Turtleneck Talks

Confession: I used to hate turtlenecks. Not only is the name awkward, they were the uniform of my third grade teacher (not cute). It wasn't until recently — during an H&M binge — that I had a change of heart.  They're chic, perfect, and right up my alley. Since it's not quite winter, I'm favoring the "turtleneck tank" because it's ideal for layering and helps me forgo the need for a light scarf. Lastly, the "hair tuck" is so Calvin Klein 2014, making me feel chicer than I'll ever be.

Capiche?

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Austin City Limits Y'all

Since one Emily (cough cough myself) couldn't make it to Austin City Limits, the other Emily (cough cough my best friend) went for us. Below are her thoughts on great music, great food, and not-so-great weather...

1. Austin is an amazing city. Day 1 was crazy hot, but crazy beautiful.

2. After the rain, dress appropriately. Day 2 was chilly and muddy— layers are ideal. 

3. Musicians are awesome. It was great getting a chance to meet and photograph some of them like Melanie Martinez.  Her nails rocked! 

Melanie Martinez nails

4. Don’t wear white shoes.  My white tennies were one of many casualties in Zilker Park this weekend.  

5. Festival vendors are filled with good finds.  My favorite was Ornamental Things, a locally owned jewelry boutique that uses recycled vintage materials.  

6.  The Craft Beer Hall was perfect for watching Sunday football.

7. Festival kids are the coolest.  A few mini festival-goers got their hair done at Austin Kiddie Limits before checking out Fitz and the Tantrums.  

8. Yup, even guys got into their festival wear. 

9. Always say yes to fancy nails, yes to glitter nails, and yes to Texas nails. Nails Y’all is a local nail service with some of the coolest designs around.

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Pumpkin Bread for Sanity

Pumpkin bread.

If you don't like it, you don't have a soul.

Just kidding-ish.  

Anyways, it's Fall and making a few loaves of this stuff is actually a requirement. I added white chocolate chips for "heart health" and managed to eat all 3 of these bad boys SOLO...

Don't judge me, find the recipe below and do the same... 

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Adapted from the Food Network 

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
16 ounces canned unsweetened pumpkin
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 2 9 by 5 loaf pans. Stir together sugar and oil. Stir in eggs and pumpkin. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Blend dry ingredients and water into wet mixture, alternating. Divide batter between two loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool.

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