Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Mid-Week Notices

Hello Wednesday! How are you here already? The weeks seem to be going by faster and faster as November passes. There have been some bits of the internet that have caught by attention lately - Winter fashion is coming in full-swing; award hopeful movies and big-budget movies are starting to release trailers; and Christmas joy is filling the air! Here are some links that I'm loving at the moment:

Who doesn't love a Downton Abbey-Game of Thrones mashup? Also Cate Blanchett is in it and she is just simply amazing. Can't wait until March to see this!

Idina Menzel and Michael BublĂ© 
I've loved Idina Menzel for a long time. Like, ever since I heard the soundtracks to Wicked and Rent which was around 6 years ago (though it feels so much longer), so it is thrilling to see her gain a wider audience! "Baby It's Cold Outside" is in my top 5 favourite Christmas songs and I love the combination of Idina and the always gorgeous Michael Bublé together. His voice is like a blessing to mankind. The boy-meets-girl story in the video is also very cute :)

J.Crew Winter Arrivals
The majority of my wardrobe (or at least the wardrobe I wear the most) is J.Crew. It just fits so perfectly into my style! I love the Chateau Parka and the Cocoon Coat but they do have a decently large price tag. I picked up this really cool sweater last week:
It's a catchy pattern and extremely cozy! It's a sweater that can be used in most situations. It is great piece that can keep you looking "fashionable" (I don't really like that word, but I don't really know how else to describe it - chic, perhaps?) and be extremely comfortable. On the days when I wake up and go to the library (putting no effort into my look) this is something I would grab.  
This sweater is not something I would normally just pick up in the store (and I probably wouldn't have gotten online) but it is amazing in person. Highly recommended!! 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

On it Goes (Chocolate Included)

It's finally the end of midterms. Preach! With now just four weeks to go before heading home for Christmas break, crunch time is sort of in effect. There is a strange hybrid of panic and relaxation: panic because, obviously, finals are soon upon us. Most aren't until December... But December is really just around the corner. Relaxation because we are through with multiple week (or more) long periods saturated with studying and tests and assignments AND classes. 

Although I haven't done much since the start of the semester, I LOVE baking. LOVE. I have a sweet tooth like no other (I think chocolate runs through my veins). I love trying new recipes, and will use any excuse to bake. To commemorate the end of midterms (and a roommate's horrible week), I decided to bake chocolate caramel (though really butterscotch) cupcakes. There are many ways to de-stress, but baking really is a great way. I love reading; LOVE watching TV or movies; when I have (or put aside) time, yoga; horseback riding; even jogging; and just hanging out with roommates! I guess there are a ton of ways to de-stress, though I'm sure most people resort to a screen. I am guilty. But back to the cupcakes:

They were delicious. End of story. The batter used buttermilk with a butterscotch filling, and I used a dark chocolate icing recipe, then drizzled (...or poured) butterscotch on top. They didn't last long. In a house of seven girls plus frequent visitors, no baking really does. I didn't snap any pictures so here are some to enjoy instead! 

Here is the recipe used for the cupcakes, and the icing. I only used 2 cups of powdered sugar, and added in a few extra teaspoons of cream. For the cupcakes, I swapped the Rolo toppings out for more butterscotch.