Monday

Do Work, Son





All Photos Via Pinterest
I feel like I haven't been generating really great content lately and there are a few reasons for that. 
1. I started a full time job and it is too dark to take decent photos when I get out of work. 
Also, not super inspired to do anything after working for 8 hours. 
So, I need to adjust to this new schedule. I'm going to try to get
more posts photographed and written on the weekend so my blog doesn't look so lonely.
2. The snow storm from hell hit this past week, so much of my "free time" has been
devoted to reclaiming cars and driveways from Mother Nature's wrath.

Pinterest is really a beautiful thing. I can't tell you how many of my ideas have been
sparked by awesome things I saw on Pinterest. Such a great tool. Today I thought I'd share some
cool work spaces. I've been working on a table for a work/sewing space in my room
and these photos inspire me.

This week I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving (obviously) and getting mail again. I'm expecting some exciting packages :) Happy Monday to you!

Thursday

Nobody likes you when you're 23...

My birthday was a couple days ago so I figured I should recap the goals I made last year on my birthday. Above is the status report. I'm surprised at how well I did! I actually accomplished most of these goals, in varying degrees. I'm excited for 23. This is a year of opportunity. I can feel it. It's certainly having a memorable beginning with this epic snowstorm.

Wednesday

Snowpocalypse

video

Between starting a new job, the snowpocalypse, and just general life insanity I am behind on blog posts. Above is an unedited video for your viewing pleasure, complete with sideways angles because I forgot my video camera doesn't flip its focus. So I will pretend that you care enough to turn your head to keep the perspective.

Sunday

Snapshots






1. Finn getting all comfy cozy on the couch.
2. The first snow.
3. Some pretty excellent juice from Ashker's.
4. Got the first issue of KnitWit magazine!
5. All of the pumpkins.
6. Necessary fun-hats-big-mirror selfie. Some day I'm going to have a photo album of all of the mandatory giant mirror selfies I make people take with me.

Sunday

Chocolate Chip Cookies, A Quest

Let's talk about chocolate chip cookies. I have a handful of different chocolate chip cookie recipes saved to my food for thought folder on pinterest. My goal is to eventually try them all. My mother is slightly offended I am not content just to use her recipe. While her recipe creates a divine pan cookie, it does not meet the requirements of my ideal chocolate chip cookie. My favorite CCC can usually be found in bakeries and cafes. Thin to medium thickness, crispy edges, soft middle, chocolate in every bite. That is chocolate chip cookie perfection in my book. And if it happens to almost be the size of my face, that's okay too :)  I'm on a quest to find the best recipe!

This first batch of cookies was quite lovely, but not exactly what I'm looking for. This recipe, slightly adapted from here, creates a thick cookie, but with a really lovely chewy texture. I started with this recipe because I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand. I would make these again, but my quest shall continue!

INGREDIENTS (yields approximately 24 cookies)

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp vanilla
4 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2T cornstarch
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a stand mixer, mix butter, margarine, and both sugars until light and fluffy.
2. Add in eggs and vanilla, mixing until well combined.
3. Combine dry ingredients (except for chocolate chips) in a separate bowl.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing on a low speed to incorporate the ingredients without making a mess.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Use a 1/4 cup measure to scoop out dough and form into balls.
7. Place dough in freezer for 2 hours. This will help the cookies maintain their thickness.
8. Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
9. Place frozen cookies onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are starting to brown.
10. Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.

Friday

Wedding To Weekend Style With Weddington Way

I was recently asked to participate in Weddington Way's November Style Challenge, the object of which is to style a bridesmaid dress for wedding wear and then transition it into a weekend outfit. I chose to style The Veronica bridesmaid dress in champagne toast because of its classic style. And it has pockets. Who could resist? You can check out all of Weddington Way's bridesmaid dresses here. To tie the two looks together, I chose a nice deep red as my accent color. The wedding look is simple, but with stunning accessories to keep it from being boring. Then I took the dress into cozy Fall weekend wear with a cropped sweater, chunky scarf, and truly excellent boots.

WEDDING WEAR
DETAILS// Shoes::Pouch::Earrings::Bracelet::Nail Polish::Eye Liner::Lippy


WEEKEND WEAR
DETAILS//Sweater::Bag::Shoes::Scarf::Socks::Mascara::Nail Polish