OSCARS 2017 | FAVORITE LOOKS

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Although the Oscars got real awkward real fast this year, the celebrities certainly pulled off some memorable looks! We are sharing some of our favorite looks from the red carpet below!

Our favorite look of the night was worn by none other than the beautiful Emma Stone. This look was classic and can we talk about how stunning gold looks on Emma?!

Hailee Steinfeld looked stunning in this gorgeous dress laced with flowers!

Olivia Culpo looked so elegant in this gorgeous silver dress! We love the black bow in the front! 

WHICH LOOK WAS YOUR FAVORITE?


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SOFT CREAM CHEESE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Sunday, February 26, 2017





These cookies are amazing! When we made these for Valentine's Day, we instantly fell in love with the soft texture of the cookies. Even though some of the butter gets substituted with cream cheese in this recipe, the cookies actually end up tasting rich and more "buttery" than they would with just the butter. 

We typically try to eat pretty healthy but these cookies in particular are definitely indulging. We actually swapped some of the white flour in this recipe for whole wheat since that's what we had on hand and the whole wheat gave them a really interesting touch. The cookies are probably best with all white flour though. 

RECIPE

(original recipe can be found here)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don't use fat-free, light or whipped)

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

DIRECTIONS


  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping mounds (I made 28). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or spray with cooking spray and place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes as cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  6. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

XOXO


VALENTINE'S DAY LOOKBOOK

Sunday, February 12, 2017



Kalina: Grey Sweater // Jeans




Ivana: Jacket (similar) // Pink Sweater // Jeans 

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, we put together two wearable looks for the occasion. The first look is casual and a bit more dressed down, with a soft chunky grey sweater, jeans, black booties, and a simple necklace. This outfit is perfect for if you are doing something less fancy for Valentine's Day and you want to stay comfortable. The second look is a bit more retro and perfect for people who lean towards edgier styles! Bomber jackets are very trendy right now, and the black hearts on this one are a perfect way to dress up for the holiday. The chunky sweater underneath is pink (to lighten up the look a bit) paired with dark jeans, a black belt, and black heeled booties with bows on the back. The outfit is different and fun! 

That's it for this blog post! In our next post we will be sharing a recipe for Valentines Day treats! Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Do you have any exciting plans?

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WINTER WHITES | KALINA

Saturday, February 04, 2017






This look is perfect for the winter! I love wearing white and cream colored sweaters and adding a choker or other jewelry! These booties are my go to because the color matches practically everything! 

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KALINA

VALENTINE'S DAY OUTFIT IDEAS


Lulu's Light Pink Dress // For Love of Lemons White Dress // Majorelle Floral Dress

Valentine's day is right around the corner! These dresses above are absolutely gorgeous and perfect if you are going on a date with that special someone. This Lulu's Light Pink Dress is beautiful and flowy (perfect for wearing during the day!).

If it is colder where you live, opting for a long sleeve dress is often the way to go! This For Love of Lemons White Dress has beautiful detailing and the sleeves are stunning! This dress looks so cute with light colored heels.

We are in love with this Majorelle Floral Dress! It has a ruffled neckline and fluttered sleeves making it a great choice for a night out. This dress could look good with so many different shoes, but simplicity is key since the dress is patterned!

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