My Beach/Pool Essentials

IMG_7449For spring break 2015 I am in sunny Florida and the majority of my time is spent at the pool and beach. These are some things I can’t live without.

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1. A Comfy Coverup — I love bikinis as much as the next person, but of course I need to have something to slip on for when I go to grab a snack or take a walk. My style is really casual so I prefer a fitted tee to a more dressy style. I love this Forever 21 top because it has a beachy anchor motif.

2. A Sheer-Nude Nail Polish — There is nothing that makes me feel like I’m on vacation more than freshly manicured nails. Of course, nail polish has to chip and I like to have a less noticeable color because I’m usually too busy relaxing to touch it up. Essie Figi is my absolute favorite.

3. Cute Sunglasses — Besides of course protecting my eyes from the sun, sunglasses are a great accessory. I think good sunglasses are definitely worthy of a splurge because they can be worn forever if you take care of them.

4. An IPhone Battery Case —  I DEFINITELY had hesitations about spending this much on a case (especially one that was so bulky). But, it has made my trip so far. I love to take pictures and look on social media, and since I spend so much time on my phone when I’m by the pool I decided to splurge. So far I’m loving how I don’t have to worry about my battery. I also love the blue and white color scheme of this case.

Hope this helped!

XOXO

Zoe

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Packing for Spring Break Favorites

Hello!

For my two weeks of spring break I am first staying in Val D’Isere, France, and then for the second week, Florida. Val D’Isere it is stationed extremely high in the icy mountains and is known best for its incredible skiing and snowy landscapes. This means I will be skiing in very low temperatures before leaving for the warm beaches of Florida AND I HAVE NO PACKING TIME IN-BETWEEN. So… I am going to have to pack my clothes for both warm and cold weather in the same suitcase. For this post I put together my favorites that can be worn in icy temperatures and in the burning sun.

1) Block Printed Cotton Tunic — Calypso St. Barth

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I really like the fact that I can wear this shirt as both a cover-up and everyday shirt. I absolutely love the blue and green pattern and the embellished collar means I can wear it for fancier occasions with a simple skirt.

2) Chloe Miami Mint Bikini — Triangl

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Aside from skiing, my favorite activity in Val D’Isere is swimming in the MOST AMAZING pools located in the town. I have been lusting after this bikini or a while and recently decided to buy it particularly for spring break. Mint green is one of my favorite colors and one of the main reasons I absolutely love this bikini. This swimsuit is purchased with an adorable matching neoprene bag that can be used to carry poolside accessories.

3) Gold Flip-Flops — Tkees

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I love Tkees shoes so much, they are now the only brand I buy my flip-flops from. Although they at first seem a little heavier than normal flip-flops, I actually have gotten used to the weight and even prefer it to lighter sandals. These flip-flops in particular are perfect for my light-packing vacation because they can be worn to the pool and the faded gold is what makes these shoes able to be worn to dressier occasions.

4) Vegan Leather Skater Skirt — Abercrombie

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On vacation, I usually wear this skirt to dinners or fancier occasions and I love to wear it with patterned shirts or crop tops. Sadly, this skirt is no longer available but I have found a similar one here at H&M.

5) Indigo Blue Cashmere Hoodie — Ralph Lauren

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Anybody who knows me can tell you that I wear this hoodie all the time. It is incredibly soft and the faded navy color works with almost any outfit. It is extremely warm and comfortable but can be tied around my waist in the scorching Floridian sun.

6) Navy Stripe Gold Bottom Monogrammed Tote Bag — West Elm                                                image6image7

I actually received this tote bag as a Christmas present and have been using it VERY often. I absolutely love the combination of navy, white, and gold and this bag is also roomy and the perfect size for weekend trips. For spring break, it can be used to carry around both ski items and beach accessories (such as towels and flip-flops). Even though this tote is relatively expensive, I would recommend it as the perfect gift for anybody who travels over the weekend.

Sophie

Study Tips for Exams and Tests

IMG_7304 In my last post I talked about how exited I was for spring. Though I can’t wait for spring, Sophie and I have to get through Final exams for the winter term first :(. So here are my top studying tips to make studying bearable and to make all that time you put in pay off. ***NOTE from now on we will be posting every Monday and Thursday

1. Make a Schedule.

My school gives us a lot of unstructured time and days off to study for exams and considering how I can turn a quick “study break” into 6 hours on YouTube I need to be held accountable for every minute of the day. At first, it felt really unproductive to take an hour out of my free time to schedule my study breaks for tomorrow, but then I realized this was one thing I could do just as efficiently while watching Dance Moms, which made it a win-win — I use my time efficiently, and then with the time I save I can watch some TV while I make a schedule for the next day.

2. Make Sure You Have a Clutter-Free Workspace

I may or may not have a problem with what I call “productive procrastination”. It’s when I organize my desk or pick out the next day’s outfit instead of studying for a test. My new years resolution this year was to keep my desk surface completely clear every night and it has done wonders for my studying habits. If you can’t manage to keep your desk clear, at least try to keep the paper stack to a minimum (you know what I’m talking about) and try to hoard display fewer trinkets on your desk.

3. Keep Yourself Motivated Do

whatever works for you. For me, its going to Staples and splurging for new pens or notebooks. I love this idea of getting a gummy bear for each paragraph you read (#5). The important thing is to not over indulge yourself. DON’T let yourself watch 3 hours of gossip girl the night before an exam. Instead, give yourself a break to have some dessert in between two topics. Hope these helped! XOXO Zoe

How to Make Flavored Meringues

Hello!

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As many of my friends know, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE MERINGUES. So when our teacher assigned my class a project, I just had to make them. The four flavors I used were peppermint, almond, rose and plain. This recipe makes around one hundred meringue kisses.

These are the ingredients you are going to need:

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6 egg whites

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

3 extracts – rose, almond, and peppermint

3 food colorings – pink, blue, purple

To begin, preset the oven to 225 degrees and line three baking sheets with aluminum foil.

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Whisk the egg whites until they are completely foamy.

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When they are foamy, continue beating but add in the vanilla and cream of tartar. Next, add in the sugar one teaspoon at a time, whisking for 30 seconds between additions (I know this takes some time but it is worth it in the end!) After all the sugar has been added, continue to beat until the mixture is stiff and glossy (but not dry).

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Spoon the mixture equally into four separate, medium-sized bowls (this step gets really messy) Set both the flavors and colors next to each of the bowls so you don’t get them confused. Then dip the end of a toothpick into the pink food coloring (I am using this color for example) and combine it with one of the mixtures in the bowls. As a side note, you can add as much of this color as you want using the same toothpick. Next, add a drop of the extracts (make sure it is only a drop) into the meringue mixture and blend it completely in. Repeat these steps three more times, leaving one portion plain.

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Place each mixture into four different pastry bags fitted with a 1/2 inch star tip and pipe out small meringue kisses, about 1 1/2 inches in size, leaving 1 inch spaces between each.

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Reduce the oven temperature to 200 degrees and bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the meringues are completely dry and can be lifted from the tinfoil.

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Finally, move the kisses to a drying rack and store them in a cool, dry place before eating! If you end up making these delicious treats, leave pictures and comments below our post.

Spring Outfit inspiration!

IMG_0168 I am SO exited for spring. I can’t wait for the warm weather and all of the pretty flowers. Another reason I love spring is the clothing. Along with the pretty pastels that are in season, you can really wear any type of clothing, from jeans to tank tops to sweaters to shorts. These things make spring my favorite season to shop for! So here are some of my picks for spring 2015 — simply click on the photo in order to be linked to where you can buy the item.

Basics:

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Pops of Color

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Shoes and Accessories

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