a new look

After a few months of blogging we decided to take the plunge with a self hosted blog.  Of course we had to do a little sprucing up while we were at it.  Be sure to update your browsers to go to Pretty Plain Janes (www.prettyplainjanes.com).  Hope you enjoy the new look!PPJscreenshot

tequila lime cookies for cinco de mayo

I have only experienced a tequila shot a few times in my life.  The first time, in a gross frat house- the second at a Mexican restaurant on my birthday, with a ridiculous sombrero on my head and people around me singing.  Clearly peer pressure was involved on both occasions,  and neither were anywhere near enjoyable.  I only like tequila in two forms: a tasty margarita or these tasty little cookies.   Cinco De Mayo is the perfect excuse to dust off the tequila, zest a few limes and make some liquored up cookies!


Tequila Lime Cookies


  • half stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco baking sticks work great!)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Tequila
  • 1 tablespoon Roses lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Triple Sec
  • 1 packed and heaping tablespoon fresh lime zest
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • coarse salt for sprinkling

Tequila-Lime Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Roses lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Tequila


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly butter a baking sheet or prepare with parchment paper.
  • Add butter and shortening into a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in sugar. Add Tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, and lime zest, and beat until combined. Add flour and mix well.
  • Form balls from 1/2 teaspoon of dough and place on 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make Tequila-Lime Glaze: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove cookies from oven and immediately glaze. Sprinkle with salt, cool thoroughly and serve at room temperature.


Itty bitty melt-in-your-mouth treasures to finish off your Mexican feast!!



simple steps to fabulous brows

As women, we have all heard the scenario, “you wake up late and have five minutes to get ready.. what do you throw on your face?”  Most people answer with mascara, blush or lip-gloss.  Not me.  For years and years I had terrible eyebrows. My older sister called them the caterpillars that lived on my face, and she wasn’t being mean- she was being honest.   I was terrified of waxing and tweezing and tried all sorts of strange mechanisms to “groom” my brows without having to do the dirty work, but nothing did the trick.  At some point I finally got acquainted with tweezers and learned that the pot of wax at the salon was my friend.  Then, a few years later, I came across Bare Escentuals Brow ColorLife changer.  

eybrow_tutorial_0First things first, grab your tweezers and shape up those brows! 1. Using your brow brush, create a visual line from the side of your nose, straight up for guidance on where your brow should begin.  2. Your natural arch can be found by visualizing a line from the tip of your nose through the pupil of your eye.  3.  Your brow should only extend from the corner of your eye.  Tweeze or wax any strands outside of  your basic shape perimeter.


The hard part is done!  Grab an angled brow brush, your favorite brow enhancement product, and get bold!  Bare Escentuals Brow Color is great for many reasons- it comes in five shades (even red!!), it is easy to apply, and best of all it stays put all day.  No smudging- and no, your eyebrow will not be running down your face if you hit the gym after work.  You can go as bold or natural as you would like- I usually dab from the lid before applying.


Starting in and working your way out, use quick, swift brush strokes following the natural direction of your brow.  Go dark for a bold look, or keep it light for a more natural look.  Have fun with it!


Bye-bye caterpillars, hello fabulous.


boyfriend found

boyfriend_1For months I have been on a mission to find the perfect boyfriend jeans.  The obsession began last summer when I spied many of my favorite style bloggers sporting them – all looking tomboy chic, all making me very envious.  They seemed so versatile and a refreshing change of pace from the “get a running start and jump in” super skinny jeans.  Unfortunately they proved more effortless in looks than finding.  My first try – way too big and way too slouchy.  Returned for the next size down and the fit was even more appalling.  Moved onto a different brand and discovered similar issues.  If it wasn’t for my pinterest style boards being filled with fabulous looks in boyfriends I would have thrown in the towel.  And then last week a small miracle happened.  While scouring the internet for a bridesmaid dress (for a certain someone’s wedding), I landed on Mango’s site and took a quick look at their denim.  There they were, all torn up and hugging the hips just right.  It took me all of 8 seconds to decide and 3 days later they were on my doorstep.  My breath was held as I slid on each leg, clasped the button and turned to look in the mirror.  Mission complete, boyfriend jeans found – exhale.  Now my blazers, sweatshirts, tees, sweaters and endless other tops have a new beau in their lives (and a beefier one to boot).boyfriend_2 boyfriend_3 boyfriend_4 boyfriend_5|WEARING|Mango boyfriend jeans/Forever 21 blouse/belt similar here/chain necklace similar here/pendant necklace similar here/chain bracelet similar here/brown bag similar here/tan t-strap pumps similar here

If you are coveting a pair of boyfriend’s here are a few to try.  All under $75, some holier than others and more than likely only one if not any will work.  This is a labor of love but the endless ensemble options and pure comfort bliss you will find in the perfect pair makes it more than worth the effort.jeans1KUT from the Kloth Women’s Catherine Boyfriend Jean2Warehouse Boyfriend Jean31969 sexy boyfriend jeans4Women’s Cropped Skinny Boyfriend Jeans

Happy boyfriend shopping,


mint julep

mint_julep_3 copyThe Kentucky Derby is just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with a mint julep!  We love the idea of sipping on the traditional cocktail while playing the role of a proper socialite at the track.  Although we are not sure how proper we would last considering bourbon packs a punch – this is definitely a drink where training would be involved.mint_julep_1

Mint Julep

  • 1 0z simple syrup (1 cup of water plus 1 cup of sugar stirred in a sauce pan over medium heat until dissolved.  Let cool and store in refrigerator for many different cocktail possibilities.  You can go even further by steeping mint leaves in syrup after sugar has dissolved for 20 minutes.  Strain mint leaves out before storing.)
  • 5 five fresh mint sprigs (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 oz good bourbon
  • crushed ice (very important that it is crushed – fill a plastic bag with regular ice and beat with meat mallet if you have to)

Drop mint leaves in bottom of glass with 1 oz of simple syrup.  Mash together to release mint oils (we used the opposite end of a wooden spoon).  Fill glass with crushed ice and top with bourbon.  Give it a little stir then garnish with mint leaves.  Adjust the sweetness to taste.mint_julep_2 copyCheers to the fun dresses, unreasonably large brimmed hats and ladylike gloves (oh, and the horse races)!

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