Friday, May 31, 2013

RecipeTime - Brownie Cookies

Image via Southern Living
I first made these to gift to family and friends for Easter and have consistently been making them since mostly as thank you gifts! Who doesn't love brownies? And these are perfect for sharing aka ideal to take to those cookouts which you will be going to this summer! Add a scoop of ice cream or frozen Greek yogurt and you have the best of both worlds! (yum!)


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

QOTD - Vivienne Westwood

A refreshing mantra from the lady made ever more famous with THE wedding gown in The Sex and the City film: Vivienne Westwood.

Vivienne Westwood on how to shop via Vogue UK, June 2013

Read more in the Vogue UK June 2013 issue.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

StyleInspiration - CANNES "WORKS" THE MIDI

If you have been paying attention to the Cannes 2013 red carpet style you may have noticed the Midi Skirt is here and proud! Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Nicole Kidman in Dior Haute Couture, Naomi Watts in Dolce & Gabbana, newcomer Sonam Kapoor in Elie Saab, and the list goes on but I think we get the picture. On the red carpet the Midi silhouette has allowed these ladies to showcase amazing shoes that typically would be hidden beneath floor length gowns. Celebs have also worn midi looks at many other events (loved Solange Knowles in J.Crew at Coachella!) and they were all over A/W 2013 runway shows. However, my favorite place to wear midis is to work!

Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts & Nicole Kidman work Midis
at Cannes 2013 film festival (L to R images via Zimbio.com)
As a walking to work commuter you might encounter certain climate issues that affect your sartorial choices. Spring is windy and rainy, which causes potentially flashing innocent bystanders, and the summer is simply too hot for any fabric to be close to your body. (Or you might also be hyper-sensitive as to not offend coworkers with anything too short).

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ShoppingTips - COZY CROCHET


The thought of crochet might take you back to images of your Nana diligently stitching together patterns with these funny looking sticks, or, in my case, it causes flashbacks to your home EC classes where you forced to master the technique. Needless to say, typically speaking, crochet does not elicit images of high fashion. Yet this delicate and breathable fabric is the perfect antidote to hot summer days when running around clothe-less is not an option. Whether you have a date, dinner with the girls, a beach soiree or an afternoon outdoor lunch, one of these dresses is perfect for you!



& Black Crochet Village Midi Dress (Clockwise: all images via ASOS)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

RecipeTime - Overnight Coffee Cake

image via MyRecipes.com
Super easy recipe! You can mix this all tonight and put in the fridge. Then, when you wake up tomorrow, pop it in the oven make some coffee or snooze some more before the delish smells warm up your home and slowly make it into your belly. Perfect for Mother's Day, Birthdays or just spoiling the special peeps in your life! 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups
     all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted 
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • large eggs 
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Monday, May 6, 2013

ShoppingTips - 5 Fashionable Mother's Day Gifts under $100

For many Mother's Day is a bit of a stressful occasion given you want to show the love to the Moms in your life but do not particularly have the funds to spoil them as you wish too. My first and most frequently used thank you gift is that of baking. I believe baking cookies, cakes or whatever your choice of dessert may be sums up all the ingredients of a complete show of gratitude: time, consideration, love & appreciation. Yet, for those looking for something a little more tangible I found five amazing items you can gift your best friend, sister, aunt, mother & anyone else whom have played a vital "Mom" role in your life.


Charles Philip Feather Print Smoking Slipper $29 from $155 (image via Intermix)
J Brand Midrise Viv Leather Ankle Zip Off Skinny $89 from $328 (image via Intermix) 
Brave Zebra Printed Haircalf Skinny Belt $29 from $98 (image via Intermix)

I believe any of the above would be happily embraced by a cool mom! (I am biased as two of the items are currently in my repertoire.) For more pics on the fit of the jeans check out Shopbop's soldout listing.