Saturday, April 12, 2014

MC Squared x 4

Today marks the 4th anniversary of MC Squared! My blog has evolved a lot over the last 4 years, just as I have. Since starting this blog as a junior at FSU, I have graduated college, followed my dream to move to Los Angeles and work in the fashion industry, and learned a lot of lessons along the way. My blog has provided me a creative outlet to share my passions and document my personal experiences. Thank you all for reading along and supporting my journey! 

I love looking back at old posts, so I've rounded up 4 of my favorites below...

{Flower Child}
leather skinnies, white v-back tee, and a headscarf 


{The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies}
a twist on the classic recipe I grew up baking with my Grandma


{Road Trip Adventure}
my dad and I drove across the country to start my new life in LA


{Living Room Decor}
mix of masculine & feminine for Greg and I's townhouse

Cheers to the next year of MC Squared!

Friday, April 4, 2014

MC-gram

{casual friday = all black...lace shorts & cozy sweater}


{dinner & drinks at Perch in downtown LA with two of my fave BCBG gals}


{current lunch craving: spinach, strawberries, blueberries, and walnut salad topped with garlic and basil flavored olive oil & balsamic vinegar that my mom always bring me from home}


{Zoey's new fave morning spot}


{crochet crop top, comfy cardigan, ripped jeans, and booties}


{avocado deviled eggs}

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dark Chocolate Pistachio & Sea Salt Cookies


I came across a dark chocolate chip & pistachio cookie recipe on Pinterest (where else?) that inspired me to remix a recent favorite: chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. I used the same recipe, but simply substituted dark chocolate and added a cup of chopped pistachios. The end result was sinfully delicious. 

Ingredients:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 sticks of butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 package of vanilla instant pudding
2 cups dark chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped pistachios

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, cream together butter & sugars. Add eggs one a time. Add vanilla. 
Slowly pour flour mixture to combine with the butter/sugar mixture. 
Add pudding mix. Stir in dark chocolate and chopped pistachios. 
Spoon 1 inch balls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes. 
Sprinkle with sea salt promptly after removing from oven. 
Enjoy!









Friday, March 14, 2014

Easy Weekend











Silk Stripe Dress - Joie (similar - on sale!)
Military Jacket - Zara (similar)
Brown Suede Booties - Dolce Vita
Cream Leather Fringe Crossbody - Joie (black version)
Brown Belt - Express

Monday, March 3, 2014

Red Carpet Style: Oscars 2014

I've always loved seeing the red carpet fashion every year, but as an Assistant Buyer for dresses, now it's part of my job to know the trends in evening gowns. Some of my favorite trends from this year's Oscar red carpet were metallic & embellishment, pretty pastels, edgy black, and crisp white. Peplum, illusion details, and plunging necklines continue to be popular season after season. I also loved the shift toward minimal jewelry. See my picks for Best Dressed below. Who was your fave of the night?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

MC Home: Kitchen

{I love these aprons: "little black apron" with lace and pearls + a colorful & quirky one from Anthropologie}


{coffee station}


{orange oven timer + owl cookie jar from my sister}


{one of the three handmade vases from my parents' honeymoon in Mexico}


{I love this industrial knife holder that adds a masculine touch}


{bar corner}


{quatrefoil chalkboard and cards from family & friends}

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Perfect Red Lipstick


Lipstick is arguably my favorite makeup product. I have a pretty extensive collection, but as it grew, it had become apparent I was missing my perfect red lipstick. Every girl has one; that red lipstick that not only compliments your skin tone, but also adds that extra bit of confidence. When my mom was in town for my birthday, we went on the hunt to find it. While at the MAC counter trying on all their reds, I put on one that my mom and I both immediately loved: Ladybug. It was so perfect. My mom has always called me ladybug (we even have matching ladybug tattoos!) Now every time I put on Ladybug, I smile.