Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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Morning Cup | White Shirt Dress and Bow Sweater

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In the mornings, I like to walk to work with a fresh cup of coffee. My apartment building gives us free coffee on weekday mornings and I like to take advantage of that (my Keurig and I have a weekend arrangement). It's a perfect shield against the crisp, cool autumn air! 
I bought this shirtdress for a Halloween costume I'm planning this year but it's pretty enough on its own, I think. I wore it with this sweater because it was a bit chilly that morning but I really like the warm-toned color palette of this outfit. 
Dress: ASOS || Sweater: Forever 21 (similar here) || Accessories: ASOS tote (similar here), gifted necklace || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

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Lady in Red | Little Red Dress and Tall Boots

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I bought this dress I'm wearing here a while back when it went on sale at ASOS. Unfortunately, it had been too hot outside to wear anything long-sleeved for a while but now that it's cool again I'm excited to pull this out of my closet to wear around town!

On a completely unrelated note, I've been wanting to cut my hair for a month now! I quite like having short-ish hair and it's beginning to get too long for my tastes. I've been holding off on getting it cut because I have a wedding I'm attending soon and I just didn't want to change up my look right before then. After the wedding I think I'm going to get a long bob again, but similar to Sarah Hyland? We'll see. 
Dress: ASOS (on sale!) || Jacket: H&M (similar here) || Accessories: Prada bag (similar here), Forever 21 necklace (similar here), LOFT sunglasses || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

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Currently... (Vol. 30)

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  • Reading: Blog on Ivanka Trump items - I try to stay away from politics on this blog because but with the way election is this cycle, I really can't sit idly by while a candidate for President goes on to insult and endanger an entire gender. I believe that anyone eligible to vote should vote for who they think will be the best president but like Belle from The Work Edit, I can't contribute to the Trump empire. If you think I'm wrong, a respectful dialogue is encouraged in the comments. I've never had to delete a comment before, but as I know politics can cause hairy discussions, I would like to reiterate that respectful discourse and constructive criticism is always welcome. 
  • Drinking: Salted caramel mocha at Starbucks - This is an unpopular opinion but I'm sort of over Pumpkin Spice Lattes (the world gasps!) but I can't get enough of salted caramel mochas! If you haven't tried them yet I recommend it, especially if you love mochas in general!
  • Wearing: Murad hydrating essence - I wrote a brief description of this product in this post before but this has been life-changing! As I've said many times before, I have dry skin with eczema so any product that helps hydrate my skin and retain moisture is a must-buy for me!
  • Watching: Breakfast at Tiffany's - I have seen this Audrey Hepburn movie so many times but as Brian had never watched it,  I made him sit with me for a movie night. He begrudgingly loved it (haha)
  • Eating: Slow cooked chicken with broccoli and cheddar - I posted the recipe of this dish yesterday but I'm going to have plenty to eat this upcoming week! 
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Kitchen Diaries: Slow Cooked Chicken with Broccoli and Cheddar

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Hello lovelies!
Today, I wanted to share a recipe I've been sitting on for almost a year! It's a slow cooker recipe that involves cheese, chicken, and broccoli (my favorites!) This is a recipe that serves about 4-6 but as I mentioned in my previous post about what I eat, I make this dish once and I have lunch for about a week! 

Let me know if any of you guys try this!

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Slow Cooked Chicken with Broccoli and Cheddar
  • 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 14 ounce can of cream of chicken soup
  • 14 ounce can of cheddar soup
  • 14 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups steamed broccoli florets
1. Add both soups, broth, paprika, and garlic salt into the slow cooker and whisk.2. Add the chicken breasts and push them to the bottom of the pot. Turn on the heat at this time to low and cook for 6 hours (or put the heat on high and cook for 3 hours)3. Once the chicken is done cooking, shred them with two forks.4. Stir in the steamed broccoli and the sour cream5. Keep the slow cooker on low and let it sit for 10 more minutes.6. Serve over steamed rice.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 5

What I Eat in a Day

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Today, I'd like to share with you guys what I eat in a typical day. I'll admit, I thought about writing this post about two weeks ago and when I did, I thought a lot about what I actually eat. There was a temptation to fudge the post and say I eat a lot healthier than I do but I want to put my real self forward:

  • Breakfast: This is so bad for me and it contradicts an advice I gave on having productive days but I'm really just not hungry in the morning! I have been trying to get better at eating at least something, if not a hearty meal so I've been buying a lot of fruit. Most mornings I'll grab a banana to eat with the free coffee I get at work. I'll eat it in my office while planning out the rest of my day. 
  • Lunch: This is when I have a bigger meal because around noon, my stomach demands to be taken care of! I work very close to where I live - it's about a 10-15 minute walk! I like to take advantage of this so most days I go home for lunch and reheat my leftover dinner from the night before in the oven or a stove (something I can't do at work). This week, I had quite a lot of leftovers from a lemon garlic chicken dish I made Tuesday night so I've been eating that for lunch. Some days when I'm really craving it, I'll go to a food truck though. They have tons of delicious food trucks near where I work, including a pho truck or a dumpling truck that I definitely go out of my way to get.
  • Dinner: For dinner, I like to cook a good meal - usually one that involves vegetables. Last night, I made a turkey meatball dish (that I'll have the recipe for here on the blog soon enough) with a side of salad. The thing is, I usually eat so much at lunch that I don't really eat too much for dinner which is why I have so much leftover for lunch the next day. 
Upon reflection, I realize I probably could be doing more to eat healthier and I could definitely eat more for breakfast. It's definitely something I need to work on but I also live a pretty active lifestyle and go running and exercising regularly so hopefully things will balance out for me in the long run.
What do you eat in a day? 

Autumn is for Sweaters | Chunky Sweater and Tall Boots

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Top: Forever 21 sweater (similar here) || Bottoms: J.Crew toothpick jeans || Accessories: Tory Burch York tote, LOFT sunglasses || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)
When the Autumn chill hits town, there's nothing I like better than donning my chunkiest knit sweaters and curling up with a cup of warm coffee. This outfit embodies early Fall to me. I know it looks white here but my sweater is actually a very light dusty pink! I love the way it looks with white jeans though. 

What are some of your Autumn outfit go-tos?

My Reading Habits Tag

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I really enjoyed doing the handwriting tag so I decided to do another tag about my reading habits!
Longtime readers know that a big part of my blog is dedicated to reading and book reviews so it only seemed appropriate to write a post on some of my habits on it. 

  • Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
    I like to read in my bed right before I go to sleep. I always try to read a bit for sleeping and obviously, my bed is the best, most comfortable place for that.
  • Bookmark or dog ear?
    Bookmark. ALWAYS. I never dog ear and I hate when I lend a book to a friend and they dog ear my book. Wars have been started for less!
  • Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter?
    I always try to stop after a chapter but it depends on how tired I am or how interesting the book is. 
  • Do you eat or drink while reading?
    Sometimes I'll drink tea or coffee but I've definitely had my days when I was buried deep into a very good book and feel like I have to read during my meals too. 
  • Music or TV while reading?
    I actually am one of those crazy people who require silence to concentrate. I find music and TV to be distracting when trying to read. That said, I don't mind if something is on once I'm deep into a book. 
  • One book at a time or several at once?
    I really admire people who can read multiple books at once - my roommate in college used to read around 4-5 different books at a time and I just could not for the life of me figure out how she kept track of the different plotlines! I can't do that - one book at a time is all I can handle. 
  • Do you read ahead or skip pages?
    I love spoilers so I always read ahead and skip pages. When I was in school, the teachers would always have to tell me not to read ahead but I always did anyway and pretend I didn't. Some things never change :P 
  • Break the spine or keep it like new?
    I try to keep all of my books in pristine condition but sometimes spine breakage happens. It breaks my heart though...
  • Do you write in your books?
    No. Never. (See answer above regarding dog ear bookmarks).
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