Thursday, June 30, 2011


Hello lovlies,
It seems as though a sweet tooth has sprung up! Nothing is quite as divine as fluffy cake batter, so to satisfy the craving I am posting a recipe from Bon Appetit, for Vanilla Bundt Cake~ Bundt cake is the perfect summer cake, an easy mid-afternoon whip up after spending the morning outside tending to your gardens! Paired with summer ripe strawberries and drizzle, or just eaten alone, the bundt can be dressed up, or dressed down. We love Bundt~


  • Standard Bundt pan coated in butter
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons (or more) whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, hulled, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

To make the cake~

  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Butter and flour standard Bundt pan, then spray pan with nonstick spray. Pour bourbon into small bowl. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into bourbon; stir to blend well (reserve scraped vanilla bean for another use).
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and egg yolk 1 at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Beat in bourbon-vanilla mixture. Add flour mixture in 2 additions alternately with buttermilk in 1 addition, beating just until blended after each addition. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top evenly (batter will come only halfway up sides of pan).
  • Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes. Invert cake onto rack and cool completely.

For the glaze~

  • Whisk powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons milk, and vanilla in small bowl to blend, adding more milk by 1/4 teaspoonfuls if glaze is too thick to drizzle.
  • Place sheet of foil on work surface. Place cake (still on rack) atop foil. Using spoon, drizzle glaze over cake in zigzag pattern. Let cake stand at room temperature until glaze sets, about 15 minutes. 

    DO AHEAD: Cake can be made up to 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome and let stand at room temperature.

Prepare the strawberries~

  • Toss strawberries and sugar in medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature until juices form, tossing occasionally, about 30 minutes.

  • Cut cake into wedges and divide among plates. Spoon strawberries with juices alongside and serve.

    Bon Appetit~

Friday, June 24, 2011


Hi lovelies, 
As if confetti wasn't already fabulous, the duo team of Nicholas Anderson and Julie Ho, of Confetti System  have taken confetti and Transformed it into paper magic! Once a simple and festive idea of tossing colorful paper scraps, like tutti-fruity snow, confetti is now more joyous than ever. "Confetti System transforms simple material, such as tissue paper, cardboard, and silk into interactive objects that create a point of focus, where memories are made and a spontaneous collaboration with the viewer is sparked." -Confetti System

Confetti System is based in New York, where they hand make each piece to order. They have collaborated with many private labels and created custom pieces for names such as J.Crew and many others in various industries. 

Hooray for confetti so lovely as this! 

After seeing all of these photo's don't you just want to cover your whole home with confetti? I know I do! If you would like to purchase any of the items you have seen you can do so here! Cheer's to amazing parties with Confetti System~

All that glitters and Adrian

Hello lovelies, 
Sequins have a way of captivating you, they glitter and dance in the light "in sudden and unexpected flashes that shimmer brilliantly before the eyes". The word sequin is french for the italian word zecchino, meaning gold coin.
The amazing costume designer Gilbert Adrian, known simply as Adrian, defined glamour in the mid-twentieth-century, making dresses covered with sequins for actresses such as Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford. Adrian was also the mastermind behind the forever famed "ruby slippers" worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz. Sequins will forever be glamourous and fun~

Here is a little sparkle for your day, enjoy~

Marlene Dietrich in a design by Adrian

Joan Crawford in a dress by Adrian 

Ruby Slippers, designed by Adrian, are now on display at the Smithsonian. True classic's~

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fairy Floss~

Hello Dollies, 
Cotton candy is one of those iconic childhood treats that brings sweet memories every time its tasted. As children, we love it because its sugar, now we love it because it is fluffy and makes any occasion more delightful! The best part is we don't even have to be eating cotton candy (even though we will) to enjoy it's glee. Cotton candy can be used to decorate everything from your tables at a party, to throw pillows on a sofa, to a topper on a cake! How adorable is that? The possibilities for fairy floss are endless, so be creative and have fun~

The Sugar Baby cookbook can be purchased here if you feel inclined to make the fluffy wonder at home~

Frosting of flowers

Hello loves,
What is better than frosting? Well...nothing, but aren't these flowers stunning? Peonies are a new flower of choice. They are girly, fluffy and just so irresistible, you almost want to eat them! They are the frosting of the flower world, layers upon layers of frosting delicious enough to top any cake~