Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Another pinterest recipe! I am actually using my pins, which makes me excited. I’m currently looking for some great Thanksgiving recipes for next week. If you have some favorites let me know in the comments. So a little background on this dessert. I first made in on Halloween and it didn’t turn out as great because I used way too much condensed milk on the top. It tasted fine, but it didn’t look too appealing. The next time around they were perfect. I could have cooked them a little less for more of an ooey gooey texture, but the peanut butter cups keep them super soft in the middle. If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter these are a must! (fyi: make sure to freeze your peanut butter cups) Below I have the recipe listed from Bru Crew Life.


 

Ingredients

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 egg

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

16 regular sized peanut butter cups, frozen and unwrapped

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (just enough to drizzle on top)

1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces


Instructions

-Combine the cake mix, egg, butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat until a soft dough forms. Press half the dough into an 8x8x2 baking dish that has been sprayed with non stick spray.

-Arrange the frozen peanut butter cups over the top of the dough. You may need to trim the edges of a few. Press the rest of the dough over the tops of the peanut butter cups evenly.

-Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top of the dough. Sprinkle with the Reese’s Pieces. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. They will look very gooey and undone. Let the bars cool completely before cutting into 16 squares. Store in a sealed container on the counter.


Notes

*The recipe says use an 8x8x2 pan…that means make sure the sides of your pan are 2 inches high, so the mixture does not bubble over!!!!

*Make sure you freeze your peanut butter cups at least a few hours before you start to make these bars.

*Make sure you also let these bars set completely before cutting into them. They will appear very gooey and undone, but do not worry. They will set up.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


Staples


outfit staplesoutfit staples
outfit staplesoutfit staplesoutfit staples outfit staples

top/jeans/shoes/coat/bag

coin necklaces/pendant necklace/watch/sunnies

spike bracelet/cuff/bangle (use code LOVEKENDRA for discount)

rings-widsor/jewelmint


There is something so classic and simple about this look that I love. Two things…three things I am loving right now: boyfriend jeans, open toe booties, and white t-shirts. You can do so many things with these pieces, they are absolute staples. I’m sure most of you are freezing wherever you live. I am still waiting for that drop in temperature here in southern California. Let’s be real, it will never happen. So if you can’t work the open toe boot, opt for a closed toe shoe instead. And you will most likely have to add in a few more warm pieces like a beanie or scarf. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am ready to get back into the grind this week and get stuff done. Have a great day!


 


Sweater Weather


sweater weather

1: sweater/boots/bag

2: sweater/beanie/booties

3: sweater/boots/mittens

4: sweater/booties/scarf


Let’s talk about my love for sweaters. There is nothing more cozy and cute than a slightly oversized cable knit sweater. They really can serve as a great base piece to any outfit. Most look great with a great pair of tall boots, or booties. Leather and suede are my favorite types. You can also add in more knit pieces, like an infinity scarf or a warm beanie. Let me know some of your favorite stores to stock up on sweaters in the comments! I hope you are all having a great week, thanks so much for stopping by! (I also just posted a new video on my YouTube channel!)



‘Style a Rock Star’ with Style 20/20 Academy


I recently spent the day with Style 20/20 in Newport Beach. We had a taste of the new Style 20/20 Academy they have developed. It is a series of classes for those of you who have aspirations of becoming a stylist. Style 20/20 will give you all the tools you need in order to live out your styling dreams and make it a lifelong career. Check out their website for more details!

style a rockstar

We first learned about all the new trends that have been spotted on the runway recently. Leopard, mod and velvet were a few of my favorites. One great and easy way to incorporate trends into your wardrobe, is to use accessories. If you aren’t comfortable wearing full on velvet pants, find a top with velvet detailing. I love the look of a luxurious leopard coat, but it’s a little too much for my everyday style. What I like to do is wear a pair of leopard ballet flats. You still feel like you are staying on trend, but can feel comfortable in your look.

style a rockstarA great tip on styling is to take time to understand your client. Instead of pouring what you love onto someone else, find pieces for them that fit in with their lifestyle. We had some fun learning how to style a rockstar. The main thing with working with musicians, is to know they have strong senses of what they like and dislike. The great part is you can push the limits a little more. The Style 20/20 Academy will look something like this. A very hands on experience, learning the ropes of working with all types of clients.

style a rockstarWe finished the day styling our own ‘rockstar’ outfit. We chose our selections from a wide variety of pieces from Lip Service Cult, The great Frog LA, and Peavey. I went with an outfit that had bits of my style, but a few more edgier pieces. I’m a huge fan of using neutrals, but mixing it up with different textures. This coat adds so much interest over the crochet slip dress. Adding in some black and gold accessories completes the look. I loved looking at what everyone else chose for their outfits. Mixing fabrics from leather to velvet added so much dimension to each look.

style a rockstar

Thanks to Style 20/20 for hosting such a fun day!


 


Mixing Prints


mixing printsmixing prints mixing printsmixing prints mixing prints
top: nordstrom (similar here & here)

jacket: nordstrom

pants: nordstrom

bag: c/o boohoo (similar)

scarf: c/o windsor (similar here & here)

booties: c/o windsor (similar)

sunnies: american eagle


Happy Monday everyone! Is this time change messing with anyone else? I have been going to bed so early, but it’s kind of nice. It is supposed to cool down this weekend. I am so over the heat, considering this past week was in the high 80’s and low 90’s. In spirit of the fall feeling coming up, I paired a lot of my favorites together for this look. Infinity scarves, booties and military green jackets are a few of my go-to’s. PS. I bought Taylor Swift’s new album yesterday and I cannot stop listening to it! I love the new sound and 80’s vibe. So good. Have a great week everyone!


 


Work It


fitnessfitness fitnessfitness fitnessfitness fitness

 

Nike Jacket/Wild & Free Hot Pants/Mermaid Leggings/Vintage Tank/Elastic Bra Top


It’s almost the weekend guys! So today I have some adorable workout clothes to share with you. Most are by Peach Pop, a super fun company. They recently asked me some questions for their blog and I figured I’d share everything I said with you as well! I need to take a moment to explain how often I’ve been wearing these pieces…I’m talking ALL THE TIME. Basically I want to live in the pink sports bra and purple tank. The sports bra is the most comfortable sports bra I’ve ever worn. You can’t even feel it which is why I love it. Whenever I wear sports bras I get a back ache, but this is not the case with this one. I need this in 100 colors!!! Okay on to the interview questions…


First off, tell us a little about yourself and your blog. My blog and youtube channel are an extension of myself. I post content on beauty, fashion and health. I am always looking for natural alternatives in my beauty routine and finding the absolute best products on the market. My blog is where I share all of that with my viewers. I do not claim to be a professional makeup artist or a personal trainer, but I am like many of you trying to find ways to look and feel our very best. My job is to make that process a little easier for you!

How is fitness a part of your life? Fitness has always been a part of my life. My family is very active so they keep me accountable if I’m ever too lazy. I wish that I woke up every day ready to go on a run, but that is far from the truth. I’m the type of person that would rather eat better, and exercise less. But what keeps me coming back for more is the feeling I get after a great workout. I have more energy, my skin clears up, and my mood improves. I also like to stay in shape just for the personal satisfaction. When I slack off, my body will show it, and that motivates me to tone up. You will never regret a workout, so if I can push myself to change into workout clothes and get my mind right, I’ll be so much happier afterwards. And wearing cute workout gear always helps!

Who is your fitspo? My fitness inspiration is all of my YouTube subscribers. They are the ones who keep me accountable and give me great tips and inspiration. The easiest way to get in shape, is to have someone who will hold you accountable. Have a friend workout with you to keep you motivated. If you are at home and want to stay on the couch for one more episode, it’s easy to skip a workout. But if you have a friend waiting for you at the gym, or a yoga class to attend, you are way more likely to get moving.

What does your day-to-day look like? My day-to-day includes a LOT of sitting in front of a computer screen. I usually wake up, respond to emails while drinking some tea or coffee and make a to-do list for the day. I will work on the day’s blog post and catch up on my social media accounts. Once I change out of my sweats and get ready, I will either start filming or editing future videos. Once I wash my makeup off, I like to throw on some work out clothes and get in a workout mid-afternoon. This is when I start crashing and need to step away from the computer screen and break a sweat. Then it is back to editing! I try to unplug from all media once I start cooking dinner and let myself relax! Before bed you will most likely find me watching HGTV. I’m really a 4- year-old at heart.

What’s a quote you live by? Make today better than yesterday.

What is your beauty and style philosophy? Be yourself and be comfortable. Those go hand in hand to me. If I’m not comfortable in what I’m wearing, or if I have piles of makeup on my face, I don’t feel like myself. I like to take some beauty and fashion risks but I always stay true to who I am. With the social media world blowing up, it’s easy to compare  yourself to others. Remember that nobody else is like you. Embrace that.

You and your husband are adorable. What’s one of your favorite activities to do together that get you moving? We love to go on hikes with our dog. It gets us outside and breathing in some fresh air. After you finish a hike, you always feel like a million bucks. Even though some are a struggle, the end result is what I chase. We also like to play tennis and go to the gym together. Being active is a great way to stay connected and feel better from the inside out.


 


Recipe: Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies


pumpkin cookies pumpkin cookiespumpkin cookiespumpkin cookies

 

I stumbled across this recipe on Halloween and it’s the first recipe I have ever made from Pinterest. How many of you pin your life away and never actually do the things on your boards? Ya guilty. I was looking for something festive to bring to a Halloween party and these seemed perfect. A few things about these cookies. First, the original recipe is not gluten-free, but all you need to do is swap regular flour for gluten-free flour. Second, the recipe made so many cookies I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was pumping out sheet after sheet and my family thought I was entering a baking contest. So, I cut the recipe in half for you! Lastly, these are DELICIOUS. They have almost a cookie dough texture to them. They melt in your mouth and are super soft. Everyone at the party liked them too! The original recipe is HERE and hers look a lot prettier than mine because she scooped the batter with a cookie scoop. I just used my hands so they look kinda sloppy..but still amazing!


 

Ingredients:

-1 cup softened butter

-1 cup granulated sugar

-1 teaspoon baking powder

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

-1 egg

-1 teaspoon vanilla

-1/2 can of pumpkin (about 8 oz)

-2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

-1/4 cup butter

-1/2 package of cream cheese (4 oz), softened

-1/2 lb powdered sugar (about 2 cups)

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-ground cinnamon sprinkled on top

Instructions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occationally. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Add the flour in slowly until combined. Dough will be wet.

-Drop dough by the tablespoon onto parchment lined sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until tops are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

-For the frosting; beat all the ingredients until soft and whipped. Frost cooled cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon.

(makes about 2 dozen)

 


Layered


fall fashionfall fashionfall fashionfall fashionfall fashion


top: loft (similar)

sweater: loft (similar)

pants: nordstrom

necklaces: c/o princess p bar/ca

shoes: sam edelman

bag: nordstrom (similar)

hat: c/o windsor (similar)

sunnies: c/o haute demand

watch: michael kors

bangle: c/o princess p

(use code LOVEKENDRA for a discount on princess p jewelry)

 

Happy Monday everyone! I feel like this was such a long weekend with Halloween and all. On Friday, Andrew and I went to a friends house for dinner, wine and games. We had such a great time and I can’t wait to do it again. Then on Saturday we went to Knott’s Scary Farm with a big group of people. I had no idea how scared I would be, since I’ve never really done any sort of haunted house or corn maze before. For starters, I am a super skiddish person. If I turn the corner and you are standing there, I’ll totally jump. I can’t even describe how terrified I was as Knott’s. Oh. My. Word. We first went through two mazes the second we got there and I was literally trying to power throught them, making as little eye contact with anything inside. Then when we were walking to Ghost Rider, some crazy/scary ‘thing’ jumped out at us in the smoke and I threw my water bottle up in the air, spilling it everywhere. Then I had a solid hour to catch my breath in line, but people would still scare you in line! No safe zones. Anywhere! Oh ya and I for sure thought I was going to die on Ghost Rider. So can you tell I won’t be going next year??? Then on Sunday, I chilled out in sweats and watched the Sea Hawks game. And we got a win…thank goodness. #gohawks


 


Lust List: Black


mmm

walletbooties / eye shadow / candle

 polish / necklace / hat / cleanser

lipstick / vans / ray bans / perfumebag


With Halloween coming up quick, I figured it is the perfect time to have an entire post dedicated to my favorite color (orange didn’t cut it…). Most of these products are things I’ve had my eye on. I mean, look at those booties! I need them in my life asap. And that lipstick! I actually did buy it a few months ago, but I returned it out of buyers remorse. It was the perfect pinky/nude color though. I hope you guys all have a fun Halloween. I’m going to a friends for game night, which is actually ideal to me. On Saturday we are going to Knotts Scary Farm. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle it. I am so terrified of everything, so it’ll be interested. I’m going to wear running shoes so I can be ready at any given moment to sprint away. Have some fun shopping my picks and try not to get into a sugar coma this weekend!



Leather It Up


fall lookfall lookfall lookfall lookfall look

It is kiiinda starting to feel like fall. The mornings and evenings are definitely cooler, but the afternoons are still really warm. So my way of feeling like the seasons are changing is to layer. I can get away with wearing my summer dresses if I just add in some tights. Plus, I am so pasty white I can’t handle to see too much skin. Another thing I am loving is leather, lots of it. I usually would wear my black leather booties, but I need to step away from them and give them a break! So I added in my fab booties by Jeffrey Campbell to spice up this look. I hope you are all having a wonderful month. Can you believe it is almost November? Unreal. Talk soon guys!


shift dress: forever 21 (similar styles 1/2/3)

jacket: pacsun (similar styles 1/2)

bag: c/o windsor (similar)

necklace: forever 21 (similar)

shoes: jeffrey campbell

tights: target

sunnies: anthropologie