Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide (the techie)

When you first find out about the newest gadget, and you can't wait to tell your one friend who you consider to be the guru of technology

...but they already heard about it weeks ago. 

Well, chances are they already know about every item on this list, 
but at least I can tell you where to buy it for them. :)

Happy Shopping, ciao x

1Fire TV stick $40 :: 2Portable charger $80 :: 3Ollo clip $80 :: 4Bitlock $120
5Screen towelettes $6 :: 6PS4 $420 :: 7. Sky Roam $100 :: 8. Jawbone Jambox $110 
9. Pebble smartwatch $99 :: 10Cord Taco 3 for $30 :: 11.Navdy $299 :: 12. headphones $80

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide (the adventurer)

You know that person in your life who is always out trying a new hobby and hanging with new friends or instagraming the latest food craze... well, this gift guide is for them. Make them believe that you spent all year finding the perfect gift for them, when all you had to do was check the blog.

Happy Shopping, ciao xx

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fall Fashion

I think there are a lot of women who look forward to Fall style, because they love to layer. In the Summer, I layer necklaces and rings to make up for the layers of clothes I'm not wearing.

Autumn is a time for collard shirts and pull over sweaters, 
knee high socks and tall boots, scarves and beanies.

I'm predicting some very good trends for Fall, 
Here is what made my lust list.

60's style is back at it- bright colors and prints, plus pattern mixing is a must! 
Everyone should just go ahead and turn into a ball of wool- buy chunky sweaters and make them huge. 
The Norse print is going to be big just like the lumberjacks who wear them. If the print is too over powering try it on a backpack or hat. 
Turtle necks are very chic for fashion and I think the bigger the better. 
That black western hat is not saying goodbye just yet.. and neither is it's trendy military friend either, keep them close ;)

If you don't know what Lugs are, click here.. 
As far as colors, you can thank that Frozen chick.. ICE BLUE will be FIRE for Fall
Houndstooth and checks were once reserved for nerds only, now they're all over the runways and I like it. 
Maybe it's cause I'm a nerd, but I think you should buy a bow blouse in either print.. just saying. 

Lastly, Fall is for staying cozy. Rock your favorite sneakers and *pop that pep in your step.

metallic beanie $40 :: flat top hat $50 :: poncho $80
Vans $60 :: MAC Lips $16 top- Lingering Kiss, bottom- Violetta 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

donuts + coffee

man.. talk about will power..

I needed some of that the night I made these donuts. 
My sister and I could not eat them fast enough. 
And that was when they tasted the best; hot out of the oven with a sprinkle of Cinnamon sugar.

"wait, did she just type, 'oven'?"

Yes, I did. I found that if the deep fried them for 40 seconds and then baked them at 380 for 10 minutes, it gave the perfect texture, both inside and out. 
The original recipe came from here, all I did different was add a 1 teaspoon of cardamom and I used heavy cream instead of buttermilk, since I was making bite sized donuts. I also change the cooking method, as mentioned above.

They are perfect for Sunday morning breakfast, sharing with the kids or even just for you.
ciao xo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bloody Brownies

I made something yummy over the weekend. I was test driving a Halloween recipe that I want to have for my party at work. . 

I thought they were delicious, especially with a little vanilia frozen yogurt on top.

 I was flipping through Emilys blog and saw the recipe there. But it originally came from here...

Usually when I'm making a recipe for the first time- I try not to tweak the ingredients list too much... for fear that they won't turn out well. This time around the only changes I made was the use of whole wheat flour and low fat cream cheese.

 Nobody even cared or asked about a difference in taste, winner winner!!

I love when I can substitue healthy iems to make a recipe even better. I give these Bloody Brownies two very enthusiastic thumbs up and I hope you enjoy them for all your Halloween spookiness too.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

sk8 high

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of accompanying Carlos from DTAfoto 
(who has the most wicked VW bus I have ever seen) over the hill to the beach. 

We grabbed a couple beers and some sour candy and went to play by the water for a bit. Sand, palm trees and the smell of salty air remind me so much of my childhood, my mom... just happiness in general.

It's really the only place in the world where I feel completely whole.
always a California girl I guess... <3

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

wants on wednesday

Fall has been trying to take over here in California, but the heat refuses to leave the party. 

In anticipation of all things cozy, I can't help but pick a few pieces that help get me into the fall spirit. Bold patterns, burgundy, boots and seat heaters... pumpkin spice. 

I'm ready for the rainy nights,scarves and baking.. that's probably what I look forward to. 

Thinking about taking a trip to New York in December.. I have always wanted to visit the city when it's all dressed up for the Holidays. 

Maybe it was one too many viewings of 'Home Alone 2".. 

either way it will be nice to get away and really embrace the real winter elements.. 

like I referenced earlier- California doesn't see much of that.  




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