Friday, October 9, 2015

Foodie Friday: Chewy Apple Oatmeal Pie Cookies

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There is nothing more delectable in the fall then apple pie, hot lattes, and pumpkin spice everything. The new Laura Geller Delectable eyeshadow palette totally inspired me to get into the kitchen and start baking again. Her new nude eyeshadow palette is the perfect shades to create bronze smokey eyes or a barely there look. These colors are so pretty that you can almost eat them. The shades of nudes reminded me of fall baked goods like apple pies and pumpkin whoopie pies...but I wanted to try something new. So I tried out a Apple Oatmeal Pie Cookie recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking...which I adapted into my own recipe.

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1 cup instant oats 
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tbsp milk (I used 2%)
1/2 light brown sugar
1 cup finely diced rep apple (or green apple...I used a grannysmith for tart taste)

1. Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl
2. In a separate bowl whisk together butter, egg and vanilla. Then add in the light brown sugar and milk. Whisk together.
3. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. 
4. Fold in the apples
5. Chill for 30 minutes
6. Pre-heat oven at 325 degrees
7. Drop cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto a cookie sheet (use parchment paper or oil spray) and slightly flatten. 
8. Bake at 325 degrees for 13-15 minutes. 
9. Cool on pan for 10 minutes until transferring on wire rack
10. Enjoy with a latte or spiked apple cider. 

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These came out nice and chewy but for me they need a little something extra...just an extra bit of sweetness. I added some cinnamon sugar on top (1 tbsp of cinnamon and 1 tbsp of sugar mixed together). I'm a huge cinnamon fan so next time I do make these I will add extra cinnamon to the batter but the cinnamon sugar adds the sweetness that I felt like these cookies were missing. My husband and I enjoyed these Saturday night while watching movies and drinking some homemade hot spiked apple cider. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Weekend Wear: Cozy Sundays

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There are two pieces I will be living in this fall/winter...My Ted & Muffy boots (seen here) and these vegan leather leggings from Aritzia. I've been wanting a pair of "leather" leggings for ever now. Last weekend I saw a girl on the train rocking a pair with a sweater and that was the moment I knew I couldn't wait any longer. During my lunch break I took a trip to Aritzia and found these amazing pair of vegan leather leggings. They fit like a dream and the price point was perfect. I love pairing these up with a chunky sweater or cardigan and a pair of flats or sneakers. I also can't wait to dress them up with a pair of heels.

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Cardigan: Forever21 | Shirt: Madewell | Leggings: Aritzia | Shoes: Steve Madden via Burlington Coat
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

What are some of your fall favorites this season?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Inspirational Monday: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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What is more inspiring then strong, courageous women (and men) who are cancer survivors? My Aunt is one of these beautiful women who battled breast cancer...but sadly lost her battle 7 years ago.  My Aunt was in remission for 10 years until she found out that the cancer was back...and spread to her bones. She was the strongest and most courageous women I knew. She was not only a breast cancer survivor but was a mother, a sister, an aunt, a New York City Marathon finisher and was VP of HR at corporate for a major bank. She was a boss lady! She taught me everything that I know about being a women in the corporate world. I feel so blessed to have been able to not only be her niece but to have worked with her and learn from her. Still to this day she's my hero. Much like all cancer survivors are heroes. I hold a special place in my heart for Breast Cancer Awareness month...that's why I'm so honored to partner with Glamuet in support of their Pink October campaign. This month Glamuet will donate 50% of their sales to charities that supports Breast Cancer Research. 

Join the fight with Glamuet today! #GlamuletPinkOctober 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Weekend Wear: Fairytale Boot

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Shirt: Zara | Jeans: LF Store | Shoes: c/oTed & Muffy | Sunglasses: H&M | Bag: c/oAuster

In the city we get a good couple of weeks of Fall weather before we hit our winter weather. So I take advantage of the low 70s to wear more Fall like clothing...even in these temperatures you can feel the crisp air. I couldn't wait to wear these two pieces any longer. I'm so in love with these Ted & Muffy boots. From the color to the feel. Ted & Muffy are a UK based brand that is not only about making fashionable shoes but are also about making them fit perfectly for you. And you imagine getting a boot that is your actual calf size? Now you can! You can also get them in the width of your foot. Seriously, these shoes are a fairytale fit. Wore them all day on Saturday from walking around trying different beers at Brooklyn Pour to going out to dinner with husband for my birthday. I'll apologize ahead of time since these will probably be shot to death.

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What pieces can't you wait to wear this fall?

Monday, September 28, 2015

30 Before 30

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I celebrated my 29th Birthday on Saturday...which honestly I can't believe. I remember when I was a kid I thought by 30 I would have my life so figured out and when I was 29 I would have a baby. Yes even as a kid I thought 29 was a good age to have a baby, which I think it is if you are in the right place in your life to do so. Anyway, throughout my 20s I learned a lot about myself and the world that surrounds me. There are a few things that I would like to do before I hit 30 and thanks to Steffy's Pros and Cons and Wish Wish Wish for the idea of creating this list!

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What's on your list?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Outfit Post: Band Tee & Boyfriend Jeans

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Shirt: Alabama Shakes concert | Jeans: Madewell via Nordstorm Rack | 
Shoes: Steve Madden via Nordstorm Rack (similar style here) | Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff | Sunglasses: Feather's Boutique

Back in High School I basically lived in band shirts...and anything Roxy. Every concert I went to I collected at least one shirt, which is a lot of shirts as I went to a TON of concerts in high school. Sadly, most of these band shirts are packed away at my parents I don't go to as many concerts as I use to so the number of band shirts I have now are limited. But of course I had to pick up a shirt from the Alabama Shakes concert! My favorite style to wear a band shirt is very casual, with either a pair of boyfriend jeans or cutoff shorts. This is what I wore Sunday to run around doing errands and homework in.

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How do you wear band tees?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Weekend Wear: Sound & Color

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Shirt: Forever21 | Shorts: Urban Outfitters | Boots: Olukai (check them out here) | Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Feathers Boutique | Scarf: Topshop

This weekend the husband and I had a little date night in Forest Hill, Queens to see the Alabama Shakes in concert. I have been wanting to see them forever now, especially after the husband got to see them at JazzFest in NOLA for his bach party. So Saturday night we took a trip out to Queens to see them at the Forest Hill Stadium, which is an outdoor stadium hence the scarf. It always amazes me when a band or singer can sound just like their recordings live. Brittany Howard, lead singer of Alabama Shakes, has probably the best voice of our time right now. I mean holy smokes this chick can sing. I love the bluesy tones that are also reminisce of the late 1960s early 70s rock music. Alabama Shakes has been on repeat since their Sound & Color cd was released. It's just a cd that is easy to come back to listen to. If you haven't given them a listen I highly recommend you do.

Anyway...This is what I wore to the concert. I picked up these amazing leather boots at the Flux Magazine General Store Closing Party Thursday night. These boots are 100% leather and from my favorite place in all the world, Hawaii. The best part was that these bad boys were 60% off! You know me, I love a good deal. They super comfortable and now will be my go to boot.

How was your weekend?