Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How to Wear Adoravel!

Since I'm no stranger to putting together an outfit or two on this blog, I thought it would be fun to try to add in our jewelry pieces into some seriously, drool worthy outfits. Safe to say, I'm obsessed with all of these and wish I had the means to get my hands on these items!

The vashti necklace featured in a glam and edgy outfit. Those boots are the reason for my existence! And I love mix and matching colors.

The unmei necklace in a casual, glam outfit perfect for vacationing. I love pairing a glam maxi skirt with a casual cotton top - nothing is more comfortable.

The hera bracelet and angkor earrings in a perfect work or date night outfit. Lately have found myself obsessed with open toe booties.

The callia necklace in a summer night at the beach outfit. A comfy sweater is an essential and so is a great fedora.

The palaver necklace in a perfect festival outfit. Coachella or Outside Lands here I come! Especially loving that minimalist Uniform Wares watch.

The Lysa necklace in a perfect garden party or day wedding outfit. How fabulous are those shoes? I'm loving clear accents on heels - that aren't the stripper variety ;)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake Balls

There's nothing more cutesy than a cake pop. On the downside, there's nothing as painful and laborious to make as a cake pop. Yes, they are beautiful, but beauty takes a lot of work; especially these babies. In the center lies a moist red velvet cake crumble mixed with cheese cream frosting, then it's surrounded by a layer of creamy cheesecake, then rolled in some graham cracker crumbs for some crunch, and finally surrounded in white coating chocolate! Whew, that was a lot to get out!

As you can probably tell, there are a lot of steps to these pops, but, what you don't know is that they really are worth it. For a red velvet cheesecake lover, this is pretty much heaven! And for a holiday party, I can't think of any treat more fitting.

Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake Pops
Yields: about 25 - 30 cake pops
Original recipe here.

1 recipe red velvet cake, baked, crumbled (I used my favorite)
1 can of cream cheese frosting
1 baked cheesecake (I used this recipe, or you can use store bought to make it easier)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 cups white chocolate bark, chopped finely
lollipop sticks 

To make the cake center, mix together the red velvet cake crumbs and cream cheese frosting until thoroughly mixed. Using clean hands, form them into 1" balls and set on a foil lined baking sheet. Set in freezer for 30 minutes to harden, to make them easier to work with. Pour the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl and set next to your cheesecake to make a sort of assembly line. Using a spoon, take about 1 - 2 tbsn. of the cheesecake and wrap around the cake center. This will be difficult, but once you mostly have it covered around in the cheesecake, drop the ball into the graham cracker crumbs and roll around. Once covered in graham cracker crumbs, it will now be easier to roll into a uniform ball. Repeat with remaining cheesecake and cake balls and set onto a foil lined baking sheet. Melt your white chocolate bark (either in 30 second increments in the microwave of using a double boiler). Dip a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate, then stick one into each cheesecake-cake ball. Once all cake balls have been sticked, place in the freezer for 30 minutes until set. Re-melt your chocolate until it is smooth again, since by now it might have hardened a bit. Grab a stick and dip the entire ball into the chocolate until covered. Tap lightly to remove excess, then transfer to a clean foil-lined baking sheet. You can either let them harden on the counter or, if you want to speed up the process, you can set them in the freezer again for 20 - 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Things in the Shop!

Lots of new things in the shop!

Annnnnd... don't forget, 15% off your entire purchase from now until December 25th, with the coupon code: holiday15.

palaver . gold colored rock crystals on brass chain.

it shines like crazy! edgy yet simple - one of my favorites.

eunoia . a simple, charming necklace featuring an authentic swarovski crystal on ultra thin gold-plated chain.

such a delicate statement.

vashti . oversized authentic prehnite stone on chunky, gold-plated, etched chain.

delhi . simple stacking bracelets made of silk cord (either black, red or green) with glass crystal beads (either graphite, jet or bronze).

simple arm candy that is perfect for stacking!

deux foix . layered polished, oversized bronze chain hanging simply from a double strand of brass chain.

chrysler . chunky gold-plated, etched chain adorned with an authentic turquoise stone.

love stacking all my chunky chains! the turquoise adds the perfect amount of color.

pompei . authentic green adventurine stone sticks and gold plated beads on gold plated chain.

chrysler . oversized prehnite stone on polished gold-plated, chunky chain.

chrysler .  chunky gold-plated, etched chain adorned with an oversized authentic swarovski crystal. 

aphrodite .  a double layered, wrap bracelet of mixed metals: gold plated etched chain and silver plated etched chain.

again, with the layering! 

flora . a simple necklace with perfect shine, a floral swarovski crystal set upon gold plated chain.

komorebi . simple and luxe, a champagne colored, authentic swarovski baguette on gold plated chain.

the flora and komorebi layered together.

the giving branch .  a gold plated twig charm on gold plated chain.

lysa . an oversized, authentic, baroque-inspired swarovski pendant on polished, chunky, gold-plated chain.

id . a simple necklace featuring a gold-plated bland id tag on gold plated chain.

a simple yet lovely statement.