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Holiday Breakfast in a Pinch

While Christmas lunches and dinners normally get all the attention, it's Christmas breakfast that's my personal favorite. I almost never have time for leisurely breakfasts, even on the weekends, so Christmas day is the perfect excuse to bake all of those wonderful breakfast treats that there just never seems to be a minute for on a normal day.

One of my go to breakfast treats is banana muffins. They're so simple to make, so delicious, and when do I not have way too ripe bananas sitting around?! Add chocolate chips and they are taste just a bit decadent without adding too much to the holiday sugar coma. Plus, you can get all of these ingredients at your local Giant!

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

3 ripe bananas
1 egg
1/3 cup almond milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips

You can get all of these baking ingredients from Giant!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray lightly with cooking spray.  
Mash bananas in large bowl until smooth. Mix in egg, almond milk, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. 
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to wet mixture and stir carefully until evenly mixed. Fold in chocolate chips.
Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool.


Snapshots from Austin

Today I've got a few snapshots from my trip to Austin, just in case you don't follow me on Instagram and missed these the first go round. Seriously, every corner of that city is picture worthy and there's a great creative vibe with street art around every corner. I can't wait to go back later this winter—one of my closest DC friends is moving there this week and having a baby in January, so a trip ASAP is non-negotiable.
Of course I had to get a pair of cowboy boots while I was there and after trying on about 25 pairs, I decided on this pair of black boots with brown stitching. I originally planned on getting red or turquoise or something equally flashy, but eventually decided to opt for something a little more versatile. Plus, I got an adorable pair of short red cowboy boots* last month, so those will tide my wilder instincts over for now.

*These little red cowboy boots are actually from Target and are in the girls section, but this particular brand runs huge. I wear a women's 7 and the girl's size 6 fits with plenty of room.

Below are links to the items I'm wearing above, as well as several other options for plaid and print vests, and a few pairs of black cowboy boots. Also, I always get asked about these high rise jeans that I got from Trunk Club, and this is the exact pair—on sale now for 30% off at Nordstrom.

Holiday Casual

What a busy and wonderful December weekend! From pedicures at the spa inspired Varnish Lane followed by brunch on Saturday to a cookie decorating get together on Sunday, this was a weekend packed with lots of festive fun and girl time. 

This time of year, I like to aways put together a festive look, even if it's day time and I'm in jeans and a scarf rather than sequins and sparkles. A bit of print mixing stripes and plaid, plus a gorgeous pair of gold earrings from a local DC designer and a touch of fur made for a casual holiday look, perfect for winter weekend brunches and Christmas shopping. 

You can find all these items in the links below, including several plaid scarf options and a less expensive option for the J.Crew Chateau Parka.

Photos by Laura of Laura Lehman Wears

Cape Scarf Obsessed

Here's the first of my posts from my trip to Texas last week! I was down there for Thanksgiving with my boyfriend's family and we spent a few days out on their ranch outside Austin. I've been to Texas several times in my life, but this felt like my first real Texas experience. Shooting guns, wearing cowboy boots, and all. I'm totally all about it now. 

Of course I mulled over what to wear for days, and I bought this cape scarf thinking it would be a cozy and ranch appropriate look. Plus, I'll wear it all the time back home in DC because not only do I love gray and white, but the cape scarf style is my absolute favorite. I love that it has arm holes so that it stays on, yet you can wear it over a jacket, as a cozy blanket, or even a wrap over a dress. 

Cape Scarf {also similar options here and here} - Black Pixie Pants 

Holidays with It Cosmetics

As someone who can never get enough beauty products, makeup has to be one of my favorite gifts to both give and receive. Everyone uses it and it's so fun to try out products that you probably wouldn't buy yourself—I mean when was the last time you actually replaced your makeup brushes?! It had been years for me before I received this set and I had no idea what a disservice I was doing by using raggedy old brushes.

Another thing I never buy is compacts with multiple products like this Complexion Perfection set below. Yet, these are all products I use and having them in one handy case is so much easier than lugging all four separately, especially when I'm traveling! Again, great gift idea that's easy to pack up and bring home and let's the lucky recipient try out new products.

Christmas Sneak Peek

I'm back in DC after a wonderful trip down to Texas for Thanksgiving! I'll have more than one recap post of that trip for you, but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek at my Christmas decorating. I've started decking the halls, though my tree still has some work to be done. I'm hoping to get it finished this evening so stay tuned to Instagram for the big reveal!

In case you're in the market for a white Christmas tree, I've linked a few options below, as well as the gold ornaments that I picked up for my tree. They're a steal at under $5 for 18 and make the perfect filler in between bigger, fancier ornaments. I'm obsessed with the mid-century vibe of this big wooden snowflake, but unfortunately my local Target only had 4 and they aren't sold online. Fingers crossed that they restock!

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