Saturday, September 29

Apple Oatmeal Muffins & Bread

With it being apple season, it was about time to whip out the fall baked goods. So I tried out this recipe for apple oatmeal bread this week, and it turned out delicious! It's a pretty healthy one, and makes for a great breakfast item. 

One thing I did differently was chopping the apples instead of shredding them. Shredding may be a good idea if you want a smoother texture and a bread that cuts cleanly. With them chopped, it can crumble a bit rather than slicing evenly. 

Happy baking!

Thursday, September 27

Rust and Blue

Top: Anthropologie, via Rugged ($10)
Skirt: thrifted ($3.50)
Belt: thrifted ($1)
Shoes: Rainbows

I love this color combination. The first two photos kind of bleached out the actual color of the skirt, but it's a light baby blue that just works wonderfully with the rust colored top. 

Also, I can't tell you how excited I am about the fact that it's almost the weekend. I'm so sleep deprived that it's not even funny. I could probably sleep for days on end right now. One more day!

Tuesday, September 25

Hello Scarf Season

Top: Old Navy, ($7.50)
Jeans: TJ Maxx ($7)
Shoes: thrifted ($6)
Scarf: thrifted, DIY w/dress scrap (free)
Bag: thrifted ($2)

The temperature is dropping these days, and while I don't like cold weather, I do like my scarves.
Not to mention trench coats. And boots. And hot chocolate and apples and pumpkin flavored things. 
But I'm getting sidetracked.
I wouldn't mind a little more warm weather before the cold actually sets in. :)

Monday, September 24

Sand Art

Oh Monday. You're definitely not my favorite day of the week. 

I was out of town this weekend, so thanks for your patience while I disappeared for a few days! I'm sharing this photo because today has been a day of scrambling to catch up and make deadlines, so I haven't had time to get an outfit post together. But I made this sand sculpture this weekend, with lots of help from friends. Does this count as a DIY?

By the way, if you can't tell, it's a hermit crab in an anchor-shaped moat.

I'll be back tomorrow with an outfit post, and I have an exciting giveaway coming your way in the near future as well! :)

Thursday, September 20

Black and Gold

Top: thrifted ($3.50)
Pants: J. Crew, thrifted DIY ($4)
Blazer: thrifted ($4)
Shoes: Rack Room ($2.80)

I've been wanting to wear this shirt since early summer when I got it. It's gotten chilly these past few days so I finally had an excuse to. I love it. :) 

Sorry for my non-presence for the past few days, it's been a busy week! I'll be away this weekend but hopefully next weekend I can get some sewing accomplished....fingers crossed.

Sunday, September 16

Banana Pancakes

This morning I got up and decided that I wanted pancakes. I also decided to make up the recipe. These turned out amazing, so I'm sharing it. It's also going to have a ridiculous name, because I don't know how else to accurately describe them.

Banana Oatmeal Wheat Pancakes with Flaxseed
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  •   1/2 cup white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas
Combine flour and baking powder. Whisk egg and combine with oil and milk, add to flour mixture. Add in water and mix thoroughly. Mash bananas until slightly chunky, add into batter. Add flax, oatmeal, cinnamon, and vanilla. 

And with that the batter's ready. :) 

This made about 16 pancakes, I believe.

I would just like to point out what a pretty golden brown they turned out to be. Perfect pancakes make me happy. 

 I drizzled chocolate syrup and honey over top, and added some sliced bananas for good measure. 
They also tasted amazing with peanut butter and honey. But then again, pretty much everything tastes good with peanut butter and honey...

I think I have a new Sunday tradition.

Friday, September 14

Rummage Store Haul

I found a new thrift store two weekends ago here at school, and went back again last weekend because I only had ten minutes to explore the first time. I'm really excited to show you guys what I got in those two trips!

Strapless floral dress, $6

Watercolor dress, $8

Old Navy shirt dress, $6

Black dress with mesh upper and sweetheart neckline, $8

CrewCuts (J.Crew Kids) dress, $6

Love21 Skirt, $6

J.Crew shorts, $3

Leather belt, $1

Banana Republic leather pumps, $8

Vintage loafers, $6. Seriously the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.

The prices were a little higher than what I'm used to, considering how I tend to get dresses for $4 at Goodwill. Though the J.Crew shorts for $3 was a pretty good steal! But for future reference, I should probably refrain from going there too often, considering the price range. It's dangerous for someone who has very little self control and a very good knack for finding nice things. :)

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 11

Favoring Brave

A few weeks ago I was given the wonderful opportunity to work with Jill from Favor the Brave. She has an amazing online jewelry business on Etsy, and she sent me this gorgeous pair of earrings to build an outfit around! 

Aren't they the prettiest things ever? I love the colors. And it forced me to put together some pieces in my wardrobe I probably wouldn't have worn together otherwise!

Top: Target, thrifted ($3.50)
Skirt: thrifted, DIY ($3.50)
Cardigan: Target, thrifted ($3.50)
Shoes: Rugged Wearhouse ($7.99)
Earrings: c/o Favoring Brave

I'm tempted to buy out all of her jewelry now. This is dangerous.
On a side note, this post is featured on Everybody Everywear.
Happy Tuesday guys!

[photos from Favoring Brave on Etsy]

Saturday, September 8

Downsizing [Refashioning for Kids]

A while ago I received a comment on my Facebook page asking about refashioning adult clothing for kids. It just so happens that I have a kid sister and several skirts from Forever 21 that I deem far too short for their intended consumers. So I decided to do a bit of quick refashioning, because they're doing no good just sitting in my closet. 

This is a super easy alteration that you can do in 5 minutes. Maybe even less. Here's what I started with: 

Just a simple knit ruffle skirt. No zippers, no pleats, nothing. So all I had to do was flip it inside out and sew along one edge: 

This is what it turned out like:

This is fantastic because you can take out the stitch and adjust it as the child grows. And it's a great way to incorporate some styles into a child's wardrobe that you may not be able to find in the children's section!

I got this skirt from Goodwill for $3.50. I think it's adorable. It's just too short for my taste. So I'm glad to have found a good use for it. :) 

And obviously, this doesn't have to be used to alter things for kids. You might have a knit skirt that just needs to be taken in for your own sake!

 I also altered another skirt using a slightly different process, so I'll share that soon!

Camera Necklace Giveaway Winner!

The camera necklace giveaway ended yesterday, so I'm happy to announce the winner to be Jessica M.! Congrats to Jessica, and thanks to everyone who entered!

I apologize for my lack of presence these past few days, I have some exciting hauls and alterations to share in the near future, so stick around!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Thursday, September 6

Tied Collars

(Quick reminder: Enter the camera necklace giveaway sponsored by That Lil Prop Shop by 12AM EST!)


Shirt: thrifted ($3.50)
Shorts: thrifted, Skirt to Shorts DIY ($0.30)
Shoes: Rack Room ($12?)

Just a simple outfit post today. But I'd like to point out that I'm slightly obsessed with the tied collar trend. I've seen quite a few cute lightweight button down shirts with this collar style in recent months, and I've been tempted to purchase them multiple times. Hopefully I'll refrain until I find one at Goodwill or at a super good sale.

Speaking of Goodwill, I explored a thrift store I'd never been to before last weekend. In the ten minutes that I spent in there, I found three things in the clothing section. I'm excited to share that in the near future. I also have a couple of sewing projects I've yet to share. :)