Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Break

It looks like I have a lot of catching up to do! From reading your blogs, it sounds like so many of you had wonderful Thanksgivings and I'm enjoying reading about them :)

My Thanksgiving break was pretty close to perfect!

On Thursday, my mom cooked a honey-glazed ham, we made two pumpkin pies, and I got to work on these little turkeys I found on pinterest...

On Thanksgiving day, we traveled to Winston Salem to my aunt's house. She has a beautiful 1930s style farm house out in the country with acres of land. It was so good to see grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and cousins. After stuffing ourselves with food (and FIVE different kinds of dessert), my brother and I tried to ward off the food coma by walking around and taking pictures.

 On Black Friday, my friend and I decided to venture out to the mall. I was in search of Christmas presents for family members, but I didn't have much luck. Instead, I found these beautiful mason jars from Sur la Table

For those of you who know me, you probably already know I'm obsessed with cups. I've been looking for pretty mason jars for forever, so I was so excited to find these Quattro Stagioni jars for only $10. There are so many great things you can do with mason jars! Stuff them with Christmas mints and tie a pretty bow around them, or enjoy them filled with apple cider.

Yesterday and today were spent decorating for Christmas. The tree is finally up!

And my grandmother brought over ornaments for my brother and me this morning. Every year, she buys us an ornament in a series. For years, she's bought my brother guitar ornaments (he loves the guitar), and for me, she buys ornaments from the Madame Alexander series.

The Yuletide Shopper is this year's Madame Alexander ornament. Isn't she precious?

I have so much to be thankful for, I often take advantage of the blessings God has given me. I have a wonderful, loving family, a roof over my head, amazing friends, and more than enough to eat. I have the opportunity to study at one of the best universities, I have books to liven my imagination, blankets to keep me warm. Most of all, I have a God who loves me (and us ALL)! I hope you all took a moment to think about your blessings!

Oh, and one more thing.
I'm especially thankful for this crock pot of chili that's cookin' for dinner tonight... ;)

I'm about to go dig in!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone... And let the Christmas countdown commence.

Love, Cait

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How To: Decorative Pie Crust

My mom and I have been in the kitchen all day today, cookin' up a Thanksgiving storm.
Although I'm not much of a cook, I do love to bake...
And in the South, nothing says Thanksgiving quite like pumpkin pie. 

The actual pumpkin pie is made with Libby's canned pumpkin - I just followed the directions on the can.
(My mom makes it every year and it tastes like it's made from scratch!)
The crust was a little trickier, but I had the help of...

....Pillsbury refrigerated pie dough! (I didn't have time to make my own).
This dough was really easy to work with, and one package was enough for one pie and all the leaves.

Roll out one crust into a glass pie pan, and use the other for the decorative crust.
Start by spreading out the second crust on wax paper.
With a sharp knife, trace 26 leaf shapes into the dough.

 Use the tip of a knife to sketch veins into the leaves. 
Be careful - don't press too hard!

Before you apply the leaves to the actual pie crust, brush some water onto the edge of the pie. This will make it easier for the leaves to stick to the dough.
Then, begin to apply the leaves to the edge of the pie crust, with each new leaf overlapping the one behind it.

The leaves will be slightly hanging off the edge of the pan.
Keep going until the circle is completed!

You can refrigerate the pie crust until you're ready to pour in the pumpkin pie mix.
Right before you're ready to bake the pie, brush milk onto the leaves and sprinkle with a little sugar.
Before putting the pie in the oven, cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil - this will keep the leaves from burning!

While the pie is baking, you can be working on the decorative leaves to place on top of the pie.
I looked up some ideas online, and then free-handed (or free-knifed?) a variety of leaves into the leftover pie dough.

Brush these leaves with milk and sprinkle with sugar to get a "shiny" look once baked.
Put your leaves in the oven for around 12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the leaves turn a golden-brown, they're done!
I let mine cool for five minutes before applying them to the surface of the pie.

Too bad I have to wait until tomorrow to dig in!

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! :)
I hope everyone is getting to spend some quality time with family!
Love, Cait

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Style Crush: Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo has flawless style.

Ever since The City, I've had my eye on her... 
she's always classy and oh-so-chic, and we can all learn something from her wardrobe staples.

Olivia is known for her cat eye sunnies.
 She's often spotted out and about by the paparazzi, and she never fails to have them on.
They're extremely easy to incorporate into your winter outfit this season, because they go with anything!
And don't be scared to try out this trend - cat eye sunnies look good on a wide range of facial structures.

Faux fur is one of this season's hottest items, and Olivia is way ahead of the trend.
In this picture, she pairs a black fur vest over a blazer and black turtleneck.
Go bold with a vest like the Michael Kors one pictured above.
If you're looking for something less expensive, raid the junior's section of any department store (like this jacket or this vest, each for $58).
And don't just stick with vests and jackets... faux fur can be found on boots, scarves, and gloves as well!

{Earrings, Skirt}

It's all in the details, and Olivia is the master of gorgeous, feminine details.
Sequins, diamonds, bows, lace... almost every outfit of hers incorporates these.
I'm loving this outfit Olivia wore to an after-party, especially this Zac Posen blouse...

Isn't the lace just gorgeeeeous?

Finally, Olivia always has a beautiful bag.
I mean, she does have a Birkin... one of the most elusive and glamorous handbags in the world.
These Hermes bags have a selling point between $9,000 and $150,000.
Not to mention her other handsome companion, her boyfriend Johannes Huebl. 
 Now, that is what I call arm candy.

Too bad arm candy like that can't be bought in stores!

Check out Olivia's website for personal style tips and pictures of her daily outfits.
Who's your style crush this week?
Happy Friday, everyone!

Love, Cait

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Weekend Update!

Bonjour, lovelies!

Thought I'd do a quick update on my weekend, which involved a little roadtrip...

...and if you guessed Charleston, S.C., you were right!

My friend had an interview at MUSC pharmacy school, so I spent the day wandering around King Street and lusting over the houses on the battery. 

And I took my Nikon long with me...

Oh how I would love to live there!

We shopped, had nachos at Taco Boy, and went out in Folly Beach
But unfortunately, we only took ONE picture of us while we were there!

In other news, one of my best friends just got engaged!
Today, she asked me to be one of her bridesmaids, and I couldn't be more excited.

Isn't this the cutest card she made?

Kelsey and I have been friends since the third grade, and I'm so thankful that we were able to go to college together as well. 

(hehe, weren't we little nerds?)

You can check out her blog (and read about her wedding planning) here

As for the rest of this week, lots of school, school, school.
I am dying for Thanksgiving break to get here (just SEVEN more days!).

 Hope everyone had a great start to the week!

Love, Cait

*All photos my own

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Buns & Bows.

It's easy to fall into the "fall blah's," especially when it comes to hair... 
but there's no excuse to get into a hair rut this season.

Try out these two fall hair trends..

Ballerina Buns

Big is beautiful.

And one of the easiest ways to get this perfect bun is with a sock.

And if you don't know what I'm talking about, watch this or this.
There's something so classy about a high, perfect bun.

The second hair trend I'm loving?



Try bows in classic, neutral colors like tan and black.

What do you think?

Oh and, as for me, I'm currently in a beautiful city...

Any guesses where I am?

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!
Love, Cait

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Fives

Hey babes!

So it's finally Friday! And you know what that means... Friday Fives :) 
Here's five things I'm loving right now..

1. Sorel boots

I don't know why I love these so much, but I've put them on my Christmas list.
They look SO comfy and would go perfectly with black jeggings.
Plus, great for walking around campus.
Only $109.95 from Nordstrom!

2.  Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea

 YA'LL. This tea is the best!
It tastes like a sugar cookie in a cup. With a packet of Truvia, it's absolutely divine. 
And the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit..
(that's right, since Halloween is over it's time to think about Christmas!)

I found the most hilarious review of this tea online... if this doesn't convince you to get it then nothing will!

"As I imbibed this buttery tea bursting with flavorful sugar and memories of warm crisp delights, the mysteries and 
enigmas of the universe were elucidated for me. 
There was only light; pure, soft light, as silken as the belly of a fur seal and as healing as the perfumed fountains of Mesopotamian princes of old.
I weep as I drink, I weep for the lamb-like boy I once was, brimming with curiosity and armed with a brave stomach capable of consuming dozens of sugar cookie bites without end."

Like, seriously?? Too funny.

3.  Wearing White in Winter

These ladies look fabulous in white!
Good news for those of us who love our white pants (me, me!).. you can still wear them when it's cold out!
(Take that, Labor Day)
For the look on the left, pair white pants with boots, a dark blazer, and a scarf with a hint of white.

4. St. Ives Apricot Scrub


This is the best facial scrub sold at a drugstore.
When it starts to get cooler out, my skin immediately dries out. 
I love this exfoliating scrub because it sloughs off the dead skin and leaves it smooth!

5. The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

They're having some super sales right now.. just look at these..

Tory wedges, scarves, comfy sweaters, and Chloe sunglasses?
I'll take them all. 

Especially this cashmere cape by Piazza Sempione..

Even 40% off, it's still $1,014.

And finally, I'll leave you with a few pictures from Halloween! 
Pumpkins my mom and I carved.. 

And one of my costumes (we celebrated all weekend)..

Toddlers in Tiaras!
And yep that is a REAL diaper I'm wearing.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Love, Cait