Fall Festive

img_6904img_6905img_6906img_6907img_6908Labor Day has come and gone and as depressed as I was to see summer go, I have decided to embrace the falling temperatures and get excited for my favorite season…fall!

Unashamedly, I love all things fall and pumpkin flavored (basic and I do not care!) so when I got back home after a little “end of summer” escape to Florida, I decided the first thing that I needed to do was to put up fall decorations! Some of these items I have from last year and some I purchased new this year from Joss&Main and HomeGoods.

Halloween Globe (Favorite!)

-My pumpkin garland is also from HomeGoods but you can find TONS of great ones on Etsy here

Ceramic Pumpkin (I got mine at HomeGoods but this is almost identical)

“Happy Halloween” Banner (My Paper Source one is from last year but this is their current one!)

-Another “Halloween” Banner option here

Skull

-My towels are from HomeGoods but I also loved these from Kohl’s

Some other fall favorites that I picked up were TONS of items from Bath & Body Works. I kind of cleaned them out of a few things and didn’t feel the tiniest bit of embarrassment. My favorite scent to wear from Bath & Body Works for fall is definitely  their Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and I like to get it in the body lotion, body wash & body cream.

For my home, I love almost all of their 3-Wick-Candle and Wall Flower fall scents but these are my favorites,

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (you knew that was coming)

Sweater Weather (ALL the heart eyes)

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles (a bit sweeter)

Leaves (this one is more subtle and perfect for a guest room ;))

Happy fall everyone!

 

xx,

Brenann

Possibly The BEST {& Easiest} Cookie Recipe

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How cute are these measuring cups?!^^^

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The other day I was looking up some new recipes for things I want to bake once fall hits (so many pumpkin flavored things!) and I found this recipe for Sprinkle Cookies!! I LOVE sprinkles on everything–even though they don’t have  a ton of flavor, the texture adds so much to the taste for me and they make everything look fun and festive!

When I saw this recipe, I was intrigued but when I saw how simple it was, I knew I had to give it a go. Here is what you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, plus 1 yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sprinkles

And here’s what to do,

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer (I used my paddle attachment) beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes and do NOT skimp on the time here. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined, and scrape the bowl if needed.
  3. Next, add in the pudding mix for 30 seconds.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the flour, mixing until just combined. Be sure to get all of the dough off of the paddle before the next step.
  5. Here comes the most important step, add in the sprinkles and mix until incorporated evenly.
  6. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of balled dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are almost set. Don’t over-bake if you want super soft soft cookies. Mine were only slightly golden brown on the bottom.
  7. Let the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

There ya have it! Super simple and makes about two dozen cookies. I unfortunately ate a decent amount of them before I took some to my mom and sister (*insert hands over eyes emoji*) And here you can find the original page where I found this gem.

Enjoy!

xx,

Brenann

 

Easy White Cake Recipe

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Happy Birthday Surin!!!

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends celebrated her birthday! Since she shares my affinity for sugar, I offered to make her a birthday cake. She requested a white cake with white frosting because “she’s boring.”

So I was on a mission to make a white cake with white frosting that was the opposite of boring but was tasty and would make her birthday wishes come true! I spent some time scouring recipes and adjusted a few based on what I know I like to have in my cakes. Then I just followed my standard white buttercream recipe that I use all the time.

Here’s what you’ll need for the cake:

  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk (room temp)
  • 1 cup sour cream (*This makes the cake SO delicious and moist)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Here’s what you’ll need for the frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Cake Steps:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spray two 8-inch pans with non-stick spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In your electric mixer, whip the egg whites starting with one and adding one more every 15 seconds until all four are in. Then whip for another minute or two until the whites are not quite stiff, but still cling to the mixing whisk.

Add the milk, sour cream, vinegar and vanilla to the dry ingredients and whisk vigorously for about two minutes until well combined.  Then combine to egg whites and slowly mix until well incorporated.

Divide the batter between the pans.  Bake for about 18-22 minutes, until risen and a toothpick comes out clean. Let these cool while you make the frosting.

Frosting Steps:

Mix together powdered sugar and butter until well blended then turn on high for about three minutes.

Add vanilla and whipping cream until well mixed. You can continue to add more whipping cream, based on your desired consistency.

Then remove the two cake rounds. Place one on your serving plate/platter/stand, and frost the top with a generous amount. Place second cake on top and frost until entire cake is covered. I love the look of a dirty iced cake sometimes so I just used a flat spatula to evenly spread the buttercream. Decorate however you like! Here, I used rainbow round chip sprinkles and just went around the edge of the cake; then put some gold candles in the center and called it good! Viola!

xx,

Brenann

 

Summer In Lilly {Pulitzer}

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Going Up North is a huge thing for Michiganders and we wait All. Damn. Year. for our endless shores of fresh water to be warm enough to enjoy! Last weekend I went up to Leelanau County with my family for a few days and to be apart of my cousin’s ordination. I grew up spending every summer here and miss it so much!

I wore this Lilly Pulitzer set out to dinner for Father’s Day and we had a spectacular view of the sunset; as you can see from my hair, it was a bit breezy as Lake Michigan always is lol.

For a while now I have been lusting over all things Lilly and finally got my hands on this outfit that I’m wearing here. It is a set and I am wearing a size 0 for reference. I love that you can wear them alone and already have ideas of wearing the skirt with a plain white T-shirt and flats to wear for a casual work outfit BUT together they are beyond cute! The skirt is meant to be high-waisted and only shows a tasteful amount of skin. Honestly you couldn’t even see any on me unless I was moving my arms.

I’ll link everything that you see here…

Selina Halter Top & Skirt Set

Sam Edelman ‘Yardley’ Lace-Up Sandal

Louis Vuitton Favorite MM Damier Azur Canvas (My FAVORITE bag! It can be worn as a cross-body, shoulder strap or as a clutch like I’m wearing here)

Michael Kors Fur Bag Charm

xx,

Brenann

 

Must Have Pool Accessories

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With my baby sis, Ellie!

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Drink in hand, always

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😀 

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As important and my usual accessories are to me, the summer means that I have a whole new category of shopping needs: pool accessories!

Specifically accessories FOR the pool, as in things that I want to use in the pool and these floaties that I found are the best.

A few months ago, I was feeling depressed that the snow wasn’t going anywhere any time soon so I started searching for stuff that I could look forward to using at the pool! My parents put a pool in our backyard when I was about 11 and we have been obsessed with it ever since; living in Michigan, we only get to use it a few months a year so we REALLY use it a lot. And even though my entire family made fun of me for spending money on “crap like this” they are now all obsessed and grateful for my (slight) online shopping problem.

I ordered all of these from Amazon (I order SOOOO much stuff from them!) and even ordered a few more last week–I told you, I have a problem.

Anyways, here’s where to find them:

Pizza Float

Pink Flamingo (aka Francisco)

Swan (aka Elton)

And here are links to the ones I ordered last week:

Pineapple Float

Golden Swan (name to come, lol)

Keep in mind, these are all about 6 feet so they take up some serious space. We all loved laying out on them, jumping on them and they’re just nice to stare at floating around too!

xx,

Brenann

ps–A few years ago I ordered this Floating Beer Bong Table (that we named Tiki Tom) and it has held up SO well!

 

Latest Obsession {New Summer Clutch}

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Memorial Weekend is upon us and therefore, summer is here! I know I am not alone in saying HALLE-FREAKING-LUJAH!

Bring on the outdoor drinking, tan legs, and boat rides (*Insert heart emoji eye here.)

Since you know all of my shopping for the last few months have been centered around it finally being warm outside, I wanted to share this clutch that I got a few weeks ago that I finally got to bust out last night!

As you know, my mom hosted a Stella & Dot party at my house last month (see that post here) and I got a few great pieces and this clutch  was one of them!

I took this baby for a spin to get Mexican food last night and I received several compliments! It’s small, it’s fun and it’s definitely summery. The best part?? It’s under $60 so it’s an easy way to celebrate summer’s sweet arrival.

xx,

Brenann

ps–I’ve gotten a few questions about the sunglasses here; they are Tory Burch and my sister got them for me last Christmas. Mine are no longer available on her site, but there is a similar Tory pair here and you can also find my exact pair here.

Weekend Project {Outdoor Cushions}

IMG_6182IMG_6178 (1)IMG_6179 (1)IMG_6180 (1)IT’S FINALLY PATIO SEASON! Can you tell I’m slightly pumped about this???

I have a really cute patio at my townhouse and all winter long it has been so depressing to walk out there and see nothing but ice and snow so I am super happy to have my table and chairs, some lights and such outside for eating/drinking with my friends (I’ll post on the whole patio soon!)

I got the cutest bistro set of table and chairs last year but they are not the most comfortable to sit on and I really wanted some cushions this year. Unfortunately, I had a hard time finding ones that I liked that were the right size for the chairs.

BUT then I went to Pier 1 Imports this weekend to see what they had, and I found these outdoor pillows that we so perfect. My chairs are orange (as you can see) and the table is white so I wanted to keep the cushions bright but maybe bring in some pattern. My pillows shown here are on sale right now too!

Now I know what you’re thinking…these are pillows not cushions and yes, you’re correct. But I mean, look at them. They are too perfect. So I decided to bust out my sewing kit and mediocre sewing skills and attach some ribbon to make them tie to the chairs.

This was so easy I swear! All I did was,

  1. Cut about 12 inches of ribbon
  2. Fold the ribbon in half, and line up ~ 1 inch from the edge that you want to attach to the chair.
  3. Line your needle with desired thread and begin simple stitch.
  4. Repeat with all pillows, and tie ribbon to secure cushion.

And that’s all! You may have to adjust where you sew the ribbon, depending on the size of your cushion/chairs.

xx,

Brenann