Monday, September 29, 2014

The Next Chapter: Associate Buyer at BCBGMAXAZRIA

I am so happy to finally announce my recent promotion to Associate Buyer for the BCBG Dresses Division! I have learned so much in the last two and a half years at BCBG and I am very excited for this opportunity to grow even more in my career!  See how I got my start at BCBG as an intern, and my first job out of college as an Assistant Buyer.  Thank you all for your continued support! Cheers!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pancake Muffins

{Banana Chocolate and White Chocolate Pancake Muffins}

I saw this idea of baking pancake batter in muffin tins on Pinterest, and decided to try it out last weekend. They are so easy to make, I can't believe I never thought of it before! I used the below recipe for banana pancakes and then added chocolate and white chocolate chips as toppings. The pancake muffins turned out so fluffy & delicious! I don't think I'll ever make pancakes on a pan or griddle again!

Banana Pancake Muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 tbsp white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten 
1 cup milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas, mashed

Directions:
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and bananas. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture. (Batter will be slightly lumpy.) Spoon batter into greased or lined muffin tins, filling 3/4 full. Top with assorted toppings: chocolate chips, blueberries, walnuts, etc. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Enjoy with butter & maple syrup!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Fashion Finds

Even though it still feels like Summer in LA, I'm already stocking up on Fall classics. See my latest finds below.

I love this bag! It's the perfect size to take from day to night. There are a lot of compartments & pockets to keep all of my things organized and easily accessible. The whipstitch and tassel details really sealed the deal for me.


I'm loving mustard for Fall this year. This lightweight sweater will be a great layer when the chilly months finally hit. 


These jeans go with everything. I wear them dressed them up with a boyfriend blazer and heels or on the weekend with a striped tee and moccasins to run errands.  


Ankle booties are so versatile. They look great with jeans, leggings, skirts & even dresses! 
These are really comfortable, and since they are vegan leather, they are a steal at $79!


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

OOTD/July

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

MC-gram

{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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