April 10, 2015
It’s (almost) the weekend! This weekend we’ll be wrapping up our DIY kitchen update—we only have two cabinet door to fix and install. I cannot wait to share the transformation with you! It’s now one of my favorite spaces in the entire house. I’ll also be shooting a few new video tutorials that I’ll share in the coming weeks.
What will you create this weekend?
1. I’m trying to find a reason why I need to make these plaster party hats topped with giant flowers.
2. Loving this two-tone gold mani.
3. Upcycle glass jars into cute storage containers with a little washi tape.
4. If flower party hats aren’t your thing, how about making an adorable ice cream cone hat?
I’m also loving:
This gorgeous foliage alphabet.
Oh Joy’s new book full of fabulous DIYs.
April 9, 2015
Next stop? Blue Bird Bake Shop! There are quite a few cupcake shops around Orlando but my favorite has got to be Blue Bird. I first sampled their cupcakes at Pom Pom’s, long before they had their adorable store front, and I was a fan at first bite.
Since I like to think of myself a connoisseur of sweets (I’m not gonna lie, I do make a pretty awesome red velvet cake) I’m pretty picky about cream cheese frosting and buttercream too. I think Blue Bird has nailed it with theirs. Their red velvet cupcakes are one of my favorites! Their tuxedo cupcake is also winner, it’s a chocolate cupcake topped with cream cheese icing and mini chocolate chips.
The shop is located in the Audubon Park neighborhood and just one traffic light down from P is for Pie. If you stop by this neighborhood, be sure to come hungry, or at least with a sweet tooth!
In addition to cupcakes, they also bake up delicious scones, muffins, brownies and cookies. Here’s the cranberry orange scone (on top) and the mocha chocolate chip scone. I tried the Neapolitan cupcake for the first time and it’s now one of my favorites. It’s layered chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cake topped with strawberry buttercream.
Every time I walk into Blue Bird I think I like their decor more than their cupcakes, well, almost. The shop is filled with the perfect mix of textures—hexagon tile, damask wallpaper, marble countertops, and wood board counter. It’s definitely well designed right down to the little details like the moveable display unit that houses merchandise for sale.
They also have a small selection of vintage candy (the guava gum is my fave) local Wondermade marshmallows, and some cute party supplies from Meri Meri.
Photography by Amalie Orrange Photography
Next time you’re craving cake, stop by Blue Bird and treat yourself to something sweet! And if you’re not local, be sure to add this to your itinerary next time you’re in town. Even if you’re staying out near the parks, it’s worth the drive up I-4 to see what else Orlando has to offer.
April 8, 2015
Since we’ll be heading to Hawaii next month (!!!) I’ve been in the search for a new swimsuit. Living in Florida, I usually buy one each year, but I’ve skipped the past couple of years because we actually don’t visit the beach too often. But Hawaii seems like a good cause for a new suit so I’ve been on the hunt for a fun, retro inspired suit that is also flattering.
Here are a few of my favorite picks. I ended up going with the second one and I love it so much! The yellow is bright, think a yellow highlighter, and goes perfectly with the polka dot high waisted bottoms.
Which one would you choose?
1. Vintage floral bikini set / 2. Scalloped bandeau top with polka dot high waisted bottoms / 3. Twist bandeau bikini top with swim skirt / 4. Vintage boyleg swimsuit (also available in a tankini top and boyshot bottoms)
April 7, 2015
You guys, I love cheese.
It’s my guilty pleasure and the sole reason why I couldn’t go vegan. I mean, I love it so much my mom sent me cheese from my favorite dairy farm for Valentine’s Day. Because when you love cheese as much as I do you have a favorite dairy farm of course.
I’ve been lacking one thing that every cheese lover should have—a stylish cheese board. I decided to start with a pretty store bought one and add some DIY charm to it. A couple strips of blush pink leather and brass furniture tacks transform it into a cheese board that I want to use everyday.
Step 1: Cut each strip of leather the exact width of your board. If you’re using the same cheese board as I did, cut each strip 6.5″ long.
Step 2: Fold one leather strip in half lengthwise and trim the end to a point. Repeat this with the other piece.
Step 3: Position one of the leather strips on one end of the board. Place a furniture tack on top of the leather and hammer it into place. If you have an awl (I had one left from college bookmaking projects) this is helpful because you can make a tiny hole in the leather before placing it on the board so you know exactly where you want the nail to go.
Step 4: Continue hammering the other 3 tacks into the board. Since you’re creating handles, you want some slack in the leather so you can actually carry the board, so you may need to reposition each end of the leather strip before hammering in the tack.
If you’ve always wondered how to cut a whole block or wedge of cheese. I created a helpful guide to show you how to divide cheese for sharing. A good cheese plate includes one hard, one soft, and one semi-soft cheese as well as a stronger tasting cheese like a blue. I like using the gold cheese knives (shown above) because the set includes a separate knives for hard, semi-soft, and soft cheeses as well as a fork for serving.
Wondering what else you can do with those pieces of leather? See how I wrapped them around basket handles to create a stylish market basket?