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May 13, 2017


Summer is quickly approaching! In fact, some lucky ducks are already hitting the beach. I have a bookmarks tab a mile long of all my favorite summer pieces, and I thought I'd share my absolute favorites! And for a fun little bonus: they're all under $50!

Picture credit: http://fora.mtv.ca/5-books-women-writers-2017/

Your new favorite beach read
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul is a new book of essays about growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants. Much like one of my other favorite books about Indian immigrants in America, Interpreter of Maladies, these essays demonstrate Koul's funny and heartfelt style of writing, and bring a new perspective on immigration and life in a Western world to light.

Find the novel on Amazon for $10.85


Your new favorite go-to outfit
The boxy cut of this patchwork romper, combined with its gorgeous dip, lace-up back, makes this a total statement piece! Wear it to the farmers market, to the beach, to brunch with your girls, go strawberry picking...perfect for all occasions really! I adore pockets and would stitch them to all of my clothes if I had any sewing talent. No need with this romper as it comes with deep pockets already!

Find this romper on Forever 21 for $48


Your new favorite bralette
Tie-dye will never go out of style and what better way to celebrate than with this adorable bralette? Perfect to pair with high-waisted jean shorts and a layered body chain or wear under a baggy cable-knit sweater, this little dose of vibrant color will be your new wardrobe favorite.

Find this tie-dye crop top on Pretty Little Thing for $26.25


Your new favorite jean shorts
I think I'm really into statement pieces at the moment, and what better way to make a statement than wear this gorgeous pair of daisy applique denim shorts? Perfect with a basic white t-shirt or white lacy crop top, you can bet these shorts will be in heavy rotation for me all summer.

Find these ripped hem applique shorts on SheIn for $16

Your new favorite bikini
Traditionally, I'm a one-piece kind of a girl but there's just something about this gorgeous scalloped bikini that could change a girl's frame of mind. I really like the scallop detailing and the one-shoulder top. I also like that the bottoms are not too revealing or high-cut. I'm personally a fan of the orange suit, but several other colors are also available. 

Find this adorable suit on Zaful for $14.99


Your new favorite crop top
Maybe I'm having an orange phase at the moment but this summer vibes 1996 crop top is one of my favorite pieces right now, very high on my wish list. The bold color lettering reminds me of the popsicles my family and I devour every summer during family beach week. This works with white shorts, or even a light denim pair.

Shop this adorable crop top from Pretty Little Thing for $17.50


Your new sweet hang out
This watermelon pool float looks comfy enough to lounge in all afternoon, bobbing from one end to the other. Pool floats as of late have become the hottest new Instagram accessories, and I want in on the trend!

Brighten up your feed with this pool float from F21 for $24.90


Your new favorite beach bag
Big enough to tote your towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and new favorite read to the beach and back. Wicker is also a hot trend this season, and it's a relief to be able to partake without spending hundreds of dollars!

Find this wicker tote at Zaful for $19.99


Your new favorite printed dress 
This print is so incredible that I stared at this dress for five minutes straight. The moon, the roses, and then the astronaut?! Both unique and as soft as watercolor paint, this dress is already on its way to my closet right now! Also available in several other gorgeous prints, this dress is perfect for any fun and flirty occasion that might arise this summer!

Find this unique dress on SheIn for $12
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May 9, 2017


You are going to go absolutely crazy over this new dessert recipe, I promise! I made this on a Monday afternoon and by Tuesday morning it was completely gone! I found this recipe on Pinterest, an amazing treasure trove of recipes, and after a few tweaks it turned out perfectly!


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Cinnamon Bun Cake

Original Recipe from Pinterest
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 25-30 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 slices

Ingredients
Cake:
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1.5 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
.5 cup butter, melted
Sprinkle of salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Topping:
6 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp cinnamon

Glaze:
1.5 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

What You Do

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F or around 175 C
  2. Mix all your cake ingredients together except for the melted butter. Add the butter once all other ingredients are combined. 
  3. Pour your combined cake mix into your greased 8x8 pan. Sprinkle half a tablespoon of cinnamon on top of the cake mix in the pan and spread throughout the mixture with a spatula. 
  4. Combine your topping ingredients, except for the butter, together in a small bowl. Cut your softened butter into small chunks and add to the topping mixture. Clump together with your hands and mix with a spoon until crumbly bits form. Be careful not to over-mix into powder, but don't under-mix and leave too much butter uncoated and raw. 
  5. Sprinkle your topping bits over the cake batter in the pan and swirl them throughout your cake to get good coverage. 
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is a golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, make your glaze. Mix together your powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk, and vanilla. If the mixture is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk. The mixture should not be liquid-y but shouldn't be too thick either.
  8. As soon as the cake is done and you pull it out of the oven, drizzle the glaze mixture over top.
  9. Enjoy! (Best when warm)
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April 16, 2017


Gold Crop Top originally from Charlotte Russe (similar)
Floral Kimono originally from Ross (similar)
Jean Shorts originally from H&M (find them here)
Green Necklace and Silver Bodychain (similar)
Beaded Flats originally artisanal (similar)
Sunglasses originally from H&M (find them here)

We may be broke college students incapable of actually getting to Coachella but that can't stop us from dressing like it on campus! I love the 70s vibes Myriam has going on here. She's one of my favorite style inspirations (and constant subject of my photos!)

xx
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April 9, 2017


I stumbled across this recipe on one of my favorite cooking & baking blogs: Sugar & Charm. I decided the end of my winter break was the perfect time to whip them up! It's a simple, 10 minute recipe that is not too sweet and not crunchy....basically perfect!

At this point, the batter should be really thick and sticky and more like a dough.


I'm not very experienced in baking with actual dough like biscuit or bread dough. The original recipe calls for kneading the dough on a floured surface--this is very messy and sticky and honestly I don't think it's necessary. I recommend just combining everything in a bowl with a rubber spatula or spoon. I then used two spoons to plop the dough on the pan instead of my fingers--less messy!

I also made a change to make some biscuits with the marshmallow fluff and some without--I love them both ways but there's definitely something especially gooey about the marshmallow ones.


 


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Chocolate Chip S'mores Biscuits

Original Recipe from Sugar & Charm
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8-10 medium-sized biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups Bisquick mix
1 cup milk (I used skim)
1 bag milk chocolate chips
8 marshmallows (large) OR
1 jar jet puff marshmallow cream, vegetarian substitute

Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F 
  2. Mix the Bisquick and milk in a large bowl
  3. Add in the chocolate chips
  4. Spoon dough onto greased cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the biscuits begin turning brown
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes
  7. Cut the biscuit in half (or simply tear them apart, I found cutting was cleaner)
  8. Put a marshmallow in the middle of each biscuit or spread the marshmallow cream--place the biscuits back together
  9. Turn the oven down to 400° F and re-bake the marshmallow'ed biscuits for 1 to 2 minutes

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April 4, 2017


Floral sundress from the Gap (similar)
University of Rome sweatshirt
Zippered Converse
Elephant earrings from Forever 21 (similar)

It was a gorgeous day here in the 'burg, perfect for this little number. I love mixing completely different styles together, like the università di Roma sweater and converse with a floral patterned sundress.

Era un giorno belissimo qui della 'burg, perfezionare per questo piccolo numero. Mi piace mescolare i stili diversi insieme, come la 'università di Roma' maglione e converse con una abito floreale.

xx 
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April 2, 2017

This gorgeous dress from ModCloth
I came across this dress doing research for my Summer Wedding Style 101 post and I'm absolutely in love. The shape of the skirt, the pattern, the cut of the bodice....it's all incredible. Unfortunately I don't have a place to wear this or the $300 to buy it but hey--a girl can dream.

Photo credit: http://www.thegreenlife.ca/mint-chocolate-mini-tarts/
With such desserts as a Triple Chocolate Layer Pie and Raw Chocolate Banana Cashew Cream Pies, these 7 desserts need to be added to your recipe box immediately. #EdibleArt 

Italian fashion blogger superstar Chiara Ferragni
I've recently become rather obsessed with street style and one of my new favorites is Chiara Ferragni. I actually turned on post notifications for her Insta -- we're that involved. (I've also started a new venture--a separate blog all about fashion called Broke Girl Style! Check it out here!) 

Nashville, Tennessee
Since starting college, aka living on a stricter budget with far less extensive travel opportunities, I've started to dream about trips that I could take here in the States. Nashville has recently landed itself in the higher regions of my list--I think a road trip might be in order!

Photo credit: http://sensesofcinema.com/2010/cteq/la-dolce-vita/
"La Dolce Vita", dir. Frederico Fellini
I recently watched this masterpiece with my Italian class and let me tell you...Frederico Fellini is now one of my favorite directors and both this film and his film "8 1/2" (that also stars Marcello Mastroianni) have landed on my permanent favorites list. The way Fellini chose to frame this entire film, the subliminal messaging, the hidden clues...it's all perfect, even if the overall message is a rather dated one.
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