Thursday, February 11, 2016

:: coffee talk ::

discuss amongst ya-selves....... 

:: the bachelor :: 
the episode kicks off with olivia's "come at me bro" in the strangest inflection ever. 
and then episodes we hate olivia from last week continues in full force.
olivia is just, like, so over being around the other girls and explains to ben that they don't like her because she "wants to talk smart things" not about whatever the heck they talk about whilst painting their nails. 

the date with caila makes no sense.  but I like that she's kinda saying I'm just not that into you and he is the total girl misinterpreting it entirely. 

when the girls go on the group date to pig island, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at anything on this show.
I was rewinding and uncontrollably laughing my head off. 

seriously watch this video and tell me you aren't dying, 
and then leah, the girl who never gets a date or attention, who you feel bad for in the beginning of the episode even though you've never seen her before and have no idea what her name is because she's had zero air time, starts acting like Jubes -- when she gets attention, she is pissed off or short or uses it to talk smack about the other girls.
you know she's done for... the girls that use the alone time to bitch talk the others are always the next to go. 

for how dramatic everything with Olivia was this season, her dismissal was equally dramatic but also left me needing more!! 
yes, she said she loved him and she got the boot on the two on one date right after this confession, but we didn't get to see her freaking out or any big dramatic break down! it was just her on the island in the rain solo! it all "looked" dramatic , stranded on the island in the pouring rain, but I wanted to hear what crazy pants had to say and there was no post-breakup meltdown interview! damn! 
guess we'll have to wait until she gets ripped a new one at The Women Tell All. 
I must say, I was SHOCKED he kept the twin and sent her home after constantly handing her the roses on all of the dates.  
plus, the twin is straight up crazy pants.
like, she is so emotionally charged about everything that is reminds me of when I was 16 years old and every single was THE BIGGEST DEAL.  how is she still on this show? 

my friend texted me this instagram account and I AM IN LOVE! 


:: teresa's first post jail interview ::
teresa was on WWHl for a one-on-one with my-boyfriend-andy-cohen.
and in what I think she thinks is irony, she comes out for her first big public appearance in AN ORANGE JUMPSUIT.

but she wore green in jail, so like, its totally different. 
in the most unsurprising move ever, she STILL admits to nothing, but acts like she is admitting to things.
she still ONLY says she signed papers and had no idea what she was signing.
it was still better than when its her AND joe both acting like they did nothing wrong, but MY GAWD.
perhaps a silver lining was that my-boyfriend-andy-cohen actually made a "yeah right" kind of comment to a "big name" housewife for the first time (at least first time I have ever noticed).  he never says anything to go again bethenny, nene, vanderpump, and I think also teresa.  the interviews with teresa and joe are the closest he ever comes to showing what the world is thinking (and what I hope he is thinking!)
SO.  my-boyfriend-andy-cohen plays a clip of bethenny saying that she doesn't understand why someone who has skeletons in their closet would ever go on a reality show.
Um. YEAH. 
and then Teresa says she has no skeletons in her closet when cutting to commercial break and my-boyfriend-andy-cohen says something like "well thats debatable".
which, for him, is like SHAAADDEEEE.  
it's just unreal watching her talk.  truly.  
and she is practically offended when my-boyfriend-andy-cohen asks what she thinks about  how it looks coming home to a giant fancy new lexus with a big red bow on top of it.
I mean.... DUH her lease was up what was she supposed to do!? Gawd Andy! 


but the real thing I got out of all of this is that I would not only be able to survive a year in jail, I think I would freaking love it. 
when she recites her daily schedule - I'm like um, I'm sorry, what?
because your days sound a hell of a lot easier than mine, your only chore was wiping down the counters THREE DAYS PER WEEK, you have so much free time that you are able to workout three times a day, and you get to end your nights watching bravo .
{long dramatic silence with my face contorting and jaw open with lots of hand gestures all over the place}
I meannnnnn as my mother nance pants would say there is something seriously wrong that someone that is in jail has a more idyllic typical day than the majority of people.

:: mazel of the week :: 
my husbands alma mater is KU
(where I imagine he was as intoxicated as these kids on a regular basis)
we saw this video of students being interviewed drunk outside one of the popular bars there, and while you don't need to watch all of it, at least watch the beginning where you see a kid sprinting and completely outrunning the cops in the background, because we laughed our asses off. 
{see the video here}
I mean, two for you glen coco - slow clap for those running skills. 

so our cable has been deciding to go black and "tape" everything but then nothing is there.
or, when I go to a channel half the time it says we don't have it.
therefor, this week has been my personal hell.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

:: wish list wednesday ::

today I have some valentine's day inspired picks! 
the best part about all the pink and red options this time of year is that if ya ask me, 
these colors always look SO GOOD on everyone with every skin tone and hair color.

bottom row : draped pocket dress // romper // top  // dress (only $61) 

and a couple other picks for the week : 

I love this white tank, both front and back.  perfect go-to staple.

old navy has a great knock off of one of my favorite j crew striped tops 

I also love this tank from Old Navy.
it reminds me of a print a much more expensive designer like tibi would use. and it has a peplum to boot!

and I know I've talked about this like nine times, so now I'll stop, but I seriously am so happy I snagged these sweatshirts because I wore them all weekend. 
grey for super bowl and navy for RH outing. 
:: fringe hem sweatshirt ::   on super sale for only $35

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

:: tuesday things ::

random thoughts for Tuesday........ 

this quote describes me perfectly. 
image via my pinterest board
the salad + gym earns you the right for a no pants cupcake party. 
see this weeks crack of the week cupcake recipe below this post! 

:: restaurant review : STK versus RPM Steak  :: 
two of my girlfriends and I meet up for dinner once a month and we always try to go somewhere new that we have all never been before.  

before the holidays we went to STK that had just opened here in Chicago.
although we had to wait a full 45 minutes for our reservation on a Thursday (and it seems this is still the norm based on friends experiences) the wait was completely worth it.  The atmosphere is wonderful, the music was amazing (live DJ), the service was great, and most importantly the food was BOMB.  Everything we ate was so, so delicious. 

So, for restaurant week we went to RPM Steak and all three of us decided we won't feel the need to go again.  We all liked RPM Italian much better, and every single thing we ate at STK was better than RPM.  And STK was cheaper! We had twice the amount of drinks, and more sides at STK, and our bill was the same or less than RPM.   The meal was still good - it's not that it was bad, it was yummy but there are many other steak places that were far far superior and better priced. So, for you Chicago gals, just thought I would share.  If you're anything like me, your list of restaurants you want to go to in Chicago is literally never-ending.... it's one of the best things about living here.... so don't waste it on RPM Steak :)  

:: vegas girls weekend for J lo and Celine :: 
this was discussed at said steak dinner and IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.
I mean.  I love Vegas as is, but if I could see my favorite lady J LO and then add an extra side of Celine or something on top, how amazing would that be? 

it's been 10 months since my last trip to Vegas and the itch is real...... 
I need some hours at the craps table and some 5 am nights and some serious people watching and some seriously short sparkle ensemble and some serious hangover where I am so happy to leave.
OK I'm really ready...... anyone want to go? 

:: restoration hardware :: 
I finally made it to the restoration hardware on Friday for lunch.

if you aren't familiar, take a gander - it is insanely gorgeous. 
the building was even more beautiful in person, and OH MY GOODNESS the cheeseburger was one of the best.  seriously.  it was delicious.  and the fries come in a mint julep and everything.
the story is just amazing, and all of it looking into the center atrium of the restaurant is so beautiful.  I can't wait to go back when its warm because the rooftop floor looks just as amazing. 

:: grease live :: 

I don't know why I didn't watch this live but I'm so glad I finally saw it -- it was SO good and I couldn't believe they were able to do all of that live - such talented people overall. 

:: the people v OJ simpson ::
oh I am IN IT.  it's such a crazy thing learning all about this because I was too little when it was happening in real life.  I remember getting taken out of class and all of us went to the library for the reading of the verdict so that all the adults could watch it and I had no idea what was going on.  
it seems that the adults from that time have no interest because they "lived it" and can't do it again.  I just can't believe how much I never knew about all of it. 

:: rocksbox ::
I ended up buying the Kendra Scott earrings from my last rocksbox set because I loved them so much.

:: dee earrings :: 
available in 15+ stones on kendra scotts website
I'm excited to see what's in my next set arriving any day! 
use code tayloroshayxoxo for your first month free

for the Super Bowl I made Buffalo Chicken Dip and some delicious cupcakes that I will be posting immediately following this post for crack of the week

The Buffalo Chicken Dip is the Frank's Red Hot recipe, and I love it because you can use no blue cheese ( I use ranch ) and it's a super simple taste instead of 9,000 things coming at ya. 

 I make the chicken in the slow cooker and shred it and prepare it the night before for a make-ahead-dish. 

and if you're a chocolate lover, these cupcakes will be for you!

chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting,
posting next for today's crack of the week

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:: crack of the week ::

for today's crack of the week, I have the perfect dessert for a chocolate lover.
last Valentine's Day I made one of my best cakes ever, and this is a similar recipe of Ina's but with cupcakes and a whipped peanut butter frosting. 

warning : this recipe is RICH.  very rich.  but so yummy and the peanut butter frosting leaves the perfect finish! 

Ina Garten's Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

*note: I made the cupcakes the day before, and refrigerated them overnight before making the frosting and then keeping them at room temp. 
these cupcakes are SO moist that making them ahead won't affect that at all.  day 2 they were still insanely moist.
i'll stop saying moist .... ugh..... but had to share that tidbit! 

12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar 
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed 
2 extra-large eggs at room temperature 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
1 cup buttermilk, shaken, at room temperature 
½ cup sour cream, at room temperature 
2 tablespoons brewed coffee 
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 
1 cup good cocoa powder 
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda 
½ teaspoon kosher salt 
Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, to decorate (optional) 

Kathleen’s Peanut Butter Icing 
1 cup confectioners’ sugar 
1 cup creamy peanut butter 
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 
¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
¼ teaspoon kosher salt 
1/3 cup heavy cream 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and two sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium, add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. On low speed, add the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture alternately in thirds to the mixer bowl, beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Mix only until blended. Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it’s completely blended. 

Divide the batter among the cupcake pans (one rounded standard ice cream scoop per cup is the right amount). Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting. 

Frost each cupcake with peanut butter icing and sprinkle with diced Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, if desired. 

Kathleen’s Peanut Butter Icing 
Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

her recipe says that this makes about 15 cupcakes.... mine made way closer to 24? so perhaps hers were like the size of muffins, but even I had made them huge I would have had more than 15. 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

:: deal with it ::

attention readers..... 

today's post has been delayed due to copious amounts of food, wine, and then staying up watching all of SNL upon returning from Super Bowl Activities. 
Deal with it. 

I will return tomorrow with links to useless stories and thrilling details of my weekend activities. 
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