Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wildfox & Jane Austen

I love Wildfox and couldn't resist posting these lovely images esp. when they're inspired by Jane Austen. I adore Jane Austen and all of her wonderful novels...Jane Eyre being my favorite. Ah, romance! What's your favorite Jane Austen novel? I love how that just pure English Countryside feeling comes through all these photos...the lovely sweet florals, romantic glows...oh, Mr Darcy!!....but you still see that Wildfox twist to them. My favorite is the "I left me heart in Scotland" and the "Hang up that Phone" shirt. Are they're just so cute!!

♫  Jane Eyre        





Okay, that London shirt is something I totally need but I wonder if it comes with the cute pup? *heart melts* 


How utterly lovely are those sister shirts? If I had a sister, we'd totally be wearing them with matching floral crowns.





Ah, Scotland! Where the men will promtly make your heart go pitter patter...you know they wear skirts there don't you? Ahem, I mean Kilts.*wink wink* Another reason to put Scotland at the top of our destination list. giggle...





 I wouldn't mind that telephone along with the shirt please! Tres romantic!


Doesn't it just make you want to go make a pot of tea, throw on a flower crown and grab your favorite Austen book to enjoy a cozy night in full of romance that only Austen can give us? le sigh...

PHOTOS VIA Wildfox.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Issues than Vogue

Happy Tuesday peeps! I hope this days brings you lots of happy moments esp. with that double chocolate chip muffin and mocha coffee! Oh, wait that's me. *dimple* Pardon me, while I finish them off! Yum!! It's going to be a busy day in the beauty lab but I wanted to show you these lovely tees I recently got in. I love great mail days, don't you?

I don't have too many statement tees in my closet and I thought it'd be a great idea to add some. Statement tees are awesome and coordinate with a lot of different outfits and I'm so in love with words. Just a single little word can make your imagination bloom with ideas. Like the word Babe. I've been obsessed with the word Babe for quite a bit lately. To me when I think of the word Babe, it brings to mind a girl with gorgeous long blonde hair (okay, I might be imagining me! *wink*) A lover of the Beach. Surfing Goddess. Totally laid back, rad and cool. A yoga babe. Ah, words, they're so lovely. Ooh, another word that I adore. Love-ly. Rolls right off your tongue, doesn't it?

The tees themselves are so soft and lovely. I got them at a site called HiCustom.com.  It's a site where you design your own t-shirts, mugs, and other cool items with any image or words of your choice. They're based out of China so shipping was a bit of a wait but worth it. The only thing I would say is order up a size as they tend to run small. I got an XS because that's what usually fits me but these were like a second skin and like crop tops so I usually wear them with high waisted skirts or jeans. I just love them. What do you think? Are they cute or what? *wink*



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Just call me a Baking Goddess: Totally Delicious Banana Bread



I don't know what it is about Instagram but it totally brings out the baking goddess in me! I just want to cook and bake things so I can take food selfies and show everybody how my recipes came out. lol... if you haven't already please do follow moi up at my account here.

This all started because I had some bananas that were going to go bad...I figured I'd better do something with them, right?! Got my recipe, put some music on and proceeded to make the kitchen a mess. *dimple*

♫  Reva DeVito - Friday Night ♫ 


INGREDIENTS:
1 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
(Use bananas that look almost like you would throw them away. They're sweeter that way!!)
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. 
In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. 
Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears. Don't over mix either...
Overmixing makes the bread really heavy, instead of light and fluffy. 
I did that once with a pistachio cake I tried to make...don't ask. *rolls eyes*

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. 
I cooked mine for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Set aside to cool on a rack for 
15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely 
before slicing.  Original recipe can be found here on the Food Network!

Happy Baking!! *nibbling on a piece of yummy banana bread*