April 25, 2017

..Of Course I Wore Pink Lace to a Baby Girl Shower

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Firstly, I hope you guys have noticed from my last outfit post that I am now going to try to find a similar less expensive item for anything that I wear that rings in over $100. From one shopaholic to another, I would definitely appreciate that on the ones I check! Let me know what you think, I love feedback! Second, when you have a recently purchased light pink lace top sitting in your closet how do you NOT wear it to the baby shower for your besties little girl? You just can't not do it, if that makes any sense? Funny enough I have another lovely friends shower for a baby boy next weekend so you can make a safe bet that I will have on something light blue. I get joy from following a THEME! I know it's lame, pray for my future children. Also these earrings are like having pretty spring wreaths on each side of your head so that is something.


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April 20, 2017

..Rosey Regimen

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1. Please take me!

2. I have recently become OBSESSED with all things "rose" as far as face products go. I just can't get enough of it. Basically, if I am passing something in Sephora, Target, CVS, or Nordstrom that says it has it in there, I'm impulse buying it because so far, EVERYTHING has worked amazingly. I also love the scent of rose even though it's got an "older women" reputation. Sign me up for white hair and tiny rollers because I am on board. 

Note: everything from Sephora is 15% off right now with code VIPSPRING!

1. Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish - I got this stuff in a super cute gift box that also came with a bottle of Summer Water Rose. I hadn't ever used a body scrub before, well, because I thought they were total BS for some reason. How could scrubbing my dry skin possibly make the situation better? I only gave this one a shot because it fell into my lap. WAS I WRONG. So. Very. Wrong. One half-assed use of this in the shower and my dry pale irishy skinned legs were actually smooth and glowing and baby soft. I will be reordering this as soon as it's gone.

2. MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater - This spritz was a suggested buy on Amazon (clearly they know me) and for $7 I was willing to give it a try. It is life changing. No irritation, freshens and wakes me up in the morning, preps me before makeup application to ensure moisture, it's a real hero in my bathroom.

3. Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream - This eye cream is one of the only ones I have tried (besides a Clarins one that is waaaay expensive) that has not irritated my sensitive under eye skin. I sometimes can only use vitamin E or Vaseline for that area because it's a real pain in my butt (the cycle of drying out - then trying to use a fancy moisturizer to fix it - then that irritating it and making a bigger mess of things - then I cant even conceal the area bc of the patchy flakes - UGH) but this works!

4. SEPHORA COLLECTION Eye Mask Rose - The Sephora Rose eye and face masks are the SHIT. They smell great, they illuminate my face, and really do exactly what they are intended to do - replenish the delicate eye area with water for intense moisturizing and a radiance boost! The pearl and pomegranate ones come in a close second for me.

5. Rosebud Salve - This is my lip cure all. I for some reason always step away thinking there is something better out there (fresh lip scrub, even spent way too much on the Sarah Happ lip slip) but I come back to this little tin every damn time. It is just the best. It's a cult favorite, I don't even have to tell you.

6. Origins Original Skin™ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay - This mask was something I picked out with my points at Sephora. Short story is I will be going back for the full size when my sample runs out. It's exfoliating in the gentlest way, smoothing and evening, dries hard but doesn't dry out your skin. This is something I do once a week, not more than that. It is lovely.

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April 18, 2017

..Off the Shoulder Stripes

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The deets: J.Crew jean jacket (similar under $35)& earrings; Madewell heels (similar under $35); Alexander Wang makeup case used as a clutch (similar under $100); Style Mafia dress (more sizes here but higher price); Elizabeth and James sunnies (similar under $40).

This off the shoulder trend is my favorite thing because it's such a flattering shape, especially when you are feeling a little pale or bloated or just not really wanting to show off your arms but it's too nice out for sleeves, this trend works. I love that it also has straps so I don't need to be bothered with a strapless bra. Unfortunately, there are almost none left where I purchased it for under $100 but I did find it still in stock at ASOS (no idea why its over $30 more?). These earrings are definitely a bit loud and obnoxious but I kept admiring them at J.Crew when they put out a few different colors. When they finally came out with these I found myself so drawn to their rosey-ness I just had to have them. Surprisingly, I have been able to wear them a bunch and expect to sneak in a few more times over the summer when red white and blue take over my wardrobe. Also I know these heels have been in the last three outfit posts but I post only things I really wore (this outfit was to a brunch) and these heels are just too comfortable not to reach for! I knew they were a good purchase.

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April 14, 2017

..Lemon Ricotta Cake With Mixed Berry Topping

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I made this last weekend when tasked with coming up with a dessert for a girls dinner. The meal was Italian so I figured I should stay in that lane. I got the lemon ricotta cake recipe from here, and followed it precisely except I only had a 9 inch spring form so my cake was a bit thin. I made it again during the week and did 1.5 times the recipe and added on two more minutes of bake time and it came out great. I will say my teeth did turn a bit blue on the topping which took some intense tooth brushing but I honestly still want to make EVERYTHING this flavor now, lemon-ricotta-berry pancakes, I'm coming for ya next! Also this would be the perfect thing to bring to Easter Sunday since it's so bright and seasonal!

Cake:
3/4 Cup Softened Butter
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
Zest From 3 Large Lemons
1 Teaspoon Lemon Extract
3 Large Eggs, Separated
1 Cup Full Fat Ricotta Cheese
1/2 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
Dash of Salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and Lightly grease and flour a 7 or 8 inch spring-form pan.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then add the lemon zest, extract, egg yolks, ricotta cheese, and beat until smooth. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, and beat into the butter mixture just until combined.

Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter then spoon the batter into your prepared tin. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a cake tester stuck into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Topping:
1 bag frozen mixed berries (mine had strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
1/3 cup sugar
Juice of 1 of the lemons you zested

Directions:
Dump your frozen berry bag into a skillet with the sugar and let it simmer for 15 minutes or so. Squeeze in your lemon juice and keep stirring until you get the thickness you want. Let it cool and top your cake.

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April 12, 2017

..Humpday Treat: Shopbop Sale

..Shopbop Sale Wishlist

Hi frandzzz. I wanted to pop in quickly to let you know about Shopbop's "Event of the Season" sale. You will probably be inundated with bloggers pushing this thing so I will be quick. These are some items I have been keeping in my imaginary basket for a while (all but two of them are under $100). Clearly I have summer on the brain. There is also a new section of the blog where I add everything currently in my closet (even some stuff that doesn't make it to the blog). Check it out HERE! Sale details below!

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Get 25% Off Orders of $500 or more with code EVENT17
Get 20% Off Orders under $500 with code EVENT17


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