Apr 8, 2014

Weekend fun

This weekend I went up to Orlando, but not for a race, just for some fun. I hadn't been to Animal Kingdom with my annual pass yet, so it was time to get wild at Disney.

Friday night, Kris and I headed to Hollywood Studios for a girls night. We fast passed before we left the house (gotta love the new FastPass+) and rode the Star Tours, the Great Movie Ride, Tower of Terror and Rock n' Roller Coaster. We then headed to the Tune-In lounge for some adult beverages and a snack before heading back home for the night. It was only 3 hours, but we did so much.

On Saturday, we grabbed the kids (including Miss Alice), Eddie and Kris's Dad and headed to the Animal Kingdom. It was so hot out there, but it was fun. The kids loved seeing the animals and my buddy Xander even rode Everest with me. It was my first time riding, but he got me through it. We kinda got wet on the Kali River Rapids, but Kris really got the brunt of the wave. She was soaked!

I had such a great time over the weekend, it was just the little escape I needed.

Have you been to Disney's Animal Kingdom?

Mar 22, 2014

Friday faves

Friday at long last! Thank god for weekends, now can't we just make them a little longer? It would make it all so much more bareable. Here are a few of my faves from this week to help kick off that weekend.

picture from Pizzazzerie
Easter has some of the best candy. And this Cadbury Egg cupcake combines one of my favorite Easter candies in cupcake form.

picture from She is Red
These simple glitter earrings would be the perfect addition to glitz up any outfit.

picture from See Kate Sew
The combination of brown leather and black and white chevrons is just too cute in this leather bottom tote.

Doing anything fun this weekend?

Mar 20, 2014


Reading: Divergent. I'm trying to read the book before I go see the movie, but I have a feeling I'll be checking out the movie this weekend even though I haven't finished the book yet.

Watching: Finally watching Orange is the New Black. I'm only a few episodes in, but it's pretty good. Can't wait to see what mess she gets into next.

Looking forward to: My next vacation. I think I might cross the pond again, so I'm researching and figuring out where to go. Any suggestions?

Listening to: My iPod again! Last week I accidentally erased all of my music from my iPod while I was trying to upload some new tunes. I was left with Bruno Mars and Frozen. I went back to my iTunes and finally got all my music back on the iPod again. Thank goodness.

Making me happy: late nights, wine, laughter, friends that make the day go by faster, weekends, cute shoes, shopping

Mar 17, 2014

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Today is the one day a year I'm Irish (well maybe just redheaded). Since St. Patrick's Day fell on a Monday, I had time to try out a new cupcake recipe for the occasion.

I had to use some Irish spirits to make the cupcakes really scream St. Patrick's without too much green. I got some Bailey's, Guinness, and Jameson to make some Irish Car Bomb inspired cupcakes.

First I made the cupcakes, instead of the liquid needed, I substituted the same amount of Guinness. It made the cupcakes nice and fluffy.

Next I made a chocolate ganache, spiked with a little Jameson's Irish Whisky. This gave the ganache just a little kick.

I filled the cupcakes with ganache. And I would like to thank the internet for letting me in on a little secret. I used the big frosting tips that I have to cut a hole in the cupcakes for filling.  This is so much easier than using a knife.
I made my regular vanilla buttercream, but made it "Irish" by adding some Bailey's Irish Cream to to the mix. It gave it just the right hint. Then a few green sprinkles and they were ready to go.

I know everyone at the office will enjoy this little treat.

St. Paddy's is always such a fun holiday. I hope you're wearing your green so you won't get pinched.

Mar 14, 2014

Friday faves

Happy weekend everyone! I hope you have tons of fun this weekend. Here are some of my faves from the internet this week.

picture from Sew 4 Home
I love the colors of this apron, and the big pockets are super handy too.

picture from dream, create
Loving these DIY knock off shoes.

picture from Hungry Happenings
These chocolate Bailey's beer mug cupcakes are such a cute way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

picture from Vanilla Craft Blog
Here's an easy way to see the basics of photoshop

via Techly
I totally love this video of 20 strangers kissing for the first time.

via BanBossy.com
As a woman who strives to be more, I'm all on the bandwagon started by Sheryl Sandberg, the Girl Scouts, Beyonce and more to #banbossy. Let's show girls that they can be leaders!

Have fun this weekend everyone!

Mar 3, 2014

2014 Oscars fashion

I'm a total slacked this year and didn't even see one of the movies nominated for best picture, but that doesn't mean I still don't love watching the Oscars. Let's be serious, it is the Super Bowl of fashion and movies. So, let's take a look at the most important red carpet of the year.
Metallics were still hot on the carpet for Oscar.
Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta
Jennifer looked great in this metallic gown. I love the tiered skirt, which didn't end up getting too poufy with all those layers of fabric.

Jessica Biel in Chanel
The ice on her wrists and neck worked really well with Jessica's column gown. Shame her best accessory, hubby Justin Timberlake, was on tour and couldn't join her.

Kristen Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli
Cheno looked like a little Oscar statue wearing all of that gold. I think the dress was a bit to heavy for her petite frame.

The celebrity couples came out to the carpet showing off their Oscar Sunday best.

Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic
Batmna needs a haircut stat. I don't know why he's looking so messy.

Dax Shepard in Jim Varvados and Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli
I love these two, besides being awesome people, they look the part on the red Carpet. I'm digging Dax's grey suit and Kristen's Frozen-inspired white dress is perfect for the night.

Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Jason Sudekis in Prada
Ok, I had no idea that Jason Sudekis was even going out with Olivia Wilde (yes, I live under a rock these days), but they looked great together. I love the white detail on the back of her dress, and this navy tux was perfectly tailored, yet still different because of the color.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith in Versace
No idea why Will is wearing an ascot. It counfounds me, but Jada is looking great in that peach Versave.

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski
I was so happy to see the fashion plates of the Olympics make their way to the red carpet. Johnny is fierce and his bestie Tara is looking great too.

Brad Pitt in Tom Ford and Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Haute Couture
The king and queen of the carpet look great as always. Angie joined in on the metallic trend with this gown, though I would have liked to see her in something a bit more form fitting. But she was just there to support her honey, the Oscar winner for Best Picture. And Brad, just always looks good in a tux.

Here are the best dressed men of the night.
5. Jared Leto in Yves Saint Laurent
How can you not love Jordan Catalano? People kept telling me his hair was greasy, but I didn't see it. I love the white dinner jacket, and this rockstar status, and hotness, even make me allow him to be in that red bow tie.

4. Martin Scorcese
I had to put Marty in there cause he's always such a classic. Gotta love him.

3. Chiwetel Ejiofor
A classic man in a classic tuxedo. Perfect for Oscar.

2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Calvin
I just love JGL, and he's grown up so good. And put him in a tux, just wow. Can someone please put him in more Oscar movies, so we can keep seeing him at these things?

1. Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbanna with Camila Alves
Alright, alright, alright... Best Actor winner, Matthew is looking dapper in his white dinner jacket with vest and tie. I love that he mixed it up a bit, but kept it totally classic and cool.

And now the best dressed ladies of the night.
5. Anna Kendrick in J Mendel
Anna is one of the only people to really take a fashion risk, and I think it paid off. I love the edgy look of this dress, and a younger actress like Anna is just the one to make it work. I love the hair and I adore her red clutch.

4. Cate Blanchett in Armani
Cate is usually a red carpet let down for me, but I think she knew she was gonna win Best Actress, so she stepped it up. This gorgeous nude and jeweled Armani is modern and classic and totally befitting a Best Actress.

3. Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen
Sandy has been hit or miss on the carpet lately, but this dress put her back on the top. The draping and color and her sideswept hair were just perfect.

2. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
This is the way the metallic trend should be done. Kate Hudson totally shocked me in this dress. It is amazing. The smokey eyes against the silver gown and understated hair were just right.

1. Charlize Theron in Dior
I LOVE this dress. The top is just amazing, but then the sheer overskirt makes it even better. Add that amazing necklace and this is what iconic Oscar looks are made of.

And onto the fun stuff, the worst dressed. First, the guys.
2. Jeremy Renner
Jeremy's bow tie is bigger than his face. It just doesn't work.

1. Pharrell Williams
I would like to thank Pharrell for actually putting on pants for his performance during the ceremony, but he could have actually worn pants for the carpet too.

And now the ladies that needed a little help.

5. Glenn Close in Zac Posen
This dress is just so heavy. I feel liek her body is going to be cast for some special effects makeup. Showing some arm would totally help.

4. Julie Delpy in Jenny Packham
This is just a big ol' mess. Shapeless and just too matronly.

3. Elsa Pataky
This is not how to rock your baby bump. I feel like she tried to squeeze into a dress that fit her pre-baby. This is just not a good look.

2. Sally Hawkins in Valentino
And the I went to grandma's attic to find my dress award goes to Sally Hawkins. It's too matronly, too big and just too ugly.

1. Liza Minelli
The pants, the off-the-shoulder top, the satin, the blue hair, the facelift... why, why, why, why, why?

photos via eonline.com

Another awards season has come to an end my friends. Hopefully, I'll be able to see some of the nominees soon. It was a great show and we got to see some great fashion.

Who were your faves on the red carpet? 

Feb 28, 2014

Friday faves

Finally, weekend you are here! I'm totally sore from my strength training this week, but that doesn't mean I won't make it out for my long run anyways. Gotta keep up the momentum after last weekend's 10k. Here are some of my faves from the internets this week:

via Huffington Post
This little girl and her Mom make amazing dresses out of paper. Mom, we totally need to do this!

picture from Caylee Grey
Some days you just need cards like these.

picture from Daily Fix
They are kinda weird, but I kinda like the this flowered antler headband.

picture from Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing
I love the new slip pattern that Gertie made for Butterick. And she's even selling kits with all the fabrics in them too. I might have to start making one of these for myself.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I have two breakfasts to go to, so I know I'll be eating good ;)