Sunday, May 27, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Sugar ShakeHow-To:
Use sanding sugar, decorating sugar, granulated sugar or coconut right from the pantry. Place the sugar in a resealable bag or snap-shut plastic container. Add a few drops of food coloring (preferably neon food colors), snap or zip the container shut and shake to create vibrant colors for decorating cupcakes. Spread the tinted sugar on a sheet of waxed paper to dry, and you are ready to decorate your cupcakes.
Zip ItConvenience products like resealable bags make cupcaking so easy. Not only are they great to use in place of a piping bag, but you can also use them to get the batter in your cupcake liners without making a big mess.
Use freezer-weight bags to be sure and keep the frosting in the bag and not all over you. Invert the bag over your hand, make a cup in the center of the bag and fill it with frosting. Pull the sides of the bag up over your hand and zip it shut. Snip a small corner from one corner of the bag, and you are ready to frost your cupcakes.
Be a Candy Detective
Place the red or blue candies on top of a frosted cupcake, side by side, to give the effect of of cherry or blueberry fruit in a pie. Then, pipe a lattice top and give it a crusty edge with cocoa-tinted frosting from a resealable bag.
Copy Your Favorite PatternsStudy a pattern, and you are sure to find inspiration for decorating cupcakes. This is perfect for parties; everything from showers to sweet 16s and weddings. Find a fabric or paper pattern you love and then look closely to find the candy in the pattern. The real beauty comes when you use the same design for your napkins, tablecloths and centerpiece.
Choose a pattern that reminds you of a candy shape or color. We chose a blue on brown pattern we knew would be fun to replicate in pale blue Sunny Seed Drops and pale blue frosting. Another pattern we chose looked just like M&M's on a background of cocoa-tinted frosting.
With only a couple ingredients, how can you go wrong?
For all of my prego friends- there is an alcohol substitution below :)
- 5 1/2 cups ice
- 5/8 cup coconut rum (for non-alcoholic version, substitute cream of coconut, like Coco Lopez)
- 4-5 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate (substitute lemonade version if you'd like)
- 1/8 cup water
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Can you believe Summer is right around the corner and that the year is nearly half way through?!? I have mixed feelings about Summer because of the high temps here in Cali (and my son turning 1!) but this year I’m not pregnant so I don’t have anything to complain about- I can do all of the things I that I couldn’t do last Spring and Summer- wakeboarding, dirt bike riding and have a few drinks(more like one anymore! hehe)!
I thought I would kindly welcome the season and share this yummy recipe for for a skin-brightening summer treat that I found on beautyish, Enjoy!
Everyone loves BBQs, picnics, and long days spent on the beach, but indulging in sugary alcoholic drinks won’t keep you looking your summer best. So this season, why not make something that tastes delicious and does wonders for your skin, too? Kimberly Snyder's recipe for watermelon slush smoothie combines just two ingredients for a delightful summer treat. "Watermelon has great cooling and hydrating properties, as well as amazing cleansing and detoxifying effects," says Kim. So not only will you be hydrating your body with one of nature's yummiest fruits, your skin will be getting a much needed moisturizing boost, which in turn leads to a brighter, clearer, and smoother complexion. Almonds are also one of the best nuts to eat, and contain plenty of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids—good for skin plumping and cell regeneration.
Watermelon Slush Smoothie
- 1 small watermelon
- 2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- Mint sprigs
Cut the watermelon into small chunks and freeze overnight. When fully frozen, blend the icy watermelon pieces and the almond milk in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a few sprigs of mint. Enjoy!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Spring time is my favorite time of the year. Everything about it makes me smile- the smells of light rain showers and dew on the lawn, the sounds of birds chirping in the morning and frogs croaking in the evening, the tastes of the yummy fruits and veggies that are in season- but more than all of those.. I LOVE THE COLORS “Inspire” doesn’t begin to explain what Spring does to me. This color palette line up is the epitome of Spring colors, or close to it.
You might have noticed that each of these palettes have one common color- green. I personally think that green is the glue that holds Spring together- What do you think?
Which color palette is your favorite?
Monday, May 14, 2012
I have never been the type of girl to wear a dress daily but I do like to treat myself to an occasional dress up day! I think it’s important to feel pretty and a nice dress always does the trick.
This week’s Make This Look is another dress from ModCloth, It’s a simple ruffle front dress that you can pair up with some cute accessories for a perfect outfit!
It’s unavailable to purchase from their shop at the moment so if you like it you have to make it yourself! Don’t worry, I’ll show you how right now!
FABRIC (LESS THAN $3 PER YARD)
Friday, May 11, 2012
1/4 yard each of four contrasting fabrics
needle and thread
10" and 12" wood embroidery hoops
monofilament or fishing line
about a dozen crimp tubes (available at beading stores)
staple gun and 1/4" staples
I thought I would share this yummy (and healthy) recipe this morning and hopefully start your weekend off right!
- 1 pint large fresh organic strawberries
- 1 cup granola
- 1 cup favorite yogurt
What are your favorite breakfast recipes? Share with a comment :)
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Here are two of this season’s hottest new trends; color blocking and anoraks- Which is your favorite look?
(An anorak is a parka type jacket usually with a hood)
I just love the sportiness of the last outfit, don’t you?
STYLE TIP: Stick to three colors max to avoid the girly, Rainbow Brite look.
I have to say, neither of these are my favorite spring style trends but both are making a big bang in the fashion world!
Do you have a fashion trend you would like to share? If so, email me at email@example.com!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I love giving and receiving handmade gifts.. I think they are so much more personal and special.
My best friend is pregnant with her second baby.. her first BOY! Yay for boys!! Anyway- her baby shower is right around the corner so I wanted to spend the next week or so making her and the baby a few handmade (with love) gifts.
Below are 4 adorable baby gift tutorials from purlbee.com, enjoy!
Blankets, Bibs & Bloomers, Oh my!
Jersey Baby Blanket <---- tutorial
Liberty Baby Bibs <---- tutorial
Flannel Receiving Blanket <----- tutorial
Baby Bloomers <------ tutorial
Monday, May 7, 2012
Hello! I can’t wait to share these last techniques with you.. I have found a lot of YUMMY bath and body beauty recipes to share also- But that’s later.. check these last tips out for amazing results from all over the world!
Beauty Techniques: Part 1 <---- Click for last weeks beauty techniques!
6.) Indian Hair Care- Massage warm coconut oil into your scalp then leave in over night and wash out in the AM for stronger more luxurious hair instantly! I think, yes!
7.) Italian Lip Conditioning- Use olive oil just as you would lip balm or gloss for soft and smooth lips or to treat cracked or sunburnt lips.
8.) Scandinavian Skin Care- Not only should you drink plenty of fresh spring mineral water but you should bathe in it too! The trick is indulging yourself with 20-25 nice and cold splashes- and viola, amazing hydrated skin!
9.) Chinese Anti Aging Secrets- Why get Botox or collagen when you can just drink… wait for it…. white tea! I love white tea anyway so this is great news for me!
Do you have any international beauty techniques or secrets you’d like to share?
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Here are a couple reasons why:
1.) It's hilarious!
2.) It's offbeat, witty and nothing you've seen before!
3.) The series is only 30 minutes so it's perfect for all you busy moms! (like me)
4.) It stars Zooey Deschanel, one of my favorite actresses; she is adorable and funny with amazing style, which is why I chose her for my first "Polyvore Profile"
If you love Zooey's style as much as I do then you are in for some real inspiration!
I have chosen three sets created by members of polyvore to share with you this week! Get inspired and get Zooey's look!
-In the first set, I love the simplistic feel, it looks so effortless yet still amazing! How does she do that?
-The second is more of a spring set, I love the denim and beigish colors together it has an airy fee that makes me want to jump right in!
-The final is more of a ode to the movie (500)Days of Summer, a movie I LOVE! But it also has some great accessories! Definitely a more romantic set.
Wait, what is Polyvore?
Polyvore is the web's largest fashion community site, where users are empowered to discover their style and set trends around the world. With over 15 million monthly unique visitors, Polyvore's global community has created over 44 million sets that are shared across the web.
So, now you know more about New Girl, polyvore and my new section.. what was your favorite set? Who is your style icon?
Next week's Polyvore Profile is on the almighty Gwen :) Oh ya! I can't wait either!