Friday, August 30, 2013

Back to Cool

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I may not be of school age anymore, but this time of year still gets me excited like it used to. All I want to do is shop for new clothes, get my office organized, and watch reruns of Gossip Girl (no one styles back-to-school like Eric Daman). 

Here are some of my essential picks for the school year (or work year—we can all pretend). I'm in love with this gorgeous Everlane backpack, and who can say no to Mean Girls pencils? They're so fetch.

Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend, and savor every last bit of summer!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Recipe: Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies

There are few things I like more than birthdays and cookies. And since my favorite dessert (cookies) usually take a backseat to my other buddy (cake) on birthdays, I was extra thrilled when I could find a way to bring the cookie back to the party.

When I spotted this recipe over on Sally's Baking Addiction I knew it was L-O-V-E. These are perfectly colorful, chocolatey, and packed with cake batter flavor. She has tweaked and tweaked this recipe to make the perfect pillowy-soft cookie, so I'll lay it all out for you so that these babies can get into your mouth ASAP.

I N G R E D I E N T S :

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 1/4 c yellow or white boxed cake mix
1/2 tsp baking soda
1.5 sticks softened butter
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1.5 tsp vanilla
1/2 c white chocolate chips
1/2 c semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c sprinkles

D I R E C T I O N S :

1) Sift flour, cake mix, and baking soda together in large bowl.

2) In a stand mixer (or separate bowl), cream together butter and sugars. Add in egg and vanilla and mix to combine.

3) Slowly add in dry ingredients to mixer; mix only to combine. You don't ever want to over-mix your batter at this point! Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Let your dough chill for at least an hour before baking.

4) Preheat oven to 350ºF. Roll dough into tall balls (trick from Sally) - this will keep your cookies from spreading too much. Bake for 10-12 minutes - mine took 13 because I use insulated cookie sheets. You'll want the edges to be golden brown but the centers will still look slightly underdone — never fear, they will settle as they cool. This will keep them chewy and soft!

5) Cool and serve with some milk. And maybe a slice of cake.

These are definitely in the running to replace my next birthday cake. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Maine Getaway

Oh, hi — I'm back!

We had an amazing trip to Maine, it honestly exceeded both of our expectations (my only expectation was basically just "LOBSTER"). The weather was hot and gorgeous, the food was divine, and we got to relax and have a perfect summer trip. We spend most of our time in Kennebunkport, where we stayed in a family-run inn right on the ocean, and took day trips to Portland and Ogunquit to explore a bit more. 

Shipwreck site near the Portland Head Light

Lobster buoys

Our favorite lobstah rolls at The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport

This tasty food truck in Portland - great lobster rolls, salads, and Maine root beer

Blueberry ice cream — blueberries are everywhere in Maine

Biking in Kennebunkport

Downtown Kennebunkport

Dinner at MC Perkins Cove in Ogunquit

The amazing view at MC Perkins Cove

My date ;)

View from biking along the coast — who wants to buy me this house?

Maine was charming, beautiful, and totally delicious. I would go back in a heartbeat. We really loved Kennebunkport—although it was definitely a popular vacation spot, it was much less crowded than Ogunquit and felt a little smaller and more charming. Although many of the shops are pretty knick-knacky, there were a few that we absolutely loved—Daytrip Society and Spaces—that reminded us a lot of Cleveland's Room Service and the former Dredger's Union. We spent most of our days at the beach or biking around town, and most of our night walking up and down the beach with a bottle of wine. It was so relaxing and I miss the ocean already.

Thanks for hanging in there while I was gone (and tolerating all of my Instagram photos). It was so nice to enjoy summer while it's still here. How do you plan to spend the last weeks of summer?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Vacation Time + Giveaway Winners

Hi everyone! We're headed for Kennebunkport this morning, so I'll be taking a short break from the blog for the next few days. Until then, I'm here to announce the winners from the Alaina Marie giveaway. I've tallied all of your entries across comments and social media, and used a random number generator to choose the winners.

The winners are:

#21 Charity H.
#48 Abby L.

Please email to claim your prize! First one to email gets their first choice of color (pink/green or teal/coral). Please include your mailing address, and I'll have these shipped out to you as soon as I get home. Thank you all so much for participating! I'll be back next week with updates from our trip. Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Nauti Giveaway: Bait Bag Clutch by Alaina Marie

Happy Monday, everyone!

It's the start of a new week, and I'm a bit more excited than usual — we're taking off for our trip to Maine this week! Ever since we booked the trip I've been daydreaming about whale watching, riding Vespas, and eating enough lobster to require an elastic waistband. You know it's serious business when you pack a bag of cornstarch in your luggage—to remove butter stains. I wish I was kidding.

Since I can't pack you all in my suitcase, I'm bringing the Maine love to you today, with an awesome giveaway from Alaina Marie. Alaina is based in Portland, Maine, and hand crafts these bright and adorable clutches inspired by lobster bait bags.

The marine-grade materials make the bag splash-proof for those days on the boat or at the beach, and she hand-silkscreens the patterns on the bags. I absolutely adore their subtle nautical charm, and the workmanship is beautiful. They make the perfect companion for the summer, and you better believe I'll be taking mine along on our trip!

The giveaway begins now, and runs until Thursday, 8/8 at 11:59 pm. To enter, you can do one or many of the following - each item counts for one entry. Leave a comment below with what entries you've completed. Two winners will be randomly drawn to receive one clutch each (pictured, one pink/green and one teal/coral, valued at $58). Winners will be announced here on Friday 8/9 at 9:00 am. Choice between colors is first come, first serve when the prizes are claimed.

Each item counts for one entry:

1) Follow Shore Society on Twitter or Facebook
2) Follow Alaina Marie on Facebook
3) Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, using the tags #mainelovegiveaway and @shoresociety
4) Leave a comment telling us whether or not you like lobster, and if so, what's your favorite dish?

Thanks for entering - good luck!

*Disclosure - I was provided with three clutches by Alaina Marie, with two to give away. All opinions are my own, as always!