Thursday, October 30, 2014

Recipe: Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is from the Southern Living Cookies Cookbook. I made them recently and I thought I would share it today! They're pretty easy to make and because they are very large cookies they last quite a while!
You will need:
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1/2 shortening
1 cup of dark brown sugar
1/2 sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees,
Beat the butter and shortening together,
Then add the sugars,
Then the eggs,
Then the flour baking soda, and the salt,
And then stir in the chocolate chips.
Once the dough is ready, take a 1/4 cup and put them onto baking sheets
I put 5 cookies per sheet for 12 minutes in the oven
The recipe should make about 15 jumbo cookies!
Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DIY College Halloween Costumes

Halloween in college is always fun because no one really knows what they want to dress up as until maybe a day before and no one really wants to spend much money on costumes. Personally I would rather not spend $40+ on a costume that comes from a bag and barely covers your body, or a combination of duct tape and body paint. It's usually pretty cold on Halloween! And I just personally like to stay covered. But if that's what you like to do, you do you. Here are just some fun DIY costume ideas that don't require buying a lot and are easy to put together with friends!
Beanie Babies
You just need animal ears/hat, make a TY tag and wear colors that go with the animal you're dressed as!
DIY Beanie Babies Halloween Costumes
Hannah and I did this our freshman year

Pretty Little Liars
All you need is a black dress, and a red A for added effect! 
Halloween Costumes: “Pretty Little Liars” ATrain Edition | College Lifestyles
And if you happen to all have red coats, that looks great too!
Pretty Little Liars Costumes, DIY Group Ideas for Halloween 2013 |
We did this last year, you can't really tell, but we had name tags with a red A and the name of the "liar" we were dressed up as. In this picture, we were Hanna, Spencer, and Aria

Toddlers and Tiaras
You just need white t shirts, little tutus (I think we got them for $3 at Hot Topic last year), tiaras (also very cheap) and we made sashes out of wide white ribbon, and you could also wear leggings and add a pacifier. I've also seen this done with ruffle socks and Mary Jane shoes which looks adorable!
Toddlers and Tiaras costumes. Too funny... Definitely next costume!
Hannah and I did this last year as well

Tiffany and Co. Box
This could be done either by making the dress as demonstrated here, or putting a white ribbon around a turquoise dress and a white bow in your hair could be added as well!
DIY Halloween Costume - Tiffany Box @Kathryn Maher We should have done this! Haha
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
All you need is a black dress, big sunglasses, a small tiara, black gloves, heels, and an optional cigarette holder
#Halloween #DIY We <3 Audrey Hepburn!
Or Daisy from The Great Gatsby, whatever you want. Basically all you just need a sparkly or fringed dress, lots of pearls or gems and a headband around your head
(from Sarah Vicker's blog, actually a summer party, but too perfect not to include!)

Greek Goddess
Just make a sheet toga like for a toga party, plus gold accessories and shoes!

Happy Halloween, Thanks for reading!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Outfits of the Week 10/24-10/28

Another outfits of the week, but as usual I forgot to take pictures for several of the days 
Monday afternoon- class
J. Crew Factory vest and sweater
J. Crew scarf
7 For All Mankind jeans
Vince Camuto boots
Tuesday morning- internship
J. Crew shirt, skirt, tights, and shoes
Necklace from Rue La La
Lilly Pulitzer belt
Thursday morning- internship
Lilly Pulitzer top
Kendra Scott earrings
J. Crew Factory pearls
J. Crew pants
Vince Camuto heels
Friday morning- internship
Ralph Lauren shirt
J. Crew peplum and pants
Necklace from Groopdealz
Vince Camuto boots
Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Plaid Blanket Scarf Inpsiration

I'm sure everyone has seen the famous Zara Blanket Scarf that was so popular last year, and has continued into this year. I loved the tartan they did last year, but never ended up buying one. Zara did not bring that specific print back for this year, but Brinabox has a very similar version and I think the old ones and other dupes are available on eBay. Zara has them available in a burgundy/navy plaid and a brown/yellow plaid for this year. It's a trend that I really want to try, but being such a small person at 5'2, I don't know how such a large scarf would work on me. I was discussing this with my best friend Hannah and she said "Yeah, it would be more like a sleeping bag scarf for Cara". Anyways, here are some of my favorite ways these scarves have been styled by other bloggers!

via Bows and Sequins

via Just Dandy

via Atlantic Pacific

oversized blanket scarf… cute!
via Southern Curls and Pearls

via Classy Sassy

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via The Fashion Canvas

Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's in My Bag? Small Crossbody Edition

Way back when I first started blogging, I did one of these What's in My Bag Posts with my Longchamp tote bag. Since I came across the Rue La La handbag guide, I was inspired to do another post showing you what I have in my small crossbody bag! As you probably already know, Rue La La is one of my favorite shopping websites! If you haven't joined already, you can here :) This bag I actually found on Rue over the summer, my off white scalloped Kensie bag has served me well the past few months. I really love crossbody bags, this one and my monogrammed one from Personalized From Me to You are just the right size for me and my college schedule. I also really like neutral bags that go with everything, because as much as I love handbags, as a college student I don't really have the budget to buy that many, or the space to store them all in my apartment, so I rarely switch bags out for each outfit I wear. 

Since I have a large tote for my books, and another for my dance bag,  I usually only need my phone, keys, and wallet for around campus or out shopping. In high school, I used to carry big bags and throw just about anything I could have ever needed in them! This was partially because I was in photography classes, and it was a lot easier to carry my camera in a purse than carry a separate camera bag.

I have in my bag:
My keys and school ID
My wallet with my various cards
My iPhone
A compact mirror, lip balm, and mascara

Other favorite cross body bags:
GiGi New York
Tory Burch
Kate Spade
GiGi New York
Cambridge Satchel Company for J. Crew
Kate Spade
What's your favorite type of bag? 
Have you checked out the handbag guide from Rue La La?
Thanks for reading!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Outfits of the Week...and a half 10/5-10/16

So this is kind of a failure, but when I went home for Fall Break I didn't think about taking my mirror photos. So here's half of last week and half of this week, in 1 post! I'm sorry for the overload of J. Crew and that every outfit is pants, I actually wore dresses a lot over break!
 Sunday afternoon- church
J. Crew sweater
Ralph Lauren shirt
True Religion jeans
Kendra Scott earrings
Monogram necklace
J. Crew shoes
Monday afternoon- class
J. Crew Factory vest
J. Crew scarf
Sweater from TJ Maxx
7 For All Mankind jeans
Vince Camuto boots
 Tuesday morning- internship
J. Crew blazer, shirt, pants, and shoes (I have a problem, I know)
Kiel James Patrick and J. Crew Factory bracelets
Kate Spade ring
 Wednesday afternoon- flight home
J. Crew shirt and sweatshirt
7 For All Mankind jeans
Yosi Samra flats (that my dog destroyed while I was home *insert crying emoji*)
Tuesday morning- internship
J. Crew shirt, pants, and necklace (the obsession continues)
Lilly Pulitzer bracelet
Vince Camuto heels
Wednesday afternoon- class
J. Crew shirt
Lilly Pulitzer scarf and vest
True Religion jeans
Vince Camuto boots
Thursday morning- internship
J. Crew blazer, pants, and necklace 
Ralph Lauren shirt
Anne Klein heels
Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Mixed Feelings about Forever 21

I've never been a really big fan of Forever 21's products. I do think it's really great if you want to try out a recent trend, but not spend a lot of money, and I think they do have some pretty good options for that and for basics!
Although most of the clothes I really like are expensive, I only buy them on sale, and I know that I am paying for quality fabric. And I don't really like places like Francesca's (love their accessories though) and Express for clothes, because they have cheap fabrics but expensive prices. Forever 21's cheap fabric for cheap prices make sense to me! 
However, some of the stuff in their store I just question why they were even made. And why do they have so many cropped sweaters?! Your stomach isn't cold but your arms are? And there are a lot of times I look at something and think "That would be cute if only it didn't have ___". I know they try to cater to every style, there are some things I just cannot see being practical to anyone! Anyways here are some of my favorite items Forever21 has right now, I'll leave the cropped unicorn sweatshirts, baseball caps covered in silk flowers and studs, and the shirts with sayings in other languages that are grammatically incorrect, or quoted wrong to someone else though.
Forever 21 Likes

Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Game day in Tiger Town!

Since I went home for Fall Break last weekend, I got to experience game day at Clemson University! I've kind of grown up going to Clemson games since my dad went there, and several of my cousins have more recently gone there, but we would go when they played Wake Forest or Duke because it was closer to home. Now my boyfriend goes there, and this is the first one I've gone to in Death Valley, which was quite the experience! My school's football team is Division 2, so we don't have any tailgates (we don't even have an actual stadium) and the ideal apparel for them is a school sweatshirt and jeans. It was so fun to wear a game day dress! I always get really jealous scrolling through Instagram seeing my friends and other bloggers at southern schools all dressed up at tailgates. The game was super close at the end, but the tigers won 23-17! 
Really bad panorama, but so much orange!
I was a little obsessed with the balloons they let off at the beginning of the game 
Thanks for reading!
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