Tuesday, December 31, 2013

cheers to the new year!

Sprinkles and Style || Happy New Year!

2013 was quite the year. There were so many exciting and new things that happened {and also some not-so-fun things} that made for a great twelve months. I can't wait to see what 2014 will bring and how much better it will be.

Thank you for reading, leaving sweet comments, and following along! I am so thankful and grateful for all you who take a few minutes out of your day to stop by and visit my blog.

Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2014!

{Image via The Little Big Company, edited by me}

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 beauty favorites

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! I had a wonderful time celebrating with my family and am sad to see the end of the year and holiday season just flying by. With 2013 coming to an end, I thought I would share some of my favorites in all things beauty. My makeup, haircare, and skincare collection is always growing since I like to try out new products all the time, but these are the items that I reached for often.

Sprinkles and Style || 2013 Beauty Favorites
HAIR: Paul Mitchell Hot of the Press Thermal Protection Spray || L'Oréal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Unscented Hairspray || Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray || Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil

SKIN: Clarisonic Mia 2 {currently on sale at Nordstrom!} || Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes || L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream || Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief || Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads

NAILS: Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil || Orly Bonder Basecoat || Essie 'Topless and Barefoot' Polish || Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in 'Superstar' and 'Laughin' to the Bank'

MAKEUP: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown || NARS Larger than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte || Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black || Covergirl Ink It! Eyeliner in Black Ink || Urban Decay Naked Basic Eyeshadow Palette || NARS Blush in Orgasm and Dolce Vita || Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray || Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Samantha || YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in 9 Nude in Private {love wearing this alone or with the Buxom 'Samantha' gloss!} || Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet

So many products that made it onto my favorites list! I tried to restrain myself from adding too many and think I covered everything I wanted to!

What are some of your favorites, makeup and otherwise, for 2013?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

merry, merry!

Sprinkles and Style || via Style Me Pretty
Image via Style Me Pretty

The merriest and most wonderful time of the year is finally here! I hope you are spending some quality time with loved ones laughing, smiling, eating good food, and enjoying each other's company. And here's to hoping that Santa leaves some nice presents under the tree! 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Monday, December 23, 2013

drink this, wear that: hot chocolate with marshmallows

Waking up early on Christmas morning and opening presents with my family is probably one of the best parts and memories I have of this holiday. I'm thinking that good hot mug of decadent hot chocolate would be a great addition to our ritual.

Sprinkles and Style || Drink This, Wear That: Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows

I'm all about wearing comfortable pajamas on Christmas morning and sitting around the tree while opening presents. I love that this outfit is subtly festive with a bright pop of red against the crisp white. Comfy slippers, glasses {I own the Bensen's in Greystone!}, lip balm, and that cup of hot chocolate {or coffee or tea!} are also holiday morning necessities.

Happy Monday!

{Image via The Chic: Table}

Friday, December 20, 2013

one dress, two ways for new year's eve

Christmas is quickly approaching, which means that New Year's Eve is also right around the corner. I've already got my outfits planned for Christmas Eve and Christmas day but currently don't have anything in mind for New Year's festivities. I started perusing the internet and came up with this little bit of outfit inspiration.

Sprinkles and Style || One Dress, Two Ways for New Year's Eve
I absolutely love this Maje dress and would happily wear it with either set of accessories. I can't really choose between the two sets of accessories to pair with this dress, but that adds to the appeal! It'd be so easy to mix and match here for another look.

Have you picked out your outfits for the upcoming holidays?

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

graham cracker, cranberry, & pistachio toffee brickle

Sprinkles and Style || Graham Cracker, Cranberry, & Pistachio Toffee Brickle

Have you noticed that I've posted more recipes than usual? The holidays up the baking bug in me, and I just wanted to share some of the recipes that I love with you. Like Tuesday's recipe, this one is pretty easy but will take some time to set. So while you will have to wait a bit to break into this, you will absolutely love it once you do!

Graham Cracker, Cranberry, and Pistachio Toffee Brickle

About 17 graham crackers
2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries {I used just a little bit more than a half cup}
1/2 cup roasted and unsalted pistachios {Again, used a bit more than a half cup}
3 good pinches of fleur de sel

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil and cover that with parchment paper.
2. Completely cover your baking sheet with graham crackers. If you need to, break them into smaller pieces to cover the full sheet.
3. In a pan, melt the butter and sugars together. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture has come to a boil. Once this is boiling, continue stirring constantly until this has thickened {about three minutes}.
4. Pour this mixture over the graham crackers and spread to coat. Place this in the oven and bake for 12 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the bubbling caramel and graham crackers with chocolate chips. Let this sit for 5 minutes and then spread with a spatula {I used an offset spatula} to cover the caramel.
6. Sprinkle the cranberries, pistachios, and fleur de sel evenly on top. Let this cool and set at room temperature. Or place in the fridge to set.
7. Once the toffee brickle has completely set, break into smaller pieces and... ENJOY!

I recommend storing this in an airtight container in between layers of wax paper.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can really top this with any combination you'd like - pretzels, almonds, potato chips, coconut flakes... It's really all up to you!

Sprinkles and Style || Graham Cracker, Cranberry, & Pistachio Toffee Brickle

Sprinkles and Style || Graham Cracker, Cranberry, & Pistachio Toffee Brickle

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

my christmas wishlist

Since I posted several holiday gift guides at the end of November, I thought that I would share with you some of the things I have on my own wishlist this year!

Sprinkles and Style || My Christmas Wishlist
Madewell Bien Sûr Sweater || Zara Duffle Coat with Fur Hood || Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Bag || YSL Babydoll Mascara || Monogram Earrings || Michael Kors Intertwined Baguette Ring || The Little Paris Kitchen Cookbook || Jo Malone 'Pomegranate Noir' Cologne || NEST Wasabi Pear Candle || J. Crew Swiss-Dot Tuxedo Shirt || J. Crew Marled Trouser Socks || Tory Burch Reva Flats

Some of these are things I've thought about purchasing for awhile now and others are just some little luxuries. What's on your wishlist?

Happy Wednesday! Just seven days til Christmas!...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

peppermint and oreo bark

Sprinkles and Style || Peppermint and Oreo Bark

Another holiday recipe today! This one doesn't actually require any baking but it does take some willpower and patience. This chocolate bark is probably one of my favorite things to make each Christmas season. I added some fun winter Oreos to it this year and am convinced they are must-have addition to this recipe. Don't skip out on this, you'll be sorry!

Peppermint and Oreo Chocolate Bark

10 - 12 Oreos, chopped {whatever kind you like!}
5 candy canes, crushed/chopped into bite-size pieces
1 1/4 cups of semisweet chocolate
1 3/4 cups of white chocolate

1. Line a baking pan with wax paper.
2. Chop the Oreos and candy canes into smaller pieces. No need to be precise here! Just crush away!
3. In a double boiler or microwave, melt the semisweet chocolate {I melted mine in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each} until smooth. Pour onto your baking pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with the chopped Oreos. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
4. Melt the white chocolate until smooth. Pour this over the Oreos and chocolate and spread as evenly as possible. Don't worry if they start to swirl together! Sprinkle with candy canes.
5. Place this in the refrigerator to chill and set. I left mine overnight.
6. Once the bark has set, take a knife and start cutting/breaking away pieces.

Sprinkles and Style || Peppermint and Oreo Bark

Sprinkles and Style || Peppermint and Oreo Bark

Friday, December 13, 2013

chocolate chip pecan pie cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

When I was in Atlanta earlier this year, I had the most delicious chocolate pecan pie at South City Kitchen {if you're ever there, it's a must try!} It was honestly one of the best desserts I've ever had in my 24 years. Since then, I've wanted to try and duplicate the tasty treat - from the crisp crust to the sweet and nutty filling. I decided to turn it into a cookie and was not disappointed at all. If you're looking for a new holiday cookie to try out, this is it!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies
{adapted from Land O'Lakes}


For the cookie dough:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

For the filling:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup half & half
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the brown sugar and butter on medium speed until fluffy. Then, add in the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape down the sides to make sure everything is combined.
4. Add the dry ingredients in three-four additions, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl in between each to make sure all ingredients are incorporated.
5. Shape the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Make an indentation in each cookie to form a rounded well. I used the back of a measuring spoon {a teaspoon to be exact}. To prevent the dough from spreading too much while baking, place the baking sheet in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
6.  To make the filling, mix together the brown sugar, half and half, and vanilla in a bowl. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
7. Take the cookies out of the fridge and fill each well/indentation with a heaping teaspoon of the filling.
8. Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden brown. Let these cool for 2-3 minutes before removing and placing on a cooling rack.

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Thursday, December 12, 2013

holiday party: three looks

With the number of holiday parties and get-togethers you have to attend during this time of the year, picking out an outfit can be difficult. I put together a few looks for different occasions - from work to a casual dinner with friends to a festive holiday party- to get you through the season!

Sprinkles and Style || Holiday Party Looks: For Work

Sprinkles and Style || Holiday Party Looks: Casual Sparkle

Sprinkles and Style || Holiday Party Looks: Fun and Festive

I can't pick a favorite here, but I do love that River Island skirt! And I'm almost positive I will be wearing a black dress with my Target bow sweater to my holiday work party. I paired all three with the same makeup and bag because I think that it's great to have a few go-to items during this hectic time of the the year. And if you're looking for another holiday makeup look, make sure to watch this video for a pretty gold and glamorous option.

What's your go-to holiday party outfit?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

cinnamon sugar pie crust cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

When I made cherry pie for Thanksgiving, I was left with some leftover pie dough. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it and made an extra batch of these the day after to share with my family. This recipe is so simple, so easy, and so quick that it will become your go-to holiday snack, cookie, and breakfast.

That's right, I said breakfast.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

2 store-bought pie crusts {or homemade, this is what I always use}
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. ground cinnamon {I like a lot of cinnamon. If you don't, just use one tablespoon!}

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. In a bowl, mix together your sugar and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
4. Unroll the dough on a piece of parchment paper that has been lightly floured. Then, with your cookie cutter {I used pie crust cutters from Williams-Sonoma}, cut out the shapes and transfer them to your baking sheet.
5. Melt the butter in the microwave.
6. Using a pastry brush, coat each cookie with the melted butter. Then, sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
8. Let these cool slightly before enjoying! ;]

Sprinkles and Style || Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

Sprinkles and Style || Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

Friday, December 6, 2013

holiday sweaters

There is just something about having a fun sweater during the holiday season that I love. Bright colors, cheeky graphics, traditional patterns, lots of sparkle - what's not to love? They're perfect for any occasion, dressed up for holiday parties or dressed down for a day of shopping. Whether you want something more classic or something fun, I've rounded up a few of my favorites to share with you!

Sprinkles and Style || Holiday and Winter Sweaters

TOPSHOP is on their game with their selection of holiday sweaters. I'm considering buying the both the holly and sequin present sweaters... And the jeweled sweater from J. Crew? Loving that one too! 

Are you a fan of winter patterned and printed sweaters?

Have a wonderful and fun weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

video: holiday & winter nail and lip favorites

The tree at Rockefeller Center is now lit, and, in my opinion, it means that the holidays are in full swing here. So to add to all that holiday spirit, I thought I would share some {or a lot} of my holiday and winter nail polish and lipstick favorites. Grab a snack, take a seat, and enjoy!

Let me know what yours favorites are for this holiday season!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

juicy couture goodies

I must be living under a rock because I have been missing out on some really pretty things from Juicy Couture. I will admit that it isn't usually a brand that I'm drawn to immediately, but when I saw these on Shopbop, I did a double take. And of course, I picked out some of the things that caught my eye to share with you!

Sprinkles and Style || Juicy Couture Favorites

Don't you think they're pretty? I'm also really loving this chic bow bathing suit {too early?}, this vintage-inspired lace dress, and, of course, these velour pants.

Are you a Juicy Couture fan? What pieces are you loving?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

glam & gold: a holiday makeup tutorial

I filmed this fun holiday makeup tutorial before I posted my gift guides last week and, with holiday parties and other festivities on everyone's calendars, I thought this would be a great time to post this. I'm definitely in the holiday spirit and this is just adding to it!

Make sure to check my YouTube channel to see a full list of products!

Monday, December 2, 2013

eat this, wear that: turkey and sweet potato hash

Happy December!

I'm still feeling stuffed from all the turkey {see what I did there?} I ate on Thanksgiving and the days after. Is it just me or does turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes and bacon Brussels sprouts taste better as leftovers than they do during the actual meal? Anyone?...

Sprinkles and Style || Eat This, Wear That: Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash

If you're looking for something to do with all those leftovers, this hash is probably a good way to go. Turkey, sweet potatoes, and crisp green apples? Count me in. And a color pairing of beige neutrals with festive greens and bright orange needs to become one of my go-tos because I love the way it looks together.

Happy {Cyber} Monday!

If you're looking for some great deals today, here are some of my favorites:

Tons of deals so get to shopping! ;] And if you do plan on lightening up your wallet a bit, it wouldn't hurt to use Ebates to get some cash back while you're at it.

{Image via Martha Stewart}