Friday, August 29, 2014

august beauty and fashion favorites

The end of the month means time for another monthly favorites video! I mention all my beauty favorites from the past month, but also included some fashion things, some books, and my favorite drink. Make sure to give it a watch! And if you're interested in finding out where everything is from, make sure to visit this page to get the links.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

road trip!

Road Trip! // A Style Caddy

I'm off to Boston today with my parents to watch the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. We had originally planned on flying but decided against it earlier this week so a fun little road trip is in store for us! Whenever we take trips in the car like this during the summer, I always choose to wear maxi dresses and sandals because they're so comfortable. I bring anything I think I'll need - a sweater, snacks, and a good book - with me and then throw my bag in the trunk. More often than not, I'll take this time to catch up on some sleep, but it's nice to think that I may get some reading done.

What's your go-to summer road trip outfit?

Monday, August 25, 2014

2015 day planners

2015 Day Planners // A Style Caddy

Keeping a planner has always helped me stay organized. I jot down everything from birthdays, work events, vacations, daily to-dos - anything and everything that I need to remember gets written down. The most difficult part is choosing which one. I've heard a ton of great things about the Filofax system but have used the Lilly Pulitzer, Graphic Image, and Kate Spade agendas in the past. This myAgenda day planner and the Emily Ley Simplified Planner seem great too.

If you use planners, I'd love any advice you have on which you think is best would be much appreciated and helpful!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

what's in my bag? {golf tournament edition}

If you didn't know, the bag you can take to a golf tournament isn't very big at all. When it's completely empty, it should be 6 in. x 6 in. x 6 in. That's nothing! It's hard to find bags in that size {believe me, I tried for months} that hold more than just your credit cards and a cell phone. This mini Tory Burch bag is the perfect size and holds a lot more than I originally thought it would. Give this video a watch and see what's inside!

PS. All links will be in the description box on YouTube, so visit this page if you want to know where to find anything!

Monday, August 18, 2014

chocolate orange meringue

Chocolate Orange Meringue // A Style Caddy

To be honest, meringues are not a cookie that I typically choose to make. I made these back in May for my mom because she they are one of her favorites and she loves chocolate and orange anything. These were easy enough to make, but I think the humidity of the day caused these to lose their shape. I probably won't attempt to make these again until the fall, but this cookie has been added to my favorites list!

3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup of caster sugar {if you only have granulated sugar, just pulse it for 30 seconds to make it superfine}
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp orange extract
1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
zest of a small orange

1. Preheat your oven to 200°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla and orange extracts until soft peaks form. Add in the sugar a little bit at a time and then beat on high until stiff glossy peaks form, about 4-5 minutes.
3. Very carefully fold in the chocolate chips and orange zest until combined.
4. Pipe or spoon onto the baking sheet.
5. Bake for 60-90 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. The meringues will be slightly crisp, but chewy in the center.
6. Turn the oven off and cool in the oven for 30 minutes.
7. Store in an airtight container or serve immediately!

Chocolate Orange Meringue // A Style Caddy

Chocolate Orange Meringue // A Style Caddy

Chocolate Orange Meringue // A Style Caddy

Chocolate Orange Meringue // A Style Caddy

Friday, August 15, 2014

weekend reading

Weekend Reading {image via Camille Styles} // A Style Caddy

-- There are a ton of clips showing just what a funny guy Robin Williams was, but my parents shared this clip from the Huffington Post with me and it's hilarious. The world lost a whole lot of funny with his passing.

-- Jimmy Fallon handed out some PGA superlatives earlier this week. They're too good not to share. Kevin Stadler's really had me laughing. And Chesson Hadley nailed it with his response.

-- Byrdie posted the best tips for how to still look put together when you've overslept.

-- Have you seen the lookbook for the Altuzarra for Target collaboration? It's amazing! I want it all.

-- It shouldn't be a habit, but these are legitimate reasons to skip a workout - what I'll be doing tonight because I need more sleep.

-- This one brought tears to my eyes - in a good way! Kid President helped a school throw a surprise party for a wonderful teacher, Ms. Flexer, before she retired after teaching for 41 years.

-- The Giver comes out tomorrow! I just recently re-read the book and I'm that much more excited about the movie. Will you be seeing it?

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

summer scents

Summer Scents // A Style Caddy

Can you believe we're halfway through the month of August already? The summer is just flying by. And even though I love the fall, I'm not ready for the summer season to end!

I thought I would share some of my favorite scents of the summer for everyday wear and to fill up your home. Ralph and Clinique Happy have been my warm weather go-to fragrances for years now {Ralph is my all-time favorite perfume!}, but Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a new one for me. I love the original, but when I heard about this one, I was really skeptical because of its name and my tendency to steer away from overly, heavy floral fragrances. If you're like me, then you'll be happy to hear that Blooming Bouquet has just the right amount of floral hints and is so light and delicate!

As for home and candles, I love the heavier scented candles - anything that reminds me of men's cologne will most likely be on top of my list. Beach Day is exactly that! It's a little bit citrusy and a little bit musky. Vanilla Coconut and Mango Coconut Cooler both remind me of summer and vacation. And you can't go wrong with that when you're living in the concrete jungle.

What are some of your favorite summer scents?

Friday, August 8, 2014

summer peach tart

Summer Peach Tart // A Style Caddy

Baking usually takes a lot of time, but in the summer, I want to be able to bake something fast without turning my studio apartment into a sauna. This peach tart is perfect for that! The ingredients list is short and there are very few steps, which means that you can have this on the table in no time.

One puff pastry sheet, thawed for 20 minutes
Peaches {2 or 3 depending on size}
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Whipped cream for serving

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Take your puff pastry sheet out from the freezer and let it thaw on the counter for 20 minutes. Once thawed, cut it in half or into thirds - your preference - and place on lined baking sheet. If at anytime it gets too soft/mushy, just stick it back in the freezer for a few minutes!
3. Cut the peaches, remove the pit, and then slice them thinly.
4. Mix sliced peaches in a bowl with brown sugar and cinnamon. Let this sit for a few minutes.
5. Place sliced peaches on puff pastry.
6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
7. Serve with whipped cream... or ice cream! Yum!

Summer Peach Tart // A Style Caddy

Summer Peach Tart // A Style Caddy

Summer Peach Tart // A Style Caddy

Summer Peach Tart // A Style Caddy

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

a shot of bourbon

Bourbon Milkshakes // A Style Caddy
Bourbon and Biscoff Milkshake via Tasty Kitchen // Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake via What's Gaby Cooking // Cookies & Cream Bourbon Milkshake via offTRACT // Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshake via Love and Olive Oil // Bourbon Toasted S'mores Milkshake via Beyond Frosting // Bourbon Pecan Pie Milkshake via Buns in My Oven // Vegan Peanut Butter Bourbon Milkshake via Love and Lemons // Roasted Cherry Bourbon Milkshakes with Hot Fudge via How Sweet Eats

I have a major sweet tooth. Sometimes I hate it and sometimes I really love it. Today is one of those love days. Add in my love for golf and it's a match made in heaven.

Sweet tooth + the PGA Championship = bourbon milkshakes.

Since the PGA Championship starts tomorrow in Kentucky, I've rounded up a few favorite bourbon milkshakes from around the web. I can only imagine how hot and humid it must be in Louisville and a cold treat sounds like the best and delicious way to cool off. Bourbon, ice cream, chocolate? Yes please!

And while you're sipping on your ice cream with a kick, watch this funny video on How to Golf with Jason Dufner.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 4, 2014

delicate drop earrings

Delicate Drop Earrings // A Style Caddy

Players on the LPGA tour have taken the meaning of a 'drop' in golf in a different direction. It's become more and more popular for golfers, like Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson, to up the ante in golf fashion by accessorizing with drop earrings. While I've never been one to wear anything but studs while on the course, I can see the appeal. More delicate drop earrings add just the right amount of glamour and femininity to the game that is dominated by the not-always-flattering polos and shorts combo.

The verdict is still out on whether or not I'll be giving these a go the next time I play a round of 9 or 18, but it is definitely on my radar...

Friday, August 1, 2014

ice cream filled cupcakes

Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes // A Style Caddy

Cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts to eat and bake. The only problem with baking anything in the summer is that it's just so darn hot! What better way to cool down than with a cupcake filled with ice cream? Yes, that's right. Cold, delicious, creamy ice cream right in the center of a soft cake. This will be come your new favorite summer treat, I promise!

And what makes it all better is that this recipe is so incredibly easy because you can use whatever cake recipe you'd like, even a boxed mix.

Your favorite cupcake recipe {I used this Devil's Food Cake recipe from My Baking Addiction}
Ice cream

1. The most important part of this recipe is to make sure that all of the cupcakes are completely cooled. I waited a good half hour before even attempting to fill them.
2. Cut a cone shape with a paring knife from the center of the cupcakes. Then, cut the triangular bottom from this piece so that you can top the cupcake once filled.
3. Working with two or three cupcakes at a time, take a tablespoon of ice cream {I used Ben & Jerry's Coffee Coffee, Buzz Buzz} and fill the center of the cupcake. Top with the circular round to cover the hole.
4. Transfer the filled cupcakes to the freezer while filling the rest.
5. This step is optional, but you can top the cupcakes with your favorite frosting or whipped cream.
6. All that's left to do is take a bite and ENJOY!

Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes // A Style Caddy

Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes // A Style Caddy

Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes // A Style Caddy

Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes // A Style Caddy

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