Recipe \\ Brat Burger Sliders

the NFL season is upon us, which means "game day" food is basically all i want to eat on Sundays. while i'm not a huge football fan, i am a huge fan of good food, so, yes, i'm willing to spend up to 3 hours watching a sport i don't really understand or care about to eat the snacks. i've teamed up with my friend Lindsay, who writes the food blog, Cooking In Pearls, to bring you guys some game day recipes that are easy enough to whip up just before the game or during halftime. 

this first one is a personal favorite because it's something that you maybe haven't seen many other places. whether or not i were a brat fan, i will eat just about anything when you put caramelized onions and spicy mustard on pretzel buns. because pretzel buns.  these sliders are delicious and sure to be a football-viewers favorite new game day snack! 

here's what you'll need: 

brat sliders:
 1 1/2 pounds Brats, raw 
 8-10 Pretzel buns, mini 
 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 
 salt and pepper, to taste 
 1 cup Caramelized onions (recipe to follow) 
 *Cheese, optional 
 *Beer cheese sauce, optional 

caramelized onions:
1/2 stick butter
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 can beer
salt and pepper, to taste
for the caramelized onions:
> melt butter over medium heat in a sauté pan and toss in your onions
> lower the heat to medium-low, stirring onions while they slowly sauté
> once onions are slightly golden, pour in about 1/2 beer and simmer lightly for about 15 minutes
> turn down heat to low and let them slowly caramelize, adding more beer if they look too dry
> season with salt and pepper

after about 35-40 minutes, the onions should be an amber color and sweet, almost jammy in flavor. you can add fresh thyme or any herb for more depth and richness! 

for the brat sliders:
> remove the brat from its casing and cut in half
> form each half into very thin, young patties and set aside
> preheat your grill or grill-pan
> season the brat patties with salt and pepper, generously. place on the grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until the brat is just cooked through
> meanwhile, slice your pretzel buns (you can toast them, too!)
> spread each side of the bun with mustard and top with your brat burger. add a slice of cheese if you want, go wild!
> take a generous scoop of the caramelized onions (oh, the aroma! smells like a day at the ball park!) and top your burger with them
> from here, you can add ketchup, a slice of tomato, relish, or a warm drizzle of beer cheese sauce...yum! 

and there you have it! a brat meets a slider and it's perfect for game day. 


so, now that your mouth is watering and your stomach grumbling, go ahead and make out your grocery list for the weekend, making sure to include brats and pretzel buns. 

happy weekend! and go _____(whichever team you root for)_____!


Plaid x Fur


mayday, mayday. coming up for air. 

i've been a busy little bee, buzzing around my office working hard on prepping some things for the holiday season. but, i had to share this with you.

i spotted this sweater/jacket (or swacket, as i like to call it) at Evereve and immediately thought of at least 7 ways that i could wear it this fall and winter. once i put it on and realized that it was also very warm and comfortable, it was mine. i can't promise that one of the ways doesn't include pajamas, but that's just because i want to wear it at every single turn. 

it will also come in handy this week as i'm working on fighting off my first cold of the season. here's to bundling up, drinking my weight in tea, and popping Vitamin C like it is nobody's business.  

button-up: H&M (similar) | jacket: Evereve | jeans: ZARA (similar) | bag: Kate Spade | booties: Franco Sarto via DSW | bracelets: Elisabeth Ashlie | earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie


Saturday Style | 29

hey, happy monday! 

this monday morning is one of those where i'm excited to get back to work, which is a good way to start the week, if you ask me. while i'm always sad to see the weekend go, there's something about getting stuff done and being productive that feels pretty darn good. 

you know what else feels good? finding that one, perfect sweater for fall. you know which one i'm talking about, right? the one that's the perfect color, perfect style, shape, material, weight...all the things about it are perfect. yep, you guessed it! it's this sweater. if you knew how many times i've already worn it, you'd be embarrassed for me. 

or maybe you're just a little jealous? 

it's also one of those things that my mom and sister own, too. we don't do that with many things (sunglasses, denim jackets), so you know it's good when we do. 

sweater: Marshall's (similar, similar) | jeans: ZARA | flats: J.Crew Factory | bag: Kate Spade Outlet | ring: Kendra Scott c/o | necklaces: Elisabeth Ashlie

if you want to try to find this sweater, i suggest looking at your local Marshall's or TJ Maxx store -- i couldn't find it online, but we saw them in several stores! 

photos by Christina Shelley 


Grey x Animal Print

hi hey hello! it's fall! 

this week has finally felt like true fall weather. you know, the kind where it's chilly in the morning, warm in the sun in the afternoon, and chilly again at night? it's blissful. and it arrived just in time for me to break into my fall wardrobe that i've been patiently waiting to use. 

one of my favorite things about early fall is that there's still time to wear your favorite summer pieces just once more. this dress (turned tunic - hello, shrinking in the wash) was one of my favorite things to wear toward the end of this summer because 1. it's grey 2. it's short-sleeved 3. it's comfortable 4. i still felt like i girl when i was wearing it. unfortunately, it shrunk just enough in the wash that it's too short to wear as a dress, but all that means is that i added another tunic to my fall/winter collection. #winning

this denim jacket is another spring/summer staple of mine, but i feel pretty okay wearing it in the fall, too. because fashion "rules" were made to be broken...or something like that.

okay, final note on these here pretty little pumps. i saw them at Target, tried them on, lingered for awhile thinking, "alright, just buy them, you'll wear them. trust me." but then realizing that i probably wouldn't wear them all that much and could they really be comfortable enough to wear for more than 10 minutes and no, Target, i came here for tape and cheese, NOT SHOES. so, i left them behind that day. 

but then i couldn't stop thinking about them, so i was at the store the next morning and bought them. and i'm really glad i did.  

top: Target | pants: Gap (similar, similar) | jacket: J.Crew Factory | pumps: Target | earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie | watch: Kate Spade | bag: Rebecca Minkoff

photos by Christina Shelley 


OTL | Pretty Jewelry

it should come as no surprise to you that one of my favorite ways to accessorize is using jewelry. i mean, it is my livelihood, after all. which means you better believe i have a healthy collection of necklaces, earrings, and the like. 

9 times out of 10, i reach for what would be considered a "simple" outfit. jeans, a tee or graphic top, and a sweater, if the weather allows. i rarely wear patterned tops (unless its stripes), and almost always stick with neutral colors. IM SO INTERESTING. obviously, i could use a little something to make my outfit more interesting most days, which is where the jewels come in. a layered necklace and simple studs, my favorite watch and a couple of cuff bracelets, a gemstone ring and a long pendant necklace, or any other combination that adds just enough interest to my jeans and a tee to make me feel human. 
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

i'm always on the hunt for my next favorite watch or pair of studs. these are just a few of the jewels currently on my mental shopping list. as in, if i saw any of them in a store, i would likely buy them. or at least look at them for a very long time and think about buying them. and then buying them.

happy tuesday!