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Mad about Plaid

Sep 28, 2015

We're currently in Nice enjoying the rest of our honeymoon, and while the calendar says fall it still feels like summer here. But when we return to San Francisco in a week and a half, I'll be welcoming fall and all things pumpkin spice with open arms! Today I'm sharing a video I shot with Mode and Target, all about plaid trends for fall. Chelsea, Nichole and I highlight four easy plaid pieces perfect for this season.



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Sep 24, 2015


With all the wedding craziness, it's been far too long since I've shot and shared an outfit post! Hope you'll forgive me. ;) I wore this outfit on the first warm day in Paris on our honeymoon—the first couple days were drizzly with little teases of short-lived sun. On this particular afternoon, all the Parisians were out and about in high spirits, enjoying the beautiful day. 

I felt like I was floating along in this flowy high-low dress with side cut-outs, especially when a French woman approached me and declared, "Votre robe est magnifique!" Thanks to the little Duolingo I had studied before our trip, I knew she was complimenting my dress, which absolutely made my day.

Hope the rest of your week is tres magnifique!


Photos by Omied Arvin

Wedding Wednesday: Pre-Honeymoon Shopping Haul

Sep 23, 2015

Hi everyone! We're a few days into our honeymoon in Paris and so far it has been an absolute dream! Since we're getting ready to head out for the day for more exploring, I'll keep this post short and sweet (but as always, you can follow along on our adventures on Instagram, @WTFab). Before we left on our honeymoon, I was getting so excited putting together outfit ideas and my packing list that I shot a YouTube video highlighting some of the new pieces in my closet that I was looking forward to taking for a spin in France. You can check them out in the video below—be sure to subscribe! :)




Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sep 21, 2015

With just two days left of summer (how sad!), I thought I'd share this fun idea for making ice cream sandwiches at home. Last week, I shared my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Now we're taking those cookies and making ice cream sandwiches with them! Here's how:

1. Bake these ridiculously awesome chocolate chip cookies. And try not to eat them all before you make the ice cream sandwiches.


2. Select a pint of an ice cream flavor of your choice. I chose vanilla to keep it classic. With a sharp knife, cut the bottom of the ice cream pint off. Then, slice the ice cream and pint. This is going to make a round slab of ice cream for your sandwich.


3. Pop your round piece of ice cream out onto a cookie. This all needs to be done relatively quickly, because once your ice cream starts melting it all just gets really messy.


4. Slap another cookie on to complete your sandwich. I wanted to make my ice cream sandwich more festive, so I rolled it in sprinkles.


You could mix and match cookies and ice cream til the cows come home! The possibilities are endless. You could even host an ice cream sandwich bar when you have company over, with different cookies, ice cream flavors, and toppings like sprinkles, chopped nuts (pistachios or walnuts sound amazing). Sounds like my kinda party. Promise you'll invite me?

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Wedding Wednesday: Parisian Bridal Shower

Sep 16, 2015

Since Omied and I are honeymooning in Paris, my mom threw me a Parisian themed bridal shower! We had about 30 close family and friends over (no boys allowed!) and it was such a fun day. My mom has always been the hostess with the mostest, and she put a lot of love into my shower and all the pretty little details. 

parisian themed bridal shower

[above] Can't get over this cute "She said oui" banner my mom found on etsy. [below] My aunt worked with Ettore's to design the most beautiful bridal shower cake I've ever seen! It had the sweetest message written on it and was almost too pretty to eat. Almost, but not quite, because their princess torte is to die for. 

parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower

[above] These custom labels were so fun and added a pop to our mimosa station station. I had another more sassy label made for my bachelorette party as well. That one was not quite bridal shower appropriate, but I loved both labels!

parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower
parisian themed bridal shower

[above] How cute is Omied's grandmother? She is the sweetest thing. [below] My soon to be sister-in-law!

parisian themed bridal shower

Thanks to all our friends and family (especially my mom!) who made my shower so special.

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

Sep 14, 2015

Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite desserts. When they're homemade, they never fail me. Over the years I've tried a lot of different recipes, but my favorite is one that I've adapted from Cooks Illustrated. It literally makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Lightly crisped on the outside, but moist and ooey-gooey on the inside. Here's a peek at the best chocolate chip cookies in the making, and the recipe (complete with a few chocolate chip cookie game-changing tips) below!

chocolate chip cookie recipe
chocolate chip cookie recipe
chocolate chip cookie recipe


Ingredients
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar (5 1/4 ounces)
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (Optional, of course. Sometimes when I feel like being a chocolate chip cookie purist, I don't put these in.)

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large (18- by 12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

2. Here's game-changing tip number one: Melt your butter, rather than just beating it in with the other dry ingredients. Heat 10 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and, using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.

3. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Game-changing tip number two, you're going to do this a few times. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if you want nuts, that is), giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.

4. Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons. Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but will require 3 batches. Tip number three, if you're using separate sheets, bake each sheet separately, rather than simultaneously on two different racks. That's a recipe for uneven cookie baking, so take the extra 10 minutes to bake those bad boys evenly.)

5. Bake cookies until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving. Game-changing tip number four: I like to undercook the cookies just slightly. Remember, these little beauties will continue to cook through on the pan after you take them out of the oven. As soon as they start to get golden brown at about ten minutes, I immediately take them out.

6. Pat yourself on the bat for being such an amazing chocolate chip cookie baker and enjoy!


chocolate chip cookie recipe

Next week I'll be using these yummy cookies as part of another delicious dessert. But you'll have to stay tuned to find out what it is!

Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Accessories

Sep 9, 2015

Happy Wednesday! I'm so excited that I've finally found all of my accessories for the big day. It was a long process, full of purchases and returns, but it was worth all the effort because I love the complete look. After I had my final fitting for my dress, I brought it home to my parents house and tried it on with all of my bridal accessories. I showed my parents so they could see the whole outfit, and promptly proceeded to bawl my eyes out. Here's a look at the little details and the "something old, something new" I'll be wearing on our wedding day!

Something old: My grandmother's vintage silver clutch. (I didn't have it with me to include in this shoot, but I've it's appeared on the blog before in this outfit post).

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Something new: A lot of these accessories are "new" (that's probably the easiest thing to find to fit this adage), but in particular the earrings, necklace, bracelet, sash, and hair piece are all new pieces that I'll wear on my wedding day.

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Hair piece
bridal accessories
Bracelet
bridal accessories
Necklace / Earrings
bridal accessories

[above] I was so excited when I found this sash on etsy. I had tried on a sash that was almost identical to this one at the bridal boutique where I found my dress, but that one was five times the price! [below] This dainty little bracelet will be a keepsake that I'll wear well beyond our wedding day. I love the little A and our engraved wedding date.

bridal accessories

Something borrowed: I'll be pinning this pretty brooch to my bouquet. It belonged to my grandmother on my mom's side, and I love that I have pieces from both of my grandmothers in my wedding day accessories.

bridal accessories

Something blue: These little shoe stickers on the back of my silver wedges are so fun! And when I'm ready to kick my heels off and change into flats, I'll still have my something blue on, thanks to Tieks' signature blue sole

bridal accessories
bridal accessories
I Do stickers
bridal accessories
Tieks in Silver Screen
I've thought for years that wearing Tieks on your wedding day is a fabulous idea. These flats are so comfy, and it'd be silly to think I can make it in heels (even if they're small heels!) all day/night. When I started looking for silver accessories, I knew that a pair of silver Tieks would be perfect to fold up and bring with me to the wedding.

bridal accessories

So excited to wear all of these pretty things on our wedding day! 

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