Monday, May 23, 2016

Stripes and Fresh Flowers

It's official. This is going to be the dress I live in this summer. It is SO comfortable, and you can just never go wrong with black and white stripes. I dressed it down with my favorite Converse and my trusty jean jacket, but I can totally see myself throwing on fun heels to wear this out for dinner. You know I love my versatile pieces!

dress: Target // shoes: Converse // jacket: Lucky Brand (VERY similar) // bag: North Detail // sunglasses: nich boutique (similar)

What's your favorite dress to live in?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Navy Stripes and Orange Heels

This may officially be one of my favorite outfits now. This Cupcakes and Cashmere top is incredibly comfortable, and surprisingly versatile. (On the shoulders, off the shoulders) And these heels are AMAZING. I bought them in this orange suede and also in black, and I have no regrets. They're comfortable, cute AND under $30. Oh yeah, they also come in six colors. Excuse me while I run off to buy the rest!

shirt: Cupcakes & Cashmere // jeans: J.Crew Factory // heels: Target 

I think I'll take stripes and orange any day!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Weekly Roundup

two: 8 style tips only Lizzie McGuire fans will understand. I think I'm going to go watch The Lizzie McGuire Movie now....

three: 20 thoughts college students have during tests. Good luck to everyone getting ready for finals! (I certainly do NOT miss them!)

four: An up close tour of Chip and Joanna Gaines' farmhouse. Even more reasons to be completely amazed by them!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Uncommon Goods

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods. All opinions and thoughts are my own, as always!

I've been a fan of Uncommon Goods for a while now. I first found them through Wanelo (anyone still use this like me?) a couple years ago, and fell in love. It's just such a fun collection of different products, where you can find things you would have never thought existed. Plus, behind all the products they are an amazing company. They focus on sustainability, whether that be in the environment (handmade, recycled and organic products) or in their workplace (good wages, health insurance, respect). You can read more about their mission here.

Back to the amazing products. I thought I would be overwhelmed when I got on the website (so many cool items, but where to start?). Thankfully, everything is nicely divided into categories that make it easy to shop. Need some fun baby shower gifts? Just head over here. How about a personalized gift? Right here. In need of amazing groomsman gifts for your upcoming wedding? Yup, there's a place for that too

I've also rounded up some of my favorite products below. I think it's time for a shopping trip....

What do you guys think of Uncommon Goods? Favorite product?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Weekly Roundup

two: How to fix dark under-eye circles.....with parsley? Apparently that's something you can actually do!

three: Misty Copeland is inserted into Degas paintings, and the result is stunning

Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pink Eyelet Romper

I usually have a REALLY hard time finding rompers that fit me nicely. I have a longer torso, making normal romper length a tight fit for me. But I've discovered that with rompers meant to be baggier, I can size up and have a perfect fit. I originally tried this one on in a small (my normal dress size), and was so disappointed it didn't fit. Thankfully, the sales associate of Nich Boutique (In Collegeville, PA if you live around here!) recommended giving the medium a chance. It fit much better, and I bought it immediately! Definitely happier going into summer with this little trick.

romper: nich boutique (love this one, and this one!) // wedges: Target (similar) // jacket: Lucky Brand // sunglasses: Derek Lam c/o Ditto (use the code DRESSINSPARKLES to get your first month of renting free!) 

Anyone else have this problem?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Lemon Loaf

If you like Starbucks' lemon loaf, you are certainly going to love this recipe! My mom and I both love it, so when I stumbled across this copycat recipe, I just knew I had to make it. And it is so darn good! All of these little loaves were gone in a matter of days....okay, maybe in a matter of hours.

Lemon Loaf (recipe from On Sutton Place)

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3 eggs at room temp.
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 T. butter softened
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 t. lemon extract
  • 1/3 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • zest of one lemon
  • Glaze
    • 1 c. powdered sugar
    • 2 T. milk
    • 1/2 t. lemon extract
    • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 9 x 5 loaf pan or 6 mini pans.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla and lemon extracts, and lemon juice with a mixer. Scrape bottom to make sure all is combined.
  • Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients, and blend until smooth, scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Add oil and lemon zest. Mix well.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan(s) and bake for 45 min. (9 x 5) or 25 min. (minis.) Insert toothpick to must come out clean. Remove from oven and let set 3 minutes.
  • Prepare glaze...whisk to combine. Remove bread from pan(s) onto wire rack. Make sure and put a cookie sheet under the rack. Pour glaze over bread. Cool completely on rack.

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