Fashion Friday: Bold Sundress

How to Wear Bright Colors

When Reese Witherspoon launched Draper James, I was one of the first to check it out and sign up for emails. Over the past few months, I have fallen in love with the style, elegance, and charm of the offerings there.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’m a huge fan of Reese. I love her movies, her sense of style, and her approachable personality. Watching Legally Blonde with my Granny is one of my favorite memories. Now, every time it’s on, I have to stop and watch it. I bet I’ve seen it over a hundred times.

How to Wear Bright Colors

I’m even Tweeting Reese pretty much every day right now to see if maybe she’d produce one of my scripts. Yep, Reese has an awesome production company, and I think of my scripts should be the next feature she produces.

But let’s get back to the fashion. I had my eye on this dress since it came out, and when it went on sale I finally decided to give it a try. I was worried it wouldn’t fit, but it was like it was made just for me.

How to Wear Bright Colors

The bright, bold yellow is my favorite part about the dress. When I wore it the other day, several people commented on the great color. I definitely couldn’t blend into the crowd! The back is also unique and fun. Plus, I love the gold buttons. Such a classy touch!

I wanted the dress to be the star, so I paired it with a simple black clutch, black sandals, and my big black cat sunglasses. My red lipstick added to the classic feeling of the outfit. By the way, that is the BEST red lipstick. Such a true red.

How to Wear Bright Colors

I really wish it would be summer forever, so I could wear this dress year round. Maybe Reese will have some fun cold weather finds too …

Dress: Draper James // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Clutch: YSL // Sunglasses: Anna Karin Karlsson // Lipstick: Chanel in Gabrielle

How to Wear Bright Colors

Peach Breakfast Bars

Peach Breakfast Bars - a hearty, vegan, adn gluten free breakfast treat!

Last week I went to see my friends at the dentist. Hi, ladies! I never thought going to the dentist could be fun, but here I am looking forward to my visits. And they look forward to them as well. We all enjoy chatting and catching up, but mostly, I think they like the treats 😉

So I made a seriously amazing treat. It wasn’t too hard to make, it featured peaches, and it tasted ah-mazing. Oh, and it’s vegan and gluten free.

I tasted it hot out of the oven. Packed some up for the dentist. Ate one for breakfast. Saved some for the freezer. I couldn’t stop craving another one. I was planning my post … and then I realized something.

I forgot to take pictures.

Peach Breakfast Bars - a heart, vegan, gluten free breakfast treat!

It was one of those moments where you wonder where your head went. So I made them again. And now I can present you with Peach Breakfast Bars.

Let me tell you, worse things have happened than having to make these again. They are seriously so good. Though I wouldn’t quite call them healthy due to the sugar in them (maybe you could swap in honey or maple syrup), they are full of oatmeal, nuts, peaches, and cinnamon, so I definitely think they’re breakfast appropriate.

With the glaze (yeah a little more sugar – but I wouldn’t skip it), they almost have this apple … er, peach fritter thing going on. They’re dense and chewy and super satisfying. Make these once or twice or more, just make sure you give them a try.

Peach Breakfast Bars - a hearty, vegan, gluten free breakfast treat!

Peach Breakfast Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 18 bars



3 cups old fashioned oats (gluten free if necessary)

1 ½ cups gluten free flour (I used Cup4Cup – I wonder if oat flour would work)

1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¾ cup olive oil

4 cups chopped peaches, peeled and pitted

1 cup pecans


3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2-5 tablespoons water


Make the bars. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9 by 13 inch pan.

In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

Add the oil and vanilla and stir to combine. Add the peaches and pecans and stir until they are well distributed and the mixture is completely moistened.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and set on top.

Make the glaze. In a medium bowl, stir together sugar, vanilla, and water. Add more sugar or water until a pourable glaze is formed. Pour evenly over the hot bars.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave 30 seconds.


Recipe adapted from Nutmeg Nanny and How Sweet It Is

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