31 ways in 31 days: stripped shirt

And we are back! In case you just stopped over, I am doing a fall capsule using pieces based off of these and am starting with the stripped shirt! I love this piece because it is so versatile, dress it up with a skirt and heels or dress it down with jeans and flats. I even tried to do different styles like tomboy chic and slight hippie to show just how versatile this one piece can fill in so many different holes in a closet.

stripped shirt, fall  capsule

stripped shirt, black skirt

mixed prints for fall, stripped shirt and floral scarf

stripped shirt, army green jacket

denim shirt and stripped shirt underneath

floral headband, stripped shirt, fall capsule

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31 days 31 ways

Another fashion challenge! I loved the 20 pieces for 30 days challenge I did this summer with Caitlin and she is back with 31 ways to remix pieces into new outfits. I’m excited to get this challenge underway so without further ado, these are pieces that are similar to the ones that I will be using for the challenge. Want to do the challenge with me?

fall capsule wardrobe

I’ll be posting each week 6 new outfits of how I styled the pieces. I am not limiting my accessories so get ready for accessory overload! I decided to keep it simple and fall-approved with neutral colors with a few pops of stripes and texture. Basics go a long way in my book. I’ll be posting my first 6 outfits by the end of this week!

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Currently…

currently september

Smelling: fresh air. I have been trying to get outside more and enjoy this beautiful weather before it turns -40 degrees and snowy!

Loving: this outfit. I am still on the hunt for the perfect flannel shirt to pair with my striped shirt so that I can recreate this look.

Planning: my life. I am deciding classes to take this spring along with organizing myself for the upcoming test/paper/project slam happening next week. Homecoming and Big-Little week are the following 2 weeks. And oh yeah, i have to find time to sleep!

Baking: just about everything. I baked monster cookies, mini cookie cakes and chocolate chip cookies in the past 2 weeks!

Celebrating: going home this weekend. I haven’t been home since labor day and I am excited to see my family again!

September Instagram

september instagram

Well September is in the books! Here’s a look at what I did this month. As always follow along on Instagram for up to the minute access on all things my life;) What did you have going on this month?

-we had a few rainy days this month

-celebrated national ice cream day on the 22nd

-black and white for Style Me September

-lovely layers for Style Me September

-good ol’ iced coffee to get me through my classes

-navy blue with silver accent from my Julep box

-beautiful sunsets

-makes me feel elegant for Style Me September

A Little Dash of Fall

fall colors, fall outfit, scarf

Happy Monday! This month has really flown by and Wednesday starts October! I’m following Caitlin over on Greater than Rubies Fashion Lookbook each month and this is the 2nd month were the topic is fall colors (dresses was the first theme). This theme is perfect for the weather I wish I was having! It is still about 80 degrees here in the Midwest and I am hoping it cools off soon!

I love this scarf so much! I bought it on my trip to London 2 years ago and I wear it almost once a week! The colors are so vivid and perfect for fall. I paired it with a tan 3/4 sleeve blouse and dark skinny jeans to complete the casual look. The purple flats matched the scarf so they had to be included!

scarf, fall outfit

shoes, flats, purple, fall

skinny jeans, scarf, fall outfit

top similar//jeans//scarf similar//flats similar

Linking up with: #howIsummerGreater than RubiesMix it MondayTrendsettersFashionably Employed, Style to InspireWhat I Wore Wednesday and Hump Day Happenings

Mini Cookie Cakes

mini cookie cakes

Two recipes in the same week! Yes ladies and gentlemen I am on a roll! I love cooking and baking and one afternoon I baked 4 different things (i had to use up the 4 eggs in my fridge and what better way to do that than to bake?!). This is one of the concoctions I whipped up, mini cookie cakes. I was originally going to make a cookie cake but my dorm doesn’t have a pie pan so I decided to make mini cookie cakes like how cupcakes are mini cakes. They turned out delicious, but be sure to spray each cup with a little Pam because they stick to the paper!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
about 1/2 cup M&Ms, divided (I used plain mini original but peanut, peanut butter, dark, etc. all okay)

Steps:

Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter. Add eggs, sugar and vanilla and mix.

Add flour and salt. Mix in chocolate chips and m&ms.

Spray tins with Pam and scoop batter into muffin tin cups.

Bake about 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

mini cookie cakes, cookie cake as cupcakes, genius!

The Best Monster Cookies Ever.

 the best monster cookies ever!

The title explains it all. These cookies are so perfect and everything a cookie should be. I made these a couple weeks back and they were such a hit that everyone wants me to make them again! Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cupe peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

3 cups old fashion rolled oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 mini m&ms

Steps:

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugars.

Add eggs and vanilla then beat till well mixed.

Stir together flour, salt and baking soda. Add this mixture to butter mixture, stirring well.

Add peanut butter, chocolate chips and m&ms.

Drop on greased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes until tan on top.

Don’t forget to share (or not!:)

monster cookies