Friday, October 31, 2014

Easy Halloween Ideas

This Halloween I don't have a costume, mostly because I didn't get a chance to dress up. But usually when it comes to this spooky time of year, I like to be creative with costumes, and use things I probably would have in my closet, or purchase things that can be used again or specialty items that are inexpensive. I'm all about being resourceful!

I wanted to share a few of my past costumes, and they are quite easy to pull off!

Vintage Minnie Mouse
Vintage Minnie Mouse
Vintage Minnie Mouse is a cute, a maybe less used Minnie. I think that's why you should go for it. It's so very easy. All you need is black tights, black turtle neck, white gloves, blue polka dot skirt, and yellow heels. Mouse ears are easy to find, but the more challeneging item is the red hat. I would try a thrift store and add some craft store daisies. Last year I just made the hat out of felt and attached it to the ears! 

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins is fun costume to pull off. A lot of items are required, but it should be fairly easy things you may have or you can thrift too! A long black peacoat, black oxfords, scarf, very large tote, white gloves, umbrella, white ruffled shirt, navy/black skirt, black hat, and flowers! A few of things can be thrifted, ( I know from person experince) and will not break the bank!

Wenda from Where's Waldo
Wenda is known to be the girl version of Waldo. You can be Waldo too if you wish. But this is an easy how to for Wenda. Lots of stripes! Red and White striped shirt, and tights. Tights are easily found in party or halloween stores, and super cheap! A white/red beanie, black umbrella, glasses, brown mary janes, and a large camera you can wear around your neck.

Morton Salt Girl 
And last but not least, the Morton Salt girl. And the easiest, with only a few items! A yellow sleeved skater dress, yellow flats, preferable a purple umbrella, and morton salt container! This was one of my favorites, and more unique of the bunch!

And there you go! 4 easy ideas for last minute unique halloween costumes!
Happy Halloween


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Baby Shower Cake

This past weekend, I made a rose ombre cake and it was just so fun to make. I wanted to share a few pictures of the cake. I make rose ombre cakes pretty often, but this one was more unique then most, that I somehow fell for it! I think it''s the light color palette that got me!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Rainbow of Coats

When we think of cold weather and coats, we don't necessarily think of color. A lot of coats tend to be more muted. But for me, I'm all about color. And not just color but style and fit too. Here are the colored coats I am loving this season!
Blue- This navy blue coat has lots of style, and very sixties inspired. So much cute detail, and one of my favorites. Those bow pockets!  

Green- This kelly green coat is more casual, but the clean tailored style can also be dressed up. With some jeans, or a dress it's perfect either way! 

Yellow- Oh, this mustard yellow coat has such a unique silhouette. I love how the collar go up, and the black tiny details make the coat! 

Orange- Burnt orange is such a great color, especially for a simple collarless round coat. The cut is chic, and you'll get definitely get noticed!    

Tan- This camel brown is not as bright as the rest, but style is a show stopper. The cape shape, and bulky collar are some of my favorite details. This coat has a such a vintage look too!

Pink- This rose pink is probably one of my favorite tailored looks. The stand-up high collar, and the long length just screams class to me! 

Red- This apple red coat is more outdoorsy, but has such fun detail. Love how this coat fastens with toggles, and did you notice the plaid inside the coat? 

Maroon- This double breasted maroon isn't like your typical. It almost looks military like with the buttons, but the lapel round collar makes it more fun. I just love this color too! 

And there you go, the rainbow of coats for this cold colorful season! Which one are you daring enough to try? I'll take all of them! 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Candy Corn Marshmallows

It's been a while since I've made some marshmallows, and thought since Halloween is coming up, why not use the holiday to create something fun! Candy corn is a candy we all know and associate with Halloween, and I personally don't love them.(sorry, guys!) I think they are so cute, and I love the bright colors but as the taste, I probably could do without them. So I thought making some marshmallows with the same color pallet would make up for my lack of love for the candy. And because I'm not a huge fan of the taste, I decide to make them lemon flavored. (and I chose lemon since the colors are so citrusy) 

Okay, so first things first...You need to make three different layers to this marshmallow. Here you can see the recipe and instructions. The only change though is I added half a cup of fresh lemon juice to the gelatin instead of water. 

And when you layer your marshmallow, make sure to work quick since Marshmallow settles quick. Once you have let your marshmallow set for 6 hours or overnight, it is ready to cut! I love seeing the marshmallow slabs! And don't worry about the edges looking uneven, the inside will look differently.

Then, you can start cutting them off into squares, or whatever shape your heart desires! The squares don't have to be perfect, just nice and squishy! And see, the inside looks a lot more even. 

And here is my marshmallow square. I like my squares to be thick, but if you want a smaller square, use a larger pan to spread the marshmallow thinner. 

Now enjoy your candy corn lemon flavored marshmallow. Haha! I can't stop staring at them. P.S. My best friend says these marshmallows taste like lemon meringue pies. Hmmm, I think it's true. Now to my next marshmallow project, Lemon Meringue Marshmallows! Coming soon, so stay tuned! 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kitchen Ideas

So, apparenty it's been a week since I was last on here. How did that happen? Well, it was a pretty busy week. And an busier weekend ahead of me. But I wanted to share a few things we are thinking of changing here in the Chang household. We want to redo our kitchen (yay!!!) and get new flooring throughout our downstairs. I am beyond giddy over these ideas! Who knew floors could get me so excited, and don't even get me started on the kitchen. Haha!

But here are some ideas I got from good ol' Pinterest for kitchens, and a few specific things I am looking for. 

One of the things we are really considering with our new kitchen is a peninsula counter. Knocking the wall down, and adding a good old open space! 

I would love open shelving, especially for all my cookbooks, and cake stands. 

Subway tile! Do I need to say more. I love this look. 

Modern cabinet hardware, and a few glass cabinets. Something about it is just so dreamy to me!

And last but not least, light quartz countertops! I am waiting for the day! We currently have granite, but they are granite TILES, which I hate. I can't wait to have a nice flat slab in my new kitchen! 

We'll see what ends up happening, and what is realistic with the space! Til then, I'll be sharing before pictures of my current kitchen. So stay tuned.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cinque Terre

Oh, Cinque Terre. This place is just magical. I went here through a suggestion of a friend. And I'm so glad I followed her advice and went. Such a beautiful corner of this great big world. We stayed in the town of Corniglia, but we did go visit the other towns as well. If you need more of a relaxing time in Italy, Cinque Terre is it. 
Town of Manarola. Stunning and a bit surreal.  

 I just loved the colorfulness of the city, even small details like colored doors. 

Since Cinque Terre is such a small town, there are no museums, just small local churches with simple details. 

This was a cute little wine bar with a charming view. P.S. All the wine is local and amazing. 

Fun little walk from the train station to the town. Just 300 something steps up. No biggie! haha! 

 The deep blue water of the town of Vernazza.

We stayed in an apartment right across a gelato shop. I had gelato for breakfast, lunch and dinner and had no shame!  

Town of Corniglia. By far my favorite town. Corniglia stole my heart. It's the smallest and quietest of all five. But in my opinion, the most charming and magical of all. I would not hesitate in staying here again. The people, the food, and the view were perfection. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Style

My favorite season is upon us. Good ol' fall! Here in L.A. it's barely cooling off a bit and to be honest, it's getting me a tad bit too excited. I love fall clothes, layering, and those warm colors. Here are a few of my style inspirations for this season.

fall outing

striped dressA nice long sleeved dress in an a-line is perfect for fall. And you just can't beat stripes. Those really can be worn year along, and match with just about anything!

 camel peacoatOh, that peacoat! The camel color is gorgeous and those oversized buttons are my favorite detail. I can see this coat keeping me warm and stylish all at the same time!

black tights - Black tights in my opinion are a must in any girls wardrobe. You can always pull off dresses in the fall especially if you have cute tights to keep your legs warm. P.S. Don't you just love how these appear to be knee high sock! Love these!

Camel oxford shoesOxford heels get me everytime. They are classy, and so clean. They really do class up any outfit. I'm on a hunt for new ones, and these are some strong contenders!

maroon suede purseMaroon is one of my favorite fall colors to incorporate into my wardrobe. And this purse does not fall short. It's simple, which is perfect for fall since sometimes it may seem you have a lot going on with all the layers keeping you warm.

floppy fedora hatHats, beanies, and berets are my favorite things to wear for fall. They add such style to outfits. This tan hat is just stunning, and can make your outfit cooler, and head warmer!

round burgundy scarfTube scarfs are my weakness. I love thick collars, and oversized scarfs. And that color makes my heart swoon! P.S. I always look for knit scarves for more of a fall vibe, and they actually do keep your neck and face warm!

Warby parker eye glassesWarby Parker always makes good looking glasses. These tortoise shell ones are right up my alley. Simple, sophisticated and stylish!

This whole style board is making my heart warm. I want it all!! And I just want the weather to be drastically cooler now so I can sport my coats! How do you feel about fall? Do you fall for it ever year like I do?


Monday, October 13, 2014

Hanging Succulent Planter

I'm quite the succulent fan. Love them everywhere in my yard. One thing I always see at stores and love so much is hanging succulent planters, but they can be so pricey. So I decided to make it myself! It really doesn't take much, and literally take 15 minutes to do!

First you need:
4-5 different succulents
A hanging Basket from hardware store- $4
Garden Soil

And make sure when you pick the succulents, they are different textures and shades. 

And if you have gardening gloves, shove, and newspaper to create a mess free station, that could be useful too. 

 I started by first adding a small layer of soil into the bottom on the basket.

 Then I added my succulents and placed them into place. 

 Once you have your succulents into place fill the gaps with soil.

And there you have it! The project cost about $15. You have nice decor planter piece outside, and best part is they don't need much maintenance. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014


It's been a few weeks since I've been back from Italy. But I wanted to share some of our highlights from Florence. And can I just tell you, Florence is magical. It was one of my favorite cities in Italy. The food, the architecture, and the people are just lovely.

 The Duomo in Florence is just stunning!

 And of course you can't go to Florence without visiting the Statue of David! Truly spectacular in person!
 This Michelin Star restaurant was just great! Il Palagio has amazing food and the tasting menu is worth every penny, I mean euro! 

 And of course a visit to the Arno River is a must. It was beautiful clear day, so it just made it that much better!
This view of the city of Florence is my favorite. I always look back at this picture because I remember the feeling of the air, and smell of the city and just feeling blessed to be experiencing what this big world has to offer. 

Florence is definitely a place I will go back to!

Monday, October 6, 2014


I know I have been off the radar for the past month. This month as been a busy one. More than usual. This month of September I was home for a little over a week, and out of the country the rest of the time, and just got back yesterday. All I can say is I'm pooped. I traveled a lot as a kid with parents all over the U.S. We went to the beaches in Miami to the rainy city of Seattle. My parents took us everywhere, and I always remember being sad to go back home. But now being an adult and having had the opportunities to travel to different countries on my own, I now understand my parents relief when we got back home. Today, I am happy to be back home.

This post isn't suppose to be nagging sounding, or ungrateful. I'm so blessed I got to travel. I love exploring new places, and learning about different cultures. I'm just tired. What is it that makes you feel at ease when you back to your routine, and your messy crazy house? Maybe appreciation for what you have comes over you, or maybe familiarity soothes us. I don't know. But what I do know is I want to just hang out in my house for a while before I take on another adventure. Is that weird? As I write this, I can't wait for my husband to come home so we can lounge around and catch up on shows in our DVR.

P.S. I promise to be more chipper tomorrow. And I also have sooooo many adventures to share with all of you! Rest of Italy, and my past trip to the Caribbean Islands.
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