Art in New York

Friday, November 17, 2017



Hello all! If you have been following me on instagram this week, you will know why I have been a little MIA...I was in New York! New York is one of my favorite places to go and I was so excited to go on this trip because I was able to do so many art-related activities.


When we got there, we went to Christie's to see the now record breaking da Vinci painting. It was so incredible to see a da Vinci in person, especially one with such an interesting history. Plus, we might not see this one again in our lifetime since it has sold to a private collector supposedly. For more info on this and the sale, check out my art blog this weekend...Art Around Town


Then, we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (my favorite museum) to see the new Michelangelo exhibit. This might be one of the most amazing exhibits I have ever seen and there will be lots more about that on the art blog as I finish gathering my thoughts on that and read the catalogue.



Anyways, it was a fabulous 24 hours in New York and I already can't wait to go back!

What are some of your favorite things to do when you travel? 


Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Tuesday, November 14, 2017



Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for a red velvet baked good. In the past, I have not really enjoyed red velvet so I wanted to do something a little different in hopes that I would like it. So I combined a bunch of recipes and did a little experimenting and came out with these cream cheese and chocolate chip filled red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and as my coworkers said, they are decadent and scrumptious. I was so pleased with how they turned out and I can't wait to see what my other taste testers think of them. If you do make them, I'd love to hear your thoughts so please let me know! These are available on Lefty Baking Life so if you would just like to try one without all of the hassle... let me know! 

Ingredients:

Cupcake:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 tbs red food coloring (1 oz)
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese
1 egg
6 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup sugar
Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
In another bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
With a mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients gradually until they are just combined and a smooth batter is formed.
Using an ice cream scoop, fill regular muffin tins 2/3 of the way full.
For the filling, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and egg until combined. Add in the chocolate chips by hand until combined.
Spoon between a teaspoon and a tablespoon into each filled muffin tin. You don't want them to be completely to the top, but at least 3/4 of the way full.
Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Watch out not to over bake them because it will make the cake part dry.
Frosting...
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the butter and beat until blended. Add the confectioner's sugar and vanilla and continue beating until smooth. You can frost pretty liberally because it will make plenty for the 28 cupcakes the recipe makes.

I hope you love these as much as I did and I would love to hear what you think of them! 


CHEETAH

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter, cheetah, J.Crew,


Cheetah print is by far my favorite print. I love it no matter where or not it is on shoes, a scarf, or a fabulous jacket like this! I originally wasn't going to get this coat because I already have a furry cheetah vest, seen here, but I just couldn't help myself! It was just too fabulous to pass up. My original hesitation was how does one even wear a cheetah print coat without looking silly? So for my first outfit, I decided to keep it pretty basic with all chambray and pearls. The coat added the perfect pop to an otherwise simple outfit. I am not going to lie, I've already worn this coat 4 times and I've only had it for a week. I can't wait to see what else I can pair it with this winter! 

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Winter White

Friday, November 10, 2017

2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,

2017, OOTD, winter white, winter, white jeans, J.Crew,


Every year, I always talk about how no white after Labor Day is a dumb rule that we should actively ignore. And I normally do ignore it, especially while it's still hot and then I occasionally mix some cream into my winter wardrobe. But I normally don't make a statement quite this bold. When I put on this sweater the other day, the thought of putting on black pants or dark jeans made me shutter. It feels like that is all I wear these days and I really wanted to mix it up. Then, I saw my white pants sticking out of my drawer and it was one of those why not moments. Worst that can happen is I don't like so I take them off. But instead, I loved them. The white against white was so bold and gave my outfit the perfect statement I had been looking for. It was freezing too, so I warmed up with one of my favorite winter drinks...hot chocolate. That is the start to a perfect morning- a yummy drink and an outfit coming together! 




The Met Costume Institute Exhibition 2018

Thursday, November 9, 2017


I could not be more excited about the Met's most recent announcement for the theme of the Costume Institute Exhibition in 2018 because it combines two of my favorite things...fashion and Renaissance/ Baroque religious art. The exhibition is going to look at the dialogue between fashion and religious art in the Met's collection, which is right up my alley. Hopefully I will be able to see this exhibition because it sounds absolutely fabulous! For more details, read about the announcement here


Halloween Holdover and New Clothes for Sale

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Hello all! Life has been a little crazy as I have been sick, busy with work, and studying for the GRE/ applying for grad school. Sadly that means my baking has been put on the back burner so these cookies are a little late. As you know from my many adventures with cookies (here, here, and here) I love my recipe for sprinkle cookies and I love experimenting. For Halloween this year, I wanted to do Halloween themed cookies which meant Halloween sprinkles. These cookies are so easy to adapt for any occasion or holiday and they are delicious. I'm not going to lie, this batch, might be my best one ever and I am definitely enjoying them even though Halloween is over. If you are tired of candy, I'd be happy to ship you some! Just donate to the go-fund and message me with your info and I will send you a whole box! 
In other news, there are also a few new items up for sale on my ebay page! Now that it is starting to get cold, it seemed like the perfect time to start looking at coats and sweaters. Check it out and if you are looking for anything in particular, please let me know because I might have just the thing! 




 Ingredients:
1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sprinkles
Frosting: 3/4 cup butter, room temp
2 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:
With an electric mixer, cream the butte and sugar until light, about 2 mins. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed and mix until combined. Gently mix in the sprinkles by hand. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
Remove from the fridge and preheat oven to 325. Let cookies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes unless you have chilled them overnight. If so, let them sit for about 30-40 minutes.
Form dough into balls. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. The centers will appear soft. Allow to cool on pan for 3 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool. They need to be completely chilled before you frost them.
Frosting: With a hand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add confectioners' sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt and mix on low speed until combined then increase the speed and mix for about 3 minutes. Add more sugar or cream if too thick or thin.
Place as much frosting as you like on the cookies and then finish with sprinkles. 




Leather and Polka Dots

Saturday, November 4, 2017

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,


Staying with the layering theme, an easy way to begin a layered outfit is with a black skirt and a white button down. This is a classic combination that you know will look good and is probably in your comfort zone. You also could substitute the black skirt for jeans or black pants. From there, add a crew-neck sweater with a fun pattern or a little color to brighten up the look. To finish it, add a brightly colored, but solid vest so it isn't too much with the pattern of your sweater.
For finishing touches, I like a big, but simpler necklace and fun shoes. The white soles on the bottom of these shoes was the perfect tie in to my white button-down. The key to an outfit like this is to inject your personality to make it yours. For me, that meant my leather skirt instead of jeans and fun, neon polka dots. But for you, it could be something completely different. You can still follow this formula, just personalize it so you are comfortable in it. 
Not only is an outfit like this fun, but it is also extremely comfortable and will keep you warm on these crisp fall days. Happy weekend! 

P.S. As always, my glasses are from The View on Elm...for more info on these or my glasses in general, just email me! 


 
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