The Problem with Southern Style

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I stealthily snapped this picture today while I was in one of my nursing classes (sorry for the low quality.)

In one small corner of our large classroom, there were three of the Exact. Same. Purse. Literally exactly the same. Same brand, size, color… Now you may be thinking “Oh how funny, what a coincidence!” But this picture embodies what southern fashion has become.

The “southern look” can be very cute and flattering.  The flowy tops, colorful patterns, cute accessories… it is a hard combination mess up.  The problem here is that it is all consuming; what one person has, everyone wants.  And I don’t mean they go out and find something similar, I’m talking about the exact same items. 

A few words come to mind when I think about how people dress down in these parts:

  • Cookie cutter
  • Monotone
  • Non Individualized
  • Uncreative
  • Fixated

Have I beaten that to death yet? 

It is so much more interesting to look into a crowd of people and see all different types of styles and outfit combinations!  I hate to sound so cliche, but why follow the crowd when you can do your own thing!  Taylor your closet to what you like.  If you have the confidence to wear something, you can pull it off.  (Just look at the half shaved head trend that is going on.  I cannot imagine how else that was able to take off other than a few really confident people rocking it without a second thought.)  If you glance around a classroom or mall or grocery store, you will see the same things over and over again.  Fellow southerners, you know exactly what I am talking about here:

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  5. Lilly Print everything
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The list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong, a bubble necklace here and there is fine, but it is all wayyyy overdone. Do you really need to monogram EVERY piece of clothing you own? How about owning one pair of Jacks and a few other sandals instead of 10 pairs of Jacks in all different colors?

Even guys are all following the crowd!  Khaki pants with a pastel button down, boat shoes, camouflage, Ray Bands, bow ties… (Ok I do like the bow ties…)

All I ask for is a little creativity and individuality when it comes to style. It is what sets you apart from the masses!  Plus, think of all the awesome styles you can try out now and roll your eyes at later on down the road when you are older and your friends and family pull out the old pictures.

Flourless Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake In a Mug

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That title is quite a mouthful… but then again so is the cake so I guess it will suffice. There are a lot of flavors being packed into this one little mug, so hold on to your hats ladys and gents.

This cake is for perfect for the dark chocolate connoisseur. Easy to prepare and very little sugar, it is a great single serving dessert for if you are trying to watch what you eat. One of the keys to mug cakes I have begun to notice is the amount of egg you add. Whenever I add a whole egg to a single cake, it is too dense. Don’t add any egg (or egg substitute) and the texture doesn’t sit well with me. Meeting it halfway, I beat up an egg in a separate bowl and add half of it to get that perfect balance.

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Flourless Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake In a Mug

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 minutes tops
  • Difficulty: Couldn't be Easier
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Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe, mashed banana
  • ½ beaten egg
  • 1/8 cup peanut butter (If you want to get really fancy with it, you can use chunky)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or any other kind of sweetener you like)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coco powder
  • I added strawberries and chocolate syrup for toppings. Whatever you want to add, you go for it *sassy finger snap*

Instructions:

  1. Mash up the banana along with the peanut butter and egg until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Stir in the sugar and coco powder along with any mix ins you might want. If you are not a fan of the bitterness the coco powder adds, you can add some more sugar to try and balance it out.
  3. Microwave in a mug for around 1 minute 30 seconds. You may need more or less time depending on your microwave.
  4. Gaze upon your creation until it is cool enough to eat

 

Product Review: L’OREAL Youth Code Texture Perfector and Pore Vanisher Cream

 

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Ya girls got pores. Don’t we all though?

After watching Nicole Guerriero’s YouTube review of the Texture Perfector and Pore Vanishing Cream, I figured I might as well give it a shot! She raved about the product for its ability to smooth out your skin as well as blur your pores when using it during your everyday makeup routine. She also critiqued it for its claim to actually shrink your pores after one months use when she did not believe that to be the case.

I personally have no previous experience with pore vanishers (I didn’t even realize they were a thing until about a year and a half ago) so I had no idea what to expect for myself. I used it in the same way she demonstrates in the video, by wearing it underneath my foundation and other makeup.

The cream goes on super smooth and does not make your face feel greasy or layered like some other products tend to do. It also did not cause my face to break out, which is another major concern of mine. Any kind of product like this immediately sends up a red flag for me and my sensitive skin, so I was very pleased in that department. Off to a good start!

I love how even it makes my skin look, especially after having problems for so many years with acne. My pores become much less noticeable as well as some of my other spots that I have received from the usual wear and tear your face undergoes. There is now a very noticeable difference (at least to myself) when I do not use this product in the way that my face looks.

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After trying the product for a little less than a month, I have to agree with what Nicole Guerriero says about the other claim this product makes. My pore size has not changed at all from when I first started using it; however, since I expected this from the beginning I was not disappointed. It works very well for evening out my skin and masking my pores, and that is all I ask of it.

I definitely plan repurchase this once I run out! For the cheaper price compared to other pore vanishers (only $20 at target!) and the good job it does, I would say that it was well worth it.

Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken

 

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The crock pot is probably one of my favorite appliances to use in the dorm. It is small, versatile, and perfect if you want to have something ready for you when you come back after classes. For this particular meal, I was having several friends over for dinner and had to have something ready immediately after class. Crock pot for the win.

Usually when I try a recipe, I have to make it several times to tweak it into perfection, but not this time. First try, and it was spot on. I served this over rice along with asparagus and homemade bread with accompanying dipping oil. After eating cafeteria food for far too long, hot damn this was a five star meal.

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Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken

  • Servings: Generously serves 5
  • Time: 2hours 30mins
  • Difficulty: Couldn't be Easier
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken breast cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¾ tsp dried basil
  • ¾ tsp red pepper flakes (you can add more or less depending on how hot you like it. This amount gives it a nice kick without being what I would consider spicy)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey

Instructions:

  1. Chop up the garlic. Mix that along with all other ingredients other than the chicken in a separate bowl. Place in the fridge and allow the flavors to come together for an hour or so. You can also leave it overnight if you have the time.
  2. Place the chicken breast chunks in the crockpot and pour the sauce over it. Mix together so all the chicken is covered in the sauce.
  3. Let it cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. When the chicken is finished cooking, you can take the excess sauce and put it in a saucepan over the stove top to thicken it up. I skipped this step and it was still ballin.

What is in My Pantry?

Everyone has those foods we can’t go a week without. Those ingredients that always make it back on our lists of things we need to pick up at the store on a monthly (if not weekly) basis. Although I don’t have as much space in my dorm for a ton of ingredients and food, I always have the basics. If I need something extra, I can go out and get the smallest container available so that it doesn’t go bad waiting to be used again. Here is my grocery list of must haves that get me through my week of tests, homework, classes, work, and late nights.

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People are Going All Out with their Easter Eggs!

Easter is right around the corner, and I am seeing bunnies and baby chicks all over my pinterest. What caught my eye though, is all of the creative ways people have come up with for decorating their eggs! Growing up we would dye our eggs in the typical fashion, but we never got this fancy with it. One year we tried drawing white crayon over the shells before dyeing them to try and get a design to appear, but they came out terrible. It just looked blotchy. Whatever these people are doing though, they are doing it right! Here are a few that are my favorite so far:

People are getting creative with using different medias to get a pattern on the shells.  I would have never thought to use a paper napkin or a tie. 

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I love the marble look you can get by dying shaving cream, swirling it around, and dipping the egg in but you cant beat the colorful layers of the middle one.  This person used hot glue and multiple dips into the dye to give it the swirl look.  And the gold leaf at the end! 

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