Heading off to Florida for work later this week so it’s only fitting that my outfit of that day has palm trees on them! Palm trees are uhm “trending” to say the least. They’ve been showing up everywhere- from bathing suits to handbags and I decided to jump on the bandwagon. I obviously will NOT be switching my pillows out to incorporate the trend into my home decor (as some have), but I will rock these shorts the little bit of summer that we have left. I found these shorts over at Grace Anna’s recently, and was so happy that I found some that were a bit muted. Being that palm trees are obviously green- so have been all the palm tree shorts I’ve seen recently which I for sure was not about to wear. I found these ones and loved how they were more neutral, so of course I had to have! I paired them with this nude top which I also love- the best part is that it comes in a ton of colors too!

 

 

Palm trees are such an amazing thing to be. Being that I live in Texas- I always love seeing them when I am traveling! They grow so sporadically and are so “cute” if you could & totally remind me to live more freely sometimes. These last few weeks have been soooo busy (hence the lack of posts) and have slowly but surely been telling myself to “chill if you must.” Life is so busy ya’ll- between work (AKA literally best job, biggest blessing I could ask for), and lie- ya girl is tired! So tired that I haven’t even cared about shopping the Nordstrom sale! I’v realized that my closet is currently filled enough- I could care less about what loafers I could get 50% off this week and am more concerned about when I can fit in an extra nap. Seriously- #Adulting this week has been real. I did, however, manage to rack up some of my most recent fav palm tree finds- all are below, just for you!

Until  Next Time!

-B

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I for one can say that I enjoy trying new thing! I have’t always been a fan of spicy food, but living in one of the most cultural cities in the Houston- that has changed. My passion for Mexican food has grown to more than just queso, guac, and chips for example!

I recently discovered LA MORENA at my local Fiesta and decided to try it! Since I don’t eat meat, I decided to make  shrimp tacos using their LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo! I like chipotle sauce, so I decided this would be something that was out of my comfort zone, yet comfortable enough! As the leader in the chiles and peppers category, LA MORENA® has been providing US consumers with the highest quality products made in the style and with the taste of the authentic Mexican home and traditional recipes for over 35 years. I for sure rediscovered LA MORENA® and brought boring old shrimp tacos to life. I even wrote down all the deets, so you can make the same recipe! Also, don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes (deets also below), to win exciting prizes that will help you discover new places!

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Rice:

  1. Dice up jalapenos very small and place them to the side
  2. Cook rice slowly, adding butter and fresh cilantro as it is finishing
  3. On the side, grill the diced jalapenos
  4. When rice is done, place in tortilla with diced jalapenos

Shrimp:

  1. Unthaw shrimp and season with seasoning & 1 tablespoon of butter
  2. Cook in pan with oil, emptying 1 can (or more, depending on amount of shrimp) of LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo. For a extra kick, add in some extra LA MORENA® Chipotle Sauce too!
  3. When done, place on taco & enjoy!

Although this was more spicy than my usual food, it was so so yummy & I will for sure be making it again!  If you don’t like this recipe, you can find more here.  Don’t forget to check back soon to see where LA MORENA® is taking me this summer on Instagram! Speaking of,what is something fun you plan on doing these last few weeks of the summer season?

Until Next Time!

-B

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So I started rocking overalls again last summer, and of course the trend continues! I just got this pair a few weeks ago from Gap, and love how they fit so well! Normally, overalls tend to be either too short for me, or too long- but these ones fit great! I love them so much I even considered getting them in a different wash/color, but soon realized that (for now) would not happen as no other ones are available yet!

For this look, I decided to keep it super casual (as usual) & actually wore flats for once! Again, I was minimal with the accessories as I didn’t want to overdo it. I added a little print with my off the shoulder top, which I thought would be super awk under overalls and actually wasn’t! I was thinking that like my arms would feel weird or something & that wasn’t the case at all! It was actually overall a perfect looking for a weekend outfit. Although I don’t have my shoes on in these photo, I wore this outfit with a pair of my favorite flats! These particular ones I’ve had for a while too, I got them on sale at target a few months back and I am a super fan! Normally flats  (especially ones that tie up) are not my thing, but these match so much and can actually last all day in them.

It’s clear that the overall trends is still not going anywhere & I have no complaints about that! I love the ones that I have and can’t wait to buy more soon- I’m thinking some colored ones are needed in my closet next. What’s something you’ve been “eying” and can’t wait to buy soon?! My rule of thumb is to leave it at the store the first time you see it & go home and sleep on it. The next day, if you still must have it and it’s still at the store when you go back to get it- it was meant to be (ha)!

Until Next Time!

-B

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Something new this week, as this weeks #Boss is none other than my photographer, Jerren Willis!  Jerren and I started shooting over a year ago now & we have had so much fun! Shooting with Jerren is anything less than anadventure-  he is known to publicize bloopers & catches the best candid photos.  Celebrating his 10 year anniversary of his photography  business this week, Jerren tells us all about how he got started in photography 10 years ago and the secrets as to how his business is still thriving now!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

I’m a Houston native, growing up on the north side of town &  am the youngest of three siblings. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, I am an engineer and entrepreneur. My business is Jerren Willis Photography, and it is something I started while at A&M in 2007 & been doing for ten years.

What made you decide to start your career?

I picked up photography around the same time Facebook added photo galleries as a feature on their site. In the fall of my junior year in 2006, one of my friends encouraged me to apply for a student worker job as a photographer for A&M’s Marketing and Communications Dept. That’s where it got started & later that summer I used a portion of my summer internship earnings to invest in equipment and officially start my business.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

Perfection is what inspires me. Although it’s not likely I’ll ever get there, it’s what I strive for in everything I do. My high school football coach once told me that “the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement”, so I spend a lot of time doing self-evaluation and putting forth effort to be better in all aspects of my life.

What is your favorite bible verse & why?

My favorite bible verse is I Peter 5:7, which says ‘give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.’ This verse really gave me comfort when I was dealing with a cancer scare back in 2011.

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

Go ahead & get that Math minor. The message is to go ahead and finish things while the opportunity is there. I already took four of the six classes to get it through my engineering requirements, but I decided to take an easier way out. That’s something I definitely wouldn’t do now.

What is your end goal with your career? What do you want to accomplish?

Continue to grow my business and have it morph into being able to empower younger photographers and give them opportunities to grow and start their own businesses. I want to start giving instructional classes and workshops. Also, I want to launch a philanthropic branch of my business, of which I can use what I do to help the community.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

Always evolve, master your communication techniques and pay attention to detail

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

I like meeting different people and being able to capture the vision that they want.

What is your least favorite?

Might sound cliché, but I really don’t have a least favorite part. It’s all a part of the process, and I like every step.

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

Learning how to tell people ‘no’. Sometimes I feel like I can overstretch myself with the number of opportunities I take on.

Jerren is one of my favs & his work is amazing! Pretty much any of the photos on my blog are his work- about 90% if I’m being honest! For more information about how work, feel free to reach out, as his contact information is below:

https://www.facebook.com/jerrenwillis/

@JerrenWillis (IG)

www.jwilphotos.com

Info@jwilphotos.com

Until Next Time!

-B

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I’m sure by now that it’s more than obvious that Rice Village is one my favorite go-to places to shop! Nontheless, there are some stores that I frequent more than others, one of them being Grace Anna’s. I love this store- not only is it huge- but they have tons of stuff ranging from kitchen towels with super cute quotes, to the mos comfy socks ever. In addition, the store is full of fab clothes perfect for grabbing a last minute outfit! I have tried many times to leave this store without buying anything- but always fail. This time, I just had to grab these cute little “Hello Summer” cups that were less than $15!

Can we talk about their clothes for a second? As stated before, I have come here so many times for a quick outfit! By quick I mean a dress, a romper, or a cute pair of shirts! I am always able to find something far from ordinary and love how they have so much print! Being a neutral gal, this store always makes my buy stuff I otherwise wouldn’t. I bought the shorts photoed above recently (in addition to the cups, lol), and can’t wait to wear them again! The print is neutral enough to match other colors, but can also be kept simple with minimal accessories!

Grace Anna’s is obviously a one stop shop for many reasons- as I’ve clearly explained (ha!). If you’re in the Rice Village area (Houston, of course!), I strongly suggest you make a pit stop by there soon! You could either leave out with a beach bag, a coffee mug, a new wardrobe- or anything in between. Either way, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Until Next Time!

-B

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