Kiernan Shipka

I’m currently on season five of Mad Men on Netflix and one of the main reasons I love the show is because of the fashion, duh. And my favorite character on the show? Miss Sally Draper…aka Kiernan Shipka.

I mean, let’s first talk about her Instagram. Bascially, 80% of the photos she posts are of delicious-looking, mouth-watering, get-in-my-belly food, coffee, and sweets. Girl after my own heart. Basically, her insta game is on point.

The other 20% of her posts are of her and her beautiful friends styled perfectly for parties or for lunch dates in LA or wherever else she may be.

Her style is perfection, on the show and in real life. And did I mention she is only 14 years old? Hold on, wait a minute. What? She looks as though she’s my age…

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xx,

Brinkley

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Hoots and Halos

Last night was Pi Phi’s and Chi Omega’s annual “Hoots and Halos” semiformal. It was our last date function of the year, can you believe it? I honestly can’t grasp how quickly this year has gone by.

Anywho, enough with my sappiness of almost finishing my sophomore year, some of y’all may be wondering why the semiformal is called Hoots and Halos. Pi Phi’s mascot is an angel and Chi O’s mascot is an owl…therefore, connect the dots…you got it…hoots for Chi Omega and the halos for us!

I took my friend Frank (yes the Frank that I made these oatmeal raisin cookies for!) to the event and we had the best time! Throughout the night we danced, we mingled, and, of course, took plenty of selfies. At the semiformal, the event space had both an upstairs and a downstairs. Praise the good Lord for that because there was plenty of room to move around and not be so jam packed on one floor with 300 other people. Overall the night was fabulous! Except for the fact that I got home very late and had to be up at 6 this morning (no sleep for Brinkley!) for workout. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do and workout was just fine. Especially considering I don’t have classes on Friday’s so after workout, I went home, took a shower, and went straight back to bed! #noshame

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And while Hoots and Halos was a semiformal, we were completely fabulous.

xx, Brinkley

P.S. I was wearing an old kate spade new york dress (found on sale here) and heels (similar here).

Craving: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I made these cookies solely for two friends who I thought utterly deserved some Brinkles Sprinkles. First off, my teammate and friend Lindsey doesn’t like chocolate…and considering 99% of my desserts that I bring to soccer practice include chocolate, she’s always left without a sweet. And secondly, my friend Frank just said his favorite cookie was oatmeal raisin and his mom made the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever. I’m always up for a challenge…in the end, he said my cookies were different than what his mom made but were just as good. Success for Brinkles Sprinkles!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Raisins
…and you can add 1/4 cup of walnuts if you want, but I’m wasn’t feeling the walnuts this time.

In an electric mixer, cream together the Crisco and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix again. At this time, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together and add to the wet mixture. Stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts, if using them.

IMPORTANT! At this point chill the dough for at least an hour. Just do it. Don’t ask questions. (Well if you really want to know, when you chill the dough, it helps makes them extra thick and chewy when you bake them.)

Now, you can preheat the oven to 350°F. After chillin’ like a villain in the fridge, scoop the dough by the tablespoon onto an un-greased cookie tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes. They should have golden brown edges and still be a little undercooked on the top. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before devouring them.

Nom nom nom.

Brinkles Sprinkles

Stay for Dinner

I don’t know what it has been, but lately I have had the strongest urge to host a dinner party. Maybe it’s all The Real Housewives of New York/Orange County/Atlanta (the list could go on…sadly…) that I’ve watched where there always seems to be a dinner party that goes from fun to disaster-mayhem-craziness in 2.3 seconds. I feel like I need to host one just so I can prove to myself that that type of dinner party behavior is not the norm. Those Real Housewives are cray cray! But once you start watching, have fun pulling yourself away…it’s addicting.

If I were to throw a dinner party, here’s the problem: I tend to go all out on these type of things. I’d need a 5-course dinner complete with hor d’oeuvres, drinks, and plenty of flowers for the table and general surrounding. Girls would need to be in ball gowns and the boys in suits. I’d need servants walking around in tuxedos handing this delicious food that I’ve made (or maybe I could hire a chef…?) to all my beautiful friends with a pianist playing soothing music in the background. I’m talking over the top fabulous. You know? Well considering I have no money and no time and no space to do this, I’ll stick to looking at beautiful photos of tablescapes from beautiful parties on Pinterest.

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Maybe I’ll just stick to making dinner and dessert for my sweet roommates…and then slowly make my way up to fabulous-ness. I mean, I have been known to make a mean salmon (here’s proof). Baby steps, baby steps.

xx,

Brinkley

Craving: Toffee Cookies

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I got to go home this weekend for Easter and it was so lovely being back in Dallas with my family! And of course, my home kitchen. Nothing beats our brand new double oven that cooks and bakes everything to perfection. My oven at my cute little apartment in Austin is, let’s say….., sub-par. But that’s okay, it gets the job done just fine.

Back to cookies! I made these toffee cookies that were lip-smacking good, friends! If you love toffee as much as I do, you’ll enjoy these cookies.  IMG_0698 IMG_0699  IMG_0701 IMG_0702  IMG_0704  IMG_0706

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Butter-Flavored Crisco
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package Chocolate and Heath Bar Bits
  • 1/2 package of Heath Bar Bits

Note: When you go down the baking aisle, the Heath Bar chips will be where all of the chocolate chips are located. Heath Bar produces Heath Bar bits and Heath Bar Chocolate bits…make sure to get one of each package!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. You know the drill…beat the Crisco, brown and white  sugar together on high for 1-2 minutes. Light and fluffy, people. Light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combines. Toss in the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) and mix, mix, mix. Finally, add in the Heath Bar bits and mix until fully incorporated. I used a small ice cream scoop to scoop the cookies onto a non-greased baking tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes. These cookies are toffee-y and crispy and chewy and good.

These would be perfect for an ice cream sandwich because they bake so flat! Get a scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla Bean and two cookies and you’re good to go.

xx,

Brinkles Sprinkles

Stop, Drop, and Shop

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Stop, drop, and roll shop.

There are so many amazing sales going on. Even while you’re reading this post, you should be clicking on this link to check out Shopbop or this link to go to J.Crew NOW. You’re missing it! That pair of Theirry Lasry sunglasses you’ve been eyeing for the past couple of months are on sale. I repeat ‘on sale’.

Let me slow down and explain. (Note: I’m sorry I didn’t tell you about all of this sooner; I was shopping myself…)

Shopbop: Friends and Family sale! 25% off all full-price and sale items online with the code INTHEFAMILY14. This deal ends tomorrow (4/17) at 11:59 pm ET. You need this clutch, this skirtthese pink shoes, this classic red dress in your closet. Promise me, darlings. Oh my gosh, and can’t forget about this bag!

J.Crew: 30% select spring styles and up to 50% off all sale items with code BIGSALE. Ends April 20th at 11:59 pm ET. I have this jacket in green…I love it so much that I just bought it in blue. 30% off though so it’s a must-buy. And I’m drooling over these shoes.

Madewell:  Extra 20% off all sale items with code MOODLIFT. Ends April 21st at 11:59 pm ET. Finally, you need this flirty skirt, this sweater, and this top.

Now everyone go and channel their inner Blair Waldorf. Happy Shopping! xx.

Brinkley

Soccer Smartie Pants

Every year, the athletic department hosts an All Athletic Academic Banquet. Every single athlete at The University of Texas gathers for a feast of delicious food and distinguished awards at the Frank Erwin Center dressed in our best attire. Honestly, sometimes I don’t even recognize people…your hair and makeup is done and you’re not sweaty coming to study hall and class straight from practice, like what? Gasp.

But other than being soccer stylish fashionistas at the banquet, we’re also some smartie pants too. For both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters, Texas Soccer secured the highest GPA among all the women’s teams at Texas. How about them apples? Sporty and smart. Smart and sporty. And sassy.

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From Sporty to Stylish…

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 Our soccer schedule is hectic…sleep is sometimes an afterthought. We sleep wherever and whenever we can get it. Clever idea with the chairs, Syd!

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 Emilie, she’s a twin with…

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 …Chantale, the other twin! 

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 Sydney and Lindsey

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Keagan

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 Quinn and Sharis

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Those athletes with a 3.0 or above make the Athletic Directors Honor Roll and get a snazzy plate. 

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Honestly, I like anything with my name on it…

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Athletes, Coaches, Donors, and Parents all come to the banquet

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Roomie pics with Kendall!

 xoxo,

Brinkley

P.S. My dress is an old Kate Spade dress (similar here)!

Craving: Masterful Cupcakes

These cupcakes we’re inspired by the Masters, of course. Although I’m happy for Bubba Watson, I rooted for Jordan Spieth the whole time because he’s a former longhorn, duh! Hook ’em Horns! And he went to Jesuit in Dallas, so I mean, based on those two things we’re practically best friends. Just go with it.

For those of y’all wanting to attempt this golfing inspired cupcake cake, the “bunker” is icing covered in cinnamon sugar. And the green is just icing covered with tons and tons of sprinkles. And the golfballs are Altoids. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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xoxo,

Brinkles Sprinkles

Craving: Rocky Road Clusters

Three ingredients. That’s all it takes to make these clusters: chocolate, almonds, and mini marshmallows. BAM.

Okay, pour an entire bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips into a double boiler and melt those little suckers. If you’re feeling fancy, you can always replace the semi-sweet chocolate with white chocolate or dark chocolate. Either would be fantastic. While the chocolate is melting, roast 2.5 cups of raw, non-salted almonds on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes at 350 degrees…be careful not to burn them. Roast until you can smell them! Once your chocolate of choice is completely melted and the almonds are all warm and toasty, take the chocolate off the double boiler and throw in the almonds and a whole bag of mini marshmallows into the chocolate. Mix around with a huge spoon until the marshmallows and almonds are completely covered with the chocolate. Do this step quickly so the marshmallows won’t completely melt and get everrrrrywhere. After this, scoop the mixture in heaping tablespoons on to parchment paper and let them harden. (If you’re impatient like me, pop the clusters into the fridge and speed up the hardening process…). And y’all, it’s that simple!

Yum yum in your tum tum–guaranteed.

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xoxo,

Brinkles Sprinkles