Friday, February 28, 2014

Donut Love

This a deep love. The love that will never leave. They say love don't cost a thing...well, maybe a few dollars. We are talking about donuts/doughnuts! My best friend and I love 'em. We travel the whole Los Angeles area to try donuts, we have donut dates, and donut cakes.

Not only are donuts delicious, but they are pretty to look at. So I just excited when I see donuts used in different ways other than eating! Last year, Kate Spade did a small line of donut items and it was amazing, to say the least!

And here are a few of our donut dates:

The Donut Man: Glendora, CA

 Frances Bakery & Coffee: Little Tokyo, CA

Donut Friend: Highland Park, CA

Happy Friday! Go have a donut today. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

House Tour Update

I haven't updated pictures of our house in a while, but today I updated some pictures on the House Tour, and also added a couple rooms! So check it out here!

Here's a one of the updates. This room isn't complete, but a big change from how it started.

This room was meant to be an office. The built-in was not my favorite, but I did like the idea of a built-in. I wasn't sure how this would work for us because I hate that color wood, but I decided to work with it.

The painted white built-in changed the room a whole lot! I love how colorful this room is. And I am also toying with the idea of making it a crafts room as well! Eeek, that makes me so excited! Keep you guys posted! 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Painting Cakes

Yes, I said it. It's your party and you can paint if you want to, a cake that is. Crazy, right? Well, not crazy because I kind of have been doing this for a while now, but never full throttle with it. They make edible food gels in all colors, and I usually mix them to create "paint colors." I sometimes use them and brush some of the color to make small cake designs. But I have seen some amazing cakes online where people go all out, and the complete cake is painted. I've been wanting to do this for years now, and finally decided to do it. And guess what? I love doing this now!

What you need:
White Fondant
Food gels
paint brushes 
paint palette/ paper plate

Once you have your cake covered in while fondant, you can begin. It's your blank canvas!

As for the food gels, I have are a mix of brands. Craft stores usually sell Wilton color gels, or you can also go to specialty cake stores and they tend to sell the brand AmeriColor. (which has more of a variety of colors) Either way, you can't go wrong.

When mixing the colors onto a palette,  you need to mix a drop of food gel with a few drops of water. The food gels are so thick and strong in color that water thins it out, and makes the color last longer. I also suggest getting some white icing color because you can lighten any color with the white.

Then, you can start painting. Make sure you use new brushes. You don't want to use paint brushes you used with real paint. And different size tip brushes are a plus.

I chose to go more floral, and girly with my design. I wanted big blue flowers, and improvised from there. It also helps if you have a color palette you think you want to stick with.

And when I was done, the cake looked very Rifle Paper Co. Totally didn't even think of that until it was all done, but I don't mind. Rifle Paper has the most stunning things!

So, are you up for the challenge? I don't think you have to be artsy to try painting a fondant cake. I honestly don't have a steady hand when it comes to painting, but I think creativity is all you need. And if it helps, you can always base your painting on an actual design you may like. Happy painting!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Dear Creatures Spring

Can I just tell you know much I love Dear Creatures? Their spring collection is here and I am completely smitten.

This collection to me is quite different to me than other years. I almost feel like there is a history of fashion in their collection, and I just love it. Here are a few of my favorites!

I just tell ya, citrus colors for spring is a must!

I love stripes, and these dresses are perfection. 

I love me a good pair of patterned shorts! These don't fall short from fabulous, no pun intended! (maybe just a little!)

This long dress is fabulous. Recently I have become a lover of long dresses. 

This is on of my favorites of their collection. The slight boho influence is simply stellar. 

This season they also came out with a jean collection too! And that cardigan? Yes, please!

I want those tops in both colors! Spring is all about color! 

That collar, and the scalloped trim is my favorite! 

What's your favorite? Don't forget to check out the rest of their collection here! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014


So, it's been about 5 weeks now without our master bathroom, and no closet in our bedroom. How am I holding up? Oh, you know...impatiently waiting.  I am so very thankful for a guest bathroom we can use in the meantime upstairs, but the closet situation is crazy. We have a guest bedroom that's serving as our "closet" and it's crazy in there. Since the room obviously doesn't have enough closet rods since it's not a closet, but a room, the clothes are piled up in sections. I feel like I have been wearing the same outfits in rotation. It's so hard to find clothes, and somehow that spare bedroom sucks clothes and it becomes missing! Am I venting? A bit. But of course I realize these aren't real life problems and it's only temporary. In the meantime, I am dreaming of closets. Yes, dreaming!

I love this white closet and all those shelves. I need more rods, but love how organized it looks.

Holy storage! My kind of closet. Color coded and all. 

This blue is soo fun.This would so not work for my husband and I since it's a little more girly, but it sure is pretty to look at! 

 This ikea closet is kind of what I see us doing. Easy, functional, and lots of hanging space! 

Can't wait to organize our closet! Will post the finished product soon! Everything should be done next week! Woo hoo! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Twirly skirts!

One of my favorite piece of clothing is a full skirt. Something about it is just so feminine to me. I'm kind of short (5'2) so sometimes I gotta find the right length skirt or wear heels with it or it just eats my legs up, but that doesn't stop me! I love me a good full skirt! Here are some of my favorite I've seen this season. 

A classic black is a must in every girl's wardrobe. You can wear it with just about anything. 

Holy cow. I love this polka dot full long skirt. Even though the length is long, I just love it so! 

This green print skirt is adorable. I love fun prints on full skirts!

tulle skirt is a little more risky, but also a whole punch of femininity! 

A solid color skirt like this blue can sure be show stopper!

And the best part of these skirts, they make twirling look beautiful!

Monday, February 17, 2014

San Ysidro Ranch

This weekend, my husband planned a day trip to San Ysidro Ranch for a brunch date. He sure knows that the way to my heart is through my stomach! We have been wanting to go to one of their restaurant's called Stone House for some time now, but never plan it on time! So, I was thrilled when I found out we would be going there. Let me just say, it was beyond my expectations. The ranch is stunning!
When you drive up to the ranch, you already know it's something special. 

This is the exterior of the restaurant. Seriously, pictures don't do it justice! 

Exploring the gardens. (and you can see the ocean from a distance from the ranch.)

View from our table at brunch. Pure bliss. 

These oysters were so delicious (with watermelon and cucumber mignonette) I also got a lobster & avocado omelet. Amazing. 

We also got dessert "flambeed tableside." I always have room for dessert!

And I can't gush enough over this guy. I am blessed beyond words. He's such a great provider, so caring, and truly making me happy that at times I feel guilt for how good things are in these moments. But I know to cherish these times because these moments are not always in the busyness of work and life. We had such a lovely weekend, and you can count that we will be back to San Ysidro Ranch! 


Friday, February 14, 2014

Marquee Light Special

I have been wanting a marquee light for my house for quite some time. I went online to see how much they cost, and holy cow...they are pricey. My eye was looking for a heart marquee. Not too many are available. Then I saw a certain store have one for $20 online, and when I went to go check it out,  it was so dinky! It was about the size of my hand. To be honest, I thought about the idea of making one for some time. I was a little scared that it would end up being a big flop, but I decided to finally try it earlier this week.

I went with the easy way to create a marquee light, and by easy, I also mean cheap! This all you need, believe it or not. 

Poster Board (buy at craft store)
Foam Board (also at the craft store)
Spray Paint (hardware store)
Clear Glass String Lights (target currently has them on sale for $10)
Hot Glue (have already)
Scissors (have already as well)

First I created a heart shape with the foam board. It's important that your main shape is thick foam so it can be nice and sturdy. I free handed my heart, but you can always use a template before you cut if you're not too sure on your freehand skills. 

Then, cut out 3 inch wide strips. These will be used for the sides of your heart.

 You will need 3 strips cut out long ways, or as many as you think to go all along the edge of your heart. For me, it was only three strips.

Then, before any gluing or spray painting gets done. You must plan your light placement! This depends on how many bulbs are on your string lights. I had 25 so I planned all 25 lights by sketching with a pencil, and making sure they were all evenly placed.

I also sketched the circles about the size of the bulb as well so it helps when it's time to puncture the hole.

Let the puncturing begin. I have no real technique for this. I did it with the scissor I already had and they worked pretty well. 

Now you can start hot gluing the edges. I suggest putting the hot glue on the foam edge since it has some thickness to it, and lay the poster paper strips onto it. make sure to press the strips when you attach it to the foam for extra sturdiness. Do it all around and it should be ready to spray paint!

I chose a gold to spray paint. I like gold, if you haven't noticed! I just love how it sprays. But you can do any color! Let it dry for about 2 hours. 
When it's time to add the string lights you must first take off all the bulbs off the string so you don't brake them.

I pushed the bottoms of where the bulb attaches through the foam board. I did it from bottom right to left in a zig zag upwards form. This way it didn't cause tangling, and  kept things neat.
(*Also, I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I added frame wire to the back so that way I can hang up. Sorry for no picture!)

 Once done, you can start screwing in the bulbs. Yay!

Since I was hanging the heart a little higher up, I added a white simple extension cord. It's very light that it doesn't make the heart heavier. Also, I knew where exactly I wanted to hang the marquee light, right over my record player.

And here it is lit up! I'm so happy with the turnout that I just might make something else! This project cost me right under $20!! Woo hoo! 

Have a happy Valentine's Day with any loved ones out there! Spread the love. 

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