GeneralBaking 101: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

 

It’s no secret that I used to be a baker. A forever passion of mine, I am reminded of those early mornings with the giant mixers and flirting with the intense heat of industrial ovens. Those days are gone, and for me, the love of whipping up extra large batches of cookies, breads and goodies has only been replaced by the joy of cooking at home!

For all of you lovely home bakers out there, I am ready to divulge one of my all-time favorite cookie recipes. Tried and true, this recipe makes delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies small or jumbo!
 
1C. Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy, you pick!)
 
1 C. Butter (softened)
 
3/4 C. Granulated Sugar
 
3/4 C. Brown Sugar
 
2 Eggs
 
2 C. Flour
 
1 tsp. Baking Soda
 
2 C. Chocolate Chip
 
Directions: Preheat oven to 350*. Mix together flour and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix together peanut butter and softened butter, then beat in all the sugar. Add eggs and mix. Add flour mixture and beat until fairly smooth, then add chocolate chips.
Bake cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet until lightly brown on the bottom. Approx. 8-12 mins.
 
*For Jumbo Cookies: Measure out dough with a 1/2 C. measure, flatten gently on cookie sheet. Bake approx. 15 mins.
 
**Bonus Tip: Roll out the dough into individual cookie balls and freeze on a cookie sheet. When dough is frozen, store in a sealed bag or container in your freezer.
 
To bake, simply pull out how many cookies you want and defrost on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes. Bake as normal and enjoy fresh cookies whenever you please!
 
For a fun project this weekend, try this recipe and share your results with your friends back at LuLu*s.com!!!

 

GeneralLiu Bolin: The Real Life Invisible Man

Can you see him?
 
 
Well, if you can’t see him now or haven’t seen him before, there’s probably a good reason for it. Born in Shandong, China, in 1973, Liu Bolin graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. However, work was hard to find after school, and after authorities in China shut down his Bejing art studio in 2005, Liu decided to use his art as a protest. 
 
“The situation for artists in China,” he says, “is very difficult and the forced removal of the artist’s studio is in fact my direct inspiration of [one of my] series of photographs, Hiding In The City.” 

 
 
 
 Liu observes that “I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world.” Instead of taking it sitting down and finding another kind of work, he decided to stand up and show the world that artists were a necessary and important part of society. “From that time, my attitude turned from dependence into revolting against the system.” 
 
 

 
 
Why does he do it? ”My work is a kind of reminder, to remind people what the community we live in really looks like, and what kind of problems exist.” 

 
Most of these photographs take up to ten hours to create — for just one photo! First, he chooses what scene he wants to disappear into, and then with the help of assistants, he meticulously paints himself to match the background. I don’t think I could ever stand still for that long, much less with paint all over my body. The accuracy of his position and the paint placement is just incredible!
 
 
“Some people call me the invisible man,” he says, “but for me it’s what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story.”
 
Quotes taken from: www.dailymail.co.uk 
Pictures taken from www.boredpanda.com and odditycentral.com.
Check out one of his paintings in progress:

 It’s pretty incredible that Liu Bolin can use his art to make such a powerful statement. Do you think his work will be able to effect change for experimental artists like him?

FashionColor Theory: London Fashion Week Fall 2011 Color Trends

Remember the super-saturated brights from the Gucci show for fall 2011? They’re BACK!

As you’re reading this models are stomping down the runway in head to toe color for London fashion week. At Roksanda Ilincic nothing was left for the imagination. The collection was comprised of statement piece after statement piece for Fall 2011 that many women who frequent the red carpets are going to be oggling over.

Below, are a few more looks in glowing, draped satin.

The colorific journey for Fall gets a little bit more interesting with these wonderfully fantastical pieces from the Basso & Brooke collection.  

Another great show that utilized a highly saturated palette was Marios Schwab. These are a bit more practical in cut and silhouette and I can actually imagine wearing any of these three pieces day or night! 

Last but not the least of what caught my eye was Mary Katrantzau‘s printed emsembles. 

She’s taken London fashion by storm, with her epic digitally engineered prints in the past few years, and this season was no exception. My favorite piece is the one below.

Which celebrity will grab this one first? I wonder…

 How are you going to embrace this trend? Color head to toe or saturated patterns? 

FashionTrend Alert: Crochet Chic

Your grandma’s favorite pastime of crocheting is not just ideal for tablecloths and afghans anymore. Crocheting is taking over fashion lately with a fresh version of the vintage-inspired trend.
 
 
Think 70’s surfer girl with a relaxed, laid-back style if you want to stay in tune with the retro trend that is dominating spring fashion this year. I personally love this look because I have been able to bust out my mom’s cropped crochet cardigans and my grandma has had fun making me my own personal crochet accessories. 
 
 
 I was ecstatic to see crochet pieces peeking their heads into the LuLu*s warehouse so I had to jump on the opportunity of dedicating my newest blog to a few favorites. The 70’s fashion trends are back so break out your crochet hooks because this spring it’s all about the hook.
 
 

Release your inner flower-child this spring with a few crochet pieces from Lulu*s:
And Here are Some Socks!
What are some of your favorite ways to wear crochet pieces?
Enjoy 
xoxo

FashionBehind the Scenes: LuLu*s Spring 2011 Gypsy Caravan Lookbook

Last week, we launched our spring 2011 lookbook, Gypsy Caravan, and I thought it was about time to give you all a peek from the other side of the lens at one of our shoots.

Below is the behind the scenes video featuring Forget That You’re Young, the new single from The Raveonettes’ forthcoming Raven In the Grave.

In addition to the video, I also wanted to give you some photographic treats. On every shoot, I bring some of my own cameras to take pictures not only for my own personal benefit, but for you ladies as well. This time I brought my new Fuji-roid, the Instanx 210, and the pictures that came out were amazing — take a look!






This is a location that is very close to the LuLu*s warehouse! Isn’t Chico, California, beautiful?