Monday, September 22, 2014

It's All About The Boots

Hi my name is Tori and I am addicted to shoes. Ok, now that is out of the way...One of the many many reasons that I love fall is because I get to pull my awesome collection of boots out of the closet and add to the collection. Boots are always in style in the colder months but with all the different types of boots out there, how is a girl suppose to choose?! So, I put together a little list of some boot style must haves and you can choose which style best suits you! Best part...they are all around $50...or less!
The High Heel Bootie:
These are perfect to pair with a dress or a pair of skinny jeans. Either way you will be looking hot!
Combat Boots:
Whether they are flat combat boots for a casual weekend around town, or high heel combat boots dressed up, you will be looking stylish and hot!
Chunky Heel Boot:
Something with a low chunky heel like this is great for work or the weekend. It is so versatile and perfect for when you want to wear heels but want some stability and comfort as well.
Riding Boot:
These are great for a business casual look. Pair it with some black pants, comfy tee, and a crisp blazer and you can pull off the comfy chic look like a pro!
Moto Boot:
I love the moto boot! I actually have that exact pair (the second pair) and I get compliments on them everywhere I go! Oh...and they make me feel like a total bad ass too.
Sexy Time Boots:
Can you believe these are only $20?!
I call them sexy time boots, some people have other names for them, but you need a pair of boots that when you put them on you feel hot and sexy and ready to take on the world. I truly believe that every woman should own a pair!
What style boot is your favorite?!


Friday, September 19, 2014

I Have a Gift For You!

It is Friday....right? I woke up yesterday morning (Thursday) thinking that it was Friday and was highly disappointed when I found out that I was a day ahead of myself. But yes, today is Friday! Woot woot! Now that we are all on the same page, it is time for some Friday Favorites...oh, and I have a gift for you too!

Favorite Quote:
I posted this on my social media accounts the other day and you all seemed to love it as much as I do.
Favorite Recipe:
Favorite Outfit:
Everything about this outfit is perfect! The accessories, the casual pants and tank, the utility jacket, the boots. Give me all of it please!
Favorite Funny:
  The sad thing is that I have actually seen similar situations on my commute to and from work....fu@! it! right? lol
 What if?!
Favorite Workout Accessorie:
 I had recently come across an adorable Etsy Shop called Fleurty Bands. Not only are the headbands totally cute, the owner is such a pleasure to work with! These bands have now become my go to accessory when working out because a) they keep the hair out of my face and b) they are no slip! Which means no hair sticking to my face while sweating away, and I don't have to adjust my headband ever 2 minutes. Score for me!! Not only do they have so many styles to choose from but they are so reasonably priced that you can pick out a different one for each day of the week if you wanted to! 

Now I want you to win one for yourself just to see how great these bad boys are. 
P.S. Jasmine (the owner of Fleurty Bands) hey girl!
Was nice enough to also give us our own special coupon code so everyone is a winner!
Head over to the Etsy shop and type in  CUPCAKES44 for 20% off (Set to expire 10/31/14)
Now enter to win! Good luck and Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tell Us!

Hi loves!
Today we wanted to do something a little different on this Thursday morning. Today I want to hear from YOU! I want to know what your favorite posts and/or topics have been so far on this lovely little piece of the Internet. What do you like? What don't you like? (I'm good at taking constructive criticism...promise =) ) Do you have any questions? Let us know...spill it. Can't wait to hear what you think, it really means a lot!

Here are a few posts for easy access if you are new around these parts:
Fall Fashion Must Haves
DIY Designer Plate and Mug For Pennies
Strawberry Vanilla Chia Pudding
Home Remedies To Fight The Cold Bug
Update A Room In Four Steps For Less
P.S. We will be back to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow...Friday Favorites!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jewel Trend Alert!

Have you seen the latest jewel trend that is exploding on the fashion scene?
No it's not the latest designer watch or chunky statement piece. It is temporary tattoos. Yes, you heard me right....temporary tattoos.
At first I wasn't quite sure what to think of them but after seeing them on, I fell in love. This metallic looking body decor is sleek, chic, and unique! Take a look for yourself.
Now that we are all friends here, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. just go HERE to grab any style that you like. From feathers and dream catchers, to chains and geometric shapes, there is something for everyone to love (did I mention that they are budget friendly too?) They are non-toxic, easy to apply, sweat and water proof, and can last up to 5-7 days! Want to take it off sooner, just dab a little rubbing alcohol on the tat and wash it away.
Even Beyonce is rockin the look!
What do you think? Does this accessory get a thumbs up or a thumbs down from you?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Fashion Must Haves

The pumpkin lattes are brewin and labor day weekend is behind us, which means fall is here! Now that my favorite season is upon us, I felt it was about that time to do a fall fashion 'must have' post.
 I mean, what's better than cozy sweaters and cute boots? Here is a little taste of some fall fashion staple items that every lady should have hanging in their closet this year.
1.) Vest
Yes, the J. Crew quilted vest is all the rage now, but if you aren't willing to spend $100+ on a vest here is a budget friendly vest that is just as fashionable from Old Navy. This vest is perfect for layering over a long sleeved top or sweater on those chilly fall mornings.
2.) Over sized Sweater
I love Zara because they have such fashionable high quality clothes and they are usually at great prices. This over sized sweater is perfect and multi functional. Pair this beauty with a skirt or with skinny pants and a pair of heels for work; or just change into some casual boots and you have a great weekend outfit.
3.) Booties
Booties are a must for fall. These I found at The Red Dress Boutique for a steal! They are perfect for pairing with a dress or a pair of skinnies for a sleek and polished look. The color is perfect too! It goes with everything.
4.) Scarves
Notice how I said "Scarves" as in plural! I love accessorizing with scarves in the fall and winter. They are perfect for adding that little pop of color, or get one with a bold print to stand out. This one was a steal at $12.90 and its nice and toasty too!
5.) Slouchy Beanie
I looooove these slouchy beanies. They are so cute and perfect for not only keeping your head warm, but they are also great for those bad hair days to just toss on and go!
What are your fall fashion must haves?!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Salted Caramel Drizzled Blondies

I don't know about you, but one thing I love about fall are the desserts! Something about them are so yummy and comforting during those chilly days.
Here is one fall dessert that is sure to be a hit at home or at a holiday gathering this year.
Just don't eat the whole pan before everyone else gets to try a piece!
What You Need:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
7 oz caramel chews unwrapped
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup sliced cold butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup all purpose flour 
For Caramel:
4 oz caramels + 2 tbsp evaporated milk
What You Do:
-Preheat your oven to 350F.
-Line an a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside
-In a mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 cup sugar until it is nice and whipped.
-Add 1 egg and the vanilla extract continuing to mix well.
-Add 1 cup of flour and baking soda, mix that all up well too!
-Spread your concoction in your baking dish that you had set aside.
-Bake in the oven for 8 minutes, leave your oven on yet remove the baking pan after those 8 minutes.
-In a small saucepan you will make your filling by combining your 7 oz caramels and 1/4 cup evaporated milk. You want this to all melt together as you stir continuously. 
-Pour your caramel goodness over the crust in your baking pan and add your pinch of sea salt.
-To create your top layer of your blondie goodness, place 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg and 1/2 cup flour in your food processor and pulse it.
-These crumbles go over the caramel you blanketed your crust in.
-Pan goes back in the oven for 20 minutes.  
-Let your blondies cool, and before serving add an extra drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum!!
Are you more of a blondie or a brownie fan? What is your favorite fall dessert?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Home Remedies To Fight The Cold Bug!

I'm back! Whoopie! I feel like I have been gone for way too long. I wish I could say that I was off vacationing in Bora Bora or somewhere extravagant like that, but that is not the case. The middle of last week is when the itchy throat, sniffling, and coughing began, which turned into a full blown cold. UGH! Feeling like I got hit by a Mack Truck does not really even begin to express what I really felt like. But anyways....I have heard that there is a bug going around and since the seasons are changing, this makes us even more prone to colds and illnesses. With that being the case, today we are talking about home remedies that will get you feeling better ASAP if you end up getting a bug this year.
1.) Lemon, Honey, Apple Cider Cold Killer
What You Need: 
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (with mother)
What You Do:
Combine all of your ingredients in a microwave safe mug and place it in the microwave for 10 seconds.
Carefully take your mug out of the microwave and without burning yourself drink that baby up!
*be sure to dilute this with water if you are taking it regularly, as its acidic content is very high.
 Lemon juice - Lemon juice is amazing for many reasons, in this case it is packed with vitamin C.
 Honey - Fights infection, use organic locally grown for best results. Raw apple cider vinegar - Known as "natures own antibiotic"
2.) Raw Garlic
Raw garlic has great benefits for your health. It is an antiviral, fights infection, and helps boost your immune system. If eating garlic raw makes you want to gag, try taking 2-3 cloves of garlic and chop them up into tiny pieces. Sprinkle the chopped garlic on a teaspoon of honey and down the hatch! This method is really beneficial but I do not recommend it if you plan on going on a date or speaking in front of a ton of people. They also sell garlic capsules at your local pharmacy.
3.) Cough Be Gone
Here's a little old wives tale that seems to have worked for a lot of people in the past. If you are sleeping and can not stop coughing there is a solution! Before going to bed apply some Vicks Vapor Rub on the bottoms of your feet and then slide your nice cotton socks on. This is said to help prevent coughing that keeps you up into the wee hours of the night.
4.) Detox With A Bath
What You Need
1 cup Epsom salt
1/2 c baking soda
4 Tbsp ground ginger
Essential oils of choice (lavender works great)
What you Do:
Fill your bathtub with hot (yet tolerable and not scalding) water.
Once your tub is filled 1/2 way toss in all of your ingredients and stir it in with your arm to dissolve the ingredients.
Soak for at least 20 minutes. The first 20 minutes of your bath usually extracts toxins. If you decide to stay in for another 20 minutes (I wouldn't stay in longer than this) is when the body begins to absorb the minerals.
Once you are done with your bath, towel off and rest for about 30 minutes before showering. Do NOT do this detox every day
What are some home remedies that work for you when you or someone in your household is sick?
P.S. Please check with your doctor first before using any of these remedies as all people and their bodies react differently.
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