Outfit: Cindy on the Beach with Sequins

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Fact: Huntington Beach is my 3rd favorite beach in California–right after Newport and Moonstone. Another fact: Cinderella is my favorite Disney Princess movie.

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If you haven’t already noticed from my previous posts, I shop at Kohl’s. A LOT. I was a sales associate there for 2 years; it was my first job ever, and I have a whole lotta love for the store and its merchandise. My favorite brand is LC Lauren Conrad, and when the live-action Cinderella came out, she released a line exclusively inspired by the movie. If I’d still been working at Kohl’s, I’d have blown all my money on the collection (which, tragically, I’ve done more than once…), but since I don’t, I have to wait patiently for the stuff to go on clearance.

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dat water was cooold, yo!

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My husband grew up in Ventura, and we stopped at Catalina Island while on our honeymoon, so California is a pretty cool place to visit, but I don’t think I could ever live there. It has some truly beautiful landscapes and Disneyland, but as a whole, it’s not my cup of tea. The east coast still holds my heart. But don’t get me wrong, I have quite a bit of love for Cali. Mostly Disneyland. Clearly. Am I being repetitive? 😛

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And bonus for today’s post: Devon got involved with the “modeling” part! I’m afraid to say he does it a lot better than I do. Plus he’s a stud. But I may be biased.

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IMG_1377Abbs:

  • Top: Kohl’s—$7 (sold out; buy: S, M, L, XL)
  • Leggings: Kohl’s—$2.35
  • Sandals: Kohl’s—$4
  • Paracord bracelet: eBay—$9
  • TOTAL: $22.35

Devo:

  • Top: Kohl’s—$9
  • Shorts: JCPenney—$15 (similar)
  • Flip flops: unknown (similar)
  • TOTAL: $24

Today’s Motto: life’s a beach, so visit as often as you can.

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Food: Recipes to Try

Hey yo!

So this post isn’t so much for you as it is for me. I used to always be baking up yummy treats, but then I stopped…and I need to get back on it. So this is just a list of recipes from around the World Wide Interweb that I’m going to be trying in the next few weeks. While it’s tempting to make autumn-themed sweets, I’ve got to do summer ones…so I can survive this heat. And it will help me look forward to autumn. Logic makes sense, no?

SUMMER TREATS

Layered Jell-O

Lemonade Mousse

Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas

Strawberry Shortcake Rice Krispies

S’mores Dip

Strawberry Butter

Spring Cheesecake Cake

To Die For Banana Cake

Summer Berry Pavlova

Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Boston Cream Pie Crepes

Secret Fruit Salad

Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries

Fried Ice Cream

Soda Pop Ice Cream

Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicle Bites

Banana Split Cupcakes

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Rainbow Sherbet Cupcakes

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Yay for goals!

Fashion Faves: Movies

So. I was supposed to start FASHION BLOGGING this week!!!…but I got sick instead. Boo. So instead, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite fashion in movies. Hopefully this will help me kick myself in the butt and JUST DO IT next week!…

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961)

ccf561a69f40515cfa387d39208704b2I can’t think of a better movie to start off this list. Audrey Hepburn is probably the only woman in Hollywood that made one single dress even more iconic than the film it was featured in. But aside from the famed “little black dress”, her clothes and presence are gorgeous, which really does Ms. Hepburn justice in showing her own beauty. The ’60s sweetness was represented perfectly in the whole 115 minutes of this masterpiece.

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c67a175b3e5905e1df5ca172d989944bUm, yeah, this seems like a no-brainer. Fashion movie that features amazing fashion from some of the all-time greats? Yes, please! What makes this film stand out is that all 3 of the leading ladies–Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt–all have such sexy-chic style. And come on, who doesn’t love the fashion montage to Madonna’s “Vogue”?

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daf0a291c3e39113f107a443e9c25d84An Education gives such a lovely display of the early 60s British Invasion of Style that I adore so much. Basically, every dress that Carey Mulligan wears in this film, I want in my closet. And her hair. Ahh, her hair is so cute!

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VARIOUSLet me go on the record: I am NOT a fan of Pretty Woman. At all. But one thing is for sure: the fashion is so early 90s glam! With a touch of vintage to each piece Julia Roberts wears (after her makeover), her clothes are the epitome of chic. It does a great job of taking its original source material (more on that later) and making it modern and fresh.

3612416520_613fab4007 prettywoman-1 prettywomanCLUELESS (1995)

clueless-fashion-thumb-275Like I could skip this movie treasure. As if! The ’90s are not my favorite decade for fashion, but Clueless really showcased everything RIGHT about it. And let’s face it, after this came out and became the hit it is, every girl wanted to emulate Cher’s preppy, iconic style. Me, included.

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ffe3teywmqf4hzvnodzpka6I think it’s safe to say that everyone is or was OBSESSED with this movie. Not only is it a completely realistic portrayal of love and relationships, the style of the two leads, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, is just perfect. Summer’s never-ending array of blue hues, and Tom’s vintage-hipster fashion, is just delightful to watch. I personally draw inspiration from (500) Days of Summer for my own wardrobe. It’s so lovely!

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1422564808_mila-kunis-zoomThis movie is relatively new, but already its costume designs have made an impact on me. The intricacy of the wardrobe is so amazing and beautiful, I want to own every piece from it. And LOOK AT THAT DRESS. WOW.

016 018 d851d30fd58bd11caca4b33bef47e164STAR WARS PREQUEL (1999; 2002; 2005)

Padmefull3ThroneSay what you will about the films (I happen to like them very much), say one thing everyone can agree on: Padme Amidala’s outfits are SO COOL. From the first movie’s wide range of culturally-inspired attire to the second’s gorgeous array of colors, her wardrobe is simply stunning. My favorite has to be her wedding dress, which perfectly emulated a Victorian era fashion.

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ArwenreitetNever in my life had I ever wanted to be an elf…until these movies came out. Now I want every single getup they wear. But it doesn’t stop at the elves; every race of Middle Earth (including the Orcs) have the most magnificent outfits. Like seriously, we should all be dressing like them.

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Daisy-Dress-3The roaring ’20s have never looked better. Seriously. The dresses are gorgeous, the suits glorious, the hair and makeup exquisite…every detail that went into making these outfits really works to elevate the movie to a whole other level. And it spawned a Great Gatsby-themed party trend (which I still need to throw), and I’m sure every girl who saw this wanted to steal Daisy’s closet. I know I did do.

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my-fair-lady-1964-the-real-thingMy Fair Lady may not be the greatest musical, but it dang well may be the best dressed musical. It’s no wonder big hats have been making a comeback in the last few decades–they’re froufrou fun! Come on, America, take a cue from the Brits (again) and make all of these styles come back.

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alice_burton_largeTim Burton is one of my favorite directors of all time. One reason being that his fantastical vision is translated in so many ways onscreen–especially in fashion. His frequent collaborator, Colleen Atwood, did a phenomenal job with the costumes in Alice in Wonderland, bringing a range of detail to perfectly reflect the characters wearing them.

2  The-Red-Queen-Alice-in-Wonderland-the-wizard-of-wonderland-8244418-454-601alice-in-wonderland01GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

10130325659023a659d278a10434a86dLast, but certainly not least, is this gem of a classic. Scarlett O’Hara is one of the sassiest heroines every portrayed on screen, so of course her wardrobe had to match her attitude–and match it, they did. The clothes are beautiful and over the top, even getting an infamous parody of its own. But one thing is for sure: Gone With the Wind’s style is timeless, so you better give a damn.

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Blueberry Banana Pudding Cupcakes

Well, folks, after 4 months of silence, I’m finally back in the saddle again. I love baking, especially cupcakes, but lately life kept getting in the way for me to take time and actually do it. Add to that the chronic pain I have in my back, and I just wasn’t feeling good enough. But I kicked myself in the butt this week, and I made these little beauties. They are delicious. Fresh blueberries and bananas, mixed with sour cream and instant banana pudding, really made these moist and scrumptious. And now you can make them, too!

IMG_0054Blueberry Banana Pudding Cupcakes

yields 18 cupcakes

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup instant banana pudding dry mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners, or spray wells with cooking oil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and pudding mix; set aside. In another small bowl, mash bananas with sour cream; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until incorporated. Add vanilla extract. Add flour mixture on low speed, alternating with the banana/sour cream mixture, until fully combined. Fold in blueberries, careful not to overmix.
  4. Fill liners 1/2 to 2/3 full; bake for 16-20 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Cool Whip
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. instant banana pudding dry mix
  • 2-3 cups powder sugar
  • 2 tsp. milk OR cream
  • vanilla wafer cookies, for topping
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and Cool Whip for 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract.
  2. Turn off mixer and add instant pudding to batter.
  3. Slowly add powder sugar in 1/2 cup increments on low speed, adding the milk/cream in between to smooth it out if it thickens.
  4. Pipe onto cupcakes (I used Wilton 2D tip), and top with vanilla wafer cookies. Freeze remaining cupcakes.
  5. Enjoy!