Be Better!

Don’t say New Year, New me. You’re already good just be better!

Dress: Forever 21 Shoes: JustFab (old) Fur Stole: Forever21 Clutch: 99cent only store

So normally around this time of year everyone is making their New Year resolutions. Well I’m not. I don’t think the beginning of a new year should be an indicator of change. First of all most people are scared of change but it is necessary in life. Without changes there would be no growth. Personally I have learned to embrace change. Without change I wouldn’t have this blog and have met so many wonderful women and men who have helped me grow and learn. So yeah change is scary but it definitely can also be good.

Another thing that a lot of people say this season is new year, new me. To me this is to say the old you isn’t good or something which is totally untrue. I think we are all good people (well most of us, our current world leader is questionable), some of us just get in bad situations, or make not so smart decisions or life just happens and our reactions aren’t well thought out or planned. But we are all still good. So instead of saying new year, new me, say new year, better me. Better decisions, better situations, and better reactions and planning. All that will lead to what I believe the Lord has put in all of us which is greatness! So in 2018, be GREAT!!

So this last minute NYE look is actually not last minute. I’ve had this dress since October from Forever21 (the plus line, it’s a 0x) and these shoes from JustFab for 3 yrs. I added the fur stole (it was on sale under $15) also from Forever21 and the sequined/ velvet clutch is from wait for it…the 99 cent only store! It doesn’t cost a lot to look poppin as the young folks say!!

I hope that you and your loved ones have a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. I will be sipping a little something something from the comfort of my own home for the free 99 but if you turn up make sure to do it responsibly and safely!!!

Love Ricki

The Comfort Zone

This post was supposed to be about a dress but it turned out to be a testimony!

So this started off as a post sharing my last minute holiday look in this gorgeous Eva Mendes by NY&Company dress. However how many of y’all know when we make plans God laughs! Yeah so I decided that I wanted to venture out and instead of taking pictures at my normal spot, which is a hidden park, I went to a busy shopping center in our city. Lawd! It was all a great idea in my head until my daughter, my photographer for the day, and I arrived at the location. I cannot lie y’all!!! I was scared!!! I was already dressed, face beat to the gods but with all eyes on me I was ready to run for the hills. This was a BIG step for me because I am an introvert and I am not comfortable being the center of attention.

Dress and Earrings- NY&Company

[ Fur Stole – Forever21

Well with the help of my hype man a.k.a. My child I had to get over it and on with it because she was not here for my antics. She told me I was a grown woman and I looked good so why wouldn’t people look? Well after that boost of confidence (laugh and side eye at the same dang time!) I had to go ahead shake off my fears and work for the camera! And you know what? I love the way these pictures turned out! So coming out of your comfort zone can reap major rewards! I even had a sweet woman stop me on the street and tell me I looked good and she hoped I took pictures. I explained I did and I was a blogger (I actually said that out loud?) and she immediately asked me for my IG name and followed me! Ain’t God good? He will give you confirmation AFTER you take that step of faith! BUT you got to take that step!

So let me quickly spill the tea on this dress! It’s velvet and gorgeous!!! It really did help me to feel beautiful and confidently take these pictures. I will say it was an act of God to get the wrinkles out but it was so worth it! And I told y’all this fur scarf/stole would be making an appearance on the blog! It helped to make the outfit even more glamorous! If you can’t run out to purchase a new outfit for a last minute function a new accessory is the perfect way to change up an old look. Get you a fur hunny and you will turn any outfit up several notches! I went with minimal jewelry since the dress and fur were dramatic enough. And because this dress is floor length I wore low heels and you couldn’t even tell but you would be able to dance all night if you needed to! I hope you enjoy the pictures and the post and more than anything I pray you step out of your comfort zone!!! Your dreams could be on the other side!

Love Ricki

White Chocolate Mocha Recipe and My Christmas Hot Drink Station

Today I am sharing my favorite coffee drink from you know that place with the green mermaid on the cup lol. I created my version of the White Chocolate Mocha to save my coins and I have to say it’s delicious! This was also the perfect recipe to try out in my new hot drink station! Check out the video of my tour after the recipe.

White Chocolate Mocha

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
  • About 2 tablespoons of Mocha mix or Instant coffee
  • 6-8 ounces of hot water

Directions:

  • Fill up your coffee mug with the white chocolate chips and the milk.
  • Melt in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds.
  • Once the milk and white chocolate chips are mixed together add the mocha mix (international coffee house makes a good one) or instant coffee and stir to dissolve.
  • Add 6-8 ounces of hot water to taste and stir to blend.
  • Add any sweetner and toppings you like. I like to add a little vanilla syrup because I like it sweet and top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

I hope you try the recipe for the holidays and check out my video here!

Love Ricki

Crockpot Baked Potato Soup

This is an easy to make crockpot meal perfect for winter time.

Here is another easy to throw together recipe that has been highly requested from my IG framily! It is really really good y’all! Also it was perfect timing for the SNOW (yes I said snow) and cold weather that recently hit Houston. You know we got to take advantage of it while we can because we’ll be in shorts and flip flops next week!!!

Ingredients:

  • Package of Diced Hashbrown Potatoes (I found these easier to work with than the shredded)
  • 8 oz of Cream Cheese (take out the night before so it can be room temperature or pop it in the microwave for about 30 secs WITHOUT the foil packaging please)
  • Quarter of diced onion. Use more or less based on your preference
  • Can of cream of chicken soup
  • About 32 oz of chicken broth
  • Water (you may not need this)
  • Seasonings to taste (I used seasoned salt, garlic and onion powder and dry ranch dressing seasoning)

Directions:

  • Place cream cheese, onions and entire package of potatoes in a sprayed or lined crockpot.

  • Pour in can of cream of chicken soup
  • Pour in chicken broth. It should be about an inch over the mixture if not add water and you can also add a chicken bouillon cube for extra flavor (I did). Then add seasonings. I would suggest lightly seasoning it because you can add more to taste when done. Also if you add bacon directly in the soup like I did later you don’t want it too salty to begin with.
  • Set on low for 4-5 hours depending on your crockpot. Or high for 2-3 hrs. You can also make this on the stove top just simmer on med low until the potatoes get really tender.
  • After cooking mash the potatoes until smooth. We like chunky soup but you can use an immersion blender or put this in a regular blender to get it even smoother. I find that with these diced potatoes they cook down enough where just mashing them with a potato masher gives them a really smooth texture and you don’t even need a blender!
  • Now I add bacon bits directly in my soup because we all love bacon in my household but you can leave the bacon out as a topping for serving.
  • Serve this up with all your favorite baked potato toppings. I used sour cream, cheese, more bacon and green onions. I also think this soup would be good if you added steamed and drained broccoli and cheese like a broccoli cheese potato soup. Feel free to experiment, that’s what makes cooking fun!

Enjoy and tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you make this!

Love Ricki

The Power of Red

The color red exudes so many emotions. It is definitely a color that makes you feel powerful!

So I think I’ve mentioned before I used to hate the color red when I was younger. It is my mother’s favorite color and she CONSTANTLY dressed myself and my siblings up in it. She even bought us the ALL red Reebok high top shoes which I secretly despised. But what can you do when you’re 8 yrs old? So I had no choice but to go with it. I actually avoided wearing a lot of red during my teenage years and thru my twenties and early thirties. I am now embarrassed to say I completely understand why my mother loved the color red so much. Sorry Mama.

Sweater- H&M / Pants-Boohoo / Shoes-Sam Edelmen (thrifted)

Earrings-H&M / Lippie-Too Faced Liquid Lipstick in Lady Balls (how appropriate!)

I guess I was too young or hadn’t been thru enough life experiences to completely understand the power that comes from this emotion provoking color. The color red is said to represent strength, power, passion, determination and love. It can even raise your blood pressure!!! (Per Colorwheel pro.com) No wonder this color is trending so much this season. Especially in women’s fashion when the current powers that be want to demean women and minimize our qualifications and capabilities. I love the color because it makes me feel empowered and sexy. Those are feelings I didn’t recognize or experience until I became “seasoned” thru life’s ups and downs. Now I wear this color with confidence! I hope you give the color red a try this season, not just because of how you may look in it, but how it makes you feel!

Love Ricki