Cozy Wednesdays

Sometimes, ok most of the time, I just want to be as cozy as possible at work, today was one of those days. A big oversized sweater, cotton pencil skirt and wedge booties did the trick.

DSC_2638

DSC_2662

Sweater: Forever 21 (old but similar one here)
Skirt: RACHEL Rachel Roy (similar one here)
Booties: DV by Dolce Vita (similar ones here)
Hat: Betsey Johnson

xoxo
Blair

Saturday at Bogart’s Doughnut Co.

DSC_2671

Today was the first time we went to Bogart’s Doughnut Co. and all I have to say is yum!! Such a great way to kick off the weekend! Their sprinkled cake donut was to die for.

AND the best part was that my cute Sundry Clothing “Love” shirt matched the store ūüôā

DSC_2676

Photos by Nicole Michele- Follow her on Instagram @nicolemich

Shirt: Sundry Clothing

Jeans: Wit & Wisdom (bought at Nordstrom)

Booties: DBDK Fashion (got them on Hautelook but you can find them on sale here)

Have a great weekend!

Until next time

xoxo

Blair

Follow me on Instagram @bewithblair

Real Simple Spicy Shrimp and Farro Soup with Winter Greens

Brrrr!! It is freezing in Minnesota and the only thing I crave is soup. There are so many amazing recipes out there but I found this super easy soup recipe in Real Simple. It was absolutely delicious, and did I mention, super easy!!

You will need:

  • ¬ľcup olive oil
  • 4large shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 1large carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 to 2fresh hot red chilies, sliced, plus more for serving
  • 4cloves garlic, sliced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 115.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1cup whole farro
  • ¬ĺpound peeled and deveined medium or large raw shrimp
  • 5ounces (8 cups) torn Swiss chard (from about 1 small bunch)
  • Torn basil leaves and crusty bread, for serving

IMG_2907

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, carrot, chilies, garlic, and ¬ľ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are just tender, 6 ‚Ä®to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices along with the broth and bring to a boil. Add the farro and cook until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Stir in the shrimp and chard and cook until the shrimp are opaque, 2 to 4 
minutes. Transfer the soup to bowls and sprinkle with the basil and additional sliced chilies. Serve with the bread.

Enjoy!!

Until next time.

xoxo,

Blair

 

Follow me on Instagram @bewithblair

Wedding Bells

These past few weeks engagement news has taken over my Instagram and Facebook feeds. ‘Tis the season for shiny blingy rings to make their way on to girls ring fingers. I LOVE seeing all of the engagement news because getting engaged and planning a wedding was truly one of the most fun times I have had to date. If you are like me and are as Type A as they come you have already read every “top 10” list, month-by-month countdown, “best of” vendors, and everything else you can find on the internet to help you plan that perfect day to a T.

But here’s the thing, I wish I would have been told that it wasn’t all fun and games all the time. I only ever read the fun stuff about planning a wedding, never did I read anything that made it seem like this wasn’t supposed to be the most fun thing all of the time. So I want to share a few things I wish I would have known while I was planning a wedding. This is a very honest post about my experience planning my most favorite day of my life.

First, no one prepares or warns you for how stressful this exciting time can be. Real talk, there will probably be tears somewhere along the way and they will not be happy tears. Personally, I was na√Įve going in to the wedding planning process and wish someone had prepared me or at least warned me that some stressful times were ahead.  Putting aside the obvious of setting a budget, finding vendors or sticking to your budget (because if you haven’t been told this already– you will probably go over it any way), the stress is inevitable when planning the day that you begin your lives as a married couple.

Second, there will be A LOT of opinions. When I say a lot of opinions, I mean A LOT OF FRIGGEN OPINIONS. From the people that my husband work with telling him “what are you doing getting married?! why would you do that?!” to others telling you that they have the BEST vendors that you have to use or asking WHY you would do something a certain way, everyone feels like they know what’s best. But guess what, this is the one weekend that it will be all about you two as a couple. This is truly the start of your life together no matter how long you have been together because now you have the new title of husband and wife, or wife and wife, or husband and husband.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying completely disregard the opinions. But it is definitely a balancing act between making everyone involved happy and staying true to who you are as a couple and what will make you two happy. Be prepared to balance.

Third, your life is going to become consumed with wedding planning. Leading up to the big day I had multiple dreams about our table linens… who dreams about table linens!? Brides to be dream about table linens, that’s who. And if you are laughing at that thought right now, just you wait… it will happen to you. ūüôā

But just as fast as your life is consumed by the details, you have to cut it off and take a step back. The BEST advice that we got from one of our very best friends was to cut it off before the wedding. Give yourself a deadline where you and your fianc√© agree you will be done talking anything and everything wedding. We got married on a Sunday so we decided that the Wednesday before, we would be done chatting about anything and everything wedding. We had planned our hearts out and nothing we were going to say or do 4 days before the wedding was going to change that. CUT IT OFF!

Fourth, your partner is your safe haven. It is SO easy to get caught up in all of the glitz, glam and details of planning a wedding but don’t for a second forget why you are planning a wedding in the first place. You found your one true love who you want to spend the rest of your life with. Don’t forget to make the day about the two of you, because it is quite easy to do.

Fifth, and finally, HAVE FUN!!!!! There were so many times that I felt like it was a job to plan the wedding because THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO!!!! I looked at my husband multiple times and said “should we just go to the courthouse?” The details are endless and the planning is non-stop but looking back at it I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It really was the most fun 14 months of my life planning our wedding.Our wedding day was everything I could have ever imagined. It was like a dream, so even though it involves a little stress, some tears, and a whole lot of planning- it is all totally and completely worth it in the end.

Enjoy yourself during this time. Have fun and congratulations!!!!!!

Until next time!!

xoxo

Blair

Follow me on Instagram @bewithblair

 

Super Easy Weeknight Meal

So I know I’m not alone in saying that I AM TIRED when I get home from work… The last thing I want to do when I get home is cook dinner. Having dinner with my husband is one of the highlights of my day but actually cooking it, oy. So I try to make the easiest, least time consuming but absolutely delicious and healthy meals I can come up with every night. This is definitely one of them- seasoned chicken, saut√©ed arugula and spinach, and brown rice.

You will need:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Seasoning
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Brown Rice

Super Easy Baked Chicken:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. While the oven is preheating prep your chicken. I like to stab the chicken a few times on each side with a fork and put some olive oil on both sides. Then grab your favorite seasoning and season both sides generously. I love McCormick Grill Mates seasonings because they have a bunch of different options and they are all so delicious. Once the oven is preheated put the chicken in for 8-10 minutes per side. Always make sure that the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees before you eat it.

IMG_2669IMG_2670IMG_2671

While the chicken is baking you can start on the sautéed spinach and arugula.

Chop up garlic cloves (I used 4 but you can adjust based on your preference) and half of a white onion. Sautee the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until the onion appears to be transparent. Add the spinach and arugula to the onion and garlic. The spinach and arugula only take about 2 minutes so keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t wilt too much. While the spinach and arugula are saut√©ing add some salt, pepper and garlic powder. Remove it all from the heat and squeeze juice from half of a lemon over the vegetable mixture. Yum!!

IMG_2672IMG_2673IMG_2676

Next is the easiest way to make rice I have ever seen. If you haven’t heard of Trader Joe’s microwaveable brown rice you have been doing it all wrong. Now, I’m sure there’s something to be said about microwaving rice in a plastic bag but this is just one of those things that you have to get over if your looking for ease. This rice takes three minutes in the microwave and just like that you have a delicious grain that didn’t have to cook for a half hour on the stove!

No meal is complete without a glass of wine so grab your favorite vino and dig in to your delicious easy meal that took less then 20 minutes to make! Cheers!

Until next time!

Xoxo,

Blair

Follow me on Instagram-@bewithblair

Bonjour Winter and Bonjour to You!

Bonjour winter! Winter is finally here and I could not be more excited. This Sundry sweatshirt was the obvious pick for the first day it actually felt like winter with snow on the ground and beautiful snow covered trees.

More importantly, not only¬†am I saying bonjour to winter, but I am also saying bonjour to you and this blog! You may be thinking, oh no, another blog… I have to say I had that thought initially too. I have been procrastinating writing my first post because I kept thinking whether people really wanted to (or will) read another blog. But then, with a little…ok maybe big… push from my husband I decided to bite the bullet and just post already. For me, this¬†blog is not about other people reading it but it is about having a creative outlet. Don’t get me wrong, I would love if I created a following but most importantly I want to do this for me. So who am I?¬†IMG_2641

My name is Blair and I live in Minnesota with my husband and dog Elle. I recently graduated law school and passed the bar in the fall. After being in school for so many years I started to get a little restless this fall and winter when I was getting used to the same day to day routine of waking up, going to work and coming home. Now, I love my day to day routine but I needed a little something more in my life. Something for me. So voila, Be with Blair was born. So, the million dollar question, what will this blog be about?

IMG_2621

This blog is going to be a mix of fashion, exercise,¬†food, travel, and life. I am no expert on any of these topics but I LOVE all of them. I will try any¬†health trend once to see if it works. I will sweat my way through any new workout class. I will try a fashion trend and hope I won’t look back and cringe. I literally can’t stand spending tons of money on one article of clothing so I hope to give some inspiration on how to create affordable yet fashionable looks. ¬†I try and cook at least 4 times a week so I will share some recipes that will make your week a little easier. And last but certainly not least,¬†I absolutely LOVE traveling with my husband so I will post about anywhere we go. So basically, this blog will¬†follow me and¬†my journey through life. IMG_2634

I have no idea what this blog will become or what direction it will go but I am hoping you will Be With Blair on this fun and new journey.

Until next time!

xoxo

BlairIMG_2628 Outfit credits:Sundry, Old H&M Black Jeans but similar ones here->H&M Black Jeans, Old Sorel Boots but similar ones here->Sorel Boots

Instagram- @bewithblair