Month: October 2017

The O’Fallon Brewery pumpkin pack is one of my favorite treats when it hits the shelf at Dierbergs during the fall season.  These tasty brews will have you looking forward to autumn every year.  The popularity of the O’Fallon Pumpkin Pack is so high though, they fly off the shelves shortly after being stocked.  Last year I could not find it anywhere.  This year I decided to plan ahead reserve a Pumpkin pack and and host a pumpkin beer tasting party because there’s nothing like enjoying the Fall season with your girlfriends.      

How to host a pumpkin beer tasting party  

  • Set a date
  • Find a venue
  • Contact the venue
  • Think about food and drinks
  • Have an activity 
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O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Pack

1. Set A Date:

Talk to your friends and see who is interested in attending and what dates and times work best.  I wanted to keep this group to between 6-10 people since I wasn’t having it at my house.  This makes it easier to talk to everyone too.   I decided 8:00 p.m. was a good time, I wanted to squeeze in a little quality time with my boys after work and have time to freshen up, before heading out.

Pumpkin Beer Tasting
Pumpkin Beer Tasting

2.  Find a venue:

Many times hosting at your house is the natural option.  If you’re like me, hosting a party at my house can be stressful after working all week.  Picking a neutral location can make it a lot more enjoyable because you won’t have to worry about getting your house picked up prior to your guests arriving, and cleanup is a snap.  The Dierbergs in Des Peres on Manchester Rd. was an ideal location for this party because it features a balcony area by the main entrance, they provide glassware, and every Friday night there’s a live band.  Plus, unlike at a restaurant, you won’t have to worry about how long your party runs and if you’re occupying much-needed tables during busy times.  Think outside the box when deciding on a venue.  It’s more important to get together than to have the perfect setting.   Some other options are  Park pavilions, Recreation facility, church hall, private rooms or alcoves at restaurants, your neighborhood clubhouse and coffee shops.

3.  Contact the venue and find out all the details.

It’s important to note any policies they might have, so you don’t have any snags once you arrive.

4.  Think about the food and drinks:

If you love cooking, making your own food items for the party is a great cost-saving approach.  However, I literally did one-stop-shopping at Dierbergs for my food and drinks.  The beer was not the only item that was pumpkin themed  here is what I got:

  • O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Beer 12-pack, which included flavors like “Jack O’ Latte”, and “Pumpkin Bread”
  • Sweet bakery items: pumpkin gooey butter cake bites,  pumpkin cupcakes, and scones.  I asked Dierberg’s to put this together for me since I was sticking to a pumpkin theme.  They were easy to work with and charged me for the food and a few extra dollars for the platter so just ask them if you want something you don’t see.  

 

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5. Have an activity:  

I like to have some sort of activity or simple icebreaker, especially if your friends don’t all know each other already.  I thought  it would be fun to get my friends’ engaged in tasting each beer, so my husband created a pumpkin beer tasting sheet.  Then they can make comments and grade each flavor.  The results from my tasting had the classic O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer claiming the blue ribbon, and O’Fallon Jack O’ Latte was runner-up. 

The food winner was far-and-away pumpkin gooey butter cake bites, followed by pumpkin cupcakes.

So, what’s your favorite pumpkin-themed recipe?  Is it a scrumptious sweet item, savory entree, or are you a novice brewer who makes your own pumpkin beer?

Happy Fall everyone!

XOXO Sarah

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Nordstrom-Tunic

This tunic is such a versatile piece.  Since Fall weather will be here any day now we’ll be looking for longer sleeves.  These tops come in several colors and are a little longer if you are like me and don’t want short tops when I’m sporting my leggings.

You can wear these tops with jeans, leggings, and even faux leather pants.

Since I am all about the layers for a more polished look I love this with the faux fur vest I got last year.  It would also be adorable with a moto vest or cardigan.

This jewelry is icing on the cake.  Collections by Joya a locally based St Louis company designed this amazing tassel necklace, bracelet, and drusey ring.  It completes the entire look to perfection.

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A New Day Floppy Hat (similar) | Paper Dolls faux fur vest (similar) | Lush Tunic (33% off and comes in 4 colors) | Dolce Vita Black Booties (no longer available, but similar Dolce Vita heels) | Fashionable Black Denim | Sole Society Faux Leather Tote (comes in 3 colors) | Collections By Joya – Gobi Desert Tassel Necklace, Oval Bracelet, and Nora Druzy Ring

 

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Here is the same great tunic with white denim, and gray accents with the same amazing tassel necklace for a more casual look for running errands.

 

 

 

 

 

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This week of Target Style is all about fun graphic T’s and my favorite “Boo your neighbor” tradition.  

It doesn’t have to be the holiday season to remind your kids to always have a giving spirit.  I like to find fun traditions throughout the year that reminds my two kiddos that you should always think of others.  As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to “Boo” your neighbor.  While it’s about catching them off guard, it has everything to do with making them laugh instead of scream in fear.

Here are the steps on how to “boo”:  First, you’ll need a container.  A bucket works best because it provides for a better presentation of its contents.  Target or Dollar Tree will have a large selection of these.  

Next, it’s time to fill your bucket with goodies.  While kids try to get as much candy on Halloween, the items that go into your “Boo Bucket” don’t necessarily have to tame the sweet tooth.  I like to include stickers, games and other non-food items that will entertain them.  A good cost-saving strategy is to purchase your Boo supplies right after Halloween the year before because everything will be on sale.

 

Lastly, include a flyer that describes what it means to get “booed”, and what your neighbors need to do next.  They’re instructed to first put the “I’ve been booed” sign in on their door.  Next, they’ll need to boo two other neighbors.

Now it’s time to head out.  To get your kids excited, explain that this is a “top secret mission” and they must be super quiet as to make sure the neighbor doesn’t hear them.  Make sure to wear dark clothing so you’re not spotted, but take a good flashlight.

 

Get in a good viewing spot where you’re close to your target house, but also where you can’t be seen.  When the coast is clear, run to the door, ring the doorbell drop the bucket of treats and then take off as fast as you can back to your hiding spot.  Watch the door to see if someone opens it, and finds the Boo Bucket.  It’s fun to watch your neighbor’s reaction to such a fun surprise.  Repeat the process for your next neighbor.  

In the following days, your kids will be checking the door every hour to see if you were booed.  The best is when you’re home and get booed, and try to guess who was the sneaky neighbor.  

This is a sure-fire activity to get your kids even more excited about Halloween, and you’re also teaching them an important lesson about giving.

What are your favorite Halloween traditions?

 

 

Here is my Target Style outfit for the night and some similar options.  If you missed last week of Target style-Dark Denim Shirt or Target Style-Embroidered Military Jacket

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Fall-Nordstrom-DressThis Lush dress has been on major repeat for me this Fall.  There are so many great things about this dress.

1. The price.  It’s $49.

2. Super flattering on all body type

3. It comes in several colors

4. Perfect for casual, work, dressing up, nights out.

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Lush Crepe Dress (comes in 3 other colors) | Philosophy Republic Clothing Moto Vest | BaubleBar Empress Necklace | Sole Society ‘Marlena’ Leopard Clutch | Nine West Pumps (no longer available, but similar Vince Camuto Pumps) | Collections By Joya- Sirmione Tassel Earrings, Bracelet Set

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Here are a few different ways I have styled the Lush dress.
-Pairing it with an embroidered denim jacket. This is what I wore when I went to the Living with Landyn Live Show and is a more casual way of styling the Lush dress.
-You can pair it with a faux fur vest and booties and mixed metal accessories.
-Even this faux suede jacket and booties with this amazing tassel necklace.
Which is your favorite look with this dress?
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A-New-Day

 

Hello.  Its Target Style Tuesday.  I am loving the Fall weather here in St Louis and Target is packed with amazing Fall essentials.

If you have not seen the A New Day collection at Target in person you have to check it out the next time you are in.      I love having versatile pieces in my wardrobe I can wear so many different ways without breaking the bank.

Fall weather is all about layers.  It’s cool in the morning and gets warm in the afternoon.  This A New Day oatmeal sweater kept me warm while hitting the outdoor shops in St. Charles.

It is the perfect layering sweater to go with jeans, leggings, dresses, even joggers.  Throw it on and go.  It comes in 3 colors.

Fit tip:  I am 5″4 wearing a small and it hangs to my knees.

A New Day Sweater (Oatmeal) | A New Day Button Down Shirt | White Jeans (no longer available, but similar Vince Camuto white jeans) | TOMS Peep Toe Booties (36% off) | DV Tote Handbag | Fur Pom Pom Keychain (found in Target dollar spot, but similar Free People Pompom charm) | Target Floppy Hat (similar) | Collections by Joya – Bracelet, Initial Necklace, and Allegra Necklace

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When it warms up the sweater comes off and I found this dark denim button down.  I love the classic cut and style of this shirt.  There are literally thousands of possibilities with dark denim tops.  I am dying to wear this with my new leopard coat but until it gets cold this would be great with a cream pleated skirt, olive jeans, light wash denim, or the white denim like I’m wearing.  I’m wearing the top in a small.

Let’s talk accessories! (My FAVORITE)  When you have great versatile basics like the Oatmeal sweater, dark denim button down, and white jeans the sky is the limit with accessories.  Today I was keeping it neutral.

Hats!  I love wearing hats for many reasons, one it shields my face from the sun and two I don’t have to worry about wind-blown hair.  Yeah!

Hat advice:  If you don’t think you’re a hat person I say just try some on.  Target is the perfect place to try because their hats are not expensive.  Wearing hats immediately makes your look more fashionable and no one has to know you just didn’t have time to fix your hair.  Lol.

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This DV tote is amazing it looks so expensive.  It feels like suede and has these sweet little metal details.  It’s perfect for weekend shopping and stashing all your kid’s snacks and toys but during the week its big enough for my laptop and work essentials.  This fur pom keychain I got in the dollar spot area for $3 (I bought every color) and I can’t tell you how many people have commented on it.  I love adding little details to mix it up.

My bracelet is by a local St Louis designer Collections by Joya.  This Jasper bracelet is one you could wear almost daily.  The quality and simplistic design are amazing.  Additional bonus:  Collections by Joya is a give back company that helps women all around the world so with every purchase you are helping women in need.  Win-Win!!

That is all my Target Style Tips for this Tuesday.  Are you in the mood for a #targethaul?

If you missed last week’s Target Style- Embroidered Military Jacket post check it out here:

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