Archive | May, 2012


31 May


I kind of want to make this happen, but where does one acquire a hot pink couch and a large wooden horse? Not at ikea, that’s for sure. Although come to think of it that couch does look kind of ikea-ish, I wonder if it’s possible to dye a couch cover? Apologies for the all-overness of this post, but 
if a blog isn’t for a long string of pretty-image-induced thoughts, then I don’t know what is.

xo Cristina





29 May

Hope you all had a lovely long weekend! Get up to anything fun? I got a bit adventurous and made bacon egg and cheese scones. I know, yum. My bloglove of course started years ago with street style blogs, but recently I can’t get enough of pretty recipes on pretty food blogs, Tastespotting in particular (anyone else love that site?). I always fall for cookies and cakes (naturally) but this recipe caught my eye with its delicious simplicity: bacon? eggs? cheese? I can do that!

And so I did.
Are you guys liking the videos? Well I’m enjoying making them so tough 😉 I found the scone recipe on the ever excellent Butter Me Up Brooklyn and the super easy whipped butter spread on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. You don’t have to make both of these together, they’re each delicious on their own (the butter spread makes my morning toast so special!). Follow the jump for the details…

Bacon Egg and Cheese Scones

Adapted from Butter Me Up Brooklyn

1 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/3 cup grated cheese (all I had was parmesan on hand, but sharp cheddar would be amazing)
4 slices bacon
2 eggs + 1 yolk
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold butter, grated

Preheat the oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment. Start cooking the bacon, and let it sizzle away while you prepare the scone dough.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, black pepper and cheese, then set aside. When the bacon is crispy, transfer to a cutting board and chop into small bits.

Whisk together two eggs (oops I did 3) with a pinch of salt and pepper, and scramble them over medium heat (I drained off the bacon fat from the pan and used it to cook the eggs). The eggs should be well cooked since they will be folded into the dough, and will look a bit drier than eggs you would serve.

Cut the butter into the flour mixture so that some chunks remain, add the in bacon, and toss with flour so that the bacon is dredged. Whisk the egg yolk into the buttermilk and incorporated into the flour mixture so that it is well combined.

Turn the dough on a floured surface and knead a few times so that it comes together. Fold in the eggs (working fast since the eggs will be warm) and when everything is combined, pat into a circle. Cut into quarters, and transfer to the baking sheet. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.

Bake for 20-25 minutes and serve immediately.

Garlic Herb Butter Spread

Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

*Makes about 2 cups of spread (the recipe is easily halved)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl, whip the cream cheese and butter with a handheld mixer (or electric stand mixer) until light and fluffy and smooth. Add in the spices and herbs and mix until well combined. Serve at cool room temperature



25 May


Three. Day. Weekend. Is there anything better than those three little words? I don’t think so. For this loong Memorial Day weekend I put together a chic look you can wear to the pool, to the beach, to the lake, to the park, or anywhere you desire – and then I found it for less!!

In a fun twist of fate, the look for less costs exactly 10% of the original look. 
$810 vs. $81
I didn’t even do that on purpose.
The Look:
TOTAL: $810
For Less:
TOTAL: $81
With the $729 that you save on this outfit, you can even afford that Chloe scalloped bikini (and pay the rent!) that I’ve decided is the absolute most perfect bikini I’ve seen in all my years. It’s been about 3 summers and I still want it. It must be love, right? If you still don’t want to shell out for the original, you can DIY your own scalloped bikini for $9. See here.

Happy Three Day Weekend!
xo Cristina




22 May

These are my top 3 favorite makeup looks for the summer, as you can see they all involve plenty of color. The last one, hot pink lips, looks fantastic with another summer favorite of mine, the daytime smoky eye.

1. Colorful liquid eyeliner
2. A wash of colorful eyeshadow on the eyelid
3. Hot pink lipstick 
What do you all wear for the summer?
xo Cristina

p.s. don’t try all of these looks at once. or if you do, send me a picture because that would be a trip!




20 May

I feel like this season, more than any other before, we all got into the Spring fever. It might have been the pastel color trend, or the floral fascination, or maybe it was the feminine frenzy of 50’s-inspired Prada (I honestly did not mean to take the alliteration that far).
Or maybe it’s because blogs have really embraced seasonal themes this year – did anyone else find that last New Year’s was sequined insanity? Anyway, florals and pastels were fun ‘n all, but I’m ready for SUMMER! Swimsuits and palm trees and cutoff shorts, here we come. Or if you’re Ashley Smith, summer might involve throwing a personal party in your 50’s-style motel room in which you try on a bunch of vintage party frocks and shimmy. That could work too.

Who else is ready for summer?! Especially after that video 😉
xo Cristina



WEEKEND WARS:: Working Weekend

18 May


Can you believe it’s already Friday? Has it already been whole a week since I packed up and got on the road for my lil trip? I have no such plans this weekend, in fact quite the opposite. I’m working! Don’t get me wrong I have an awesome new job and I’m happy to do it, so I put together a little look at what I’d like to be wearing. You can also interpret this post as basically everything on my wish list right now. Literally, I have a Pinterest board called “Wish List” and all of these are on it. The boyfriend jeans have been on that list for a long time, and I’m starting to think it’s about time I own a pair of jeans that is not skinny. But I still have a slight hang up about paying lots of money for ripped clothing. Ah well, it’ll probably happen sooner or later.

1. shirt TOPSHOP / 2. notebook & pen NEEDSUPPLY / 3. sunnies TOPSHOP / 4. scarf METROPARK / 5. earrings MADRONA STUDIO / 6. bag ZARA / 7. shoes JCREW / 8. jeans ZARA
Happy Friday!
xoxo Cristina



17 May


When I first saw these pastel balls at CVS, they piqued my interest. You know we’re all pastel-crazed this Spring so anything in mint or lavender is pretty much a gimme. At $3.79, I bought one. Now, what are they? EOS, or the Evolution of Smooth, is 95% organic, 100% natural, paraben and petrolatum free lip balm. I don’t always look for organic products but I figure something that I put on my mouth should probably be safe. As for the packaging, I can’t fault it! It took me a couple tries to figure out that the tops screw off (embarrassing? maybe) but once you get that down it’s a lot of fun to apply lip balm in a new way! It’s like having a brand new toy and wanting to play with it all the time. Sure, it’s a little gimmicky, but anything that will convince me to hydrate my lips more often is a great thing. If you’re not into the ball, it also comes in a stick. So far, my lips are smooth and soft, success! Prior to this I was a Burt’s Bees addict, but I actually think my lips are smoother now than ever before (that could be because I’ve been using it so often). I found mine at CVS but you can get them on the EOS website as well. I chose the flavor Summer Fruit, which is delish, but I’m reeeally wanting to try the lemon drop and the sweet mint!

I’m trying to enforce a rule, I can’t buy a new one until I finish my first one. Just one more reason to use it all the time!
xo Cristina