Sunday, December 14, 2014

Words With Sunday + Chapter 35

This week we stayed close to home and enjoined brunch at Mosaic. It was great! We were both satisfied with classics, eggs benedict and french toast. If you go, be sure to order potatoes for your side, they're delicious!!  
 New plus of having short hair, I can finally wear these earrings without worrying about all my hair getting tangled up in them! At last! Aren't they just so awesome? My sister made them :)
dress- thrifted // tights- Forever 21 // sweater- Target // boots- Old Navy // necklaces- gifted // hat- David & Young // earrings- handmade by Emma

I honestly struggled trying to match this dress together with things without having it look springy. Yet the funny thing is, it's not a springy dress, maybe the cut it (it's short sleeved) but the colors are not. But after a while, I got together a caramel maroon pallet that I ended up loving! It's perfect for winter, before the snow strikes, when it still looks like fall. 

Today was warmer which was really nice for taking photos. However I spent all day cooped up making study guides for my English and History exams tomorrow. 

I find it extremely difficult to get into the Christmas mood when exams are in the way of literally everything... If you've noticed I really haven't talked about Christmas at all here on the blog. I want this year to be the best Christmas ever. Last year it just snuck up on me and I never got into that Christmas spirit, and that is just unexceptionably sad. SO! I made a Christmas bucket list. Things that I really want to do before Christmas, after exams. I only have a few days, but I'll make it work. I'll post more about that soon and I will blog everytime I do the activities! Sounds fun? I think so, we need a little bit of Xmas spirit up in here! haha 

Happy Holidays! xoxo

Saturday, December 13, 2014

No New Photos

But you can always follow me on Instagram... here's what I've been up to lately
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Words With Sunday + Chapter 34

 A surprisingly delicious brunch this week at The Roosevelt. This morning I had just about the best pancakes and eggs I have ever had. Their food is unconventional and, like food from the turn of the last century, doesn't always look 100% appetizing is AMAZING. It sounds weird I know... but just go try it out for yourself, you'll be surprised too...
 By far yet another one of my favorite dresses in my closet. If you know me, you'll know that this in fact is true. I wear this dress everywhere: school, parties, brunch celebrations... everywhere. What's not to love about it?!
 However, don't let my bare arms fool you, it was absolutely freezing (!!!) today, especially with all that wind! Oh man...
For some reason, after brunch and photos, we decided to traipse around a bit and check out some bakeries... We actually went to a couple, all so different. Of course we brought home plenty of baked goods from pies and chocolate croissants to loafs and rounds of bread. hahaha why not right?

Exam week is next week so I wont really be blogging much over these next two weeks (prep week and then exams) But then after that CHRISTMAS!! Do you guys have any big Christmas plans?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Say Hello to Kalee from Fred Rongo!

Hello Everyone!
Today I am happy to introduce one of my favorite bloggers, Kalee from Fred Rongo! I've been following Kalee for some time now and absolutely love her blog... I asked Kalee some questions just so you guys could get to know her a little bit :) 
Now go on, check out her awesome blog!xoxo

first, some questions on blogging:

1. When and did you want to start blogging? 
I started blogging in May of 2012 after some encouragement from my boss! I was always interested in fashion, but never knew what to do with it. And that’s how Fred Rongo got started!
2. Where do you find inspiration for all your awesome outfit posts? 
Pinterest mostly! I like to combine a lot of things I see on there.

3. Any tips on blogging? How did you gain so many followers? 
Be consistent! Make sure you’re making posts and interacting with your readers; asking questions, having giveaways, etc.. Another tip is networking. Networking is huge! Branch out to other bloggers, comment, collaborate, & go to blogger events. And don’t be afraid to ask bigger bloggers for help! And one last thing. Remember to be patient. Growing your blog doesn't happen over night! You're blogging because you love it, not because you're trying to gain followers. Don't forget that!
4. Who are your favorite bloggers/blogs to follow? 
My all time favorite is The Sartorialist! Scott Schuman has always been a big inspiration.. My favorite style blogger is Hello, it’s Valentine. She is absolutely adorable and has the best clothes! I hope to aspire to her level of recognition someday.
5. What are your favorite posts to do? 
Outfit posts! Especially ones with lots of color.
and now for a few random questions:

6. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you travel? 
New Zealand! I would love to go spear fishing. Haha.
7. What are your top three favorite pieces in your closet? 
Anything with sequins, anything with leopard print, and with Winter here, my plaid coat!
8. What's your favorite hairstyle you've done? 
Hmm.. This is a tough one. Considering I’ve done SO many different hairstyles! I can’t keep the same hair for more than 6 months, usually. Haha. But if I had to choose, I’d probably say when I had short blonde hair!
9. Speak any other languages? 
No, I wish! I’ve been listening to French lessons in my car everyday though. I’d love to learn how to speak it fluently!
10. If you could have dinner with any celebrity who would it be? 
Christoph Waltz. Well, because, duh. YUM.

Thanks so much Kalee!

Boulder Skies

 School is back into its swing again and I couldn't be missing Boulder any more than I am right now. 
I wish I could be back under this glorious blanket again... :(

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

OMG! No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Squares!!

 These rich little guys were what I served for dessert along with Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving.
I thought I'd share the recipe... Making them yesterday, actually was my first time and they were pretty successful. Yours can be too!!
 I found this recipe on A Beautiful Mess sometime last week and knew I wanted to make them sometime in the future...

Here's what you'll need:
a square (8x8) pan
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 1/2 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)
1/2 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 cup chopped peanut butter cups
 First, start by mixing up the first five ingredients on the list, then spread them into your buttered (or sprayed) pan.
 next: Microwave the chocolate chips with the oil for 30 seconds.
Take it out and stir..
Microwave for another 30 seconds
mix until liquidy
(microwave for more time is necessary)

Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter mix. Be sure to get all edges!!
Chop up the peanut butter cups as you please and place them on top of all of it.
Put in the freezer for an hour and a half minimum, or until solid. Overnight is fine as well...
And enjoy! xo. O

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friday In Boulder

 Sleeping in, today we spent the day on Pearl street doing some shopping and perusing. 
Then ended the day with a beautiful hike!!
Which of course....
Ended up in a photo shoot... so typical haha
 Oh... and we all bought matching headbands too hehe
 Always jumping pictures
 Saunders always got REALLY high! How?! Seriously... look how awkward I am, lol this photo is so funny
 And then there was an amazing sunset, and lot and lots of wind.
So much love for my family!!
What are your favorite places to travel with family? xo