Monday, August 26, 2013

I've Moved // NOW mochaandmoccasins.com





Hey everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. As promised, today marks the first day of my back to school series, where I’ll be sharing fashion, beauty, foodie videos and so much more.
But first, I made a small change to my blog over the weekend. I’ve switched over to wordpress! I also purchased my own domain, so instead of finding me at mochaandmoccasins.blogspot.ca, you can now find me at mochaandmoccasins.com .

I think you’ll have to update your bloglovin’ feeds if you follow me through there, but just follow the links and it should be fine (bloglovin link here). If you notice any glitches in my new blog, please let me know.  I imported my entire blogger blog into wordpress, so all of my old posts/pictures/comments should be there. I’m still updating a few things, but it should be finished soon.

Head on over to my new blog here to see my first back to school fashion post, and video! I spent a lot of time planning, recording and editing this first one, so I hope you enjoy and leave me your feedback!

M.

Friday, August 23, 2013

friday finds // blog etiquette, perfect cookies, cellulite killers


 1. attention bloggers: do you know the proper blogger email etiquette? I suggest new and old bloggers give this article a quick read!

2. the ultimate guide to chocolate chip cookies - find out how to make your favorite/perfect cookie.

3. black is my favorite color for autumn and fall - here is some grunge fashion inspirations.

4. cupcakes & cashmere put together a fall coat wishlist - i can't wait to pick up my own new coat.  

5. raven reveals the one thing that removed her cellulite. i've been trying it for a week and it's working miracles.

6. tuna salad is a classic meal, but angela made an almond 'tuna' salad - i can't wait to try this recipe out.

7. want some new instagramers to follow? check out these AMAZING artists!

8. what if your mother founded the cosmetic brand Stila, and your father was an actor on ER... imagine the pressures from hollywood society in that picture. esme, their daughter, says, “It seems like it from what is being directed towards me everywhere I look. But I don’t want to look that way…and I don’t have to." watch this amazing video to see esme age herself by an entire decade.

9. i just shared my room tour with you guys, but merrick has inspired me to organize my jewelry. her closet is gorgeous and (now) so fresh and organized.

10. emily put together a minute long dounts and whisky night video. my favorite part is the quartered donut samples, and her white candle fireplace is gorgeous.

11. ballerina hair bun adornment and this ring - i dig it.

- image sources: 2 // 3 // 6 // 7 // 9 // 10 // 11

this monday i'm launching a back to school video/post series, filled with fashion, beauty, healthy meals and more. stay tuned throughout the next few weeks.

 have a lovely weekend!   

M.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Room Tour: Black and White


I wasn't always a big fan of black and white interior decor. Six years ago, it was all about the hot pink, bright orange and canary yellow. Times have changed and that's definitely for the better. My parents are trying to sell out house this summer, which means my bedroom must be spotless at all times. As our realtor was snapping pictures of our home, I thought it would be the perfect time to take my own and share my bedroom and some of my interior inspirations with you!

Black and white is all about simplicity and that's the route I wanted to take - black and white furniture with splashes of color and neutral elements to make it more 'home-y'. My bed is from IKEA and it helps balance out all of the black furniture with it's Victorian and girly style frame.


To be honest, I hate this keyboard here. I don't even know how to play it... my mom just wanted to get rid of it from a different room and she placed it in mine. It's not even plugged in. Ideally, I would want a black and white book cube - 2x4 cubes for shoes! As of right now, they're in my closet, but I would love to display and store my favorite pairs right in that spot. The dresser in the back is from IKEA, mostly used for storage, some makeup as well as undergarments and pajamas.

The artwork on my walls are prints from magazines and the internet, framed with IKEA frames.




Ah, this desk... it's definitely my favorite piece of furniture in my bedroom and it's also attached to the book cube. If you haven't noticed the pattern, this one is also from IKEA. I tend to move the items on my desk or book case daily, so it's appearance is always changing, but I try to always steer away from more items because it will get cluttered. The first picture of my desk has artwork on it and this was a watercolor piece I made in high school. 

My favorite part about my desk, is the book/pen organization. I have 3 books: Influence by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, That Extra Half an Inch by Victoria Beckham and Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman. These are quick and entertaining reads for friends to read if they visit. On top is a white metal dainty pencil holder from IKEA, a plastic Starbucks cup with my rolls of Washi tape (obsessed) and a glass with 12 different colors of Sharipes. I love the visual presentation of this.


Next up, we have the opposite side. I think everyone has had this Audrey Hepburn canvas from IKEA at one point. This was one of the first pieces of black and white inspiration I picked up, once my pink/orange/yellow girly phase was over.  The night table is from IKEA. It's a new addition into my room because the way my bed was placed before, didn't allow any room for a night table, so when I moved my bed, there was room and my sister gave me her dark espresso colored table from Wal-Mart.


On this night table, I have a picture of the Eiffel tower (print purchased at the Paris airport), an IKEA bubble lamp, an old Glamour magazine with Victoria Beckham on the cover and a gold Aztec statement necklace for a bit of golden shine. The decorations on this night table change all of the time and there are usually 3-4 coffee mugs on it... oops.


These pillows from Bouclair were intentionally for our living room couch, but my mom was not a fan, so I tried them on my bed, and paired them with a cream colored blanket from Cotton Ginny. My walls are actually a light cream color (not white), so these pillows and blanket help tie it all together.


Finally, we have my floral arrangement. I've tried placing it in multiple locations; this drawer, my night stand, my desk... the possibilities are endless. When I was making it, I photographed the process, so stay tuned for that tutorial coming soon. All of the flowers and the mirrored container are from Michaels.  

And finally, saving the best for last...


My closet! I'm so happy I was given the room with a walk-in closet. As of right now, there isn't much organization to it, just shoes on top, clothes hanging on matching white hangers, sweaters folded up and scarves tied around the closet bar. In our next house, I definitely want to make it a project and priority to have all of my clothes and accessories nicely organized.


Wouldn't those heels look gorgeous on a 2x4 book cube from IKEA?  I'll have to start convincing my mom to get me that bookshelf cube unit, instead of that keyboard. 


If there is anything you want to know where it was purchased, please leave me a comment below. 

Q: What are your inspirations when it comes to interior design? Do you have a favorite color scheme? I find a lot of my design inspirations and ideas for my next bedroom on Pinterest.

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M.

Monday, August 19, 2013

a flower girl once again


Happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend? I had quite a busy one because of work and family time - my dad just arrived in China for work! He travels all of the time for work, so it's nothing out of the ordinary, but we still miss him despite being used to it.

As I prepare a few back-to-school posts and videos for you guys (any requests?), I thought I'd share my second Osheaga look today! When I wore this outfit, I was preparing for a very, very hot festival day. Shorts and loose tanks are the best choices for hot days because they are so comfortable, yet festival appropriate. I wore my flower crown once again, and that gave my outfit a bit of sparkle and pizazz.


flower crown: made myself (tutorial here) // tank top: aritzia // shorts: american eagle 
belt: american apparel // sandals: aldo // satchel: nine west 

Q: How was your weekend? Also, do you have any back to school request posts/videos?

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M.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cookies and Cream Cookies

 

About one month ago, I posted a recipe on Rolo Cookies. Little did I know, this would soon become one of my most popular blog posts, as well as pins on Pinterest (106 and counting)! People just love caramel and chocolate together and I totally get that. But... today is all about a different kind of treat: the Hershey's cookies n' cream bar!


 This has been one of my favorite chocolate bars ever since elementary school. I even remember hinting to my grade 6 'Secret Santa' to get me these and she gifted me with 20 cookies and cream bars (aka: bars of gold). I don't know how I managed to eat 20 of those so quickly, but I'm sure my blood was 99% sugar at that point. Lesson here: don't eat your body weight in chocolate, unless you're receiving them as a gift... then it's perfectly fine. Today, I'm providing you with an alternative use.


The best thing about incorporating chocolate bars into cookies, is that it's so simple. You simply chop up your chocolate bar into bite size pieces, some bigger, some smaller sized and fold them into your cookie dough. If you've been reading my blog for a few months, I'm sure your familiar with this cookie recipe I always use (found on Sally's Baking Addiction). I've used it with my Rolo Cookies, Easter Cookies, Pink/Red/White Sprinkle Cookies and today we have Cookies & Cream Cookies!

The great thing about this recipe, is that these cookies are so soft and chewy, yet they hold their thick texture perfectly once cooled down. I always refrigerate my dough for at least an hour before baking these, to ensure a perfectly soft texture. Another trick for thick, soft and chewy cookies, is to add two teaspoons of corn starch! Never forget the corn starch because it helps with the ideal cookie texture.


Cookies & Cream Cookies Recipe
recipe adapted from Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Sally's Baking Addiction)
- makes 2.5 dozen cookies

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (or light brown - dark is preferred)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 1.5 cups of chopped Hershey's Cookies n' Cream chocolate bars
Instructions
  1. Line an ungreased cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. 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 and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. On low speed, mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in cookies n' cream chunks. Dough will be thick and sticky. Chill for at least 30 minutes (or up to 3 days).
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. Drop balls of dough onto cookie sheet (about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) OR used a standard-sized cookie scoop. Press a few chocolate chips onto the tops of cookies for looks, if desired. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. Do NOT bake them longer than 10 minutes. Remove and let cool for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet. If the cookies are too puffy, try gently pressing down on them with the back of a spoon. Transfer to cooling rack. Cookies remain fresh in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
Notes
*Do not drop dough onto warm cookie sheets. Allow cookie sheets to cool completely between batches.
*Cookies freeze well – up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well – up to three months.


Q: Have you ever tried a Cookies n' Cream chocolate bar? They're one of my favorites, as well as cookies and cream ice cream. It's a divine combination!

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M.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Flower Girls

 

And just like that... Osheaga was over. It was quite a whirlwind of a 5-day weekend, but it was the most fun/down to earth weekend I've experienced in years. From reuniting with friends from 6 years ago, to seeing Macklemore and Ben Howard just meters away, to eating poutine every. single. day... it's hard to pin point my favorite moment, but that weekend is going in the books.

One thing I love about music festivals is the fashion. It's a whole different atmosphere than the city streets and one that I like a whole lot better. Everything from cropped cute bandeaus, to floral crowns for days. I even made my own floral crown and you have no idea how many people tried to pull it off my head. In the pictures below, my friend Kaith and I, were unintentionally color coded but we each had different looks. I paired a cream colored, baggy, knit sweater with a simple, black high waited skater skirt. It was all about comfort and simplicity - I wanted the flower crown to be the focus.

 



- what she wore -
sweater: h&m // skirt: topshop // boots: steve madden // bag: nine west (similar)

M.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Dream Home Space with Chaise Longue Boutique

I've been trying to make my bedroom into my ideal comfort space for a few years now, but I've always found something to be missing. I've come to the realization that the missing piece is a vanity (with a kick ass chair to complete the set up). Well... a vanity and a mini fridge, but a vanity looks so much better. I was invited to enter a contest from Chaise Longue Boutique, a luxury french furniture connoisseur. The concept is simple - create a wishlist or moodboard of things you would love to have in your home or any room of your choice and as long as you use one piece from their boutique and provided a description for your pick, you can be entered into the contest.  Anyone can enter (it's international), and the grand prize is an iPad 3!  

After growing out of my awkward girly girl preteen phase, I've developed a love for all things black and white (with my closet as proof). I chose a white vanity to balance out the black furniture in my bedroom, and to flow with my cream colored walled. The vanity is called 'Chateau Carved Dressing Table'... quite a fancy and regal name! I love the french style and details throughout the table legs and mirror. You can really see the time and detail put towards this gorgeous piece. Going along with the black and white theme, my decor around it matches, with some silver additions for some metallic shine. 

For more information on the contest, click here
To visit Chaise Longue Boutique, click here.
To see where the other pieces in my mood board are found, click here.

Q: What item would you include in your dream home space?
If you make an entry for the contest, please let me know in the comments below! I'd love to check them all out. I'm really into different mood boards lately, especially black and white themes.

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

DIY || floral crown


Here I am, channeling my inner hippie child: floral crown, flowing long natural locks of hair and a simple white tank showcasing nature's moons and stars. I've had my eye on a few florals crowns I've seen online, but I could not bring myself to buy one, when I knew I could purchase the supplies to make my own, my own custom floral wreath.


When trying to find the perfect (and for me, easiest) tutorial, I picked up some tips from a few different sources. This video (link) helped me the most and I recommend you watch it, too!


 Supplies 
fake flowers (real ones work too, but they're more delicate) // wire cutters
strong floral wire // hot glue gun // glue sticks // floral tape

Instructions
1. Taking the floral wire, measure one length around your head. Cut that length off but leave excess, about 8 inches. Cut 2 more of these lengths because we will be braiding them for the base of the crown. 


2. Line the wires up and tie the tops into a knot with a loop left over. Use pliers to grip the wires and wrap them around easier.  Begin braiding the wires without tightening them too much because the flowers will fit into the holes throughout the braid.


Before you tie the end pieces together, measure around your head once again. If all is well, loop the end pieces into the loop on top and wrap around the body of the braid (seen above). If the wires are hard to bend, use wire cutters or pliers to tighten them. 


3. Use floral tape to wrap around the wires that stick out. If you don't, they will poke you!


4. Pull the flower heads off the stems and  arrange them in a circle (the same size as the crown). This way, you can play around with the pattern to see which way you like it before permanently gluing them on. I chose to use the dusty purple roses as my first flower. 

5. Taking the flower head, add a small amount of glue to the bottom and hold if down on the wreath for at least 30 seconds. I found that making a hole in the spot of the braid before gluing the flower in was easier, because it provided some room for the little nub at the bottom of the flower head to fit into.


6. Take your next choice of flower and repeat step 5. Continue this step with different flowers until you have your desired look. Don't pick too many flowers, because they might start to clash.It's optional to add greenery, but I added left over leaves around some empty spots. I found this addition made the crown look more natural and complete.

7. Once the glue has dried, cut off the flower nubs on the inside of the crown.

My flower choices were: purple roses, white daisies, red peonies + extra leaves to help fill in those empty spaces. For my first floral crown, I'm quite pleased! The whole project didn't cost more than $15. 


Hippie child or not, channel your inner floral goddess before the petals have blown away and the leaves have changed into crispy, autumnal colors. Enjoy the summer days before they're gone. 

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M.