Happy Friday, everyone! Today's post is coming to you from both myself and Samara of This Is My So-Called Style. She's kind of wonderful, so head on over to her blog and tell her I sent you. You won't regret it.
I'm having a sort of staycation in town this weekend. My apartment is around 30 minutes away from my friends on campus, so I don't see them as often as I would like to. But this weekend, that changes. We're spending Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) together on Ohio State's campus. So from Friday night, when we usually make the trek across the street to the campus Chabad house for dinner, to Saturday night, the party just doesn't stop. Okay, full disclosure -- usually "the party" just means we sprawl out on the couches and floor with beer (wine for me) saying ridiculous things and trying to make each other laugh -- but still.
And on Saturday, we watch football. Since this week is an away game with a noon kickoff, we're going to leave the TV on, muted, so we can watch the game on Saturday (It's complicated. And yes, I'm bending the rules of the Jewish Sabbath ever so slightly. I'm totally making my teachers from my Jewish Day School proud). Guys-- I really like Buckeye Football.
I have rushed the field at Ohio Stadium. I may have asked for a tissue (or the whole damn box) after a particularly gut-wrenching loss (*cough*
Michigan *cough*). I have spent 3+ years jumping up in down in the craziest part of the OSU student section, Block O South. I have yelled at the refs till my voice is shot (I can't wait to use the line that Ted used in HIMYM recently -- "You better check your voicemail, ref! I think you missed some calls!!" -- because that line is gold, I tell you. Pure gold.) Anyway, because we're having ourselves a little watch party, I decided to make these buckeye bites to get us into the spirit.
1 cup finely ground almond flour
1 cup almond butter (or pecan butter)
4 tbsp coconut palm sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp coconut oil, melted
Mix together the almond flour, almond/pecan butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Roll the mixture into small balls and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Place in freezer to harden for about an hour.
Melt coconut oil and chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously.
Remove the balls from the freezer, and using a toothpick, dip the balls into the warm chocolate.
Place balls back into the freezer and let the chocolate harden.
Okay. I'm done rambling. I swear. Since food is covered, I'm going to hand the reins over to Samara now and let her wow you.
Shopping might be the only thing I love as much as food. I don't even want to think about how many hours I've spent searching for the perfect pair of ankle boots or drooling over the latest J.Crew catalog. So when D asked me to collaborate on a Shabbat post and author the style portion, the gears in my head immediately started turning.
These two outfits -- one fancy(ish), one casual -- have two things in common. First, let's talk about this plaid blazer from Target. I'm completely crazy for it. The pattern, the leather trim, the cut, everything. And it's only $34.99! Seriously, just go order it right now. I'll wait.
The other crucial feature that these two outfits have in common? Drape. Trust me, guys -- Shabbat is not the time for your new bodycon dress. Even if you're still eating strictly paleo, which can be difficult to manage if someone else is hosting, you're probably indulging and eating a little more than you would on an average night. Go for something loose but polished, like this dress from Otte or this silk tank from Madewell. And if you go with a skinny jean, please, make sure they have some stretch. You'll thank me at the end of the night.
Look 1 [fancy]
Ellen dress // ONE by Otte
plaid blazer // Target
heels // Madewell
burgundy infinity scarf // Target
pave links bracelet // J.Crew
Look 2 [casual]
silk tank // Madewell
plaid blazer // Target
stretchy toothpick jean // J.Crew
ankle boots // Loeffler Randall