Monday, November 10, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


Fall wouldn't be complete without more pumpkin!  Especially pumpkin in the form of muffins with chocolate chips.  These ones are thick, dense and moist.  I never knew I would be fond of pumpkin and chocolate till now...but I really enjoy these.  They smell really good when you walk by and just happen to get a whiff of cinnamon and pumpkin. 



Ingredients

1/4 cup of vegetable oil 
1 (1/2 cup) stick of softened butter
1 can of pumpkin puree (15 oz)
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar 
3 eggs
3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of ginger powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, I used mini ones. 

Cream butter, eggs, oil, sugar and pumpkin together till smooth. 

In another bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, ginger and salt.  

Then mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.   The mixture should be thick enough to hold a spoon up. 

Then mix in the chocolate chips.  

Butter cupcake pans and dust with flour or use cupcake liners and spoon in batter.  Fill the entire cup. 

Bake at 425 for the first 5 minutes, then 350 for the next 13 minutes.  Check the muffins so they don't overcook!  Enjoy




Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Bag o Tricks


My purse is a free for all.  You can stick your hand in and have no idea what the heck your gonna pull out... Lots of girls have bags like this.  They weigh 749837549 lbs and carry everything ranging from enough lipsticks to make a counter at Sephora to food because we get hangry and anything else that is privileged enough to get thrown into the mix. 

My bag is sort of a cluster... but I have essentials that I always try to make sure I have.  I like to switch my bags up frequently..right now the winner is my Zac Posen bag... its a big ol heavy, structured, satchel (see here for amaze guide to handbags) with a cross body strap.  Every bag I own has a cross body strap.  I LOVE cross body straps.  They give a more effortless look and balance out the weight of my bag.   Not to mention they just make everything easier.  Two hands?! Always! Is now a good time to say I'm a fan of backpacks and fanny packs? 

So lets get down to the nitty gritty... in my bag I ALWAYS have aquaphor.  I have the world's most sensitive skin, honestly.  Its a life saver salve that works for just about everything.  I normally use it on my lips (works great if you scrub with a toothbrush and then apply on thick layer.  yields just made out with someone lips) on my cheeks as highlighter and on dry patches of skin.  (uggh so cute.)  Then following the other lip products, I usually have a burts bees.  I bought like 5 different ones but I lost them so now I just use whatever I can find that day... the wild cherry is my fave but long live the days when I used to sorta know where it was.  Then, I have a Josie Maran cheek gelee which is good for subtle lip tint.  Then a fresh chapstick in a red color.. A few nude lip glosses.. a YSL lipstick and a chubby stick.  

After lips, I carry a They're Real mascara which I love.  I've used it since 8th grade.  And my new fave Touche Eclat in 2.5... I love this stuff.. I never sleep anymore and this stuff brings back my relaxed summer face. 

I carry lotion since I always forget to put it on.  I like putting in on my hands too because they get dry.  The Neutrogena hand lotion is super great! I carry Kiehls creme de corps and some Vegas hotel lotion.  

I normally get gels on my fingers but I like to do regular nail polish for my toes.  I play volleyball so I really appreciate manis and pedis. I don't really stray from my normal colors...I have You don't know Jacques and My Private Jet.  Both OPI. 

Next up, tums and ginger candies because I get car sick and have acid reflux. I'm a winner! 

H2O.  I'm a water snob and always carry some with me.  I love Hawaiian water. 

Perfume... I have flower bomb in the pink cylinder and Si by Georgio Armani in another.  Both are my faves!! 

Glasses.  When a contact falls out.  Then extra contacts when a contact falls out.  And sunglasses when I feel like it.  

I carry my wallet and a smaller pouch that I put coins in.  Then, theres the loose dollars floating around. 

HAIRBANDS.  For the girl that loves wearing her hair up. 

House keys.. headphones that are hiding in this pic. 

Ginger mints. Nail file. 

Girly pouches. lololololol

My ipad mini.  A book.  Normally I read books on my ipad.  Right now I'm reading Caroline de Maigret's How to be Parisian.  Along with some other books.  I got a hardcover book because its bad to read on an Ipad when you have a concussion..and I can't resist.  Oh and my phone. Durrrr. 

Reese's peanut buttercup trash.  If you can't eat Reese's pumpkins in November then when can you?! 


Here we have porn in the form of cross body bags.  Come to Mama, I have love for all of ya! 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Banana Bread


Fall is the 3 months out of the year starting from mid September to the end of November where pumpkin is a suitable variation to add to everything under the sun.  Pumpkin-spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, PUMPKIN BREAD.  If you can eat it, you can eat it with pumpkin.  I'm more then happy to jump on that bandwagon! Hence, why I come bringing pumpkin banana bread !


Ingredients (makes 2 loaves)

3 peeled, ripe bananas
15 oz of pumpkin puree.  (1 can or half a can depending on size) 
2 cups sugar, put more sugar off to the side to use later 
2 cups self rising flour ( I used 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking power, 1/2 tsp salt X 2 for 2 cups) 
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt 


heat oven to 350.

Mix banana and sugar till blended well, add pumpkin, mix till creamy. 

Add flour, eggs, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and mix till smooth. 

butter and flour 2 loaf pans. evenly distribute mix. 

drizzle sugar over the tops of loaves. 

bake for 45 minutes. 

enjoy! 



Friday, October 24, 2014

#CosmopolitanChic

I take little trips to Vegas with my friend all through out the summer.  I'm so fascinated with the night life there and how people dress up for it.  I could sit in the casino and watch everyone go by.... the way people chose to present themselves for a night out on the town fascinates me.  Lots of girls go the bandage dress route...paired with sparkles shoes...loose curls...  Its the quintessential Vegas get up and go.  It looks great on some girls (although, some like stuffed sausages :/) but I remember reading a great article about Rita Ora and how she goes about her own personal style.  She was talking about how theres lots of hot girls out there so she always makes sure she does something different.  Whether her hair, or a lipstick or an outfit.  I totally agree with this and I love it.  Lots of girls go out at night in Vegas in sparkly pumps and a bandage dress.  Short, lots of boob, lots of skin... and sore feet as they walk through the lobby before they even get to the The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or wherever they decide to go that night.  I appreciate something different! Soo, after all the time I've spent sitting in the casino at 11 pm eating McDonalds.. I've come up with the perfect outfit to wear for a night on the town!  You don't have to be typical to look hot!  So I present to you: The not so basic guide to looking hot in Vegas. 



Ok, so the for the first outfit, we're gonna cover the legs.  I know, not what normally comes to mind when you think Vegas but trust me.  Over the knee boots are such a hit right now.  With this loose fitting dress, the boots make the outfit sexy, but not overly showy.   They're unique, they're different and I betcha you won't find a lot of girls going out in 4 inch, over the knee, black suede boots.  This outfit lets the boots do the talking!  I love this outfit with messy bed head waves and dewy, glowing makeup.  A cross body clutch is perfect to hold money, gloss, phone and ID while still having two hands free.  Ya just never know! ;) 


Ok, so this outfit is a little more Vegas-y. Vegas-y? Stay with it.  The dress is tighter with ruching, which I believe is the most flattering thing in the entire world.  If your in Vegas, you're not there to eat salads and go to yoga every morning. HELLO!  Anyways, the dress is super flattering but not overly revealing.  It's short but it has a high neck and covers everything.  A LBD is perfect for everything.  Pack em! Even if you don't wear it out, throw it on with sneaks and a cute hat to have a hot, off-duty shopping outfit.  Vegas has THE BEST shopping.  

Now with an LBD, you have more freedom with the shoe.  Sore feet is the worst.  Choosing shoes with at least a 1 in platform makes life so much happier.  Platform shoes are wayyyy more comfy and allow an easier walk.  These red Saint Laurents are beauties. I'm all for single sole heels but leave those at home when you're gonna be dancing and walking a lot.  The balls of your feet will burn from the blisters.  TRUST.   I picked this outfit with a smokey eye and nude lip.  With messy hair at the roots.  Sleeker at the bottoms. And again, with a clever cross body. 

#cosmopolitanchic