August 21, 2014

Gameday Fashion: Ammunition Jewelry

Growing up with a big-time hippy for a mom, I'm very familiar with quartz crystals. She had them spread all around the house. At the time, I couldn't get into the idea behind them, but now looking back I do think they had a calming effect on our household. But you guys aren't here to read about my childhood....let's talk gameday jewelry!

Apple and Jayme are the team behind Ammunition Jewelry. (We share a love for Mi Cocina.) They are two Texas Aggies, living in LA, creating unique bullet encased necklaces. The necklaces are created with recycled bullet shells and raw gemstones. What's even better, is that a portion of each online purchase is donated to Wounded Warrior Project. Very cool!

August 11, 2014

Tailgate Toys: Wine Handbag

Love the concept behind these wine handbags

Elevate your tailgate, indeed.

August 7, 2014

Gameday Fashion: State Traditions

State Traditions has a unique piece of the gameday market. They sell apparel, housewares and products that feature a prominent State outline with different school colors. Though their products do not have team logos associated with various schools, there will be no doubt who your allegiance is with. For example, if you are an University of Florida fan, there are numerous orange and blue products which feature the State of Florida outline. I'm sure you all get the gist. It's a pretty savvy way to get around licensing.

I like the understated nature of their products. I like that you can support your home State or your team without being blatant about it. They make it very easy to shop too, just click on your State and the plethora of items comes up.

July 30, 2014

Tailgate Toys: Picnic Time Portable Reflex Travel Couch

This portable couch is perfect for tailgating. It will seat two adults, and it has four backrest positions.  It has a steel frame, polyester exterior, and a high-density interior foam padding for comfortable seating.  The armrests have pockets to hold your phone or beverage. It even has a detachable shoulder strap for carrying.

July 23, 2014

Gameday Fashion: SKICKS

SKICKS is a new line of unique gameday sneakers.  This sporty line of collegiate licensed high top and low top sneakers is an original take on the traditional "Chuck Taylor" shoes.

SKICKS was created by University of Michigan student Jordana Schrager. Jordana, who has always been interested in art and design, doodled elaborate college designs on a pair of old sneakers. After numerous students approached her for a custom pair, SKICKS was born. Much like she dreamed, SKICKS is a welcomed addition to the enormous collegiate market.

SKICKS retail for between $59.99 and $69.99 and are available at select retailers, fan shops, and university bookstores at the following schools:  Auburn University, Florida State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Syracuse University, University of Georgia, University of Miami, University of Michigan and University of Tennessee, with many more to come.

I had the opportunity to interview Jordana about her gameday fashion and her new line.

SG: Describe your favorite game day outfit.
JS: My favorite game day outfit would have to be a University of Michigan blue tank top, shiny blue leggings with the word “hail” written down the side, crazy maize and blue striped socks, and of course, my University of Michigan SKICKS!

SG: What advice do you have for women, that want to dress up a bit for sporting events, but don’t know where or how to start?
JS: If you are a spirited person, I would say the crazier the outfit, the better! Wearing funky socks, a hat, beaded necklaces, and SKICKS in your team’s colors can make any basic sporting attire more spirited and fun! If you want to keep your outfit more on the basic side, I would say to wear a pair of boyfriend jeans, a tank top in your team’s colors, and a pair of SKICKS for a stylish yet classic look.

SG: Do you have a signature tailgate recipe? 
JS: You can never go wrong with chips, salsa, and guacamole!

SG: What is your favorite tailgate tradition?
I live in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house at the University of Michigan, and it's a tradition for the Fraternity boys to wake us up early in the morning with loud whistles to get everyone excited for the game!

SG: Any game day accessories that you can’t live without?
JS: Besides my University of Michigan Skicks,  I always wear my University of Michigan baseball hat.

SG: What was the inspiration behind the Skicks line?
JS: I realized that something was missing from a perfect tailgate wardrobe. Our SKICKS line now completes every fans’ collegiate wardrobe. The line is meant to embody the ‘sole’ of a true fan!

July 21, 2014

Tailgate Recipes: Ritz Cracker Candy

76 crackers, broken in half. (2 sleeves of a Ritz type cracker)
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 cups milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans or almonds
1/2 cup chopped white chocolate

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and arrange the crackers on it in a single layer.  Melt butter and brown sugar together in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. After it's melted, increase heat to medium-high and boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour this mixture over the cracker layer. Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle crackers with chocolate chips and place back in the oven for 3 minutes (the oven will be turned off but still warm). Spread the melted chocolate over crackers and top with nuts and remaining chips. Allow to cool completely and break apart to serve.

July 7, 2014

Gameday Fashion: Baby Bow Tie

BBT Gameday Collection

Kat and her son

Me and my son

Kat is the fabulous mompreneur behind Baby Bow Tie, the fashionable bow ties for little gentleman. She recently invited me and my son to participate in a fun photo shoot to kick off their new gameday collection. I was thrilled we could join in and meet other moms who are passionate about style and game days. 

As a new mom, I really appreciate the idea behind BBT. The bow ties are such a fun way to accessorize your little guy. I've realized recently it's way more fun to dress him than it is myself these days.  Each bow tie is magnetized, which makes it really easy to put on him. If anyone has ever had to dress a baby, you know how nice this is! 

Baby Bow Tie and Passionately Rivalicious have teamed up for an awesome giveaway this week. Comment and share on their Facebook pages for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. 

Special thanks to Passionately Rivalicious for the gameday clothing (how cute are those OU shorts?!) and Dyan Kethley for the photography.

July 3, 2014

Fourth of July 2014

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, for so many reasons. Last year, I co-hosted a backyard tailgate party with my good friend Heather. This year, I have a newborn so our options are a bit limited in terms of fanfare and fireworks. I will still be celebrating, just in a more low-key way. I won't be making my famous red, white and blue jell-o shot squares but maybe next year. If you make them, let me know how they turn out. I hope everyone has a great weekend!! 

July 2, 2014

Gameday Fashion: 2tee Couture

At this point, if you've been following along with me and my blog adventures, you know that I am a big fan of fashion, gamedays and "made in the USA" products. So it warms my tailgate-lovin heart to feature this new gameday line, 2TeeCouture, which is exclusively made in the Los Angeles area. 2Tee Couture Founder and Designer Sigal Levi remarked, “We are extremely grateful that the company is able to produce the new line, Noa Elle in the same city where we design. It makes all the difference to be able to contribute back to the city that was the inspiration for this line in the first place.”

It also warms my heart to feature them, because they have some very stylish and unique designs to support your team on Saturdays. 2TeeCouture has recently launched an exclusive Gameday collection to help girls look their best during this important season. Every girl wants to look trendy but also be able to scale those stairs and bleachers.

What I personally like most is that, 2TeeCouture gameday dresses are designed to be worn year-round. The line definitely has a bohemian flair. I really like the hounds tooth shorts. I've always been envious of the Alabama girls for their ability to wear hounds tooth on Saturdays.

The line will be available soon in a number of boutiques nationwide. Make sure to check their Store Locator to find a boutique near you.

Follow 2tee Couture online here -
Pinterest (Check out their Gameday Board)

*This post was sponsored by 2tee Couture. Thank you for your support!

June 24, 2014

Gameday Fashion: Campus Cruzerz

I wouldn't hold the name, "Campus Cruzerz", against them. They actually look pretty comfy for those hot game days that are right around the corner (yay). I will definitely be living in my sandals for the next few months!

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