Friday, April 29, 2011

kate middleton - style icon

I am beyond excited for the royal wedding that is took place early this morning!  One, because it will be fabulous and two, because I think Kate Middleton is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen!  She is quickly becoming one of the great fashion icons of our generation, and I can certainly see why.  Here are some of Kate's most stylish looks...

More on the Royal Wedding next week...

Until then...Cheerio!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

bright bags

 {photo via kate spade}

In line with spring's trending colors, every magazine I flip through is full of brightly colored handbags.  Colorful accessories are always a great way to spice up an outfit, and handbags are one of a girl's favorite accessories, so naturally this trend is a hit!      

1. banana republic, colorful exotic hobo $120
2. marc jacobs, totally turnover percy bag $198
3. kate spade, flicker bon shopper $225
4. zara, fashion city bag $149
5. american apparel, medium leather carry-all pouch $50
6. street level, dakota bag $75
7. kate spade, essex scout $395

{bright colors also found here and here}

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

cookbook collection

I love cookbooks and have a growing collection.  I enjoy looking through them for ideas and inspiration.  Whether I decide to follow one of the recipes exactly to the letter or use it to create my own masterpiece, I have fun with the book.  I adore that most of them come complete with beautiful photos and lovely stories to accompany the delicious recipes.  Here are a few new and classic cookbooks I love...

Perfect for first timers, this guide teaches you in straightforward language how to cook everything from cinnamon buns to stir-fry to pizza with remarkable photos to help you along the way.

Blogger-turned-author Drummond gives readers a slice of frontier life in this likeable-enough collection of recipes and dispatches from the Oklahoma ranch she shares with her husband and children. Replicating the step-by-step photography that made her blog such a hit.

The Academy-Award winning actress and avid foodie shares a sumptuous collection of recipes and gorgeous photographs celebrating the joy of preparing food for loved ones, a passion she learned from her beloved father.

For both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine.  This beautiful book, with more than 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach. 

This book has been teaching Americans how to cook since its first private printing in 1931.  The nearly 5,000 recipes are handily organized by meal and ingredient, and no cooking instruction goes unexplained.  It includes nutritional information as well as an extremely helpful list of measures and equivalents.

What is your favorite cookbook?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

puppy loves

Meet my sweet puppy Lucy!  She loves giving kisses, taking walks, sleeping and eating treats (lots of treats)!  Today she wanted to contribute to the blog and share some of her favorite items for herself and fellow dogs to enjoy!  Lucy give's these items two paws up...

1. bamboo pet, bam travel bowl $7.99-$10.99
2. unitedk9, modern dog bowl $22.95
3. crate & barrel, "woof" treat jar $19.95
4. flexi, classic retractable leash $25-$38
5. harry barker, cotton rope tug and toss toy $6-$10
6. kong, classic kong $10-$20
7. walk-e-woo, dog collar $20-$24
8. chilewich, dog mat $35
9. harry barker, kennel club bone toy $9.50-$11.50
10, fleabag bed, star $98-$178

woof, woof!

Monday, April 25, 2011

circle scarf

For only $28 at American Apparel you can own this circle scarf that can be worn in over a dozen different ways.  It comes in tons of fab colors, plus it is affordable and stylish!  Take a look at some of the fun ways it can be worn and the array of colors it comes in - I love this scarf!

What is your favorite circle scarf style?

Friday, April 22, 2011

carrot cake

At one of my wedding showers my Aunt Sue gave me this lovely cake stand and several of her favorite cake recipes to go along with it!  In honor of Easter this weekend I decided to make the carrot cake.  This is a delicious recipe...thank you Aunt Sue!

One Bowl Carrot Cake
Mix the following by hand until well blended:
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 eggs beaten
1 cup nuts
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 cups shredded carrots
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple with juice

Bake in well greased and floured pans at 350° for about 40 minutes (keep an eye on this-different ovens vary).  Until reasonable firm (toothpick test).  Let cool before frosting with cream cheese frosting (below).

Cream Cheese Frosting
cream together:
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter softened
add in:
1 tsp. vanilla
1 box sifted powdered sugar
Add milk a teaspoon at a time to thin if necessary

I added some crushed walnuts around the edges of the cake and sprinkled the leftover coconut on top!

Happy weekend! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

go green

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow I wanted to share some tips on going green, as well as, some of my favorite eco friendly products.  

Top 10 tips to be green (via yahoo):
1. unplug and turn off
2. use less water
3. switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs
4. choose products with less packaging
5. buy organic and local foods
6. drive less
7. plant a tree
8. recycle more
9. buy green power
10. spread the word

1. crate and barrel, set of 12 dinner napkins $39.95
2. sigg, heritage $24.99
4. electra, daisy
5. lunchskins, reusable sandwich bag $8.95
6. crate and barrel, storage bowl $1.95
7. rume, medium shopping bag $9.95

Yes, you can be fashionable and good to the environment, too!
topo ranch, organic cotton easy tank $42
toms, vegan classics $54
people tree school of fair trade, chambray embroidered skirt $86.06
matt and nat, vegan/recycled zocalo bag $175

Happy Earth Day!  What are your favorite green products?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

summer shoes - espadrilles

{rainbow of soludos espadrilles}

Espadrilles are casual flats that originated centuries ago in the Mediterranean.  They are usually composed of a rope sole (jute) and a cotton/canvas upper.  Espadrilles now come in a wide variety of fun colors and patterns.  They are the perfect choice for the beach or the city!  So, treat your feet to a pair of these stylish summer shoes...  

1. old navy, open-toe espadrille $21.99
2. miss me, trek-1 $35
3. kate spade, new york 'lido' espadrille flat $99
4. soludos, dali $26
5. old navy, espadrilles $19.94
6. report, lucas $35
7. diane von furstenberg, 'candence' espadrille flat $98
8. etienne aigner, urban flats $34.99
9. soludos, playa $28
10. top shop, vital laceup espadrille $32

cheers to the summer!
{photo by soludos}

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

pink, white & blue

Pretty in pink...white and blue.  Here is a cute little twist on a patriotic outfit I put together.  I love this chambray shirt from Madewell paired with some white denim and cute wedges.  Throw in a pair of ray-bans and my favorite tote from Banana Republic and top it all off with some pink polish and one of Kate Spade's darling idiom bracelets...

1. kate spade, hot to trot bangle $28
2. ag, stevie jeans $168
3. madewell, perfect chambray shirt $68
4. essie, bachelorette bash $8
5. hive & honey, chain link jewel necklace $38
6. ray-ban, polarized sunglasses $179
7. j. crew, notched skinny belt $32.5
8. lucky brand, magnolia wedge $79
9. banana republic, market tote $120

Monday, April 18, 2011

hoppy easter

I love holidays and all of the festive decorations that come along with each.  (I get this from my mother who loves her decorations!)  With Easter just around the corner I have been a busy bunny around my house!  Here is a peek at some of my Easter embellishments...

{do-it-yourself (diy) easter garland found here}

 {easter chick salt and pepper shakers}

{centerpiece with jelly beans, peeps and flowers}

{candle holders with peeps and easter grass}

{my childhood easter basket}
{filled with my favorite easter candy}

Hoppy Easter!
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