How to… take an unplanned hiatus

You guys, I ate too much. Like, I fell asleep after dinner on Thursday and woke up approximately 56 minutes ago.  I do, however, have an outfit to share with you.


What I’m wearing:

  • Sunglasses: Franco Sarto
  • Jacket: Bebe
  • Blouse: Via Roma (local shop)
  • Leggings: Calvin Klein
  • Boots: Coach
  • Bag: Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini




I have a really awesome story about this D necklace. The first holiday season Alex and I were together, we had only been together for a couple of weeks. I got Alex and awesome guitar hero T-shirt and made him a mix tape. It was a good mix tape, and definitely had a Spice Girls song on. It was so excited to give to him that I insisted we exchange presents at the earliest date possible. It was like December 2. So, we exchanged gifts, and I opened mine first. It was this diamond-encrusted D necklace.


He likes to say that he knew early that I’d be around for the long haul. I like to say he’s liked to spoil me from the beginning.


How was your holiday hiatus? Did you do any shopping on black Friday? Cyber Monday? Because I definitely did. And only about half of it was on stuff for myself.

Categories: archive, casual, leather jacket, outfits

How to… really class up that Thanksgiving dinner

Happy Thanksgiving, US readers! Happy Thursday to everyone else!

I have a confession to make: I am always overdressed. Always. To the office, out to dinner, and even, yes, for Thanksgiving. Growing up, I HATED wearing fancy clothes for what was basically a glorified buffet with my family, but now I really like it. Clearly, because I showed up to Alex’s family’s Thanksgiving dinner and apparently I had not read the memo about the “leggings, flats, and a tunic” dress code.

Also, I get to kill two birds with one stone here. Remember when I discovered TJ Maxx? And scored a Valentino dress for $250? I give you, THE DRESS:


What I’m wearing:

It was hard to get a good picture of this dress, because the subtle details (the ribbed top, ruffles at the bottom) kept getting blown out by the light situation. This one is a bit better:


These babies were my early birthday present from my fMIL (future Mother in Law) because she SPOILS ME ROTTEN.



I have a lot that I am thankful for this year. I’m thankful for my family, my newly extended family (Hello, Handys!), Alex, my two beautiful kitties, and for my friends that offer more support than I could ever hope for. I’m thankful for a fantastic apartment filled to the brim with lovely items that bring a smile to my face, and lots (and LOTS) of good things to eat. I’m thankful for my health and for my hopes and dreams, and for the people around me that allow me to pursue anything that comes into my head, from a crazy-ass Spartan Race to this little blog. And I’m thankful for you, my readers, my new friends, and this wonderful community. You have opened your arms and let me in, and I look forward to getting to know you guys even better in the future. I love what I’m doing here, and I love that I can share my very blessed life with you all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Categories: archive, dress, formal, outfits, statement jacket

How to… make an insta-classic meal

So, I live with a man. A man-boy who eats almost nothing but meat. A man-boy who, if judging only by his food choices, you would think was 12 years old. Making dinner that is tasty and satisfying and even remotely healthy and that Alex will eat is often a challenge.

I found this chili recipe over at Smitten Kitchen and I tried my hand at it. Since I’m not really into following recipes, this is more of an interpretation of the original recipe, but we like it over here at Chez Glam. In fact, I made it almost every Monday night, and we take left-overs for lunch all week. We may be boring, but at least we’re fed and boring.

With out further ado, I give you:

Chez Glam’s Turkey Chili That Even Man-Boys Will Eat, I Promise

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

You will need:

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2.5-3 pounds of extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 c. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp of unsweetened coco powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp crumbled dry oregano
  • 1 tbsp ground red pepper
  • 1-15 oz. can of diced tomatoes (I use Hunt’s)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar (regular vinegar will work, too)
  • 1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
To make:
Spread the oil on the bottom of a 5 quart pot (I use a Le Creuset), heat over medium heat, and add the onions. Cook the onions for about 7 minutes, or until translucent and soft. Add the garlic, carrots, and celery and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the turkey, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until there is no more pink.
Add your spices: chili powder, coco powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and red pepper. Stir in well, and cook for another minute or two. Add the diced tomato, apple cider vinegar and broth, and bring to a light boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes. Add the black beans and bell peppers, and simmer for 10-15 more minutes. (Until the bell peppers are soft). Remove from heat and salt to taste. (I use about 2 tsp).



Wine is optional. Sort of. Not really. I highly recommend it.

Categories: archive, cooking, dinner

How to… take the weekend off from fashion (and love it)

So this weekend, I took a break from fashion. To be honest, I took a break from sanity, and I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun.

A few months ago, I signed up to do the Spartan Sprint in Malibu with my trainer and a few others from my gym. Not only did I sign up, but I signed up for the Hurricane Heat, which takes place at 5:00am.


At dawn on Saturday morning, I ran. I ran with a team of 36 and we completed a 5-mile obstacle course together. I swam through a pond in all of my clothes, crawled through not one, but two drain pipes, carried a blindfolded team-mate though a swamp, jumped over a fire pit, climbed up a purposely greased up wall, and crawled under the world’s longest barbed-wire crawl while some douche bag sprayed me down with a fully pressurized fire hose. I did this all before 8 in the morning.

It was physically demanding, sure, but I’ve trained hard for months. Physically, I could do it all. But what I didn’t realize that I was facing my largest mental and emotional challenge in a long, long time.

There came a point, during the very last obstacle (the damned barbed wire crawl), where I had to make a choice: pull myself together, deal with the pain, finish, OR quit. I chose to finish. Soaking wet, freezing, bruised beyond recognition, I chose to finish, because that is what Spartans do. That is what I do.

Me and my “Monday night crew” – I train with these women every week, and I couldn’t have done this without them.

Annnndddd… the aftermath, this morning:

… and I’ve got more on the other leg to match. Not to mention the scratches on my elbows, shoulders, and stomach.

Because, as I like to say, don’t let the cutesy outfits fool you; I’m tougher than I look.

Categories: archive, hardcore, random, working out
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