san diego sun and fun

July 31, 2011

Matthew and I went down to San Diego to celebrate his big bday with his family and we had such a great time, as usual! The weather was absolutely perfect so we got sandwiches and went to the beach with his brother and best friend. It was so nice to sit outside and soak in the sun. 

Matthew and his gorgeous mom!
eep! dodging a ball!

I love Matthew's family so much! They are the sweetest people and I just adore my nieces and nephews {so cool to be able to say that now.. yay I'm an aunt!}. Look how cute these kiddos are! They bring big smiles to my face!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Happy first of August!!

xox
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look book: copycat

July 28, 2011

The blogging community is an inspiration place. Am I right or am I right? I'm constantly seeing things new ways and being inspired to make them my own, whether it's with an outfit, a recipe, or room decor. One blogger that happens to inspire me a lot is Blair from Atlantic-Pacific. That girl is so cute and fashionable and totally speaks to my girly side. This outfit of hers has been one of my favorites and, while I'm not nearly as pretty and stylish as she is, I couldn't help wearing something a little similar. All I need now is a pretty pink bow in my hair! A little copycatting can't be too bad right? 
blouse Style By Marina, shorts, sunnies, and necklace Forever 21, shoes Nine West, jacket thrifted, purse Coach

I am SO ready for this weekend! It's our last one in the apartment and in our cute little neighborhood so we're going to enjoy every minute of it. And maybe I'll start packing if I'm feeling motivated. But packing is the worst so I bet I'll be pushing that off for as long as I can.

Have a great weekend everyone!!
xox
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July 27, 2011

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xox
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look book: oldies remix

July 26, 2011

I love finding new uses for different articles of clothing. Would any of you guess that this blouse is a dress? Well, maybe if you own it right? I swear this blue dress was one of the most popular dresses from Urban like 5 or 6 years ago. ALL of my friends had it and I even went to parties where a complete stranger was wearing it!! It must have been on the $10 sale rack for awhile! Anyways, I still love it and although I don't wear it too often I just couldn't throw it away. I'm glad I could find a new use for it!
skirt c/o Tulle, dress as blouse Urban Outfitters {so old..I bet a few of you even have it!}, shoes Jessica Simpson, necklace In Honor of Design, ring Forever 21

I love mixing blues and the bold flower print of this skirt perfectly balances the tinier detail of my new old dress blouse..hmm however you'd say that! yay for remixing old favorites!!
xox
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update: wow, clearly I confused myself! It's a dress that I wore as a blouse haha

a big birthday weekend

July 25, 2011

This was one huge, crazy, long, fun weekend that was all about celebrating Matthew's big birthday! On Friday morning I surprised Matthew by telling him to pack him bags for a mini getaway. We drove up to Cambria, stopping in Santa Barbara for lunch, Los Olivos for cupcakes and Cayucos for cookies and thrift shopping.  It was so nice to get away for a few days and explore these awesome areas. To say we ate a lot this weekend would be a big understatement!

and now for my favorite photo...
He's thirty, flirty and thriving! 

I love my birthday husband!! 

I hope you all had a great weekend!
xox
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happy birthday matthew!

July 22, 2011

Today is such a special day! It's Matthew's 30th birthday!! I am so lucky to have this wonderful man for my husband. It's funny to think that last year he was just my boyfriend!! So much has happened in the past year for us and I'm looking forward to all the fun memories we'll have together in the future. Happy birthday Matthew! I love you so much!
xox 
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recipe: chocolate pie

July 21, 2011

haha ok, I told you I love chocolate! I just couldn't resist making this chocolate pie last weekend. It sounded so good and also really easy, especially if you choose to go the store-bought pie crust route. This is a classic chocolate pie and it's to die for. It's kind of like chocolate pudding with a flaky crust, but better. I'm dying to make it again! It's from the August issue of Food and Wine, made by Lee Ann Flemming, a newspaper columnist and baker who made 53 chocolate pies for the filming of The Help. The movie is based on a book I've been dying to read and apparently the whole ending is based on a secret involving Minny's famous chocolate pie. I have to find out what it is now..although I might have a guess! 

Minny's Chocolate Pie
Active: 20 min; Total: 1 hr 30 min
Makes one 9-inch pie

INGREDIENTS
1 packaged pie dough crust (or you can make your own)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
whipped cream, for serving

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Ease the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges decoratively. Prick the crust lightly with a fork. Line the crust with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for about 5 minutes longer, just until the crust is dry but not browned.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.

Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil halfway though the baking {to prevent the crust brown browning too much}. Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool completely before cutting into wedges. Serve with whipped cream.

The chocolate pie can be refrigerated overnight.
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I'd definitely recommend making this if you want a last minute and easy dessert that won't take you 
hours and hours in the hot kitchen. I know you'd rather be at the pool anyway :)
xox
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