Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Labor Day Link LLLove! Celebrate your hard work!

     Well, it's time to start saying good-bye to Summer and welcome in Fall...Do not "Labor" in vain ;) something fun!   
     Since Labor Day is in honor of those who work, it should be a day off in every way imaginable.  What do you love to do?  Hike?  Picnic?  Sail? Get together with your friends?  Do that!

Picnic in the park.
Sail away with good friends.
Celebrate the last day you are technically aloud to wear white with wearing a lot of it.
Find a beautiful hike, and then get lost because you can.
BBQ and bonfire on the beach.

     What's left on your list that you didn't do this Summer?  Get out there and do it!  It's not too late, make this gift of a day off as relaxing or epic as you want!

Jen & Jess

images via here, here, here, and here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Grab and go! Individual servings for a more social party! {and food styling tips}

    What's Food Should Taste Good you ask?  They are one of our favorite new chips! Food Should Taste Good are delicious and made with real, natural, and simple ingredients!  Chips that are good for you?  Go on...  and I will! They have five varieties of Tortilla chips: GuacamoleMultigrainBlue CornSweet Potato (our favorite, but they are ALL delicious!!), and Olive.  Food should taste good chips are perfect for your next event or gathering, from cocktail party to picnic.      

    How many times have you thrown a party and everyone ends up in the kitchen, or by the food table?...all of them?  Because people gravitate to where the food is.  

     A) They are probably hungry.  B) It's a social place filled with easy ice breakers to meet new people, "that dip is so good!" = instant party friend.  C) It gives people an activity.  But! what if you served the food in easy to carry, cute little cups, or bowls?  Then the party spreads out, and so does the food.  A) They get food, and their own cute little portioning of it.  B) They still have a great ice breaker, "how brilliant is this idea?!  No double dipping, and no waiting in line.  Only [insert your name] would think of something like this!  I love her."  (This is, of course, what your guests will say verbatim.) C) They still get to eat, they just get to take the food with them.   Win, Win, Win!
     Why stop at one layer? Spoon refried beans into a small glass, then add guacamole, sour cream, and salsa and top it all off with cheese, diced tomatoes, and olives for the perfect seven-layer dip. We paired this dip with multigrain tortilla chips from Food Should Taste Good

    How cute are these individual no-bake nacho bites! Get the recipe at Evite Gatherings!

    Serve salsa in shot glasses, and top your individual servings off with guacamole chips!
    Jess, Evite, and Sugar and Charm helped style this fun shoot, to give you a few ideas of how to make "grab and go" servings for your next party.  See full article here on Evite Gatherings.

Food Styling Tips:
- speed: work quickly! The longer the food sits in the plate, the less appetizing it looks
- color: always think about the colors in your image. Add a pop of color with an herb or colorful kitchen towel or napkin.
- proportions: keep plates and portions small, and use less food then you normally would. Large amounts of food loose proportion on camera and aren't as photogenic.
- texture: use parchment or baking paper to add texture to plates.
- natural: allow food to spill over naturally, it will add movement to your image.
- dig in: once you have a shot of the food. Take a spoonful or bite out if it, and then take a other shot. A half eaten plate is sometimes more appetizing then the whole plate.

And that's a wrap!...or a chip!


Jen & Jess

*sponsored by evite, written by us!

Friday, August 22, 2014

For The Love of Fall, and Ice Cream

Safeway and Magnum Ice Cream want you to Discover your Chocolatey Bliss!...and we are very happy they asked us to help!

If you know Jess and I, then you know we have a giant sweet tooth!! When putting together any big party, we know to stock up on all things chocolate in order to make it through the late nights of crafting. 

So partnering with Magnum again was a no brainer!  This time we moved from parties to fashion, as we took their quiz to find our chocolatey bliss...yummmm, and infused that bliss with a little bit of style.
Romper: // Boots: BCBG (old! but still darling.) // Key Necklace: Custom made by my Mother (Jess and I have matching ones) // Bracelets: Free People

Discover your Chocolatey Bliss, by taking the Magnum personality quiz. Answer questions to reveal your Magnum flavor profile, then print a $1 off coupon, and enter for a chance to win a variety of prizes. 

I took the quiz and got double surprise there.  Belgian chocolate, vanilla bean ice cream, and carmel...that has my name all over it :).  
Now it’s your turn - share a link to your e-card result in the comments below.

Take the quiz, here!

We hope this helped you satisfy your sweet tooth.

Jen & Jess

*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Glitter-Dipped Cups

    These DIY Glitter-Dipped Cups from Evite Gatherings are perfect for adding some glitz to your MTV and Emmy Awards viewing this weekend!  We also love this DIY for a Birthday or Bachelorette party!


Step 1: In a well-ventilated area, spray the bottom of your cup with adhesive. We recommend wearing latex gloves, to prevent your hands from getting sticky and covered in glitter.

Step 2: Pour glitter onto the sprayed area of your cup. 
Step 3: You only need to let your cups dry for about three to five minutes before they’re ready for use.
To see the original tutorial, visit Evite Gatherings!

Jen & Jess

Friday, August 15, 2014


We were so flattered to be asked to take part in The Classic Brand's: "5 Days of Coca Cola: The Classic Drink by the Classic Brand" campaign!  It was an easy sell...cute top, great drink, we're in!  So without further ado, Day 5!
This already adorable and super soft tank didn't need much embelishing.  It was all about simple and easy for this day at the beach. 
Tank: The Classic Brand // Leggings: H&M // Shoes: Chucks by Converse // Sunglasses: Fossil



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School Party Ideas

Well, it's here…school!  So let's send the kids (or almost grown-ups) off is style.  Here are some of our favorite back to school party ideas...

The Cake:
images via here

 The Dessert Table: 

 The Goodie Box: 

Smart Sweets:

Some Colorful Decor:
images via here

No matter what your age, if you're starting school…you should have a party.

Jen & Jess

Monday, August 11, 2014

Old-Fashioned Baked Mac & Cheese #CookingUpGood Giveaway

    We were thrilled when Kraft asked us to review one of their recipes, especially when we heard that macaroni and cheese was involved!  It was one of our favorite dinner's growing up, and let's be honest, it still is.  And thanks to Kraft's Old-Fashioned Baked Mac & Cheese, we have a new grown-up twist on an old classic! 

Old Fashioned Baked Mac and Cheese



  • 1 pkg. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 20 Ritz Crackers, crushed


Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Cook Macaroni in saucepan as directed on the package; drain.  Stir in milk, butter, and Cheese Sauce Mix.  Pour into 8-inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Mix tomatoes and dressing; spoon over macaroni mixture.  Mix butter and cracker crumbs; sprinkle over tomato mixture.  Bake 15 minutes or until heated through and crumbs are golden.

    You can even serve your mac and cheese in mini individual cast iron skillets! Anything mini is adorable. ;)

    We thoroughly enjoyed crushing up all those Ritz crackers, and the addition of sweet and zesty tomatoes and italian dressing, as well as the salty Ritz crackers made the perfect additions to the mac and cheese!

Looking for more fabulous recipes?  Check out the Kraft Cooking Up Good page for over 20 coupons available for download, tutorials, top-pinned recipes, and a chance to win $1,000, $250, or $100 Walmart gift card!

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Jen & Jess

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Day At The Beach

   Today's style/beauty post is about a towel! Yep! But it's an awesome towel.  It may be August, but that sun is still out!
Our friends at Sand Cloud asked us to tell you about their brilliant towel/pillow/sarong in one, and so I hit the beach! "Bare" with me...

   Sand Cloud was started by three best friends, right here in sunny San Diego.  It's a specialized beach towel that includes a removable pillow! Genius! And the brilliance doesn't stop there.  They found a handwoven, Turkish cotton, eco friendly, material that's...wait for it...sand repellent!! 

And if that isn't reason enough to love this idea...Sand Cloud has a strong passion for giving back and protecting the Ocean, which is why they are donating 10% of net profits to several foundations that support the preservation of Marine Life. 

I think I fell asleep...
Then when you're ready to go...turn your towel into a sarong and wear it home!
Towel: Sand Cloud {kick starter $30 pledge gets you your own Sand Cloud} // Suit: Victoria's Secret {on sale ;)} // Shirt: Old Navy // Sunglasses: Fossil 

So, buy a towel, help a new company, and some marine life, and then take a lovely and well deserved nap on the beach.

Jen & Jess