Here is a quick post of my fun mani I got today at lunch! As I clutch onto my lucky Chinese Cat…don’t ask! I sported this new trend after seeing this on Rihanna, and loved the idea of one finger popping with color. I thought these colors would be perfect for an upcoming trip to San Diego. Let me know your thoughts or what color combinations you would try? Xoxo ~
After watching the show Cupcake Wars a zillion times, I would watch and revel in the beautiful art of cupcake making, with unique flavors, such as pomegranate and avocado or banana drizzled in carmel. Something so sweet, delicious, and visually captivating to me about cupcakes and I figured ”how hard could it be to make my own?”, boy was I wrong! I whipped out all my new baking utensils and tried to channel the Martha Stewart in me and was on my way to making the perfect batch!
My adventures in cupcake making of course couldn’t be simple to start, I had to be a contender for Cupcake Wars on day one! After Googling for an hour to find the perfect recipe, I found a great recipe for coconut cupcakes topped with cream cheese icing and organic flakes of coconut on the top. To my surprise they were actually delicious, however they did not look like the fluffy pretty cupcakes I saw on TV, mine were hard, slightly overcooked, and I had icing all over my kitchen and myself! There was nothing visually captivating about this picture! A few weeks went by and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I figured I would give it another whirl and surprise my husband with something sweet! This time I had to go even bigger and I was going to make blackberry cupcakes with vanilla icing. I found a quick simple recipe with not much room for error or so I thought. From the start with the blending of blackberries, which was just a purple mess everywhere, I then realized I added a half a cup too much flour! Yikes! Ok quick thinking was to add more egg, more milk, hmmm no more blackberries to add, so I quickly grabbed a banana!!! Yes my blackberry cupcakes quickly became banana cupcakes, since the taste of blackberries was no where to be found under the added flour and other spontaneous ingredients I could quickly get my hands on. I quickly put the cupcakes in the oven, and they were rising perfectly! Thinking I conquered the batch, I removed them and began my Valentine’s decorating extravaganza, which once again is not as easy as it looks, icing and sprinkles again everywhere!! Well in the end the batch turned out to be very dry more like banana bread with icing, still edible. At least I got some fun pictures out of the ordeal. I think next time I will stick to boxed ingredients!! Happy Valentine’s day! xoxo
Tropical beaches, daiquiris, and endless oceans comes to mind when I see these bright colored gems with gold accents. I always say if you cant get away to the tropics, then bring some tropical flair to your wardrobe. Bright colors, big earnings, and playful accessories can be just the thing to help brighten up your day. These fun and adorable pieces can be found here on Etsy.
For all my fellow wine-o’s out there, you must try this delightful and enticing lotion made by VC Grapes. Its part of the vineyard collection and its a power house lotion containing 100% California grape extracts giving you tons of anti-oxidants to moisturize and age defy your skin!
The best part is not only what it does to your skin but how it smells, just think of a bouquet of vanilla, black raspberry, and soft orchids all over your skin. Its light and fresh at the same time and all for a great price of around $7.95! My only downside to this product is on the bottle it DOES NOT say “Not Tested on Animals” which always makes me weary. I will have to research the product further, but for now i will get out a glass of red wine take a hot bubble bath and let my skin indulge in this lotion!
The idea of a Bohemian Wedding makes me think of color, warmth, love, vibrancy, and nature. Check out my polyvore of reds, vintage, earth tones, and uniqueness. I am not a huge fan of red in general, but I was drawn to this pallet and would be head over heels for any of these ideas.
Claire Pettibone – Couture Bridal, $2,500
Ten Floral Dresses for a Garden Wedding: Photo 10 of 10, 28 GBP
Hummingbird Clutch Bag, 59 GBP
Gold Filigree Butterfly Ring, 6 GBP
Flowers Wedding Flowers Magazines: Trendspotting: Chicago | Brides.com
As we head into wedding season, over the next few weeks I will be high-lighting different wedding pallets of colors, themes and inspirations. If you had a unique wedding and would like to share it here, please email me.
This my want list and mood board for Spring 2010, feminine yet earthy, I love the color peach right now mixed with big floral prints and high gladiator sandals give this feminine look some rugged appeal.
You can create your own mood board at PolyVore and check out Piperlime to design your own mood board contest to win $1,000 and great fashion finds! Lets see your inner stylist upload your board here and share the creativity!
And I am not just talking about good karma! These days we have to be aware of everything; from what we eat to what we throw away and our daily carbon footprints we leave behind. That’s why recycling is so important these days. Recycling is more than throwing your plastic bottles and cans in the recycling bins, it’s about Reusing and Reducing as well, and doing so has never been so chic!
Most people look at vintage clothes as unique timeless pieces (which they are), but they are also the best way in recycling beautiful pieces that is all ready made and out in the world. Why waste mother nature’s time and energy when you can reduce your carbon footprint with these unique, vintage and recycled pieces below! Cheers to good karma!
Valentine’s day is about the moments we share with our loved ones. Sure diamond earnings don’t hurt, but I rather experience something that will last. Don’t do the cliché of buying the obvious flowers, candy, and a cards. Do something with meaning and something you will remember. So what I am actually telling you is to not buy a thing this holiday!! Here are some awesomely romantic ideas, to spark creativity, love, and lasting memories:
~ Go to a winery or brewery; most wineries are doing wine and chocolate themes as well as music and dancing.
~ Get creative, take a class in art to spark each others inner artist or try pottery making and glass blowing, being hands on with each other is ever so sweet.
~ Do something extreme; go rock climbing, snowboarding, skiing, ect. being in an extreme environment, will elevate your trust, bring out your strength, as well as create security with your loved one, while taking you out of your comfort zone.
~ Take a yoga class together- most yoga centers offer a couples class this time of year, it’s a great way to relieve stress and focus on each other. Many of the moves help create balance and breathing flow between the couples as well as strength and trust.
~ Throw on something cute, grab a camera and start shooting away. Find a decorative sheet or cloth to hang as the backdrop or get outside and laugh. As a DIY project turn those pictures into magnets, using MOO the best website ever! This is cheap and easy day that will definitely last a lifetime.
This list can go on and on, so get creative and have fun and remember it’s not how you spend, but the little details and effort you put in!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Something about the month of February makes me want to wear pink, lace, and sexy heels…maybe that’s just me. It is the month of love and whether you are in a relationship or not its a month of being feminine and feeling like a goddess. Remember its the little details that will do that, from treating yourself to a pedicure, to throwing on a cute lace top, or to wearing hot red lipstick.
My inspiration piece: Emily Blunt in Dolce & Gabbana, engulfs love, glam, femininity and looks like a true goddess of love!
Here are my favorite valentine picks to put anyone in the mood of love.
What puts you in the Valentine spirit of love & friendship?