GIVING THANKS

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving day! Mine was full of fantastic food, family time, and special drinks! This year I have so much to be thankful for. One of those things is the pretty table setting I made for my family’s Turkey Day meal. It was pretty simple to put together but turned out to have some rustic elegance. I simply picked out a few various pumpkins, sprayed them with some sparkling gold glitter, and arranged them on top of a burlap table runner.

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Of course there are many other things I am very thankful for this year. I am so thankful for the friendships I have that continue to grow even when I live miles and miles away from my friends, for the experiences I have had over the past year and the places I have been and seen, and for my family who always supports me no matter what I do.

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What are you thankful for this year?

XO

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MANI MONDAY- BLACK LEOPARD

{OPI BLACK ONYX, OPI BIRTHDAY BABE, OPI IT’S FROSTY OUTSIDE}

 

MANI MONDAY- GOLD TRIANGLE 2{OPI DS CLASSIC, OPI BRISBANE BRONZE}

 

MANI MONDAY- WICKED

{ESSIE WICKED}

 

MANI MONDAY- PENNY TALK

{ESSIE PENNY TALK}

 

Happy Mani Monday, everyone! When I think of fall manicures I think of coppery shades, jewel tones, and deep colors. The manicures above are my favorite at home manis of the season thus far. I’m hoping to find the perfect emerald green soon! What nail polish are you currently craving?

 

XO

SUNDAY SIX: GOBBLE GOBBLE GOODIES

I don’t know how the rest of you are feeling, but I just have to say that Thursday cannot come soon enough for me! Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday. It means time with family, lots of delicious food and what I consider the start to the holiday season. This year it seems like it is taking forever for the big turkey day to get here! While we are waiting for the arrival of Thanksgiving, take a peak at some of these fantastic goodies to make your Thanksgiving even more glamorous and fun! I mean, who wouldn’t love to carve the turkey with a golden knife?!

Gobble Gobble Goodies

01. HILLCREST CHARGER PLATE BY KELLY WEARSTLER

02. NAMBE COPPER CANYON WINE COASTER

03. ELK HORN SERVEWARE FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE

04. ANTHROPOLOGIE AUREUX CARVING KNIFE

05. ‘CHEERS’ DOUBLE OLD FASHIONED TUMBLER FROM TARGET

06. MARCHESA BY LENOX 3 PIECE SERVING SET

PS- If you are looking for any last-minute ideas for something sweet to finish up your Thanksgiving meal with, try these cupcakes or this easy apple pie!

XO

SWEAT(ER)SHIRT

At the beginning of this week the temperature changed drastically. Last week I was riding around in my car with the windows down in short sleeves and yesterday there was snow falling. Although it’s still not cold enough for the snow to stick, I decided to break out some of the warmer pieces in my wardrobe. I just recently picked up this comfy, cozy Free People top that is a mixture of a sweatshirt and a sweater. I’ve decided I will call it my sweat(er)shirt.

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{OUTFIT DETAILS: TOP- FREE PEOPLE; JEANS- 7 FOR ALL MANKIND, SIMILAR; BOOTS- BANANA REPUBLIC; BAG- MICHAEL KORS, SIMILAR; RINGS- BEVELLO; EARRINGS- ALLISON DANIEL DESIGNS}

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BEST DRESSED: COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS 2013

When I was a little girl I HATED country music. I have no clue what I was thinking because now I love it… like, a lot! I didn’t really get the chance to watch much of the Country Music Awards last night, but I still managed to pick out my favorite dresses. Below are four of my favorite looks from the red carpet. Jana Kramer was absolutely stunning. The colors in her gown were beautiful and her lip color was fabulous! Of course, the fellas were looking great last night as well (especially Tim McGraw who always looks good to me).

 

{JANA KRAMER IN THEIA; IMAGE VIA}

Jana Kramer CMA 2013

{TAYLOR SWIFT IN ELIE SAAB; IMAGE VIA}

Taylor Swift CMA 2013

{KELLIE PICKLER IN GEORGES CHAKRA COUTURE; IMAGE VIA}

Kellie Pickler CMA 2013

{RACHEL SMITH IN TADASHI SOJI; IMAGE VIA}

Rachel Smith CMA 2013

Did you watch the show last night? Who were your picks for best dressed?

 

XO

 

CLASSIC APPLE PIE WITH CRUMB TOPPING

I recently got to cross off a few things on this years fall bucket list, one of them being to pick some fresh apples! It was freezing the day I went, but it was an awesome experience and it gave me tons of apples to make delicious treats with! I shared my quick recipe for apple pie candy apples already, so I though I would share my apple pie recipe. It’s so delicious that I find it hard not to go back for a second slice!

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CLASSIC APPLE PIE WITH CRUMB TOPPING

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pillsbury Pie Crust
  • 6 Medium Sized Apples*
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • A Few Dashes of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Apple Pie Spice

*I used Cortland.

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Peel apples and cut into thin slices. Place in large bowl and toss with lemon juice

3. Add flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice to apple and stir until each slice is coated with equal amounts.

4. Roll out pie crust in round pie dish and cut excess off of edges.

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Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/8 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Stick Butter (Room Temperature)

Directions:

1. Cut the butter into four equal pieces and place in bowl. Add flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, sugar, and apple pie spice.

2. Use a pastry cutter or a fork to mash ingredients until well combined and made into small chunks.

3. Spoon topping over pie until completely covered.

4. Cover pie with foil and back at 350 for 30 minutes.

5. Remove cover and continue baking for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Enjoy!

XO

MONTHLY MASHUP OCTOBER 2013

I hope that everyone had a fabulous October! I know I sure did. I spent the weeks of October traveling, adjusting to the cold weather, and hanging out with family. I’ve shared some of the highlights below!

 

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I loved this beautiful church in the middle of the adorable little town Mesilla, where I spent an afternoon eating amazing Mexican food and shopping.

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I participated in the Athena’s Run with my mom. It was a great experience and a beautiful morning!

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I finally got to go apple picking in Wisconsin. By the end, my fingers were frozen, but it was so much fun. I’ve been enjoying apple treats since then, like this one.

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After touring Sprecher Brewery, I got to taste some of their beer and sodas– so delicious!

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I’m kind of obsessed with things dealing with Dia de los Muertos, so my pumpkin carving reflected that this year! What do you think?

XO

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

The colors associated with this time of year are often deeper and darker than the bright pastels of spring or golden yellows and aquatic blues of summer. (Think of the black and orange of Halloween). That’s why when I came across this brightly colored room a few weeks ago, it really caught my eye.

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{IMAGE VIA THE DESIGN FILES}

 

This adorable, sunny dining area is so cheerful it brings a smile to my face every time I look at the picture. The bright colors mixed with the stark white are so fantastic. I imagine that dinner conversations are more fun in a little nook like this one. Plus, I’m always crazy about a wall covered in a collage of art. There is so much to look at in this room and it would certainly be perfect for a fun, casual night entertaining friends.

 

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

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{MURRAY FEISS MAARID MINI CHANDELIER; TRINA TURK MOJAVE PILLOW; BIZCHAIR.COM PHOENIX SIDE CHAIR IN ORANGE & BLUE; TRINA TURK MERCED PILLOW}

APPLE PIE CANDY APPLES

One of my very favorite sweet treats is the apple pie candy apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. It’s so delicious and I always feel a little less guilty for indulging since a large part of the treat is an apple, which makes it totally healthy, right?! I like to pretend that is true!

This fall, I decided that I would try to re-create the apple pie candy apple on my own. I must say, it turned out quite delicious and it was very easy and pretty fun to make! I’ve shared my simple recipe with you all below, let me know what you think!

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APPLE PIE CANDY APPLES

Ingredients:

  • 5 Green Apples*
  • White Baking Chocolate
  • 1 Bag Kraft Caramels
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 5 Sticks or Skewers

*It is best to use a sour green apple, it contrasts well with the sweetness!

Directions:

1. Wash your apples, twist off the stems, and insert your wooden sticks into the center.

2. Unwrap the Kraft Caramels and place into a small pot (preferably a deep one). Add 2 Tbsp water and heat on medium, stirring occasionally until melted.

3. Dunk the apples in the caramel. If the caramel does not reach near the top of your apple, you can tilt the pot to get the apple deeper. Spin the apple to let excess caramel drip off and scrap the bottom.

4. Place the apples on wax paper or greased foil. Let cool for 20 to 30 mins. If the excess caramel has formed a puddle around the bottom of the apple, simply fold it over around the bottom.

5. Repeat step 3 and 4. By double dipping, you really get the best flavor!

6. Combine Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, and Sugar.

7. Melt your white chocolate in a double boiler to ensure that it comes out smooth. If you do not have a double boiler you can fill a frying pan with water and place the chocolate in the bowl in the center of the pan on medium heat. Stir until completely melted.

8. Dunk the apple in the melted chocolate, letting excess drip off.

9. Pat the cinnamon and sugar mixture around the outside of the apple.

10. Let cool for at least 1 hour. For best results, cool in refrigerator so that the caramel hardens completely.

11. Cut, serve, and enjoy!

 

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XO

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY SIX: PINK WITH A PURPOSE

As I’m sure everyone already knows, October is breast cancer awareness month. There are many ways to help raise awareness or to contribute to the research to help prevent breast cancer in the future and find a cure. One of the more simple ways is to purchase a product that contributes money to help raise awareness or to find a cure. Not only are you contributing to a good cause, but you’re also getting to shop! There are tons and tons of products out there and every year more companies are taking part in breast cancer awareness month.

Below, I’ve highlighted six product choices that are affordable and help raise money for the cause. After purchasing these items, you can also wear your pink throughout the remainder of the month to continue to raise awareness.

Pink with a Purpose

01. NEST PASSION SCENTED CANDLE

02. MARC JACOBS LIMITED EDITION DAISY HOT PINK EAU DE PERFUME

03. STELLA & DOT FRIDA PRINT UNION SQUARE SCARF

04. ESSIE NAIL POLISH IN ‘I AM STRONG’

05. LIMITED EDITION SEPHORA PURPOSELY PINK LIPGLOSS DUO

06. BOBBI BROWN LIMITED EDITION FRENCH PINK BLUSH SET

 

 

PS- if you would like more information on breast cancer awareness month or would simply like to donate to the cause go here to find out all you need to know from the NBCF.

 

XO