Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here! Finally, I have had a spark of inspiration to write a new post. Perhaps this motivation came with the new year, (happy 2018!) or, from taking a breather for a few days and heading to the small, beautiful and oh-so-friendly town of Julian.

My best friends and I usually take a little trip this time of year somewhere to enjoy a couple of days away from the daily stresses of work, school & life, in general. While last year, we went to the beach, this year, we decided to go a bit further away, on the beautiful property of Lake Cuyamaca, just bordering Julian. We had a lovely weekend shopping at antique shops,Β  enjoying lake-side views from our porch at the lodge we were staying at (which was splendid, by the way! 10/10 would recommend the Lake Cuyamaca Lodge) and playing with the absolutely beautiful horses, named Albert & Melody, on the land we stayed at.

Take a look at the photos below for a little peak into our weekend getaway. I hope y’all enjoy this photo diary style post!

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It’s weekends like this one that allow me to take a moment & realize how blessed I am so have such lovely ladies in my life. It was the perfect way to spend New Year’s weekend, if you ask me πŸ™‚

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day. I will see you dears in another post next Friday πŸ™‚

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Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!

While I am definitely not the sappy type who enjoys cheesy romantic movies, The Notebook is one of my favorites (it just never gets old!) A big part of this is due to the fact that the outfits have me swooning every single time I watch. While I am not particularly surprised, as it takes place during my favorite decade, I was inspired nonetheless to recreate my favorite look from the movie.

The iconic blue dress that Allie Hamilton wears in the movie, naturally, was a customized gown made perfectly fit for the starring actress, Rachel McAdams. Thus, I searched through clothing racks to find a lovely dupe for the ensemble!

The dress I selected was originally a long-sleeved, floor-length nightgown from the 1960’s era. Consequently, I had to chop away at the dress to create a short-sleeved, mid-thigh look, opting for a scalloped hemline to complete the outfit.

I threw a matching purse I found while thrift shopping into the mix and slipped on my favorite wedges and voila, the outfit was finished!

I absolutely adore recreating looks from the past as I certainly see it as a challenge. But remember, adding your own twist to these iconic looks makes it all the more fun.

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day! I’ll see you soon, my dears.

 

Hello my dears, it’s Emily Rae here!

Happy November to all! I can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner, can you? Time sure does fly!

With the transition into the colder months, I feel as though in most places, people start digging out their cold-weather attire right about now. However, if you reside in Southern California like me, and don’t really get the whole seasonal autumn change, sadly, then sleeveless dresses are still quite a common thing to be wearing! With over 100 degree weather last weekend, I didn’t have an option but to wear a dress with a lightweight fabric, minimal straps and one that was breathable.

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To prevent blistering in the heat, I selected this cherry patterned dress with a halter-strapped closing and a fit & flare cut. With a vintage ravishing red blazer (that is a 1950’s original piece!), I felt as though just the right amount of retro was revamped for this ensemble!

My heels were a pair of floral-accessorized chunky heels that elongate the legs while still providing stability due to the thickness of the heels.Β  Enjoying the beautiful Old Town San Diego for the Day of the Dead festivities this past weekend was a lovely time, indeed. Old Town truly does not ever get old if you ask me πŸ™‚

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For more of my OOTD posts, click here!

I am off to spend my Saturday working on some fun holiday posts coming up πŸ™‚

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day! See you soon, my dears!

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Happy Wednesday to all! For my birthday, my parents gifted me with an absolutely amazing Tiffany Blue mixer that is PERFECT for baking!

Today, I present to you an absolutely lovely recipe from the 1940’s (my favorite kind of recipe, without question). I stumbled upon this classic Apple Pie and new I had to add it to my Retro Recipes series on here.

Simple and easy to bake, this Apple Pie is perfect for the upcoming holiday months, or a lovely, mid-week treat to get you to the weekend in tasty vintage style!

For ingredients, all you need is…

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Truthfully, the recipe is very self-explanatory: mix crust ingredients together then mix filling ingredients together and add to crust. It’s that simple! A couple of things to note: the crust can be made 2 days ahead. Also, something that I wish I had known is that you have to allow the crust to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours once the crust is molded into your desired shape. I am not the most patient person and thus, this was rather difficult for me to stand! Haha πŸ™‚

Once ready to pop in the oven, pre-heat your oven to 400Β°F. Once the oven heats to this temp, you can reduce the heat to 375Β°F so that your pie does not easily burn (trust me, this is rather easy to do if you forget/have a million things going on that day!) The pie will bake in the oven for about an hour and a half, although, I kept mine in for a solid hour and 45 minutes, as I wanted the perfect crispy texture on the outside and crisp pie consistency on the inside πŸ™‚

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Another tip I have found with this dish is that if you sprinkle a dash of pure sugar onto the pie, just as you are putting it into the oven, it adds a subtle hint of sweetness to the dessert that, once baked over, is pure 1940’s dessert-heaven!

Also, non-stick spray is your best friend with baking! Spray it on your baking tools, pans and platters and anything that can easily get dough stuck to it, as that is such an unwanted hassle that all bakers go through when not using non-stick spray!

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And with that, this Retro Recipe is complete! I always forgot how peaceful baking is. Blaring 1940’s music in my kitchen while baking my favorite treats is truly a Saturday well-spent πŸ™‚

I hope everyone has a lovely rest of the week! I have my first Halloween themed post going up on Friday, so stay tuned…

As always, I’m Emily Rae, wishing you all a lovely day! See you soon, my dears!

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