Butternut Squash Soup with Apple & Parmesan

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It was one of those Sundays where I hadn't gone grocery shopping for the upcoming week, I didn't feel like doing so really, and yet I also didn't want to order out. I had a butternut squash sitting on my counter for over a week, so I decided I was going to do something with that for dinner. I did a little digging around my fridge to see what else I could scrape up... an onion, some garlic, apples, carrots... sounded like soup would be the answer! I looked at a couple recipes online, but in the end decided to go with my own.

This turned out even better than I could have expected. It's rich in flavor, filling, and quite healthy. The recipe below is the best estimate of all the measurements I used, since I just kind of threw things in a pot. Luckily, you don't need to have exact measurements for soup, as you would if you were baking something. Feel free to use what I used, or sub in your own ingredients - anything goes!

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Some of the ingredients below are entirely optional... I like to add collagen to everything possible to give my recipes a little health boost. If you haven't read my post about collagen, check it out here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 small red onion
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable)
  • 1 tbsp ghee 
  • 2 tsp truffle oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 scoops of collagen peptides powder (optional)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel the butternut squash and cut into small chunks. Throw on a baking tray with 6-8 whole cloves of garlic mixed in and bake for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  3. While the squash is cooking, chop up the onion, apple, and carrot.
  4. Heat the olive oil and ghee in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrot, and apple and cook for about 10 minutes until onions are translucent. Add the bone broth and cook on low for another few minutes until the butternut squash is done roasting.
  5. Add the butternut squash and garlic to the pot and cook for another 5-10 minutes on low heat. Add the cinnamon (and whatever other spices you want), truffle oil, salt & pepper, and collagen, and stir.
  6. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend thoroughly until liquified.
  7. Top with parmesan cheese (unless you want to keep this vegan), and serve!

Sale Roundup

The Casual Classic

It's sale time!!! Woo hoo! Grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and let's shop! This is the week when I get ALL my Christmas shopping done. The sales seem to start earlier and earlier every year it seems, but some amazing ones popped up today that I was glad I waited for. I may have grabbed a thing or two for myself, but I'm really trying to focus on shopping for others this time around. 

  • Vince: Take an extra 25% off all sale items. This is probably my favorite sale - their stuff is just the best. I highly recommend this sweater (I own both colors), and am dying to own this coat. Also, these are just to die for. Use code FALL25.
  • Shopbop: They're having their buy more save more event, where the more you spend the more you save (hence the name). Promo code GOBIG16.
  • Tuckernuck: the more you spend, the more you save. They have the best selection of holiday wear. I'm loving this dress and this festive jacket. Up to 30% of your purchase. Discount code on site. 
  • Reformation: 30% off everything. Yes everything. This is a rare sale, and I would snag everything you want from them now. I am OBSESSED with both this dress and this dress for the holidays! 
  • Theory: Up to 40% off a huge selection of items. Not as impressive a sale as I wished for this site honestly... No discount code needed.
  • Kit & Ace: My FAVORITE! They have a bunch of great mark downs on their site, including this cozy jacket (I just ordered it!!). No discount code needed.
  • Tory Burch: 30% off a $250+ purchase. I always love the Tory shoes, and these are the perfect every day boots! Use code THANKS.
  • White & Warren: My favorite cashmere company is having a 25% off site wide sale. If you don't own this wrap, you should. No code needed, discount applied at checkout.
  • Bandier: they are having their first ever warehouse sale, and a ton of items are marked down to 70% off! You can never have too many pair of leggings, right!? No discount code needed.
  • AYR: Take an extra 30% off all sale styles. This sweater is a must have. Use promo code LATEBLOOMER.
  • Anine Bing: Big sample sale on this site. Gorgeous silk dresses, leather booties, and chunky sweaters. Prices as marked.
  • Joie: 25% off site wide. I've been eyeing these over the knee boots for a while in the tan color (they're on sale!!!). These velvet booties are perfection also.
  • Rag & Bone: 25% off site wide. I always love stocking up on my favorite booties during these sales. Normally, they're so pricey, but you can get them at a pretty good price, especially if they're already marked down! This poncho is everything. Discount code is BLACKFRIDAY25.
  • Equipment: 25% off site wide. Stock up on a classic silk blouse in every color now! Use promo code THANKS.
  • Zimmermann: Big markdowns on tons of summer items, which I know you guys probably aren't shopping for right now, but they make the BEST swimwear, and I've had my eye on this dress since the summer. Prices as marked, no code needed.
  • Christy Dawn: 30% off site wide. I've had my eye on this gorgeous floral number for weeks now. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2016.
  • Miansai: My favorite place for cuff bracelets and hook accessories (I own this necklace). Take 20% off entire site. No code needed, discount reflected at checkout.
  • Intermix: 40% off designer favorites here (the extra 40% is automatically taken at checkout). I just grabbed this dress for $77!!! Also take $150 off for every $700 you spend. I always find great deals at the Intermix sales! Use code THANKS for the $150 off - no code needed for the 40% off.
  • Stuart Weitzman: 40% markdown on a ton of items. If you're in the market for the most perfect pump, I've found them here. No promo code, prices as marked.
  • All Saints: They are offering 30% off their entire site, including this incredible jacket. If I was in the market to splurge, this would be it. Use promo code CYBER for discount.
  • J.Crew: For the first time ever, they are offering 40% off the entire site. Stock up on stocking stuffers, gifts for your man, family, and pretty much everyone on your list here. Use code HOLIDAY.
  • Rebecca Taylor: Take 25% off the entire site, plus free shipping. Use code CELEBRATE.
  • Loren Hope: 20% discount off the entire site. Stock up on a gorgeous holiday necklace to pair with that LBD that you own. Use promo code THANKFULLY.

Top Holiday Dresses

The holidays are a time filled with a bunch of parties and get-togethers, from black tie formal, to year end work gatherings, to a fun cocktail party or two. So, as a result, we all need a dress (or two, or three)! This year, I recycled my dresses. Luckily, over the past couple years, I've picked up some amazing classics that I can wear from year to year without getting tired of them, plus their amazing quality has kept them in pristine condition. This LBD is my go-to for an array of different occasions. I've worn it more times than I'd like to count. I also grabbed this beauty for NYE last year, and keep coming back to it - it's just so gorgeous and simply sexy! A few of my other favorite picks for this year are below. 

Gowns/Black Tie

Cocktail

Work Appropriate