WEEKEND WEAR: In-Vested in Layering

After the holidays where it felt like the weekend was time to get your shiz together and dress up for various things, we might all be a bit happy to return to true weekend wear. January might also be a good time to take stock of your wardrobe. I dragged everything out of drawers and off of shelves and racks and piled it on the floor to see what I had, what I might need in the coming months, and what I no longer get along with. If you're not planning on buying anything in January, like I am, this can also help you see what you already have and can wear in different ways. Save your money for those cute Spring pieces that are actually right around the corner from entering stores! I made this simple layered look with some favorite staples in my closet that I have never worn all together before. What's old in your closet that you can combine to make new?

| beanie - TNA by Aritzia | striped top - TopShop | vest, denim jacket - Eluxe | jeans - Anine Bing via Eluxe | sunglasses - Marc by Marc Jacobs | boots - H&M |



The Future is Bright

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that you all had some time to unplug and relax. Maybe you traveled somewhere warm, maybe you took a vacation by your fireplace with a book. Either way, I think it feels good to end and start the year surrounded by family and friends!
I don't necessarily like to put down hard and fast resolutions, but I do like to check in with the things that keep me healthy and happy and make sure that I am doing all that I can to keep myself this way. Every year you might find that you can add or subtract from this personal list of health and happiness factors as your experiences unfold.
Over the course of last year I found myself really focusing on creating in my home; decor, gardening projects, and making recipes. I started testing out recipe writing and food photography in the Fall, so this year on Inherited Jeans it's my goal to incorporate many more of these kinds of posts. Of course I love fashion, but I will be the first to admit I'm not trendy! I also saw the fact that I coveted copper mugs and antler measuring cups for Christmas over a new pair of shoes as a sign of change (or old age).
HOWEVER, I still clearly love pink, and for the remainder of Winter I will be chasing some new goals and adventures in this cozy puffer coat; a perfect Steffi gift from my momma. What's going to keep you healthy and happy this year?

| coat, beanie, tights, tee - TNA by Aritzia | boots -Hunter via Shopbop | gloves - H&M | scarf - Joe Fresh | sunglasses - Ray Ban | earrings - AKA Accessories |


STEFFI'S TEST KITCHEN: Simple Shortbread

Out of all the potential Christmas goodies that can be created, shortbread has always been my favorite. It is just...simple, and that's comforting to me. Eat it warm, eat them the next day; I think that my brother even likes them half frozen? For most people, favorite recipes carry memories with them. It was my maternal grandmother who passed this down to us from her mother, and when my Grandma's hands were good she did this all without a blender so I do too. This also makes a great recipe for kids to get in on as there are few ingredients to measure, and what kid doesn't want to get hands first into cookie dough?

You will need:
1 cup of rice flour (plus a bit extra for flouring your surface when you roll out the dough)
4 cups of regular enriched flour (good ole Robin Hood works just fine)
1 pound of unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup of BERRY sugar (white, very fine grain)
1 tablespoon of real vanilla extract
A heavy rolling pin, a spatula, a few cookie cutters, baking sheets, & some parchment paper
8 maraschino cherries (red or green or both!) quartered as a garnish, if you like

1. Set your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cream the vanilla, the butter and the sugar together until as smooth as possible.

2. Slowly add one cup of the regular flour and 1/4 cup of the rice flour. Work in until absorbed.

 3. Repeat step two, three more times until all of the flour has been used up. The dough should now be quite firm; work it into a ball in your bowl.

 4. Flour the surface that you are going to roll the dough out on, and also sprinkle some flour on your rolling pin. Take one 1/4 of your ball of dough and roll it out until its approximately 1.5cm thick and use your cookie cutters to make your shapes. Repeat until you use all of your dough. Garnish each with a piece of cherry if wanted.

5. Use the spatula to gently lift the cookies onto your sheet with parchment paper and bake for 8-10 minutes. Ovens vary, so look for a golden brown color around the edges of the cookies as an indication that they are done.

6. When you first take the cookies out of the oven, the cookies are delicate. Lift the entire sheet of parchment paper off the cookie sheet and on to a cooling rack, or cool surface instead of trying to move each cookie individually and having them break.

 7. Eat those delicious thangs. You may possibly need to repeat this recipe over the holidays; it's already coming that to in my house! How did I do Mom and Grandma?