Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekend Wear: All in a Weekend's Work

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Jacket: Sanctuary Clothing c/o Piperlime | Sweater: H&M | Shorts: Urban Outfitters | Tights: Loft | Boots: Topshop | 
Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff | Scarf: SuperDry | Sunglasses: Loft 

No rest for the weary they say. Wednesdays through Sundays are pretty busy for me. With work, school, workouts, and homework there's little room for rest. This weekend was spent shooting around the neighborhood for class, eating large amounts of guacamole while watching the Superbowl and most importantly AWWWing over the puppies and kitties in the Puppy and Kitty Bowl.

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Outfit Post: Suede Persuasion

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Coat: H&M (old) | Sweater: Urban Outfitters | Dress: Theysken Theory (sample sale) | 
Shoes: Topshop | Bag: Topshop

I've wanted brown over the knee boots for sometime now. I decided to take the plunge when I found these suede over the knee boots on sale at Topshop. Now is the time to buy your winter must haves as stores putting all their winter goods on sale and you'll still get a good use out of them.

Check out some of my other brown suede over the knee picks:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekend Wear: Love Saturdays and Sundays

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Jacket: American Eagle | Sweater: Urban Outfitters | Jeans: Madewell | Boots: Zara | Bag: Topshop
Sunglasses: c/o Hugssy

Who doesn't love the weekends? (okay maybe those who have to work on them don't). It's the start of the new semester which means the weekend is used to reboot and get homework done. This weekend we had a few friends over for a little get after Holiday Holiday party. Any reason to gather with friends to eat, drink, and laugh is a good one for me.

How was your weekend?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Foodie Friday: Hot Chocolate Cookies

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There's nothing like being snowed in with your spouse, cat and Netflix...unless you start having a craving for something and have already braved the weather once already. During our storm on Saturday I had a strong craving for something chocolatey and s'more like but had already went out to the store and didn't feel like braving the elements again. Thankfully in our kitchen we always have baking ingredients...but no chocolate...expect for hot chocolate! So I did so digging around on Pinterest to see if a Hot Chocolate cookie even was a thing, and behold it is! So I found a recipe as my base idea (here).  Generally it's like a sugar cookie BUT with Hot Chocolate. Perfect for indoor snow days.

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Hot Chocolate Cookies

1 and 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
4 packages (or 3/4 cups) hot cocoa mix (I used 4 packs of Swiss Miss hot coco) 
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips (optional) 
1 cup Mini Marshmallows (or you can use the mini marshmallows from your hot coco mix) 

Step 1. Mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar into a bowl until light and fluffy. Then mix in eggs and vanilla.
Step 2. Slowly mix in your flour in your mixture. 
Step 3. Mix in hot coco powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder into the batter. This batter is like a sugar cookie batter so it's pretty crumbly so you might want to use your hands to mix everything together. If doing chocolate chips, mix them into your batter. 
Step 4.  Refrigerate for about an hour. 
Step 5. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Step 6. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of batter and roll into a ball. Place onto cookie sheet and use your thumb to create a thumbprint in the dough. You should be able to fit 2 to 3 mini marshmellows in this space.
Step 7. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until lightly gold brown on the bottom (marshmallows should also have a nice golden toasted color) 
Step 8. Enjoy! 

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These cookies were the perfect little snack while we binge watching Making a Murder. And definitely fulfilled my craving for something s'more like. If you are looking for something super chocolatey I would suggest to use chocolate chips and a richer hot chocolate mix (maybe something like Godiva or Ghiradelli hot chocolate mix). The best part about this recipe is that it's stuff that you most likely have in your pantry already. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Weekend Wear: Velvet Snow

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This weekend we had quite the snowstorm here on the east coast. It was the first snowstorm of the season, and in NYC we accumulated the amount of snow we would get through out winter in this one storm. Of course, my husband and I had planned a party this weekend which we thankfully decided to postpone till this coming weekend. We were skeptical about the amounts they were saying we would get but I'm happy that we decided to go ahead and postpone it.

The day after a snowstorm I always feel like a kid. I want to go sledding and build a snowman. It's one of those times where I wish I had a kid or lived closer to my nephew. Nothing sounds better to me then going sledding and then going to Farmacy for some hot coco and ice-cream (icecream to me is an all year round thing). So we bundled up and headed out for a bit. Walked around the hood and picked up a few things from the store...boring grown up stuff if I do say so myself.

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Coat: William Rast c/o Lord and Taylors | Sweater: Zara | Leggings: Aritiza | Boots: c/o Cougar Boots
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Hat: Joe Fresh | Sunglasses: c/o Boohoo | Scarf: c/o DSW

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Outfit Post: Black Jean Queen

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I've been looking for the perfect pair of high waisted black jeans for a while now. After tearing the zipper off of one pair of jeans and ripping a hole in another (my quads don't lie) I decided it was time to take the plunge in quality pair of jeans....and bought a pair of high waist black jeans from Madewell. I'm glad that I did, I love Madewell jeans and these in particular. Not only do I feel like they are made for me, but I can easily wear them with everything.

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Sweater: Forever21 (old) | Shirt: Urban Outfitters | Jeans: Madewell | Boots: Zara | Sunglasses: Feather's Boutique |
Hat: Forever21 (old)

Do you have any pairs of jeans that are your favorite?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Weekend Wear: Athleisure

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Jacket: c/o Piperlime from Sanctuary Clothing | Hoodie: Athelta | Leggings: c/o Aerie
Sneakers: c/o Piperlime from Steve Madden | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sunglasses: H&M

To be honest....most weekends I'm a total bum. Only to go outside to run some errands or even take a small walk in the hood to at least say "I went outside." This even more true as the days get colder. Thanks to the athleisure trend for allowing me to look like a fashionable lazy bum.

How do you pull off the athleisure look?