It’s National Hot Dog Day!

National Hotdog Day

How are hot dogs done in your town? Do you eat hot dogs?

A Chicago-style hot dog has relish, onions, mustard, tomato, sport peppers and a pickle on it. All on a nicely steamed, poppy seed bun. Topped with celery salt. Mmh.

When I was a kid, I liked a nice slice of melted American cheese on my hot dog, and mustard. Mmm-mmh! Lol With a bag of Jays BBQ potato chips…Yes Sir!

Not too long ago, I enjoyed it as pictured above. With thinly sliced cucumber, tomato, onion, relish, mustard, sliced peperoncini and celery salt. Delicious.

Today, if I can get a hot dog on a good gluten-free bun, I’d like it either way. Except the way I ate it as a kid.

Happy Hot Dog Day! ;)

T.J. Maxx and Thrift finds + Outfit Photos.

TJMaxx and Thrift Store finds

I really like this eyelet blouse. It’s 100% linen and I plan to wear it until the armpits yellow. Then, I might dye it some dark color to wear it some more. Lol It’s so comfortable on and, pretty! Probably the prettiest blouse I’ve purchased in a few years.

Jeans. It’s hard finding premium skinny jeans that aren’t too long on my legs so, when I saw these ankle length Paige jeans (on clearance), I had to get them. Plus, I’d been wanting a pair of “ripped near the knee”/distressed jeans for awhile.

The blouse and jeans are both from T.J. Maxx. Here are some photos of me wearing them together…

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Currently Reading: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

This is an old book! Still, the tips listed inside can be applied today (from what I’ve read so far).

What are you reading right now?

Coral Nails.

Essie Cute as a Button

This is Essie Cute as a Button.

I used two coats. The first coat went on a little thin/streaky. The second one even things out pretty good.

No shimmer. Just a nice, creamy, bright coral color.

Per usual, I used my staple base and top coats.

Summer Style: Jungle Safari.

JCrew Safari Njema Tee and Linen Shorts

JCrew Tee with Linen Shorts

JCrew Tshirt Linen Shorts and Leopard Pumps

Safari Njema Smile

In the hot summer humidity, linen is the next best thing to naked. Lol

T-Shirt: J.Crew • Linen Shorts: Fresh Laundry
Pumps: Halogens • Purse: thrift store
Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo • Nails: China Glaze Japanese Koi

I bought these drawstring linen shorts off Amazon. Similar breathable styles can be found here and here. I also cut the neck off this old T-Shirt for more of a “Jane of the Jungle” look. No, but seriously. I got tired of the crew-neck and didn’t plan on hemming after cutting it off.

Inkleaf Leather Card Wallet Giveaway. UPDATE: Giveaway Now Closed.

Inkleaf Veg Tan Card Wallet

It’s giveaway time!

I contacted Inkleaf Leather Co. recently and, they were so kind to make and provide another gorgeous Card Wallet for a MM giveaway.

In addition to wallets, Inkleaf also makes leather notebook covers, pen pouches and other small leather goods. Be sure to check out their website, as they offer some cool limited options as well.

Inkleaf Card Wallet

The card wallet has a nice, clean design. It’s made of leather and hand-stitched with a waxed linen thread.

Flip it open to find two pockets on either side to hold your identification, business and/or credit cards.

The pretty veg tan color can change – with exposure to sunlight and leather conditioning – to a gorgeous golden brown hue.

On the back, you’ll find the Inkleaf logo stamp.

Inkleaf Leather Veg Tan Card Wallet

Lovely!

It’s been over a year since I’ve received my leather card wallet from Inkleaf and I use it daily.

It fits well in smaller handbags, as it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

To enter this giveaway, you must:
• Be a MerelyMarie Reader (18 yrs. or older)
• Follow Inkleaf on Instagram
• Comment on this post (include your Instagram name)

This giveaway is open to U.S. and International MM Readers now closed. It will close on July 23, 2014. The winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim the giveaway prize or another winner will be randomly selected.

Thank you for entering!

3 Kitchen Ideas using Empty Talenti Containers.

Talenti Gelato Review

If you’re following MM on Instagram, then you probably already know about my current food addiction.

Talenti!

In case you’re not on Instagram – or haven’t yet heard the word – Talenti is an awesome brand of gelato, sold at the grocery store.

I’ve purchased several flavors over the last month or so from Target and, they were all good!

Real quick. My top 5 Talenti gelato flavors…

  1. Sea Salt Caramel
  2. Banana Chocolate Swirl
  3. Southern Butter Pecan
  4. Caramel Cookie Crunch
  5. Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip

If you tried Talenti, what are your top favorites?

I like how few and readable the ingredients are and, I love the little pint containers! Since eating most of this gelato, I’ve come to collect a gang of them.

Instead of throwing the empty containers away, I’m reusing them in my kitchen as follows:

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