December 30, 2011

Friday Favorites : 6PM.COM Best Online Shopping Deals!


Last week I saw these red shoes in the window of a store I knew i couldn't afford to walk into. I remembered seeing the brand name and the name stayed in my mind all day. I decided to google the shoes to see about how much they cost and of course they were $80 to $100. I wasn't entirely shocked but was disappointed. And then I came across 6PM.com. They showed a price of $25 and of course I thought it was a scam but I checked the website out anyway. I found out that it was owned by Zappos.com. I have ordered many things from Zappos and have always had good service but I still wasn't convinced. I read many reviews of the site and they were completely mixed. Some people loved 6PM and some people said their shoes were defective, a weird size, etc. I really wanted to try it though because they seemed to have a good return policy. So I ordered these red shoes and got the last pair and these cute purple ones too. They came in 2 days. It was such fast shipping. My shoes have no weird sizes or scratches or anything. If they are "reject" shoes from Zappos or overstock or whatever you cannot tell! They look and fit great and I'm so happy I tried this website! They don't have quite the catalog Zappos has and some of the shoes are not discounted as much as these that I bought but hey you might get lucky and find those designer shoes you've been eyeing or clothing for a STEAL! My Rialto Alex shoes retail for a little over $40 I got them for $16. And my Me Too Cage Suede Platforms that are going to rock my New Years Eve dress were only $25 and I was lucky enough to catch free shipping. I saved over $100 on 2 pairs of shoes with this website. I spent $43 on both pairs when it could have been $140 plus shipping. I couldn't be happier. I will use them again. But this time I have my eye watching these Diane Furstenburg Felicity Platforms.

December 26, 2011

Monday Mocktails // Delicious Orange Creamsicle Dream


I have been craving a creamsicle drink for some time now. I really wanted one that was not frozen and after much practice I finally came up with a recipe I like. It's really delicious. This would also be a great drink for kids. Please try this and share with your friends. You could even turn this into a great party cocktail with Absolute Citron. Let me know what you think or if you have any great variations.

Orange Creamsicle Dream
Serves 4

  • 1  12oz Can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons Agave Nectar (you can substitute any sugar you like)
  1. Combine the orange juice, vanilla, and agave. Stir until the agave is completely dissolved.
  2. Whisk in the evaporated milk.
  3. Serve over ice!


December 23, 2011

Friday Favorites : Christmas/ Birthday Dream Wishlist


So here it is! My ultimate wish list favorites for Christmas and my birthday. With my birthday just 2 days after Christmas I always combine my list. Of course these things are only mine in a dream but maybe the powers of positivity will send them my way! Ha. My favorite mixer will always be the Kitchen Aid in Pearl. Makes my heart warm. I would so bake you something great. I've listed my favorite champagne in the whole world. If you hang around me much you'll find I really love bubbly. It's also my birthday tradition. I desperately need a cupcake carrier. I bake so many for my friends and coworkers and I have it's so messy! This would make the giving so much easier. Maybe I'll buy this one for myself. And of course my 2 FAVORITE items from some of my favorite vintage shops on Etsy. These are perfectly my size! I've been oogling them for months. More like drooling but really there's not much difference. I'd be the happiest girl in the world to own these two beauties. They're so perfectly me! What is on your wish list?
1. Vintage Style Turntable w/ USB Transfer ; 2. Pehu Simonet Champagne ; 3. Kitchen Aid Professional Series Mixer in Pearl 4; Cupcake Carrier! ; 5. 1920s Dress from Paraders Vintage ;
6. Edwardian Coat from Reinvintage

December 19, 2011

Monday Mocktails: Grapefruit Splash w/ Coriander Infused Honey Simple Syrup


Grapefruit is positively my favorite winter fruit. It is low in calories and packed full of antioxidants, vitamin A, potassium, and pectin. And honey of course is one of natures natural energy boosters and healers. But did you know coriander was that amazing too? It lowers blood sugar, aids in digestion, prevents nausea, lowers cholesterol (just like grapefruit), and it is an anti-inflammatory that relieves the symptoms of arthritis! So this week's mocktail is a powerhouse drink packed full of nutrients and it's also completely irresistible. I challenge you not to guzzle this one. Not to mention it would be completely delicious with gin. Careful there, this drink is so good.


Grapefruit Splash w/ Coriander Honey Simple Syrup
Serves 6
  •  6 Grapefruits
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander Seeds
  1. Let's start by making the simple syrup. In a small pot combine the honey water and coriander. Cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir constantly to make sure all the honey is dissolved.
  2. Let the simple syrup cool.
  3. You will need to juice your grapefruits. Fresh squeezed makes all the different in the world in how this tastes. There are several types of citrus juicers available. I prefer to quarter my grapefruits and use a hand press like this. You can find larger ones but I like to use what I have.
  4. Combine all of your ingredients in a pitcher and serve over ice.

December 13, 2011

Toasted Nuts with Cocoa Crystallized Ginger, and Cinnamon


This recipe is perfect for your next holiday party, your mid day snack, or even a handmade Christmas gift. I love ginger and chocolate together. I've been thinking of a recipe for this for a while now and finally had the time to make it. I hope you all try this. It was so easy to make and was a big hit at work. There are so many ways you could add to this recipe as well. It was be great with coconut, dehydrated fruit, or trade the ginger for cayenne pepper. Delicious!

Toasted Nuts w/ Cocoa, Ginger, and Cinnamon
  • 2 Cups Walnuts, Raw
  • 2 Cups Almonds, Raw
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 Cups Pecan Halves, Raw
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar or Substitute
  • 1/3 Cup Cinnamon (I used Saigon Cinnamon)
  • 1/2 Cup Crystallized Ginger
  • 1/4 Cup of Honey

    Step 1 : Preheat your oven to 350° F. Combine all of the nuts and toss until evenly distributed. Place on a cookie sheet or sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes.


    Step 2: While the nuts are toasting combine the cocoa, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir until evenly combined.


    Step 3: Place your toasted nuts in a large mixing bowl. BE CAREFUL THEY ARE HOT! Add your cocoa mixture, honey, and crystallized ginger and toss until completely combined. (you'll notice the cocoa will not look like powder anymore)


    Step 4: Spread the mixture back onto your baking sheet. Make sure its evenly spread out and let cool completely


    Step 5: Enjoy! Share with friends and family. Place in a decorative box or jar and tie with ribbon for a great handmade gift. 
    

    December 12, 2011

    Monday Mocktails : Melted Ice Cream Cocoa


    Today I bring to you this delicious recipe from Babble. I'm feeling a bit under the weather today and this just sounds so delicious. Perfect for a cozy day with friends and loved ones. Please check out this recipe it's so good. You can find it here! Enjoy your Monday.

    December 9, 2011

    Friday Favorites : DIY Christmas Decorations

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    Christmas is most certainly my favorite time of year and decorating my home is my favorite thing about Christmas. I love to find DIY projects for decorating. And I have found some stellar ones to help you decorate your home. These are my favorites from arouns the web. Thank you to all you creative guru's for inspiring us this holiday season.

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    December 5, 2011

    Monday Mocktails : Cranberry Lime Shrub


    Hello lovelies! Happy Monday. This week I bring to you a delicious libation that dates back to the Colonial times. It's origin is sometimes said to come from the Carribean. I've found that it was brought to the States from Bermuda in the 1930s by Charles H. Baker, Jr. in his book The Gentleman's Companion. Shrubs are a drink made with fruit and vinegar. Historically they included rum or brandy, which would be so delicious in this drink, but in modern times they're typically non-alcoholic. Vinegar might sound so off-putting in a drink but really it's refreshing, extremely good for your health, and your waistline. Please give this classic drink a try. You can off course omit the vinegar if you like. Enjoy this refreshing mocktail!


    Cranberry Lime Shrub
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    • 1 1/2 Cups Cranberry Juice
    • 1/2 of a Lime, freshly squeezed
    • 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 TBS Agave Nectar
    • 1 Teaspoon Stevia or sugar of your choice
    1. Combine the sugars and vinegar and stir until dissolved.
    2. Add remaining ingredients and serve over ice.
    3. This should make 2 drinks and you can sweeten it more if you like.

    December 2, 2011

    Friday Favorites : Charmaine Olivia ♥

                        
    This gorgeous lady is one of my favorite people I've never met. She is a self-taught full-time painter living in San Fransisco and well...just an all around BA! Ha. Her artwork is so captivating. I just want to gaze at it endlessly or tattoo it on me. I need one of her pieces. She also has the best tumbler I've ever seen. It's truly inspirational, totally my style. Please check out her site and shop her artwork here!












    December 1, 2011

    Vintage Holiday Look // Fat Twist Hair Tutorials with Hair Dresser On Fire

    Jacob Breinholt on Vimeo.

    I can't believe it's December. This year has been zipping by in record speed. But now comes the fun part with holidays and parties and lots of dressing up. I thought I'd share a source of inspiration. Hair Dresser on Fire is run by Reagan Brienholt. She has so much advice and I love her videos so much. I think she is so great with hair. She loves vintage looks. Miss Hair Dresser On Fire has tons of great tutorials for hair and they are very easy to follow. And with great taste in music too?! Please check out her site. Thanks Reagan! This vintage look is perfect for the holidays.


    Jacob Breinholt on Vimeo.
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