Summer Lookbook and a few of my favorite things lately

Sunday outfit 2

Uniqlo at Coffee Bean 2

One of my favorite ways to stay cool in the California heat is to go to an indoor mall and walk around, maybe buy a few things, but mostly window shop. In between all that strolling around in the nice air conditioned space, I’ll get a pretzel. Hence, the shots in this summer lookbook video of me eating a pretzel and laughing like a big dork.

I have fond memories of sharing salted pretzels with my sister Mary. She would always get the cheese sauce. I’ve got a sweet tooth, so sometimes I would get the cinnamon sugar pretzel for myself instead and we would still share.

In another shot, I’m sitting in a Coffee Bean drinking a Matcha Ice Blended. It was so good. I wish there was a Coffee Bean closer to my house. Try it if you get a chance.

You may notice that I’m wearing such casual outfits in this video. I like fashion, but I like comfort too. I didn’t plan out these outfits too much. I just happened to wear some of my most loved summer pieces. The floral tank top I’m wearing is super comfortable. It’s actually a bra top and I thought those were always awful until I tried this one. It’s from Uniqlo. That brand continues to impress me. Other items are from Urban Outfitters, Target, and Old Navy because that’s where the majority of my clothes are from.

One of my other favorite things this summer? The comic book series Hellcat has got my boyfriend and I hooked. He’s actually going to a comic book store soon to pick up the latest issue. I like that we can see some of the same characters from the comic book in the tv show Jessica Jones (currently on Netflix), but I can’t stomach the tv show as much. It’s scary! The comic book is more of a cute, fun super hero story.

I’ll be back soon with more food recipes. If there’s anything in particular you would like to see, let me know in the comments below. And I’d love it if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel. Love you all!

 

Testing the Milk Compost Cookie mix

Milk Compost Cookie dough

Food video, take 3. As you may remember, my first food related video was more of a DIY (Pozole Soup in a Jar), the second was an original recipe with step by step instructions (Vanilla Apricot Oatmeal), and this is part how to, part food review.

I tested out the Compost Cookie mix from Milk, an award-wining bakery from Christina Tosi with stores in New York City, DC, and Toronto.

Fun fact just for you, blog readers: This isn’t the first time I’ve tried making a boxed cookie mix from Milk. About a month ago, I picked up the cornflake-chocolate-chip-marshmallow cookie mix from my local Target. I made cookies from the mix too. I didn’t film it. And unfortunately, when I was letting the cookies cool down, I went back in the kitchen to check on them only to find a cricket sitting on one of the cookies.

Perhaps the cricket was standing. It’s hard to tell with crickets. Either way, that was an ordeal. At least I had leftover dough in the fridge from that batch.

This time, no cricket to be seen (well, my boyfriend smashed the one the first one) and I had fun making cookies.

Vanilla Apricot Oatmeal

I hated oatmeal for years because I thought it was too mushy. I kind of have this thing against mushy foods. Or I guess had. It depends on the mushy food. I still hate pudding and jello, but of course I like guacamole because I’m a normal California girl.

It wasn’t until this year that I started to love oatmeal and actually crave it. My boyfriend makes good oatmeal and taught me how to make good oatmeal too.

The secret is getting your oatmeal to exactly the right texture and consistency that you like. It’s all personal preference, kind of like frying eggs. It takes practice even though it seems simple.

Of course, adding sugar to oatmeal doesn’t hurt either. (Almost) Everything is better with sugar. I like to add either fresh fruit or honey to my oatmeal, usually when it is still cooking. Sometimes I add brown sugar instead. Cinnamon is good with oatmeal, but it doesn’t go with every fruit in my opinion so I don’t always add it.

Last week I decided to make vanilla apricot oatmeal because, hey, stone fruits are in season and we had picked up some apricots at Trader Joe’s. For fun, I filmed a video of me making it, which is slightly embarrassing, but I uploaded it to YouTube any way. Watch it if you so please. And if you make, please share your photos with the hashtag #ErinsEats.

Comfort clips

When I’m having a bad day, the world is acting crazy, or when I want some *extra* positivity in my life, I like to scroll through my likes on Tumblr.

Cute stuff, am I right? I love cute stuff.

Sometimes I’ll watch cute videos on YouTube too. My favs? This video of Catbug scenes from the Cartoon Hangover show Bravest Warriors and this video of talking dogs are pretty sweet.

By the way, did you hear about the Hulu short Rosaline? It’s a fairytale story about a lesbian who is her own hero. She defeats a few classic villains on her way to have lunch with her sweetheart. Here’s a link to it, if you happen to have a Hulu account and care to watch.

P.S. Here’s an old blog post on my favorite “comfort movies.”

 

 

My everyday makeup + where I’ve been

my everyday makeup routine

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! I’ve been focused on YouTube and the rest of my life but I wanted to stop in. Happy doughnut day, by the way.

In the time I’ve been away from this blog, I posted three new videos to my YouTube channel, including an everyday makeup routine which you can see below.

If there’s anything you would like to see on my channel feel free to let me know. I’ll be back to posting more recipes and photos on here soon.

P.S. I realize it wasn’t too long ago that I showed a makeup routine as a blog post on this site, but I hadn’t made a video. The blog post is more about the products. The video shows the process.