Coffee & Flowers

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Communal Coffee / Native Poppy

North Park, San Diego CA
Top: Madewell // Denim shorts: Urban Outfitters // Sandals: Urban Outfitters

When I heard of a Coffee and Flower boutique all in one I had to go check it out! As soon as you walk into Communal Coffee, the smell of fresh flowers from their counterpart, Native Poppy, hits you. It is such a lovely concept to be able to drink your coffee while watching a beautiful flower bouquet be put together.
Communal Coffee serves the most unique drinks, such as honey lavender lattes and white chocolate orange mochas! I went with the vanilla bean latte and it was absolutely delicious. The cafe also sells adorable jewelry, cards, and soaps! 

Shortbread Cookies

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Recipe from Miette, San Francisco

Miette is the most charming little pastry shop in San Francisco, CA. It is filled with jars of candies and cookies surrounded by the cutest pastel decor. When I saw they had released a cookbook I was so excited! I could finally recreate their yummy recipes!

 Miette cookbook can be purchsed here

They are known for their scrumptious shortbread cookies which come is many varieties, from walnut to lemon, and of course I had to make them myself! I chose to make the classic shortbread cookies. If you too want to make these yummy cookies or any other Miette recipe I highly recommend picking up the book!

Candy Buffet

Friday, August 26, 2016

How to Assemble a Candy Buffet

When throwing a party I find that a candy buffet is always a success! This is a basic how-to on setting up a candy buffet. You can alter the buffet to fit your party's theme. 

1. The first thing you want to do is set up your buffet against a wall so that you can use a backdrop or create one yourself by hanging a banner, garland or tassels behind it. (I like to you a combination of these in order to create a focal point)

2. Next you want to pick a simple tablecloth. White works for every occasion but if you prefer, you can pick a color that matches your theme or a table runner to spice up the tablecloth!

3. I love adding tassels to the front of my buffet that match my theme. I also like using flag banners that go with the party's theme.

4. One of the most important things in a candy buffet is creating height. You want the pieces in the back to be the tallest (this is where you would use bulk candy) and gradually get shorter towards the front. I like using crates to add height and using taller candy like giant lollipops towards the back.

5. You want to include finger foods or foods that have the most detail (like cookies or cupcakes) towards the front.

6. I like to add a few "out of the box" elements to my candy buffet such as old fashioned coca-colas or kettle corn in classic popcorn containers. Depending on your theme, pick one or two items that you wouldn't think of as "strictly candy" but rather as "sweet things". This really takes your candy buffet to the next level.

7. Include cute utensils, plates or straws that match your theme. You can be creative when picking containers to hold them (ex I used a mason jar mug to hold my straws)
Cheers Balloon sign: Amazon // Side tassels: Target (I combined the gold tassels with the pink & orange tassels) // Tassels on front of table: Target // Crates: Walmart // Glass Jars: Ikea (similar) // Lollipops: Whirly Pop // Blush Cups: Oh Happy Day // Popcorn Boxes: Party City // Milk Bottles: Bed Bath & Beyond // Paper Straws: Party City // Candy Glasses: Ikea

Life's Better Buzzed

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Better Buzz Coffee: The Lab

Mission Beach, San Diego

Dress: (similar here) // Plaid Flannel: Abercrombie // Sunglasses: Quay Australia

My absolute favorite coffee is Better Buzz coffee. They are a local coffee shop in my hometown of San Diego. I discovered their drive-through location in Pacific Beach years ago and got all my friends and family hooked on them too!
Better Buzz roasts fair trade, single-origin coffee and serves some of the yummiest coffee, tea and smoothies! My usual drink is the vanilla buzz which may be the best drink I have ever tasted!

Secret Beach

Monday, August 22, 2016

La Jolla, CA

My favorite beaches in San Diego are in La Jolla. Sunny or overcast, I go to the ocean every chance I get to take in the ocean air and stare out at the waves. I love spending my time walking along the coast and I have probably walked along the whole coastline of San Diego. However, I discovered a secret beach the other day! The wonderful thing about discovering hidden gems like this are that they feel like your own personal getaway. 

Top: Madewell // Denim Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Sandals: Urban Outfitters // Sunglasses: Quay

My absolute favorite trend right now is off the shoulder tops! For this beach day I wore my favorite top of the moment from Madewell paired with destroyed denim shorts and suede gladiator sandals.

My Favorite Gelato

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bobboi Natural Gelato

La Jolla, CA
My absolute favorite gelato is from Bobboi in La Jolla, CA. I fell in love with gelato when I went to Italy after high school and this is truly the only gelato that stands up to it!
Dress: (similar here) // Choker: (similar here) // Earrings: Tiffany's

The owners of Bobboi are from Siciliy. Bobboi means "something sweet" in Sicilian dialect. The gelato is organic and made with local ingredients! My favorite flavors are stracciatella, moka, and chocolate milk.

Welcome to Sugarly

Friday, August 19, 2016

I've created a video that gives you a sneak peak of what Sugarly is all about. This video follows what exactly goes into Sugarly, from styling parties to baking yummy deserts, to featuring a couple of cute outfits while enjoying the ocean air! Take a look inside my world and get a glimpse of what Sugarly has in store!