Thursday, May 25, 2017

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies


Salty & sweet is a seriously addicting combination and these salted caramel chocolate chip cookies are no exception. I dare you to stop at just one...

ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 package vanilla pudding mix
1 bag of Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips
1 bag of Ghiradelli caramel baking chips
sea salt to taste

directions
{1}
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars on low speed. Add vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
{2}
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda & salt. Gradually add the flour mixture, stopping halfway to scrape down the sides of the stand mixing bowl to make sure all ingredients are fully incorporated. 
{3}
Add pudding mix and beat well. On low speed, add the chocolate chips and caramel chips, just until mixed throughout.
{4}
Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, place dough on a non-stick baking sheet about one inch apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle the cookies with sea salt. Let stand on baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Enjoy warm or store once completely cooled.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fringe Kimono {500th Post!}


The easiest way to add a bohemian touch to an outfit is by throwing on a kimono. I love these light-weight layers, which are perfect for summer. Although my office dress code is casual, sleeveless tops are not permitted so kimonos are my favorite way to cover up while still looking cute. This printed fringe one is a few years old but I still reach for it often and pair it with everything from denim to dresses.

This post marks my 500th!!! When I started MC Squared, I was a Junior at Florida State procrastinating studying for finals and thought it would be fun to create a blog instead of cram for my fashion merchandising exams. Now here we are, 7 years, countless hours and photos later, and I still get excited every time I click "publish." Sharing my passions has been the best part of blogging and hope you all continue to enjoy reading my next 500 posts! Cheers!

{outfit details}
Kimono - Forever 21 (cute kimonos here) || Dress - Loft (similar on sale here) || Sunglasses - Warby Parker || Clutch - Divas & Devils Boutique || Booties - Steve Madden (almost identical pair on sale here)|| Lipstick - Revlon Ultra Matte in "flirt"







Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mixed Print Top


I bought this top a couple of years ago when I was a buyer for BCBG. In the fashion industry, I'm always working 6 months ahead and looking for the next trend, so sometimes I lose interest in an item by the time it hits stores. This top however, I was still lusting after and picked it up right away! It's so perfect for Spring, with pretty florals and a built in mixed-print design. The neckline is so unique, definitely my favorite detail. I paired this top with my go-to cut-offs, which I wear on the weekends more than I'd like to admit! Cognac accessories provide grounded accents to this shades of blue outfit.

Wedding Planning Update: We are less than 5 months away from the big day and getting so excited! We booked our honeymoon! Originally we were planning on Hawaii but 2 full days of traveling and expensive flights forced us to get creative. We live in paradise on an island by the beach and our wedding is a destination in Key West so we figured we didn't need to honeymoon in a tropical place. I'm so excited we will be spending a week in San Francisco & Napa Valley - hiking, wine tasting, a hot air balloon ride & more! I can't wait! 

{outfit details}
Top - BCBG || Shorts - Levi's (last worn here) || Bag - Dooney & Bourke || Sandals - T.J. Maxx || Sunglasses - Ray-Ban || Lipstick - Revlon "flirt"





Friday, May 5, 2017

Mama's Guacamole


Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today I'm sharing a recipe for one of my favorite foods: guacamole! It's surprisingly easy to create from scratch, and pretty healthy depending on what you choose to dip in it. My mom is the queen of guac - she makes the best homemade version, with chunks of avocado, tomato and fresh cilantro from her garden. I could eat guacamole on just about anything - tortilla chips, carrots, burgers, you name it! Looking forward to celebrating with margaritas & guac this weekend...hope you all have a great one!

ingredients
2-3 Hass avocados, diced
1/2 of an onion, grated
1/2 of a tomato, diced
1/4 of a lime
cilantro, chopped
sea salt to taste

recipe
In a bowl, gently stir together avocados, onion & tomato. Try to not smash the avocados in order to keep the ingredients a little chunky and more flavorful. Squeeze fresh lime juice and stir. Add a little cilantro & coarse sea salt to taste. Enjoy as an appetizer with chips or veggies for dipping, or use as a topping - I love it on spicy black bean burgers.

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"