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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 when the lovely people at Bonobos asked me to put together a post of outfits perfect for the office air conditioning and the sweltering coffee run, I couldn't resist!

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 
April 2, 2017

March Favorites

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.
March 26, 2017

Summer Wedding Style 101

The beautiful souls over at The Black Tux came to me with this post idea, and I jumped on it! The Black Tux is an online tuxedo rental boutique that can get your man looking stylish to a fault -- without blowing your budget. As we all know, April is the start of wedding season and as we get older, those invites will be rolling out more and more!

The trick to looking fabulous at any event is working the dress code so the lovelies from the Black Tux have put together your definitive go-to guide for decoding those cryptic codes like "semi-casual" or, even worse, "black tie optional".

Casual

For both you and your guy, casual usually means nothing particularly special and includes items that he should already have in his closet.


This tan suit from Black Tux would be perfect

Nice pants, a button-down shirt, a blazer or dinner jacket, and an optional tie. Think about a dinner date to a nice restaurant or a work happy hour event -- that's the vibe. 


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For you and/or your girl, casual usually means a nice dress, a blouse and skirt combo, or a nice long-pant jumpsuit.

Cocktail
Cocktail hour is pretty similar to casual, it usually means just a bit more dressy. 


This charcoal suit from Black Tux would definitely work!

For your guy, dark pants rather than khakis, a jacket, and a tie -- Black Tux says not optional this time but I think it depends on the particular event. 

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Definitely a dress would be best for cocktail hour--no more skirt and blouse.

Creative Black Tie



Personally my favorite of all the dress codes, this is the time to get creative with your fancy dress!


This gorgeous rose shawl tuxedo jacket would be perfect!

Guys pull out your powder blue jacket, or those tartan pants, and don't forget your dress shirt and tie! Keep it simple, but fun. 


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For the ladies on this one, I would recommend either a 3/4 or full length dress, no shortie short dresses for anything with "black tie" in the title. That, of course, doesn't mean you have to be boring!

Black Tie Optional



Break out your tuxedos, boys! The same level of formal as 'creative black tie', but unfortunately a little less colorful.


A midnight pin dot tuxedo would do very well for black tie optional

The standard dress code for all weddings, galas, and prom, black tie optional means you break out either a full-on tux or a nice dark suit and crisp dress shirt. A tie is definitely required. This code I think is the hardest because some people could show up in a standard work suit, and others in full-on tuxes. I would rather be over-dressed than under so my advice is to always dress up rather than down.


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Definitely a full-length dress, not too loud or revealing would be the best bet. And, it goes without saying, if you're attending a traditional wedding where the bride will be wearing white, don't wear white.

Black Tie



Upping the fancy notch just a tad, you definitely can't get away with a suit here. Think mega fancy events like a formal wedding, charity fundraiser, or gala.


This classic peak lapel tuxedo is perfect for anything black tie

Boys, pull out those tuxedos, starched white dress shirt, tie or bow tie, and perhaps either a vest or cummerbund, both of which are optional.


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Not much different from black tie optional, make sure you go floor-length without too much flash, skin, or lack thereof! You don't want to steal anyone's thunder at their wedding, but there's never a reason to wear a dress you don't enjoy and will wear again. These dresses are investments! (Unless it's a hideous bridesmaids dress, can't help you there)

White Tie


Increasingly uncommon (at least in 'normal' everyday events), white tie is the fanciest of the fancy. You have a butler and a huge mega mansion and a yacht docked in France-level fancy.

An example of classic white tie

Guys, unless you attend the Opera's opening night every year, you'll have to rent this one. For a classic white tie look you'll need a black coat with the tails, a starched white shirt, a white bow tie, and a white cummerbund.

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Dress-wearers of the world unite, this is your time to shine. Besides your wedding dress (if you go for the all-out wedding gown) this might be one of the fanciest dresses you'll ever wear.

Many thanks to the wonderful folks over at the Black Tux for suggesting this post, I had a lot of fun researching it and definitely bookmarked several dresses to add to my collection!

xx