Spiced Hot Chocolate

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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The last couple days have been full of lots of snow on the East Coast, so I have been spending my days inside staying warm and cozy. On Winter days like these, hot chocolate is one of my favorite things to have. This last time I made some, I decided to make the hot chocolate healthier by substituting almond milk for whole milk. Then to add a twist, I spiced the hot chocolate with chipotle and cinnamon to balance out the richness of the chocolate. The result was a healthier version of a favorite decadent and delicious treat!

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Fuzzy Coat

Monday, January 26, 2015

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Coat: Kenneth Cole (Similar here), Sweater: Joie, Pants: Ann Taylor, Hat: H&M, Boots: Coach, Purse: Michael Kors, Watch: Nixon
I bought this coat a couple weeks back and because of my busy schedule as of late, I pulled it out for the first time to wear this weekend. It is a similar color to another coat of mine, but it’s fuzzy texture really distinguishes it from other coats. It’s texture is also the reason I love this coat so much. It’s so cozy and warm, that I love wrapping myself in it, and I can see it becoming a go-to for quick errands and lazy days. 

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Jumpsuit

Friday, January 23, 2015

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Jumpsuit: Forever 21, Jacket: Jcrew Factory, Purse: Old Navy, Shoes: From Italy, Sunglasses: Ray Bans
Happy Friday all! It’s hard to believe that my trip to Florida was two weeks ago! I wore this outfit on my last day of the trip and am obsessed with this jumpsuit. I had been looking for a jumpsuit for a long time, but had a hard time finding one that fit well and wasn’t crazy expensive. This one though is affordable, fits well, and I love the chevron pattern. A win, win, win! I can’t wait to pull it out again once the weather get warmer in New York!

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Potato Leek Soup

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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When I was home over the holidays, my sister made this potato leek soup recipe for our family and it was a hit! For a twist from the original recipe, she topped the soup with pomegranate seeds and pancetta and it really elevated the flavors to another level. I have since made the soup back in New York and it’s the perfect dinner after a cold winter day.

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Winter Neutrals

Monday, January 19, 2015

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Coat: Jcrew, Sweater: Old Navy, Jeans: Old Navy, Boots: Rag & Bone, Purse: Coach, Sunglasses: Target
Happy Monday everyone and I hope everyone who has the day off, enjoys it! I still have an outfit from my trip to Florida to share, but I thought today I would share this outfit full of Winter neutrals. When we are in the of dead winter, I often find myself wearing lots of dark tones. To break this trend, I have been trying to incorporate lighter neutrals like creams, grays, and blush tones for a light and fresh feel. While it’s not the same as warm weather, these lighter tones do help me fight the winter blues.

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Pink Shoes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Top: Madewell, Jeans: Old Navy, Purse: Target, Shoes: Jcrew, Watch: Michele
If you have followed this blog for awhile, you have probably noticed that these shoes are an absolute favorite of mine. They are so chic with the pointed toe and I can wear them for hours and hours. I have even contemplated buying another pair in black in case something were to happen to mine. My love affair started with them 2 years ago when I tried on a dress at Jcrew and the sales associate asked me if I would like some heels to try on with the dress as well. She gave me these and I have been in love ever since. Fast forward to this year, I was browsing the sales rack at Jcrew when I spotted these pink ones. I tried to first convince myself I didn’t need them because of the pink color was impractical, but after leaving the store, I couldn’t get them out of my mind. So the next day, I headed back to the store and of course bought them. So here they are!
If you are looking for a pair of pointy heels, I highly recommend these. I have wider than average feet and these don’t hurt the sides of my feet at all and are comfortable on the ball of my foot as well. I know they are pricey, but they have been worth every penny for me.

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Birthday Stripes

Monday, January 12, 2015

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Dress: Piperlime, Necklace: Francesca's (similar), Shoes: Jcrew, Clutch: Target
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent my weekend in Florida celebrating my birthday with my parents and boyfriend. As I mentioned last year, I always wished I had a summer birthday, so I was excited to celebrate this year in warm and sunny Florida. On Saturday, we did a birthday dinner and I wore this dress. This dress has to be one of my favorite items for Spring with the stripes and frills. Now, I just wish it would warm up in New York, so I can wear it again.

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Monkey Bread Muffins

Thursday, January 8, 2015

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This past weekend my boyfriend and I hosted an intimate brunch for a couple of friends. For the menu, we did eggs, waffles, bacon, mimosas, and these monkey bread muffins. If you have never heard of monkey bread, it’s like the inside of a cinnamon roll with all its cinnamony and caramel goodness. I followed this monkey bread recipe, but chose to bake them in a muffin pan instead of a bundt pan, so each person could have their own portion. I originally started to drizzle them with the cream cheese frosting, but worried some people might not like it. So I ultimately served the frosting on the side and gave my guests the option to dip the monkey bread pieces in the frosting, if they so liked. All in all, they were the star of the brunch and will certainly be a brunch mainstay for future brunches we host.

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