The Classic Brunette: October 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Easy Ham and Cheese Croissants

My dad works next to a bakery, and sometimes he brings home little treats for me and my sister. My favorite thing from there is the ham and cheese croissants. Now, since I'm a 7 hour drive away from said croissants, I get a craving for them that I just can't seem to fix. I decided to try my luck at baking, and it went surprisingly well! Since I have a college sized kitchen, meaning not a lot of counter space and no oven, I had to use store bought croissant dough, but it tastes great all the same!

What you'll need:

-Pillsbury Big and Buttery Crescent Rolls (or whichever brand you prefer, these are just bigger than the normal ones so they fit more when you roll them up!)
-Ham of your preference (I got Black Forest ham from the deli section, but the lunch meat ham could work just as nicely)
-Cheese of your preference (I got medium cheddar)



Start by putting a slice of ham on the unrolled croissants making sure it covers the whole length of the dough. Then add as much cheese as you want to the middle of the croissant.


Next roll them up (loosely!) and pop them in the oven (or in my case, mini convection oven) for the amount of time and temperature listed on the croissant roll instructions! It may take a little longer than that to brown the tops because of the fillings, so adjust by checking in on them every couple of minutes. 



This is an extremely simple recipe that took no time at all! These croissants would be great to serve at a party, as a snack, or to make with kids if you're babysitting! Although they weren't as delicious or homemade tasting as the bakery cravings I was having, they definitely hit the spot and I would absolutely make them again!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Midterm Madness!

I have 5 midterms next week, so I just wanted to make a quick post about how I won't really be blogging until next weekend when all my tests are done.


I'll definitely still be active on twitter, instagram, and pinterest since they are where I tend to take my study breaks. So if you want to catch up with what I'm doing when I'm not blogging, or just want to see me rant about tv shows or how much I hate studying, that's where I'll be at! 

For everyone else who also has midterms right now, good luck! Don't stress yourself out, and always remember to pace yourself by taking a break every now and then!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Parents Weekend

My sister came down for parents weekend so that I wouldn't feel left out with all the other family members around. It was really great to see her and hang out since it's been about a month and a half since I've been home. The biggest part of our weekend was going out to Disneyland, but other than that we spent our time watching movies and shopping!


Look how cute this Mickey Mouse Jack-O-Lantern is! And you know, my sister and I are pretty adorable too. My sister really wanted to visit Disneyland when all the Halloween decorations were up, and it was definitely worth it! I went last year, but the park looked even better this time around.



We had to get some sort of food (besides the delicious fried chicken at The Plaza Inn) so we decided on pretzels. Mine (right) was filled with sweet cream cheese, and it's something I highly recommend to anyone who visits the park! 


Look at how pretty the sky was! Such a perfect way to end the night! Since it was one of the nights for Mickey's Halloween Party we had to leave at 7, but they started putting up all these cute night decorations at around 6. 

Other than Disneyland, when we went shopping I got some great things for fall that will hopefully make a great outfit post in the near future! It hasn't exactly been fall weather in Southern California, and I haven't been able to break out the sweaters and long pants like I had hoped. Hopefully within the next couple days it will get cooler and I can start wearing my favorite clothes!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Being Sick in College 101



If you follow me on twitter then you know that this past week I've been sick. It happens to everyone, and college is just an explosion of germs and diseases. Last year I was sick the first week of school and even lost my voice! That next month I got bronchitis! This year it just seems to be a small cold...for now.

Being sick in college is something no one wants, and makes going to classes that much harder. I have midterms coming up, so skipping class isn't an option, and I'm not too fond of sniffling and coughing in front of everyone either. Luckily I've had some great friends who have supplied me with tissues, cough drops, and the occasional canadian herbal pills (Shout out to Jacqueline and her Cold FX!)

No matter what kind of bug is going around your school, here's some helpful tips for when you catch something.

1. Keep up with your studies no matter what. If you have to miss a class, make sure you 100% aren't going to be missing something important that day. Get lecture notes from a classmate and ask your professor if they handed something out. Cover all your bases. But, as always, not missing class is your best option.

2. Always. Have. Tissues. Whether it's the small to-go packs, a box, or just a couple shoved in your pocket, there will always be a time when you need one. I can't tell you how many times I've wished for a tissue because I sneezed, had a runny nose, etc. Even if you aren't sick it's just a good idea. This isn't like high school where each room has a box of tissues, now you supply your own (unfortunately).

3. Dress comfortably! When you're sick, you're more likely to feel uncomfortable in things, so wear whatever makes you happy. It honestly doesn't matter what anyone else is thinking, always put yourself first. If you want to dress in a million layers, do it. If you want to wear pajamas, go ahead.

4. Fluids and vitamins. I take a multi-vitamin daily, which has definitely helped me get over this cold faster (and also gives me super healthy hair and nails! YAY!) and the second I feel symptoms coming on I put two packs of Emergen-C in my drink. The lemon-lime is my favorite, but it comes in a wide variety of flavors. It's basically a jumpstart for killing the germs in your body. As for fluids, water is now your best friend. Water, tea, anything that isn't sugary or an energy drink is what you need to be drinking. When you're sick, you can get dehydrated very easily, so putting those extra fluids in will flush out all the bad stuff in your body.

5. Get some sleep. Go to bed earlier or take a nap during the day. Whatever you choose to do, make some time for you to get some quality rest.

I hope these will help you if you catch something! For now, I have to finish fighting off my own cold! Also, sorry I haven't posted much lately. The combination of me being sick, my sister visiting (post on that soon), and it being midterm season has left me with almost no time for writing. But don't think I won't be around!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Nail-ed it!

As I mentioned in many of my previous posts, I'm obsessed with doing my nails and nail art from Pinterest. I've finally had the time to do my nails properly since I've been at school, and wanted share with you guys how easy it is to get cute nails!



I love Pinterest so much because there are so many options that I can just continue scrolling until I find something that suits the mood I'm in and the level of easiness! 




I started off with Sally Hansen Insta-dri in Pink Blink (seriously dries in a minute or less!) and then putting white polka dots with the nail art brush/dotter that I bought from Simply Spoiled Beauty (wait till they go on sale or have a coupon code! I got mine for 50% off!) These things are my favorite nail products. It's unbelievably easy to do nail art with them, so if you're frustrated using bobby pins or buying separate brushes (which I totally still do for the colors that aren't in the set) then go snag these! After the polka dots I drew thin black lines in different directions and sealed it up with top coat and done!


Now that I have these awesome nails, I gotta get back to studying since midterms are coming up!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Favorites

This last month has been a busy one for me! I joined a sorority, three of my closest friends had birthdays, school started, and I've had lots of projects to work on. Fall is my second favorite season,(first is winter) and I'm so excited for the colder weather to come! I love layers and sweaters, scarves, and essentially everything autumn. This however, is an issue for me since I am currently in southern California where the lowest it really gets in the winter is 50 degrees. It was even in the upper nineties today! Anyway, although it's been a busy month, it's definitely been a fun one too!


I don't own this (yet), but its so darling. I saw the iPad case in the same print at Nordstroms the other day and was sad that I couldn't find it in the phone cases! But then, as luck would have it, I got my daily Kate Spade email that featured all the new phone cases! So I may or may not snag this one since I love it so much. Do I need it? No. Do I absolutely want it? Yes. 


I'm not exactly a coffee person, but I have earlier classes this semester and sometimes need a boost of caffeine to keep me awake. During the colder months I normally order a regular white chocolate mocha, so I figured why not try an iced one. It not only satisfies my sugary cravings, but gives me the kick I need for when I'm running low on energy. I always tell myself that I don't want to get addicted to coffee, so I get a tall, but every time I regret not getting a bigger one. Literally so good. 


This is my go-to red nail polish. It's bright enough to make a statement by itself, but is definitely dark enough to be considered a cooler tone. I use it all the time to make myself feel put together because it makes everything look that much more sophisticated and special. A lot of the time I pair it with a gold statement nail to make it pop a little bit more. I never have bubbles with it, it goes on in one coat, and the brush is very easy to use since it curves to your nails.


Love candles, but don't want to pay the ridiculous prices for them? Try Yankee Candle's fragrance spheres! I always end up calling them scent beads, but whatever you call them they are amazing. I bought the spiced pumpkin ones for my friend's birthday earlier in the month and almost kept them for myself since they smelled so good. It's the perfect way to get your dorm, apartment, or house smelling great, and no hassle or worry that something will catch on fire if you forget to blow it out! You simply open the tin, sit it on your desk, and it does all the work for you. Eventually the scent beads will start to get smaller, but I've had my own for about a week and they haven't lost any volume yet!


This is the type of thing to ask your parents to buy you for your birthday or a holiday present. It's $140, which is something I currently cannot afford, but it's definitely something worth saving for. It's such a versatile piece, and you can put it over basically anything to add a little warmth or just to have another layer. I would go with the navy, but that's just me!
 
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