Tuesday, July 22

Owl About the Print

ModCloth dress, shoes, socks / Céline bag / Toda Moda accessories / Warby Parker sunnies

Today, I'm reviving this adorable flutter back owl printed dress from ModCloth. Perhaps a nod to Miami Fashion Week Swim with the bright orange hue. (Wish I were there!) I think it's going on three years old, but it hasn't had very much wear in the last two. It's probably the prettiest print I own, and today the sheer sleeve was peeking out of my closet begging for a little fresh air. How could I say no? I've paired it with my new ModCloth booties and ruffle socks (they are so comfy!) as well as my latest splurge - this classic Céline tote.

The sapphire ring was my mother's, and my grandmother's before that. Something I hope to pass along to someone else someday. I'm usually wearing a ring from my beau, but I dropped it off at the jewelers to have it resized. To clarify, we aren't engaged yet - his ring was a gift, I suppose they call it a promise ring. My hand has felt a little naked without it, so I've been rocking the mom-ring.

Tomorrow, I get to escape the heat (sort of) for a mini stay-cation with day drinks at a local resort pool with a couple of my favorite ladies. I'm sure I'll be snapping a few Instagram pics throughout the day. Then it's prep time for our friend's baby shower this weekend! I can hardly believe July is almost over. Where has the time gone?!

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Monday, July 21

The Short of It

Tis' the season for crop tops and cutoffs. I've trolled the web to bring together a few of my favorites for you. Happy Monday!

Toda Moda top / One Teaspoon cutoffs (similar here) / off brand sunnies (similar here)

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Saturday, July 19

Warby Parker Eyewear

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This post contains sponsored links from Warby Parker, all opinions are my own.

I'm so excited to introduce you guys to Warby Parker, my newest affiliate. This is an eyewear company started by students. Via Warby Parker: "The eyewear industry is dominated by a single company that has been able to keep prices artificially high while reaping huge profits from consumers who have no other options. We started Warby Parker to create an alternative." I can get behind that. And for every pair sold, a donation is made to an organization that provides eye exams for people in underdeveloped countries. I can get behind that too.

They offer a free Home Try On program. Simply hop over to their site, pick five frames you love (from rX frames to sunnies, in men's or women's styles), and they'll send them out to you in a couple days. You get to try them on at home, dress them up, dress them down, see what feels right, then simply return them in the same box with the included shipping label. It was a piece of cake, and the whole process was actually a lot of fun. There's no obligation to buy, but I think I'm sold on the Finch.

So let's be honest here, my "before" frames are from Costco, I've had them for years, and I've run into two different 80 year old ladies with the same pair. I need a new pair, but I've procrastinated getting an eye exam (which I usually have done at Costco). I've never taken the time to find a great frame that perfectly fits my face. As much as I love playing dress up, I usually hate trying frames on in the store.

#1: Chamberlain, in Saddle Sage
These frames have a subtle spark of whimsy with their brown and sage colorblocking.

#2: Finch, in Violet Magnolia
These have a little heart next to them because they're my first impression favorite. I really like the unique take on tortoise print, and I love the slight rise of the frame almost hinting at a cat eye.

#3: Mallory, in Gimlet Tortoise
The tortoise of the Mallory frames is a hint lighter & greener (hence the color verbage 'gimlet', I suppose...clever). I like these as well, but for an everyday option I think the frames are just a bit too large, even though I have an oversized eyewear fetish.

#4: Ormsby, in English Oak
No complaints about these. They're simple in a good way, yet have a pretty amber wood grain to them. I get the feeling each Warby Parker design has a lot of careful thought put into it. A great choice for summer, especially with the quality dark tint.

#5: Quimby, in Absinthe
A fab transluscent green on these frames. I love their shape: round, big, and somehow they seem proportioned perfectly for my face. How do they do it?

I'm officially a fan! I'd love to hear which frames you like best, I'll probably get myself a pair in a week or two. And I totally recommend trying their Home Try On program. Even if you don't intend on buying a new pair of glasses right away, it's a nice way to test out a few different styles at home, so you can figure out which style you feel most comfortable wearing. Also! I just wanted to throw in a little shout out to Elsie & Emma over at A Beautiful Mess & their new photo editing app Party!Party! That's what I used to shoot all the photos for this post, it was worth every penny.

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Friday, July 18

Enfin, C'est Vendredi!

Forever21 top, One Teaspoon cutoffs, H&M sandals

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Happy Friday everyone! It's been a good, productive week for me in Palm Springs. I did some organizing and put some fresh flowers around the house. My workout/craft space is finally de-cluttered and ready for some decorations. I'll post the before & after with a few design tips when the room is finished. For now, if you're curious, you can see the work in progress on Facebook. I read #GIRLBOSS cover to cover, and it was fabulous. I've been a Nasty Gal fiend since their early dot-com days, and it's too cool to hear the story behind the brand. Highly recommend the book! It's especially en pointe for all of us blogging entrepreneurs. We put up a hummingbird feeder in our yard, and I was able to snap a picture of our new little buddy. He's so territorial over his nectar. Since he found it, he's pretty much sat in the nearby tree 24/7 on the lookout for other unsuspecting hummingbirds trying to stop by for a drink. Whenever they get close, he dives for them and chases them into another yard. Then back to his watch post. I think we'll have to get a second feeder for the other side of the house, so there's a bit more nectar to go around. Silly birds. It's also been a tremendously exciting week for me personally in the bloggersphere. That's all I will say for now... except, thank you all for reading and following along. It's been a pleasure meeting a few of you and finding cool new blogs that I can follow.

If you haven't entered the skull ring giveaway, there's still time! And if you have entered, you can still earn extra entries each day by tweeting (sounds a little annoying, but it helps to spread the word about Fait Boum, so I'm really grateful to those who have). The giveaway ends July 31st, winner is chosen at random by Rafflecopter. Enter here. And I get to host another giveaway from a new affiliate very soon! I'm excited about this one!

Enjoy the weekend, loves!

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Sunday, July 13

Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Ok, seriously these were the best cookies I've made in awhile. I'm usually out of an ingredient or two when the baking mood strikes, so I'll end up tweaking a random recipe. A little of this, a little of that. I'll end up with a mediocre cookie that satisfies the craving, but doesn't have anybody going back for seconds. Le sigh. This particular day, I was out of brown sugar. I still wanted fresh baked cookies waiting for my guy when he got home from work. So I found a recipe for a honey substitute chocolate chip cookie on Pinterest here and cut it in half, as I'm only baking for two. I also found these hand-mixed cookie baking steps super helpful (sadly, I don't own a mixer). Like I said, they turned out great - I'm not sure if that's thanks to the recipe or those steps or [more likely] a combination of both, so I credit both!

You will need:
• 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 1 1/2 tbsp. honey
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• chocolate chips

Begin by mixing together your dry ingredients, and set aside.

Melt the butter (this is done because we're not using a mixer). It's best to cube the butter & heat it in the microwave, pulling it out just before it's fully melted. According to the Sally's Baking Addiction post linked above, "Melting it completely in the microwave will make the butter extra greasy, thinner, and more liquidy. If you remove the butter [just before] and then stir it until it is smooth, the consistency will be a little thicker. That’s what you want." Add the sugar & honey, mix well until you have a smooth, thick consistency.

Add the egg and vanilla. Again, whip it up really well.

Pour your wet mix into the dry. Fold it all together with a spatula until it is well mixed, then add your chocolate chips (the more the better, in my opinion!). Because the butter was melted, the dough will be pretty runny still. Pop it in the fridge at least two hours before baking. When you're ready to bake them, pre-heat the oven to 325'F and roll the dough into 2-3 tbsp. balls. I took another tip from Sally here - roll the balls taller & thinner to allow for a thicker cookie. I've heard that white sugar spreads more quickly than brown sugar when heated, so these cookies were still pretty thin. The chocolate chips get weighed down in the center when you roll the dough this way. It makes for crisp edges with an ooey gooey chocolate center. In my opinion, perfect! Anyway, 11 minutes should be just right (go longer if you like your cookies crisp). Let them cool on the pan for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Bon appetit!

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