The Pretty Life Girls

Thursday, July 2, 2015

America






YOU GUYS! AMERICA! FREEDOM! AIR TRAVEL!

Ya, maybe that last one doesn't generally fit in to the normal 4th of July buzzwords but today it works for me since because of air travel I woke up with Liz at my house! In real life! It's just so wonderful and we are going to celebrate the HECK out of this nation's birthday this week. As a result, I plan to dress as though Uncle Sam threw up all over me all weekend starting RIGHT NOW with this red/white/blue ensemble featuring this comfiest of all the comfy Shabble Apple dresses.

So, God bless you, America! You are the best and I will show you I love you this weekend by drinking all your snow cones and lighting all the sparklers.

xo, Sam

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Dress: c/o Shabby Apple
Shirt: Van Heusen Outlet
Shoes: Kmart

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PLG Giveaway: Win $50 to SheIn!

1, 2, 3 // 4, 5, 6 // 7, 8, 9

Summer is here, and it's time to add some fresh new pieces to your closet - like the tees pictured above, which are all $15 and under right now at SheIn! And today we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win $50 to SheIn (previously SheInside). Head over to our Facebook page to find out how to enter. It's super easy!

Good luck and have a great day!
xo, Liz & Sam

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLG COOKS: Chameleon Blondies


I have such an obsession with baking brownies and have searched for years to find the perfect chocolatey brownie recipe to be my go-to when the urge to bake hits me. In the midst of this search I never considered trying a blondie recipe because it seemed nothing could compete with the full-chocolate variety. However, one Sunday I needed brownies desperately but was out of cocoa, the key ingredient to my favorite recipe. So, in an attempt to take the edge off my brownie fix I decided to try a blondie recipe and I am SO glad I did. 


This blondie recipe has changed the game. It has all of the things that make a brownie recipe great: 1. The ingredients are super basic and you will always have them on hand. 2. They are outrageously delicious, gooey, chewy, and dense. 3. They are infinitely adaptable. All you have to do is follow the base recipe and then toss in whatever you've got in your pantry in order to make them special. Hence, I call them Chameleon Blondies because they can change with your whims. You're going to LOVE them. Here's the recipe: 


Chameleon Blondies

8 tablespoons oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

  1. Butter an 8×8 pan
  2. Mix melted butter with brown sugar – beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
  3. Add salt, stir in flour. Mix in any additions (below).
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. I always err on the side of caution with baking times — nobody ever complained about a gooey-middled cookie. Cool on rack before cutting them. 
Further additions, use one or a combination of the following or whatever or deliciousness you can think of:
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 to 1 cup butterscotch or peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 to 1 cup coconut flakes 
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract in addition to or in place of the vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • Stir 1/2 cup dried fruit, especially dried cherries, into the prepared batter
  • Top with a vanilla butter cream or chocolate peanut butter cream frosting
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen



My current favorite combo is to toss in chocolate chunks, butterscotch chips, coconut flakes and sliced almonds alllll together. Heaven, you guys. 


OH, you're going to love them so. Happiest baking!
ox. Liz