.

This khaki hoodie is perfect for those crisp fall days running errands, wine tasting at a local winery, enjoying a football game, or just hanging with friends and family at a cookout! One size. $52.

When the weather gets cooler, I am guilty of lounging around the house in over sized sweats. 
I plan taking my "lounging game" to the next level with this slouchy hooded sweatshirt! The material isn't too thick, which is perfect for wearing indoors. Comes in S, M, and L. $55.

These two necklaces are my FAVORITES! They are both made from vintage Monies-like pieces that we found on our travels. We added horn/antler and beads to create these gorgeous statement pieces.

See the whole collection here, in the album "Fall 2014 Clothes." 

Stay tuned for future blog posts where I will style some of our pieces and also show you "Looks for Less" with our clothes vs some majorly $$$ pieces on sale now!

Love this :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Series Four.

Here is another summer salad I've been loving………. KIDDING! No more salads! I am sharing an actual meal today! I made this delicious and easy meal last night, and we almost ate the whole thing! (And by "we" I mean my husband!) This is the perfect, light meal for a summer evening on the patio. We paired it with a small green salad and roasted broccoli. Hurry and make it, as we don't have too much of summer left! Enjoy!


Adapted from Pink Troll Kitchen

1 lb. ground turkey (optional)
1 large spaghetti squash
3 cloves garlic
1 can of petite diced tomatoes, drained really well
3-4 tbs of fresh basil
1 overflowing handful fresh baby spinach (optional)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional) 
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese + 3-4 slices of fresh mozzarella for the top
salt & pepper & red pepper flakes to taste

Preheat your oven to 375. Cook the spaghetti squash one of two ways:
1. Slice spaghetti squash in half, scoop out seeds, and put olive oil, salt, and pepper on the cut halves. Place in 375 degree oven for 45-55 mins, until strands of squash can easily be pulled away with a fork.
2. Pierce squash several times with sharp knife. Heat in microwave on a plate for 10-12 minutes.

If you cooked the squash in the microwave, slice off the very end with the stem. Then, halve the squash lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and gooey parts and throw those away. Scrape the remaining flesh of the squash with a fork to get out all of the spaghetti noodles. Place noodles in a large bowl and set aside. If you cooked it in the oven, which I always do, all you have to do is wait for it to cool a bit then scrape flesh of squash into a big bowl.
While squash is cooking, cook the turkey and set aside. We always add protein to our meals, but this recipe originally didn't have any. Feel free to omit the turkey. I'm sure it's great that way, as well!
To the big bowl, add turkey, garlic, drained tomatoes, 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, basil and spinach leaves. Add a little bit of olive oil to the mixture, if using. (I didn't use any olive oil, and it turned out great!) Season to taste with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add the mixture to a pie plate or 1-quart baking dish and smooth the top. Bake at 375 for 25-35 mins, then add the fresh mozzarella on top, and put back in the oven for 10-15 mins to melt the cheese. Top with additional fresh basil & serve! Enjoy with a great bottle glass of red or white wine on the patio!