Easter Party Made Easy.

Since Easter is coming up soon, I decided to do a post on some easy and creative ways to have an preppy and gorgeous Easter party with friends and family. All of these ideas are from Pinterest (surprise, surprise I know).

I love this flower arrangement and with just a few eggs, it makes the perfect centerpiece for any Easter table. I had a centerpiece kind of similar to this for my Graduation Party except with limes and it turned out adorably. It adds a little extra spice for not a lot of work or money.

http://b-moviestar.com/tag/flower-arrangement

This is an easy and cute snack for any Easter party as well. All it is is an Oreo, a marshmallow, and a jelly bean. Easy enough, right?

http://pinterest.com/pin/52072939411459509/

I’m obsessed with these Printables and they’re free! They would be perfect for place cards, napkin rings, or just scattered around.

http://blog.catchmyparty.com/2011/03/24/free-easter-printables-from-peace-heart-cupcakes/

These chocolate covered strawberries are perfect for any get together for Easter. The chocolate is died orange so that the strawberry looks like a carrot. Cute, right? This would be great “bunny food” to leave out for the Easter Bunny to munch on when he drops off the baskets too. These are also good for party favors.

http://pinterest.com/pin/52072939411584503/

And last but not least, an Easter Wreath that if I had the time to make, would be hanging on our dorm door for sure! This would definitely invite the Easter Bunny in to drop off his goodies and maybe entice him to leave some clothes or accessories too (hear that Bunny?)

http://pinterest.com/pin/52072939411584533/

I hope that all of these ideas get you in the Easter mood!

xoxo

kBp

Outfit of the night 3/29/12

 

Hey everyone! I just felt like sharing my outfit for the evening.  I’ll be going out later with my friends, so I felt like getting all pretty 🙂

  • What I’m wearing:
    • Top: Ann Taylor Loft
    • Sweater: Old Navy
    • Jeggings: American Eagle Outfitters
    • Accessories: watch, Michael Kors; glitter flats, Delia’s; pearl earrings; claddagh and signet rings.

Hope you all have wonderful weekends! I’m do excited because my mom and dad are visiting me at school tomorrow!

xoxo, Karoline

Rise (without leaveners, of course!) to the Challenge: Passover Made Easy

Hi all! I’m Nicole. I’m a sophomore at Boston College and Katie’s roommate! Here’s a picture of the two of us together, just in case you were wondering who I am! It may surprise you to know that before I came to BC, I was the least preppy person on this planet…But that was before I met Katie. She has officially turned me into a Sperry wearing, Longchamp carrying certified prep! As you all know, Easter is upon us! It’s my favorite holiday, what’s not to love? Family (here is me and mine!), candy, and Spring! Oh, and no school! This year is a little bit different for me because I am visiting my boyfriend and his wonderful family! Whenever I go spend a few days with them, I always always always bring something I baked with me (Mommy told me never to show up anywhere empty handed). This visit is going to be a bit challenging because I happen to be joining them for the first few nights of Passover (think Moses, plagues, Pharaoh’s son, lambs blood to help you jog your memory of the Passover story) and this means no leaveners…which means no cookies or cakes, my go to items. So, the past few days I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find some tasty passover friendly meals that I hope he and his family will like! When cooking for Passover, these next three words are going to save your life: Matzah, Matzah, and more Matzah! You can do pretty much anything you want to it, and its going to be delicious! I’ve compiled a few recipes that you can make for Passover, or just for fun (Matzah based of course)!

First, who doesn’t love matzah ball soup?!  If you haven’t had it, i’d suggest you try it immediately! Here’s a quick and easy recipe for the soup! Now if you’re feeling daring, or are just really really into matzah, you can always serve this with a side of fried matzah. My boyfriend’s mom makes the most delicious fried matzah, but its a family secret. So, I’ve found you a new recipe which looks equally as good!

Now for the main course, you have a choice of lasagna or pizza: both made with matzah (no surprise there)! There are plenty of other great ideas for main dishes, so don’t limit yourself. Google recipes, ask around and try new things!

Now for the finale: chocolate toffee matzah. Now this recipe is something I definitely plan on making for him (and his family if he doesn’t eat it all first)!

This literally looks amazing, and it is super easy to make: two of my favorite things to hear about a recipe. You can mess around and use any kind of chips you want- personally, I may need to try it with peanut butter (because who doesn’t love reese’s?!) and butterscotch. Now, if you’re a chocolate lover, like my boyfriend, try getting other ideas from recipes from a chocolate seder website for other delicious (kosher) desserts!

Good luck to you all, and have a lovely Easter or Passover (or whatever else you would like to celebrate!)!

Cape Cod weekend!

Hello everyone! I spent this past weekend exploring one of the preppiest vacation spots: Cape Cod.  Despite being from MA, I’d never been before, so it was fun to see all the beaches and cute little towns.  It’s so picturesque!  I’m officially jealous of all of my friends that get to live down there year-round.

I got to walk the beach in March, explore the cute shops of Provincetown, and marvel at all the adorable shingle cottages.  It was a marvelous weekend.

Isn’t it just gorgeous?!

xoxo, Karoline

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Spring Trend

This spring I am all about scarves!  While scarves are usually a staple of my winter wardrobe, I am starting to find new ways to wear them this season.  I have a slight obsession with scarves and just love the new spring products!  Here are some of my favorites:

OOTD 3/22/12

I know it’s only the third day of spring, but I swear it feels like summer out there!  Tank tops, shorts, flip flops…it’s all good!  This is actually my outfit from yesterday, but I thought I’d share 🙂

I’m wicked bummed that this weather isn’t going to carry on into this weekend (especially because I’m going to The Cape), but at least I had this one week of fun in the sun!

What I’m wearing:

  • sweater: J. Crew
  • top: American Eagle
  • shorts: Old Navy
  • sandals: Jack Rogers
  • accessories: Old Navy necklace, pearl earrings, signet and claddagh rings, bracelets: Pandora, Alex and Ani, and random silver bangle.

Is it feeling like summer for you guys too?

xoxo, Karoline

Top Knots and Statement Necklaces Galore!

Inspired by my early morning laziness, I have found myself rocking the top knot trend. It takes two seconds to do and takes my I have no time to do my hair and don’t really care today messy bun to a this is my attempt to be fashionable and follow trends top knot! See how that works ladies, you go from frumpy to fashionable in no time flat! The top knot can sometimes make your outfit look a little boring and it definitely leaves something to be desired accessories-wise. Sooooo, as a solution to this problem, Statement Necklaces are the answer prepsters. I used necklaces from Vestique which is one of my favorite go-to boutiques for anything and it is super affordable! By pairing a go-to top knot with a fancy statement necklace, your outfit can go from frumpy to fabulous in no time flat.

In honor of her recent bebe boy, I decided to use Hilary Duff as some inspiration. She rocks the top knot in a casual but fashionable way. For the necklace, I used something kind of similar to what she is wearing but a little fancier for a night out with your boyfriend or with the girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are going for a more put together and polished look, look to Lauren Conrad’s top knot for inspiration. She also adds a braid to make it ever cuter. For this necklace, I picked a much chunkier one to offset how sleek her hair is. I also thought that the braid gave it a little Boho vibe which this necklace definitely gives off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed these simple tips to stay fashion-forward but still preppy chic all while being budget-friendly!

xoxo

kBp

First Signs of Spring!

Hello lovelies!  The sun is shining, the air is warm, and it’s OFFICIALLY springtime!  I don’t have a favorite season in particular, but I especially love the beginning of all of them.  There’s something about the promise of the season to come that gets me all excited.

Here in Massachusetts, we’ve had gorgeous sunny weather all week and it’s been amazing.  I seriously don’t want it to end!  I’ve been noticing a few tell-tale signs of springtime around my campus.  I’ll share them with you here…let us know in the comments if there are any signs of spring that you’ve noticed and I’ve missed!

1. Flowers are starting to bloom!  Where I go to school, this is limited to hearty flowers like daffodils and crocuses, but they’re gorgeous nonetheless.  I’ve also been seeing pictures that friends in DC and New York have been posting of cherry and apple blossoms, and I’m so jealous of their pretty flowering trees!

This morning, I turned into a bit of a nature photographer and took pictures of the pretty blooms on my campus.

2. People have come out of hibernation.  Granted, we had a mild winter and not many people stayed holed up inside, but all of a sudden it’s like an explosion of people on campus.  Frisbees, footballs, outdoor runs, people are getting outside and enjoying the sun.  I think a subset of this is all of the couples that have suddenly appeared.  It seems that everywhere I look, there is a couple holding hands or sneaking kisses on the quad.

I enjoy this part of spring the most because I love doing my homework outside in the sunshine.  It’s the best!  I’m even writing this blog post while sitting outside 🙂

3. All-of-a-sudden, I want to eat ice cream again.  I don’t know if this is just me, but there is something about spring that makes me want to walk around outside with an ice-cream cone.

4.  People are wearing shorts!  I’ve been wearing them all week, and I’ve been noticing that everyone else is too!  People want to show off the tans they got on spring break, and this weather is really letting them take advantage of it.

5. Music. Blasting. Everywhere.  Again, I don’t know if this is just my campus or not, but every spring when the weather starts to get nice again, people seem to take that as a license to blast music out of their windows.  Usually I don’t mind, but when I have to listen to dub step on my walk to Psych class, I’m going to be less than thrilled.

What are some of the signs of spring that you’ve noticed?

xoxo, Karoline

Southern food

As y’all may or may not know, I’m a Southern studies major (but you’ve probably already heard this because I’m obsessed with it).  I spend a lot of time thinking about Southern culture, of which food is a huge part of it.  More time than I really want to admit to is spent thinking about food, researching food, eating food, writing about food and then wishing I was eating more food.  I’ve read probably every list of “Best Southern foods” on the Internet and I’ve taken copious notes on the history of shrimp and grits and barbecue.  If you didn’t start out reading this thinking Southern studies is the coolest major ever, I hope I’ve changed your mind.  If not, I’m not sure what can top having food every other class.

When people think “Southern food” or “soul food,” images of fried food almost always come to mind, whether it’s in the form of fried chicken or a fried candy bar.  And while those are almost always present in Southern cuisine, residents of the South know that Southern food is so much more than just fried food.  We know that we have some of the most delicious dishes in the country.  So, I give to you some delicious Southern food dishes that I think are spring-appropriate – devoid of any fried foods, and perhaps not quite what you typically think of when it comes to Southern foods.

Hoppin John is a dish traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day – the black-eyed peas are supposed to bring you good luck!  Though the New Year has come and gone, Hoppin’ John is a staple of Southern food.  Depending on what you read, the ingredients will vary, but the dish usually includes black eyed peas, rice, pork, onions and Cajun spices.

To me, banana pudding is the quintessential Southern dessert.  I associate banana pudding with fellowship dinners at church when I was little.  Banana pudding is also ridiculously easy to make and perfect to eat once it gets hot, since you eat it chilled!

Confession: grits are my favorite food ever.  I’ve been eating grits for breakfast for almost 20 years now.  Grits are my ultimate comfort food.  For breakfast, all I do is put a bit of butter in them, but shrimp and grits is also a classic Southern entree.  The addition of shrimp and cheese makes grits more substantial for a larger meal.

OOTD 3/19

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It is a crazy warm day here in Boston so it is officially skirt season!
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Target (sadly my Jacks are still at home 😦 )
Watch: Michael Kors
Earrings: J Crew
Rings: Signet and Claddagh
Necklace: Pearls of course!

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