How to Transition Summer Clothes to Winter

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The Holiday’s are here and for most of you its freezing outside. You may have packed away your favorite summer staples and may have realized you have no cold weather options. Here are some style tips on how to transition summer clothes to winter. With these tips and video below,  you can turn these seasonal styles into year-round must-haves.

Sundress
Opt for primary colors or darker prints to transition. Winterize with a fedora, scarf, and a moot-jacket.

Denim Shorts
I love my cutoffs in the summer, but they work in colder temp with opaque black tights. To complete the look, add a loose tee and an oversized cardigan. For a polished look try a blouse with a tailored blazer, then finish off with booties or loafers.

Romper
When transitioning this one-piece uniform stick with heavier fabrics and darker colors, then pair them with knit tights. If you’re working with more of a bodysuit try layering a pencil skirt over it for a completely different outfit.

White Jeans
Give your white jeans life after Labor Day. Pair your slouchy white boyfriend jeans with a fitted black turtleneck, camel coat, pointy heel, or a black bootie. The options are endless!

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Let me know your favorite ways to “winterize” your clothes in the comment section below.

 

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Gluten Free Rum Blueberry Pancakes

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Gluten Free Pancakes Chataigne styleWinter is here and a it’s time for a cozy stress-free breakfast. I’ve combine a few of my favorite things to make Gluten Free Rum Blueberry Pancakes to satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy antioxidants and not expand your waist line.

This is a delicious recipe for you holiday guests or pre-game for a NFL Sunday. Hope you give it a try and let me know how much you love it in the comments section below.

Gluten Free Rum Blueberry Pancakes

  • 1 Cup Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Pancake Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Bob’s Redmill Gluten-free Muesli (grounded)
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Breeze
  • 1/4 Cup Rum Chata
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup Driscoll’s Blueberries
  • Maple syrup Grade B
  1. Ground the muesli in a blender like a NutriBullet.
  2. Combine pancake mix and muesli in a medium bowl until well combined. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together almond milk, egg, Rumchata, and oil. Whisk flour mixture into egg mixture just until combined. Fold in blueberries.
  3. Lightly grease a large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat. Pour heaping 1/4 cup batter onto griddle. Cook about 3 minutes, or until edges are dry and the bottom is golden. Flip pancake and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until lightly golden. Adjust heat as needed to prevent burning. Place pancakes on a heatproof platter and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining batter. Drizzle with maple syrup to serve.
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How to Pack Your Suitcase

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If you are traveling for the holidays this video is a must-watch for you. Learn how to pack your suitcase like a professional.  I’ll teach you how to maximize your outfits, travel with a small carry-on, and how-to deal with packing issues!  Don’t stress about heading out of town as these tips will save you time, money, and keep you looking stylish!

Packing with Chataignestyle

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Chataigne Style’s Hot Cocoa

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Baby, It’s cold outside! Stay cozy and buzzed this holiday season with one of my favorite winter cocktails, hot cocoa!

Chataigne Stye’s Hot Cocoa Ingredients:
8oz Almond Breeze
Hot Chocolate Mix
2+oz RumChata

Heat your favorite hot chocolate to the desired temperature, then add RumChata.

Let me know if you love it in the comment section below.

Happy Holidays!

Chataigne Style Hot Cocoa

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Look for Less: Moto Pants

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I’m all about staying cozy and comfortable on Sundays. Recently, I’ve been craving sweats and fell in love with the brand, Cotton Citizen. Sadly, they are not easy on the wallet. The Chicago girl in me can’t seem to justify the funds for $200 sweatpants. Thankfully, I found this great “look for less” from the GAP for a fraction of the price. The GAP version look more like pants and I recently paired them with a sweater and rain boots for work. Check out these motto pants below and let me know if love them too!

Motto Pants

 

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Black Friday Sales and Shopping Tips

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It’s on! Black Friday is finally here and I’m offering a HUGE sale to get you stylish and organized this holiday season! I never drop my prices this low and this sale lasts till Monday night!

Black Friday

If you are brave enough to hit the stores use these helpful shopping tips to make the most of you time and stretch your dollar!

1. Do Your Research

You want to make sure you do your research of when each store is opening and what the best deals are. Make a list and map out your day or else it will be very overwhelming and stressful! Shopping is supposed to be fun, right?

2. Grab A Partner

Shopping alone can be stressful and lonely! Grab a friend to help you carry a load and rationalize your purchase. Plus, its nice to have company while waiting in line. 

3. Dress Comfortably

Dressing room line and crowds can be too much. The last thing you want is to be sweating and carrying around your clothes. Wear layers that can be easily take off when trying clothes on. I love easy leggings, a tee with a cardigan and flat sneakers for comfort. Don’t carry a huge bag, but go hands free with a messenger purse.

4. Use Technology to Compare Prices

If you think you find a great deal use the scan app from Amazon Prime or search online. You can find a better deal or sometimes and store will match the best price, so you can leverage a lower price tag too! 

HAPPY SHOPPING!

If you are one to completely avoid shopping malls and stores, here are some of my favorite online sales to shop now!

Here are some of my favorite finds to shop from my cozy couch!

Ann Taylor 50% off you entire purchase use code THANKS

Piperlime- 25% off site wide with code THANKFUL25

Express 50% off site wide

J Brand 30% off site wide with code BLKFRI2014

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El Capitan Canyon Glamping Adventure

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Outfit: Hat: Forever 21, Dress: Vintage, Poncho: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Sole Society

 

I’ve been dying to camp in Cali since I moved her over 9 years ago! I made that dream into a reality with a cozy couple trip up north to go “Glamping” at El Capitan Canyon for Robin’s birthday. This place beyond the beach is just past Santa Barbara and was the perfect setting for our Fall adventure. Think no traffic, waves crashing, fireside dining, and crunchy fall leaves…it was perfect!

Roadtrip

Our road trip begin with drive to Malibu and a quick stop at Malibu Seafood for a late afternoon lunch. It is one of our favorites spots to dine and watch the ocean. The view can’t be beat. It is aways a good sign when you spot a hummingbird!

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I fell in love with our little home for the night. Our “glamping” tent was on stilts and had a cozy bed and space heater. We had to unload our jeep and park a short distance away. Robin is a camping expert and got us set up while I handled the most important thing…the wine.

campfires

The best part about El Capitan is you don’t have to bring a bit of food with you. In order to save time and stress, I ordered one of the campsite dinner kits. It came with firewood, starter, your choice of meat (chicken), salad, beans, and a smore-making kit! Fail proof glamping and so delicious! I love flame broiled camping burgers so we had those too! I let Robin start the fire and I was the grill master.

Campfire + UNO + Wine + Cheese = A fabulous night

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The next day we packed up or gear and headed to El Capitan State Beach for a walk and a picnic. It was such a lovely way to celebrate Robin’s birthday. The beach is so clean and untouched- a true testament to California’s beauty. Just 24 hours away was perfect for us to refresh, celebrate, and enjoy each other. Robin had a birthday he will never forget. I can’t wait to do a girls El Capitan Glamping Adventure next year!

Have you every been glamping? Share you experience in the comments below!

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Sweater Dress Styling

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It is finally fall in Los Angeles!!! I’m thrilled I can finally rock some Fall fashion without melting! It is important to add some personal flair to a simple piece so here are a few tips to sweater dress styling.  I picked up this dress from Target for only $30! I paired it with Sole Society booties and a Jenessa Leone hat from American Cie Rag and added some jewelry from H&M and Michael Kors. The look is so comfortable that it can been worn from day-to-night!

Style tip: During a chilly day, pair with black opaque tights and heels.

Do you love this look? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Chataigne’s Healthy Apple Chips

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Get into the Fall spirit with this healthy apple chips recipe to keep you full while running around this holiday season. They smell so good that it turns your house into a  lush scented apple farm! Please try them tonight and let me know what you think!

Chataigne’s Healthy Apple Chips 

4 Gala or Red and Delicious Apples

Ground Cinnamon

Baking Sheet

Parchment Paper

4 TBL brown sugar

1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees

2. Wash and dry the apples

3. Using a fruit knife de-cork the apple and slice into thin pieces.

4.  Place parchment paper on baking sheet and place apples slices on sheet.

5. Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar on apple and flip. (For a healthier bach, cut the sugar)

6. Place in oven for 1 hour then remove and turn the apples. Bake for another hour. Let cool and serve.

Watch video below!

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HuffPost Live: Inside Essence Magazine November Issue

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Today, I was a guest on Nancy Redd’s show on HuffPost Live. She had Vanessa K. De Luca, the editor and chief of Essence Magazine on the couch to discuss some of her favorite articles from November’s issue. Marissa Charles’s  story of grief after loss featuring my struggle made the cut! I was able to talk more about my sister and how I moved forward. Watch below and let me know your thoughts.

Have you ever experienced profound loss? How did you move forward? Please share in the comment section below.

 

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