Spring Cleaning and Sustainability

Hello all! So I have been working and thinking about this blog post for quite a while now because it is an issue that I regularly deal with and I am sure you do too…dealing with the fact that I am a clothes hoarder, cleaning out my closet, and making my closet more sustainable in general. Although I am sure we all hoard different things and have different size closets, if you have a bunch of stuff in your closet that you never wear, it is hoarding no matter how big your closet is!

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Preppy in Pink

Preppy in Pink - Lefty Living Life

I feel like this look is about as classic to my typical style as you can get. Top knot, lipstick, pink, lots of jewelry, overall super girly and preppy. As much as I like to experiment and try new things, sometimes it is nice to stick with what you know too. And a button-down under a sweater with a skirt and a big necklace is second nature for me.

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Spring Layers

While I love that we have all of the season here in North Carolina, I have a love/hate relationship with our weather. The past few days it has been absolutely beautiful here. I mean 70 degrees, warm wind, and sunny. While I have loved the warmth, it is just going to be that much harder when it inevitably gets cold again. However, I am trying to enjoy this glimpse of spring while I can!

Spring Layers - Lefty Living Life

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Raspberry, Chocolate, and Cream Cheese

Raspberry, Chocolate, and Cream Cheese- Lefty Living Life

Hello all! Happy Valentine’s Day or if you’re me, Happy Eat as Much Chocolate as you Want with NO Guilt Day! I hope you all have a fabulous day filled with sweets. If you haven’t already had your fill of baked goods, I would highly recommend these cream cheese raspberry brownies. They were not nearly as hard as I expected and they are super yummy!

Ingredients:

 

4 tablespoons butter

4 oz bittersweet chocolate

2 eggs, beaten

¾ cup sugar

½ cup flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon sale

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Layer

4 oz cream cheese, room temp

2 tablespoons butter, room temp

2 tablespoons sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons raspberry jam

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon flour

½ cup raspberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave until just melted, let cool slightly.

Whisk 2 beaten eggs into chocolate mixture. Add sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. Stir well, add vanilla and spread mixture into bottom of prepared pan.

Stir together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add sugar, egg, and jam and mix well. Stir in flour and vanilla. Dollop onto brownie mixture and use a mutter knife to swirl into the brownies.

Press fresh raspberries into the top. I also sprinkled some extra dark chocolate chips on top.

Bake until a toothpick comes out with only a few moist crumbs, 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

 

Enjoy these yummies and let me know if you want to be my taste tester! I have so many brownies! Until next time…

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Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate- Lefty Living Life

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate- Lefty Living Life

Although I think Valentine’s Day is kind of a silly holiday, I am definitely using it this years as an excuse to bake. This weekend I made two of my favorite bars…peppermint brownies and raspberry chocolate bars. If you had to choose, which would you choose?

P.S. Make sure to stay tuned on Instagram this week for baking  adventures and other fun stories!

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Cozy Knit and Bright White

Cozy Knit and Bright White- Lefty Living Life

Hello all! You might have noticed that I’ve been wearing a lot of white lately and I have definitely been wearing it more lately, but that is because it is so easy to wear with winter colors! The white, I think, really brightens up those jewel tones, which is always nice when it is dark outside.

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My Keys to Layering

As you have probably been doing as well, all I have been wearing lately is layers and layers as I try to keep warm. I always get questions about layering and I think the key is having a couple basic pieces or styles that you can always turn to so you start your outfit off right. So here are my 4 keys that help me layer with every outfit

My Keys to Layering- Lefty Living Life

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Winter Whites and Sweet Treats

Can you believe it’s already February?! I sure can’t Valentine’s Day is already next week which means my birthday is just around the corner! So, I am not a huge Valentine’s Day fan, I actually think it is kind of silly. However, it does give me the perfect excuse to bake and wear some red and pink. So let’s talk about the clothes first.

Winter Whites and Sweet Treats - Lefty Living Life

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Statement Lips

If you have been following along for a while, you will have noticed that I’ve started wearing a lot more lipstick lately and I am loving statement lips. So I thought it was about time to talk about some of my favorite colors and brands and some fun ways to incorporate bold lipstick into your wardrobe.

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Pink Gingham and Sparkles

Hello all! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a wonderful February so far. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite subjects, transitioning pieces from season to season.

Especially after dealing with tiny closets in college, I had to become really deliberate about my wardrobe. I didn’t have the space or money to have a completely separate wardrobe for each season so I needed pieces to work easily no matter what season.

The key for is always making colors and patterns that are typically summery and toning them down for winter. For example, gingham is definitely a summer pattern especially when it is pink and white. But with dark jewel tones on top and dark tights and shoes, this skirt works well for winter.

Whenever you have a summer piece, adding dark colors, especially jewel tones can really help to make it more fall/ wintery. Obviously my favorite options are black, navy, and burgundy but you could do the same thing with dark browns, grays, or greens. Really anything to tone down the pastel. But at the same time, don’t let the fact that it is a “summer piece” limit you. It is almost always possible to wear something multiple ways. Until next time…


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