Thursday, June 28, 2012

butter LONDON: Like butter.

Very much obssessed with my butter LONDON nail polishes. Anyone who owns one, knows why. Let me just tell you...the colors are insanely gorgeous.

On a recent shopping trip I picked up my two new fave colors. A dense liquid metal and a mouth-watering orange hue!





butterLONDON: Lillibet's Jubilee & Jaffa

So excited to try the limited edition Lillibet's Jubilee,  I'll test it out next week. I have seen it on in person and it's kind of amazing. Since I'm a bridesmaid on Saturday and with one of the wedding colors being orange I'm going with Jaffa first. 


Jaffa & West End Wonderland (aka best damn gold glitter polish)

Couldn't just leave it plain orange ya know. A little sparkle goes a long way.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fashion meets Taste: Sweet Rose

Here at The Fashion Palate, obviously fashion and taste go hand in hand. Clearly the next thing to do was to post an outfit inspired by something tasty & pretty! I scored this lovely blouse at Kiss*tique a trendy clothing boutique in downtown Los Gatos, happens to be located right next to a French bakery....(my weakness/strength!) called Amour Patisserie. Freaking most gorgeous desserts in this patisserie!

So I think I was on some floral craze this week because I picked up this flowy floral top & then picked up this raspberry rose cake.

Fashion meets Taste!




What do you think? Pretty & Sweet or what?

Until next week, what will be my next fashion palate pairing?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

100% Pure Facial Cleansing Brush

I've been looking for a cleansing brush, a good one, one that isn't going to set me back one hundred bucks. I've been interested in the Calrisonic for awhile now, but ran into a brush at 100% Pure. The brush looked and felt super soft to the touch and had a nice easy to hold wooden handle. And it was only $9 so I thought I might as well give it a shot, beats using my hands or a washcloth and I wanted to see what the difference was.

Gentle Antibacterial Cleansing Brush: 100% Natural, Vegan, Gluten Free

I've been using the brush for a week now, I pour a little bit of my face wash into the bristles and then scrub lightly in circle motions from one end to the other side of my face for about a minute. I actually noticed less breakouts and my skin complexion looks a bit healthier!

I'm impressed and can put off shelling out the hundos for the other face brush now! Phew! I'm thinking about trying the face cleanser sets too.

Who has tried 100% Pure Products?

What's your favorite one?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cheese by the Sea

Anyone living around the bay area knows it got pretty darn hot this past weekend!

I spent mine doing some shopping, cheese shopping that is. Me and my hubby needed to beat the heat so we managed to come up with a few excuses to drive out to Carmel, spend a day at the beach while sipping on wine & cheese.


For obvious reasons, our most favorite shop in the Carmel Plaza is The Cheese Shop. I say obvious, because we are quite obsessed with FREE samplings of cheeses of all ages from around the world.

Let's just say we felt like kings & queens on the top of the sandy cliff, watching our loyal subjects prance around on the beach.


Anyways, if you ever get a chance to visit Carmel, this is a one stop shop to please the palate. They have a great selection of wine and if you forget you picnic stash, no worries, they have cups, cheese knives and wine bottle openers & corks all available. Not gonna lie, it wasn't all about the cheese. I did some fashion browsing as well, I spotted a pair of Jeffrey Campbell must have shoes at one of the boutiques on the walk to the beach. I'll be back.







Our picks: Nord Hollander, Gruyere, Aged Gouda, Mustard Seed Gouda
Not to mention flatbread crackers and Chipotle enhanced Mexican Chocolate. Nomnomnom.


What did you do this weekend to escape the hot weather?

What's the best cheesey dish you ever ate?

Friday, June 15, 2012

DIY: Breakfast at Tiffany's Inspired Sleep Mask

This week went by FAST! This is my final Slumber Party before the Wedding Party feature and I'm ending it with some ZzZzz's, as any slumber party should end, right?


I'm a huuuge Holly Golightly fan so when my friend picked up these pink satin sleep masks, I knew there could only be one thing to do with them. DIY craft project! Yeah the Art Teacher in me rears it's crafty head at me again.


So here's the task: Turn this sleep mask into an uber chic Breakfast at Tiffany's style sleep mask!

 Materials:
You will need a plain mask to start off with.
This one was bought on Amazon.

Next, Have all your materials ready.
Craft Glue, Scissors, Sharpie, Matching color felt, "Eyelash Yarn" by Martha Stewart and Gold Rope. All can be found at Michaels.




Instructions:

Step 1: Using your Sharpie, draw on your felt fabric two large eyelids (connected U shaped) or as you might notice you can make your eyelids any shape you want!


Step 2: Proceed to cut them out.
Step 3: Glue the "Eyelash yarn" on the back of each eyelid, so they peek out at the bottom.
Step 4: Glue the eyelid down on to the sleeping mask.
Step 5: Wrap the gold rope around the outline of the mask.


Step 6: Let it dry and you are done!







 Party hard Holly Golightly style and then sleep the day away!








Before we part, a qoute from my most favorite movie:

Holly Golightly: He's all right! Aren't you, cat? Poor cat! Poor slob! Poor slob without a name! The way I see it I haven't got the right to give him one. We don't belong to each other. We just took up one day by the river. I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I'm not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It's like Tiffany's.
Paul Varjak: Tiffany's? You mean the jewelry store.
Holly Golightly: That's right. I'm just CRAZY about Tiffany's!

from IMDB.


Hope everyone enjoyed the slumber party!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sephora False Eyelashes & Sephora + Pantone Universe Tangerine Tango Faux Lashes

Final Slumber party before the Wedding Party week continues! This faux lash addition is a fun way to add a little whimsy to your look and catch a couple of jaws drop during a party.


I have yet to try the Ciate Nail Polish. But the Eyelashes are what we are talking about!



We bought the Sephora False Lashes in Flutter ($8) and bought the three pack limited edition Sephora + Pantone Universe Tangerine Tango Faux lashes ($19)

Both are GREAT deals, and come with glue. This was my first time ever putting these on, and it probably took me 3 tries to get them on right.  My friends all tried the Tangerine Tango styles and they were super beautiful, dramatic and bold! We got questions and looks during dinner!
Here's how they look on each individual:






Then the eye lashes started taking over our souls, here's some crazy eyes for your pleasure.




Final Verdict, not for your everyday shopping excursion. The flutter ones I am modeling are the only exception since they aren't orange or too crazy. Got a bachelorette party, girls night or drag queen runway show to attend to? Then these are the lashes for you!

Be bold darlings!

Would you wear these? Which ones?

And stay tuned for tomorrow, my final addition to party week. It's a DIYer (hint: Breakfast at Tiffany's).


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Recipe with Sprinkles on Top: Mini Wedding Funfetti Cakes Suffocated with Sprinkles!

As part of my Final Slumber Party before the Wedding Party feature this week, I am including the recipe I used to create my Mini Wedding Tiered Sprinkle Cakes. I made these for the bride's party!


I had a little pinspiration from Pinterest, like this photo here from http://pinterest.com/kjtoms2/


and here http://gabbagabbagorg.tumblr.com/post/18593116125


But these were much too big and full of cake, I wanted just a cupcake sized sprinkling of cuteness. So I thought it would be really cute to make these in mini wedding cake form.





The cake itself I made from a homemade recipe, funfetti! Whats more fun than funfetti? Exactly. The topping is a vanilla buttercream, and smothered in sprinkles! Mmhm! Here's my recipe:

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
Adapted from:

Cupcakes:

5 large egg whites at room temperature
3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes
1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake tins with paper liners
2. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine and stir the egg whites, 1/4 cup of milk, and the vanilla. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients together on low speed (I use the “stir” setting on my mixer) for 30 seconds.
4. Add the butter and remaining 1/2 cup of milk, and mix on low speed until just moistened. Increase to medium speed and mix for 90 seconds.
5. Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture in 3 separate batches; beat on medium speed for 20 seconds after each addition.
6. Divide the batter between cupcake tins filling cups 3/4 of the way full. I use an ice cream scoop for this.
7. Bake 15-18 minutes, rotating tins half way through baking.
8. Cupcakes are done when a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center and the cakes are lightly golden. Be careful to not over bake. Check cake at 15 minutes. Let cupcakes cool entirely in tins on cooling racks.
9. Using fondant or cookie cutters cut the cupcake and mini cupcakes into circles.


Whipped  Vanilla Frosting
3 sticks + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (icing, powdered)
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
generous pinch of salt
Directions
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter for 8 minutes on medium speed. Butter will become very pale & creamy.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 6 minutes. Frosting will be very light, creamy, and fluffy.
3.Using a cake frosting spreader, add a bit of frosting to "glue" the two circle cakes together, forming a tier.
4. Frost both tiers together.
Decoration
1. Have a large bowl ready underneath your cupcake tiers, pour rainbow sprinkles out until all your cake is covered in sprinkles one by one.

For this recipe I split the batter for regular sized cupcakes and mini sized cupcakes, so you are going to need both sized pans. Then I used circle fondant (or cookie) cutters to mold then into the right shape.

Here's a little idea of how the process looks:






I'm telling yah, once you try homemade funfetti you will never want to go back to the boxed stuff!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Final Slumber Party before the Wedding Party feature: Blow outs, Blow Dry Bar style.

As part of the Final Slumber Party before the Wedding Party theme week, I am including my review of Blow Dry Bar in Walnut Creek.



I'm particularly obsessed with blow outs, they are a quick and easy way to treat yo self for any occasion at all.  Blow outs are simple: wash, blow dry, style and voila! I've had nothing but good experience at blow dry bars in general, so me and my fellow party planner decided that blow outs would be perfect for the ultimate girly day and to get the bride-to-be looking all kinds of good.


Blow Dry Bar in Walnut Creek, blows your hair out according to their menu, but remember you can always tweak it a bit and ask for something a little off the menu. Take waves for instance, this is what I checked on the menu, the stylist/part owner Alyson asked me if I wanted them Beachy or Kardashian, I had to give in to my guilty pleasure and went Kardashian all the way. Seriously they have the best hair!
(That's me BTW)


Over all the experience was a delight. We were greeted with waters and later with mimosas to celebrate the bachelorette and our girly fun time!




Wow my friends are pretty gorgeous!

And the final look! Pretty sweet right? I would return if I am ever in the East Bay again. Thanks Blow Dry Bar!

Stay tuned for more girls night out/in ideas and reviews later this week.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Final Slumber Party before the Wedding Party Feature: Party Favors DIY

This past Saturday me and my friend hosted a "Final Slumber Party" for our blushing bride-to-be! We went with the theme Pink and Slumber Party/Girls Night.





I feel like DIY party favors are always a nice touch and little more personal than just buying something from the store. Seeing how I love to bake and the bride-to-be likes s'mores. I made my homemade S'mores Truffles. But the fun doesn't stop there, I wrapped the S'mores Truffles in plastic goodie bags placed them in matching "Girl's Night In" wine glasses (Which I scored at Marshall's) each with a cute little theme, popcorn, bunny slippers, movies, and sweets.  The finishing touches consisted of a little pink bow with cherry lollipops (Williams Sonoma) and a striped paper straw for sipping Chardonnay through Real Housewives style! (You can find the straws at Sur La Tables in many more colors.)



Hey I gotta look fabulous after all that baking right?

Wearing:
Animal Print top & Red shorts from Forever 21
Necklace: Jest Jewels
Kate Spade sunglasses
Jeffrey Campbell studded flats


And due to popular demand here is my S'mores Truffles recipe I shared on MODE Bay Area a few months ago! Your gonna love them and sharing is caring. :D



 S'mores Truffles Please Recipe by The Fashion Palate
* Please note: I tweaked my recipe, this time using Vegan Vanilla Marshmallows from Whole Foods and using Guittard Milk Chocolate. The marshmallows makes a difference.

Stay tuned all week for more features on "The Final Slumber Party before the Wedding Party" including another DIY a Breakfast at Tiffany's sleeping mask, a review on Blow Dry Bar in Walnut Creek, a review on Sephora's Pantone Tangerine Tango Eyelashes and a sweet recipe for homemade Funfetti mini two tiered wedding sprinkle cakes! I know right?