Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Recipe // Festive Candy Corn Cupcakes

Festive food is so fun when celebrating a holiday. For Halloween this year, my roommates and I are hosting a dinner and movie night with friends. I was in charge of dessert, so decided to make candy corn cupcakes. The super-easy-to-make directions are below.

white cake mix (I like Betty Crocker)
yellow food coloring
red food coloring
white frosting
candy corn

1. Follow the directions on the cake mix to make batter.
2. Divide the batter into three.
3. In one-third, add yellow food coloring until bright yellow.
4. In other third, add yellow and red food coloring to make bright orange.
5. In cupcake tin, add first layer: 1 tablespoon of yellow batter.
6. Add second layer: 1 tablespoon of orange batter.
7. Add third layer: ½ tablespoon of white batter.
8. Bake according to box directions.
9. Let cool and add white frosting.
10. Top with candy corn.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween Weekend & DIY Group Costume

Halloween weekend means dressing up and going out with friends! This year, rather than go on a nighttime boat cruise, we deiced to do a day-time bar crawl. The crawl took place in River North, which is an area of Chicago I haven't explored very much. It was great! So many unique bars, with really different atmospheres. Plus, I got to do a group costume for the first time in years! We decided really last minute to recreate Winnie the Pooh and friends. Creating the looks were so simple. Our crawl recap and directions on how to make your own Winnie costumes are below. (Also, check out the incredible view from my friends' apartment!)




(Pitsotp: Fat Baby Taco) STOP 5: JOY DISTRICT



DIY Steps:

What you need:
1. Orange t-shirt
2. Black, tan, and orange felt
3. Headband
4. Pipe cleaner
5. Hot glue/gun

Shirt: Cut an oval out of tan felt and glue to shirt. Cut stripes out of black felt and glue to shirt.
Ears: Using this template, trace and cut ears out of orange felt. Glue pipe cleaner inside rim of ears. Fold over headband and glue together.
Complete the look: Add orange tights and some fun makeup.

For the rest of the gang:

WINNIE THE POOH: Follow the same steps to complete the ears. To finish the look, wear yellow tights and a red t-shirt with "Pooh" written in yellow puff paint.

PIGLET: Follow the same steps to complete the ears. To finish the look, wear light pink tights and long sleeve shirt, plus a hot pink t-shirt with black stripes (done with puff paint).

Have a great (and safe) Halloween!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fashion // Fall Essentials

I absolutely love fall fashion. You can throw on a chunky sweater and look super cute, while still being completely comfortable. This year, I'm going to try and step out of my typical fall staples and experiment with some new styles. I put together a complete list of all this season's essentials - some classic, some new - that I'll be trying over the next couple months.

1. A blazer for added warmth at the office.
2. A front-button skirt for a girls' night out.
3. A chunky sweater for complete comfort.
4. A corduroy dress perfect for work and play.
5. A set of leaf earrings to fit the season.
6. A lightweight scarf for those chilly nights.
7. A pair of colored jeans to brighten up any look.
8. Suede booties that match with anything.
9. Overalls for old school flair.
10. A vest for some added warmth.
11. The perfect t-shirt for layering.
12. Loafers for easy to slip-on shoes.

Want more styles? See below!













What are your fall fashion essentials?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Chicago Hotspot // Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up

This past weekend, my friends and I hit up the newest Chicago hotspot: Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up.

HOTSPOT: Jack's - A Pumpkin Pop-Up Experience
WHERE: Goose Island
WHAT: A pumpkin wonderland beer garden, complete with a corn maze

Chicago's newest outdoor experience - Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up - is a photo-lover's dream! There were giant pumpkins, light displays, and even a house made of pumpkins. Goose Island also set up a corn maze that rewards you with a bar when you make it out. We all chose hot apple cider with rum. When you're finished the maze, you can play games, eat from yummy food trucks, and explore all the hidden gems Jack's has to offer. It was truly an adult pumpkin wonderland.

If you want to have some unique Halloween fun, you should definitely check out Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekend Getaway // Grand Rapids

Last weekend, a group of friends and I went on a fun getaway to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Every other year, Grand Rapids hosts an international art show called ArtPrize, where artists showcase their work throughout the city. It's such a cool concept! It was basically a walking museum tour filled with unique paintings, sculptures, and interactive art. We spent the weekend exploring the art, tasting wine, and trying new restaurants. 

Our full girls' weekend recap is below!

  1. Lunch: We went to Stella's Lounge, a dive restaurant with famous burgers.
  2. ArtPrize: We explored downtown Grand Rapids, finding all kinds of cool art along the way. 
  3. Dinner: We ate at Grand Rapids Brewing Co., a new brewery downtown. It was seriously delicious.
  4. Evening: Going out downtown was so fun. We started at J. Gardella's Tavern and watched people attempt karaoke; and ended at BackForty, where there was a live band and cheap drinks.
  5. Drunchies: Befor heading back to the hotel, we went to HopCat for some late night snacks.

  1. Orchard: It was the perfect fall day, so we went to the apple orchard! Hot cider, donuts, and wine tasting - the perfect morning at Robinettes.
  2. Winery: To break up our drive home, we stopped at Gravity Wines. We tried four wines and enjoyed the beautiful view.

I'm already looking forward to our next girls' getaway!