Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Samoa Cheesecake

{Samoa Cheesecake with Coconut, Caramel & Chocolate}

We celebrated Greg's 28th birthday while we were vacationing in the Keys last month. His favorite dessert is cheesecake so when I came across a recipe with his favorite Samoa Girl Scout Cookie topping I knew I had found a winner for his birthday cake! I used this recipe I found on Pinterest. My mom and I had an issue melting the chocolate, which is why it didn't turn out as pretty as I would have liked but it still tasted absolutely delicious! (I suggest using a chocolate syrup bottle to drizzle the chocolate.) I will definitely be making this again soon, possibly as mini cheesecakes!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Keys Vacation 2014

My family has been vacationing in the Florida Keys for as long as I can remember. Although we've gone almost every year, this year was my favorite yet. My parents rented a beautiful 3-story house on the Gulf of Mexico in Marathon, just down the street from where my Aunt, Uncle, and cousin rented. It was my niece Alexa's first trip to the keys, and I had a great time making memories with her and my nephew Aiden. I saw a few of my oldest friends, from my sorority little sister, Liz, picking me up from the airport, to my friend Shannon staying with my family the first weekend, and my friend Emilee and her family staying in the Keys the same week. We had perfect weather for spending the day out on the boat lobstering, fishing, snorkeling, and wasting an afternoon at the sandbar. Our nights were filled with delicious home cooked meals, beautiful sunsets, drinks by the pool, hysterical games of Cards Against Humanity, and sitting on the porch watching the thunder and lightning storms roll in. 

We've already begun planning next year's trip, but first, take a look at my a few of my favorite memories from our Florida Keys vacation this year.

{My Phi Mu little sister, Liz, picked me up from the airport to grab dinner & drinks and catch up. We hadn't seen each other in 2 1/2 years so naturally we spun in a circle hugging and crying on the airport curb}

{So happy I was able to spend some time with Emilee, who I've known since we were both in strollers}

{Greg and I enjoying a beautiful day out on the water in the Gulf of Mexico}

{view of the sunset from our house in Marathon}

{my friend Shannon and I reminiscing on our days dressing up like the Spice Girls}

{We celebrated Aiden's 7th birthday with a festive iguana cake}
{Alexa (4) right before jumping in the ocean for the first time. She's a pro now!}

{Greg's Birthday dinner: steak & fresh-caught lobster}

{my parents with Aiden & Alexa}

{I loved waking up and not knowing what day of the week it was. Missing the Keys already}

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I am introducing a new segment on MC2 this month:
July's OOTDs (outfit of the day) in rewind with outfit details, where I wore it, 
and where to buy the look. Which outfit was your fave this month?

July 2
{my unofficial work uniform: ruffled shorts + barely-there strappy heels}
Nordstrom tank / Zara shorts / Zara heels

July 9
{crochet & lace crop top with ripped jeans for a day at the office}
Zara top /  Zara jeans / BCBG heels

July 19
{printed romper I scored for $5 at the BCBG sample sale, worn to the Slightly Stoopid concert}

July 21
{all white, printed headscarf & orange lip for a Monday at the office}
Nordstrom tank / Zara jeans / Joie bag / MAC "vegas volt" lipstick

Thursday, July 24, 2014


{Zoey can't handle Mondays either}

{Greg and I at the Slightly Stoopid Concert}

{an old favorite: OPI bubble bath}

{wearing matching shirts on a lazy Sunday watching a Netflix marathon of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"}

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Currently Obsessed

{BCBG Ombré Necklace}

I scored this beautiful ombré collar necklace at the BCBG corporate boutique earlier this month. 
I love the punch of color it adds to a basic white boxy crop top. It's the perfect summer statement necklace!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Peach Strawberry Orange White Sangria

{Peach Strawberry Orange White Sangria}

I made sangria for the first time last weekend. I scoured Pinterest for recipes but ended up creating my own based on what I had found. I'm not a big drinker so I made a pretty light version. Most of the recipes I saw called for several types of alcohol (vodka, rum, etc), but I just stuck to the wine. It was so easy and turned out delicious! Sangria will easily become my new go-to fruity afternoon drink for the summer!

1 bottle of Barefoot Moscato
1 20 fl oz bottle of Sprite Zero
1 cup of V8 V-Fusion Peach Mango juice
1 peach
1 orange
10 strawberries

In a large pitcher, mix together wine, Sprite Zero, V8. 
Cut up fruit and add to the pitcher. 
Chill 4 hours. Serve over ice. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Guide to Second-Day Hair

In an effort to make my hair healthier and preserve my color, I've been trying to only wash my hair every other day. When I first started this process I couldn't skip one day of shampooing without looking like a grease-ball, but I've mastered a fool-proof system to make my second-day hair look fresh.

The night before, I use dry shampoo on my roots to soak up any oil. By sleeping with the dry shampoo on my roots, any traces of that pesky white residue is absorbed and I wake up with tons of volume! I honestly haven't found a dry shampoo that I love yet so if you have any recommendations please leave it in the comments below!

In the morning I apply Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Smoothing Milk to the bottom half of my hair to banish any frizz and make my locks smooth and shiny.

I add a light wave to my hair by wrapping different size sections around the barrel of my curling iron (check out my tutorial of how to transform your curling iron into a wand here). I spray a medium hold hairspray all over and then comb through the curls with my fingers to loosen them up a bit. I don't like my hair to look too perfect, I prefer a tousled bed head look. 

{The End Result}