2.29.2012

That Time I Cooked Something from Scratch






Recipe found here.

Let's get something straight. I never cook... like, ever. My cooking capabilities reach as far as sticking a frozen pizza in the oven or boiling water for some ramen noodles. Being a college student has its limits, and time management is pretty difficult for me to achieve. The result is me just sticking with what I know everyday in order to keep me living which includes an array of cereal, sandwhiches, cookies, and hot cheetos. Talk about a balanced meal.

That being said, I really wanted to take the time to actually cook something. From scratch. No frozen pre-made foods accepted. I was feeling Italian that night so I found a reasonable recipe on Pinterest for Chicken Parmesan and set to it. It said it only takes 30 minutes to prepare and bake, but it took me about an hour haha. Not sure why. I guess I didn't wanna screw up? Anyway, I added some spaghetti and salad as a side and taa daaaa! Mission accomplished. And I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I must say it was pretty tasty. :) Are any of y'all cooking experts? Props if you are!

xx

2.27.2012

Mother Wears Best






{ Francescas cardigan; F21 belt; Target pants & booties; H&M bag }

I have a confession to make; I totally stole this cardigan from my mother's closet. I was with her when she bought it from Francescas and envied her from the moment we left the boutique. It's probably my favorite piece in her closet (I go treasure-hunting in there sometimes) that she owns.

 I'm not the only thief in the family though - sometimes my mom likes to take my shoes without asking. I don't mind though; same shoe size equals double my shoe options! Unfortunately, we don't have the same body shapes so thankfully this cardi is very loose and flowy, so it's able to fit both of us! Yay for fashionable moms! ;)

xx

2.26.2012

Time Travel




{ F21 dress, belt, sandals, & cardigan; Kohls bracelet }

I must have traveled forward in time to the month of May because winter has seemed to disappear. I mean, a dress with sandals and no tights or jacket? I promise your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Texas reached a whopping 88 degrees recently! It's the hottest weather we've had since October according to my local news. 

If you live in Texas, you know how our state has major mood swings on a daily basis meaning you never know what to wear for that day because the weather is always changing! I think this image I found says it best. While many were complaining about the lack of chill in the air, I was loving the break from the cold! Is it summer yet?

xx

2.25.2012

Skyline






{ Express sweater; Target jeans; GoJane boots; Old Navy bag; Aldo sunglasses; vintage belt }

I think I've found my new favorite place to take outfit photos. How can you not love that Austin skyline? It makes me proud to live in such a vibrant city that some people can only dream about. I am blessed! I found this spot while going to the mall and parking on the opposite side of where we usually park. I couldn't believe I had never seen it before. I got some questioning glances from onlooking shoppers passing by in the parking lot, but as the custodian in the food-court told me that day, "haters gonna hate." Indeed.

It seems these jeans have become a bit popular with the fashion-bogging world. I saw the exact same pair on three other girls worn here, here, and here. At first I was hesitant to buy such a bold print for jeans thinking, "when the hell am I ever going to wear these?" But seeing them styled so differently in three examples makes me feel a lot more confident with my purchase. Target never fails me! Part of me even wants to go back and buy the gray ones! Can I resist...?

xx

2.22.2012

Happy Dance





{ Old Navy cardigan; gifted top; F21 jeans, boots, & necklace; Aldo sunnies }

Sometimes when I'm really happy, I burst out into a kind of spinning whirl of excitement mixed in with some Carlton style jigs that I just labeled my "happy dance." I know, I'm corny, but I'm pretty sure everyone has their own little form of a happy dance. What's yours? Don't act like you don't have one.

Today we had a warm sunny day in Austin as opposed to the cold and dreary rain we've been getting the past couple of weeks. I can't think of a more appropriate reason to start busting a move in public. I'm hoping Texas can make it to spring without ever really having a winter (yes, I loathe the cold)!

xx

2.19.2012

Pop of Plum



{ F21 top, skirt, boots, & tights; Express coat; Target gloves }

2.17.2012

Girl's First Frat Party





Another thing to cross off my bucket list! My spirit group organized a mixer with the TKE fraternity (yeah, I don't know what it stands for...oops), and we had a blast! We met up at our friend's apartment before all heading to the frat-house together. I basically just hung out and danced with my girls all night. Some guys were cool to talk to, and others were just major creepers haha. We tried to avoid those kind of guys as much as possible. Also, the photos aren't as nice because I didn't want to risk bringing my DSLR camera and breaking it, so I just took my little point-and-shoot.

If you're wondering what's with all the red, the theme of the party was "Heaven and Hell." That top was basically the only red thing I have in my apartment closet (most of my clothes are back at my house in my hometown), and I don't have any nice white tops. So I just added some purple in the mix with my new leopard heels (which I adore) and there ya go! I left a bit early since I had to get up early this morning, but it was a great time nevertheless :)

p.s.// This is my first time wearing red lips in public, yay or nay?

xx

2.15.2012

Heart Day Happenings







I didn't have time to post this last night, but Trae and I had a fun Valentine's Day! He got me some yummy chocolate strawberries from Edible Arrangements which, I must say, are my absolute fave; they are delicious! I want to save them for as long as I can. He also happened to find the most perfect of cards that describes us to a T haha.

We went out downtown to our favorite sushi place and pretty much stuffed ourselves to the brim. Because sushi is so light, I never know when I'm full so I basically just eat until someone tells me I'm making a scene. Classy, right?

When we got home, I found the cutest (and easiest) recipe on my Pinterest that only required three ingredients: pretzels, "hugs", and pink/red m&m's. It takes just 5 minutes to make! All you have to do is place some pretzels on a baking pan with some parchment paper underneath, place a hug on each pretzel, then stick in the oven for about three minutes (oven set to 200 degrees). Take it out, place an m&m on each of the slightly-melted hug, and then put the pan in the fridge for a few more minutes. That's it! They are super yummy and addicting, so be careful not to eat yourself into a coma!

What did you guys do for Valentine's Day?

xx

2.14.2012

My Funny Valentine




{ Forever 21 coat, jeans, & lace top; Target cardigan; GoJane booties; Dorothy Perkins necklace; thrifted ring; Aldo bag }

Happy Valentine's Day!

xx

2.12.2012

Three's Company






I spent my Friday night with two of my very good friends, Rene and Jorge. We went to my favorite place for wings (I always get the lemon pepper flavor, yumm) and got some dessert over at Amy's Ice Cream. I loved their decorated blackboard so much I just had to take a picture. I wish I could draw that well! 

Jorge has the same camera as me but with a different lens, so we decided to switch our lenses for a week just for fun. I like how his has a zoom! Something my camera lacks. We had planned to go watch the movie "Drive" back at my apartment, but it ended up getting super late to the point where I just couldn't keep my eyes open anymore, so we passed on that. Nevertheless, it was nice hanging out with them as always :)

xx

2.07.2012

Holy Cannoli


{ Forever 21 lace top & skirt; Express tanktop; DSW wedges }

I wore this simple outfit to a dinner my spirit group held the other night at a local Italian restaurant here in Austin called Cannoli Joe's. It was buffet style, and we did not take that term lightly! Everyone had about three plates each! It was soooo good! My favorites were the veggie lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and the baked apples for dessert! Yum. Needless to say, we were all stuffed. A good kind of stuffed for me; the kind that just makes me feel like I'm content on food for the rest of the year. 

Afterwards, we got to watch a slideshow of the pictures we all took from the scavenger hunt; they were priceless. I wish I could post them all on my blog, but there were so many I don't think they would all fit! To suffice, here's some pics taken at dinner :)

xx


2.05.2012

Photo Scavenger Hunt


















My spirit group had a photo scavenger hunt yesterday! I was on the pink team (hence why we are all wearing pink), and it was an awesome time! We had the span of four hours to complete as many tasks as we possibly could, and then all the points would be tallied together to see which team won. There were 100 things we could have done! We didn't get to do all of them, but we still did a lot! I took a few of my favorite pictures instead of posting all the ones we did (there were so many). We came in second place and only 6 points behind the winning team! Here's a list of some of the things we had to do in order to explain the above photos:

1. Have entire team do a hand-stand
2. Have entire team fit into one shower
3. Take a picture with a sweaty stranger
4. Take a picture with a mascot
5. Act as mannequins in a display window
6. Have entire team wrapped in toilet paper
7. Have entire team ignore a warning label
8. Have team dress like hipsters
9. Make a pyramid with a stranger on top
10. Dress as a boy-band
11. Make an etch-a-sketch portrait of your team
12. Deface a newspaper
13. Sit at a bar in a diner
14. Wrap a stranger in Christmas lights
15. Pretend a stranger farted
16. Bend spoons with your mind