March 31, 2017

march favorites

What I have been loving this month!

Tired Eyes - EP by Katelyn Tarver. i've been following katelyn since she was on american juniors (american idol spin-off). so exciting to hear her new music. i love her new EP and have been playing it on spotify a ton. she's on soundcloud too!

Hacksaw Ridge
. i had no idea what this movie was about but just heard about it from the oscar buzz. it was really good!

The Flash. i finally caught up on the episodes that started after Christmas. binge watching an action show makes it that much more intense. definitely recommend this show if you're looking for a new one!

Downy Unstoppable In-Wash Scent Booster in "fresh"
. i know this is a super random laundry favorite, but this scent is amazing. i'm trying to figure out how to diy a car air freshener with this scent.

Grey's Anatomy. i'm in deep with this show again. the drama sucks me in every time. i'm trying to slow down a bit since i'm almost caught up with what is available on netflix.

About Time
. i love this movie and was so happy to catch it on tv one night. it had been a few years since i last saw it. i ordered the dvd on amazon the next day.

The Great British Baking Show. i kept hearing about the obsession with this show and then one of my friends started watching. she loved it and passed on the recommendation. i like it a lot better than the american baking shows. it's refreshingly simple and less gimick-y. there are 4 seasons on netflix!

Snake Chain Choker Necklace from Urban Outfitters. So simple and delicate and pretty! The size is adjustable so it can be worn like a choker but i like to wear it looser like a short necklace.

Divide by Ed Sheeran. huge shout-out to my friend that bought the cd and passed the music along to me. i've been listening to the album nonstop. some really great lyrics on this one!

Sully. this movie was so interesting! i remember when the event happened but the movie did a great job telling more of the story that the public might not have known.
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March 29, 2017

all about leggings

I tried on my first pair of leggings in December 2013 during my junior year of college (yes, I know how late I was to the legging obsession). My whole world changed. These were $9 black fleece-lined leggings at Windsor. I wore them to death over my month long winter break. It wasn't long before I had a whole pile of them. I never wore just leggings out in public, but all winter I wore them layered underneath my jeans because that was the most brutal winter I can remember. Two layers of pants were necessary everyday. If I was at home, I was wearing leggings.

Now that I'm out of school, my uniform has become black leggings and a long shirt or oversized sweater. Of course, only when it's appropriate! So today, I thought I would talk about my favorite leggings.

From October to May, I pretty much exclusively wear fleece-lined leggings. My favorite is this Zenana Outfitters pair that I got from Dry Goods a few years ago. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find them at the store or online since then. I wanted to purchase another pair so I'm hoping they come back next season. They are a thicker knit fleece-lined one-size legging. When I'm not wearing those, I like the black or grey fleece-lined leggings from Francesca's.

During the summer, I like a thinner legging or an athletic legging. My go-to are these from Express. I have a few pairs. My only dislike is that they are so long on me! But they just started carrying a short length so I might have to try those. For an athletic legging, I really like the ones by Gaiam. They have simple black, cropped, mesh cut-out, and a variety of patterned leggings. This brand fits so well!
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March 22, 2017

coconut chocolate chip cookies

This is a cookie recipe I got from Ingrid and have been making for a couple years now. I first started watching Ingrid in 2010 and she has always been one of my favorite youtubers. She shared the recipe in this video and I tried it out right away. Personally, I think they are delicious, but I know they are not for everyone. They are softer and can have a little bit of a different texture because of the coconut. I like them because it's just a small batch! I usually get 10-12 cookies out of it.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
2. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, almond extract, and water. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl and stir.
3. Mix in coconut and chocolate chips.
4. Scoop cookies on to baking sheet and flatten slightly.  Makes 10-12 cookies.
5. Bake at 350ºF for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
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March 15, 2017

on my radar

In this new series I'll be sharing things I'm looking forward to, trends I'm watching, products I want to try, etc. This was inspired by Carly from The College Prepster. I can't wait to share what's on my radar each season!

1) Beauty and the Beast. I was never super into the Disney princesses when I was younger but Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite story. I'm really excited to see how it does as a live-action movie but also nervous because sometimes a sequel, remake, or movie adaptation can ruin the story. Hopefully all the hype doesn't make it a huge disappointment!

2) Girls. During the summer I was able to watch the first five seasons of the show over just a few months. I was obsessed. The final season has just started and I can't wait to watch it. I'm waiting until it's almost over so I can binge watch over a couple weeks while I use my HBOgo free trial haha. I'll be carefully avoiding spoilers.

3) One Piece Swimsuit. I have been seeing these suits all over social media and ads for a year and I'm dying to jump on this trend. The prints and styles are getting cuter and cuter. The last few summers I've been living in a simple black bikini, and I'm ready for a little change. Hopefully I can find one that I like in the next few months.

4) Big Little Lies. I read this book in the fall and really enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to seeing it on TV. Just like Girls, I'll be waiting until it's almost over so I can binge watch it on my HBOgo free trial.

5) LOVODA. Statement necklaces were great, but they looked great on other people and looked overwhelming on me. I'm definitely more of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry and accessories. I'm so happy to see that simple, dainty jewelry is taking over. I love it! And I love that it's just about everywhere now. I've found a few great etsy jewelry shops and found Lovoda on pinterest. I love their stuff and can't wait to order some soon!
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March 10, 2017

the best tv shows when you need a good cry

Sometime I just feel like watching something super emotional. I want to watch something that is heavy and will help get out all my sad. I love a good TV drama that can take me on an emotional rollercoaster for 42 minutes and make me cry at the happiest and saddest things. Today I'm sharing my top five TV shows that really know how to tug at my heart strings.

Parenthood. Four grown siblings juggle parenthood, relationships, careers and more as they cope with life's ups and downs in this drama set in Berkeley, California.

One Tree Hill. Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan alternate between kinship and rivalry on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends.

Grey's Anatomy. Intern (and eventual resident) Meredith Grey finds herself caught up in personal and professional passions with fellow doctors at a Seattle hospital.

Friday Night Lights. New head coach Eric Taylor finds his every move scrutinized as he takes over leadership of Texas's no. 1 high school football team.

Nashville. Country music superstars Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barns face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals in the music city. 

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March 8, 2017

20 hours in chicago

I made a quick trip to Chicago over the weekend to watch my brother's college a cappella group compete in the ICCA Semifinals. ICCA is the international championship of college a cappella. If you've ever seen Pitch Perfect, this is the real life version of their competition. The groups are amazing and so fun to watch.

We were only there for 20 hours but I made sure to squeeze in some tourist stuff before the event. The event and our hotel were directly across from Grant Park, and we were able to see Shedd Aquarium from our window. We walked all the way up the park areas until we got to the famous "Bean" at the north end. From there we decided to go see the river since we were so close. By this time, I was started to get so cold and the strong wind wasn't helping. After the 30 minute walk back to our hotel, I was frozen. We grabbed a quick dinner at the restaurant attached to the hotel and then made our way to The Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University to watch the ICCA Semifinals. We watched 10 groups perform their sets, and they were all amazing. Of course, we thought my brother's group was the best. So proud!

The next morning, our group took an early trip back to the "Bean" to get some pictures without the normal crowd. We were there around 8:30 a.m. and it was perfect. More groups started showing up when we left so I'm glad we went that early. My favorite breakfast place is Yolk, and what do you know, there was one directly next door to the hotel. I was so excited (The picture of Yolk below was taken from my hotel room window). So of course we walked straight to Yolk and had breakfast.

Some quick notes about my beloved Yolk: 1) The plates are huge. Make sure you are super hungry when you arrive. You will be full for 8 hours. You could probably split with a friend or take half home for later. 2) I usually get the build your own scrambler. This comes with tons of fruit and two giant pancakes. These are the best pancakes I've ever had. And they taste just as amazing when taken home and warmed up later.

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