Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kate Spade Baby Bag?

Sundays are usually my lazy days. By that I mean the day usually consists of sleeping in, eating, surfing the web and occasionally doing homework once the sun goes down. Today, while I was surfing the web, I decided to go to just to see if there was anything new. While doing so, I noticed that Kate Spade makes baby bags. Who would've known? Needless to say, I clicked on the link to the baby bags, and I found a gorgeous one in the color "strawberry". If I were married, maybe ten years older, and had a young child, I would definitely invest in one of those!

Other things I'm liking by Kate Spade:

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1. signature spade studs
2. desktop calendar
3. ipod case
4. clara wedges
5. stevie bag

Saturday, January 29, 2011

College Prep Giveaway!

For whoever hasn't heard of Kiel (pronounced Kyle) James Patrick, you are missing out. He handcrafts beautiful bracelets made out of materials such as silk and rope, right here in the USA! I first found some of his bracelets in Nantucket, and loved them. They have a vintage and preppy look that is very unique. Now, Carly, of the College Prep is giving away a handmade one-of-a-kind on her blog! I hope I win =)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Photography Find

I know I am still pretty young, but looking back on my childhood I think what I miss the most is being so innocent. Children have this quality in them that makes them so sweet and full of life. Kristi Baumgarten does a great job of capturing this in her photographs. Some of my cousins had her photograph their children and they turned out very nicely! I love her work, and she is located in central New York! Even if you don't live in the area, her photographs are beautiful and you should definitely take a look!

Check out her galleries here!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dorms and Desks: A little inspiration.

One of the things I like about living in a dorm is, being able to make a space away from home feel a little like my own. I would have to say that my favorite part of my room (well maybe apart from my comfy bed) is my desk. A desk can really become personalized and say a lot about a person. When I returned to school from my winter vacation, I noticed that my desk definitely needed dusting and a little bit of organization. Cleaning my desk was invigorating and maybe even therapeutic. 

There are several items on my desk that make it "mine".

1. Koozies. I actually don't use them for drinks, but as pencil holders and a toothbrush/toothpaste holder. I got one for free my freshman year, and another one from my school's bookstore for pretty cheap. I like using them for these things because a.) I am too lazy to reach into my desk or sift through my backpack to find a pen, and b.) I never knew where to put my toothbrush and toothpaste before. They used to be just strewn across my desk. But now, using a koozie provides for a little more organization. 

2. My Pet Cactus. I don't do well with fish. I hate cleaning their tanks, and they never seem to want to eat the food I put in the water for them. Although I think beta fish can sometimes look pretty, especially when placed in a nice aquatic environment, they really provide for no other entertainment. Needless to say, most of the fish I have had in the past have lived short lives. The best kind of pet for a busy person or someone who is often forgetful? A cactus. The one I have has pretty flowers on the top, and it rarely needs to be watered. It's easy to take care of, and it brings life to my room.

3. Words of Inspiration. Positive sayings are great to have posted around your desk or other places where you frequently see them. The positive sayings I have are on two separate pages I tore out of the magazine Whole Living.  Sandwiched in between them is a beautiful photograph of different colored roses from the magazine Martha Stewart Living. You can really find a lot of inspiration in the pages of magazines.

Some of the quotes include:

"Optimism isn't just a shift in perspective. It's an act of bravery."

"Take the guilt out of pleasure. Sometimes the thing you want the most is just what you need."

"Invest in experiences, not just objects."

"Don't over-think: Some happy moments are best left unanalyzed."

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunday Brunch

I have done quite a bit of browsing on the Food Network website, and I have to say that I came across a lot of recipes that sound really good. Fortunately, I was able to do some more baking before I went bake to school and test the Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake. It was super easy to put together, and you let it sit the night before. My mom gets up early in the morning, so I asked her to pop it in the oven when she got up, and it was ready by the time I got out of bed! A great wake up call for my last morning home. The blueberries really added flavor to the dish, and with a drizzle of maple syrup on the top, it is the perfect sweetness! It also isn't too bad for you, seeing as you use whole wheat/grain bread, eggs, and (skim) milk. I recommend serving it warm.

Click here for the recipe!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Winter blues? Get a new pair of shoes!

I go through different periods of time where I wear the same accessories, just with different outfits. This can be said of both my jewelry and shoes. Although I am a jewelry fanatic, I do not consider myself a "shoe girl". However, my shoe of choice for this past semester was the original Sperry Topsider. I have had them for a good few years now, but I didn't start frequently wearing them until this past summer. I bought them originally to wear boating. My dad has always been anal about his boats, and likes to keep them free of any kind of mark. Despite their original use, I have found them to be a great everyday shoe. The classic brown goes with almost anything, and I love the hidden plaid on the inside of the shoe. I have worn them so much that I am thinking it is almost time for a new pair. Around Christmastime, I was browsing in a store called J Michael's Shoes in Syracuse, and I found an awesome pair of Docksides by Sebago. I tried on a pair in "dark pink", which is pretty similar to a nantucket red, and I immediately fell in love. The shoes looked and felt great. I have worn them a few times since then with no problem. They are so comfortable, there is no need to break them in!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Less is More

I am a huge fan of flowers. Then again, what girl isn't? One of my dream jobs is to be a florist (along with owning my own (cup)cake shop). My boyfriend sent me a mixed bouquet of flowers for my birthday. Although I really love bouquets, it is also neat to see how you can rearrange the individual flowers when some of the others have died. There is no point in throwing away a whole bouquet unless all of the flowers are wilted. In this case, I find that less really can be more. A lot of people own big vases, but not everybody owns ones that are perfect for housing just a few single flowers. So, what to do? Recycle. My favorite type of bottle to use is a small glass Saratoga water bottle. Although I enjoy flowers in clear vases, the blue bottle can act as a great compliment or contrast. It makes just as much of a statement as a big vase of flowers. And, the bottles look great with dried out roses too!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Baking Bliss

So I know the holidays have kind of come and gone, but for me, they don't stop well into mid-january. There are two reasons for this. One, my birthday is January 13th (tomorrow!) and two, I reside in snowy syracuse for the majority of December and January, with no school. Therefore, I find it no surprise that I am still in the spirit come the end of January. On that note, one thing I really enjoy doing around the holidays is baking. My favorite thing to bake? Cupcakes. I usually indulge with the standard "vanilla on vanilla". However, lately my obsession has been with red velvet. I obtained a Betty Crocker Holiday Baking magazine around Christmastime, and I finally tackled the Red Velvet Cupcake recipe with one of my good friends from home. I did most of the mixing, while she focused on the frosting. The result? Delicious.

I couldn't find the exact recipe online, so here is the one I went by through the magazine:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 bottle (1 oz) red food color
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup buttermilk

1. Heat oven to 350. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
2. In small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until mixed. Add eggs; beat 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Stir in food color and vanilla. Om low speed, beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk just until blended. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake roughly 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Let cool before applying frosting!

The frosting recipe I used which was also in the magazine can be found here.