Saturday, June 29, 2013

Watermelon Cupcakes

It's officially summer! Warm weather, longer days and sunny skies are what I live for.

 
The last few weeks have been especially difficult, as I've seem to fallen into a rut of depression lately. As I approach the eve of my late-20-something-ish birthday, I find myself questioning what I'm doing with my life as I haven't seem to have made much progress since my last birthday...still broke, still do not have a place of my own, still stuck in the Lehigh Valley. It's definitely been wearing on me. But, at this moment, I'm choosing to not let my summer go to waste by being miserable. I'm choosing happiness, after all, "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I've ended up where I needed to be."-Douglas Adams.

To celebrate the start of a new beginning and a new way of thinking, I decided to do something that I haven't for quite some time...bake! And with the summer sun blazing with temps reaching the upper 80's today, I wanted something summer appropriate. And what's more appropriate than watermelon?!

These watermelon cupcakes are so cute and perfect for any get together or picnic. It's a semi-homemade recipe, so super quick and simple too!

 
 
 
 

Watermelon Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 box strawberry Duncan Hines cake mix
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
red gel food coloring

For the Frosting:
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tblsp milk
Green gel food coloring

Directions

1. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the back of the box, adding about 4 tsp red gel food coloring
2. After beating with the electric mixer thoroughly, stir in chocolate chips
3. Spoon into baking cups and bake as directed
4. Beat the butter and shortening together until smooth
5. Add in the vanilla extract
6. Slowly add in the confectioner's sugar, squeeze in about 4 tsp of green gel food coloring
7. Add milk
8. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and decorate with extra chocolate chips





Sunday, June 23, 2013

Style Post #2


dress: Charming Charlie, bag: Charming Charlie, flip flops: American Eagle
bracelet: Tory Burch, bracelet: BCBG from Macy's, earrings: vintage

I used to have a phobia of long maxi dresses. Barely measuring 5ft on the height chart, I had it drilled into my brain that short girls should never wear floor length clothing because it makes you look even smaller. This summer, with the overwhelming stock of cute maxi dresses to choose from in just about every store, I decided to break all my rules and go with the trends. To my surprise, maxi dresses have become a staple in my summer wardrobe! They're comfortable, casual, feminine, and perfect for just about every occasion. So what if I trip and fall down the stairs every now and then! #BeautyisPain

I recently grabbed this sleek number from my favorite store, Charming Charlie's. It was the perfect choice for a relaxing summer dinner at an outdoor brewpub. Paired with rhinestone flip flops, trendy bronze jewelry, and my gold scroll bag, it was the perfect balance of casual and sophistication.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Style Post #1


blazer: Target, shorts: Target, shoes: Nine West outlet, necklace: Charming Charlie, bracelet: BCBG from Macy's
When I transfered positions almost nine months ago, one of the biggest adjustments for me was learning to modify my work style. Previously, I had been working in a formal, structured corporate setting with dress code guidelines that were closely monitored. My wardrobe consisted of stiff pencil skirts, A-line dresses, and patent peep toe pumps. My new work environment is everything but formal! Jeans and t-shirts are the dress code of choice when it comes to the music business. Even on the professional management team, we try to keep our style cool and casual. It's been a welcomed changed and has greatly improved my mood at work since I'm free to be myself.

With no restrictions, I've been having a blast coming up with outfit ideas. I like to keep it semi-professional most of the time, wearing flowy dresses and wedges for summer, but this past week I was feeling a bit more relaxed. I came up with this blazer and shorts combo that I absolutely adore! Pairing denim shorts with the neutral colors of the blazer and tank, then adding a burst of color with my yellow necklace. There's nothing I love more than a bright pop of color!



Saturday, June 8, 2013

Smirnoff Sorbet Light Cupcakes with Mango Sorbet


It's officially summer! With temps in the mid 90's the past few days, it's finally time to break out the short short, flip flops and summer sun dresses. I can't deny that I couldn't be happier about the change in weather. I've always been a warm weather girl at heart.

This past weekend I had two full days to myself with nothing important on my agenda, a luxury that doesn't happen very often anymore. I had recently picked up a bottle of Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango Passion Fruit. We've been doing a couple promos with the Smirnoff Sorbet Light line in our nightclub recently and I've been dying to try it mixed into a batch of fruity flavored cupcakes. YUM! The combination is light and airy for a perfect summery treat. To cool off a bit under the hot summer sun, I topped my cupcakes with fresh mango sorbet instead of frosting. A delicious choice that is not too filling.

 












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