Less Formal Friday Fashion

Fashion is such a fascinating thing to me. I both love and hate it at the same time. I want to want fashion to be my top priority, but comfort always wins. It just does. If I am able to enjoy an event in flat shoes rather than suffering through a bit of it before leaving early in painful but chic heels, then there is no question which direction to go. But as I have gotten older and need to deal more with using my clothes to direct the level of authority that I need to be issued in the office, I have noticed two things happening simultaneously that are to benefit of the people like myself who need comfort to be the top priority when choosing clothes in the morning. First, the level of formality in clothes that is expected by society is lowering. It’s happening slowly, but pushing forward faster by millennials and even Gen X, who are realizing that they can run top corporate companies just as easily in jeans as they can in suits. The only example we need: Zuckerberg. Secondly, fashion companies are taking notice and offering items that can pass as business-casual clothes for people to wear to the office on “I don’t have a meeting days” that are both fashionably strong-minded and comfortable. Luckily I work in a business casual office that embraces...

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Thanksgiving Office Potluck Ideas That Don’t Suck

It’s the best time of the year… office potluck season rings in soon! There’s a ton to celebrate between now and the end of the year and most offices where people like each other fill a conference room table full of their favorite goodies to enjoy together for a few hours during the middle of the day in a season punctuated by festivities and time off. What could be better than that? Not much, except that sometimes thinking of what to bring to the office potluck can present logistical issues. The ideal dish needs to be able to maintain its integrity at room temperature, easily scalable to feed a crowd, not heavy to carry, not easily spillable or won’t shift during transport, easy to pick up on the buffet line, and be something that people will tell others that they have GOT to try. Breakfast Blueberry Muffin Cake from the Country Cook Strawberry Muffins Savory Tomato Basil Muffins Appetizers This weird throwing up pumpkin veggie tray… you’ll get points for creativity at least. Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites Thanksgiving Specific Foods Stuffing in a Bundt Pan Roasted Veggie Pasta for a Crowd Vegetarian Pot Pie  Desserts Candied Pecans Butterbeer Fudge Peanut Butter Chocolate Goat Cheese Fudge  Requires a Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Dip (be cool, use a local craft beer instead of Guinness) Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze Balsamic Brussels...

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Eat Them Gators!

Ever hated your opponent so much you wanted to just… eat them? Unfortunately this year, the Gamecocks’ schedule is full of mascots that would result in a cannibalism charge — you can’t just chow down on a pirate or a minuteman. But it’s totally acceptable to take a bite out of this week’s opponent. Alligator nuggets can be purchased at Palmetto Seafood at 2200 Gervais Street, frozen or on ice for $13.99 for a pound. The ladies behind the counter recommend breading and frying the gator, which works out perfectly since this year’s Florida game is away. There are...

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Grain + Vegetable + Sauce = Dinner

Autumn produce has inspired me lately in the dinner department, but while describing it to someone recently I realized how formulaic my epic-looking dinners are. They are just a grain (or grain-type) base, with roasted, grilled or sautéed vegetables, and a complementary sauce. And when you think about it, many of our go-to dinners are the exact same thing. Spaghetti? Yep, the noodles are the grain and the sauce also stands in as the vegetable, although some folks may up the veggie content by adding more, or others add meatballs or meat to the sauce. Take for example, Friday’s...

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Pampering vs. Grooming

It’s all too easy for me to make myself anxious about what I should be doing to the point of where something that is supposed to be purely for enjoyment becomes a chore. One thing that I like to think about doing is enjoying a night to myself that involves putting on some tv shows or a movie and luxuriously and languidly enjoying an epsom salt bath, a charcoal mask, touching up my pedicure and maybe putting a coat of polish on my fingers. But then that’s like, four or five things to do. Doing stuff that involves other...

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“Meat” and Potatoes Night

One thing I struggle with is multi-course meals. Even though a steak, mashed potatoes, and a vegetable might not seem multi-course, to someone who prefers one pot or one pan type meals, it kind of is. One reason I have a hard time with meals that involve more than one or two things going at the same time is that it’s hard to keep everything in order and being done at the same time so it stays hot ‘n fresh. But every once in a while, I like to eat something that more closely aligns with the classic American...

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Arepazo Latin Food in Cayce

It was a warm spring day in the month April when I was walking back from the spin studio that I had been going to since January. As I passed by the store that advertises Dungeons & Dragons game nights, I turned to look in the windows of the next building, and a sign was in the window. An arepas restaurant was opening… soon, it said! In a fit of excitement I misspelled on this Snapchat I took of the building. Months passed, no arepas. It got a bit warm for me to do any extreme forms of cardio,...

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Drink Up, It’s Olive Oil!

THIS IS A SPONSORED POST WRITTEN BY ME ON BEHALF OF EVERGREEN LIFE. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE BRANDS THAT SUPPORT THIS BLOG!   The benefits of olive oil are well-known: it’s heart healthy, lowers your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reduction of inflammation, to name just a few. I recently partnered with Evergreen Life to try out one of their new products- OLIFE, which is an herbal olive leaf water extract supplement, aka water with some herbal extracts. It’s not really drinking olive oil! It’s touted benefits include: antioxidants, maintaining normal blood pressure, glucose,...

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Radar Update

I just realized that after writing the post about the reality of owning pets that I hadn’t updated with how Radar is doing! But in a phrase, back to normal. In mid-July we took her to have a suspicious lump cut off of her right front arm, and as of that time we didn’t know what it was. But we did a week later, and though it turns out it was cancerous – soft tissue sarcoma – to be precise, the prognosis seems good. We had decided to remove the lump and just watch closely to see if any...

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A Jaunt Up to IKEA, Plus A Stop at Crepe Cellar

When we renovated the kitchen earlier this year, we bought a ton of extra stuff for “just in case” because I figured it would be easier to return a bunch of stuff at once than need to run to IKEA in Charlotte on a Tuesday night from Columbia. So overbuy we did, and we ended up taking a ton of stuff back. But for reasons I can no longer remember I ended up with about $900 in store credit, on top of the $1000 that I got back on my credit card. We had vague ideas of what we...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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