Can you believe my fiance picked out this vest and these earmuffs by himself? He heard me complaining about the lack of any “furry” items in my closet (huge problem, obviously) and surprised me for Valentine’s Day. I’m so picky and particular with my clothes, it’s actually rare to receive something I dont return (shhh). But I loved these, and think he did a great job.
I would have hoped by this time in the season it would be time to tuck the earmuffs away. But sadly they are still desperately needed. Hopefully spring is around the corner… I’m ready to shed some layers and get some vitamin D!
I ‘ve been asked a few times for a tutorial on how I do my milkmaid braid so I figured I’d share with all of you. It’s really easy, although I know braids and updo hairstyles can seem intimidating. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it I do it all the time and it only takes me a few minutes. At first I had trouble with it wrapping all the way across my head because my hair wasn’t quite long enough. I’ll show you a trick to get around that in step 2. I hope the pictures and instructions are clear and helpful. Let me know what you think if you give it a try!
Step 1: part your hair, depending on how you want the front to look. I like mine slightly to the side, but a middle part would look good too.
Step 2: Brush half your hair into a ponytail and gather it above you ear. This is the trick to get shorter hair to wrap all the way around the crown of your head. If you start braiding from above your ear it gives you a little extra length.
Step 3: Start braiding from above the ear. Secure with a clear elastic tie at the bottom. Step 4: Repeat steps 2&3 on the other side.
Step 5: Pulling the hair taut, wrap one braid over the crown of your head. Secure the end with a bobby pin. Any other hairs that are sticking up can also be secured with a bobby pin.
Step 6: Repeat on the other side, tucking the end of the braid behind the one that is already pinned down.
Step 7: Spray your hair with hairspray and secure any fly aways. Gently pull at the braid to make it a little fatter and give it a messy look. It will look better the longer you wear it.
All done! Enjoy your beautiful braid and have a great Monday! xo
It wasn’t until after I took these pictures that I realized two things. First, I looked slight sloppy. And second, a leather jacket and some sunglasses makes everything better. I got up early last Saturday to do lots of wedding errands and threw on this haphazard outfit. It’s funny because usually when we do wedding errands I like to dress up and look really “bridey”. Somehow though a worn sweatshirt and sneakers felt more appropriate to drive around to different bakeries and taste a bunch of cake. Don’t tell the bakeries but before I tasted a single flavor I already decided on red velvet. I just wanted the free cake.
I have to say I thought my crop top days were over. I actually had a really cute one from Urban Outfitters and got rid of it during a closet cleaning. I figured I was passed my 25th birthday, and I considered that the age cut-off for the crop top. Then funnily enough, they came right back in style and in a totally acceptable way. Paired with a higher-waisted skirt or pair of jeans, the crop top is actually pretty flattering. I no longer feel like Brenda Walsh circa 1994 in Beverly Hills when I’m wearing one. Not that looking like Brenda would be bad…she was pretty stylish and I always loved her bangs.
The pomegranate is a mysterious little fruit. I am always intimidated by buying them whole in the grocery store. It’s easier to just pay the extra few dollars than tackle getting those seeds out on my own, am I right? Well actually, I’m very wrong. Cutting a pomegranate and removing the seeds is not nearly as daunting a task as I thought. I was watching The Kitchen on Food Network on Sunday (love that show on weekend mornings), and they showed a simple way to remove all the seeds. I tried it that night, and sure enough it was super easy. Which leads me to this post, sharing the knowledge with all of you. After all, that’s what blogs are for.
Follow these easy steps with picture directions to cut a pomegranate and remove the seeds. They are delicious in yogurt, salads, smoothies, bakings, drinks, or just eaten plain out of a bowl!
Step 1: Wearing an apron (this is important, we’re dealing with a messy fruit here) place the pomegranate on a cutting board with the flat side down. Using a sharp knife cut around the top of the pomegranate and remove it.
Step 2: Score the pomegranate (make shallow cuts) from the top down to the base. Do not cut all the way through the pomegranate.
That’s about how deep the cuts should be.
Step 3: Submerge the pomegranate in a bowl of cold water.
Step 4: Gently start pulling the sections of the pomegranate apart and removing the seeds. Any white flesh that comes off the pomegranate you can remove. All we’re concerned about are the seeds.
Step 5: The seeds will fall to the bottom of the bowl. Drain and rinse the seeds.
There is definitely a reason they call Disney the happiest place on earth. Maybe I was just overjoyed to escape the NYC weather, but I was so happy to be in Florida last week. I haven’t been to Disney since I was young, or on a family vacation for that matter. It was nice for Tommy and I to spend time with my mom, brother, and grandparents. Here’s a glimpse at our trip and, of course, what I wore. It was so nice to be able to shed all my layers and go out in simple outfits like dresses and flats. Back to my winter coat today though! Happy Monday. xo
As you are reading this, I have officially escaped the cold, snowy temperatures of NYC and am in sunny Florida. Even though it’s only for a few days I am so excited to be here! I needed a vacation like I need coffee in the morning. Here’s a glimpse at some of the things I packed for the trip. I’m going to focus on relaxing this week, but I’ll be back soon! You can follow along on instagram, and have a great few days everyone. xo