Saturday, December 27, 2014

MINT OREO TRUFFLES

After months without a kitchen, it's time to do a recipe post now that I'm home for winter break! These Mint Oreo Truffles are the perfect treat for the holidays and winter festivities--they were certainly a hit at my house. Even if it's not Christmas time, I love peppermint flavors in desserts for winter, and these truffles are full of minty, chocolate-y goodness. The recipe originally came from Sally's Baking Addiction, and it's very simple with only three ingredients: mint Oreos, cream cheese and Baker's chocolate (plus I added a few crushed candy canes as a topping).

What you'll need:
  • 1 package of mint creme Oreos
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • 12 oz Baker's chocolate for melting (buy a little extra if you can, I was running low towards the end!)
  • Optional: crushed candy cane (about 5) for topping
Directions:
  1. Start by crumbling the Oreos in a food processor until a fine crumb consistency. You'll notice that the frosting is already starting to "glue" the Oreo bits together.
  2. Mix together the processed Oreos and softened cream cheese in a large bowl. 
  3. Roll about 30-35 balls (I had enough Oreo mixture for 34) and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  4. Place the Oreo balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This will keep them from crumbling apart when you dip them in the melted chocolate.
  5. Chop the Baker's chocolate and heat in a large bowl as directed on the package. Be sure to heat the chocolate in intervals and stir so that it melts evenly.
  6. Take the Oreo balls out of the freezer and get dipping! In order to cover the truffles in chocolate as neatly as possible, use a fork to flip the Oreo ball around in the chocolate until it is fully covered. Scoop the coated truffle onto the top of the fork prongs and let the excess chocolate drip off before placing back on the parchment paper to harden. The fork trick is a tip from Sally's Baking Addiction that definitely helped my truffles come out much better than last year's.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to let the chocolate set.
  8. Once hardened, serve to your friends and family and the compliments will come pouring in! These things are too good!

What do you think of these Mint Oreo truffles? They are quick and easy to make and delicious. Bring them to your New Year's Eve party with the some festive champagne like this and you'll be everyone's favorite party chef!
Hope you're enjoying the holidays everyone!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

5 Ways to Make Your LBD Holiday Party Ready

Holiday party season means, reds, greens and sparkle, right? Well, not if you don't have the time to actually get a festive look together, never mind have the funds to buy a new outfit for your office party, family gathering, and hometown friend reunion. This is where the classic Little Black Dress saves the day! You may feel like an LBD is too plain or you wear it all the time, but these styling tips will help you make your outfit a little more festive for your next Christmas party without breaking the bank.
  • Throw on a statement jacket - Whether sequined, a fun print or a bright color, a statement jacket can turn your LBD into a whole new outfit. I'm loving the statement clutch in the photo below to match!
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  • Rock a red lip - There's no better time than the holidays to flaunt a holiday red pout. This small makeup touch can make your black LBD more dressy and festive. I personally like a bright red, similar to Leighton Meester's look below, but darker reds work just as well.
  • Stand tall with statement heels - Whether they are a Christmas red or have an intricate design, statement heels will lift your LBD to new heights, literally.
  • Add a touch of sparkle with a statement necklace - Yes, statement necklaces are a typical staple for added glitz, but they look fab with LBDs. Plus, just that one accessory is needed for jewelry, so throw on the necklace and you're good to go.
  • Style your locks into a classic updo - Although not an added accessory or article of clothing, a gorgeous hairstyle can truly complete your look. A hair accessory, such as a glittery barrette or hair bow, can also update your LBD and make your outfit more festive.
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Look no further than your LBD for your next holiday party outfit and dress it up with festive accessories, hair and makeup. These ideas are simple and budget-friendly, so you can save a little during the heavy spending season. You could even where the same dress to multiple parties without anyone even noticing!
How will you dress up your LBD for Christmas?

Friday, December 12, 2014

HOLIDAY SCARF

Scarf: Purchased in Scotland (similar) | Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Pants: (℅) Boden | Boots: Nine West

It's that time of year to get cozy and bring out my favorite scarf and comfy pants! I purchased this scarf when I visited Edinburgh last winter while I was abroad. It is so warm and festive with the tartan plaid pattern. Plaid scarves are very popular right now, especially in the blanket scarf size which can be worn as both a wrap and a scarf.

The simple, black pants I'm wearing in this look are just as cozy. I've been wearing these Boden Ponte Roma pants a ton. They are incredibly soft and feel like yoga pants, but they have a zipper and pockets, similar to a legging jean. I've been wearing them both professionally and casually, so you can definitely get away with wearing them to the office (even though they feel like sweats!). These pants are perfect for the holidays, too, since they stretch and form to your figure, even when you eat one too many Christmas cookies.

The holidays are nearing--what are your favorite festive pieces?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Not-Your-Average Holiday Cards With Treat

One of my favorite holiday traditions is Christmas cards. As soon as I get home from college I immediately sift through our Christmas cards to see the year's collection. This year my family and I threw on the Christmas sweaters we bought in London last year (the Brits are crazy about the holiday!) and took a photo over Thanksgiving break for our card. I haven't decided whether I should share the photo on here…unless you'd like to see me in some reindeer ears.

Family holiday cards are cute and all, but don't you love when you get a card sent personally to you? This season I'm loving Shutterfly's Treat for personalized cards this holiday season! Instead of sending the same card to everyone on your list, you can pick close friends and families to send cards with their name on it.


Images via Treat

Treat has holiday card templates for thank you notes, Christmas greeting cards, and letters from Santa for your friends, parents, siblings, grandparents, significant other, teachers and children. Although I wouldn't send one of these to everyone on the Christmas card list, the personalized notes are fun for close loved ones. You can even incorporate your personal style to the card to help get in the holiday spirit.

If you haven't ordered your holiday cards yet, be sure to take a look at Treat. These cards are the perfect personalized card for all styles and tastes. I can't wait to see what's in store for this season's Christmas cards!
What's your favorite holiday tradition?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks


Happy Thanksgiving!! This year I am grateful to be home for Thanksgiving, since last year I spent the holiday in London. As much as I want to go back, I have to say the British turkey feast was definitely not the same. Aside from being way too excited to indulge in turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more, I am truly thankful for my family and friends for supporting me through this exciting time in my life. As I enjoy my last year of college and start a new career opportunity, I couldn't be more grateful for all the support!

And, of course, thank YOU for reading and supporting All Dressed Up, Everywhere To Go! I love reading your comments and emails, and I'm excited to continue posting.

Now, let's start feasting! Comment below with what you're thankful for!

Black Friday Roundup 2014

Courtesy of RewardStyle


Ann Taylor
 // 50% off
11.30 (5pm) - 12.03 (3pm)

Anthropologie // site wide Black Friday sale

ASOS // Black Friday 30% off
11.27 (8pm) - 11.30 (8pm)
CODE: TGIBF

Athleta // 20% off
11.28-11.30
CODE: FIT20

Banana Republic // 50% off 1 full-priced item, CODE: BRFIFTY
40% off site wide, CODE: BRFORTY
11.27-11.28

BaubleBar // Black Friday 15% off 2 items, CODE: FRIDAY15, 35% off 4+ items, CODE: FRIDAY35
11.28-11.29

Bloomingdales // Black Friday 50% off on a selection site wide
11.25-11.29

Boden // 30% off site wide + free shipping and returns
11.27-11.30

Free People // Black Friday up to 50% off select items
11.28

Gap // Black Friday 50% off site wide, CODE: BLKFRIDAY
11.27-11.28

J Brand // Black Friday 30% off site wide
11.27-11.29

J.Crew // Black Friday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, CODE: HOLIDAY
11.26-11.30

Lord and Taylor // extra 20% off almost everything + 25% off fine jewelry, CODE: THANKS
11.25-11.30

Madewell // 25% off your entire purchase, CODE: GIFTON
11.25-11.30

Nordstrom // up to 40% off select product

Piperlime // 25% off site wide, 11.27, CODE: THANKFUL25
Black Friday 25% off site wide + be entered to win a trip for 2 to NYC fashion week, 11.28, CODE: IHEARTNYC

Shopbop // 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000, CODE: GOBIG14
11.25-12.01

Sole Society // Black Friday 30% off all footwear
11.28

TOMS // 25% off everything (excludes core classics and sale items), CODE: CHEER
11.27-12.01

Topshop // 30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items
11.27-12.01

Urban Outfitters // Black Friday additional 25% off all sale online, additional 50% off all sale in-stores
11.28

Zappos Charity Promotion Details: "For every order placed on Zappos.com from Black Friday to Cyber Monday Zappos will donate 10 meals to families in need, in partnership with Feeding America. Their commitment is to donate up to 5,000,000 meals ($500,000). That many meals would feed the entire state of Kentucky! Through Feeding America’s bulk discounts, subsidies, etc. they’re able to use $1 in donations to generate 10 meals. Feeding America is a national top-rated charity with a network of over 200 food banks, and supporting 61,000 local charities in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.”

Happy shopping!! Comment below with your best sale buys!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Heathered Fleece Featuring Charles River Apparel

Photography by Stephanie Brown

This outfit post is a bit artsier than usual, but my friend Stephanie is taking a photography class and is always in need of models! We wandered around the Fens and found this beautiful view of the Pru. I always forget about the pretty parks around Boston other than the Commons. The Fens has lots of little ponds and streams and lots of geese (watch out for the bird poop…). 

Other than these fabulous photos, I want to talk about the heathered fleece I'm wearing from Charles River Apparel. This fleece is the comfiest. I wear it while studying, heading to the gym or when I just want to feel cozy. The jacket also has a monogram on the sleeve, similar to the one in my New Englander rain coat post, which adds a personal touch. Holiday gift idea? I think so!

Charles River Apparel is sold on Amazon, as well as through numerous retailers. For a complete list of retailers near you, fill out this form for details. You can also purchase monogrammed jackets like mine on Etsy!

Do you have a favorite fleece to keep you warm and cozy this season?
Thanks for reading!

Sponsored by Charles River Apparel. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Handbags 101 Courtesy of Rue La La

Recently Rue La La posted a style guide for handbags on their blog to help you determine which style bag is best for you and your lifestyle. Although handbag trends come and go, the clutch, the tote, the pochette, the hobo and the satchel are here to stay. Of these styles, I'd say my favorite would have to be the tote. As much as I love a statement clutch, a tote lets me carry everything I could possibly need for the day when I go to class or work.
Totes are perfect carry-all bags that can be used for any and all occasions from the beach to the office. In my tote, I carry my laptop, planner, laptop and iPhone chargers, pens, chapstick, lip gloss, hair ties, Band-aids, gum, hand sanitizer and all the essentials. Usually to organize my tote I use a smaller compartmental bag (read blog post here) to keep smaller items from floating around. When transitioning from a large tote to a small clutch, I only bring along my iPhone, ID, credit card, cash and lip gloss. A small, leather credit card holder keeps your valuables in one place and can fit in a small clutch. 


Not only does Rue La La's style guide for handbags help you pick the best style bag for you, but it also gives you a full history of handbag styles dating back to the 16th century (yes, the cross-body dates back that far), designer hand bag signatures that teach you how to tell if a designer bag is authentic, and care tips for your handbags. I feel more informed about handbag styles than ever after reading Rue La La's post. Be sure to read up on your favorite hand bag!

Which style handbag is your favorite?!
Share in the comment section below!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Black & Ivory, Featuring Boden


Boden Black and Ivory Jacquard Skirt (℅) | Black Long-sleeve Tee (similar) | Naturalizer Heels (similar)

Remember the Boden fashion show I attended a few months ago? Well, I've finally styled a couple of pieces after the show for fall (look out for a Ponte Roma pant outfit post soon!). This brand is chock full of vibrant and colorful pieces with unique patterns. Of course, I played it safe with the black and ivory Jacquard skirt. I have to say, this skirt is very comfortable in terms of the just above-the-knee length and soft jersey fabric, plus it's perfectly appropriate as workwear. Another bonus of this Boden skirt is that it has pockets!

When styling this skirt, keep the look simple on top with solid, neutral colors. This piece is a statement on its own with its geometric pattern, which can feel busy with other bright colors and patterns. Since this skirt is a bit on the longer side (almost at "midi" length), a good pair of heels are a must.

If you haven't checked out Boden after my last fashion show recap, shop the brand online! Right now they are holding a mid-season sale with items upwards of 40% off, so if you're looking to update your fall work wardrobe, definitely take a look.

What do you think of this Boden Jacquard skirt? Would you sport this in the office?
Sponsored by Boden. All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Charles River Apparel: Yellow New Englander Rain Jacket

Charles River Apparel New Englander Rain Jacket (℅) | Lucky Brand Boots (old)

This week has been a complete wash-out (typical New England), but lucky for me, I've finally gotten a chance to wear my Charles River Apparel New Englander rain jacket. Even though I'm not a fan of trekking to class in wind and rain, I can't help but feel excited to wear this coat. I'm not sure if it's the cheerful, buttercup yellow hue or the cozy, fleece-lined pockets that make me (somewhat) happy about New England weather…either way, it's helping me survive rainy days.

To purchase your own monogrammed Charles River Apparel rain jacket, check out Marley Lilly or Etsy. These are Charles River Apparel's biggest monogram vendors to buy from since it only sells its products in bulk to companies rather than personal orders. These coats have been all the rage on Pinterest and make for great gifts with a personal touch. I ordered the Heathered Fleece in oatmeal, as well, with a monogram on the sleeve. Look out for photos of this jacket, too!

Happy Friday!
Sponsored by Charles River Apparel. All opinions are my own.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Boyfriend Jean



 


The comfiest jeans ever? Ask your boyfriend for them. These slouchy, distressed styled pants may become your best friend since they're so versatile. I styled my Levi boyfriend jeans pretty casually here, but they also look fab with classic pumps for a dressier look. I always used to avoid boyfriend jeans since I felt like an actual man when I wore them, but I quickly realized that when styled correctly they can actually be flattering!

Here's what to pair them with--take your pick!

Tops:                                                                                    Shoes:                   

Classic tee or tank                                                                    Converse or slip-ons
Silk button-down                                                                       Ballet flats
Slouchy sweater (tucked in at the front)                                      Ankle boots (heeled or flat)
Blazer                                                                                      Pumps

Get the idea? The most important part is owning the look, don't let the jeans wear you! They're more flattering than you think, and you're boyfriend will notice.

Will you try the boyfriend jean look?

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