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December 22, 2014

Doily Holiday Cookies

When it comes to cooking, I can fry an egg, but thats about it. When I saw these doily holiday cookies, I knew I had to at least try making them. To make sure my cookies were edible, I decided on store-bought cookie dough. If you’re looking for a last-minute, super easy, fun recipe, this one’s for you!

Heres what you’ll need:

- Cookie dough (I used pre-made sugar cookie dough from the store)
- A Doily/Anything you can create an impression with

Step 1: Prehead the oven to 170 degrees C or 340 F.

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Step 2: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

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Step 3: Roll out dough on parchment paper

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Step 4: Press the doily onto the dough with a rolling pin and roll.

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Step 5: After carefully peeling away the doily, cut out your cookies with cookie cutters

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Step 6: To help keep your doily pront, freeze your cookies for 15 minutes just before baking.

While waiting for the first batch in the fridge, my mum had an idea to use a crystal snowflake to make an impression on one big cookie. It turned out pretty cute!

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Step 7: Bake for 12-15 minutes (follow the instructions on your dough package) or until edges are a golden brown.

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Happy baking!

xo ॐ - Amber

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December 20, 2014

Caroline’s Guide to Gifting

While the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift can be exciting and fun, it can also be a bit stressful, especially when you have six different besties (like me) who all have completely different personalities. Oh ’tis the season for givin’!

1. Techy Chick
We all know (and love) this girl. She’s constantly on her phone tweeting every detail of her life and her hunt for the latest and greatest apps can come quite in handy. No doubt she’s had a couple run-ins in the school halls while updating her profile pic but, hey—if she’s happy, we’re happy.

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Portable Charger | Tote | Beanie | Graphic Tee | Phone Case |

2.Girly Gal
This girl gets ready for school every day and struts through the halls like they’re her runway. Anything pink and sparkly is a must and if the lip gloss ain’t poppin’ she’ll be stoppin’ (to re-apply of course).

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Tech Gloves | Vintage Notebooks | Fur Scarf | Pearl Necklace | Black Flats |

3.Boho Babe
And lastly we have the boho chick. She loves outdoor concerts, long hikes in the forest and can always be expected to have the coolest new indie jams playing on her iPod. But don’t be mistaken, this gal’s effortless hipster wardobe doesn’t come without some…well…effort.

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Fedora | Infinity Scarf | Flash Tattoos | Leather Bracelet | Round Sunnies |

See, finding the perf gift isn’t as hard as you thought. Just remember, it’s the thought that really counts and when in doubt, give ‘em food, haha. :) Happy hunting!

Yours truly,
Caroline

December 19, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Well, we’re smack-dab in the middle of Hanukkah (latkes for dinner tonight!) and we’re also in total countdown mode for Christmas, so of course we’re gonna post a goofy holiday video from our favorite hipster couple, Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler.

Lately I have noticed that the oversized, boxy cut is taking over all aspects of clothing. Lightweight boyfriend jackets have become a major fashion statement, and I found two from ASTR that I particularly love.

1. This jacket is just above knee-length, and has an oversized blazer cut.

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ASTR Floral Textured Jacket

2.   This coat feels more like a extra-long cardigan, since it doesn’t have any lapels.

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ASTR Plaid Long Coat

Check out more clothing pieces by ASTR.

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Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is just around the corner, which means we’re in the thick of family gatherings and—you guessed it—family photos. You know everyone will be in their chunky Christmas sweaters, and we love the idea of standing out from the crowd, so we have our eyes on this adorable lace top to be ready for impromptu mom-directed photos.

herolace babydoll top | $48

Why we love it:

It’s girly. We love the delicate nature of this top. The lace is supercute, the dots are fun and playful, and the swingy babydoll style is so charming.

Dress it up or down. This top is so perfect with jeans, but you can also wear it with classic black pants or a cute skater skirt for a dressier look. Trust, this guy will be your go-to top for holiday events!

Wear it all year. Because the lightness of this top, it’s also going to be great in the spring and summer! We’re adding it to our year-round wardrobes right this minute.

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I love shopping for my friends but sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift, one that’s both creative and personal. This winter most of my friends are getting their driver’s licenses, so I thought CDs for their cars would be a perfect gift. You can personalize them with your and your besties’ favorite jams (the good and bad), decorate the CDs and create tiny paper cases.

It’s raining as I write this, so it only seemed appropriate to create a Rainy Days playlist…it consists of John Mayer, Ben Howard, and Bon Iver and more artists perfect for wearing your jammies and sipping a cuppa tea. :)

Take a look:

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 Here’s what you’ll need to make your CD case:

- One sheet of craft paper (8×11)
- A blank CD
- A rad playlist (I use Itunes make and then burn my playlist onto cds)
- Holiday twine
- Thin Sharpie/colored pencils

Here’s how to make your CD cover:

Step 1:  With a sheet of craft paper, place the CD at the edge so its half on and half off the paper.CD-step-1

 

Step 2: Fold the paper on both sides of the CD.

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Step 3: Fold the CD up with the paper. This will hold it in place.

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Step 4: Now fold the top of the paper down.

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Step 5: Fold in the top sides of the paper.

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Step 6: Tuck the top flap into the bottom.

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Step 7: Decorate!

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Step 8: Get some twine & turn your mix into an adorable gift!

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Happy DIY gifting!

xo ॐ - Amber

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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a little Christmas crazed…or maybe a lot. One of the things I look most forward to most every year is decorating my room for the holidays. I mean, the lights, the tinsel, the tree—it’s all just so darn fun and festive, how can one not get excited?

Might as well start with my favorite part of my room, my Christmas tree! It’s decked out with some fun and funky ornaments and I absolutely love all the color it adds to my room. I mean, just lookin’ at it makes me happy. :)

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Right next to my tree is my dresser fully decked out with greenery. The snowman and Santa sitting atop of my white frame were actually made my great-grandmother. Vintage!

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Next we move on to my bed. Hanging from my headboard is some garland and twinkling snowflake lights, as well as a light-up wreath on my wall. I’d like to point out the chubby Santa sitting on my bed, I’ve had him since I was little and he never fails to make an appearance every Christmas.

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And last we have my bookcase, which, while lacking in books, is fully stocked with decorations. I love the sign that says, “‘Tis the Season to Go Shopping,” because it couldn’t be more true.

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Yours truly,
Caroline

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As you already know, I am a huge fan of Beyoncé and I am beyond excited about the release of “Yours and Mine,” a retrospective short film that celebrates the one-year anniversary of Queen B’s visual album release last winter.

Check it out:

December 15, 2014

Christmas Countdown: Week 3

This look is definitely more sparkly, glamorous, and festive compared to the previous two outfits. The red velvet dress and jewel accessories radiate holiday glam. I’d probably style this look for a Christmas Eve party or a formal Christmas dinner.

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So close! : 10 days

xo ॐ – Amber

It’s safe to say that the “Hunger Games” reign just won’t let up! The highly successful series released its groundbreaking soundtrack a few weeks ago in support of the new film, which made its debut on the big screen November 21st. [Catch the trailer and Bella's thoughts on the film.]

The soundtrack was curated by “Royals” songstress LORDE, who has created a phenomenal masterpiece. The soundtrack blends the elements of pop with alternative, indie R&B vibes to leave the listener feeling euphoric. All of the audible art featured on the project is wonderful to me, but I narrowed down my top five songs from the soundtrack below. I would love to hear yours as well so let me know in the comments!

5. MeltdownStromae, Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim
This song was the ideal opener because it’s a precise balance between genres, designed to capture any listeners’ attention. Rapper Pusha T delivers a great verse and Lorde’s earthy vocals bring this track to perfection.

4. The LeapTinashe
This song speaks volumes. Myron Birdsong & Tinshe’s writing skills are impeccable. I am always a huge fan of a song that takes you on a journey and this song definitely does. I also love the neo-soul/indie R&B beat.

3. All My LoveAriana Grande, Major Lazer
This the most mainstream, pop-infused track on the whole soundtrack and with the angelic vocals of Ariana and flawless production of Major Lazer, this song definitely could’ve be a radio single. However, the jungle elements and chants separates this “mainstream pop” song from the average radio single. This is the perfect make-you-feel-good song—at least, that’s exactly what it does for me.

2. Lost SoulsRaury
This selection is sort of bias due to the fact that I am a HUGE Raury fan (lol), but he truly delivers in this record. I love that he raps in a “speaking” voice on his records, it’s almost like he’s having a conversation with the beat. This record gave me Pharrell/Andre 3000 vibes (who are also some of my favorite artists), so that made this record even more enjoyable. From the background vocals to the production of the beat, his creativity is unmatched, which made this an excellent track.

1. Flicker (Kanye West Rework)Lorde
Speechless. That is what you will be after listening to this MASTERPIECE! This track is honestly flawless, it receives a BP. Fashion Blog Grammy from yours truly because it embodies perfection! Kanye West’s production on the beat provides you with a sound that is sonically unmatched by any artist in the entertainment business today. Lorde’s songwriting skills are beyond amazing; from metaphor to metaphor she really sets the bar high when it comes to being an artist.

Those were my top five favorite cuts from the soundtrack. Again, let me know your favorites below.

- James