Tartan and Cherry Hand Pies

Monday, October 23, 2017

There is just something about tartan that makes me feel like fall. This skirt is not overly thick or very warm, but I never pull it out until fall because it just feels too wintery and festive for summer time. Patterns are one of my favorite things and I especially love this kind of pattern because you can easily wear a black top and be done, or you can mix it up with other colors and try and emphasize certain colors from the pattern. Normally with this, I try and emphasize the red either through my jewelry or a bold lip color. Today though, I really wanted to emphasize the green so I went with a relatively neutral color palette and dark green jewelry. Dark green jewelry is always an unexpected pop of color, but I love wearing it against neon or something light like this chambray.

When I'm not coming up with new outfits, I'm typically baking and this week I made cherry hand pies for a friend at work's birthday. Hand pies might seem a little daunting, but they are so easy, especially if you use pre-made puff pastry. Normally I'm not a proponent of pre-made things, but this puff pastry is the real deal, it is as good as the homemade stuff, and it will safe you two hours of rolling and kneading. These are a great fall treat and I would highly recommend them! If you aren't in the mood to bake, donate to my Go Fund and I will mail you some right away :) Until next time, XO

1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups fresh cheeries, stemmed and pitted
⅔ cups dried cheeries
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice, 
1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla
⅛ teaspoon salt
14 ounce package Dufour puff pastry
egg white
coarse sugar

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl combine 1 1/2 tablespoons cold water and cornstarch. In a saucepan, combine fresh and dried cherries with sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sherry juices are released, about 5 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture and bring to boil. Remove from heat and let cool, stirring occasionally.
Roll out pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into 8 rectangles. In a small bowl, whisk egg white with 1 tablespoon of water.
Place each rectangle on a floured surface and brush edges with egg white. Scoop about 3 tablespoons of cherry mixture onto one side and fold the dough over the filling, making a packet. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. Cut a couple of slits in the top and brush the top with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375ยบ. Bake until golden brown, about 30-40 minutes. Let cool.
Can substitute frozen 16 ounces frozen cherries

Layering a Turtleneck

Friday, October 20, 2017

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2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that I love turtlenecks and try and wear them whenever possible. My favorite turtlenecks are these thin, form fitting turtlenecks from J.Crew. First of all, they are extremely comfortable and come in a bunch of colors. These are great to wear on their own or under a jacket. The best thing about these turtlenecks though is that they are relatively thin so they are very easy to layer. I love wearing them under a dress like this or a chunky sweater. Don't let a turtleneck scare you or make you think you can't do lots of interesting things. Especially this time of year when the weather is unpredictable, a turtleneck is a great way to transition some of your summer pieces into fall or your fall pieces into winter. Turtlenecks might have a bad name, but they are really the perfect layering piece and the basis of my fall and winter wardrobe. Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend and make sure to check out my baking recipe from last night on my Instagram story! Until next time, XO

Burgundy and Cheetah

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Burgundy is one of my all time favorite colors to wear. It is always hard to lighten it up in the summer, but fall is just perfect for burgundy no matter what you wear it with. The main reason I started wearing burgundy is that it looks good with my dark hair and pale skin. But it is really great for anyone trying to make their outfit feel more fall appropriate. This top for example, is not very heavy but the color makes it feel appropriate for fall. I really needed a dark color as well to go under this light, cheetah print coat. This coat is definitely going to be my new go-to this fall and winter. First of all it's cheetah print so I am already obsessed. But, what really got me is the detailing in the back. From the front, this is just a classic coat, but the ruched detail in the back gives the cut of a coat a more flattering, feminine look. Plus, did I mention it has pockets?! Already in love! Have a fabulous Thursday and don't forget to come by Swoozie's in Friendly Center in Greensboro tonight to see me and get some great deals at their anniversary sale! Until next time, XO 

A Dress On Its Own

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

As we all know, I love to mix and match and create outfits with many different pieces. But sometimes, it is nice to have a piece where you don't have to work hard, it just looks cute all on its own. This dress is one of those pieces. It is fitted in all of the right places so you don't need a jacket or a belt, it is of a heavier material so you also don't need another layer for warmth, and finally, it is interesting enough on its own that you could add jewelry, but you don't have to. Of course, I couldn't resist so I added some little layered necklaces, but otherwise, I kept it pretty simple. 
If you missed it earlier today, these are some of the new pieces that will be up on my eBay site this week. I am loving being able to share my clothes with you and I would love to hear your feedback if you have any.
Finally, I have some exciting news coming up over the next couple of weeks that I can't wait to share with you about my new friendship with Swoozie's. In the meantime though, for all of my Greensboro friends, you should come to their anniversary party tomorrow! I will definitely be there and I would love to see some of you there! As always, the links to all of the items in this outfit are below. Just scroll through the pictures to see the complete look! Until next time, XO  

New Clothes Available

Hello all! So today, five new items will be added to my eBay site! I am so excited about these pieces and I hope you like them. Please leave any feedback in the comments or email me because I would love to hear what you think and what kind of pieces you are looking for!

Apple Crisp Cookies

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Hello all! Happy Sunday! It was a busy week here at Lefty Living Life with new postings on my Ebay page, a how-to transition into fall with some fabulous delicate jewelry, and stepping out of my comfort zone with a dark statement lip and my thoughts on NARS' powermatte lip pigment. A lot to say the least, but I was so excited about these posts and being able to share them with you. This coming week is also going to be jam-packed with new Ebay postings, outfit posts, potentially a new collaboration, and the continuation of my newest series...beauty Fridays. But before we get into all of that, let's take a little breather and relax with some delicious fall cookies. 
While I love pumpkin, especially these pumpkin cookies from a few weeks ago, apples and cinnamon make me think about fall even more. A friend had requested I make something  apple related and my usual apple go-to is apple pie, but I wanted to mix it up a little bit. I found this recipe for Apple Crisp Cookies on pinterest and decided to try it out. I could not have been more pleased with the results. The recipe was relatively easy, the hardest thing was dicing up the apples and the cookies came out perfect. They are absolutely delicious and are definitely going to be a staple on my fall menu in the future. 
If you missed it on Friday, I made these cookies on a live video for my Instagram story. It was so much fun and I will definitely be posting more cooking videos so make sure to stay tuned. If you aren't in the mood to make these cookies, you can always order some from my GoFund and I will ship them to you. Otherwise, have fun and enjoy the tastes of fall this Sunday! Until next time, XO 

1 pie crust- I used a pre-made one to save time and didn't notice a difference
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced- I used honeycrisps because I like the sweet flavor more. Mine were also enormous apples so I only used 2 and had some left over. I also didn't peel them because I wanted the bright red color to come out in the cookies
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons lemon juice- this is about one regular size lemon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup rolled oats
10 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a regular muffin tin with baking spray. This recipe will make 24 regular sized cookies. You could also use a mini muffin tin to make more and I think the mini cookies would still be delicious.
Cut 24 two inch circles out of your pie crust. You will need to re-roll the scraps to about 1/4 inch thickness. Add the pie crust circles to the bottom of your muffin tins. Push it down to the bottom, it is ok if it comes up the sides a little bit because that will help hold your cookies together.
In a small saucepan add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Cook until the apples are softened and thickened. This took about 10 minutes. You can make the crisp topping while this is cooking, just make sure to stir the apples pretty regularly.
To make the crisp topping, add the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, salt, oats, and butter to a bowl. I combined these by hand. You could also use a pastry cutter or hand mixer. You do not want this to be a solid dough. Just make sure that everything is combined and that you don't have too much loose powder.
Add one tablespoon of apple filling to each muffin tin. This can be fudged a little. I would make sure you have enough apples in each to completely cover the pie crust bottom.
Then add two tablespoons of the crumble topping on top. This seems like a lot but it will help keep your cookie together once baked.
Bake for 18-20 minutes. My oven is slow so it took 20 minutes for me. You just want to start seeing a little golden brown on the top. The whole top shouldn't be golden.
This makes 24 if you follow the recipe and would be fabulous with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream! 

Fall Statement Lip

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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2017, OOTD, fall, J.Crew, Nars, statement lip, winter white,

2017, OOTD, fall, J.Crew, Nars, statement lip, winter white,

2017, OOTD, fall, J.Crew, Nars, statement lip, winter white,

2017, OOTD, fall, J.Crew, Nars, statement lip, winter white,

As you know, I've been experimenting with lipsticks a lot more and loving it. My go-to brand right now is NARS because I love the texture of their lipsticks and they stay on all day with barely any help. For fall, I wanted to branch out a little bit and try something new so I got this dark purple, almost black, lipstick. It is definitely more aggressive then what I normally wear, but it is perfect for transitioning clothes. This outfit for example, I wore this exact outfit in August and it felt very summery and appropriate. However, with the dark lipstick, it is immediately a fall outfit. The dark purple complimented the navy of my blazer and my green necklace so well and makes the white perfectly appropriate for a warm October day.
Other than making my outfit the perfect transition piece, this lipstick is also fabulous. It did not fade at all throughout the day. and went on very smoothly. My biggest problem with dark, matte lipsticks is that they typically dry out my lips and mouth throughout the day and you end up with a dark line around your lips and no color in the middle. This lipstick has a surprisingly amount of moisture so my lips didn't dry out at all. Plus the color didn't move whether I was eating or drinking. So far, my experience with NARS has been so amazing product wise and customer service wise. I would really highly recommend them and I'd love to hear what y'all think about them. Until next time, XO

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