In an attempt to avoid snowpocalypse 2.0, school has been canceled for the next few days and I couldn't be more thrilled! I have been dying to show you guys this amazing oversized cape for months ,but I never had the right moment to wear it. Today was perfect, with a snowy backdrop and cold temperatures I could really put this faux fur poncho to use. I paired the look with my favorite JCrew Factory red colorblock sweater. It's two toned colors bring the whole outfit together, tying in the poncho and red hunter boots . I couldn't think of a better combination!
Zara Fur Hood Poncho, Corti Fur Collar Cape, Colorblock Red Sweater, Rib-stitch Turtleneck, AG Jeans, & Red Hunters
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The media room in my house has always been put together poorly and has never gotten the attention it needed. It was painted in this dated chocolate brown hue that may have been popular 10 years ago, however it's limiting and lacks passion. To vamp up the room, the space was given a new coat of rich Naval Blue. This completely transformed the space and was perfect for getting the design juices flowing.
If you ever find yourself in the small mountain town of Blue Ridge, GA don't miss out on dining at the Black Sheep. With chic interior and a unique location, the restaurant is to die for. Black Sheep use to be a home to the Butt family (circa 1914) was built by Colonel William Butt, one time alderman and Mayor of Blue Attorney, and member of Georgia Legislature. About three years ago, the old home was converted into the restaurant it is today. Black Sheep has such a unique charm that makes you want to sip on champagne and chat all day long.
The food is also incredible. They consider themselves to be "new southern comfort food". We dined here on Valentines day and got delicious gumbo and a burger after a days worth of antiquing. If you're a Georgia native, make a day out of Blue Ridge and dine at this swanky restaurant.
Black Sheep's hired designer Steven Oyer embellished this chandelier with silver pots and things. The adjacent room was filled with a copper assortment. I love this look!
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Here is a delicious treat for your Sunday morning brunch. I love lemon poppy seed muffins and this recipe is a great gluten free alternative. Such a simple recipe, yet it feels from scratch(oppose to the add water mixes). I sprinkled my pancakes with strawberries and authentic maple syrup, a lovely weekend sweet.
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My mom and I have decided to widen our field of creativity and start remodeling old furniture into new funky pieces. The hardest part about redesigning furniture is finding where to source from. It requires a lot of trail by error, but mostly searching outside of your area. Think about it, you can go to your local antique shops but #1 is overpriced & #2 is turning over a retail level product. Products have to be sourced at estate sales or antiques away from your area. This will ensure you get the most bang for your buck and also give you unique inventory.
Here's a a look into one of our antique hunts and a list of what to consider when antiquing.
Antiquing is all about finding that diamond in the rough. Are there many in the market? Is this a highly desired product? Is is an original?
Hat, Zara Scarf sold out, skirt (look-a-like), shirt, earrings, boots old(similar), gold cuff (similar)
Here's to almost making it through the week! Who else is excited for this upcoming 3 day weekend?
Here is a look into last Fridays fun outfit. I really enjoy how the prominent pieces for this look are also the only things of color. It's a fairly simple look with bold accessories like this floppy kaleidoscope hat and oversized wrap. Also, the more minor details like my gold cuff and Kendra Scott drop earrings made the perfect finishing touches.
P.S Thanks for the lovely hat GT xoxo
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Samoa Bars are such a yummy treat and by far my favorite girl scout cookie. It's perfectly gooey, crunchy, & has delicious coconut flakes. While Girl Scout Cookies are not sold year round, here is a homemade recipe that is just as divine. Since this is a tweak-able recipe you can add/take away as you please. Be prepared for some real sweetness!
Homemade Samoas Bars
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
First, make the crust.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepapred pan and press into an even layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.
Golden toasted coconut flakes...I could seriously eat just this
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)
Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter (it’s easy to get it through the topping).
Once bars are cut, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.
Makes 30 bar cookies.
Note: You can simply drizzle chocolate on top of the bars before slicing them up if you’re looking for yet an easier way to finish these off. You won’t need quite as much chocolate as noted above, and you won’t quite get the Samoas look, but the results will still be tasty.
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Free People Beanie old (similar) , White Crop Sweater, Layered Tuxedo Shirt old (similar), Patched Jeans, Tan boots old (similar)
I have a lot of fun with styling my own outfits. If I don't have on something I didn't put my whole heart into, I feel half myself. High School is a great excuse for me to dress as I please 5 days out of the week. I wonder how sane I'll be when I'm at college next year and girls only wear yoga pants!
Here I layered this flowy button up under a knitted crop. Occasionally, I like to wear hats and I felt it was the perfect finishing touch on this outfit.
I have created Picky Me due to a common characteristic of mine, which is that I can't settle...on anything. I believe in the best of what's out there. Here you can find anything from home inspirations to fashion.
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