Thursday, February 28, 2013

Skulls and Chambray


Hey loves! I've been really getting into the youtube thing lately - filming, editing, researching .. it's become an obsession, and I've been discovering many new things about fashion and beauty that I never expected to find on youtube. I get many great ideas of what to wear with certain pieces I already own in my closet such as my neglected skull tops and chambray tops. I bought the two in the summer at very affordable prices. The chambray was $2 at Value Village and it's originally from Levi's! The skull top wasn't expensive either and I bought it for $16 from Winners. To see what else I paired with the skulls and chambray, watch the video below. If you have a youtube account, please give it a thumbs up and I would love it if you would subscribe! 


Q: What do you like to pair with chambray tops?
What would you like to see up next on my youtube channel?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscars 2013 Fashion Recap and Trends

Let's talk about last night's Oscars, or better yet, what the stars wore to the annual show! The stars were out to shine on the famous red carpet this year, some more than others and some should have re evaluated their fashion choices, but overall, the celebrities dressed to impress. I noticed many trending elements such as strapless gowns, sheer lace and metallic elements.  Below, I have summarized my thoughts on certain looks from last night, from the gowns to makeup and hair choices during this awards show.


Jessica Chastain's strapless blush gown by Giorgio Armani is the epitome of red carpet glamour. Her simple gown manages to be a show stopper, covered with white sequins, crystals, and copper embellishments, her custom gown is a show stopper. Jessica kept it glamorous with Hollywood soft waves,  and a bold red lip.


Another fan of the pastel/blush tones was Amy Adams in a strapless lavender Oscar De La Renta gown. I would be fearful of this lavender shade washing her pale skin out, however, with the added ruffles flowing to the bottom, she pulled of this whimsical dress with a smile.


I now realize why everyone is obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence. She looked drop dead gorgeous in this Dior Haute Couture number! It fits her like a glove, and I'm glad to hear there was not a single wardrobe malfunction from Ms. Lawrence in this award show, despite her falling to receive her award. The woman can brush off anything. Major props!


This pale pink satin Prada gown isn't quite what I would expect Anne Hathaway to wear to the Oscars. She has a great body, therefore I believe she should have picked a dress with a bit more oomph (something special), perhaps a gown hugging her in the right places. I think she has the potential to pull off an ultra feminine gown.


Georgina Chapman looked glowing and polished in her flowing white Marchesa gown. She accentuates her baby bump perfectly with the jewel-encrusted bolero and her pulled back hair is neutral enough to balance out the sparkle focus on her shoulders.


Charlize Theron pulled off a bold white, dramatic Dior Couture gown. The fierce neckline and peplum shape around her hips gives it an edgy look, perfectly matching her edgy haircut.

Naomi Watts rocked an Armani PrivĂ© gown exposing a bold cut out, bringing a new meaning to a 'one shoulder' gown. The exposure of the upper left area of her chest is daring, yet she makes it work perfectly because she covered up her bottom half. It's the right balance of skin exposure and sparkle for the red carpet. 


Nicole Kidman wore a L'Wren Scott gown, but this one was my least favorite of the night. This gown has too much going on, from the shiny, unflattering fabric at the hips, to the large metallic, mermaid like swirls sinking to the bottom (of the ocean). Sorry, Nicole!

Overall, I think it's a tie for the best dressed this year - Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts. While Jessica's look showed more of an old Hollywood glam inspiration, Naomi wore a modern, metallic and overall fabulous gown. Who was your favorite? 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Red, Pink and White Sprinkled Chocolate Chip Cookies


You would probably expect to see a pink, red and white cookie on Valentine's Day, but I believe that it's never a bad idea to add some girly sprinkles into a dessert! When it comes to cookie textures, I hate the hard/dry ones, usually the kind in the packaged bags at the store. Dry is a no-no, and a melt-in-your-mouth cookie is an absolute yes! According to my cookie standards, the perfect cookie must be soft and chewy, loaded with chocolate chips and taste great both fresh from the oven, as well as the dough itself - who doesn't love eating cookie dough straight from the bowl?  


I've always been fascinated with the recipes I see on Sally's Baking Addiction. She's obsessed with sprinkles and peanut butter - my long lost twin? I decided to use her recipe for triple chocolate chip cookies as the base for my cookies, minus the snow cap chocolate chips and the white chocolate [I'm regretting not adding white chocolate to mine as I look at her recipe]. I followed the instructions from Sally almost to a tee, but I did make a few changes and they still turned out great.


This recipe should yield about 2.5 dozen cookies. I got exactly 36.
Original recipe found here.

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup (or 1.5 sticks) softened unsalted butter 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups of chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup your favorite sprinkles



Instructions 
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg, vanilla and molasses, meanwhile scraping down the sides of your bowl every so often. On low speed, mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chips and sprinkles. Dough will be thick and sticky.
  3. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes, but longer is better. 
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  5. Drop balls of dough onto your cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, at about 1 tablespoon per cookie. Bake them for 9 minutes until the edges are golden brown, but no more than 10. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes and carefully remove with a spatula onto a flat surface or a cooling rack. 

Tips
  • Cookies will remain fresh in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
  • Allow the cookie sheets to cool completely before adding more dough.
  • Cookie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Feel free to substitute other ingredients for the chocolate chips, such as raisins, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc. 

Don't forget to sip on a glass of cold almond milk on the side! However, I wouldn't recommend dipping fresh from the oven cookies in milk since they are so soft, and they might leave a cookie slurry at the bottom of your glass.

Enjoy! 

Q: What's your favorite kind of cookie? My favorite cookie is hands down a good, homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie. Peanut butter cookies are a close second!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Winter Wear: Dark Florals


necklace & top : forever 21 // belt: american apparel // pants: american eagle // boots: aldo

I have come to realize that black is my favorite color to wear in the wintertime because I love how intense it can look against the bright, white snow. If you wear lot's of black in the summer time, you simply won't survive, therefore winter is the perfect time to wear it in abundance. On this day I chose to add color into my outfit through a dark floral printed blouse from Forever 21 [in my recent haul on youtube]. I was instantly attracted to this print because it reminded me of old Andy Warhol artwork of floral pop art. To pull it all together I added my geometric, gold bib necklace, as well as a bold red lip thanks for 'Brave Red' by MAC. The red lips help pull out the rich colors from the floral print.



I also got some video footage of my silly self trying to be all cute and smiley, in my greatest attempts to 'model' this outfit for you. Greatest attempts... not really, but I'd love it if you could watch the video and let me know what you think : )


Q: What color do you wear a lot of the time in the winter season? Mine is definitely black, and yes, I know it's not technically a color. Shhh. 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

will you be my valentine?

i surely hope that's a yes! i have lots planned for us on this holiday of love


before we begin, allow me to present with with a darling bouquet pretty 'flowers'!

or, better yet - real flowers! here's a guide on how to arrange a perfect bouquet
the ranunculus if my favorite, but please, no carnations.


i've set up an evening menu for us, and out appetizer will be strawberry macarons made by yours truly! our main course will consist of truffles - 3 different kinds! we can try cabernet chocolate truffles [they're covered in red/pink/white sprinkles!], followed by red velvet truffles [made with just 3 ingredients], and we can finish off with angela's vegan/gluten free chocolate cake balls. they're vegan, so they must be healthy, right?

 

i've been really into DIY projects lately, and i stumbled upon these valentine heart pins. i haven't sewn in a few years, but sewing a heart like this surely isn't a daunting task. seeing these little hearts in many different colors makes me giddy!


if you want to buy me a little gift, i've had my eyes on this beautiful jacket
a canadian girl can never have too many jackets. 


and last but not least,  can we please have a photo shoot like scarlett and jeremy before the sun goes down? their photo shoot reached a level of cute beyond words! 

so, the question is .. will you be my valentine?


Monday, February 11, 2013

Strawberry Macarons


The first time I bit into a macaron happened to be in the Paris airport, from the Laudree bakery. It might sound glamorous, but it did not feel like that after spending almost an entire day in an airport. It was the summer of 2011 and we had missed out connecting flight from Paris to Montreal. Thus, we spent the night in Paris in a not so glamorous hotel [because it was free] - but hey, it's still Paris! The next morning, out flight was scheduled to leave at 10am, but I guess the airline thought a few more delays wouldn't hurt us... so we continued to get delayed until 8pm. I do not think I have ever been any more jet lagged in my life.


But since I'm not here to ramble about airport drama that my family of 6 seems to always experience, let's get back to more important [and delicious] things - strawberry macarons!


This was the first attempt at making macarons. I was quite surprised with the outcome, because I've heard many horror stories about macaron attempts. I'll admit, they do take a bit of patience to make, but the end result of a soft, pillowy shell with a silky interior, making the meringue the perfect sandwich cookie. It's easy to add different flavors, but today I'll stick with the strawberry variety! Perfect for Valetine's Day!


I added a dollop of pureed strawberries into the middle of one shell, then piped the strawberry filling around the outside of the shell and it was the perfect combination of strawberry flavor sandwiched together.


Q: Which macaron flavors have you tried? If you have never tried a macaron before, which flavor would like to try? Salted caramel is my absolute favorite!


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Pretty in Pink // Forever 21 Haul


sweater and necklace: forever 21 // jeans and boots : american eagle

Oh hey there. I'm going to start off  by asking you a question: how are we already into February? Feb. 5th to be exact. Ever since I've started blogging, I feel like time is going by so quickly. I think it has something to do with me being in school now, and everything feels so crammed together and rushed - it makes time go by much quicker. 


Time doesn't exist, clocks do. I read that somewhere last weekend, and it's stuck with me ever since. Speaking of time... when I don't have enough of it before class, I tend to pick up big, kit sweaters to wear. Since most of mine are over sized and made with a soft, knit material, they're the epitome of winter comfort. Bib necklaces have become a recent obsession of mine, too. I bought one from H&M about 3 years ago, wore it once and it's been hanging on a hook in my closet ever since. Now, I'm seeing them on many people, and in many places, just like Forever 21 - the store I bought the gold, geometric one from [pictured above]. I like the different textures on each piece of metal, and I think it's toned down enough to pair with simple outfits that simply needs a touch of adornment. I'd say it's great for that over sized, knit sweater kind of a day. Lastly, I paired it with my beige, suede cowboyish boots to complete my Monday look.






Here's an up close shot of my Valentine's Day inspired nail polish design. It's nothing intricate, but I painted a white heart ['White On' by Sally Hansen] on top of a burgundy shade ['Skyfall' by OPI]using a stencil cut out on washi tape! 


Last buy not least... I thought I would squeeze in a recent video featuring a shopping trip to Forever 21 [or a haul, I suppose]! I don't usually shop there because it's usually a miss on the hit or miss scale... but I browsed though their website and there were many things I wanted to see in person for further inspection - you know quality control purposes and such, ha. 

Enjoy, and let me know what your favorite spring trends are!