Friday Favorites – Cookbooks

This Friday we’re kicking of  a new series of blogs… Friday Favorites! A weekly roundup of my current favorites from the past week. This Friday we’re talking about cookbooks!

I have always been a lover of cooking but I am by no means a chef… I always gravitate towards those beautifully curated cookbooks, but the problem with a lot of them is that they have 5 million ingredients that you can never find at the grocery store and it takes about 10 hours to cook one meal.


I finally found a cookbook that is practical, beautiful and DELICIOUS – Healthyish! Not only does it have a lot of really yummy recipes, but it’s also packed full of sauce, butter and pickling ideas that are so fun and great staples to have around in your kitchen.

ACS_0006Here are a few of my favorite recipes that I tried from the cookbook this past week:

  1. Spiced Chicken and Chickpea Flatbreads with Cucumber-Dill Tzatziki
  2. Prosciutto and Cucumber Tartine
  3. Lemon-Herb Butter
  4. Pork and Mushroom Stroganoff


Get your own copy of Healthyish here! I got mine at my very own Anthropologie, but hurry! We sold out of it so fast at our store and haven’t received replenishment yet!


Gifting Guide // For Him

Are you struggling with last minute gifts for the men in your life? Well I definitely was today when I went out to get some last minute gifts. This gift guide is brought to you by a guy himself… my guy! Forcing my guy to help me with this gift guide not only helped me, but will hopefully help you as well!

Here are some super cozy gifts for any guy in your life. Four days left until Christmas… Happy Shopping!

Gifting Guide_ HOMEBODY {HIS}

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1. Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 Leather-Strap Smart Watch • Fossil • $255

2. Amazon Echo Voice Command Smart Assistant Speaker • $74.95

3. Faux-suede slippers • Gap • $24

4. Fair isle shawl-collar cardigan • Gap • $40

5. French rib trouser sweatpant • J.Crew • $69.50

6. Slim broken-in henley • J.Crew • $39.50

7. Converse Men’s Chuck Taylor All Star Sneaker – Men’s’s • Converse • $49.99

8. Men’s Levi’s 511 Slim Fit Stretch Jean – 32″ Inseam • Levi’s • $44.95–69.50

9. Wusthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife Block Set, Walnut • Wusthof • $299.99

10. Lodge Red 4.5 Quart Enameled Dutch Oven • World Market • $100

Gifting Guide // Hostess with the Mostess

Welcome to my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! Yay!

This year I’ve decided to break up my gifting guides into a few different categories based off of the person that you’re shopping for! Today is for the Hostess with the Mostess. Is there someone in your life who LOVES hosting parties? Or are you headed to a Holiday party yourself and you need to grab a hostess gift to take with you? Either way  you can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas!


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1. Marbled Monogram Cheese Board • Anthropologie • $26.60

2. Agate Bottle Opener • Anthropologie • $11.20

3. Nina Cheese Marker Set • Anthropologie • $19.60

4. Bertie Bottle Stopper • Anthropologie • $11.20

5. Reversible Prep & Serve Board • Anthropologie • $26.60

6. Gilded Monogram DOF Glass • Anthropologie • $12.60

7. Agate Cheese Board • Anthropologie • $54.60

8. Emily Isabella Holiday Spirit Platter • $40.60

9. Slivered Geode Coaster • Anthropologie • $9.80

**Disclaimer: You’ll notice that all of these products are from Anthropologie, but this post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Anthropologie. Just one girl who loves all things Anthro (especially for hostess gifts)**


Along with my duties as Home Department Manager at Anthropologie, I also get the privilege of being the event planner for the store! If you know anything about me I have a background in event planning and still love it very much. I was so excited when I was able to take over the events for the store! This was my first event that I was able to host… and oh my gosh it was the best.

Sit.Stay.Love is a pet adoption event that Anthropologie has been hosting for the last 8 years! Each store that participates partners with a local no-kill shelter to have them bring in pups for the event. Our goal is to help these little babes find great homes!

Our store partnered with Halo Animal Rescue who also partners with Almost There Foster Care who fosters these pups until they can find their FURever home! We had 7 puppies come to our event from two different litters. One litter was a lab mix and the other was a pittie mix.

This sweet baby is Ebony. I was IN LOVE with her! I battled many hours over the thought of taking her home but unfortunately a studio apartment, that already has one dog, is not the most ideal living situation for a growing puppy… but she still needs a great home! You can contact Almost There Foster Care to setup a time to go meet Ebony and all of the other wonderful puppies that are waiting to be adopted!

We had a total of 3 of the 7 puppies adopted during our 3 hour event. I wish that all the little babies could have gotten FURever homes, but I’m happy that we were able to playa  small role in changing some these puppies (and their humans) lives!

Contact Halo Animal Rescue & Almost There Foster Care for adoption inquires! Also, contact your local Anthropologie for upcoming events in your area!

Viva Las Vegas!

Back in August I went to Vegas for the first time with all of my best college girl friends! Not only was it an amazing trip because it was my first time in Vegas, but even better… it was the first time we got all of the girls together since we graduated and all left good old Lubbock, TX!

We stayed at Caesars Palace, which has the most beautiful rooms (and a GIANT bathtub)! We ate at some amazing restaurants, gambled our way through old Downtown Las Vegas, saw all the sites… but my favorite spot was the pool at Caesars! We rented a Cabana for the day, which by the way is the only way to enjoy a pool day.

This is the amazing view from our hotel room!

The best part of the pool was under that giant balcony. Nestled under there is not only a bar, but they also have card tables IN THE WATER! we played a few rounds and soaked up all the free drinks possible at the pool.

Our Cabana was at the main pool and included sodas, waters, chips, a fruit platter, towels and a waitress! Not only did we have this lovely indoor seating with fans and a TV, we also had outside seating and misters!

As far as I’m concerned Cabana’s are the only way to enjoy a pool day. This is what I want to do on every vacation that I have. Where are the best pools/cabanas that you’ve been to?? I’m on the hunt now!


XO, Natalie Alexandra

Mini Weekend Getaway to Flagstaff, AZ


This past weekend we decided to pack up our pup Phillip and hit the road to Flagstaff, AZ to escape the Phoenix heat (kind of). Although it was only slightly cooler (around a 90 degree high), it made all the difference! We drove up mid-afternoon on Saturday after a quick stop to the Farmer’s Market for some yummy snacks.


We drove straight to a small trail, Tom Moody Trail. It was short, easy and dog friendly so we thought it would be a great place to start. It started out promising  but boy were we wrong…


After getting about 1/2 way in our poor little pork-chop, Phillip, decided to lay down and that was the end. Kirby, being the great dog-dad that he is literally had to carry her the rest of the way back to the car… It’s pretty clear that Phillip may need a tad more exercise.


After we dropped the pork chop off at our hotel for a much deserved nap, we headed out to explore downtown Flagstaff on our bikes! Our first stop was Mother Road Brewing Company. I’ve got to admit that I’m not the biggest beer fan but I really enjoyed the Mother Road! The beer was great, the outdoor patio was pup friendly and they had one restaurant that you could order in from, and one that showed up at 4:30PM and did table service.


After Mother Road we headed out to find Dark Sky Brewing. DSB was located in the coolest building that was also dog friendly, had lots of games and a food truck on site! I love the atmosphere here. After a beer here we headed back out on our bikes to hangout at our hotel with Phil.


Sunday morning we slept in a little and then loaded up and checked out. We took Phillip with us to May’s European Coffee House and Bakery (not pictured: delicious iced lattes and dirt chai’s). After a quick breakfast we walked around downtown a bit and then hit the road!


Of course before getting back to Phoenix, we had to make one last stop at the scenic view for a few good selfies. It was a short, sweet (less than 24 hour) vacay to beat the rut of getting stuck inside during the very hot Phoenix summers!



Wine-not have a birthday party at a West Texas winery?! This year I celebrated my 22nd birthday at McPherson Cellars in good ole Lubbock, TX. This was a prefect birthday party that was intimate and fun! We started the night off with light refreshments and snacks, and then we enjoyed a group wine tasting where we got to try five different wines from McPherson. After that we opened up the bar and the big garage door and continued partying! Check out our photos below:

Venue: McPherson Cellars

Photographer: Bethany Hanrahan

Planning, Decor and Food: Natalie Alexandra Events