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Jumping into Spring with Jord

Sunday, March 19, 2017






















Hi everyone,


Whether or not you’ve been bundled up from the blizzard or sweating from the heat down south, I think it's safe to say we all have springtime on our minds. If you haven't been able to tell by now, I've been trying to find any excuse to wear these heels in any outfit I wear! (not to mention they are so comfortable!)


I'm extremely excited to share these photos with you all from my partnership with Jord watches. Let me tell you their watches are truly something unique! I'm a sucker for anything rose gold, so I just had to get my hands on this one by them! As part of my partnership with Jord, you all can enter into a giveaway! The giveaway is quite simple and easy to get started, make sure you click here to enter!


So here's the rundown, the giveaway is now open and will run through 3/26/17 at 11:59pm. Anyone who enters through the giveaway link above, will get a $25 JORD egift code and 1 winner will get a $100 JORD egift code! Both codes will expire on 4/30/17. Also, Jord will randomly select the winner and email them, along with everyone who enters the giveaway when it ends!


Good luck everyone, I hope you enjoy!


Xoxo,


Jillian


Special thanks to Jord Watches for sponsoring this post!




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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hi everyone!


For the first time on Fabulously Floridian, I’ll be sharing you guys one of my all time favorite recipes. I may not be the best cook, but baking is something I can totally do! (And enjoy doing!) I usually whip up a batch of these cookies once a week as a sweet treat for my friends and family, not to mention they are a ginormous success!


Recently I have been getting request from my friends about the recipe, I thought to myself “Why not just make a post out of it?” (Actually, one of my best friend Mary planted this idea in my mind.) I swear by this recipe, never will you ever taste such delicious, soft chocolate chip cookies that you’ve made! Hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do! Love to know what you guys think, feel free to leave a comment below!


Xoxo,


Jillian


(Recipe & Instructions credit of  pinchofyum.com)




Ingredients:
  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups all purpose
  • flour ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips


Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds to just barely melt it. It shouldn't be hot - but it should be almost entirely in liquid form.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated - 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will be stiff).
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle (right at the stage between "wet" dough and "dry" dough). Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
  4. Roll the dough into 12 large balls (or 9 for HUGELY awesome cookies) and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden.Warning, friends: DO NOT OVERBAKE. This advice is probably written on every cookie recipe everywhere, but this is essential for keeping the cookies soft. Take them out even if they look like they're not done yet (see picture in the post). They'll be pale and puffy.
  5. Let them cool on the pan for a good 30 minutes or so (I mean, okay, eat four or five but then let the rest of them cool). They will sink down and turn into these dense, buttery, soft cookies that are the best in all the land. These should stay soft for many days if kept in an airtight container. I also like to freeze them.
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Spring Break '17 Swimsuit Shop

Saturday, March 4, 2017












Hi Everyone!


If you are on spring break or dreaming for it to come quicker like me, I've created a little “Spring Break Swimsuit Shop" where you can find a few pieces I've been craving to add to my closet. This upcoming week is going to be quite challenge, my school requires all graduating seniors to complete a 35 minute presentation about our time at school. Stressful right! This whole year I've been nervous for this day to come. "Once I get past this, the closer I am to graduating!"... I keep telling myself. The weather has been so perfect recently, I feel like I'm already on break! One of my biggest inspirations has to be "vintage Florida" and I tried to embody that for this post! 


Hope you all enjoy!

Xoxo,

Jillian








My Swimsuit: Topshop Off the Shoulder One Piece

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Prom 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017



Hi Everyone,

It may be a few months away from prom season, but I love getting to plan out what I'm going to wear for prom! Since my school is quite tiny compared to most high schools, we have the opportunity to go to prom our junior and senior year, which is quite awesome. Not only do I get to have a great night for two years in a row, but I get to dress up, which happens to be the best part! Like how often do you get to wear a formal gown out?

One of my biggest pet peeves is going shopping with a specific "idea" in mind, and never finding anything! I wanted to make the search for the perfect prom outfit for you all a less nerve-racking and a less time consuming process. Here are some of my favorite looks thus far. I am obsessing over Jill Jill Stuart’s line of evening dresses, they are all so stunning it's going to be hard to decide!

Hope these recommendations were helpful for you!

Xoxo,

Jillian



Dresses





Bags




Shoes



Accessories



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Tips on Avoiding Seniorits

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hi Everyone!


For the past few years, my school requires all 8th grade, and more importantly, 12th grade seniors to complete this giant project in order to graduate. To simplify things, it's a 35 minute presentation about how we have grown in numerous ways throughout highschool - talk about nerve-racking! The deadline for all of this is quickly approaching, so what happened to the feeling that I had so much time to get this done?


With that being said, I have been in such an utter rut recently. I have been so preoccupied with what is all in the near future for my life; college, spring break, graduation, and everything else in between. With responsibilities stacked upon one another, I’ve become so forgetful and honestly quite stressed out with everything.  


Most seniors can testify that this year is far from a shot in the breeze, but rather a time of self growth by making major decisions for your own self. “Time to put my big girl pants on and handle what life comes my way!” seems to be my mantra this year! Things can get quite overwhelming, especially at this stage in the game. I know you all might have a lot on your plate, and different things on your plate, but don't let that hinder you from missing so much in life! Especially to you seniors, I’ve thought of some ways to escape the mundane “Senioritis” that we all can get caught up in, but to be productive and finish out this long year of highschool for the best.


1. Keep in mind the Goals you’ve set
Sometimes it's so easy to lose sight of your plans when you're all over the place trying to get a million and one things done. But step back, look at how far you’ve come, and be proactive! It’s just a season in life, everyone's been there, you will overcome being overwhelmed.


2. Perspective
Have someone in your life whether it's a friend, relative, sister, or mom (for me it is), to keep you in line and remind you that everything is going to be okay. I recently found myself dwelling on meaningless assignments and things I have for this week. I needed to be reminded of life’s “Big Picture” and just focus on finishing one thing at a time.  Why should I complain when I have everything I could ever ask for - good health, family and great friends!


3. Declutter
Personally, I'm such a mess and klutz. I can have stuff organized for quite some time and then the next minute, my backpack looks like something exploded. Clearing out all the old gum wrappers and papers from my bag and locker helps me refresh a bit and doesn't make me feel so all over the place.


4. Be an encouragement
One of my favorite quotes recently has been “It takes $0.00 to be a kind person.” Go ahead, challenge yourself to encourage your classmates, even ones you aren't that close with, to be motivated to finishing out this year positively. I have found through high school that encouragement and the support from my friends, family, and teachers motivates me to go the extra mile.


Xoxo,

Jillian
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