With the Holidays now starting to kick off, one of my favorite things to do is BAKE! Growing up, it was so fun to wake up in the morning and my mom would have Christmas carols playing (nonstop) and we would bake for hours.  There was so much build up to Christmas with all the decorating, holiday parties with friends and family, relaxing by the fire and of course, baking.  So now whenever Christmas rolls around I can’t help but feel so excited.

I love trying out new recipes, some are amazing but there’s always one or two that are a bust.  Fortunately, these Eggnog Cookies that I found on Pinterest were amazing and I had to share.  Each week I will try to share some of my favorite recipes during the holiday season, some old and some new.  Please note that I am not a great cook or baker, so these recipes are fairly easy:)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose-flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for topping

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

2 large egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp rum extract

1/2 cup eggnog

 

Frosting

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

3-5 Tbsp eggnog

1/2 tsp rum extract

3 cups powdered sugar

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and set aside).  In a bowl with an electric mixer (note: I do not have an electric mixer, I used a whisk and it worked great) mix butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, rum extract, egg yolks, and eggnog until light and fluffy.  Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until combined well.  Fill a cookie sheet with parchment paper, roll one inch cookies and space them 2-inches apart all over the sheet.  Bake in preheated oven for 11-13 minutes.  Let set on baking sheet then transfer to cooling rack.  Cool completely before adding frosting.

For the Eggnog frosting:

In a bowl whisk (of use an electric mixer) butter until fluffy.  Add rum extract ad 3 Tbsp of eggnog and mix in powdered sugar.  Add additional eggnog to reach desired consistency.  Sprinkle nutmeg on top one icing has been added.  Pour yourself a glass of eggnog to enjoy on the side!

Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year is finally here.  I’m always making a list of the things that I need and patiently wait for stores to have their biggest sales of the year to do all of my Christmas shopping.  I wanted to share with you some of my favorite stores and their amazing doorbuster sales.  Scroll to the bottom to see my full list of coupon codes (Click on red links to shop directly from the websites).

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

Bandier 25% off site wide code: CYBER25

Folica 30% site wide code: NOREGRETS

Missguided 50% off site wide code: YESYESYES

 Steve Madden 30% off site wide code: BACKINBLACK

ASOS 30% off site wide code: THANKFUL30

YANKEE Candle buy 3 get 3 free code: SAVE123

Shopbop 25% off site wide code: GOBIG16

 MANGO 20% off site wide code: BLACK

NET-A-PORTER up to 50% off designer sale NO CODE

 MUKLUKS 25% off site wide code: GILLIAN

 J BRAND jeans 30% off site wide code: BF2016

 Sam Edelman 30% off site wide code: SAMSGIVING

H&M  20% off site wide & free shipping code: 5188

Banana Republic 50% off first 5 purchases code: BFFIVE

All Saints 30% off site wide code: CYBER

AG Jeans 30% off site wide code: BF16

 Club Monaco up to 35% off code: THANKS

 

 

I feel like every time I walk into Zara for one thing I come out with everything except that one thing I specifically went in there for.  This time I ended up with this tweed dress that I happened to see as I was in the check out line and anyone that shops at Zara knows that the change room lines are always a miles long.  So needless to say I snagged this dress without even trying it on and I love it.  It reminds me of classic tweed chanel with the subtle pops of color, fringe hems and bell sleeves, for a fraction of the price.  

I wanted to make this outfit a little edgier so I wore it with some over the knee boots from Steve Madden and my favorite leather jacket from All Saints.  If anyone is ever in the market for a good quality leather piece, I always recommend All Saints, because this jacket has been through it all and has stayed in perfect form.  You can layer them, dress them up or down and they always look good. 

I’ve linked similar options below:).

 

This Fall the trend of the bell sleeves has been rapidly taking over.  It adds a little drama to the simplest outfit.  If you’re like me and your closet doesn’t consist of much color, then try spicing up those neutrals with some flare.  In collaboration with SheIn I knew immediately that I wanted to wear this bell sleeve shirt (seen here) that has the cutest eyelet lace up detailing in the back which catches the eye.  The best part about this shirt is the price.  With the fast paced fashion world that we live in today, trends are quickly coming and going in and out of style so I like to invest most of my purchases on classic shoes and handbags.  So, when I find a trendy bell sleeve top like this one for a great price, I’m all over it.  

Shop this top here or similar ones below!

Photos by: @haus_of_el 

 

SheIn -Your Online Fashion Maxi Dress

 

We are quickly moving past sweater weather and going into heavy jackets and scarves but with that comes the fun of layering beautiful sweaters like this one by Evy’s Tree under my jackets.  There’s nothing more classic than a crisp Winter white sweater and the additional knit hood adds a little pop to its simplicity.  I don’t wear a tone of color so I do like to have some extra detailing on my outfits.