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Finally Friday

{ Hot lemon water during the day }

Some weeks just come and go and some weeks feel like they serve a purpose. This week was one of those “serve a purpose” kind of weeks. By Wednesday afternoon, I had already accomplished almost everything on my weekly “To Do List” so it was difficult to believe that the next day would be Thursday. Early Thursday morning I decided to treat myself to an R&R day. I decided to see the matinee of the Hunger Games….. alone. Since it has been out since October, I am the only person in my group of friends who hasn’t seen it yet. First let me say that I don’t think I will ever go to an evening movie ever again. I paid $6.25 for a three hour movie and thoroughly enjoyed my free treats and beverages. I brought some homemade coffee and delicious muffins to indulge in while bundled under my cozy blanket in the empty theater. I don’t think Thursday morning gets better than that! While going to the movies during the evening hours, on a date or girls night out is more socially acceptable, I would much rather attend in my comfy clothes and have the theater all to myself. This weekend is supposed to be a rainy one so this is just another excuse to treat myself to and R & R Day and relax. This is my guilty pleasure so I usually justify my behavior by staying in bed all day and watching a TV marathon. I’m on the hunt for a new TV series to watch so if you have any suggestions tweet them @KailaniAndrade. Hopefully you all have a wonderful & safe weekend. Here are some little things that kept my week bright.

 

{ All white ensemble for a coffee break Monday }

{ Rainy Day Craft Project }

{ My favorite flower this month: Tulips }

 

{ Matinee Movie Attire: mismatched blacks + Rainboots }

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Her

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I used to dread Valentine’s Day because I thought that it was all about having someone special to spend it with. If I didn’t have that “special someone” I would throw a pitty party on the 14th. This phase only took place during my teens… I mean not having a boyfriend or “Valentine” on Februray 14th was the end of the world or at least it seemed that way at 14…15…16… and even 17. Now, being (not) that much older and (not) that much wiser, I love Valentine’s Day. Over the years, I’ve realized that this special day is about spending it with people you love, admire  & respect, including your own family,  friends, co-workers and other families or people that you adore.  The past couple of days I have been collecting little gifts to surprise people with on the one day of the year that a  majority of the population “hates” to celebrate. I have assembled a gift guide for any female in your life whether it be a girlfriend, fiancé, sister, mom, cousin, wife, friend or grandma. Something as simple as a new lip gloss or a workout headband or just a simple, thoughtful, meaningful handwritten card or note could potentially be more appreciated than a box of store bought chocolate and overpriced roses. Remember  items that she may have mentioned while out shopping or items that she has continually talked about wanting over the past couple of months and surprise that someone special in your life with a unique gift on this love filled celebrated holiday on February 14th.

 

 

Brooklyn Blue

Unlike the cold weather on the  East Coast, the West Coast climate has been mostly sunny, with a high of 72 degrees (on a good day). As sad as it may sound and as much as I love the warm California weather, it rarely feels like we experience a true winter. The past few days have been much more brisk than the usual temperature.  Mornings start out cold, but as the day continues the warm weather always evolves. Fortunately, I have been able to throw on skirts and dresses without having to wear leggings  underneath. Normally I am drawn to solid colored bottoms, but back in November  I bought this flirty, light weight,  bow printed skirt at Forever21.  The feminine detail on this shift skirt compelled me to throw it in the bag. The gloomy weather and gray skies that lingered throughout the day yesterday enticed me to add a pop of color to my outfit by throwing on my favorite cobalt blue coat from SheInside.

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The Perfect Blueberry Muffin Recipe

My usual morning routine consists of coffee, Greek yogurt with berries, granola and agave nectar. Since I have been neglecting my morning yogurt routine lately, I had accumulated an overload of berries that I needed to consume quickly. So I decided to change up my routine a bit and use up all of my blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and do some baking and blend homemade smoothies.. I used the raspberries and strawberries to make a delicious smoothie Friday morning and saved the blueberries to make blueberry muffins on Saturday morning. I am a huge fan of all pastries, whether it is a Danish, croissant, or a simple muffin. I discovered a new way to bake muffins using parchment paper as the liner. After baking my 1st batch, I learned that using parchment paper to bake my muffins made a significant difference. In addition to the superb taste and texture the paper also gives the appearance that your muffins were purchased at a bakery. The muffin tops, bottoms and sides bake to perfection using parchment paper liners, while leaving the inside scrumptiously moist. I used this recipe, and in the beginning I was concerned that the batter wasn’t liquid-y enough. However, after devouring my first muffin, I can report that I will definitely keep this recipe on file and use it as a base muffin recipe while occasionally swapping the blueberries for chocolate chips or raspberries.

 

 

Nautical Cheetah

Stripe Top – Zara (Similar Here) | Leather Skirt – SheInside  | Trench Coat – SheInside | Necklace – Francesca’s

Broadly speaking, my weekday attire involves jeans and some sort of loose T-shirt, but last week I decided that I wanted to step it up a notch. I combined three of my favorite items all into one outfit. I purchased this stripe shirt about 6 months ago at Zara and I have worn it numerous times. This lightweight casual tee can be worn during any season which I love. Usually, I’m not a big fan of leather skirts, but this one from SheInside has quickly entered my rotation for bottom favorites. Since this flirty skirt is a basic black hue, it offers so much flexibility and it is the perfect transition piece from day wear to evening flare!

Photos by Sweetness and Light Photography