Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Cooking in Heels Event
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Cooking in Heels Event

5:00 AM

Dress:  Target {old} // Vest: My mom's closet {old} // Shoes:  Betsey Johnson {Marshalls} // Belt:  Burberry Prorsum {old} // Bangles:  Lilly in Pink

As some of you know I went to an event last week called Cooking in Heels.  It took place at the lovely Bloomingdales.  I had such a great time.  First and foremost, let’s talk about my OOTN.  I decided to go with my two staples, leopard print dress, and statement shoes.  I figured it shows off my style while still looking professional at the same time.  I added the fur vest because well, I was cold and because they are my favorite thing this season.  Of course I took my Burberry Prorsum belt and had to accentuate my waist.  Note to curvy girls like me, if you have a small waist but you’re bottom heavy, try to emphasize your waist.  Not only will it make your curves look nicer but you’ll actually appear thinner.  A lot of people finally noticed my weight loss when I wore this, I guess because I’m usually wearing looser fitting clothing.  I also added some bangles from my Etsy shop which is having a grand reopening sale (15% off with discount code GRANDREOPENING) until Sunday 12/14/14!  Now, let’s move on to the actual event, shall we?  Just to give you a full warning this is a post jam packed with pictures and content!

From Left to Right:  Sajal Hamilton Culinary Specialist at Bloomingdales, Nadia Murdock from Nadia Murdock Fit, Dawn Del Russo Fashion and Lifestyle Expert

Ok, so pictured here we have some fabulous ladies.  It was pretty much as if we had a girl’s night out, or rather girls night in.  We started off with a few awesome recipes for hummus and this delicious cranberry spread (I’ll list them at the end of this post).  Everything was so good; I probably could’ve sat there and ate all night long.  We also were introduced to some minor workouts you can do in your heels while cooking for Christmas and some tips to stay fit during the holiday season.  Believe it or not it they are actually pretty good workouts (tips will be listed at the end of this post).  Then we moved on to some lovely gift ideas.  As a blogger I feel like I’m expected to give trendy gifts and gifts that my friends will actually like and not just say thank you to be nice.  I loved all the pieces that were picked out and shown to us.  You could find anything from temporary metallic tattoos to Kate Spade mugs, to the go to gift of a candle.  

My awesome goodie bags.  I got so much stuff!

Sajal Hamilton Culinary Specialist at Bloomingdales

I love capturing moments like this.  Where someone is genuinely having a great time and laughing.  Bring on the good vibes Sajal!  Plus, if you ever get a chance to watch a cooking demonstration by this woman, she's fun!

Nadia Murdock from Nadia Murdock Fit and her demonstrator.

This is Nadia teaching us what minor workouts you can be doing while preparing Christmas dinner.  We all know there might be a few minutes here and there when you have extra time and if it's a workout you can do in heels, then heck yea I'm going to do it!

Nadia Murdock from Nadia Murdock Fit

Sajal Hamilton Culinary Specialist at Bloomingdales

Dawn Del Russo Fashion and Lifestyle Expert

This is where the lovely Dawn started talking about different gift ideas.  No wonder she's a fashion and lifestyle expert, her outfit was adorable and she picked out the cutest things to get from Bloomingdales for Christmas gifts!

From left to right:  Sajal Hamilton Culinary Specialist at Bloomingdales, Nadia Murdock from Nadia Murdock FitMarlie Massena, Dawn Del Russo Fashion and Lifestyle Expert

From left to right:  Sajal Hamilton Culinary Specialist at Bloomingdales, Nadia Murdock from Nadia Murdock FitMarlie Massena, Megan RappleyeaDawn Del Russo Fashion and Lifestyle Expert with their hint water.

All in all, I had a great time.  I want to give a huge shout out to Nadia for inviting me!  Also below are the recipes and tips I promised y’all!

Roasted Pepper Hummus

  • 1 Large can of drained Goya chick peas (1 lb. 13 oz)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1/4 cup of roasted red peppers
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of water (to thin out hummus)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini paste

Add all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.

Cranberry Chutney

  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 4 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 1 peeled, seeded orange, cut in chunks
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place all the ingredients in a pan and cook until tender.  Let chutney cool and refrigerate.

Makes about 5 cups.

Nadia Murdock Fit Holiday Survival Tips

Remember to breathe

Instead of trying to relax with a strong cocktail or a double fudge brownie you need to separate yourself.  Try meditation or yoga.

Sneak in the healthy

Try to avoid grabbing that doughnut or cheeseburger when you're in a hurry.  Take an apple or energy bar in your purse instead of stopping at the food court.  You can also try the Nadia Murdock Fit Kaleberry Smoothie which you can find here.

Remember to keep active

Try to find a way to schedule in at least 10-30 minutes of fitness at home.


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