Thursday, January 31, 2013

Room Full Of Roses

Have you ever woken up and though "Ugh! There are roses on my desk, yuck!"  Me neither.  I absolutely love having fresh flowers in my apartment and this look fits my place perfectly.  Bright white walls, wood accents, and stacks of old books.  All I need is some twine and burlap and this look is done...maybe I'm not that rustic.  But darlings let's dedicate this day to pampering ourselves with fresh lowers even if it's one simple rose from the flower shop in your neighborhood.  After all, don't you deserve it?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Adorable Art Prints

Every time I seem to make up my mind about the artwork I want in my place I find more adorable prints like these!  I just stumbled upon Amanda Catherine Designs on Etsy and I love all of her sweet prints.  I think at least one of these will be added to my walls, not only are they adorable but they're affordable to.  Check out all her other designs and color options.  What do you think, would you want one for your place? Here are a few more of my favorites. 


Friday, January 25, 2013

Food Porn Friday

Friday is here darlings!  What are your plans for the weekend?  We are headed up the coast again, this time for my friend Blair's wedding!  The bachelorette last weekend was so much fun, I can't wait to see everyone again and celebrate Blair and Casey's marriage. 

Blair has always loved shades of green and has chosen a lovely lime green for her wedding with soft pink accents.  Given her love for color and vivacious personality I wouldn't be at all surprised if her cake looks a little something like this one.   Lord knows I'll be having at least one slice of it, dancing under 90 hanging lanterns, and loving love!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Mac!

Happy birthday Mr. Mac!!!  It's here another birthday for my love...the guy who impersonates Christina Aguilera, dances with his cat, builds go-carts, and can't say no to a tri-tip sandwich.  Love you so much and I can't wait to celebrate with you tonight!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What Is Your Favorite Birthday Dessert?

I'm lucky enough to be celebrating the birthdays of two of my favorite guys this week and I can't stop planning birthday treats.  Today is my best friend Blake's birthday and tomorrow is Mac's birthday, so exciting! They are both huge fans of lemon desserts.  So when it comes to birthdays Mac loves a lemon tart or double chocolate cake and Blake likes "wedding cake" (mild lemon cake with vanilla buttercream frosting).  It took me at least a year of trial and error to figure out what exactly he meant by "wedding cake." 

Personally for my birthday I've always loved carrot cake with cream cheese frosting or chocolate cake with raspberry jam and chocolate ganache.  What about you, have a favorite cake or do you crave something completely different?

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Food Porn Friday

Happy Food Porn Friday!  Today's treat is in honor of the champagne cake pops just scream bachellorette to me!  

I am so excited to attempt my gold champagne macarons tonight and then in the morning I go to pick up my best friend (and sister in law) and we're headed up the coast to the Madonna Inn for a bachelorette party weekend!  Can't wait to see my old friends and celebrate with the bride to be.  

The Madonna Inn (pictures of every room)  has always been on those 100 must see hotel lists.  Growing up right by it I always wanted to stay there but never had the chance.  Check it out, every room is different.  And please, oh please, click on the Caveman Room!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Smile It's Almost Friday

I adore this quote!  Smiles, sequins, and champagne...what more do you need?  I've been one day off all week.  It's one of those weeks where you think Monday is Tuesday and Tuesday is Wednesday...I have the feeling by the time I get to Friday a glass of champagne will be in order! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gold. Champagne. Macarons.

Gold. Champagne. Macarons.  Nuf said!  I am dying over here just thinking of this delicious treat and am hardly able to contain myself because I am making them on Friday.  I want to make them now.  Now.  But I know that macarons are better fresh and that these will be perfect for my friend's bachelorette party this weekend!  

There are a few ways to make these but I am going to start with a simple buttercream and add champagne similar to this recipe then brush my macaron recipe with gold dust and hopefully I'll get a similar look.  
I am so happy that I came across this idea before the party because I think the ladies will love them.  Gold. Champagne. Macorons.   Have I mentioned I'm excited?  Is it wrong to be this thrilled by a macaron?

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P.S. If you can put my essence in a cookie I'd really like this to be the one...or snickerdoodles cuz that's just a fun word to say.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Kitchen Essentials: Cake Stand

Over the years I have slowly been collecting kitchen essentials and accessories.  What can I say, I spend half my time in the kitchen so I might as well spend my money there too.  Along with a french press I was craving a cake stand for Christmas and these are a few I found in my search.  

I ended up getting a beautiful glass stand with a dome and I love it!  It was perfect for the cake I made New Years Eve, and now that I'm giving up sugar for a few weeks (ugh!)  it is perfect to keep my fruit in and actually looks pretty cute.  I'm so excited to have it for serving sweets at a party or even using as a pretty cheese plate.     

What do you think are cake stands out dated or would you give up a little counter space to fit one in your kitchen?  

Links to all the cake stands are available here!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Food Porn Friday

Happy Friday!  This cake just makes me think "happy Friday  let's eat cake!"  Isn't it just beautiful?  I don't know if you've ever checked out Sprinkle Bakes, but I'm pretty sure this is what would happen if dessert and fairy tales had a baby...heavenly!

This week has flown by and I am so excited for the weekend.  We'll be seeing friends on Saturday and I have a DIY gallery wall project I've been wanting to do for months, wish me luck!  What are you lovelies up to this weekend?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Would You Use Temporary Wallpaper?

I just came across this temporary wallpaper and I'm kind of in love with the idea.  Since I'm a renter I never want to do too much to my walls with paint and especially wallpaper.  This idea seems like the perfect way to add some color but still keep me on good terms with my landlord.  What do you think quick and easy change or would you be worried about the finish and staying power?  

Friday, January 4, 2013

Food Porn Friday

If I have to stay home sick drinking tea I would love it to look like this!  Maybe I can at least scare up some madeleines somewhere.  

What are your plans for the weekend?  I'll be taking it easy on the couch for the rest of the day and tomorrow I'm taking my niece to have her hair layered for the first time.  She is so excited and I can't wait to see how her new style turns out!  Have a great weekend loves!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sick Days

Well my almost two weeks off for Christmas and New Year celebrations were amazing!  Lots of family time, good food, and relaxing on the coast.  Unfortunately I got sick just in time to go back to work.  I managed to make it through most of the day yesterday but knew this morning that I would not be making it into the office.  I know I need to take care of myself but sometimes its so hard to stay in bed, especially when you have so much to do.  

What's your sick day routine?  I have been in bed or on the sofa curled up with a cozy blanket and slippers, drinking juice, lighting candles, watching horrible chick flicks, and blowing my nose so loud it sounds like a fog right?  Mac has been a dear, even ran me a bath last night before he went out to get me dinner and more sick supplies. 

Just me or does anyone else think of that scene from You've Got Mail when they're sick...and then wish they could be that adorable.  

Stay healthy loves!

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