Monday, December 31, 2012

eat this, wear that: champagne and cupcakes

Champagne cupcakes, with just a bit of gold sugar sprinkles, sound like the perfect treat to ring in the new year! Take it to a party in a fitted white dress, gold sequin blazer, and ruby red pumps. A lip stain in a pretty pink is the perfect color to use on a night that will be full of sparkle and shine.

I hope you all have a fun, fabulous, and festive New Year's Eve! Goodbye 2012, hello 2013!

{Cupcakes via A Bitchin' Kitchen}

Friday, December 28, 2012

friday's fancies: new year's finest

Well hello there!

I have no other excuse for being absent for a few days other than being lazy over the holiday weekend. Then it was back to work for me on Wednesday and I just couldn't get my act together and write a post. I thought today would be a great day to get back to my usual schedule with a New Year's Eve look for today's Friday's Fancies.

Why not ring in the new year with a dress in the Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year, emerald green? It's my favorite color, and the dress is simply stunning in this shade. Paired with pretty, shimmery gold accessories and you'll be set to ring in 2013 at a fabulous NYE fête!

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and are gearing up for the 31st!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

merry christmas!

I hope you spend the day with the ones you love, eating good food, laughing a lot, sharing smiles, and opening wonderful presents!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

{All images by Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles}

Friday, December 21, 2012

friday's fancies: holiday best

Happy First Day of Winter!

Can you believe that it's already December 21st? Christmas is just four days away! My family has never thrown a huge get-together for the holiday so I don't really get all dolled up on the 25th. Instead, I opt for an outfit that is comfortable. After all, there is a lot of yummy food and delicious cookies and desserts that will be eaten!

An outfit that doesn't sacrifice cute for comfort. My favorite part of this look? The watch! I love the links on the band and the whole look of it. I think I may have to start saving up for this one.

How do you and your family celebrate the holidays?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

winter skin care

I know I've mentioned it multiple times, but my skin is super sensitive. Because of this, I try my hardest to take really good care of my skin. I've tried so many different types of lotions since my routine changes nearly every season and wanted to share my current routine.

Just recently, I had an awful eczema flare up and my skin, especially on my face, was incredibly dry. It wasn't until I got a humidifier {mine isn't available online but it was purchased in store at Target!} and switched to Dermarest lotion {I got it at CVS} that my skin healed basically over night. I highly recommend the brand!

If you're wondering, I use Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser to remove my make up at night. It works so well and doesn't irritate my skin. They also make great make up remover wipes and cleansing wipes that I use when traveling.

What's your winter skin care routine?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

christmas morning pajamas

Can you believe that Christmas is next Tuesday? The year has flown by! It still hasn't really hit me yet that a big holiday is coming up, but I've been thinking of what to wear. While the thought of looking nice for pictures is appealing, I know I'll want to be comfortable in warm pajamas while opening presents with my family on Christmas morning.

I actually wear shorts to bed all-year round, but I think I am going to opt for pants this year. I purchased the matching pajama set from Target a few weeks ago, and I know for certain that I'll be wearing it on Christmas morning. The Aerie pants remind me so much of my J. Crew Saturday pants, which I couldn't find online. I know they're on sale {with an additional 30% off!} in stores so if you're looking for them, head on over to your nearest J. Crew.

Have you planned your outfit for Christmas?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

winter hair care

The winter season officially begins on Friday, but I switched to a slightly different hair care routine once the temperatures started to drop into the 40s. It wasn't until college that I realized the toll cold weather and low temperatures takes on your hair. I've learned my lesson and haven't looked back.

I switch over to a more moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, even though I don't have dry or coarse hair, in the winter and use a hydrating mask in the shower. I'm sure you've heard that it's best not to wash your hair every day. I don't go days without doing it, but I really do only wash my hair six days of the week. The night I skip the wash and condition and the next morning, I always use a dry shampoo. 

In terms of styling, I use hairspray on any fly-aways and, if I'm pulling my hair into a sock bun, Fiber Gum from Garnier Fructis to tame the baby hairs at my temples. If I can go without blow drying my hair, I will. That doesn't happen often in the winter so I spray a heat protectant on my hair whenever I use a blow dryer or curling iron. I also comb my hair instead of brushing it.

Do you change your hair routine with the seasons?

Monday, December 17, 2012

eat this, wear that: coffee and donuts

Coffee and donuts. In a milkshake.

Need I say more?

A more monochromatic look to go with this delicious looking and sounding milkshake. I think the gold collar necklace and glitter polish adds the right amount of sparkle to a chunky cableknit sweater and pencil skirt. To add more color to this outfit, a vibrant true red lipstick does the trick.

I have a feeling that I will be making this milkshake very soon. Christmas morning anyone?

Happy Monday!

{Image via How Sweet Eats}

Friday, December 14, 2012

friday's fancies: serious sparkle {three ways!}

Sequins and sparkle are out in full force this month and I am not complaining. I love how adding just the tiniest little bit of sequins and glitter can brighten and spruce up an outfit. Whether you choose to go all out in head-to-toe sparkle or accessorize with a few pieces, I really don't think you can go wrong.

There you have it - how to shine, glitter, and sparkle three ways! I am personally loving the second outfit with a bejeweled sweater, shiny silk pants, and glitter pumps. But I also adore the bobbi pins from - a great way to add just a touch of glitter to an outfit!

How do you wear sparkle?

Don't forget to check out all the other great outfits on long distance loving!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

a sprinkling of christmas decor

{Target Knit Tree - similar, Illume Naughty and Nice Candles}

{Burning a sweet - smelling Merry Mistletoe candle in a shiny gold sleeve}

{How adorable is my little sledding penguin? I love him!}

Just a little bit of Christmas decor that I have in my little studio apartment. Since there isn't much space, I didn't want to buy too many decorations {much to my dismay!} because I wouldn't have anywhere to store it. I love what I have though!

And really, how could you not love that penguin?! Want to know what makes him even cuter? When you press his left hand, he moves back and forth {as if he were sledding} to the tune of "Sleigh Bells"!

How have you decorated for the holidays?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

boot problems

I have a love/hate relationship with boots.

You see, I have wide calves and most boots have a calf circumference of 14 inches or less. That's just not going to cut it for me. I currently own two pairs that have an OK fit, one from Chinese Laundry and another from Steve Madden, but I've always wanted a pair that can be dressed up or down and fit well with jeans, leggings, tights, and knee highs. Problem is, it's really, really hard to find boots that measure 15 inches or more. After over a year of research, I found six that possibly met all my criteria.

My mom and I discussed the pros and cons of all of these. I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase the Frye 'Veronica Slouch' Boot. They arrived on Monday and I could not be happier with my purchase! I knew the quality would be great since I already own a pair of Frye's and I am so happy with the color and the feel. I can't wait to pair them with jeans and more casual outfits and skirts and tights for a dressier look.

Anyone else have wide calf boot problems?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

liebster award

I was nominated for The Liebster award by Lily of Fancy {No} Pants and Kelsey of Tortoise in the Sun {thanks ladies!} awhile back. This award is like blogger chain mail - one blogger awards another with less than 200 followers and lets them know so that they can go and award it to others. I've seen people do this different ways but thought I would go with the rules on Lily's blog. All you need to do is 1. Post 11 things about yourself, 2. Answer the questions left by the person who nominated you and create 10 more, 3. Link new nominations in the post, and 4. Go to their blog and let them know!

11 Facts About Me:
1. I'm an only child.
2. If I want to see a movie that is based on a book, I always have to read the book first.
3. That said, if I've already read a book that is turned into a movie, I'll reread it. And if it's based on a series, I'll read the entire series whenever a new movie comes out.
4. My full first name is Sheri Ann, and I absolutely hate it when people automatically shorten it to Sheri. Seriously.
5. My parents and I have gone on a vacation to a Club Med resort 10 out of the past 11 years.
6. I went to an all-girls high school.
7. One of my pet peeves is the sound of wet shoes on a floor.
8. I have an obsession with Essie nail polish.
9. I write some of my friend's names on pieces of paper and choose randomly which ones I'll send cookies to during the holidays.
10. I lived in my sorority house my senior year and, despited being in the same pledge class, had never spoken to my roommate until the day we found out we were living together. It worked out well though because she became one of my best friends!
11. I have a stuffed bird {like a teddy bear but yellow and looks like a baby bird} that I've had since I was a baby. Her name is Chickadee. I can't be without her so she made the move with me from NJ to my NYC apartment!

10 Questions from Lily:
1. If you could live in any era, when would it be?: Era? Hmm... Not really sure. If we're talking about decades, I love the fashion of the 1950s!
2. What is your favorite kind of tea?: Yogi Tea has a Blubeberry Green Tea that I love.
3. How did you come up with your blog name?: I chose Sprinkles and Style because I love sprinkles and baking is a serious passion of mine. Style because I wanted to include fashion-related things as well. Fun fact, I was also looking to stick with words that begin with 'S' because it's one of my initials!
4. What is your favorite holiday?: Christmas for sure.
5. What language do you wish you spoke?: I took French in high school and college and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France so I know a bit. It's not as great as it was then though and I wish I spoke it fluently.
6. Sweet or Savory?: I think every meal should have both. I like to start with savory and end with sweet.
7. If you could interview any past (or current) President, who would it be?: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and JFK.
8. Favorite tumblr?: J.Crew and Jack Rogers. I like tumblrs that offer a behind-the-scenes look at a brand or what inspires or represents them.
9. What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?: I have a couple Miley Cyrus things on there. That's pretty embarassing.
10. Guilty pleasure TV show?: Pretty much anything on TLC, especially anything related to weddings.

10 New Questions From Me:
1. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
2. If you could move to any city, where would you go?
3. What is your favorite Disney movie?
4. What is your favorite season?
5. If you had an unlimited amount of money, where would you spend it?
6. What is your favorite vacation destination?
7. Chocolate or Vanilla?
8. What is your favorite holiday drink?
9. What is the last book you read?
10. Do you have a signature scent/perfume and what is it?

I Nominate:
Meredith of Cotton's Pickins
Tory of Tea Gee Bee
Lynlee of Pretty Little Lady
Mallory of A Girls Kind of Therapy
Raquel of Ohio State of Mine

Can't wait to see what you ladies come up with!

Monday, December 10, 2012

eat this, wear that: cake and sparkles

I can't stop looking at holiday desserts! This time of year just puts me in a serious mood for winter-themed cakes, cookies, pies... anything really. I found this pretty and sparkly peppermint cake and am considering recreating this at Christmas.

Glitter flats and a sequin adorned tee give some sparkle to chocolate brown corduroys. Touches of pink, red, white, and forest green add more fun and holiday colors to this casual outfit.

Happy Monday!

{Image via Sweetapolita}

Friday, December 7, 2012

friday's fancies: pretty in plaid

I am a huge fan on anything plaid. Seriously. It's one of my favorite prints and it seems to come out in full force during the colder months when the holidays roll around. You'll never hear me complaining though since I really just can't get enough.

Here's a look I put together featuring this pretty print for this week's Friday's Fancies.

I adore the black watch plaid pencil skirt. And it's at a great price! Earlier this week, I said that I was trying to wear more of my statements necklaces with turtlenecks and I love the look of this Club Monaco necklace with a cozy sweater.

How do you wear plaid?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

diy: peter pan collar necklace

I love Peter Pan collars. I've added this shirt to my closet but have been wanting to add more of the trend to my clothing and jewelry collection. Unfortunately, my budget isn't allowing for me to purchase pretty things like this necklace or this sweater. I'm dreaming though...

I decided to take matters into my own hands and do a little Peter Pan collar necklace DIY. Simple and inexpensive!

You will need:
Peter Pan collar pattern {I used this from The Alison Show}
Needle and thread {should match or closely match your felt}
Glue {this is my go-to}
Embellishments of your choice {I used crystals and brads}

1. Fold the felt in half and trace the pattern.

2. Safety pin the two sides together and cut out the pattern.

3. Unfold the felt and decide on what you you would like as the design for the collar. If gluing crystals like I did, I recommend laying it all out and then using tweezers to glue it to the felt. Yes, it may take awhile but I found it helpful to already have the look set out.

4. Cut out two pieces of ribbon {I suggest starting with longer pieces and then cutting them down to your desired length} and sew it {a simple running stitch will do} about an inch down to the back of the felt. Now, you don't have to sew the ribbon. In fact, just gluing it will suffice. I just worry a lot and was scared it wouldn't be enough. It is.

And there you have it! Your very own DIY Peter Pan collar necklace. 

If you're wondering how I made the black necklace, I just used outlined the necklace with brads. This was not as time-consuming as gluing the crystals since the back of the brads just needed to be flattened against the felt. Then I just sewed and glued velvet ribbon to the back. If you're worried about it snagging against your top, you can cover the back with another piece of felt. I haven't had any problems with this though!

*Sorry for the difference in lighting in the photos. I took the pictures of this during different times of night/morning.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

soft velvet

If there's anything I love to break out during the holidays and winter season, it's velvet. Lately, it seems that this soft and smooth fabric seems to be everywhere. From shirts to jeans, hair clips to handbags, velvet seems to be in all the details.

I absolutely love the bow hair clips from American Apparel and wear them often {as seen here}. I also adore that these pants, this jacket, and these shoes can all be dressed up or down and worn for any occasion from the office to a holiday party.

Are you a fan of the velvet trend?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

products i regret buying

It seems like people always talk about their favorite products and other things that I love. But what about the things that didn't work out or didn't live up to the hype? The "Products I Regret Buying" series doesn't show up often on my blog, but, if the roles were reversed, I know I'd want to hear what didn't work out for you.

Here are some things from the past few months that I bought {and returned in some cases} and didn't love.

1. Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast Mascara: Every time Covergirl comes out with a new Lastblast Mascara, I buy it. I love the waterproof {I only buy waterproof mascara} original formula and hope that I'll love the versions they put out. This one, while living up to its name and not clumping, wouldn't hold the curl of my lashes. I wasn't blessed with pretty and long lashes so not holding a curl is a deal breaker for me.

2. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliners: These eyeliners actually used to be my favorite. For the past few years that I've been using it though, I chose to ignore that it always smudged under my eye. Always. No matter what. I would even set it with black eyeshadow and that didn't work. I finally just admitted to myself that it wasn't the best eyeliner for me and moved on.

3. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in 1 Nude Beige: To be honest, I actually really liked the formula of this lipstick. It glided onto my lips, was so smooth, and smelled delicious. It also came in a really pretty gold tube. However, the color I chose just wasn't for me. I would say it's more of pink than a beige. It just completely washed me out so I had to return it. The reason I regret buying it? This lipstick is expensive! At $34 a tube, I just can't imagine buying many of these right now.

4. L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude: I'd heard great things about how this lipstick is the perfect everyday lipstick and nude color for most skin tones. While I agree with that, the formula was incredibly drying. I felt like I needed to apply chapstick constantly. No one wants to wear a lipstick and feel like your lipsticks are chapped. It's not pretty either.

5. Lululemon Swiftly Headband: I'm a big fan of Lululemon, just not a fan of this headband. It lived up to the claims on not slipping, but it was so tight! It was giving me awful headaches whenever I wore it. It felt like it was just squeezing my head. This wasn't a hit for me, but I do love their other headbands!

6. Trader Joe's Cocoa Almond Spread: I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. This just didn't taste so great to me. I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be their version of Nutella, which I absolutely love. While Nutella is expensive, I'm probably going to stick to that version instead.

Are there any products that you've recently purchased that you regret?

Monday, December 3, 2012

guest post

I'm over on Becky's blog, The Pumpkin Spot, as part of her Holiday Blogger series with a special holiday edition of Eat This, Wear That. Head over to her blog to see the details!

Thanks for having me today Becky!

{Image via Glorious Treats}

Friday, November 30, 2012

cold weather layering

Another outfit post. Really. 

The first look I put together featuring C&C California was more appropriate for milder weathers. The plaid shirt, while it has certainly become a favorite of mine, is on the thin side so I always reach for a sweater or jacket to wear with it. Temperatures are dipping into the 30s at night so layers is the best way to go. I love that the three pieces they sent me, while great separately, create a look I love all together. A more casual office? Wear this. Dinner out with friends? Great for that. Just running around town? Perfect outfit choice.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

chambray and denim

{American Apparel Velvet Bow, J. Crew Selvedge Chambray Shirt, Gap Always Skinny Jeans, Ralph Lauren Ballet Flats via Marshalls - similar, Kate Spade Flower Ring - similar, Kate Spade Gold Ring - similar, Alex & Ani Birthstone Bangle, J. Crew Gold Bangles - similar, Mikimoto Pearl Bracelet, Michael Kors Tortoise Watch}

I spent Thanksgiving in the suburbs with my family and was happy to get out of the busy city for a few days. Since we don't celebrate with a huge family gathering, I usually keep it casual for the holidays. A comfortable outfit, especially on Thanksgiving when I know I'll be eating lots of yummy food, is necessary.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

turtlenecks and necklaces

On Monday night, my friend Gabby and I paid a visit to The Bar, BaubleBar's retail shop here in New York City. While we were browsing the selection, I realized that my necklaces have been neglected and traded in for warm scarves recently. Well, I've decided to put an end to that! Turtlenecks happen to be one of my favorite things to wear once the temperatures drop, and I think they'd be quite the pair with some statement necklaces.

Whether it's warm cashmere or a tissue tee, when paired with a pretty and bold necklace, turtlenecks don't seem so bad. I'll admit that I actually really disliked these for a long time, but I was completely converted last fall. I can't decide which pairing is my favorite, but I love the Noir Hex Strand necklace so that may be a frontrunner. I also love this green Club Monaco shirt and this pretty necklace together.

Would you try out this pairing?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

plaid and {faux} leather

Well, I've finally worked up the courage for an outfit post. I had to do it because I have found the most amazing, the softest, the most comfortable dress ever. This faux leather fleece dress from C&C California is my new favorite thing and I have plans to wear this many times this winter. I paired with with a plaid shirt in colors with the tiniest hint of shimmer that has me thinking of the upcoming holidays. All of this without a jacket because the weather was pretty warm over the weekend. Too bad I can't say the same for this week...

Monday, November 26, 2012

eat this, wear that: cranberry and chocolate

After Thanksgiving and a weekend at home, I think that a juice cleanse or a detox is necessary for me for a few days. I plan on starting one tomorrow so that I can have one more day to indulge in treats like this Cranberry Bar with Chocolate Shortbread Crust.

I'm not sure how cranberries and chocolate taste together, but, in my opinion, nearly everything is good with chocolate. Their deep red, almost plum color matches so well with dark chocolate browns. Paired with nudes, beiges, whites, and other neutrals and you've got a simple outfit perfect for the first day back to the daily grind.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Happy Monday!

Friday, November 23, 2012

friday's fancies: black friday shopping

I have never gone shopping on Black Friday. I think anyone who does is incredibly brave to be facing those crowds. Instead, I'll be heading to the movies and relaxing at home and shopping the sales from the comfort of my parent's couch. But if I was heading out to the stores and the mall, I would choose to wear an easy and comfortable outfit

A pajama top that is pretty enough to double as a blouse is a great way to go. Paired with stretchy pants, flats, and a light jacket and you're sure to be comfortable while walking around all day. A cross body bag keeps hands free to carry your shopping bags. Just make sure to pack a water bottle to keep you hydrated, cute socks to try on boots, and a yummy and nutritious snack to keep your energy up.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

happy thanksgiving

This year, I am thankful for many things, but especially my family, friends, wonderful blog readers, good health, and a life that leaves me wishing and wanting for nothing. It's important to remember, especially after Hurricane Sandy, that there are those out there that do not have all the things we do - clothes, a home, a car, heat and electricity. The most important things to be thankful for are not the materialistic things but the people that love, support, and surround you.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

chocolate caramel apple cookies

When I saw this recipe for Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies on one of my favorite blogs, Hostess with the Mostess, I knew I had to make them. I actually don't really enjoy caramel or candy apples because I have such a difficult time eating them, but turning them into a cookie and adding chocolate? Count me in!

If you're still thinking of what to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, these would be a great addition to the dessert table...

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar {I used light}
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
10 caramels, unwrapped
1 tbsp. milk {I used 2%}
1 large apple, peeled and diced
Chocolate caramel candies, frozen and chopped {HWTM called for 6 fun size Milky Way Simply Caramel bars, I used 12 caramel filled Hershey Kisses - whatever you can find!}
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the unwrapped caramels with the milk for one minute until creamy and smooth. If necessary, microwave in 30-second intervals but remember to stir each time! Let this cool for a few minutes. {HWTM said to let it rest and cool for 10 minutes but this was too long for me and hardened my caramel mixture. The second time I did this, I only waited 3-5 minutes and it turned out fine}
3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla extract. Then add your egg and egg yolk and beat until combined. Pour your melted and cooled caramel into this.
4. Fold in the diced apples and then add your dry ingredients. Next, add you chopped chocolate caramel candies and semisweet chocolate chips.
5. Spoon onto parchment-lined cooke sheet by the spoonful.
6. Bake these for 10-13 minutes {I recommend a full 13} or until the edges are golden brown. Cook on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack.