Monday, September 26, 2016

Recipe: Birthday Cake Pancakes

OH MY YUM! I found this recipe in Taste of Home: Fun Food Magazine, and altered it to be gluten free. You guys, this one is a must make! I would highly recommend this as a dessert idea that will steal the show. Here is what you'll need:

Ingredients:
1 cup pancake mix
1 cup yellow or white cake mix
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tbsp. milk, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup vanilla frosting
1/4 cup sprinkles
additional sprinkles

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Directions:

1. Whisk pancake mix and cake mix. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla until blended. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes. Fold in 1/4 cup sprinkles.

2. On a lightly greased griddle over medium heat, pour the batter by 1/4 cupfuls to create six large pancakes. Cook until bubbles on top begin to pop; turn. Cook until golden brown. Repeat using smaller amounts of batter to create pancakes of different sizes.

3. Microwave the frosting and 1 tbsp. milk, covered on high until melted, 10-15 secs. On each of the large pancakes, layer smaller pancakes in decreasing order of size with the smallest on top; drizzle with frosting. Top with additional sprinkles. 

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I hope you guys try this recipe. It is one of my families favorite to date! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Makeup with GloMinerals


When I love something, I love it to the full extent. I latch on and squeeze the life out of it because that's just my nature (ask my husband and dog, both are recipients of this daily). This even goes for material items -- okay, maybe not the squeezing per se, but I definitely become a loyal user when I stumble upon a great brand or product that works for me and glo minerals is a prime example of this. 

Here's how the story goes: A few years ago, I (non-creepily) took a screen shot of our gorgeous blogger friend April wearing a stunning shade of coral matte lipstick and I HAD to find out who made it. Coincidentally, a few months later, my Mom bought both Lisa and I a variety pack of lip crayons from glo minerals and that color was included (it's called "crush," by the way!) and from then on, a true lipstick love affair was born. Since then, we have worn the colors in virtually every blog post (sorry not sorry!), so I was really excited when the glo team reached out about their new Fall line including brow pencils and cream shadow sticks...


My morning makeup routine is fairly simple...a bit of concealer, brow tidying, eyeliner, mascara, blush & lip color. These days, my brows are one of my favorite accessories because if those look decent and I add a coat of mascara, I feel put together enough to get out the door quickly (usually because I've hit the snooze button a few too many times!) That said, I was SO excited to try these brow pencils...I tend to be in the middle of light and dark brown so I opted to try both and they go on so smooth. I regularly use this brow powder kit but powder doesn't give you full coverage so these are perfect for filling in the spaces and achieving a more even look. 

As for the shadow sticks, they are my new FAVORITE. Seriously. I don't wear much eye shadow on the daily because it takes a little more effort than I'd like...apply a base, blend, blah blah. BUT the best part about these is that is just takes 1 or 2 swipes for them to be fully applied and it stays on ALL DAY. Like, I have to scrub fairly hard with my eye makeup remover to get it all off which is actually awesome because I hate when I get home from work and realize I have no color left on my face. 


BEFORE:

AFTER:
(used beam & keepsake on my eyes)

I'm certainly no makeup artist but I've always trusted myself to do a pretty decent job for everyday wear and I love the way gold hues help play up blue eyes...By combining a few of these eye shadow shades, I create some dimension for my eyes and bonus - It definitely looks like I spent more time on my makeup routine than I actually did...#MAKEUPGOALS.


What does your morning makeup routine consist of?
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fringe Connection

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If you know me, then you know I am a huge fan of fringe. Whether it's a fringe mini skirt or my favorite fringe bag, it has always been my go-to addition for year-round boho style. What can I say? Adding fringe to my outfit just feels more "me". 

That brings me to this fringe maxi skirt. It was love at first site when I saw it on the Tobi website, and I couldn't wait to wear it. The styling possibilities are endless and honestly the hardest part was narrowing it down to how I would wear it first! I added a stripe turtleneck, beautiful white trench vest, lots of gold jewelry, black hat, and oxblood clutch. The styling felt perfect for the Fall weather that is right around the corner. Yeah, I see you Fall, and I am so excited for you...(My favorite season is coming!)
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Vest: Who What Wear for Target (similar) // Top: Lulus (similar) // Skrit: c/o Tobi // Bag: Just Fab // Hat & Sunglasses: c/o Sole Society // Bracelet: Rachel Zoe via Box of Style // Watch: Fossil // Rings: c/o Park Lane Jewelry // Lip Color: Glo Minerals- Bombshell

Are you a fringe fan?
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Distressed, Not Stressed Weekends


Come Saturday and Sunday, I can be found running around town in a version of this look: Distressed jeans, a flowy top and an oversized top knot, my preferred weekend uniform. Any combination of this makes me feel put together yet relaxed, the perfect mood to engage in my favorite weekend activities...waking up with iced coffee, stopping by the Farmer's Market for flowers and scones and dining al fresco for date night with my husband. However...the majority of this (GORGEOUS!) Sunday was actually spent indoors, being productive in a much different way: Spending 6 hours painting our basement...a task we have been putting off for months so I can say, having a finished product makes us feel pretty damn good. 

A little backstory: When we bought our house 3 years ago, it was move-in ready. Everything had been updated and the previous owners had done gorgeous work so we felt so lucky not to be dealing with remodeling in our first years of marriage...but nothing lasts forever, right? Late last year, we had a small leak in our foundation so we had to pull up a minimal section of the laminate flooring...and needless to say, we didn't do it very carefully, so what started as a very small issue eventually landed us here: Replacing the entire floor (note, the basement is HUGE!). You should have seen my face when my husband told me we would have to start all over. After wallowing and mourning our beautiful flooring for a few months, we decided to appreciate this situation as an opportunity to design the room through our own eyes and design it from scratch. So after ENDLESS trips to Home Depot, 3 months of essentially staring at two different laminate colors (because we couldn't make up our minds!) and finally picking a paint to match (there are too many versions of gray!)...we have made some progress!


I was a little disappointed about "wasting" a weekend like this indoors but as my husband reminded me, this is a race against time and we're almost out. We host Thanksgiving for 30 people in our basement every year and with a busy 2 months on the horizon, we no longer have the luxury of delaying the task. "Sometimes, you just have to adult," he said. Without him, I would probably succumb to my irresponsible game plans way more often and now that the weekend has passed, I can officially say my worries about missing time in the sun turned into something just as memorable. We completed our first big home project together and celebrated at our favorite wine bar to cap it off.

Can't wait to show you guys the finished product! Stay tuned...


P.S. My collection of distressed jeans continues to grow and this pair from JAG Jeans is currently topping the list. The brand is Seattle-based (like their partner, Fitcode -- another one of our loves) and are obsessed with the right fit, style, and comfort. They are responsible for the recent return of the "pull-on" trend which they actually make look flattering, but this time around, I went with a "normal" waistband, as I have an undeniable obsession with distressed denim :) I normally wear a size 4-6 in jeans and the team at JAG assured me that based on how these fit, a 4 would be just right...and guess what? They are perfect. These guys know their stuff :)





What did you do this weekend?
How did you make it memorable?

Wearing:

Top: Old Navy (similar)
Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: c/o JAG - Recommended by Fitcode
Shoes: Target
Bag: c/o Sole Society
Sunnies: H&M

Friday, September 16, 2016

Find Your Fierce: Women's Self Defense

"The White House reports that 1 in 5 women will be assaulted during their time in college, and this figure does not even begin to describe the abuse that occurs to women outside of college campuses, and around the world" - (via

It’s time to shift the balance of power...


We've all heard the statistics. They're staggering and always seemingly on the rise but it's still very easy to think "that will never happen to me" and you're probably right. But why not feel confident when you're alone rather than unsure? (Sadly), we're no longer navigating a college campus but between the both of us, we spend a lot of time outdoors engaging in various fitness activities. 

Whether we're working to complete a challenge or riding bikes with the kids, we don't always have the luxury of being with another person so an extra layer of security sounded really beneficial. I was talking to my co-worker the other day whose daughter just graduated from IU and he said, "I always felt better about her walking home because she carried her Tiger Lady." I started laughing. What? I thought he was joking (or just referring to some ridiculous friend of his daughter's -- kids these days, right?) but then he explained the concept to me and I thought it was genius.

TigerLady is a hand-held self-defense device inspired by the natural defense of a cat's retractable claws. TigerLady works in two ways: 1) Holding the product in your hand reminds you to stay alert, and pay attention to your surroundings, 2) It enhances your ability to scratch an assailant and quickly get to safety.

 claws in

claws out

The device acts as a claw that relies on the tension of your fist to cause 3 claws to protract from between your knuckles. The three claws have hollow channels on the underside, which are designed to collect skin and DNA for a better chance of positive ID. Guys - This tiny device collects DNA...This is so Law & Order SVU, I can't even stand it ;) PLUS, it gives you chance to be cat woman for a day... #superherogoals.

The icing on the cake? TigerLady is made entirely in the USA and assembled by disabled veterans. So not only do we feel safer but it feels great to know we are helping such a wonderful group of people, just by making this purchase.


How do you stay safe outside? Do you carry mace or any other devices?

P.S. We wanted to point out that WE reached out to TigerLady for this post - It was not given to us for a sponsored review...we actually were so impressed by the concept and both felt compelled to try it ourselves. Hope you guys are as interested as we were :)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rocked it & Swapped it: Floral Wrap Dress

 
You know when you slip on a dress and it feels like it was made just for you? It fits like a glove, contouring to your body and hugging you in all the right places. Doesn't happen often but when it does, it's one of those "I can go anywhere and do anything" kind of days, fueled by self-esteem and confidence. Oddly enough, we BOTH felt that about this dress even though we have different body types and styles...sisterhood of the traveling dress, is that you? ;)


Lisa found this style on Zaful a few months ago for UNDER $20 -- Does it get better, ladies? I love how Lisa included various pops of blue so I actually did the same but kept the hues a little more Fall-like. After seeing it in my swap bag, I wore it multiple times and received many compliments. Sadly, it's no longer selling but we have rounded up a few similar styles that will carry you into the cooler temps with the addition of a leather jacket & booties.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Little Black Dress

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Everyone needs a little black dress in their wardrobe (or ten!). Seriously though, I am a big fan of stocking up on items that can be worn year in and year out and won't go out of style. Which is why I have quite a few black dresses that I love! This LBD is a twist on the norm with great cut-outs in the sleeves, and a keyhole detail in the back. It is perfect for a date night, GNO, or can even be worn under a cardigan and paired with cute flats for a day at the office. Head over to Tobi and pick up this beauty at half price. New customers always get 50% off their first order!

On this day, I was having dinner out and wanted to mix my neutrals. I love mixing brown and black even though I think most people still see it as a fashion faux-paw. Rules were made to be broken ladies, mix those neutrals! I wanted to add in a few other colors so I added my red glasses and a mix black and dark denim jacket. In the end I loved my outfit but I did feel a bit like a go-go girl! ;) 

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Dress: c/o Tobi // Jacket: Guess (similar) // Boots: c/o Sole Society (similar) // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Sunglasses: Kate Spade // Moon Earrings: c/o Park Lane Jewelry // Cuff: Coach (similar) // Watch: Fossil

How many LBD's do you have?
Are you a fan of mixing black & brown?

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