Friday, April 18, 2014

Foodie Friday: Homemade Apple Pop-tarts

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My favorite things to make are morning pastries...as well as eating them. There is just something about having a good morning muffin or pastry with a cup of coffee. This past Sunday I decided to try my hand in making some homemade Apple Pop-tarts for breakfast. These were a complete success compared to my total fail of a dinner the Sunday before last.

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Ingredients:

Apple Pop-tarts
- Pie Crust (used Pillsbury Dough Pie Crust)
- 2 Granny Smith Apples
- 1 teaspoon of Apple Pie Seasoning
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 tablespoons of flour
- dash of salt (i used a little less then 1/4 teaspoon of salt)

Cinnamon Glaze (*optional*)
- 1 cup of confectioner sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar (I went a little heavy on the cinnamon)
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2-3 tablespoons of water

Apple Pop-tarts:
Step 1. Pre-heat Oven at 425 degrees
Step 2. Peel Granny Smith Apples and finely chop them.
Step 3. Mix your Apple Pie Seasoning, Sugar, Salt and Flour into a bowl. 
Step 4. Then mix in your chopped apples. Make sure your apples are evenly coated. 
Step 5. Roll out your pie crust on to cookie sheet. Since the Pillsbury Dough Pie Crust come with 2 crust I layered both of them on top of each other, then using a pizza pie crust cutter cut into 6 pieces. Now you have a bottom and a top for your pop-tarts.
Step 6. Spread your apples onto your pop-tarts
Step 7. Close your poptarts by taking to top pie crust cutout and crimping the sides.
Step 8. Cut slits into your pop-tarts
Step 9. Place into oven for 10 to 15 minutes...or until the crust are golden brown. 

Cinnamon Glaze (*optional*)::
Step 1. Combine confectioner sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract with two tablespoons of water. If you want a thicker glaze add in an extra tablespoon of water.
Step 2. Mix until blended together.
Step 3. Spoon and drizzle onto pop-tarts 
Step 4. Enjoy!

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Next time I make these I will cut the apples more finely, I found mine to still be to thick for the pie crust. But none-the-less they still came out delicious. These are up there with my Nutella Croissants.

Would you give these a try?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Anne Bowen Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

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On a beautiful spring evening I strolled by Central Park making my way over to the Essex House to view Anne Bowen's Fall 2015 Bridal Collection. This is only the second Bridal Collection I have covered on the blog and it seriously couldn't be more fitting seeing it now through a bride-to-be's eyes. Sure I can see it as a fashionista, but it's interesting to take it all in as a woman who is getting married. I love drama on a dress whether it's bead working or the train. It's what being a bride to me is all about. It's about that amazing WOW factor and Anne Bowen's collection was not short of that.

Anne Bowen's collection has a bit of something for all types of brides, from the classic bride to the sexy bride to the non-traditional bride.I love seeing short dresses within a collection since there are so many different types of brides now and days. This gives woman options then having your usual wedding gown. Also these dresses are not only made perfect for the non-traditional bride but great for a reception dress (if it's in your budget) or a rehearsal dinner dress. Just a nice little added option to have.

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all pictures taken by me. see more here.

My two favorite dresses in Bowen's collection was the mermaid style dress with the bountiful tulle bottom and the a-line off the shoulder beaded dress. I found it pretty funny that I loved the mermaid style dress, as I am not the mermaid style type of gal, but there was something about the tulle that i couldn't get over. It wasn't just the typical mermaid bottom that I have seen done over and over again, it's done in more of a dreamlike fashion. The a-line off the shoulder dress to me was the perfect princess dress. It's one that can be worn in a traditional and non-traditional sense.

To be honest looking at these dresses made me really excited about seeing my dress again (only 15 more days till my 1st fitting! I haven't seen it since I bought it in August). I can't wait to share with you all the dress I decided on, along with the fun and short journey it took finding it!

What do you think of Anne Bowen's Fall 2015 Bridal Collection? Can you see yourself saying Yes to any of these dresses?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Wear: #NotCoachella

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Jacket: American Eagle | Shirt: Emma & Sam from LF Store | Pants: Old Navy | Boots: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: BCBGeneration | Hat: NYC Street Vendor ($5!!!) | Sunglasses: Aldo

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh 

So it seems yet again that everyone on my instagram feed was at Coachella this weekend (way to rub it in guys!). I obviously was not. Instead, I was roaming around New York with my fiance checking off things on our wedding checklist, all the while looking like I should be at a music festival. I have a feeling this look will be my summer uniform.

How was your weekend?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Foodie Friday: Local Favorite Smith Canteen

Today we mixing up the Foodie Friday post to bring you one of my local favorites, Smith Canteen. If you follow me on instagram (@fashionistanygirl) then you already know I'm a big coffee drinker. Preferably lattes. I have become such a coffee snob and prefer my local shops (minus my Starbucks across the street from my office). Smith Canteen is a small little coffee shop tucked away on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. It's at a prime location, it's down the block from the train station and right across the street from a public school. Weekday mornings it's full of families and the not so wide eyed workers getting their coffees before heading into their offices. Weekends are not much different, families and those fueling up for their weekend adventure. The employees are what you'd want in a local Brooklyn coffee shop, friendly hipsters that know their frequent costumers.Their coffee selection is small but don't be fooled by it. We are talking super smooth, rich coffees. Their pastries are all homemade and delicious. They have the usual suspects like croissants and then little surprises like homemade ginger peach poptarts. My usual order is a latte and a lemon poppy seed muffin.


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Smith Canteen is own by the same folks of Seersuck (just a couple of stores down) and new to the neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant Nightingale 9. Still have yet to make it to either of these but are def. on our list of places to hit up. 

Do you have a favorite local coffee shop?


PS let me know if you like the idea of mixing in local favorite places for Foodie Friday as well as recipes. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Steal the Look for Less: The Boyfriend Jean

The Look for Less: The Boyfriend Jeans

The hunt for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans was a tough and long one for me. I tried on relentless amounts of boyfriend jeans from Urban Outfitters to the Gap. Either they made me look wider and boxy or they had a gap in the back (which is always a problem for me with jeans). Finally there it was perfect pair of boyfriend jeans in no other then LOFT. They were fitted in the thighs and enough slouch at the bottom...more importantly no huge gap in the back. I enlisted Kimberlee of I Have A Degree In This and Nnenna of Starcrossed Smiles for helpful feedback via twitter, as we were having a convo about boyfriend jeans earlier that week. With their stamp of approval, I made the purchase.

Why has the boyfriend jean become such a hit? They add a sense of casualness. They can be worn with a basic tee and paired with sneakers for a weekend look. Or can be dressed up a bit with a pair of heels and a blazer. I love playing up the tomboy look by adding a boyfriend style blazer with a fitted top and heeled boots. This is the perfect cross between feminine and tomboy.

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Blazer: c/o Wallis | Shirt: Old Navy | Jeans: LOFT | Shoes: Shoemint | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Necklaces: c/o Bombom Jewelry and Satya | Sunglasses: no names

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when shopping for the boyfriend jeans. If you have wider or athletic thighs go for a jean that is a bit tighter on top but have a loose bottom. Even though the Gap jeans gave me a problem in the back they do fit great for a gal who has athletic legs. Remember boyfriend jeans are to look relaxed, I know they take some getting use to looking at since we are all use our favorite skninny jeans. Always remember to turn around and look at your back side. Look for how they fit across your back as well as the way your butt looks. Some of these relaxed fit jeans can make your butt look saggy and no one wants a saggy butt. Don't give up hope if you can't find "the one!"

Have you or will you give the boyfriend jean a try?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Inspirational Monday: Pastel Dream

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Pastels are by far my favorite spring/summer color. Every time I see pastels hit the racks I know that the Spring weather will shortly be here. This season is all about the blushes, baby blues, and pastel purples. I'm completely happy that mint has been sticking around for awhile as it is one of my favorite colors, as well as one of my colors in our wedding (it's actually the color of my bridesmaid dresses). The weather has been "warming up" here in NYC so breaking out the light pants and pastel colors for me is a must.

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Jacket: American Eagle | Shirt: LOFT | Pants: Kohls | Shoes: Zara (sale) | Sunglasses: Aldo | Bag: Zara

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

How do you incorporate pastels?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Shower

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Kimono: Forever21 | Dress: Alice + Olivia (sample sale) | Shoes: Shoemint

pictures taken by my best friend/maid of honor Ariel Trocino 

I am so truly thankful for the friends and family that I have. Saturday afternoon my Maid of Honor and Mother (along with the help of my bridesmaids) threw me an amazing Bridal Shower at my aunt's lovely house in Scarsdale. As the rain poured outside that afternoon, so did the laughter and mimosas inside. I don't think I have laughed that hard in a really long time. That whole party just seemed to have flown by, it's always so weird to me how you look forward to something for so long and then in a snap its done.

Only 65 more days till the "I Do's!" As we get closer to the wedding date I'll update on some of the events and processes.

PS how cute are the "photo booth props?" My cousin, Jessica, who is also a fashion blogger and an amazing graphic designer made them (check her out here).