Spring Layers

Has this not been the weirdest winter ever?! Up here in Maine we have had record breaking high temperatures, but then record breaking lows the very next day!! Today, it’s raining and 52 degrees which is so odd for February. This would typically be snow… but don’t worry in a week the forecast is predicting frozen rain and more snow. This makes getting dressed rather weird right now. Do I wear shorts? Do I wear a sweater? Do I need rain boots or snow boots or none of the above?!? I’ve been itching to start wearing more pastels again and shed my crazy winter attire that consists of layers upon layers topped with a down coat and fleece lined knit hat. Plus, I love my boots by they can get clunky and as of right now I am SO over them. Here’s the outfit I threw together on a mildly chilly day while channeling my inner spring & trying to keep warm.


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Ever since I’ve been craving warmer weather and outfits that match, I’ve been digging a more casual look. I never usually go for slip-ons but recently I have been OBSESSED! I have on these heathered blue slip-ons from a local shoe store. I cuffed my dark washed jeans at the bottom because this is my favorite way to style any slip-on. I also didn’t mind the chilly air kissing my ankles for the first time on many months.IMG_7247 IMG_7156  

   
Dark washed jeans are some of my favorite because they can easily be dressed up or down. This pair in particular are from American Eagle along with the dusty blush top I’m wearing. I wanted to go with a pop of color to get out of the winter blues, but didn’t want to go too bright… It is still only February after all!

  Then, to layer overtop and keep me warm I went with this amazingly comfy grey cardigan from Banana Republic. I have been living in this recently since it’s so cozy and warm. This sweater looks perfect over any outfit.

I can’t wait until the sun really starts to shine so I can start styling some even brighter and more exciting outfits and makeup to match!!

-Sophia Tatiana

 

Cozy Winter Night

Mid February is still full blown winter up here in Maine. Luckily, it’s been a pretty mild winter – only a couple big snow storms so far… But it’s not over yet! We still have a month or so more of this bitter cold and snow days. What better way to spend a cold Saturday or a snowy day off of work & school than in your pajamas with cozy treats?!




I started with a yummy Nutella crockpot hot chocolate. This is so simple and yummy. The aroma fills your kitchen adding to the cozy vibe of winter. I used my mini crockpot to make the perfect size for a mug full. Here’s what I used:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugarIMG_7086 IMG_7108 IMG_7097
Let that cook for about 2 hours on low, or until heated through, and pop in an ADORABLE mug such as mine from E & H Creates. They sell the cutest mugs and stationary on their Etsy shop. You can also check out their Instagram HERE (:
While that’s heating I like to throw on a face mask. My favorite are sheet masks from Asian (specifically Korean ones!!) beauty stores. These are perfect for a cozy pamper day at home. Yes, I did indeed make my entire family put on animal themed face masks. I don’t think they totally hated it though :pIMG_6377
Right before my hot coco is done I like to whip up a quick treat to enjoy while I get cozy on the couch and catch up on Netflix and YouTube {here’s my channel if you wanna check it out (: } To stick with my homemade chocolate treats theme I made lava cake. I have been absolutely obsessed with lava cake recently. The recipe I used I found on Buzzfeed and is seriously so simple it blows my mind. This recipe makes the perfect amount for two to share while snuggled up on a cozy winter night. I shared with my sister who is also a lava cake queen and she said it was the best she’s ever had, so you know it’s amazing. Here’s what I used:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet or dark baking chocolate (I used a combo)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature (plus a bit extra to grease your baking ramekins)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (plus a bit extra to dust over greased ramekins)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (not required but I always add it)IMG_7033 IMG_7039IMG_7034 IMG_7078
To see the full baking directions check out the BuzzFeed post HERE.
No cozy winter night at home is complete without a onesie, a comfy blanket, a good show, and good company. Get cozy and enjoy the rest of these winter weeks before spring hits and we break out the sandals and pastels! (:
-Sophia Tatiana

 

Sweet Treats for Valentines Day

Happy February!! I had all the intentions of making some more posts to start the month off. However, recovering from my wisdom tooth surgery has been a little rougher than I anticipated :/ If you wanna see a funny video of me waking up from my surgery you can check that out HERE. ANYWAYS back to this yummy post. With Valentines Day just around the corner I wanted to show you guys some of my favorite treats for loved ones, or yourself because I know I’ve been eating like all of these :p





First I’m making Cheesecake Red Velvet Brownies. Here’s what you’ll need:IMG_7001

  • Brownie Mix
  • Ingredients required to make the brownie mix
  • 1 brick of cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring (optional)

Start by making your brownie mix per the directions on the box. You could of course make homemade brownies but I decided to simplify this recipe by using boxed. I chose to spruce mine up and make them red velvet brownies so I added red food coloring. Once the brownie mix is made, set it aside. In a separate bowl cream together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Once this is the same consistency as the brownie batter with no lumps set aside. Heat the oven per the directions on the brownie box. Grab a baking dish and grease it. Pour half of the brownie batter into the dish and spread. Next, drop dollops of cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie batter. Using a skewer, knife, or fork begin to swirl the two in the pan. Be sure not to over swirl to avoid mixing the batters completely. Repeat this step with the remaining batters. Bake the cheesecake brownie per the instructions on the box. I baked mine in a 9×13 glass dish for about 36 minutes at 350 degrees. Let them cool and eat up!!IMG_7008 IMG_7011IMG_7007

IMG_7013Next I went with a sweet treat that is perfect to bring to your babe for a yummy breakfast in bed. These are SO easy. All you do is buy premade cinnamon rolls. Next, take two rolls for each heart and unravel it so it creates somewhat of a teardrop shape (half of a heart). Then, press both pieces of the rolls together to create a heart. Bake per the instructions on the package and ice them. What a cute way to start out Valentines Day!

IMG_7004IMG_7015Lastly, it wouldn’t be Valentines Day without chocolate covered strawberries. I saw my local grocery store advertising chocolate covered strawberries for $15.00 for 7!!!! That is insane!! These are so simple to make and MUCH cheaper when you do them yourself. Not to mention you can personalize them and they are made with love. Strawberries were on sale for $2.99 a package, and I bought dark chocolate for less than $3.00. I already had sprinkles and decorations at home making these a much better deal than the advertised 7 for $15.00

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Decorations of Choice

Start by washing your strawberries thoroughly. Make sure you pat them dry COMPLETELY afterwards. This is a crucial step in making sure the chocolate sticks on and is smooth. To melt the chocolate you can use a the double boil on the stove technique, or as I did – the microwave. Heat your chocolate chips in 30 second increments stirring between each round of heating. I only needed about half a cup of chocolate chips for a whole container of strawberries. I dipped my strawberries and decorated them with mini chocolate chips, sugar sprinkles, and gold sprinkles. I put mine on a sil-pat to cool so that they came off to be plated really easily. These turned out so cute and so yummy!

I hope everybody has a happy Valentine’s Day!! Thanks for checking in and seeing my favorite sweet treats for this time of year.