Game Day Style

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With the first Florida State game quickly approaching (4 DAYS!!), I’ve been scrambling to get stuff together for our at home tailgate. The one thing that has been prepared for quite some time is my game day outfit. I purchased this Judith March Tomahawk Tank back in July from one of my favorite boutiques in Tallahassee, Cole Couture. It’s a feminine take on the classic frat tank and the tomahawk graphic print represents FSU perfectly. I’m pairing it with a gold skirt to add a little glam to my garnet and gold look. To top off my game day style, I added some dainty gold jewelry, like this arrow necklace, and my favorite ankle booties . Showing your school spirit doesn’t have to look cheesy and this look has me feeling super chic and ready to cheer on my Noles!

Let’s go Seminoles!! >—————>

Fall Hairstyle: Brunette Ombre

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With a new season comes a new look and this Fall, I’m wanting to change up my hairstyle. Over the years, I’ve dabbled with highlights here and there, gotten bangs, and chopped it all off, but mainly, I’ve kept the same hairstyle-long and brunette. I have a hair appointment this Saturday and I’ve been looking to Pinterest for inspiration for a new look. I don’t think I’m bold enough to stray too much from my natural, dark brown hair, but I am loving the ombre trend right now. Not to mention- it’s very low maintenance. It’s the perfect blend between brunette and blond, without going overboard. I’ve gathered some of my favorite brunette ombre looks. My personal favorite is Lily Aldridge’s mixture of dark brown roots with copper tips. I don’t think blonde would look right with my complexion, so I am hoping to add some warmer, brown tones to my tresses. Here’s to hoping I’m brave enough to take the plunge this Saturday and add some much needed color to my hair. What’s your favorite Fall hairstyle?

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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The grocery stores are putting out the last of Summer fruits and I’ve been trying to take advantage as much as possible. I’ve mainly been adding fresh fruit to my morning smoothies, but when I was asked to make cupcakes for a small get together, I wanted to incorporate fruit somehow. I headed to the grocery store without a recipe in mind, only to be greeted by the best looking blueberries. They were bright blue, plump and looked so sweet. In that moment, I got the idea for Lemon Blueberry cupcakes and they honestly might be my new favorite! Yes, I’m cheating on my beloved Cookies and Cream. Light and airy lemon cake combined with fresh, juicy blueberries and topped with my zesty lemon cream cheese frosting made for the perfect summertime dessert. I love how the warm blueberry oozes out when you take a bite. Easy to make and a hit at dinner, my only suggestion for next time would be to make more!

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Ingredients:

¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour, divided
¾ cup cake flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
Zest of  1 lemon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. lemon juice
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. milk, at room temperature
1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 3/4 cups of all- purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
4. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
5. Reduce the mixer to low speed and add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the milk, starting and ending with flour. Mix until just incorporated.
6. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour. Using a spatula gently fold the berries into the cake batter.
7. Divide the batter evenly among muffin pan cups.
8. Bake 21-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean. Let cool in the muffin pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, top with lemon cream cheese frosting.

Glamping 101

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Summer is fading and Atlanta is already starting to feel the effects of Fall. Nights and mornings are getting cooler, and in my opinion, this in-between season is the perfect time to go on a camping trip. It’s not too hot, not too cold and still perfectly acceptable to roast s’mores around a campfire. I mentioned to my boyfriend the other day that we should plan a camping trip before the weather gets really cold. His ears quickly perked up, and he responded, “Yes! I really want to go on a rugged camping trip like Naked and Afraid, living off the land with very little resources, using only our survival skills.” That wasn’t exactly my vision for the camping trip, so I had to rephrase my statement, “Let’s go glamping!” Glamping, also referred to as Glamorous Camping, is a way to experience the splendor of the outdoors without forgoing the creature comforts you can’t live without. I’m all for being outdoorsy, but I prefer to be well prepared, amenities within reach . Here are my favorite glamping  essentials, including my personal favorites- this pullover from Camp Brand Goods and this MiniMergency Kit from J.Crew. With the long weekend ahead, it’s the perfect time to plan a glamping trip. Happy Glamping!

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Manicure Monday: Polish Pairings

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One of my favorite indulgences is a bi-weekly mani/pedi, but it’s very rare that I paint my toes the same color as my nails. Mixing hues can be fun, however it’s important the colors complement each other. I usually opt for lighter, neutral tones on my nails and brighter, unconventional tones on my toes. I put together my five favorite color combinations that I rotate frequently. I’m currently loving Essie’s Van D’ Go and Smokin’ Hot for the perfect in-between season look. Van D’ Go is a peachy pink which is still appropriate for warm Summer weather, yet pairs perfectly with Smokin’ Hot-a purplish-greige that is perfect for Fall.

Here are five of my favorite color combinations:

 Pair 1: Essie Van D’ Go & Smokin’ Hot

Pair 2: Essie Minimalistic & Over the Top

Pair 3: Essie Tart Deco & Fifth Avenue

Pair 4: Essie Mint Candy Apple & Good as Gold

Pair 5: Essie Bikini So Teeny & Play Date

Seminole Saturdays

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The first Florida State game is in just a few weeks and I couldn’t be more excited! Game days at DOAK are the best! This season is definitely bittersweet since it will the first time in 6 years that I won’t be in Tallahassee to attend every game, but that doesn’t mean I can’t cheer on my Noles from the comfort of my own couch. I’ve already started decorating my house so the neighbors are well aware we bleed garnet and gold. I pulled out my favorite FSU shirts to plan my game day outfits and even gave my chalkboard a festive FSU inspired design. As mentioned in this post, I began working on my garnet and gold tassel garland that I plan to hang across the mantle. George was kind enough to help out too. And, what’s a tailgate without cupcakes? For my boyfriends college graduation, I made him some FSU themed grad cupcakes. I’m perfecting my red velvet cake recipe so I can make these same cupcakes, but with a football spin for game days.

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{Favorite game day shirts}

FSU Chalkboard

{Festive chalkboard design for game day}

FSU Tassel

{Garnet & Gold Tassel Garland prep}

George Tassel

{Even George was eager to help}

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{Garnet & Gold Cupcakes}

Some of my best college memories involve Florida State tailgates. There is nothing better than beer and football on crisp Fall day, surrounded by your closet friends. I’m looking forward to Seminole Saturdays, another great football season, and hope I can make it to a game at DOAK this year! GO NOLES!

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{Chief Osceola-voted #1 college mascot here}

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{FSU v. Oklahoma tailgate}

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{DOAK Campbell Stadium}

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{ESPN Gameday Bus}

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{FSU’s biggest fan!}

Splurge or Save: Leopard Loafers

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My leopard flats have always been my go-to shoe, but after three years of wear and tear, I’ve sadly had to say goodbye to them. The suede detailing is faded, the soles are worn out, and with Fall just around the corner, I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair. I’d been searching for a while and almost gave up hope until I saw this pair of leopard loafers by Sam Edelman. Loafers are similar to a flat, but are more sophisticated with sleeker lines and a small heel. They can easily be dressed up for a day at the office or down for a casual night out. This particular pair was a bit too expensive for my budget, so I was even more ecstatic when I found these Sam & Libby for Target leopard loafers. The print is almost identical, but at a much lower price point.

H&M: Fall Favorites

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I didn’t become accustomed to online shopping until college. Living in a college town is great in some aspects-short commute, perfect for tailgating and plenty of bars, but it lacks in other areas such as shopping. I began shopping online at my favorite stores since it wasn’t feasible to drive 5 hours home every time I wanted a new shirt. One store however, H&M, did not have an e-commerce site for shopping in the US, so I would have to plan my trips accordingly and go on a major spree every time I visited home. I no longer have to burn a huge hole in my wallet since there are 3 H&M’s within a 10 mile radius of my house, but sometimes the option of online shopping provides a nice convenience, which is why I’m proud to announce H&M has opened its e-commerce site. I repeat, you can now shop online at H&M! I’m sad this wasn’t around when I was in college, but I am glad that I can now shop H&M without having to leave home. This brings my online shopping addiction to a whole new level.  I’ve already picked out some of my favorite Fall items on their site, including this tweed blazer, this faux leather skirt and this graphic tank-I obviously need more shirts with cats on them. I also love this skull print dress which will be perfect come October!

Run or Dye

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On Saturday I was finally able to cross another item off of my Summer Bucket List-run a 5K. As mentioned here, my boyfriend and I, along with some friends, participated in Run or Dye, “the World’s Most Colorful 5K.” We color-blasted our way through downtown Atlanta with stops at the 1996 Olympic Rings, Georgia’s State Capitol and Turner Field. Throughout the race, color dye (similar to cornstarch)  is thrown on you at certain checkpoints. Don’t worry, it is non-toxic. My favorite part was getting to throw my own pack of dye on other people, especially my boyfriend, who I covered in pink powder. I’m by no means a runner, so this event was perfect for my first 5K. It was laid back, you could run/walk/dance, and there was huge color filled festival at the finish line!  While it was tons of fun, it’s Monday and I’m still reminiscent of a Smurf. I have blue coloring all over my legs and hands that refuses to come off and I’ve showered 3 times. Yikes! I’m so glad I was able to experience my first color run and even managed to snap a few photos without ruining my iPhone.

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{Before & After}

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{Team: These Colors Don’t Run}

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{Ready to start}

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{Historic Mid Race Stops: 1996 Olympic Rings & Georgia State Capitol}

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{At the finish line}

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Shark Week

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{ “I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat”}

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s almost that time of year again-Shark Week is upon us! In just two days, the Discovery Channel will be airing its 26th annual Shark Week and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve always been fascinated by sharks (even though I’m deathly afraid of them) and since I love any reason to celebrate-I go all out for Shark Week. This year, my boyfriend and I will be celebrating with a fun little drinking game (see rules below) and these Shark Bite cupcakes. I made them last year and they were so fitting that I have to make them again. I’m so glad I went to the beach last weekend because after watching Shark week- I’ll be terrified of the ocean for at least another year. How will you be celebrating?

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{Last Year’s Shark Bite Cupcake: Vanilla Cake with Berry Filling topped with a Swiss Meringue Buttercream}

The Official Shark Week Drinking Game 

1. Anytime someone is referred to as a “shark expert” take two sips.

2. When a shark becomes airborne, take a drink and continue drinking until the shark is back in the water.

3. Anytime you hear someone speak in an Australian accent, take one sip.

4. Anytime someone gives advice on how to survive a shark attack (yeah because it’s totally up to you), take two sips.

5. Anytime you hear the Jaws theme, take three sips.

6. When you see a reenactment of a shark attack, take two sips.

7. When you hear a story of someone dying from a shark attack, finish your drink in their honor (then go get another).

8. Anytime someone gets submerged in a steel cage, take three sips.

9. Anytime you see a shark get trapped or captured, take two sips.