Craving: Tuxedo Cookies

By far my favorite cookie in the whole wide world is the classic chocolate chip cookie. Make it a la mode or even better, 2 warm cookies with some Blue Bell vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between them: I’M SOLD.

Oh-emm-geee.

This latest recipe is just an update on the classic. Inspired by the variety of chocolates I saw at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory in San Francisco, I decided to combine all of my favorite flavors in one cookie. Milk chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips, and dark chocolate morsels all in one cookie: helllllo cookie, get in my belly.

IMG_0052IMG_0055IMG_0067IMG_0068 Here’s the recipe:

1 cup Butter Flavored Crisco Shortening

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

3/4 cup White Sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1/8 tsp. Cinnamon

2 and 1/4 cups Flour

3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Morsels

3/4 cup White Chocolate Chips

3/4 cup Milk Chocolate Chunks

Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.

Cream the shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar together in an electric mixer until light and fluffy (1-2 minutes). Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until fully combined. Add the salt, baking soda, flour, and cinnamon and try not to make a mess while combining the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Finally, add all of the delicious chocolate chips and mix one final time. Drop the dough by tablespoons onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.

I made these cookies for my soccer team and they all liked them. So in my book, that makes them a winner! Enjoy, everyone!

xx,

Brinkles Sprinkles

Touristas in Austin

Rachel, aka my best friend since pre-school, aka the peanut butter to my jelly, aka the sugar to my spice, the milk to my cereal, the icing to my cake, the milk to my cookies…..you get the point, I could go on….FINALLY CAME TO VISIT ME IN AUSTIN. Finally, people. And let me tell you something: I had a smile so big on my face that nothing could take it away.

She came on a Sunday and left the following Tuesday morning and we packed every single minute with something fun and exciting and memorable and best friend-y.

It all started on Sunday morning when she picked me up from my house in Dallas and we started the drive down to Austin. (This past week was her Spring Break at OU so she decided to take a pitstop on her way home from Norman to pick me up and head to ATX!) We made it to Austin in the afternoon and once we dropped off everything at my apartment, we headed out for some adventure!

We started off the day with a trip to South Congress for some good eats, good shopping, and good company. We hit up Home Slice Pizza for some pizza as big as our heads. Rachel likes pepperoni with parmesan and I like pepperoni with tons of red pepper flakes, if you were wondering.

ImageWe then walked around SoCo (South Congress, for you non-Austin people) and went into some shops and just did some general people watching. Can’t go to SoCo without getting a picture by Jo’s Coffee! Rachel, I love you so much!

ImageWe then continued to walk around and take selfies and pics in front of fun walls and buildings. As is evident by the next two pictures…

ImageImageNext up, we went to Castle Hill. It’s this huge cemented area where local artists and hoodlums come and graffiti all these cool murals. It’s called Castle Hill because a house it at the top of the hill is a house that looks like a castle! (You can see the tip of the Castle peaking out at the top of the picture!)

ImageWe then continued our day of “Total Austinite Things To Do” at Whole Foods where we picked up a freshly squeezed juice to tide us over until dinner. After that, we headed back to the apartment so Rachel could take a quick cat nap and I could unpack and all that jazz. Comfortable, Rach? Tehehe.

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For dinner that night, a group of Rachel’s sweet friends from OU were also in town and we all went to dinner at Hyde Park Grill. After dinner though came the real showstopper. Her friends had heard about Gourdoughs and we made our way to the food truck for dessert. Gourdoughs serves speciality donuts that are insanely delicious and rich.

We got the Black Out and Naughty&Nice and split the two. These donuts are by no means for the weak and weary. You must be prepared for their amazing-ness.

Black Out Donut: Cake Donut topped with Brownie Batter, Chocolate Fudge Icing, Chocolate Covered Brownie Bites and Topped Chocolate Syrup

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Naughty&Nice: good ‘ol Sugar and Cinnamon

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After that, we rolled on home with our full bellies and enjoyed a great night’s sleep.

The next morning, I had soccer workout and my internship. But before heading off for the afternoon, we squeezed in breakfast at Walton’s Fancy and Staple. This little coffee shop and deli serves the best breakfast and it’s owned by Sandra Bullock!

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For the afternoon, Rachel hung around the apartment while I was out and about attending to my intern responsibilities but when I returned that afternoon, I had a fun little something planned. I had stopped by athletic dining hall earlier in the afternoon (yes, everyone who is shaking their head…UT had a special dining hall only for athletes…it’s wonderful, not going to lie) and had picked up some snacks for a picnic! Rachel and I headed to Zilker Park for a picnic in the beautiful sunshine. We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day!

On the day’s menu was lots of fresh fruit, greek yogurt, granola. Yogurt parfait, anyone? Yes, please!

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We spent a couple hours soaking up the sun and talking and then Rachel, being the coffee-lover she is, needed a little pick me up. Where better to go than Mozart’s Coffee Roasters? Located on Lake Austin, it’s makes for a great study spot or just a fun place to visit. Rachel got an iced mocha that was quite tasty…and I don’t even like coffee that much!

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After that, we went back to my place and did some chilling in the form of homework for me and Netflix for Rachel. For dinner that night we went to Kerbey Lane for dinner. It’s a quintessential UT student restaurant that is open 24/7 and they have delicious pancakes. It’s right on “The Drag” so we walked on over and had a delicious dinner! After dinner, we met up with two of Rachel’s friends from high school and hung out with them for a while before calling it a day!

The next morning, we woke up early and was back to reality. Rachel had to make the drive back to Dallas and I had to make my way to soccer practice and class.

Definitely ranks as my favorite couple of days I’ve had in Austin in a long time! It was fun getting to be a tourist in my own city and getting to do some things I wouldn’t normally do!

Here’s a picture Rachel sent to me a couple of month’s ago when we played YMCA soccer together! We go way back. Thank again Rachel for making the trip, I loved every minute!

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xoxo,

Brinks

Round Up 2014

Round Up weekend at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the best weekends ever.

Kind of hard to explain but basically it goes something like this:

Thousands of students from Texas and other colleges alike flock to Austin, Texas for the weekend to go crazy. Basically, it’s just a huge weekend of parties hosted by the Greek community at UT. There are parties all weekend long. Sorority girls come out in West Campus (where all the fraternity and sorority houses are located) decked in their sororities’ letters plastered on brightly colored t-shirts, wind shorts, tattoos, stickers, coozies, socks, sliders, shoe laces, swimsuits, and hats. The more colorful (and obnoxious), the better. All the fraternities bring in rappers to perform at their parties and the sororities host philanthropy events that includes lots of fun, food, and face-painting. The fraternity parties get so big that lines to get into the frat parties are up to two hours long because of overcapacity issues. People are everywhere and at times, it’s overwhelming.

Here are tons pictures so you can better understand the craziness of Round Up weekend:  
ImageWaka Flaka, White Panda, and ASAP FERG all performed at Sigma Chi!

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ImageThese girls, they’re the absolute best.

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ImageImageWe love Texas Football and Texas Football loves us.

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ImageOutfit change! Selfies for dazeeee.

ImageMy sweet roomie, Sarah!

Round Up weekend is spectacular. But, on the flip side, it’s absolutely exhausting. Hopping from party to party to party is fun but it gets so tiring! Power napping between the day parties and the night parties is an absolute must. I’m still catching up on sleep. It’s now Monday night and I’m working on an accounting project while an advertising test is looming over me on Thursday. Take me back to the weekend. Until next year, hook ’em horns from Round Up!

Pi Phi Love,

Brinkley

J.Crew x Casey Neistat

J.Crew on Film (go watch them all!) are short videos that highlight new guest designers or items, and well, they just make ya smile. This latest video is just too fun and quirky not to share. Casey Neistat is a videographer and, obviously, created this short film. There is nothing better than a guy in a well-tailored, perfectly fit suit. Ooh la la, it makes me giddy to think about. Pair it with a bow tie, oh my goodness, I die. So. In. Love. If I were a guy, I’d be driving to J.Crew right now to get myself a Ludlow suit.

Stay fashionable xx.

Brinks

Spring Break 2014: California, Part 2

Hey everybody! Happy hump daaaaayyyyy (gets me every time). Halfway through the week, we can do it.

Well, I promised to tell you about the second part of my trip to California, so here it is!

On Tuesday afternoon, we flew from LA to San Francisco (can I get a praise the Lord for frequent flyer miles…otherwise is would have been 7 hours in a car from LA to San Fran, no thank you).

The next morning, we hopped on one of the big double decker tour busses and toured all around the city, getting off at the stops we wanted too and just admiring the beautiful city along the way. But lemme tell ya, The Big Bus was such a blessing. The concierge at our hotel recommended it and now I’m telling all of y’all…saves you time and money (and you can’t get lost because you’re not the one driving #holla).

We went EVERYWHERE! San Francisco is breathtaking, all the hills and bridges and bays. San Fran has got a really chill vibe and the people are nice. Win win in my book.

ImageFirst stop: Union Square. Second Stop: Union Square Nike Store. Davis is obsessed with going to all the different Nike Stores in the cities we visit…I’ve been to more Nike Stores around the United States and Europe than I can count. Although the San Fran Nike Store might actually be one of my favs. This display of green, yellow, and red balls was hanging on the second floor (the whole store is six floors) and it was just quite cool to look at from all angles.

ImageNext stop: The Painted Ladies Houses!

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ImageThen we finally made it to the Golden Gate Bridge! We walked across the whole thing and it was so so windy. But it was so worth it! Fun fact: the Golden Gate is painted in a color called “International Orange.” If it were up to me, that sucker would’ve been painted gold (hello, it’s in the name). But sadly, they didn’t ask me for my opinion.

ImageImageDid I mention is was my mom’s birthday the day we toured all of San Fran? Well it was and I was so happy to celebrate it with her! Love you, Mommy!

ImageNext up, Chinatown. Not the biggest fan of Chinese food but we had some bomb diggity food at a hole in the wall place down there. And the waitresses were possibly the nicest people ever. Extra points in my book for great service. Davis ate his weight in dumplings, typical.

ImageSome ancient Chinese Warrior I found in a tourist shop.

ImageAfter a long day of sightseeing, we walked down to Fisherman’s Wharf for a seafood filled birthday dinner for mama. After that, we went into some shops and got a few knick-knacks here and there. Fun fact #2: Davis’s favorite ice cream flavor is green tea (Chinese little brother at heart, I’m telling ya) and he got two huge scoops of it on the pier. Weirdo. That’s why I love him.

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After dinner we walked to Ghirardelli Square where there is the biggest Ghirardelli chocolate factory and store ever. There was literally every time of chocolate imaginable in that place. Everywhere you turned, BAM, more chocolate.

ImageThe next morning, we ventured to Alcatraz…hey Al Capone. It’s a must see when you go to San Fran but ooooh girl was it eerie. And kind of creepy… There’s absolutely no way I would take a tour at night to that place. After an hour, I was ready to jet and do something uplifting and happy. #shopping

ImageImageWe went to Lombard Street (aka America’s Crookedest Street). And yes, we drove down it. It was a like a little roller coaster in the car. Weeeee!

ImageMuir Wood Forest was our next stop. This place is so peaceful (#takemeback). The red wood trees are HUGE. The majority of the trees are taller than a football field. And you’d have to have multiple tree huggers to get all the way around the trunk of the tree. Massive.

ImageGetting a picture with him is the definition of a struggle.

ImageFriday rolled around quite quickly and it was time to say goodbye to good ‘ol San Fran. We had a flight out of San Jose so we took advantage of the small drive and stopped in Palo Alto on our way there. We visited Stanford and WOAH Y’ALL, definitely my favorite school (other than Texas of course, nothing better). I also got to see my friend, Jackie, who runs cross country there so it was fun getting to see her!

California was great. I love it there. The weather is gorgeous and the landscapes are overwhelming beautiful. It was an amazing trip and I’m so glad I got to spend it with my family! And now I’m back at school on the daily grind… #realitycheck Hope all you lovely people had a wonderful spring break as well!

xoxo,

Brinkley

Spring Break 2014: California, Part 1

WOAH, y’all! This past week I’ve been in California for Spring Break and what a crazy, busy, awesome, fun, wonderful, hectic, tiring, thrilling, exciting week it was!

As y’all know, last Spring Break, the fam and I traveled to Southern California (read all about it here).

We went to Disneyland and then drove down the breathtaking Highway 1 to San Diego. Well, this year we once again traveled to the sunny state but this time went to Los Angeles again (and surrounding areas) and San Francisco!

Basically, I’ve fallen in love with California all over again. Especially the California weather…it’s P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

On Sunday morning we flew into LAX. As Miley so eloquently noted in her hit song “Party in the USA” we “hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and a cardigan.” And yes, we essentially did just that. But with minor differences, mind you. While I dreamed of having a lovely time in LA, I did not wear a cardigan because goodness knows I do not want to be like Miley. She’s not really my style…if you catch my flow. I don’t do well with tongues and all that jazz.

We had the best time!

First stop, the cutest restaurant, Lemonade.

ImageImageLemonade is a super cute restaurant. They have locations all around the LA area (they also have one in Dubai, so yeah, random) and they serve, you guessed it, all different types of Lemonade!!

I got the Guava Limeade and it was quite delicious. My mom got the Blueberry Mint Lemonade which was my other favorite. And Davis got Blood Orange Lemonade and Daddy got an Arnold Palmer. Lemonade is the perfect thirst quencher, in my opinion.

They also serve food! I got a portion of butternut squash, brussels sprouts, red grapes, and almond salad and then a portion of some snap peas and edamame covered in black and white sesame seeds. It was a double-NOM-NOM-good.

ImageAfter lunch, we went to visit UCLA. One of my old club soccer teammates, Taylor, plays soccer there and they had a spring game that we got to watch! It was so fun getting to surprise her and even better giving her a huge hug!

ImageWe went to Malibu for dinner and took some quality family selfies. Love it!

ImageMy “little” brother is officially taller than me! When did this happen?!

ImageChilling on the beach in Malibu with my main boo, my mommy! Of course!

ImageThe next day we went to Universal Studios!

ImageMy favorite part of the day was the Studio Movie Tour which goes on the back lot where all the TV shows and movies are shot! We even got to drive down Wisteria Lane where the series Desperate Housewives was filmed! It was awesome!!!

ImageThe views around Universal, and all of California for that matter, are breathtaking!

ImageLater that night, we went to explore both Venice Beach and Santa Monica. We found Barbie’s Beach House in Santa Monica!

ImageThe next day we went to Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank and took the VIP Behind the Scenes Tour. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Getting to see all the cool stuff that goes into making sets and filming some of my favorite TV shows is quite fascinating to me! You MUST do this tour if you go to California!

ImageWe even took a trip to Central Perk on the set of Friends! So so cool! The fam and I watched Friends later that night at the hotel and were like “Hey, been there, done that.” Ha!

ImageLast thing we did in LA before going to San Fran the next day was go to an observatory to view the Hollywood sign and see all of LA from afar. It’s somewhat hard to see but the Hollywood sign is wayyyyy back behind Davis and me. It’s small but it’s there. Hooray for Hollywood!

We had a spectacular time in Hollywood, LA, Burbank, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Beach…WOW, WE DID A LOT! Too. Much. Fun.

This is part one of The Brinks Fam Cali tour, stay tuned for part two (all about San Francisco)! Coming soon…

xoxo,

Brinkley

Spring Break 2013: Southern California

Little throwback thursday…make that flashback friday…action going in to this post. 

Last spring break the brinks fam took over Southern California. We went EVERYWHERE. From Laguna to La Jolla, from San Diego to the Sprinkles in Beverly Hills, to every beach in between. [Hit me up 90210. Palm tree lined roads and Rodeo Drive. HELLO. In love.] The trip was amazing.

Davis and I had to wear sunglasses the whole time not because of the sunshine but because we didn’t want to attract any paparazzi. I mean, we’re practically Dallas celebrities and we just wanted a relaxing afternoon. Ask us red heads; it’s tough being famous, gosh. HA.

Here’s a collection of pictures to prove the fun that was had on last year’s #springbreak2k13: 

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 Pink’s Hotdogs for lunch in Hollywood 

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 The Beverly Hills Hotel  

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 Disneyland (and Dole Whips, my favorite)

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 USS Midway 

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 San Diego Zoo

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Coronado Island

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 La Jolla

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San Diego Botanic Garden

A vacation with my family is fast paced and fun. We see, we eat, and we experience everything and anything we can. We had the best time. And this coming week, I’m off to San Francisco! From SoCal to NorCal, I’m ready to conquer it all, naturally.

xoxo,

Brinkley 

 

This or That: March

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1. Someone made a music video of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” using only emoji’s. I love emoji’s and this is just too good.

2. New favorite Instagram: Paper Fashion. This makes me wish I could paint.

3. Cade’s Cakes. Running her own business, she bakes these incredible and delicious looking cakes all from her college apartment here at UT.

4. Karl Lagerfeld had the Grand Palais turned into a full scale supermarket for the CHANEL Automne-Hiver 2014/2015 Paris Fashion Show. Even the shopping carts and wire baskets got the CHANEL treatment. See the models strut down the runway aisle.

5. I want to buy this map of London. 

6. I’m going to Hawaii in August and I already think I need this coverup. It’s on sale, too! Need to protect my palest of pale skin, don’t ya know.

7. Read this if you need a laugh.

8. Can’t stop, won’t stop loving these shoes. I’ll take one in every color.

9. New Favorite Blog: Corals and Cognacs. These posts about NYFW will leave you die laughing (here and here).

10. Too much cuteness

Characters Welcome

A Night of TV at LHFC. Yes, ladies and gentleman, the annual themed Sadie Hawkin’s Dance (girls ask the guys) was this past weekend at Lake Highlands Freshman Center.

The guys and gals all showed up as the best character duos they (or rather, their parents) could come up with.

I mean, who could think about the Oscar’s when this dance was the night before…people are still gossiping about all that went on at the dance. “She was dancing with him! Oh no, she dressed up the same as me. Did you see him text her?! Does my hair look okay?” Nothing better than some high school freshman drama, you all know what I’m talking about.

Davis and his date were Clark Kent (Superman) and Lois Lane. They looked great!

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#typicalDavis

At the end of the night, I’m sure everyone’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds were blowing up with pictures from the dance. Because, we all know, if you don’t Instagram it, it didn’t happen! Haha.

xoxo,

Brinkley

[all photos from Jeff Bargas Photography]

Oscars Recap, The Brinkley Way

I don’t watch the Oscars for the movies, I watch it for the fashion. Duh.

The only movie I saw that won something was Frozen. So, there’s that. I go for happy and fun, not intense and life-changing. I’m not about that life. Give me a RomCom and some popcorn and I’ve got a huge smile on my face. Add some cute actors to the mix and I’m sold. Hey Zac Efron…

I thought many of the actresses (and actors–the gentleman looked quite dapper) looked stunning. Some more than others, you know, but overall, lovely. Here are my top picks, in no particular order, mind you.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci. Is it just me or does she look like a dazzling disco ball? Yes, now you see it.

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Emma Watson in Vera Wang. 10 points for Gryffindor, Hermione!

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Charlize Theron in Dior. Black is the new black. She looks HAWT.

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Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé. Question to ponder: while this dress is stunning, how uncomfortable does it look to sit down in? Swarovski crystals all up in her backside, ya hear me?  

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada. O.M.G. In. Sane. I die. This dress is spectacular and so is little Lupita. She looks like a cloud floating perfectly in the sky. I mean, maybe that’s a stretch but just go with me for now. 

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Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta. Hey sista sista. Put your wings up my fellow Pi Phi. Loving your Gatsby style. 

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. I would volunteer as tribute if I got to wear b-e-a-utiful Dior dresses to all the red carpet events… District 12, where you at? Holla at me Hunger Gamers. 

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Best Dressed Nominee: Ellen. Yes. This is fabi. L.O.L.

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As for some awards. serious props to former Longhorn, Matthew McConaughey, for winning Best Actor. What a way to finish off Texas Independence Day. Alright, alright, alrightttt. UT is going cray. Hook ’em, baby.

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And then the best selfie of all selfies. The selfie that crashed Twitter. And Meryl Streep. She is one of my favorite actresses. I mean, I can quote every line of The Devil Wears Prada like it’s nobody’s business. Try me. 

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The best part about the Oscars? When it finished. 3.5 hours later and I find me thinking, why did I watch this entire thing? To each their own.

Have a wonderful week, darlings!

xoxo,

Brinkley