September Book of the Month

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This month’s book of the month will be The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman!

I first found this book from Penguin Random Houses’ Instagram page and absolutely loved the cover and synopsis of the story. I bought mine off of Amazon and I believe the hardcover price was $15.36 if you’re a prime member and $16 for a paperback copy.

Also, if you’re more into audiobooks and podcasts, this book is also featured as an audiobook and is free if you sign up for Amazon’s Audible trial!

I’ll leave a little synopsis below if you’d like to see if this book is as interesting for you as it was for me!

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“Rome, 1955. The artists gather for a picture at a party in an ancient villa. Bear Bavinsky, creator of vast canvases, larger than life, is at the center of the picture. His wife, Natalie, edges out of the shot.”

“From the side of the room watches little Pinch – their son. At five years old he loves Bear almost as much as he fears him. After Bear abandons their family, Pinch will still worship him, striving to live up to the Bavinsky name, while Natalie, a ceramicist, cannot hope to be more than a forgotten muse. Trying to burn brightly in his father’s shadow, Pinch’s attempts flicker and die. Yet by the end of a career of twists and compromises, Pinch will enact an unexpected rebellion that will leave forever his mark upon the Bear Bavinsky legacy.”

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Happy National Cookie day!! I’ve recently gotten into such a baking frenzy and when I saw this recipe on A Beautiful Mess‘ website, I just knew I had to try it! So here’s my try at making chocolate covered cherry cookies. You can find the recipe below.

 

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So, I was totally thinking that the base of this cookie recipe is so simple and could easily double as a basic chocolate chip recipe if you wanted`! But I love the addition of the maraschino cherries here as they add more flavor and a fun pop of texture. You could use dried cherries instead, but the softness of the maraschino (and sweetness level) is what makes these cookies remind me of chocolate covered cherries.

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I also added about a pinch of sea salt to each of the cookies just before baking but it’s totally optional.

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You can make this dough a day ahead and save in the fridge before baking or you could also freeze the dough if you want to keep it around longer. I love an easy and delicious cookie recipe for when you feel like a weekend baking session and these chocolate covered cherry cookies are the perfect thing to throw together!

I really hope you guys enjoy these so let me know in the comments what you think and if you bake these! I’d love to get some feedback on them 😉

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Recipe: Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 TB all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips dark or semi-sweet are my favs
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries drained of juice

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Then stir the dry ingredients in with the wet. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherry pieces. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.

     

  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spoon the cookie dough. Bake at 325°F for 14-16 minutes in the middle to upper 2/3 of the oven. Remove to a cooling rack. Enjoy.

My Favorite 2018 Met Gala Looks

I’m a little late on these but here are some of my favorite 2018 Met Gala looks!

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Blake Lively in Atelier Versace

Chadwick Boseman in Atelier Versace

Zendaya in Atelier Versace

Emilia Clarke in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

Nicki Minaj in Oscar De La Renta

Kim Kardashian in Versace

Rihanna in Maison Margiela by John Galliano

Lily Collins in Givenchy Couture and a one of a kind, Lelet NY designed crown

Cardi B in Moschino by Jeremy Scott

Katy Perry in Atelier Versace

Alessandro Michele, Lana Del Rey, and Jared Leto in Gucci

SZA in Atelier Versace

Jennifer Lopez in Balmain

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I’ve been super busy with my sophomore year in college but now that that’s over I’m so excited to start both of my internships this summer in Dallas! I’ll be posting more regularly with updates and fun finds and ideas.

Has anyone been watching the Royal Wedding?! I was totally going to stay up until 3 am to watch it Live but I could only make it to 12 so I decided to go to bed!

I’m definitely thinking about uploading a blog about some of my favorite dresses from the royal wedding! What would y’all think?

Book Club

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My favorite blogger, Amberfillerup Clark decided to create a sort of book club a month ago and recommended a few podcasts and books to read by the end of each month! Normally I like to find books to read on my own time and don’t like taking recommendations but since I’m such a big fan of everything she does, I decided to give this a try!

So, here it is, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert! You might recognize her name from her best-selling novel turn movie called Eat, Pray, Love. She gives great tips on how to live life fearlessly and dive into any endeavor you might be too scared to try! She’s been a great inspiration for me to become my best self so I would say this is a great book to try reading when you have time.

I liked it so much that I even left notes in the margins and highlighted my favorite parts throughout the book! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who feels like they’re in a creative rut or just need overall inspo.

 

I ordered my copy off of Amazon and it was shipped the next day and came super quickly and was only $12. So the link to order your own copy of Big Magic can be found here.

 

Happy Reading!

Emporium Pies

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Pictured on the Left: their original roasted coffee

Pictured in the middle: a to-go box filled with a cute little “Lord of the Pies.”

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Emporium Pies is a delectable little bakery in a rickety old house in the popular Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas. These photos were all shot on my iPhone even though I just received a Canon Rebel for Christmas, I can’t wait to try it out!

I ended up going to Emporium Pies for the first time because a few of my college friends came down from Oklahoma and Arkansas to visit me during my Christmas Break and we wanted something sweet to eat after a long day at the Perot Museum.

The way they operate, is that you can buy a slice of any pie for $6 or buy the whole pie for about $30. They also serve hot coco, coffee, and other delicious treats. I highly recommend getting a slice of either the Smooth Operator or the Lord of the Pies! Just click on either of the pies I suggested and it will take you to their website and tell you all about what goes into them!

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For more information about Emporium Pies and to find out their locations, click to visit their website here.

Stella & Dot

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Hello again! (Scroll down to read about this product!)

I feel like I haven’t posted in a very loooong time haha. For my 2018 New Year’s Resolution I decided it should be to post more on my blog! If I was being honest, I would have to say this last year has been one of the toughest in my life. That being said, finding time to post on my personal blog between college classes and work became extremely difficult and I definitely lost the motivation to keep at it.

But all this being said, whether you’re a close friend of mine or just some random stranger or even if nobody ends up reading this at all, I have to decided to continue this challenge solely for my own benefit and for no other gain.

So, I hope you all have had a happy New Year and may many blessings come upon you.

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Stella & Dot is an amazing Jelewry company and I was so excited when my amazing Aunt gifted me with a beautiful dark blue necklace from them! Click here to buy this necklace!

For more information about Stella & Dot, visit their website at:

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Malaysia 2017

10 Thoughts on Malaysia! 

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The Petronas Towers in Malaysia

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The first traditional dish I had in Malaysia

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The view from inside the Petronas Towers

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The Petronas Towers mainly deal with the oil and gas business!

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This Malaysian beer was so light and so yummy it went great with the food from the food stalls

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A traditional dish called dim sum!

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Local fruit from a Malaysian farm that absolutely smells disgusting but tastes pretty good!

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One of the many delish food stalls on the street.

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Fried Frogs !!

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Real Coconut water!

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The Batu Caves are a great geological gem!

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One of my favorite caves to hike through!

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Their were many shrines and temples within the Caves.

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This golden statue was absolutely gigantic and this picture doesn’t do it justice!

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The stairs were absolutely killer to climb though!

1.) Malaysian hospitality was great! I had so much fun hanging out with the locals and seeing the non touristy part of Malaysia!

2.) It was so HUMID!! I thought my hair would never recover from the frizz.

3.) If you don’t like spicy food nor seafood then you might not survive in Malaysia. Most of their traditional and unique local foods mainly consist of one or the other and sometimes both components!

4.) I had an amazing time hiking and spelunking through the Batu Caves! It was honestly my favorite thing to do in Malaysia! The caves were a tad bit hot but overall I would highly recommend doing that if you’re ever in the area! Also, there were baby monkeys!!

5.) I didn’t have time to visit a shrine while there and that is probably the one thing I regret from that trip!

6.) The time change definitely caught up with me here and I was dead for most of the nights haha

7.) There was a really nice bar on the top floor of our hotel and it even had a pool! We would go up there and have a drink and watch the Petronas Towers light up while we relaxed from a long day!

8.) While my dad was conducting business throughout the days I was mainly either by myself or with a local who showed me around!

9.) Next time I travel like this I definitely want to try staying at an Airbnb! 🙂

10.) Finally, I would just suggest at looking outside of your comfort zone to find fun things to do! You might even surprise yourself! I know I did when I decided Malaysia was one of my favorite places to visit while traveling this summer! 🙂

The End of an Era

Well, I finally took the plunge and went blonde!! No longer am I a bored brunette but say hello to a blonde one! After having the crazy year that I’ve had I decided to do something a little drastic and change things up a bit. Thanks to my AMAZING hair stylist Lyndi who always works her magic on me, I was able to finally go blonde and now I never want to look back! I also wanted to take this chance to model my NEW Free People Jeans that I recently purchased and absolutely LOVE them!! I hope everyone is having a great and relaxing summer so far.

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The Stress of Studying

Lately I’ve been hit with exam after exam, paper after paper, and on top of that I have projects in all of my classes. But I’ve learned that that’s just college and you have to find a system that works for you with keeping up with all of these activities. My system is this chair in my sorority house. Every day (literally) I come to the Alpha Omicron Pi house and sit in this very chair and study my butt off.  For me this is essential that I snag this chair because it’s just far away from my sisters that I won’t be bothered but still close enough for me to peak my head around the corner and see whats up.

Staying organized has been a toughie for me due to the overwhelming stress that comes with exam week, yet I’ve found I’ve been able to stay afloat due to the miraculous invention of sticky notes and a daily planner. I carry these two bad boys around with me everywhere I go and it proves to come in handy for when I need to spontaneously write a reminder or check my schedule to see if I have enough time to eat lunch (this actually happens).

Overall, I wouldn’t change a thing because ultimately this place is my home and I love the idea that all of this will pay off in a couple years when I get my degree and start my journey as a functioning adult in society. So until then I’ll just hang tight in my favorite chair and sip on some coffee while I work and study off of two hours of sleep.

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