10.29.2014

Delicious Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I'v officially fallen into the whole pumpkin craze this year. I love love love chocolate chips cookies and got the itch to bake some from scratch over the weekend. The only thing was that I couldn't get the idea of maybe how amazing pumpkin chocolate chips cookies would be...I mean I hardly even eat pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving so this was really a gamble for me. I was just really curious about the whole thing and quickly looked recipes on Pinterest. I followed this one with a minor tweak...yum yum yum, these are mouth watering good :)
In one bowl mix together
1 cup of canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup of white sugar, and one egg.
In a separate bowl, mix together
2 cups of flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, *1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp salt.
Dissolve 1 tsp of baking soda with 1 tsp milk and stir into the wet ingredients.
Add your bowl of dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Add 1 tbs of vanilla and stir in one 11 oz bag of chocolate chips.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon mixture into separate cookies.
Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.
*My tweak was adding the pumpkin pie spice because I wanted to taste more of the pumpkin flavor. See the original recipe here.
xoxo erica

10.28.2014

DIY // Garland Wrapped Invites

Invites: Tiny Prints
This year I decided to host my own halloween get together and went with a night of cake and crafting...the good stuff. Whenever I do invites, I always like to add that something extra special. Our wedding invites had an envelope full of heart confetti, last year's birthday invites came with glittered horn blowers, and for this party I went with a message garland. I think it's always fun to get the people you're inviting into a festive mood. With a message garland, I think the possibilities are endless. I used "boo", "witchy woman", and "cat lady" for the Halloween theme but "thankful" would work for a Friendsgiving dinner, "fa la la la" for a Christmas celebration, or "you're cute" for Galentines Day...you get it...just have fun with it.
1. Cut out flags and small squares for banner from scrapbook paper in contrasting colors.
2. I used a white paint pen for the lettering but I think a black sharpie would look just as great.
3. Use double stick tape to adhere letters to flags.
4. Hot glue flags to string and wrap around invites.
xoxo erica

10.27.2014

Dressed Up Basics

Blazer: H&M, Tee: Target, Jeans: Thrifted, Heels: Lulus, Necklace: Forever 21
So today on the blog, I'm showing you a fashion first for me. Can you believe I've never owned a blazer? Seriously. I've wanted one for years now but never seem to find one that has a good fit on me. Well finally my search ended while shopping around in LA. There was a shopping center just a few blocks away from our hotel and Chris said to go buy whatever I wanted. My guy knows how to make me happy :) I ended up letting my little heart go a bit wild in the stores and luckily I managed to get everything back home. Let's just say I earned the art of layering airport style.
xoxo erica

10.24.2014

A Month of Being a Cat Lady // Metallic Leopard Nail Tutorial

Happy Friday! This week has felt like the longest so I'm just happy for it to be the weekend. Anyway, I wanted to end the week with a cute and easy nail tutorial. I've been wanting a metallic nail polish for so long now and finally bought a bottle last week. I'm loving the way it looks mixed with a leopard print. 
 Start with a base color. I'm using Essie's No Place Like Chrome.
 Next make a few small dots with another color for the center of the leopard spots. I went with Revlon's Gold Coin.
 Then using black polish and a brush or in my case a black sharpie, make the outline of the spots. To create the outlines, make half circles on the top and bottom of your dots leaving the sides open.
 Add a few extra small dots to complete the look.
xoxo erica
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10.22.2014

Gimmie What I Want // October Wish List


Luxurious looking lace, embossed gold oxfords, and eye catching faux furs...payday can't come any faster. I've been trying to buy a gift here and there for family to get an early start on Christmas shopping. Yes, I'm already thinking about Christmas and my favorite holiday hasn't even passed yet! I suppose though an early gift to myself won't hurt. 

xoxo erica
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