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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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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Halloween Holdover and New Clothes for Sale

Hello all! Life has been a little crazy as I have been sick, busy with work, and studying for the GRE/ applying for grad school. Sadly that means my baking has been put on the back burner so these cookies are a little late. As you know from my many adventures with cookies (here, here, and here) I love my recipe for sprinkle cookies and I love experimenting. For Halloween this year, I wanted to do Halloween themed cookies which meant Halloween sprinkles. These cookies are so easy to adapt for any occasion or holiday and they are delicious. I’m not going to lie, this batch, might be my best one ever and I am definitely enjoying them even though Halloween is over. If you are tired of candy, I’d be happy to ship you some! Just donate to the go-fund and message me with your info and I will send you a whole box! 
In other news, there are also a few new items up for sale on my ebay page! Now that it is starting to get cold, it seemed like the perfect time to start looking at coats and sweaters. Check it out and if you are looking for anything in particular, please let me know because I might have just the thing! 

1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sprinkles
Frosting: 3/4 cup butter, room temp
2 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
With an electric mixer, cream the butte and sugar until light, about 2 mins. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed and mix until combined. Gently mix in the sprinkles by hand. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
Remove from the fridge and preheat oven to 325. Let cookies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes unless you have chilled them overnight. If so, let them sit for about 30-40 minutes.
Form dough into balls. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. The centers will appear soft. Allow to cool on pan for 3 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool. They need to be completely chilled before you frost them.
Frosting: With a hand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt and mix on low speed until combined then increase the speed and mix for about 3 minutes. Add more sugar or cream if too thick or thin.
Place as much frosting as you like on the cookies and then finish with sprinkles. 

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It is finally here!

Hello all! Happy Monday! It is finally October and I couldn’t be more excited for two reasons. One, fall is my favorite season and it is finally starting to feel like fall here in North Carolina. The second reason is a bit more exciting. My online consignment company officially opens today! Unfortunately, the website is not quite ready, but that is ok because everything is going to be on my Ebay page for now. Here is how it’s going to work. Every Monday starting today, I am going to be posting at least five pieces. Other pieces will also be posted throughout the week. If you like something, you can buy it outright through Ebay. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I can send you more pictures or details. Also, if you are looking for specific pieces, please let me know so I can post those as well. I am so excited about this venture and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Check out the Ebay page later today to see the first set of postings. 
Also, because I am so excited about my company and fall, here is a fabulous pumpkin cookie recipe. These cookies are also available this week on Lefty Baking Life and they are pretty scrumptious! 
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 oz. low-fat cream cheese, room temp
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 and line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until combined. Set aside.
In another bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about a minute. Add in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and beat until just combined. Gradually add in dry ingredients until just combined.
Drop on a cookie sheet using a small ice cream scooper and then use your fingers to flatten the cookies. They won’t rise or really spread at all.
Bake for 15 minutes so the cookies are cooked all the way through and bounce back slightly. Let them cool until at least room temperature before frosting. 
For the frosting, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar until it is combined and the frosting is smooth.
Frost the cookies once they are cool and sprinkle with an extra pinch of pumpkin pie spice.
Mine made about 60 cookies. Enjoy and until next time! XO 
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Lots of Pink and More Life Updates

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Hello all! I hope you have had a fabulous weekend! Mine has been eventful and I am definitely enjoying the excuse to stay in because of the cold, rainy weather here. As you now know, I am moving to London in September and I couldn’t be more excited. It is going to be an incredible opportunity and I am excited to be living in London again.
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However, moving to another country does put a bit of a damper in my plans to start an online consignment store. If you don’t remember, check out my announcement here. Now I have the problem of having a lot of inventory, a website that I was hoping to launch this summer, and the more pressing issue of needing to delay this project for the near future. 
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Instead of completely delaying the project, I have decided to sell a majority of the spring, summer, and fall clothes as well as jewelry and purses I have on eBay
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Nothing has been posted yet, but I am hoping to post the first batch of clothes in the next week and then post new items fairly regularly. Here is a link to my eBay store and make sure to check back periodically in case you see anything you like! 
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Also, feel free to contact me if there are any specific items that you have seen on the blog that you are interested in! You never know, they might be something I have already set aside to sell. Until next time, XO

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