Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Currently Obsessed


My hair naturally air-dries straight so I like to add a little texture & volume when styling it. I've tried other sea salt sprays in the past, but honestly didn't really like the results - Bumble & Bumble's just made my hair crunchy! After receiving a sample of DryBar's Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray, I fell in love with it! Just a few sprays gives my hair a beachy look, without any of the stickiness. Every time I use it, I get compliments on what others think is my perfume, but it's actually just the scent of this spray! This has become my go-to product when creating beach waves.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ode to Rompers

A little warm weather style inspiration with a round up of my past outfit posts featuring rompers. Which one is your favorite?










Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reflection


Yesterday marked 7 years since I started my blog. It's kind of crazy to think that I've shared almost a quarter of my life here. A lot has changed since my first post but I love looking back and reliving the memories of all the major life moments, outfits, recipes and everything in between. I will admit things have been slower around here lately. It's been difficult to find the time to dedicate to my blog in the midst of work, wedding planning, and trying to spend time with Greg. We only have Sunday afternoons off together since he is working nights, so shooting outfits and other posts sometimes takes the back-burner so we can enjoy some quality time. 

I wanted to thank you all for supporting me over the last 7 years, and for following along with my journey. Although it has been challenging recently to keep up with a regular blogging schedule, writing about my passions and experiences in this creative outlet has been so fulfilling and rewarding. I'm looking forward to what the next year has in store and can't wait to share it all on MC Squared.

A little about this look... all white with pops of color. I love the embroidered details on this top, and I've officially become obsessed with block-heel sandals. I wore heels to work everyday in LA but now that I'm back in FL, flats have reigned supreme. Block-heel sandals are that perfect happy medium, with a mix of style & comfort. Wishing you a great holiday weekend!

{outfit details}
Top - Forever 21 || Shorts - American Eagle (similar) || Bag - Zara (last worn here & here) || Aviators - Ray-Ban || Sandals - T.J. Maxx || Lipstick - Maybelline "coral burst"






Thursday, April 6, 2017

5 Minute Face


On the weekend, I like to keep my beauty routine quick & simple. Rather than my usual 10-15 minute process, I narrow down my everyday products and stick to the basics. Below are the products I use before running errands that make me look put together in just 5 minutes.

{1}
Tinted Moisturizer
Aveeno CC Cream in "medium"
creates a smooth base with a little coverage & SPF

{2}
Concealer
flawlessly covers my stubborn under-eye circle

{3}
Powder
combats shine and evens out my complexion

{4}
Blush
I swipe it across my cheekbones for a natural flsuh

{5}
lightly fill in & brush my brows

{6}
long, full lashes are a must - I never leave the house without mascara

{7}
Lips
CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in "coral twist"
my natural lip color matches my skin tone so I always like a little color to avoid looking washed out

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sunny


Spring is officially here which means floral sundresses & straw hats are on repeat. This is my favorite season for fashion - I can't get enough of the colorful prints and breezy fabrics this time of year. I scored this little yellow number from T.J. Maxx recently and love the way my navy hat plays off the blue hues in the dress. The weather in Florida has been amazing lately and I'm trying to soak up every minute outside in the sunshine before the impending summer humidity arrives. 

{outfit details}
Dress - T.J. Maxx || Hat - Roxy || Bag - Forever 21 || Heels - BCBG (last worn here) || Lipstick - Maybelline "coral burst" || Nail Polish - Essie "coconut cove"








Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lace Up Romper


I would live in rompers if it wasn't for the whole having-to-get-completely-naked-to-pee thing. They are just so easy to throw on for an instant outfit. Of course, accessories are a must - in this case a chevron printed headband and a cognac clutch & booties. I actually had another spot in mind to shoot this outfit, but when we pulled up, there were "no trespassing" signs everywhere. Rather than risk it, we drove around looking for another location. We stumbled upon this vacant building which had the prettiest colored floor, which coincidentally matched my headband perfectly.

{outfit details}
Romper - Sadie & Sage || Headband - World Market (last seen here) || Clutch - Divas & Devils Boutique || Booties - Steve Madden (worn here & here too) || Lipstick - NARS "schiap" 







Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cauliflower Pizza Crust


Pizza is one of my favorite foods - I love how versatile it is. We often make pizza at home and get creative with toppings. This all-veggie pizza turned out delicious, with a homemade cauliflower crust and piled high with colorful vegetables. 

ingredients
1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
2 eggs, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

directions
{1}
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Generously grease parchment paper with olive oil. 
{2}
In small batches, pulse cauliflower in a food processor until it becomes rice like. Lay riced cauliflower on several layers of paper towels or a clean dish towel. Pat dry and try to squeeze out as much liquid as possible to remove the moisture from the cailiflower.
{3}
Place cauliflower in a large mixing bowl and add beaten eggs, minced garlic, garlic powder, basil, black paper and mozzarella cheese. Combine well.
{4}
Place mixture on parchment paper and form into a pizza shape (we had a ton so we filled an entire baking sheet - hello leftover pizza) 
{5}
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees until golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to rest about 10 minutes before adding toppings. 
{6}
Create the pizza using whatever toppings you like - we used traditional tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, zucchini, asparagus, sundried tomatoes, onion, fresh basil & crushed red pepper flakes. 
{7}
Bake again for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts. Enjoy!