Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cocktail Bars

It's the holiday, so stock-up your mini bars:

And here's how to make a festive holiday martini:

Just 2 more days to enter the Year Celebration Giveaway to win a pair of Barcelona Bangles!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

My mom made this divine soup for Thanksgiving dinner and I just had to share it with all of you!! It is a perfect cold weather food and such a great addition to add to the generic soups. No matter if you're making it for a large group or just yourself (always good to store extra so you don't have to cook for a night!), you should definitely try out this yummy recipe!


Serves 10

 1 T unsalted butter
1 large onion, peeled and diced
2 shallots,  peeled and minced
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in cubes
1/2 pound carrots, peeled and cut in cubes
2 tart apples (granny smith), peeled, cored, and cut in cubes
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup water

Melt butter in large stock pot.  Add onion and shallots and saute over medium high heat for 3 - 5 minutes.  Reduce heat, add the sweet potatoes, carrots and apples.  Continue to saute for 8 minutes stirring frequently.

Add the chicken stock and water.  Simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

Transfer the soup in batches to a blender or a food processor and puree.  Return to the a pan or stock pot to reheat.  Serve hot.  Enjoy!!!

All your daily vegetable needs in one stop.

You still have time to enter the Year Celebration Giveaway
Winner will be announced on Friday, December 2nd!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Colorfully Holiday

Since it's after Thanksgiving, it's time for me to begin celebrating the holiday season! I am loving the colorful outlook to the holidays this year! Keep checking back on the blog for the next few weeks to find your holiday inspirations, for now here's a little kick-off to your week!!

It's amazing what a punch of color can do to winter accessories to make you feel like you're off to a party on the beach!

Also, enter the giveaway: Twirling Clare's One Year Celebration
The contest will include all week and the winner will be announced on Friday, December 2nd!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Year Celebration Giveaway!

It's hard to believe I have been blogging for a year, how time flies! I owe so much of it to all of my readers and want to give a little thank you, so Twirling Clare is announcing her first giveaway!!

 One of my close friends traveled to Barcelona over the summer and brought back the most beautiful and colorful bangles. They have graced my wrist EVERY day since I picked out a few for my own accessory collection and I would like to have a lucky winner sport the Barcelona bangle trend!

I am giving away two bangles, both complementing each other perfectly! The first is 1.5 inches wide and is purple with green gems. The second is about .5 inches wide and is a pearly white with purple and green flowers. The metallic accent on both bracelets is gold. 
They look fabulous together and are fantastic for the upcoming holiday season...but also to wear throughout the year!

Here are some places where I've worn my Barcelona Bangles:

Date Party!

Athletic Events, Philanthropy Flag Football tournament...I never touched the ball, but at least I was stylish!

Rainy day, adds a pop of color!

They joined me and my traffic cone for Halloween adventures!

And finally on a night out with friends!

The possibilities of where you can wear your new accessories are endless!!

To enter the contest:
1. Become a follower of Twirling Clare. Click "join this site" on the right hand of the page and fill in the appropriate information (one entry)
2. Like the Twirling Clare facebook page. Simply click "like" on the top of the right hand column of the blog, where the facebook logo is located or just click the link! (one entry)
3. Become a twitter follower of @twirlingclare (two entries)
4. Tweet about the giveaway (two entries)

Please comment on the post to let me know which ones you are eligible for and I will allot the points accordingly! You have up to 6 entries for the contest!!! 
You have a week to enter the contest. 
The winner will be announced a week from today: Friday, December 2nd!

Thanks for all of your support and encouraging me to keep the inspirations coming!

black friday shopping!

I won't be shopping today because I will be busy helping customers at the boutique, but there is no harm designing a fool-proof and totally fabulous shopping outfit. When you go shopping, always look dressed to impress, yet comfortable. This outfit pulls trends with classic vibes which will be lifelong pieces. 

“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” -Coco Chanel
Black Friday
You can check out my outfit on {long distance loving}

As always, shop the look below!!

Mango Relaxed Fit Knit Sweater $41 (other colors available)
J.Crew Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves $98 (other colors available) 

Wishing you much success on your shopping adventures today !

And be sure to check-out my one year anniversary giveaway which will be continuing through 12/2!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

fall fun

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Hope you enjoy the day with family and friends and keep in mind all the blessing we have. I know I have much to be thankful for. 


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

wallabee love

One of my favorite pair of shoes are my Clark's Wallabees! My mom bought me a pair last year...I have the sand shade. These are popular throughout much of the south and amongst boys and girls. A great unisex style trend! 

The first Clark Wallabee was launched in 1965: The company had a new hit when family member Lance Clark introduced another popular shoe design, the moccasin-styled Wallabee, which went on to become a classic in the comfort shoe category.

 What do you think of the look??

Monday, November 21, 2011

home decor: orange and brown

What a perfect color combination for the fall months! I love the organization of the picture frames in the first picture, and notice the dark trim against the orange walls! I also love the pop of blue in the second to last picture, the pillows really make the rest of the room's color scheme stand out. My favorite is the last room, definitely classic with a modern spin! 

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