Thursday, December 22, 2011

BareMinerals lip collection- "Pretty Amazing" (11/29/11)

The "Pretty Amazing" Lip Collection by BareMinerals is actually pretty amazing!

It's hard to get the right lip colors in a set of four. I hate how I end up just liking one of them, but with this collection they are so different and pretty. They also make great gifts to friends!

Read all about my review of each color on Mode:

Mode Bay Area: Bare Minerals Review

The Look for Less: I Scream for Ice Skates

Totally impractical cray cray shoes are always seen on the most daring of fashionistas. We love to ridicule them for wearing them or praise them for making it the right situations or events.

I think Ice Skate Shoes are a crazy idea and somehow very intriguing and kind of well, cute! If you are in the market for some over the top ice skates, or just want to glide around like you are an ice skating queen than these shoes are for you. This would be also be a fun idea for a holiday party theme! And today is your lucky day, for a look for less option for the Ice Princess in all of us.

Ice Skate Pump

The Look: 

D2 Ice Skate Pumps

For Less:

Jeffrey Campbell

$198-$169 (Sale)

Jeffrey Campbell Skate (Photo from Sole Struck)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nutella Swirl Brownie Bites

Who else is baking up a storm this week? Yep it's that time of year, and with Christmas approaching (like in a minute) we all could use a speedy recipe.

Nutella Swirl Brownie Bites, now here's a yummy something that you can whip together for a last minute party or two. The two main ingredients are Chocolate & Nutella, need I say more?

Well I guess I kind of have to say more if you want the proper recipe! But I won't blame you if you don't make it to the mixing portion of the recipe and just eat the chocolate and Nutella on its own. :D 

If you have the will power, stick it through this short, easy recipe, you wont be disappointed!

Bakers Chocolate..must resist..

Dollop of Nutella for swirls...and some for me.


Recipe adapted from: Just Everyday Me & Broma Bakery:
(Makes about 24 brownie bites)


4 (one ounce) squares of Bakers unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup Nutella

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a 24 mini muffin tin with muffin liners.
  3. Microwave chocolate and butter in microwaveable bowl on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted. (If you a have a melting pot, like I do, use this instead.) Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Put the sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter/chocolate mixture to the sugar and stir until blended. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  5. Use a small ice cream scoop to divide the batter into the muffin tins.
  6. Put a small dollop of nutella on top of each brownie bite. Take a toothpick and swirl the nutella into the brownie.
  7. Bake from 12-15 minutes.

Yum, I can smell them already.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fab Five Friday: Cupcakes!

In Honor of National Cupcake Day, which was yesterday, I am glorifying my top five favorite cupcakes, which can all be found in the Bay Area!

1. Red Velvet: HannaH's (San Jose)

 Red Velvet so good it's wedding approved!

2. S'mores: Kara's Cupcakes (San Jose)

Photo from Kara's Cupcakes on Yelp

    I love this combo of chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker.

3. Black & White: Sprinkles (Palo Alto)

Totally caught hoarding the black and whites at the free Sprinkles station. ;)
    Because sometimes its hard to just choose one.

4. Drum Stick: Love's Cupcakes (Downtown San Jose)

Photo from Yelp/Love's Cupcakes

    Taste exactly like an chocolate dipped ice cream cone minus the ice cream. It's delicious

5. Cotton Candy: American Cupcake (San Francisco)

    Pretty infused cotton candy blue frosting on vanilla cake. Reminds me of a ride on a ferris wheel.

So let's eat cake!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tutorial: Peppermint Mocha Nails

Peppermint Mocha Nails.


Are you already sold?

Once I heard about these, I knew I had to do a tutorial to share with all my loyal followers. I love fun nail styles and I'm never afraid to try something unusual. This one just hit the mark with me, mocha's are kind of what I live for, and peppermint gives it that special holiday kick! Why not try your favorite Christmas drink on your nails? Since painting my nails this way, I swear I've been craving mocha's non stop. No joke!

And by popular demand, the Peppermint Mocha Nail Tutorial:

Step One:
Sephora: White, OPI: Skinny Dip'n In lake Michg'n, Hello Kitty Sephora: Red Sparkle

Pick out three nail colors and a toothpick, a mocha (or light nude if you prefer a latte) tint, white for the whipped cream and Red Sparkles for the sprinkles. Drool.

Step Two:

Paint all nails with two coats of your Mocha color, one coat if yours is darker than mine.

Step Three:

On my last coat of mocha I quickly add a tiny drop of white color. * You got to be quick on this step, so work on one nail by one.

Step Four: 

Use a toothpick to swirl your "whipped cream" with the mocha. Do this to each nail: one by one.

Step Five: 

Use your "sprinkles" and paint just the tips with this red sparkle color. I went with one layer and didn't try to make it in a perfect line. I like my sprinkles scattered. And if you prefer EXTRA sprinkles, well I won't judge, just add another layer or two, and your set!

Easy peasy right? If you are a professional barista you could go that extra mile and create coffee art!

Now your nails are festive and will be the envy of all your friends at your next holiday party! Share this tutorial with your gal pals, after all its Christmas time.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Look For Less: Color me Gucci

I love me some color blocks and I think I might be craving some Gucci as well.

Here are the color block sandals I saw at Neiman's:

Gucci Andie Multicolor Suede Platform Sandal     
Gucci sandals in Jade, Riviera Blue & Black suede. Love the color combo and would be a great finishing touch to a LBD for a holiday party! Pretty costly, as it's only $895. Right...You know I wouldn't leave you hanging? Here are my looks for less!

Dune Hotty Color Block Platform

Spotted these suede pumps in the same color arrangement as the Gucci version. They are on sale for $98.17 on ASOS right now.

Vadio Platform Sandals in Blue Velvet 
Jessica Simpson also makes a an open toe pump version with a pop of bright red! Super fun for $98 at Macy's. And you know Macy's is always having a "One Day Sale" like every week right? Plus those coupons in the mail, that would make quite the good deal, just sayin'.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fab Five Friday: Stocking Stuffers

I love buying gifts that have room for extra little surprises to hide inside of them, you can fill them up  like stocking stuffers. These fillers can be super fun and don't have to cost much. Here are few that caught my eye.

Maybelline Baby Lips. Photo: Bobby Doherty for AOL
Baby Lips SPF 20 chap stick by Maybelline for $3.99!

Oreos don't get much better than this. Ooh La La Oreo Cookies covered in Belgium Dark and Milk Chocolate. They look really festive too! $15 for a six pack of yumminess.

Jingle G Photo: Sephora
Have a Gwen Stefani fan as a friend? This will surely rock her Christmas stockings. This cute little Harajuku Lovers Fragrance G is all dolled up as Santa for the holidays. She smells sweet too-think Honeysuckle & notes of Vanilla. Price $24

Titanium 'G Mirror' Slap Watch Girls. Photo:Nordstrom

Super cute slap watch, reminds me of the one I had as a child! $16 for slap happy wearable fun for the kids!

Black and Red Apple Cozy with Vintage Button. Photo: Mikisknits

Protect your precious apples from bruising with this clever little knit cover up. For $9 your cute little apple will make a great gift for a deserving teacher or for the girl on the go!

I hope this encourages you to think outside of the Christmas box when it comes to filling up those Christmas Socks (or stockings...).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fashion Hunters: "Generosity Gems"

The Fashion Hunters are putting together a Charity event.
Invasion of closets...BEGIN!

So this is when Kelly Bensimon comes in. We see her apartment again..(seen it on The Real Housewives of New York) and then she starts talking crazy. No, I'm just kidding, Kelly actually seemed sweet. She does have an amazing closet set up I must say. She gives the Second Time Around gals the white Jill Stuart dress she wore while causing crazy person drama on one of  the RHONY reunion shows. Charity work has never looked so glamourous.
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Next celebrity closet, Alexa Ray Joel. She ends up having super cute clothes, she gives away a fun pair of Prada mary jane leopard print pumps and a BCBG dress she wore in her music video. Very very cute items.

Sorry No Photo of her in her dress, the only thing I could dig up was her music video "Notice Me" but her voice was not kind to my ears and I didn't think the dress was worth showing while torturing everyone with her song while reading my blog! But still, cute girl!

One last piece from Peter Som, who has dressed Michelle Obama, and Scarlett Johansen. They pick a black and white dress worn by Christina Ricci in 2011 retails at $1,500, in hopes that the classic look and Audrey Hepburn-eiss style of it will sell to their clients.
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Now that everything is 'collected and buyers are gathered its auction time!

Peter som starts off at $1,100 but there are no takers until they offer it at $700, tough crowd. Kelly Bensimon's original handbag, and both her dresses sell for a few hundo each, and  Alexa's BCBG dress sells for 1,000! A little wine goes a long way in getting customers to buy buy buy.

They just barely reach their charity goal of $6,000 with a JLO dress a consigner sold to Second Time Around a few episodes ago.

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Don't know why they were expecting to get more than $3,000 for this dress, after all this dates way back to when she was dating P Diddy, or Puff whatever he was back then.

One more episode to go!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fab Five Friday: GaGa's Workshop

all pictures from

This Fab Five Friday features the Queen of fabulousness and madness herself, Lady Gaga. If you haven't heard by now she has a store called Gaga's Workshop located in Barneys New York. It hasn't officially opened yet, but I've seen some previews and it looks insanely fun! People have been saying its a mixture of "Dylan's Candy store meets Bloomingdales." The workshop is filled with anything Lady Gaga inspired. I'm not a "little monster" but I do like a lot of her songs and can appreciate some of her fashion, so really this shop has something for any fashion lover daring to take a risk!

Let's play a love game, here are my top five Gaga picks:

If you know me, you know I love me some nail polish! This Edge of Glory nail polish created by my nail fave Deborah Lippmann created this insane color duo that is 3d Holographic! No idea how that works, but let me tell you I will get my claws on this one!
Price $45

Um I also have a major sweet tooth. And this looks crazy delicious. Gum balls covered in sprinkles: don't be scared, open your mouth, show me your teeth.

Price $35

This lady knows her shoes! The harder to walk in the better. And Christmas stockings are no exception.

Avant Garde Boot Stocking
Price $65

 Can't read my poker face with these babies. Doubt you could read much of anything wearing these lace covered designer glasses. But that's just a fashion risk one has to be willing to take, right?

A-Morir by kerin.rose Sioux Lace Sunglasses
Price $295

I almost wish I had my ears pierced to rock these Yottoy Shoe Earrings. Ridiculous heels used to tower over all your minions, truly inspired by Alexander McQueen and seen on Lady Gaga many of times.

Price $25

Gaga's Workshop X Barneys New York