Hello London

Big Ben
Last November I visited Europe for the first time. Loved it! The first stop on my European trip was to London. So in honor of #TBT my outfit of the day is a little tribute to London. I got this great Union Jack scarf while in London.  I paired it with a oatmeal sweater from The Limited. It is a great accessory that added a pop of color. To top off my outfit I added a navy Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, a Pandora charm bracelet (w/ travel Pandora charms), and my navy Michael Kors watch. 
Here are some pics of my trip. Hope you enjoy.
Tower Bridge aka London Bridge 

One of London’s famous red phone booths

Tower of London. The Crown Jewels

Of course all fashion bloggers have to visit Harrod’s #Loved
Buckingham Palace 
Big Blue Cock in Trafalgar Square

What are some of your favorite European countries you have visited? Stay turned next Thursday for #TBT to see the next stop on my European trip.

All Pumpkin Everything

October and November are two of my favorite months. Not only because it is fall and you can see all the pretty colors, but because it is all pumpkin everything. Did you know that a pumpkin is a squash and that it has great nutritional value that can help reduce the risk of some chronic diseases? Pumpkins are  rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in our bodies. The NIH indicates that beta-caroteine may reduce certain types of cancers and protects against many chronic disease. Check out their info on beta-cartene here http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/999.html.

Pumpkin Nutrition Facts
(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)

Calories 49
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg

Source: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/pumpkins/nutrition.cfm

Not only is pumpkin a very nutrient dense food the seed inside are also good for you. Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, containing 9.3 g of protein per 1 oz serving size. Pumpkin seeds contain 108 international units (IU) vitamin A, 0.5 mg vitamin C, 0.493 milligrams (mg) niacin and 16 micrograms (mcg) folate per 1 oz serving size. Pumpkin seeds are rich in minerals containing 12 mg calcium, 4.23 iron, 0.854 mg magnesium, 332 mg phosphorus, 228 mg potassium, 5 mg sodium, 2.11 mg zinc, 0.392 mg copper and 151 mg manganese per 1 oz serving size.

So eat up buttercup! Here is a great pumpkin dip recipe:

Pumpkin Dip
2 pkgs of 8oz. lite or fat free cream cheese
1 15oz. of pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 table spoon of cinnamon
1 table spoon of ginger
1 table spoon of nutmeg 

Beat soften cream cheese and pumpkin in large mixing bowl until smooth. Add in Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and sugar. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with fresh fruit or graham crackers.

Leopard & Eggplant

Lately I have been obsessed with all things purple. It is like my new favorite color. I accented this eggplant sweater, found at www.thelimited.com, with a leopard infinity scarf. This little detail really added a touch of flair to the outfit. This one is no longer available but you can find a really cute one that is 40% from express by clicking the link http://www.express.com/clothing/leopard+infinity+scarf/pro/1032483/cat740011. I also paired my favorite Marc by Marc Jacobs tote bag. Totes are great for your work day when you are carrying all your daily essentials. Check out the great totes Marc Jacobs has to offer http://www.marcjacobs.com/women/marc-by-marc-jacobs/bags-wallets/#prefn1=product-type&prefv1=30-tote.

Absolutely Alli

This is my first post and I am so excited about starting this journey….I have always loved following fashion and beauty bloggers to get great style tips to change up and enhance my wardrobe, or  following fitness and food vloggers to learn great ideas to stay healthy and active. So one day I thought to myself “Hey! I’m stylish, I love makeup, I like taking pictures of myself and I have done a couple of half marathons……why don’t you tell your story.” So ladies and gents this is how Absolutely Alli was concocted (yes I know that is in terms of food). I am very enthusiastic about this journey so stay tuned for more post about fashion, food, fun and a whole lot more.