Haunting Halloween Table

Thursday, September 29, 2016

 I am so excited for Halloween and really like to go all out when making my Halloween parties look extra spooky. My Halloween table this year is eerie and dark and just perfect for creating that spooky Halloween aesthetic at your party.
Apothecary Bottles: Witches Aperitif & Dragon Spit // Bleeding Candles: World Market // Candelabra: Target // Skulls: Target // Skeleton candle holder: Amazon // Ghostly Halloween Tree: (I could only find it on ebay) // Wall mounted skull: (no longer sold but these are a great alternative)

This Halloween table works great as the appetizer or dessert table for the party. I like to have the party centered around the main table and have it set the tone for the rest of the party's decor.

Caramel Apple Fall Cake

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Caramel Apple Topped Chocolate Cake 

I have been in full fall spirit lately and wanted to make a fall cake that was different from anything I've done before. This 4 layer devil's food chocolate cake is filled with caramel buttercream and has chocolate ganache and caramel sauce dripping down the sides. And of course its topped with two delicious caramel apples. This cake is seriously scrumptious and perfect for any fall gathering. I may just have to make it again for Thanksgiving!

Day Trip to Julian

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Julian, CA

Black T-shirt: Target // Skirt: Abercrombie  // Cardigan: Brandy Melville // Boots:  Steve Madden // Bag: (similar)
With fall finally here, I was dying for some good apple pie, and there is no better place to get pie than in Julian. Julian is about an hour away from me. It's a tiny historical town that is famous for its apple pie and cider. I hadn't been to Julian in years and it was so nice to take a little day trip and enjoy the fall festivities. 
 There are two main pie shops in Julian, but the real Julian Pie Co is sort of tucked away (and usually has a much shorter line). Their apple pie is my absolute favorite but their cherry apple pie is a close runner up! If you're heading to Julian be sure to also try their delicious hot apple cider. It's perfect for a cozy fall day.
On the way home, we decided to stop by Lake Cuyamaca, which I had never been to. The lake amongst the setting sun was breathtaking and was a perfect way to end our day trip. It was actually pretty chilly once the sun was setting and it really began to feel like fall.

Cozy Beach Day

Friday, September 23, 2016

I thought I would show you guys one of my favorite spots in San Diego, Shell Beach in La Jolla. I feel a deep connection to the ocean, and could never imagine living away from the ocean (who knows, maybe I'm of mermaid decent). I especially love being near the ocean when it's cool and cozy weather. Although I desperately wish I lived in an area that was surrounded by trees with changing leaves during the autumn months, it's still pretty amazing to be able to take in the ocean waves and put my toes in the sand year round.
With fall finally here, I'm tying in more autumn colors into my wardrobe, like my most loved shirt, this deep maroon lace trimmed top. I'm currently in love with maroon and blush tones and love pairing them with light denim and neutrals. I cant wait until the weather gets cooler and I can wear more cozy outfits. I hope you guys are having a great start to the fall season.
(Photo Credit: Prine Photography)

Hello Autumn

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tomorrow marks the first day of autumn and the start of cozy weather, apple cider, pumpkin patches and changing leaves. Fall is my favorite season and I just couldn't wait to get started early this year. I'm going to be sharing a LOT of fall outfits, desserts, recipes and party ideas with you all! Fall brings me so much happiness, wearing cozy sweaters and decorating the house with pumpkins and fall candles, I'm truly in my element once fall starts to roll in.
Fairy Lights: Target // Sweater: Brandy Melville // T-shirt: Forever 21 (similar) // Jeans: Abercrombie
 I thought I would share a little fall diy with you guys today by showing you how to make your pumpkins just a little more magical by wrapping fairy lights around them. These lights are battery operated so you can place them anywhere you like without having to worry about being near an outlet. They're also strung on a copper wire which can be bent any which way, allowing them to be used in so many different ways. I love using these lights all around the house like hanging them inside decorative lanterns with a couple of tall candles inside or even at the dinner table, weaving around the centerpiece. I cant wait to share more fall ideas with you all. If there's anything in particular you guys would like to see me post about for fall, let me know!

Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe

Monday, September 19, 2016

Today I'm sharing my recipe for these delicious mini graham cracker crust fruit tarts! I love fruit tarts and have made them many times but I wanted to try something a little different, so I experimented with making them the most delicious I could. Fruit tarts normally have a pastry dough crust but I decided to use a graham cracker crust because it just gives it that much more flavor. I also added a thin layer of chocolate between the pastry cream and the crust. I hope you guys enjoy these little bites of yumminess as much as I do.

Mini Graham Cracker Fruit Tarts Recipe:

Makes about 12 servings

Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until blended . Press mixture into the bottom of each tin of the cupcake pan, filling about 1/3 full.
Bake for 5 Minutes then let cool and remove from tins.

Pastry Cream:
(Pastry Cream recipe from www.thekitchn.com)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Warm the milk: Warm the milk in the saucepan until you start to see wisps of steam. It should not actually be boiling.
  2. Make the egg-sugar base: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt. Add the egg yolks and whisk them into the dry ingredients. This will form a thick paste. It's fine if the paste looks crumbly or smooth; the important thing is that the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the milk to the egg mixture: Pour a little of the hot milk into the eggs and whisk to combine. Continue pouring the milk slowly into the eggs, whisking continuously. It's OK to switch back and forth between pouring milk and whisking if you can't manage both at the same time.
  4. Pour everything back in the pan: When all the milk has been added to the eggs, pour everything back into the saucepan. Set a strainer over a bowl and place this near the stove.
  5. Heat the pastry cream: Set the pan back over medium heat. Whisk constantly. At first, the pastry cream will look very thin and frothy, but it will start to thicken after a few minutes. When it has thickened to a pudding-like consistency, pause whisking every few seconds to see if the cream has come to a boil. If you see large bubbles popping on the surface, whisk for a few more seconds and then remove the pan from heat.
  6. Strain and cool the pastry cream: Stir the vanilla into the pastry cream and then pour the cream into the strainer set over the bowl. Stir to push it through the strainer. This will catch any bits of cooked egg that may be in your pastry cream.
  7. Cover and store: Cover the pastry cream with a piece of plastic wrap pressed right up against the surface of the cream and chill completely.
Fruit, Chocolate and Glaze:
  • 6-8 strawberries
  • a dozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted in 30 sec increments in microwave for 2 min total, stirring in between 
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves (Heated in microwave of a stove with a splash of water added until consistency is thin enough to brush on top of tarts)
Assembly Directions:
Spread a thin layer of the chocolate across the top of each mini crust then dollop pastry cream on top of each mini crust.
Slice strawberries and place 2-3 slices on top of each tart and 2-3 blueberries on each tart. Then use a brush to brush the apricot glaze across the fruit of each tart.

Que Up

Saturday, September 17, 2016

No matter where I am going or what I am doing, I have to have a water bottle with me at all times. I usually carry my water bottle in my purse, beach bag or travel bag. Using a reusable water bottle is important to me, however it can be kind of annoying once I've finished my water and still have a giant bottle to carry around in my purse. This is where Que water bottles come into play. Que bottles can be expanded and collapsed! Once you're finished drinking your water you can collapse the bottle down to a much smaller size. This is great for when you're out and about, exercising or traveling. 
Que water bottles will be available to purchase this October. Check out their different sizes and colors here.

Blush + Denim

Thursday, September 15, 2016

 Sweater: Free People // Denim Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Sneakers: Adidas
I've been all about comfy sweaters lately and even though it's not quite cold out yet, I've found ways to wear some of my favorite sweaters, like with denim shorts or over a summer dress. This sweater in particular is SO cozy and is perfectly slouchy, falling off one shoulder just slightly. I love pairing this blush color with light, distressed denim and with white shoes. I absolutely cannot wait for fall and chilly, cozy weather, not to mention all of the cute fall clothes.

Currently Loving: Palm Print

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Water Bottle: Swell
I've been absolutely obsessed with all things palm print for a while now (I even had an entire palm print graduation party!) I love being able to use this print for everything and anything, from clothes and party decor to stationary and even something as commonplace as a water bottle! You can be creative and tie in palm print through all aspects of your style. This can be as simple as using fresh palm leaves when decorating for a party or more creative by making your own palm leaf accents when trying to kick desserts up a notch (like I did with these macarons). I especially love pairing this print with blush, just to give it that little bit of a feminine touch.

Creating a Succulent Planter

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pigment, San Diego CA

I recently discovered the cutest store in North Park, San Diego called Pigment. Apart from lovely home decor, party supplies and accessories, Pigment has a studio where you can put together your own succulent planters! I absolutely love this idea and think it is such a fun and creative activity to do with friends, to make as gifts or to make a lovely planter for your own home. 
At Pigment, you can choose from a variety of glass and ceramic pots, small and large succulents and cacti, and beautiful dried flowers. You can begin to create the aesthetic of your planter by choosing the sand color you want and from there you can also pick stones, geodes, crystals and orbs in any color of the rainbow you desire.
If you don't get a chance to stop into pigment here in San Diego, you can always gather the items to make your own at home. I've laid out the steps to creating your own planter below!

Step 1: Pick a pot and fill it to the top with soil
Step 2: Plant the succulents in the soil then fill in the planter with sand. (I used a brush to get the leaves of the plants soil and sand free)

Step 3: Add in any air plants or dried flowers
Step 4: Add your finishing touches such as geodes, crystals or glass orbs.

Celebrating 23

Friday, September 9, 2016

Miette, San Francisco CA

 Last weekend I took a trip up to San Francisco to celebrate my 23rd birthday with friends and family! While up there, I visited my favorite little pastry shop, Miette, with my sister. Miette has the most adorable decor and scrumptious displays of candies, cupcakes, and so many more yummy treats!
Sweater: Free People // Jeans: Abercrombie // Sneakers: Adidas
 If you're ever in the bay area I highly recommend stopping into this lovely spot either at their Hayes Valley location or at the location in the ferry building. My favorite treats from Miette are their old fashioned cupcakes, their walnut shortbread and the Belgian chocolate they carry called Cote S'Or.