Hello! Today was my first time ever going to our local farmer’s market in my hometown. If anyone knows me, they know I love food, especially fresh fruit and vegetables. I’ve always seen those cute open air markets on TV but never knew there was one where I live. My mom has always been telling me how great it was, and I was definitely not disappointed. With about 100 or so different vendors, there were hundreds of things to choose from such as fruit, vegetables, flowers, soaps, jewelry…you name it, chances are they had it!

As we were walking past my mom’s favorite bread vendor, I saw the most gorgeous butterscotch pecan loaf. Seriously, this thing was covered in butterscotch chips and pecans and let me tell you, it definitely was as good as it sounds. Honestly, probably even better than it sounds.

Totally felt like Carrie Bradshaw walking around New York City for a minute, don’t judge.

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I don’t know where on Earth you’ll find colors like these, everything was so bright and cheery!

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It was still super warm here in Florida but wearing tank tops and shorts in December just feels so wrong. I paired this thin sweater with some high-waisted silk shorts and called it a day.

  • Top: Francesca’s Collection
  • Shorts: Target
  • Necklace: Target
  • Bracelets: Alex & Ani
  • Shoes: Gianni Bini

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DSC_1030I know this last one looks like I’m hailing a cab in the middle of my front yard, but again, pretty reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw… plus the Santa is just too cute

Today my little brother had his very first party! Sadly, here I am on a Friday night talking about the social life of a 13 year old from my bed at 7:30 p.m, but that’s besides the point. The theme (of course) was “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” so he picked out this Rudolph face with blinking lights

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And like any good Floridian winter, my sister and I ended it with an afternoon by the pool. I’d take a bikini over a snowsuit any day.

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You can still enter to win my favorite holiday lip combo! All you need to do is comment on any one of my “7 Days of Christmas” posts with your favorite holiday lip color and instagram name and follow me on instagram @alexisdecarufel_makeup. You have from now until Christmas day! The winner will be announced on December 26th and receive your package days later.

Thank you & have a great evening, xoxo

…For Christmas cookies! Forget your diet this time of year because I guarantee you will find yourself surrounded by delicious cookies of all kinds. I cannot tell you how much time I spend in the kitchen around the holidays, it’s just such an important part of the season! Whether you make the traditional sugar cookie or something fancy like these FANTASTIC 7 Layer Bars, enjoy yourself! Every now and then we all need to indulge in something sinfully delicious and these cookies definitely fit the bill. So, turn up some Michael Bublé and get in that kitchen!!!

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What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded coconut

1) Preheat oven to 350 F.  Melt butter and combine with graham cracker crumbs. Spread evenly in greased 13 x 9 inch pan

DSC_09002) Pour whole can of sweetened condensed milk over graham cracker crust. If the nuts are not already chopped, do so now! I used pecans but feel free to use anything you like! The best thing about these bars are that they’re completely customizable — add or take away whatever you want!

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3) In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and then sprinkle generously over the condensed milk. That’s all there is to it -the absolute easiest and most delicious cookie bars you will ever have!

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4) Just pop these in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes and there you have it! Perfect 7 Layer Cookie Bars

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Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! I have some great holiday looks coming up so make sure to check them out!

And as always, be sure to follow me on instagram: alexisdecarufel_makeup OR alexisdecarufel (personal)