Sunday, July 27, 2014

I'm on Vacation!

This week I am in Florida, but I do have a few posts planned! And you can keep up with me on Instagram @cara_194 :)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Insta Lately

I haven't done one of these posts in a while. These all come from my Instagram @cara_194 :)
I upgraded my phone! I ended up getting it for half off thanks to a Target special, I really love it so far!
I got a really awesome deal on this field jacket from J. Crew Factory, it was originally $125 but there was a clear the clearance event that let me get this for $25!
Seersucker, monograms, and pearls :) 
I'm actually selling this skirt and many others on my Poshmark!
I did some watermelon nails that match my umbrella, well they would if I had a normal green nail polish...
Neon or nothing? 
I finally got some Kendra Scott earrings thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
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Navy and Pink on a Rainy Day

It is about halfway raining all day this weekend. It just sort of drizzled and never really rained, which is unusual for the south! Anyways, I recently got this dress for $3.75 from H&M so I thought I would share it. Sorry for the iPhone pictures!
Dress: H&M (marked down to $7 and then there was an extra 50% off!), Necklace: Groopdealz (old, similar, use SASCODE20 for 20% off!), Shoes: Jack Rogers (old, current colors), Umbrella: Lilly Pulitzer (old, current prints)
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thinking in Print

I've been thinking about what I want to put on my wall at my new school apartment in a few weeks, and I thought some prints would be so cute! I've always loved most of the options on Etsy and I decided to try a few myself. I might end up adding some my Etsy shop as well!





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Monday, July 21, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has been open to everyone since Friday! It was first only open to Nordstrom cardholders for early access. I woke up super early Friday morning to score some Kendra Scott Elle earrings at this great price, I got them in Blush pink, and I went back to sleep before work! But here are some other great things included in this sale.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Recipe: Mini Quiches "Quichettes"

I picked up this adorable little French finger food cookbook from Anthropologie the other day and I'm going to share a few recipes from it on here! Today I'm sharing these little crustless quichettes, it's described in the book as a quiche in one bite! They are fairly easy and really good, I've been eating them for breakfast all week! 
I've been feeling super French lately, probably because my mom and brother are there. I can't wait for Laduree they are bringing back for me! I tried to make my own macarons for probably the 10th time, not perfect but probably the best I've made. I could share how I make those if anyone wants, but they really aren't that great...
So this recipe calls for:
Butter for greasing, or cooking spray
10 1/2 oz (I used 8) of bacon or ham, diced
you could also add peppers or onions or substitute them instead of the meat for vegetarians
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 cup of double thick cream (I used heavy cream)
Sea salt (or regular salt) and freshly ground black pepper, however much you want
1 1/4 cups of greater Gruyere cheese
The first step is to fry the bacon! It says 12 oz but I used a full 8 oz pack and I thought it was enough. Just get it to however you think is crispy enough.
Then you need to crack 3 eggs, and just the yolks of 3 more eggs
Whisk them all together and add in the cream. It called for double thick cream but I could only find heavy cream, the only difference is the amount of butter fat in it. I didn't think it affected anything. This is also when you add in the salt and pepper.
Dice up the bacon and sprinkle into each section of the mini muffin tin, then pour the egg and cream mixture over it. Also add a little bit of bacon after the egg has been added so it isn't all on the bottom!
Then grate about a cup of Gruyere cheese, it says 1 cup and 1/4 but that seemed like a bit much for me, if you really love Gruyere add as much as you want! Then sprinkle it on top of each section of bacon and egg batter.
And then they're ready to bake! For 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. I ended up doing mine for closer to 15 minutes.
Let them cool and enjoy! The book said serves 18 but I ended up with 24, so hopefully you can get another tray out of the mix :)
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Recipe: Croque Monsieur Sandwhiches

Just like the last recipe I posted, this comes from a little French cookbook I recently got from Anthropologie. Today I'm showing you how to make a Croque Monsieur sandwich, it's most easily described as a French ham and cheese, served warm. I really loved these when I was in France a few summers ago, and they're pretty easy to make!
This recipe calls for:
1 2/3 cups of whole milk
4 medium egg yolks, beaten
2 1/2 cups of Gruyere cheese, grated
12 slices of white bread
6 slices of ham
3 tablespoons of butter, softened
Freshly ground black pepper
This also calls for a Bechamel sauce for the inside of the sandwich, which I had a lot of trouble making, so I just added a slice of cheese on top of the ham in the sandwich.
The first time I made these (when the pictures were taken) I halved the recipe, but I made them again with the full recipe a few days ago. Both times I made them I ended up with more cheese/egg mixture than I needed, so I save it for another time.
First, grate the Gruyere cheese
Then, separate 4 egg yolks and beat them
Then add the milk to the eggs, then add the cheese, pepper and set it aside for at least 30 minutes. And preheat the oven to 340 degrees.
As the mixture sits and oven preheats, set up a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put together the sandwiches by putting a slice of ham and a slice of cheese (I used American but you can probably use whatever you want) and butter the top slice. Then once the egg/cheese mixture has been sitting long enough, put some on each slice.
Then bake them for 10 minutes or until golden, I think ended up baking them for closer to 14 minutes. Cut and enjoy!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Elephantastic

It seems like elephants are really popular lately, and I love it! Who knew such a large animal in reality could look so adorable scaled down in clothes and accessories? Here are a few of my favorite items featuring elephants! Of course many of them are Lilly but that was probably expected of me :)
Elephantastic

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tutu Tuesday

I spent the past three weeks at my ballet studio in preparation to perform George Balanchine's Serenade. It's such a beautiful work and it was so much fun to dance! But before the performance, some of my friends I danced with in high school re-visited something we used to spend a lot of time doing, ballet photoshoots! Here is how they turned out!



My friend Lia



My friend Ashley

My friend Susanna














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