Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Style on a Budget: Cheetah Print Dress & Flats

**Not a sponsored post.
I had a job interview last week with a local gently used clothing store that specializes in trending women's wear. I turned to my closet after I got the call and set up the interview, and after some thought, decided I needed a new, cute and trendy outfit. With only $20 to spare, I freaked out just a little.
I took a trip down to my local DD's Discounts, and was in heaven - so many great deals and items - even stuff for the home! I had a specific type of outfit in mind though - I was looking for a solid bottom of some sort, either skirt or slacks, and a cheetah print top. I searched, and searched and tried on, but no luck - I couldn't find cheetah print anywhere but leggings. Just as I was about to give up, I came across this short, cheetah print dress by Speed Control New York. It's lightweight made from 100% polyester, and even has pockets! It features an elastic waistline, and darted blouse. It's a little short - ending just above my knee, but still provides good coverage. Dress damage - $6. No luck on shoes at DD's...
Right next door to this DD's, was a Shoeland - a favorite of mine :)
There, I found these dark brown flats by Herstyle. These flats are sueded, and have a pointed front as seen in the photo. Comfortable, cute and affordable. Shoe damage - $10.

So... For less than $20, I got a new, trendy outfit to wear to my job interview (or out on the weekends). Where do you like to shop on a budget?

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Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cream Cookies - Recipe Review - Inside BruCrew Life

I have the weekends off, and I have been trying to do more cooking and baking - I cook dinner at least one of the nights, and bake something for the weekend. This past weekend, I received a request from my boyfriend Todd for some cookies with white chocolate chips in them. I turned to Pinterest, and came across these Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Cookies from Jocelyn of Inside BruCrew Life. If you haven't checked out her blog - you need to! She has so many delicious looking and easy recipes, you will have trouble deciding where to start! I have been following her for a couple years now, and should have turned there first. I will be making some fudge here soon, and definitely coming back to some of her recipes, because these cookies were easy and quick to make, and a big hit with Todd and the family, AND I had some Oreo's left to munch on while I waited for the cookies to bake and cool :)

Yields:
     24 Cookies

Time Spent:
     Prep: The first half up to sticking the dough into the fridge took me about 20 minutes, then I waited on it for half an hour, worked up my balls in about 20 minutes and then popped in the oven.
     Bake: 22 minutes
     Cooling: 2 hours, 6 minutes
     Total: Nearly 3 hours, 45 minutes

Ingredients:
     - 1 Vanilla Cake Mix - I used Betty Crocker's French Vanilla Cake Mix
     - 8 tablespoons of butter, melted - I used a whole stick of Country Crock
     - 1 egg - mine was medium sized
     - 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
     - 4 oz of cream cheese, softened - I used half an 8 oz box of Great Value
     - 2 cups of Oreo cookie chunks
     - 1/2 cup chocolate chips - I used Nestle's
     - 1/2 cup white chocolate chips - I used Nestle's

**All ingredients were easily found at my local Walmart - not a sponsored post.

You'll Also Need:
     - Spatula
     - Mixing Bowl 
     - Baking Sheet
     - Measuring Cup
     - Cooling Rack - I found a 3-Tier Cooling Rack at my local Sav-a-Lot for $7
     - Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Cookie Recipe by Inside BruCrew Life

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Recipe Notes: 
     I combined my cream cheese and stick of butter in the mixing bowl first, and popped it in the microwave for a couple rounds of 15 seconds. This helped to soften them up for the combining.

When it came to the Oreo's, I found that 8 cookies makes 1 cup. I did 8 at a time in my measuring cup, and used a spoon to break them into chunks and semi crush. 

I rolled my balls to be about 2", and baked for the given time. I found that my first batch definitely didn't take the shape they were supposed to, so I baked my second batch for 11 minutes (even though the recipe says not to over bake), and they came out perfectly to taste and shape.

In between batches, I put my dough back into the fridge. It definitely gave the dough a nice, solid feel so rolling was quick and easy, and not a big mess.

Now to make your own, go check out Jocelyn's Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Cookie Recipe!
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