Senior Year: Part 1

Hello Senior Year!!! I can’t believe I’m typing that. Weird but I love it. It’s been great thus far! Classes are good, friend are fabulous, soccer is fun. Went to California last weekend for game in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles (btw, I love California. Just needed to throw that out there) and I think Texas Soccer brought back the good weather. It’s been in the 70’s here in Austin, Texas the past couple of days and I feel like I need a jacket it’s so cold. Am I right or am I right?? Ha. Rewind a bit to bid day for Pi Beta Phi, we have the cutest new pledge class of lil angels and it was so fun being with all my #sistas! This past week was our first home football game and it was a blast! Like I mentioned, God provided us with some awesome weather (didn’t sweat to death…hallelujah) and a Texas Football WIN! Woohoo. Always a good day when football wins. HOOK ‘EM. More updates to come when fun stuff happens. But for now, mas picturas, mi favorita!

This or That: April

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1. The most satisfying things to happen to food. So soothing.

2. I wish I had handwriting and calligraphy skills like this guy! #goals

3. Cinderella Slippers in real life…is this a dream??

4. Things sassy people wish everyone else understand. [Disclaimer: one of my friends may or may not have sent this to me as a joke, what is she trying to say?! ūüôā ]

5. Need to make this chocolate pie ASAP. It looks divine.

6. How cute is my pup, Tex? [P.S. Follow me on Instagram, y’all!]

7. On my short list of restaurants to try in Austin: Josephine House.

8. How CUTE is this Kate Spade dress? Love it. [Name that movie: “Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.”…….Devil Wears Prada DUH! My fav!]

9. Did you see my GoPro video from my mom and I’s recent trip to Paris?!

10. This outfit, so perfect for spring! 

Kites & Ivy Intern

Hey y’all! So this semester I am an intern for this new company, Kites & Ivy!

Kites and Ivy Spring Break Box

The Spring Break Box!

Kites & Ivy is an awesome subscription box company specifically tailored for college women. Here’s how it works: twice per semester, a box filled with the best bath and beauty finds, fashion accessories, and other fun surprises is delivered right to your door! The Kites & Ivy boxes go out based on the academic year – the next box is the Finals Survival Box! It will be packed with health and beauty items that will help you get through the stress of exams. Orders for the Finals Survival box will be accepted through April 10th (this Friday!) – the last box sold out early, so be sure to order yours today! Check out our website (http://www.kitesandivy.com/)¬†for more details.

Oh! You can use my promo code TEXAS2015 for 10% off you order! Don’t forget, order today because the deadline is this Friday!

You can also check us out and like us on¬†Facebook,¬†Twitter,¬†Instagram, and¬†Pinterest! Y’all rock and so does Kites & Ivy!

Monmouth 2015

Last night was Monmouth, Pi Phi and Kappa’s annual formal! It was an absolute blast. Everyone looked fantastic. The boys in the tuxedos and the girls in fun¬†dresses, gosh, I love any reason to dress up! Here are some fun pics from the night! I wore a silver sparkly dress (similar) and these heels. Razzle dazzle!

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February Update

Life has been so great and fun lately! I thought I’d give an¬†update for a little peek into busy life here on campus with school, soccer, and my social life.

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My friend Caroline and I went to Ramen Tatsu-Ya for dinner a couple of weeks ago. This ramen is incredible. I slurped up this bowl of goodness so quickly I could’ve ordered another one on the spot. I ordered the¬†#1 Tonkotsu Original with Brussels Sprouts.

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Our first weekend back at school, there were tons of “Back to School Raves.” Of course we came decked in our sororities attire to the different frat houses. Remember, one must always #PartywithPiPhi.
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On the weekends, the weather has been delightful. I love to wake up on Saturday and run downtown to one of my favorite breakfast places, Blenders and Bowls. It’s about a 2 mile run and then I get my a√ßa√≠¬†bowl and *walk* back after breakfast past the Capitol. I love the view!

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I went to Uchiko for dinner a couple of weekends ago and my oh my, the food is absolutely fantastic. Every dish we tasted was amazing. I might’ve liked the dessert so much that I just had (….was dared) to lick the plate……… ūüôā

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Some MLS teams came to play at our Texas Soccer stadium last weekend and it was fun to watch with my teammates from the stands. But it was weird being a spectator and not playing on the field. I got to see the view my family sees when they come to watch my games during the fall!

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For Valentine’s Day, my friends and I all dressed in black as a funny joke and had a night out on the town! It was so much fun! My best friends made the best Valentine’s!

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This is how you use chopsticks, correct???

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Fiji had a Studio 54 party this past weekend and the best part was getting to dress up. I seriously want to make go go boots a “thing”again. They’re so much fun!

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One last thing, hook ’em always! This is the famous UT Tower that¬†has served as the University’s most distinguishing landmark since 1937! A selfie in front of it is a must, even if I am a little sweaty after a quick workout at the gym!

xoxo,

Brinks

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is as much about the food as it is about the football and commercials. In my opinion, we balled out with our Super Bowl snackies. Emily and I were the hostesses with the mostesses (just go with it…?!) and made an awesome spread. Some stop bought and some homemade, we basically could have our own catering company…

Here was the menu:

  • Mexi-Corn Dip with Fritos
  • Tequila Lime Chicken Drumsticks
  • Jalape√Īo Poppers
  • Chips, Queso, and Salsa
  • Assortment of Desserts and Ice Cream

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Mexi-Corn Dip:

  • 1 12 ounce can whole corn, drained
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup ¬†chopped white onion
  • 1 jalape√Īo, chopped

Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for a while then serve with Fritos! Warning, this stuff is addictive!

Tequila Lime Chicken Drumsticks

  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeeze lime juice (about 6-8 limes)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4.5 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 20)
  • 3 tablespoons oil (we used olive oil)
  • Orange wedges, for garnish

Combine the tequila, lime juice, honey, salt, pepper, chicken, and oil in a large plastic bag and let marinate for an hour.

Preheat the oven for 375 degrees. Remove the chicken from the marinade and allow excess marinade to drip back in the bag. Reserve the excess marinade. Place the chicken on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake until cooked through and golden brown. It’ll take about 40 minutes.

While the drumsticks are cooking, transfer the marinade to a saucepan and boil over medium-high heat until thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup. It will take about 15-20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and immediately brush with glaze. Garnish with orange wedges. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Poppers

  • 10 Jalape√Īos
  • 1 cube of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 pound pound bacon

Cut the jalape√Īos in half, length-wise. With a spoon or knife, remove the seeds and white membrane. Smear the softened cream cheese into each jalape√Īos half. Wrap the jalape√Īo with bacon slices and cook at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.¬†It’s all done, it’s that easy! Yum!

Chips, Queso, and Salsa

We just bought our favorite chips and salsa from the grocery store and picked up some queso from Torchy’s!

Dessert and Ice Cream

We went to Whole Foods and picked up some mini tarts from the bakery. We got some key limes tartlets, fruit tartlets, chocolate turtle cheesecake, and raspberry chocolate triffle. We also picked up a pint of Lick Ice Cream in the best flavor: Honey Country Honey and Vanilla!! Lick is a local ice cream shop here in Austin that has the craziest and fun flavors. This flavor is pretty tame for thier standards but is so delicious. If you’re at Whole Foods, pick up a pint!

We ended the nights in food comas on the couch watching the game. It was great! Hope everyone had a wonderful Super Bowl Sunday like I did!

This or That: January

Shoe Party

Shoe Party

1. Sloths and sorority rush. 2 things I wouldn’t put together but my oh my, sorority rush as told by sloths is genius. And very accurate.¬†

2. I know that basically the whole world has these shoes in a number of colors but I’m still smitten with them. All black attacking is the way to go.¬†

3. How to chose the right bangs for you. From a person who has had bangs their entire life, I like this a lot. 

4. These are my signature cookies and if you make them, everyone will LOVE them. S’mores cookies, bam.

5. A little kid singing with Bruno Mars. Gets me every time! 

6. Went here for dinner the other day with my friend, Caroline. It’s the absolute best and I want to go back right now. Right. Now.¬†

7. Rain in the upcoming forecast here in Austin. Good thing I just got these babies (in military red) for Christmas! 

8. My recent go-to lunch spot in Dallas. I’m telling you, it’s delicious…go once and you’ll be hooked!¬†

9. Ummm, why am I just now finding out you can customize a pair of Ray-Bans? Have to protect my eyeballs…in style.¬†

10. Vogue’s 73 questions with Victoria Beckham. As if I couldn’t love her even more…¬†

Glittered Champagne Bottles

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Sparkle Sparkle Pop Fizz Clink! Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Goodbye 2014, hello 2015! I hope everyone has fun evenings planned…be it going out or staying in, have a lovely time!

Yesterday Emily and I got together for a bit of New Years crafting. We’d seen these glittered champagne bottles on Pinterest and being the crafting girlies we are, we decided to try it out ourselves. It was so simple! And my goodness, tonight these bottles will be the showstopper in pictures and at a party.

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For this craft, all you need is glitter, mod podge, a brush, and bottles of whatever you have on hand! Emily’s family had two bottles of Moscato¬†but I think it would be perfect to do champagne bottles to toast to the New Year! Anything is absolutely wonderful!

All you need to do is paint the bottles with a thin layer of mod podge and then doast in glitter to cover! Touch up any spots you missed then allow the glitter and mod podge to completely dry and then bam! You’ve got a festive treat! It was so so so easy!

Here’s a quick tip though: make sure your layer of mod podge you paint onto the bottle is an even and thin so when you put the glitter on it, it would run down the bottle from the weight of the glitter. And make sure you do this over newspaper or in our case, a craft cloth, because there will 100% be glitter everywhere after you finish. Which isn’t a bad thing if you ask me….!

Happy New Year Everyone! xoxo.

Knoxville, Tennessee

This past week, I visited my friend,¬†Keagan, in Knoxville, Tennessee, her home town! Not only is Keagan a teammate of mine on the Texas Soccer team, she is also one of¬†my roommates in college and were also Pi Phi’s together at Texas. Needless to say, we spend a lot of time together and I am so thankful for her! It was a last minute decision to go with her to Knoxville and the spontaneity of it all made it that much more fun!

Jenis Ice Cream

We started our roadtrip to Austin on a Friday afternoon and drove 9 hours to Memphis, Tennessee where we stayed the night with Keagan’s brother at his apartment. He’s in medical school and was studying away for his (really hard) final exams but generously allowed us to crash there for the night. The next morning, we drove to Nashville and stopped for lunch. Our stomach’s growled in anticipation of lunch¬†and instead of eating real food, I opted¬†for some good dessert at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Y’all, I would consider myself an ice cream aficionado and this scoop shop ranks up there as one of my absolute favorites. The flavors are all unique and outrageous. I tried the dark chocolate peppermint, brambleberry crisp, and tart lemon buttermilk. But it did’t stop there, I got a chocolate hazelnut ice cream sandwich, as well. One of my friends who goes to Vanderbilt recommended this place and said I had to get an ice cream sandwich, I happily obliged. Honestly, I say skip the ice cream and go for the sandwich…the one I got was 2 hazelnut-chocolate macarons sandwiched around a scoop of heavenly dark chocolate rolled in salty hazelnuts. My mouth is watering just thinking about it, oh my goodness. #bestdessertever

After our little stint in Nashville, we made it to our final destination: Knoxville! Keagan’s family graciously welcomed up with open arms and I couldn’t have been more excited to have finally made it. It’s a total of 15 hours driving time to Knoxville and I was happy to be out of the car and in a big and spacious home instead of the back seat with our luggage.

IMG_5893_2On our first full day in Knoxville, we went downtown to the Old Tennessee Theatre to watch “It’s a Wonderful¬†Life” with Keagan’s family. The theatre was stunning and the movie was a classic. I’d never seen it before but it was so good!

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After the movie, we went to Tupelo Honey Cafe for a late lunch. The best part about this place: the biscuits, honey, and jam they give you before your food comes out. Y’all, I could have easily eaten a couple of these for my meal. They are flaky and buttery and so delicious. The rest of the afternoon, we shopped for a bit in downtown and that night hung out with Keagan’s friends. So far, so fun.

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The next morning, we slept in and went to breakfast at Long’s Drug’s Store. Its a little pharmacy that serves the best (and cheapest) food. I, of course, got a short stack of the¬†chocolate chip pancakes and they tasted as good as they looked. The est part? My meal was only cost $3.35. What? Yes, not lying.

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After breakfast, Keagan took me on a little tour of Knoxville. We went to the University of Tennessee soccer fields and found a picture of our assistant coach at Texas, Keeley Dowling, at the stadium. Hey Keels! After that, she took me around campus and we explored Sorority Village and Fraternity Park. Really cool. It was really funny, all week people would ask me where I go to college and I instantly say UT. Well, UT in Tennessee always refers to The University of Tennessee. I would always have to correct myself and let people know I go to the real UT, The University of Texas at Austin. #winkwink

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Later that afternoon, we went hiking to the top of House Mountain. The scenery in Tennessee is so beautiful and there is so much green everywhere…a little bit different than Dallas and Austin, amirite?

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As a treat for climbing a mountain, we went to Ham’n Goodies for their famous iced lemon cookies. You think, how good cold these simple iced lemon cookies be? AMAZING. So delicious, I could’ve easily eaten a dozen over the course of a day. But I didn’t…although I wish I had a couple of those cookies right about now.

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After a full day, we went back the house and watched Harry Potter¬†while working on a huge puzzle (Keagan worked, I watched…).¬†Quite an ideal night.

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The next day we drove out to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. About an hour outside of Knoxville, these cities are super touristy and country. We saw our fair share of rednecks which always made me laugh. On the side of the road, they have these mountain roller coasters that are like luges. We decided to stop and go on one and it was one of the best decisions we made that afternoon. The luge was so fun and you whip around turns while making your way down the mountain. It was such a random stop but proved to be a highlight of the day!

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I couldn’t go to Tennessee without trying some moonshine. I had the opportunity to go to a moonshine tasting! Don’t be fooled, however, I only took baby shots of 5 types before¬†calling it quits. Moonshine is definitely not my favorite thing in the world. Yuck.

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Also in Gatinburg, we took the ski lift up to the top and got off to see the entire city. It was chilly that day, as you can tell by our jackets and sweaters! Once we got back to the bottom, we made a B-line to the closest Starbucks to warm up with hot coffee and tea. We met up with a couple of Keagan’s friends and had dinner and then went to look at Christmas lights.

After some more fun in the city the next couple of days, I had to get back to Dallas to see my own family! I flew back (roadtrips can only happen so often for me…) and arrived back in Texas¬†this past Thursday night.

Knoxville is an awesome city and I have nothing but good things to say about it. The people are friendly, the landscapes are beautiful, and the food is tasty. Thanks you so much Keagan for letting me stay with you and your family! I had the BEST time! Let’s hope it’s not the last time I am able to visit…I’ll be back to foxy knoxy for sure!

Currently Obsessed: Evelyn Henson

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There’s this wall in my apartment that desperately needs to be decorated but my roommates and I have been too busy to get around to it. It’s the wall right behind our TV and every time I turn on Food Network or E! News, I think to myself, I need to get a print to hang up there but then just never do anything…

Until now. I live with 3 other girls and we’ve found the perfect prints to hang up there! Scrolling¬†through Pinterest late at night, I lucked upon Evelyn Hanson. She designs the absolute cutest prints of everything from maps to girlie girl sayings to¬†fashionable clothes. I could easily buy every print but that would be absurd, wouldn’t it? Maybe?

Each one of my roommates and I are going to buy a print that represents our distinct personalities and hang them up on our little wall space that needs some happiness on it. I’ll,of course, go with something girlie and fashionable. #youknowit

If you’ve never heard of Evelyn Hanson before, go check out her website here.