Dear Fashion, Beauty, and Gossip Magazines:
Let me start off by saying that I’m a huge fan.
Honestly, I don’t even know how many magazine subscriptions I have. You just make it so darn easy. Eighty-seven percent off the cover price, and a free tote bag too?
What. A. Bargain.
Plus…let’s just admit it. I can be superficial at times. And thanks to your glossy pages, Who Wore It Better features, and the black-bar- eyed DON’Ts, I can totally feel justified in my snarkiness.
I have a teensy problem with whoever is in charge of clothing and fashion advice.
Because I’m pretty sure that a $75 sweater isn’t a “steal”.
Nor are $250 boots.
And the fact that Cameron Diaz wore a top from Express doesn’t make her more relatable. Because really…I can barely afford to shop there.
Or Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft, or any of those other stores that are apparently considered to be discount shops for the super fabulous. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE their clothes. But for me to go buy a sweater from those stores is an EVENT, not something cheap I settle for because I can’t make it to Rodeo Drive.
You know what a bargain is? When JC Penney is giving an extra 50% off the clearance rack.
The Old Navy Deal of the Week.
Five dollar tank tops at Charlotte Russe.
It’s time that someone told you this. Because honestly, I doubt that super rich people even read trashy magazines.
I’m pretty sure they’re too busy eating tiny sandwiches with the crusts cut off or shopping for sweaters for their dogs.
And in case you’re wondering, I watch all the Real Housewives Shows so I’m pretty much an expert on rich people.
Anyways, that’s about it. With exception to your warped perception of a normal person’s clothing budget, I think you do an alright job.
Thanks for the tote bags. I never use them, but it’s nice to know they’re there.
One of Your Biggest Fans,
When I was at the Blissdom Conference, one of the treats in our swag bags was a bag of Hershey’s Bliss White Chocolate Meltaways.
Because I think like a food blogger instead of a normal person, I immediately began thinking of what I could bake with them.
My brain is so weird.
Anyways, I decided on brownie cupcakes with white chocolate frosting. Of course, you could totally do normal cupcakes too. Or just eat the frosting plain. It’s soooo good.
Box of family size brownie mix, plus ingredients to make them according to cake-like brownie directions (this usually just requires the addition of an extra egg)
1 bag (8.6 oz) Hershey Bliss White Chocolate Meltaways
1 stick salted butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350 and line 17 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
Make brownie mix according to directions for cake-like brownies and fill prepared muffin cups 1/3 full. You should get about 15-18 brownies.
Unwrap Hershey candies and gently push one into each brownie until it is level with the batter.
Bake 20 minutes or so, until brownies bounce back when lightly touched.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. While cooling, prepare frosting.
In a microwave safe bowl, microwave remaining Hershey candies (you should have at least 12) for about a minute, stopping to stir every 10 seconds until completely melted. Allow to cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and cream on medium low speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium until smooth. Add cooled white chocolate and beat on medium-high until light and fluffy.
Frost cooled cupcakes.
I piped my frosting on with a 1M tip and sprinkled with sugar pearls.
These brownie treats are super easy and inexpensive, perfect for a Valentine’s Day party if you’re short on time.
Have a happy Monday!!