Back in Texas and a Feature!!!

Hey Dolls,

How is everyone's holiday season going?  For those of you who have been with me for a while, you know that I'm from Texas and I'm happy to be here now with my family!!!  This time of year is my ultimate favorite time because I get to be with my family who I don't get to see often!  

Anywho, here is my OOTD!  It's amazing how a nice coat will dress up a simple outfit!  That's what I did here.
The weather here was warm at the beginning of the week and is now very frigid!  I wore a simple striped top, skinny jeans, booties, and a vest.  I had no intentions on blogging about it until I added the coat!  I think the coat brought my outfit to life!

Here is what my outfit looked like without the coat. 
Vest & Skinnies:  Forever 21
Striped Top & Pea Coat:  H&M
Booties:  ShoeDazzle

Before, you go, please check out my feature over at the lovely Cherrie Amore's.  Cherrie has an empowerment series called Dark Skinned Girls Rock created to encourage dark-skinned women to embrace their beauty and gain self-confidence.  I was more than happy to participate.  Any encouragement I can provide for anyone,  I'm all for.
Ok lovelies,  I will try to be back very soon.  I get so wrapped up with the family, I forget to take pictures.  Shame on me.  :)

Talk to you all soon!

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Teachers Have Style Too! & A Restaurant Review (Picasso's)

Hey Dolls,

I'm back with another work OOTD! The weather here in Florida is pretty warm considering it's December. In an effort to stay true to the winter season, I'm still rocking my boots when I could very well wear shorts and flip flops outside right now.  I don't know about you, but I feel a certain kind of way about wearing my toes out in the winter, cold or not.  Anywho, here's my look!

Staying true to shopping the closet until after the holidays, these are pieces you may have seen before, rocked a different way.
This was one of those outfits thrown together after I woke up late for work.  I think I did pretty good considering I only had 45 minutes to get up, washed, dressed, and out the door! LOL!  Gotta love mornings like that!
Beaded top:  Seen Here (ROSS)
Pants:  ROSS
Boots: Seen Here BCBG via MJM Designer Shoes

My sweetie and I went to the really cool restaurant the other night called Picasso's!
I loved everything about this place from the decor, ambiance, down to the food!
The decor was very artsy hence the name Picasso's and the food was AH-MAZING!!!  They have a slogan (Picasso's, where food is art")  Love it!

This restaurant is known for taking pride in their food and using the freshest ingredients.  
I ordered a lovely glass of Reisling to go with my meal.

For starters we had their Shrimp and Grits which is probably the best I have had to date.  Welll....I love the Shrimp and Grits from Brick but this comes pretty darn close in comparison!  The shrimp were decadent and the flavors of the grits and broth were perfection!  I especially loved the bits of tasso or smoked bacon bites garnished atop the dish!  They addes great pops of flavor!

Picasso's on Urbanspoon

This pizza.....this pizza right here...was seriously gone in 5 minutes, tops!!!  It was the Saint Louis pizza, which according to the menu, has been voted the best in St. Louis every year for the last 40 years.  I love thin crust pizzas so that was the first plus!  It also had several different blends of cheeses including a smoky flavored cheese that added such a unique flavor to the pie!  We added pepperoni, sausage, and lots of veggies and all in all this pizza was simply DELICIOUS!  

I'd recommend Piccaso's over and over because it was truly an amazing dining experience.  Have a great night dolls.


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Sunday's Best: "Have I told You I love you? Lately?"

Hello Lovelies,

I'm back with a Sunday's Best post!  The message was pretty awesome so I just had to share.  The message focused on how we can show our love to others.  The background scripture came from 2 Corinthians 6:3-13 and our pastor gave us 3 main points on how we can express love to one another.


1.) Avoid being offensive (2Cor6:3)
I'm sure we've all been told or have used the phrase "It's not what you say, it's how you say it".  This includes sarcasm which I'll be the first to admit I use quite often.  

We can easily offend others with our words.  Be mindful not only of the things you say, but how you say them.  We can also offend others with our actions.  We've got to learn to "practice what we preach".  For example, there's no use in telling a child how unhealthy smoking is and that they should not do it and you smoke in front of them daily. 

2.) Attend to the needs of others (2Cor6:6)
This one is simple, specially around this time of year.   Be thoughtful.  Think of others and their needs.  Be understanding, patient, and kind.  I always loved this acronym that our pastor uses:  the way we can attain true JOY is by putting Jesus first, Others next, then Yourself.  If you need some suggestions on how to attend to others here are a few:  
*  Volunteer some of your time within your community.
*  Donate food to your city food bank
* Get a group together to sing Christmas Carols at a nursing home

Blazer:  (Thrited) Jones New York/ Jumper:  Forever 21/  Heels:  LAMB/ Belt: SteinMart
3.)   Speak your Love To Others (Proverbs 13:12)  
With this new age of technology, people don't talk on the phone as much as they use to.   Because of this, we don't really "hear"  the words "I love you" as much as we use to.  Proverbs 13:12 says  "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life". Can you imagine how many people in the world are longing just to hear those 3 little words from someone.  The 2 points above were ways we can show our love but don't forget to speak your love as well 
With that being said....
Love ya dolls!

Have a great week.

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Stocking Stuffer Swap

Hey Lovelies,

I love this time of year for several reasons and as anyone else I love gifts but I enjoy giving nice gifts more so I decided to participated in the Stocking Stuffer Swap hosted by Amy from At the Pink of Perfection.
All of the participants were partnered with another blogger and you were to visit their blogs and gather inspiration for stocking stuffer gifts totaling $20.  My partner was Carissa from Lillies & Silk.  After spending a little time at her blog, I noticed she likes scarves, polka dots, nail polish, and sewing so I got her a polka dot scarf, travel size sewing kit, 2 bottles of Sinful colors nail polish, and a create journal.  I was also her partner and here is what she got for me.

A really cute green stocking for all of my goodies.

* A really cute Hallmark Keepsake of a baking snowman
* Candy Canes
Candy Cane Chap Stick
Holiday inspired pencils (these will come in handy in my classroom)
* A grocery checklist notepad
* Julep nail polish ( I've been wanting to try this brand)
Thanks again Carissa! I really appreciate the goodies!

I really had fun with the swap and look forward to doing it again next year! Have a great day dolls!

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Smile For Me! Won't ya Just Smi-e-ile Foorrrr Me!"

Hey Dolls,

If you're anything like me, you enjoy a nice cup of joe!  Coffee that is!  I have been drinking it since those long nights in college when it took everything for me to stay awake to cram for those exams.  Over the years my pearly whites have become....welll...not so pearly.  

There's nothing like a bright, white smile and when I smile I show all 32!!!   So "if you're not whitening , you're yellowing" so what better way to economically whiten your teeth than with Crest 3D White Strips!

These white strips are designed to remove over 10 years of stains and whiten 25 times better than the leading whitening toothpastes, when used in a 4 week time frame.Crest1
   The product comes with flexible whitening strips that mold to your teeth.  On the strips is the whitening gel that includes hydrogen peroxide and is safe for your teeth enamel.  I have sensitive teeth so I had to take breaks during my whitening journey but overall I was very satisfied with my results!

Here is what my teeth looked like day 1 of my whitening journey.  Not too bad but not that bright either.
Day 14
Day 20
I strongly recommend Crest 3D Whitening strips if you're looking for that extra umph in your smile!  They are definitely the best alternative to a professional teeth whitening.
When people ask me what my best physical feature, I usually say my smile.  A smile is one of the first things I notice on other people as well.  A simple smile has the strongest power to lift someones spirits and light up someones day so SMILE every chance ya get. 

Have a great weekend!

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What's Cooking With Trice: Homemade Pecan Pralines!!!

Hey Guys!

I'm back with another enticing food post!  While at my grandma's for Thanksgiving I made pecan candies better known as pecan pralines.  It's a super easy recipe, a tad bit time-consuming, but so worth it!!!  
Here's what you'll need:
1 can of evaporated milk
Vanilla Extract
2 cups of sugar
2 TSP butter (optional)
1.) Add the 2 cups of sugar to a large pot.  
2.) Add your can of evaporated milk

3.) Put your pecans on a tray and put them in the 350 degree oven for 5-7 minutes so they can roast slightly. 
4.) Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to your mixture
(If you want to add 2 TBSP of butter at this point you can.  I opted not to.) 
5.) Here is where the process gets tedious.  You MUST stir this mixture continuously for 25-30 minutes. 
 You don't want it to burn and stick to the bottom of your pot. It will start to thicken which is what you want.

6.) Once your mixture has thicken up, add your pecans. You can cut them into smaller pieces or add them whole.  I like them whole. 

7.) At this point you want to move quickly.  Stir your mixture.  

8.) On a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, add dollops of your mixture to cool.
9.) In about 15 minutes once they cool a bit, you can enjoy your homemade pecan pralines!
These were gone in minutes and you'll love this recipe too!  It doesn't call for a lot.  If you decide to try it, please let me know how it turns out for you.
Talk to you soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

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A Bowl of Pho for Lunch!

Hey Lovelies,

I pray everyone's week is off to a good start!  I am still recovering from the large amount of good eats I've consumed over the last few days.  I am back to work for a few more weeks and then I'll be off for more fun again!  That's one of the perks of being an educator!!!  Here is my Teacher OOTD!!!

The weather is so wishy washy here in Florida!  35 degrees one day, 60 the next....I can't.  I'd rather have cooler weather during this time of year.  Holiday time that is.  Christmas doesn't feel right when you can go outside with shorts on.

Scarf:  Karen Kane via Dillards
Top:  JC Pennys
Sweater and Slacks:  Ross
Booties:  ShoeDazzle

Yesterday I had the day off and that is ALWAYS a good thing, especially after having a long holiday break.  Since it was nice and chilly outside, I thought it would be a great idea to take a stroll downtown and try out a fairly new restaurant that opened up back in September called Pho. A Noodle Bar!

So for those of you who may be wondering what the heck "Pho" is let me enlighten you.  Pho (pronounced "fuh" like "duh")  is a Vietnamese soup with rice noodles, bean sprouts, other veggies, and meat (if you like). 
As always, I think ambiance is everything when dining in a restaurant and I loved the decor.  Nice hard wood floors, exposed ceiling, and high top tables (at least where I was sitting).  

I had the China Mist Orange Blossom white tea which was very refreshing.

These little spring rolls were DA BOMB!!!  I could have had eaten plenty more of these bad boys!  They come vegetarian style also!

Here is my bowl of Pho!  It comes standard with rice noodles, seasoned beef broth, onions, scallions, and cilantro, bean sprouts, and lemon as a garnish.

You have the option to build your own bowl of Pho with up to 3 meats so I chose shrimp, chicken , and flank steak.

 This was a small bowl.....which was actually quite large so I took almost all of it home with me.  
Pho. A Noodle Bar on Urbanspoon

This bowl of Pho was just the tool to warm me up but my only complaint is that it needed a little more seasoning.  The tables come equipped with Hoisin sauce and Sriracha, but that really didn't do the trick for me.  Perhaps if the protein was seasoned first before being added to the dish.  That's ok because it was still tasty and I would definitely be willing to go back!

Ok dolls, that's all for now.  As always thanks for stopping by!
Talk to ya soon.

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A New Orleans Kind of Day!

Hey Dolls,

I pray that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday!  I most certainly did.  I traveled to Louisiana to spend the holiday with family.  On my way to grandma's, I decided to spend a few hours in the French Quarters of New Orleans!  And what's a trip to the NOLA without beignets and poboys right!??! Soooo... my first stop was the infamous Cafe Du Monde!


If you have ever heard of foods synonymous with New Orleans, you've probably heard the words gumbo, jambalaya, pralines, and of course beignets ("ben-yays").  Cafe Du Monde is the original French market coffee stand that has been in existence since 1862.  The fact that they've been around so long ought to tell you something about their likability!

They only serve these delectable French-style doughnuts and coffee (soda and OJ too)....that's got to be one of my favorite combinations!
I got the standard order of beignets, which comes with three, and a cafe au lait which is coffee mixed half and half with hot milk.  
If you haven't noticed by now, these light and airy beignets are covered with icing-powdered sugar!  You'll make quite a mess but you're provided with plenty of napkins and water.
Even though they're light and airy, I was only able to finish two of the three. Well...actually, I had to stop myself from eating them all in an effort to save room for my lunch later!  
If you're ever in New Orleans, please stop by Cafe Du Monde for this sugary treat!  You'll be glad you did.
Café Du Monde on Urbanspoon

Later on for lunch I stopped by Johnny's Po Boys located on Saint Louis Street right off of Decatur Street in the French Quarters. 

There's not very much room inside and it gives you that old-fashioned deli feel when you walk in.  I was lucky to find a seat and I thought the red and white checkered table cloth added a nice touch to the nostalgia.

There had to be over 20 different po-boys to choose from but I had to go with a shrimp po-boy! 

This sandwich was loaded with plump, succulent shrimp and it came "fully dressed" with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo.  I don't care for pickles on my sandwiches so I opted not to have those.  The po-boy was so big, I hardly finished the small half (pictured below).  
There were so many shrimp, they were falling out of the sandwich!  There's nothing like good, fresh, French bread and this bread was just that!  Perfect for a classic po-boy!  This po-boy was delicious!  
Johnny's Po-Boys on Urbanspoon

My mission was accomplished for those few short hours I spent in the French Quarters!  I could have gotten gumbo and etoufee but I knew my family would have that available on hand during my vacay. Here are a few more pictures from my New Orleans adventure!
As always, thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back soon!

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Hi! I'm Trice, a Jacksonville, FL based blogger. I LOVE shopping and all things fashionable and want to show everyone that "Teachers Have Style Too!"! I also LOVE to cook and enjoy dining out. Please enjoy my fashion and food experiences and leave a comment if you'd like.
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