Sweater Weather

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Living in Orlando, the second the weather drops to 70 everyone is bringing out the sweaters! Last weekend I bought this sweater from the Banana Republic Factory store for 60% off! I was so drawn into Mustard Yellow color and just HAD to purchase it.

I paired the sweater with this Burgundy Wool skater skirt (again from the Banana Republic Factory store) and was a little amazed at the how well the 2 colors complimented each other.  I’m loving this skirt and not just because it has pockets (which we all love!) I paired the look with my Burgundy Over the Knee boots (similar here) and my Henri Bendel Mini Tilda Satchel which unfortunately is no longer available on the Bendel website.

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The Twenty Something Girl’s Guide to Holiday Gift Giving; Gifts for the Bendel Girl (Black Friday Edition)

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First off, I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday!  I know I said I was done with the gift guides on Wednesday when I posted the final part of my 3 Part Installment however being a Bendel Girl I couldn’t let today go by without sharing my top picks for the Bendel Girls and the Black Friday Promo!

Between November 22 and November 25 Henri Bendel is doing 30% off EVERYTHING! All Sale items will be an extra 10% off which means you’ll get 30% – 60% + 10%! and the Gift with Purchase is insane!  with a $150 purchase you get a Henri pouch, with a $250 purchase you get a backpack and with a $400 purchase you get BOTH! They’re giving a Splurge Card with all purchases AND for the A-Listers like me you get Triple Points until December 9th.  If there was ever a time to shop, it’s now!

In the gift guide above you’ll find some of my favorite pieces like the West 57th Weekend Duffle (perfect for nights away and weekend getaways).  I of course had to link my Black Friday purchase, the NYC Skyscraper Iconic Tote!  This is a tote I’ve had my eye on for awhile and now that it’s on sale PLUS the Black Friday promo I’m going for it!  It’s definitely a wardrobe staple much like the above pictured JetSetter Convertible Backpack! Of course I linked some jewelry an some iconic Brown and White striped SLGs.

Will you be grabbing anything from Henri Bendel today?

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5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Holiday Charcuterie Board

I’m going to be completely open and honest with you all, I am beyond addicted to cheese and meat.  Truthfully, I don’t know if addicted really encompasses how much I love a good cheese and salami moment which is why I thought to put together a post on putting together the perfect cheeseboard for your holiday get together! Because what party is complete without a good charcuterie board? If you’re into not only the contents but the look of a good cheese board then let’s get into my 5 tips!

1 – Tip one is pretty basic but something that many people don’t often think of.  You need to mix your flavors.  You need to ensure your board is diverse by including salts, sweets, tanginess and different textures.  You can create these different flavor profiles and textures by adding things like honeys, jams, fruits and nuts and peppers of course.

2 – Get yourself some good cheeses! Your mind might automatically go to an American Cheese, a Pepper Jack Cheese, etc but you want more than just the typically cut up cubed cheese.  You want to go for different, flavors, textures and looks.  My personal favorite cheese is Espresso Cheese (which I’ve only ever found at Publix), I love a good Brie Cheese and of course there’s always got to be Gouda and Gruyere.  Remember this little tip; if there’s going to be fruit on this board definitely add in some crumbling Bleu Cheese.

3 – Don’t forget your meats! I love a good Salami but there’s so many different meats you can place on your cheeseboard that I promise your friends and family will love.  I suggest having some prosciutto and different sausages ranging in spice.  You will always have some guests that prefer something with a little more of a kick.

4 – I think every good charcuterie board should have an element of sweet to balance out any salt from the cheese and spice from the meet.  There are so many ways you can add sweetness to your charcuterie board.  My go to add ons are the following: Fig, Dates, Grapes, Honey (feel free to try different types), Jam, Dried Apricot, Blueberries and Raspberries.  I like the addition of fruit as well as the honey and jams because it gives the eater an option.  I’m personally all about a piece of Espresso cheese with a raspberry but I also love smeared Brie cheese on a cracker with some spicy sausage and a drizzle of honey.

5 – Don’t forget your element of crunch!  I can not go without any crunch on my charcuterie board.  I like to add crunch in both breads/crackers and nuts.  Some of my favorite bread/crackers are:  sliced sourdough bread, Matzos, Triscuits, and of course Water Crackers.  As for nuts I like to add almonds, pistachios, and cashews.  The element of the extra crunch that can had with just a piece of fruit is always a nice option to have.

What are some items you love seeing on a Charcuterie Board?