Halloween, If I Liked It

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{Easy DIY Balloons}

I notoriously am not a fan of Halloween. Perhaps it’s the effort of picking a costume. Perhaps it’s not wanting to be scared. Perhaps it’s the desire to stay inside where it is warm instead of wearing a coat over the costume I just spent a week of thought-energy on.

I can’t even remember what I did last year. Not a surprise but it’s also a demonstration of my general apathy for the holiday. The year before last I was an engaged Kate Middleton. I did everything right – the (imitation) blue dress and engagement ring were in tow. It was pretty brilliant. So this year I have a follow up and I am almost (almost) a little disappointed that I don’t have any plans on the horizon. Because if I did, I would be this:

Kate Costume

Yes, I would carry that baby around all night. All I’m missing are those luscious locks…#hairenvy.

Who are we kidding? I’ll probably end up happily cozy on my couch with a pumpkin bev and a bowl of candy loving every minute of it.

Be safe out there trick-or-treaters!

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Friday Find: Just Start

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 10.24.54 AM{Gold Foil “Just Start” Print by CharmAndGumption}

Whatever that thing is that you’re thinking of doing – you know, the one that you swore you would follow through with, but haven’t because it might be hard or scary or both – sometimes you just need a kick in the rear. So here it is. Just start!

What’s my thing, you ask? Do you think because I sit behind the protective lens of the computer that I just posit questions to the universe without revealing anything about my own troubled self? No way, José! I’m not above sharing. I have a handful of to do’s that I am holding on to. The one that first comes to mind (probably because I got the inspirational print from the site) is to sell some of my wares on Etsy. I love making scarves, but I’m scared no one will buy them. And that, to me, means failure. I forget that not putting anything up for sale is a fail. So next month, I’m going to try and sell a scarf or two. It’s fall after all! Hashtag rhyming.

Before we get to another set of New Year’s resolutions, see what you can cross off your list. Here’s to a better you! (And I’m done)

Friday Find: PSL Revelation II

PS Coffee

Around this time last year, I had a revelation. A Pumpkin Spice revelation. My love of all things pumpkin-flavored has returned. And this time, I’m coming at you with another game-changer: Pumpkin Spice coffee.

So. Simple. Why hadn’t I thought of this before? The genius behind the concoction is my work wife. Nothing has been the same since. Note: don’t be alarmed by the orange color. Pumpkins are orange and they’re not scary.

The Starbucks app drink customizer is my favorite way to control my coffee cals. You don’t often realize how your favorite drink could betray you like that. If you’ll remember from last time, a tall Pumpkin Spice Latte without any modification can rack up to 300 calories. The Grande 2-Pump Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee you see here is a measly 5 calories. F-i-v-e.

Alls I did was add two packets of Splenda and I was out the door. Absentmindedly, the barista didn’t leave me any room for milk as I requested, but I came to find it didn’t matter. It tastes just as delicious as I would expect it to be. Not only are the calories swoon-inducing, the price is in the neighborhood of $2. Come on, that deserves a parade. Don’t want ice? Try a regular coffee and see what happens. Go crazy!

Then go boot up your Anthropologie On Rotation Spotify channel, dial it to the Turkey to Table: A Thanksgiving Playlist, and be thankful for the welcomed turn to cooler weather. It’s fall, y’all!

The Look for Less: Feminine Sweatshirt

CluClu Ruffled Sweatshirt, Shopbop, $195

There are few things that Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere fame does incorrectly, in my opinion. I find her posts very inspirational and look forward to seeing what she is thinking day in and out. Her photography is something I envy greatly, aside from her delicious clothing budget, of course.

The other day she wore a very on-trend-for-fall sweatshirt, coupled with the surprising detail of a soft ruffle. As I’ve said in the past I am a boisterous supporter of two things:

1. Mixing edgy with femininity

2. Finding or making the same thing for less

There’s no way I could justify a $195 sweatshirt, so I searched for the next best thing.

Sheinside

Chiffon Ruffles T-shirt, Sheinside, $21.64

Much more reasonable and, for me, flattering. I have already added this to my September wish list. Can you imagine? Some dark skinny jeans and riding boots? I’m dying. This number might even be closer to the Clu version, but I’ll let you decide.

Friday Find: Mixed Materials

Image c/o ASOS

Image c/o ASOS

This year for Fall, I am all about mixing materials. I have a special affinity for leather-like accents. What I wear tends to edge on the far spectrum of feminine so the harder details even me out. In a progressive edit of my closet, I’ve found I lack tops (that I actually wear) and skirts. This number from ASOS is a fun spin on a basic sweater. And for a more glamorous time, I’m really digging this one from Rhyme Los Angeles.

Hooray for trends!

The Best Ever: Peanut Butter Blossoms

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I confess that I originally wanted to write about my awesome Thanksgiving Day outfit, but alas I’m too down in the dumps because I misunderstood the tracking information and it won’t actually arrive at my doorstep until after Thanksgiving. What exactly does the post office expect me to write as my post title now? “My Regular Day Outfit”? This is one thing that this turkey is not thankful for.

But when I stop pouting about my outfit, I come to remember that in a few hours I will be with my family for Thanksgiving. I very much enjoy holidays because they come with a lot of traditions. We always go to a movie on Thanksgiving Day, which never fails to get my mom to say, “We shouldn’t be going to a movie because these poor people have to work.” It’s been about 15 years and we still haven’t actually turned the car around to avoid the activity. We will actively watch the parade on TV for about 15 minutes before my grandpa decides that a marathon of Magnum PI is what everyone really was looking to watch. (FUN FACT: My dad was IN the Macy’s parade a couple of years ago. He carried the sign in front of a float dressed as Uncle Sam.) My dad and my sister will insist that we watch Elf the day after Turkey Day as it’s the first officially official day of Christmas celebration (although I’m listening to Christmas music right now “and I don’t care who knows it!” (anyone? Elf reference? My true friends just laughed with me)). Of course, there’s an outing to the mall on Black Friday, probably my favorite shopping day of the year. And even though the fridge is full of leftovers, we almost never fail to eat a meal out more than once over the span of the weekend. Ah, memories.

Even though it’s not a standard gobbling tradition (how many ways can I say, “Thanksgiving Day” without actually repeating it? I hate when writers do that (not that I consider myself a writer). Google another description!), my mom always bakes Peanut Butter Blossoms for my birthday. My dad unwrapped all the kisses this year so he helped too. She even mails them to me if I’m not at home. Yes, mails. The beauty of the recipe she uses is that they never, ever arrive dry or crunchy (I think the secret is the condensed milk). Sure some of the kisses fall off in transit, but that is the worst of it. I have witnesses that can attest to the fact that these cookies are gone within days. This batch of 25 was consumed in five days. I’m not ashamed. I will literally bake these exact cookies for the rest of my life.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Ingredients

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk

3/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter

2 cups packaged biscuit mix

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup sugar

65 solid milk chocolate candy pieces, unwrapped (this may be a little much, but you can always eat them plain!)

Instructions

  • HEAT oven to 375°F. Beat sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter in large bowl until smooth. Add biscuit mix and vanilla; mix well.
  • SHAPE into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • BAKE 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned around edges (do not overbake). Immediately press a chocolate candy piece in center of each cookie. Cool.