Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monthly Snapshot: July

Hey guys!

Welcome to our first monthly roundup! Each month we'll be putting together a snapshot of what we've been up to. Here's our first installment - July

We welcomed you to Girls&City! We are super excited about sharing our lives in Chicago with you!

Katie shared her love of braids with you

Natalie picked her favorite striped pieces

Katie had a birthday and went to LA with her boyfriend to celebrate!

Natalie made an amazing one-pot creamy garlic pasta. Delish!

Katie checked out a boutique in Chicago, Langford Market and bought a gorgeous shirtdress!

Thanks for reading and see you next month!

Langford Market

Over the weekend I discovered a new boutique Langford Market located on Diversey and Clark St. in Lincoln Park. They have some very girlie styles, and, after doing some googling, I found they have locations in Houston, as well.

While there I bought this super cute shirt dress.

Monday, July 29, 2013

One-Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta

Last week I made the best pasta I think I've ever made. About once a month or so, I try a new recipe that I find on Pinterest. Here was the newest one I tried, and my edits to the original recipe...

Creamy Garlic Pasta
2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
¼  tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

3 cups chicken stock
½ lb spaghetti or angel hair pasta 
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup heavy cream I would only use 1/2 cup, as I found 3/4 made the sauce feel more like a soup broth than an alfredo consistency
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley I edited mine to use basil, as I completely forgot parsley when I went shopping. I didn't measure, just sprinkled it into the pot

In a pot, bring the olive oil to low heat. I originally had mine at medium, and the garlic burned very quickly and I had to start over. Add the garlic and stir, allowing it to cook for 1-2 minutes. Mix in the butter until melted. Add the salt, pepper and chicken stock. Raise the heat to high and let it come to a boil. I found that it took a really long time for it to boil. But don't worry, it will!

Once it is at a roiling boil, add the past and cook for as long as you normally would cook your pasta. Reduce the stove to medium heat an mix in the parmesan until completely melted. Mix this in a little at a time. Doing it in one big clump will make it melt together and come out in big chunks. The original recipe says to turn off the heat at this point and stir in the cream and parsley. My suggestion would be to allow the cream to cook a little bit, only about 2-3 minutes. The consistency of the cream when I followed the recipe was more like soup. Serve immediately.

 You can see that it looks a bit soup-y. I would either drain some of the cream or let it cook for a little bit before serving.

We had ours with margaritas, but I would recommend a sweet white wine.

This was absolutely fantastic! I loved the sauce (just make sure you brush your teeth before you start making out during the movie you pop in after you eat). I would make the sauce again, but make it with mussles and toasted baguettes! So delicious. Do you have a Pinterest recipe I should try? 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Louboutin Heaven

The bf bought me the most beautiful beige Louboutin pumps for my birthday. As the perfect summer shoe, I can't wait to pair these with white lace shorts or white skinny jeans.

White skinnies are one of my favorite summer staples. Here are a few of my favs:
Hudson Jeans
JOE'S Jeans


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My LA Trip in Outfits

Last weekend, for my birthday, I took a short trip to LA/Malibu with the bf. Here is my trip in outfits.

Shopping in Santa Monica.
Dress: Bar III; Sunglasses: Chole; Sandals: Sam Edelman.

Dinner in West Hollywood.
Dress: Urban Outfitters; Heels: Louboutins.

Lunch in Beverly Hills.
Dress: BCBG Maxazria; Sandals: Sam Edelman; Bracelet: Tory Burch.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Stripes, Stripes & More Stripes

The biggest trend that I am loving this summer is stripes. I have purchased at least 5 new pieces with stripes. My go-to look this summer has been shorts, a striped tank and sandals. I love adding a pop of color with fun shorts or a colorful bag. That nautical feel is just so relaxing and fun. From dresses to tanks, I am in love!

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Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Katie!

I wanted to take a minute to say "Happy Birthday!" to one of my oldest and dearest friends, Katie. I have known her for almost 8 years and have grown to consider her part of my family. She has been there for me through the best and worst of times, and I know I can count on her to always be supportive. She is never judgmental and is always willing to listen. Not only is she an amazing shopping partner, she is great to just sit down with a glass bottle of wine and chat with. From girls night's out and nursing hangovers to working through relationships and on our careers, I don't think I could have gotten where I am today without her. So, thank you Katie for always being the one person I can count on. I truly am grateful to call you my best friend!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer Braids

My absolute favorite hair trend this summer is a messy braid. I've been working them into my look almost every other day. They are so simple to do and give you a care-free look. Here are some of my favorites:

The messy fishtail. Great for the beach, a BBQ, shopping date, anytime!

Lauren Conrad instagram

Weaving a braid into your messy bun is an easy way to give your look a totally new twist.

A crown braid is perfect for outdoor summer parties or even a great way to soften up an edgier night-on-the-town look paired with a red lip like Julianne Hough does here.

My braid today.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Welcome to Girls & City!

Welcome to Girls & City! We (Katie & Natalie) are so excited to share our favorite styles, beauty tips, recipes, Chicago hotspots and more with you!

We city girls have similar tastes -- but Katie usually dresses boho chic, yet likes to go classic with a great LBD, while Natalie goes for classic and timeless pieces for a professional, pulled-together look with lots of black. Here is an example of our favorite outfits and fashion inspirations.
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