Friday, July 30, 2010

Color That Pops!

Summer is here and it’s time to show off your polished toes! We all know that nail polish trends come and go, but what are the hot colors for summer? I'm seeing a lot of blues and greens, along with corals and peaches. Among the mix are various shades of brown, from chocolate to cinnamon. I’m lucky that I live in Southern California and polished toes are a must for most of the year but for June, July and August my toes are polished in bright vibrant shades!

How many of you would love a quality nail polish, that has long wear-ability, great color, great application and consistence, at a much better price than the competition? Well look no further ladies COLOR CLUB is here.  Color Club polish can be purchased at most Sally Beauty Supply stores and at your local beauty supply ranging in price from $2.99 to $3.99 a bottle.  I've noticed that my local beauty supply has Color Club and OPI right next to each other and it seems as though Color Club has just about every color that OPI offers, which is what intially sparked my interest to see if this polish was really true to it's color.  Now....don't get me wrong.  I heart OPI but why spend $7-8 when you can get the same color effect at a lower price that lasts just as long.  Trust me...this product is worth trying and believe me, you won't be dissappointed.Color Club is definitely giving OPI a run for their money.

(I purchased the colors above)

Pink Lust
Pucci-Licious (purple)
Blue Light

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Janelle Monae

Just when you thought music was starting to sing the some old tune, along comes this petite, leg twisting body jerking, cybergirl, named Janelle Monae. It's hard to put her into a box of Rhythm and Blues or neosoul because lil momma is so eclectic and has a style of her own. This joint below entitled "Tightrope" is a banger. *So go ahead, scroll up/down and put my MIXPOD (cd player) on pause and take a listen to this joint*  This chick is pure dopeness and surely one of my fav artist. I'm looking forward to more fresh music from Janelle. Hopefully her career doesn't end before she really blows up. She's signed to Bad Boy...and you know how Diddy does it:)

Janelle Monae Feat. B.o.B & Lupe Fiasco - Tightrope (Wondamix)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What's Cooking - Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes

Living in LA, I've heard time and time again about how great the cupcakes are at Sprinkles. However, having tried them on several occasions, I simply cannot justify the price nor the hype. The cupcakes themselves are quite dry and the frosting is overbearingly sweet at $3.25 a pop!  So when I ran across this recipe over at MoptopMaven, I was curious to see how this recipe would turn out.  Out of all the cuppies I've baked..I would have to honestly say these were my least favorite.  If I ever decide to make them again I will use fresh strawberries instead of frozen berries.  The cupcakes were plain with a tiny hint of strawberry.  Anyway, just thought I'd post the recipe for those who just can't get enough of Sprinkles!  Enjoy!

Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes

Recipe Ingredients:
2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 large egg whites, room temperature


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.

Place strawberries in a small food processor; process until pureed. You should have about 1/3 cup of puree, add a few more strawberries if necessary or save any extra puree for frosting; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.

With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.

Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.

Icing Ingredients:

Makes enough for 1 dozen cupcakes.
1/2 cup whole frozen strawberries, thawed
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
Pinch of coarse salt
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Place strawberries in the bowl of a small food processor; process until pureed. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners' sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (save any remaining strawberry puree for another use); mix until just blended. Do not overmix or frosting will incorporate too much air. Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lights, Camera, Action

Everybody comes to Hollywood
They wanna make it in the neighborhood
They like the smell of it in Hollywood
How could it hurt you when it looks so good 

This weekend was absolutely beautiful. So to start my journey in capturing the beauty of the city I decided to head to Hollywood to get pictures of the famous Hollywood sign. My bff found this road that leads you up through the hills and to a destination that is literally right across from the sign. Once you reach the top of the hill they offer horseback riding and sunset tours for those interested. I wanted to go horseback riding, but of course I couldn't with my dress on. *sigh* I was only able to get a few photos due to the massive amount of bugs flying on and around me from every direction. Just the thought of those bugs are making me itch right now!  This is also a great trail for hiking/walking and the view of the city is absolutely amazing!  I haven't walked Hollywood Blvd. in years so I have to make it back out that way before the summer is over.  If you can make it can make it anywhere....HOLLYWOOD Baby! I feel like such a tourist!!! (lol)

Downtown Los Angeles

Monday, July 19, 2010

DIY - Jewelry Making

I was chatting with my aunt a while ago expressing how much I enjoyed my first DIY project and to my surprise I found out that she had taken a jewelry making class at JoAnns a couple of years ago, and all of her materials, beads, charms and crystals were stored away in the garage.  So a couple of weeks ago I spent the day with my aunt just, making jewelry, eating and chatting it up. I was completely overwhelmed with all the different materials, and the endless possibilities of making bracelets, earings, necklaces and even rings to fit my personality and style. I definitely look forward to spending more time creating fresh new designs/pieces and sharing them with you. Below are a couple of pieces my aunt made.  I made a necklace and started on a pair of earrings but ended up scrapping them both *sigh*.   I plan on taking a beginners jewelry making class soon so be sure to stay tuned for more great DIY projects in the future.