Stocking Stuffers (Under $20!)

just a few ideas for you own wish list or for a little something for your best friend, colleague, or sister-in-law...
1 | Metallic playing cards, Anthropologie 
2 | Simple square studs, Elisabeth Ashlie
3 | Faux fur eye mask, West Elm
4 | Marbled moonscape polish set, Julep
5 | Chevron glittens, J.Crew Factory
6 | Talk Is Chic notebook, Kate Spade
7 | Leather cardholder, J.Crew Factory
8 | Balm Stain, Revlon
9 | Saijo Persimmon candle, Voluspa


RECIPE | Cheesy Lavosh with Spinach + Artichoke Dip

one of my family's favorite appetizers is the spinach dip with cheesy lavosh from Houlihan's. when my roommate made a batch of spinach and artichoke dip the other week, i couldn't help but crave those flavorful lavosh crackers to dip into it. i promptly ran to the store and bought some ingredients to whip them up. they're super easy to make (only 4 ingredients!) and so delicious with spinach dip. this is a great appetizer to serve at a party or to eat by yourself for dinner, which i may have done. twice. 

Cheesy Lavosh
- Valley Lavosh Baking Co. 15" cracker rounds
(buy a case here or find where to buy here)
- chopped roma or grape tomatoes
- chopped cilantro
- shredded pepper jack cheese

1. set oven to broil
2. sprinkle lavosh round with cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro (see photos below)
3. slide lavosh onto top rack in oven, just under broiler
4. keeping a careful eye, let cheese bubble under broiler and remove from oven
5. cut cracker into triangles using a pizza cutter and serve with spinach dip

you can add more or less of the ingredients to the cracker. i love cilantro, so i like to add a lot, obviously. 
Spinach + Artichoke Dip
- one bag of frozen, cut leaf spinach
- 8 oz. mayo
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 8 oz bag of shredded mozzarella
- 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 can of artichoke hearts (can be left out if you're not a fan)

1. thaw and squeeze excess water from spinach using colander
2. in bowl, mix sour cream, mayo, parmesan cheese, pressed garlic, and artichoke hearts
3. add spinach to bowl and mix
4. add mozzarella cheese, stir well, and microwave for 8-10 minutes
5. stir and serve warm
you'll thank me later for this little bit of heaven. 


High Five for Friday

happy friday! it's hard to believe that we're just under a week away from Thanksgiving, so basically it's 2015. speaking of Thanksgiving, i had a dream last night that my mom forgot to make stuffing and my grandma's rolls for dinner and i was horrified. so, i guess i have Thanksgiving dinner on the brain, weird as that may be! 

here's a look back at some of my favorite things from this past week:

1. this week marks the release of The Holiday Collection for Elisabeth Ashlie! the holiday season is usually the busiest for me, so it's been a little crazy but really fun to see what people are ordering for their loved ones.  

2. i found out this week that Newsies on Broadway is coming to Chicago next month and promptly got tickets for the show! mike and i are going with my parents on a little date day in late December and i'm counting down the days! 

3. while most of my Christmas decor is still in storage at my mom and dad's, i picked up a couple things to start sprucing up the place. i'm planning to add the tree and other decor after next week, but i just couldn't resist! 

4. i met some friends for dinner earlier in the week at Chicago q, a barbecue place in the city that i've been wanting to try for awhile. the Southern decor and delicious food shot it up to the top of my list of favorite meals i've had since living here. if you're visiting or live in the area, you have to check it out! 

5. mike and i will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary this weekend, so i made some plans earlier in the week to help celebrate. we decided to split up the day, i'm taking the morning/early afternoon and mike is taking the evening to plan something. while i'm keeping the plans under wraps, i'm looking forward to celebrating the past two years together! 

that's all! hope you all have a great last weekend before the holiday! 

how has your week been? link up below and tell me about it! 


Three Plaids, Three Ways

one of my favorite things to wear in the cooler months is a plaid button-up shirt. i've got a nice little collection in my closet that's been built up over the last couple years that i always find myself going back to. they're great for layering and adding some pattern to an outfit without feeling overdone. with the holidays just around the corner, i'm planning on incorporating my plaids into my wardrobe for holiday celebrations and family gatherings.

here's a few ideas of how to wear your favorite plaid or flannel:
> layered under a sweater or tunic for a laid-back but put-together look
 > use your favorite plaid scarf as a shawl, finished with a belt 
 > dress down a wool skirt and statement necklace with a tied up flannel shirt
while our family holiday gatherings tend to lean on the casual side, i still like to take the opportunity to tap into some of my dresses and skirts, while still remaining comfortable. these three outfits fit the bill! 
first look
plaid | J.Crew Factory (similar)
sweater tunic | H&M
pants | Madewell (old)
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here)

second look
dress | Target (similar)
scarf | ZARA
belt | Target
wedges | Banana Republic Outlet
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here)

third look
flannel | H&M
booties | Target 
watch | c/o Daniel Wellington
(get 15% off your order with code 'laurenelizabethblog')


Holiday Gift Guide | For the Home

it's hard to believe that it's already time for holiday shopping! Mike and i were in the loop over the weekend and the place was crawling with tourists and chicago natives bundled in their hats and scarves, arms full of shopping bags. so, it's time for gift ideas!
1 | Checked throw, H&M 
this looks like the perfect blanket to curl up with on a cold night, sipping hot chocolate and watching a good movie

2 | Black + metallic food canister set, Target
who says kitchen storage can't be pretty? these are perfect for things like flour, cupcake papers, cinnamon sticks, or other kitchen things.

3 | Long marble plate, H&M
i love the look of these marble plates. this long one could be used to hold perfume bottles, sunglasses, or even to serve up a holiday treat

4 | Mini marble plate, H&M
this smaller plate would be perfect for holding jewelry or your favorite nail polishes

5 | Hexagonal wine rack, World Market
function meets style, for the wine lover in your life. 

6 | Well Hello There doormat, West Elm
who doesn't want to be greeted like that?!

7 | Polka dot ceramic bowl, H&M
this bowl is great for jewelry storage, holding hair accessories, or serving up sweets. the LOL detail on the inside adds a fun quirk, too! 

8 | Capri Blue jar candle, Anthropologie 
by far, my favorite candle scent ever. plus, it comes in a beautiful jar that can double as holiday decor.

9 | Gilded pretzel bottle opener, Anthropologie
the perfect addition to a bar cart/drink station and works great as a stocking stuffer.

10 | Red + White Wine Glasses, Crate + Barrel
also known as the Olivia Pope wine glasses. i've had my eye on these since the first time is saw them on Scandal. they're on my list this year!