Friday, December 28, 2012

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Layers

I love cold weather because you can layer a few great pieces and be plenty warm even on those extremely nippy days.  Sweaters and button-ups are two of my favorite pieces and they're so easy to pair together, and they look especially good with a super dark pair of skinnies.  Being such a classic preppy style, you can easily throw a blazer on over it instead of a bulky coat, and being in a surprising color, like this mint green, makes it more interesting.  Throw on some Bean boots you'll be ready for any weather.

And not only should you layer your clothes, but layer your jewelry as well.  Layer pearls and gems around your neck, or crystal and leather on your wrist.  A stunning boyfriend watch like this chocolate and rose gold on from Fossil will go great with your "arm candy" or by itself.  With all the layering going on elsewhere, keep it simple with pearl stud earrings or these adorable little bow earrings from J. Crew. Then you just need a great neutral handbag, nail polish, and a great perfume like Burberry Classic, perfect for this time of year.

There's really nothing to it, super easy and simple to put together but you'll look like a style genius!



Winter Fashion


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Stocking Stuffers!

Sometimes finding gifts for a stocking are the hardest gifts to buy! (Unless there's a diamond ring involved) So I've come up with a few that I think make great stuffers and are sure to please everyone!

This will be my last post until after Christmas so I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas, eats lots of good food and spends lots of time with family and friends!

  1. Cell phone cases! Especially if you're buying for an iPhone user, the options are endless!
  2. Tech cases. You'll be hard pressed to find someone that doesn't have a phone, iPad, e-reader, or some kind of tablet or laptop.  Even if they already have one, cases aren't just practical, they're accessories! 
  3. This probably isn't the best present for a guy, but nail polish, especially good nail polish, is a great gift!  Most girls I know don't want to spend a lot on one or two bottles of polish so now it a great time to get that fashionista a couple great bottles! (Brands are Essie and Julep Maven)
  4. Mittens and warm specialty socks are a great gift because they're practical, and totally cute!  
  5. Tumbler cups.  We have many at our house and we use them. All. The. Time. You can really never have too many, especially if they're a favorite team or designer!
  6. And finally, you can't go wrong with a gift card!  They fit everyone and you don't have to worry about whether or not they like it, as long as it's from a store or restaurant you know they like!

Stocking Stuffers


Friday, December 21, 2012

Sequins


You've got a Christmas party for work, with friends, or family coming up and you don't know what to wear.  I've been there.  And my favorite things to wear during the holidays are sequins, comfy sweaters, tights, and boots.  You can't go wrong with sequins during the holidays, tights can make any outfit warmer or more interesting, and you can't go wrong with a great pair of riding boots, for a more casual party, or some great heels for a fancier party.

My absolute favorite holiday (really any day) look, involves sequins, and here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate them into any outfit!




Sequins


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cake Balls!

Christmas is quickly approaching and gatherings with friends and family along with it.  Wondering what food you'll take?  A casserole?  Rolls? Some other side dish? Dessert?  Dessert is always a safe bet unless you've been asked to bring otherwise, but they can be so difficult to transport and should you bring yet another pecan pie or layer cake? Boring. Instead, take cake balls!  Everyone loves cake, and in being in this form makes them MUCH more fun and transportable!  Some of my favorite are good 'ol white cake with any kind of yummy icing and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing. Yum!

They're so simple and easy, and I'm going to show you how to do it!  I use store bought ingredients but you can totally make the cake and icing from scratch if you please!

What you'll need:
Box of cake mix - any flavor, plus the ingredients to make the cake
Regular tub of icing - any flavor
1 package of Almond Bark - I usually use vanilla
Sprinkles - optional! 
Cake pans
Cookie sheet
Aluminum foil, or parchment paper

That's it!


1. Bake the cake.  It doesn't matter what pans you use since you'll be crumbling it up, but I always use a 9x13 because it's easier to crumble in a big pan, and make sure to wait until the cake is completely cooled! I also use Reynold's wrap with the paper on one side and foil on the other.  The cake pops right out, don't have to flour the pan, and don't have to wash the pan! 



2. Put crumbled cake into your biggest bowl.  This is the biggest one I have and it's obviously just big enough. 


3. Put the entire tube of icing in the bowl and start mixing it together!  It may not seem like enough icing, but I promise it is!  If you put more, which I have done, your mixture will become much too "soupy".


4. It should look like this when it's all mixed together!  After you're done mixing it, put some plastic wrap over it and put it in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight, but at least 3-4 hours.


5. When the mix is done cooling, you can start making balls!  I use just a spoon and my hands (if you do red velvet, beware, you're hands will stain a little!) into balls about bite size, maybe 2 bites, but it's totally up to you!  Then you'll set the balls in the fridge for a couple more hours as the mixture will become warm and slightly sticky as you handle it. This is when I put paper on a cooke sheet to set them on, much easier to handle!



6. When the balls have cooled, put half the Almond Bark in a bowl and melt it, it doesn't take long but I put it in for about 1 minute at a time until it's all melted.  Take a spoon and test the chunk of bark, it's often much softer than it appears!

Then you'll start putting your cake balls in a few at a time, cover them, and set them on your parchment paper or foil, I usually just spread a big sheet on the table.  I do half the bark at a time because it's a little easier to manage and I usually have extra balls and not quite enough bark so those usually get eaten!


7. This is where I'll call Jason in to help, after I place the balls on the paper, he'll sprinkle some sprinkles onto the wet chocolate.  (You can do this on your own, but it goes much faster with help! A good way to get the kids involved in the least messy step!)


8. Let them dry!  They'll take a couple hours or you can leave them overnight, with the chocolate covering they wont dry out!  Then you can stack them into just about any container, I like to use the Christmas tupperware you find at Walmart, I can fit pretty much all of them into the largest container.


9. Enjoy! I hope they're a hit with your family and friends! I'm thinking of trying German Chocolate next time, I'll let you know how they turn out!












 
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