Thursday, February 11, 2016

Heart On My Sleeve

Sweater:  Francesca's ~ Skirt:  Sienna & Bellini ~ Shoes:  Steve Madden ~ Earrings:  Kate Spade

Once again ladies and gentlemen it is the week of love.  A good majority of the people I know seem to not care too much for Valentines Day.  Not because they are single or unhappy, but because they either 1.  feel like it is some made up holiday designed to encourage consumerism or that 2. they don't need a day to tell them to love someone.  So what's my opinion?  I stinking love it!  Now granted I've never been in a relationship on Valentines Day before, so I don't know the pressure it can sometimes have.  But for some reason I've always really enjoyed it...even if it was a day made up by Hallmark to sell more greeting cards.  I can remember as a kid carefully picking out my valentine cards each year to give to my class mates.  In class we'd make fun and crafty "mail boxes" and then we'd take turns delivering our cards to one another.  I'd go through and carefully read through all of mine and make special note to the card my crush at the time had chosen for me.  Because when the cute boy from down the street gives you a valentine with Sponge Bob saying "I like you more than jelly fishing" on it, man that means business.  February is so cold and dreary I think Valentines Day is actually a great way to liven up the month...and come on there's candy!

It is no secret that I am a bit of a girly girl, so yes I love the opportunity to wear pink, red, and purple.  But I decided to mix it up this year with a subtle representation of the day.  I bought this sweater in December and I've been dying to pair it with this skirt for Valentines Day.  I love the simplicity of a stripe sweater layered over a flared skirt, and the elbow patches give it a little personality.  paired with nude stilettos and a black bow, I feel like nothing captures my girly personality better.

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Blueberry Lemon Zest Scones


I love scones...no seriously I LOVE them.  So I decided one of my New Year's resolutions should be to learn how to bake them. So here's the thing...I love to bake, but I am no Julia Child.  However, after making this recipe I feel like I have reached a new level.  At first I was super intimidated by the idea of making scones, but once I got going I realized they are actually very easy!  The trick (DON'T MISS THIS) is to grate your butter once it is frozen.  When I first read that I thought that was the most ridiculous thing, but guys it is a game changer.  First of all you can tell all your friends you know fancy baking techniques, and second of all it melts the butter slower keeping your scones more moist. 

Ingredients:

Scones
1/3 cup of sugar
zest of two large lemons
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted, frozen butter
1/2 almond milk
1 large egg
1 cup fresh blueberries

Glaze
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice


Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, gently toss flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, whisk almond milk and egg until completely smooth. Set aside.
In a large bowl, stir sugar and lemon zest together until sugar is moistened and zest is evenly distributed. Pour in flour mixture and toss to combine. Grate frozen butter into mixture. Using your hands, work in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Gently stir in almond milk mixture until just about combined. Very carefully stir in the blueberries, being careful not to squish them. Do not over work the dough! Again, very gently press the dough against the sides of the bowl a few times and form a ball. The dough will be sticky at first but will come together as you form it.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and lightly pat into an 8" circle about 3/4" thick. Use a very sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles (like a pizza). Transfer triangles onto prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1" between each one.
Bake scones for 15-17 minutes or until the tops begin to golden. Don't take them out too early or they will be too soft. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the pan before transferring onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely. During this time, prepare glaze. Stir together melted butter, confectioner's sugar, vanilla and lemon juice until smooth. Once completely cooled, go ahead and either dip the tops of the scones into the glaze or drizzle it on top with a spoon.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Statement

Top:  LOFT ~ Pants:  J.Crew ~ Shoes:  BCBG ~ Earrings:  Charming Charlie's

Like anything else, my style constantly fluctuates.  Some days I wake up and I feel incredibly preppy, but the next I could be interested in figuring out how to rock a pico top.  From day to day my interests change, and jewelry is no exception.  For the majority of this year I have been very drawn to minimalism.  Simple and dainty gold pieces have been my go to.  However, recently I have been into a different kind of minimalistic, statement earrings.  Most people think to wear earrings you must always match the perfect necklace, bracelets, etc, but that isn't always the case.  Too much going on can overdo any outfit, and can actually come across as tacky.

If you have a beautiful statement piece, do it some justice and let the light shine only on it.  Simple can add elegance to any outfit, even if your simplicity is a statement.  Also please note that even though I say elegance that doesn't always mean dressier.  Yes I am wearing a dressier look in this post, but that doesn't mean you can't spice up jeans and a fun tee with bold earrings.  To me statement earrings are the equivalent to a bold lipstick, it goes with everything.  Any statement can be questionable at first, but that's the point!  Who says you can't wear red lipstick with a teeshirt or bold earrings with converse?  Dare to stand out and rock it with confidence!

xoxo
Mollie Anna
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