Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vintage Inspired Chic: Pink Circle Skirt

Ciao lovelies,
        One day last summer, I felt like wearing my pink circle skirt and getting a bit fancy.  It’s a little bit of a pin up look, the skirt at least and I did my hair a bit fancy.  My boyfriend and I went to brunch on this day.  There are pictures of us towards the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!  Please comment if you like it or have a question! I love hearing from the people who read my blog.  Smile  P.S. Happy birthday to my wonderful fiance, Dominick!! I love you to the moon and back!!!
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He’s silly…making fun of my kissy faces! ha! <3
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Skirt: http://www.heyviv.com/, Top: DEB, Necklace, Headband,  and Bracelet: Forever 21 
                                                                                               ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chocolate Brown Butter Sandwich Cookies Recipe!

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Ciao sweeties!,

        Sandwich cookies are fun!  This was one of my first attempts at them, and it’s really simple and super delicious (and fattening…oh well!).  You basically make cookies and sandwich them together with tasty filling/cream.  These ones are very chocolaty and my fiancĂ© loved them!   

Ingredients for Cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

    For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons half-and-half, more if needed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment.

Melt the unsweetened chocolate and set aside to cool.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Cream the sugar and butter in a large bowl using a hand mixer on high speed.

Add the buttermilk, vanilla, egg, and cooled chocolate to the sugar/butter mixture. Beat to combine.

Add the flour and beat until just combined without over-mixing. 

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop 1 tablespoon (or use small ice cream scooper) of dough two inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Press down dough to about 1/4-inch thick and shape into circles.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until almost no indention remains when touched.

Immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Repeat with remaining dough. Make sure baking sheets are completely cool between batches.

Cool cookies completely before assembling into sandwich cookies with filling.

For the filling:

Melt butter over low heat until golden brown. Remove from heat and cool.

Sift the confectioners sugar into a medium bowl.

Add the cooled browned butter, salt, vanilla, and half-and-half.

Beat until smooth. Add more half-and-half if needed for spreading consistency. Filling should be slightly thicker than cake frosting.

For assembly:

Place a small amount of the filling on the bottom of one cookie. Top with another cookie.

Repeat using remaining cookies and filling.

Recipe adapted a bit from: http://magnoliadays.com/2013/chocolate-brown-butter-sandwich-cookies/

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                                                                                                        ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella

Sunday, July 20, 2014

5 More Summer Outfits (Last Year!)

Ciao everyone!,

Here are 5 random summer outfits from last year ( I know..way behind still, I’ll get there eventually.).   Hope you enjoy!  Some are casual, and some are a bit more fun.  Tell me which is your favorite in the comments! Smile 

1. Grey and Casual

        I didn’t take too many pictures this day.  Shocker! I must’ve been I a rush and this outfit wasn’t too exciting.  I can’t remember why, but it seems that my fiancĂ© (then boyfriend) had given me roses that day, just because. <3

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Dress: ?? My sister gave it to me, Headscarf: Forever 21, Wedges: Avenue

2. Cousin Party Fun!

        I remember this day.  My outfit was very rushed because I had to run home from work at my father’s restaurant that night, change, and go to my sister’s house where a bunch of my cousins on my mom’s side were all having a little party or get- together.  We were getting together because my cousin Mike came to visit from Florida.  Instead of just showing my outfit, I thought it might be more fun to share a few pictures of all of us together.  Smile

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My mom and 2nd cousin, Ainsleah

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She’s so precious!

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My sister with Ainsleah

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Me with Ainsleah Smile

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My mom, cousin Mike, and Aunt PA

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My cousin, Mike, my mom, and brother, Tony

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I love that cutie!

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My cousin Mike and my sister, Jenelle

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My Outfit Details: Top: Kohl’s, Skirt: Forever 21, Earrings: Italy in some random store

Lots of crazy attempts to take a picture of all of us together! Smile

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Me, my cousin Sherri, my brother, Tony, sister, Jenelle, cousin Mike, cousin Jamie, and cousin April

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My niece Tori with Ainsleah

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My nephew, Joey, niece, Tori holding Ainsleah, and 2nd cousin, Vinny

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Cute little munchkin!

3. Floral Maxi Dress

        My hair was so long last summer!  I miss it!  It’s still long, but a few inches (4?) shorter and I want it to grow out more by my wedding… I need to have super long princess hair! Smile  This dress is cute, but since it’s from Forever 21 (land of the tiniest, itty-bittiest sizing), the fit doesn’t look to great on me.

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Dress and Bracelet: Forever 21, Flip-flops: Kohl’s

4. Sexy Red Sequin Cheetah

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Sometimes, my brother throws random stuff at me…like cards…ha!  Silly!

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Sometimes one of my nieces photo bombs my picture…lol!

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Kisses!

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Skirt: DEB, Top: Charlotte Russe Wedges: Avenue, Earrings: Forever 21

5. Classy Top, Casual Bottom

        I think I was working at the restaurant this day, so I had to dress comfortably, but I wanted to try something fun with my hair.  I like to do different things with it, different styles, whenever I have time.  I think it turned out pretty cute!  I wish I’d written down the date and what I did if I used some kind of blog post or YouTube video…sometimes I do that so  can add it to a post later.  I forgot this time though, so now I’m left wondering how I did that…ha!  Oops!  From the pictures, it looks like I put my hair back in a bunch of ponytails, then curled/twisted them up and pinned them somehow.  

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Tunic: ?? My cousin gave it to me., Leggings, Earrings, & Headband: Forever 21, Shoes: Keds, from Fashion Bug

                                                                                                          ♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella