Hello, everyone!

You can file this outfit under your choice of:

(1) laundry day

(2) Where is Waldo meets Old McDonald or

(3) dressing for myself and not the weather (my ankles were freezing!)

I threw this on on Sunday, feeling inspired after seeing numerous street style images of girls in black overalls with black and white striped shirts underneath. My version of the look has a red and white striped J. Crew shirt with my Blank NYC overalls and Tahari boots that I found at DSW. I have to say I really like how the high ankle boot and cropped overalls just barely touch. It’s like the high-waisted-skirt/crop top trend but for legs. My scarf is something I borrowed from my Mom and my sunglasses are Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

Once I threw this on I was pretty excited about it. It’s a great casual Sunday look, and I think there is something inherently French about the outfit, what do you guys think?

Have a great day!

Hello, everyone!

I would not consider myself a makeup connoisseur by any means, but occasionally, like any girl, I find myself watching approximately 8,273,642 makeup tutorials on YouTube. These makeup tutorials usually leave me totally shocked at the amount of products that can go into making a face look like, well, a face.  But at the same time they also inspire me to make my face look like that face.

Lisa Eldridge is probably my favorite makeup guru/YouTube aficionado. She is very pale like myself and so I like to think that the products she uses will also look good on me. Above is her “Date Night” makeup tutorial, which is focused on keeping your makeup light (or at least looking light) as you will find yourself sitting across the table from someone for the majority of the evening. I thought the look is relatively doable since most people have some form of a brown eye shadow palette, blush, and tinted lip goop, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought I would share it with you.

So go ahead, pop some popcorn and put on a comfortable pair of sweatpants, because after this one you’ve got about 8,273,641 more to go.

Have a great day!

I Am Beyonce Always
 Hello, everyone!
The constant dreary winter weather has got me day dreaming about color. I can’t wait for spring! In particular I’ve been brainstorming outfits that incorporate  this green sequin pencil skirt from H&M. I first saw it in New York City and I regret not trying it on because now I have major did-not-buy-it regrets.
I’m thinking it would be great in a monotone hi-low mix look, like I have here with this matching green Beyonce sweatshirt and Ray-Ban aviators, with Saint Laurent sandals, and a Vince croc embossed clutch. You can go ahead and click on the image of the outfit to be brought to all the purchasing information you need!
Is it weird I want to wear this outfit and be photographed emerging from a Friendly’s holding multiple ice cream cakes?
Then I could be all on Instagram…
While wearing a sweatshirt that says “cake by the pound”…
With literal cake by the pound…
Anyone?
#flawless

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Hello, everyone!

It’s a little late, but I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes from the holidays with you. The photo above is a white chocolate cheesecake that my Aunt made for Christmas. It was delicious, as all of her desserts are, and so I thought I would dig up a recipe to try in the future. My aunt claimed hers was not “perfected” yet, so I researched a little and found an award-winning recipe here.

Crust Ingredients:

7 whole cinnamon graham crackers, crushed

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling Ingredients: 

4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 eggs, lightly beaten

2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

8 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a greased 10 inch springform pan.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs and yolks; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in white chocolate. Pour over crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until center is just set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.

Top with your fruit of choice (we had raspberries) and some powdered sugar, or a chocolate drizzle, whatever you want!

Enjoy!

 

Hello, everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great holiday season. After eating nothing but chocolates, pastries, candies, and occasionally just pure frosting out of the jar for several days now, I decided I would attempt to break in one of my Christmas gifts, an immersion blender from Kitchen Aid.

As you can see above, I decided to dive right in an make an all veggie green smoothie for a few reasons:

1. They are very popular as a “detox” tool and I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

2. Avocados were on sale.

So I went off book and tried to concoct my own recipe, inspired by guacamole. I added a handful of baby kale, one chopped avocado, a few sprigs of cilantro, some cherry tomatoes, water, lemon juice, and a dash of salt. Then I hit it with the immersion blender… And just so everyone knows, the trick to using an immersion blender is to make sure it is definitely immersed in the ingredients before you turn it on. Otherwise you end up with tomato water all over your counters.

My inability to use the equipment aside, I was actually surprised that the smoothie wound up being pretty good. Although as my source of inspiration might dictate, I would have preferred to have consumed it significantly less blended and with a bag of Tostitos. I am a fan of the whole concept though. Blending a personal sized smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon snack couldn’t have been easier, and the possibilities are endless. I like the fact that each recipe will give you a different flavor instead of simply a different rendition of salad. Salad can be boring. Smoothies aren’t boring. At least not yet.

What do you guys think? Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes? Stay tuned for more as I continue to experiment into the new year!

Have a great day!

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Hello, everyone!

A few days ago I had a business meeting to go to. This is not particularly normal for me yet as I am still new to the work force and found myself panicking over what I was going to wear. I don’t have a lot of business/work clothes because, well, I just don’t like them. To me clothing is about expressing yourself by wearing something unique and/or being comfortable. Work clothes historically do neither of these things for me and so I never buy them.

However, I recently found a cool pinstripe pair of wool Michael Kors trousers that are cinched at the ankles. There was something just a little non-traditional about them, and they are acceptable for the office so I pounced and got them. I paired them with a simple black silk blouse (also by Michael Kors) and a pair of BCBG black pumps for my meeting.

What do you think? What do you like to wear to work? How do you put your personal twist on office attire?

Simple Studs and Delicate Drops

Shiny things.

Hello, everyone! I didn’t intend for this post to be a gift guide for the holidays, but now that I’ve put the graphic together it feels like it could be just that. Because what girl wouldn’t want a new pair of earrings?
So I own a few pairs of Kate Spade over-sized studs (in the top left corner) in various colors and I love them. They are the perfect everyday earring and despite having many more pairs I hardly ever wear anything else. A classic pair of studs is an obvious accessory staple and they would make a great gift. In my dream wardrobe I own the totally drool-worthy Mise En Dior Tribal Pearl Earrings (in the top row) but really any pair in a neutral color is a great option. Side Note: there are plenty of Dior look-a-like options on Etsy for anyone who wants these earrings but doesn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for them.
The second option I’ve shown hear is something that I have slowly been growing more fond of, which is the delicate drop earring. I own the silver Tiffany’s option shown in the bottom right and they have become my go-to earrings for getting dressed up, although there is no reason why I couldn’t wear them during the day either. Swarovski also has some amazing options in this category. I am particularly obsessed with the pair all the way to the left in the collage I’ve put together above.
If you click on the image above it should take you to all the shopping information you need to track down any of the pairs pictured.
What do you guys think? What jewelry do you wear every day?
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