Sandy à la Mode readers, I’m Shea from
Bon Chic Bon Gastronomique. I’m so
excited to be able to guest post for Sandy while she’s enjoying her time as a new
mommy (or while she’s enjoying her last few weeks of pregnancy…depending on
just how cozy baby à la mode is)!

I thought I’d share with you all a favorite go-to outfit and dinner idea for a chilly day. I
don’t know about you, but for me, having a few easy ideas at my fingertips is essential this
time of year. Adding holiday parties, gift shopping, and family get-togethers
to an already busy schedule leaves little time to spend on outfit coordinating
and meal planning. 

Sweater: Isaac Mizrahi for Target (old); camisole: Old Navy; jeans: Express; scarf: Loft; shoes: Merona, Target

One of my favorite cold-weather combinations is a bold colored sweater, a contrasting
scarf, jeans, and a fun pair of flats or low heels. I always stock up on
solid-colored sweaters, especially during sales, so that I can do several
different versions of this combination. A scarf keeps me warm and toasty, but
it can easily be removed if someone has her heater working overtime.

When it comes to weeknight meals, my philosophy is the simpler the better this time of
year. When it starts getting dark at five, I’d much rather spend my evening
sipping hot cocoa than working in a hot kitchen. That’s why stir-fries are a Godsend.
This version, Spicy Tangerine Beef from Guy Fieri, is quick and easy, but
elegant enough to impress your friends. And it’s easy to swap out the
ingredients to make this meal fit what’s on sale or what you’re in the mood

So, what go-to recipes, for style or for food, are you relying on this time of year?
P.S. The winner of the $50 ShopKempt giveaway is Leah from Leahmariev!  Congrats girl!  Please send me an email at sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your prize and I’ll get you in touch with ShopKempt!