Saturday, November 22, 2014

tory. burch. monogrammed.

Yes, you read that correctly. 
Tory Burch sandals, the flip flops I live in all day every day (well, when chicago is actually warm), 
has now made monograms available for her sandals.
Be still my beating heart. 
You can add up to four initial charms. 
Take your little finger and click pre-order ASAP. 
and I just realized it looks like I'm spelling tory…. but those are just my new initials. 

Speaking of monogrammed gifts, 
I'll have a HUGE monogram gift guide coming your way next week :) 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

friday things

this Sonia Kashuk for Target Holiday make-up brush set is being added to the wishlist.  
perfect gift.  amazing price. and it would look so pretty on the bathroom counter in a pretty glass. 
in love with the eyeshadow palette too 

One thing for sure this weekend : 
I plan on cleaning the house and finding out what all the fuss is about with this Serial podcast

I'm super excited.  I feel like it'll bring me back to the days of sophomore year in the sorority dorm when a bunch of us would watch Unsolved Mysteries in someones room every single day while we ate lunch. 

michael buble + baby its cold outside will definitely get you in the mood for the holidays.
we may have already hung a garland over our fireplace last night…. oops. 

my husband and I truly come from two different planets.
mine being the normal, correct, and funny one. obviously. 
we were watching our favorite show The Big Bang Theory last night 
(laughed my head off it was such a good episode)
 and the guy from The Reading Rainbow was on as a guest.  

Kip : I don't get it
Me : The Reading Rainbow.  Helloooo it's the guy from the Reading Rainbow??!!
Kip : I have no idea what that is. 
Me : a bunch of trying to explain, him looking confused, and me confirming he had no childhood.
Me : Let's add this to the list of things that prove you are an alien…...Like when you didn't know who Barbara Walters was!! 
Kip : I still don't know who Barbara Walters is!
Me : Kip! Yes you do!
Kip: No, I just know that whoever she is, she's the person you do the"Baba-Wawa" thing about.  
CAN YOU EVEN??!!!??!! 

If this story about Willie Geist and Natalie Morales being fired from The Today Show is true, I will freak.  I love Willie. 

ann taylor is kicking ass and taking names with their collections lately.
and they are offering 40% off a ton of stuff with code PARTY40 through Saturday! 

this sequin striped sweater is calling my name. it's perfection.
oh, and it's 40% off so it's kind of screaming it actually.
and I'm really lusting after the cashmere poncho, also on sale to justify it. 

I want this faux fur infinity scarf for this freezing weather we are already having. 

they have a ton of gorgeous necklaces, all currently 40% off 

also 40% off, this gorgeous sweater coat that I would live in every single day. 

in preparation for next weeks big day, I liked this Modern Guide to Thanksgiving Etiquette from Bon Appetit .
particularly the first tip : Invite at least one non-family member to ensure that everyone is on their best behavior and help temper tensions.
I mean, nothing screams holidays like families being so excited to see each other and then SO thankful it isn't a holiday every weekend :) 

happy weekend :) 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

crack of the week :: chocolate chip cookies

crack of the week :: chocolate chip cookies. 
but, first 
we can't talk about cookies without troop beverly hills, the best movie ever. 

I'll keep this post to the point, you hear enough of my babbling:
These cookies are simple, easy, and perfectly delicious. 
I have never baked a better cookie.
They are crazy similar to my moms secret recipe (almost as good).
I like my cookies super thin.  
Thin, with a soft chewy middle and a thin crispy edge.  
 these photos definitely were not snapped on our white bedspread before eating cookies in bed.  definitely not. 

No one does perfection like my girl Ina,
so I don't know why I ever used other recipes besides hers.
I did one batch with just chocolate chips, and one with chocolate chips + Heath bar pieces.  Trust me when I tell you that the Heath bar really takes it to the next level of fat kid heaven.  

Ina's Chocolate Chip Cookies

:: Ingredients :: 
1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs, room temperature 
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds chopped walnuts (*optional, I did no nuts)
1 1/4 pounds semisweet chocolate chunks 
(*or half chocolate chips/half Heath Bar Chips, found in the grocery store next to the chocolate chips!)

:: Directions  ::
Preheat over to 350 degrees.
Cream the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, and mix well.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the butter with the mixer on low speed, mixing only until well combined.  Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.

Drop the dough onto a bakings feet lined with parchment paper using a 1 3/4 inch ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon. Flatten the tough slightly with damp fingertips.  Bake for exactly 15 minutes.  (The cookies will seem underdone).  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to col completely. 

Can I seriously just BE Ina?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

wishlist wednesday :: the long sleeve dress

I'm a dress girl through and through.
when the colder temps arrive, and they have in full force, 
my wardrobe shrinks down and I just want all of my dresses back!
the long sleeve dress is the perfect way to transition without giving up my favorite pieces. 
plus you can go real short without looking skanky because the sleeves can balance it out :) win, win! 

one // two // three // four // five under $100
six // seven // eight under $100 // nine // ten

annnnnnnd not long sleeved, but perfect for the holiday party season, 
and I love 'em and need 'em and want 'em! 
{red drape dress}

you know I can't resist an open back.  
{mini dress} 

{halston dress}

and the grey BB dakota I posted last week in black. under $100 and perfect for every occasion! 

{bb dakota lace sleeve dress}
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