04Apr

    Kate Spade Friends and Family

    Kate Spade Friends Family 2014 coupon code 25% off

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    Hey everyone!  I’m back!  I took some time off from blogging because life’s been busy — hoping I can get back into the swing of things soon.  I’m also working on revamping the site, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, check out Kate Spade’s Friends & Family Sale this weekend.  Take 25% off your entire purchase with code S14FFUS through Sunday 4/6.  The code even works on sale merchandise! SCORE!  There are so many goodies on my wishlist.  I’m OBSESSED with that coat.  It looks so good on.  I just can’t decide between pink or white!

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    15Feb

    Tweed Top, Leather Leggings, and Zipper Bracelet

    Zamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal, Theory leather pants, Celine sunglasses, Jurate Zipper Bracelet, Everly studded pumpsZamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal, Theory leather pants, Celine sunglasses, Jurate Zipper Bracelet, Everly studded pumpsZamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal, Theory leather pants, Celine sunglasses, Jurate Zipper Bracelet, Everly studded pumpsZamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal, Theory leather pants, Celine sunglasses, Jurate Zipper Bracelet, Everly studded pumpsZamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal, Theory leather pants, Celine sunglasses, Jurate Zipper Bracelet, Everly studded pumpsZamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal, Theory leather pants, Celine sunglasses, Jurate Zipper Bracelet, Everly studded pumpsZamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal, Theory leather pants, Celine sunglasses, Jurate Zipper Bracelet, Everly studded pumps
    Zamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal c/o  //  Theory leather leggings — on sale! (I like this faux option)  //  Jurate Split Personality bracelet c/o  //  Cartier love bracelet  //  Studded pumps — on sale! extra 50% off with code EXTRA50  //  Celine sunglasses  //  Girl About Town lipstick

    Today, I’m teaming up with Zamrie and Jurate Jewelry to bring you this edgy wintery look.  I’m totally obsessed with this Versatile Vida tank!  I love the fit (it zippers in the back) and the flattering v-hemline.  It certainly lives up to its Versatile name.  I can see myself getting plenty of use out of this tank — it would look great styled for work, teamed up with an Equestrian leather boot, or worn with leather skinnies, as I’ve shown here.  And I think the most important thing is that it’s comfortable!  Always key!

    The leather wrap zipper bracelet by Jurate is perfectly edgy and stylish.  Each bracelet is precisely hand stitched.  It can be worn with the zipper open, as I’ve shown, or closed.  I love it!  It’s totally unique.  It snaps comfortably on my arm.  Check out some of their other pieces — I love the Double Trouble leather wrap bracelet too.

    13Feb

    Snow Day Fun

    lexie_snow1The nor’easter that’s currently pummeling the East Coast has prevented me from capturing any outfit posts today.  My snow day uniform usually consists of leggings, a college shirt, and Ugg slippers — not exactly fashion forward.  There’s so much snow at my house that it’s stacked almost as high as my 5 foot fence!  I seriously don’t know where to put it anymore.  Thank goodness for my trusty snow-blower — now wouldn’t that be a funny fashionable moment! ;-)

    I snapped some pics of Lexi frolicking in the snow this afternoon.  Luckily, I was quick enough to capture the moment above on my camera using the Sports setting.  I’m really getting the hang of this Nikon!  Great investment.

    I hope to be back to regular posts soon.  In the meantime, take a peek at my wintery wonderland and little snow bunny in action!

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    11Feb

    Plaid and a Pop of Red

    Shoshanna Cambridge Plaid Adelia Dress, J.Crew Double Cloth Sabrina Coat, Everly suede pumps, Celine sunglassesShoshanna Cambridge Plaid Adelia Dress, J.Crew Double Cloth Sabrina Coat, Everly suede pumps, Celine sunglassesShoshanna Cambridge Plaid Adelia Dress, J.Crew Double Cloth Sabrina Coat, Everly suede pumps, Celine sunglassesShoshanna Cambridge Plaid Adelia Dress, J.Crew Double Cloth Sabrina Coat, Everly suede pumps, Celine sunglassesShoshanna Cambridge Plaid Adelia Dress, J.Crew Double Cloth Sabrina Coat, Everly suede pumps, Celine sunglassesShoshanna Cambridge Plaid Adelia Dress, J.Crew Double Cloth Sabrina Coat, Everly suede pumps, Celine sunglassesShoshanna Cambridge Plaid Adelia Dress, J.Crew Double Cloth Sabrina Coat, Everly suede pumps, Celine sunglassesShoshanna Plaid Amelia Dress (sold out)  //  Red coat (on sale!)  //  Navy cashmere turtleneck sweater (color sold out) — I like the merino version too  //  Kate Spade red beaded necklace (outlet store find) — I like this new style  //  Tights (love these!)  //  Suede pumps  //  Sunnies

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    10Feb

    Easy Red Velvet 5 Layer Cake

    Easy Red Velvet Layer Cake with Wilton 5 Layer Cake Pan SetI picked up this mini layer cake pan set recently.  The price was too good to pass up (for $16.95, I was willing to take a gamble), plus I liked how the layers were on the smaller size.  For one, it makes cake-decorating much more manageable — and two, who really wants to eat cake for days?

    Cake preparation was easy.  I used Duncan Hines Moist Red Velvet cake mix, which I cannot rave enough about.  Their recipe is really on point — consistently moist and delicious.  I always cheat and use this box cake mix, and my guests never know!  Part of my secret is using a homemade frosting recipe.  I’ve been making Sprinkle’s cream cheese recipe for years.  It’s the same rich and delicious recipe that Sprinkles is famously known for.  Their cupcakes are devine!

    Preparation was easy.  I simply prepared the cake mix according to the box and nearly filled each pan with batter.  A great thing about this set is that it was designed in mind for use with one box of cake mix.  I popped the pans in the oven — they neatly fit on the same rack in a standard oven — and the cakes were done in about 10-15 minutes.  I allowed the pans to cool, and then used a sharp knife to cut the tops off to create level layers for the cake.  Using an icing spatula, I spread the frosting evenly across each layer and assembled the cake.

    I really love these pans!  I can’t wait to try out the ombré effect with white cake mix, but this red velvet version is rich and perfect for Valentine’s Day!  Try it along with my cream cheese frosting recipe this Friday for a sexy dessert for two!

    whatyoullneedCake

    • 1 box of Duncan Hines cake mix

    Frosting

    • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened (if using unsalted, add 1/8 tsp salt)
    • 12 oz cream cheese, cold (I recommend using Philadelphia brand in this recipe)
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 5 1/4 cups powdered sugar

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    Preheat oven and prepare according to box directions.  Spray each pan with non-stick cooking spray (I like Bake Klene).  Nearly fill each pan with batter.  Arrange on the same oven rack.  Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.  These bake quickly!  Remove pans from oven and allow to cool.

    Frosting

    In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together butter and cream cheese until pale and fluffy (about 1-2 minutes on high speed.  Mix in vanilla extract.  Add powdered sugar and beat until fluffy and smooth (about 2 minutes on high).

    Assembly

    Once cool, carefully remove cakes from pans and arrange on a large work surface.  Using a large sharp knife, cut across each cake, creating a level surface.  Frost the top of each cake slice, and stack layers on top of one another.  Finish with icing the rest of the cake around the sides and top.

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