Friday, April 24, 2015

it's nice to be nice

Quote: It's Nice to Be Nice, And It Doesn't Cost a Penny // A Style Caddy

I was watching an old interview with Rory McIlroy, and he mentioned the above quote as something his dad always said to him.

It's nice to be nice, and it doesn't cost a penny.

New York City has a bad reputation for not being the nicest city in the US. I don't think that's completely true, but there are times when I'm just going about my day that I see it. Fights on the crosstown bus between a passenger and the driver, refusing to give up a seat for a pregnant woman on the subway, being rude to the barista at the coffee shop, not holding the door open for the person behind you.. I'm not saying that I've never done some of those things would be a lie. I'm human. I'm not perfect. I'm not always that nice. But ever since hearing this quote, I've tried really hard to change that.

The simplest and smallest of things can be perceived as nice. And that small nice thing can affect other parts of your life - friendships, relationships, work. I think sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life we can forget that.

I hope this a happy little reminder for you and that you have a great weekend!

Note: I couldn't find this quote anywhere online so I don't know if this is an old Irish saying or if the elder Mr. McIlroy came up with this. If he did, apologies for not giving him credit!

Monday, April 20, 2015

spring lipsticks

Springtime Lip Colors // A Style Caddy

The weather over the weekend was so incredibly nice! It was sunny an in the 70s on Saturday that it almost felt like summer. And while it was a bit chilly on Sunday, it was still such a beautiful spring day! 

It put me in a great mood and had me wishing for more springtime colors in my wardrobe, specifically my makeup drawers. Over the past year, I've gotten really into wearing lipstick, and it's an easy way to brighten up your wardrobe. I picked five of my favorites ranging from a nude gloss to a darker lipstick to get you through the season. The Buxom and Smashbox colors are great for every day and Kat Von D's Bauhau5 is a pretty dark berry color for any occassion. Some of these can be hard to remove at the end of the day so I thought I would include a great lipstick remover. It works so well!

All of these can be purchased at Sephora, which is having a sale going on for VIBs and VIB Rouges. You can get 15% off your entire purchase with the code VIBLOVE for VIBs and ROUGELOVE for VIB Rouges until this Tuesday, April 21st. Whenever Sephora is having a sale, I always jump on it because makeup is rarely discounted. And besides, who doesn't love a sale?

Let me know what lip colors you're loving for this season!

Happy Monday!

PS. Did anyone go shopping for some Lilly for Target pieces yesterday? I got in line at 7AM and was able to leave with the 3 things I had on my list. It was a mad house though! Women were running and pushing and it was just quite the experience, one I don't think I'd like to go through again. It was crazy!

Monday, April 13, 2015

monday morning reads

The Masters - Amen Corner // A Style Caddy

If you couldn't tell from my tweets all weekend, I spent it watching the Masters and Jordan Spieth dominate each round. It's the first major of the year, and possibly my favorite, so I was glued to any and all coverage. I teared up when Ben Crenshaw played his last hole and hugged his longtime caddy and family. I got goosebumps when Rory McIlroy hit a great approach on the 13th while trying to make the cut. And, of course, I admired the great fashion, like Morgan Hoffman's debut of his Greyson line.

It should come as no surprise that some of my morning reads revolve around golf:

1. Are the people at Nike psychic? They recently released this amazing commercial {completely worth the watch!}, and then the pairing actually happened during the last round of the Masters.

2. This is a great video of Augusta National's greens keepers making sure the fairways and greens are as pristine as you imagine.

3. I started another round of the Whole 30 this week and am dying to try out this recipe for Slow Cooker Kahlua Pig.

4. If you ever questioned how fit golfers are, here's a behind-the-scenes look at Rory McIlroy's shoot for Men's Health.

5. These tips on how to keep allergens out of your home during spring will be extremely helpful.

6. I recently tried curling my hair with a flat iron and used this tutorial from Anna. I wish I had taken a picture because I loved how my hair turned out!

7. GUYS. Game of Thrones came back last night! Did you watch? It was so good! {Spoilers included in that link so don't click if you haven't seen the episode yet!}

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

pimento cheese and the masters

Pimento Cheese Recipe {The Masters} // A Style Caddy

If you didn't know, the first Major of the year starts tomorrow and I cannot wait. It's my favorite of the four, mainly because I've been to Augusta National and the course is one of the prettiest I've ever seen.

There are a ton of fun facts to know about this tournament, but one really cool one is that the concession prices are insanely low. Like, so low that the most expensive thing on the menu is an import beer for $4. The best thing to get on the menu, and a classic, is the pimento cheese sandwich. As a Northerner, I had never had pimento cheese before, but since it's such a classic thing in the South and at the tournament, I had the sandwich and washed it down with some sweet tea. Both were great, but I absolutely loved the sandwich. I wanted to recreate it and whipped up this recipe that I think is a pretty similar version of the classic.


4 oz. cream cheese, softened and at room temperature
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 oz. diced pimentos, drained
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder

1. Stir the softened cream cheese and mayonnaise together in a large bowl until well combined.
2. Grate your block of sharp cheddar cheese and add it to the cream cheese and mayonnaise. {Don't get the shredded cheese at the store. It's worth it to grate it yourself and the end product is better!}
3. Add in the diced pimentos and all of your seasoning and spices. Mix everything together.
4. Chill for at least one hour and then serve.

This makes for a great sandwich by itself but would be good with crackers, Melba toast, or vegetables. Or you could go crazy and use it for a grilled cheese sandwich with tomatoes - YUM.

Pimento Cheese Recipe {The Masters} // A Style Caddy

Pimento Cheese Recipe {The Masters} // A Style Caddy

Pimento Cheese Recipe {The Masters} // A Style Caddy

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

final four fashion

NCAA Final Four Fashion // A Style Caddy

The NCAA Final Four is this weekend in Indianapolis and for me and my parents, this is one of the exciting sporting events we travel for. Even though my school hasn't been in many of these since we started attending {Syracuse is going through a rough patch right now}, it's still such a fun atmosphere to be in. And while I won't be sporting any school colors this weekend {except for maybe a little bit of red lipstick for Wisconsin when they play Kentucky}, I thought I'd put together a simple and casual outfit to wear while cheering on your team.

Since I'm leaving for Indy early Friday morning, I'll be back with a new post {it's a really easy recipe!} next Wednesday. Until then... have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

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