Ankle Boots 3 Ways for Fall

City living and small closets go hand-in-hand. Our apartment here in San Francisco is no exception. I’m not going to say I never complain about my lack of closet real estate (let’s be real, what girl doesn’t), but having to downsize from a large walk-in to a narrow, floor-to-ceiling number last year actually had one perk I wasn’t expecting: it made me a much more thoughtful shopper.

I recently had the chance to collaborate with DSW on a fun challenge: create three different fall looks with one pair of shoes. Ankle boots are pretty much everything this season (especially here in the Bay Area where they can be worn year-round) and just so happened to be the one thing my (relatively small) wardrobe needed. Lucky for me, I found some great brown leather ankle boots at DSW the other week. As you’ll see, my looks range from city dinner-chic to elegant grunge–details for each are below. Enjoy!

TIP: For the same aged-leather look, simply buff these ankle boots with a soft rag and a little rubbing alcohol and let dry. SIZING NOTE: I typically wear size 8 but purchased a 7.5.

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Who’s ready for October 25th? It’s National #ShoeLover Day, and we’re partying it up with DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse. Tell us why you love shoes and how you’re going to let loose on the big day!

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Compensation was provided by DSW via Mode Media however my opinions expressed are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW.


Shopbop Sale

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Hi friends! Just popping in to let you know Shopbop is currently offering 25% off full-price and discounted merchandise with their awesome Friends & Family sale. Remember these boots I was drooling over the other week? Well, I decided to hold out for a deal and yeah, they totally just happened. To take advantage of the discount too, simply enter code FAMILY25 at checkout through tomorrow, Thursday October 16th. Happy shopping!


5 Instagram Favorites: Foodie Edition

Instagram Favorites

One thing I love doing with friends is trading names of favorite Instagrammers. Oftentimes a conversation will begin after one of us glances at our feed. Someone almost always then asks, “Oh, do you follow so-and-so?”

I get really excited when I come across a new photographer, food or fashion blogger, interior designer, or really anyone with great taste, so I thought I’d start a new column called Instagram Favorites so we can share ours.

Since I’ve had food photography on the brain lately, here are 5 I’ve been drooling over lately (from top middle to bottom right):

@afroditeskitchen | Blog: Afrodites Kitchen
@tworedbowls | Blog:  Two Red Bowls
@caitsplate | Blog: Cait’s Plate
@minimalistbaker | Blog: Minimalist Baker
@ashrod | Blog: Not Without Salt

Who are some of your favorite foodie Instagrammers?

P.S. If we haven’t yet connected on Instagram, come find me at @ellepennerRD


Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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Just back from a busy, 3-week trip to Europe, I knew the hubs would love to dive head-first into a bowl of comfort food after a hot shower last night. So, this weekend I dug back into the blog archives for one of my all-time favorite cheesy, carb-laden recipes, butternut squash mac and cheese.

A fall favorite in our house, this recipe has evolved a bit over the years. In my opinion, it’s gotten better with age so I wanted to share the revamped version with you. This weekend I updated the ingredient list (now shorter and easier) and snapped a new photos using my improved photography skills while I was at it. This is, by far, the best looking and tasting version yet. Enjoy!

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Ever tried adding veggies to your mac & cheese? I might never go back to the regular stuff!


5 Delicious Egg Recipes to Make for Dinner

Because it’s Friday, and also World Egg Day today, I pulled five delicious egg recipes that can double as dinner those nights you’re too tired to cook a big meal and have no desire to get dolled up to go out. Because let’s be honest, that happens more often than we like to admit on Fridays.

Why eggs? While typically thought of as a breakfast food, eggs actually make a delicious, fast and nutritious dinner solution, too.

1. Eggs cook fast and taste great with everything. Their mild flavor make them a great vehicle for just about anything you want to pair them with. Spicy salsa, salty prosciutto, sweet caramelized onions, earthy greens–you choose your favorite! And compared with other sources of protein, which can take upwards of 20-30 minutes to cook (or longer if you’re braising), eggs are quick and easy, usually done in under 10 minutes.

2. They’re a top source of protein. This is because eggs contain all nine of the essential amino acids our bodies need to build muscle. When eaten after a workout, protein helps promote muscle growth and tissue repair, which means stronger muscles and more noticeable muscle tone—great news for us runners, CrossFitters, and any other athlete!

3. They’re inexpensive yet nutrient-dense. Along with dried beans, eggs are one of the most affordable proteins out there–not to mention the healthy vitamins and minerals they provide, like Vitamins D and B12.

Without further ado, here are 5 delicious egg recipes that can double as dinner the next time you’re feeling too tired to deal with cooking or the idea of dining out:


Ranchero Egg Tostada

This recipe from The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook (via Bon Appetit) has me wanting eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve made this using canned beans which makes it that much faster.

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Power Greens Skillet

One of my all-time favorites creations, this delicious skillet pairs power greens with power protein. For a super fast dinner, you can caramelize onions ahead of time. If you’re an of-the-moment kinda cook, you can always relax and have a glass of wine while your onions do their thing, too.

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Baked Eggs with Ricotta Thyme Chervil

Baked eggs paired with fresh herbs, ricotta and lemon zest make for a simple, but satisfying meal. Just don’t forget the crusty bread for soaking up all that goodness at the bottom of the dish!

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Easy Chilaquiles

I was recently introduced to Chilaquiles over brunch a couple of months ago and my life has since been changed. This easy Mexican dish is essentially leftover tortillas simmered in a quick tomato sauce and is served with a fried egg (or three). Adding meat is completely optional–I actually prefer to keep things simple and sprinkle some canned black beans on mine!  

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Poached Egg & Crispy Prosciutto Avocado Toast

I saved the fastest for last! Another favorite egg recipe from this little blog, this one’s become a morning, noon and nighttime staple in our house. It’s a quick meal perfect for those nights you’re not super hungry but want something delicious that’ll keep you from waking up ravenous in the middle of the night! 

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A special thanks to The American Egg Board and The Good Egg Project for sponsoring this delicious post. Have a happy World Egg Day!