Enchantingly Poised

 

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For this outfit, I was really a feeling a vibe of an old-fashion Paris movie. Therefore to go with this vibe, I really wanted photos that seemed vintage-y. I really liked how the photos turned with an antique-esque vibe.

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I love this pink button down because it is such a soft pink that it can match with most clothing articles. And since the flowered skirt also has buttons, the outfit looks very organized and symmetrical when the buttons line up.

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Top: Pink long sleeve Collar: From an antique store Skirt: Local Store  Shoes: Nine West

This collar I found while digging around at an antique store. I seen other people wear them, yet I had never worn that type of accessory. However, there was an inkling in that back of my mind that it could really make an outfit. So I bought the collar, and I am happy that I did. It looks really great with long sleeve collared shirts and adds a wow factor to any outfit.

(Side Note: Last Friday I cut 5inches off my hair. It feels so lightweight and short! I’m really liking short hair.)

Stay Elegant, Caroline

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Autumn Pumpkin Muffins

The weather has just begun to cool down after a long hot spell. And quite frankly, I’m ready for the cold. Although the temperature has not really dropped, it still feels like autumn. And autumn means pumpkin. In case, you haven’t noticed, there has been a bit of pumpkin craze around the country. I like pumpkins, I may not be craving pumpkin food all day long, but I do enjoy a good pumpkin flavored food.

And truly what’s better than a pumpkin muffin on a lovely autumn day?

Autumn Pumpkin Muffins

2 /3 cup oat flour ( Blend oats until they are fine like flour)

3/4 cup Bread flour*

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin spice

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoon coconut oil (or canola oil)

1 /4 cup almond milk

4 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons honey

2 large eggs

1 can pumpkin purée

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional: 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan (or two 6-cup muffins pans) by buttering or spraying the pans.

In a medium bowl, sift together the oat and bread flour, baking powder, baking soda. Then sift the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and salt. Briefly mix with a spatula and set aside.

In another (bigger) bowl, add the coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin, and almond milk and beat until combined and smooth. (If your coconut oil is in solid form roughly take 2 ½ tablespoons of the oil and put it into the microwave until melted).

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl, mixing until just combined. The batter should be slightly runny. Do not over mix. (Over mixing will resulting with dense muffins) Add chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups so they are 3/4 of the way full.

Place the muffin tin in the oven. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, until a tester comes out clean or the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.

Let the muffins cool in pans about 10 minutes, then transfer them out of the muffins pans to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Enjoy!

Stay Elegant, Caroline

*If you don’t have bread flour on hand use the exact amount of all purpose flour. Bread Flour just makes the muffins have a better rise.

Jean Jacket Jubilation

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Jean Jacket: Elle   Shorts:Fade to Blue  Flannel( find similar one here)

Jean Jackets. Wow, what a great invention. Combine denim and an outer garment with sleeves and    you can get perfection. Jean jackets are a great for going just about anywhere. They put a nice touch on a simple outfit and are stable enough to keep its shape for countless uses. I must confess, overtime I need a casual looking jacket, I grab my jean jacket. I managed to snag a nice one at a resale shop and now I wonder what was doing all this time without a jean jacket.

Love, Caroline