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



Ingredients:
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!



June 18, 2014

Gameday Fashion: Oregon Ducks Iphone Case


This is the cutest iPhone case....especially for Oregon Ducks fans!



May 28, 2014

Tailgate Recipes: Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites


Ingredients:
4 small boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets (6 oz each)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin (optional)
16 (1 lb) slices bacon (turkey bacon works well too)
1/3 cup brown sugar

Directions: Whisk together oil, lime juice, cumin and Sriracha sauce and pour into a gallon sized plastic bag. Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes and add it to the bag. Once all of the chicken pieces are in the bag, turn the bag to coat the chicken with the marinade and place in the fridge for about 1 hour, turning after half an hour. Take 1 pound of bacon and cut each slice into three pieces. Wrap the bacon around the chicken pieces and secure with a wooden toothpick. Coat the bacon wrapped chicken in brown sugar and place on a greased broiler rack and pan. For extra heat, brush bacon with Sriracha before coating it with brown sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes rack in the middle position. Or grill over medium heat for 25 minutes.



May 7, 2014

Tailgate Recipes: Beer Can Chicken


Ingredients:
1 (4-pound) whole chicken
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub
1 can beer

Directions: Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub. Set aside. Place beer can on a solid surface. Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, plunk the bird cavity over the beer can. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod.

Cook the chicken over medium-high (about 400 degrees), indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a sharp knife. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.





April 9, 2014

Tailgate in a Shipping Container


Texas Tech alumni Jane't Howey and Sheryl Estes, have come up with a unique way to utilize old shipping containers for tailgate parties. They turned a standard 8-foot by 20-foot shipping container into a portable bar and grill....with a roofdeck. These have a tap bar, a couch, two flatscreens, and an outdoor grilling zone. The whole setup takes less than 5 minutes. The future of tailgating could very well be, boxGATE.



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