Pink and My Local Bakery

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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2017, summer, OOTD, pink, neon, statement lip, LBD, baking, food,
2017, summer, OOTD, pink, neon, statement lip, LBD, baking, food,

2017, summer, OOTD, pink, neon, statement lip, LBD, baking, food,
2017, summer, OOTD, pink, neon, statement lip, LBD, baking, food,

2017, summer, OOTD, pink, neon, statement lip, LBD, baking, food,

Hello all! I must say, one of my favorite things about living downtown is that I am within walking distance of a fabulous bakery. If you have been following my instagram (@leftylivinglife) you will have seen some of the fabulous pastries I've gotten so far! My favorite has been the seasonal danish which had fig and goat cheese in it. Sadly the seasons are changing and they don't have figs anymore, but they do have a blueberry, cardamon, and goat cheese danish. I just tried it yesterday and it was fabulous! 
When I decided to live alone, I promised myself that I would try and go out and explore and interact with other people downtown as often as possible. This bakery, called The Table, was the perfect start for me. First of all, I love baked goods and pastries, so having access to that has been wonderful. Second of all, I can walk over and eat breakfast while blogging! It is just the perfect way for me to spend my mornings. 
Sadly, they are closed on my only day off so I can't spend the entire day there. But I sure am enjoying it as a morning treat so far! Do y'all have any tricks for discovering a new city? Do you have a favorite bakery or coffee shop that you always frequent? Until next time, XO 


Stripes and Neon

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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2017, summer, stripes, neon, Kate Spade, Anthropologie, J.Crew, OOTD,

2017, summer, stripes, neon, Kate Spade, Anthropologie, J.Crew, OOTD,

2017, summer, stripes, neon, Kate Spade, Anthropologie, J.Crew, OOTD,

2017, summer, stripes, neon, Kate Spade, Anthropologie, J.Crew, OOTD,

2017, summer, stripes, neon, Kate Spade, Anthropologie, J.Crew, OOTD,

Hello all! Happy Hump Day! The best part of my new job other than the job itself and the fact that I can walk to work is the fact that I have Monday off. I've been trying to utilize all of my Monday free time, but this week, I took off and had a fun social Monday! 
I drove over to Winston-Salem to see one of my best friends, have brunch, and she was nice enough to take these fabulous pictures for me. One of my favorite things is being able to sit down with friends over some good food and catch up and discuss life. 
This week in North Carolina has been my favorite type of weather. It's been a little cooler, in the high 70s, low 80s, which has been a nice change. I like it because I can layer and do interesting things with my outfit, but it's still nice enough that you can be outside and be comfortable. 
This shirt is great for this kind of weather because it is sleeveless but is also made of a thicker material so it gave me a little warmth. It also looked adorable under my leather jacket when I went out to dinner! The necklace and snarky purse were the perfect final additions to make this outfit. Until next time, XO

Chambray and Leather

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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J.Crew, 2017, summer, leather, chambray, pink, Lefty Baking Life, food, OOTD,

J.Crew, 2017, summer, leather, chambray, pink, Lefty Baking Life, food, OOTD,

J.Crew, 2017, summer, leather, chambray, pink, Lefty Baking Life, food, OOTD,

J.Crew, 2017, summer, leather, chambray, pink, Lefty Baking Life, food, OOTD,

Hello all! It's Monday for me and I am excited about the start of a new week. There is just something about the beginning of the week that gives me such faith. I always seem to have my best ideas at the beginning of the week and so far, I've had quite a few about outfit posts, things to bake for Lefty Baking Life, how to decorate my apartment, and other random things. Hopefully, I'll be able to accomplish some of these ideas this week and they won't just sit on my to do list. 
Quick word about baked goods before we talk about this outfit. If you didn't see yesterday's post, it is for a fabulous and classic lemon bar recipe. I love the juxtaposition between a tart lemon curd and a buttery crust! Also, I am excited to announce this week's goodie for Lefty Baking Life...caramel brownies! These are some of my favorite chocolate desserts and it has been so tempting not to eat all of them! If you want some, comment below, message me, email me or text me and we will work out the details! You also can go directly to our facebook page or the go fund page. Also, if you have any requests for Lefty Baking Life goodies, let me know! I always love trying new things. 
I always struggle with what to wear this time of year. My mind is already thinking about fall clothes but when it's at least 80 degrees, I want as few a layers as possible. So, I've been wearing some of my more transitional clothes without the layers and with fun pops of color to keep them summery. Chambray and leather are my two go-tos when it comes to transitional pieces because they are lighter but easy to layer. Without the layers though, they make the perfect fun outfit. A little pale pink and hot pink were the perfect additions to give this outfit that extra summer kick I was looking for. Until next time, XO



A Classic Lemon Bar


Hello all! Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. This week's recipe is actually a first for me. I have always loved lemon bars, but had actually never made them until I made these. The recipe is long, but if you stick to it, you should be just fine. All I will say is that they are serious about the chilling time. I didn't let these chill for quite long enough and they are not quite set.

Ingredients:

Crust-
3/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling-
1 1/3 cups fresh lemon juice- this was nine lemons for me
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 large egg yolks
2 large eggs
1 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Directions: 

Crust-
Preheat oven to 350. 
Using an electric mixer on low speed, beat butter, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl until butter is almost completely smooth, about 2 minutes.
Increase speed to medium and beat until butter is creamy, about 2 more minutes.
Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add flour, and beat until no dry spots remain.
firmly press dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 13 x 9 baking dish. I put parchment paper in first so they wouldn't stick. You really want the base to be as even and thin as possible so make sure you are firmly pressing it down.
Bake crust until golden brown on the bottom and a shade or two darker at the edges, 25-35 minutes. 
Remove dish from oven and reduce oven to 300 degrees.

Filling-
Combine lemon juice, salt and 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Add vanilla. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. 
Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks, eggs, and remaining 1 cup sugar in a medium bowl until no longer grainy and slightly lightened in color.
Whisking constantly, gradually stream hot lemon mixture into egg mixture, then transfer mixture back to saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and marks from whisk are just visible, 5-7 minutes. 
Remove from heat and whisk in butter, adding a couple of pieces at a time and whisking until incorporated before adding more.  
Strain warm curd through a fine-mesh sieve into warm crust and bake until curd is set around the edges (filling should still wobble when dish is jiggled), 15-20 minutes.
Do not overbake or filling may curdle.
Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 2 hours. Then chill until cold...at least an hour.

These are such a classic and so delicious! Recipe is from Bon Appetit! Until next time, XO


How I Organize My Closet

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hello all! Happy Saturday! As promised, I am going to talk about another part of my apartment today. This is arguably my favorite part of the apartment...my closet! Although it doesn't look very big, my old closet you couldn't walk in and I was definitely limited when it came to floor space and visibility. I am very much a visual person when it comes to my clothes, and if I don't see something, I won't wear it or think to pair it together. I love how in my new closet I can see all of my summer clothes, shoes, jewelry, and purses all at the same time! 

Because I am a little limited when it comes to space, I needed to be organized about everything. So all of my winter stuff is in stored in my bedroom and all of my summer stuff is out. I then color coded everything. Sometimes you don't realize that you have four pairs of nude shoes until they are all sitting right next to each other. Color coding your clothes is great for seeing what you have a lot of or not enough of and also seeing how different colors look together. 


As you can see, my hangers are hanging in different directions. I read about this trick years ago and it is the best organizing tip! At the beginning of the season, turn all of your hangers in one direction. Then, every time you wear something, change the direction. At the end of the season, you can easily tell what clothes you haven't worn and what you might need to purge. I don't necessarily use this to purge my closet, but rather to help me be aware if I'm wearing something too often or maybe if I need to wear something more. 

So, that is my closet! Sadly, I'm not going to be able to link everything, but if you want to know more about a certain piece, just email me or comment! More apartment reveals next Saturday and stay tuned for some fun outfits this week! Until next time, XO

Ruffles and Pink

Friday, August 25, 2017


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2017, summer, J.Crew, stripes, pink, ruffle,

2017, summer, J.Crew, stripes, pink, ruffle,

2017, summer, J.Crew, stripes, pink, ruffle,

So remember yesterday when I mentioned that I've been wearing a lot of stripes yesterday? Surprisingly I wasn't kidding and I didn't even plan to have two back to back striped posts! That is just how much I love stripes right now. 
This shirt was also kind of like the dress from yesterday in that I initially tried it on because I thought it looked weird and boxy. Exciting news, it is neither weird or boxy! I've already worn it once without tucking it in and I liked it just as much as when I tucked it in. 
These days, I am always looking for versatile pieces that I can wear casually when I have a day off, but that I can also dress up for work. This shirt is perfect for that. I love the men's wear inspired stripes and then the girly ruffles...perfect for my ultra-feminine wardrobe! 
The ruffles are also a nice touch for those of you who don't like big jewelry. You can basically avoid jewelry all together because of where the ruffles fall. If you want, you can just throw on some cute earrings and then you are all set! Have a fabulous Friday and thanks for stopping by! Until next time, XO


Summer Stripes

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Hello all! I hope your week is going well so far! Before recently, I would have said that my go-to pattern is plaid of florals. I've never been a big stripes or polka dots girl although they occasionally popped up in my wardrobe. Lately though, it seems like all I wear is stripes...I've already worn them for three other blog posts just this month (here, here, and here) and I'm even wearing stripes right now as I write this! 
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So let's talk about this dress...it is not my typical style because I normally stay away from shift dresses. Sometimes they work for me, but a lot of times they make me feel self-conscious. Anyways, whenever I go shopping, if I don't understand how something will fit or am just confused by a piece, I always try it on, just to see how it will look. 

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This dress was one of those pieces. I picked it up completely confused how a shift dress with no slit that hit below your knees was supposed to work. Of course, I spoke way too soon about this dress and ended up buying it that day. Let me explain, the dress has some stitching in the torso that is almost like a fit and flare without the flare. So the dress is extremely comfortable and also very flattering.

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While I've definitely been having some body-image issues as of late, this dress was a great cure to my issues and looked perfect with my new favorite neon necklace! Until next time, XO

Necklace: J.Crew; Dress: J.Crew...they are already sold out, but this one is similar; Shoes: Aerin, similar here; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Watch: Omega; Glasses: The View on Elm

Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern at Reynolda House

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Jack in the Pulpit No. 3, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1930. 
Hello all! This past weekend, I went to an art museum for the first time in a while for an amazing art opening. The museum was one of my favorite local museums, Reynolda House in Winston-Salem. I've mentioned them before and it is a fabulous museum if you are in the Winston-Salem area with a very interesting history. The building itself was the home of the Reynolds family (Reynolds tobacco and a big name down here).  The art is art that was collected afterwards but is from the same time period when the Reynolds family was living in the home. Anyways, the exhibition I went to see was their brand new exhibition on Georgia O'Keeffe. I hadn't really read anything about the exhibition as I wanted to go in with an open mind and I was very pleased by what I saw. 
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Manhattan, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1932
The exhibition was divided into two main sections and although it included quite a few of O'Keeffe's works, it was more about O'Keeffe as a person than about her works. The entire exhibition discussed O'Keeffe's life chronologically as she went from a teacher to a prominent artist in New York to living in the south west. One of the main reasons I started to study art history was because of the stories behind the works of art as well as the history of the artists. So, I loved learning more about her whole story to better understand her work. 
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Blue #2, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1916
Going chronologically, the exhibition first explored how O'Keeffe began with sketches and watercolors and worked towards oil paintings. Through this progression, you can see not only how O'Keeffe works through different mediums but also how she manages abstraction and includes that in her work. Some of her earliest work, like the piece above, are completely abstract. She would continue to have abstract pieces throughout her career and would also integrate it into her other work. For me, O'Keeffe is not an abstract artist, but rather someone who utilizes abstraction to extremely simplify a subject and it allowed her to focus on the aspect of a scene that most interested her. 
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The Mountain, New Mexico, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1931
The other aspect of the exhibition that was not about O'Keeffe's work, was about her as an individual. The exhibition had quite a collection of her clothes, many of which she made herself. They also had a lot of photographs of her. O'Keeffe was photographed hundreds of time throughout her life by her partner, Alfred Stieglitz, as well as other photographers. These portraits are beautiful in themselves but also helped O'Keeffe to define herself as a female artist in New York in the first half of the 20th century. 
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Georgia O'Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument Arizona, Ansel Adams, 1937
The first thing I am going to say about this exhibition is that I really enjoyed it. I feel like I learned a lot about O'Keeffe and came away with a better understanding of her as an artist as a whole. Like with many things though, there is a however. I liked the exhibition, however, it was not what I expected. I would not describe this as an exhibition of Georgia O'Keeffe's work. Instead, I would say that it was an exhibition about O'Keeffe in general. Let me clarify a little bit. This is not a bad thing at all. In fact, I enjoyed the photographs of O'Keeffe almost more than the work. But I do think it is important to know what to expect from this exhibition so you aren't disappointed. 
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Georgia in the Car with Hat- I, Tony Vaccaro, 1950
So here is what to expect. First of all, you will see some of O'Keeffe's works. None of the large scale pieces she is known for, but some beautiful pieces from throughout her career. Then, you will see some of her clothes. Many of these she made herself and they are incredible with delicate details and stitching. Finally, you will see photographs of O'Keeffe throughout her life from intimate portraits by her partner to official portraits to candid photographs of her.
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Georgia O'Keeffe, 1929, Alfred Stieglitz
O'Keeffe was not what many would consider a "beautiful woman" but she was absolutely stunning in her portraits and had such a powerful presence. Let me tell you, after this exhibition, I can say without a doubt that O'Keeffe was an incredible woman. She refused to conform to gender standards and did exactly what she wanted with her clothes, her art, and her life. I think I liked this exhibition so much because I feel like I know O'Keeffe now. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend making a stop at Reynold House and I'd love to hear your thoughts! Until next time, XO

Off-the-shoulder Neon

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017, summer, neon, J.Crew, statement necklace, stripes, off-the-shoulder, pink,

Hello all! My new schedule has been so weird and is completely throwing me off. Before, I worked full-time Monday through Friday and then part time Saturday and Sunday. Now, I work full-time Tuesday through Saturday, with a little extra Saturday night and then part time Sunday with Monday completely off. Monday felt like Saturday all day and yesterday felt like Monday. Today, I have no idea what day it is ha! 

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It is so weird to think that a few years ago, I was barely wearing any color at all. I never would have dared to wear an all neon outfit especially with an off-the-shoulder bodysuit! But, like with everything, your style changes and evolves. Now, it is so easy for me to wear color. Whether it is just a pop of color in an otherwise neutral outfit or lots of neon pink. It is almost second nature to add color to an outfit. 
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When it comes to neon, don't let it intimidate you. Like anything else, start with a simpler base...for this outfit that was the bodysuit, jeans, and sandals. Then, I added a bright necklace. When choosing a necklace, I wanted one that would fall above my top because of the ruffle. That narrowed down my selection a little. Then I wanted one with a little color because my base was rather boring and very blue. This necklace has some blue to tie it in with the outfit but then the bright pink so it was perfect.
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The final piece to this outfit was the belt. I was happy with the necklace, but needed something to break-up all of the blue in the rest of the outfit. This belt was the perfect addition to tie-in to the necklace and add that final pop. Keep an eye out tonight for my review of Reynolda House's newest art exhibition on Georgia O'Keeffe! Until then, XO

Necklace: J.Crew; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Belt: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Glasses: The View on Elm; Shoes: Jack Rogers.


A "Healthy" Cookie for Lefty Baking Life

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Hello all! I hope your weekend has been nice and relaxing. Mine has been filled with baking, decorating my apartment and going to see art...not to worry, there will be updates on all of that this week! Anyways, as is usual for a Sunday evening, tonight's post features the most recent baked good for Lefty Baking Life. If these cookies sound delicious to you, simply donate to the go fund and send me your info and I will ship you some cookies! 

Now on to the cookies. These are supposedly a healthy cookie recipe as there is no sugar in it. However, there is quite a bit of maple syrup so between that, the chocolate, and the raspberries, it is still sweet but not over the top. It is also relatively simple to make. My first "healthy" recipe and I think it went well! 
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Ingredients: 
1 cup instant oats
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
6 tbsp fresh raspberries, diced
2 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips...not gonna lie, I put 3 tbsp in the dough and then a smattering on top

Directions:
Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the maple syrup. Add in the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips. And I mean gently other wise your raspberries will basically disintegrate.
Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 325 and line baking sheets with parchment paper
I used a small ice cream scoop to scoop out the dough onto the baking sheets and then press some chocolate chips onto the top and slightly flatten the cookies.
Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes.
Mine made 32! 


Let me know what you think and if you want any, go to the facebook page or the go fund! Until next time, XO. 

A first look into my apartment

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hello all, happy Saturday! Today is going to be the start of something new, a blog series about my apartment, decorating, living alone, and becoming part of a city. I am so excited about this series and to be able to share another side of my life with y'all! 
 


As you might have seen on my instagram or snapchat (tcurry16), the above is how my apartment started. Everything is looking much more put together now, I just have to decorate. The first room I finished was my bathroom. As you can see, it is a little small and I had to be creative with storage, but I am so happy with how it turned out. 


For me, it is so important to be able to have clean counters in the bathroom. Having a bunch out, stresses me out and makes my mornings much more chaotic. Being able to hide everything in my drawers was vital. My drawers are definitely full, but it is manageable and the cute tray on top of my toilet was the perfect way to have my glasses and lipstick out without being in the way.

I also wanted my bathroom to inspire me. Like most people, I have struggled with insecurities about how I look and it is so easy to allow those to control you when you are getting ready in the morning. I have always loved my inspiration boards which are basically my real-life Pinterest boards. I love to make them and they always put a smile on my face. Having them in the bathroom perks me up in the morning and reminds me to be positive and love myself. Practice a little self-love today and hold your head high...you are fabulous. Until next time, XO 

Shower curtain: Kate Spade; Bath mat: Target, similar here and here; Tray: Similar here; Infuser: Similar here; Lipstick containers: I used Diptyque candle jars after I finished the candles! Lipsticks: These three are my favorite, one, two, three; Perfume: Allure by Chanel; Lotion: L'Occitane

 
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