October 2014 archive

“Mommy, you need new pants.”

Two trends in jeans – distressed and high-waisted – have circled back in the last year or two, and I’ve been shying away from each of them. I feared that wearing the former would make me look like I was trying too hard to look young, and wearing the latter would make me look like I wasn’t trying hard enough to not look old. That seems like a poorly written sentence but trust me, it’s the best way to make the point. Does the SNL “Mom Jeans” skit come to mind for anyone else? A couple of weeks ago I made the decision to take a chance on some distressed denim and I ended up with this pair, which checked the box on both trends. It may be that both of them are fading from the fashion landscape in the near future (I don’t know that to be true, but that generally happens to a trend at the point at which I decide to hop on the bandwagon), but for the moment I feel relatively relevant. More on the purchase, and on the post title, below.


Peyton Jensen shirt | Citizens of Humanity jeans (now 20% off) | Banana Republic booties (extra 35% off today with code BRSHOP35) and sunglasses | Anthropologie earrings and bracelet | J Crew Necklace | Michael Kors watch | vintage Ferragamo purse


Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Box Cake

This “cake” is a go-to recipe for many occasions (recipe below). You absolutely should make this dessert. Your friends will swoon and your family will love you. Even more, that is. It uses only a handful of ingredients (one of which can be varied depending on preference) and must be made at least a day in advance, which is always a good feature for making entertaining easier. If you’d like to make it with chocolate chip cookies, as shown here, try my cookie recipe (link here) or if you’d like to skip some steps, feel free to use Toll House packaged cookie dough – those actually work quite well as they soak up some of the ice cream goodness. If you are more of a purist, use a package of chocolate wafers, which is the main ingredient in the classic version of this treat. If peanut butter is your thing, use Nutter Butter cookies and chocolate sauce, and crumble a Butterfinger bar on top for added crunch.

Yeah, it’s as good as it looks.

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