December 31, 2013

..Casual Glitz

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The deets: H&M blazer (old); ShoeMint heels (sold out); Steve Madden bag; GAP jeans; Elizabeth and James sunnies; Francesca's necklace; Alex and Ani bracelets.

I have had this H&M jacket for ten years and still wear it once and a while.  I love the subtle little sparkly button that makes it just a tad more glam than it would be without it. While I am unfortunately stuck at work on this NYE morning I will be spending the evening with good friends, tasty food, lots of bubbles, and hopefully dancing (my favorite form of cardio). Here is to 2014 being the best year yet. I having a feeling it's going to be one of my favorites!

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December 29, 2013

..Back to Work

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The deets: J.Crew skirt and button down; Guess jacket and shoes; Steve Madden bag; Elizabeth and James sunnies; Wet Seal necklace

After an amazing nine days off filled with travel, presents, family, friends, and WAY too much sugar it's back to work and the regular routine for me. I don't know about you guys but it's going to be TOUGH tough tough to get through this first Monday. I have not missed the sound of my alarm or my morning commute one bit. My body, however, will be thankful for the return of health foods and workouts.


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December 25, 2013

..Merry Christmas

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Happy Holidays!

Love,
Erin & Ella the Cat

December 24, 2013

..Ugly Xmas Tees

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The deets: Skip N' Whistle X-Mas Tee (c/o); GAP jeans; Old Navy flats; Francesca's necklace; vest borrowed from my sister.

How awesome is this (not so) ugly Christmas tee? I of course has to have it when I realized there were dancing kitties on there in place of the usual reindeers. My sparkly elf flats were the perfect addition for my Christmas Eve getup. Cheers everyone! 

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December 19, 2013

..Luxe Look for Less

..Luxe Look for Less

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December 18, 2013

..Four Favorites

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1. This must have been THE best flight ever, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Brought to you by WestJet and Santa.

2. These sparkly wooden spoons are such a cute and easy DIY gift or favor idea.

3. This chair is on my xmas list!

4. I love these cupcakes that were pinned to my Holiday Happy board. They look like they're made with a cherry and mint leaves, but I couldn't find it properly linked anywhere so that is just my guess.

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December 16, 2013

..Christmas Party Attire

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The deets: J.Crew dress (old but love this one); ShoeMint heels (sold out); Andrew Marc coat; Steve Madden bag; INPINK "Love" necklace (c/o); Francesca's necklace (similar); Giorgio Armani "Gio" lipstick; South Moon Under earrings.

Since I don't have as big a budget for Christmas shopping this year as I did last year due to mucho higher rent, I decided to forgo buying a new party dress and breathe some new life into one I already had. It's a dress form two summers ago that I wore to a wedding, but since it was the perfect festive color I decided adding some sparkle would make it totally work for at least one of the five holiday parties I had on the calendar this month. 

Side-note: I dyed my hair for the first time MYSELF last Friday night. I had a small quarter-life crisis and needed a instant change. One box of hair-dye + one pair of kitchen scissors later and you have this. It's not super drastic but just the amount of freshness I needed to keep the change-itch at bay.

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December 12, 2013

..Pecan Pie

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This pecan pie might not look as pretty as one you would buy, but I would bet all my monies that it damn well tastes more delicious! I honestly don't even LIKE pecan pie and had no idea how to go about making it, but my Dad's 50th birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day this year and it is his absolute favorite.  It usually is my aunts duty but the dinner was held on the other side of the family this year and what kind of daughter would I be if  I let him miss out on his favorite treat he only gets to eat once a year on his birthday? What's a girl to do? MAKE THE PIE, DUH. I know. Whilst perusing the internet for recipes they all called for some mystery ingredient I assumed was gross called "Karo syrup" (which turned out isn't weird or gross at all but scared me anyway) so I was determined to find a recipe that didn't have it and that also seemed easy enough to bang out before the "night-before-thanksgiving-drinkfest" that we all know and love commenced. Enter this recipe. I made one for the dinner and one for him to take on his annual hunting trip that follows every year. No joke, my dad, the non-texter, sent me this text the next day "Your pecan pie is the best me and my friends have ever had!" Mission accomplished. It was super easy and very tasty! 

Ingredients
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust

Directions (via All Recipes)
1. Preheat your oven to 400.
2. Beat eggs, butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and flour. Then mix in the vanilla and nuts.
3. Pour into shell then bake for ten minutes on 400. Turn down to 350 and bake for 35 more minutes.

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December 6, 2013

..Luxe Look for Less

..Luxe Look for Less

Michael Kors "Selma" Studded Satchel | Shoe Dazzle "Toxey" Satchel

This is the third installment of this little mini series I have been doing for the Holidays. As I shop around myself, I can't help but share these fabulous finds with you all! You can see all the posts here.

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December 4, 2013

..Four Favorites

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1. Love this ultimate gift guide by To and From Magazine! It's got pages and pages of inspriation for everyone on your list.

2. Found the perfect holiday heels thanks to this glitter guide Instagram pic (and under $40)!

3. This BuzzFeed ranking of your twenties (for women) was so spot on for me. When I hit 26 I was all like GIVE ME ALL THE WRINKLE CREAMS! Hopefully 28 will be as fab as they say it is (even though I have 8 more months until I get there).

4. This instagram account is what lady dreams are made of. The title really says it all (Porn for Women).

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December 2, 2013

..Luxe Look for Less

..Luxe Look for Less

Valentino "Rockstud" Pumps | Lulu's Wild Diva "Adora 55" Pumps

Update: The Lulu's version sold out so fast they are no longer available, but there are still some left here and here!

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November 26, 2013

..Floral Work Dresses

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The deets: Express blazer; dress c/o eshitaki; Kelsi Dagger heels; Michael Kors bag, Lancome "Wannabe" lipstick, OPI "Miami Beets" nail polish; Ray-Ban sunnies.

I know floral print isn't really a winter thing, but I'm just going to pretend it's Spring for a day even though the wind was INSANE while these photos were taken. The thicker material of the dress along with the blazer help keep the outfit wearable in the cold. I can never say no to a solid work dress!

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November 25, 2013

..Thanksgiving Day Cupcakes

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How about subbing out pumpkin pie this year for brown butter pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese icing and adorable leafy fall sprinkles? This is honestly one of my absolute favorite cupcake recipes and each time I make them they seem to be a a crowd pleaser so I think it's safe to say your friends and family will share my opinion. I found these adorable baking cups and fall themed sprinkles at my local party store for extra festivity. I also couldn't resist snatching up one of the gorgeous fallen leaves from the neighborhood to serve as a natural "doily" of sorts.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes (Martha Stewart Cupcakes)
3/4 cup butter
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.  In a pan, melt the butter over medium heat until butter turns brown. Skim foam from top, and remove from heat. Pour into a bowl and leave any burned sediment behind. Let cool.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, (ginger), and cloves. In another bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, both sugars, eggs, and brown-butter mixture. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet until until completely blended.
3. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Icing
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch  of salt

1. Beat butter and cream cheese together until fluffy then add in salt, vanilla, cinnamon until well combined.
3. Pipe onto cupcakes after they have fully cooled.

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November 22, 2013

..Luxe Look for Less

..Luxe for Less


You have seen me rock my E+J cat eye sunnies on this blog like roughly eight thousand times (what can I say? I stick to what I like). One day whilst perusing the F21 accessories selection I came across these IDENTICAL sunnies that cost LESS THAN SIX DOLLARS. For reals. How crazy awesome is that? You are welcome.

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November 21, 2013

..DANNIJO iPhone Cases

..DANNIJO iPhone Cases

Rigby | Gusto | Poolside | Seville | Purple Haze | IsabelHixson | Lana

How fabulous are these lux little iPhone cases? They might be a bit pricey coming in around $100, but for how much wear these things get each and every day, I think they would make the perfect gift for that fancy pants in your life. Not only are they super glitzy and fun, they all have THE COOLEST names, do they not?

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November 19, 2013

..Favorite Soup Recipe Round-Up

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Soup season is upon us. The six above are my favorites from blog posts of yesteryear. I'd like to think there is a little sumpin' sumpin' for everybody here whether your taste is creamy, spicy, cheesy, or even healthy. Enjoy!

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