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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve Inspiration: Black Skirt 3 Ways

One of my resolutions this year is to avoid spending money on things that aren't needed (which will be very hard to do). So this New Years Eve, if I were to go out, I would love to reinvent some staple pieces. This is just my rendition of a black circle skirt, but anyone could use another staple piece like a sheer blouse or blazer.

I'm actually not going to a fancy party or anything, but just a relaxed get together at a friends house. It's still fun to imagine what I would wear though (maybe for those college days!). If you're staying in to watch Dick Clark's show with sweatpants or going to a schmancy party, be safe and have fun!
Look #1:There's nothing like a little sparkle for New Years Eve! I'm obsessed with blazers, and think they're a piece everyone should have. It'll keep you warm(er) and polished. Also, wedges are much easier to walk in than heels!
Look #2: I'm absolutely in love with these printed tights. I think high waisted skirts are always flattering (especially for petite girls like me), and wearing a some cool tights really makes a difference. 
Look #3: This (mostly) comfy outfit is probably my favorite one! Since being comfortable is the most important thing to me, it'd be easy to be up all night with this on. Also, the statement necklace really brings everything together, giving the whole look a bit of sparkle. (It's made by See Song Designs!) 
 Well, that is it for my last post of the year! Click on the links to see where everything is from. Happy New Year to all of my lovely readers.

See you soon,
Stephanie


Monday, December 23, 2013

The BEST Molasses Cookies

I have been making these molasses cookies with my mom for years, and they have officially become a tradition. Just the smell brings me back to the 4th grade. It's true, Martha Stewart really knows her molasses cookies! The only changes I have made is I use a teaspoon sized ice cream scoop to ensure equal sized cookies instead of a tablespoon. And with the ice cream scoop I use, it makes 50 cookies, not 36! I believe I have perfected the baking time for my personal preference: hardened edges with a gooey middle.







Recipe courtesy of marthastewart.com (with my own little tweaks)

Italicized = my tips and comments

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar (1 cup for dough, 1/2 cup for rolling)
    • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup molasses

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside. (This is for rolling the cookies before baking)
  2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses (spray measuring cup before adding molasses) until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon (I use a 1 teaspoon ice cream scoop). Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.
  4. Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 (11) minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely. Makes 36 (50). Store in an airtight container for 4 days.
[What I love to leave by the fireplace]

[Perfect as a gift]
Honestly, half of the reason why I love these cookies so much is the smell it gives when they are baking. It always puts a smile on my face. Happy Holidays! 

Stephanie xx

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

L'oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

For the past 6 years that I've been obsessed with makeup, I've never been into wearing foundation. Sure, I love watching people's foundation routines, but for some reason I didn't like the idea of putting it on my skin. It wasn't until this summer when I tried out my first ever foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation (which is very light), where I am slowly venturing into the foundation world.

I prefer a light coverage for my combination oily skin, since I don't like to see or feel the makeup. My mom actually first bought this on a whim (I do not recommend buying things on whims), and hated it, so she gave it to me. On the bottle, it says to not use any brushes, but I actually prefer to not touch my face. Thankfully I have found the perfect brush!
Real Techniques Buffer Brush          Source
As for the foundation, I was pleasantly surprised. I just dot this all over my face, and blend it in with a real techniques buffer brush. It only takes a minute or two to do so, and it does actually set in a "magical" powder like form. I still do set it with a powder, but a finely milled Makeup Forever one, not a powder foundation. Also, be careful when pouring it out, as it is a super thin liquid and runny! And most importantly, don't forget to shake the bottle as the liquid can separate.
As you can see, it is very thin!
I only use one layer, because this easily sticks to dry patches (moisturize moisturize!), and two layers already looks cakey on me. I would say it has a light to medium coverage overall, that isn't easily build able. This retails for around $13 at most places, which to me is a little more expensive for the drugstore price compared to the $6.95 Maybelline Stick Foundation...nevertheless, I still really adore it. The only negative connotation is the packaging. I cannot stand it. I must pour it out onto the back of my hand because it has no pump and is made of glass packaging.

I would definitely recommend this to family and friends only if they have oily skin, and aren't looking for full coverage. I think this lasts nicely throughout the day, and feels weightless!

Overall Rating: 4/5
Color Selection: 3/5
Photogenic Qualities: 2/5 (turns faces a little bit pink/white!)
Cost: $$