Archive | February, 2012

Coming soon…

23 Feb

xoxo

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You’ll know

22 Feb

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Pin it!

22 Feb

I joined Pinterest long before it shot up to the top of the social media megasphere  (thanks cousin Melissa!). I enjoyed that not that many people were into it (It’s true. I like exclusivity – my boyfriend brought that to my attention). Anywho, I stopped using it for a while because I hated that it was becoming so popular and refused to follow anyone new (I was one of the firsts!) Now I’m embracing the fact that things that are great will eventually catch on and more and more people will jump on the wagon to join me (and the other + million users!).  All in all, I truly enjoy Pinterest for the fact that is is a much simpler way of sharing what you love with a broader audience than Facebook or those that follow your blog. Plus, there are tons of great ideas out these. So enjoy and share! ❤

So, what do you think? Have you jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon?

My board

xoxo,

Ari

Simple

21 Feb

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My heart cake. I did it!!!

20 Feb

Okay, so I’ve been admiring I Heart Baker’s Heart Cake recipe for the past year. So, I gathered up the courage and decided to test it out. Davey loves coconut, so I decided to use Ina Garten’s Coconut Cake recipe instead of the original Magnolia Cake recipe. Oh, and I cheated on the red velvet part. Because I didn’t want to make a lot of extra cake for the heart filling, I went ahead and made a trip to my favorite local bakery, Rao’s, and bought one red velvet cupcake for $3. 😉

The four layers of coconut cake were baked and refrigerated on Sunday. Monday was frosting and carving time (eeek!). Then, the moment of truth came Tuesday, Valentine’s Day…and the results were TERRIFIC!  I cannot even begin to explain how much joy I felt after I sliced the first piece and saw my little red velvet heart inside.

“I did it!” I did it! There cute little heart was there …on my FIRST try! I couldn’t believe it.

Okay, so it was leaning slightly, but I think I did OK for my first try!

Bleeding Love? Just kidding.

If you love to bake and are ready to take on a “culinary challenge” then give this cake a try. I love it mucho!

xoxo,

Ari

Sweeties for your Sweetie: Glitter Cupcakes

13 Feb

Made these on Friday. Love the sparkles.

I’m addicted to edible sprinkle dust.

You can buy some online here, or if you are in Houston, then I recommend Make A Cake (my #1!) for baking supplies.

xoxo,

Ari

Quickie Post – Heart Shaped Pocket

13 Feb

DIY Heart Shaped Pocket.


Came across this lovely jem today. I love how just a slight change can bring life into something ordinary.

Beautiful wedding photography images here.

DIY here.

Sweeties for your Sweetie

9 Feb

I mentioned the other day that I’d soon be posting about yummy Valentine’s Day treats.

Here are a few I’ve come across this week that I plan on trying (not all at once, though!)

Enjoy!

One of my favorite blogs to read is Cupcakes & Cashmere. I really admire her photography style and of course, all her fashion posts.

You can find the recipe for the Sugar Cookie Hearts here.

These are just TOO sweet. I like to call them Crazy in Love Sugar Monsters. YUMMY!

Recipe and image here at Buttercream Blondie Blog

A Sweetheart for your Sweetheart. These take a little extra work, but the results sure are nice to look at.

Recipe here from Glorious Treats

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

Jello Hearts!

From the Hungry Housewife. Recipe here.

But for today, I’m sticking with classic cupcakes. Plus, I’ll be attempting the I am Baker Heart Cake this Sunday. Wish me luck!

I’ll post pictures soon.

xoxo,

Ari

You down with JCP? Yeah, you know me!

8 Feb

Have you seen the JCPenney commercials? Ya know, the something new on 2.2.12 one? They made me laugh and yes, they got me interested. I always thought of JCPenney as an old-woman store where I only went to buy linens and towels. Great news, they’ve re-vamped. The new catalog ditches old school style and embraces the new. Here’s a sneak peek in case you didn’t receive one in the mail. You can also check out the full catalog on the JCP Facebook page here.

Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

xoxo, Ari

I am in love with the green pencil skirt, multi-colored stripes dress and look that billowy striped skirt. Hello!

So what are your thoughts? Do you like the new JCP? Any looks you might try? Let me know!

Hello, Darlings!

8 Feb

Bonjour!

It’s been a while. This is my FIRST post of the NEW YEAR and we are already in the second month of 2012.  I always get wrapped up in all the holiday hoop-lah and my blog takes a back seat. Anywho, I’ve come across some amazing photos, good times and happenings since my last post, but I’m going to focus on what’s coming up soon for now.

Valentine’s Day!

I know I know, some people cringe at the thought of a “holiday” that markets off of one day to show your true love to another when really, every day you should. But  I can’t help but fall for all the cutesy, lovey-dovey and friendly cards, treats, songs, and colors that go along with it. I mean, c’mon, I’m a girl in love. Even when I was single I enjoyed the holiday.

This year I’m celebrating early with some of my girlfriends in our first “Galentine’s Day” (thanks Parks and Rec!). We are having the ultimate “Girls Night In” packed with girly movies, makeovers, nail polish, treats, gal talk and everything else cheesy-girl-tastic into one night. Oh, there will be plenty of fruity drinks served in plastic glasses decorated with pink and red hearts. On sale for $1 at my local HEB!

Recipe here

Then, February 14 ( just like any other day) the GUY and I will be happily snacking on gourmet pizza, wine and cake while watching GLEE. Yes, I think that’s romantic. It is. Actually, I may switch it up and ask for champagne instead of wine.

Anyhizzle, here are some findings for you to enjoy! I’ll have another one dedicated to sweets and crafts soon!

xoxo, Ari.

1. Paper Straws – Hearts

2. BALLOOOONS

3. Heart Drop Earrings

4. Kiss Clutch

5. Kiss Me Cardigan (I own this one. I LOVE it!)