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Monday, December 29, 2014

A Touch of Faux Fur

 
BB Dakota Faux Fur Jacket via Vintage Charm, BP Top via Nordstrom, Old Navy Jeans, Sam Edelman Booties, Vintage Charm Necklace

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you were all able to spend time with your family and friends over the holidays like I was able to. I received this jacket for my birthday and I absolutely love it! 



Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Black and White

Ella Moss Top via Vintage Charm, JOA Skirt via Vintage Charm, Necklace via Vintage Charm, Bracelets via Vintage Charm

I thought I would share a last minute look today for all of you scrambling for a holiday outfit (or even New Years Eve?!). This entire look is from Vintage Charm! For all you last minute shoppers, they are open today through Christmas Eve (with shortened hours) and they still have a ton of amazing gifts as well as the perfect outfit for your holiday gathering. Stop in and check them out! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Crop Top

Everly Top via Vintage Charm, J.Crew Factory Skirt, J.Crew Factory Necklace, BP Booties

I love the versatility of this black crop top. It was the perfect item to pair with this tartan plaid skirt. I adore plaid during the holidays, as if you couldn't tell, and this skirt is such a classic piece to own. 




Monday, December 15, 2014

Plaid and Stripes

Old Navy Pixie Pants (In-Store), Old Navy Turtleneck, Vintage Charm Necklace, Old Navy Booties (Old)

Here is a simple, casual look that would work for any of your upcoming holiday events. Check back this week for a dressier option!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cranberry Bliss Bars



There are traditions this time of the year that I must do in order for it to really feel like Christmas time. For some reason a lot of those traditions happen to revolve around food... These Cranberry Bliss Bars are one of those traditions. They are a skinny version of the Starbucks treat and let me tell you, you won't be able to tell they've been altered at all! 
Ingredients
For the bar:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cups dried cranberries, chopped
For the frosting:
  • 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 oz white baking chocolate, melted
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Recipe
  • Preheat over to 350 degrees
  • Spray a 9X13 inch non-stick baking pan with cooking spray
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir to combine
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the sugars with the butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla until light and fluffy
  • Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two batches until the batter is very well blended (If the batter looks "crumbly" instead of smooth, add a drop of water at a time(ONLY if needed) until is smooths out)
  • Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries
  • Press the batter into the prepared baking pan evenly
  • Bake for 10-14 minutes, until edges are light brown and a toothpick comes out clean. (Don't over bake or the bars will become dry)
  • Let bars cool completely 
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended
  • Frost the bars and sprinkle with chopped cranberries 
  • Melt the baking chocolate and drizzle over the bars
  • When the chocolate sets cut the bars into 15 squares (5 cuts by 3 cuts), then cut each square in half diagonally to create triangles 
  • Store in the refrigerator until read to serve!
Nutritional Information: Serving size 1 triangle, 4 Points Plus Value
149 calories, 5 grams fat, 2 grams protein, 24 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 17 grams sugar


Monday, December 8, 2014

Black, White and Sparkly

Hat via Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew Factory Sweater, J.Crew Vest (Similar), Old Navy Leggings, J.Crew Factory Boots

I got this adorable hat for St. Nick's Day this past weekend and I can't stop wearing it! I've never really been a hat person, but this one made me change my tune!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Finds: Holiday Jammies



Happy Friday everyone! Friday Finds is all about Holiday PJ's today. My family celebrates St. Nick's Day (which happens to be tomorrow) and every year on St. Nick's day we receive our Christmas PJ's. So I thought I'd keep in the spirit of St. Nick's day and show you a few of my favorite cozy finds! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies



I made these cookies for Thanksgiving and they were a total hit! They were the perfect size to just pop in your mouth (which was a little dangerous). The cookie base was simple and delicious, I can't wait to try it with different mix-ins! 

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Recipe
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter for 1 minute on medium speed until smooth and creamy
  • Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color
  • Beat in egg and vanilla on high speed
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together until combined
  • On low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until combined (the cookie dough will be thick)
  • Mix in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries (don't over mix)
  • Cover the dough tightly with foil or plastic wrap and chill for a least two hours or up to two days (chilling the dough is mandatory for this recipe)
  • Remove cookie dough and allow to sit at room temperature for 10-30 minutes (until you can scoop it)
  • Using a tablespoon measure, scoop cookie dough and roll into balls 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes
  • Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes 
  • They will look extremely soft when you remove them from the oven
  • If they are too puffy, gently press them down with the back of a spoon


Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Dressing (and I don't mean stuffing!)

Target Dress, Old Navy Turtleneck, Nordstrom BP Booties, Vintage Charm Necklace(in-store)

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The holiday's are officially in full swing! And on that note, over the next few weeks I'm going to share with you some easy holiday outfits for any occasion. 
I wore this outfit in particular on Thanksgiving. I absolutely love layering, especially with turtlenecks, it gives an outfit that extra something. I highly suggest these turtlenecks from Old Navy, since they are so lightweight. 
Happy Monday everyone, and thanks again for being such loyal readers! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Finds:Thanksgiving!


An adorable Pie Pan
A forgiving dress
A fun Banner
Can't forget the turkey!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I thought I'd share a few fun Thanksgiving items with you this week. Can you believe everything here is from Nordstrom? I love all their new home products and gift items! They even put out a few Christmas items already...it's safe to say, I'm ready for it, are you?!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Target + TOMS

Have you guys checked out the Target + TOMS collaboration that launched this week?? Here are a few of my favorite pieces, aren't they fabulous!? The collaboration stays true to TOMS one for one mission, which is amazing as well. Go check out the collection, there is sure to be something for everyone on your gift giving list this year!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Can't get enough plaid...

Madewell Jacket (old), Old Navy Dress (available in store), J.Crew Factory Boots

If you haven't been to Old Navy lately, I highly suggest you get there ASAP! They have some pretty amazing things in, like this dress and this coat. So do yourself a favor and head over to an Old Navy!