Eco-Friendly Fashion with Aventura and Amazing Game Day Party Appetizers 

It is a typical January night in Rhode Island. It’s 28 degrees and the Patriots are taking on the Chiefs tonight in the NFL Playoffs. For those of you who do not know, the Patriots ( or Tom Brady & Co. ) are a BIG DEAL around here. My principal and assistant principal at the school I am currently teaching kindergarten in encouraged us all to wear Patriot logo gear yesterday. 

Today, I need to be extra warm but also have extra sparkle ( cheering for Tom) so I am opting for this ‘Clara’ dress from Aventura which is easily found here: http://instagram.com/aventuraclothing Aventura uses organic and sustainable fibers to make fashionable clothing with with low environmental impact. All the eco-friendly dresses from Aventura are ultra soft and flattering, made with organic materials and easily snazzed up for festive occasions.  This dress could be very casual if left unadorned and worn with casual boots, however that’s not my style, even for watching football. 

I added a sequin vest and boots, both found at thredup.com, a faux pearl statement necklace from http://dalexandercollections.tictail.com/product/pearl-statement-necklace and bracelets from http://www.alexandani.com/. 

My belt was from a cocktail dress in my closet and I picked up the white blouse at Express over 3 years ago. 







I live by this quote and admire others who share a bit about themselves through their clothing and accessories. I don’t wear sports motto apparel but I will cheer on my favorite team with a special ensemble (sequins and ‘Cheers’ bracelet set) and of course, special treats. 

Caribbean Chicken Wings


You will need:

1/2 cup pineapple juice 

1/2 cup ketchup 

1/4 cup packed brown sugar 

1/4 cup teriyaki marinade and sauce (from 10 oz. bottle ) 

1/4 cup honey 

2 cloves garlic 

2 pounds chicken wing drummettes

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In 1 quart saucepan, heat all ingredients except chicken to boiling, stirring occasionally. Place chicken in pan, pour sauce over chicken. 

3. Bake uncovered about 1 hour, turning chicken 2 or 3 times, until chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone.

4. Spray inside of  3 1/2 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker. Cover; keep warm on Low heat setting. 

Roast Beef Bruschetta 

You will need: 

1 loaf (1 lb) French baguette bread, cut into thirty 1/4-inch slices 

2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil 

1/2 cup chive-and-onion cream cheese spread ( from 8-oz container)

1/2 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef 

1/4 teaspoon coarsley ground pepper 

4 plum (Roma) tomatoes, thinly sliced 

8 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush both sides of bread slices with oil. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 5 minutes or until crisp. Cool 5 minutes. 

2. Spread cream cheese over each each slice. Top with beef; sprinkle with pepper. Top with tomato slice and green onions. 

Italian Nachos 


You will need:

28 slices baguette French bread 

Olive oil cooking spray 

1/2 pound bulk hot Italian sausage 

2/3 cup Alfredo pasta sauce 

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 

1 large tomato 

1 can (2.25 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained 

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 

Chopped fresh parsley 

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line large cookie sheet with foil. On cookie sheet, arrange bread slices with sides touching. Spray tops of bread slices lightly with cooking spray. Bake 6-8 minutes or until light golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, in 10 inch skillet, cook sausage over medium high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces, until no longer pink; drain. Stir in Alfredo sauce and Italian seasoning.

3. Spoon sausage mixture evenly over bread slices. Sprinkle evenly with tomato, olives and cheese. Bake about 6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot. 


Hot Buttered Rum


You will need need:

Hot Buttered Rum Batter

1 cup butter, softened 

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 

1 cup whipping ( heavy) cream 

2 cups powdered sugar 

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

For each serving:

2 tablespoons rum 

1/2 cup boiling water 

Ground nutmeg 

White chocolate curls, if desired 

1. In medium bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in whipping cream and powdered sugar alternately on low speed until smooth. Stir in nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Use immediately or freeze up to 3 months. 

2. For each serving, place rum and 2 tablespoons Hot Buttered Rum Batter in mug. Stir in boiling water. Sprinkle with nutmeg and white chocolate curls.

Hot Spiced Wine


You will need:

1 cup packed brown sugar 

2 1/2 cups orange juice 

1 cup water 

Peel of 2 oranges 

6 whole cloves 

3 whole allspice 

1 four-inch stick cinnamon 

1 bottle dry red wine or nonalcoholic red wine 

Orange slices, if desired 

Additional whole cloves, if desired 

1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, heat all ingredients except wine, orange juice and additional cloves to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 15 minutes.

2. Remove orange juice and spices. Stir in wine. Heat just until hot ( do not boil). Serve hot in mugs or heatproof glasses. Garnish each serving with orange slice studded with additional whole cloves.


Cosmo Slush 


You will need:

6 oz frozen ( thawed ) limeade concentrate 

3 tablespoons powdered sugar 

2 cups citrus flavored vodka or orange juice 

1 cup orange flavored liqueur or orange juice 

4 cups 100% cranberry juice blend 

1. In blender, place limeade concentrate and powdered sugar. Cover; blend on high speed until well mixed.

2. In 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish, stir limeade mixture and cranberry juice until well mixed.

3.Cover; freeze at least 8 hours until slushy. Stir before serving. 


Whether the Patriots win or lose, I will always support my favorite local team and I will always do my best to make game day special. I was thinking of purchasing this set I saw https://www.aliexpress.com/popular/patriots-bracelets.html for the Super Bowl.


Thank you so much for visiting the blog today. As always, I appreciate your time and attention and hope you found this post worthwhile. 

I’d love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on Eco-Friendly Fashion ?  Do you have any kind of Game Day traditions? What types of foods do you find work well when entertaining a crowd of people for a casual event? And lastly, do you prefer sequins or team- logo attire for cheering on your favorite team? 

Yours truly, 

Jennifer 

Xoxo


Ps. One last thought …


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77 thoughts on “Eco-Friendly Fashion with Aventura and Amazing Game Day Party Appetizers 

  1. You are so killing it at the fashion game for this event! I love this style and how you put up different things together! You weren’t scared to do that which really shows and I love it!
    As for the recipes, I am definitely not the best cook but I will definitely try one of these whenever I have the good and right time!
    Keep it up, xx

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  2. Let’s begin with eco-friendly fashion! I think it’s amazing companies are finally beginning to realize how important this is. Not only small, independent brands, but larger retailers such as H&M as well as their impact on the world of consumption is huge. What we as customers need to do is actually BUY the eco-friendly clothing that is out there instead of heading for the cheapest possible option next to it.

    Regarding game nights, that is one thing that yet remains a mystery to me. Despite having lived in the US (and actually getting a HS diploma from there) I never understood the frenzy regarding football. That leaves us with you having to explain it all to me when I come over to have some of your wonderful snacks during a game night. 🙂

    Love,
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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    • I absolutely agree, my dear,always so wise and reflective Tommy, the options are there and we as consumers need to make responsible choices when purchasing.
      Hmmmmm I have no idea about the sports/ football/ game day frenzy as I married into the cult. So when you come over and we share these appetizers we will have to find other things to talk about … we will not find that difficult at all 😉
      Yours truly,
      Jenny
      Xoxo

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  3. I think eco-friendly fashion is such an interesting topic to discuss, whether it is new clothing that has little impact on the environment to vintage clothing that is recycled so as not to end up in landfill. There are so many ways we can minimise our own footprint through fashion! I think more people could be educated on how they can help!

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  4. Love your game day outfit so soorty yet glam. A true fashionista. That Caribbean chicken wing is a must try. Also I love casual outfits and super comfy for game day and I like serving easy to clean up foods. Hehe.

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  5. You look fantastic my dear. I always really enjoy reading your posts. Very informative and thorough 🙂

    I think i may just have to use one or two of your appetiser ideas for dinner tonight! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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  6. This outfit is great. It looks insanely good on you!

    I like the idea of eco-friendly fashion. Over here in the UK you can drop off unwanted or worn-out clothes for recycling. Apparently H&M managed to make an entire collection from recycled clothes!

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  7. My sister Jenny. Here is essay number 2.
    First of all, I had the blessing and honor of seeing this outfit before anyone else. I love this shoot so much! Your dad did an amazing job, and I have to praise him here as well. Now let’s talk about your ever so fab outfit! OMG. YAS, not yes, YAS. Sister, you are dressed to SLAY. I love the sequins on the vest, I love the belt you added, I love the dress, the boots, the hat, I love everything. You are also dressed to attend my concert, lol. All in all, this look is perfect. The way you put these outfits together so quickly is just magical!

    Let’s talk about the food. I want to bring up my pats so badly, but i’ll wait til the end. I bet you didn’t know I’m a HUGE Patriots fan, lol. More on that later. The drinks and the appetizers are to die for. I wouldn’t even need to eat anything else. Just whatever is up there, i’ll eat it cause they look amazing.
    I love how you are giving some early super bowl inspiration. I’m happy people will get to have some great ideas from you sister.

    Lastly, lets talk about our Patriots. I had no idea you are a Pats fan. I LOVE the Patriots, besides my LA Rams, the pats are my team. Tom Brady is everything. I’m so happy that I can now share my love of the pats with someone else, none of my friends here like them, they are all winers fans, lol. Anyways that just made me smile so much tonight, knowing you are a pats fan.

    Thank you my sister for another amazing post. I enjoyed spending some time here tonight getting some inspiration and feeling like i’m in the comfort and coziness of your home, with every word you type.
    I can not wait for the next post. I’ve already seen some upcoming stuff ya’ll, so in your face fellow fans and readers, lol, jk.
    Love you my sister, Jenny.
    Your brother, Dom

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    • Thank you so much, my dear brother, Dom. I am once again speechless but I can’t stop smiling at your kindness and never ending support. It’s so fun to have you to share these ideas and looks with before I am ready to post them and I truly appreciate your feedback and extreme enthusiasm!!! I thought of the football party idea because Jim was so excited our Pats made it to the playoffs. I wrote it when everyone was busy watching ( that’s how I got the peace and quiet ) ! I’m seriously so glad you liked it and your feedback makes me want to get busy on writing my next post.
      Lots of love always,
      Your sister,
      Jenny

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  8. That dress is so beautiful!! Love that it’s organic and sustainable too! I’m such a treehugger so it makes me happy to see more companies going organic. I love the way it fits you perfectly like it was made for YOU! The sequin vest and pearls add just enough glam too. 🙂 What’s a FB game without out finger food? Those wings look UH-MAZIN’ and I could drink that slush all day and night. Go Patriots!!!!

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  9. HOT BUTTERED RUM? I have never heard of this cocktail and haven’t tried one! I should probably make this at home this weekend (or my cheat meal) together with that chicken wings. I love chicken wings. I have been dreaming of chicken wings since you sent me that chicken wing photos. AND how GORGEOUS you look (what’s new!)

    xxxxxx
    http://www.thenewgirl.me

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  10. What a pretty sweater dress! I love the pattern of the dress and it reminds me of winter snowflakes. The sequins vest definitely adds a bit of sparkly and dresses the look up. Wow, those roast beef bruchetta bites look incredible! The drink recipes sound like fun too. I love Tom Brady as well so go Patriots! =) xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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  11. I adore your vest and complete outfit! so beautiful on you!!! I am a vegetarian, and I love all products organic. When I go to a party, I have a hard time eating because most of the time they serve meat. Thanks for sharing amazing content, sweetie! Xx, Gina

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  12. I love the idea of eco friendly fashion and hope to see more brands out there. You look gorgeous in this dress and I love how you glammed it up with sequins, pearls and red hot lips. For game day, we’re lazy and go with pizza but I am eager to try your recipes! Finally, big yes for both sequins and logo gear for cheering on your favorite team – mix em up fabulous girl!

    Love, Liz
    stylewich.com

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  13. I am going to start from FOOD this time. OMG these appetizers and drinks are just out of this world. as long as I get all this served i will be a Patriots fan. Just kidding about Patriots fan … lol Giants all the way. However, i know that Patriots Fans are the best.
    Your style is always something so unique and most amazing. you are wearing everything perfectly and I absolutely love the details .
    Thank you so much
    http://www.erickfashion.com

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  14. Your outfit is so pretty. I love love the sparkles from your vest and your boots as well. The dress is so pretty, and I love how It’s eco-friendly. I enjoy the recipes you shared this week. The bruschetta and Italian nachos look yummy, and are sure a great way to entertain the crowd on game days. Hope you have a great week!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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  15. I absolutely adore that this dress is made with organic cotton. Previously, I never took a moment to even think about who is making or what my clothing is made out of. As I’ve grown, I’ve realized just how important that is. My turning point in that was holding a faux fur jacket and having it break my arm out in an extreme rash and I do not have sensitive skin….and also the many many times I’ve gone to buy an item and noticed a ‘WARNING this may cause cancer and reproductive harm’ label on it somewhere. Still working on being even more aware of that! What a great post and you look stunning!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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  16. I am in love with this dress from Aventura, not only is it beautiful but it is also eco-friendly. You styled it so perfectly with your sequins vest and pearls. You are looking so fabulous Jennifer. And I can’t wait to try your Italian Nachos recipe, it looks so delicious.

    xxx

    Sarah

    http://sarahatiq.com/

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  17. I absolutely love the fashion brands take in consideration our environment. I wish more luxury brands does this more often. Love this outfit combination and how you style it with the parts and sequins.

    xoxo
    Marcy

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