Layered Jewel Tones

We are definitely getting winter over here on the east coast, which has meant lots of layering for me. Now I love layering with patterns, but I also love layering with colors. Layering is such a great way to experiment with different color combinations or add a little something extra to an otherwise quiet outfit.

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Cheesecake Brownies

Hello all! For those of you who saw my Instagram videos this weekend, you will know that I had a pretty fun baking adventure Sunday night. For the first time in a while, I wasn’t making my own recipe, but instead just testing someone else’s. Anyways, the recipe was for cheesecake brownies and as you can see, they turned out really well! I couldn’t have been more pleased and I will definitely be making this recipe again. Plus, now that I’ve had some taste testers, I have some ideas on how to tweak this recipe next time. Also, there are still a bunch of these left so go check out Lefty Baking Life if you want some of your own!

Ingredients:

Cheesecake:

8 oz softened cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup white chocolate chips

Brownies:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

pinch of salt

2/3 cup flour

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F, line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.

Melt the butter and semi-sweet chocolate in a saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly until they are fully combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together and then add melted chocolate mixture. Mix until everything is evenly combined. Then, gradually add dry ingredients, mixing until combined. Make sure not to over mix. Set this aside

For the cheesecake layer, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring after each, until melted…1 to 2 minutes.

In a bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, and egg. Beat until smooth. Then, stir in the melted white chocolate and mix until well combined.

Pour half of the brownie batter into the pan. Then, dollop spoonfuls of the cheesecake mixture on top and spread in out into a thin layer. Make sure you get into the corners too. Then spread the remaining brownie batter on top. Swirl with a knife through the layers so you get fun stripes when you cut it.

Bake about 25-35 minutes depending on your oven. Make sure that when you stick a toothpick through the center, it comes out with crumbs, but not liquid batter. Allow it to cool completely before cutting and then enjoy!

Let me know what you think of these goodies if you end up trying them yourself. Until next time…

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The Time’s Up Red Carpet

If you didn’t already know, the black dress is classic for a reason and last night’s Golden Globes Red Carpet proved it. Almost everyone wore black in support of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. For those of you who don’t know, Time’s Up, started by some of our favorite Hollywood stars, will help to pay for legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, or abuse in the work place. This is an incredible fund and I was so excited to see so many people supporting it last night.

Now, on to the fashion. Let’s be honest, if I were to ever be on the red carpet, I would most likely wear black so a lot of the looks last night appealed to me. Here are some of my favorite looks from the red carpet. Which one do y’all like the most?

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Florals and Stripes

Hello all! Somehow time is already getting away from me even though the New Year just started! Things have already been crazy busy as I finally submitted all of my grad school applications (!!!), made lots of new resolutions and goals for 2018, and have started to get my life organized. A lot of that has been new ideas and plans for Lefty Living Life, so definitely stay tuned and if there is anything you would like to see, please message me or comment!

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Mixing Patterns with Tartan

Pattern mixing has always been one of my favorite things so it seemed like the perfect way to start off the new year and the new blog! First of all, let me say how excited I am about the new blog here and all of the exciting things I have planned for 2018. If you are not already signed-up for our newsletter, make sure to sign-up on the right. The newsletter will go out once a week with sneak peaks of upcoming content, exclusive details and style ideas, plus other exciting things you won’t see on the blog.

OK, now back to the important stuff, clothes! I feel like pattern mixing has this stigma of being really difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Especially this time of year, you can easily mix two patterns and then tone it down with the rest of your  layers. Layering in general makes pattern mixing super easy because you have more options. So, if you are going to start pattern mixing, why not start now?

With an outfit like this, the plain jacket is what pulls the entire look together. So when you are trying to figure out what to wear, also take into consideration your non-patterned layers. These are what will help tone everything down while also connecting all of the pieces.

This skirt is one of my favorite pieces because it is tartan plaid, which I love. It also has navy and black in it so you can wear it with basically anything. As much as I love it though, it sadly doesn’t really fit me anymore. So I will be posting it on my ebay page later this week!

For those of you who don’t know, I am working on opening an online consignment store, but in the meantime, I have started posting early inventory on my ebay page. The things I am posting are not old or damaged in any way. They are just things I love, but no longer wear. So make sure to check it out and stay tuned for updates on the consignment store!  Until next time…


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A New Beginning

A new year is basically a clean slate. You can start over on a project, try and pick up a habit, change something in your life, really anything you want and it is an easier marker to use. I try and be one of those people where it doesn’t matter what day you start something new, as long as you start it. But today, everything seemed to fall into place and it was the perfect time to launch the new and improved Lefty Living Life.

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