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Saturday Six – 6.11

Happy Saturday y’all!  I’m finally getting back around to doing another Saturday Six post.  You seem to enjoy these posts, based on the comments that I’ve received and I enjoy putting them together.  So here’s a few things I’ve been into this past week:

Chanel Diamond CC Flap Bag Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

1. Bag Borrow or Steal.  I’ve always dreamed of owning my very own Chanel bag and Bag Borrow or Steal made that possible for me…  For the past 30 days.  I love the concept of this company because I just can’t pull the trigger (yet) on such a major purchase when I like to change out my handbags with basically every outfit I wear.  My first bag borrowed was the Chanel Diamond CC Flap Bag.  Every time I went to style this handbag over the past month, I got giddy because I remembered that I had such a classic beauty in my possession.  I immediately felt more expensive (duh) the second I put it on my shoulder.  The best part was that it only costs a fraction of the price (hello no commitment!) but you get to experience the fabulous feeling of carrying a designer bag.

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2. Matt & I are on a mission to eat cleaner and healthier.  If you follow me on Snapchat, then you’ve been seeing all the healthy recipes I’ve been sharing lately.  I get more screenshots on my food/recipe snaps than anything else, so I know that a major bulk of my Gorgeous Fam also wants to eat healthier.  One of the things I grab every time I’m at the grocery store is this spinach and feta pizza.  It’s so delicious and super light on the tomato sauce, so less payback if you’re sensitive to acid.  I have several recipes coming to the blog soon, but in the mean time, keep checking back on my Snapchat for daily healthy bites and inspiration.

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3. Peony Season is my favorite season.  It’s technically mid-April through mid-May here in Southern California, but we’re still happily reaping the benefits of my very favorite flower.  My wedding bouquet was mainly composed of white peonies.  🙂

Target Pineapple Candle Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

4. I’m crushing hard on this pineapple candle for summer.  I picked it up at Target about a month or so ago and I just love it.

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5. Podcasts.  I love listening to audio books, so naturally I also enjoy podcasts.  This past week I’ve really been loving “This Is Your Life” with Michael Hyatt.  I love the nuggets of wisdom I pick up from his podcasts because I find it so applicable not only to everyday life, but also to my life as an entrepreneur.

6. Speaking of podcasts, I listened to a particular episode this past week that focused on the value/importance of being a good conversationalist.  It made me realize that I’m not a good listener, but I’m fantastic at talking…  The problem is that someone who loves to talk and not listen is not good at conversation generally.  I’m so glad I listened to this episode because it made me so aware of how I want to go into conversations from now on and how I want to focus on sharpening my listening skills.  People value a good listener.  Are you a good listener, or do you spend half the conversation thinking about what you’re going to say next (I do!)?

Leave a comment with your favorite podcast to listen to below!

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Mawmaw’s Fudge Recipe

Mawmaws Christmas Fudge

If you’re looking for the most decadent, most delicious fudge recipe in the world, then look no further.  This recipe has been in my family since way before I was born and it’s a must during the holidays.  Once you try this fudge, no other will do.  I won’t touch anything with marshmallow fluff because the consistency is all wrong in my opinion.  This recipe can be made to be either chocolate or peanut butter, and both are simply divine.  If you’re wanting an easy recipe though, this one is not it.  This candy is time consuming and requires your undivided attention from beginning to end.  Oh, but the outcome?  It’s so worth it.  I made my first batch of the Christmas season yesterday (I’m way behind this year, I know!)  I sent a box out to my cousin who had a major hankering for it after learning I made Mawmaw’s specialty.

Mawmaw’s Fudge

1 stick of salted butter

1 can of Carnation brand evaporated milk (use only Carnation brand, do not use off brand)

5 cups of granulated sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 bag of Nestle chocolate chips or Reese’s peanut butter chips

Cooking Spray

Instructions:

Melt butter in a medium sized sauce pan over medium flame.  Once melted, add can of evaporated milk and slowly pour in sugar, cup by cup.  Stir to combine.  Continue stirring over medium flame, being careful to scrape the bottom, so the mixture doesn’t scorch.  Stir until the mixture starts to boil, then turn heat to low and set timer for 12 minutes.  Stir non-stop until 12 minutes is up, be sure to constantly scrape the bottom of pot to prevent scorching.  When time is up, remove from heat and add in vanilla.  Be careful, vanilla will cause the mixture to bubble and pop.  Continue stirring and add in chocolate or peanut butter chips.  Beat mixture by hand until it starts to get tougher to stir, as the candy begins to set up.  Once the consistency is right (hard to stir), pour into a greased pan and allow to cool.  Once fully cool, slice and enjoy!

Merry Christmas Plate from Target.

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Sunday Seven

Happy Sunday, Gorgeous! 
 
Let’s talk about the things I’m loving this week for our Sunday Seven round-up
 

 
 
1.  Blanket Scarves.  I’ve always been s scarf lover.  Oversized, blanket scarves are just about the coziest thing you can wear.  Here are nine amazing blanket scarves for you to shop that start as low as $28.  Trust me, you’ll be wearing this all fall and winter long. 
 

 
2.  Lace-up Tops.  Everywhere you look this season, you see lace-up detail.  I’ve always been a fan of this trend and think it’s so sexy.  If a deep plunge is too much for you, add a pretty lace came or bra to add a little coverage. 

 

3.  Hocus Pocus.  I was a Hocus Pocus virgin until this week, and I’m so sad it took me this long to see it!  I’m not a scary movie fan, but I love Halloween, so this Disney classic was a great way for me to get in the Halloween mood.  I just adore Sarah Jessica Parker and thought she was hilarious in this! 


4.  Crock Pot Apple Cider.  I love hot apple cider for fall, but unfortunately L.A.’s hot temps don’t make the idea of drinking anything hot seem very appealing.  If you would like me to blog my recipe for this yummy Autumn-perfect drink, leave a comment and let me know! 

5.  Dark Lipstick.  This is the perfect time to plunge unto deeper, darker lip shades.  I’ve been especially enjoying plum shades lately.  “Broadway Plum” from Laura Geller is the beautiful lipstick I’ve been wearing this past week, and you can see it on me here.

 



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6.  Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle.  This delicious candle is burning almost all day every day in our home.  Even though it’s hot as hades here, walking into a yummy smelling home makes me feel like it truly is fall. 


7.  Bloglovin’.  I’m going to spotlight a website or blog each week that I enjoy.  I love Bloglovin’ because I can follow all of my favorite blogs and see their daily posts in chronological order.  I don’t have much time to browse my friends’ blogs anymore, but when I do have a few extra minutes, this awesome site helps me to see the headlines of each blog I follow so I can choose where exactly I want to spend my time that day.  Be sure that you’re following Hello Gorgeous on Bloglovin’!

Wishing all of you beauties a peaceful Sunday and a fabulous week ahead!  xo
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