Archive | February, 2011

The Best Cookies in the World

24 Feb

I started making these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies in high school to give to my friends for their birthdays. They quickly became my favorite and everyone else’s too (after I forced them upon everyone I knew!)

Instead of using chocolate chips, I like chopping up good chocolate when I have it.

Now time to make the dough!

The recipe I use now differs a little from the recipe above, but it’s still mostly right. (Note the vanilla extract on the page–this recipe has been loved.)

Mix the egg, butter, peanut butter, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

Next, mix in all the dry ingredients.
Add vanilla extract. (I have a recipe for that too!)
Add chocolate chips.

Roll into small(-ish) balls, and flatten out with a fork.

Bake for about 8 minutes at 375 degrees.
(You will think they aren’t done yet, but let them sit a few minutes)

And voila! Perfectly yummy cookies.

PS- Use a Silpat. It makes a HUGE difference.


24 Feb

I pretty much feel naked without nail polish. It makes me feel… well, polished. It’s kind of like leaving the house without jewelry–all day I feel like I’m not completely put together.

I’m a big fan of color, especially during the summer. I usually steer clear of red because it feels too mature. (Hey, I’m not always going to be able to get away with wearing blue polish with gold glitter–I might as well take advantage while I can!)

After spending a near fortune on Chanel nail polish over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that OPI is by far the best brand on the market. Chanel has the hottest colors, but the formula is THE WORST. It dries out and becomes hard to apply far before its shelf life should be up.

OPI comes in nearly every color under the sun. The wide brush makes diy manicures a cinch too! My only complaint is that not enough businesses carry OPI (hint, hint OPI!!), so I’ve taken to going straight for OPI for Sephora out of convenience.
Right now, I am LOVING Slushied from OPI for Spehora’s Glee collection

It looks pretty fantastic on fingers (as well as toes!)

Last weekend, I discovered CVS started carrying essie polish. (I assume this is due to the buy out by L’oreal–smart move. See convenience above.) I picked up the girliest thing my nails have seen since 2005: bachelorette bash!

Wearing bright cheery colors can be exhausting. For those days, I recommend Shiny Dancer, also by OPI for Sephora.

DIY Tip: Paint your nails the night before you wash your hair. Any polish mistakes get erased when scrubbing shampoo. Perfect paint job!


23 Feb

Over the last couple of years I’ve heard a lot of talk about Rebecca Minkoff. I didn’t really get it until I actually got it. (I mean that literally.)

I needed a good everyday bag and Saks had slim pickings that day. I narrowed it down to the Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag Mini and left the store with it. Every day I carried it, the more I liked it. Now I’m a full on drinker of the juice. I love Rebecca Minkoff! Her bags are so functional! (And as the name implies–it’s big enough to carry everything you might possibly need while still being sleek enough for everyday use.)

The next RM bag I’m going to need on my shoulder is the Morning After Clutch. I love the versatility of this bag. The strap can be removed to reveal an oversized clutch to carry at the bar on a Friday night, doubled to be worn as a sleek shoulder bag while running errands or worn long as a crossbody bag to concerts or football games.

It’s at the top of my wish list right now.

Best foot forward

23 Feb

When the weather warms up, the first thing I do is push the black clothes to the back of my closet and rotate the pretty, bright colors to the front. The next thing I do is buy new shoes. I buy practical flat sandals in several practical colors (No flip flops though- flippy floppies are for the beach and Walmart)  for everyday wear.

However, summer does not call for practical high heels.
High heels should be fun and call attention to themselves (It’s true–if you didn’t want to call attention to your shoes, you’d be wearing flats).

Without further ado, I present to you a few of my favorites this year.
My very favorite is the Brian Atwood Patent Trim Platform Slingback. One thing that I will never be able to get enough of is stripes! I LOVE stripes. Other things I love: a bright trim, a sweet scalloped edge and a tall sturdy heel. I could plan a whole months worth of outfits around this one pair of shoes. LOVE!

If the Christian Louboutin Lady Peep Slingback Pump can’t evoke a sunny outlook, I don’t think anything will. I love the color blocking of the shoe-the teal of the upper, the white heel, the yellow platform and, of course, the coveted red sole-perfection.

Proenza Schouler’s Platform Wedge is one shoe that demands attention in a more subtle way. It is packed full of detail. The stitching on the orange criss-cross instep strap, the braided band and the knotted leather heal strap are just a few of the details that make this shoe stand out to me. Mostly, I just love all the different textures rolled into this one pretty wedge.