This Memorial Day it was sunny and hot so I decided to do something I have never done in the past! I wore a outfit that allowed me to stay cool and one I thought was cute.
My Husband captured a photo of me grilling and initially I vetoed the photo because it highlights a lot of things I dislike about myself. I feel like at 31 years old I need to let go of the thought process of needing to be flattering. I posted this upcoming photo to my Instagram and felt okay with it!
Love yourself just as your are, you are not the “before” you.
All items expect bag and accessories are from Torrid. My bag is a Kate Spade purchased from TJMaxx and my watch is Michael Kors. The booties featured in this post are some of my favorites because of the beautiful jeweled accents. I am a fan of the lace neckline detailing and the flowing wispy fabric of the cover cup. This outfit is a good winter to spring transition even though on this day I should of worn a coat.
This handsome little guy is Cooper John our 3-year-old Pomchi. He came to use after our dachshund, Chloe, passed away. Raising this boy was rough but we made it out the other side of those dark puppy days. Cooper is such a loving and fiercely loving dog. Squeaker balls (animal themed in particular) are his favorite and he loves to play fetch.
I would love to introduce our newest family members; Lola & Winnie!
Winnie playing with her duck
Lola having a chew on her teether
These two came into our lives after we had to say goodbye to our beloved Trinity. Trinity was the light of my life and my constant source of comfort and love. Trinity would have been 14-years-old this coming September. My life isn’t complete without a dachshund (or two) in it. I got my first pair of dachshunds my senior year of high school (2005). Chloe and Trinity were litter mates and now we have another pair of litter mates in Lola and Winnie. Lola and Winnie are currently 9-weeks-old and are working on learning their names and potty training (how can little puppies pee so much??). I also have a 3-year-old Pomchi named Cooper but he will get a post of his own shortly. I hope you enjoy these cute videos of our girls!
I believe on this day I was heading out shopping with my Husband and family for Thanksgiving dinner supplies.
- Coat: Old Navy Trench (2015, not currently available)
- Scarf: Fox Print Scarf from Amazon (link)
- Jeggings: Torrid dark wash jeggings (link)
- Sweater: Old Navy polka dot sweater (not currently on site)
- Boots: Torrid Strappy Mixed Media Ankle Booties (link)
- Sunglasses: Quay Australia x Desi Perkins High Key 60mm Aviators (link)
- Bag: Coach bag found at TJMaxx
I have loved my trench coat from the moment it was in my hands. I am currently on the hunt for another trench coat with a slightly better fit; I am tall and the sleeves on this one aren’t 100% a good fit. The material of this trench is thick and substantial and has worn well in the three years I’ve had it. Amazon has become my haven for scarfs because they are priced cheaply and yet of standard quality. I have several other scarfs like my fox one and adore them all. Torrid is where I go for jeans/jeggings because they offer my size and inseam needs; these jeggings are probably 2-3 years old and have held their shape and structure even after repeated washings. My only complaint for this look is that I wish my sweater was just a couple inches longer but it is a well made and finished basic sweater that will get love during the fall months. Probably my FAVORITE piece in my wardrobe are my booties; I wear these the most of any shoes I own. These booties are not only stylish but well constructed and comfortable.
Ferror Rocher Easter Cupcakes
While browsing the aisles of my local Rite Aid the Easter candy caught my attention. I found some Ferror Rocher eggs that looked tempting and like something that would find wonderful inside a cupcake. I crafted the idea of doing a vanilla cupcake base with a Ferror Rocher nestled in the middle and all of that topped with a delightful whipped nutella buttercream frosting and crowns with an additional Ferror Rocher. I had a few leftover cupcakes so I topped them with a beautiful vanilla buttercream for my Husband as he isn’t a fan on chocolate. These were a huge hit and I would love to make them again but with a chocolate base. Recipe to follow.
Cupcake Base (Martha Stewart’s recipe):
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 softened sticks unsalted butter
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating line your cupcake pans with liners of your choosing. I got mine from Amazon. In a medium bowl mix together your flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In another bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Crack eggs into separate bowl if worried about shells. Mix eggs one at a time into cream and sugar mixture. Once eggs are all incorporated add the vanilla. Once you have both mixtures it’s time to start alternating butter mixture with flour mixture and milk. Divide your final mixture between your cupcake liners; I use a ice cream scoop to do this. Make sure your liners are 3/4 full and then pop them into the oven for 20 mins (check after 15 mins because ovens vary so much). Insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake and if it comes out clean it’s time to remove your cupcakes from the pan and cool them on a rack.
(I added in the Ferror Rocher egg to the middle of the cupcake base prior to baking)
Whipped Nutella Buttercream:
- 2 sticks unsalted butter; softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup nutella spread
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp. heavy cream (or quality whole milk; I use full fat milk with the cream on top when I don’t have heavy cream on hand)
Cream the softened butter until pale yellow. Add in the nutella, vanilla, and salt. Once combined start adding in your powdered sugar little by little alternating with the heavy cream (add more or less depending on how stiff you’d like your frosting; I went for a medium consistency).
Using a large star tip I pipped a rosette like shape and nestle the plain Ferror Rocher on top.