Swim Roundup

Lilly Pulitzer launched a swim line! The free towel with purchase was just the push I needed to order two of them yesterday; I can’t get over how cute they are!!! I am especially excited about this launch since they hadn’t come out with any new swimwear since the Lilly for Target disaster of 2015. Lilly isn’t the only company who has recently come out with adorable swimsuits. J.Crew also has some cute swimwear! This time of year is usually not the time I’d normally look for a bathing suit considering there’s usually snow on the ground, BUT I am going to Florida for part of spring break so I have been on the hunt and here are some of my favorites!

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1. Lilly Bikini // 2. Lilly Lattice // 3. Gingham Ruffles 

4. Floral  // 5. Navy Scallops // 6. Striped One-Shoulder

7. Red Cutout // 8. Lilly Criss Cross

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Wandering Through Wickford

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Last weekend, I was home and pleasantly surprised with a day of balmy 50 degree weather which was more than welcome after the 4 degree temperatures I was forced to brave over Christmas vacation. It was so nice not to need a coat or sweater. Instead, I wore a long sleeve white t-shirt that had a scalloped neckline, jeans and a silk scarf around my neck. To style the scarf, I first folded it in half to look like a large isosceles triangle before folding the point in first until I was left with a long horizontal strip that I was able to tie around my neck off to the side in a double knot.

White Scalloped Shirt // Neck Scarf // Cuter Neck Scarf // Boots

Cupid’s Caboose

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This outfit made me feel a valentine. From the scallops on my skirt to the ruffle on my sweater to the red and pink colors to the pearl around my neck, everything about this look screams “IT’S VALENTINES DAY!” This old caboose was so fun to climb on and explore, despite the signs requesting that I stay off. It even matched my outfit! While I think it’s the perfect Valentine’s ensemble, I’ll probably spend actual Valentines Day, or Ash Wednesday, in pajamas with the exception of the few hours I have to go to mass and work, which is more than alright since I already got to feel like a cupid on this caboose.

Sweater // Skirt // Boots

Birth-Weekend

Thursday was my Birthday and the start of my Birth-weekend! I flew home that night for cake after a long day of classes and homework. The quick, 50 minute flight was so worth the cake at the end of it. I’ve been spending the rest of my Birth-weekend sleeping in and spending time with my family and friends.

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Saturday night, I had my best friend since sixth grade and cousin come over to roast marshmallows in the fireplace and eat cake. After we got the fire lit, we realized the only marshmallows we had in the cupboard were old and melted, so we had to make a quick trip to the market. The drive there and back were interesting to say the least as it seemed to be darker than usual, rainy and foggy.

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Finally, we got home, beat my cousin with sticks, ate our marshmallows and had our cake. Even Delila got a bite!

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19th Birthday Bucket List Follow Up

Last year on my birthday, I put together a bucket list for my 19th year: 19 things to do before my teenage years kicked the bucket. The list was as follows:

  1. Ride on the beach ✓DSC06417
  2. Climb more mountains ✓IMG_7678.jpg
  3. Leave the country at some point: Oops
  4. Do some serious showing ✓ DSC04581
  5. Continue to narrow down what I might want to do with my life ✓
  6. Jump off a cliff ✓ (probably did it, but not this one)IMG_8579.JPG
  7. Go to Santa’s Village: Oops
  8. See a free show at the Kennedy Center ✓IMG_7680
  9. Visit at least 3 different covered bridges ✓ (made it to 4 new ones)IMG_0858IMG_6728IMG_6714IMG_6762
  10. Paddle board: On my list for Summer ’18
  11. Perfect some pieces on the violin ✓
  12. Get a card to the Library of Congress ✓ (I have the temporary card but because I somehow managed to forget my ID that day, it expired months ago)
  13. Explore a new state in the US ✓ (got more acquainted with VA, CT, MA, and NH, none of which were new but had parts that were new)IMG_1217
  14. Road-trip to New Hampshire’s Flume Gorge: on my list for Spring ’18
  15. Get a job ✓
  16. Go to Nantucket: On my list for Summer ’18
  17. Try a different type of food ✓ (there was yummy algae in my smoothie bowl)img_7679.jpg
  18. Attend a great concert ✓ (Michael Ray at the fair)FullSizeRender.jpg
  19. Make new friends ✓IMG_3829

Given that there were a few things I didn’t manage to do, everything I did accomplish this year were actually meaningful things I wanted to get out of the way before entering my twenties. While it’s just another day and just another year, I really didn’t want to be an unemployed, twenty-year-old ‘junior’ in college with no major or idea of what her future career would be. Last year, I had no clue what I would major in or what I wanted to do with my life. Since then, I have decided to be a psychology major planning to attend law school after graduation. While plans always change, I feel confident that this is one that I will follow through with, and even if I don’t, having a plan of some sort gives me peace of mind. The other items on my bucket list mainly served as excuses for getting myself into the routine of venturing out into the world and actually having fun; mission accomplished.

This past year was probably one of the best and hardest I’ve ever experienced. Coming out of it, I have managed to become more confident and happy with who I am now than I ever have been before.  In my final year as a teenager, I met the best people who I’ve become incredibly close with; I can’t imagine ever having to live without them. I feel like my transition into being an ‘imposter adult’ is semi-complete and I am more capable to handle difficult people and circumstances.  That being said, this year, I’m not making another bucket list for myself. Instead, I’m going to focus on doing things that make me happy, healthy and energized such as getting consistent amounts of sleep, continuing to ride, run, bike and go to yoga every chance I get in addition to putting 110% into everything I do. Instead of focusing on building new relationships, I want to spend time focusing on the amazing people already in my life who I know have my back no matter what. Tomorrow, I will be able to say that I survived my teenage years without doing anything stupid and head into my twenties as a bigger grandma than ever before.

 

Dark Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These past few weeks I’ve been going through a bit of a chocolate crisis. As a self proclaimed chocolate addict with a quite unfortunate allergy to most types of chocolate, I was absolutely distraught when I learned the one brand of chocolate chips I can actually eat were on backorder in DC. I tried to compensate by making chocolate chip cookies with a chopped up semi-sweet baking bar to fill my cookie dough void, but it was just too much work and too much of a mess. Finally, I had my mom search RI stores high and low for my chips and she thankfully found some! While I waited for them to ship, I realized I couldn’t wait any longer and that I couldn’t go a week surviving off of just cupcakes; I needed cookies (and cookie dough)! The answer came in the form of white chocolate chips, which were still fortunately plentiful at my local Whole Foods. After a few quick online searches, I found some recipe inspiration and was ready to get baking.

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For a cookie to be good, it has to taste good raw and cooked, warm and cool. I LOVE cookie dough, and when I made these, the dough was so amazing, I ate half the bowl. The secret to perfectly smooth textured cookie dough is whipping the ingredients full force and partially melted butter. I let most of the stick remain softened, but use the microwave to allow about a quarter of the stick melt to liquid. The result is fantastic. I don’t know if I’m ashamed or proud to admit that I finished the whole batch of cookies in 24 hours (2 days). They were THAT GOOD!

To make these cookies you will need:

1 stick butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa power

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

5/6 cups white chocolate chips

When I bake, I modify the original recipes to have more vanilla, cocoa or other ingredients to ensure the best taste so if you decide to recreate these cookies, keep in mind that you should not add a heaping cup of anything and stick to the measures outlined here.

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar before adding the eggs and vanilla. Take time to beat these ingredients together until they rise and are fluffy and smooth. Next, add all the remaining powder ingredients and beat thoroughly before finally adding the chocolate chips. The dough itself is so good but the cookies are just as yummy.

Drop chunks of batter onto a baking sheet or parchment paper and bake for 8-12 minutes. After the appropriate time, the cookies will still look soft and not done in the oven but if you lead them in longer, they will burn. They should be spongey in texture when they come out because as they cool, they also set and finish cooking. Keep in mind that they do taste better cool so if you typically save the dough in the fridge and make cookies one as a time as needed like I typically do, I highly recommend baking them all at once; they won’t last that long anyway!

Sitting On The Skyline

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I am forever going to be obsessed with this view, made even better by the warm weather we’ve been having lately. I can’t believe I’m wearing a skirt with no tights and no coat in January! While both my top and bottoms have long since sold out, it is a classic and cute look that can be easily recreated. I love cricket sweaters and while I couldn’t find an exact duplicate to link, the one I’m wearing is Ralph Lauren and was purchased for a very low price at T.J. Maxx.

Sailor Skirt // Similar Cricket Sweater // Boots