February Challenge

Now that half of 2018 is over, I’m excited for a new month. Whether you’re restarting your resolutions or continuing them, February is going to be a great. It’s going to start getting a little warmer but stay cool enough to still dress nicely. I’m excited for February only because its 4 perfectly rounded off weeks. This past month has moved at a glacial pace for me, and I’m OVER it.

Today, I come to you with a little challenge to make sure you do all those annoying admin-y things this month. There are 28 days in February, and we have 28 things to accomplish this month. Throughout the month, I’ll have things to help you accomplish a lot of these. Yes, that budget I promised is coming. I’m just trying to make it super customizable to fit everyone’s budgetary needs. Some stuff, especially car and financial things, aren’t relevant to everyone.

My type-A self loves any form of checklist or to-do list for gratification and validation, so this what y’all are getting. Also, I’m not saying this is my to-do list for the month, but I’m not not saying that either. I wanted to challenge myself, and y’all to get everything done. I attempted to make it pretty, but honestly, fonts are not my thing, so this is the best I could do. Honestly, a lot of these things are cleaning an organization things; I would call it pre-spring cleaning. I do most of these things about once a month anyway.

Get Sh*t Done February Checklist | paper + flame

What things do you love putting off? What do you want to accomplish this month? 
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Ginger Cookies

So if you haven’t heard me talking about how much I love baking and GBBO here and here, I do. I got a Paul Hollywood baking book for my birthday and made absolutely disgusting cookies. So, I decided to play around with the recipe till I found something that really worked for me. I also hate searching for amounts in recipes, so this recipe is my preferred  format down below.
Ginger Cookies | paper + flame


Ginger Cookies
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8-10 mins
Yields: 36
2 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c (1.5 sticks) butter softened
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp water
1/4 c molasses
4 tbsp sugar (for rolling)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Sift together 2 1/4 c flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp salt.
  3. Cream together 1.5 sticks of butter and 1 c sugar till fluffy. Then, add 1 egg, 1 tbsp water, and 1/4 c molasses and mix.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  5. Shape the dough into small bolls and roll them in  2 tbsp of sugar. The dough is supposed to be sticky. Roll into small balls and roll in sugar. Place them 2 inches apart on a uncreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes and allow them to cool 5 minutes before removing.

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Hostess Gifts Under $20

This is my first holiday season as a real semi-adult. Despite being in grad school, all my friends are all young professionals with real jobs and beautiful apartments. They have been loving hosting dinner parties and game nights. Again as a grad student with grad student debt, I want to take them something to adorable to everyone’s home without going even further into debt. Here are some great options under $20 for that hostess that will pair perfectly with any bottle of wine or cheese you take.

This might as well be a things I want right now post. Oops. Grad school is weird because it’s only a year for me. I already have a job lined up and I feel like I’m waiting for my life start a bit. After graduation, I’ll be moving back home because it’s too convenient to pass up. I’m hesitant to buy cute home stuff as I don’t know when I’ll have a place of my own. Anyway, there’s my existential crisis over. Here’s some other stuff I want.

Housewarming Gifts Under $20 | paper+flame


First off, this metal cake stand is beautiful and even comes in silver. This makes a perfect centerpiece for a table or island, regardless of baking abilities. Going with the centerpiece vibe, I love this cool geometric candlestick. Although I don’t fully believe in not finishing the bottle of wine, this wine stopper is gorgeous. Also, the candle is not just a candle but also a holder. You can easily repurpose the candle holder around the house.

The mug is beautiful and a fun amount of festive. Something about it seems wintery and beautiful in a very Scandinavian way. I love small details and embossing on these two gifts. The mitt says “great things will be served,” and the leather tray says “simple things.” Both are beautiful and decorative in a simple Scandinavian way. This metal frame has a similar minimalist vibe and super on trend

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What is your go-to gift for a hostess? What are your recent homeware favs?

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Birthday Wishlist

Long time no see! We are back with with Blogmas. I’m planning on posting every other day so we have at least 12 days of Christmas. My birthday is November 30th and kicks off the holiday season. I love being able to spend time with my friends and family before the stress and business of the holidays kicks in. This year, I’ve been extra blessed to be surrounded by so much love from friends. I had a birthday dinner on my actual birthday followed by a fun potluck, which y’all will hear all about soon. I feel particularly “adult” this year as all my friends are working and brought amazing thoughtful gifts and food.

Birthday Wishlist | paper + flame


  1. I was helping my friend find some boots two weeks ago and saw a friend in one of my classes wearing these gorgeous boots. They luckily have been on sale at Nordstrom. My friends ending up getting me similar (but cooler) boots. I love Chelsea boots, and these are fun and heeled upgrade.
  2. This necklace from Mejuri is gorgeous. It is the matching necklace to these earrings that Oliver gave me for our anniversary. He ended up getting me this equally as gorgeous necklace that I love. Honestly, he’s not helping with my Mejuri obsession that is 100% Allana’s fault.
  3. Admittedly, I’m not a big perfume person, but recently, I’ve been dabbling in perfume. This perfume set is small and not too scent specific making it a great gift.
  4. As a perpetually dehydrated person, I always want a new fun water bottle to help me drink more water. I definitely don’t need new water bottles, but this Hydroflask comes with a straw!!
  5. This dry shampoo set is great because I’m a disgusting person and definitely don’t wash my hair enough. Enough said lol.
  6. I recently got a new phone and am trying to go away from my phone wallet. This key pouch from Madewell is adorable, monogrammable, and will hopefully stop me from leaving my house with the required items. I ended up buying myself a similar key pouch from Target in black.
  7. I’m obsessed with the Great British Bake Off (Baking Show in the US). If you’ve ever watched an episode, you know exactly why it’s  so great. This bread book is amazing, and my amazing friends bought me two different books by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the judges.
  8. So, I’ve had a phone wallet for four years and I’m trying to transition away from the phone wallet. Now that I have an iPhone 8 Plus, a large phone wallet would be too bulky. This is a slimmer option that one with a flap. I ended up getting a similar case from Amazon.

What’s your favorite part of your birthday? Do you have any fun birthday traditions? What are you excited for this Christmas?

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Outfit Staples | Summer

Summer Outfit Staples | gold&heartsHey y’all! We are definitely deep in the summer here in Texas. It’s been 100 degrees every day, and I refuse to leave my house. Today I wanted to share with you my summer uniform. I’ve been in love with four pieces of clothing and accessories, and I wanted to give you a few of my top picks at all price points. I definitely am all about my clothes touching me the least amount possible because of the heat, so this outfit perfectly captures that.

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White t-shirts from summer are a no-brainer. White tops are an outfit staple for anytime of the year, but they best options usually come out in the summer. These shirts help me stay cool, but look a bit more put together than a plain t-shirt or tank top. Honestly, I’m still on the search for the perfect drape-y soft white top and probably will be forever.

I ~finally~ have figure out boyfriend jeans. I bought a pair from Zara that are super flattering and really comfortable. Boyfriend jeans just have more of a chilled out vibe and, debatably, are more comfortable than skinny jeans. I’ve very surprisingly been into distressed denim too. My style is very clean, but the distressed look makes me feel really Cool Girl™.

I think the theme here is pretty clear, but I’ve been loving a good chunky heel. I’ve been looking into buying more casual heels, which is pretty hard when you love  black as much I do. However, my quest continues. I really just want a kinda mid length heel that elongates my leg and is super comfortable. Living in Austin, I know I’ll have to walk up or down a hill wherever I’m going, so I want to be in reasonable shoes.

So, I recently bought the middle watch of these three, and I’m in love.  Menswear inspired watches are really in right now. I’ve been into minimalist watches for almost a year now, but I finally bit the bullet this month and bought one! The Daniel Wellington Sheffield watch in 36mm is the perfect size watch face and doesn’t slide up and down my arm.

Based off of these outfit staples, I’ve made my summer “uniform” that people have been loving. I hope y’all got some great outfit inspo from this (because I definitely did looking up all these cute things). Remember, if you want to know where any of these things are from, just scroll over the picture!

What are your summer essential pieces? What have you been loving this summer? 

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Why You Should Make Resolutions + How to Keep Them!

Do you remember your New Years Resolution? It’s been a week, so how are they going? It’s the time of the year where you feel silently judged by all the health food recipes on Pinterest. Even though plenty of sarcastic comments float around the Internet around this time, you shouldn’t feel discouraged from making resolutions! I’m a big podcast person, and a lot of these podcasts feature studies explaining how and why your resolutions don’t work. Including my personal experience with making resolutions, which happens about every two months when I feel bored and uninspired.
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Why make resolutions?

Resolving to improve yourself is never a bad thing regardless of the outcome. The ability to change yourself for the better is not only good for yourself but also inspiring for others. Regardless of the size or importance of your resolution, there’s never anything bad with improving yourself! Also, make resolutions often! I make resolutions every few months when I’m feeling uninspired with my surroundings and my life. It starts off with a big closet cleanup and a reorganization of my life and ends with me working out a bit more.

Why do resolutions fail?

Resolutions usually fail because people don’t know how to set realistic goals.
  1. Most people don’t know what is a reasonable goal. Remember your resolutions are for the year of 2016. It doesn’t mean they need to be accomplished today! It means that it is something you need accomplish by the end of the year.
  2. Also, people don’t know how long it’ll take to achieve that goal. Going from a couch potato to a regular runner isn’t going to happen in running every other day for two weeks. It’s probably something you’ll struggle with for a month or two.

How do you keep resolutions?

  1. Break down your goals! If you’ve read my blog goals, I’ve broken them down monthly! I want to get to a place in the end where I’m a regular blogger who posts actively on social media. Realistically, if I force myself to do everything right now, then I will get blogger burn out and abandon the plan once I get back to school.
  2. Write your goals down! Make sure you see your goals on a daily basis! Make it your phone background, and put them on a sticky note on your mirror. Make them your laptop background and shout them to the world. When everyone knows your goals, it’ll make you feel more responsible.
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Shows to Binge Watch This Summer

Shows to Binge Watch on Netflix this Summer gold&hearts goldandheartsWhat time is it? Summer time! It’s our vacation! I’m done with the High School Musical throwback, but summer is here. Finals are finally over (I’m so sorry), and it’s time to relax till summer classes and internships start. Summer is synonymous with binge-watching Netflix and wearing pajamas all day. Especially since, in Texas, the floods are currently limiting our willingness to drive, so we’ve resorted to sitting in bed all day. We’ve personally been burning through Friends and Park and Rec, again. If you’re running out of things to watch, we are going to compile a list of shows for you to watch.

Quick Binges (Shows with a few seasons)

  1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  2. Orange is the New Black
  3. House of Cards 
  4. Freaks and Geeks 
  5. Arrested Development 


  1. Parenthood
  2. Gilmore Girls
  3. Shameless 
  4. Skins 
  5. Sherlock 


  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. 30 Rock
  3. That 70s Show
  4. Friends
  5. How I Met Your Mother

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Wishlist | Books for this Summer

Books to read this summer! | gold&hearts

Summer is here, and we wanted to start it off with a bang. If you’re bored to death already or need some entertainment while tanning, we have compiled a list of books by our favorite females. This year has been the one of the #FEMINIST, so all these books are written by ladies discussing their life experiences that will make you laugh, cry, and empathize. Personally, we are hoping to read the rest this summer. Use these books to inspire yourself to start a business this summer or just be the best version of yourself.

  1. Bad Feminist is an everyday version of the feminist manifesto. It’s a collection of essays by Roxanne Gay who describes herself as a bad feminist. It’s really redefining feminism in a modern sense where you can love pink and read Vogue but still stand up for equal pay. 
  2. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is Mindy Kaling’s brain child, and the book, like her, is hilarious. Reading this book is like hearing her animatedly whispering in your ear. Her writing style is just like hearing her speak, and she discusses her experiences growing up as Indian-American. 
  3. Bossypants is a behind the scenes look at Tina Fey’s life told by Tina Fey herself. She fills the book with experiences about growing up a mega nerd and fulfilling her dreams of becoming a comedian. She’s one of the most relatable celebrities who attending college and became who she is. Her story is full of hilariously Tina Fey moments that’ll have you laughing and crying. 
  4. #GIRLBOSS is the inspiration you need this summer to get that business going. Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, talks about her rise from nothing to the glorious empire she’s created. As a female CEO, which there are far and few, she can inspire you to truly take that business/blog/idea to a whole new level. 
  5. In Yes Please, Amy Poehler discusses her life experiences and provides advices in her own hilarious way. She talks about her life and career and how to approach your own. From stories to lists to poetry, this books is filled with hilarious anecdotes reinforcing some strong messages. 
  6. Cupcakes and Cashmere is the product of one of our own, by own I mean a blogger, Emily Schuman. Her blog is immaculate her life is actually my #lifegoals. In her book, she discusses recipes, party-planning tips, and DIYs in her truly elegant style. I have a feeling this book will become my bible on my “how to be a real adult.”
  7. Lean In is the book to consult on being a woman in the corporate world. I’m a business major. and I’m forever inspired by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. She’s a woman who truly has it all because she works hard at what she does. She combines her own experiences with data and facts to really create a picture of women in the workforce. 
  8. In Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton discusses her life after the 2008 presidential election and working with Obama. Regardless of your political leaning, I think Clinton is a big inspiration to women because she’s easily the most powerful female we have in government. As a country to never have a female leader, I think she has blazed a path for women. 
  9. How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned from Reading too Much discusses all the major heroines in the classics and tries to pinpoint the exact definition of a heroine. Samantha Ellis examines heroines from Jane Eyre to Slyvia Plath to Cathy Earnshaw and how she might have spent her life choosing the wrong heroines to follow. 
  10. Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison is the book that started the hit Netflix series. Learn about the real story of Piper (Kerman) in prison. Warning: there’s much less sex, but it’s just as heart-wrenching. Also, Larry doesn’t suck in this version.


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DIY | Easter Eggs!

DIY Easter Eggs
Happy April Fool’s Day, y’all, but don’t worry! This post isn’t a joke because we have some seriously wonderful Easter eggs that I made with my roommates this weekend! We pulled out all the stop, using confetti, flash tattoos, rubber bands, and paper towels (all common household things here) to make whatever we could. There were some failed attempts that come with every egg dyeing experience, but overall I think we did a great job!
DIY Easter Eggs
There’s no real way to instruct someone how to dye eggs other than telling them to follow the instructions on the box, but we will show you how to change it up a bit to get instantly better-looking eggs than the rest of your friends’.
– hard-boiled eggs
egg dyeing kit ($2 at HEB)
– paper towels
– plastic spoons
– flash tattoos
– confetti ($1 at HEB)
– rubber bands
– Mod Podge
– paint or sponge brush
– anything else you’d want to decorate with!
Tie Dye Eggs
These eggs are not time-consuming to make, but you do have to have a hand free to hold your egg while the dye sets.
DIY Easter Eggs Tie Dye
Simply wrap a paper towel around your egg, and start dripping small amounts of dye onto the paper towel, ensuring that the dye is actually touching the egg underneath. The colors will bleed and spread, so be careful! Hang on to your egg with the top of the paper towel for about five minutes before revealing your tie dye masterpiece!
Confetti Eggs (or Inside-out Cascarones)
Confetti is hard to deal with sometimes. Mod Podge is also hard to deal with sometimes. Put them together and you’ve probably got a mess. But put them together neatly onto an Easter egg and the mess is well worth it!
DIY Easter Eggs Confetti
Split your egg up into invisible quadrants so the Mod Podge wouldn’t be dry by the time you start placing confetti. Paint on some Mod Podge in your quadrant. I started out just gently rolling the egg in the paper confetti, but a lot of the material had multiple layers and wouldn’t stick. Instead, lay out a single layer of confetti on a sheet of paper and roll your egg, or you can be super picky and individually place each piece of confetti like I did. The latter doesn’t take as long as you think; I promise!
Flash Tattoo Eggs
Making eggs beautiful has never been easier! You can dye your eggs (and let them totally dry) before you apply tattoos, or you can just go for it. We did a few of both and they all turned out well!
DIY Easter Eggs Flash Tattoo Egg
Cut out the tattoo and apply it according to its instructions. The only hard part is to be extra careful in making sure that the tattoo doesn’t slide around before it’s completely stuck down.
There you have it! We had so much fun making these Easter eggs, and I hope y’all do, too! If you try any of these post pictures and let us know what you think!
What are you doing for Easter? What’s your favorite part about Easter?

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Eggcellent Easter Link Roundup

Eggcellent Easter Link Roundup
Wandering through the aisles of any store, you can can find Easter themed products everywhere! From mountains of stuffed rabbits to piles of Easter candy, you can’t help but to be in a springy mood. Whether you celebrate Easter or not (one of us does and the other doesn’t), you can enjoy the chocolate sales and pastel colors of the season. Regardless, it’s a time a lot of people have off to spend with family or friends. To help you celebrate, we’ve put together a list of recipes and decorations for you to enjoy this Easter!
Easter is a good time to indulge your sweet tooth. From soft and chewy cookies to speckled cake, your sweet tooth and your Instagram can be filled with yumminess. Shaguna, even though she doesn’t celebrate the holiday, had a tradition of buying stuffed animal bunnies during Easter time. Instead of buying some bunny-themed things, try makking a bunny topiary, slippers, coconut covered tails, or even fun bunny ears for your ice cream! We all know Easter isn’t complete without the eggs! Try these dyed deviled eggs or cookie dough filled egg truffles! Last but not least, if you want to have a “grown up” Easter egg hunt, try these confetti filled eggs that are great for a confetti fight!

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