8/4/15

Perfect Summer Shoes and Nail Polish Pairings

Perfect Summer Shoes and Nail Polish Pairings

Summer is the time for opened-toed shoes and sandals. It's time to shed those winter boots and display your pretty toes. If your feet need some work you can check out this post on the Prefect Home Pedicure. Here are my ideas for the perfect Summer shoe and nail polish pairings.

1. Jessica Simpson Slingback Sandals and Ciate London Hutch Nail Polish - Nothing goes better with an animal print than a vibrant red color.

2. Leather Studded Sandals and Nails Inc. Notting Hill Lane Nail Polish - Really any nail polish is going to look fantastic with black sandals but why not amp up the edge with a glitter nail polish or a polish containing confetti?

3. Metallic Gladiator Sandal and Ciate London Ditch the Heels Nail Polish - When wearing a metallic shoe, I never wear a metallic polish. I love green with a metallic gold, but also a matte black would look great. Or really any matte color paired with the metallic shoe would pop.

4. Blue Wedge Sandal and Formula X Incandescent Nail Polish - Blue and orange are just a perfect Summer color combination. This would be perfect flip flopped with an orange shoe and a blue polish as well.

5. Red Ankle Strap Sandal and Formula X Out of Sight Nail Polish - With a hot red heel a metallic gold or a black would be my go to colors.

6. Green Ankle Strap Sandal and Ciate London Bubblegum Bellini Nail Polish - This color combination is so preppy! It also makes me think of water melon which is definitely Summer.


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8/3/15

5 Books Destined to Become Classics

5 Books Destined to Become Classics



1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - This sequel to the book To Kill A Mocking Bird that is set two decades later. If you are a fan of the original this is a must read so that you can context and depth to what you already love about the original.

2. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi - Set in the year 1953, a woman (named Boy) marries a man with a daughter named Snow. Then they have a child together, a daughter named Bird, which reveals they are light skinned African Americans who are passing for white. This has some elements of Snow White but with conflicts dealing with racial identities. It is a must read.

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik - This new book is definitely going to be a fantasy classic. It has been compared to Grimm's Fairy Tales. This book has a new take on a "dragon" who requires a new girl every ten years to be his servant. If you are a fan of the fantasy genre then this is for you.

4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - In this book set during WWII we see how the paths of a blind French girl and a German orphan boy cross. We follow the characters as they make decisions that question their morality and need for survival on a daily basis.

5. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson - Ronson has traveled the world to interview people who have been publicly shamed by some mistake that they made. People who end up getting laughed at, demonized, and some who even lost their jobs because of their mistake. This book focuses on the fact that these people where publicly shamed and criticized for their actions on the internet. If we take part in this, what does this say about us?


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8/2/15

The Sunday Edition


The Sunday Edition
If you are looking for a refreshing, delicious dessert, then you definitely need to make this Lemon Crumb Cake!

I love a good pedicure as much as the next girl, but they aren't too friendly to my wallet. Because of that, I have started giving pedicures to myself at home, check out my home pedicure steps.

I absolutely love this dress, but it is definitely out of my price range maybe I can find a similar dress for less?

If you are looking for a new way to style your hair check out these step by step tutorials.

This quote is wonderful.

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8/1/15

On The Menu: Lemon Cream Crumb Cake

lemon crumb cake
On The Menu: Lemon Cream Crumb Cake
The result of this recipe was kind of a total surprise. This cake turned out nothing like I had originally expected but I could not be happier with the end result. I began baking this cake in an attempt to replicate one of Jessica's favorite cakes. While I failed at replicating the cake that has been one of Jessica's favorites for years I think this one may even be better. I think Jessica may have thought so too because in the couple days after I baked this cake she had 4 slices.

This easy lemon cake recipe is so good I am making it again this weekend to serve to out of town guests. This cake and frosting are light and fluffy with a slightly tangy, fresh lemon flavor that is far from over powering. The crumbs give it some nice texture and while adding another little kick of lemon flavor.

Jessica and I area always baking a lot of sweets and usually give away at least half of everything we make. That did not happen with this cake. Aside from sharing with our baby brother and our sister Tiffany we ate this entire cake ourselves. That is how good it was.

lemon crumb cake

Ingredients For Cake:
18.25 oz box of white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Ingredients for Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream

Ingredients for Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, slightly softened
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray with nonstick spray 2 eight inch round cake plans and set aside.
2. Prepare cake by mixing together all of the cake ingredients.
3. Divide the cake evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake according to the time on the cake mix box.
4. Allow cake to cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then carefully remove from pans onto wire racks to allow to finish cooling.
5. Prepare the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, combine flour and powdered sugar. Cut in butter and lemon extract until mixture is crumbly. Place in the refrigerator to chill, then break into smaller crumbs if needed.
6. Once cakes have completely cooled, chill a metal mixing bowl, plus the whisk attachments for your mixer in the freezer for 5 minute. Then whip heavy cream in the bowl until stiff whipped cream forms.
7. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Once smooth gently fold in the whipped cream until combined.
8. Assemble and frost the cake.
9. Gently press crumbs onto the top and sides of the cake.

** Cake should be stored in the refrigerator.
lemon cream cake