Layered Greek Dip {Recipe}

Happy July 4th weekend! We just arrived at our first beach spot of the weekend to spend the day with family in the sunshine. I went on a dip making mission last night and made this one for today. It’s a layered Greek dip that starts with hummus, then has a Greek yogurt mixture in the middle and is topped off with lots of veggies and feta. Full disclosure, it tastes better than it looks – layered dips are hard to photograph. This dip is also super easy, so if you need a last-minute appetizer, this is a good option. Full recipe below – hope everyone has a great long weekend!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz hummus
  • 1  1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 6 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh dill
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives

Directions:

  • Mix together the Greek yogurt, cream cheese, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Spread the hummus across the bottom of  a 8″ x 8″ or 11″ x 7″ glass dish.
  • Add the Greek yogurt mixture on top of the hummus.
  • Top with the veggies – red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, roasted red peppers – and end with olives and feta.
  • Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips or whatever you’d like!

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Bridal Shower Style with Florals

Wedding season is here and with that comes bridal showers. I’m loving all things floral this spring when it comes to style, so I was excited for an opportunity to wear this Sugarhill Boutique Cara Pink Floral Print Midi Dress from Lulu*s. It’s less than $80, comfy and can be worn on lots of occasions. Shop the post using the links below and have a great weekend!

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Shop the Outfit:

Dress c/o Lulu*s (under $80!) / Earrings / Bracelets

Wedges (old – similar here + here) / Clutch (old – similar here)

Note: Lulu*s is always restocking their clothes and accessories, so if you click the link to purchase and don’t see your size, just check back soon or enter your email address to be notified when it’s back in stock!

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Shop the Makeup:

 Eyeshadow + Foundation c/o bareMinerals

Mascara c/o Avon / Eyeliner + Brightener c/o Tarte

Bronzer c/o Too Faced / Lips / Nails

 

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Pesto Pasta, Chicken Sausage & Brussels Sprouts {Recipe}

I’ve been loving brussels sprouts lately and today I’m sharing a new favorite recipe that combines them with pesto, pasta and chicken sausage, which I found on Gimme Some Oven and made a few tiny tweaks to. This is definitely something I’ll be making again this summer – I love that it’s a pasta dish but also incorporates a veggie and has chicken sausage to keep it on the healthier side. Next time I’m going to try it with homemade pesto – just didn’t have the time or ingredients this time. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed, sliced in half
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb whole wheat orecchiette (or pasta of your choice)
  • 4 Italian chicken sausage links, sliced into 1/8″ thick coins
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup pesto
  • Red pepper flakes, as desired
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange brussels sprouts on it. Cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring a few times, until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. Start boiling water for pasta. Take the brussels sprouts out of the oven when done and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and turning occasionally, until they start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserve a bit of pasta water), and then combine the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts. If you need extra moisture, add some reserved pasta water.
  • Serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

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What are your favorite brussels sprouts recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

Sale Finds {Shop the Post}

If you’re looking for summer clothes and accessories, now seems to be the time to buy. I’ve been seeing great stuff pop up on sale all over the place! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite items on sale, all of which you can shop using the links below. If you want even more of my sale picks, just head on over to Instagram (@dailykatyblog) and “like” the post with the image below. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of items on sale (just sign up for ShopStyle first). Enjoy!

 

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Shop the Looks:

Bag / Boyfriend Jeans / Maxi Dress / Sunglasses

Bikini Top & Bottoms / Romper / Wedges

Black Sandals / Tan Sandals / Necklace / Earrings

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway

I’m at that age where every spring through fall, we have lots and lots of weddings to attend. I personally love weddings, mainly for two reasons: getting dressed up and celebrating with friends, many of which we don’t get to see often. And these events always result in lots of photos, so many that I whatever dress I wore ends up at the back of my closet, never to be worn again.

This past weekend was the wedding of one of my best friends from college, and I was excited to switch up my wedding style because she was having more of a casual outdoor party by the beach rather than a formal ceremony and reception. I knew I wanted a floral maxi dress, but all of the ones that I was finding in stores were a) expensive and b) I couldn’t see myself wearing them on multiple occasions to justify the expense.

In comes Rent the Runway… a service that lets you rent beautiful dresses for a small fraction of their retail value. They make it so easy (on both my to do list and bank account) that I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever actually purchase a special occasion dress again. Why spend $500 on a dress I know I’ll only wear once when I can rent it for $100? And why spend $100 on a new but not-as-nice, cheaper dress that I still will only wear once? Might as well look and feel better for that $100!

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Shop the Post:

c/o Shoshanna Dress via Rent the Runway / Bag (sale!) 

Sandals (sale!) / Earrings (only $15!) / c/o bareMinerals Foundation

Lips / Mascarac/o Too Faced Bronzer & Blush / Nails

 

To find the perfect dress to rent, I went to RentTheRunway.com, entered in my size and delivery date, then filtered my search further by length (long) and formality (daytime). There are lots more filter options (color, body type, designer, etc.) to help you find the best option, as there are thousands of dresses from 250+ designers to choose from. I’m a big fan of Shoshanna dresses and found two that I loved, so I decided to rent both, as you can rent a backup size for free and also add a second dress for $32.50 (the rentals themselves start at just $30). One of the best things about Rent the Runway is that their users give lots of feedback on the dresses, so you don’t have to guess if the dress runs long, doesn’t have any stretch, etc.

Once you select your dress(es), you just wait for it to arrive on your delivery date, wear it and throw it in the prepaid (free) UPS envelope to be shipped back – you don’t even need to worry about dry cleaning. You can choose to have your rental for 4 or 8 days – I went with 4 and had it delivered on Thursday before the wedding, then dropped it in the mail on Sunday.

Here are the two Shoshanna dresses I went with (shop them here: left, right)…

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After trying them on, I fell in love with the purple floral Shoshanna Hydrangea Garden Maxi, though I may have to rent the other one for a different occasion. From there, all I had to do was accessorize with sandals, a bag and earrings (all on sale!), put on some makeup and I was good to go. For makeup, the YSL lip stain I’m wearing is one of my all-time faves, and I also used bareMinerals READY Foundation, Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer and Avon Big & Daring Mascara. Before the big day, I got a mani pedi with this light blue color – perfect for spring/summer.

My Rent the Runway dress worked out perfectly, we had a great weekend with our friends, and on Sunday, we were all ready to go home and take a nice long nap to recover (see last pic below of our pup Hank on the car ride home). More pics are below!

Join Rent the Runway and you’ll get $25 off your order of $75+ (valid for new customers). You can rent (and shop!) my dress using the links in this post, and for more of my favorites from Rent the Runway, follow me on Instagram (@dailykatyblog) and “like” the post about Rent the Runway. You’ll get a shoppable email to your inbox with lots of summer dress options to rent (just sign up for ShopStyle first).

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com
Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

Wedding Style with Rent the Runway on DailyKaty.com

**While I was provided a complimentary dress rental for review, all opinions are my own.**

National Best Friends Day

I’ve been a little MIA here on the blog and on social media the past week, but it comes with good reason. My best friends from college have been in town for our friend’s wedding and we had a perfect weekend of catching up and celebrating over lots of food, drinks and everything else that comes with a beautiful weekend in one of my favorite places, the Seacoast of New Hampshire. As I finish recovering from this weekend and missing my girlfriends already, I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes in honor of National Best Friends Day. I’ll be back with more wedding fun and other posts this week!

xo,

Katy

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June Beauty Finds

I’m officially kicking off wedding season this weekend with a reception for one of my best college friend and her husband, so I thought it would be timely to share some of my latest beauty finds. Lots more to come this spring and summer with wedding style and beauty, but for now I’ll leave you with five beauty products I’m loving: my new favorite lip balm, a bronzer and blush duo, a choose-your-own mascara, a waterproof eye liner, and a palette of pastel eye and cheek colors that are perfect for spring. Read on to learn more and shop each product!

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bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-BalmsI always have a few different lip colors in my purse so I have something ready for any occasion, and Pop of Passion has quickly become one of my go-to’s. I love that they go on like a lip balm, giving lots of hydration and shine, but that they also give you color that actually stays put like a stain. I was skeptical, but somehow the oil-rich formula makes it last! I’m loving the Candy Pop (neon pink) and Plumberry Pop (pink plum) colors and can’t wait to try out more of the others: Nude, Peach, Pink and Rose Passion, as well as Tangerine and Punch Pop. {bareescentuals.com, $16 each}

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer: This bronzer won me over before I even tried it out because the color names happen to be both of my all-time favorite TV couples: Carrie & Big (Sex & the City) and Ross & Rachel (Friends). These limited-edition compacts come with blush and bronzer, giving your skin a sun-kissed bronze color with a pop of blush, which can be used separately or blended together. Carrie & Big is a light to medium bronzer with coral blush and Ross & Rachel is a medium to deep bronzer with pink blush. I’ve been using Carrie & Big daily!  {toofaced.com, $34}

Buxom Vanity Lash Mascara Bar: This is the first mascara “bar” I’ve ever seen and I have to say it’s a pretty smart concept! You get to pick from seven different mascara brushes at Sephora to pair with the mascara. The wand names speak for themselves: Big & Bushy, Full & Fabulous, Thick & Defined, Strong & Long, Itty Bitty, Curl & Contour and Lush & Lifted. I’ve used them on their own and also combined, as I loved to layer different mascara types to maximize the benefits. The mascara has biotin and provitamin B5 to help strengthen lashes (you may have heard biotin is great for your hair, and it’s also good for your lashes!) and shea butter, vitamin E and olive oil to nourish them. {sephora.com, $22}

tarte clay pot Amazonian clay waterproof lineretch & sketch double-ended bamboo liner brush: A good eyeliner can make a big statement when it comes to eyes, and this one is definitely up there with the best of them. It’s a popular clay pot waterproof liner in luxe, gold packaging. What I love about it: it’s velvety, non-drying and with the 2-in-1 ergonomic liner brush (sold separately), you can create a crisp, thin line or a dramatic cat eye. The Amazonian clay in the liner gives you longer wear and it comes in black, brown, bronze and blackened plum. {tartecosmetics.com, liner: $21, brush: $15}

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette: This limited-edition palette comes with calm, serene and balanced tones that create sateen, watercolor-like finishes on your eyes and cheeks. The best way I can describe the colors as are pastels, and they are a fun way to stray from my usual pinks, golds and neutrals. There are lots of ways to wear this palette of six eye shadows and two cheek colors, one of which is to start with Purple Rain from the lash line through the crease, then blend Mist from the crease fading outward on the brow bone. Then add Cloud at the upper lash line, increasing in width blending outward and upward, and also blend it in along the bottom lash line. Finish with eye liner and mascara! {lauramercier.com, $58}

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**While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own.**

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale {Shop the Post}

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here until May 31! It’s no secret that Nordstrom rarely has big sales like this, especially sales that you can get up to 40% off with. Shop some of my favorite shoe and accessory finds with the links below.

I’m off to Fort Lauderdale for a bachelorette weekend (on the plane now!) – follow along on Instagram (@dailykatyblog) and enjoy your weekends!

 

Nordstrom Sale Finds on DailyKaty.com

 

Shop the Post:

Ring + Bracelet / Tote Bag / Bucket Bag

iPhone Case / Fringe Bag / Hat / Sunglasses 

Espadrille Flats / Coral Sandals / Tan Wedges

Black & Turquoise Style

One of the best things about having a dog is always having a reason to get outside and walk somewhere. A few weekends ago, on a weekend with near-perfect weather, we took Hank to a local farmers market and planned to stop for lunch at the food trucks. It was almost too nice out because there were way too many people there, so we ended up walking back and heading to a restaurant nearby.

I love this shirt because it can easily be dressed up or down – plus it’s on sale for under $20! I wore it here with jeans, but you could also wear it with white shorts, black pants, a pencil skirt and more. And I’ve been loving the bareMinerals Pop of Passion lip colors because they give just the right amount of color without being full-on lipstick. This outfit is pretty standard style for me – shop the look below!

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Shop the Look:

Shirt (on sale for under $20!) / Jeggings (under $45!)

Bracelet, Bag & Sandals (old, linked to similar)

Sunglasses / Necklace / Lips / Nails (linked to similar)

 

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Friday Faves {May 22, 2015}

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Hope your weekends are filled with sunshine, friends and family, food and drinks and relaxation. Today is one of my favorite days of the year because it’s the start of summer Fridays at work, which means summer is almost here, even if the temps aren’t feeling that way yet. To kick off the long weekend, I’m sharing my Friday Faves… and then I’m heading to catch up with my best girlfriends from high school – can’t wait!

Friday Faves on DailyKaty.com

1. Friendship in your late 20s, early 30s. I came across this post and felt like it was describing my friendships these days. Quick summary: You make your best friends before or during college, you’re with them all the time and friendship, put simply, is easy. You graduate, your friends move here and there for jobs or guys, you all start getting hitched, and then, before you know it, babies are on the way. Whether my girlfriends and I are busy with grad school or we’re a few time zones away from each other, the reality is we can’t see each other as often as we’d like.

But as this post puts it, “scarcity makes time spent with friends even more valuable — a treat I write delightedly into my calendar in hot pink pen so that it stands out among the staffings and the errands,” and we get to look forward to the weddings or our girls weekends where we are all reunited. And I’m sure that it will all come full circle, because “in another ten years, the babies will be older, the marriages will mature, and our friendships will be better nurtured by the increased time and energy we have to give them.” We’ll be getting old together, saying cheers over our favorite Pinot Grigio. {via refinery29.com}

2. Strike a pose. Learn how to work your angles and makeup to easily look better in photos. This post takes you through all of the steps, from using a primer to playing up your best features, and also recommends products to try out. {via intothegloss.com}

3. She shed = life goal. Um, I need one of these. I’ll wait ’til the day comes that we move to the ‘burbs, but if she sheds are really a thing, count me in. It’s described as “an anti-man cave, usually decked out in string lights and a comfy couch.” Perfection. {via brit.co}

4. Half yearly sales. Especially when they’re at Nordstrom, which very rarely offers sales worth mentioning. Get up to 40% off lots of items now through May 31. I’m shopping this sale tonight and so far I have my eyes on these espadrilles and this watch and bag, which also comes in tan and yellow. {nordstrom.com}