Friday, June 29, 2012

Eye Candy of The Week

{chevron with pops of color are perfect}
Happy Friday, guys!  Don't really have anything planned this weekend.  Hoping to spend some time poolside, relaxing with a cocktail and some magazines.  Have a great weekend!
{love these embellished cut offs paired with a classic white button down}
{love this dress as a cover up for the beach}
{love the detailing on this shirt}
{the perfect summer work outfit}
via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Video: Weekend Getaway

As promised here is a little video re-cap of our mini vacay.  I think we may have to make another trip out to Long Island before the end of the summer.
Filmed and edited by the hubster.  I really love that guy!  Check out his blog here. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Coconut Sorbet

 We had this really delicious coconut sorbet during our weekend getaway.  I was left craving it so I came up with a recipe and made my own version.  All I used was a can of cream of coconut and a package of frozen grated coconut. 

Directions are as follows:
Chop the frozen grated coconut to about the size of ice cubes.
Add the cream of coconut and chopped frozen grated coconut to a blender and blend until thouroughly mixed.
Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap and fill with coconut mixture.
Pop into the freezer and stir every half our for about 3 - 4 hours
Serve and indulge!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scenes From The Weekend

 {guava, mango, and blackberry mostachon I made for my cousin's housewarming}
As mentioned last week, Chris and I were going on a mini vacation this weekend.  We tried our best to enjoy it to the fullest by doing as much as we could in the little time we had.  I think we most definitely were successful in that!  Here are a few photos.  I hope to share a little video with you by the end of the week ; )
  {packed up for our mini vacay}
  {enjoyed beautiful Main Beach in East Hampton}
 {vineyards for miles}
 {had our first wine tasting & walked away with the most delicious bottle of semi dry Riesling at Paumanok Vineyards}
 {went to the Long Island Aquarium}
 {had a lovely dinner at Bistro 72; located in our hotel}
{had an amazing time}

Friday, June 22, 2012

Eye Candy of The Week

Happy Friday! I'm feeling extremely giddy right now. Chris and I are taking a very mini vacay this weekend. We purchased an awesome deal on LivingSocial for a one night stay at the Hotel Indigo East End. We hope to visit the beach and some wineries. I'll update you guys on Tuesday. In the meantime, summer is officially here and there is nothing I want more than to ride my bike. These fabulous ladies sure know how to make going for a bike ride a fashionable occasion. Have a great weekend!
{images via}

Thursday, June 21, 2012

DIY: At Home Facial

{Step 1: Remove Makeup}
I have tried various makeup removing wipes, but I always find myself coming back to these Boots #7 wipes I buy at Target. Ponds cold cream does a great job of removing any excess eye makeup.
As much as I'd love to go the spa and get a facial every week, my wallet does not allow for such great luxuries. This is my personalized at home facial routine that I try to commit to at least once a week. The products featured work for me, but you may have to personalize according to your skins needs (dry, acne prone, sensitve, etc). So, go ahead and pamper yourself!
{Step 2: Open pores & Cleanse}
I wet a washcloth with hot water and place it over my face for about a minute. This helps to open up your pores. Next I cleanse with Liquid Neutrogena. I find this works really well and doesn't over dry my skin.
{Step 3: Exfoliate}
You may have seen this gentle exfoliator from Lush in this post. This gives my skin a smooth finish without being too harsh.
{Step 4: Purify}
I just recently purchased this facial mask by Freeman and I love it. It really helps with blackheads and minimizes pores.
{Step 5: Moisturize}
I am a huge fan of coconut oil. Not only does it smell great, but it truly is the perfect natural moisturizer. I use Vaseline to moisturize my lips and under my eyes.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Peach and Almond Galette

 The ripe, juicy peaches I purchased at the farmer's market got me thinking...I have never made a peach dessert!  I didn't want to go with the obvious choice of peach cobbler.  So, when I saw this recipe the fact that I did not have to make the dough from scratch instantly won me over.  At the end of a long day at work making pie crust just doesn't fit in my schedule.  The addition of almond paste gives this galette an additional layer of flavor.  Serve warm with a generous scoop of French vanilla bean ice cream for the ultimate summer dessert.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Neon Touch

Marshall's top (DIY) & shoes, F21 jeans, Arden B. clutch (DIY), bracelets: street vendors, Indian boutiques, Beacon's Closet, Fossil watch
Decided to wear my DIY goodies this past Sunday. The slight touches of neon gave life to an otherwise neutral outfit. You can check out the blouse DIY here and the clutch DIY here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scenes From The Weekend

{welcome to Philadelphia}
Sometimes the best moments are unplanned. That was the theme for this past weekend. We went to support our good friend, Then One at his first solo art show in Philly. We planned on taking the 2+ hour drive back home that night, but decided last minute to stay at The Rittenhouse 1715 a charming boutique hotel. We're so glad we did. Philly truly is a welcoming city that always makes us feel right at home. To see our last trip to Philadelphia click here. The rest of the weekend included a baby shower, Sunday morning mass, a delicious brunch at my sister-in-law's house, a couples massage and a delicious Cuban dinner. It was a very eventful weekend to say the least.

 {art by Then One}

{bits of Philly}
 {Kamoo's baby shower cake}
{our amazing Father's Day brunch- still thinking about the delicious frittata my bro-in-law made}

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY: Clutch Makeover

You may have noticed I have an affinity for making old things new as seen here and here. Again, I found myself contemplating getting rid of an old "jelly" clutch that is about 7 or 8 years old. Instead I got my creative wheels turning and decided to give it a little makeover. For this re-vamp I used:

Martha Stewart Satin finish Craft paint in Wild Salmon
A small roller
Paint tape
pyramid studs
 jewelry pliers
First I cleaned off the clutch, then painted it. Three coats should be enough. Once completely dry I added the studs. I am contemplating adding more studs, but I am still trying to re-gain feeling on my fingertips ; )
{end result in natural lighting}

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Green Detox Smoothie

I find this smoothie makes for the perfect fresh start after a weekend full of not so many healthy choices. Case in point the Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell. Don't judge people, they were amazing. I mean a Dorito taco shell, hello!? Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Leafy greens such as spinach are rich in chlorophyll, which is believed to purify the blood and cleanse the body. This is one of the hubster's favorite smoothies and he is anti-veggie so that says a lot! Here's what I used, but you can switch it up any way you would like:

one healthy handful of baby spinach

a cup of fresh pineapple

1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger

11.4oz of coconut water
Blend all ingredients with a few ice cubes and that's that.

The result is a super refreshing smoothie that will probably wake you up better than a cup of coffee.