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Archives: October 2012

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Weekly Color Inspiration {The next Level}

 
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This week’s mani is SO fun…and a real dream come true for me!! I had heard about local nail artist Astrowifey many, many times, but hadn’t yet met her. So, a few days ago I finally made an appointment to meet her & get a dream manicure from her! Ashley is more talented than I could have imagined. She listened closely to what I wanted and made it happen perfectly and fast!! I’m super impressed, and will be back to visit her every few weeks for more artistic & complicated manicure designs….I have so many ideas already, my head is about to explode!!

XO

 
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Currently Baking {Apple-Caramel Pie Pops}

 

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I Love Pie. I also love Lollipops. The natural progression is, of course, Pie Pops! I’ve seen these types of “mini pies” around…as party favors, or part of wedding dessert tables, so I decided to finally try them out for myself. The apple pie filling was a no-brainer – it’s perfect for Fall/Winter. But the addition of the soft & gooey salted caramels was the special touch here!

These are much simpler to make than you’d think. All you need is a batch of your favorite pie dough recipe (this one is a great option), a peeled & finely diced apple or two (I used 1 apple for 6 Pie Pops), a mix of sugar & cinnamon, some basic wooden sticks (traditional popsicle sticks will also work), and your favorite store-bough soft caramels (salted or not, that’s your choice.)

Simply roll out your dough and cut out 2 circles for each Pie Pop. The size of the circles is totally up to you. Then lay the bottom circle on your lined baking sheet, place the wooden stick on top, and fill with a little pile of the sliced apple. Sprinkle the apple with a bit of the cinnamon/sugar mix & top with 2 pieces of the caramel (I cut my caramels in half.) Then top the filling with the other pie dough circle and make sure to press the edges together very well. Use a fork to press the edges even further (and to make the pretty edge pattern.) Voila! Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes. If you’d like to get extra fancy, you can brush the top circle with a little stirred egg and sprinkle it with some more cinnamon/sugar. This will give the crust a nice golden sheen and texture.

These Pie Pops are so fun & pretty to look at, but they’re even better to eat. The apple mix cooks down to a juicy & tart filling, and the soft caramels add sweetness & an extra depth of flavor. I could see these as a perfect dessert for a fun Holiday Party! I used washi tape to give the sticks a touch of color (post-baking, of course!), but you can also add some ribbon or a fun bow to dress them up a bit.

XO

{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}

 
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Just around the Corner…

 

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{Left to right from top: Plaid Boucle Coat – Coach. Military inspired Car Coat – Oasis. Peplum Coat – Topshop. Pink Puffer Jacket – Coach. White Coat with Contrast Zipper – Topshop. Navy Puffer Coat with Bow – Red Valentino. Camel Cape – Oasap. Red Toggle Peacoat – American Eagle Outfitters. Black Coat with Leather Sleeves – Theory.}

You think you’re safe….you think this beautiful Fall weather will stick around for a while. But beware – before you know it, Winter’s cruel chill will stop you dead in your tracks and make you beg for confort & warmth!!

Ok, ok…looks like I might have watched one too many cheesy scary movies in anticipation for Halloween over the weekend. But seriously, Winter is basically knocking on our doors (well, for most of us anyway – lucky Southern Cali & FL people excluded), and it’s prime time to look for that perfect outer layer to get you through in style. Above are a few of my personal favorites. I scoured the Internet for a diverse variety in different price ranges, colors, and styles. I hope one or two will strike your fancy and get you to pull the trigger before freezing temps hit.

XO

 
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Home & Style {Copper Metallics}

 

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{Copper Lamp Pendant – Tom Dixon. Metallic Leather Skirt – ASOS.}

Happy Friday, Lovelies! Another week has passed…and another beautiful weekend lies ahead! What are your plans? Any fun Halloween parties in sight? I’ll be spending the weekend mostly relaxing, catching up with friends, and enjoying the now chilly & sunny Fall weather!

Anyway…back to what’s on hand – lamps & skirts, of course! What’s easier and more effective when it comes to changing a room’s flair than new lamps?! It’s a super fast way to transform the feel of your home without getting out the paint brush or swapping out big pieces of furniture. I’ve been swooning over these copper light pendants by Tom Dixon for months now! They’re simple & clean, but the copper metallic finish is a true statement-maker. Clustered in multiples, or hung on its own, I can see this pendant really working it in any room. I’m considering swapping out my current pendant over my kitchen island and replacing it with these beauties.

And don’t even get me started on this amazing skirt!! Metallic, leather, girly flounce – this one has everything!! ASOS is just so good at skirts.

Have a wonderful weekend….and don’t get into too much trouble in those costumes, K!?

XO

 
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Design Spotlight {Color Bombs}

 

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If you’re a Pinterest addict like I am, then you’ve probably come across a picture or two of colorful paint explosions, right? It’s a new, fun phenomenon in the art world…and I just can’t get enough of it! These Paint Pigment Photographs (or Color Bombs, as I like to call them) by British Artist duo Rob & Nick Carter are amazingly saturated and bright – and they just plain make me happy!

The Carters got their inspiration for these Pigment Clouds from the ancient Hindu Holi Festival - the Festival of Colors, which celebrates the Spring Season in India and Nepal. A festival dedicated to colors…what’s better than that!? One day I’ll make it to India to see it first hand…one day…

XO

{First Image via Pinterest.com. Other images via RobandNick.com}