pleats and pearls

the one with the easy, healthy, pumpkin maple granola

Food, Things I've MadeKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey there!

Ever since I moved out to Wisconsin, I've made an effort to learn how to cook and bake.  I try to do one new recipe each week, knowing that sometimes I'll fail, and occasionally it will work out.  Lately, I've been trying to find fall recipes that will make my apartment smell delicious.  Last week I made the apple pie (ugly, but delicious) and I'm hoping to still make pumpkin bread.  My latest venture in baking was a great recipe I found on the Minimalist Baker food blog - a healthy pumpkin maple pecan granola.  For starters, I've never made granola before or anything like it.  I was really intimidated and was confident it would not turn out.  Surprisingly enough, it was super easy, quick, and pretty fool-proof.  It was also pretty damn delicious.

The great news is - you won't feel bad about devouring this after you make it.  It's pretty darn healthy and full of fiber and healthy fats that will keep you full longer (AKA - the perfect mid-morning and afternoon snack).  It's vegan and can easily be made gluten free if you get gluten free oats.  Wins all around.  I already enjoyed some of mine with vanilla greek yogurt and it was sensational to say the least.

Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola

Prep Time - 5 min  | Cook Time - 25 min

What you need:

- 3 cups rolled oats

- 1 1/4 cups raw pecans

- 1/3 cup raw pepitas

- 3 Tbsp sugar

- ¼ tsp of sea salt

- 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (I added extra cinnamon from the original recipe)

- 1/4 cup olive oil

- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)

- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree

How to make it:

1. Preheat the oven to 340°.  Mix your oats, nuts, seeds, spices, sugar, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.

2. In a small sauce-pan, heat olive oil, pumpkin, and maple syrup on low-medium heat until warmed. Stir with whisk occasionally.

3. Pour heated mixture over large bowl of oat mixture, while stirring quickly with a wooden spoon until all oats are covered.

4. Spread the mixture evenly over two baking sheets and bake for 23-25 minutes.  Half way through, rotate the sheets to ensure even cooking.  If you like chunky granola, there is no need to stir (I didn't), but if you want smaller pieces, stir at this time as well.  Bake until golden brown.

5. After letting cool completely, enjoy with greek yogurt or some almond milk.  Store the rest in an air-tight container. 

Until next time–

wear to work inspiration: ft. the patio pant

Styled by, Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey there!

Guys, I know it's only October, but I'm already getting in the holiday spirit.  I know what you're thinking – it's way too soon to be thinking about the holidays.  But, I can't help it!  My sister was telling me on the phone yesterday that when she was at the store, they had Christmas decorations up already.  Honestly, I got a little excited.  Yes, perhaps too soon for Christmas - but not too soon to be thinking about Thanksgiving, right?  I have some fall decorations up in my apartment and I've been burning my fall candles non-stop.  This weekend I watched my go-to holiday, feel-good movies: Love Actually and The Holiday. And let me tell you – I was just giddy doing so.

Some of my fall decorations...

Some of my fall decorations...

With the shift in weather and change in seasons, you shouldn't just be changing your weekend wardrobe – your career clothes can reflect fall just as easily.  Simple changes like trading your sandals for flats, and wedges for ankle boots are an easy way to give a nod to fall.  My fall wardrobe is reflected the most through layers and change in color.  Someone at work mentioned the other day that I must really love fall because I've been looking particularly on-point lately.  You're damn right I love fall – and my wardrobe really reflects it.  There is no outfit half-assing like I occasionally do in the summer months.  I bring my A-game, every day.  

The good news is, it's really not too hard to bring your A-game in fall, as long as you have the basic pieces.  A few good layering jackets, an assortment of boots and flats, and a handful of classic sweaters will take your everyday wardrobe from plain to intentional, simple to chic.  One of my favorite pieces right now is J.Crew's Patio Pant.  New this fall, their patio pant is a super sophisticated, but utterly cool wide-legged crop pant.  It's the perfect work pant.  It's stretchy and comfortable for all day wear, but looks very modern and trend-right to give you fashion bonus points with your coworkers.  I'm a little obsessed with it and am just waiting for it to go on sale to take the plunge.  Until then, let's get some wear-to-work inspiration with four different work-friendly looks that will be sure to turn a few heads at the office.

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Which look is your favorite?  I'm personally dying to replicate the windowpane blouse/navy patio pant look.  So simple and chic – and breaks the old fashion rule of wearing black and navy.

Until next time–

5 fall jackets you need right now

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey friends!

I love this week, because it's really starting to feel like fall outside!  We've had a few fall-ish days here and there, but this is seems to be the first full week that is true fall – and I'm absolutely loving it.

One of my favorite things about fall is getting to layer up!  I have so much fun with layering, whether it be with a scarf, sweater, or jacket.  I'm a bit of a jacket aficionado myself, and I may or may not own more than my share of jackets. But, I was able to narrow down the absolute jacket essentials – check out my 5 jackets that a fashionista needs for fall (with options at every price point, of course).

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1. Field Jacket

I finally got my field jacket a year ago, and it was a life changing experience.  I'm really not exaggerating – I love mine that much.  I mean, this is a jacket that both Mellie Grant and Meredith Grey have worn, so yah, it's a big deal.  You can wear it with just about anything and is perfect for those early fall days.  The J.Crew one is a little pricey, but you can typically get 30% off if you time it right – otherwise there are some great options at lower price points, like a strikingly similar Tommy Hilfiger knockoff and a more utility style from Nordstrom Rack.

Tommy Hilfiger | J. Crew | Nordstrom Rack

2. Quilted Bomber

A quilted bomber is a stylish answer to the really chilly fall days that you don't want to break out your winter coat just yet.  These jackets can be super warm too, if you get them in down or a primaloft.

Boden | Lands' End | Ralph Lauren

3. Patterned Coat

A patterned coat is the ultimate fall statement piece.  If you pick the right weight, you can wear it indoors as more of a top piece to your outfit, or outside as well.  I'm personally obsessed with all plaid coats this fall, but LOFT has a great leopard one that would look super chic with denim and pumps.

LOFT | Boden | Urban Outfitters

4. Trench Coat

I'm not talking a flasher coat here, but a sophisticated and timeless one.  Trench coats are a classic piece that should be in every woman's closet.  They're truly seasonless and always are in style.  Whether you love a traditional, belted style or like the more modern, swing silhouettes – there is a trench coat out there for you.

LOFT | J. Crew | Everlane

5. Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is one of my go-to jackets for every season.  It's the perfect indoor jacket that you can wear in place of a cardigan to stay warm at work/school.  It also works outdoors in the early fall days, before the temperatures drop too much.  I wear mine at least once a week since it goes with everything.  Also, don't be afraid of a little denim on denim.  Life is about risks – and that is one risk you ought to take.

Madewell | American Eagle | J. Crew

Which must-have jackets do you already have? Any on your to-buy list?

Until next time–

1 dress 2 ways: fall edition

Fashion Fix, Styled byKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey there!

A few weekends ago, I went apple picking with my family.  We went to the orchard that lets you pick your own apples that we always went to when I was a kid.  It's been years since we've gone and although it was mostly how I remembered it, there was one key thing that had changed.  Now, I'm assuming because it's "popular" and "cool" for high schoolers and college kids to go apple picking in the fall – mostly for instagramming purposes, but now there is a minimum of apples you can pick and buy.  I mean, I get it – it definitely makes sense on their part.  You now have to pick at least twenty pounds of apples.  To me, this sounded like a ton.  Spoiler alert:  it really wasn't a ton.

The five of us ended up picking 39 pounds of apples  – nearly double their minimum!  So although I wanted to take some with me back to Wisconsin, I ended up taking probably 10 pounds myself.  With that said – yesterday I baked an apple pie.  I've never baked a pie before, and my baking history is limited – so needless to say, I didn't expect much.  It took me all morning, and although the crust looks rather questionable, it actually is pretty decent.  

Well, now on to some good fashion.  I recently went to my pre-school BFF's wedding.  I honestly haven't had very many friend weddings to go to yet, but I know my friends that are a year older than me have gone to a ton.  I was bummed I only had one wedding to go to this year, because I really love weddings, and I love getting a chance to dress up.  I know that I say this now, but I know in a year or two I'll be broke from how many weddings I'll be attending – but that's just fine, because I do love weddings.  Erin's wedding was one of the first fall weddings I've ever gone to.  So I was super jazzed to find a great fall dress that was wedding-friendly.  Enter:  LOFT.

It should be no surprise that LOFT was the hero of the story, since I've been doing more than my share of shopping there in the past year.  But when I saw this dress in their first fall email, I knew I had to have it.  It's a simple, swing dress in pine green.  But the back of it – it's more than just a simple dress.  The back of it is, well, special. (See for yourself below!)  I loved every second of wearing that dress to Erin's wedding, and afterward, I was sad because I didn't have another occasion to wear it to again this year.

But I really love this dress.  So much so that I wasn't going to let the fact that I didn't have another wedding to go to ruin my chances of getting to wear it.  So I decided that I can really wear it two ways: dressed up for a wedding, and dressed down for the day.  It's pretty darn perfect both ways – and all it took was a few simple accessory changes to make the transition!

For the Day:

For wearing during the day, it was more about carefully selecting accessories and outfitting pieces that would help it look more casual.  A drapey jacket and oversized scarf were fun with the swing shape of the dress, and a pair of ankle boots were the perfect fall touch.  A satchel was my bag of choice, and I kept it casual with my hair pulled in a top-knot.

For a Wedding:

For a formal event, I found that this dress is better left as the hero, with very minimal accessories.  I wore a few gold accessories, and some killer bow stilettos.  Luckily, the weather was beautiful, so no cardigan needed!

LOFT Trapeze Dress

For the Day:  LOFT Utility Jacket (similar) | ModCloth Blanket Scarf | Target Satchel (similar) | Target Sam & Libby Chelsea Boots (similar)

For the Wedding: SheIn Bow Heels | Herve Leger Bag | Lizzibeth Chain Link Bracelet (similar) | J.Crew Earrings

Which look do you like more?

Until next time–

the ultimate fall cardigan

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey kids!

The last time I wore this hat was for my first fashion fix of fall.  Shortly after posting, I went back home to Iowa to visit my family.  I happened to have a hair appointment to make my ends more "golden" for fall.  My dad asked me when I got home if I had a hair appointment scheduled.  I said, "yes – why?"  "Oh I figured you did.  I saw you wearing that hat on your blog, so I figured you were trying to cover up those roots."  DAD!  I sadly said, nope, that wasn't why I was wearing it.  Classic DeLacy insult – never too straight-forward, we always hide it just enough to make it seem innocent.  Ah, dads.  So as a disclaimer – this hat is intentional in this outfit (Dad, I know you're reading). 

I was antsy to write this post, because this outfit is truly me in my fall prime.  When I think of my fall wardrobe, I think of ankle boots, skinny jeans, lots of sweaters and cardigans, and all kinds of jackets.  This ensemble encompasses the three of the four, and really represents my daily fall attire.  First, let me gush about this cardigan.  I've been on the hunt, for over a year now, for a chunky grey, long cardigan.  You'd think it wouldn't be too hard to find, but alas, I found myself with the classic, tall girl struggle of finding a cardigan long enough to cover my butt.  I found this Gap cardigan online a few weeks back and bought it immediately.  To level-set, that is completely unlike me.  I typically mull my online purchases over for a day or two at least before taking the plunge.  I usually send the link to my personal style "board" of trusted fashionista friends to get feedback – the whole nine yards.  But not this time.  I saw it, I loved it, and I bought it.  I am so pleased with the quality and styling, that I may just buy it in camel as well!  Highly recommend.

I paired this perfect cardigan with my favorite distressed skinny jeans, merlot ankle boots, an easy chambray button-down, and of course, the floppy hat (again, totally intentional. No bad hair day, here). 

Gap Long Cardigan | Sleeveless Chambray (similar) | J.Crew Reid Jeans | Call It Spring Boots (similar) | J.Crew Felt Hat | Diamond District Jewell by 31 Bag (similar)

Until next time–