You remember the striped top that I cut to make into a cardigan? Well this is the same sweater but in black. Isn’t it funny how sometimes the color of the exact same item can make it so much harder to wear? The white one just never looked right until I made it into a cardigan but the black one is just perfect as is. I love the pattern of this dress but it’s a sleeveless dress and I didn’t feel like just throwing a cardigan over it so decided to wear it as a skirt instead. I think the mix of the patterns works really well together, in fact stripes and florals are my favorite patterns to mix. As long as you stay in the same color scheme, the pattern mixing will work.
Did you guys have a good weekend? Mine totally flew by! It was my husband’s birthday last week so we did some celebrating and I baked him a cake! It was my very first cake and it turned out alright. I think finding a good recipe (or a recipe to suit your taste) is the hardest part. If you are wondering I made this cake from Pioneer Woman. I would’ve liked the coffee flavor to be more intense or maybe I just like coffee a lot more than other people! Hubs recently bought me a KitchenAid stand mixer after I had a baking party with a friend and fell in love with hers (see below). I was insanely jealous of hers so I had to get one! I’ve been on a baking kick ever since I decided that the only sugar I was going to put in my body had to be made by myself – meaning no Cupcake Royale, no Simply Desserts, no Top Pot Doughnuts, no pastries while getting our morning coffee at Espresso Vivace, no Old School Frozen Custard, no D’Ambrosio Gelato… <—- if you need dessert/sweets recommendations in Seattle, those are my favorite! I hardly ever drink pop so I don’t have to worry about that but I did have to cut out candy which I LOVE, especially the sour gummy kind. I love the bakeries around here too much and the ease of getting the yumminess into my belly was making my belly much too big. So now that I have to put the effort into making my treats, I’m a lot better at controlling what goes into my belly! And even though I’m making a batch of treats, I don’t feel the need to eat all of them. I just eat one or two and then I’m satisfied and the rest goes to friends or family. I can say that I could pretty easily give up carbs or meat if I had to, but sugar – NEVER! 🙂 That’s why I had to find a better way to control my sugar intake. How about you? Could you give up sugar if you had to? Or what could you not give up?
Forever 21 has some great inexpensive options as well. Like this one is super cute with the buttons on the shoulder or this one that’s a bit baggier and would look great with skinny jeans or leggings. And both are under $16!
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