Friday, October 24, 2014

baked apple donuts

Baked Apple Donuts {with Caramel Apple Oreos!} // A Style Caddy

If you watched my Favorite Fall Things tag video, then you know that I'm not a pumpkin person {AT ALL} and that apples are my favorite festive fall food. I keep apples {Granny Smith specifically} in my fridge at all times and have been drinking spiced apple cider when out with friends. I'm addicted. And the next logical thing to do with this obsession is to make more apple donuts. I made apple cider donuts last month but decided to just throw some chopped apples into these. Topped with a sweet glaze and caramel apple Oreos {you heard that right} and these are a great fall dessert or breakfast treat.

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup diced apple

3/4 cup confectioners sugar
2-3 tbsp milk
Caramel Apple Oreos, chopped {optional}

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray the donut pan with non-stick spray.
2. Melt the butter, either in the microwave or on the stove. Let this cool.
3. While the butter is cooling, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Set this aside.
4. Whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Then, add the cooled melted butter. {If it's not cooled enough, the eggs will scramble.}
5. Dice half of an apple into small pieces.
6. Add the wet ingredients and the diced apple to the dry ingredients. Mix together until well combined. Do not overmix! This will result in rubbery donuts {ew.}
7. Fill a pastry bag {or Ziploc bag} with the batter and cut a hole in one corner to fill the pan OR spoon the batter into the pan. Fill each well until about 2/3 full.
8. Bake the donuts for 9-11 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for five minutes. Then, remove and let these cool completely on a wire rack.

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners sugar and milk.
2. Chop the caramel apple Oreos. No need to be perfect here. This is optional, but I highly recommend because they're so tasty!
3. Dip the cooled donuts into the glaze and then top with the Oreos.
4. Eat and ENJOY!

Baked Apple Donuts {with Caramel Apple Oreos!} // A Style Caddy

Baked Apple Donuts {with Caramel Apple Oreos!} // A Style Caddy

Baked Apple Donuts {with Caramel Apple Oreos!} // A Style Caddy

Baked Apple Donuts {with Caramel Apple Oreos!} // A Style Caddy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

favorite fall lipsticks

I've been meaning to post this video for a while now but just kept putting it off. In my mind though, it's never too late some favorite fall beauty products, especially when it's lipstick. I started wearing lipstick last year and now I'm addicted. I usually go for nudes and neutrals but love the dark vampy and wine colors for the fall season.

For a full list of the lipsticks mentioned in the video, visit this page and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Monday, October 20, 2014

favorite fall things

I saw this tag video going around on YouTube, and I just had to join in on the fun. It's all about favorite fall things from beauty and fashion to food and drink. So if you want to see me looking not so glamorous {I'm in workout clothes, glasses, and forgot to put on mascara} and talking about whether I prefer Halloween or Thanksgiving, give this video a watch!

Also, there's a short blooper at the end.

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

a kate spade sale!

It's the season of sales, and trust me, I'm not complaining one bit. One sale that I always look forward to is the Kate Spade Friends and Family sale. They have beautiful jewlery and quality handbags {not to mention the pretty dresses and shoes!}, so this is the perfect time to take advantage of the discount and scoop up a few things.

Small Square Studs // You can never go wrong with tortoise!

Genni Sweater // Leather patches at the shoulder and elbow... Love!

Cedar Street Leopard Monday Cross-Body Bag // This would be perfect for golf tournaments.

Leather Bow Gloves // Great for when the temperatures start to really cool down

Slater Sneakers // The prettiest glitter and jeweled sneaker! Holiday season, anyone?

Make sure to shop the Kate Spade {and Kate Spade Saturday} Friends and Family sale {use the code F14FFUS} before Sunday night. You don't want to miss out!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

midweek moment

It's Wednesday, and I just wanted to share a few things that I've read/listened to/loved lately. Have a wonderful day!

Shopbop Friends & Family // It's here! The Shopbop Friends & Family {use the code FAMILY25} sale ends on October 16 so you should take advantage of the 25% off before then. I've got my eye on these beautiful Ash suede booties and these Kate Spade black leather gloves. Both would be perfect once the weather starts to get chillier!

Image via Young House Love

"When Blogging Becomes a Slog" // Did you see this article in The New York Times? It's a great read about blogging, the blogging community, and what happens when it becomes more of a chore than work or a hobby you love. I think a lot of people view blogging as an easy task, the content taking just minutes to create. It can take hours to put a post together, never mind taking photos, recording videos, and the editing. I've started and ended multiple blogs before this one so I know that the burn out is real.

Image via Foodess

Apple Cinnamon Rolls // I stumbled upon these apple cinnamon rolls on Pinterest and immediately went to the original site to get the recipe. Cinnamon rolls are already tasty, but add in some apples and it only gets better. This would be the perfect fall brunch dish!

I'm Not The Only One // I love Sam Smith's voice, and I've been listening to this song nonstop lately. It's my go-to jam while commuting to work in the morning. I also really love the video, partially because of Dianna Agron. Give it a listen and be prepared to love it too.

Monday, October 13, 2014

skincare favorites + a secret!

Last week, I shared my shower and hair care favorites in the first video of this two-part series. I posted this video of my skincare favorites and must-haves for anyone who has eczema and dry/sensitive skin. I even included my one skincare secret that will probably surprise you. I've never shared with anyone until now! It's an old trick that I learned from my mom who used to do it when she was a teenager and used it on me when I was a baby. I'm pretty sure my grandma did it when she was younger, too. A skincare secret that spans generations... one that you definitely will want to try!

For a full list of products, make sure to visit and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

shower and hair care favorites

Skincare videos and posts seem to be quite popular lately. Maybe it's the change in weather, but they just seem to be popping up everywhere. I don't often run into people with my skin type {eczema + super dry/sensitive skin} so I thought I would share my current favorites in a little two part series. The first video are all the things I currently have in my shower and a few hair care favorites.

For a full list of products mentioned in the video, make sure to visit my YouTube channel!

Monday, October 6, 2014

feels like fall

Feels Like Fall {via Country Living} // A Style Caddy

Though the autumn season started a few weeks ago, the weather has been a bit up and down here in the city. But yesterday it finally felt like fall! The temperatures were in the 50s and everyone was walking around in their coats, quilted vests, scarves, and boots. I loved it! Hopefully the weather stays like this, and we can all enjoy the wonderful cool and crisp fall temperatures!

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 3, 2014

favorite fall nail polishes

Favorite Fall Nail Polishes // A Style Caddy

One of my many favorite things in life is Essie nail polish {seriously, I pretty much only own Essie}. Oh, nail polish... I know it's not good for my nails, but I like to change the color every few days or at least every week. When the fall season comes, I put away the bright corals and oranges that I stick to in the summer and break out more neutrals and deeper shades for my fingers and toes.

1. and 2. Mink Muffs and Chinchilly are two of my top three of Essie polishes that I think everyone must own. They're two of my go-to neutral nail colors, especially during autumn.

3. Cashmere Bathrobe is another great neutral, a soft shade of gray with a hint of shimmer. 

4. Shearling Darling is a richer and deeper shade of red that I love, especially during the latter half of the season. I don't normally choose red polish, but this is one I can get down with.

5. Carry On is a pretty burgundy and is the only color that will be on my toes during this time of the year.

6. Damsel in a Dress, an iridescent dark purple, is the color I currently have on my nails. 

7. Armed & Ready is a lustrous army green that goes with the camo trend that's been so popular. 

8. Stylenomics, a rich forest green, and it's one of my favorite polishes that I own. In my opinion, it's one of the most perfect shades for autumn. 

9. After School Boy Blazer is a recent purchase for me, but I love that it's such a dark blue that it nearly looks black.

What are your favorite nail polish colors to wear during the season? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

what i learned from 3 months of no shopping

What I Learned from 3 Months of No Shopping // A Style Caddy

Yes, you read the title right. This past summer, from June 1st to Labor Day, I decided to not spend a single cent on clothes, jewelry, shoes, makeup, handbags... You name it and I probably didn't buy it. I allowed myself to get the obvious things, groceries and other necessities {shampoo, lotion, etc.}, but otherwise, I couldn't get anything new.

I had one, very simple goal in mind: to save money. Sounds easy right? Well, let me tell you...


I've done spending freezes before but never one of this length. And as someone who reads a ton of blogs and subscribes to many YouTube channels, the temptation to buy new things was always there. I made it though! So I thought I would share a few things I learned and some tips I picked up to help you get through your next spending freeze.

1. Write down your goal and put it somewhere visible.
For me, I wrote down "Three months = $$" in my planner at the beginning of every week. It was an easy reminder that I had a goal in mind that I really wanted to reach. I didn't have any set amount in mind, just that I wanted to save more money to put into my savings account.

2. Specify exactly what you plan on NOT purchasing for x amount of days/months.
I've found that whenever I've said "I'm just not going to spend money for this many days" doesn't really work. By knowing exactly what I couldn't buy, I was less likely to actually buy those things instead of making a purchase and then having an excuse for it.

3. Tell people you're on a spending freeze. 
Don't keep this to yourself! It helps to have friends and family know so that they're not tempting you with hours and hours at the mall or eating out every weekend. And once you reach your goal end date, they'll be really proud and impressed!

4. You'll find out what you love and what you never really wear in your closet.
This was a big one for me. I live in a studio apartment without much closet space so everything is just crammed in there. Since I couldn't buy any new clothes when I thought I didn't have anything to wear, I ended up remixing a lot of what I already had. It showed me what pieces and color palette I stick to the most and helped me pare down my wardrobe. I ended up donating a bunch of things, selling some on Poshmark, and sending it off to ThredUp. Who doesn't love more closet space?

5. Window shopping will be your enemy... and then your best friend!
Any amount of time you try to abstain from something is tough. When it comes to shopping though, you can still window shop. In the beginning, you'll hate this. So much so that you'll probably avoid store, malls, and your favorite online sites for awhile. And that's OK! You're still learning how to resist the temptation of buying that new blouse or that new lipstick. Eventually you'll get over that hump and realize that window shopping is the best way to put things on your wish list. Which leads me to my next point...

6. You will learn the difference between want vs. need. 
By July, I felt I had a pretty good grasp on this challenge. So whenever I visited a site to do some online window shopping, I'd put things in my cart... and then they'd stay there. Sometimes things would go out of stock, sometimes I would just remove them altogether, but by leaving them there, I was able to weigh whether or not the purchase was something I just wanted or something that I needed to fill a void in my closet.

7. You will feel rewarded in the end.
When your spending freeze is over, there will be a sense of relief and a great sense of joy. You did it! Congratulations! It's quite the accomplishment, and it gets even better when you see how much money you saved up. Reward yourself with something nice, but don't go overboard! A new lipstick or one pair of new shoes that you've have your eyes on for months is a nice little gift, just don't spend it all at once! You saved up some money and, trust me, it's nice to hang on to that.

So have you ever embarked on a long spending freeze? I'm starting a new one today! I plan on holding out from the usual {clothes, makeup, shoes} until Thanksgiving to save up some money before the holidays. Let me know if you plan on doing one too! 

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