Tuesday, March 3, 2015

THE BIG EVENT! UP TO 25% OFF SHOPBOP!


You guys- it's here! Shopbop's Spring Sale!

Here's how it works:

You save 15% with purchase over $250
You save 20% with purchase over $500
You save 25% with purchase over $1000

I know, dropping $1k in a day is not the norm for most of us- so grab some of your friends and go in on it together to get that 25% off!

Come on now, treat yo'self!
Get that Tory Burch wallet you've been wanting...or the Michael Kors watch...or those kick butt turquoise Hunter boots....


So GO! Shop!
Which of these awesome items do you have on your list?
I already have that awesome MK watch, so the Hunter boots are next on my list!

xo, lp




Sale goes from March 3rd @ 6:30am to March 8th @ 4:00am ET so GET SHOPPING!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES w/SRIRACHA AIOLI

I've tried to make baked sweet potato fries multiple times- and each time they end up being a nasty soggy mess. I can't decide whether it was bad recipes or user error...but either way- not delicious.

I decided to give it one more try after seeing my favorite gals at A Beautiful Mess share a recipe I hadn't tried yet! I tweaked the seasoning a bit, and made up a different dip to go with them- but the base recipe was the same- and they turned out absolutely perfect!
sweet potato fries w/ sriracha aioli

What you'll need to make it happen:
For the Fries:
- 2 Sweet Potatoes
- 1 Tbsp CornStarch
- Salt, Pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne (less if you don't like spicy!)
- 2 Tbsp Canola Oil

For the Sriracha Dip
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
-1/8 tsp cayenne

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Cut potatoes into evenly cut fries- the more even, the better cooking
Step 2: Soak the fries in water for 15 minutes
Step 3: Drain, Pat dry, and throw in a Ziplock bag with the cornstarch and cayenne
Step 4: Toss with 1 Tbsp canola oil and spread out evenly on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil
Step 5: Sprinkle with pepper and salt, and drizzle with other Tbsp of canola oil
Step 6: Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, flip, and then bake for another 15 minutes. If you cut your fries a little thicker, they may need more time- so bake until crispy!
Once they're cool, taste- and sprinkle with more salt/pepper to taste.
Step 7: Mix all dip ingredients together and enjoy!

You guys.
They are seriously addictive. The dip is so damn good. Yup.
easiest baked sweet potato fries!

 These are totally going to be my new go-to snack for the weekend when I'm craving some super unhealthy chips :)
Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Raise your hand if you're gonna be giving these a try this week!
Let me know how they turn out!

xo, lp


For more food recipes, be sure to go HERE!


Let's be friends on Instagram, okay? You can find me here --> @lpodlich


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

YOUR FEET WILL THANK ME.

Okay guys, time to talk Foot Petals.

Actually, wait. This first: The Foot Petals people have no idea who I am. As much as I'd love for them to be big old Beauty & the Beard fans and send me free goods, they don't know I exist. Just so we're clear before I start. 

I used to wear heels A LOT. Work. Nights out at the bars. Special events.
As I've gotten older (and my time gettin' fancy for the bars multiple nights a week has declined diminished) I really only wear them occasionally- for work or weddings, really. 

Maybe I just had tougher feet back then or what- but when I wear heels now they HURRRRRRRT.
I don't know how I wore them 3-5 times a week for hours on end! 

I won't go on whining- all I have to say is I finally broke down and bought some Foot Petals and they are now my magical new best friends (sorry, other best friends). 

Foot Petals- save your feet from your high heels!

Best ways I've used them:
Heavenly Heels: in the back heel of my high heels (duh)- for a FULL night on my feet at an event...not ONE SINGLE BLISTER. Boom.

Heavenly Heels: In the front part of my short booties (the...er...lower shin? front ankle? help me out, med students) that always rub against my skin and hurt. This probably isn't what they're intended for, but dang it works!

Pressure Pointz: Riiiight on the bottom of my pumps where the ball of my foot takes all the pressure. Extra cushion saves so much pain. Fuh real.

There's about 6 or 7 other varieties of these things, but since they're not super cheap, these are the only two I've bought so far (Heavenly Heels are $19, Pressure Pointz are $9). I've seen them sold around, but I buy them from HERE because of the super fast free shipping.

Anyone else used these things and loved them too?
Anyone who is sick of getting blisters or pain from wearing your shoes- GET. THESE!

xo, lp

Monday, February 23, 2015

BIRTHDAY AFTERMATH

Happy Monday everyone!
Hope all of you are staying warm- looks like most of the country has been cold or snowy lately... yuck. If you're in a place that's currently warm and sunny- send some our way, okay?

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Here's what's good lately:

Oooooh birthday flowers. Honestly, getting flowers at work is my FAVORITE.
Michael and his parents BOTH sent me bouquets this year- and they brightened up my desk all week.
Can't someone just send me fresh flowers all year 'round??

beautiful tulip

Speaking of brightening up my desk- my coworkers threw me a rainbow themed birthday party! They got wind of my #everythinginrainboworder posts...and outdid themselves with decorations and food. The star of the show? 
This INSANE rainbow fruit pizza. Unreal, right?
rainbow fruit pizza

THIS. IS . THE STORY. OF. MY LIFE:

All I have to say is MARTHA STEWART GLITTER. 
rainbow martha stewart glitter

Later this week I have one ballin' recipe for you. Be prepared to make 'em and eat them alllll.
spicy baked sweet potato fries

What's new & good with you lately, friends?
If you'd like to sign up to send me flowers- just email me and we can work it out ;-)

xo, lp


PSST: Let's be Instagram friiiiends, shall we?
You can find me here ---> @lpodlich

Monday, February 16, 2015

so THIS is 27!

I won't even be bashful about it - IT'S MAH BIRTHDAY!
I've always loved my birthday, and I have no problem being THAT girl sharing that fact.In addition to it being my birthday today- it's Michael's birthday tomorrow!
This of course means we'll be celebrating... so this is the last post you'll get from me this week. 


Here's what's been good lately:

A couple weeks ago Michael & I went to a Frozen themed event for the Clean Lakes Alliance- everyone was told to wear silver, white, or blue... and I ended up finding this AWESOME silver dress with some killer beaded sleeves:

Obviously I had to make Valentine's cookies...aaaaaaaaaand put them in rainbow order. Like usual.

Onto more Valentine's cheesiness... I had to bust out my heart sweater too. :)

 In other Valentine's Day news- this marked 6 years of my favorite tradition. Want to hear about it? Read more HERE!


Okay. Saving the best for last, everyone.
So on Valentine's Day, Michael and I had a great dinner at home, and were just relaxing with some drinks and Scrabble (yes we're nerds). We're sitting on the couch when Michael insists he really wants some good beer for the night - and since it was 8:45, we had to rush to the grocery store across the street to grab some. After complaining like crazy about having to go out- I went along with it and went with him. He went to go "grab beer" and I went to the candy aisle, obviously. I turned around and realized he was...watching me instead of getting beer. I yelled at him to go grab it before 9pm  came around ... and then... my sister walked out of an aisle a little ways down. I was completely shocked. There she was...in all of her cute, short, puffy black coat glory. Naturally I squealed and we hugged and hugged and hugged. 
She drove all the way to Wisconsin to spend less than 24 hours with me for an early birthday gift. Oy it was good. We watched Pitch Perfect and went out to get food and gossiped and hugged. Besides giving me the gift of her presence- she also gave me this adorable penguin she made (she sells ceramic spirit animals in her shop!) which is lovingly named Gladys. 
Whew. Talk about emotional. THANK YOU LOU! 
Okay.
Enough blabbering. I'm gonna go enjoy my day at work now & my night in with a bunch of girlfriends!

If anyone feels like sending me belated birthday presents, you just let me know ;-)

xo, lp


PSST! follow along with birthday festivities on instagram!
Find me here ---> @lpodlich




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE: AMETHYST

Each month I'm going to start rounding up some favorite items that tie back to the month's birthstone.
Wouldn't it have been lovely if I had gotten my act together and started this in January?
Sure it would've. 
Oops.
Hindsight is always 20/20, ya know?

Instead, I'll start with MY birthstone: Amethyst. 
Here's the deal with me & amethyst: as a kid, I haaaaaaaaaaaated the color purple. I blame it on being a Packers fan in a Vikings state...
As I've gotten older, I've learned to love all of the gorgeous shades that this stone comes in- and am pulling my old amethyst jewelry, dusting it off, and getting it some use finally!

Here are 9 gorgeous items that are in the perfect shades of purple:
THE DARKS

THE MEDIUMS

THE LIGHTS


Any fellow February birthday girls out there?
Anyone else grow up not loving their purple birthstone?

xo, lp 

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