Easy Winter Style with Rhea Footwear

Trench Coat • Chambray button-down (similar, on sale!) • Chunky sweater (similar)

Leather leggings (on sale!) • Leather booties (c/o) • CrossbodyWatch

Two things about Winter in Western PA:

  1. It can get a little intense: cold weather, wind & lots of ice
  2. It lasts forever. A few years back, I had a snow day in mid-April. Mid-APRIL. That just isn’t okay.

Lucky for us, winter this year seems bit milder than normal, despite frigid temp drops here and there. Not too bad, but requires lots of layering. Going to college in Western PA can be quite troublesome. I’ve realized that although cold-weather is my favorite season to dress for, trying to look chic when braving the arctic campus tundra (a bit of an exaggeration) is nearly impossible. And if you’re as clutzy as I am, wearing anything other than winter boots means that there’s a huge chance I’ll end up falling on my butt in the middle of campus.

Fellow college students, listen up: this is where Rhea Footwear comes in. Who said you couldn’t look stylish and maintain your footing while crossing campus? These chic little non-slip booties provide legitimate comfort and the perfect tread for winter weather, two things that are really hard to check off at the same time when it comes to winter footwear. I feel like I’m usually either sacrificing comfort or safety for style, and that’s definitely impractical.

When it comes to winter style, your mother was right. Layering is key. My winter break surrounded a ton of traveling, which ultimately resulted in the creation of my “winter uniform”. It’s pretty simple: button down + oversized sweater + leather booties. I centered this variation around my favorite leather leggings from Tuckernuck for a bit of an edgy twist. Anything that can keep you warm and look put together is a go for me.

Thank you so much to Rhea Footwear for collaborating with me on this post.

Date Night with California Pizza Kitchen

A few weeks ago, the PR team behind California Pizza Kitchen emailed me asking if I would be interested in trying items from their new fall menu. To say I’m excited to partner with them for this post is an understatement.

First things first, I define the word “foodie”. I recently just started to get really into cooking, which is a huge deal. I used to be the pickiest eater ever, but now I’ll try just about anything and everything.

Mention “pizza” and I might as well just drop everything for a slice of the good stuff. I’m not alone here though; my boyfriend, Andrew, is also someone who could eat pizza for every meal and not get tired of it. It was a no-brainer that this CPK experience would turn into our perfect date night.

Andrew and I arrived at our neighborhood California Pizza Kitchen at Ross Park Mall with empty stomachs and high expectations. We already had a pretty good idea what we were going to order,

One of my favorite hobbies is reading (and memorizing) menus of new restaurants that I really want to try. I’m incredibly indecisive, so I love being able to look over my options. This also saves us a lot of time in restaurants.

CPK Sangria Flight

Sangria Flight: (L-R) Orchard, BeeHive, Red-Berry

When it came to drinks, we started with some of our waiter’s recommendations: since I’m incredibly indecisive when it comes to ordering. I chose a Sangria Flight (L-R: Orchard, BeeHive, Red-Berry) so I could taste-test as much as possible. 

The BeeHive is the newest addition to the flight, a refreshing blend of a few of my ultimate favorite flavors: lavender, lemon and honey. It’s floral, and compliments the darker notes in the other two sangrias. I could see myself ordering each of the sangrias on their own, however, the Orchard was definitely my favorite of the three.

Andrew ordered the Citrus Crush, which can be best described as a “citrus take on a classic mojito”: crisp, flavorful and very easy to drink.

What else we’d try: Blueberry Ginger Smash, Blood Orange Sangria,

CPK Roasted Chicken

Roasted Garlic Chicken + Seasonal Brussel Sprouts

Disclaimer, I’m probably the most predictable eater. When I like a dish, I tend to eat it all the time until I get sick of it. My go-to right now is grilled chicken with some sort of seasoned vegetable. However, this was so much better than anything I usually make. I’m not exaggerating when I say I couldn’t put my fork down.

Two words: THE FLAVORS!!! Everything about this dish was so amazing. The chicken was marinated in a light lemon ginger sauce with a little added kick.

CPK pizza

Original Pepperoni Pizza (heaven- look at that cheese!)

When you go to CPK you need to order pizza. It’s a given. I mean, California Pizza Kitchen, hello. I’d probably suggest sharing a pizza, unless you’re that hungry. The pizza was HUGE. Andrew and I tried sharing entrees, but he ate all but one slice on his own. We were a little too in love with what we ordered.

Tip: try the truffle oil- I loved it on the pizza, and it’s a little something different. Word of advice, a little goes a long way here.

What else we’d try: Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower, Chicken Milanese, Fire-Grilled Ribeye, The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, Pear + Gorgonzola Pizza, and many, many more things.

Overall, we had the most amazing experience, with some even better food. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll definitely stop in again. I mean, we’ll have to with the number of other items on the menu that we want to try!

Sunday Brunching in Ivy League Style

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Ralph Lauren blazer (similar) / Ralph Lauren white tunic (similar) / Loft high-waisted jeans / Lucky Brand peep-toe booties / Scarf / Chanel purse / Bracelet / Prada sunglasses

A few weekends ago, a bunch of my blogger girlfriends from Stylish Pittsburgh met up for brunch at Station, a trendy little hole-in-the-wall on Liberty Ave. Beyond the delicious food and even better company, I loved listening to other bloggers discuss their successes and achievements. My friend Ashley attended New York Fashion Week this past fall, and gave us some behind-the-scenes insight into its craziness. Just a quick FYI, the show schedule is so sporadic that planning activities on top of the shows is almost impossible.

It’s so fun to be surrounded by people who understand the importance of solid hashtags and maintaining consistent Instagram aesthetics (which I do not have just fyi). The ladies of Stylish Pittsburgh go beyond “bloggers”, they’re actual girl bosses and successful business owners.

Afterwards, my blogger bff, Victoria, and I decided to have a quick little Pittsburgh adventure since we were already downtown.  We started by stopping by my favorite boutique in Lawrenceville, No. 14, where I bought this funky neck scarf. (It was the perfect finishing touch to my outfit!)

From there, Victoria and I popped on over to The Pennsylvanian. Holy crap, it’s absolutely beautiful. The Pennsylvanian is a luxury apartment complex and one of the best wedding venues in the city. It’s also perfect for quick photoshoots, minus the trains that go by every few minutes. You can check out her post from the Pennsylvanian, here!

Pittsburgh weather has been extremely temperamental. It’s your typical “wear a jacket to class, sweat to death wearing it 2 hours later” fall weather, but might be a bit worse. What’s up with this high of 76 in November nonsense? This particular Sunday was supposed to be pretty chilly in the morning, but warm in the afternoon, so I opted for light and breezy layers.

This blazer is one of my absolute favorite pieces in my closet. It’s lightweight, which makes it the perfect light jacket to throw on.  I woke up feeling inspired to create an outfit based off of Ralph Lauren’s traditional Ivy League style. For the classic look, I threw on a bunch of basic pieces: a white tunic, high waisted jeans, and a comfortable pair of heels.

Although the blazer was the intended focal point, the neck scarf helped tie the look together, no pun intended. It added a feminine element to a menswear inspired ensemble. Plus, I love how it resembles a necktie. This might be my new favorite trend!

What’s your favorite trend right now?

Get Fit With #ElleCycleOnline

You know what they say: a healthy body is the foundation for a healthy mind. About a year ago, I finally decided to take a few extra steps and start working on my fitness. (*starts singing Fergalicious*) The benefits have been through the roof all around, but it’s remarkable how much of a difference you can make just by taking an hour out of your day. If you read my last post, I briefly mentioned a newfound focus on inspiring others to take the same steps to a healthier lifestyle.

Talk about perfect timing.

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