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Sprinkle Shortbread Cookie

July 28, 2015


If you're looking for a super-quick, super-sweet treat for your next summer soirée, try these darling and delicious sprinkle shortbread cookies. Their small size lends to a light snack that's sure to be a hit with everyone. Who doesn’t love brightly colored sprinkles?!

Cook time: 15 min. | Prep time: 10 min. | Yields: 8-10 servings



Ingredients: 

  •  1/2 cup butter, softened 
  •  1/4 cup Simple Truth Organic sugar 
  •  1/3 teaspoon almond extract 
  •  1 cup Simple Truth Organic flour 
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt 
  •  Bright multicolored sprinkles 


Directions: 
1. Start off by preheating the oven to 325°F.
2. Next, mix together the softened butter, organic sugar and almond extract until creamy.
3. After that, add in the organic flour and salt. Mix on a low speed until you create a crumbly dough. 4. Add in as many sprinkles as you want to the dough! For this recipe, I added in 4 tablespoons of sprinkles.
5. Knead the sprinkles into the dough by hand.
6. Once you have formed a solid mixture of dough, roll it out onto the counter or parchment paper until it is 1/2 inch thick.
7. Then use a knife to slice the dough into 1/2-inch mini squares.
8. Transfer the mini squares to a lightly greased cookie sheet.
9. Cook for 15 minutes, until the bottoms of the cookies are a golden brown.
10. Once done cooking, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

This content was created in partnership with Kroger Family Stores using free products provided by Kroger.

White Ripped Denim #WeAreUSA

July 6, 2015

Neon Floral Woven Shirt c/o | White Ripped Skinny Denim (I cut the bottoms) c/o | Black Felt Fedora Hat c/o | Black Heels | Black Aviator Sunglasses | Black Crossbody Bag

I hope your long weekend was as fun and as relaxing as mine was. There is nothing quite like getting caught up on the never-ending wedding to-do list and also enjoying some time at the beach with friends. Of course, the highlight of the weekend was celebrating the good ol' USA! I went down to Hermosa Beach and watched the many fireworks shows all down the coast. You may have seen all of our shenanigans on Snapchat (@dmcheever)... ha!

In true USA spirit, today I am participating in a fun campaign with Boohoo called #WeAreUSA. I am representing my personal style in California with a fun summertime casual look I would wear any weekend (except maybe trade these black heels for some sandals like these).

Anyways, there are two key elements to my look that are so California. First and foremost, I am totally obsessing over super destroyed denim, especially in white. It is casual and cool, perfect for the summertime. I first spotted it while out & about in Santa Monica a few weekends ago and I knew I had to have a pair. Also, this black hat is so true to the LA style vibe. Almost anywhere I go, there are at least a few black fedoras in the crowd. They are really chic and trendy at the moment, but even better than that, they hide a bad hair day. I now have fedoras in almost every. single. color. The hardest part is storing them so they don't get smashed! Does anyone have any clever tricks for this? Right now I have them stacked on top of some shelves, but they collect dust way too easily.

In other news, come back by the blog later this week for some wedding related blog posts! Can't wait to share details with you :)

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The Perfect Blonde

June 25, 2015


Finding the perfect hairstylist in LA has been a two year ordeal for me. When moving here, it was a rude awakening to hear how much a highlight and haircut cost.... I will give you a hint: a small fortune. Since I am not a natural blonde (shocker!) I knew that forking over a large chunk of change every four to six weeks would be somewhat painful. After I came to terms with the cost, I realized that I had to find a stylist that I knew would do a really great job, for what I was about to pay them. Lucky for me I have a few trusted stylists I have met over the years... and no horror stories.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to experience the best highlight of my life at Gavert Atelier Salon in Beverly Hills. Redken set me up to meet with Summer Sararo, and she and I chatted about my current blonde color, the current state it was in, and how I wanted to give it a lift. We added highlights of the current shade I had as well as popped in some more dimension with a lighter shade of blonde. I absolutely love how it turned out, and she covered my regrowth so well. We  used a bayalage technique on the bottom half of my hair to keep some of my natural color mixed in with the blonde. On the top, we used foils for a thorough highlight. I honestly felt so pampered at Gavert Atelier... they served me coffee, water and had the most incredible shampoo chairs/bowls ever!

Not only was the highlight amazing (and has lasted me 3 weeks already), but the products Redken sent me to upkeep the look are awesome. The entire Blonde Idol line has kept my hair shiny, full and has made my highlights last longer. I am obsessed with the Custom Tone, which removes brassiness from my blonde color. Let me know what you think of my color! I am obsessed... Check out the Before & After below!

Thanks to Conde Nast and Redken for setting up such an awesome opportunity with Summer and Gavert Atelier.

#ProjectFab Traveling Bag

June 21, 2015

H&M Chiffon Floral Top (similar style) | Crystal Necklace (similar style) | Cloth and Stone Chambray Denim Skirt | Project Fab Catherine Malandrino Handbag (Similar Nude Catherine Malandrino Bag) | Ralph Lauren Wooden Wedges via Marshalls c/o (very similar pair on sale) |

Whenever I buy a new handbag, one of the questions I always ask myself is about versatility. Can I wear this on the weekend? Is it too heavy? Will my wallet fit? Will my laptop fit (if I need it to)? Is there a long strap? Is the material durable? At the end of the evaluation, if I can check off enough boxes to make the purchase worthwhile, the handbag becomes mine!

For this specific nude handbag from Marshalls, the ultimate test of versatility is sending it across the USA for many different bloggers to try it... and that's exactly what Marshalls did! This handbag has been to Boston, Arkansas, Chicago, Rhode Island, NYC and... Venice, CA... with more locations to come. (You can see all the locations and bloggers styling the bag here).

I decided to showcase the bag in one of my favorite LA spots - the Venice Canals walkway. My mom was in town a few weekends ago and between wedding appointments and cake tasting, we decided to walk around and take in the beautiful weather. I love how quaint the little bridges are, and the canoes in the canal make it such a picturesque place to take photos. Although I have never been to Italy, I can imagine these canals are similar, but with an eclectic California edge. If you are ever out in LA on the westside, I highly encourage you to take some time to check it out!

Also, be sure to follow along on Instagram via #fabtravelingbag to see where the #ProjectFab bag is headed next!

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