Wednesday, March 23, 2016

PSA: Where Short Girls Should Buy Jeans

A month ago, I went shopping with a couple of friends and found jeans that actually FIT. I don't think this has ever happened to me in my entire life, and I thought it deserved its own blog post. Not only were they on sale for only $18 (originally $50), but yes, these jeans are great quality. Even though Forever 21 jeans can be $9, these are much better, and $18 is just such an amazing deal. The college student loan part of me is crying tears of joy. The best part is that I found these at the store where I never would have expected to find them.... Aeropostale. dun dun dun
Yeah, that one store you haven't walked into since 7th grade sells these magical jeans. I was shocked, and the whole brand in general I've noticed has changed so much for the better. The prices are much cheaper, and the clothing is minimalistic. The style of jeans I ended up falling in love with were the ankle length jeggings. I know the word jeggings (leggings+jeans) makes it seem like the material would be flimsy and thin, but these are just as thick as other jeans I've owned before. The ankle length is great, and I only have to roll them up about half an inch if I'm wearing ankle boots or Keds. The other ankle length jeans are great, but the jeggings in my opinion were definitely the most comfortable and flattering!
My favorite color is this dark wash, since I've worn them dressed up and dressed down. I highly recommend you try out these jeans even if you're not petite (5'0) like me. Anyone would appreciate the quality, price, and style of them. Thanks Aero. I never thought I'd shop here again...but here we are. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Coffee Table Essentials

This year I signed my first lease EVER for a house next year, and my roommates and I area already talking about decorating and little DIY craft projects. As much as I loved the dorm life, I am definitely ready to have a place to call home and be able to live with three amazing girls. I know we will all be hanging out in the living room together all the time, and here are a couple of my coffee table essentials that I know will be important for next year (along with my choice for an adorable table). 

1 // Polaroid photos - A couple of my friends right now have a glass table and they display so many cute pictures underneath it.

2// Candles - Basically a must to relax after a long day.

3// A pretty bowl - Somewhere to keep keys (and things I'll always lose). 

4// Coffee table books that are beautiful but also a good read. I've always loved Humans Of New York.

5// A placemat for Saturday morning breakfasts in front of the TV (this one is on sale!)

A couple of my favorite coffee tables are from Chairish.com, a website where people can sell vintage items. Prices range from as low as $75 to thousands, so there's a huge variety for anything you are looking for. I love this table for $95 with some wood detail, and also this low contemporary style table for only $100. For more options on some beautiful coffee tables, try Chairish!

*This post is in collaboration with Chairish.com, but is not sponsored.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sweet Potato Cornbread [VIDEO]

I was on spring break all last week, and I was able to try out a couple of different recipes that I've wanted to make for a long time. My mom saw this recipe on facebook, and it was actually really really easy to make. Being my first official youtube video, these food videos will be a series of recipes that I'll be trying out on camera for the first time, and you'll get to see if they turned out or not. 
My mom absolutely loved the cornbread, but commented that more sweet potato should be added next time. With the leftovers, these tasted AMAZING if warmed in the microwave for a couple of seconds and topped with some butter + cinnamon. I hope you enjoy the video, and I highly recommend you try this out! I absolutely loved filming and editing this video and definitely plan on making more. 
The original recipe can be found here.

- 1 cup mashed sweet potato (I would add a bit more than this)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoons yellow corn meal (I love Bob's Red Mill)
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 sugar (I used raw cane sugar)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 cup butter chilled + diced 
1. Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9 inch diameter pan/skillet
2. Cook and mash sweet potato. I used one medium potato, and that was enough for over 1 cup mashed. To cook potato, pierce holes all around the potato to let the steam out, and microwave each side for 3 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. To peel the skin off easily, make scores with a knife and just use your hands!
3. Whisk the potato, buttermilk, and eggs together. 
4. Combine cornmeal, sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and ginger. There are three options to combine: a pastry cutter, your hands, or food processor. (The pastry cutter takes the longest but still worked for me)
5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Glazed + Confused

Last weekend my friend Jess and I went to explore downtown Lansing, and I definitely underestimated the city. There were so many cute shops and restaurants that we visited, but there was one that we knew we HAD to visit. It was an urban bakery called Glazed + Confused, and oh my it was one of the cutest places I've ever been to. Being in college, I miss going to my favorite local place sin Grand Rapids (shoutout to Nantucket Bakery), and finding this place definitely reminded me of home. 

They call themselves and "urban bakery", and had many flavors of donuts and scones that were new to me. Jess got an almond joy cake donut, and I tried the black forest flavor which was light and airy. Each donut runs from $1.20-2.50, and they also have lots and lots of food other than sweets. There was a whole menu with breakfast and lunch options that looked amazing as well.

Jess and I did our homework there for a couple of hours, and people were streaming in and out the whole time: families, college students, and kids. It's only two blocks from the capitol, and the whole atmosphere and ambiance of the shop was what made this such a great place. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend checking this place out, but be sure to look at their hours before you go! 
-their website