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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!

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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!

Cinnamon Bun Cake

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

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

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

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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