Monday, September 26, 2011

Trend Alert: Red Velvet

So  when I hear "red velvet" the first thing that comes to my mind are cupcakes, however  it also is a pretty big fashion trend right now, and I am currently trying to find the perfect  red velvet blazer.  Mainly because  it makes me think of magic shows and movie theaters ... but it also happens to look wicked cool with a vintage tee and oxfords:  

But of course I wouldn't mention cupcakes without sharing my fave recipe with you:

What you need (for 24 servings): 

 2 1/2 cups  flour 
1 1/2 cups sugar 
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup  buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
red food coloring

Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl,  stir the other  ingredients together in another bowl, and add the dry mix. Add the food coloring, and fill the finished  batter into your cupcake forms (fill them only 3/4).  Bake the cupcakes for 20 - 25 minutes, let them cool down and decorate them with your favorite frosting. My favorite way to do it is to mix cream cheese with a tiny dash  of lemon juice and powdered sugar, but the possibilities are endless ;)  

Peace, Love and Sunshine

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Friday, September 23, 2011

I ♥ Dixie

Out  of all the new Fall shows "Hart of Dixie" is the  one I was most excited about  (besides American Horror Story of course) - and the pilot didn't disappoint.  If there ever was a show that had the potential to be my new Everwood this is it!  

Hart of Dixie might be the sweetest show ever, and yes the fact that I had a 4 hour night might have played into  my emotional reaction...but I was teary eyed the entire time. Rachel Bilson is adorable as Zoe, the story is adorable,  and even Burt Reynolds the pet alligator guessed it adorable. 

Since the show didn't premier yet I don't wanna spoil anything, but I can tell you that there's something else that is very adorable (no, I'm not talking about the hot neighbor) - the wardrobe!   

Here is my own spin  on Zoe's look:

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1) Boyfriend chinos and a cute cardigan are always a a great look. But what really stood out in Zoe's version were her sandals, I however live in a colder climate so I went with flats instead.

2) An oversized sweater worn as a dress and paired with rugged boots looks efortlessly cool, and the vintage  necklace adds that NYC glam that makes Zoe stand out in her new home.

3) This is a more casual version of one of Zoe's shorts, blazer, and killer heels combos. I admired this jacket at the mall this morning and it is the first thing I thought of when I put this together...maybe we'll see it on Zoe sometime ;)

Peace, Love and Sunshine

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

DIY: All Wrapped Up

I love giving people books for their birthdays, but lets be honest even if it is an amazing book it's a boring gift...unless you go an extra mile with the presentation ;)  

What you need: 

1) A present...duh - A friend's birthday is coming up and since she's a horror fan like me, I figured "How to Survive a Horror Movie" would make the perfect present for her.

2) A plate or tray - since I decided to go with a Halloween theme I picked up a cute metal tray with a pumpkin design. 

3) Decorations galore - To "fill the plate" I hit the 99 cent store and got some Halloween decorations, pumpkin scented candles, and fabric leaves.

4) Candy! -  If there's still room fill it up with candy (no sweet tooth? Just go with tea or coffee instead).

5) Cellophane wrap, pipe cleaners, bows and whatever else you need for finishing touches.

...Now on to the fun part: 

Put it all together on your plate/tray. There are no rules rules...just make it look AWESOME!

Would  you like to see more DIY, decorating,  and  crafts related  posts?  Comment below!  (...cause I kinda do this a lot  lol)

Peace, Love and Sunshine

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Monday, September 12, 2011

O.O.T.D: Cattle&Ghosts

As soon as the leaves start turning just the slightest bit orange my mind goes into Halloween mode, but since it is still a little too early to break out the orange sweaters and funny Halloween tees I need to find some alternatives...   Like the outfit I wore to go shopping today:

1) I found this Boss Orange shirt last week and immediately fell in love with it,  I am usually not a huge fan of the brand (with the exception of shoes/purses) - but this is simply the perfect pre-Halloween shirt.

2) H&M  super soin skinny jeans - While I like to invest in other styles, nothing beats H&M when it comes to super comfortable skinny jeans (Best part:  they are only around 10€!)  

3) Tan Cowboy Boots - You know I love all types of boots, but cowboy boots are probably my number one. My favorite pair is by Sommerkind and slowly falling apart, but that makes them look even cooler.

4) I kept the accessories  rather simple and only wore some small rose earrings and a vintage locket (not pictured).

5) The highlight of the outfit is my mom's vintage Ralph Lauren bag - it's HUGE and  the cow totally goes with  the boots - enough said! 

Make me smile  and  comment below :)

Peace, Love and Sunshine

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Heads up, BFFs. It’s a Rosewood Fall…

…but the leaves won't be the only thing falling -A  ( worries it's just me, did I scare ya?)

When it comes to fashion fall is by far my favorite season, and what is a better fall fashion inspiration than Pretty Little Liars ?  (…since Rosewood seems to be stuck in a permanent September and all…)

My two favorite fall fashion staples are riding boots and trench coats, so I once again came up with a style for all four girls (if you are interested in Pretty Little Liars inspired summer looks click here). 

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Cognac is all the rage this fall, and I especially love how great it looks with orange. So to get Hanna's look try  some cognac skinny jeans, a simple fitted tee, a bright orange scarf, and add lots of gold accessories for that extra glam Hanna is known for.  

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I cheated a little with this one because Troian actually wore this dress on the show,  but I love it way too much to not feature it.  The great thing about September is that it is still warm enough to wear your mini dresses, but also cold enough to wear them with gorgeous boots - did I mention how much I love this month?   

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Take a fancy skirt, dress it down with a shabby chic tee (this Wildfox one is probably the coolest shirt I've ever seen, go to  and check it out in detail to see what I mean) add quirky accessories (HUGE earrings are a must!) and you are good to go!  …And  if it gets too chilly for the short skirt, take another clue from Aria and get some tights in a funky pattern or color.

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Emily might not seem like the trench coat type, but  adding distressed skinny jeans and a comfy hoodie makes it very her. And comfy doesn't mean plain, just pick something a little different. So why not go for an oversized hoodie with lace detailing?  

So what is your fave thing about fall?  Let me know in the comments!  

…and only 42 days, 3 hours and 13 minutes until the Liars are back for their Halloween special! can't wait!

Peace, Love and Sunshine
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