Color Blocked Outfit Linkup



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Today I’m co-hosting with Jana & Maegen for The Creative Closet to show off our color blocked outfits! A super fun linkup to check out every week, especially if there is a certain week that you want to try incorporating into your wardrobe! Check the bottom of the post to see the full month’s prompts! I can’t wait to see Octobers schedule, and link up!

When I was choosing this outfit it wasn’t too hard, because I only have one piece of clothing that is specifically color blocked- this blue and black top. Which I l-o-v-e.



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Plus, wearing this top gave me an excuse to wear these gorgeous royal blue shoes that I never wear! They’re pretty tall, but I mean, seriously, they’re beautiful. I can’t get rid of them!



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Plus- I got them from Kohls, for like $20! The brand is Rock and Republic… or is it Rock N Republic? If you’re a Kohls fanatic, like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you don’t shop at Kohls, you are missing out! I mean, they have a Lauren Conrad Line, a J Lo Line…. And don’t get me started on all of the things they have for your kitchen, because we’re talking about clothes here.

Seriously, you need to go.



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Top: Jennifer Lopez (for Kohls) | Skirt: Mossimo (Target) | Shoes: Rock n Republic (for Kohls)

Now let me see your color blocked outfits! I know you’ve got them, and I need more ideas on how to do color blocked! Also- here is more information on the Creative Closet and what you can look forward to next week!

 

 



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The Creative Closet

The linkup will go live every Tuesday at 12 am EST. Bloggers will be able to submit their take on the week’s prompt. We hope you’ll use this linkup to get creative with your style, make friend’s, inspire and be inspired, and grow your blogging community. We’re so thrilled you want to link up with us!

Here are the rules: 

1) Follow your hosts and the week’s co-host (first 3 links)

2) Visit and comment on 5 other blogs–don’t just share your link and run! That’s no fun. Remember to be an encourager! :)

3) In your blog post, share either The Creative Closet button or a link back to this post on your blog.

Optional, but oh so recommended:

4) Share your look on social media using #thecreativecloset

 


Fall Wreath Tutorial



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Fall is almost here y’all! Adios summer, hello pumpkins, leggings, and booties! My favorite season of all, not too hot (unless you’re in Houston…) not too cold. Nice cozy outfits, curl up in a blanket with a good book and a cup of hot tea…. bring it on!

My front door was looking too springy with my bright yellow floral wreath, so I picked up a couple supplies from good ol’ Hobby Lobby and made this Fall Wreath Tutorial for y’all!

Click read more to see the tutorial! (more…)

Homemade Banana Bread Recipe



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I’ve been having a really hard time relaxing lately. I thought I could handle my family moving to Canada (Okay, Minnesota, but its pretty much Canada…) but these past couple weeks have knocked me down hard. I’m having to learn to cope with this, and it hasn’t been easy. I’ll have good hours and then really bad ones.

I have wavered back and forth with sharing any of this on the blog, because its really hard for me to talk about. I can a little bit, but If I talk about it to much it sends me into bad anxiety and not being able to eat. Which… makes the hubs really upset. However, if you came over to my house right now, you’d eat like a king and never know I wasn’t feeling good. I’ve made stuffed bell peppers, and a 4 layer paleo bacon and beef casserole. I’ve had bites of each and they’re delicious! That being said, I have a lot of food leftover and hubs is having a hard time eating it all. So come on over if you don’t want to cook!



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One thing that doesn’t make me feel like I’m going to be sick has been anything with bread. Saltines are my bff, and so is the whole grain loaf of fresh bread I got from the store. Maybe its more solid foods that don’t have too many bright flavors going on? Its a comfort food thing I guess.

So I texted my mom earlier this week and asked her for her Banana Bread Recipe, I had a bunch of bananas that were going bad, and I knew it was something I’d be able to eat. So I whipped up a double recipe of it while my cousin was over! We enjoyed a slice (or two) fresh out of the oven with cold butter *divine* and I sent her home with a loaf for her and her hubs to enjoy.

My advice? Eat a slice, or the whole loaf… while its still warm. Or put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. I’d love to see pictures if you make it- so tag me on IG @breepair.



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Homemade Banana Bread Recipe
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Serves: 1 loaf
 

Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1⅓ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • *optional* ¼ cup nuts

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and ¾ tsp salt. Set Aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat sugar and shortening with electric mixer until light, scraping the sides of the bowl often.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and the milk, beating until smooth after each addition.
  5. Add flour mixture and banana alternately to creamed mixture, beating until smooth after each addition.
  6. *optional* fold in nuts
  7. Pour batter into a lightly greased 8x4x2 inch loaf pan
  8. Bake at 350 for 60-65 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean
  9. Cool in pan 10 minutes
  10. Remove from pan, and try to let cool a little before you devour!

 

Mini Raspberry Pies Recipe



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I am obsessed with baking pies. Well okay… I’m obsessed with baking in general. When I went to the grocery store last week and found Raspberries on sale for $.99 I picked up 3 packs and new a pie was in my future!

After looking over my pinterest boards I found a picture of adorable mini pies, and decided to go for it! I think these would be perfect for a gals get together, just add tea, or your favorite cocktail, some girlfriends and that sounds like a great afternoon to me! This mini raspberry pie recipe made about 8 mini pies, but I had filling leftover, so just double the crust recipe, make a little extra filling, and you’d be set for a larger group!

Simple Pie Crust
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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold shortening or butter, cut into pieces
  • ¼ tsp. table salt
  • 4-5 Tbsp. ice water

Instructions
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Sprinkle ice water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, over surface of mixture in the bowl, stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened.
  2. Shape into a ball; cover and chill 30 minutes.

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To be used in the mini pies, or in a whole Raspberry pie!
Ingredients
  • 12 oz Raspberries (2 small containers)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp. table salt

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Wash, drain, and pat dry the raspberries
  3. Mix all ingredients together gently, don’t mash the raspberries
  4. Roll 1 recipe of Simple Pie Crust
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  6. Cut out 8 circles for your pie bases. I used a mason jar lid.
  7. Then roll out your dough again and cut out strips for your pie tops.
  8. Place your circles on parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  9. Spoon a bit of your Raspberry filling onto the center of each circle
  10. Make an x with two strips of dough and tuck them on the sides
  11. Add two smaller additional strips on opposite sides
  12. Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until crust is golden brown
  13. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks; cool completely.



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Naked 3 Palette Review



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Hello there everyone! Happy Friday! *does a little jig* Today I am going to share with you a review of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. After much debate, mostly with myself not wanting to pay the money for the palette, I caved and I am so glad I did. I am in love with rose gold, rose gold everything it doesn’t matter what it is, so I had no problem with deciding between the three palettes. The first and second Urban Decay Naked palette’s, in my opinion, are somewhat similar but this palette stands out the most from the three with it’s gorgeous rose gold packaging and shadows.



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This palette comes with 12 shadows, 9 with shimmer/sparkle and 3 matte. It also comes with an applicator brush with two brush ends.



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From left to right: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside and Blackheart.My favorite color combos are:

Lid: Burnout Crease: Limit Outer Corner: Nooner Liner: Blackheart

Lid: Limit and Trick Outer Corner: Factory



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The shadows are so soft and creamy and just glide onto the lid. There are only two shadows that are more sparkly than the rest and don’t give off much pigment and that’s Buzz and Trick. They are perfect for a pop of sparkle to glam it up for during the day or a night out. I am very happy with this purchase and these shadows are going to last for quite some time. Urban decay never lets me down with their product quality.

Well that’s it for the review! I hope this was helpful to you if you are deciding on any of the Urban Decay palette’s or you just wanted to see someone else’s thoughts on it. All three of them are gorgeous and you can’t go wrong with any one of them. Just bite the bullet and go for it!

Happy Friday!

{xoxo, Jess}

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