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September 2014

Fashion & Style

Barbie Girl

forever21 barbie
Let’s get nostalgic up in here. Just pretend you didn’t jam out to this song back in the day. Try not to dance to it! I may or may not have owned the album..

Barbie Jam by Crystal on Grooveshark

forever21 barbieWhen it comes to my personal style, I usually stray away from character and graphic designs. I’m almost 30 years old, so you will no longer see me sporting a Hello Kitty tee like you would’ve in my mid-twenties. I don’t have anything against people who wear cartoon graphics, but for me, it’s just too juvenile for my taste. I made a small exception when I saw this sweater in a lookbook from the Forever 21 Barbie collection. I had to have it! To my dismay, it was sold out online, so I went to my local store and they had one left that just so happened to be in my size. It was meant to be! I love this sweater because it’s simple, the typography is catchy and it is surprisingly super soft! I can’t get enough of pink, either. I edged it up a little with my leatherette skater skirt. I’d like to wear this outfit out to an event, because when I had it on to just run errands I got some interesting looks. I’m positive every person I passed in the store looked at me. I found it very humorous.
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forever21 barbie look

Not the duckface!

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barbie ice cream cone

Yes. That is an inflatable ice cream cone.

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When I started taking these photos, I had my hair up. I’m not really a fan. What do you think?

Sweater: Forever 21| Wedges: Seychelles | Skirt: Rainbow | Jewelry: Vera Wang for Kohl’s & Charlotte Russe | Sunglasses: Pacsun | Hologram Satchel: Aldo

Fashion & Style

Back to the 50’s

58 buick pinkEver since I started working at the Car Museum a couple years ago, I’ve developed quite a love for collectable cars. The tackboard in my office reveals that I have a special interest for pink cars. I’ve waited a long time for us to get a pink vehicle in stock, so you can imagine my excitement when a beautiful 1958 Buick Caballero in a light pink shade showed up in our showroom. After having this baby for a couple months, I finally got someone to take photos of me with it! I tried my best to look like I was from that decade. Seriously, how did women do those crazy hair styles back in the day? I used about half a bottle of hairspray and my bangs still went flat! These photos kind of tell a story. I’m a girl named Betty who is about to go for a night out on the town, but my car won’t start, so I have to fix it. Besides being adorable, I’m also a witty mechanic. I get it up and running and drive off into the sunset. The end. I didn’t say it was a great story.. 😀 oh, and sorry about the boobage. There’s not really anything I can do about those suckers.
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Dress: | Pumps: Wetseal (Old) | Headband: Charming Charlie | Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Food & Recipes

Loaded Oatmeal-Pumpkin Cookies

pumpkin oatmeal cookies

Sundays around here are usually pretty quiet. It’s the day that you’ll most likely find me in the kitchen creating some kind of dessert. Baking has become somewhat therapeutic for me. I’m too busy carefully measuring ingredients and watching the clock to worry about any of life’s struggles. Now, I don’t want to get melodramatic on you so let’s talk about what I baked!

I had some leftover pumpkin in the fridge that I wanted to use up, so I incorporated it into some oatmeal cookies. These cookies are incredibly sweet. I’m not a fan of raisins, so I used cranberries as an addition, plus walnuts and white chocolate chips. These have a great texture. They’re a bit cakey but also crisp. I got 46 cookies out of this recipe, so it’d be a great one to use if you have a party and want to impress everyone. Make sure you have a glass of milk poured and ready!

pumpkin oatmeal cookies with cranberries and white chocolate chips

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups old-fashioned oats (or quick)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets with baking spray.

    2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie seasoning, and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. (About 3 minutes) Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture in increments; mix well. Stir in cranberries, walnuts and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.

    3. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and set in centers. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

    adapted from Allrecipes.com

    loaded pumpkin oatmeal cookies

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    Saturday Fun at Vintage Market Days

    vintage market days st. louis

    Today my friend Brienna and I drove to Illinois to hit up St. Louis Vintage Market Days! It’s an upscale vintage-inspired outdoor market with 100’s of vendors selling antiques, handmade pieces, furniture, jewelry, and more! I love everything vintage, and I especially love handmade items, so I knew I had to go when I found out about it a couple months ago. I texted Brienna and told her to wear something cute because we’d be taking pictures! Apparently we accomplished the looking cute part because about a dozen of people complimented us on our outfits and told us we “looked the part”.

    At the market the pieces that stuck out to me the most was the repainted and distressed vintage furniture. It was shabby chic at its finest! Brienna made a comment that it would be the ideal place to go to decorate a new home. One collection that I wanted something from, but was pinching pennies was the fringe hobo bags by Pairabelles. You can see from the photo below how delicate and beautiful the bags were. I took the vendors business card, so hopefully in the future I can buy one directly from their store. Christmas is coming soon…Mom, are you reading this blog?

    We roamed around the market for about an hour or so, then I started to have a craving for lunch. I didn’t want to wait in the food truck lines, so we decided to leave and find a cozy restaurant. Brienna and I are somewhat foodies, and I told her about seeing Cleveland-Heath often in the local food magazine, so we stopped there for some classy comfort food. I ordered their hearty, yet very messy cheeseburger. I know I’ve been complaining about my weight lately, but I did miss National Cheeseburger Day this past week, so…that’s my excuse and I’m stickin’ to it! What I don’t have an excuse for is the Pumpkin Cheesecake in a jar that I ordered for dessert. It was in a jar! That even sounds cute. It was light, not like most cheesecakes and very delicious!

    It was a day fun-filled day complete with laughter, no buyer’s remorse, and my randomness — “Let’s go take photos down this hilly country road!”

    Get ready for some photos.

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    Food & Recipes

    S’mores Cupcakes

    smores cupcakes
    The last few weeks in St. Louis have been a bit on the cooler side. Autumn is almost here, and the cold is approaching. While I’m not a fan of cold weather, I do enjoy the types of food it brings. Fall should be everything pumpkin, creamy soups, and comfort meals! Luckily, we have a bit of Summer left, and I think it’s the perfect weather to sit around a bonfire and enjoy s’mores! I love a good s’more with its melted chocolate and marshmallow goodness, what I’m not really fond of is the dry graham crackers you have to put them in between. I suppose you could ditch the cracker, but I’m guessing that’d be a little messy, and would probably burn. That’s why I love how s’mores have been made into so many other desserts where you don’t get that dryness. I’ve seen s’more brownies, pie, bars, you name it! I think my favorite is these s’more cupcakes I made. I got the original recipe from here. These are so moist and delicious! I especially love the graham cracker crust on the bottom, it’s just the right amount. The funny thing is that these cupcakes contain no marshmallows, the frosting definitely tastes like marshmallow though, and it was nice not to worry about using a kitchen torch (especially because I don’t own one) or the broiler. I will warn you, these are time consuming, but in the end they are so worth it!

    smores cupcakes

    smores cupcakes

    S’mores Cupcakes Recipe
    Ingredients
    Crust
    1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
    5 tbsp butter, melted
    5 tbsp sugar

    Chocolate Cupcakes
    1 cup flour
    1 cup sugar
    1/4 + 1/8 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 egg
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    3/4 tsp vanilla
    1/2 cup boiling water

    Marshmallow Frosting
    4 eggs whites
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp cream of tarter
    chocolate sauce for ice cream
    graham cracker crumbs

    Instructions
    1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients and mix well.
    3. Press about 1 1/2 tbsp of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner.
    4. Bake crusts for 7 minutes then remove and set aside.
    5. To make the cupcakes, add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.
    6. Add egg, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
    7. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well.
    8. Pour batter over crusts, filling a little more than half way in the cupcake liner, and bake at 300 degrees for about 19-21 minutes.
    9. When done, remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Then remove from cupcake tin and allow to cool.
    10. While cupcakes cool, make the icing. Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a metal, heatproof mixer bowl.
    11. Place over a saucepan with simmering water.
    12. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.
    13. Using the whisk attachment, beat on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes.
    14. Pip cupcakes with frosting and top with chocolate sauce and graham cracker crumbs, and graham cracker if desired.

    Makes 12 – 16 Cupcakes

    You’d think with a blog name like Cupcake Crystal, I would have posted some cupcakes by now. It’s not that I haven’t made any since I started this blog, it’s that when I bake it’s usually in the evening and I don’t have any daylight to snap photos. Tabletop lighting is on my wishlist!