Home Office

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I recently purchased a new desk for my bedroom, and I haven’t quite perfected it yet. I’ve tried a couple variations of decorations, but I haven’t gotten it right. Pinterest is a great place for decorating inspiration, so I’ve pulled my favorite 4 looks I’ve pinned onto my home office board. I’m really drawn to simple white furniture and love adding colorful, feminine touches to add character. I also love an inspiration board and a collage of posters, pictures and quotes on the wall above a desk.

 

Wild Things

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i Jeans by Buffalo Blouse | J.Crew Skirt | Cosmopolitan Heels (similar here & here) | Michael Kors Hamilton Tote | F21 Necklace & Bracelet | Fossil Watch

Mixing casual and dressy pieces has become somewhat addicting to me. I love pairing two pieces that wouldn’t ordinarily go together to show that they really can work with the right accessories.

Pencil skirts are a staple every woman should have in her closet. They’re perfect for a day at the office when paired with a nice blouse or blazer, they work so well with a casual sweater and flats for running errands and can be appropriate for a night out when paired with a cute tank, trendy heels and fun, printed clutch.

Weekend Wish List

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Nine West Boots
Kate Spade Watch
Loft Necklace
Modcloth Tulle Skirt
Modcloth Phone Case
Tory Burch Bag
Modcloth Dress

I am a terrible impulse shopper. When I go into a store for one thing, I come out with 10 other things. By taking the time to figure out what I’d like to add to my wardrobe and making a weekly wish list, I’m hoping to be able to streamline my purchases and shop with a purpose!

 

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

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It’s become expected that I make cupcakes for every family gathering. Baking cupcakes has become somewhat therapeutic for me because I do it so often, so what once used to be stressful has actually become a way for me to relax. This past weekend we celebrated my mom’s birthday, and by her request, I made chocolate cupcakes. My mom loves chocolate, so I thought I should make them extra chocolaty by adding a layer of dark chocolate ganache in between the cake and frosting. I’ve got to say, these turned out to be one of my all time favorite cupcakes! I tend to lean more toward the vanilla side, but these chocolate cupcakes were so decadent! They were moist, light, rich and absolutely delicious! The bitterness of the dark chocolate in the ganache really balanced out the sweetness of the cake and the frosting, so I highly recommend using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate (although I’m sure it would still taste very good!)

By the way, it’s hard to stop at just one – don’t say I didn’t warn you! :)

Chocolate Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 T vegetable oil

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a mixture.  Add eggs (one at a time), water, milk, vanilla and oil. Mix on low speed until fully combined. Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full and bake for 17-20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chocolate Ganache
12 ounces dark chocolate (I used 2 bars of dark chocolate)
1/2 – 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream

Put the chocolate into a heat-safe bowl and set aside. Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan and pour over the chocolate as soon as it comes to a boil. Whisk the chocolate and heavy cream continuously until all of the chocolate is melted and the ganache has become a creamy, smooth consistency.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (this will make extra frosting for about 4-6 cupcakes)
3 sticks butter (softened)
4-6 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
3/4 cups cocoa (sifted)
Milk or Half & Half (add by the tablespoon until your frosting has become creamy)
Light corn syrup (add by tablespoon until your frosting has become even creamier)
1 T vanilla extract

Beat the butter until it’s completely mixed together. Add powdered sugar by the cup until the mixture becomes heavy and dry. Add milk (or half & half). Alternate adding powered sugar, cocoa and milk until creamy. Add corn syrup and vanilla. Add more powdered sugar if needed.

Fall Staples

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Nicole by Nicole Miller Sweater | Joe Fresh Jeans | Kenneth Cole Reaction Loafers (on sale!) | Coach Purse | Via Spiga Glasses | Banana Republic Belt | Hotmixcold & F21 Necklaces | Fossil Watch | Charming Charlie Bracelet

Have I mentioned how much I love fall? This outfit is the perfect example of my fall staples – loafers, dark skinny jeans and an over sized sweater. I kept my jewelry pretty simple and left my hair down in soft waves to keep things really comfortable. I’m planning on flying out to San Diego next month, and I think this might be the outfit I’ll wear on the plane!