Habanero & Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

I love margaritas! Especially in the summer and always on Cinco de Mayo. đŸ‡ČđŸ‡œ Usually I find a recipe on Pinterest, but most of them have a TON of ingredients. Some that I’m not even familiar with. For me, I start to lose interest with recipes when there is a long list of ingredients involved. Anyone else feel that way??

So I decided to make up my own recipe that has minimal ingredients. What’s crazy is my simple concoction actually tasted good! So good, that I am sharing it with you. I will warn you that it is spicy. I mean Habanero is in the title. Even though it has a kick to it, it’s still refreshing.

After pilfering through the spices in our cabinet I found Habanero Lime seasoning. Hence the name. I love it on corn on the cob, so why not try it on the rim of a margarita?? I found the seasoning at Walmart, but if you can’t find it, you can mix a little bit of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Basically the same thing without the lime. I also provided a direct link under “Shop This Post” at the bottom if you want to buy the seasoning.

Ok enough talking, now for the recipe.

Please note, this recipe makes 2.5 – 3.5 drinks (depending on your glass size). I used juice size glasses so it made a little over three. If you are using traditional margarita glasses you’ll want to double the recipe.

Ingredients:

3 shots of tequila silver
2 cups of grapefruit juice
2 red grapefruits
1 jalapeño
Margarita salt
Habanero Lime seasoning

Step 1: Mix some margarita salt and habanero lime seasoning on a plate. This is for the rim.

Step 2: Dip the rim in water then the margarita salt mix.

Step 3: Thinly slice the jalapeño. Muddle half of the jalapeño. You’ll use the other half for garnish.

Step 4: Pour the tequila & concentrated grapefruit juice into a shaker over ice.

Step 5: Cut both grapefruits in half. Set one of the halves to the side. That is for garnish. Squeeze the remaining grapefruits into the shaker then add the muddled jalapeño.

Step 6: Shake the mix and pour over ice. Then garnish with a grapefruit wedge and slice of jalapeño.

Step 7: Enjoy!


Super quick and simple! Bonus, you don’t need google to figure out any of the ingredients.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. If you end up trying this recipe, I would love for you to tell me what you think! Please feel free to comment below or message me Instagram. My handle is @acarriedaffairdesigns

Thanks for stopping by! Xo

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Work Wear Capsule Wardrobe – Part 3

Hello friends and welcome back! For all of you that have been following along, I hope you have found this series encouraging and helpful to start building a work wear capsule wardrobe that you love! Also, congrats on making it to the final part for the #acarriedaffaircapsule series! If you haven’t been following along, no worries! Part 1 is HERE and Part 2 is  HERE. But if you don’t have time to catch up now, that’s ok too! For all of you that are just tuning in, I’ll do a quick recap.

First, let’s define what a capsule wardrobe is. According to dictionary.com it is, a collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential.

Now here is my definition, a wardrobe of pieces you love & feel your best in.

In Part 1, I discussed minimizing your clothing inventory. I donated more than two full trash bags after going through my closet. After my friends went through all the clothes and took what they wanted, I donated the rest to dressforsuccess.org Its a non-for-profit organization that takes gently used work wear clothing and provides them to women I poverty that are trying to find their economic independence and get back in the workforce. It’s truly a wonderful organization and if you haven’t heard of them, I would recommend checking them out to see if you have one near you. It made me feel so good knowing I helped others, while creating a manageable wardrobe for myself. Win, win!

In Part 2, I provided a free downloadable capsule work wear guide that will help you create a wardrobe for work that you love. You can also download it HERE if you’re just getting started.

I created the guide based on my experience as I took the steps to create my work wear capsule. I also asked my fellow women coworkers to review the guide and provide feedback as well as found some inspiration from a couple of guides that were already in-existence. However, the guides I found online were tailored towards everyday wear, whereas mine is tailored specifically for work wear.

So let’s back track a little…I decided to do this series because my closet had become overrun with pieces I thought would look good on me because they looked good on the model in the picture as well as pieces that were way past their expiration date. I’m talking dresses two sizes two small.  Basically I had a little bit of every style based on the clothing phase I was going through at that time. However, that wasn’t really me or what made me feel my best when I was wearing it. It’s a red flag when you put something on and you do the wiggle dance trying to get it on. And with that, I started my capsule journey.

With working in Corporate America, the guidelines on appropriate dress attire is pretty straight forward, but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be boring. The best way I have found to make my work wear outfits pop is with accessories & shoes! So for the remainder of this post I will be talking about my favorite accessories and shoes to turn an average work wear outfit into a stylish and classic one!

First let’s talk accessories. Some of my favorite work wear accessories include:

Watch paired with chunky bracelets 

My husband bought this watch for me for my 30th birthday and I still wear it EVERY DAY.  I love wearing it with my favorite chunky bracelet.

Silk scarves with fun prints

There are so many possibilities to style a scarf. Use it as a belt, wrap it around your neck, use it as a hair accessory. I love to pair long scarves with jeans & flats on casual Friday’s.

Pearls & statement necklaces

Pearls just scream classic, and there are so many variations of them. I love long single strands as well as the layered look. My favorite place to shop for necklaces is J Crew. Shocker, right.

I like to pair statement necklaces with solid button down shirts. It is quick way to make your outfit pop.

Some great places to buy work wear accessories are listed below:

J. Crew

Ann Taylor

White House Black Market

The Loft

Kohl’s

H & M

Now let’s talk shoes! I will admit, I LOVE wearing heels, mainly because I am 5’3 and need that extra boost. But honestly my heart belongs to flats. I love them! Plus you can get them in fun colors and styles to make your outfit pop while not worrying about breaking your ankle. 😉 My favorite flats right now are lace-up and gold hued flats. I wear a lot of black and navy so pairing my outfit with gold hued flats gives my outfit that pop of color that looks classy and stylish. For me shoes are where it’s at. Who’s with me?!? đŸ’ƒđŸ» I spend a bulk of my clothing budget on shoes. My favorite place to find classic, stylish, yet comfortable flats is J Crew. Bonus, more so than not, they have sales, so it’s rare I pay the full price. đŸ™ŒđŸŒ

For this last part I am offering some tips & tricks that I have been doing long before capsule wardrobes became a thing that make my pre-work morning routine almost effortless.

First, let me tell you a secret. It only takes me 20 minutes to get ready in the morning. The crazy part is I still look presentable.  Since I work in an office, it’s kind of required.

If your mornings are hectic and stressful, then these simple tips and tricks will make your mornings SO much better. At least that’s what my family says. Also being prepared ahead of time for the next work day will allow you to take that extra time you would have been getting ready to do more important things…like sleeping in. If you know me personally, then you know I hate getting out of bed in the mornings. I am nocturnal, so sleeping every extra second in the morning counts! However, I would consider myself a morning person because once my feet hit the floor I’m ready to go. Weird right? I ask myself how is that is possible on the regular. I think my husband wonders the same thing…

Tip 1: Lay out your clothes & shoes the night before. It sounds trivial, but it truly helps make my mornings less stressful!

Doing this is more of a night before thing. Mainly because you don’t know how you’re going to feel a week from now. Maybe you’ll be bloated from eating too much Mexican food so you won’t feel like wearing your high waist work pants or maybe you didn’t take the time to shave your legs when you showered so skirts and dresses are out of the question.

Actively thinking about how I feel and what I think will look best on me for the next day is always taken into account before picking out my outfit. If I know what shirt I want to wear, but not sure on the bottoms I’ll  search through Pinterest to get some ideas of how I could pair that said item with clothes I already have. Once I figure out what I am going to wear, I set the clothes out on my clothing rack or what I like to call my Inspiration rack. Done and done!

Tip 2: If you are a coffee drinker prepare the coffee the night before.

Every night when I get home from work, one of the first things I do is clean out my coffee tumbler from that day and prepare my coffee for the next morning. I even add the sugar to the mug, put the lid on, and put it next to the coffee maker so everything is ready when I get downstairs from getting dressed.

Tip 3: Set the accessories you plan to wear by your car keys.

Setting your accessories out will prevent you from forgetting them, like I use to…almost weekly. I have a briefcase for my work laptop that I take to work daily, so I set the accessories on top of it. That way I won’t forget them. Then when I go to leave I put the accessories on, grab my briefcase, car keys, work badge, & my coffee then I’m out the door!

And that concludes the #acarriedaffaircapsule series! I hope you found inspiration in this series and encourages you to start building a work wear capsule wardrobe that you love and feel your best in! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or message me on Instagram. My handle is @acarriedaffairdesigns

Until next time. Xoxo

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Work Wear Capsule Wardrobe – Part 2

Hi! For all of you that didn’t get a chance to see part 1 of this series, no worries! You can check it out HERE

If you don’t have time to look at it now, that’s ok too! Part 1 was about purging all the pieces you have that don’t fit, look loved over too much, or that you don’t really wear/like any longer.

I purged over 100 pieces!! AHHH!!

To recap, let’s define what a capsule wardrobe is. Traditionally, it is defined as a collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential. My definition of a capsule wardrobe is, a wardrobe of pieces you love & feel your best in.

For this part of the #acarriedaffaircapsule series I will be discussing how to find your own style and build a work wear capsule wardrobe with the colors you love! I’ll go ahead and forewarn you that there might be a little more purging that has to be done. Don’t worry though, you’ll feel so great knowing you only have functional and versatile pieces that you love hanging in your closet. To help you, I created a free printable guide!

Click Here to Download the Guide

The guide will help you establish your style that fits your work place dress code. Yay!  Initially, I scoured the internet for guides that were already in existence, but I couldn’t find one that was tailored to work wear specifically, so I made one. I also included photos of some of the pages filled out for a reference point to provide more clarity. Please note, this is specific for work wear. This doesn’t pertain to non-work wear attire.

So first, we need to establish your work place dress code. To help you, I listed the three main dress codes and their definition.

Professional Dress – this is the most conservative work wear category. Pant suits, business suit & jacket.

Business Casual – this is a more relaxed look, but still semi-conservative. This would include a collared shirt, khakis, dress pants, knee length dress or skirt.

Campus Casual – this is more for what you wear at home when you’re not at work. Jeans, tee shirts, sweaters, etc.

As stated in the guide you’ll want to take into account casual dress days, if offered at your work place. For instance, my work place has casual Friday’s, so I make sure to wear jeans on Friday’s.

After identifying your dress code, you’ll want to find a style that truly represents you. Think about the style icons that speak to your soul. I used Pinterest to help me identify my style. You’ll want to think what works best for your body type as well. Not what you think you would look best in 10 pounds less. What you look like right now. You are you and nobody else can be. Own it!

I also created a board on Pinterest specifically for work wear ideas. If you want to check mine out for some inspiration, my handle is @acarriedaffair and the board is named A Carrie’d Affair Work Wear Capsule. I initially searched work wear outfit ideas and started pinning all the outfits I loved. Based on my pins I realized the classic look with a splash of girly was my style. I also learned my love runs deep for ruffles & pleats!

Once you figure out what your style is, you’ll want to identify a color pallet. You don’t have to stay within the number of colors/textures I specified in the guide, but I found doing that for myself helped me easily narrow it down to colors that I think actually look good on me and that I consistently wear. I took my eye color, complexion, hair color into account. Knowing my color pallet, I steered clear of other colors. Mainly because I know I don’t truly like them on me. I like them on the person in the photo.

So, the first step to narrowing down your color pallet is identifying a base color or colors. What base color(s) do you wear to work daily? For me it’s black and navy. What’s funny is, I learned a lot about myself when filling this out. I realized I had a lot more navy pieces than I thought. I guess I really like navy blue.

After identifying a base color, you’ll choose 2-3 neutral colors (that compliment your base color), 1-2 accent colors, and 1-2 textures that you just can’t live without. That make you feel your best in! I put a number on it to keep things simple. I mean, being all over the place is what got me here in the first place.

When I filled this out I took into account that I have olive skin, dark hair, and hazel eyes. What may look good on someone with blonde hair, a fair complexion, and blue eyes may not look as good on me. I also took into account the colors I get the most compliments on.

After you narrow down your color pallet, it’s time to do a clothes audit. Do you have work wear pieces that don’t fall into your work wear color pallet? If you find that you have pieces that won’t compliment your color pallet, think about letting them go. I know it’s hard. Believe me! I let go a few other items after identifying my color pallet. With a glass of wine in hand of course. Well actually, a pint of Cherry Garcia Ben & Jerry’s, but wine sounds so much more sophisticated. Either way, think of it as a good excuse to go shopping for pieces that you really love. That made you happy didn’t it?? Yeah, it did…

Now give yourself a big hug! You have identified your work wear style & color pallet! The colors you feel and look your best in. Yay!! Now take a look at your capsule-in-progress. How excited does it make you to see only pieces you love in the colors that make you look your best??

After the clothes audit, you’ll want to write down all the {work wear} pieces you have remaining. I know it seems super tedious, but you’ll want to reference this page when identifying outfits later on in the guide. It will also help you keep track of what you have and plan outfits out in advance. The point of a capsule is to keep your wardrobe manageable, and to do that we need to take inventory of what you have.

You’ll also want to take inventory of your shoes. If you are like me, then you probably have too many pairs of work wear shoes. I realized there were only a select few pairs that I actually wore consistently. My rule of thumb was if I wore them less than 5 times over the course of the past year then I donated them. Buh-bye tan perforated open-toed heels. I will miss you sitting on my shoe rack covered in dust, because I never wore you. #theshoestruggleisreal

After going through my shoes, I do think I am good on black heels for now.

Ok, so do you remember when I told you writing down your clothing inventory would come in handy? Well guess what, you’re going to need it to help you identify 1 weeks worth of work wear outfits. I completed mine with the next work week in mind. Knowing I had a couple days of client meetings, casual Friday, and a couple days at my desk, I planned accordingly.

If you are struggling with this, know that Pinterest is your friend! I have actually made Pinterest a part of my nightly routine to help me pick out work outfits for the following week. For instance, if I know I want to wear a specific white blouse on Monday, I’ll type “white blouse outfit ideas” in the search bar and scroll through until I find something that I could pull off, with what I have. Doing this also helped me figure out what laundry I would need cleaned and if my outfit would require me to shave my legs the night before. Bahaha! JK…but really. I know I am not the only one that does that. Am I?

Moving along…

Because I share a closet with my husband, closet space is limited. So, I purchased an inexpensive clothing rack that I call my inspiration rack. I use my Inspiration rack to layout my work outfit for the next day. It definitely has made my mornings more manageable. Plus, I sleep in for an extra 20 minutes in the morning, knowing I don’t have to stare at my closet trying to find an outfit. All I can say, picking out my outfits in advance has been life changing!! I also think to myself, what did I do before Pinterest!?!?

Now for the fun part!! Writing out a shopping list! First, write down your budget. Then identify pieces you want to buy that will become part of your work wear capsule. When doing this think quality over quantity. You want to invest in quality pieces that you’ll get a lot of wear out of. Also think of places that give you consistent quality. If you have a specific item in mind write out the cost of the item as well. If you are not sure of the cost, write out an approximate amount. After you have your shopping list complete, total the cost for everything. If all of your pieces together are more than what you budgeted for, buy the items you want most now and put the others in reserve for when you can spare more money. Curating the perfect work wear wardrobe will not happen overnight, so give yourself a little slack and congratulate yourself on making it this far!

Well friends, that’s it for part 2 of the #acarriedaffaircapsule series! I hope you enjoy my free printable guide. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or message me on Instagram. My handle is @acarriedaffairdesigns Thanks so much for stopping by! For part 3 we will be discussing accessories. See you then!

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Work Wear Capsule Wardrobe – Part 1

First, what is a capsule wardrobe? Well dictionary.com defines it as, a collection of clothes and accessories that include only items considered essential.

Now here is my definition, a wardrobe of pieces you love & feel your best in.

I love the concept of a true capsule wardrobe, but I don’t want to narrow it down to a specific number of items or only have items that are considered essential. That’s just way too much pressure! I mean every once in a while this mom gets to leave the house to do adult things, and when that day comes, I will want to wear something fun and non-essential. Ya hear me? Which is why I cannot do a true capsule. Really, I just want a wardrobe that I love, but not overwhelmed by every time I look in my closet. Doesn’t every girl?!?

I did more research about capsule wardrobes, I found that a lot of them were tailored around non-work wear attire. As a young woman working in the business world, most of my clothing is work wear. But I also love fashion, versatility, and  comfort. So here I am. Starting a work wear capsule wardrobe blog series for all you fashion forward women in the workforce. đŸ’Œ

Dressing nice is something I look forward to, but trying to find something to wear every morning…not so much. 😒 Before I started this #acarriedaffaircapsule my closet had become unmanageable, which made it extremely hard to decide on an outfit. Especially when I have to make sure my oldest is getting out of bed and getting ready for school. All before my first cup of coffee. 😳 #thestruggleisreal I mean…REALLY, real.

My love for clothing has been strong since I was a little girl. Not having a lot growing up, I became brand obsessed after landing my first “big girl” job. I wanted all the nice clothes I didn’t have as a child. To the extent that I was over buying, and not buying things that I really loved. More like buying because it gave me a sense of satisfaction that I could finally afford nice clothes.

Well, fast forward six years, 2 kids, and a mortgage later I’ve had to take it down a notch or 12, with my clothing addiction. 😂 But it has been a blessing in disguise. Doing so, I was able to discover my true style, simple, clean, & elegant. Once I figured that out, the rest started falling into place.

Before we start, let’s take a poll. If you were blindfolded and had to wear the first shirt you picked out of your closet, what are the chances you would be happy with your decision? Well, I did that experiment, and I wasn’t happy. That was when I knew I needed to take inventory of my clothes and figure out what I actually love and what I don’t.

So the very first thing I did to start creating my work wear capsule was purge. I pulled out all the clothes in my closet. I mean EVERYTHING. Work wear and non-work wear.

When I did this, I realized I still had several pieces from my first big girl job. Who was I kidding?!? After baby K, I knew that size 6 sheath dress wasn’t going to fit me anymore. So in the words of Elsa, I needed to “let it go!” So I did. If you are like me and struggle with getting rid of clothes that you know dang good and well you’ll never wear again or should wear again, then this blog series I’m about to embark on will not only give you a new perspective on your wardrobe, but will also be therapeutic. Bonus, I won’t charge you a fee for my services! 😂

If you don’t have a problem getting rid of clothes, thats ok! You’re just one step ahead. Ultimately, my goal with this series is for you to have a simple and versatile work wear capsule that you absolutely LOVE. ❀ Also, if you are the kind of person that doesn’t struggle with letting clothes go…TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!! My palms were literally sweating when I was typing this thinking about the purge that was getting ready to go down. So if you’re like me, take deep breaths and know I’m right here with you.

Ok, moving along…

After you pull everything out of the closet, divide out your clothes into two piles. One pile for all your work clothes and one pile for all your non-work clothes. You’ll probably want to do this exercise for your non-work wear clothes too, but this series is focusing on work wear.

Using scrap paper or sticky notes, write out the 3 categories below. One category per sheet.

Love
Maybe
Let it go!

Once you have your labels, start dividing out your work wear clothes on your bed into those 3 categories. Don’t try anything on at this point. We will get to that in a second.

After you have all your clothes divided, immediately put all the items in the “let it go” category in a trash bag or tote. Just do it! Don’t look back. If you do, then you’ll start second guessing yourself and think, “well, I might wear this again…” No you won’t! Letting it go was your first instinct. Stick with it. 😘

For all you clothes hoarders (like me) take a deep breath and give yourself a pat on the back because you just completed the first step in creating a work wear capsule wardrobe you love. đŸ™ŒđŸŒ

Next, take the clothes from the “maybe” pile and try them on. If something doesn’t fit, let it go. If it doesn’t look good, let it go. If you are hesitant about it, now that you have it on, guess what…let it go. This is exactly what I did. There was a plaid button down shirt that I wanted to keep, but it was tight in the arm,  so I took a deep breath and let it go.

For all the clothes in the “maybe” pile that you ended up keeping, put them back in your closet.

Now take all the clothes from the “love” pile and thoroughly inspect them. Do they look old? Have stains on them? Or just look like you have loved them over a little too much? If so, say goodbye and put them with the “let it go” items.

Now that you have decided what stays and what goes, put the “love” pile back in your closet along with the maybe items you kept. I did this exercise with my non-work wear clothes as well. To keep them separated, I used different hangers. Wooden hangers for my work clothes and white hangers for my non-work clothes. This will also make your mornings easier! 😊

See that wasn’t so bad! The whole point of this exercise was to figure out what pieces in your closet you really love and identifying the pieces that you don’t love or wear any longer.

I ended up donating over half my closet! đŸ˜± That’s crazy talk, but I already feel better!

Look at all the clothes!! đŸ˜±đŸ˜±

The purge definitely tested my willpower, but I can now confidently say that if I were blindfolded and had to wear the first shirt I picked out of my closet, I would be happy with my choice. 😊

Now go pour yourself a glass of wine, đŸ·Â or eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s! 🍩 You definitely deserve it!

Side note, look up the non-for-profit organization www.dressforsuccess.org and see if there is one in your area. They take women’s gently used work attire, have them professionally cleaned, then provide them to women in poverty that are striving to find their economic independence. It is truly a wonderful organization that is changing the lives of women every day. Not only are you making your life easier, you are helping other women get back in the work force. Win, win! 🙌

And…that’s a wrap! 💃 I hope you enjoyed part 1 of the A Carrie’d Affair Work Wear Capsule! For part 2 we will be establishing your style that fits your work dress code as well as identifying basic “staple” pieces. Bonus, I’ll have a free downloadable workbook, that I created, that will guide you to a work wear capsule you love! ❀

Thank you so much for stopping by! See you next time. Xo

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