Thursday, July 16, 2015

Casual Khakis




Turtleneck - Zara
Shorts - Uniqlo
Shoes - Unknown

During the summer, there are days when I just want to throw on something completely simple, yet look stylish and chic. This is a straightforward, yet chic look. The neutrals blend together while the ribbed turtleneck adds some flare to basic khaki shorts and rich, slouchy, suede boots. This is one of my all time favorite outfits just because it is so easy and comfortable to wear. If it's really hot, I would simply swap a cream colored tank for the turtleneck. What's your favorite simplistic yet chic look?



Monday, June 22, 2015

Chunky Lola Cookies


I recently got back from Boston where I ate at the celebrated Flour Bakery. I was so  inspired by their "Chunky Lola" cookie, that I felt the need to find the recipe and make my own. If you are a fan of chewy cookies, these are a must-bake! Filled with chocolate chunks, pecans, and coconut these cookies incorporate salty and sweet to make the perfect bite. 

Ingredients

1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons (156 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup (140 grams) granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup (150 grams) packed light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups (175 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup (70 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick cooking)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 9 ounces (225 grams) bittersweet chocolate (62 to 70 percent cacao), chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 1/4 cups (125 grams) pecan halves, toasted and chopped
- 1 cup (120 grams) sweetened shredded coconut

Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a handheld mixer or a wooden spoon), cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy. (This step will take about 10 minutes if using a handheld mixer or a spoon.) Stop the mixer a few times and use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and the paddle to release any clinging butter or sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Scrape the bowl and the paddle again to make sure the eggs are thoroughly incorporated.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Add the chocolate, pecans, and coconut and toss to combine. On low speed (or with the wooden spoon), slowly add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and then mix just until the flour mixture is totally incorporated and the dough is evenly mixed.
For the best results, scrape the dough into an airtight container and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 3 to 4 hours) before baking. When ready to bake, position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Drop the dough in 1/4-cup balls onto a baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges and slightly soft in the center. (**I only baked mine for 15-18 minutes, so I recommend checking on them after 10 minutes and again at 15 minutes.) Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are cool enough to remove with a spatula. Then transfer the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely, or enjoy them warm.
The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. The unbaked dough may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Recipe From: Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery+Cafe by Joanne Chang

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

70's Simplicity





Shirt - Zara (similar here)
Bell Bottoms - Zara
Wedges - Zigi Soho
Hoops - Vintage

Can you believe the 70's are finally back in style? I could not be happier considering the fact that some of my ultimate style icons come from the seventies such as Jane Birkin and Bianca Jagger. I love clothes from the seventies especially, because they are so effortlessly chic; simple, yet sophisticated. These wedges have a bit of a vintage vibe to them, so when paired with the bell-bottom, buttoned, light washed jeans, a seventies look emerges. The crisp, white shirt adds a basic touch but doesn't clash with anything else in the outfit making it all mesh well together. Hoop earrings are a nice finishing touch adding to the retro look.  If your heart desires,  you could also make it vintage by adding a gold chain necklace or a printed scarf. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Comeback Kid






Tracksuit - Adidas


I'm back! This time... for real. I am finally on summer break and I couldn't be happier, mainly because this means that I am going to have so much more time to do what I love the most... blog. My comeback post is a bold yet original outfit which I am anxious to wear and I absolutely love. When I was in the Adidas store looking for shoes, I spotted this red tracksuit out of the corner of my eye and I couldn't believe what I saw. I absolutely love adidas tracksuits, but you usually see them in navy or black. When I saw the red one, I knew it had to be mine.  I always love being original in what I wear and I thought what better way than to wear a bright red, full on adidas tracksuit. This suit is so comfortable and because the pieces can be worn separately, there are so many different ways to wear them. I chose to wear the suit with these white/navy Stan Smith shoes because they are so simple, classic, and are the perfect color to compliment the red. How would you wear your tracksuit?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Paris Fashion Week Street Style 2015

It's finals week at my school, so naturally instead of studying my mind goes directly to looking at the Paris Fashion Week street style because I mean that is soo much more interesting than balancing chemical equations, right? ;) I managed to look through about 350 photos of the street style (hard to believe) and I picked out a few of my favorites. All of the looks are incredible but I'm really into the ones with bright colors or simplistic style with an added unique accessory to complete the look. I think I'm going to have to copy a few of these looks soon... be on the lookout! Xx











Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Hues





☆ Shirt - Free People ☆ Jeans - Rag & Bone ☆ Shoes - Converse ☆

School has been so hectic lately but now that I have gotten into the swing of things, I am very happy to say that I will finally be able to start blogging again. The weather has completely changed and I have sorted through my wardrobe and chosen the pieces for this new season. Here in LA, we are fortunate enough to still be able to wear t-shirts and shorts, but now that the air is crisper and it's a bit chillier, I have started wearing sweaters, jeans, boots, etc. This outfit is one of my transition outfits because it keeps me warm, but still hangs on a bit to summer. The embroidered top has great sleeves that flow and vibrant colors that really go well with any dark hue, my example being the maroon colored pants. I wore white converse because I wanted the outfit to serve a very casual purpose, but brown or gray boots would go great with it also. Xx

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Beachy Keen






☆ Skirt - Forever 21 ☆ Shirt - Aritzia ☆ Cardigan - Uniqlo ☆

I've been living in this skirt this summer and this cardigan too. They are both perfect for warm weather and when put together, provide a stylish layered look. They are great for wearing to the beach because of the simplicity of the clothes and the laid back vibe. When I go to the beach, I don't really want to wear my favorite pair of pants and a button down shirt, but I want to look put together. This outfit is fab for a casual occasion because it looks good and feels good at the same time. If I had to pick a pair of shoes for this outfit, I'd probably go with Birkenstocks or strappy sandals.