YUMS & NOMS: Pumpkin Muffins

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pumpkin Muffin Recipe
Baking with pumpkin
Fall recipe - pumpkin muffins
Pumpkin muffins with cream cheese drizzle frosting
Pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting
This recipe has been a family favorite for decades. I've ate this for breakfast and snacks since
I was a kid...don't forget the apple juice, of course. Trust me, you won't want to limit devouring
this just to fall time, it's good to make year round. I'm busting this out now to try and prepare myself
for the season change and attempting to bribe myself into even liking fall. We'll see how it works out.

RECIPE: Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Drizzle Frosting

Pumpkin Muffins

3 Cups sugar                                
1 1/2 teaspoon salt                      
1 teaspoon nutmeg                  
1 teaspoon cloves                        
1 teaspoon cinnamon              
2 teaspoons baking soda
2/3 cup hot water
1 cup vegetable oil
3 1/3 cups flour
2 cups pumpkin

First, blend sugar, spices and eggs. Next add in pumpkin and oil. In separate bowl, mix flour and baking soda. Gradually blend flour mixture into pumpkin mixture, alternating with water. Mix well.
Pour batter into muffin liners/pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-24 minutes till toothpick comes out clean

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz cream cheese
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tablespoon almond milk

Cream sugar and cream cheese together. Add in vanilla and gradually add in powdered sugar. 
The almond milk is to make the frosting a less dense constancy, add to your liking. Mix ingredients well and drizzle onto muffins when they are cool. 
Just to note, I eyeball this recipe. I usually do equal parts of butter & cream cheese. Then I add powdered sugar till it gets to the consistency I want. 

MY CLOSET: Oversized End of Summer

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cleveland Ohio Fashion - PYLO dress
Ohio fashion blogger - gladiator sandals - minimalist style
Cleveland Ohio Fashion Blogger - boho style
Cleveland Fashion - street style
Minimalist boho fashion - Cleveland
PYLO Namiko Maxi T-Dress

PYLO you rock my world. The Namiko T-Dress is a dream. Oversized and flowy, perfect to wear while Summer is winding down. Im wearing it in the color called "Naked", a light fleshy neutral with a touch of pink. It works well with the trending minimalist style. For my skin tone, I pair this color with darker accessories (hat, shoes, ect) to add depth and contrast so I won't won't look washed out (wink wink). I've been into simple minimalistic dresses this summer, ones you can throw on and go. Just add some killer accessories.

Hat: Nastygal  ///  Earrings: Glam & Grace  ///  Sunglasses: Nastygal  ///  Necklace: Banana Republic  ///  Arm Party: Glam & Grace  ///  Namiko T-Dress: Pylo  ///  Gladiator Sandals: Urban OG

DIY: Cake Decorating with Fresh Flowers

Saturday, August 8, 2015

rustic cake with flowers
cake decorating with fresh flowers
rustic cake with flowers
boho cake with flowers
real flowers on rustic boho cakeboho cake with fresh flowers

DIY boho cake with flowers

Rustic Boho Layer Cake with Fresh Flowers

If you know me personally, you're well aware I'm like an little old lady who loves tending to her summer flowers. Unfortunately living in my loft, I'm unable to have flower beds anymore but I'm still finding ways to incorporate pretty greenery and lovely live flowers into my life.
This was my first experience designing a cake with real, fresh flowers. It was great & it was nerve-racking...but I highly recommend doing it. 

The layer cake is white cake with vanilla buttercream. I frosted only in-between layers and the top of the cake. Keeping the sides unfrosted provides the rustic boho look. It gives off an unperfect vibe, which I love. Decorating with buttercream (instead of fondant) and embracing it's messier quality, is my absolute favorite.


Pick a variety of flowers

I chose some vibrant peachy orange/pink roses as a main focal. As supporting cast, I wanted greenery. I used killer lime green mums and leafy eucalyptus stems. All 3 plants have a very different look which gives variety to your creation. The varying visual texture makes it more interesting to look at.

Layer and Pile it On!

Don't be shy here. Why not heap on the flowers? Go for it and make a statement. I started with a blanket of rose petals and then placed a group of flowers on top as discussed below.

Create a Focal Point

I grouped a large rose, some sprigs of eucalyptus and a few mums on the top of the cake. This arrangement grabs your attention and creates visual interest. In one spot lower on the plate, I also gathered a few blooms to make it look like a cascading effect. 

Dealing with the natural & fresh aspect was challenging. The eucalyptus and mums are quite resilient while the Roses are quite delicate and will wilt a little more quickly. I had a couple of back up roses for a quick replacement after I arrived to my destination. It's good to keep all the flowers in water and then place them on the cake at the absolute last minute.

All in all, it was a fun experience. I just had to go with the flow and learn as I went along. The flowers were gorgeous and made for a lovely presentation. I can't wait to give it another try and experiment with different flowers.

TRENDING: Button Front Skirt

Monday, July 27, 2015

button front skirt trend
The button front a-line mini skirt is the current "it" skirt. I've been seeing it in a variety of fabrics including denim, suede and corduroy. With it's high waist, it's good to pair with a crop top or tuck in a blouse with long bell sleeves. Rock that 70's vibe. 
Here are a few options to shop: 

Original photos found here:  1  ///  2  ///  3  ///  4

MY CLOSET: All Denim - All the Time

Friday, July 24, 2015

Trending denim on denim outfit
denim with denim - fashion typography
chambray and denim outfit - Cleveland Ohio fashion

All denim everythang, all the time.
Ok, so a denim outfit isn't anything new. (I know we all remember Brittany and Justin.) ...but somewhere, somehow, someway wearing the blues (all blue) has become the norm...the new neutral...the new everyday look. I'm down with that. Supposedly jeans are on their way out but that doesn't stop us from wearing chambray button ups and denim skirts...like, everyday.
Ok ok, so maybe not evvvvvvery day but the simplicity sure is attractive and I think that's why I'm drawn to it.
I like to have different washes as well as varying styles so I can easily mix up my look. When paired together, the light and dark washes contrast each other and look great together. Check out the outfit details below.

Top photo from left to right
Outfit 1: Zara chambray button up shirt & Abercrombie high waist mini skirt
Outfit 2: Missguided denim button up dress
Outfit 3: JCrew chambray button up shirt & SheInside denim midi skirt
Outfit 4: Goodwill thrifted chambray ruffle button up shirt & pleated chambray high waisted shorts

LIFESTYLE: It Is What You Make It

Monday, July 6, 2015

It is what it is - It is what you make it
It is what it is. That's a common little phrase we like to toss around. It's a handy line used to help us cope with unpleasantries, helps us deal with the unexpected in life.

It gets scary when we use it to justify things we shouldn't be accepting so easily...like settling into a safe ho-hum lifestyle or doing mediocre work. We often use it as an excuse to give up and not try harder. You know how it goes...just accept whatever it is and move on.

Yikes! Sound the alarm! That line just got worn out.

The good thing is, in life, we have options. We can choose how we react, how we respond...how we problem solve situations. Yes, every single one of us. We can choose so much more than settling for the mundane or whatever gets thrown our way. Let's create our way instead.

Personally, being a designer, we are creative visual problem solvers. I'm trained and encouraged to think through diverse perspectives and situations. It's not only my job but an excellent philosophy to live by. It's a lifestyle. There's always more than one solution to every problem. Sometimes you have to wrestle with ideas, put in the work and enjoy the process.

Just remember everyone won't always be on board with you. Anytime you create or show people a different way of doing things, you'll get resistance...and usually that means you're doing something right. Don't let others sway your thinking. Go head first making the most of situations.

I've learned that MOST of the time, it just isn't what it is...it is what you make it.

MY CLOSET: Simple Summer Basics

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Cleveland Fashion - Simple Basics
Cleveland handmade jewelry - Glam & Grace

Ohio fields and fashion - minimalist boho style
Cleveland Fashion Blog - Asos studded ankle boots
Cleveland Ohio handmade jewelry
High-low t-shirt dress and fringe belt

Perfect white t-dress for Summer: Found! This high-low style maxi is so simple, comfy and comes at a killer price. It's a basic that has the wardrobe staple alert ringing loud. Throw this on with a pair of ankle boots and you're good to go.

Its interesting how both the minimalist lifestyle and minimalist fashion has been trending the past few years. I'll take both, please & thanks. That's my style lately for clothing, all simple everythang. Then of course, my accessory game adds a little extra style. I've paired down my color palette and everything can mix and match. Style simplified and consistent.

White t-shirt high-low dress: Sheinside  ///  Fringe Belt: Asos  ///  Studded Ankle Boots: Asos  ///  Necklace & Earrings: Glam & Grace  ///  Sunglasses:  Asos