Hello, September! The onset of this month means two things in my household: NYC Fashion Week, and the official start to Football Season. Coincidence or not, I am here to share with you, ways in which you can combine both Fashion and Football, to make your Sunday “Fun Day” one for the books!
Here are a few stylish pieces I have put together for a perfect day of football without going “over the top” or feeling too uncomfortable, because as any true football fan knows, when watching a game, your focus should be on the ball with little to no distractions elsewhere!
Below (in order from head to toe), are affordable pieces that I am looking forward to mixing and matching for my football spectating, whether that entails watching the game from the confinements of my couch, or out and about!
I found this Beanie Knit Pom-Pom Hat for around $10. It was one of the cheapest Pom-Pom Hats that I could find and of good quality (you can search for other team hats, if you’re not fond of Seattle)
I wish the team of choice in our house sported these colors, because I am obsessed with the neon green and navy blue worn by the Seahawks, but unfortunately, Kelly Green and White will have to do (sigh…)
However, if you prefer the traditional “Baseball Cap” that just about any female can pull off with a comfortable ponytail, or a fun braid (see my last post on “Embrace Messy Hair” for some hair inspiration)…I found that this hat that caught my attention immediately, with its weathered look, verses the bold-colored stiffness of the average cap. This “New Era New York Jets Adjustable Cap” is on sale for 13.99 at Jetsshop.com (keep in mind, the majority of the sportswear you will see here is Jets merchandise-I’m not saying you should all immediately become Jets fans, but this is just to give you an idea of some of the cute, comfy, yet fashionably athletic wear that I have been inspired to purchase for my NFL nights)
As for the rest of my gear, they are also from the same site I found the baseball cap (Jetsshop.com). They have everything from Cowboy Boots to scarves, so of course I have no choice but to share these finds for you sports enthusiasts!
Last, but not least…what’s a football game without your own personalized Jersey??? I found this great piece that you can customize with your own colors and name for $30 through the Etsy website “GirlieGirlCoutoure”. What I love most about Women’s Customized Jerseys, as opposed to the traditional Men’s Jersey, is that they are form fitting, and don’t drape or hang over your body. It’s a great feeling to dress in loose-fitting, breathable clothing (especially for those chilly nights, cuddled up on the couch with your drink and wings!), but it adds a more feminine and clean look to the athletic appeal.
Now that the attire is covered, what’s a game without great food and drinks? Below are a few fall-inspired cocktails and snacks with a healthier spin, that way you can enjoy game day, guilt free (or eat your sorrows away, like us pessimistic Jets fans)!
Hot Mojito Tea Recipe (87 calories per serving):
1. Rinse a small teapot with hot water, then drain. Add mint leaves, brown sugar, tea bag, and 1 cup boiling water; cover and let stand for 2 minutes, jiggling tea bag several times. Lift tea bag out and add rum and lime juice.
2. Pour Mojito tea through a fine strainer into warmed heatproof martini or wineglasses (at least 1-cup size) *You can find this recipe and more from myrecipes.com
Cranberry-Zinfandel Punch (90 calories per serving):
- 1 bottle cranberry-juice cocktail
- 1 bottle red Zinfandel wine
- 0.33 c. bottled sweetened lime juice
- 1 bottle Seltzer
- Chilled lime slices for garnish
- In large pitcher or punch bowl (about 5 quarts), mix cranberry-juice cocktail, Zinfandel, and lime juice.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, stir in seltzer; garnish with lime slices. *You can find this recipe and more from Good Housekeeping
Light and Lovely Red Sangria (70 Calories per serving):
- One 750ml bottle of light red wine
- 3 cups of light orange juice, such as Tropicana 50/50
- 2 Oz unflavored Vodka 1 Oz of agave nectar Sprig of mint (optional)
- 1-1 ½ cups of fresh fruit such as apples, oranges, strawberries and blackberries
Pour vodka and sweetener into a pitcher and stir. Add fruit and let it sit for a few minutes while you measure out the juice. Add juice and bottle of low alcohol red wine. Stir. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour. Serve over ice. Be sure to get some fruit in the glass! Garnish with a slice of fruit and/or a sprig of mint. *You can find this recipe and more from thedailymeal.com
Don’t forget the snacks-
Healthy Guacamole Dip:
- 3 avocados, halved
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/3 cup red onion, minced
- 1 small clove garlic, mashed
- 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
- kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste
Place the pulp from the avocados in a medium bowl and slightly mash with a fork or a potato masher leaving some large chunks. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, red onion, garlic and mix thoroughly.
If you are serving this at a later time, a great tip to keep the guacamole from turning brown is to cover tightly with plastic wrap so no air gets on it.
Makes 2 cups
Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip (A favorite in my house, and with only 107 calories per serving, what’s not to like?!):
- 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup fat free sour cream
- 1/2 cup Franks hot sauce (or whatever hot sauce you like)
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 2 cups (14 oz raw) cooked shredded chicken
Mix the first 5 ingredients together until smooth. Add the chicken and put this in the crock pot on low for 3-4 hours. Serve warm.
To do this on the stove, simmer on low heat 30 minutes, folding the chicken into the other ingredients
*This recipe also from skinnytaste.com
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup reserved black bean liquid
1/4 medium red onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
I hope this post was able to put you in the spirit for the long-awaited football season, and for those of you that find no interest in the sport, hopefully you’ve found some inspiration game day wear, while the rest of your family and friends watch devotionally for their team to win! Don’t forget to give some of these drinks and snacks a try-they’re delicious enough to make any spectator hungry for more (whether it be for the game or food)!
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