SENIOR PICTURES

In honor of senior year starting this week, I thought I would show my senior pictures!! Actually, just needed an excuse to post it haha. I decided that since I have a really nice camera I myswell save 1,000 dollars and put it to clothes instead of going to a professional photographer so Sarah took my pictures. They came out exactly as I hoped and I am so glad that it is done and over with. Enjoy:)


DIY DINNER DECORATIONS + FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO


guys, first youtube video!! I felt super awk about it so I enlisted my two friends  to help- but it was still kinda awk haha. Anyways, do you guys like my little studio (aka basement) section I set up? It took way too much of my time and its actually kind of embarrasing that I set it up but its completely in Sophie fashion to do that. Alright, I will keep this short but hopefully you enjoy the video!


18TH BIRTHDAY DINNER

                        

Yesterday I threw a mini dinner party for my birthday and it was a good time. I have to say though, I am a really bad host haha. I realllyy like setting up for the whole thing and planning it in my head but by the time everyone arrives I am ready for bed. These photos aren't the best quality because of 1) it was dark out and 2) I screenshotted a lot of these from the video. I was planning on making a whole long video of this but then decided not too in the moment (but defs should have). So ready for what 18 has to bring on;)

A TRIP TO MILWAUKEE


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Quick trip to Milwaukee for a few errands. I have re-fallen in love with TJ Maxx and found this shirt there for a ridiculously cheap price (want to say like 9 dollars). Enjoy!

18TH BIRTHDAY RECAP

I seriously had the best birthday ever and am so thankful to everyone that made it the day it was. The day was filled with events that I will never forget and ended with this amazing video my friends made and Sarah put together. Cannot believe I am 18 and can't wait to see what this year has in store for me!




SUNDAY FUNDAY (lame title, I know)


I have currently been staring at that last picture of me for a good few minutes now wondering if I am starting to have a hunched back... Anyways, my camera is fixed which means I can get back on a more normal schedule of posting! Looking at this outfit in pictures, the shirt would have been way cuter if it was tucked in a little. I finally found white pants which I have seriously been looking for this whole summer. And to make it even better, it was on a killer sale at Gap. Hope everyone has a great Monday!

THE ULTIMATE CHIC DORM LIVING ON A BUDGET

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      Okay, yes I agree, for a dorm room this looks a little excessive. Buttt, everything I found is relatively inexpensive and can easily be used in an apartment for years to come. I've been non-stop searching dorm stuff and everything I have found just does not go with my style and looks almost tacky (I know, I am high maintenance). So, I thought I would find some cute dorm decorations and necessities that you would have to get and mix it in with some things you do not have to get at all to create a really chic dorm. 

       Also, I am planning on living in a suite so it has its own bathroom which is why I have all the bathroom supplies. Obviously it wouldn't apply if you were in a shared floor bathroom. My plan is too gradually collect everything I want this year so by the time I move in I am all set and happy with how my little space is. 

Also, BIG NEWS! I am partnering with Cate and Chloe! It's a super cute jewelry company that creates a really similar idea as Ipsy or Birch Box and once a month sends a package with two pieces of jewelry. Lucky for us, they gave me a 25% off coupon code for all of you to use towards your first month: BYSOPHIELEE25

A FAVORITE SUMMERTIME WHITE SHIRT






Unfortunately, this is our last post with Sarah (for right now!). It seems like forever ago when we took this little trip together and I have been saving this outfit to post until the right time. Due to my camera being broke (should be sent back from Canon in the next week) I haven't been able to take my own pictures so this looked like the perfect time I had been waiting for. I love how Sarah can pull off such a different style then me so it spices things up haha. Hoping everyone has a great weekend! 

PINTEREST TESTED: Linguine & Blushing Gorgonzola Cream Sauce


After scrolling through Pinterest today, I passed so many pictures of recipes that looked amazing. like so good, stop what you're doing, and make it now good. Unfortunately, I wasn't gifted with being able to come up with recipes on my own but I was gifted with a stomach that will gladly accept most (okay lets be real, I am a super picky eater when it doesn't come to pasta) recipes and a love for cooking. Soo, with that being said I decided it would be fun to every once in awhile do a Pinterest Tested post and let you know how I felt about the recipes I am trying out. 

While now that all that rambling is done, lets get onto the recipe. This recipe is from Apples and Sparkle and her pictures are amazing (go look, you'll start drooling). I was a little hesitant to try this because of the Gorgonzola and even more hesitant when I opened it up and saw mold. Apparently its like the sister cheese to blue cheese or something and that's completely normal. 

Linguine & Blushing Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
serves 4-6

12 oz. linguine pasta
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, minced (1/3-1/2 c.)
1 garlic clove, minced
pinch of red pepper flakes
14.5 oz, can diced tomatoes, undrained, pulsed in a food processor until mostly smooth (about 5 1-second pulses)
1 1/2 c. half & half
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. sugar
1/2 - 3/4 c. Gorgonzola cheese (lesser amount for a less assertive flavor)
1/2 c, chopped fresh basil
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat until the oil shimmers. Add the shallot and saute, stirring often until the shallot is softened but not browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and saute until very fragrant, about a minute. Add the tomatoes, half & half, salt and sugar. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally until the sauce is thickened slightly and mostly smoothed out (see bold print in the post above), about 15 minutes. Add the Gorgonzola and stir until the cheese melts into the sauce. 

2. Meanwhile, as the sauce simmers. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add about 1 T. of salt to the water and add the pasta. Cook according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserve about 1 c. of the water you cooked the pasta in, for adding to the finished dish if needed. 

3. Add the linguine to the sauce along with the chopped basil. Stir to well-coat the pasta with the sauce, adding the reserved pasta cooking water, a little at a time, if the sauce becomes too thick. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

My whole family ended up really enjoying this pasta and I would definitely make it again. One thing I would add is too make sure you get your pasta going ahead. I forgot about it (rookie move) and my sauce had to sit just a little bit too long. I also did whole grain pasta instead of normal and it tasted really good. All in all, I would definitely recommend this pasta.

*Recipe taken from here*

birthday wishlist

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Now that it is officially August, my birthday month is in full swing. Yes, my birthday month. I like to take advantage of this day for as long as possible;). I've gathered up this list of my birthday wants this year (mom I did this for you). Usually I have one big ticket item that I ask for my birthday but this year I don't really have a set thing. 

On another note, the beach was amazing minus the no wifi for a week... my data is beyond used. And for a really bad note, my camera broke. Right now its on its way to Canon to see how much it will cost to repair but if its close to the cost of a new one that might be where all my birthday money is going, ugh.