Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wonderland Revisited.

Sources: Elizabeth and James Avery wool-blend twill mini dress, SpicyRose (Nails), Port City Studios ("Palm Trees, Santa Monica Morning, 1994"), Alaia Metallic Leather Gladiator Flats, Sam Ubhi (Rabbit Ring), Rochas Nappa Clutch, Martha Stewart weddings (Braids), Senseless Style (Dark Red Lips)

The Cat Eye.

Source: Retrogasm

Saturday, January 28, 2012

People Of Walmart: The Musical

We are cracking up watching this right now! I love the XBOX YouTube App.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Greatest Thing Ever: Donovan Strain finds the exact date of Ice Cube's "Good Day"!

Where would I be without Twitter? With some clever investigating, Donovan Strain of MurkAvenue.com, has figured out the exact day Ice Cube raps about in 1993's "It Was A Good Day". That is all levels of awesome! "It Was A Good Day" is one of my all-time favorite songs. Keep reading to find out what day was Ice Cube's "Good Day".

I FOUND ICE CUBES ‘GOOD DAY’
CLUE 1:
     “went to short dogs house,
       they was watching Yo MTV
       RAPS”
Yo MTV RAPS first aired:
               Aug 6th 1988
CLUE 2:
Ice Cubes single “today was a good day” released on:
               Feb 23 1993
CLUE 3:
      ”The Lakers beat the Super
       Sonics”
Dates between Yo MTV Raps air date AUGUST 6 1988 and the release of the single FEBRUARY 23 1993 where the Lakers beat the Super Sonics:
      Nov 11 1988    114-103
      Nov 30 1988    110-106
      Apr    4 1989    115-97
      Apr  23 1989    121-117
      Jan  17 1990    100-90
      Feb  28 1990    112-107
      Mar  25 1990    116-94
      Apr  17  1990    102-101
      Jan  18  1991    105-96
      Mar  24  1991    113-96
      Apr  21  1991    103-100
      Jan  20  1992    116-110
CLUE 4:
Dates of those Laker wins over SuperSonics where it was a clear day with no Smog:
                Nov 30 1988
                Apr   4  1989
                Jan 18  1991
                Jan 20  1992
CLUE 5:
     “Got a beep from Kim, and
         she can fuck all night”
beepers weren’t adopted by mobile phone companies until the 1990s. Dates left where mobile beepers were availible to public:
                 Jan 18 1991
                 Jan 20 1992
CLUE 6:
Ice Cube starred in the film “Boyz in the hood” that released late Summer of 1991, but was being filmed mid-late 1990 early 1991 and Ice Cube was busy on set filming the movie Jan 18 1991 too busy to be lounging around the streets with no plans. Ladies and Gentlemen..
The ONLY day where:
Yo MTV Raps was on air
It was a clear and smogless day
Beepers were commercially sold
Lakers beat the SuperSonics
and Ice Cube had no events to attend was…
      
          JANUARY 20 1992
      National Good Day Day
-Donovan

Celebrity Style Of The Week: Cameron Diaz

How amazing has Cameron Diaz looked all week at Paris Haute Couture 2012 Week? I am obsessed with Cameron's new short hair. I especially loved the slicked back look. Not only does the new haircut look phenomenal on her, but it's fun, chic and versatile. I have very curly hair, so I always envy these super cute short 'dos. I know in theory, I could arm myself with a flatiron and do this every day. However, the reality is that 90% of the time, I'd end up looking like a deranged Pomeranian. That's okay though, I like wild hair. Back to Cameron Diaz and her stunning black, white and gray looks.

Cameron Diaz at the Valentino Haute Couture Show

Cameron Diaz at the Giorgio Armani Prive Show

Cameron Diaz steps out in Paris.

Cameron Diaz at the Christian Dior Haute Couture Show

Cameron Diaz at the Atelier Versace Haute Couture Show.

Cameron Diaz at the Chanel Haute Couture Show

Camron Diaz at the Givenchy Haute Couture Show

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What Nightmares May Come: Beavis and Butthead In Real Life

This has to be one of the creepiest things I've ever seen! I now believe in hell and am afraid that if I go there, this is what will greet me. Special makeup effects artist Kevin Kirkpatrick made these amazing, prosthetic models of Beavis and Butt-Head to show what the cartoon legends would look like in real life scare us all into going to church on Sundays and begging for forgiveness. Source: Buzzfeed.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Kooples: I am obsessed with their Couples style!








Newspaper Nails!

Source: PassionNailArt.com
I saw this pretty nail technique last night on Pinterest and made a mental note to try it today. The only problem is that the instructions are in French. I tried following the directions with my limited, French translating skills, but it didn't work. So I did what any self-respecting, manicure enthusiast would do: I put the directions into Google Translate. It turns out, I had been doing it right. It just didn't work. So now, I'm sad AND I reek of rubbing alcohol. I'm wondering if the newspaper I used is too old. I'm getting my sister on the case and I'll be back with an update. I love these nails! If anyone tries this and it works, can you let me know what I'm doing wrong?

Source: PassionNailArt.com
You will need scissors, a nail polish color pale, with a varnish base a newspaper, alcohol (such as vodka or other) and a top coat. Varnish your nails by applying a base coat and two coats of varnish. Put alcohol in a glass. Cut small pieces of newspaper large enough to cover your nails. When your nails are dry, soak them in alcohol.

Source: PassionNailArt.com
Cover your nails with small pieces of newspaper. Remove the small pieces of newsprint slowly. Let dry and apply a coat of top coat.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet

Source: SweetSugarBean.com
When I saw this photo, it was love at first sight. Sweet Sugar Bean's Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet (that's a mouthful), is like the ultimate in comfort food for me. I was waiting for the perfect occasion to make this (asap) and today, it came. We're going to my mom's for dinner and since her meal involves tongue and heart and other organs, I thought I'd bring this for those of us who don't indulge in organ stew. That sounds gross. It's really not though. It's actually a very traditional Portuguese dish. I digress. I don't have fresh tomatoes, so I'm using stewed tomatoes, which I really didn't want to do, but I want to eat this NOW!

Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet (Recipe from: Sweet Sugar Bean)
2 pints of cherry tomatoes
4-6 hot Italian sausages OR Chorizo sausages
4 large garlic cloves, smashed
1 onion, cut into wedges
extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar
coarse salt and pepper
few sprigs fresh thyme OR rosemary
3 cups cooked white navy beans or white kidney beans OR 1 19 oz can (540ml) of white beans, rinsed and drained well
chicken broth or white wine(optional)

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 425 *F.
Scatter tomatoes over bottom of dish (reserve about 1/2 cup to add later).  Add garlic, onion and sausages over top.  Drizzle with balsamic and olive oil.  Toss on thyme and sprinkle with S & P.  Bake about 25-30 minutes, for sausages to be golden and tomatoes start to burst.  Remove from oven and stir in beans and reserved 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes.  If you'd like a bit more sauce with your beans, add a glug or white wine or chicken stock.   Return to oven and bake 20 minutes longer or until beans are cooked through.  Serve with bread and butter for dunking; green salad on the side.  Makes enough for 4.  Recipe adapted from Dinner with Julie via Pam Anderson and the Merry Gourmet

DIY: Doily Plates

Hi, blog. Sorry if I've been neglecting you these past few weeks. I've been kind of blah and uninspired. On the plus side, I've been keeping lists of things I want to blog about when I finish being self-indulgent and melancholy. First order of business: I need a new art project so I can find inspiration to finish my projects in progress.
I found these adorable doily plates on Pinterest and though the instructions are in another language, the pictures explain everything. Monique doesn't know it yet, but she's making one of these plates this weekend since she's the clay wiz. I think we'll use a modeling clay like Sculpey (since we have pounds of it), and finish it with a basic white acrylic paint and Sculpey glaze.

Source: Pinterest Baillie Seifert and Duitang

Mimosa Bars

Source: Coastal Gourmet CT
How amazing are these Mimosa bars? We're not really big drinkers, but we love Mimosas and Bellinis. Whenever we host a dinner party, we always serve them. We usually switch it up from the traditional peach and orange juice with lovely fruit purees like, mango, passion fruit, guava, pear and papaya. You really can't go wrong, it's just champagne and fruit juice or puree. We pretty much stick to the Goya fruit nectar, which can be found in most supermarkets or Wal-Marts. I love Mimosas because the possibilities are endless, and they look so elegant in champagne flutes. You can serve them for an intimate brunch or a large wedding reception. They can be adorned with fresh fruit to add a little extra touch. We've also served Mimosas in our antique punch bowl for a birthday party and it looked beautiful.

Source: The Party Dress

Source: Camille Styles

Source: Canvas and Canopy

Source: Green Wedding Planner

Source: Small Shop Studio

Source: Amy Atlas

Source: Goya Sorry, this is a little blurry, but it was the best one I could find.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Color Inspiration: Blue and Orange

Source: Martha Stewart

Source: Martha Stewart

Source: Martha Stewart

Source: Barbara Gilbert Interiors

Source: Barbara Gilbert Interiors

Source: Budgetwisehome

Source: Budgetwisehome

Source: The Lennoxx

Source: RealSimple

Source: The Decorologist

Source: PicsDecor

Source: HomeDecor.sheknows

Source: Lefrufrublog I love this idea for a table runner!

Source: Budgetwisehome

Source: ApartmentTherapy

Source: ChinoiserieChic

Source: Delightbydesign