Spinach Goat Cheese Salad with Strawberries and Salmon

I only have one rule when it comes to cooking. That is to keep it simple. I am not even going to pretend that I know what braising is nor am I going to try to prepare my own mussels (not anymore at least). I typically look for recipes that have 5 or fewer ingredients. Being in school while working has really forced me to be more time efficient. At the same time, I don’t really want to sacrifice my healthy habits and foodie temperament. That’s why I love this dish. It packs a punch without taking a lot of time. Kind of like marrying Kim Kardashian I would imagine. Anyways this has become a regular in my dinner rotation because of its simplicity.

Here is what you need:
1 bag of baby spinach
Strawberries cut in half
Chopped walnuts
Goat Cheese
Salmon (1 pound for 2 or more. I use half a pound for myself)

Here is what you need to do:
Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Broil in the oven for about 7 to 9 minutes. Break a part with a fork and add to spinach, strawberries, nuts and goat cheese. Voila! That’s it!

Dyeing Clothes

I had my first experience dyeing clothes for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show last night. It was much easier than I thought. I used Rit’s “Secrets for Successful Dyeing” and that made me much less apprehensive about dyeing something that will be going down a runway in two weeks. I had visions of it turning into a splotchy mess, but it actually turned out really well. Read how I did it after the jump!

When my sister, who is modeling this dress in the show, tried it on she said, “I look like Katniss”. That was when I knew that although the cut and fit of this dress were perfection, the color was a little jail bird. So I decided to dye it. I went with navy because I figured that would be the easiest transition for the light blue dress. I used the liquid dye and I found it really easy to work with. I used a large bin at Home Depot to do all of the dyeing in, but the bottle says you can also use your washing machine.

1. First I boiled about a gallon of water. Then I mixed the 1 gallon of boiling hot water with about a gallon of hot tap water and mixed in half the bottle of dye. The instructions say to mix 3 gallons of hot water with half the bottle for every 1 pound of clothes you have. The guide recommends weighing the clothes with a food scale, but I just estimated.

2. I put the dress in the mixture, and let it soak for a half an hour. That is the minimum time listed on the bottle. The maximum is 1 hour. I wanted to make sure the dress didn’t look too dark navy so I went with the shorter time period. Looking back I could have let it soak longer as some of the color faded after the first wash. And clothes always look like a darker color when wet. The bottle also recommend stirring constantly, but ain’t nobody got time for that! So I stirred it about every five minutes or so.

3. Rinse. Make sure you wear gloves because the dye will come off on your hands. This last part was hard for me because there was so much fabric. The instructions say to rinse until the water runs clear. Well it seemed like that was never going to happen. I started to get super impatient and just threw it in the washing machine with detergent and washed it in hot water. The dress is now a darker blue, and I am very happy with the results!

Have you ever dyed your own clothes before? Share your tips in the comments! Come see the final product at the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show May 9 at Windows on the River in Cleveland. Buy your tickets here.

Orange You Glad It’s Spring

I picked up these Loft pants while Christmas shopping. They were on clearance for $14.88. Buying them in December required a lot of patience, but I knew once spring rolled around they would become a wardrobe staple. Now that I can finally wear my orange pants with pride, I decided to pair them with something that is becoming a bit of a neutral for bright colors these days: the chambray shirt. I rolled my nautical print scarf into a head band just to drive home the preppiness. I can say with 100% confidence that I am glad I bought these pants, especially since they were on sale.

Details:
Target shirt
Loft pants
Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes
Thrifted scarf
J.Crew necklace
Michael Kors watch (gift)

The Pants I’ve Been Waiting For

I could not wait to show you these bright salmon pants! I got them while at a serendipitous trip to the Gap for $25. I had been eying these particular pants at Gap from a far for a while waiting for the price to go down. You could probably call it stalking. (I am really good at stalking clothes. Just clothes I promise.) I paired them with this flower print top for a trip to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh for the spring flower show and then to the Carnegie for Art in Bloom. See pics below. And by the way, you can follow me on instagram now cphillis07.

 Details:
Thrifted Banana Republic Blazer
Loft blouse
Gap pants
Old Navy flats
J.Crew necklace
Michael Kors watch (gift)
Ray Ban Wayfarers
Coach purse (gift)

Good Style Fitting and Winner

This past weekend I went home to see my dad’s play, Deathtrap, being performed for the rest of the month of April at the East Cleveland Theater. I also was able to squeeze in a fitting with my models for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show. Above is a little preview —— lots of stripes, flower prints and polka dots.

The winner of two tickets to the show is Rachel of CLEFashionista. Congrats! Thank you all for entering. If you still need tickets, go to living social to get 50% off your ticket.

Spring Jacket: Military

We have been experiencing some warmer weather here in Pittsburgh, so the spring jacket is in full force. The nicer weather must have been serendipity because I finally found the perfect military jacket within my budget at the Old Navy Outlet. Now that I have found it, it is everything I imagined it would be. Looking at this outfit now, I am slightly surprised that I would gravitate toward something so rugged. Although the tomboy style is at the heart of preppy style for women, something I am a devoted follower of, I think I may have been more influenced than I thought by my older sister, the resident tomboy of the family, in my styles choices. Surprised indeed!

Details:
Old Navy Outlet jacket
Old Navy boots 
Gap sweater
Gap jeans
J.Crew shirt

Brigitte Bardot and Canne, France


My inspiration for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show is a mix of 60s bombshell Brigitte Bardot and the beachside town of Canne, France.

I have always been inspired by Brigitte Bardot’s tousled beach waves, cat eye and 60s European style. She can appear both tomboyish and feminine, a balance I try to strike in my own wardrobe. She looks equally stylish in sailor stripes or girly polka dots as she does in a bikini or mod mini skirt.

Cannes, France, is a place that I dream about visiting one day. The city hosts the Canne Film Festival every year, where celebs show up in their formal attire and beach wear. I could not be more enamored with the glamor and luxury encapsulated in this cosmopolitan strip of the French Riviera. Dotted with palm trees and umbrellas, it’s a place where a straw bag can be paired with Loubatins.

Do you feel the sand under you feet and the hot sun on your face yet? Hopefully my runway show can transport you there.

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