Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Gold Lions and Copy Cats


I KNOW that this is just a blatant copy of that American Apparel swimsuit.
And yes, I KNOW that I already a one piece swimsuit.
And I KNOW that I may not be able to pull it off perfectly.
But I still love it/am buying it.

I'm sort of going for this look to be like 1970's pool party at a wealthy playboy's house. ...That may sound odd because I explained my "vision"to a friend and they just kind of stared at me for a second like they were considering whether or not she should pretend that she didn't hear that and continue our Miley Cyrus pictures conversation...
-Went dress shopping today. Bought an okay back up dress, but couldn't find anything that I really fell in love with. Also bought various other things that I have no need for, including a lovely bright green romper. Rompers are taking over, I swear.
I could probably blab on a bit more but I'm pretty tired from an eventful day. So goodnight and sweet dreams!
PS: My mom tried to take a picture of me with a ridiculous hat in Forever 21. A sales clerk RAN over and said that no photography was allowed in the store, just in case other designers saw it and tried to copy them. WHAT A JOKE!!! As much as I love Forever 21, they copy just about every designer out there and are currently being sued for it! And if someone really wanted to copy them, couldn't they just go to their website?
just my rant for the day!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Sorry for the lack of posts, last week was a school trip and this week is going to be just as crazy (finishing up the planning for my school formal which I somehow am doing all by myself. But hey, that just means it'll be just what I want right?) With all that going on I'm going with a mellow post today.

A while ago I planted my very own garden and it's been growing pretty nicely. It's pretty small (just basil,oregano,cilantro and rosemary) but I didn't want to overwhelm myself with jungle of herbs. To make it I bought a wine barrel (available at most garden stores) and drilled a couple holes in it so that the water would drain through. Then I filled it with soil. I planted both seeds and seedlings.
It just didn't look right, so I jazzed it up with some gnomes (I LOVE GNOMES!...just throwing that out there) and voila, you've got a garden.
Actually looking at the pictures I've just taken/posted, my garden looks a bit on the dry side, so I better get out there and water it! My friends and I are going dress shopping on Sunday, so hopefully I'll have something good to post on Monday! I'm thinking orange or gold, something nice and summery.
Currently Reading: The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006

Monday, April 14, 2008

Flea Market Gold

Last night I was cleaning my room (a VERY rare occurrence) and found some things I had gotten at the Alameda Flea Market. I went there twice last summer and loved it! They have the best selection of super cheap antique/vintage everything! From old doll parts (yeah, kind of creepy I'll admit) to boxes and boxes of inexpensive vintage clothing (I swear I got light headed when I saw it) they have it! Here are a few things I picked up last time I was there.
I had been stressing what to wear to my spring formal last year and then I found this and it worked out perfectly. It reminded me of Mrs. Cleaver's night out on the town so I call it my "Stepford/Desperate Housewife" dress.

My mom found this one just as we were about to leave and we both fell in love with it. Although my family isn't exactly blessed with the bar tending gene, it's nice to know that we could whip up an "Angel's Kiss" with just a quick glance to the recipe on the tray.(sorry for the glare, I just couldn't get a picture without it!)
I don't believe I haven't worn this yet! I found it under my dresser and am determined to wear it this whole weekend, just to make up for lost time.

Last time I went it was by the shipyard, but I believe it moved, so to find out more info and get directions click here. Happy hunting!

Currently Loves:Bazooka Bubble Gum

Monday, April 7, 2008

I'm Lovin' It!!!

I had my party on Sunday and it was pretty much hilarious. We all met up at my school and went to McDonalds (first off, I hate McDonalds and I'm a vegetarian, but I love these type of hilarious things). Everyone got Happy Meals and we ate an adorable cake that my sister made (she's only 13! I'm so proud *sniff sniff*). Then after everyone had their fun, we went to my dad's office building(random right? but it was actually perfect for this) and learned how to dance (like America's Next Dance Crew type) with an instructor. He was great and everyone got to try out some moves ( my friends and I go to a school with absolutely NO dancing,kind of like Footloose...but without Kevin Bacon aka god of 80's angst dancing). My mom also set up a mini "Sweet Shop" since it was my sweet sixteen. (candy cigarettes, circus peanuts, bazooka gum, unicorn lollipops, mini charleston chews and tootsie pops)It was SO much fun and everyone had such a good time. I was so happy with what my parents planned cause it fit me perfectly.
I'm going to be a bit busy this week but hopefully I'll be able to post on Friday. Hope everyone has a great week!
Currently listening to: Rich Kid Blues- The Raconteurs

Friday, April 4, 2008

Saturday Morning Soak

Over the last few years I've collected TONS of recipes for homemade beauty remedies (some good...some not so much). So here are some of my favorite recipes/products for baths that will turn you into a bathing beauty. Enjoy!

Ginger Spice- Warms/Revives Sore Muscles
Add a small piece of fresh ginger (around the size of your big toe) and steep with a gallon of boiling water for an hour or two. Strain, place in bath with a few drops of any essential oil.

Got Milk?- Softens and Smooths Skin
Add a quart of full fat milk or mix in a pot of powdered milk into your tub. Stir and soak up.

Oatmeal Lavender*- Exfoliates
Get a square of muslin and fill with 1/4 cup ground oatmeal and 1/4 cup dried lavender. Tie off with ribbon and tie underneath the faucet to let the running water wet it, then scrub all over.

This stuff is amazing. It feels like you're in a blanket of Jello...without the what you'd imagine to be a sticky mess. I love it after a long day or flag ball practice (yes...I do play that, it's the most un-meish thing I do).

The Best Bubble Bath Ever*- Just plain groovy
Mix together 1/2 cup unscented shampoo and 3/4 cup water. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir until it gets thick. Mix in about 15-20 drops of any essential oil (I like grapefruit and coconut mixed together, with a bit of cantaloupe.)

*These ones keep well when placed in containers and make really nice/easy gifts.

I love early birthday presents (yeah, I've jumped on this bandwagon a little late). Tomorrow I go shopping for my party outfit, so hopefully I'll have some good things to post. And possibly see Leatherheads (I'm a sucker for anything John Krasinski...except that movie with Mandy Moore...that was just painful).

ps:Thanks for the comments, they made my day!

Currently Listening to: The Engine Driver- The Decemberists

Thursday, April 3, 2008

bruschetta+dessert=crazy delicious!!!

Last night I got a little bored and came up with this version of bruschetta. I used chocolate almond biscotti as the "bread",put strawberries on some and raspberries on others, drizzled white chocolate and put some fresh mint on top. Kind of cool to have an dessert as your appetizer!Below is the recipe for the biscotti/assembly.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 ounces of almonds
1 carton of strawberries
1-2 cartons raspberries
Mint(for garnish)
6-10 ounces white chocolate

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking sheet

2. Beat butter and sugar on medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well.

3, In an separate bowl, sift together flour,baking powder,salt and cocoa. Mix in slowly to butter mixture. Mix in almonds

4. Divide dough into two and shape both into log shapes (this is to get a baguette like shape for the bruschetta)

5. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until firm. Cool on pan for five minutes and then move to wire rack to cool.

6. Once cool, slice with a serrated knife in a careful sawing motion. Put slices on a ungreased cookie sheet and bake 5-6 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and place on wire racks to cool.

7. Dice strawberries and chop mint. Melt chocolate, put in plastic sandwich bag and snip off the tip (or just use a cake decorating bag). Assemble by putting the berries on the biscotti, drizzling with chocolate, sprinkling mint on top and serve with your swankiest plate.

8. Soak up all the raving praise for your culinary creativeness.