GeneralLaurie’s Loves: Strawberry Fashionista Forever!

 

  

Alright ladies, it’s the beginning of a new year and time to stock up on your fruits and veggies for a healthy start! A good way to do this is simply by wearing the utterly adorable Strawberry Blonde Ivory Dress!

I just think this dress epitomizes everything that is feminine:  ruched sleeves, satiny fabric, and cinched waist. Plus, the strawberry print is such a cute mixture of vintage-style and sweet innocence that it is an alluring, timeless choice. The black belt adds a little bit of modern twist so it’s not too “young,” either.
 
 
Lately I’ve been having a little bit of a shoe obsession, and I couldn’t decide which shoe I liked best with this dress. I loved the Miss Me Perch 12 Black Side Show Platform Heel Booties, the Go Max Ashland 13 Natural Patent Pumps, and the Qupid Favor 39 Red Velvet Peep Toe Ridge Back Wedges. All three of these pairs would look super cute, so, if you’re like me, just get all three so you have options!

  This dress is definitely a cute spring/summer dress, but I also think it could be an absolutely adorable late winter dress as well. Pair it with a cute sweater or cardigan, like the Vanilla Bean Cream Sweater Top or the London Lace Black Cardigan, and make this dress a staple in your closet all year long!

  

 Finally, add a little bling like the Black Eyed Tease Black and Gold Ring, and you’ll be the sweetest thing they ever did see!

   

   Does this luscious look appeal to you? 

  

GeneralRally Up: Cute Girls on Scooters!

The New Year always gives that me that squirrely little feeling inside. Dreaming of sunnier days and rides through the open air. . . well, there’s just nothing like it. Don’t get me wrong, I love bicycles too, but there is something equally exhilarating about a small engine set on two wheels, and breezing down a country road at a top speed of 50 m.p.h.
 
With a motorized sense of delight, I just had to give props to all of the bad moto scooter girls out there with a collection of super cute photos. Honestly, I’m not sure which I admire more; the fashionable young ladies with their mad style. . . or their cherry scooters!
 

 
 

Recognize this lovely mistress? 
 
This ol’ gal having a jaunt in the woods.
 

. . . and the lovely ladies of Hawaii!

 

C’mon scooter gals, let’s hear some noise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

FashionPretty in Paris: Style Sirens Welcome the New Season

 
It’s officially begun:  my wanderlust is growing, and I’m itching for another trip to the City of Love! In preparation for my fantasy trip, I’ve been researching what to wear this spring in one of the most fashionable cities in the world. These lovely ladies certainly have given me some inspiration!

Quelle Romantique!

 Chaussures Adorables!
(Cute Shoes!)
 

  
 …Perdu dans ses pensees… 
(Lost in thought) 
 
  
 …Les Chapeaux!…
(Hats!) 
 
  
…Au Soleil… 
(In the Sun)
 
  
Alors, on y va?
Shall we go?
 
Got the travel bug yet? Grab your most fashionable spring finds and grab a camera to create your own inspiration!
 
(Pics taken from weheartit.com)

GeneralA Warm Welcome: Homemade Chai Tea

 
One of the best things about my hometown is the rich Indian culture brought over by a wonderfully large population of Punjabi immigrants.
   
In rural California, I was able to grow up with the flavors of spiced samosas, pakoras and vibrant platters of pink tandoori chicken everywhere from local parties to elementary school functions. We had nearly a dozen local Indian markets, and at age eighteen I worked as a waitress at an Indian restaurant called The Bombay Oven.
 
Cleaning off menus and ringing up orders behind a large case of mixed Indian sweets was a rare pleasure, but the real magic happened in the kitchen. A broiling tandoori oven flamed furiously just around the corner from an entire sweets making area, where the sweets cook would make each Masala Chai to order.
 
Dark, sweet cups of hot chai would be boiled quickly and strained barely a minute before hitting the patron’s table. This is the chai I fell in love with; milky, heavily sweetened and potent!
 
Now, you don’t have to get this serious, but try experimenting a little, and soon you will have your own personalized recipe! 
  
 Make your own Chai base and whizzy up a cup any time !
 
 
Ingredients:
Water – 4 C.
Cinnamon – 4 sticks
Green Cardamom Pods – 20 or so
Whole Cloves – 30 or so
Bay Leaves – 4
Black Peppercorns – 30 or so
Star Anise – 10
Fresh Ginger – A piece about as long as your thumb, sliced in big chunks
Black Tea – 1/3 C. loose, or 8-10 bags
Sugar – To taste (I like lots!)
Milk – Substitute any type of milk you please!
 
Directions for Base: In a medium saucepan, heat water and spices. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5-10 mins. Turn off heat and add tea. Cover and let steep 5 mins. Strain well and store base in fridge for 2-4 weeks.

Preparing a cup of Hot Chai: Mix equal parts of base and milk, and heat over medium heat. Add sugar to taste, and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from stove and serve!
 

Wondering where to get spices?: If you don’t have a local indian market, many natural foods stores carry bulk spices which are often far more economical than buying the little plastic jars at the supermarket. Also, try the ethnic section at your local market, you might be surprised!

 

Try this, or tell us about you favorite Chai!

BeautyNature Inspired Makeup: The Beautiful Work of Hayley Barnes

Welcome to the magical world of self-taught makeup artist
 
This UK native has created some of  the most incredible nature-inspired makeup I have ever seen. Seriously, this is amazing. Take a look:
 
 
 Love the lashes!
 
 
 
This rose-petal one might be my favorite. It’s so unique, and utterly feminine.
 
 
Hayley pulls all the most beautiful colors from plants and flowers and other objects to create a look that, while made up, still echoes the incredible beauty found in nature. I asked her how she achieved such amazing colors, and here’s what she has to say:
 
“I vary between high end and cheap make up. A product I use a lot is a 120 palette by Manly/Beauties Factory. They are really great to play around with as there are so many colours! I always recommend getting a decent eyeshadow base like Two Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Primer Potion as they really help to improve the final outcome of the eyeshadows. Blending is so important as well; it’s one of those things that takes practise but the results will be so much better.”
 
 
 
Her biggest tip?
 
  “Most of all I think people should have fun with make up…I’ve found the more I play with make up the more I understand it.”
 
Want to see more of her work? Check out her page here.
 
She’s also got some other really neat makeup and glamor pictures that you should definitely check out!
 
So which look is your fav?