The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

I have a theory, that we all have a dessert soul mate. It’s that one dessert that we never feel anything but love for, even if it makes our stomachs upset, our skin break out or our pants too small. For me this dessert is a chocolate sundae (by the way it creates all three of the before mentioned issues). I have very strong opinions and feelings surrounding what makes a sundae perfect in my eyes (and stomach). Here’s a break down of the anatomy of the perfect sundae. Must be vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce (homemade preferably, my recipe below), you can do no wrong with the classic combination of chocolate and vanilla. Whipped cream from a can because then you don’t have to beat the crap out of whipping cream. Chopped nuts or any kind and rainbow sprinkles, the long kind not the tiny balls. And finally a cherry on top (but not the brand I bought because they are gross, how can you mess up a maraschino cherry?). Please tell me what you dessert soul mate is, I would love to know if my theory reigns true.

Chocolate Sauce

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup cream or soy creamer (what I used)

4 Tbls margarine

1 tsp vanilla

Heat all the ingredients together in a sauce pan over medium heat until the mixture is smooth and boils. Stir the entire time.

The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

The Anatomy of the Perfect Sundae

xo-Caitlin

Twin Wins | Baseball Tees

Twin Wins | Baseball Tees

Baseball tees, we can’t quite seem to get enough of them. They’re perfectly casual (you know how causal my style is, well Sarah is just as causal as me) yet kind of classic at the same time and we think that makes them the ultimate piece to have in our wardrobes. They can be worn any season and just about any occasion with jeans, shorts or skirts. While we do have similar style in that they are both casual we also have pretty different style. But the one thing that we always agree on no matter what is the need for great basics and the baseball tee is just that. And just in case you aren’t convinced, we never buy matching items anymore (except these Target t-shirts, another great casual basic) but we did when it came to these baseball tees.

Twin Wins | Baseball Tees

Twin Wins | Baseball Tees

Twin Wins | Baseball Tees

Twin Wins | Baseball Tees

xo-Caitlin & Sarah

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Just like sangria and the mojito, I think iced tea is the perfect summer drink. I’ve put together three of my favourite reincarnations of the classic iced tea to bring you what I think is the ultimate summer iced tea guide: the perfect homemade iced tea, the Arnold Palmer and the Long Island Iced Tea. My only advice is first to use freshly squeezed lemon juice (makes all the difference) and second make all three at some point this weekend. Happy Friday.

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

What You’ll Need

  • Black tea (I used three bags)
  • 1/2 a lemon juiced
  • Agave syrup

This is very basic but I think all three ingredients are integral to making the perfect homemade iced tea. Black tea is my favourite kind of tea hands down but I still think that the drink wouldn’t be as good with another kind of tea. I used the juice from half of a lemon, you could use more or less but definitely use some because it makes all the difference. Finally agave to sweeten it, I like the taste of agave and it never quite turns out when I use regular sugar or another sugar replacement.

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

What You’ll Need

  • The same brewed black tea from before
  • 1/2 cup of¬† fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar

I recently discovered both the Arnold Palmer and my love for it. I love how the the freshness of the tea and the tangy sweetness of the lemonade mix together. Technically an Arnold Palmer is half lemonade and half iced tea but I put my own spin on it. I made a faux lemonade mixture, I added 1 Tbdp of sugar to half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and poured it into the glass. Then I filled the glass up with the same brewed black tea that I used for the iced tea. The lemonade mixture stays at the bottom of the glass and the tea floats on top so every sip is different.

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

What You’ll Need

  • 3/4 oz Gin, vodka, tequila, rum and triple sec
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Enough Coke to fill up the glass

I had never had a Long Island Iced Tea before that wasn’t from a mix and I was pleasantly surprised that it tastes amazing, it’s slightly sweet because of the Coke but not too sweet like some cocktails can be. A lot of Long Island Iced Tea recipes have sweet and sour mix in them and only a splash of Coke but I think that all drinks and cocktails are better when made with fresh ingredients. So instead of sweet and sour I used freshly squeezed lemon juice and more than a splash of Coke. Compared to others I’ve had at bars this one tastes like the gown up version of a Long Island Iced Tea.

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

Homemade Iced Tea | 3 Ways

P.s. If buying five different alcohols just to make one drink doesn’t sound appealing then you can buy a mix, just make sure you use lots of fresh lemon juice and you probably won’t be able to tell the difference (especially after a few).

xo-Caitlin

My Style | Striped Maxi Dress

My Style | Striped Maxi Dress {Forever21 maxi dress (similar here)// Zara button up (in the sale now)//Marc by Marc Jacobs bag// Sandals from Winners}

There’s something about this maxi dress that I just can’t get over, I’ve only worn it a couple of times but I refuse to let it go. I bought it the summer I started dating the boy so maybe it’s nostalgia that’s making me hang on to it. That and it’s like a combination of wearing your pjs and a really long t-shirt in public, people think I’m all dressed up but in reality it’s the softness, most comfortable item I own. Oh and it’s striped, can’t get enough stripes.

My Style | Striped Maxi Dress

My Style | Striped Maxi Dress

My Style | Striped Maxi Dress

My Style | Striped Maxi Dress

xo-Caitlin

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

You all know the situation, dirty nasty hair that needs to be sorted out asap but with no time for a wash and style. This happens to me a lot because I don’t really feel the need to wash my hair regularly and lets face it, it’s because I’m lazy. I’m all about the lazy girl hair and sometimes I take it a little too far, so far that I have trouble remembering when I washed my hair last. But the problem is sometimes I need to leave my house and go out into public (#grannyproblems) and my hairs looks not so great. So I have devised a fail proof quick fix to get my hair looking less nasty and a little more glam (and by glam I mean slightly better than before). Here are the 5 quick steps I take to get a messy and cute pony tails when my hair’s less than clean.

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Step 1: Dry shampoo 

When I’m planning on putting my hair up and I know I need a little extra volume and hold I use the Garnier Fructis dry shampoo, it has more hold than a loose powder dry shampoo.

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Step 2: Add some more texture

I curl a few pieces around my face very quickly just to add a little more texture and to try and ensure that my pony tail won’t be too flat and lifeless.

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Step 3: Tease/ back comb

I tease the crown of my head to add even more volume (this look is all about extra volume and texture).

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Step 4: Gathering into a pony tail

Then I gather all my hair on top of my head and secure into a pony tail. At the point you could also create a bun or top knot.

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

Step 5: Finishing touches

Sometimes I add a little hair spray to tame any flyaways, but if my hair is extra dirty then I might not need any. I also like to add a cute pony tail holder or some pretty bobby pins, they help to distract from my greasy roots and make the look seem just a little more polish.

Quick Fix: Dirty Hair

xo-Caitlin