fall bags

nyc stores are stocked with the fall bags. i am so in love with these bags. i really think that i need the pink marni bag, husband wouldn’t miss 1330$, would he?

i need a carrie bradshaw closet, and probably mr. big!

marni bag $1,190

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Hermes

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alexander mcqueen

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Fendi

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john galliano

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marc jacobs (love the clasp)

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marni – $1400

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prada $1730

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marni $1330

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maxi skirts

floor grazing maxi skirts and dresses are having a moment right now and what’s not to like? i am so happy to see designer labels such as 3.1 Phillip Lim,Missoni, and J. Crew feature fresh takes on the trend in their fall runway shows.

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tips for wearing a maxi:

when worn correctly, maxi skirts and dresses are as flattering as they are fashionable. however, playing with proportion can be tricky. with longer lengths, it’s all about balance. to avoid being a fashion victim, follow these tips for maxi-friendly dressing…

  1. The sky’s the limit. No matter your height (yes, I am talking to you, petite ladies) you can wear floor length dresses and skirts. That’s why they invented heels.
  2. It’s a balancing act. Keep the scale of the skirt in mind. Floor length skirts look lovely with tighter fitting tops (tucked in and/or belted at the natural waist). If the skirt is cut closer to the body, opt for a looser fitting top. Cropped jackets and sweaters also work well with floor length dresses and skirts. One of my favorite casual outfits is a simple maxi dress paired with a cropped denim jacket.
  3. Be bold! Fashion is all about taking risks, I’ve seen girls style their maxi skirts with slouchy sweaters, tied denim shirts, and simple tucked-in tees for an effortlessly unfussy yet chic look.

tips from LC.

crock-pot pumpkin bread

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour (sifted)
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
Instructions
  1. Blend the oil and both of the sugars into a large bowl.
  2. Then, stir in the beaten eggs and canned pumpkin. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased bread pan.
  4. Take some tin foil and roll it into balls to set your bread pan on. Once you have your bread pan set on the tin foil, add one cup of water to your crock-pot.
  5. Cover the top of the crock-pot with eight-ten paper towels. This is to trap condensation and keep the bread from becoming mushy.
  6. Place the crock-pot lid on top of the crock-pot (I tried to make sure the paper towels were trapped around the lid so they didn’t slip) and bake on high 2 1/2 to 3 hours. (you will have to try this a few times to make sure you adjust to your crock-pot).

Enjoy!

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

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Ingredients
 
1 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
 
Directions
 
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
 
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin until well blended.
 
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
 
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

summer days.

i cannot believe that school starts in just a few weeks. summer has gone by so quickly, but i hate to say that i am not sad to see it go. summer is crazy – late nights, late mornings, no schedule, everyone coming and going – back to school means back to a schedule, and for this type A gal that makes me happy!

that’s not to say that we have not had a blast this summer! some of our favorite 2012 summer activities:

  • payson pool
  • baseball games (ady – fireballs) (treven – mutts, rockies, diamondbacks)
  • cousin fun
  • water parties with neighbor friends
  • treven’s first dirt bike
  • learning at central utah gardens
  • reading lot of books!
  • chore sticks
  • legos
  • city creek center
  • ady’s braces

registration for third grade (omg, third grade!!??) was august 01. treven was placed in mr. liberts class and ady has mr. lei. boy teachers…we will see how that goes.