Guest BloggerHome for the Holidays with Jen of Jen Loves Kev!

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Today we have a guest post from Jen, who blogs over at Jen Loves Kev! We love reading Jen’s blog for so many reasons! a) She has the cutest kids ever! b) She has an amazing house! c) She is crafty and always doing fun projects for her home and with said cute kids! What is not to love there?! Take a look below for a sneak peak around her home and how she decorated this holiday season. Bonus: adorable shots of her little ones, Rowan and Finley! xo

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“Happy Holidays Everyone! Jen here from Jen Loves Kev! Don’t you just love this time of year? One of my favorite parts is getting to decorate special around the house. In our house we love to use neutrals as a base and then add lots of color (and of course sparkles). I like to keep up most of our regular decor but add that special Christmas flair to it. For example, on our gallery wall the addition of a simple garland and christmas ball turns our deer head into Rudolph.
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GeneralPumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Mara from M Loves M

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Our favorite sweet-tooth sweetheart, Mara from M Loves M, is back with another yummy dessert recipe! This time she shows us how to prepare one of her holiday favorites: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. We will for sure be making these yummy treats for the upcoming holiday. See below for the recipe!
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Hi everyone! My name is Mara and I blog over at M Loves M. I started my blog in 2009, and since the very beginning (even before the outfit posts), I loved sharing some of my favorite recipes. I love to cook and bake, especially since I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I grew up learning from my Dad who is an ultimate master chef without being one. He seriously knows everything; the more complicated the better. While he likes using molecular gastronomy, I prefer to keep it a little more simple. One of my favorite recipes that I’ve made countless times are these pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. They are so incredibly good, and also so easy to make! I swear you really can’t mess them up. I love adding chopped toffee on top for a little crunch! They’re perfect for dessert, or even with your morning coffee!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
makes 10 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 large eggs, at room temp
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (make sure it’s not pie filling)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toffee bars

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line muffin/cupcake tins with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, sugars, and apple sauce. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
Divide the batter among the tins and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
Spread cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with toffee pieces.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.
Do you have a favorite fall/winter recipe? I’d love to hear! Feel free to stop by my blog M Loves M and say hi!

xox
Mara

GeneralChristmas Cookie Cocktail with Kaelah Bee!

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We brought back our favorite blogger/mixologist, Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee to make a yummy holiday cocktail to enjoy while getting cozy by the fire! The Christmas Cookie cocktail will definitely get you feeling warm and festive! See below for the recipe!

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Hi guys! Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee here! Despite the frigid temperatures outside, the holidays are the perfect time for a nice, blended cocktail to sip by the fire. Today I’m sharing with you a new favorite of ours: a Christmas Cookie! It combines loads of delicious flavors, and packs a nice, warm punch once enjoyed. It really does taste like a cookie!

 Christmas Cookie

serves one

1 ounce Bailey’s

1 ounce Kahlua

1 ounce Peppermint schnapps

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

3 ounces milk

A few ice cubes

Mix all of your ingredients into a blender and pulse until liquified. Pour into a glass and top with some yummy whipped cream. You can choose to garnish your drink with crushed peppermints or holiday cookies.

If peppermint totally isn’t your thing, you’re in luck! It’s so easy to drastically change the flavor of this cocktail, just by replacing one ingredient. Instead of using peppermint schnapps, try using butterscotch! Then you can crush butterscotch pieces for the garnish. (This one is my favorite!)

If you prefer to stay alcohol free, you can use peppermint or butterscotch syrup to give your mocktail the flavor you’re after. Enjoy!

FashionFall Hues with Kristin of Living in Color Print

We teamed up with Kristin of Living In Color Print to bring us 3 fall looks based on her favorite hues for the season! This blogger has some serious layering talent and always looks fantastic, so she was an easy choice for this collaboration! She created an amazing series of posts based on forest green, camel, and royal blue! Make sure to check out her posts for tons of outfit inspo! We took her awesome images and pulled together more amazing ways to incorporate those rich and warm autumn colors into your wardrobe this fall!

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What are your go-to colors this fall?

Royal: Bow Do You Do Backless Blue DressLoan Me A Stone Blue NecklaceTote Couture Blue Tote, Similar Dress, Lattice Quo Royal Blue Dress, Come On Overlay Strapless Royal Blue Jumpsuit,  Speed Limit 98 Vivian Blue Curvy Platform

Forest: More Sweaters, Fancy Facets Green Dangle Earrings, Dance Till Dawn Hunter Green Peplum Dress, The Best of Times Hunter Green Dress, C Label Luxe 11 Green Patent Pointed Pumps, Harem Shake Hunter Green Harem Pants, Spaciously Awaiting Green Handbag

Camel: Ruche To Conclusions Beige Maxi Skirt, Heart Of Stones Beige and Black Statement Necklace, Shaken Not Stirred Beaded Brown Dress, Pressed Flowers Brown Trumpet Skirt, Steve Madden Clydee Taupe Leather Pumps, Peekaboo Chic Mid Length Brown Coat, Pop Beauty Caffeine Eye Trilogy Shadow Kit

 

Guest BloggerKiara of Tobruck Ave: A Fall Day In NYC!

Fall is for fashion, amiright??  Here at LuLu*s, we love the fall for all of its possibilities. With that just-right temperature, you can rock light layers without freezing or being uncomfortably warm. It is the season to break out all of your amazing jackets, perfect boots, and cozy sweaters. We love imagining fall in all of our favorite cities and enlisting bloggers to show us how they layer up in LuLu*s! Today we have Kiara of Tobruck Ave to show us how she rocks her LuLu*s layers in the greatest city in the world: New York!

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Hi everyone! I’m Kiara and I blog over at Tobruck Ave! Together with Brooklyn based photographer Emma Kepley, I hit the cute little streets of NOLITA for the day. It is my favorite zone to explore, especially Elizabeth Street. The cobblestone street lined with trees has so much character and so many great coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques. We battled the rain the wind and even caught  a couple rays of sunshine ducking in and out of little shops along the way.

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Not to miss was a bright yellow gelato / coffee spot called A B Biagi! We could not resist a little taste test of pretty much every flavor; delicious! For lunch we stopped into California-inspired taco restaurant Tacombi, escaping the fall rain and wind. New York fall day looks always call for layers and outfits that are easily carried from day to night, since after street strolling and subways, evening events always follow.

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This shift dress and bomber combo was such a perfect go-to look for my day in the city and the combat boots added not only comfort while walking, but a little bit of a rocker edge to the outfit.

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After tacos, shopping, and a lot of walking (very purposely past the iconic heart wall), we stopped by a little cafe and caught up with my girl Natalie of Natalie off Duty for some Chai lattes. Before the storm hit that evening, in true blogger fashion, we took some outfit pictures and then beat the rain by ducking into a store opening in Soho. Thanks to LuLu*s for the perfect outfit for a day in the city!

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Now its your turn to shop your favorite fall look! Head over to Tobruckave.blogspot.com to enter for a chance to win a $250 gift card to shop your little heart out.

What Kiara’s wearing:

Jacket
Watch
Boots
Dress