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October 20, 2017

A Weekend in Phoenix


Last weekend was my fall break--4 glorious days off from school. When you're knee-deep in midterm exams, you'll take any chance you can get to not be at school! Most of my friends stayed near campus or went home to visit with much-missed pets and family members but I, ever the early morning enthusiast, decided a 5am flight to Phoenix, Arizona was in order.
October 11, 2017

Pumpkin Patch 2017

The 3 things I think about when I think about fall are Halloween, pumpkins, and colder nights. It's not Halloween yet, and with temperatures still in the mid-80s, I was only left one option: pumpkins!
September 27, 2017

September Favorites

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For your foodie best friend...
This delicious subscription box!
Try the World subscription boxes have been on my 'must-try' list for a while now.  Every month is a different country and you'll get 7-8 yummies to try from each place. This month if you sign up for the service you can choose between Canada or India's boxes to get you started -- getting mail has never been so tasty!
September 20, 2017

TOP 5 PICKS FOR YOUR FALL WARDROBE

Fall is finally upon us! Besides stocking up on my Halloween decor and trying out some fun new pumpkin recipes I've been beefing up my autumn wardrobe and I found the 5 pieces that will definitely help you make a statement this season!

This dark jumpsuit
I hope the romper/jumpsuit trend never goes out of style because I'm such a fan! The dark color of this jumpsuit is perfect for fall if you're like me and like to layer color and texture, and the loose-fit pants make it super flattering to every figure. Add a cute cardigan or blazer and this is an office or classroom-ready look!
September 13, 2017

LIVING LA DOLCE VITA: THE ITALIAN APPROACH TO LIFE

Firenze, 2016
My Italian heritage has always been a present, if rather unspoken, part of my life. My dad (and his dad and his dad ad infinitum) are the original Italians of our family, though today very much an Italian-American hyphenate. After every heated family argument my grandfather throws his hands up and exclaims, "it is because we are Italian!"

Indeed, Ancestry DNA maps traced our family back to Florence, where Italians with our last name still live today. My excitement to finally take an Italian language and culture class in university reached its peak last summer when I took a trip through Italy with my best friend Amrita (read all about it).
September 8, 2017

Checking In

'What a long and strange journey it's been....' for the past few weeks anyway! In the last month I've wrapped up my 2 summer jobs, moved back into my dorm on campus, helped guide orientation for the freshmen, and started class! It's been a really busy few weeks for sure but it's also been rather emotionally exhausting. 

Orientation is a whirlwind 5 days, especially for the new freshmen and transfer students coming to live in this new place. I vividly remember being vastly overwhelmed when I went through orientation as a freshman myself so as a helper, I really wanted to ease the process as much as possible for the freshman in my group. What I don't think I was expecting as much was the emotional and physical toll orientation took on me. There are specific, sometimes difficult, topics that need to be discussed when it comes to living on college campuses in particular and I don't think I was as ready for the full impact of emotions that the discussions and presentations brought about. It was a struggle to keep it together sometimes! Orientation also brought about really long days where we were busy from 8am to 11pm and, though I loved the whole experience and can't wait to do it again, it was very exhausting at times!

My grandmother's passing, while it certainly doesn't hurt with the sharp, ever-present pain I felt after it first happened, is still a present and active force in my life. At random times I'll find myself thinking of her or wanting to call her and tell her about my day and that familiar ache starts up again. More often, I'll get compliments when I wear the necklace she gave me and it makes me think about her and the fact that I'm wearing it because she can't anymore. Learning to live with this kind of grief is a new experience for me. Previously the biggest personal loss I've experienced was the passing of my childhood pet which, while still very emotional for me, has no bearing on the level of emotion felt during and after my grandmother's passing.

I've really missed my blog but I think this time away gave me the space to reflect on my new priorities and how I can best continue, to the benefit of the blog and for me. I'm happy to say that I'm still committed to this little creative expression of mine, and can't wait to see where it takes us in this last half of the year! Thanks for sticking with me butterflies -- I have a feeling it's going to be a wild ride and I can't wait to share it with you.

xx
August 20, 2017

COOL FOR THE SUMMER

Even as summer draws to its official close (at least for me, September has always meant the start of autumn) the heat wave plaguing our country isn't going anywhere anytime soon. That means most of us are going to have to continue dealing with blazing air conditioning inside, and fog-up-your-glasses heat + humidity outside. I know first hand how hard it can be to dress for temperature changes like this so I put together a post of outfits perfect for the office air conditioning and the sweltering coffee run with the help of the lovely people at Bonobos!

August 9, 2017

Beach Day 2017

Lex, me, Haley, Jordan, Hannah, Max

Tell me if you've heard this one before. Six lifeguards walk onto a beach....
July 26, 2017

Goodbye


It's been too long since I've posted here and I've missed it terribly. There is, however, a reason. This post is difficult for me to write. I've had to stop and re-start several times but I've always thought it was important to share my feelings, especially here. I feel that this space is welcoming to all expressions of emotion. I also feel that when I experience something in life, I like to share it to maybe help someone else with their experiences. A shared experience is always better than a singular one. There's no easy way to say it. My grandmother was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago. The night before last, around 9 pm, we lost her.

June 19, 2017

My Favorite (Healthy) Smoothie Bowl Recipe


It's been so crazy lately that I haven't had the proper time to type up this post that's been noodling around in my brain for so long! This summer I'm working 2 jobs while also trying to keep a balanced outside-of-work life. This means I'm out of the house more than I'm in, which means a lot of my food is on the go! This used to mean a lot of stops at the local coffee shop for yummy breakfast pastries but now I've found some amazing ways to score the energy I need without compromising the health I like to maintain!

June 1, 2017

May Favorites

Photo credit: http://www.savingdessert.com/blueberry-breakfast-cake/
For your taste buds....
This blueberry breakfast cake recipe
Being a fan of everything cake and breakfast-related, respectively, how could I not be a fan of something that is cake + breakfast?! Full disclosure: I haven't tried this cake yet (and when I do, expect a post!) because of my recent sugar detox but I've been drooling over it this month. Originally found on Pinterest (let's be friends!)
May 13, 2017

9 Summer Picks Under $50


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
May 9, 2017

Cinnamon Bun Cake


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)
April 16, 2017

COACHELLA VIBES


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
April 9, 2017

Chocolate Chip S'mores Biscuits


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

April 4, 2017

Honey Buns


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