Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Work Week Chic: Tweed

My sophomore year of high school I was nominated to be on homecoming court.  Just like any 16 year old in 2004 I was beyond excited to pick out the perfect pleather skirt to prance myself around the football field in the clunkiest shoes I could find. Those were the times. However, when I went shopping with my mom she insisted I get a skirt suit. You can only imagine that 16 year old me thought it was the end of the world and couldn't believe I was going to have to look so lame. After hours of shopping around (rolling my eyes and being a complete brat) we settled on a classic tweed skirt suit. So boring right?

I hope my mom isn't reading this because as with most things in life I realized years later that of course she was right. While other girls romped around in their pleather mini skirts that will be forever immortalized in a yearbook I am proud to have worn that timeless tweed suit. Some clothes and fabric will never go out of style---tweed is one of them.  If you're looking to invest in work pieces that you will have for years tweed is an excellent choice.

 Madewell Tweed Dress (old but similar and similar) / Sole Society Pumps 

I'm still loving these Kendra Scott earrings from my Rocksbox!  This picture is also an example of the importance of filling in your brows...hello albino eyebrows.

Tweed is such a nice fabric for Fall. I love that you can dress it up or down. Either way you look classic and timeless.

Do you wear tweed?

Monday, September 28, 2015

10 Recipes to Get You in the Fall Spirit

I know, I know everyone is going bananas over Fall. Our Instagram feeds are full of PSL, booties, blanket scarves, and SO MUCH pumpkin. However, if you're anywhere below the Mason Dixon line you know it's hard to get in the Fall spirit when it's still so hot and humid outside in the afternoon. If I were to wear a blanket scarf right now I would be drenched in sweat by noon. Luckily, the cooler weather will be here before we know it and we can soak up all the festivities of the season.

I've been reading Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist (highly recommend!) and it has me thinking about the relationships we have with food. When I think of Fall food I think of crock pots full of chili, spending a whole afternoon with my mom making her meticulous but delicious pumpkin rolls, and sitting on a patio with a cold pumpkin ale. As good as these food and drinks are it's the people and experiences we are having alongside them that makes everything so special and memorable.

Here are my picks for recipes to get you in the mood for Fall!

I'm a huge fan girl of Ali from Gimme Some Oven. I made her Tuscan Gnocchi soup last night and it was fantastic. I'm excited to try out this butternut squash soup!

I'd spike this up of course. Just add vodka or bourbon (duh). 

Pumpkin French Toast (via)

Joy the Baker is my culinary muse. How do I know? She makes her chicken pot pie with double the crust. 

If you tell me you don't like Applebee's Spinach and Artichoke Dip I will call you a damn liar. This recipe looks right on the money to recreate it. 

Almost too cute to eat. 

Everybody's doing it. 

What's your favorite fall recipe?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why Listen to Podcasts + Giveaway

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Are you tried of hearing me talk about podcasts yet? Don't answer that.  Have you ever discovered something so cool that you immediately want to tell everyone you know? That pretty much is how I feel about podcasts.  To commemorate the second and final podcast in this post Burke Does and I are also bringing you a great giveaway!  Catch up on last week's post about our top podcasts to listen to here.

Give your eyes a break. Our minds are in a constant state of sensory overload. All day long we are staring at computer screens, scrolling on our phones, reading through documents at work. Our eyes get tired. It's not healthy on our eyes to have so much screen time. Also, wrinkles. Excessive squinting and scrolling can cause wrinkles (isn't that reason enough?). Give your eyes a break and use your ears. When I come home from work it's so tempting to unwind by turning on the TV. But I've noticed a huge difference in headaches, eye strain, and my sleep patterns since cutting back on screen time and opting for listening to podcasts or other activities.

Long drives will never be the same once you start listening to podcasts! Radio stations tend to play the same songs on repeat until you literally NEVER want to hear certain songs again. Podcasts bring refreshing material that will keep your interest and make trips a breeze.

I have a short attention span. One of the main reasons I struggle with consistently working out is my lack of patience and attention span. I could never jump on a treadmill with a playlist and churn out a long workout. Now I look forward to my workouts so I can tune into my "stories" and get lost for 30 minutes or an hour. I won't let myself listen to new Undisclosed episodes until my workout time!

After going to school for most of my life I thought I would never want to learn another thing again--let alone during my free time! Wrong. I've begun to realize that I'm a lifetime learner and I bet most of you are too. With podcasts you can learn new things but in a much more interesting and entertaining way than you ever did in school or with a text book. More importantly you can learn about things you want to learn! Start out with Stuff You Missed In History Class.

Where do you find inspiration? This blog is my creative outlet but often I find myself grasping at straws for new ideas. Podcasts provide an extra outlet of information to get your creative juices flowing. If you've got the entrepreneurial spirit I would check out StartUp and After The Jump!  Both of these discuss issues involving building a business and After The Jump focuses on makers and how to build your brand.

Um...hello...they're FREE! Yes, that's right, almost every podcast is absolutely free to you for download. It's honestly quite amazing that such quality content is at our disposal for the taking. Having said that it's important to sponsor your favorite podcasts by giving whatever you can to make sure that they stay free!

Oh yea, I mentioned a giveaway before my spiel. We're happy to bring you a giveaway from the Ashley Shelly Shop!  Fall is the perfect time to start new and get yourself organized. Who doesn't need help keeping themselves on a budget? I sure do. Countless coffees and those new shoes for Fall I just had to have can really add up! I love the idea of a budget notebook to keep up with everything and hold yourself accountable for your purchases. A lucky reader will win a Ashley Shelly Budget Notebook that includes a bills list, savings tracker, financial goals, purchase wish list, 13 full spread layouts for budgeting, a debts overview, and debt repayment plans inserts.

Be sure to hop over and check out Emilie's post as well!

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Make A Statement

Over the past few years there has been a lot of buzz around statement jewelry. The idea behind a statement piece is to be bright, bold, and to obviously make a statement.  If I had to pick a favorite accessory it would probably be the statement necklace. A statement necklace can make an outfit with little effort. Pair with a plain white tee? Instant snazziness. Spice up a basic work dress? Heck yes. Want to wear the same outfit twice in one week? Throw on a statement necklace and nobody will ever know. 

When Happiness Boutique contacted me and wanted me to style one of their pieces I knew I wanted something versatile that I could wear with lots of looks. I chose this navy blue statement necklace and quickly started brainstorming outfits to pair with it. 

The joy of a great statement piece is that you can use it to dress up or compliment an existing outfit you already have and give it new life! 

Remember this dress?  I love my new statement necklace paired with the emerald green to class it up for a fancier event.

The white button up is a staple in ever working girl's wardrobe. Adding a pop of color with a necklace adds some spice to the workweek flow. 
Chambray with a vest is pretty much my Fall casual uniform. Once the weather gets crisp I wear a version of this look almost anytime I'm not at work. I'm pumped to add this necklace to the rotation. 

Thanks again to Happiness Boutique! Check out their site for so many more lovely pieces. 

How do you make a statement?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Work Week Chic: Lawyer Linkup

Today I'm excited to be teaming up with four other smart and fashionable bloggers who also happen to be lawyers to bring you some work outfit inspiration!

As a young lawyer I often get asked, "Is law school worth it?", "What can I do with a law degree?", and of course "Is being a lawyer just like Law and Order?". One of the first lessons you learn in law school is that the answer to pretty much everything is "it depends". Lawyers come in all shapes and forms. There are so many different types of law that one can practice in as well as non-traditional routes that utilize law degrees.  Seeing all these lady lawyers and their work outfits truly emphasizes the versatility of law. You're going to want to check out Tif, LeeNina, and another Brittany

The blazer is probably the one item of clothing that comes to mind when you think of a lawyer. It's a power piece. Do I wear a blazer everyday to work? Absolutely not. But on days that I go to court, have meetings, or just want to look a little more polished the blazer is my go-to. While I was clerking during law school I learned a very valuable tip from a young lawyer I was working under. She told me to always have a jacket on outside of the office. A jacket is a symbol of power and respect. Unfortunately, as a young (woman) lawyer, far too often I get overlooked as a secretary or other staff member. However, when I wear a jacket or blazer it is much less likely to happen. Obviously, a blazer can be incorporated to almost every work scene, not just law, for a professional and stylish look.

What's your favorite way to wear a blazer?

Special thanks to Andrea Hurley Photography for the photos! Kentucky friends check her out! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Guest Post: Chloe + Isabel

Good Morning The Lady Lawyer readers!! I hope you all are having a wonderful morning so far! My name is Ashley and I blog over at Girl Talk, where you can find posts about fashion, planning my upcoming wedding, recipes, a few DIYs and some fitness type posts. Today I am taking over Brittany's little space of the web, to tell you all about Chloe + Isabel and the Mystery Hostess party I have going on right now!

First, Chloe + Isabel is a jewelry line that was formed from the concept we call
"The Friendship Philosophy"--- 2 best friends coming together by the passion for style and self-expression.

I just recently became a merchandiser for C+I and as I am still in my first month as a merchandiser I am still learning. But, I just couldn't wait to share this line with you all! I was the type of person to always wear the same daily jewels, now I am wearing different jewels everyday and they are all from C+I. C+I took a typical boring jewelry wearer and turned me into a little more fun and spontaneous with my jewelry. 

Now here is where the fun comes in! I am hosting a Mystery Hostess party where all you have to do is make a purchase using the link here or below and you will be entered into the drawing of winning the hostess incentives!

What are the hostess incentives you might ask? Well for every $200 of sales that comes from this pop up, the winner will receive $50 in jewelry credit. As the sales increase the prizes get bigger! You could earn jewelry credits, a pair of free branch earrings, a look into our exclusive hostess only collection and the most exciting prize is you could win some new jewels from the new Fall line!!

Happy shopping! The grand prize winner will be announced over at Girl Talk on Monday September 28th! There will also be a second place winner, where the winner will receive $25 off a $75 coupon to use on their next purchase!


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Top Podcasts

I've blogged a few times in the past about my love of podcasts. I honestly don't know how I got through a road trip without them. I can confidently say that if you have an interest, there's a podcast out there that caters to that interest. My favorites involve food and crime stories--haha what a combo! 

I'm not the only one that shares the love for podcasts. Today, I'm linking up with Emilie from Burke Does to share our favorite podcasts. I'm horrible at choosing favorites but I'm going to give it a go. The podcasts on this list are ones that I listen to consistently and look forward to new episodes when they come out. 

Sword and Scale

I could be wrong but I believe Rebekah recommended this one to me and for that I'll be forever grateful. If you enjoy every nitty gritty detail of crime story you will love this. Some stories you have probably heard such as the Jonestown fiasco but there are so many interesting other stories that you probably have not. If you like some weird shit (I do!) you'll love this. 

Freakonomics Radio
I'm sure you've heard of the book or the documentary bearing the same name. The authors of the award winning book have come together with even more of their stories in this podcast. Now, I'm not an economics buff or anything like that, so don't let the title scare you away. Don't tell the other podcasts in my feed, but if I had to pick a favorite this would probably be it. Each episode goes behind the scenes to examine issues we think about everyday and the underlying economic impact.

I discussed my fascination with this podcast and case in this post but I still follow along and soak up every episode. This is the follow up to now famous Serial podcast where 3 lawyers pretty much answer every question you had while listening to Serial. Well, every answer besides what really happened. Yours truly also makes a cameo in an episode so listen up for that :) I have my theories and would love to hear yours! 

This American Life

This is the podcast that started it all--for me and the rest of the country. If you ask someone about the podcasts they listen to they will likely list This American Life. Every week Ira Glass (anyone else have an Ira voice crush?) and his crew explore one topic and bring 3 separate acts/story lines that relate to the topic. This is the perfect podcast for a road trip. 

Stuff You Missed in History Class

The title pretty much says it all. More accurately it should be titled the interesting parts of history that they don't teach in school. Two quirky and fun girls explore people such as Calamity Jane and give you all the info you ever wanted to know about the Black Hole of Calcutta and The Grove Park Inn. Fellow nerds you'll become addicted. 

Now it's your turn! I'd love to hear what's in your earbuds! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch

This past weekend I was lucky enough to meet up with some local blogger ladies. It was the first time many of us had met IRL and it was so nice to get to chat in person. We spent the morning sipping hot drinks, eating amazing food, and gabbing away about some blogging--but mostly just life. 

Local folks, the praline macchiato at Lizzie B's is out of this world good. 

After lunch we of course had to snap some photos #bloggersgonnablog. It's also nice for once to be with people who get what it means to take a good photo. Plus, I didn't have to beg like I normally do! 

These girls were so fun to spend the day with and they kept me laughing.  Tiffany from Bright on a Budget is a fellow lawyer and blogs about how to get a bargain and still look fabulous. Need a good laugh or dose of reality? Erin from The Mimosa Memoir writes hilarious articles such as I Can't Adult. You may have even read some of her work on Elite Daily. If you're on a diet steer clear of Nikki from The Coal Miner's Bride. She whips up some seriously scrumptious treats. 

I hope you'll check out these ladies!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Bourbon Heritage Month

Did you know that September is Bourbon Heritage Month? We take our bourbon very seriously in Kentucky, and considering there's more barrels of bourbon than people in this fine state, it's no wonder! There are celebrations all month long, including the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which starts this week!

Georgia has its peaches, Maryland has its crabs, but Kentucky we have our bourbon. I'll take bourbon over peaches and crabs any day. Bourbon has taken on a life of its own. Yes, it's great for sipping, but it also adds a rich and complex flavor to delicious food.

My friend and fellow Kentucky gal Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos and I are celebrating the month by sharing two bourbon recipes with you: a cocktail and an appetizer! 

My mom has a signature appetizer that she serves at almost every family function---pepper jelly over cream cheese. Don't get me wrong mom's recipe is tasty...but a little bourbon never hurt anyone. This recipe has bourbon, maple syrup, and bacon. I'm pretty sure you won't meet a person that doesn't like one or all of these. You can spread this jam on bread, butter it on a biscuit, layer on cream cheese, or just finger it out of the jar. It's that good.
Recipe (adapted from here)
1 lb. bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cub apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup Kentucky bourbon
1-2 chipotle peppers (depending upon spice tolerance)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Salt/pepper to taste
Cream Cheese block
crackers for serving
1. Cook bacon in sauce pan until it starts to crisp up. Set aside but retain 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat (just do it).
2. Saute the onions until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Add the garlic until you start to smell the deliciousness.
4. Pour in the vinegar and stir to deglaze the pan.
5. Add in the coffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, peppers, and cumin. Reduce the heat to simmer and let it simmer for 1-2 hours. Mine took around 1.5 hours to get to a nice syrupy consistency.
6. Pour into food processor and process for a couple seconds. You want to retain some of the texture of the bacon.
7. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Personally, I like it best served warm, so heat up for about a minute then pour over cream cheese block.

In more of a cocktail mood? Take it away, Lindsay...

I'm not much of a cocktail lover. In my opinion, bourbon should be enjoyed straight out of the bottle. Why ruin the already perfect taste? But some of you need to dilute it a bit. Here's a simple drink for you:
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2 shots of bourbon 
Juice of 4 lemons J
uice of 2 limes 
 teaspoons of powdered sugar 

Mix all ingredients in mason jar and shake until sugar dissolves. Serve over ice. Recipe from here.DSC_1588

Want more? Check out my recipes for a Kentucky Mule and Hot Toddy!  

Are you a bourbon lover? Will you be celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month with us?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Pear and Apple Fall Sangria Jars

Does anyone remember the BookIt program? You know the program with Pizza Hut that after reading so many books you got a coupon for a personal pizza. Oh, the joy of having your very own pizza, something I still very much enjoy. If there is anything better than a personal pizza it's a single serve dose of sangria. 

This sangria has all the flavors and aroma of Fall. The sweet Asian pears and apples mixed with the earthy/nutty figs is basically autumn in a jar. Maybe that's what I should have called this post--Autumn in a Jar. 

1 bottle white wine ( I used Sauvignon Blanc)
Gala Apples (sliced)
Asian Pears (sliced)
Dried Figs (halved)

Pear, Apple, and Fig Fall Sangria

Pitchers of sangria are lovely. I adore pitchers of sangria in the summer for a large cookout or party. But how convenient and cute would it be to serve everyone their own mini mason jar of sangria? Or, just enjoy it solo! 

Pear, Apple, and Fig Fall Sangria
Layer the ingredients into the jar until it's about 3/4 of the way full. Pop your cork (or twist off in my case) and fill it to the rim! Seal the jar with its lid and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. The more it marinates the richer the flavor! 

Pear and Apple Fall Sangria

Don't forget to enjoy the boozy fruit after drinking! 

What's your favorite fall drink?

Linking up with September Cocktail Linkup and What's Hap-"Pinning"
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