July 31, 2012

Inspired By: Sweet Neon


 My "Night Time In New Orleans" Bracelet Set is inspired by the sights and sounds of New Orleans as well as the 'Sweet Neon' palette by Design Seeds.  This trio of bracelets features the NOLA friendly colors of black, gold, lime and purple-y pink. Wear alone or mix and match for a fun arm party presentation!


♥Raw brass zig zag & black double chain bracelet
♥Lime green cable chain bracelet
♥Pink & lime green spacer bead & shiny pink chain bracelet
♥Lobster clasps on each bracelet

Both double chain bracelets are 15" & the green bracelet is 7.5".  The set is available via Etsy or Storenvy and retails for $25.  All items come gift packaged.  If you need a different size, I will happily make a custom order for you.

July 30, 2012

New Orleans Foodie

Eating out in the Big Easy has never tasted so good — especially with three highly-anticipated restaurant openings, farmers' markets, cooking schools and a Brigtsen's Restaurant recipe for Trout Muniere that puts fresh ingredients and Southern cooking top of plate.

And don't forget that August is New Orleans Restaurant Month — local restaurants are offering stellar deals all month during COOLinary New Orleans.


3 New French Quarter Restaurants
As if New Orleans' already impressive lineup of restaurants turning out everything from succulent Oysters Rockefeller to buttery grits weren't mouthwatering enough (impossible!), these new-on-the-scene eateries are bringing upscale Louisiana flavors to the Vieux Carré.
1. Restaurant R'evolution: New Orleans has been buzzing about the June opening of Restaurant R'evolution. Located in the Royal Sonesta, this French Quarter restaurant takes Cajun and Creole cuisine to a new level, presenting jazzed-up New Orleans' classics like po-boys, gulf shrimp and grits, and gumbo. The menu was conceived by award-winning Louisiana chefs, John Folse and Rick Tramonto, and the ambiance is reminiscent of a Creole mansion.
2. Criollo: Can't get enough of those Louisiana flavors? Try Criollo Restaurant and Lounge, housed in the Hotel Monteleone right next to the Carousel Bar in the French Quarter. Pronounced kree-oh-loh, Criollo is Spanish for Creole, and the menu blends French, Spanish, Italian and African flavors to create what the chef calls Louisiana Fusion. Chef de Cuisine Joseph Maynard says: "We are working closely with local farmers for a farm-to-table approach using all fresh ingredients. Additionally, all food items purchased for the restaurant will be from the Gulf Coast region."
3. SoBou : This is what a "modern Creole saloon" should be: sleek, handcrafted cocktails; a beer garden; a locally sourced menu and a rich atmosphere. SoBou opens this summer in the newly revamped W Hotel French Quarter. Foodies will appreciate the small plates inspired by Louisiana street food — all brought to you by the folks behind the legendary Commander's Palace.
Farmers' Markets
The eat-local trend is hot all over the country, but no place dishes out the local goods quite like New Orleans. Heirloom tomatoes, ocean-fresh seafood, earthy mushrooms and fragrant herbs rule this season. The French Market Farmers' Market offers wandering epicureans all the lusciously fresh produce they could wish for, plus food vendors selling po-boys, cheeses, wines, pralines and more. Find out what's fresh this season in New Orleans.
 
Cooking Schools
Are you more of a DIY food extraordinaire? Learn to whip up New Orleans' most beloved dishes at a cooking school where you can discover the secrets to delicious jambalaya, bisque and more. Crescent City Cooks! offers small class sizes and views of the Mississippi River; New Orleans Cooking Experience classes are held in a luxurious 19th-century Victorian mansion; and the New Orleans School of Cooking focuses on traditional Creole and Cajun delicacies.
 
Culinary Tours
With French, Creole, Cajun and other cuisines mingling together, the Big Easy is a melting pot of culinary influences and regional ingredients. Choose a tour from Destination Kitchen/Food Tours New Orleans to indulge in fare from classic New Orleans restaurants while learning the history behind the cuisine. 
*This post is originally from neworleanscvb.com
 

July 27, 2012

Gift Guide: Chevron Purses

I simply cannot get enough of the chic chevron trend!  I want the rugs, pillows, kitchen items....I want it all!  Not to mention the chevron shoes, shirts & purses... In fact, I'd really like a chevron purse.  I went searching; scouring the web for the best & the boldest of the chevron camp --- and since I am fashion yet budget conscious --- all of these bags are under $50!

 (click on image to enlarge)

Purse & Clutch Chevron Across The Shoulder Bag, $44//AWear Stripe Pattern Weekender Bag, $33.90//Tracy Reese Staggered Chevrons Tote, $49.95//Shoe Dazzle Delano Tote, $39.95//Doodlescoot Designs Chevron Tote, $35//Ocean Pearl Bags Chevron Cross Body, $25

July 26, 2012

Recipe: Spiked Bananas Foster Milkshake

With the temperatures out of control, it's nice to sit back with a cold, refreshing milkshake and enjoy Summer with your friends.  This milkshake has a little kick, though, in the form of two kinds of rum, so enjoy responsibly:)

GET THIS:

6 cups vanilla ice cream
2 bananas
8 tbsp. spiced rum
8 tbsp. butterscotch sauce
4 tbsp. dark rum
whipped cream (optional)


MAKE THAT:

Blend together your ice cream, banana, spiced rum and butterscotch sauce in a blender until smooth.  Pour into a pitcher and top with dark rum & garnish with a slice of banana & a dollop of whipped cream.  Serves 4.

*Images via Google

July 24, 2012

Nutella Peanut Butter Chunk Ice Cream

If your summer has been anything like mine, there's only three letters to describe it...H-O-T!  What's better way to cool off than by eating ice cream?  I don't have an ice cream maker, but that doesn't stop me one bit.  With this easy recipe, you won't need the ice maker, rock salt or ice cubes.  This recipe is virtually mess-free!

If you're worried about the texture, don't be.  The ice cream comes out creamy and smooth.  This one is for my Nutella-loving friends!  It's total ice cream crack.  You can thank me later;)


July 20, 2012

get in line & settle down

Oh my gosh, I absolutely love this song!  "Settle Down" is the first single from No Doubt's "Push and Shove", due in stores worldwide on September 25, 2012!  The Jamaican flavored beat is awesome!  Everything from the lyrics, to the verses, the melody, the beat, the amazing chorus, to the 'rough and tough' bridge is brilliant.  Long time collaborator Sophie Mueller directed the video, and I just love her use of color!  Check out the video (lyrics below):



Get get get in line, and settle down
Get in line, and settle down

What's your twenty? (Do you copy?)

Where's your brain? (Do you copy?)
Checking in to check you out
Concerned about your whereabouts
Copy that, you're acting strange
So tell me what is going on
So heavy I bet

I'm fine (and nothing's gonna knock this girl down)

I'm hella positive for real
I'm all good
No I'm fine (and nothing's gonna knock this girl down)
It's kind of complicated that's for sure

But you can see it my eyes, you can read on my lips

I'm trying to get a hold on this
And I really mean it this time
And you know it's such a trip
Don't get me started
I'm trying to get a hold on this

Get get get in line, and settle down

Get in line, and settle down

No big deal (I can handle it)

It'll bounce off me (I can handle it)
Been around the block before
Doesn't matter anymore
Here we go again (Are you kidding me?)
Are you insane? (Are you kidding me?)
Underneath the avalanche
So heavy again

I'm fine (and nothing's gonna knock this girl down)

I'm hella positive for real
I'm all good
No I'm fine (and nothing's gonna knock this girl down)
It's kind of complicated that's for sure

But you can see it my eyes, you can read on my lips

I'm trying to get a hold on this
And I really mean it this time
And you know it's such a trip
Don't get me started
I'm trying to get a hold on this

Get get get in line, and settle down

Get in line, and settle down

I'm a rough and tough

I'm a rough and tough
And nothing's gonna knock this girl down
I'm a rough and tough
I'm a rough and tough
And nothing's gonna knock this girl down
I'm a rough and tough
I'm a rough and tough
And nothing's gonna knock this girl down
I'm a rough and tough
I'm a rough and tough

But you can see it my eyes, you can read on my lips

I'm trying to get a hold on this
And I really mean it this time
And you know it's such a trip
Don't get me started
I'm trying to get a hold on this

Gotta get a hold on this

Trying to get a hold on this
Don't get me started
Gotta get a hold on this

Get get get in line, and settle down

Get in line, and settle down

Get get get in line, and settle down

Get in line, and settle down

NaBloPoMo - July 20th

Friday, July 20, 2012
Which do you enjoy more -- babies or older kids?
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This is a hard question.  I want to say babies, because they're just so tiny.  Every little thing they do is adorable.  They hit so many milestones in their first year that you don't want to miss anything.  

I do enjoy being around my friends' older children as well.  Those are the kids that you can take fun places like the zoo or to the park to play.  They're the ones you can teach things, like art or reading, or how to be a good person.

Well, I guess I don't have a favorite age...


July 19, 2012

Currently

 
 
reading a discovery of witches, at least I'm trying to.  I can't seem to get into it.  I need a new book.  Something that I don't want to put down.
writing nothing, really.  I just got my computer back after a LONG hiatus, so I've been typing, mostly;)
listening to No Doubt's new single, "Settle Down".  I am beyond thrilled that they're back!
thinking about all the work I need to do to my Etsy.  It's a hot mess.
smelling the Herb d'Orleans Zombee Candle I've got burning in the office.
wishing that I had more energy today, and that I wasn't so cranky.
hoping this week goes well.  I'm so worn out.
wearing office clothes.  Black dress, gold Jewelmint jewelry, black ballet flats.  Bo-ring.
loving the fact that I have my computer back.  Oh, I missed you sweet desktop!  I hadn't yet updated my iPhone to ios5 so I was way behind.
wanting to go to sleep. I slept literally all Saturday, all night Saturday and half of Sunday...and I still want a nap.
needing a boost of energy.
feeling uninspired.  I have so many ideas of things to make for the shop, but I just can't make myself DO anything.  What is wrong with me?!
clicking my favorite blogs and reading what they've been up to.  It always makes me feel better.

NaBloPoMo - July 19th

Thursday, July 19, 2012
How do you feel about kids being banned from places such as restaurants or airplanes?
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I don't agree with kids being "banned", per se.  I think that if a child is throwing a straight up tantrum in a public place, like a restaurant or movie theater, they need to be taken outside until the tantrum is over, so that you don't disturb the other people there.  You never know, your child screaming at the top of his lungs may be horribly irritating to most of the restaurant customers.  It's rude to just sit there and pretend it isn't happening.  If you kid needs a time out, take them somewhere to calm down before returning to your event.   I understand that if you're in an airplane, you don't exactly have a place away from the other passengers.  I'd take the child to the bathroom to calm down.  Tensions are high enough on a plane, I wouldn't want to make it worse on everyone else.

July 18, 2012

Wishful Wednesday

I'm on a boat!  No, not really, I'm sitting at a desk, but I wish I was on a boat.  Does that count?  Today's Wishful Wednesday is inspired by the nautical look.  Isn't this outfit just great?


Set Sail





NaBloPoMo - July 18th

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
On the whole, do you like other people's kids?
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I do!  I've mentioned before that I do love kids.  I think it's important to keep a part of you that is childlike, so you don't forget what it was like to be their age.  I truly enjoy spending time with my friends kids.  They're seriously hilarious and fun, and we have the best time. 

Walk Now For Autism Speaks

Understanding how little funding there is for autism research may better illustrate the importance of my fundraising efforts.  Did you know that autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood disorders and diseases? 

Prevalence VS. Private Funding
   • Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
   • Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
   • Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
   • Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
   • Autism: Affects 1 in 88 / Funding: $79 million

I understand that it is difficult to ask people for donations.  I'm only posting about this once, because I don't want you to feel like I'm pestering you.  You don't have to help at all.  If you did, though, you'd be donating directly to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated solely to autism research. 

Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating 
news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder.

I am walking in the 2012 Walk Now For Autism Speaks in October.  My goal is to raise $500 or more in donations.   I want to be part of the solution!


If you feel compelled to help me in this important cause, please check out my Autism Speaks Sponsor Page or use the donation button below.  Please note that 100% of your donation goes directly to Autism Speaks.




About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years.


Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is proud of our signature fundraising event which brings together hundreds of thousands of participants annually across the United States and Canada with a common goal of supporting Autism Speaks. This change strengthens the marketing efforts around the Walk program by more directly branding the walks with our name, effectively eliminating any confusion with other autism walks around the world.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.  To see a current list of walk sites please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org


I believe in the importance of thanking people that have made donations.  When someone makes a donation to my team, I will send you a personal Thank-You Note as well as a special Autism Awareness bracelet from my Etsy shop.

Please help in donating to this wonderful and important cause.  Thank you!

July 17, 2012

June Julep Haul

I can't believe I forgot to tell you about my June box from Julep!  I took the quiz on the Julep website to see what my 'style personality' was, and even though it was spot on (I was "American Beauty"), I liked the colors in June's "Classic With A Twist" box better.


My box came with the Best Pedi Creme Ever, the Robin Nail Vernis & the Rose Nail Vernis and I am thrilled with the colors!  They're creamy, glossy colors that I know I am going to wear like crazy!


The Best Pedi Creme Ever has alpha hydroxy acids and hydrates with shea butter and coconut oil & nourishes with vitamin E.  The tubs swears noticable results in just 1-2 uses.

The Robin Nail Vernis is a robin's egg blue creme with a high gloss finish while the Rose Nail Vernis is a bright watermelon red creme, also with a glossy finish.

Overall, I'm incredibly happy with these colors and I think I made an excellent choice going with the June Classic With A Twist box.



Would you like an invite to Julep?  Click here & I'll fix you up:)

NaBloPoMo - July 17th

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
If you parent, what is the best part of parenting?  If you don't parent, what is the best part about not having kids?
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I don't have kids.  Don't get me wrong, I love kids.  My friends kiddos are some of the funniest, sweetest kids ever.  But, I think the best part of not having kids is that you don't get exhausted by them.  I can always give their kids back.  I know that the crying and screaming and all that jazz is the parents' job to handle, not mine.  I get to sleep through the night and have a drink if I want to.  It's the freedom that you have by not having kids, the freedom you hear your friends wish for. 

July 16, 2012

NaBloPoMo - July 16th

Monday, July 16, 2012
When did you know that you wanted or didn't want to have kids?
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I don't think I want kids.  I don't remember a time in my life where I had baby fever.  I'm 30 now, and most of my friends have at least one kid.  I get asked all the time, "when are you going to have kids?", but I don't have an answer that they want to hear.  

There are many different reasons that I base my decision on.  I was told once that my reasons were "just excuses, that that's what you do - grow up and have kids", but I don't think I have to do what everyone else is doing.  If the #1 defense on the pro-kid side is "everyone else is doing it", then they need to come up with a better argument.

I think about things like money; will we have enough?  What if our jobs fail?  What if I can't pay for what they need?  Medical bills & insurance, clothes, extracurricular activities, keeping up with what is 'trendy' now, etc.  Bullies!  I think about how it's so easy to torture a kid via the internet.  How many kids you see on TV committing suicide because of bullying and peer pressure.  Kids today don't leave a nasty note in your locker, they superimpose your head on an animal's body...or worse.  I think about how I'm going to handle when they start to date, how to keep them from drinking and doing drugs.  What can I do to make them not hate me, like most teenagers do at some point.  Pregnancy!  I've seen my friends be miserable while pregnant.  All the shots, the hormones, the pain...plus the actual childbirth, forgive me, but it sounds gross!  Then there's all the things that can go wrong while pregnant...There's mental illness on both sides of my family, as well as my boyfriend's family.  Do I want to bring a kid into this world who will have to deal with the same problems that we have? 

I know it seems like I'm scared, I get that it reads like that.  I have this urge to try and be prepared at all times, and with a decision as monumental as bringing another human into the world, "Do you want kids? is not a simple yes-or-no answer. 

July Birchbox Haul!

Woot!  I got my July Birchbox today!  This month's box was curated by the beauty editors at Glamour magazine.  Have you read the Glamour girls blog, The Girls in the Beauty Department?  It's a creative, funny place to find out about new trends, hair styles, fashion, & hilarious reads.   Anyway, the theme is designed to bring you the “Five Senses” and coincides with the July issue of Glamour feature "Five Senses of Summer".  This month's box includes beauty goodies and lifestyle extras to treat each one of your senses.




So let's get down to business!  What was in my box?  Let's break it down, give you the details and then rate the products on a 1-5 heart system.
(1=blah/5=love)


See It: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Turquoise
Direct from London, these punchy color liners feature a pen style applicator that's truly goof proof.  Full Size - $15
Verdict:  ♥♥♥♥♥
The eyeliner has a long applicator tip with fine precision.  It goes on smoothly and the color is such a lovely bright turquoise. 



Touch It: Obliphica Nourishing Mask
Packed with rare omega acids and vitamin C, this lush conditioning mask helps repair split ends.  Full size - $40
Verdict: ♥♥♥
My hair is a lot softer than it was before I used this, but I'd have to buy a bottle before I knew if the results were long term.
 

Touch It:  Obliphica Hair Treatment
A fragrant hair oil that adds manageability and shine.  Use it after the matching conditioning mask to make your strands extra soft.  Full size - $34
Verdict: ♥♥♥
Like I said in the item above, my hair is much softer, and shinier, than before.  I would have to use it more than once to know if the results are long term.

Smell It: Harvey Prince 'Hello' Perfume
Get a glass half full disposition with this optimistic blend of juicy Meyer lemon, white grapefruit & pink plumeria.  Full size - Between $26-$55
Verdict: ♥♥♥1/2
While this is definitely not the type of fragrance that I normally go for, I do appreciate the unique scent.  It's got more of a 'formal' scent than I normally wear but I do really like it.
 

See It: Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA+++
This powerhouse multitasker works as a primer, serum, foundation and SPF.  The sheer formula feels weightless and adjusts to match your skin tone.  Full size - $38
Verdict: ♥♥♥♥
The cream is more of a light foundation but it does create a nice finish with a slight glow.  It didn't completely cover my blemishes but it did cover them somewhat.



Taste It: Larabar Uber Bar in Bananas Foster
The latest addition to our snack drawer, these healthy and satisfying bars are packed with dried fruits and nuts.  Full size - Variety pack of 16 for $27.95
Verdict: ♥
Blech.  This bar was gooey and was not at all tasty. 


Hear It: Neon Earbuds + Glamour Spotify playlist 
We designed these neon headphones just for you.  Pair them with your best playlist.
Verdict:  ♥♥♥♥♥
I could not be more pleased.  Seriously, I love these.  Neon pink & neon green are awesome together (shout out to my DZ's!.  I love that they are the tiny earbuds instead of the round ones that fit inside the ear.  The earbuds are comfortable & cute, with a nice long cord so you can put your mp3 player in your pocket without fear of pulling the earbuds out.



Are you a member of Birchbox?  If not, it's free to join!  It's only $10 per month & is filled with tons of goodies!  The ear buds alone are worth more than that!  If you want to join, click here






July 13, 2012

NaBloPoMo - July 13th

Friday, July 13, 2012
Do you worry on Friday the 13th, or do you think the whole superstition is a joke? 
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I don't worry about Friday the 13th.  I don't even know how that superstition even got started. (Note - must Wikipedia this later!)  I guess I would be considered superstitious.  Either that or OCD.  

I'm not scared of black cats (being the owner of one and all) and I don't care if I walk under a ladder....but I sometimes catch myself hesitating if I ever have to open an umbrella indoors.  I wonder why my brain says 'oh this one is okay' but freaks out over another one.  I don't even know what the alleged retribution for such an 'offense' is supposed to be. 

I remember sleepovers where the girls wanted to play Bloody Mary, Light As A Feather Stiff As A Board, Ouiji Boards & the like.  That used to terrify me!  As an adult, I'm not so scared.  When you realize that Ouiji Boards are made by Hasbro, the 'scare factor' goes down considerably.

Chick-Lit Designs

Specializing in Book Purses, Book Clutches and E-Reader/Tablet covers, Chick-Lit Designs is an Etsy seller with a unique item on their hands!

By taking an old book and make it into a new awesome creation, you end up with a stylish conversation piece.  If the book is big enough, the handbags will include a pocket large enough to store your kindle or ereader!  Chick-Lit Designs is a great way to mix old with the new.


What happens to the pages?  Well, since the books are still fully in-tact and readable Chick-Lit Designs donates them to a local refugee center so children from different countries coming to the US can learn how to read.

They also offer to re-bind the pages with the matching fabric so the buyer has the option of keeping the original pages or giving it as a gift set. (See Example)

Below are some examples of their work:





 (Clutch)

 (E-Reader)

 (Purse)


*I have been in no way compensated, by money/product or otherwise, 
for this post.  I just thought they had a neat product!

July 12, 2012

NaBloPoMo - July 12th

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Would you rather go to a standup comedy show or a music concert?
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A music concert, hands down.  There is something about going to a concert with thousands of other screaming fans, just as excited as you to see the singer or band.  Some sort of sweet feeling realizing that all these people around you share the love of this band, those songs, with you.  Hearing those songs you've played over and over, but this time LIVE in front of you...there's no feeling like it.  

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcakes

Here's a melt-in-your-mouth strawberry shortcake  recipe from a cookbook called New Orleans Food by Tom Fitzmorris.  If you don't have this book, it is a great one to add to your cookbook collection.  

This recipe is quite easy to make and doesn't take all day to complete.  If you love strawberries like I do, I think you'll enjoy it.



SHORTCAKES:
4 cups self-rising flour
¾ cup sugar
1 stick of softened butter (not melted)
1-¾ cup half & half
Combine flower and sugar.
Mix in the butter with a whisk, cutter, or by hand until the flour resembles coarse cornmeal.
Carefully add milk to the mixture until the consistency is thick, moist and even.
Using an ice cream scoop, place mixture onto greased baking sheet, with the scoops about an inch apart.
Bake at 475 degrees F for 10 – 15 minutes until lightly brown.
MAKES ABOUT 10 SHORTCAKES
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SAUCE:
1 pint fresh sliced strawberries
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1-½ cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup sugar
Mix the corn starch and water and put in a saucepan.
Add all the other ingredients and bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Put sauce in fridge until thoroughly cooled.
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FILLING:
2 pints fresh strawberries
2 cups heavy whipping cream
¼ cup sugar
Slice strawberries however you like, and sprinkle with sugar.
Refrigerate strawberries in a sealed container.
Make whipped cream by combining the cream and sugar in a chilled bowl.
Beat with a mixer until stiff peaks form.
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ASSEMBLY:
Slice shortcake in half and place one half on a sandwich plate, cut side facing up.
Spoon on some sauce.
Add some sliced berries and a generous dollop of whipped cream.
Holding the top half of the shortcake over the plate or the sauce bowl, spoon some sauce onto the cut side, and place on top.

So So Fresh

 
 

July 11, 2012

[JULEP] Giveaway!

I am proud to be a Julep Maven!  Would you like to be one too?


You may be asking yourself "What is Julep?".  It just so happens that I'm here to answer that for you!  I signed up for the monthly Julep box which, based on my preferences, ships two gorgeous nail polishes & a goodie OR three polishes (the It Girl profile always has three polishes) to my door every month!


A 'Julep Maven' always gets 20% off all products on the site PLUS free shipping for every order.  Around the 20th of each month, you'll get an email from Julep that previews the upcoming box.  If you like what you see, you don't have to do anything - they'll ship it out for you.  If you want to try a different box, send a box to a friend, or simply skip the month, just log in to your account between 20th-24th and change your preferences.  You are charged on the 27th of each month, which is the same day your Maven Box ships!  It's that simple!

If you want to connect with Julep, you could visit via 

One of the things I love about Julep is that they donate a portion of proceeds from products sold to organizations that support women through the Powered By Girlfriends Program.  They also follow what they like to call 'The Girlfriends Oath', which means that their products promise to be toxin free! 

 (This is what I call my "Summer Sno-Cone Mani".  It was created using 
Julep "Robin", Julep "Oscar", Julep "Natasha" & Petites "Lime Green".)
 You can also find this mani liked up at Glitter & Gloss for Mani Monday.
I ordered the July "Bombshell" Box.  It features the Julep Best Pedi Creme Ever, Oscar Nail Vernis & Natasha Nail Vernis.

The Best Pedi Creme Ever exfoloiates with alpha hydroxy acids, hydrates with shea butter and coconut oil and nourishes with vitamin E.  Apply nightly for noticeable results in just 1-2 uses!

The Oscar Nail Vernis is a light multi dimensional gold glitter that works as a lovely top coat on top of other polish, or as a stand alone stunner!

The Natasha Nail Vernis is a bright, intense red-orange.  I've always had a problem finding a good red, as I really don't like pink-red colors, but this bottle is the perfect bright orange-red that I've been looking for!


I am absolutely thrilled with my Julep Box!  I love both of my colors and the pedi creme is perfect thing to use for your at-home pedi! 

WANT TO GET YOUR JULEP BOX FOR ONLY ONE CENT?!  
 I've got a fantastic code to share with you lovely readers.  Use code "MAVENINTRO" and you'll get your first box for just one penny!  Click here to sign up & get this incredible deal!

I also want to offer you a chance to win your very own Julep Box.  One lucky reader will win their very own Julep box for FREE!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  The contest ends on 7/17 at midnight, so hurry & get those entries in!)




a Rafflecopter giveaway *I was provided a complimentary Julep box in exchange for an honest review.  No money 
exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Winner prize will come directly from supplier 
and will not be shipped by Fashion In The Forest.  Thank you, Julep!  You rock!

NaBloPoMo - July 11th

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tell us about your favourite comedian.
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I think I've only been to a handful of comedians in my entire life.  Most of the time, I'm amused, they're not laugh-out-loud, gasping for breath funny.  If I wanted to sit and listen to someone tell jokes, I don't want to be on the edge of boredom. 

When you can barely contain yourself from joy, never ending giggle fits, and gasping for breath because you're laughing so hard...that's my kind of funny.  

That being said, I typically like 'dirty' comedians.  You know - the Tenacious D's, Rodney Carringtons, Russell Brands & Stephen Lynch's of the world.  Those are my people.  

I do not like "redneck humor", nor will you ever catch me listening to or watching any of the 'Blue Collar Comedy" shows.  I also don't think Medea is funny.  I am straight up irritated by those movies. 

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