Saturday, September 28, 2013

Homecoming 2013! My Dress + Thoughts

Ah, Homecoming. The quintessential dance in high school where the guys ask the girls and the gym is decorated with sparkly stars. People slow dance to "A Moment Like This", and spend hundreds of dollars on dresses. The nail salons are packed, and each curl is pinned...

make me blush
From my polyvore!

...except mine was nothing like that. At my school homecoming is pretty laid back, the dresses are pretty but not elegant, and everyone goes, with or without a date! Prom is much more over the top. I went with a big group of friends (we were all too cool for dates, duh) and ate at a local Pizzeria. I kept my makeup neutral with my skin flawless -I love the natural look.

Dress: Modcloth (discontinued) similar
Blazer: Unknown save
Shoes: American Rag exact
Necklace: Francesca's (discontinued) similar
White Hair Bow: homemade save

I bought this dress about 6 months ago on Modcloth during their cabin sale- it was only $17! Sadly it's not available anymore, but there are some similer dresses. I absolutely love the neutral colors: blush pink, champagne, and gold.The fit and flare style is absolutely perfect on my body shape - it nips in the smallest part of my waist. The dress hits above my knee (for all the petite girls out there), and I wore some comfy black wedges from American Rag! As it was chilly outside, a blazer paired perfectly to keep the look polished. And of course I accessorized with a pearl necklace, arrow bracelet, and small pearl earrings!

I kept my hair fairly simple but girly with a cute, white bow.

If there's anything I have learned about school dances is to have fun, you decide how you feel! So get out there and go dance, be with friends, and be silly. This was my last homecoming ever so I tried to make the most of it. The song selection wasn't exactly the best, but the last song was "Sweet Caroline" which made the night!

"You know they're your best friends when..."

I did my friend Sarah's hair (far left) with curls and a french braid!

I had so much fun with the best people. My tip would be to don't stress out or over think- just be happy! Have fun at your homecoming and dance the night away!

Love always,
Stephanie x

ps. Thanks to Sarah for some of the pictures!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies

No sugar, flour, or butter is needed anywhere in this recipe! I absolutely love making a batch of these to keep on hand for a little dessert after dinner or an after school snack. My favorite part about these cookies is that the possibilities are endless for what to put inside, get creative! The base of the cookies are just bananas and oats.
Some other ideas to add are...
-dried fruit
-peanut butter
-crushed nuts
I added cinnamon, honey, and dark chocolate chips!

-1 mashed banana
-1/2 cup or 1 cup of Oats (depending on the extras you add in)
-any other additional items!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a cookie sheet with wax paper. I used a knockoff of Silpat, where nothing ever sticks, and it makes cleanup easy! Mine is from Bed Bath and Beyond.
  2. Mash one banana with a fork.
  3. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix together thoroughly (super simple!). Add in milk/honey if the mixture is too dry, and more oats if it's too moist.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop and press the dough into the scoop to keep hands clean and to form the shape.
  5. Place the cookies on the sheet accordingly. The cookies don't expand much at all. 
  6. Bake for 15-20 min. until the desired consistency is made. I have eaten them soft and gooey, or hard! Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. 
  7. ENJOY! (in moderation)

I have also kept these in the fridge after baking because they are also delicious cold. To store, I put them in an airtight container, although these don't last very long in my house anyway :). Hope you enjoy!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

California Adventures Part Deux

Welcome to part two of my vacation in pictures! This is the last half of the trip with the best part at the very end. I am so happy to finally be done cropping, editing, and compiling all of the pictures. And YOU get to see the best ones (out of the many hundreds)! Without further ado...

Venice Beach. Known for it's quirky shops and street acts, it was a very beautiful day. I loved being near the water and seeing the quintessential palm trees line the sidewalk while people watching. I love people watching.

We did see a (not so sober) man step of glass with his bare feet, but I decided not to take pictures of that...
Candid shot of my mom and brother along the pier.
We then spent the rest of the day in Hollywood doing your typical touristy things. I didn't take many pictures since I was a little disappointed with what I saw; the streets were dirty, and it was all a tourist trap! The highlight of Hollywood was (almost) touching hands with Hugh Jackman.

Next, we drove about four hours to Las Vegas and stayed at the Paris Hotel. It was very beautiful and I loved the atmosphere and they also had gelato. The first four pictures are of the Paris Hotel, I actually felt like I was in Paris!

Caeser's Palace buffet: Beet salad, salmon, fried broccoli, and beef bolognaise. 
On top of the "Eiffel Tower"! It was so pretty at night.
 After a couple days exploring Las Vegas, we drove back to Los Angeles and ate at this new innovative restaurant.. It is a Korean BBQ all you eat steakhouse where you grill the meat yourself. The name of the restaurant is called Gen, and it was $15 per person. I thought it was a pretty good deal considering how much we ate! The meat was so tender and juicy and I loved all of the different spices that you can mix and match.

What an array of kim chi!
Lemon lime salt, sesame oil, and a tangy sauce you can add to the meat.
SO delicious! We had some shrimp as well.
My personal favorite part of the trip was the last day spent at Universal Studios where I went to a Jonas Brothers concert at night! We had 2nd row seats in the balcony at the Gibson Amphitheater, and had an awesome view. This is the same place where the Teen Choice Awards were held (and where Harry Styles "twerked"). They played such an amazing set, and pretty much all of the girls there where older than me. Their old music is amazing, and their new songs are even better. Here is what I wore to the concert, and while walking around all day! Comfy and casual.

Shirt: Jawbreaking (discontinued)
Shorts: Gap
Purse: The Sak
Shoes: Keds

I had a such a great time in California, experiencing all of the different places and food. Maybe I will live there someday, who knows? There is still so much I want to do in California! It was lots of fun because I never really go on vacations that often, so it was nice to get out of the house.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? Thanks for reading!

Stephanie xx