Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MC Squared x 5

{5 of my fave outfit posts: top left, bottom left, center, top right, bottom right}

This month marks my blog's 5 year anniversary! Although I totally missed the exact date, I felt it was still worth celebrating! Anyone who manages a blog knows it takes a lot of work, especially when it's not your full-time job. I am proud that despite all of the changes that have happened in my life since starting MC Squared, (interning, college graduation, moving to LA, starting my career, moving in with Greg, adopting Zoey, getting a promotion) I have posted at least once a month for the last 5 years! I pour myself into every post and I truly appreciate all of you that have followed along with MC Squared! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and cheers to what the next 5 years may bring! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pop of Poppy

Unintentionally matching the background, but one of my favorite color combos is olive green & red. I scored this tiered lace romper on sale last season and I love it paired with my bright poppy red satchel. These gladiator sandals have been on major repeat lately, especially since I bought them in both black & brown ($20 - can you blame me?!)

Olive Green Lace Romper - Zara
Cream Knit Cardigan - Zara
Red Leather Crossbody Satchel - Tory Burch (last seen)
Brown Gladiator Sandals - Forever 21 (wore the black pair here
Honey & Black Wayfarer Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Tortoise Watch - Michael Kors 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Must Have: Ear Jackets

One of my favorite new accessories is the ear jacket. I'm usually pretty simple when it comes to jewelry: I always wear a watch & stacks of thin rings, and once in a while I'll throw on a statement necklace. However, I don't really mix up my earrings, partially because my ears are sensitive, but I also hate those huge door-knocker sized dangly earrings that feel like they're stretching my ear lobe to my shoulder. What I love about ear jackets are that they make a statement while not weighing me down. They're such a fun and interesting new earring and come in a variety of styles from everyday casual to dressy & sophisticated. Luckily a lot of brands are jumping on this trend so ear jackets are available at all price points. Check out some cute styles I'm loving below!

{pearls / Etsy}

{turquoise + arrows / Asos}

{pavé floral / Forever 21}

{simple with a pop of color / Zara}

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Deviled Eggs

 {deviled eggs on the cutest ladybug plate my mom gave me a few years back}

It's a tradition every year for me to make deviled eggs on Easter weekend, but this year I think they were my best yet. I make deviled eggs occasionally since Greg and I both love them, however this was my first time adding a hint of honey mustard...amazing! Greg's voting for it to be permanent, but I have to get the taste test back from my parents first! Try it for yourself with the recipe & ingredients I use below. P.S. I don't measure anything out, just add it to taste, depending on the quantity of eggs/yolks.

{we served our deviled eggs with BBQ pulled pork subs - see that recipe here!}

Hard Boiled Eggs
Place eggs in a single layer in a large pan.
Fill pan with cold water, about 1 inch over the eggs.
Bring water to a boil, cooking uncovered.
Just when it starts to boil, remove pan from hot burner and cover.
Let eggs stand in hot water for 12 minutes.
Drain eggs and run cold water over them to stop cooking.
Let the eggs cool completely, then peel shells.

Deviled Eggs
Cut  hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise.
Carefully scoop out the yolks and smash in a large bowl.
Add the following ingredients:
Yellow Mustard
a little Honey Mustard
Once you've combined all the ingredients,
top all egg halves generously & sprinkle with paprika.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easy Breezy

After totally falling for the gladiator sandal trend, I found this pair online from Forever 21 for a steal! ($20!!)  I immediately ordered them in brown too after wearing them just once - I couldn't resist the deal! They're super comfy and perfect for a weekend full of farmers markets and shopping. I love how these sandals make such a bold statement and I can't wait to wear them all summer long with everything from cut-offs to breezy dresses. Expect to see these on MC2 again in the near future!

Printed Silk Dress - Joie (last seen here)
Gladiator Sandals - Forever 21
Fringe Leather Bucket Bag - Joie
Black Leather Belt - Target
Sunnies - Ray-Ban
Lipstick - MAC "pink plaid"
Nail Polish - Revlon "gray suede"

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

{White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies}

Another twist on my infamous cookies, I made Greg's favorite: White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut. These turned out so delicious, we considered not sharing...but the recipe made 6 dozen! Spreading the love to our co-workers! Check out the recipe below!

2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 instant vanilla pudding package
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
2 large eggs
2 cups Ghiradelli white chocolate chips
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Slowly add flour mixture. Add package of vanilla pudding mix.
Add white chocolate chips and nuts until thoroughly combined.
Evenly space 1-inch balls of cookie dough on a non-stick baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet for 1 minute after cooking.
Carefully remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy warm with a glass of milk!

{See another version of this recipe with pistachios here!}

Friday, March 27, 2015

70's Revival

If the Fall 2015 runway shows taught us one thing, it's that the 70's are back! 70's inspired collections dominated New York Fashion Week - seen at Altuzarra, Karen Walker, Zimmerman, Chloé, BCBG Max Azria, and Gucci, just to name a few. I'm absolutely loving this trend, which is just as relevant now, as it is for this upcoming fall season. Hippie-chic looks are perfect for music festivals: think crop tops, cut-offs, kimonos, flower crowns and anything with fringe. Wide-brimmed hats paired with lace & printed chiffon maxi dresses are ideal for hot summer days. Then come fall, layer those looks with some high-waisted flares, a fur-trimmed vest, or chunky knit cardigan.

Just to get you in the free-spirit, flower child vibe...

{all images via Pinterest}