Easy Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Easy Blueberry Cobbler - DC Girl in Pearls

The blueberries at Eastern Market this weekend were too gorgeous not to bake them into something delicious. I whipped up this easy blueberry cobbler in under 30 minutes thanks to Trader Joe’s refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (you can also use Pillsbury). I’ll get to the recipe in a minute but can we just take a minute to look at these blueberries?!

Easy Blueberry Cobbler - DC Girl in Pearls

Easy Blueberry Cobbler - DC Girl in Pearls

As much as I’m sure we’d all love to be domestic goddesses who can casually respond while tossing our perfectly coifed hair, “Oh, I baked it from scratch. It was no trouble at all” when asked by a guest where they got XYZ dessert or dish. But let’s be real. For those of us who work 9-5 jobs, the weekends are precious hours to get things done. Grocery shop, pick up dry cleaning, exercise (God forbid), vacuum, and catch up with friends.

Now there are certain dishes I prefer to make from scratch (like this vanilla layer cake) but sometimes, you just need a dessert and it’s gotta be the quick ‘n dirty method. I remember my high school physics teacher telling us young ladies how to calculate something (I clearly paid a lot of attention in that class) and told us to use the quick ‘n dirty method. You just can’t throw out an expression like that to a bunch of 16 year old girls without getting quite a few giggles and scandal-induced deer in the headlights eyes. You just can’t.

But where was I? Oh, right. The recipe:

Easy Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Easy Blueberry Cobbler  Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup, sugar
  • 1/3 cup, water
  • 1 container, blueberries
  • For The Cobbler
  • 1 package, Pillsbury Biscuits
  • 1/3 cup, sugar

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan on medium-low heat, toss in the sugar, water and blueberries. Give a stir to combine.
  2. Slice each uncooked biscuit into thirds.
  3. Place into bowl with sugar. Toss to coat the biscuit slices.
  4. When the blueberry filling is bubbling, place into glass baking dish.
  5. Top with biscuit slices.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown and blueberry filling is bubbling.
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Monogram Monday: Fotostrap Camera Straps

Last week, I got a new toy: a Nikon D3200 (great deals here + here). On Saturday morning, I set off to Eastern Market as per my usual weekend routine but this time with my Nikon carefully placed in my tote. I took some awesome shots (one of which I’m kinda obsessed with and cannot stop staring at) and suffice it to say, I am hooked. I actually had separation anxiety from my camera when I ran errands on Sunday…

Right now I’m at the “point, focus and shoot” stage of photography but I’m looking into tutorials on YouTube, Lynda.com and Skillshare. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them! Please, show off your photography skillz because I’m dying to learn.

So back to my obsession, I found these adorable, colorful camera straps and lo and behold, they are monogram-able!!! Yes yes YES!

But wait, it gets even better! Fotostrap donates 10% of every purchase to their charity, Fotolanthrophy, which offers free photoshoots to inspiring people who overcame adversity. And Fotostrap is proudly made in the USA!

Okay, enough chattering from me and more oohing and aahing over these colors! Which is your favorite?

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Avocado 

Fotostrap Camera Straps - DC Girl in Pearls

 

Blush

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Orchid

Fotostrap Camera Straps - DC Girl in Pearls

Cobalt

 

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How To Decorate A Small Apartment

Several weeks ago, a reader posed a dilemma: how do you decorate a small apartment? I don’t want to brag or anything but I’d consider myself a seasoned pro at this point: in January I moved from a 700 sq ft studio to a 550 sq ft one bedroom. Surprisingly, my smaller one bedroom feels bigger simply because I’m not always in the same room. The only downside is the closet situation but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Decorating a tiny space can be daunting so here is the three step mantra I adopted when I moved into my old and current places. Learn it, embrace it, love it. There is a method to my madness and at the end, I’ll share my favorite places to hunt for decor on a budget! If you have tips or ideas, please shout them out in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you : )

How To Decorate A Small Apartment - DC Girl in Pearls

Measure

When I moved into my 700 sq ft studio, I printed a floor plan for the new space and sketched out ways to arrange my furniture. I also visited a similar layout studio in the same building so I could do a thorough measuring and check on the little details, like where the outlets were. Because outlets are critical to my sanity.

Plan 

Mazel tov, you’ve measured every nook and cranny of your new digs! Now comes the fun part for those of you who pray at the altar of HGTV. Determine how you’ll be using your current furniture in the space. For example, remember my coral vanity? The former entertainment center/bar cart has new life as my vanity to make up for my depressingly tiny closet in my current apartment. Once you know how you will be optimizing your furniture, you are all set up to…

Organize

This is the part where you get a chance to truly stretch your decorating muscle. After I laid out the setup for my new apartment and figured out an idea of where what was going where and how it would be used, it was a snap to figure out which pieces you needed to add and which you needed to subtract. I said good-bye to a side table and said hello to IKEA’s EXPEDIT shelving unit (similar)for extra clothing, jewelry, books storage in my bedroom and OMAR to create the open shelving and pantry my kitchen lacked.

Favorite Decor Shops + Inspiration

IKEA

The Container Store

Apartment Therapy

One Kings Lane

Design Darling

Target

Local Thrift Stores + Goodwill (I’ve purchased adorable dessert plates for $2 and serving trays for $5, you just have to be prepared to dig for buried treasure)

World Market

Domino

Pop Sugar Home

Stay tuned for my home tour : )

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Thirsty Thursday: Pineapple Lime Margarita

Did you know that today is National Tequila Day?!?! It’s true, there’s an entire day dedicated to the liquor behind your favorite margaritas. Let’s kick off this special edition of Thirsty Thursday on the right foot. CUE THE MUSIC!

Over the weekend, I had a couple gal pals over for a gabfest fueled by margaritas + chips with guac + salsa. I could probably eat Mexican every single day and serrano salsa and reduced guilt guac are frequent flyers in my Trader Joe’s shopping cart. If we’re being honest, I’m resisting digging into some chips + salsa as I write this post. IT’S JUST SO GOOD!*

And I might have an avocado addiction. According to webMD.

But never fear, these margaritas might actually be healthy and the guacamole skinny. It’s the miracle of National Tequila Day!

DC Girl in Pearls - Pineapple Margaritas + Skinny Guacamole

DC Girl in Pearls - Pineapple Margaritas + Skinny Guacamole

Pineapple Lime Margaritas (Creates 8) 

Ingredients

1 bottle, Sauza 100% Blue Agave Tequila

1 bottle, Blue Agave Sweetener

Pineapple Juice (I used two four-packs of Trader Joe’s all natural pineapple juice)

1 lime, juiced

Salt (optional)

Directions

Mix all ingredients into a pitcher and stir to combine.

To salt the glasses’ rims, rub the used lime wedge along the rim. Place salt onto a small saucer and rub the rim in the salt.

Skinny Guacamole (as prepared by Caroline)

Ingredients 

2 large avocadoes

1 lime

Directions 

Slice the avocado into a bowl if you prefer your guac on the chunky side.

Squeeze lime juice over the avocadoes.

Salsa from Wisteria Gardens, an Eastern Market favorite, brought by CA

DC Girl in Pearls - Pineapple Margaritas + Skinny Guacamole

DC Girl in Pearls - Pineapple Margaritas + Skinny Guacamole

* Update: By the time I hit “Schedule” on this post, I had already gotten a ramekin of tortilla chips.

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An Afternoon in Meridian Hill Park

DC Girl in Pearls - Vineyard Vines Stripe Bow Dress

 Dress: Vineyard Vines Stripe Bow Dress // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Clutch: Coach (old, here + here) // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Lips: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch // Mani: Essie Ballet Slippers

Next month marks my sixth year in Washington, DC. After counting on my fingers, I had to pinch myself and consult a calculator because there is no way it seems like six years. It’s been a wild journey and I’m so excited to have you along for the ride!

My love affair with DC never ceases to amaze me and it seems every time I cross something off my DC list, two more items take its place. On Sunday, I crossed off visiting Meridian Hill Park and let me tell you, I am kicking myself big time for not going sooner. It was gorgeous and all I wanted to do was lie on an old blanket and read or gab with friends. Meridian Hill Park, I’m coming back for ya.

DC Girl in Pearls - Vineyard Vines Stripe Bow Dress

DC Girl in Pearls - Vineyard Vines Stripe Bow Dress

Outfit Photos by Mary Kidd 

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Lemon Curd Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

Did you know President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1984 that July is  National Ice Cream Month? Regardless of your political inclinations, I think we can all herald this important moment in America’s rich dessert history. Sunday (sundae?) was actually National Ice Cream Day and I hope you celebrated accordingly! I’m continuing my challenge to elevate the traditional ice cream sandwich this month (remember the strawberry shortcake?) and was scrolling through Pinterest when I saw someone use waffles as the “sandwich.” I liked the waffle idea but I thought hmmm waffle…waffle…BELGIAN WAFFLE!! DC Girl in Pearls - Lemon Curd Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich (I sincerely apologize to those of you World Cup fans who may still be abstaining from Belgian waffles). Once I had the sandwich idea down, I had to figure out the filling. I love vanilla ice cream and that’s what I had my freezer so that settled that. But I wanted something to give it pizzazz. The jazz hands of ice cream sandwich filling, if you will. It was back to the refrigerator and pantry! For a split second, I considered using my Trader Joe’s fleur de sel caramel sauce until I remembered: I had a jar of Trader Joe’s lemon curd sitting patiently in my pantry, just waiting to be taken down from the shelf and given the chance to shine. Well, Little Lemon Curd, you certainly shined. DC Girl in Pearls - Lemon Curd Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich I spread several spoonfuls on my Belgian waffle, which reminds me: I used the frozen Trader Joe’s Belgian waffles for this dessert. Because my kitchen is teeny and certainly cannot house a Belgian waffle maker or any large appliance for that matter. Though I do still fantasize about the day I bring home a KitchenAid stand mixer. Be still my culinary heart…what were we talking about? Oh right, ice cream sandwiches! Evenly spread the lemon curd over the waffle and add a scoop or two of creamy vanilla ice cream. If you are feeling particularly zesty, go on and add another spoonful of lemon curd. Top with the second waffle and you have a delicious dessert you can put together in 5 minutes. By the way, this won’t be the last you see of Trader Joe’s lemon curd. That jar is positively filled with zesty lemony heaven. I hope I’m not the only one who has strong feelings about lemon curd! DC Girl in Pearls - Lemon Curd Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich DC Girl in Pearls - Lemon Curd Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich DC Girl in Pearls - Lemon Curd Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

Nordstrom Sale Favorites Under $100

I know, Monday morning is an especially vulnerable time to mess around with inconsistency on the blog but it’s for a holy cause: the notorious B-I-G Nordstrom sale. For that, I think we can all just take another gulp of our Starbucks venti beverage (chai tea, skim milk please + thank you) and handle life without #MonogramMonday when it means you get to scroll through Nordstrom’s a-mazing sale pieces all under $100! That’s right, I’ve done the dirty work of scouring through the Nordstrom sale for the best pieces all clocking in at under 10,000 pennies. You’re welcome, folks.

Nordstrom Sale Picks Under $100

You will find beauty products, including Clarisonic (!!!) accessories, fierce heels and silhouette-flattering sheath dresses that will have you commanding the conference room in no time flat. There are cute accessories for you techie gals and spa essentials for those of you who love love love bubble baths and turning your teeny tiny bathroom into a luxurious escape. So what are you waiting for?! Hop to it!

And for those who absolutely cannot even with inconsistency, you’ll find some monogram pieces below. Never fear : )

 

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How to Get Clear Summer Skin with Thayers

Summer humidity + heat can take a serious toll on a girl’s complexion. With the shine + the zits, it feels like high school all over again. You know how some people need to brush their teeth first thing in the morning or else they fall to pieces? That’s me but with washing my face. It seems the moment I wake up I have to sprint to the bathroom and wash my face until I feel clean and oil-free.

With the temperatures soaring, I had to up my morning skincare regimen, too. Thayers witch hazel to the rescue!

DC Girl in Pearls - How To Get Clear Summer Skin with Thayers

Each morning and before bedtime, I thoroughly wash my face with Philosophy Purity facial cleanser (I always stock up at Sephora’s Black Friday sale) and gently pat dry with a washcloth. Next, pour Thayers witch hazel onto a cottonball and cleanse. It’s remarkable what the witch hazel will pick up, especially after the first cleaning. I love Thayers Rose Petal scent, it’s so soothing on your skin and leaves you smelling well..like a rose! Perfectly relaxing, especially to wind down in the evening. A little luxury on a budget.

DC Girl in Pearls - How To Get Clear Summer Skin with Thayers

If Philosophy is a bit pricey for you, my next favorite cleanser is from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a TJ’s near you, I’ve found it on Amazon.

What’s your favorite facial cleanser? Do you use Thayers in your skincare routine, too?

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Thirsty Thursday: Rosé Sangria

It’s a crime if you don’t drink sangria in the summertime. In DC, my favorite places for sangria have to be Chef Geoff’s and Cava Mezze, there is just something so peaceful and refreshing about sipping sangria and gabbing with friends in those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer.

Last weekend, I spent a wonderful early Sunday afternoon catching up with Pure Barre besties (I love alliteration) at Cava. I am going to go waaaaayyy off topic right now but we seriously need to discuss their Crazy Feta. It’s crazy how much I cannot get enough of it. I think it’s the jalapeños. Crazy Feta + warm pita slices + sangria + awesome friends = Sunday Funday at its finest.

I opted for the peach mimosa but I’ll be honest: I was seriously eyeing up my friends’ peach sangrias. Which led me to later making a big pitcher of sangria as one does when one should really be doing laundry. Ladies, am I right? Show of hands.

This recipe for rosé sangria is so simple and can be made in a big batch for a party. Or you know, for a dinner for one like I did last night when it was too humid to even think about cooking. The frozen peach slices totally count as a serving of fruit. It’s healthy, trust me.

DC Girl in Pearls - Rosé Sangria Recipe

Rosé Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle, Rosé
  • 1 bottle, Prosecco
  • 1 container, strawberries (sliced + halved)
  • 1 container, raspberries
  • Optional: frozen peach slices to substitute ice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a pitcher and stir.
  2. For a festive touch, add frozen sliced peaches or frozen strawberries to give it a pop of color and cool you down.
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J.Crew Factory New Arrival Favorites for Work

Continuing my diatribe from last week, finding clothes that are budget friendly and professional and young (read: not matronly) can be a huge headache for my friends and I. Factory in DC’s conservative fashion inclinations and the whole thing can become a nightmare. Thankfully, I’ve discovered several pieces from the J.Crew Factory store that are great pieces to mix and match to create multiple looks for the work week. A dress and a blazer, or a button down under a sleeveless dress are effortless steps to get the most mileage out of your wardrobe.

J.Crew Factory is offering 30% off everything and free shipping with code SHOPSHOP through July 15th. Your 9-5 wardrobe will thank you : )

DC Girl in Pearls - J.Crew Factory New Arrival Favorites for Work

Ruffle Top

DC Girl in Pearls - J.Crew Factory New Arrival Favorites for Work

Clare Cardigan

DC Girl in Pearls - J.Crew Factory New Arrival Favorites for Work

Zipper Satchel

DC Girl in Pearls - J.Crew Factory New Arrival Favorites for Work

Stone Seed Necklace

DC Girl in Pearls - J.Crew Factory New Arrival Favorites for Work

Pencil Skirt in Jacquard Dot 

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Pleated Ponte Dress

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Patent Wedges

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