August 20, 2014

Cooking in Heels: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My dad is a huge oatmeal raisin cookie fanatic but since I'm not too keen on raisins and my whole family can agree on liking peanut butter and chocolate chips, this is a great happy medium cookie! It was super easy to make, and took only 10 minutes to bake.

August 18, 2014

What I Wore: Casual Wedding


My cousin got married two months ago in a small ceremony and this weekend she and her husband held a small dinner party for the family to celebrate their marriage. This was obviously a little more casual for nighttime, but this type of outfit is definitely one you could wear for a daytime wedding, to the church, or to a nice dinner.

August 17, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of August 17th

Gilt:
  • By Terry Cosmetics (Sale begins 9pm ET 8/17)
  • FACE Stockholm (Sale begins Noon ET 8/20)
  • Baby Quasar: Light Therapy Devices (Sales begin Noon ET 8/21)

HauteLook:
  • Elizabeth Grant Skincare, La Fresh Travel Wipes (Sales begin 8am PT 8/17)
  • #ManiMonday: nailuv Gel Nails, tarte (Sales begin 8am PT 8/18)
  • iTech Ionic Tourmaline Hair Dryer Set, Terax Haircare (Sales begin 8am PT 8/19)
  • Genie Beauty, Men's Designer Fragrances, Perricone MD (Sales begin 8am PT 8/20)
  • Mally Beauty, Suki Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 8/21)
  • Crown Brush, Koh Gen Do, NuTika Hair Tools (Sales begin 8am PT 8/22)
  • GlamNatural, Travel & Mini Fragrances (Sales begin 8am PT 8/23)

  • C'est Magnifique: French Beauty (Sale begins 9am PT 8/20)

  • Royal & Langnickel Makeup Brushes (Sale begins 11am ET 8/18)
  • Chanel & More: The Best of the Beauty Counter, Save Face: With Products by Guerlain & More (Sales begin 11am ET 8/20)
  • Prada Sunglasses & Perfume (Sale begins 11am ET 8/21)
  • Bring the Salon Home: Products by Oribe & More (Sale begins 11am ET 8/22)
  • Protect & Bronze: Skincare Featuring Shiseido (Sale begins 11am ET 8/23)

August 16, 2014

Link Love: August 10-16


An Announcement… [Cupcakes and Cashmere]


23 Lessons From Robin Williams Movies [ELLE]

Can Psychology Explain Why Olivia Pope Wears White Coats? [Refinery 29]

This DIY Lemon Coffee Facial Scrub Will Have You Feeling Squeaky Clean [College Candy]

'Vogue' Put Three Models On Its September 2014 Cover [Fashionista]

Whipped Marscapone & Fig Pie [The Broken Bread]

August 15, 2014

Shopping Blogging Beauty: Back to College 2014

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I can't believe it's almost time for me to go back to college. My freshman year flew by and I made amazing memories, and even more amazing friends in my first year. It's been a long 3.5 months that I've been home (aside from 10 days in Israel) and the next 2 weeks until I go back on September 1st are feeling the longest of all. Now that I've done a year in college already, I know what is best to bring versus what not so good to bring back to school this fall.

If you're looking for a little advice on how to decorate your dorm, check out my post on how I decorated my dorm last year. Stay tuned for this years tour of my dorm once I get settled in!

Leggings: While I'm not one to say leggings are pants, I do wear them if I'm in a hurry because there are ways to wear them tastefully like with knee-high boots, and a long sweater (even if your leggings are 100% opaque, which they should be). My personal favorites are from Lululemon, and don't let the price tag scare you because they are a real investment. I can't tell you how many times I've needed to run to the dining hall, food store or library late at night and instead of showing up in grungy sweats, wearing the outfit described above can save you some embarrassment if you run into a special someone or professor.

Brita® Water Pitcher: I bought my Slim Water Pitcher after realizing that I no longer had the convenience of filtered water from my refrigerator soon after moving in. The Slim Water Pitcher by Brita® is the perfect size to fit inside your mini-fridge door without taking up as much space or killing the environment as much as plastic water bottles would. The Brita® Pitcher makes it easy to fill up your favorite tumbler before and after class to keep you hydrated when filled with water, or even !

Stylish PJs: Similar to leggings, these are a staple. I can't tell you how many times I've gone down the hallway early in the morning or late at night needing to use the microwave in the common room and been thankful I was wearing cute pajamas over something a little less stylish.

Mini Drying Rack: Another thing I took for granted before going to school is a proper washer and dryer. I have become much more cautious of what I put into a testy dryer and become very thankful for my drying rack. Get this mini one so it won't take up much space in what I'm sure is an already tiny room.

Silverware: Trust me on this one, eating in your room is convenient but what if you forget a fork or spoon? Having at least one set of silverware will make things much easier if you're craving a late night bowl of cereal or cup o' noodles.



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August 13, 2014

Tech Talk: Behind the Gram

I've been seeing a lot of these posts lately, and thought it would be fun to do one of my own! I find it interesting what people (bloggers especially) choose to share on social media and these posts are just too funny because don't we all try to post an "artsy" instagram every once in a while?

Instagram: OOTD and a green smoothie
Real Life: I really was drinking that smoothie but figured I should change out of sweats for the photo, and proceeded to spill said smoothie on the top of my pants and struggled for a good 20 minutes to take a photo from a good angle before washing the jeans.

Instagram: A pretty cupcake and a magazine
Real Life: I bought that cupcake from a food truck earlier in the day and was thinking of the best way to instagram it, and it just so happens that I got that magazine in the mail that day so why not post them in a photo together?

Instagram: A pretty donut
Real Life: I was driving out of NYC and when my sister saw the Holey Donuts, we pulled over, jumped out, and ran inside. I wasn't even hungry for a donut/planning on instagramming but saw how cute they were and knew I had to do it.

Instagram: Posing on an mosaic wall
Real Life: I was driving in Philadelphia with my mom and when I realized we were about to pass the Magic Gardens, I knew I had to take a picture since I hadn't instagrammed in a few days, so I pulled the car into someone's driveway for five minutes, had my mom take some photos, and drove home.


I hope this gives you some insight into what the life of a blogger is, which is not as glam/cool as it may seem through the lens of social media. 

August 11, 2014

Best Dressed: Teen Choice Awards 2014

Nina Dobrev rocked a Vionnet top and matching shorts in an amazing color combo of cobalt, pink, and gold. She paired the outfit with a Michael Kors clutch, Kurt Geiger shoes, and David Yurman jewelry.

Selena Gomez was chic in a Saint Laurent tuxedo jumpsuit, and metallic Miu Miu shoes and Dior clutch, and simple jewelry by Jennifer Meyer.

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale rocked an Unknown red dress, studded Brian Atwood shoes, a MICHAEL Michael Kors clutch, and jewelry by EFFY Jewelry, Dana Rebecca Designs, EF Collection Melinda Maria, and Graziela Gems.

Chasing Life Star Italia Ricci wore a plunging Lovers + Friends jumpsuit, metallic Greymer shoes, and Daniel Gibbings and Supreme Jewelry bangles.


photo credits: getty