Be My Valentine?

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Who am I kidding, I had one of those in the past and this is definitely an upgrade.  So let me tell you about the best Valentine there is… Forever21. She never fails to bring joy, make you feel beautiful, and send you home with presents!  This Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to slink into this comfy get up and eat all the candy hearts from this post while watching whatever Ryan Gosling movie I desire.  I truly believe in constantly showing someone your love no matter what the day is to friends, family, and/or lover.  Although Valentine’s Day gives you a chance to make everything into a heart shape or eat extra sweet treats.  Don’t judge me 🙂

IMG_7169(These Forever 21 high waisted side zip red shorts are my favorites)

IMG_7154(The heart studded belt and cheetah manicure top off the outfit with flirty sass)

IMG_7170(Kat Von D red lipstick, BP purple wayfare shades)

IMG_7168(Forever 21 heart studded belt)

IMG_7153(Tuck the sweater in or let it hang loosely.  Either way, you will be the sweetest Valentine out there)

All jokes aside, we love you.  All of you who have continued to read and ponder about us IFL creators.  We wanted to make you all a handmade valentine to show you how much we care but put us with Elmer’s glue, sparkles and construction paper and we ended up looking like life-size paper mache pinatas with no salvageable Valentine’s to give.  Just know, you’re the best Valentine to us out there ❤

Spring Pools

Inspiration for us can come from all different areas of life.  We saw an ad in a magazine that just blew us away with it’s creativity and colorful/playfulness.  Grabbing some fun make up colors and heading outdoors, we are very happy to showcase some of our favorite fashion photos.

IMG_7141(Chelsea showing “Paradisco” by Mac Cosmetics)

IMG_7139(This green hue is  “Aquadisiac” by Mac Cosmetics)

IMG_7142(This pink shade is “Passionate” by Mac Cosmetics)

IMG_7145(This purple shade is  “Beautiful Iris” by Mac Cosmetics)

These eye shadows are beautiful and great colors for the end of Winter and Spring time.  Enjoy!

She Bangs!

BangsWell, I bit the bullet and got bangs! It’s been a fun change and I am enjoying the reactions I am getting- mostly people trying to figure out what I have changed about my hair or even who I am. Zooey Deschanel brought bangs back from hibernation and made them for adults again!

bangs(Dress-Urban Outfitters, Necklace-Forever 21)IMG_7178(Earrings-Forever 21)

IMG_7174(Heels-Urban Outfitters, Tan-All mine, baby!)

I think my hairstylist did a bang up job, don’t you?

We Heart Buns!

IMG_7005They’re round, moist, and delicious! We LOVE buns! Especially cinnamon buns with lots of icing! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we decided to get creative and turn something delicious into something thoughtful!

cinnamon buns(First, use a pre-made cinnamon bun like Pillsbury and spread them out about 2 inches from each other on a baking sheet)

heart shaped cinnamon buns(Mold the dough into heart shapes)

cooking cinnamon buns(Cook according to directions and watch those buns rise!)

IMG_7023iced cinnamon buns(Ice the warm buns and sprinkle with your favorite color sugar crystals!)

cinnamon bunDon’t you want a piece of this gooey deliciousness? Treat your honey or bestie to this on Valentine’s Day and you will have their heart forever!

The Golden Hour

IMG_6985Now that we’ve taken a few photos for our blog, we’ve come to pick up a few tips and wanted to pass along one to fellow bloggers.  The best portrait lighting we’ve come by has been right before sunset, what can be deemed as the golden hour.  The sun is almost right across from the subject and not creating any dark shadows.  This time of day also adds a dramatic flare to your surroundings.  Be careful though, you must work fast!  Once the sun starts dropping it only seems to move faster.

IMG_6954(Even lighting creates the illusion that it’s still daytime with the warm tones)

IMG_6967(Once the sun is halfway over the horizon, you’ll see the awesome sun flare lighting.  This lasts maybe 10 minutes if you’re lucky but worth the photos)

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If you’re a photographer and looking for something new and somewhat challenging to try, grab your friends and try to take some artsy sunset portraits.  You may be pleasantly surprised!

Oh, You Shouldn’t Have… Hint, Hint.

Valentines Day SUrpriseDo you think the whole Valentine’s gift/chocolate/flower exchanging thing is a little archaic? Uh, yeah, we totally do too. But in case you don’t we thought we could help you decide what to get your honey on this special day. Of course, we’re not expecting anything or whatever.

Jewelry!

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(Something timeless and tasteful, of course. But everyone knows that the bigger the rock means the more you love her. That’s what Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant told me)

Purses!

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(A girl can never have enough purses. I don’t even have enough stuff to fill all of mine up with but I could always use one more!)

Animals!

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(People LOVE animals. I am pretty sure your boyfriend or girlfriend would LOVE to care for this cutie for the next seven years)

Handwritten Love Notes!

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(The simplest of gestures are often the most appreciated. Leave little notes around for him/her, it will brighten their day. Disclaimer: This one is not a joke, you should do this. A lot. Just saying)

In all honesty, Valentine’s Day should be about showing the person you love that you care about them. You can do it however you want, with kisses or cupcakes, but make sure you do it. Because if you don’t, you’re kind of a jerk.

Sprinkle Crack

IMG_6830I can’t explain my fascination with comparing things to crack.  It just seems like people use the term crack when talking about very addicting things and you know, sprinkles are very addicting to me.  Therefore I present, Sprinkle Crack!  You may remember these pretty sprinkles that I used in this recent post when making Cake in a Cup.  They have resurfaced in creating special lattes/coffees!  This is just to add a little more happy to your day.

IMG_6829(It’s these beautiful crystalized, sprinkles again.  You can use them for so many great things)

IMG_6835(Just add them to the top of your frothed milk.  I have this little handheld frother that works great or when at my parents’, they have a milk steamer which is heaven!)

IMG_6851(To enjoy it even more, I throw on some heart glasses and drink that bad boy down.  Instant motivation to have an over the top fabulous day.  With Valentine’s Day coming up, you just become more festive.  Who would’ve thought that all it takes is some sprinkles and some fabulous shades?!)

IMG_6850I can’t even begin to explain the joy coffee brings to me so just adding a little extra sprinkle to my day, really starts things off right.  And hey, why not pass the joy on??  When making a latte or coffee for a friend, surprise them by adding a few pretty sprinkles to their cup.  You will have a bestie for life!

Bee Happy!

pooh bear honeyBy now you have heard that the San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl, so I have been trying to soften the pain the best I could…with sweets! Brittany is always trying to keep me in check by making me spit my cookie out into her hand, walking by and pulling candy apples out of my mouth, and even swapping out my secret candy stash with baby carrots. I can’t help it, I love HONEY! I wanted to share a few of my favorite honey inspired items with you to try and sweeten your day a little!

honey perfume loccitane(I always start my day with a spray from my favorite perfurme from L’Occitane “Miel & Citron”. It is no longer available for purchase- best I could find was a bottle for $200 on Amazon! But fear not, they have come out with a limited edition honey line that will only be around for a few months so stock up!)

pushing Daisies

(One of my favorite TV shows of all time was Pushing Daisies. There has been nothing as beautifully crafted on TV since and it is a shame that is was cancelled prematurely (it won seven Emmy’s)! Bees and honey were an underlying tone throughout the series allowing the set and costume designers to have a lot of fun! Netflix the show if you are ever looking for something unique to watch, I own the series!)

honey candle(Beeswax candles smell amazing and are lightweight, they sit perfectly in pretty much holder because they have a sticky base. I love to burn them but they melt so quickly!)

honey massage(Did you know there are spas that massage you with honey?! Sign me up!)

honey-lemon-tea-b(This is how I love to start my morning!)

honey(My friend has a jar of honey sitting on the back seat of his car. I would be telling a lie if I said I didn’t take a quick taste when he wasn’t looking. I recommend leaving a jar in your car, it makes sense, you never know when you are going to be stranded somewhere and your honey levels are low)

If you are feeling a little gloomy over the Niners loss, you’re not alone. But I just showed you how to make the taste of defeat a little sweeter.

Wanna See A Large Bowl?

large bowlNo! Not this kind of bowl, we are talking about the SUPER BOWL! Guess what Bay Area fans, the 49ers are playing this year and we just might watch it! This has been an exciting time for us Bay Area sports fans! First the Giants win the World Series and now the 49ers might win the Super Bowl.

49ers(And just for a little gossip, the two coaches competing against each other are brothers!)

beyonce-super-bowl-2013(Beyonce is performing at the Half Time Show this year, maybe a nip slip in the making or another lip sync controversy?!)

Grab your dollar bills and get ready to bet on everything you can think of, it’s the Super Bowl afterall! We already know who wins though, we got to see the sneak peak footage from a TV executive, everyone knows it’s totally pre-recorded. We won’t spoil it for you though but they add a third team (we won’t tell you who it is but they rhyme with the Matriots) to do a Kaepernicking bit during Half Time!