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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November 18, 2013

..INPINK

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The deets: Bracelet and "Love" necklace c/o INPINK; J.Crew Collection dress (similar, similar); ALDO heels; F21 jacket (similar, similar); Giorgio Armani "Four Hundred" lipstick; OPI "You Don't Know Jacques" polish; Rebecca Minkoff bag; Micheal Kors watch; Wet Seal spike necklace.

I got this gorgeous fancy dress for a wedding last November and decided it has spent way to much time chillin in the back of my closet over the past year so I broke it out for the Blogger Scene cocktail party. I actually feel like it will get some more play during the holidays since I only wore it the one other time and it would make a great seasonal party dress. Isn't that the best? When you forget you own something fabulous and basically feel like it's a new piece again? Maybe that's just me. 

MORE exciting news - you can use code CURRENTLYCOVETING30 at INPINK.com now through the end of the month to receive 30% off all their gorgeous baubles! (excludes nail polish, gift cards and sterling pieces).  Hiiiii Christmas shopping!

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November 14, 2013

..Plaid Pencil Skirts

..Plaid Pencil Skirts


I love these plaid pencils. You can wear them to work but also rock them to a holiday party and feel festive and appropriate. They work with booties, heels, or boots and can be paired with a cozy sweater or a fancy blouse. My favorite items are ones that can get lots of play and these really seem to be multi-functional in the best way.

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November 13, 2013

..Four Favorites

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1. A peek into why being happy and in love can actually sometimes make us sad!

2. Perfect little gift idea: this mug, some seasonal coffee or cocoa, and a classic movie.

3. If I were hosting Thanksgiving in my imaginary huge home, this would definitely be the table-scape of my dreams.

4. The differences between NYC and Paris in cute graphic images.

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November 11, 2013

..Fall Polish Rotation

..Fall Polish Rotation

Neautrals: OPI "You Don't Know Jacques" & Essie "Chinchilly" | Muted Greens: Essie "Vested Interest" & "For the Twill of It" | Moody Purples: OPI "Pamplona Purple" & Essie "Carry On" | Deep Cool Tones: Essie "After School Boy Blazer" & "No More Film"

These are the colors I have been gravitating towards this season. I typically jump from one color pallet to the next, never using two from the same color family in a row. There is just something that feels very on point with how I feel this time of year displayed in this polish color wheel. What are your favorites?

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November 8, 2013

..Joules Vests

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The deets: Vest c/o Joules; J.Crew boots (similar & on sale) and button down (similar); GAP jeans; Rebecca Minkoff bag; Michael Kors watch; necklace c/o INPINK; Ray-Ban sunnies; Essie "For the Twill of It" polish; Lancome "Wannabe" lipstick.

Okay, first can we just address the gorgeous foliage that is happening in my neighborhood? This is my first Autumn in my new hood and it's so stunning! Anyway, I just ADORE this warm puffy vest from Joules (a fun little British clothing company that finally decided to cross the pond - yay for America!). It really is such a great quality-made piece! I even have to admit that I love it more than the vest I have been faithful to from GAP for the last 10 years. I actually wore this vest to my company field day this week, and even though we had rain, wind, and some chilly temps, I stayed nice and warm (and obviously cute). I think my favorite part about it is the floral lining detail, it makes something that can be a little bit too "active-wear" for my taste stay feminine and stylish. It really is the bomb dot com! I really love it.

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November 6, 2013

..Four Favorites

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1. The best sandwiches by state! I completely agree except for those silly writers labeled my home state of NJ's sandwich the "Breakfast Sandwich with Taylor Ham" and every true Jerseyite (yes that is the real term for us) knows it's called a "Porkroll Egg and Cheese." Don't get it twisted. 

2.I really dig the Clinique All About Eyes cream/gel formula. I've been keeping my jar in the refrigerator and it's just the little boost of cool refreshing eye love needed to fight the dreaded bags and darkness that looms each morning.

3. I love that the discovery of many "Earth-like" planets has been making big headline news recently! Turns out that when you look up into the sky, about 20% of the stars you see have a planet similar to Earth orbiting it. Pretty cool. 

4. A pretty little tartan scarf to winterize your look and keep you warm that is also under $30! 

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November 5, 2013

..Apple Pie Crumble

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This little pie was so delicious I basically ate the entire thing myself. I am not actually a big fan of apple pie, I am more of a cheesecake, pumpkin, or berry type of gal but since we picked these amazing apples ourselves from Carter Mountain Orchard (gorgeousness documented below) and because I went a little cray cray bringing home 11 lbs of them or so, I thought I should probably try my hand at this American favorite. My first go round I used all green apples, and while it was really yummy I made a second one with one Granny Smith, two Fugi, and two Pink Ladies and the flavor was much more complex and to my liking. It may not be traditional to use an array of apples but I'm starting a new trend. I promise you won't regret it! I also totally cheated and bought store crust bc frankly I HATE rolling out my own and ain't nobody got time for that. Okay I do...but I didn't anyway.

*Recipe was adapted from here (I made quite a few changes though, so I'd follow along below).

Pie
1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust
5 medium size apples - peeled, cored, sliced (1 Granny Smith, 2 Fugi, 2 Pink Ladies)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon ginger

Lay out unbaked crust in your pie dish. Put all your apple slices in a bowl and toss them in the sugar/spice mixture util fully coated then put them in your pie crust.

Crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick of butter

Cut butter into sugar and flour mixture until crumbly then spread evenly over pie. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

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November 4, 2013

..Fruity Skirts

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The deets: J.Crew tuxedo shirt; Juicy skirt (similar); ALDO heels; Ray-Ban sunnies; Rebecca Minkoff bag; earrings and necklace c/o Giando MassiGiorgio Armani "Gio" lipstick.

As I spent last weekend picking apples, baking apples, and grilling apples I thought, why not wear some too? I haven't broken out this skirt in a while and it just seemed like the appropriate week to do so. I currently have a small case of the Monday's, so I'm off to chug some coffee to combat it. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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