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    Outfit, Uncategorized

    Holiday Gift Guide Under $50

    I’m not really good at participating in Black Friday, so I don’t have a good roundup of sales for you today. However, I did come up with this list of some awesome gifts under $50, so you can treat yourself or somebody else on your gift list. I hope you find something you like!
    I cannot stress how much I love me a nice turtleneck sweater. This one from H&M is a steal at only $35!
    If you have a friend who loves things that are both cute and quirky, this banana key chain is the right gift for them.
    This backpack is super cute and convenient, and perfect for anybody on your gift list who is always on the go.
    This is the perfect gift for any badass woman in your life!
    Cute accessories to keep you warm are necessary this time of year! This chunky beanie comes in three different colors, so it will make a great gift for several people on your holiday gift list.
    I’ve heard such great things about this journal and it’s a great gift for somebody who wants to practice being more optimistic in the upcoming year.
    I recently purchased this hair clip on Etsy and it’s such a great accessory for when you don’t want to put too much effort into styling your hair, but still want to look cute.
    These unicorn slippers are the perfect gift for somebody in your life who is still a kid at heart (like me). The most amazing thing about these slippers is that they are also USB-powered foot warmers, so they’re perfect for those really chilly days.
    I love the colors and bohemian style of this scarf. Another great thing about this purchase is that it benefits a wellness charity!
    This cute planter will add life to any space! This versatile piece makes a great gift for friends, family or even coworkers.——————–
    I hope you all enjoyed this wish list, and that you have a great week ahead of you! It’s the end of the term for me, so I’ll be swamped with final essays and other school work the next two weeks. Wish me luck!



    Food & DIY, Uncategorized

    Glazed Persimmon Pancakes

    I would never describe myself as a picky eater, but there are definitely foods I tend to avoid due to bad experiences, one of those being persimmons. My family used to have a persimmon tree when I was younger and my tongue would go numb whenever I tried to eat one. I interpreted this numbing sensation as an allergic reaction and soon gave up on ever enjoying this bright and colorful fruit. However, I recently had a change of heart when I came to find out that the reason that your tongue goes numb is because the fruit contains tannins whenever it isn’t ripe enough to eat. I  decided to give persimmons a second chance upon finding out this fun fact, and I’m glad I did because they’re absolutely delicious! To celebrate my newfound love for this delectable fruit, I’ve put together this easy Glazed Persimmon Pancake recipe, which I hope you will enjoy.


    Serves 2

    Recipe Adapted from The Baker Upstairs

    1 cup of flour
    A pinch of salt
    A pinch of cinnamon
    2 Tbsp of sugar
    2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
    1 egg
    1 tsp of vanilla extract
    1 cup of milk
    1/4 cup of olive oil
    Butter to coat your pan

    2 Persimmons (chopped into small cubes)
    1 tsp of Butter
    1 tsp of sugar
    A pinch of cinnamon


    Combine the dry ingredients into a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, vanilla extract, milk, and olive oil and beat the mixture until smooth. Pour the dry ingredients into this bowl and continue to mix everything together until the mixture appears creamy and you’ve gotten rid of most of the lumps from the dry ingredients.

    Once your pancake mix is ready, preheat a pan over low to medium heat, wait until it’s warm and lightly coat it using a stick of butter. Pour the pancake mix into the pan, making sure to form a nice round shape. Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes, and flip it over once you’ve noticed most of the bubbles in the mixture have popped and the edges of the pancake are lightly browned. Cook on the opposite side for 1-2 minutes. Repeat these steps until you’ve used up all your pancake mix.

    To make the glazed persimmons, peel the persimmons and chop them into tiny little cubes. Preheat a pan over medium heat–you can use the same one in which you made the pancakes. Once your pan is warm, melt a tsp of butter. Place the rest of the ingredients in the pan and toss until they are mixed well together and the persimmons have started to brown.

    To finish things off, top the pancakes with the glazed persimmons and a bit of maple syrup (optional) and you’re already to serve!

    This recipe is pretty simple and a great way to make weekend brunch a little more special. I’ve already made this twice and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite brunch recipes, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
    HelenP.S. Since I know somebody will probably ask, the “Love Potion” mug is from 😀



    Weekend Reads

    (Photo from my Instagram)
    This week, I have totally became aware of how fast time has been flying by. I’m already halfway through my fall term of my last year of grad school, meaning that it’s just a matter of time before I’m done and back home in California to celebrate the holiday season. I just booked my ticket last night, so I at least have something to look forward to after finishing finals in a few weeks. It’s been hard to keep myself focused lately, so I’ll take any help I can get! Well, enough about me. I hope you all have an amazing weekend and check out some of these fun links whenever you get a chance:
    This Totoro Pull-Apart Bun Recipe from i am a food blog looks equal parts delicious and cute!
    Speaking of yummy things, check out this roundup of Dutch baby recipes for some awesome breakfast ideas.
    If you have a fancy event coming up or just want to look glamorous this Halloween, then you should check out Brooklyn Blonde’s Modern Hollywood Glam Hair Tutorial.
    I found this great roundup of the 7 best donut spots in LA, which might mean that a donut tour might be in the books for my upcoming trip back home. Need something to go with those donuts? Then you should check out my post on My Favorite LA Coffee Shops.
    If you’re looking for a fun project this weekend, check out this giant paper flower diy tutorial. I think I might make a few without the wooden dowel for one of the walls in my apartment.
    This post is making me consider my coffee drinking habit!Check out this scary and hilarious Halloween-themed outfit post by A Clothes Horse!