I’m all for combining my love of fashion (my first love) and my love of baking (my second love). Therefore, I thought I’d do an inspired styling based on those Nutella Cheesecake Layer Bars (which I’ll from here on out refer to as NCLB for conciseness’ sake). After all, I find these bars to be quite inspiring…1) they’re graphic with their three differently colored layers, 2) they’re luxurious, 3) I love their sophisticated color palate of cream and shades of brown.
There is no doubt this look is not lacking in the sophistication or elegance department! All of the pieces, separately and together, seem polished. When put together though, they still feel effortless and not at all stuffy. The look gives off an aire of luxury and indulgence too though, which is found very much in the NCLB.
While I did take some liberties by changing up the color palette of the styling from the NCLB (I added black which the NCLB did not have), I still feel the ensembles evokes a similar feeling to the bars.
Now if only I could wear this look while chowing down on the bars…
Well guess what? I made them already. From internet to reality, they’re now sitting in my stomach fridge.
Don't they look glorious?!
Ready for a little “tour” of these puppies? Have a look…you might want to hold your jaw up before you start looking so as to keep the drooling from the mouthwatering you’ll surely experience to a minimum…
that's headed straight to my mouth! *swallowed*
...going in for another bite...
...*swallowed*....time for another bite...
POOF...all gone! (don't worry...those crumbs were licked right up!)
I’m sure most of you are wondering, “SO?! How were they?!?!?!!?!?”
Well, they were good. Pretty darn good. Are they my favorite dessert ever? No. Then again, though, I do bake super-duper often, so I’m probably more jaded than some of you. Anyways, I still think you should give them a try! (And, of course, then tell me what you think of them!) And in terms of level of difficulty…these aren’t bad at all. Don’t be intimidated at all!
*Some of you may not know this, but second to fashion, my heart lies with baking (and cooking, to an extent). While I don’t normally share recipes, I thought I would today because I did mention these bad boys to you yesterday.
8 chocolate Graham Crackers (I’m guessing a chocolate wafer cookie – no frosting – would work well too)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon heavy cream (divided)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons Nutella
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease an 8-inch-by-8-inch pan. Line with foil down the middle with an overhang on two opposite sides. Grease once more.
In a food processor, crush the Graham crackers until they’re in fine crumbs. Add the cooled, melted butter and continue pulsing until evenly combined.
Evenly press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, combine with an electric mixer until combined and smooth the room temperature cream cheese, room temperature eggs, sugar, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Remove about 1/3 of the mixture and place in a separate bowl (you can merely eyeball it or get fancy and use your kitchen scale).
In the new bowl with 1/3 of the mixture, add 1 tablespoon heavy cream and all of the Nutella. Mix until incorporated.
Carefully, using a spatula, spread the vanilla cheesecake batter over the cooled crust. Put the Nutella cheesecake batter over top in dollops, so as to make it easier to spread without mixing the two layers. Then, evenly and gently spread the Nutella layer.
Bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until just the middle of the bars jiggle when the pan is moved. The edges may crack some and move away from the edges of the pan – this is fine.
Allow to cool and refrigerate for about 3 hours (if you can wait that long). Using the tin foil handles, remove the bars from the pan and slice into however big of pieces you wish – I won’t judge! Enjoy!
It’s styling request time! Brittany contacted me in regards to the Gull Wing Dress (in the black/white polka dot with pink color scheme), now on sale.
Tell me this isn’t a lovely dress. I dare you to. See? No one could say it…it’s just so sweet. The thing I love about it is how it definitely has a retro, girly flair, but it’s not overdone either – it’s far from costume territory. The buttons on the front, the back of the dress…ahhhhh, just perfect!
In particular, Brittany requested I give some advice about styling this dress for summer, using colors other than the obvious black and pink, pulled right from the dress. There absolutely is nothing wrong with using black and/or pink, but I’m guessing Brittany is looking for something a little more adventurous – a little more unexpected. Sounds great to me!
Obviously, then, we should cover color first. Black, the primary color of the dress, is a neutral. Looking at that color alone, therefore, you could pair any color with the dress. The same can be said when you take into account the white polka dots. However, the addition of pink throws that flexibility off just a bit. Don’t get me wrong – I love the pink. In fact, it helps to make the dress so beautiful. The point is, however, the pink accents on the dress must be taken into account when pairing colors with it.
How about we take a look at the ever-handy-dandy color wheel?
The pink of the dress falls in with the more orange-y pinks on the wheel – it’s probably around the 9 or 10 on the color wheel pictured above. If you look directly opposite this, you’ll see the blue-greens. One of the first color pairings that actually popped into my head was a minty-green-like color. Because these two colors would be opposites on the wheel, this makes them complementary colors. In other words, the two colors will be intensified when together. (This color pairing reminds me of this color scheme, in a way.)
For an analogous pairing (that is, colors next to each other on the wheel), consider a light purple. This will create a soft, feminine effect. It will be more soothing than using a complementary color.
To be clear though, using complementary vs. analogous pairings is not a choose either/or, not both situation, if you know what I mean. Both can be done well (separately and together); it largely depends on the feeling and/or mood you want to be conveyed through the outfit.
I’m also liking the idea of pairing creams/whites and grays, in addition to blues, greens, purples, and other pinks with the dress. In general, I would stay away from the oranges – because the pink of the dress does have some orange hues in it, it could end up looking like you thought you were matching the color of the dress but just got it wrong – and that’s not how you want to look! Yellows could be risky for a couple of reasons – 1) black and yellow can read very bumblebee and, 2) it could look very chaotic. For that reason, if still like the idea of yellow, I’d suggest softer yellows…almost pastel-like.
This is an all out girly-girl look which fully embraces the vintage feel of the dress as well. The pairing of the light blue (almost blue-green) is gorgeous…it doesn’t overpower the dress, but rather complements it. As is, this look is the perfect day ensemble.
Come nighttime, however, switch out the bag and be left with this look:
Just by switching out the bag for this clutch, you add a slightly different, slightly more funky, slightly more bold, slightly more fun, slightly just different, but much more nighttime feel to the look. Gorgeous!
This is a fun, effortless take on a casual look with the dress! Put on the knotted blouse over the dress, which still allows for the pink detailing on the front of the dress to be seen. Pair some lovely purple sandals and a funky bag, as well as a more polished cuff, and the look is complete. If the tote isn’t quite your thing, a leather bag would also be fabulous!
Yes! I did it – I covered up the top of the dress completely with a pullover! While this may seem like a tragedy, it’s actually a trade-off. Yes, the top of the dress is gorgeous. But by covering it up, like I have done in the styling, I have made the dress all the more versatile by converting it into a skirt! Think of it that way…a skirt! Anyway, loosely belt this pullover (you may want to scrunch up the sleeves) slightly below the natural waist. The yellow may seem bright – and it is a bit brighter than I might normally advise with the black – but with the purposeful addition of brown in the belt, shoes, bag, and ring, it feels just right and not one bit bumblebee-like. The other thing I’m particularly loving about this look is the subtle pattern play between the polka dots of the “skirt” and the stripes of the bag. The shoes help to further pull out the quirky side of the look with their more vintage flair.
I love replacing the sash of the dress with this belt – I think this belt was made for the dress with its hints of pinks, but gorgeous contrast of light green which brings out and complements the pink of the dress. The sandals, tote, and simple bracelet keep the look clean and fresh. This is the perfect casual look!
Starting with the same base as the previous styling – the dress and belt – I’ve now made this work for the more dressy occasions on your calendar, such as work. The darker green of the shoes is a nice place off of the green of the belt, and the bag just picks up on that color even more. The bracelets nicely polish off the look!
This is a great take on combining silver and gold with the dress (two metals people often feel scared to use together). Wear this slouchy jacket over the dress (sash removed), and then add on a belt around the waist of the jacket that helps nip in the waist. The necklace and shoes help finish off the look.
Alternatively, you could do without the belt pictured and instead tie the sash of the dress around the jacket.
Notice how by adding a leather jacket, you completely change the feel of the dress – suddenly, it’s a lot more edgy feeling.
And this is how you successfully pair the dress with oranges/reds. Because the pink color of the dress, as mentioned earlier, has an orange hue to it, you want to make it clear that you are intentionally pairing red/orange with it…the danger is it looking like you thought your orange accent was a match to the pink in the dress, when in reality it’s not. To avoid this blunder, bring in the red/orange in multiple places in the look – as I’ve done above, I’ve brought in red in the shoes and necklace. This way, it looks like an intentional pairing, and the look works!
Utilizing the same leather jacket as the previous two looks, I’ve transformed the usage of it into a complete daytime-ready look. The pairing of sneakers with the dress is a quirky detail, as is this recycled, graphic tote. The necklace helps add a bit of polish. This look requires some confidence…if worn with a lack of confidence, it could easily look like a huge fashion mess!
I know Brittany, in her request, asked specifically for stylings using colors other than black and pink. However, I decided to still show this ensemble because I think it’s a unique take with the black and pink.
Staying very simplistic with the styling is also not a bad direction to go in, as I’ve done with this look. A sweet heart necklace, purple shoes, and bag is all the look needs here! Sometimes less is more!
That wraps up the complete stylings…but I still have a few more things to discuss!
Karla’s trip to Paris has me just as jealous! (Yes, I’ve been there before, but I seriously cannot wait to go back…maybe even live there some day). The Eli Saab dress in her second and third photos is literally…ahhh, perfection. Stunning. I may just have gasped aloud when I saw it (yep, I did). J.e.a.l.o.u.s!
Speaking of babies…Sydney announced she is having a boy! I cannot wait to see more of her pregnancy style, not to mention the fact that I’m already looking forward to the arrival of the baby (and his name!).
The starting point for this styling was with the shorts. Although they’re not the blush color of Anh’s shorts, they still have a similar feel, and, most importantly to the look, they’re high-waisted. Belt these shorts, and partially tuck in the lace top. The jacket is a tad different too – it’s not so much a trench style – but the color pairing of it with the lace top and shorts is divine (if you are tied to the trench look, try this). The shoes definitely aren’t an exact match either, but I’m totally fine with that. Anyways, these heels definitely still feel like something Anh would wear – actually, when I first mentioned them on this blog, I said I thought this! The reason they really work with our styling too is because they are the right shape and clean-lined. Accessorize with the bracelet and leopard sunglasses (there’s a bit of leopard from the inspiration shoes!) and this look is complete. (Note: I did omit the vest from the inspiration due to lack of a good option at Anthro. The look feels complete without it though!)
No doubt this isn’t an exact copy of Anh’s look, but I still love it!
What do you think of this look?
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For many people, Sunday nights come with much nostalgia…family dinners/barbeques, catching up on some TV, a game night, or, even, racing to finish some work (which may not seem fun at the time, but looking back is perhaps a memory in its own form).
On this Sunday evening, I’m sharing a styling that I think captures some of that nostalgia, but in the best way possible. I’m talking a retro, throwback feel done in a modern way – the right way, in my opinion! Have a peak!
The combination of the navy shorts with the copper, rust shoes is just divine. The necklace hints at that reddish hue found in those heels, and polishes off the blouse perfectly. Can I just say that this just may be the quintessential white blouse? It’s crisp, clean, chic, and so incredibly versatile. I’ve taken it in a more retro direction, tucking it loosely into the fun shorts and pairing it with these particular accessories, but it definitely could be taken in other lovely directions as well. The complete look is much like the blouse itself – simple, yet not one bit boring! Love!
I’m sure this outfit would not only make the wearer feel beautiful and confident, but also give just the right amount of nostalgia – and doesn’t that create happiness (hopefully!)?!
Do you have any Sunday night nostalgia, from any point in your life?! I’d love to hear!
This morning I got up a tad early and headed out to a morning yoga class outside. The temperature was lovely, and it truly was the perfect way to spend an early Saturday morning, let alone the first official Saturday in summer.
Is anyone else doing anything lovely this weekend? Relaxing? Big or small, I’d love to hear what you’re up to!
Before that though, have a look at this styling. If I could be wearing this right now, you bet I would! It’s care free enough, yet still put together – the exact way one should look on a weekend!
I envision possibly scrunching up the sleeves (messely…not in too neat a fashion) and leaving the pullover tucked out and loosely draping over the skirt. Belt slightly below the natural waist, but not too tight so as to maintain the flowing look (and can I tell you how much I love the brass on the belt? it truly helps make the look!). The “wow” statement necklace is then toned down, considering it adds interest to the similarly colored pullover, but doesn’t distract from the rest of the look. The perfect accompanying heels and bag finish off this perfect weekend wear look. Gorgeous!
Today’s inspiration is also from The Sartorialist. No, you by no means (at all!) are obligated to submit a look from The Sartorialist. It’s by mere chance that I’ve done two in a row from this source…what can I say though? The pictures are inspiring!
I love how vibrant this look is…yet it’s still so fresh. To me, it’s also ageless…I can see a middle-aged woman rocking it just as much as a college student.
Obviously, one of the key parts of the look is the woman’s bracelets. Let’s count ’em…about 10, it appears! I tried to recreate the feeling these bracelets add to the look in the styling I came up with. Have a look!:
Loosely tuck this bright yellow top into the slightly more subdued tailored navy trousers. Accessorize with the bangles, the patterned bag, and the cut-out shoes (which fit the graphic feel of the look), and you’re good to go! Fabulous!
And for a 10 piece look at Anthro, $687.85 seems pretty cheap! This deal of a price is largely due to the fact that four of the bracelets were on sale (well, technically 3, considering two are sold together). Furthermore, while the inspiration did in fact of 10 bracelets, with 6 bracelets, our look still works to perfection and gives the same impact!
I decided that instead of pulling inspiration from around the web on Fridays, from now on I’ll do so on Wednesdays, for the most part. This way, it’s a mid-week pick-me-up! Ready for today’s pick-me-up (which is shorter than usual, considering it’s been less than a week since last time I shared links)?!
There is absolutely no missing the bright ensemble the young lady is wearing. I do, however, have to take a slight side track here and just also comment on the young man’s outfit as well…perfection!
There are several things that really make this look: 1) the bright colors 2) the effortlessness of it – the loose, baggy, pullover knit sweater with the light, airy, draping skirt 3) how polished it is…and in an unconventional way, with the seemingly casualness of it 4) the simple hair and makeup that does not compete at all with the rest of the look 5) the shoes…love the play of the floral print with the striped knit sweater.
I wanted a styling to reflect the young, funky vibe of the look, but polish and effortlessness were mandatory as well. I ended up coming up with several different stylings…some more daring than others, but all with the feel of our inspiration:
While the colors are more muted in this look, it still boasts loads of drama with the long skirt and just plain intriguing nature. With the texture/pattern of the knit layered over the striped top, this look does still take quite a bit of confidence to pull off.
And did you notice the cuff?! Is that not the perfect fit for replicating our inspiration?! I used it in all of the stylings…it’s that great!
This next looks really captures the boldness of the inspiration:
This is the same exact look as before, but by switching out the shirt for a solid color, the look packs just as much wow factor as before, but in a different way, with a bold color instead of the striped shirt which added texture. The way the shirt and shoes almost match might appeal to those worried about rocking a super bold look. And taking the look in this direction is not necessarily a bad thing at all!
Here’s another daring ensemble, but with just four pieces, it seems even more effortless:
Color, color, color! You cannot be afraid of color with this look! I love how it captures the vibrancy of our inspiration! The one downfall – if you can even call it this – of it is just that the top is a floral print…and in our inspiration, I admired how the floral print shoes contrasted with the striped top. This is just something to note, but as we are only being inspired by the inspiration, taking a bit of liberty is just fine!
Yet again, here is a four-piece ensemble that is just so chic!:
For me, this look in particular captures the effortlessness of the perfectly loose knit pullover in the inspiration.
While I do really like the above four looks, I understand that for some of you they just wouldn’t be practical for everyday life. That’s why I’ve created some even more toned-down versions that still capture the original look’s feel:
To maintain proper proportions, tuck this boldly colored top into the yellow skirt. Pairing the same floral shoes from the above looks really helps to finish off the look and, simultaneously, reference our inspiration.
By layering the translucent gauzy top over the bright red top, you get the geometry of the pullover in our inspiration. If the color is still too much for you, consider swapping the red tee for something more subdued…a light green could be pretty.
I most definitely am switching up the color palette a bit here from the rest of the post…but it still works equally as well! The colors may be bright and bold, but the simplicity of the cut of the pieces help keep the look from becoming too much. And that is one of the key aspects of our inspiration!
Instead of pairing a red tank with these yellow trousers which would have followed the color scheme I’ve been using for most of the rest of the post, I decided to use a blue-green color instead. This way, it doesn’t get too McDonald’s-y. And anyway, the green is still a color pulled from the inspiration!
If there’s only one lesson to be learned from our inspiration, it’s that one should not be afraid to take risks with color! In the summertime, I think you can feel even more encouraged to experiment with color…so go for it!
Although I appreciate all of the looks, my favorites would have to be the fourth and seventh looks. What about you? Which look(s) is your favorite?
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this first post of this brand new feature! I hope you’ll consider submitting a look you’d like recreated (to learn more about all of this, you can go here). I should also mention that while the primary focus will be recreating the entire look, I will also replicate individual features of the inspiration as well. Thank you for your help in making this a successful feature!