Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi guys & happy Monday! 

I made the most delicious chocolate chip cookies last week because I was in the mood to bake & I just had to share the recipe! I posted about them on my Instagram story & got so many replies requesting the recipe so here it is 🙂 

These will definitely become a staple dessert for me when I’m craving something sweet or need to bring something to a party! Even my non-vegan friends approved of these sweets 😉 Honestly, you can’t even tell they are vegan! The original recipe on Pinterest calls for cornstarch, but I didn’t have any so I left it out & they turned out fine. I also replaced the flaxseed with applesauce & it worked out great. I added a little bit of almond milk to the batter because it was too crumbly, so that’s why it’s listed as optional.

Also, for thicccc cookies make sure to let the batter sit in the fridge for about half an hour! 

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter 

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda 

1 1/4 cups brown sugar 

1 1/2 cups non-dairy chocolate chips 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

1 tbsp flaxseed or applesauce

almond milk (optional) 

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Makes about 24 cookies 

Directions:

1.) In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the softened vegan butter for a minute until creamy. Now add in the brown sugar and mix for 1-2 minutes, until fluffy.

2.) Add the vanilla and the applesauce and mix in.

3.) Next, stop the mixer and add 1 cup of the flour, baking soda and salt on top of the flour. Turn the mixer on low speed, and mix until just combined.

4.) Add the other 1/2 cup of flour and mix until crumbles form, then use your hands to form a large ball of dough. The dough should be easy to handle, not too wet or dry. If the dough is too wet to handle, add a few tablespoons more flour at a time. If the dough is too wet, your cookies will be totally flat. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of almond milk.

5.) Add in the chocolate chips, either by hand or with a spoon until they are evenly distributed.

6.) Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate/chill for at least 30 minutes.

7.) Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and let sit on the counter for about 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

8.) Roll the dough into balls, about 1-2 tablespoons each. Bake for about 10 minutes, until they are barely golden around the edges.

Love, Loss, & Growth

I considered not writing this post, because it’s still hard to think about & talk about & I feel so vulnerable. BUT I’m coming upon a year (on Friday to be exact) of the biggest heartbreak I have experienced, & I thought it was time that I share more about the relationship & how I deal/dealt with the loss of someone so important to me, in hopes that someone else can resonate & feel maybe just a little bit better 🙂 

I never really talked too much about my relationship here because I didn’t (& don’t) want a relationship or another person to become my identity. I think too often some people are so involved with their significant other on the Internet that it becomes all people associate them with. I’m not putting them down because there are so many cute, healthy relationships that make me go #goals & believe in love again haha. But I don’t want that. At least not right now. Because I’m 21 & if there is one thing I’ve learned at this stage in life, it’s that people change & leave you & it hurts like heck & I don’t want to be reminded of them on every corner of the Internet. 

I met him in middle school. Funny thing, my dad actually coached him in basketball & I remember thinking he was sooo cute. Little did I know that years later he would become my best friend, boyfriend, first love, & then a complete stranger. 

Fast forward to high school just a couple of years later & we ended up being in the same friend group. He was crushin’ on me hard, but I was so excited that there were boys actually paying attention to me that I didn’t pay much attention to him. But we hung out together with our friend group & started texting & flirting. He became one of my closest friends & was always there for me through a few relationships & all the boy drama I put myself through. He asked me out a few times before I said yes… the rest is pretty much history. 

We share the exact same birthday. He is literally only about 3 hours older than me, & through some digging we found out we were actually born in the same hospital!! Pretty crazy. I don’t think it was coincidence though. We were pretty much meant to be from the start.

Our relationship wasn’t easy. In high school, we didn’t get to see each other a lot, which put a strain on the relationship. Family relationships & typical high school drama didn’t help either. Then we both went to separate colleges about 2 & 1/2 hours away. Long distance FaceTime calls & infrequent weekend visits consumed our relationship & lives.

But despite the bad, there was so, so much good. He taught me so much. Not only how to drive stick shift (or at least he tried to lol), but that people’s opinions don’t matter that much. Friend & family relationships always come first. It is possible to build an ice cream cone bigger than your head. He taught me how to snowboard, the first & only time I’ve been haha. He showed me that romance isn’t dead, & there’s nothing a large pizza & an episode of “The Office” can’t fix. 

Eventually, we started to drift apart. I broke up with him on July 12, 2018. And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Not only because I still loved him so deeply, but because I hurt the one person who I never thought I would hurt. 

I didn’t know what to do. I had to get used to a new normal without my person. I felt guilty about being sad about a relationship that I ended. I felt misunderstood & lost. 

No one tells you how to fix a heartbreak. It will be scary. It will be hard. It will hurt. You’ll be confused. Mad. But my oh my, will you GROW. You’ll have more time for yourself & the things that make you happy. You’ll build stronger relationships with the people you do have in your life. You’ll grow in your faith & begin to understand the real meaning behind, everything happens for a reason. You also might scream the lyrics of “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo & cry yourself to sleep, but again, no one tells you how to fix a heartbreak.

It’s hard to summarize a 3 & 1/2 year long relationship. There were lots of downs, so many ups, mistakes, & many lessons learned together. But because of it, I am better, stronger, more confident, loving, romantic, understanding & compassionate. I can confidently say that although the relationship didn’t have the fairy tale ending I always dreamed about, I would never change a thing. And I hope he can say the same. 

Planner Organization

Hi guys!

It’s that time of year again… PLANNER SHOPPING!! June is seriously my favorite month just because I have to go planner shopping & I absolutely loveeee it. I look forward to it all year & it’s pretty much the only reason I somewhat enjoy going back to school haha. I just love being organized & feeling (key word) like my life is together & a cute planner really helps me with that. I was that girl in high school that actually used the lame planner they gave every student at the beginning of the year! Now I go to Target & stand in the planner section for half an hour & just dream.

I wanted to briefly tell you guys how I organize my planner so you guys can get organized for the new school year or just get your life together too! I love watching YouTube videos about going back to school or looking up planner organization ideas on Pinterest. I’m not kidding when I say I’m obsessed guys!! I want to be a resource for all of you who might also love the feeling of getting your life together, but you’re also a perfectionist that wants every detail of every day mapped out just right. 

So I love Day Designer planners. This is not sponsored, although I soo wish it was hahah. I have been using their planners since I got to college & they specifically have academic planners which is perfect for me because I mainly use my planner to keep track of stuff for class. I like the planners that have a month view, week view, and day-to-day view. This way I can see what my month looks like at a glance, my week, etc. 

I begin with the month overview. I write down any dates that I know are for sure in pen & then sketch in possible dates with pencil. I always make sure to put the time of stuff as well ‘cuz ya girl WILL forget lol. The planner I use also has a “notes” section on the month overview, & that’s where I plan out my blog content for the month, & make a larger “To-Do” list of things I want to accomplish that month. It helps me see the big picture. 

Next, I go week by week. I’ll write in any dates or deadlines for the week, establish my top three “To-Dos” for the week, & map out what I will accomplish each day. Again, this way I can see the whole week at a glance & prepare for each day accordingly. 

Sometimes I color code my planner, but this time I’m using the stickers that came with the planner to indicate different things. Color coding is really helpful to break down tasks, but the stickers are also fun & a great way to keep track of what’s going on daily. 

I think I will do another whole post about how I work, because I plan my weeks out based on  my energy levels throughout the week. I went to this really cool blogging event & someone was talking about how they work with the seasons & all this stuff about astrology too, & it sounded kinda crazy, but honestly they are onto something!! I have already noticed when my energy levels are high & when I feel most productive & motivated, so I generally plan my busy days & harder tasks on those days. But more on that later!

Also, I was going to link my exact planner, but I can’t find it online! I got it at Target in case you were wondering though 🙂

Chic of the Week

Hey guys, happy weekend! 

I’m sharing another Fabletics outfit today because I honestly have nothing else to share. I have been wanting to have a “photoshoot” for so long because I’m lacking content! It seems the only time I go out & take photos is if I have a campaign to shoot. I’m trying to get in the habit of taking more random pics when I’m out, but tbh, I’m not always in the mood! If I have a photoshoot planned I know that I need to look cute & I can get pumped up for it because it honestly takes a lot out of me. Getting the perfect shot & editing it is so satisfying, but the process of getting ready, finding a location, posing… all that stuff is not as fun/easy as it looks! Anyway, rant over, but now you guys know why I share so many Fabletics outfits! 

I’m going to be honest, I think this outfit was too big on me so that is making it less flattering, but it’s just not an outfit I would choose to workout in. It reminds me of  a biking outfit or something hahah. The top seems like it would be great to throw on at the beach or for a chilly hike or something! I know biker shorts are a trend, but these ones weren’t even cute on me 😦 The clothing itself is high quality as always, just not my style so I think I didn’t feel so great in it. I just kinda feel like a biker/scuba diver gal? Idk, just not me. I’ll link it down below though, because the pieces by themselves would be cute!! Also, my pic is on the Fabletics site for this outfit so if nothing else, click the link to see my 15 seconds of fame hahah!

Forward 2-Piece Set

My Homemade Iced Coffee Recipe

Happy Monday!

Today’s post is one that is near & dear to my heart because it’s a topic near & dear to my heart… coffee.

I love coffee. I have 2-3 cups a day. It’s just a whole vibe & truly has the ability to make me happy when nothing else will. I wanted to share my homemade iced coffee recipe with you guys because now that it’s summertime, that’s all I’m drinking! It’s so expensive to buy an iced coffee everyday & making it at home also saves time! I am definitely that person that walks in late with a coffee in hand… ooopss. 

Ingredients: coffee (duh)

almond milk

dairy free creamer or flavored syrup

Prep time: 2 minutes 

Serves: 1

So for this recipe to work best, make coffee the night before & put it in the fridge overnight. Sometimes if I forget at night, I’ll wake up & make a quick cup & put it in the freezer for a couple of hours while I get ready & that works too. But having cold coffee is really the only way you’re going to get the true iced experience. 

I add a few ice cubes to a reusable cup, pour in my cold coffee, add about 2 tablespoons of almond milk, & 2 tablespoons of dairy-free vanilla creamer (I like Califia Farms) or 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup (Torani is good for this). You will get a thicker, sweeter flavor with the creamer, but a stronger coffee taste with syrup. The best way to describe it is Starbucks vs Dunkin’ iced coffee. One is sweet, one is more bitter, but both get the job done & make me feel like a new woman. 

Chic of the Week

Hey guys! 

I have a really great outfit to share today! I am beyond EXCITED to announce I partnered with VS PINK for their Gym to Swim style perfect for summer! The top can be used as a sports bra or for the pool & I’ve actually used it both ways & loved it! The bra isn’t great for high impact activities, but for yoga or weight training it is so cute. The bottoms are a little cheeky to wear to the gym in my opinion & they honestly wouldn’t be too comfy to workout in. The sizing is tricky because maybe if I had sized up they would have a looser fit which I like for the gym, but they are more like spandex. I got a size small in both for reference! 

I’ve linked it below so you guys can get one for yourselves! They have so many cute styles I think I need them all!!

Scallop Edge Floppy Hat | Ultimate Lightly Lined Sports Bra | Gym To Swim Shortie

*This post is sponsored by VS PINK. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Dip Nails

Hiii guys! 

I have recently been getting dip polish because I heard about all the hype & got really curious! I decided to do a whole post about my experience with them & tell you guys more about it because I know I had so many questions when I first got them! I’ve had them for about 3 months now, so I thought that was enough time to test them out & see if it’s reallyyyy worth it. 

For starters, dip powder is supposed to be healthier for your nail. I went through a phase freshman year of getting acrylics & they really messed up my natural nail for awhile. And all throughout high school my mom & I would do “mani Monday” so my nails have been through a LOT. hahah. I have noticed that my nails are strong & long & don’t break as easily.

Second, dip powder doesn’t require a UV light to dry, which I think is a bonus because we all know that isn’t the healthiest, & it also takes a minute to dry! Dip is instant dry which I love because I don’t have the time & patience to wait for them to dry any other way hahah.

Another benefit that some people might really like is there is no oder! If only there was a way to do this at home because I remember the smell always really bothered my brothers & dad. Must be a dude thing lol. But seriously, it can get strong & annoying so that’s another bonus in my book! 

Also, dip nail polish is easy to remove! I never want to go & pay money to have my polish removed so I’ll always try to do it at home & spend an hour scrubbing my nails & end up ruining them. Dip nails just need to be soaked in 100% acetone for 10-15 minutes! I suggest wrapping the tips in tin foil to help them really soak. 

Overall, I have not noticed a HUGE difference in my nails since getting dip. It is slightly more expensive than gel, maybe by about $10. I do like think that my nails are healthier & I can remove them easily at home if I want. But do I think it’s worth the extra money? Honestly no. 

Hope this helps answer some questions you guys might have! I’m definitely no professional, but I’ve tried pretty much every nail technique out there, so in some way, yeah I’m an experienced pro. 

Chic of the Week

Hey guys, happy Friday! 

I have a super cute & perfect-for-summer Fabletics outfit to share today! I’m am PSYCHED because I think I’m going to continue to work with them in a new way, so you guys are gonna get to see even more cute Fabletics content! heheh. I’ll try to get creative & not just to do ootw’s, but I feel like it’s such an easy to way to show every outfit! But I also miss styling other cute looks too.

This is the first pair of shorts I’ve tried from Fabletics & I have to say I’m a fan! I like how they have spandex attached to them, especially since they are on the shorter side. The spandex don’t ride up & honestly you can hardly tell they are there! The top honestly was kinda too big for me. But if it fit right, I think it would be super comfy to workout in. It’s breathable & doesn’t rub into your skin like some annoying tops!

Hyper 2-Piece Set

My Fav Skincare Products

Hey guys!

This post is going to be the second part of my little skincare journey post. If you haven’t already, go check out my  first post where I talk all about my struggle with acne. I really open up about how much it affected my daily life. That might sound dramatic, but skin is such a huge part of our lives, & when it doesn’t look good, it can make you not feel good.

This post is going to be the fun post where I share the products that work for me! They are truly dermatologist recommended & have definitely helped my skin clear up. I have to be honest that I also take medication to help my skin, so it’s not all topical. But I played around with a lot of different creams & washes & this is what works for me so I’m sticking to it! 

First, I have to say, nail down a skincare routine & don’t skip a day! This is especially important when you’re first trying to heal up your skin. It’s going to take a long time & be a process. Unfortunately, there’s no overnight cure for acne which SUCKS. But nailing down a routine filled with products that are just right for your skin type & issues is so important & the first step to really feeling confident with your skin. I am a firm believer in a skincare routine & have successfully gotten a few people to actually adopt one! I am that friend that will yell at you if you fall asleep with makeup on hahah

Night

Step 1: Cleanse skin, Panoxyl 

This stuff is amazing! I have tried a ton of face washes along this journey & so far this one has delivered the best results! It comes in maximum strength & daily control, & I usually just use the daily control, which has 4% benzoyl peroxide because it really dries out my skin.

Step 2: Toner, Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

Okay, so this step isn’t necessary, but I feel like it takes off a lot of extra makeup & just smooths my skin overall. Kinda like a double cleanse. I am always SHOCKED at how much makeup hasn’t been removed after using a makeup wipe & cleansing. 

Step 3: Double cleanse, Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water

So you’ve probably heard about this stuff & how amazing it is so I won’t get into it! But I wasn’t so sure when I first heard about it, but it helps take off any remaining makeup & refresh my skin. I usually use this around my eyes because my mascara always takes forever to come off (yay for waterproof mascara).

Step 4: Moisturize, Differen Adapalene Gel

This is another product I swear by! I don’t really like heavy face creams so this one is perfect because it’s a gel! This also comes in other strengths & I usually just get what I can find at the store hahah

Step 5: Spot treat, Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

I use this product once a week for its actual purpose because it’s very drying for my skin! But because of that, it’s great for spot treatment because it dries up pimples overnight! 

Morning

Step 1: Cleanse, Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water

I use this again in the AM to just refresh & cleanse my skin.

Step 2: Double cleanse, Panoxyl

I use this stuff twice a day! 

Step 3: Hydrate + SPF, AMBI

This stuff is dermatologist recommended to help get rid of acne scars & dark spots, of which I used to have a lot! This has an SPF built into it, which I love as well because I’m always protected! It goes without saying, but a good face sunscreen is a must to any skincare routine!! This product has a special formula for oily skin, so I usually opt for that one cuz ya’ girl has a shiny face. 

Those are the products that are tried & true by me! I have been using most of them for a couple of years now, so I’m sure they work & I like the results! Just a reminder that healing your skin is a long process & even now I obviously still break out & am working to be comfortable in my skin no matter what. But a skincare routine with products you love is a great place to start 🙂

Chic of the Week

Hi guys! Happy Friday! 

I have a non-Fabletics outfit to share today! Hahah can you believe it?? I wore this outfit to Mother’s Day lunch a few weeks ago & realized almost all of it was from Target! I’m only slightly obsessed… 

I originally got the pants when I was shopping for business casual clothes for my internship a year ago! I always get lots of compliments when I wear them & they are so comfy. They are basically like the goucho pants that were so cool back in the day. I just need my monkey tee & I’d be so cool if it were 2006! (if you know, you know) 😉 The top is from H&M because I found a similar top while at Tilly’s awhile ago & fell in love with it, BUT they didn’t have my size. I thought it wasn’t meant to be, but then I found this top & realized it was, in fact, meant to be. The shoes are from Target & were only $20!! I honestly don’t think I’ve worn a different shoe since getting them. They are comfy & go with everything so I don’t see a reason why NOT to wear them! The necklace is a gift from my mommy & idk where she got it, but I linked something similar. I love dainty jewelry & this moon necklace is the perfect piece. 

This week has been crazy busy! I know I always say that, but it seems any free days I have every week somehow fill up. I’m working 5 days a week & then socializing on the weekends. It’s a lot for my introverted self, but don’t worry guys, I shall live. 

Striped High-Rise Cropped PantsAnkle Strap SandalCrescent Moon Rose Gold NecklaceOff-the-Shoulder Top