Sunday, January 27, 2013

Plaid & Stripes

For the past week in Boston the weather has been frigid. I'm talking full body numbness by the time I get to class. Although I haven't been able to feel my face for most of the week, I secretly enjoy the cold weather for the sole reason of being able to pile on the layers and wear my red hat. 

Plaid flannel: J.Crew (similar) // Sweater: Madewell (similar) // Jeans: American Eagle (similar) // Boots: Sperry Top-Sider // Hat: Madewell (similar) // Jewelry: Alex and Ani
Photos Taken By: Drew McLoon

It was about 10 degrees when we took these photos. I'd say I handled the weather pretty well. But anyway, I'd like to talk about pattern mixing specifically with plaids and stripes. These two patterns seem bold enough to wear on their own, and some may think that they should never be paired together. Both of these statements are somewhat true. However plaids and stripes work here because of the color palate. As long as you stick to the same color palate in both patterns, you can pretty much do whatever you like. 

In this outfit I chose basic colors--navy, green, red, and white. The touch of plaid in the flannel spices up the basic striped sweater. But notice how I kept it simple on the bottom with solid, dark skinny jeans and boots that match the other colors. As long as the colors of the patterns go together, the pattern mixing should work. It's fun and adds a twist to an otherwise basic outfit. The extra layers will keep you warm, too. Just make sure that you don't over do it (always add a solid element, like my dark jeans, to a busy top or bottom), and you'll be good to go. Let me know what you think! I'd love to see how you mix patterns, as well.

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Boots and Some Leopard

So I've decided to try some different posts for this blog, including some photos of me casually posing around campus and sharing my style. Please let me know what you think! Thoughts, questions, and comments are encouraged.

Yesterday I decided to wear my new oxblood Doc Martens, which my parents gave to me for my birthday. I love these boots because they are thick, warm, and comfortable. While Doc Martens have a stereotype of being worn by rebellious teens who wear all black and extremely tight skinny jeans, the boots are now a stylish way to add edge to any outfit. I also decided to wear my leopard peacoat because, hey, it's my birthday. I wanted to make a statement whether fellow students walking along Commonwealth Ave knew it was my birthday or not--most likely not.

Coat: Pins and Needles Leopard Peacoat // Top: Pins and Needles Peplum Top // Jeans: Levi's // Boots: Doc Martens // Necklace: Chloe + Isabel (similar)
[Photos Taken By: Drew McLoon]

I'm in love with my leopard coat and Docs. I'm sure these pieces will be popping up in outfits to come. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Trend Update

2013 Trends
Top: (left to right) LadyLux // Pinterest // ThankFifi
Bottom: (left to right) Pinterest (OscarPRGirl) // Pinterest (Pantone) // Because I'm Addicted   

Stylitics, a virtual closet website that happens to be extremely addicting, released three trends that will no longer be stylish in 2013 on their blog the other day--neon, tangerine, and arm parties. Needless to say I am lamenting, mostly for the arm party trend. I still like touches of neon in accessories, but when it comes to full outfits I think pastel colors are taking over, which I'm all for. 

As for tangerine, as much as I love the color (and will probably still wear it occasionally in the summer), the trend has been around for a while now, and I think it's time for an update. Pantone just released their new color of the year, emerald, which I'm very excited about. The dark green hue is rich and versatile, not to mention it looks good on everyone. 

Unfortunately, arm parties are declining, as well. While personally I love the trend of wearing stacks of bracelets on my wrists, according to Stylitics, "it’s time to make like Coco Chanel and take off at least one piece of jewelry before you leave the house." I guess now I'll have to stick to one statement piece or a few thinner bracelets. Or perhaps I'll just break the rules all together and do it anyway (more likely).

Neon, tangerine, and arm parties all had great runs, but it's time to say goodbye. Although I'm still mourning these three trends (arm party, I still love you), I'm ready to try pastels, emerald, and single bracelets. What do you think? Any thoughts?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Snowman Molasses Cookies

A week or so before Christmas, my friends and I had a holiday cookie swap/competition. Each person had to bring homemade cookies for the group, and we voted on the best. My friend Amber and I decided to work together to make these adorable melting snowman cookies. We were inspired by this pin on Pinterest, but we basically made it our own knowing that our frosting decorating skills would not look as good as the original picture (plus I'm allergic to peanuts, and it looked like they used Reese's cups for the snowman hats).

The Cookie

We knew we wanted to make molasses cookies since they taste a little bit like gingerbread and seemed more Christmas-y than sugar cookies. We used a Betty Crocker molasses cookie mix, but you can also make them from scratch if you want to get extra fancy (recipe here). 

The Frosting

We made the frosting for the cookies from scratch with Marshmallow Fluff using this recipe from We pretty much followed the frosting recipe as written, minus the almond extract since I'm allergic to peanuts/nuts as I mentioned before. The frosting is easy to make and tastes delicious! Once the molasses cookies were cooled, we used a small spreader to smooth the frosting around the top of the cookie. We tried to make the frosting uneven and gloopy to make it look like melty snow.

The Decorations

To decorate the cookie you will need:
  • Large marshmallows
  • Orange sprinkles (or just pick out some orange sprinkles from a container of rainbow sprinkles)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Leftover Marshmallow Fluff frosting
How to make the melting snowman:
  1. Cut the large marshmallows at a slant so that when you place the marshmallow on top of the frosted cookie it will look like the snowman has melted into the cookie.
  2. Place the sliced marshmallows onto the frosted cookies. The frosting will act as a glue to keep them together.
  3. Use the leftover marshmallow frosting as glue to stick on the mini chocolate chip eyes and orange sprinkle nose. Then smear some frosting on the top of the marshmallow for the Hershey's Kiss hat but don't put the hat on yet.
  4. Place the cookies in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to let the eyes, nose, and frosting on top of the sliced marshmallow set. We originally tried putting the Hershey's Kiss hat on the marshmallow right after spreading the frosting, but the chocolate hat kept sliding off. Letting the frosting set for a few minutes before placing the Hershey's Kiss on top prevents it from sliding.
  5. After 5-10 minutes take the cookies out of the refrigerator and stick the Hershey's Kisses on top of the marshmallows.
  6. Store cookies in refrigerator to let the decorations set.

Aren't they adorable?! They were a big hit at our cookie swap. We ended up winning the "Best Presentation" category. I hope you try making these cookies. Although they seem a bit tedious with all the decorating, everything is easy and fun to do. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Favorite of the Year.

I know this is a tad late seeing as the holidays are over now, but I just had to share my favorite gift wrap of the year. Especially after sharing my wrapped presents in the Gift Wrap Galore post. By far this gift wrap was the most creative I've seen, and it certainly put a smile on my face; I wouldn't expect anything less from my boyfriend Drew the gift-giver, writer, and artist. I mean he was the one to draw the artwork for my blog header.

The gifts starts with this first box:

Here we go, Domino: [He calls me Domino because I trip a lot--I'm not always so graceful].

Then on to the second box:

He had lots of fun with stamps to go along with his silly, yet adorable rhymes.

And finally the third box and my personal favorite:

Isn't it great?! I loved it, and I definitely wanted it to be featured on the blog. Drew wins Christmas gift wrap of the year for me. I hope you enjoyed it, too.
Happy 2013!

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