October 7, 2015

Last Minute Style

Black + White @bananarepublic Dress | Antibes, France | Luci's Morsels :: LA Lifestyle Blog
Banana Republic Dress | Via Spiga Sandals | Chanel Lips

I'm not a procrastinator by any means. For better and worse, I'm a planner and a do-it-aheader. But sometimes, you just can't do everything with plenty of time to spare. I recently needed a dress last-minute and headed to the mall to find something. I looked around my usual haunts but couldn't find anything that was just right. I walked into Banana Republic and after wandering around the store, picked up a few pieces in the final sale section. Not only were the prices heavily knocked down, but the sale items were even further discounted. This black and white dress was at least one size too big, but with the tie back, it didn't matter. I walked out of the store having spent $35 on a practically perfect dress. Fast forward to my first night wearing it. After dinner, I realized there were pockets in the dress. To say I did a happy dance and made a bit of a scene with my friends and family is putting it mildly. My last-minute bargain dress was even more wonderful than I imagined! I rolled this dress up for France and wore it multiple times with heels and flats (seen here and here). I plan to get it resized a bit, but it's a wonderful dress even if I never make it there. Needless to say, I'll be shopping the BR Final Sale section more often now!

{photos taken in Antibes, France}

October 6, 2015

Honey Cinnamon Butter

Honey Cinnamon Butter | Luci's Morsels :: LA Lifestyle Blog
If I had to pick my favorite spice (but please don't make me), it would probably be cinnamon. It's so warming and reminds me of my mom's baking. She makes "pie crust cookies" with a crazy amount of butter, cinnamon, and sugar. When you walk in the house and smell those cookies fresh out of the oven, your troubles melt away. All of my siblings feel the same way, so you pretty much have to fight for your one or two before they're all gone. As much as my mom tries to make extra, it's never enough and the plate is usually clean before they've completely cooled. This cinnamon butter is a fast and easy way to get those comforting flavors. We enjoyed it here on pumpkin cornbread muffins, but I've also slathered it on biscuits, cornbread, toast, and a warm tortilla upon occasion. Hey, don't judge til you try it!

October 5, 2015

Falling for Pink

Gianni Chiarini Handbag | Elizabeth & James Sunglasses (latest version)

My beloved shoes! These are my wedding shoes that I shared with you almost two months ago (here). I delicately wore them around the house - only on carpeted surfaces - until the day of the wedding. Then I strutted my stuff down the aisle and managed to survive the ceremony, photos, dinner, cake, and our first dance in them! A friend recommended I send them into a professional cobbler to get a rubber sole added on for comfort and to protect them. I sent them here and also asked them to clean them up from traipsing around our outdoor wedding venue. They just came back last week and I wasted no time before wearing them!

I bought wedding shoes that I would be able to wear again and again. They are pink suede, so I think I can wear them year round (at least in southern California) and this amazing scarf from Ann Taylor is making the lighter shade of pink work so well with my Fall style. I just discovered their great selection of scarves. Now I'm keeping my eyes open for any sales to snatch a one or two more!