winter

Quick & Easy Truffle Mac & Cheese (vegan + gf)


Since it’s comfort food season, I’ll occasionally throw in chili, tomato soup & grilled avocado & cheese sandwiches, or minestrone and paninis into our dinner mix. Mac and cheese is another easy staple to add as a side dish.

I’ve tried countless vegan mac & cheese recipes and they usually require a ridiculous amount of ingredients and never resemble the cheesy comfort dish. So I got basic and created my own, the same way I make it for my family, using only 4 ingredients and the result is amazing! This isn’t the type of measured recipe, but it’s super simple and can be made all in one pot! To add to the deliciousness, drizzle black truffle oil on once served!

  • Brown Rice Pasta
  • Daiya Cheddar Shreds
  • Earth Balance Butter
  • Original Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • Pink Himalayan Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Truffle Oil (optional)

Boil the brown rice pasta until cooked. Strain, rinse in strainer and return to pot. Add 1-2 TBSP butter, and stir until melted. Add cheese by the handful as you are stirring, until melted and reached desired cheesy consistency. Add Cashew milk for creaminess, while stirring. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and drizzle with truffle oil.

Enjoy!

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J.Crew Sale Picks

J.Crew-Sale

Boots / Jacket / Shirt / Pumps / Rain Boots / Earrings / Blouse / Coat / Crossbody / Sunglasses / Boots / Socks / PJS / Slippers

I’ve rounded up my top picks at J.Crew for their current promotion, 30% your purchase of $150+ or 25% off your purchase of $100, in store or online, using code “GIVEMORE”. Take advantage of building your Winter wardrobe or gifting your faves, because ends Sunday, December 6th!

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup | TheSubtleStatement.com

The temps rapidly declined this weekend, and staying inside with a warm cup of homemade tomato soup sounded like the perfect Sunday. This recipe was the ideal fix, not only did it taste amazing, but I whipped it up in just 15 minutes.

Homemade Tomato Soup | TheSubtleStatement.comp

Homemade Tomato Soup | TheSubtleStatement.com

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A gluten-free, vegan grilled cheese was the perfect pairing. Stay warm 🙂

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fall Trends

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Last week I posted my top picks Fall staples from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I keep finding more and more great finds, these being top choices for Fall’s biggest trends.  Scoop them up quick, they hit full price on August 5!

Fine Wines: bomber | sunnies | pumps | dress | leggings

Camo: anorak | watch | flats | denim | shearling jacket 

Get the Blues: polish | sweater | dress | sunniesboots

Distressed: denim | denim | denim | denim

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

When it comes to building the ultimate versatile wardrobe, knowing when to splurge and when to save is key. But, when you’re able to save on quality wardrobe staples, you hit the jackpot. Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is the ultimate event to building basics that will get you through the entire season. The rest?.. Is a piece of cake. The fashionable event happens once per year where select Fall and Winter items actually go on sale, (for a limited time) before they are full priced. That time to splurge?.. is now.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Brush Set | Manicure Set | Palette | Pink Lip Set | Vest | Trench | Coated Jeans | Skirt | Watch | Tote | Pouch | Sunnies | Scarf | Ankle Boots | Moto Boots | Over the Knee Boots Riding Boots

Scoop up the key items you’ll  sport all season (or even better, all year) long. Here’s the rundown on my favorite staple pieces from this year’s sale. Check out the website for an abundance of options, way too good to pass up!

Get a Winter Glow

Get a Winter Glow

Body Brush | Body Scrub | Moisturizing Body Wash | Body Oil & Baby Oil Gel | Subtle Self-Tanner

Winter weather doesn’t reap the best benefits for my skin, so switching up my skincare routine is essential. Keeping skin exfoliated, and well-hydrated is key to a polished Winter glow. Dry brushing with a body brush before showering has countless benefits, including increasing circulation and sloughing away dead skin cells. Using an exfoliating body scrub twice a week, as well as a hydrating body wash will eliminate dryness. Seal in the moisture by applying a body oil, and/or a baby oil gel on damp skin (I like using both.) To add a hint of subtle color, use a buildable self-tanning lotion. The Q-10 properties in this one give skin added moisture.

Snow Day

Snow Day

Growing up, the best thing about Winter in Pennsylvania was the Snow Days. Sled riding and hot chocolate made up the perfect Winter day. Today marks off the first of ‘snowed in’ Winter days this year. Traveling may not be an option, so here’s a few ideas make the most of being snowed in.

Snow Day -- Chick Flick Marathon

Host a chick flick marathon. Make use of your Netflix subscription, whether it’s classic girly faves or a Ryan Gossling vs. Channing Tatum face-off, it’ll be sure to keep you entertained.

Snow Day -- Do a Face Mask

Get a Winter glow. Face masks are a fixture in my beauty routine. There’s just something therapeutic about them, that I love. Polished supple skin is only a face mask away. If you don’t have a mask on hand, whip up one in the kitchen with one of these homemade recipes. My faves include Mario Basdecu ‘Super Collagen Mask’ & Cucumber Tonic Mask, Philosophy Oxygen Peel, and Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask.

Snow Day reading

Catch up on your reading. I subscribe to an absurd amount of magazines, so getting caught up is sometimes a weekend project. Get the latest on style, beauty news and bikini body moves.

Snow Day -- Glitter Fade Mani

Give yourself a mani. Take the time to master that mani you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. I’ve been a huge fan of the glitter fade, and New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to sport it!

snow day baking -- vegan gluten-free brownies

Try a new recipe. I’ll admit, I’m a little Christmas cookie baked out, but now is the time for all of the those tdf recipes on my Pinterest board, or a warm Winter soup. (Vegan, gluten-free brownies pictured.)

snow day

Play in the snow. Skiing, tubing, or a snowball fight.

snow day -- hot chocolate bar

Create a hot chocolate bar to enjoy after. Add marshmallows, peppermint candies, chocolate, cookie sticks, etc.

Plaid Scarf & Wedge Sneakers

Plaid Scarf Top: Cache  /  Denim: J Brand  /  Shoes: Ash  /  Scarf: Gap (similar & similar)  /  Bag: Prada  /  Bracelet & Ring: David Yurman  /  Nails: CND Shellac Silver Chrome
Plaid Scarf
Plaid Scarf
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The Holiday Skirt

Holiday Skirt

Top: J.Crew Crewcuts  /  Skirt: Madewell (similar & similar)   /  Bag: Prada  /  Shoes: OlsenBoye (similar & similar)  /  Tights: Hue  /  Scarf: TJ Maxx  /  Watch: Michael Kors  /  Bracelet: Kate Spade  /  Nails: CND Shellac Silver Chrome  /  Lips: Model & Co

Holiday Skirt

This shimmery mini has been a Holiday staple. From casual to glam, it adds shine to any ensemble. I love throwing it on with a pair of heels, it’s feminine and fun, but can easily be toned down with a scarf or tee.

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Winter Hues

Winter Hues

This season I’ve been reaching for army green and wine colored hues, along with my usual neutrals. A pair of colored denim or an accent scarf really make my basic blacks, navys and beiges pop in a bold way.

Winter Hues
Coat: Vince  /  Denim: Decree (similar)  /  Boots: Nine West  /  Scarf: Zara  /  Nails: Julep Julie  /  Lips: Chanel Glossimer in Seashell (my favorite color)
Winter Hues

I’ve been living in this sweater coat that I purchased for the Fall season, but is surprisingly warm when layered for cooler temps.

Winter Hues
Winter Hues