Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes. It’s the perfect dessert because it combines vegetables (see it’s healthy!) with cream cheese frosting. Life is better because of cream cheese frosting. Seriously. I’ve made it a few times over the years and my favorite version is a carrot and pineapple cake. But now that I have a gluten free kid, I’ve been converting my favorite recipes to gluten free and hopefully refined sugar free ones. It’s a challenge to find a recipe for gluten free sugar free carrot and pineapple cake. But I really wanted my little one to enjoy carrot cake like I do.
What is your home decor style? Mine is relatively straightforward. I gravitate towards metallic colors, neutrals, and an occasional decor piece in a contrast color. I usually allow my artwork of photographs provide a pop of color. I’m also drawn to interesting shapes and the occasional bright shade of pink. So I was excited to see the Oh Joy for Target fall collection. She infuses her usual dose of color into pillows, lighting, and serving ware. But, she also made good use of rose gold accents. It is combined with lucite for a chic serving ware piece. Rose gold is also brought to the forefront for fun pieces like her swan shaped pieces for the home. The swan piece are too fun and the lucite and rose gold is both mid-century and modern.
What are your favorite pieces in the Oh Joy for Target fall collection?
Oh Joy for Target Fall Collection
I like the brightness of the pink lucite and rose gold serving ware pieces.
Happy Fun, Free Friday lovelies!
Journey across Iceland
What destinations are on your bucket list? I am reminded that I definitely want to visit Iceland whenever I see pictures of this stunning place. Apparently, Bulgarian based Simeon Patarozliev also felt the same way. He traveled 9700 kilometers across Europe in 57 days to get to Iceland. Then he took these wonderful pictures of the beautiful skies in Iceland in all their glory. I have a friend traveling to see the Northern Lights and am so excited she gets to see this up close. Ahh someday!
A good lip product is one I’ll come back to time and time again. It is a staple makeup item and one I will use most frequently (though I am a bit lazier with makeup these days!) I have a fondness for tinted balms because they are light, moisturizing and convenient. I don’t like a full makeup look everyday and prefer the subtle flush from a nice lip balm. Dior Lip Glow is a lip balm I’ve read about previously and I wanted to try it for myself.
I liked the consistency of the Dior Lip Glow. It wasn’t waxy, but smooth and held up well in a balm stick format. It also left my lips pretty well moisturized for a few hours. But I really liked the soft pink tint it left on me. It really was like a little lip glow! So my Dior Lip Glow review is pretty positive though I wish it was a little more affordable!
Dior Lip Glow
– Yes, with reservations because of the price
– moisturizes well and provides a hint of color
– light coverage
Dior Lip Glow, Sephora, $33
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What do you like to wear as the weather cools down? As fall approaches, I love to incorporate different textures into my wardrobe. Tweed starts making an appearance again and the nubbly texture prepares me a little more for the chill. I’ll also start layering a bit more of course. I have a lot of jackets which is a shame since I can’t make use of them in SE Asia! I have a bright red light trench coat and have been lusting after a classic Burberry one for a while too! Fall clothing is some of my favorite clothing.
So I really loved seeing the new Olivia Palermo x Chelsea28 for Nordstrom collection. She infuses a heavy 7os vibe in the clothing with plenty of ruffles and wide legged pants. I could easily see pieces like the tiered silk and tie top on celebrities in Studio 54. But I’m perfectly happy with the vintage vibe. I also appreciate modern additions like the vest with removable trench. Who doesn’t love clothing that can serve multiple purposes? What are your favorite pieces?
Olivia Palermo x Chelsea28 for Nordstrom 2016
Olivia Palermo x Chelsea28 for Nordstrom plaid blazer, Nordstrom, $159
Olivia Palermo x Chelsea28 for Nordstrom plaid crop wide leg pants, Nordstrom, $159
“The clothes that fire up my emotions are colorful and ‘different’ pieces.”
Who made your Emmys 2016 best dressed list?
I love looking through award show pictures and wondering if they were worth seeing. But I was surprised at the gorgeous glamour on the red carpet. The glamour wasn’t about striking statement jewelry. Instead stars let their dresses shine. These dresses had beautiful silhouettes, patterns, and colors. I also loved the striking simplicity of some pieces. Natasha Lyonne owned her contrasting cape dress. Sarah Hyland genuinely looked like she was having fun in her floral dress and pants outfit.
I found myself gravitating towards gowns in simple white or nude colors as well as black and white. I was also captivated by a few red gowns which were at home on the red carpet. Finally I loved the gorgeous shape of Emily Ratajkowski’s dress and the bold styling of Kerry Washington’s dress.
Emmys 2016 Best Dressed List – White and nude style
Aimee Teegarden in Kaufmanfranco
Felicity Huffman in Tony Ward
Happy Fun, Free Friday lovelies!
J. Crew NYFW 2017
Have you seen the J.Crew NYFW 2017 collection? I was pretty enamored by this collection ever since I heard regular people from artists to J. Crew staff and photographers were the models. One of the models was even a 7 months pregnant J. Crew designer! But I also really liked the relaxed vibe of this collection. Every other showing was serious, but this seemed like a bunch of friends that were dressed up for a lovely party. I’m not sure I would buy a khaki evening gown though! Yet I still adore the soft texts and luxurious styling in this collection. The peek-a-boo polka dot underskirt is adorable as are the rich colors of the pajama style shirts.
I was (am) one of those moms. I read every label, carefully plan our menus to maximize nutrition, and feed my family mostly whole foods. My daughter still eats french fries (I passed on my salty tooth!). But I tried to get her to appreciate fruit and vegetables. I made most of my daughter’s first foods from congee to her first mashed carrots. I read up on what foods to feed her first, gradually increasing her exposure to different fruits and vegetables. She began on root vegetables and peas and now loves most fruits, especially blueberries, strawberries, and bananas.
I simply adore savory snacks. Give me salty chips any time please! One of my favorite savory snacks is latkes or potato pancakes. I love the crunch of the crisped potato edges and the fragrant onions. I wanted to create healthier versions of latkes and got the inspiration when I visited a favorite Greek restaurant. We discovered the answer in kolokithokeftdes or zucchini fritters. These savory fritters are crispy and also creamy inside. So I vowed to make this at home and also make gluten free zucchini fritters for my little one.