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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The Best of 2017

Wow, can you believe 2017 is basically over? I can’t! It seems like this year has flown by and so much has happened! Here are some of my highlights from 2017 and some big life events. I would love to hear about your 2017 so make sure to comment below! Also, for outfit details, just click on the original post link under each photo!

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1. My favorite trends in 2017 were definitely over the knee boots and sequins. Both were a little out of my comfort zone originally, but are now something I wear regularly. I love how fun sequins can make an outfit and the elegance over the knee boots lend to an outfit.

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2. I was so lucky to be able to travel quite a bit this year. First I got to go back to Rome with my best friend. It was fabulous and filled with art and food- my two favorite things! Then, this November, Dad I went to New York for more art and food! Hopefully 2018 will be filled with even more travel!

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3. 2017 was filled with baking experiments for me and the launch of my side project, Lefty Baking Life. I am excited about experimenting even more in 2018, especially after all of the kitchen gadgets I got for Christmas!

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4.While I did work on refining my style in 2017, I also branched out quite a bit. Off-the-shoulder and cut-outs were probably the farthest out of my comfort zone I’ve ever been, but it was so fun to experiment. And then we had the cheetah print. Cheetah print in general isn’t outside my comfort zone, but something this bold definitely is! I love this coat so much though so no regrets!

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5. Every year, there are always a couple of outfits that really stand out to me. This year, it was these three…preppy and classic with big girly touches. 2017 has been full of ups and downs, but I have accomplished so much and I feel really grown as a person. I am excited for what 2018 will have in store for me and Lefty Living Life! Until next time…

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How Do I Decide What to Wear for NYE?

So, this might come as a surprise to some of you because of my excessive love of sequins, but normally I don’t do much for New Year’s Eve. But this year, I finally ponied up and made plans and have been trying to find a way to wear as many sequins as possible ever since. So, if you ever wanted to know how my outfits develop, here is a peak instead my brain as I developed my New Year’s Eve outfit! I would love to hear what y’all think and what you are planning to wear Sunday night!

First, I had to decide between my three most sparkly pieces of clothing…blazer, mini skirt, and pencil skirt. I eliminated the pencil skirt first because it is too fancy for the party I am going to. When it came down to the mini skirt and the blazer, I ended up choosing the blazer because I like gold more than silver. This skirt would have been the perfect option though.

Once I decided on the blazer, I just had to pick the rest of my outfit. No big deal! (Totally kidding here, this was the hardest part). I didn’t want to upstage my blazer and I had already decided to add a little sparkle to my make-up. So I wanted the rest of my outfit to be pretty laid-back i.e. black. My two options came down to a black v-neck and jeans or my black lace dress. I ended up choosing my black lace dress because it seemed more festive and the whole outfit was more me than jeans and a tee. However, I might end up still wearing the jeans and tee with the blazer during the day on New Years Eve.

Ok so pre-amble on these upcoming photos…I took them this morning in the freezing cold hence why I’m wincing in all of them (it was only 19 degrees) and my hair froze. Shout out to my fabulous mom who suffered through the cold to get these photos, but as she said, it was too cold to be cute this morning HA!

So that is how this outfit finally came together! I’ll probably add some dramatic lipstick for Sunday night and I am going to add a little sparkle to my typical cat-eye. Stay tuned on my Instagram stories and snapchat for my adventures on Sunday and I hope you have a fabulous New Year’s Eve filled with sparkles! Until next time…

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60s Mod

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

I have done some crazy things to my hair over the years from bangs to bobs to pixies, but this new haircut has been by far the most difficult to adjust to. I am already enjoying it, but I am still getting used to my face with blunt bangs across my forehead!

The thing that finally convinced me that I liked my bangs actually had nothing to do with my hair, but instead was my outfit. I threw on this outfit the other day because I wanted some layers for warmth, but didn’t want anything bulky. When I walked up to the mirror to see if it looked ok, I fell in love with my hair and the 60s mod girl I had become in this outfit.

The 60s have always been a source of inspiration for me from mini dresses to winged eyeliner to Twiggy. But I normally don’t try and emulate it exactly. With this look though, I felt like I had just walked out of Man from Uncle or a 60s ad campaign. So the new hair cut has a big stamp of approval from me and I’ll just be here dancing away in a mini dress and winged eyeliner.

Until next time…

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Peppermint Brownies

I used to hate peppermint. And not just the little kid hate where you don’t like the idea of it, but if it is in something you will still eat it. I refused to eat anything mint flavor. Well, a couple of years, I finally gave it another try and discovered that I absolutely adore peppermint, especially peppermint and chocolate. So of course, I have been experimenting. My mom found this peppermint brownie recipe a few years ago and we have been using it ever since. I added a little more peppermint to the recipe so it had a little extra kick :). The recipe is actually pretty similar to any other brownie recipe, you just add peppermint extract instead of some of the vanilla. You do the same thing in the icing so the brownies themselves as well as the icing are both peppermint flavor. Although peppermint is typically considered kind of festive, these are great all year round and will give your brownies a unique touch!

Plus, if you want some of these, you can buy some through Lefty Baking Life!

Ingredients: 

14 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp peppermint extract

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Frosting:

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 cup crushed candy canes (six regular size canes)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9 x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and make sure it comes up relatively high so the sides of the brownies don’t stick.

Melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate chips together in the microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until combined.

Beat together the eggs, sugar, peppermint extract, and vanilla until smooth. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and continue mixing until well blended.

Add flour and salt to the batter mixing gently until well combined and no trace of the dry ingredients remain. Don’t over mix it. Stir in the white chocolate chips by hand.

Spred the brownie batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only crumbs. If your oven is slow like mine, it might take closer to 30 minutes so just watch them closely. Let the brownies cool in the pan. I put mine in the fridge so they were really cold when I iced them.

Icing:

Put the candy canes in a plastic bag and pound with a hammer or rolling pin until they are crushed into tiny pieces. This is kinda finicky work because you don’t want it to be a powder, but you don’t want the pieces to be so big you can’t take a bit. Just experiment a little but don’t go over board.

Combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and peppermint extract in a a bowl and mix until combined. Add in cream and beat until it is a spreadable consistency. Spread over the top of the cooled brownies and then cover with crushed candy canes.

Refrigerate to let the icing set and then remove from the pan and cut.

This makes about 16 depending on the size you cut them!

Until next time…

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