Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Inspiration: Cupcakes and Cashmere

It has been a while since I checked out Emily Schuman's famous blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere. Recently I followed on twitter and everything that she posts is effortlessly chic. I definitely look to her as a role model. I love the way she intertwines fashion, crafts, and recipes into her blog - three of my own interests and hobbies. I pulled a few fashion pictures from her blog today, but I definitely need to dive in a little further and explore more of her looks and ideas.




 Spooky Nails via Urban Outfitters


via cupcakes and cashmere

Xo

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Catching up

I have a case of the Sunday Blues. Catching up on my favorite blogs definitely helped though.
Here's what I like...
What do you think?








Ps. I wore a pair of stiletto boots and let me tell you - heels can make all the difference in an outfit. I have been dressing more casually this year and barely have worn any type of shoe with elevation. This past weekend I decided to break out some heels and I felt like a new person - confidence restored! Don't forget the power of a great shoe!

images via the sartorialist, all the pretty birds, le fashion

Xo

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Top Shop and UO Lookbooks

Some cute looks from two of my favorite stores








in honor of Halloween :)


I was unable to use my nikon camera during my weekend home but here are a few shots from a farm we went to!






Xo


Apartment Dining

Since I have moved into my own apartment, I now have the luxury of having my own kitchen to brew up any type of meal I want at any hour of the day. Surprisingly, instead of resorting to takeout and frozen dinners, I have been taking full advantage of the opportunity of being able to cook. It is such an unbelievable upgrade from the school's dining facilites (voted worst college food in the country), so I am sure my intestinal track is thanking me. Anyway, lately I have gotten into a routine of cooking meals for my boyfriend and I on Sundays and Tuesdays, my lightest work days. I need to work on my food-photography skills - but here is a preview of what I have been making!

This post is dedicated to my Dad because he has been begging me to start a "college food blog". He is too cute.

Pasta, peas, olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese

Homemade baked macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs - my specialty :) 

Barbecue chicken sandwich, caesar salad, and more mac and cheese

Pulled pork sandwich, green beans almondine, corn 

Penne marinara, homemade meatballs, homemade garlic bread

Fried chicken thighs drizzled with homemade buffalo sauce, homemade mashed potatoes, sauteed broccoli, corn

One of my first meals - simple but delicious! Grilled hotdog, french fries, green beans almondine 

Chocolate chip banana bread


I got too hungry and started eating before I took the picture! Grilled chicken caesar wrap and even MORE mac and cheese! 

I'll continue to post more pictures after I cook some more meals!
Any meal suggestions? Let me know!
Xo

Monday, October 1, 2012

OMG

I missed a whole month of blogging! I am seriously ashamed with myself. Of course I am going to say I have been busy adjusting to being back at school yadda yadda but honestly I need to be more committed to my blog! 

Anyway with regard to fashion - I am thrilled that it finally is cooling down and becoming autumn yet again. I love this weather because you can bust out your boots and look cute but you don't have to use that heavy winter parka...yet. I got a new pair of riding boots for this season and I am surprisingly pretty pleased with them. I miss my old Riekers boots that clung to my calf more but you can't beat the ease of slipping boots on and off - these boots will definitely last me longer than my older ones did. 

This year I definitely have taken on more of a grunge/artistic style (finally indulged in combat boots!). Last year I was more focused on sex appeal/typical college nightlife attire where this year I feel that I'm more focused on comfort and personal style, rather than the intent to "impress" and look hot...if that makes any sense?? I am embarrassed to admit that I used to think that way but whatever. 

Shops I shop at (thank god I go to school in NY): 
Brandy Melville - great items at great prices
Top Shop: pricier but so cute and good quality - students get a discount!
Urban Outfitters: still so obsessed. This summer I think I went there every day for a month straight...that's NOT okay! Ha! The sale section on the website is a great place to buy things for better prices. The only downside is that you can't try the things on, however, there is a MUCH better selection of sale items online rather than hunting through the stores minimal offerings.

I am going home next weekend to enjoy my favorite fall traditions in suburbia and the Pennsylvania countryside. I can't wait, and more importantly I can't wait to be with my family. Honestly, I have been dreaming for months about going on hayrides, eating apple pie, and picking pumpkins. Ah, it is so amazing! I will have my nikon camera on me then and will be sure to post some awesome pics! For now, I leave you with this!...

Can I be you? via 5 inch and up

How cute is my sisters little pup Olivia?

Pretty day on campus

Combat Boots :)

I love the colors in this shirt I got from Urban Outfitters. Purple, Maroon, Black Paisley

wish my shades were more tinted!

Xo