Pretzel Sparklers

While growing up I watched my Mummsie create homemade baked goods for the holidays. For me homemade desserts are always better than those bought at a store. While I may not be at home anymore to share in the treats that my Mum creates I am now on my own -  creating my own "perfect holiday". I absolutely love the salty and sweet mixed taste of baked goods, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of my favorite desserts is chocolate covered pretzels.  I decided to make some "pretzel sparklers" to be placed in a hurricane vase and displayed for the Fourth of July.

Pretzel Sparklers
To make two dozen, place four ounces of chocolate or white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted; remove from the heat. Dip your pretzels in to the chocolate covering 1/2 to 3/4; pour on sprinkles and lay on a waxpaper covered cookie sheet. Place in the refrigerator until firm, about five minutes.

Nice Stems! A Summer OPI collection

 You can imagine my excitement when I found out OPI was releasing a summer collections called Nice Stems that contained four pink polishes.
 {from left to right: Play in the Peonies, Be a Dahlia Wont you?, I Lily Love You and Come to Poppy}

 {Play in the Peonies}
Play in the Peonies is a white with just a touch of pink and pearl luster I absolutely adore peonies as they are one of my favorite flowers. I especially love the soft pink hue that they have. I was expecting more out of this shade and wish it had more pink in it as opposed to the white.

 {Be a Dahlia Wont you?}
Be a Dahlia Wont you? is a  a bright fuchsia with flecks of glassy glitter pieces. Because of the flecks of glassy glitter I found it extremely hard to capture this shade. Again this was not a color that i would really associate with a Dahlia.

 {I Lily Love You}
 I Lily Love You is a dainty pink multi colored glitter with gold confetti pieces. To me it seemed like a brighter version of Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night". I think it's kind of pretty and definitely a dainty shade for a little girl.

{Come to Poppy}
Come to Poppy is a pinky coral hue and is my favorite color in the collection. This lacquer is more of a pink than an orange where as the actual flower is more of an orange.

My thoughts on the collection
While this collection is very feminine I felt like it was lacking. When I found out it was going to be based on some of my favorite flowers I was expecting some gorgeous pinks with a great coral/orange thrown in. Instead it was a collection that lacked the wow factor and contained a lot of pearl, glass flecks and glitter. For people who are not polished pink girls this collection may be for you, however I am a pink girl and just felt like the entire collection left me hanging.

What do you think of this collection?

In the summer time when the weather is hot....

 {the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers I have ever received}
Well summer has officially arrived! So I thought I would share with you some summer favsies.
 {The lip color I am currently in lust with Pretty Amazing in Moxie}
{a 4th of July package waiting at my door from my Mummsie}
 {current nail polish hue is OPI Cozu-melted in the Sun}
I recently participated in an OPI nail polish swap and received OPI Cozu-melted in the Sun absolutely love it!
 {my summer go to polishes for my nails}
from left to right: Zoya Shay, Zoya Minka, Zoya Pandora, Butter London Aston and China Glaze Peachy Keen
{my summer go to toe polishes}
from left to right: OPI No Room for the Blues, OPI Cozu-melted in the Sun and China Glaze Shocking Pink. *Note Shocking pink is a BRIGHT Barbie pink a must have!
{wishing I was in Michigan for Strawberry season - how good does this pie look my Mum made} 

What's your go to summer polish?

A Kate Update

Kate carried out her first military role as a royal along with William as they attended a special ceremony in Windsor to mark Armed Forces Day.

So who was she wearing?
Fascinator by: Rachel Travor-Morgan
Earrings: Kiki McDonough
Military Jacket: Appears to be Alexander McQueen 
Clutch: Anya Hindmarch Marano, Shagreen(stingray) in blue
Shoes: Prada Pumps

Of course I cannot forget this charming bracelet. There is a tiara a top a cursive "c". Which is Catherine's official seal.
If you wanted to copy Kate's shoes, dress, jacket and clutch at Epsom it's going to run you over $800. The clutch alone is going to run you about $224. However when I was at Nordstrom searching for a clutch for myself I found an alternative to Kate's LK Bennett Natalie Clutch.

This clutch can be found at Nordstrom and will run you about $118

Floppy Sun Hat

Tips & Tricks for looking gorgeous in a floppy sun hat

• Cheaper versions can be found at stores like Forever 21, however they'll lose their shape after only a few times worn. If you are in love with the look invest in one from somewhere such as Marley Lilly where you can even have your hat monogrammed!

• Perfect for laying out and blocking UV rays.

• These hats definitely channel a retro look.
So pair them with:
bell bottoms
oversized sunglasses
statement necklace and or earrings
bathing suits
high waisted shorts/skirts

• The hat also looks trĂ©s chic paired with the boho or hippie look.

What do you think about floppy hats?

Bohemian .... the free spirit

Free flowing fashion mixed in with self expression and the free spirit and you have the Bohemian or boho style. Boho is a mix of hippie, gypsy, vintage and ethnic elements. Sienna Miller and Nicole Richie are basically the goddesses of the bohemian style. Create a fabulous boho look by combining designer items with vintage and thrift store finds.

What do you think of the BOHO trend?

Why my heels are in the freezer and nude is the new black

Have you ever found a pair of heels and absolutely fell in love? Over the weekend I was on a mission to find a pair of nude heels that were a beige with a touch of pink and also affordable. After spending a few hours at the mall I finally found the above pair at ALDO. The downside - they KILLED my pinky toe. However I bought them and was bound and determined to make them not hurt my baby toe.

How to make any shoe fit
So how did I make my shoe not hurt? 
I placed a baggy in the top of my shoe, filled it with water and placed it in the freezer overnight. The next morning I took my heels out of the freezer, pulled out the frozen baggy dried out my shoe and wore it around my house for about three hours. 
The result: My heels stretched to fit MY FOOT.

 There are some classic fashion pieces every girl should own. From the little black dress to the perfect pair of pumps. I am sure you already own at least one pair of black heels. Black is classy, goes with just about everything and is simple enough to dress you up or down. Black may be great, but when you just want to go that extra mile nude heels is the way to go - especially if you are petite like me they definitely give you some length. You already know I am a huge fan of the nude look, and recently talked about my love for nude nails. So let's talk about nude shoes.

Tips for buying
• Like nail polish nude heels can work for every skin tone. Just like you would with makeup you have to find the shade that works best for you. If you have darker skin you'll want to go for a chocolate or camel nude. If you are medium skin go for a tan and of course if you are lighter you'll want to find a light beige. One nude hue that works on everyone is a beige that has a kiss of pink.
• Just as I mentioned with nude polish you want a nude shade that is either one or two shades darker or lighter than your skin tone.

How to wear nude heels
• Nude like black is a neutral color which means it can be paired with almost anything, from your favorite pair of jeans or black dress pants to sundresses and shorts.
• I'm too short to wear that dress.... shorts don't look good on me. Ever find yourself saying that? Well no more! Nude heels will lengthen your legs like no other. Kristin Chenoweth, Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria and Kelly Ripa basically live in nude heels

{Even the Middleton ladies love nude heels}

Here are some of my favorite nude heels on the market right now for under $100 

copy my heels

Do you own a pair of nude heels?