Banana Republic Double-breasted Long Vest / H&M Sequined Pants / Black sandals (similar) / Tassel Necklace (similar) / Vintage clutch (similar) / BaubleBar Oval Signet Ring / Hermes Clic-Clac H Bracelet / Vintage watch
In the past, I've always leaned towards dresses and skirts when thinking of what to wear for holiday parties and events. I don't know why, but it's just kind of an automatic reflex when choosing something to wear. Probably because I don't normally wear dresses and skirts on the daily, and so it feels special to wear during the holiday season. But this year, I'm living on the edge and changing it up by wearing pants. Granted, they're not just regular ol' pants. They're sequined pants. Clearly I don't get out much. But when do I ever get to wear sequined pants?? Right?
The holidays are seriously the perfect time to wear them because 1) they're sparkly & festive, 2) they're pants so they're comfy, and 3) you'll be warmer than if you had chosen to wear a dress or skirt. That last one is really more for those of us living in areas with colder temps, obviously. So there, I've given you 3 really good reasons why pants are the way this year and hopefully after you've seen how I styled these sequined pants (just $40!!), you'll be in the pants camp too. And on a side note, that vest (so versatile, I'll be sharing another way to wear it real soon) will be covering up any food babies I get from stuffing my face with yummy food, so that's an added bonus right there. [Insert thumbs-up emoji]
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A little over a month ago, one of Steve's former colleagues, Merle, came over for brunch to meet Vivienne for the first time. Anytime Merle comes over, she brings with her lots of goodies, and this time was no exception. Remember that apple cake that I shared with you a few years ago? Yea, that was Merle who introduced me to that delicious cake. And this time, she not only brought over a new cake (which is AHHMAZING and I will most definitely share with you guys asap!), but she also brought over vegan cookies since she knew I couldn't have dairy or soy. How sweet is that of her??
It was torturous to watch her and Steve eat the cake she brought over (it had dairy in it along with apricots & coconut !!), but I consoled myself by gobbling up the cookies she made for me and they were OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD. I had Steve email her asking for the recipe because we needed more! I inhaled them within a matter of days. Shocking. And you know who's recipe it is? A supermodel's! I knew that Karlie Kloss had her own cookie line, but I really didn't think they'd be good. I mean how does a supermodel know how to make yummy cookies? But I guess since they have to watch what they eat for their job, it probably means that whatever they do eat will be amazing. and these cookies are just that.
I've mentioned on Instagram that I have been allowed by Vivi's doctor to have dairy and soy back in my diet, just in moderation. So I've been indulging in buttery cookies and cakes that have milk in them, but these cookies are SO good that I made them yesterday to scarf down again. I should mention that I've never seen these cookies packaged so I'm not entirely sure how they should look, so if you've seen the Coco Kookies before and are like, "these look nothing like the ones she sells," don't judge them by looks because their taste is truly delicious. They look crispy but are definitely more on the chewy side. Don't say I didn't warn you about how addictive they are. Enjoy!
Recipe from The New Potato with my tweaks below.
1 ¾ Cup almond flour
½ Cup cup 4 cup flour blend (I used King Arthur flour since that's what I had on hand)
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cornstarch
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ Cup coconut flakes
½ Cup pecans, toasted and chopped
1 ½ Cup maple syrup, the higher quality the more delicious
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple extract
1. Place all dry ingredients in the bowl of a mixer. Mix on low until all ingredients are dispersed evenly.
2. On low speed, slowly stream in the wet ingredients. Batter will be very wet.
3. Scoop into balls, flatten with your hand and let refrigerate for at least one hour before baking. I refrigerated them for 2 hours since it was still somewhat soupy at 1 hour.
4. Scoop into 12 small balls, flatten into discs, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. They won't exactly stay in ball form so I didn't need to flatten them. The batter/dough was still wet for me, but was a bit more firm.
5. Heat oven to 325 F. Line sheet tray with parchment paper. Have more parchment paper on hand so you can cut them into squares and use them to layer the cookies so they don't stick to one another as seen in the photo above.
6. Bake for 9 minutes, then turn the sheet tray around and bake for another 9 minutes, or until golden brown.
7. Cool on the baking tray at room temperature of flash-cool in the fridge or freezer if you’re in a hurry to serve Kookies!
Watercolor Abstract Flora Series: Fall 1
I'm so excited to share with you guys a space in our living room that has been somewhat neglected for the past year or so. Well, really it's the wall that's been neglected, we had chairs and a table but nothing to adorn the walls with. I was torn about having a gallery wall there, but honestly, a gallery wall can be a pain and I really didn't want to collect artwork for such a large space. Steve and I are pretty picky when it comes to artwork, so you can imagine how difficult a task it would be to have a gallery wall of pieces that we both like. Yea, it would take waaay too long. The best solution for this wall was a large piece of art, to really make a statement and to take up the whole space. We kept looking around for an original painting but the size of the piece would mean that whatever painting we found would drain our bank account, so we tossed that idea out the window.
Then I remembered that Minted, an online marketplace connecting you with independent artists from all over the world (they source their pieces through on-going art competitions, so you know it's good stuff!), has a great selection of artwork and maybe, just maybe Steve and I could agree on a piece for the living room. And it took us no time at all to decide on a piece that we both love.
We found this watercolor abstract flora series fall 1 print and instantly knew that it was perfect for the large wall in our living room. We love how the purple tones echo the wall color, and that there's a pop of orange to add some punchiness. The versatility is another thing that we love about this print. Because it's an abstract piece, it can be moved around the house if we feel like switching it up around here. It's not a one-size-fits-all piece and I think that's another reason why we love it.
If you're getting your house ready for the holidays and find that you want to give your house a refresh but don't have a ton of money, switching out artwork is a great and affordable way to revamp your space. It instantly transforms a room and isn't expensive to do. Minted has some great upcoming promotions that I think you'll love.
11/25 - 11/27: BLACK FRIDAY: 15% off $100+, 20% off $150+ on holiday / art gifts
11/30: CYBER MONDAY: 25% off all non-holiday items
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It's that time again! Holiday Wish List's are back and I'm making them bigger than ever! For our first one, I've got gifts that are $200 or under and will knock the socks off your loved ones. Now, you know that I secretly create these wish lists to help out my loved ones, right? So, ahem, family members of mine, feel free to get any of these items for me if you're having a hard time figuring out what to get me, hehe.
I wanted to tackle the pricier items that I'm loving right now since we still have lots of time (kind of, sort of?) to shop for our loved ones and at least for me, I like to have some extra time to decide on bigger purchases. I've gotten into the habit of thinking about pricier purchases for a bit just to make sure I don't change my mind or find something better. And I definitely wouldn't want that to happen when getting someone I love a gift for the holidays. I've also learned that when in doubt, champagne is always the answer. Am I right??
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A total stunner.
Happy Monday! Hope you all had a fun weekend! We stayed close to home this weekend, albeit we had plans to watch the lighting ceremony at the National Harbor with our good friends. It turned out to be way too cold and windy to have Vivi outside since she was just recovering from a little cold. But despite the change in plans, it all worked out and we had a great weekend full of family time. I also got to head to Wrabyn to celebrate their 2nd birthday! And you guys, everything in that gorgeous shop, needs to get in my closet. I'm not even kidding. I had to highlight one of the jewelry lines there because I am completely enamored with it. Auden, based out of NYC and handmade in NYC, just took my breath away. It's upscale but has a little edge so it doesn't feel too precious or girly. It's the perfect combination of cool, glitz, and wearability. I took a few snaps of the goodies below. I'm hoping someone gets the hint with xmas just around the corner...
We also hit up Homestead Gardens to check out the decorations and to get some ideas for our own house. We'll be busting out the Christmas decorations from storage in a few days to assess what we're going to use and what we need before buying anything. In the past, we tend to purchase before assessing and we've decided not to do that this year. We end up buying unnecessarily and just wasting money, so we've decided to map it all out before buying anything. I'm hoping it creates a more cohesive look in the house as well as saving us some $$.
Hope you all have a great start to your week!
That vest on the left is so luxe, I just love the snap details up top mixed with the fur on bottom.
This Ted Baker coat has my heart. The fit is unreal and the color is a perfect blend of blush and mauve.
I'm telling you guys, Auden's line is sooo good.
Sunday morning was the perfect time for me to ease into the day with working on Vivi's birth announcements. We were late with sending out Cora's and we are yet again late with sending out Vivi's. Some things will never change.
I realize that we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet, but we just can't help ourselves in getting into the Christmas spirit. A trip to Homestead Gardens was the perfect family outing to get ideas of how to decorate the house.
Checking out the huge train display with daddy.
I couldn't help myself but take a pic of her with this giant nutcracker. It was just too funny to see something almost her size.
We had a feast at my parents' house last night. Love coming home for family time and meals.
This green tea cake was THE BOMB. I think I need more green tea cake in my life now.
family - Monday, November 16, 2015
A total stunner. Happy Monday! Hope you all had a fun weekend! We stayed close to home this weekend, albeit we had plans to watch the ligh...