As you all know, I usually stick to fashion and beauty products when it comes to blogging. I do, however, love cooking and baking, and every once in a while I find a product that I just need to dish about.
Thus, my first cooking blog post. I’m not going to bother sharing a recipe, because I’m honestly still trying to perfect one, but I promise the post won’t be completely futile.
The product that’s got me switching gears is a macaron baking sheet by Mastrad.
I love French macarons. They’re delightfully decadent while being dainty and cute. And they’re actually pretty healthy as far as baked goods go. They’re dreadfully expensive, though, which is why I decided to try my hand at making them.
I’ll be frank. They’re a complete and utter bitch to make. The process is so scientific that it’s exhausting. But when they come out nicely, it is SO satisfying.
So far, 3/4 of my attempts at making macarons have failed. Most of the time it was because the batter came out too runny, either because it was over/under mixed, or because it had too much food coloring/flavoring added to it. I’m honestly still figuring it out. But one attempt came out nicely, and so that’s the one from which the pictures in this post originated.
One piece of advice to anyone attempting to bake macarons, though; watch 50-100 online video tutorials before trying anything yourself. OK - the number may be a bit high, but watching a few videos will really help you out because a recipe can’t or doesn’t always convey exactly what needs to be done to such a complex food texturally, and even step-wise.
Also, while you don’t need a special product like the one I used, it’ll make your baking experience a helluva lot easier, and your success rate a helluva lot higher. These little guys have to be exactly the same size. They also only cook for 10-13 minutes, so if they’re all slightly different sizes, some of them would be severely under/over baked. So if you’re a baker who has successfully made macarons hundreds of time without the aid of a fancy baking sheet, by all means continue what you’ve been doing. I’m really not one to tell you otherwise. But if you’re a newbie who likes a challenge, like me, for the love of god buy a Mastrad macaron baking sheet.
I may be a little jaded by the macaron making process right now, having had stayed up till almost 4am trying and failing to make them last night, but I’ll be damed if I don’t keep trying.
My friends will have tasty, homemade macarons. It may take some time, but they will.
I’ve taken the plunge. Hopefully, this Mastrad small macaron pastry sheet will help me make baking history. Nearby friends and co-workers, prepare for more treats than you can imagine. I can’t wait to try it!! (Taken with Instagram)
Most of the time I can’t quite pinpoint exactly how I feel about J Crew. I can always find things that I like there, and I know that buying them would make me feel like a fancy adult, but the price tags just make me sad.
Well, this summer, and especially with the 4th of July so rapidly approaching, forget the stars. I want stripes. They’re clean, crisp, and look oh so put together.
And of course, nobody does stripes quite like J Crew.
Honestly, my vision for a stripey shirt is a teensy bit different from either of these. It’s got 3/4 sleeves instead of long. These’ll definitely do, though. And I get cold pretty much all the time, so long sleeved shirts are always welcome in my closet.
My favorite of the two shirts is the Ribbon Stripe Boatneck Tee. I like that it’s got stripes of different widths and colors. It’s different and fun. Unfortunately for me, it’s $49.50.
I’m also a big fan of the red Painter Boatneck Tee in Stripe. This one is $45, so it’s not that much better.
It looks like my days of not buying things at J Crew are not over, so I’ll check Forever 21 for a comprable style that costs a fraction of anything at J Crew. Sorray!
This post isn’t about a thing, but rather, tickets to a show that I really really realllyyyyy want to see. I’ve spent hours obsessing over the soundtrack (though if you don’t like spoilers, you might not want to do the same), and it never fails to bring me joy.
It’s called The Book of Mormon. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Creators of South Park, piss your pants funny, yadda yadda.
I tried to see it when I was in New York last year, but tickets were out-of-hand expensive, and I lost the lottery even though I tried to rig it in my favor. It was terrible.
But now it’s touring, and I can’t think of an excuse not to go. Tickets are still pretty expensive, but sometimes you’ve just gotta splurge. Actually, the timing was perfect in that respect, because my boyfriend and I are celebrating our fourth anniversary today, and have agreed to buy each other tickets as presents.
We fancy like that.
Anyway, if you haven’t already seen this show, you might want to find out if it’s coming to a theatre near you. If you live in Los Angeles, I’ve done all the work for you. It’ll be at the Pantages from September 5-November 25! A nice, long run for a show that truly deserves it.
This Monday really snuck up on me. I spent the entire weekend moving and not sleeping, so when I realized it was Sunday night, it almost didn’t click that I had to write a post for the next morning. But as always, I had something up my sleeve.
I’ve got my heart set on the raccoon shirt, because I think he’s a fancy lad. Also, I like the way it looks with a collar poking out of it, so I’m going to use this picture as inspiration for my own outfit.
The cat’s pretty cool too, but I’m not much of a cat person, so I’ll save that shirt for someone else.
Best of all, they’re only $11.99 a pop at Forever 21!
That’s really all that needs to be said.
After hours of internet exploration and many, many trials and tribulations, I’m happy to report that I’ve finally found living room decor for the new apartment. Yay!
Item numero uno is a rug. I made the mistake of buying a pillow that I thought was really cool before buying anything else for the living room. It’s a pretty crazy pillow, and I absolutely didn’t take into account how difficult it would make the rest of the process. But alas, I’ve found a rug that works with the pillow, and I’m really excited to see it all in the space (hopefully this Saturday!).
So the rug. It’s a Herringbone Rug from Urban Outfitters. I find that they have the best prices on rugs that won’t bore you to death. And they usually have free shipping once you’re over a certain dollar amount, so you can save another $20ish there. Unfortunately, the crazy pillow is no longer available online, so I can’t show you a picture of it, BUT, it’s multi-colored, and it’s got a fox face on it. Imagine that with this rug. OH - and the pillow has some navy blue in it. Continue imagining.
If you imagined properly, what you saw was grand.
I also bought the pillow you see pictured here. It’s yellow and fun. Whatever.
I know I said I was going to follow up on the home decor post soon, but I just found these peach pants while perusing NastyGal’s new arrivals (I know, I’m obsessed) and I’m too excited not to post about them.
As all the internet should by now know, I have a thing for colored pants. In fact, my New Year’s Resolution was to buy ALL the colored pants. Thus far I’ve only been able to find extremely dark/bright hues that fit well and didn’t cost too much, but I’d kill for a peach or mint pair.
So I’ll be completely honest and open: I want these pants. Bad.
I probably won’t be able to buy them as soon as I’d like, because as it turns out, moving isn’t really very good for your bank account, but I definitely plan on getting them at some point. And hey, $58 ain’t half bad for a magical pair of pants!
Now I posted the knit shirt/sweater thing because paired with the peach pants, this duo would make a killer outfit. In fact, you could pair something like this with a lot of different colored pants. Because as a colored pants aficionado, I’ve learned that finding a shirt that looks good with bright pants isn’t always easy. $68 is a bit much, but I’d probably consider dropping it for a shirt goes well with every pair of pants that I own.
Great news, everyone! As of today, I have a new apartment.
That’s right, I’m not going to be homeless. I know you’re all terribly relieved.
If you think I’m going to go decorating crazy, you are 100% right.
The big things I’m sort of struggling on. Well, that’s not exactly true. I bought a shit ton of furniture already. But as far as rugs and chairs and things go, I’m having quite a bit of trouble. Or maybe it’s just that I have really expensive taste. Either way, it’s a problem.
So for now, I’ll focus on the little things, but fear not! I’ll be writing a follow-up post on some more serious purchases I’m trying to make shortly. It’s past my self-imposed bedtime, OK?!
These two items are both from Anthropologie, or as I like to call it, the store of broken dreams. My broken dreams. They shatter the moment I walk into the store.
The first is a candle. A simple, yet elegant candle. A staple, in my opinion, and an easy way to make it look like you put a lot of effort into your living quarters. While I do love the aesthetic of this candle, I chose it for an entirely different reason. IT SMELLS UNGODLY. In a good way, not like a lingering fart or something of that nature. It’s by far my favorite Anthropologie scent, and that’s saying a lot because that store smells like heaven. It’s Volcano, for those of you who were wondering, and it is absolutely worth checking out, and also worth the $25 price tag. (Side note: you can get this, or any, Anthropologie scent in candles of all shapes, sizes, and prices. I just really happen to like this one.)
Item two is a Horizontal Chemist Vase. I really dig the look of this thingy. It’s unique (well, maybe not in this Pinterest-centric world that we live in, but for non-Pinterest-obsessed parties), and it’s cute, and it’s fun. That’s all I ask for in a good old fashioned thingy. Plus you don’t need to go out and buy a bouquet of flowers once a week to satisfy it. Simply pluck some wild flowers out of the ground, or from the hill bordering the parking lot of your local Trader Joe’s, and you’re golden. I might be a bit hesitant to purchase this item, as it’s $38 and I’m a big believer of shopping around, but it can certainly serve as a source of inspiration.
And with that, I must force myself to go to bed. Good night, and don’t be weirded out when you read this in broad daylight; I merely queued it. Oops, secret’s out!
Ever since I started my current job, I’ve been extremely conscious of office-appropriate shoes.
Well, summer is upon us, and I need to satisfy the need for fun summery shoes, too. That’s where these neon pointy toed flats from ModCloth come in.
They’re a bit extreme, while still being professional-ish.
And what’s even more lovely about these shoesies is that they’re only $29.99.
If this doesn’t raise my Klout score, I don’t know what will.
Surely by now you’re at least familiar with Klout?! I’ve posted about it before, but for those of you who are still unaware, it’s a nifty website that measures your social networking effectiveness. They give our perks (which is just a fancy term for free shit) from time to time, and I find that to be extremely lovely and wonderful.
The perks aren’t always good, but they’re free, so who gives a damn?
Recently, I received a full sized bottle of Jason’s Natural Biotin Shampoo as a Klout perk. I’d never heard of that brand before, but I like biotin, and I like natural shampoos, so I gave it a shot.
Well, it’s magical.
My hair is straight and fine. This shampoo leaves it positively silky. So much so that I can’t use it all the time because it leaves it so straight and smooth that I’d never be able to style it. I’d love to see someone with curly, wavy, or thick hair try it, though. I’m pretty sure it’d be perfect for those hair types.
Soon after receiving the shampoo in the mail, I started to see Jason products popping up at Rite Aid. One product in particular caught my eye, and I’m just dying to try it. It’s called Jason Tea Tree Nail Saver, and I’m not going to bother describing it to you in great detail, because the title is pretty self explanatory. It’s about $7-$8, depending on where you get it, and I’m hoping it’ll strengthen my nails and smooth my cuticles. Because that’s what would happen in a perfect world. One day I’ll let you know how that product works out for me, but until then, keep an eye out for Jason stuff. I know I will.