10.22.2018

SLP Style: Printed Scarves














top: thrifted- originally from J. Crew (similar) | pants: TJ Maxx (similar) | scarf: unknown (similar) | mules: Gordmans (similar) | bag: Old Navy (similar)


Today I am sharing another SLP Style post! If you missed the first one, click here! This outfit, or a variation of it, is one of my go-to looks when I don't know what to wear but still need to look put together.

This scarf is one of my favorite fall/winter accessories since it is neutral and goes with so much! I have always been a scarf lover, and adding scarves to an outfit can help to switch it up. I wear this button down all the time, but by pairing it with different pants or even adding a different scarf it gives a completely different look. Also since I go to school in Michigan, scarves are not only stylish but a necessity in the winter months!

Do you wear scarves to mix up your outfits? Let me know in the comments!
xo, Scarlett

10.15.2018

Easy Baked Blueberry Donuts

You might remember last fall when I made Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts and attempted to make my own donut pans from foil. While those worked and did the job, I wasn't in a big rush to do it again since it is a bit more work than just using a donut pan. This year one of my housemates has donut pans, so I was able to use them and try to make a new kind of donut!

A few weeks ago I had some blueberries that I wanted to use up, so I decided to get a little creative and make these blueberry donuts. I shared on my Instagram stories as I was making them and in the end asked if you guys wanted to see a full post on the blog including the recipe. I got all yes's in the poll (so kind that those of you who didn't want it just didn't vote ;) ) so I wanted to keep that promise and post it!

I originally got the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie, but I tweaked it and my version is no longer vegan or refined sugar free ;)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (I chose 2%) 
  • 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar (I chose white!) 
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave or honey (I chose honey!) 
  • 3 1/2 tbsp oil 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • optional pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen-thawed (I used fresh!) 
     Optional topping
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Instructions

Combine first 5 ingredients, and set aside. Set aside your blueberries for now too. Grease a donut pan OR mini muffin pan, and preheat oven to 350 F. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl once the over is preheated. Stir until the batter is evenly mixed, but don’t overmix. Either stir the blueberries in very carefully so they don’t break and turn everything purple, or press them in after portioning the batter into the pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until donuts have risen and batter is no longer wet. Let sit 5 minutes before removing from the pan. After they have been removed, you can dip them into a bowl with your 1/2 cup of sugar to get them sugar coated, or add a glaze on top! 
It is such a simple recipe that only took a few minutes to make. One tip I have is to get a sandwich bag and fill it with the batter. Cut a bottom corner off and use it to squeeze the batter easily into the donut pan. It makes them look so much prettier than trying to spoon them in and it is just a lot easier! 
Do you ever make homemade donuts? Tell me in the comments! 
xo, Scarlett

10.08.2018

Recently Reading: September 2018


September was my first month of grad school, so I didn't have a lot of time to read books. But I am still proud that I finished a few, even if one was technically for class! Click here to see past Recently Reading posts! 


The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks 

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew — about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear — was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?"

This book took me a few days to get into, which seems to be the case for all the Nicholas Sparks books I have read. But once I got about halfway through it picked up and I finished it within a day. Overall, it was a pretty good book, though I didn't love the ending. I also predicted the ending before it happened, but since I didn't love it I was not happy to learn I was right! If you like other Nicholas Sparks books, then you would probably like this one too. 

Would I recommend? Yes


My Family's Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser

"Raised in a devout Roman Catholic family in the Netherlands, Paul Glaser was shocked to learn as an adult of his father's Jewish heritage. Grappling with his newfound identity and stunned by his father's secrecy, Paul set out to discover what happened to his family during World War II and what had caused the long-standing rift between his father and his estranged aunt, Rosie, who moved to Sweden after the war. Piecing together his aunt's wartime diaries, photographs, and letters, Paul reconstructed the dramatic story of a woman who was caught up in the tragic sweep of World War II. 

Rosie Glaser was a magnetic force – hopeful, exuberant, and cunning. An emancipated woman who defied convention, she toured Western Europe teaching ballroom dancing to high acclaim, falling in love hard and often. By the age of twenty-five, she had lost the great love of her life in an aviation accident, married the wrong man, and sought consolation in the arms of yet another. Then the Nazis seized power. For Rosie, a nonpracticing Jew, this marked the beginning of an extremely dangerous ordeal. After operating an illegal dance school in her parents' attic, Rosie was betrayed by both her ex-husband and her lover, taken prisoner by the SS and sent to a series of concentration camps. But her enemies were unable to destroy her and, remarkably, she survived, in part by giving dance and etiquette lessons to her captors. Rosie was an entertainer at heart, and her vivacious spirit, her effervescent charm, and her incredible resourcefulness kept her alive amid horrendous tragedy. Of the twelve hundred people who arrived with her at Auschwitz, only eight survived. Illustrated with more than ninety photos, Dancing with the Enemy recalls an extraordinary life marked by love, betrayal, and fierce determination. It is being published in ten languages."

This was a book that had probably been on my to-read list for years, so I finally tackled it when I was loading my Kindle with books to read this fall at school. In the past I had to read books set during WWII for school, such as Night by Elie Wiesel, Number The Stars by Lois Lowry, and The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I ended up liking all of those, so I added this one to my list since it was set during WWII also. It was really interesting to see one woman's perspective of her time in concentration camps and see her story unfold. I tend to like historical fiction set during WWII like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, so finding a nonfiction book that was also interesting was great!


Would I recommend? YES!


One Hundred Names For Love by Diane Ackerman 

"A testament to the power of creativity in language, life—and love." —Heller McAlpin, Washington PostNo other writer can blend the science of the brain with the love of language like Diane Ackerman. In this extraordinary memoir, she opens a window into the experience of wordlessness—the language paralysis called aphasia. In narrating the recovery of her husband, Paul West, from a stroke that reduced his vast vocabulary to a single syllable, she evokes the joy and mystery of the brain's ability to find and connect words. Deeply rewarding to readers of all kinds, Ackerman has given us a literary love story, accessible insight into the science and medicine of brain injury, and invaluable spiritual sustenance in the face of life's myriad physical sufferings."

Technically I had to read this book for my aphasia class this semester. But I really enjoyed it! It almost reminded me of a Lisa Genova book, but I also loved that it was from a real person and her real perspective on having a husband with aphasia. As someone who is going to work with clients with aphasia, this book truly was helpful and made me realize a few things that people with aphasia struggle with that I had never thought about before. 

Would I recommend? Yes!


How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

"Author Meg Donohue has cooked up an absolutely scrumptious debut novel, How to Eat a Cupcake, that explores what happens when two childhood friends, Annie and Julia, reconnect as adults and decide to open a cupcakery. But success in their new baking business venture will depend upon their overcoming old betrayals, first loves, and an unexpected and quite dangerous threat. Donohue's How to Eat a Cupcake is contemporary women's fiction at its smartest, sweetest, and most satisfying, joining the ranks of The Recipe Club, The School for Essential Ingredients, and Joanne Harris's classic Chocolat by proving once again that fiction and food make an unbeatable combination."

I read All The Summer Girls by Meg Donohue this summer and enjoyed it, so I picked up this one that had also been on my to-read list for a while. It was a pretty quick read, but a cute book overall. If you want something pretty light and sweet (literally and figuratively), this would be a good choice! I will say that there were a few twists in it that I did not see coming at all, so that kept me hooked. 

Would I recommend? Yes!


All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

"Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world.

As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town - or perhaps lives among them - drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion."

I got about 25% through this book before I finally gave up. I just could not get invested in the characters or the story, and I found the narrator to be confusing. I think the idea of the book was a good one but I just didn't like how it was written. I read some reviews before I officially gave it up and saw a lot of people felt the same way I did, which made me feel better about ditching it. But I also saw some reviews where people loved the style of narration, so I guess it just depends on the person. 

Would I recommend? No 


Map To The Stars by Jen Malone

"Can one down-to-earth girl plus a very famous boy and a whole lot of paparazzi ever add up to a perfect Hollywood ending?

Seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton isn't sure why her mom thinks moving to Hollywood will allow them to escape the drama of their small-time life in Georgia, but she's along for the ride. When Annie's mom snags a gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for Annie to accompany her on his European promotional tour, Annie's pretty sure she'll be fangirling over architectural sights rather than teen heartthrob Graham Cabot.

But then of course she actually meets him. As Graham and Annie fall for each other in the most romantic cities in the world, Annie realizes that this turn of events may not be quite as glamorous as she thought. Instead of red carpets and celebrity couple names, they are navigating a minefield of keeping secrets from Graham's fans, overprotective assistant, stage "momager," and beefy bodyguard. And when the paparazzi make an appearance, Annie has to decide whether their love is worth the harsh glare of the flashbulb."


This book was another light and quick read. It probably took me about 4 hours to read this book total, which was perfect for a weekend where I didn't have a ton of free time but still wanted to get through a book. This was another one that had been on my list for years and I finally picked it up. I will say I probably would have liked it more in junior high or high school, but to be honest I still found it cute now even if parts were cheesy and predictable. Plus I loved that they were in Europe for part of it!

Would I recommend? Yes! 



What has been the best book you have read recently? Tell me in the comments!

xo, Scarlett

10.01.2018

October 2018 Bullet Journal Spread

I'm back today with another monthly bullet journal post! This month was exciting because it was the first spread I used my Mildliners in! I am so happy I finally purchased them because they have been great to use for notetaking/studying in grad school, and they are a great bullet journal tool as well. 


This month I wanted to do a fall theme but didn't just want to do leaves or pumpkins. Maybe that'll be next month ;)

Anyways, I decided to do a little hedgehog theme and combine it with fall colors and a few acorns!


My gratitude page is pretty normal, excpet I went ahead and numbered the days before I started writing anything.


Next for my habit tracker I added Duolingo back in. I wasn't very good at keeping up with it over the summer with everything else happening, but in the past two months I have been doing it more often and want to try to make it a daily habit again.

I also added goals back in this month. I didn't have any last month because my only goal was adjusting to grad school and creating a new routine. By now though I need to have a few things I am striving for! Since I am prescheduling this post I have not written in my goals yet but will do that the day before October begins! I also added in a little quote by Rachel Hollis because I recently read her book Girl Wash Your Face and I want to continue to be inspired to always be working at my goals.


Finally I have my expense tracker again to help me to see what I am buying. And honestly if I know I have to write down that I spent $5 on something I didn't need, sometimes it keeps me from overspending while I am out and making impulse purchases which is a great thing!

Do you have any goals for October? Let me know in the comments!
xo, Scarlett

9.24.2018

SLP Style: Trumpet Sleeves

I am so excited to share the first post in a new series that will be on The Trendy Chick! If you have been reading the blog for a while, you will know that I am a first year grad student in a speech pathology program. Obviously this is exciting for many reasons, one of which is the fact that I will have four of my own clients each semester and get to work in the clinic. Last year I observed in the clinic both semesters which was great since now I will know a little more about it.

In the clinic on my campus they recently implemented a "uniform" of sorts to make sure everyone is professional. This means we either have to wear a gray cardigan that has our school's logo, or we have to wear a navy polo with our school's logo. I absolutely hate wearing polos due to the fact that I had to wear them every day growing up since I went to a private school where you had to wear collared shirts. This means I will be avoiding the dreaded polo as much as possible and will be trying to come up with my own outfits that pair well with the gray cardigan! We also aren't allowed to wear blue jeans, which is pretty standard as far as professional clothing goes.

Basically, I still have a good amount of freedom to dress cute, but when trying to gain inspiration I have noticed that not that many bloggers have shared SLP outfits. I decided to start this new series to share outfits that are clinic appropriate and up to date with the current styles! If you are shadowing an SLP to decide if you want to go into the field or if you are in grad school or a practicing SLP yourself, I hope this series will help you gain inspiration on what to wear.











top: Shein | pants: TJ Maxx (similar) | hair scarf: Madewell | shoes: Gordmans (similar) | bag: Old Navy (similar

First off, I just need to say how much I love this top. The bright red has been great for the summer, but will transition perfectly into fall as well. The trumpet sleeves add a fun touch to an top that would be simple otherwise, but it isn't over the top. This top also isn't see through which is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to finding nicer tops for clinic! I am honestly considering ordering this in another color or two because it will go great under my gray cardigan for clinic but can also be dressed up a bit for a night out with friends.

I also love pairing this polka dot bandana with bright solid colored tops like this one! It adds a fun element without clashing. Bandanas and hair scarves are still trending, so consider adding one to a normal work outfit to add a little fun!

Lastly, I picked up these mules at Gordmans for $5 over the summer! They were on clearance for $10 but when I checked out they rang up for $5. You cannot beat that for a shoe that is right on trend! I know a lot of clinics require closed toed shoes for their SLPs, so these shoes are a great option too. The only bad thing is that they don't have much support, so if I know I am going to be on my feet a lot I will choose a different shoe.

I am so excited to share more SLP Style posts in the upcoming months. Sometimes it can feel so hard to be stylish and clinic appropriate, so I am hoping to help bridge the two with this series!

xo, Scarlett

9.20.2018

Dollar Tree Fall Decor DIY

Fall is my favorite season and I always love when the leaves start changing and it is finally time to burn fall candles again. Now that I am in a house this year I want to decorate a little more and make it cozy, especially in the fall and winter. But since I am going to still be moving at least a few more times in the upcoming years I don't want to do buy anything to expensive in case it breaks or buy stuff that will take up a ton of room. Just something small that still adds some personality and helps celebrate the season we are in!

This is where the Dollar Tree came in this year. And no, this is not sponsored. Though I am quickly becoming a big Dollar Tree fan. I mean c'mon, everything is a dollar? A dream for a college girl on a budget. This summer when I was nannying, the girls often only had $2 or so, but wanted to buy some candy or a new notebook or something. So we spent many days combing through the Dollar Tree finding good deals for them! Towards the end of the summer I noticed their fall pieces were out, and I was shocked at how cute some of the items were! So many little things like ribbon and tiny acorns that would be perfect for a fall DIY or for making a wreath. When I saw the selection, I knew I had to pick up a few things and attempt at least one DIY project for my house this fall!



Before we get into the DIY though, can we just acknowledge this cute little green pumpkin. Honestly. It is ceramic and looks like something you could find at Hobby Lobby for at least $5. But honestly for only $1 I could not pass it up and I think it will look so cute next to this DIY vase and maybe a fall candle or two! 


What you need:

1 jar or vase 
1 string of battery operated fairy lights (I got mine from Amazon... can't beat 6 for $10!)
1 or 2 fall themed bouquets 
1 or 2 packages of tiny pumpkins 

I personally only bought one bouquet and then bought a package of leaves (50 for $1!) because I wanted to use them for another DIY too. But you could buy 2 bouquets and either just put two in the jar and have it be a bit more full, or you can cut leaves off of one to put in the jar. 


As you can see, the pumpkins come on sticks. This would be great if you were making a wreath or something, but also don't be afraid to transform the pieces you buy to fit your DIY a bit better! I chose to cut off the sticks and cut the stems a bit shorter because I didn't like how long they were. 


This fit what I wanted to put in my jar much better than the original! 


Finally just put your pumpkins and a few loose leaves into your jar. Then feed your fairy lights into the jar too. I taped the battery back to the back of the jar and with everything in the jar you can't even see it. Finally, add in your bouquet of leaves and arrange them the way you want. Such an easy yet cute DIY, and I love how cozy the fairy lights make it! It also has enough going on that it can sit on a mantle or table by itself and look good, or you can add a few pumpkins or a candle by it to make it even cuter! 

What is your favorite fall decoration? Do you ever buy decor pieces from the Dollar Tree? Let me know in the comments below! 

xo, Scarlett

9.17.2018

Fall Bucket List Bullet Journal Spread



Fall is my favorite season, and I am so excited to embrace all that fall has to offer this year! In order to help keep me on track and do at least a few fun fall things, I made a list in my bullet journal of things I want to do or eat to get in the fall spirit. I chose to make this page red, orange, and yellow since those are all fall colors. Then I added in some fall themed doodles to keep it fun without going overboard.


I kept everything on the list pretty simple since I know I am going to be very busy this fall and won't have entire days to dedicate to fun fall activities. But here is the list I came up with:

1. Visit an apple orchard- We have a great apple orchard near my house in Illinois that I have gone to for so long, but now that I am in Michigan I want to try at least one new one since Michigan has a lot to choose from! Robinette's is one in Grand Rapids I tried last year and it was delicious!

2. Make an apple dessert- Let's be honest I have so many pinned on Pinterest that I should try to make at least one this fall!

3. Roast marshmallows

4. Buy pumpkins 

5. Burn autumn candles- Just gives me an excuse to buy a new fall candle ;)

6. Eat apple donuts

7. Make pumpkin bars

8. Drive in the fall foliage

9. Decorate my room for fall- I have a few DIYs I am planning to attempt, so fingers crossed that those turn out well!

10. Eat caramel apples

11. Drink apple cider


What is one thing you want to do this fall? Let me know in the comments below, especially if it is something new I should add to my list!

xo, Scarlett