Big News for 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hello all! Happy New Year's Eve! No big outfit post today, but I do have some big news! I have been working on this project for a long time, and it is finally ready. As of tomorrow, Lefty Living Life will officially be! I am so excited about this and I can't wait to hear what y'all think so make sure to send me all of your feedback!! Until 2018

The Best of 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Wow, can you believe 2017 is basically over? I can't! It seems like this year has flown by and so much has happened! Here are some of my highlights from 2017 and some big life events. I would love to hear about your 2017 so make sure to comment below! Also, for outfit details, just click on the original post link under each photo! 
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1. My favorite trends in 2017 were definitely over the knee boots and sequins. Both were a little out of my comfort zone originally, but are now something I wear regularly. I love how fun sequins can make an outfit and the elegance over the knee boots lend to an outfit.
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2. I was so lucky to be able to travel quite a bit this year. First I got to go back to Rome with my best friend. It was fabulous and filled with art and food- my two favorite things! Then, this November, Dad I went to New York for more art and food! Hopefully 2018 will be filled with even more travel!
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3. 2017 was filled with baking experiments for me and the launch of my side project, Lefty Baking Life. I am excited about experimenting even more in 2018, especially after all of the kitchen gadgets I got for Christmas! 
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4.While I did work on refining my style in 2017, I also branched out quite a bit. Off-the-shoulder and cut-outs were probably the farthest out of my comfort zone I've ever been, but it was so fun to experiment. And then we had the cheetah print. Cheetah print in general isn't outside my comfort zone, but something this bold definitely is! I love this coat so much though so no regrets! 
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5. Every year, there are always a couple of outfits that really stand out to me. This year, it was these three...preppy and classic with big girly touches. 2017 has been full of ups and downs, but I have accomplished so much and I feel really grown as a person. I am excited for what 2018 will have in store for me and Lefty Living Life! Until next time...

How Do I Decide What to Wear for NYE?

Friday, December 29, 2017

So, this might come as a surprise to some of you because of my excessive love of sequins, but normally I don't do much for New Year's Eve. But this year, I finally ponied up and made plans and have been trying to find a way to wear as many sequins as possible ever since. So, if you ever wanted to know how my outfits develop, here is a peak instead my brain as I developed my New Year's Eve outfit! I would love to hear what y'all think and what you are planning to wear Sunday night! 

First, I had to decide between my three most sparkly pieces of clothing...blazer, mini skirt, and pencil skirt. I eliminated the pencil skirt first because it is too fancy for the party I am going to. When it came down to the mini skirt and the blazer, I ended up choosing the blazer because I like gold more than silver. This skirt would have been the perfect option though. 

Once I decided on the blazer, I just had to pick the rest of my outfit. No big deal! (Totally kidding here, this was the hardest part). I didn't want to upstage my blazer and I had already decided to add a little sparkle to my make-up. So I wanted the rest of my outfit to be pretty laid-back i.e. black. My two options came down to a black v-neck and jeans or my black lace dress. I ended up choosing my black lace dress because it seemed more festive and the whole outfit was more me than jeans and a tee. However, I might end up still wearing the jeans and tee with the blazer during the day on New Years Eve. 
Ok so pre-amble on these upcoming photos...I took them this morning in the freezing cold hence why I'm wincing in all of them (it was only 19 degrees) and my hair froze. Shout out to my fabulous mom who suffered through the cold to get these photos, but as she said, it was too cold to be cute this morning HA! 

So that is how this outfit finally came together! I'll probably add some dramatic lipstick for Sunday night and I am going to add a little sparkle to my typical cat-eye. Stay tuned on my Instagram stories and snapchat for my adventures on Sunday and I hope you have a fabulous New Year's Eve filled with sparkles! Until next time...

60s Mod

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

2017, winter, OOTD, turtleneck, mini dress, 60s vibe, stripes, pink,

I have done some crazy things to my hair over the years from bangs to bobs to pixies, but this new haircut has been by far the most difficult to adjust to. I am already enjoying it, but I am still getting used to my face with blunt bangs across my forehead! 
The thing that finally convinced me that I liked my bangs actually had nothing to do with my hair, but instead was my outfit. I threw on this outfit the other day because I wanted some layers for warmth, but didn't want anything bulky. When I walked up to the mirror to see if it looked ok, I fell in love with my hair and the 60s mod girl I had become in this outfit. 
The 60s have always been a source of inspiration for me from mini dresses to winged eyeliner to Twiggy. But I normally don't try and emulate it exactly. With this look though, I felt like I had just walked out of Man from Uncle or a 60s ad campaign. So the new hair cut has a big stamp of approval from me and I'll just be here dancing away in a mini dress and winged eyeliner. 
Until next time...

Peppermint Brownies

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

I used to hate peppermint. And not just the little kid hate where you don't like the idea of it, but if it is in something you will still eat it. I refused to eat anything mint flavor. Well, a couple of years, I finally gave it another try and discovered that I absolutely adore peppermint, especially peppermint and chocolate. So of course, I have been experimenting. My mom found this peppermint brownie recipe a few years ago and we have been using it ever since. I added a little more peppermint to the recipe so it had a little extra kick :). The recipe is actually pretty similar to any other brownie recipe, you just add peppermint extract instead of some of the vanilla. You do the same thing in the icing so the brownies themselves as well as the icing are both peppermint flavor. Although peppermint is typically considered kind of festive, these are great all year round and will give your brownies a unique touch!
Plus, if you want some of these, you can buy some through Lefty Baking Life

14 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup white chocolate chips

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup crushed candy canes (six regular size canes)

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9 x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper and make sure it comes up relatively high so the sides of the brownies don't stick.
Melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate chips together in the microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until combined.
Beat together the eggs, sugar, peppermint extract, and vanilla until smooth. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and continue mixing until well blended.
Add flour and salt to the batter mixing gently until well combined and no trace of the dry ingredients remain. Don't over mix it. Stir in the white chocolate chips by hand.
Spred the brownie batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only crumbs. If your oven is slow like mine, it might take closer to 30 minutes so just watch them closely. Let the brownies cool in the pan. I put mine in the fridge so they were really cold when I iced them.

Put the candy canes in a plastic bag and pound with a hammer or rolling pin until they are crushed into tiny pieces. This is kinda finicky work because you don't want it to be a powder, but you don't want the pieces to be so big you can't take a bit. Just experiment a little but don't go over board.
Combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and peppermint extract in a a bowl and mix until combined. Add in cream and beat until it is a spreadable consistency. Spread over the top of the cooled brownies and then cover with crushed candy canes.
Refrigerate to let the icing set and then remove from the pan and cut. 
This makes about 16 depending on the size you cut them!

Until next time...

Holiday Tartan

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017, winter, red lips, Nars, J.Crew, statement earrings, statement lip, tartan, OOTD,

2017, winter, red lips, Nars, J.Crew, statement earrings, statement lip, tartan, OOTD,

2017, winter, red lips, Nars, J.Crew, statement earrings, statement lip, tartan, OOTD,

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and you are enjoying your time off if you had some. I am, of course, back at the grind stone, but I have a good feeling about this week and 2018. As the New Year approaches, I have definitely been reflecting on the last year and looking forward to what is to come. This week, there are going to be a couple of posts looking back and looking forward so stay tuned! 
I know I just recently wore this dress, but it is my favorite thing in my closet right now. It is incredibly comfortable and flattering. Plus, it has pockets! The tartan print also makes it feel holiday-esque this time of year. Paired with some sparkly accessories and red lips, it is perfect for any occasion you have over the next week. 
Until next time, 

A few of my favorite things

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hello all! Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far. This outfit is one of my favorite things I have worn lately because the component parts are some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. First of all this flannel is my favorite shirt. It is a real flannel material so super warm. It is great for a casual day, but also fun to dress up for work. Then there is this coat. I mean, do I need to say more? It is just so perfect, I couldn't ask for a better coat. Sometimes I feel a little aggressive when I wear it, but normally I just ignore that and keep on rocking it. I am so glad I made the decision to buy this. Finally there is my scarf. Sure it's just a plain black blanket scarf, but I bought it when I lived in England so it has lots of fond memories attached to it. Plus it is by far the best scarf to travel with. You can wrap it up in a bunch of different ways because it is long and not too thick. Then, on an airplane or outside, it is big enough that you can basically wrap the whole thing around you body. If you don't already have one of these in your wardrobe, I would highly recommend it! I hope y'all have a wonderful rest of you evening and until next time! 

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