Sunday, July 24, 2011

feather earrings

I know you've seen them everywhere and I wasn't feeling it at first, but feather earrings are now one of my new favorite accessories for summer. They're a little tribal meets Steven Tyler but I love the natural trendy vibe they give off!

I got short black and white ones from Nordstrom and wear them with either plain t-shirts or sundresses and I loveee the way they look with my fedora!

(Nordstrom $10.00)

If you have longer hair the more dangly, the better! Rock just one so it looks like it's part of your hair, or if you have short hair, just one looks super edgy. If you want a more glam look, go for ones that have rhinestones or metal feathers woven into the actual feather. 

Just be sure you don't accidentally brush them when you're brushing your hair or else you'll damage them :( 

For some reason all the websites I wanted to use were being testy with pictures but stores like Urban Outfitters, Claire's, and Forever 21 all have great selections of feather earrings!

Go channel your inner indian princess! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

vanilla bean cupcakes

I had the day off, so of course that meant cupcake baking :) Nordstrom is currently having its annual Anniversary Sale, where its fall product comes in on sale and then goes back to full price at the end of the month. As you can imagine, it's been pretty busy and everyone's been working super hard so I wanted to bake something for the girls in my department.

I decided on vanilla bean cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, and did the frosting in the colors of the Anniversary Sale logo.

The recipe called for a real vanilla bean, and they are probably the strangest thing I've ever baked with. When you eat vanilla ice cream vanilla beans are what cause the little black flecks in it. Incase you want to make these yourself, look for something packaged like this in the grocery store:

It took ten minutes of wandering around Giant with a lost look on my face before the store manager eventually came over and helped me find them haha.  This is what's inside:

So weird. Anyways, the cupcakes turned out okay, the batter was super thick and I prefer thicker batters to runny ones but I'm not in love with this cupcake. 

I ate three, of course, and in two of them I could definitely taste the salt, I'm not sure if I didn't mix the batter enough or added too much salt by accident, so if I make these again I'll either skip the salt or add an even smaller amount. 

The colors in the frosting didn't turn out as I wanted them to, but since I had to split the frosting into four different bowls I was hesitant about adding more food coloring because if there's too much you can taste it in the frosting. Below you can see the colors I was attempting to imitate and clearly did not create but I tried :) 

Overall, I wouldn't make this cupcake again because I'm not a huge vanilla fan but here are the recipes incase you want to try them! 

Monday, July 11, 2011

40% off!

I'm addicted to shopping for going out dresses, what college girl isn't? One of my new favorite websites for dresses is and today everything is 40% off!

you're welcome. 

These are my two favorite dresses from there, let's say they're not for the conservative, but the red one was for my birthday so I figured I could get away with it and hey, we're in college and we'll never look like this again!

(black lace one shoulder)

Happy online shopping! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

double chocolate raspberry cupcakes

Today my boyfriend was visiting so I let him choose the kind of cupcakes he wanted me to bake and he decided on double chocolate raspberry, yummm.

I'm a devoted chocolate lover so this cupcake was a huge hit with me. It has a super moist chocolate cake, but the recipe calls for coffee, which gives it a kind of mocha flavor, a raspberry jam filling, and is topped with chocolate ganche and a fresh raspberry. 

I've never made a cupcake with filling before, so it was a little messy and not a lot of filling got inside the cupcake, probably because I was using an icing tube to insert it, so my next kitchen tool will definitely be a filling injector! We used fresh raspberries instead of the frozen ones the recipe called for and didn't filter out the seeds (due to laziness) but the filling still turned out delicious! 

I'd also never made a ganche before, but it isn't hard at all! We found that it spread better on the cupcakes  after being refrigerated for about 15 minutes. 

They turned out absolutely delicious and I can't wait to remake them once I get a proper filling tool! 

(Notice the cupcake apron from my very first post! Thanks mom<3)

Happy baking!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

basic to bling

I've done it again, tried on something I shouldn't have at work and fallen in love with it only to be totally turned off by the price tag. This week's love interest is a pair of SteveMadden satin pumps, with the heels blinged out in rhinestones. Obsessed. 

Perfect height, platform, and comfortable? Hellooo my perfect party shoe. Ironically, this heel is called "Partyy-R" and comes with a $129.95 price tag. Then I got to thinking, I could totally make this myself! I had a pair of satin black pumps from Wet Seal with bows on the back that are a little bit too low for my taste and I couldn't bear to possibly destroy my favorite platform pumps so I decided to recreate these $139.95 SteveMadden heels instead:

hot glue gun
glue sticks
black heels
lotsss of patience 


(Don't mind the leftover mud from Halloween)

Glue the rhinestones in the middle of the bow first:

Then I just started on the inner edge of the bow and kept doing rows! 

Personally I think they turned out adorable! The shoes cost $26.00 originally, plus $21.00 for all the supplies, equaling a grand total of $47.00.  Compare at the orignal price of $140.00? Sorry SteveMadden! Plus now I get the bragging rights of saying I made them all on my own :) Happy bedazzling!

Friday, July 1, 2011

red velvet cupcakes

I wanted to make a festive cupcake for the 4th of July because it is my favorite holiday, so I decided to do a red velvet! Red velvet are great cupcakes to make if you're not sure of someone's preferences because the cake flavor doesn't really fall under vanilla or chocolate, and who doesn't love cream cheese frosting?

The recipe called for two tablespoons of red food coloring, so I thought that one little bottle would be enough, but that only gave me one tablespoon of coloring. Hence why the cupcakes are a little more on the pink side instead of the rich red I was hoping for. 

And I topped them with an obnoxious decorations from Giant, but I like to pretend the raspberry makes them a little more classy :) The raspberry goes really well with the cream cheese frosting, it reminds me of cheesecake a little! 

Happy Fourth!