Chartreuse and Chambray

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I feel so very Audrey-Hepburn-meets-Taylor-Swift in this outfit. OMG CAN YOU IMAGINE if Audrey Hepburn met Taylor Swift? Mind. Blown. Cannot even fathom. 
But seriously, remember these Audrey Hepburn outfits? NAILED. IT.
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Anyway, I’m getting off track. A sliver of midriff showing just makes me all cuh-ra-zay apparently. Even if it’s a totally demure sliver in just the front.
One of the weird things about grief is that I’ve been able to wear all of my “just barely fits” items and they..fit. So this lovely skirt of mine, with it’s beautiful pleats, gets to come play in the sun (and rain. if you follow me on snapchat:goodgirlstyle you’ll notice I got totally soaked in an unexpected downpour, sigh!). 
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Of course the accessories of the summer over here are my gladiator sandals (Sam&Libby) and my wood watch (JORD). 
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Add in some vintage earrings and some awesome Betsey Johnson sunnies and I’m all set. 
I’m determined to make the best of the rest of summer. 

Let’s Play Choose the Belt

{I really did brush my hair, promise}
I’m such a dork; I totally love game shows. I love old fashioned ones, and watched many rounds of Card Sharks & vintage Let’s Make a Deal when I was younger. Over Christmas break, I watched a good deal of current Let’s Make a Deal (goodness, I think Wayne Brady is hysterical).
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So I thought it might be fun to have you help “style” me today!
 You can see I’ve got this gorgeous coral color goin’ on in my bangles and Caroline G. necklace.
Now, let’s play: Choose the Belt!
So should I stick with coral? Go neutral? Throw in a fun pattern?
Belt Choices
{#5 is definitely called “coral” on BR website, though it looks crazy-orange here}
Got a favorite?
I’d love to know which belt you would choose for this outfit.
Unfortunately, there is no prize (because how could there be a winner? You’re all winners in my eyes!). Also unfortunately, there’s no Wayne Brady involvement whatsoever.
But I still  can’t wait to hear what you think! 

Matching My Dog

Sometimes apparently I run out of pose ideas so I start to dance like Elaine from Seinfeld. This doesn’t surprise me. Does it surprise you? Didn’t think so.

Or maybe I’m just excited because Lottie got a new collar, leash, and sweater! Lottie is my family dog, the sweetest of sweetie pies. A real darlin’, that girl is. This Christmas she got a new red collar and my grandma knit her this adorable sweater. Lottie has never lived where there are major snowstorms, so she absolutely loves her cozy new outerwear. She also got this fancy new leash.

{which matches my outfit}

This leash is the real deal. Made by PAWW, a sister company of HumanGear, it is high-tech and human-savvy. The workmanship is stellar, and the leash is made out of double rip-stop nylon (often used in mountaineering equipment), which means if you were lost in the wilderness and needed to go all Bear Grills for some reason, you’d want this leash with you. It’s that tough. 
Obviously, I’m not recommending you use this leash in any sort of mountaineering, other than taking your dog on a nice long walk in the woods. 
Dogs dig that sort of thing. 
And with the Paww Pick Pocket Leash, you will too. This intuitive, “civilized” leash keeps your doggie necessities right at hand. There is a built-in bag dispenser for doggy bags, and a zippered pocket for cash, a key, or better yet, a treat for your pup. The top clips around a post if you need to leave your pooch outside for a quick run to the store. There is a handy “utility loop” on the top that can be used to attach a flashlight, a used doggie bag, a toy, or whatever else you need to bring to the dog park or on that walk in the woods. 

Lottie loves this leash. 
My only complaint with this leash is that we were taught in our dog’s fancy training classes to always hold the leash with two hands, one wrapped around the leash and one farther down (that’s hard to describe in words). The high pocket placement makes it a bit hard to hold the leash in this manner. I think it might be nice to have the pocket closer to the collar, or perhaps adjustable. But we haven’t stopped using this leash on account of that….no way!
It’s clear with one look at this leash that it is the gear of choice for dogs and their owners who appreciate style and practicality. This leash means business. 
It also means “extra long walks for Lottie.”
So it’s pretty win-win.
Many thanks to Katrin from Paww/HumanGear for letting me review their great products! This is my honest opinion in my own words.

Denim & Blueberry Pies

I am in love with my Swedish clogs. 
In. Love.
I think I’ve mentioned my Swedish background before, and how anything Swedish delights me. I’ve wanted some Swedish clogs of my own for my whole life. Now, some twenty-odd years (and $2 at a tag sale) later, I’m enjoying them immensely.

I picked up this little chambray J.Jill dress from the same tag sale. The lady had some cute style, right?! 
A flower pin, another crown braid and a vintage bag (the colors are much more true-to-life in the above photo).

 Now, after weekend of tag sales, farmers’ markets, and blueberry picking, what’s a girl to do? Bake a pie, of course!  Blueberry-Black Raspberry Gluten Free Mini-Pies to be specific!

Mini-Pies have long been one of my ‘things.’ I adore the making and eating of them. They are just so cute! 
I won a contest way back when with a mini-pie recipe I created (not this one), and ever since, every time I make them I have memories of making dozens (dozens!) of practice pies in the days before the contest. The miniature pie pans can be difficult to find sometimes, but I’m pretty sure I found these at the dollar store of all places.
Blueberry-Black Raspberry Mini Pies
by GoodGirlStyle
2 cups blueberries
2 cups black raspberries (not blackberries)
3/4 cup sugar
4 TBSPs cornstarch
A few dashes of cinnamon
A few dashes of nutmeg (for that good Swedish flavor!)
Butter
1 or 2 batches of gluten-free pie crust (depending on if you want one crust or two…I love this recipe)
Cut one batch of pie crust dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a small circle, and gently place it into your pie pan. Fold under the edges and flute/crimp as you wish (if you are adding a top crust, just let the extra dough hang over the edge and crimp the top and bottom together later). Repeat for each remaining piece of dough. In a bowl, gently mix the berries, sugar, cornstarch, and spices. Ladle into each pie dish, spreading evenly among the pie dishes. It is a good thing if the berries nearly overflow. Dot small bits of butter on top here and there. At this point you can cut out four circles from a second batch of pie dough for tops if you wish. I highly recommend putting all of the small pies on a large baking sheet for easy transfer to the oven/cleanup. Now bake at 400 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. Check your pies starting at 20 minutes, because depending on your oven, your pie dough, and your pans (mine are nonstick and slightly dark), the small pies may be done earlier. The pies are done when the interior is bubbling and the crust is nice and golden-brown.

{I put a little bit of leftover streusel on this one}
What guest wouldn’t just LOVE a tiny pie all to themselves? 
Certainly no one *I* know!
But who is talking about guests here? 
Well, I did give ONE mini-pie away. 
Then I ate the other three. 
Oops.
xo!