April 28, 2014

Inspirational Monday: Band Tee and Sequins

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Left picture from pinterest 
Outfit details on the right | Hat: Rag & Bone | Bangles: Nasty Gal | Tee: Delias | Shorts: Kohls

I came across the picture on the left on Pinterest this week and new that I had to copy it. I love that way she dressed down a sequin bottom with a graphic tee and a wide brim hat. I've been wanting to try the whole dressing down a sequin skirt for a weekend look, so tried it out this weekend. I thought that I would feel weird about wearing a sequin skirt during the day, but you know what I totally had forgotten that I was even was wearing sequins. The whole whole graphic tee def. helped me forget about it.

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Shirt: Venice Beach Vendor | Skirt: Joe Fresh | Sneakers: American Apparel | Hat: NYC Street Vendor
Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff | Sunglasses: Aldo | Bangles: NYC Street Vendor

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Would you try this look?

April 25, 2014

Foodie Friday: Cake Batter Golden Oreo Cookies

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Sprinkles, Golden Oreos, and cake mix...do I need to say more?? I saw these cookies posted on someone instagram a while back and instantly looked up where this recipe came from. I mean anything with sprinkles and any kind of Oreos I'm all in! I found the recipe over at Deliciously Yum! and instantly pinned it. I FINALLY made these over the weekend for Easter.

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RECIPE FROM Deliciously Yum!
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened1/4 cup shortening3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar1 large egg1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 cup cake mix
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup sprinkles
12 Golden Oreo cookies, broken into pieces
  1. 1. Cream together butter, shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar and egg. Mix in vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. Slowly add in baking soda and salt.
  2. 2. Next, sift together all-purpose flour, cake mix, and cornstarch. Mix dry mixture into wet mixture one cup at a time and continue to stir until flour is completely incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, add sprinkles and cut up oreos.
  3. 3. Using a large cookie scoop (about 3 tablespoons), scoop out dough and place dough balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove baking sheet from the fridge and take off clear wrap. Once the oven has reached the desired temperature, place cookies in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until sides are slightly golden. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes or until cookies are firm enough to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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I ended up doubling the recipe so that I can give a few to my dad for Easter and have some for ourselves. They are delicious! I down two standing in my own kitchen. I had to step away from the plates before I continued to eat more. 

April 23, 2014

How to Wear a Long Asymmetrical Shirt {Part 1} : Layering

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Jacket: Zara | Cropped Sweater: Tibi (sample sale) | Shirt: H&M | Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Zara
Sunglasses: c/o Hugssy.com

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

My eye was immediately drawn to this shirt in H&M while taking a walk around the store back in February between shows during NY Fashion Week. It was love at first sight but wasn't an immediate purchase. I actually didn't buy it the first time and then all I could about was this shirt and different looks for the Spring.

The long flowy asymmetrical shirt is better paired with almost nothing or short cropped layers. The short layers are perfect for this unpredictable Spring weather we've been having lately. You can layer it with a cropped sweater or a motorjacket....or both depending on the temperatures. I re-discovered my favorite Tibi shirt again and decided that it was perfect to pair with this H&M top. Simple pair of slip-ons, black jeans and a motorjacket topped off the whole look.

How would you wear a long asymmetrical shirt?

April 21, 2014

Weekend Wear: Sunday Best

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Sweater: Forever21 | Dress: Theyskens Theory (sample sale) | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Sunglasses: Glow Accessories | Bag: c/o Ann Taylor  (similar style here)

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

This is what I wore to Easter dinner with my family. Before meeting up with them I bought some flowers for my grandma, mother, and of course myself. Nothing says like Spring and Easter like a fresh bunch of bouquets. Flowers always cheer me up and add a little oomph to my apartment.

How was your Holiday weekend?

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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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?

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?

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?
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