Three Quarters | 26 Before 26

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Hard to believe we’re three quarters of the way there! You might remember the little challenge I have going with myself, and now that I’m well past six months in, I thought it was about time for another check in!

So here we go!

{image via The House That Lars Built}

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Outfit | Professional(ish)

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This right here — this is about as professional attire as I get around here.

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Recipe | Chip-Encrusted Halibut and An Ice Cream Sundae

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So I already shouted from the rooftops about how tasty and wholesome Food Should Taste Good chips are — but I thought I’d take the chance to get a little inventive with ‘em this time around. Let’s take a page out of the fish-and-chips book, shall we? Fresh halibut, lightly crushed olive chips, briny olives, crisp fennel… just a few of the things making this simpler-than-you-think dinner into something great.

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Chip-Crusted Halibut with Olives, Tomatoes, and Fennel
(serves 2)

1 pound halibut
3/4 cup crushed Food Should Taste Good olive chips, roughly crushed
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1/2 cup fresh tomato, chopped
1/2 bulb of fennel, halved and thinly sliced
olive oil
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil. Combine butter with lemon juice and oregano. Brush halibut lightly in mixture and then carefully top with crushed chips, patting lightly to ensure they adhere. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until flaky. In the meantime, sauté fennel in olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomato, olives, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking over low heat until fish is ready. Serve fish over tomato mixture.

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Oh, and did I mention dessert? I’ve always been a fan of the savory-sweet matchup, so I couldn’t resist getting a little weird with these sweet potato chips. Chocolate and sea salt make everything better, don’t you think? Oh, and apples. Apples and cinnamon and locally made butter pecan ice cream. Those things make everything better too.

Ice Cream Sundae with Chocolate-Dipped Sweet Potato Chips and Apple
(serves 2)

ice cream (I recommend vanilla, cinnamon, or butter pecan ice cream for this flavor combo —I used Prigles, a local creamery that I highly recommend)
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1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted (use a double-boiler if you have one)
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 apple, cored and diced
1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter

Line a baking sheet with foil. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or carefully in a regular pan over low heat. Once chocolate is melted, dip chips in the chocolate and then arrange on the baking sheet. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt and place in the freezer for the chocolate to set. Meanwhile, sauté apple pieces with butter, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon until the apples have softened. Then simply scoop yourself some ice cream, top with a large spoonful compote, and garnish with chocolate-dipped chips!


{Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Food Should Taste Good and I was provided with complimentary chips as part of my participation in this ongoing partnership. I whole-heartedly support this brand and am always striving to create content that will be of interest to you, my readers. Thanks for supporting the brands that make What Dress Code? what it is!}


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Outfit | Sole Society Fringe Booties

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! Boot season is upon us, people. Sure, it’s still a tad early, but that’s what booties are for. And these gorgeous ones from Sole Society are fitting the bill quite nicely — so when Julie Leah reached out to me about partnering with her and the lovely Lacey of A Glimpse of Glitter to showcase these fringed Kemi Sole Society booties, I was immediately on board.

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Outfit | Back in Black

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What can I say, I’m a complete sucker for an all-black outfit the second fall weather starts knocking. This Free People moto vest added the perfect bit of edge to a simple date-night look over the weekend — let a girl pretend she’d kinda badass every once in a while, won’t you?

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Top Instagram Accounts to Follow for #NYFW

Instagram Accounts to Follow for NYFW

It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I was enjoying the privilege (seriously, it was an incredible privilege largely due to the generosity of friend and incredible designer Sarah Flint) of attending New York Fashion Week. I can’t believe it has been a year! I also can’t believe I’m not going to be able to attend this season. Let’s be real though, between the move and the new(ish) job, it just wasn’t going to happen. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be drooling into my phone while scouring Instagram for gorgeous photos over the next few days.

Sure, What Dress Code? isn’t really about couture or high-end lines or price points, but it is still about a genuine love for clothes (just mixed in with a genuine love for food, drink, art, and oh yeah, more food). And even though I won’t be there in person this season, a girl can daydream, right?

So here we go, my top Instagram account recommendations for the whirlwind that is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week — broken down to make it even easier for you. This is by no means a catch-all, but it’s a good start!

{First Row / DC Bloggers: District Sparkle | The Fashionably Broke}

{Second Row / NYC Bloggers: Bows & Sequins | Corals + Cognacs | Stripes & Sequins}

{Third Row / Street Style Faves: Late Afternoon | We Wore What | Damsel in Dior}

{Fourth Row / News & Behind the Scenes: Glam | The Style Line | Style.com}

{Fifth Row / Brands: Anthom | Kate Spade | Zimmerman}

Like I said, this is by no means a full list — SO many wonderful bloggers, brands, editors, magazines, to follow — but this post from StyleList had me thinking today and I knew I had to try to narrow it down at least a little!

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Coffee Table | Bedside Table: September Reading List

Coffee Table Bedside Table_September Alright, alright, alright — one of these days I’m going to actually get back into a regular monthly book list, but hey, you’ve gotta give me credit for only missing one month this time around! I’ll be putting in some quality reading time on my new commute, so I’m expecting these posts’ll be a little easier moving forward.

I’d love to know what you’re reading, too. I’ve been reading one of John Grisham’s newest novels, because EASY, but I’m going to need something fresh pretty soon!
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Outfit | New Look ASOS Dress

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There’s really nothing better than a simple comfy frock that’s guaranteed to get compliments. Seriously, I’ve become completely enamored with this dress — the only thing missing (tear, tear) are pockets. Pairing it with simple slide sandals, my map necklace, and a bright lip for summer; looking toward fall with these new Steve Madden kicks and a darker lip; and anxiously awaiting my chance to match it up with sheer black stockings, leather jacket, and the perfect booties!

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Moved

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Welp, it officially happened. I’m now a permanent Baltimore resident (with a healthy dose of DC dwelling thrown in since I’ll still be working in the District). We’re a few bruises richer, a few $$$ poorer (though not nearly as bad as it could have been thanks to Second Chance), and I’m now actively accepting décor sourcing recommendations! This is the largest space I’ve had the chance to play with so far, and I’m hoping to really make it mine this time around. Especially because there are hardwood floors. And my couch isn’t my dining room table anymore, and my bed isn’t in my living room anymore. Since unpacking is still taking up most of my evenings these next few days, I only really have the energy to muster up some Pinterest scavenging. So here’s some of my inspiration — eclectic and object-driven; mixed woods and textures; plush neutral bedding; a healthy dose of greenery; striking gallery walls; comfortable seating…

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Recipe | Dark Chocolate & Heath Bar Blondies with Brown Butter

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I’ve been a blondie fiend lately.

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