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TREND ALERT

Friday, March 24, 2017

Howdy Folks! I know it's not just me, and if it is that would be pretty insane, but... I've been seeing gingham and pinstripes EVERYWHERE lately. Hey, I'm not complaining, I am a total fan, but seriously, it's all over the place!! Just look at brands like Beehive, JCrew, and Zara, they know what's up!! Right now for me as a fashion student there are two types of people, people who follow trends, yet make their own and have a unique style, and then there are the straight up trendy people, the people who wear EXACTLY what is in the window at Urban Outfitters or Free People, they all look the same and honestly I'm pretty sure they just have one giant shared closet they pull from. So it can be hard to weave my way through the girls who just have money to blow on trendy new things and stand out making the best of what I have saving money, cause we all know realistically ice cream dates and Bella's every weekend are better than fishnets, Stussy tube tops, and ripped jeans..... Basically I guess what I'm trying to say is, I do my best to stay ahead of the game trend-wise, therefor if I catch it when everyone else does I'll fall into a trendy matched set, which isn't ideal- I like to stand out! woohoo!

ANNNYYYWAY! That is what the point of this new segment is going to be, doing my BEST to stay on top of what's up and coming, and what's new! Right now, in the spotlight is gingham and pinstripes!! Below I've featured some of my favorite, super affordable examples of the trend. All are from the online store, SheIn.
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What are your thoughts on the trend?? Will it be a hit or a miss, comment below!! xo, O

p.s. I don't know if it's just my computer, but for some reason the collage is showing up with SUPER boosted colors, which is strange and not how I made it, annoyinggg! So sorry if it's blinding...

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STYLE PROFILE: TORI RADDAY

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Happy Thursday everyone! See posting everyday isn't too hard!! Okay, yeah yeah, granted I'm on spring break doing literally nothing but blogging, but HEY! I'm doing well right?! Right ;)
I'm super excited to share this new feature with you all called "Style Profile". I'm sure you can guess what it is just by the name and the look of the post already, but regardless, I'm still excited! Basically I'm constantly being inspired by other people and their personal styles every single day, and I'm always curious as to how they found their styles and what makes them a fashionista etc. etc. etc. SO why not share this inspiration with y'all!?

Well let's get started!! Today's spotlight is fellow Richmonder, ultra groovy 70's inspired blogger/Etsy shop owner, and MEGA fashionista Tori Radday. Tori and I got together yesterday, took some stellar photos and talked a little bit about her personal style! Read more to learn all about this magical gal!!

SUPER EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Good morning loves! Lately I have been craving banana bread like no other, so it was sort of perfect when I realized we had these neglected bananas laying around our kitchen!! The best thing about this recipe for me was that I didn't even have to leave my house for a single thing! It was all right here :) (okay that's kind of a lie, I had to borrow the pan from a neighbor... but anyway...) It's so so easy to make and omg, SO DELISH! Okay, what are we waiting for! Let's get started!
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:
2-3 rather ripe bananas, peeled (ripe enough to be super mushy and gooey)
1/3 cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
AND HERE'S HOW TO DO IT:
preheat the oven to 350ºF (175ºC), and butter a 4x8inch loaf pan

in a mixing bowl, mix together butter, baking soda, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, flour and the already beaten egg.

do your best to squish bananas while they are still in the peel! This will reduce mashing with a fork, which is harder than it looks.

mix everything together until you've reached about the constancy pictured below
adding chocolate chips is optional, I did and I don't regret it... just saying, it's delicious.
pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes to an hour, I did mine for 50 just fine, but every oven is different. Know your oven, connect with your oven, BE YOUR OVEN!
And there you have it!!! A beautiful loaf of your very own!! I should say, "once you remove it from the oven, set and let cool for at least 30 minutes to an hour before removing it from the pan and slicing..." but who am I kidding, I'm impatient as heck and dug right in... But hey! It's better warm anyway! 

I really hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do! It only took about ten minutes to prep and I'm super pleased with how it turned out! Let me know what you think, if and when you try this! 

Have a fantastic Wednesday! xo, O

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