About Taylor Bradford

I am a shoe lover, book hoarder, wanna-be-fashionista. I call Texas home, Chai Tea Latte’s my go-to drink and time spent with my hubby and friends music to my soul. I call myself a Lifestyle Blogger, but really that just gives me an excuse to blog about what I want. You’ll find Blogging Edumacation posts, Fashion posts and Book Reviews frequenting my blog weekly. You might even see a craft, recipe or healthy living post every now and then. My motto in the blogging world is to roll out your own red carpet and keep your big girl panties pulled up high. I've always got something going in the works...my brain very rarely shuts down. Welcome to my blog!!

Cocktail: Caramel Apple Candy Corn Martini

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The perfect Fall cocktail! A Caramel Apple Candy Corn Martini

This Caramel Apple Candy Corn cocktail is such a great Fall treat. Combining caramel apples and candy corn, it’s a Fall Festival in a glass!! I set out to create something unique and I really wanted to infuse some vodka with candy corn. The result…OMG yum!! So, let’s get to making this cocktail!

Makes 2 Martini’s.

Caramel:

6 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, packed
1.5 teaspoons Butter
Splash of Heavy Cream

Garnish:
Apple slices
Crushed Candy Corn

Cocktail:
2 oz. Sour Apple-Flavored Schnapps
2 oz. Butterscotch-Flavored Schnapps
2 oz. Candy Corn Infused Vodka
2 cups of Ice

Candy Corn Vodka:

2 cups Vodka
1 cup Candy Corn

Directions for Candy Corn Vodka:

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Seal and store in a cool, dry place for 3 days.

Directions for Martini:

In a microwave safe bowl, add Caramel ingredients and cook on High for 40-60 seconds (or until it starts to boil). Dip the apple slices in the caramel and add the crushed candy corn to both sides. Set aside (I placed mine in the freezer to help harden the caramel). Let the remaining caramel cool a bit.

Spoon the cooled caramel into the bottom of the Martini glasses. Place glasses in freezer to help harden the caramel a bit while you’re making the cocktail.

In a cocktail shaker, place all 3 liquors and the ice and shake well. Strain into the chilled martini glasses and garnish with the candy corn apple slices.

Enjoy!!

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Fashion: 9 Fall Wardrobe Essentials

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9 Fall Wardrobe Essentials...9 MUST HAVE items for your closet this Fall!!

I am SOOO Excited for Cooler Temps to start making their way to Texas. We had a sneak preview this past weekend for about a day and I pulled out some of my Fall outfits to take advantage of it. I am loving some of the Fall trends that I’m seeing and I can’t wait to really start implementing some of them. Here’s a list of MUST HAVE items for your Fall Wardrobe! Check out these 9 Fall Wardrobe Essentials…

ONE | Beanies
I’m excited to try out this trend. It was around last year (well I’ve seen if around for the past few years) but I’ve never been brave enough to try and pull one off. So, this year I’m going for it and trying it for myself.

TWO
| Booties
I have been on the hunt for the perfect creamy/brown bootie since this summer when I saw Korie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) wearing a pair on our cruise. I should totally try and tweet to her with the picture I have of her wearing them and being like…hey…help a sister out!! ;)

THREE | Knit Sweaters
I LOVE Knit Sweaters! I love knit cardi’s too! I just recently added a knit cardi to my closet and it’s been worn so much I’ve stretched out the sleeves…oops. A little wash/dryer action can shrink it back down so I’m good as new again. ;)

FOUR | Flannel
In case you missed it, I’ve already blogged 3 different Flannel looks that are going to be perfect for Fall! And I’m looking forward to busting out a few of my own looks.

FIVE | Statement Necklace
A statement necklace will help to turn your comfy/casual looks into chic comfy/casual. Finding the perfect statement necklace (or 2 or 3 or 4….) will be a great additional to bring your Fall Wardrobe up a notch.

SIX | Dark Wash Jeans
Dark Wash Jeans are my thing. I did the light wash in college and well, I’m digging the Dark Wash and have for some time. I think I like the contrast it provides with whatever top I’ve chosen to pair them with.

SEVEN | Military Jacket
I’ve come close to buying 2 different Military Jackets lately but didn’t because they were a bit longer than I wanted them to be. But don’t you worry, I’m actively searching for the PERFECT one. ;)

EIGHT
| Riding Boots
My favorite pair of Riding Boots are about to be on their last leg. I’ve had them since 2011 and they have been in the trenches with me. They are my go to footware in the fall/winter and well, I just think it’s time to find a replacement pair. Although it’s going to be really hard because my boots….well, I’ve never found another pair like them.

NINE | Scarves
Yes…yes…yes to Scarves. Another way to pull your comfy/casual look together to add a bit of chic. Plus they keep your neck warm. Winning!!

What will you be adding to your Fall Wardrobe this year?

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Literary Junkies Link Party

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Happy Tuesday!! It’s time for our monthly Literary Junkies link up. Tomorrow night (Wednesday) we’re having our Twitter chat at 7:30pm CST to discuss The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon. Ariel will be online chatting with us and we’d love for you to join in and participate, even if you didn’t get a chance to read all of her book. Follow along (or join in!) using our hashtag #LITERARYJUNKIES.

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Literary Junkies Hosts: Christine from Life with a Side of Coffee and ME!
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Here are this month’s questions…
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
2. There are a ton of movies coming out soon that were based off of books. Are there any you’re particularly excited to see?
3. With fall finally here for some of us, are there any books that you’re particularly looking forward to reading in the season of big sweaters, blankets and hot chocolate?
4. We only have 3.5 months left of 2014. Did you participate in any reading challenges? How are you doing?
5. What has been the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Here are my answers…
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
The HeiressesYou know the Saybrooks. Everyone does. Perhaps you’ve read a profile of them in People or have seen their pictures in the society pages of Vogue. Perhaps while walking along that choice block on Fifth Avenue, you’ve been tempted to enter the ornate limestone building with their family name etched into the pediment above the door.

The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s diamond solitaire is the family behind the jewelry empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and style mavens, they are the epitome of New York City’s high society. But being a Saybrook comes at a price—they are heirs not only to a dizzying fortune but also to a decades-old family curse.

Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most exquisite Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her TriBeCa office. Everyone is shocked that a woman who had it all would end her own life. Then her cousins receive an ominous threat: one heiress down, four to go.

Was it suicide… or murder? In the aftermath of the tragedy, the remaining heiresses—Corinne, the perfectionist; Rowan, the workaholic; Aster, the hedonist; and Natasha, the enigma—wrestle with feelings of sadness, guilt, and, most of all, fear. Now they must uncover the truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives.

2. There are a ton of movies coming out soon that were based off of books. Are there any you’re particularly excited to see?
Although I haven’t read the book yet, Matthew Tropper’s “This is Where I Leave You” is a movie that I am certainly looking forward to. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. Yes please.

3. With fall finally here for some of us, are there any books that you’re particularly looking forward to reading in the season of big sweaters, blankets and hot chocolate?
Oh man, my reading list is a mile long. And I really want to re-read The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I think I’ve read 4 or 5 books way back in the day…I think like 2004-2005ish. And now with Starz creating a series, it’s really made me want jump back into her books.

4. We only have 3.5 months left of 2014. Did you participate in any reading challenges? How are you doing?

I didn’t participate in any reading challenges. But I did challenge myself to read 45 books. I’ve read 29 according to Goodreads but I have a feeling I have left some books off or didn’t get dates put into books I’ve read. I’ve noticed that when I update a book as read on my phone it won’t record the book properly and give me credit. Shame on you Goodreads. ;)

5. What has been the best book you’ve read so far this year?

I have to go back into my Bookshelf Archives to figure this one out. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen was a really great read.

How would you answer these questions??

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