Archive | August, 2012

Hats of Horror: Royal Ascot fashion 2012

31 Aug

Oh No! I didn’t get the memo regarding “millinery monstrosity day”.  These hats are hideous!  I hope they were worn in fun because that’s all I want to do when I see them is “make fun.” I’m so perplexed as to why these women are smiling, looking so pleased with their hat of choice. My face would NOT be adorned with a smile if I was rocking one of these. I can laugh with the best of them but this is just……what the heck? One should never wear a plastic breakfast plate or a teapot on one’s head. No! Nope! Never!

I’m thankful for one thing, the good ol’ laugh I got from viewing these pictures. Oh fashion – you make me laugh and cry all at the same time. How do you do it?

Which hat do you find appalling? Or maybe you fancy some of them…I won’t judge. lol

Tennis Anyone? (Vogue’s Designer Tennis Balls)

30 Aug

In honor of the US Open Championships,Vogue has commissioned 8 designers to design one-of-kind tennis balls. My favorite, the bejeweled tennis ball designed by Peter Som. I’m assuming that these highly glizty tennis balls are purely for decorative purposes. I don’t see Serena Williams using them to claim another Wimbledon title. Then again, if anyone could do it…. it would her. Match point!

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Swooning Over A Unicorn……..

29 Aug

I’m currently swooning over a unicorn!  Yes a unicorn!  Not an “actual unicorn” (you know the ones described mainly in children’s fairytale books). No my obsession is much better than that. Plus unicorns don’t really exist. Well, unless you count the one that keeps reappearing in my dreams. Go figure.

My obsession is over a gold unicorn head mounted on a necklace. I want this gorgeous necklace. No! I “NEED” this gorgeous necklace. This beauty was designed by the insanely talented Hana Cholo.  Cholo’s amazing jewelry is sold exclusively at Project NY, a pop-up boutique located in New York City. I must find a way to make this necklace mine! Plotting………

Sneak Peek: Kirna Zabete for Target (Lookbook Fall 2012)

27 Aug
Well, well, well, look what we have here…..another Target collaboration. Kirna Zabete has created a limited edition collection to hit Target stores nationwide September 9th. The collection has over a 100 pieces, prices ranging from $9.99 to $199.99. Here’s a sneak peek at some of fashion treats within the collection.
I’m on a tight budget. I’m thinking I’ll save my chips and wait for the 25 Designer collaboration which will hit  Target stores December 11th.  The 25 Designer collaboration includes Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Carolina Herrera just to name a few.  Ooh I can’t wait! Hurry up December I need to get my hands on some pretty dresses ASAP!!!

Kiki’s Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Cookie Cake

25 Aug

Yes, this is happening! I made a cookie cake! It was delicious chocolately with hints of banana and walnuts….just what the doctor ordered.

Banana, Walnut & Chocolate Cookie Cake

makes 1 8-inch cookie cake

inspired by Tasty Kitchen & Joy The Baker

 Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 ripe banana (mashed)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup dark chocolate chunks

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter in an 8-inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.  Stir in sugar  and vanilla extract and remove from heat.  Whisk until thoroughly combined.  Allow mixture to stand and cool for about 5 minutes.  The mixture should not be super hot when the eggs goes in, or the egg will cook.

When the sugar and butter mixture has cooled slightly it will look a bit clumpy, greasy, and broken.  That’s ok.  The egg will bring it all together.

Add the egg and whisk together until smooth.  The mixture will be glossy and no longer greasy.  Add banana and cinnamon and stir to combine.

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Stir carefully until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated.  Add the chocolate and walnuts and fold together.

Spread mixture across the pan creating a somewhat smooth top.  Place in the oven.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until mixture is dry on top, but still slightly soft in the center.  I like to slightly under-bake this cake.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Top with ice cream and serve warm… with lots of spoons.  I like this dish served immediately, but it will last two days, well wrapped, at room temperature.

What’s Your Sign? Estée-Lauder Zodiac Compacts

23 Aug

Love these sweet, little, gold compacts by Estée Lauder!  They’re the perfect size to carry in your evening bag. The compacts are decorated with a gorgeous birthstone clasp made of clear crystal.  Check them out here at EstéeLauder.com

Vintage Find

21 Aug

I love shopping at second-hand shops or thrift shops. I brought this vintage dress over a year ago. The simple green and white squares create almost a sudo-like animal print. It’s one of my faves and I can’t wait to rock it this fall! It’s desperate to be paired with my Zac Posen boots!

Sparkle Time with Brely Evans

20 Aug

I had a chance to meet the very talented Brely Evans. Brely will be sharing the silver screen with Jordin Sparks and the legendary Whitney Houston in Sparkle.  Ms. Evans was super sweet and really down to earth. I attended the Susan Randolph foundation for breast cancer, where the triple threat actress was being honored.

The event called for all white attire. I am not of fan of anyone telling me what color to wear. So I switched up the all white theme to something more my style. Here’s a snap shot of what I rocked. The photos were snapped with my iPhone so the quality is a bit underwhelming. Special thanks to the lovely Shay for inviting me!

Guest Post: Staying Comfy on a Long Road Trip

20 Aug

Here’s a super rad guest post from Scott Grayson, who recently took a long summer road trip. Check out some Scott’s great tips on how to stay comfy during a long road trip. Everyone could use a sweet tip during road trip season. Right?

Staying comfortable on a long road trip will keep drivers focused and passengers well tempered. These eight road trip essentials will ensure that travelers are prepared no matter where they head.

Warm Footwear

A pair of warm boots can keep roadsters comfortable in cool mountain ranges and snowy regions to freezing cars with cranked air conditioner units. With passengers all having different body temperatures, it becomes much easier to get warmer with cozy boots or slippers than for others to feel colder. Comfortable footwear is also a must for long walks through towns after an extensive car ride.

Insulated Cooler

From snacks and sandwiches to cold drinks, keeping an insulated cooler means less stops for unhealthy gas station convenience stores and fast food. Travelers can pack vegetables, fruit and wraps for nutritious and energetic food. Insulated bags also allow road trippers to carry certain medicines and insulin products that require refrigeration.

Radar Detector

Safe driving and maintaining the speed limit are crucial elements to a good road trip. No matter the rush, there is no reason to put lives at risk. However, a radar detector can help drivers relax about potential hot spots and traps. Even the safest drivers occasionally go a mile or two over the limit. This little device will prevent the unforeseen cost of a speeding ticket. Note that radar detector use varies by country and state.

GPS

There is no worse feeling on the road than getting lost. Even when a road route looks easy, having an active GPS can help the driver stay comfortable. They’ll be able to signal where exits and turns will be ahead of schedule, making the driver able to relax and keep eyes on the road without stressing to watch every road sign. A GPS is also essential for road detours, and construction on bridges and ramps that would otherwise leave road trippers confused on where to go.

Music

Relaxing music on the road can keep everyone calm and happy while making sure the driver feels relaxed. Apart from preventing road rage, music can also help pass the time and keep passengers entertained. Using a smartphone or iPod will not only allow a vast selection of music but can give passengers a chance to play DJ, keeping everyone amused with the fun of picking out songs, making requests and guessing what will be played next.

Blankets and Pillows

Even the most comfortable seats in luxury model cars cannot compare to the feel of a blanket and pillow. For passengers trying to take a nap or for staying warm in cold seasons, these essentials will turn the car into a traveling hotel.

Air Freshener

If food and beverages are being consumed on the road or passengers decide to take off their socks and boots, air fresheners are a welcome addition to getting the car back to a pleasant smell. Keep plastic wrappers covering the majority of the air freshener so as not to overpower the car with the scent.

Hand Sanitizer

From grimy hands to the need to wash up before eating a snack, hand sanitizers are the go-to source of cleanliness on the road. Available in wipes or sprays, these take up little room and can help keep roadsters sanitary and the car extra clean.

Get Going!

With these road trip necessities, you can venture off on their travels fully equipped to stay relaxed and comfortable. Staying healthy with cleanliness and nutritious snacks while maintaining road safety through technology will help everyone have a comfortable vacation!

Kiki’s Kitchen: Mini Corn Dogs

18 Aug

These little dogs are sweet and crunchy just like the County Fair!  Here’s quick and easy recipe for game night, kids snack, or just a nostalgic craving from your childhood.

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