eats: Cinnamon Brown Sugar Apple Crisp.

We’ve all got them – those family favorite recipes that you just have to make every holiday season.

Growing up, I can’t remember a year where we didn’t make Apple Crisp some time around Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect delicious and comforting dessert, which also happens to be quite easy to make. So when asked to partner with Grain Foods Foundation to bring you a holiday favorite recipe, I knew exactly what to share!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

ingredients:

  • 4 medium (or 3 large) apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup flour (I used almond flour)*
  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons granular sugar

directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place apples in a greased 8×8 baking dish, and sprinkle with granular sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter and brown sugar, then add the oats and flour.
Spread topping on the apples and bake for 28-30 minutes.

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

* I was really excited that using almond flour in this recipe turned out well! White flour and oat flour work great too. You can use the flour of your choice.

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

One of the best things about this recipe is that you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) wait for it to cool before digging in ;) Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

Please note that this post is sponsored by Grain Foods Foundation. All opinions herein are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

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What’s one of your family’s favorite recipes during the holidays?

 

style: oh so faux.

Let’s talk for a minute about wearing real fur.

I don’t do it.

I just can’t bring myself to. The idea of wearing a poor dead animal for the sake of fashion (or even warmth) is just not one that sits well with me. I have ZERO judgment for those of you who might wear real fur. It’s just not my thing.

The good news, though, is that faux fur is in style and I don’t see it going away any time soon. I’m a huge fan of the look of fur (coats, neck warmers, etc.), so I’ve been fully embracing it now that the weather has cooled down.

fall fashion NYC street style || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

fall fashion NYC street style || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

fall fashion NYC street style || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

Daniel Wellington Watch

fall fashion NYC street style || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

fall fashion NYC street style || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

fall fashion NYC street style || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

The whole look:

coat – Urban Outfitters
dress – Theory
faux fur vest – H&M
tights – H&M
boots – Express
necklace – Speakable
watch – Daniel Wellington Men’s St. Andrews
handbag – Dolce Vita Isabella Bucket
beanie – H&M

{photos by Sam Ruby}

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Are you a fan of the (faux) fur look?

here’s what | 11.23.14.

Sheesh, I haven’t done a life lately post in forever! So here’s what are some little things going on in this life I’ve met…

1. Might as well start with these goodies – Magic Cookie Bars that I made for our girls’ night last week. I followed this recipe but made them gluten free by using gluten free graham crackers.

Gluten Free Magic Cookie Bars

2. Speaking of gluten free, the other day when I was running around the city for errands/meetings, I treated myself to a nice sit down lunch at Le Pain Quotidien. I got the ricotta & prosciutto tartine on gluten free crisps, along with a macaroon for dessert. Since going off Whole30 I’ve been trying to at least stay gluten free (as well as sugar free), just because like every other person in the world it’s been engrained in my mind that gluten is the devil. Or whatever.

Le Pain Quotidien

3. SPEAKING of Whole30 (like my segues so far?), as expected I’ve slowly but surely let my diet go back to (mostly) crap. I’m going easy on myself because HI I’m human and it’s basically the holiday season now, but I still want to clean things back up a bit again. I’ve failed miserably at keeping track of my meals on Tumblr, but I’m really going to do it this time. Hold me accountable, y’all!

4. Since Whole30 I HAVE been getting my booty back to the gym, though, and it’s felt great. I’m planning on getting a new routine from a trainer soon, which I’m really looking forward to. A girl can only climb 45 minutes worth of stairs leading nowhere for so long…

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5. Lately I’ve been feeling a bit of a quarter-life crisis brewing. Is that normal? Please tell me it’s normal. Some days I wake up and I LOVE what I do. Love love love. But other days I feel discontent – like there’s something else/more that I should be doing. I don’t feel it strong enough to change anything (like I said – most of the time I’m very happy with what I do), but it’s still something I want pray about in keep in the back of my mind.

6. The only thing worse than falling down the stairs is falling up the stairs. And the only thing more embarrassing than falling up the stairs is doing so in front of your neighbor. Not that I’d know, or anything.

7. My love/hate relationship with Snapchat has been leaning toward lovin’ lately. It’s such a fun way to keep in touch with people without the pressure of responding to texts all day (no offense). Plus I like to use it to whine about really important things like being cold and not brushing my hair.

(Be my friend @alagracie! But keep it PG, por favor ;))

8. I’m that person who plays songs over and over and over again when I really love them. And thanks to Hype Machine (and Martina for introducing me to it), that has been happening a lot lately. I’m especially going loco over this Weekend remix. (p.s. I have a new playlist coming your way this week!)

9. I think I might be officially outgrowing my “party” days. Of course I’ll always love fun nights out with my friends, but the idea of spending a Friday/Saturday night doing dinner and a movie is 1000% more appealing these days.

10. IT’S ALMOST THANKSGIVING!! AND CHRISTMAS!!! Anyone else excited to eat too much food and spend too much money? I’m kicking it off my buying myself a new MacBook in a few days. I’m on my 5th PC in less than 5 years, and it’s time…

But seriously. I am that girl that is a wee bit holiday obsessed, and I couldn’t be more excited for this next month.

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Will you be buying yourself any (early) Christmas gifts? What about the holidays are you most excited for?

style: sweater weather.

I think I’ve mentioned about a trillion times that fall is my favorite (FAVORITE) season. The leaves changing colors, the pumpkin flavored everything, the anticipation for the holidays – I love it all.

And then of course there’s the scientific fact that fall attire is the best attire – scarves, boots, beanies, leggings, and of course…sweaters.

sweater weather || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

Daniel Wellington Watch

sweater weather || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

black buckle booties

Urban Outfitters cutout sweater

faux fur neck warmer || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

sweater weather || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

The whole look:

sweater – Urban Outfitters
jeans – Vigoss
shoes – DSW
handbag – Dolce Vita Isabella Bucket
faux fur neck warmer – Michael Kors
necklace – Speakable
watch – Daniel Wellington

{photos by Sam Ruby}

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What’s your favorite favorite season to dress for?

style: kickin’ it.

Unless you’ve been living under a (Pinterest-less) rock, you’ve probably noticed that sneakers have made quite the comeback recently. For a while it seemed sneakers (or tennis shoes, depending on where you live) were reserved only for athletic wear, but lately they’ve pushed boots and flats out of the way as a go-to for a casual-chic daytime look.

I recently saw a fashion blogger rocking some old school Adidas and loved the look, so I set out to find a pair of my own. I tried about three different stores only to find the newer designs. I headed directly to the actual Adidas store in Soho convinced they’d have what I was looking for, and even THEY didn’t have the classic design in women’s!

BUT – they did have what I was looking for…in the kid’s section.

Adidas Classic Samba shoes

That’s right – these Adidas Classic Samba shoes are a boy’s size 6 (I’m a women’s 8).

I couldn’t believe how great they fit, AND they were about 1/2 the cost of the women’s shoes. That’s a #TrendyNotSpendy win, right there.

Adidas Classic Samba shoes

Speakable necklace || speakable.co

casual NYC daytime look || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

Swiss Legend Watch

The whole look:

jacket – Sparkle and Fade (Urban Outfitters)
shirt – All Saints
jeans – J Brand (TJ Maxx)
shoes – Adidas
bag – Dolce Vita Handbags Charlotte Crossbody
watch – Swiss Legend
necklace – Speakable

{photos by Sam Ruby}

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Are you a fan of the sneakers look? What’s your favorite brand?

what I’m loving right now {+ a giveaway!}.

What I'm Loving Right Now - Beauty Products

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan
It’s no secret that I love me some sunless tanning products (I made a video about it here). So I was totally down to check out Cocoa Brown 1 Hour sunless tanner when they offered to send me some to give a try.

The verdict – I love it! It applies really smooth and easily and dries almost instantly, then the tan develops in about one hour. It also has a great natural shade – bronze and not orangey.

I also loved Tough Stuff, which is a great body exfoliator to use in the shower. It left my skin feeling super soft and really helps the sunless tanner “stick” to your skin better.

Cocoa Brown tanning

Progessence Plus
I mentioned in my Whole30 recap that I had been on the birth control pill for hormonal issues and recently went off of it, so I’ve been trying a more holistic approach. My good friend Emily knows a ton about essential oils and highly recommended I try Progessence Plus. I’ve read great things about using it for hormonal imbalances and other benefits. I just started using it so can’t speak for any big results (yet), but I have already noticed feeling more relaxed after using it, as well as sleeping better.

(If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils I’d love to put you in touch with Emily – you can email me at gracie@girlmeetslife.com)

Progessence Plus essential oil

Jergens BB Body Skin Cream
I’m a huge fan of Jergens products (their Natural Glow is one of my favorites) so I was excited to try their new BODY BB cream. This is the first BB cream for your body that I’ve come across. It’s supposed to instantly hydrate and illuminate, and within 5 days even, firm, and correct your skin. I’ve definitely noticed the immediate effects, and in general my skin does seem to have a more even complexion.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

 

Elizabeth Arden UNTOLD ABSOLU
I was recently sent this new fragrance from Elizabeth Arden to try out, and I love it! The scent is very glamorous, luxurious and warm – it has an amber base with hints of floral and fruity tones – perfect as we enter into the holidays and cooler weather. You can find it at Macy’s or on ElizabethArden.com!

Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu

And guess what? I’m giving away a bottle of UNTOLD ABSOLU to one lucky reader!

You can enter by leaving a comment saying *how you change up your beauty routine in the winter.*

The winner will be chosen on Friday November 28th, so get your entries in! Open to U.S. residents only, must be 18 years or older.

Good luck :)

glamming up for the holidays with mary kay.


As someone who is a self-proclaimed girly girl I must say that makeup can be a little intimidating to me sometimes. It’s the beauty routine that I tend to be most wary experimenting with because I never want to overdo it. In fact, up until about a year ago, my makeup routine was virtually the same since I was about 13!

Recently, though, I’ve learned how the right products can make all the difference in the world when it comes to applying makeup, as well as finding the right shades that compliment my complexion. That’s why I was so excited to try out some of Mary Kay’s new makeup products.

 Glamming Up For The Holidays With Mary Kay

I was always familiar with Mary Kay and used a moisturizer of theirs once, but I never knew that they had such a great collection of makeup products as well. So when I received the assortment of shades of eye shadows, lip sticks, and brushes, I was very pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the products. The packaging alone was a great first impression.

 Glamming Up For The Holidays With Mary Kay

The Mary Kay® makeup products came at the perfect time too, now that we’re in the middle of fall and entering into the holiday season. There’s really no better time to have fun with new makeup looks. I love embracing all of the celebrations as a chance to add some glitz and glam to my normal makeup routine.

Glamming Up For The Holidays With Mary Kay

Glamming Up For The Holidays With Mary Kay 

Glamming Up For The Holidays With Mary Kay 

Glamming Up For The Holidays With Mary Kay

Mary Kay also provided some fun holiday looks by putting together some of their products and shades that really compliment each other. You can check out the looks here. I really loved the shades that went with the Playful Party Girl look, so that’s what I tried. I loved this look – it’s so perfect for holiday parties!

Glamming Up For The Holidays With Mary Kay || Gracie Gordon

For more makeup inspiration and videos visit MaryKay.com.

What kind of look would you go for this upcoming holiday season? Leave your answer in the comments section for the chance to win a $100 VISA Gift Card for each blogger to give away, plus A collection of Mary Kay® products and beauty essentials!

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Be sure to visit the Mary Kay brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

 

style: LBD from day to night.

There’s no denying that the perfect little black dress (LBD) is a wardrobe must-have. It’s a classic piece, but also one that can take on totally different looks depending on the other pieces and accessories you wear it with.

 

I played around with the style sets on DailyLook.com and put together some easy (and affordable) ways to transform your LBD from day into night. I love this Finders Keepers Vegan Leather Dress, but you can check out all of their LBD’s here!
What’s your favorite way to take a LBD from day into night?