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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

La La La




Because I have a concussion.... I get 20 minutes of computer time, 20 minutes off.....and I'm bored!

J.Crew rocks the best hair/make-up combos.  The dewy, fresh faces and the bed head + whispy top knots.  Sign me up.

These boots are Topshop but they soooo look Saint Laurent.  Count me in.

This makes me want to start reading After again! Used to be obsessed with it on Wattpad....good ol' One Direction Fanfiction! eeeeekkk.

For the days when you don't know if spot treatment or moisturizer goes on first..

Cause everyone sorta wants to be Parisian deep down, inside? Oui. (au revoir with the french tips and blow dryers!)

What the heck, its October.  Embracing pumpkin everything.

This cream blusher, bronzer, high lighter all mixed into one is helping me embrace my newly defined au natural makeup routine.  neeeeeed it.

How to get perfect hair most of the time?

Parisian vibes at Madewell... lovin' this sweater. 

Love the metallic temporary tatts floating around right now!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Fruiti Pebble Biscottis


I'm all for quirky, delicious foods.  I think fruiti pebble anything is up there with quirky.  Fruiti pebble biscottis??? Let me introduce you to my masterpiece!  

Now biscottis are traditionally cookies you have with coffee... now fruiti pebbles, coffee? Not so sure how I feel about that but these were delicious on their own.   Next time, I want to try corn flakes or cocoa pebbles. 


6 tablespoons of softened butter
2/3 cups of sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
2 eggs
2 cups of flour 
1 1/2 cups of fruiti pebbles 

In a bowl, cream butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, baking powder.  Beat in eggs on low, then add in flour.  Then add in fruiti pebbles. The dough will be very sticky.  

Biscottis bake in the oven twice, so bare with it because its worth it in the end! 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and assemble the dough into a large oval, about 2 inches tall.  Cook for 25 minutes @ 350. 

Remove from oven and turn heat down to 325.  Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes then use spray bottle filled with room temperature water, and spray evenly.  Let is sit for another 2 minutes.  Then, using a serrated knife, cut the loaf into biscotti pieces.  You can cut straight or diagonally. 

Transfer back on to baking sheet and cook @ 325 for an additional 25-30 minutes. Until biscottis are crispy and golden at the edges.  

Enjoy!!