Monday, November 28, 2011

Chambre de Sucre

The lovely Kathy of Chambre de Sucre was so lovely as to send me a generous amount of samples. When she contacted me, I was excited. I drink tea almost daily, if not multiple times a day and even though most of the time I prefer it unsweetened, there are those days when I do need a little sugar fix.

The sugars from Chambre de Sucre are the most exquisite and delicate sugar fix you could ever get your hands on. Each type of sugar I was sent was beautiful and perfect. I never thought I'd describe sugar as such, but visit their site and you'll see how adorable everything is. Perfect for tea parties or get togethers with your girlfriends.

Anyways, I just love getting sent such beautiful products! Gives me the opportunity to shoot the heck out of them and then devour them afterwards - what a good deal.

I decided that the best match for such beautiful sugar was my most delicate tea, rose tea!

Their rock sugars were my favorite. I just love the rawness and natural look of it.

Visit their website here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Current Favorites

this man's voice is impossible to forget - it's soulful and deep and probably why he is the only person on earth who could cover an etta james song with as much power and soul as etta herself. his debut album, produced by diplo & switch is amazing, to say the least. the bass in all the songs just emphasizes the emotion in his voice.

damn your eyes (etta james cover)

frank ocean is an amazement. he's 23, for one and has been writing songs for the likes of justin beiber, john legend, beyonce and more. what i most love about him is how when signed to a major label, who ignored his talent, he decided to release his album himself on tumblr for free! now if that isn't endearing and openly heartfelt, i don't know what is. to top it off, his music is amazing.

pyrite {pdex remix}

sbtrkt is a producer from london who perfectly mixes electronic music with soul. it's dance-y but slow and has a whole lot of feeling. he wears a mask out of anonimity, because he prefers to let his music speak for itself and because he's not a social person, which i can totally relate to! i just love the concept.

special features aka eden anderson is a newly born dj and house producer who also hails from london. his remixes are just gold and i love the liveliness he adds to all of these tracks - especially to strobe. it is amazing!

calvin harris . feel so close (special features remix)

deadmau5 . strobe (special features remix)

avicii & david guetta . sunshine (special features remix)

{links are to where you can download the songs // not hosted by me}

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chocolate Éclair Cake

I love anything that has to do with custard, as you know well by now. It's just the perfect food; creamy, sweet, so unctuous! I've been wanting to make this Chocolate Éclair Cake for a while, but I was kind of iffy about all of the processed products in it and whether or not it would turn out tasty. Despite my own cautions about the cake, there were numerous glowing reviews about how easy and how incredibly delicious this cake is... so I went ahead and bit the bullet!

This icebox cake is everything everyone says it is. First, it's easy as hell, I mean seriously, all you have to do is assemble the dang thing, then let is rest in the refrigerator overnight. Secondly, and most importantly, it's effing delicious!!! Yes, I had to use multiple exclamation points because it is so yummy. It's custardy and rich and chocolatey all at the same time. 

I went ahead and did myself a favor by using all low-fat or sugar-free products to reduce my caloric intake. Something so luxurious to begin with can get away with shedding a few unneeded indulgences. Magically, this concoction does taste like an eclair, and if you love them, you must try this recipe! Something to note, the chocolate frosting makes the cake extremely sweet, so I suggest using a chocolate ganache instead, unless you like sticky sweet desserts.

Chocolate Éclair Cake
Yields: about 15 - 20 servings
Original recipe here.

1 package low-fat graham crackers
2 packages (3.4 oz.) sugar-free instant French vanilla pudding
8 oz. package fat-free Cool Whip
3 cups nonfat milk
16 oz. can chocolate frosting (or homemade chocolate ganache)

In a large bowl, mix together the milk and pudding mix until well combined, then fold in the Cool Whip. Arrange the graham crackers in a single layer in the bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish (you may need to break some crackers to fit the dish). Top with a layer of the pudding mixture (about 1 cm thick), then top with another layer of graham crackers. Continue this process until you finish the graham crackers. Spread the chocolate frosting or homemade ganache over the top of the last layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours and up to overnight before serving.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jägerhaus {Anaheim, CA}

I haven't ever had German food really, so when my cousin told me there was an authentic hole-in-the-wall restaurant near us, we had to go immediately! After a grueling, mud-filled run through the ROC race, we were ready for a huge meal... and what better way to fill our stomachs than with tons of sausage, German pancakes and spaetzle. 

I didn't have my camera on hand, so I hope these Instagram pictures will do - what would the world do without our ever handy cell phones huh? Anyways look at that gorgeous thing above! It's the traditional German pancake, served simply with powdered sugar and lemons. It was beyond! Unlike any pancake because first, it was ginormous, and second, it was deliciously crispy... still dreaming about it.

I chose to get schnitzel with a mushroom cream sauce and spaetzle. It was definitely what I was craving - full of flavor and carbs. The spaetzle wasn't the best I've tried because it tasted like it had been cooked and re-heated but it still hit the spot.

My dish also came with a side of sauerkraut. I thought I would have like it but I've come to the conclusion that I don't enjoy sauerkraut as much as I'd thought. My sister enjoyed it so it was probably some damn good sauerkraut. 

This place is famous for their homemade plum jam so I knew I had to steal some from my friend since my dish didn't come with any. Good idea on my part because it was AMAZING. So fresh and not too sweet. Wow, plum jam, I'm just in love with you. 

Yum, yum. Overall, I really enjoyed this place. It's home-y, no frills at all, which I enjoyed a lot. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Manicure Mondays

Ah! Favorite bad-ass manicure ever - and it's not as hard as it looks!

Basically all you have to do it paint your nails a base color, in my case, black, then wait for it to dry completely. And I mean, completely because if you don't the base color will peel off. I like to wear the base color for a day or two before doing the second step of this manicure. 

To create the stripe pattern, cut some scotch tape into thin strips with some scissors. Apply in any pattern you like. I've done horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, but this time I wanted to go all out and do a diagonal v-pattern. Make sure to press down on the tape to make sure it is secured. Paint the second color on top and pull off the tape immediately. Let dry for a minute or so, then apply topcoat and you are done!

{what i used}

CND stickey anchoring base coat
Wet n' Wild black creme
ORLY luxe
Seche Vite dry fast topcoat

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tailored Tuesday & Travel

1. Sass & Bide 'The walk metallic open-knit linen sweater'
gosh i love this dearly.

2. Kain 'Washed silk tank'

3. Marni 'Studded leather shoulder bag'
at first glance, i thought this bag looked kinda weird. looking at it more and more... i kinda like it.

4. J. Crew 'Deena twill shorts'
gah such a pretty color!

5. Military of Switzerland 'Rucksack'
i love myself a good backpack.

6. Paloma Barcelo 'Brussel metallic leather multi-strap sandals'
would match almost everything!

7. Veer 'Woodgrain iphone skin'

8. Forever 21 'Travel kit'
i love these things - perfect for overnight trips and the perfect size for carry-on airplane liquids!

9. Sennheiser 'HD 25-1 II'
music is a great companion. good headphones make that bond even stronger.

10. Forever 21 'Glittered makeup brushes'
pure fun.

11. Forever 21 'Polka dot nail file trio'
for those pesky nail snags.

12. Cle de Peau Beaute 'Concealer'
supposedly the best... hmmm i am intrigued. 

13. Nars 'Nail polish in schiap'
sassy in a bottle.

14. John Freida 'Funky Chunky'
this is discontinued but i used to love this stuff! perfect bed head product.

15. Urban Decay 'All nighter long-lasting makeup setting spray'
sweating off all your makeup a problem? this can help.

16. Modcloth 'Travel adapter'
for the savvy traveler.


must visit soon... so close...

ummm can i get married here?

whatttt? i went to argentina... wish i saw this!

who is the genius that made this?!


beach party!!!

i want to sail in one of those gorgeous red boats on this gorgeous water!

the sea always has a way of putting me in a good mood.