Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day Treats: Marshmallows

 Valentine’s Day is finally here!
 If you are like me, you still may not have that gift for your special someone. To round off the Valentine’s Day treats, I have save the easiest for last. Marshmallows can signally be dipped as the strawberries were, or even the perfect accessory to a hot chocolate message. You can also shish kabob them on to a stick and drizzle melted chocolate. I found that red and dark chocolate was a cute color combination and so was pink and white. This project will require; marshmallows, chocolate for melting, extras such as sprinkles and sticks. For dipping the marshmallows I personally would attach them to a stick to make a marshmallow pop, but u can make them however you like. Secondly, follow the strawberries for how to melt chocolate and also the back and forth technique to make smooth lines. After you have dipper your marshmallow, try adding sprinkles, chopped nuts or whatever you desire. Let them cool on wax paper, then you can tie them together with ribbon to give as a bouquet.
                I recently came across the idea of combining a marshmallow with a card, and paired with a cute mug with an instant hot chocolate packet inside. This idea is an easy gift idea that you can throw together last minute. For this project you will need marshmallows, cake markers, ribbon or string, card or paper, a mug, and instant hot chocolate packet. In case my instructions get too mumbled, please look at the picture for clarification. Start this project by taking the marshmallow and pulling the string or ribbon about 6 inches long through the middle with a needle. I would only attach one to two marshmallows per card. This will be hard because the stickiness of the inside. Once through, tie a knot in the string and remove the needle. Now take you card and write a message for you special someone, punch or cut a small hole in a corner and tie the other end of the ribbon the card. In the picture, the cards were cut into heart with decorative scissors.  Now that the card and marshmallow have been attached, take your cake markers and draw a design, or make a sentimental note. The markers can be bought at the grocery store in the baking isle, there are located next to the icings. The markers are made for writing on frosting and are 100% edible.  Place your marshmallows and instant hot chocolate inside you mug and let your card hang out. There you go an easy, festive last minute gift.

Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine’s Day Treats: Cookies

Chocolate chip, gingerbread, and sugar cookies all make a great holiday cookie. Gifting or receiving a big batch of homemade cookies will make surly make anyone smile. Chocolate chip and also pretzels are great for dipping, as we did with the strawberries yesterday. Or you could try shaping M-n-M’s into a heart.  With the gingerbread and sugar, there is more room for creativity.  The clean, blank surfaces of these cookies allows for frosting, writing and much more. The cookies can be decorated to resemble candy hearts, along with sweet messages. Start by letting the cookies completely cool, while this is happening you can die white frosting with food coloring to make your desired colors. On a side note, the more food coloring you add to your frosting, the runnier it will become and loss the soft fluffy appeal. With the dyed frosting, cover you cookies and then fill a small plastic bad with some frosting of your color choice and outline the shape for a clean look. I let the cookies sit for a bit for the frosting to harden, and then I wrote messages in a different color. To make the fine lines you can either buy small frostings at the store, or scoop some into a plastic bag, then cut a small whole and push the frosting through. If you would like to try more complicated cookies, try using different shaped cookie cutters and decoration the cookies with unique patterns.  Try using poke-a-dots, lines, shapes or combinations. By using different colors for the patters, you can acquire a lovely look. Use the pictures provides for decorating guides. The cookie cutters for the cookies  in the bottom picture can be purchased at Target.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine’s Day Treats: Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries are a traditional gift to give on Valentine’s Day. This year I experimented with some new products and designs.  Everyone recognizes the simple black and white dipped look, this time around I used pink and red chocolate. You can find pre-died chocolate at baking stores, craft stores and also some party stores. The products can be more expensive but by going this direction, you can insure that you will be getting the desired color.  The colored chocolate comes in a bag filled with chocolate chunks, but make sure to follow the melting direction. You don’t want to burn your chocolate or add to much butter.  Different brands may or may not ask you to melt it with butter, just check the directions before you start.
                To make the dipped strawberries, you’ll have to take a trip to your grocery store and pick up a few items. Of course let’s start the list with strawberries, chocolate, and wax paper. You may also want to consider sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut and other toppings.  Melt your chocolate as the package directs, then dip, decorate and enjoy.  To make a clean, edgeless dip, first melt enough chocolate to dunk the strawberry tip first. Then slowly spin the strawberry in small back n forth motion as you hold on to the leaves. Slow and steady continue the patter as you pull the strawberry out of the chocolate. This should give you a smooth even coat.  Now place it on wax paper to cool, or decorate as you please. By using the different color chocolate you can make many different designs. There is the drizzled, poke-a-dots, half and half, or you could try writing a special note.  I recommend using the smaller icing filled pens that you can pick up in the baking isle at you store.  If you would like to try something more unique, try using different fruits such as seedless cherries, apple and orange slices or even pineapples. This is a simple treat that you can make for yourself or someone special.         
                This year to try something new, I also made frosted covered strawberries. This treat is great for someone who may not be a fan of chocolate. I used white frosting and dipped the strawberries with the same technique as I did with the chocolate. Trying to spread frosting on a strawberry just came out messy and as a perfectionist, I found the dipping technique created not only a beautiful look but there was also no mess. Then I took the frosted strawberries and rolled them in sprinkles, I also make poke-a-dots ones with red sprinkles.  I would love to see your creations, post pictures of your project below.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

February Contest: Red, Yellow and Green

There are many things to celebrate during the month of February.  For this month’s challenge, red will be included in the color theme but with a non-Valentine’s Day twist. On February 6th, we celebrated Bob Marley’s birthday, so this month we will be focusing on a Rasta themed color pallet. No tacky t-shirts intended, but rather try to stretch you imagination and uses the colors to your advantage. Try color blocking, strips or whatever you have stuffed in your closest. I would love to see what you can come up with.
Simply red, yellow and green. For this contest, please use these colors as you like. You can incorporate all or some of them into your final outfit. Let your personal style shine through and stay true to yourself. If your outfit has some shimmer or sine, you will get bonus points this month. Anyone can enter the contest, but is limited to two outfits this month. Please include your name, age, a picture or pictures of you outfit and brand information on you peices.

Viva La Juicy Collection

Today’s product review is focusing on Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy collection. This collection has many products to offer with the tempting floral sent. “Viva La Juicy, an enticing scent of wild berries and mandarins, honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine. To round it out, amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline add just the right touch of sweetness. It's bottled in a bold gold decanter decorated with Juicy charms.” This is a great go to scent, that can be worn for any occasion. The collection includes the perfume in both roll on and spray, body lotion, body cream, shower gel and dusting powder. As of now, the body products are only sold online but the perfume is carried at most Sephora locations. I am in love with my Viva La Juicy perfume as well as the dusting powder. I would recommend the body products to anyone who knows Juicy products or simply loves this sent.  For prices and Sephora locations near you, click the Sephora logo for the link.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Prada Blues

This look for less comes from Prada’s spring 2012, read to wear collection. The Prada original feature a ruffled bandeau tube top paired with a high waisted, a-line skirt. Deep blues mixed with ocean aqua make for a beautiful floral design.
The alternative is a whimsical, chiffon dress from Forever 21. This dress offers similar pattern, but with a 1970's flair.  A vintage patterned dress with a tie string slit neckline and short ruffled sleeves finished by crochet detail trim. This look for less is a great find for any girl on a budget, priced at $25. Click on the picture for the link.

Shimmer and Shine

First of I have to say that I am so excited to be creating a new blog. This project will help me focus an outflow of ideas from beauty to fashion. So many ideas for post already in the works and can’t wait to get started. Thinking about starting off with some product reviews this coming week.  Also would love to start looking at the spring 2012 collections. As spring is coming fast, I’m ready to find the bold new looks and trends.