Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer School

Striped and dotted in one of my favorite places in San Diego.  Our new downtown public library.  9 stories of stories, and one of the best views in the city.  If you haven't been, you should change that.

Blazer: Zara (on sale now in stores only) // Tank: Banana Republic (old but similar here) // Skinny Jeans: Bullhead Denim Co.  // Shoes: Keds // Key Necklace: The Giving Keys


LLLove,
Jen

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Evite and My M&Ms teamed up and dreamed up!

Our very own Jess has been dreaming up some fun favor ideas for Evite and My M&Ms! This one is our favorite and we just had to share!  


Inspired by magnetic spice racks, this favor idea can be used for any party! Just cover a magnet board with chalk board paint, and glue magnetic strips to the back of little tins! So simple, and so unique and fun!  Click here for the full tutorial.
My M&Ms lets you upload photos and write messages to customize delicious M&Ms for any occasion! (Look closely and you'll see that's Jess and her husband JJ!!)  Because what's more fun than eating chocolate?...eating customized, adorable chocolate!

Try this for your next shower, or birthday!  We know it will be a hit!


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Summer Showers" DIY: Plastic Coated Rain Shoes

It's been a rainy Summer for some of us, and what do you wear when it's hot and rainy?  Boots are too much for the Summer heat, and anything else will get soaked.  Soooo, I thought I'd use the same plastic dip I used for the toe dipped Keds (tutorial here), but instead of just dipping a toe in, I'd dip the whole thing and make coated rain shoes!  These will keep your toesies dry, but the rest of you dressed for Summer.  


What you will need:

1) Create your Color "Plasti Dip" - I found mine at Ace Hardware.  It comes with 5 colors and you can mix the color you want.
2) Slip on shoes.  The less elastic the better.  
3) A paint brush...one that you are not attached to, because it will meet it's maker after this DIY.

Step One:
 Stuff your shoes with paper.  Fill them as tight as you can knowing that the plastic coating will keep whatever form these shoes are in when you paint them.  So make them easy to get into, and tight all the way around.

Step Two:
 Mix the color you want. (I went with blue, so there was no mixing required.)  Use your brush to paint on a thick layer of Plasti Dip.  Try to go in one direction, and not paint back and forth.  Be smooth and even.  Start at the back of the shoe and work your way to the front until you get a good rhythm going.  Let dry for 30 minutes. *TIP: Wear rubber gloves.  This stuff is really hard to get off! 

Step Three:
 Once your 30 minutes is up, paint on a second coat.  Remember to make it a thick coat, and really focus on covering all the edges and seems.  Let dry for 4 hours.

Step Four:
 Decorate! I made little rain drops.  (Learn from my mistakes: I let the white sit for too long and it started to dry, which made it very hard to paint with...so work fast, or keep the dip covered.)

 Tada!

 Then splash around all you like!  Now you can wait out the storm, and be able to walk home cool and dry.

So jump in a puddle...I dare you!

LLLove,
Jen

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kindness is always in fashion

Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to yet another amazing nonprofit.  Unlock Hope provides health care, and education for girls in Uganda. 

"In Uganda, young girls aren't given the same chances as boys. Without access to education they often marry young, have large families that they are unable to care for, and are forced to work difficult jobs for very little pay. Unlock Hope believes educating these girls is the first step in ending a seemingly never ending cycle of poverty in Africa. "


"When you buy one of their products you are helping to cover every single expense necessary for supporting these girls in their pursuit of an education. Health care, food, housing, utilities, transportation, support staff, school fees, clothing, uniforms, toiletries, school supplies, books and more!"

They have an apparel line of positive tees and a beautiful line of key necklaces.  I chose the "kindness matters" tank...because it does.  Always.
"Kindness Matters" Tank: Unlock Hope // White Blazer: BCBG // Skinny Jeans: Rich & Skinny (distressed by moi, tutorial here) // Necklace: Isadora Accessories // Heels: Zara (old)

Help these girls unlock hope, by unlocking their ability to learn and create a better life for themselves.


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Mini Bar": Kids Ice Cream Party

    In honor of National Ice Cream Month, we put together a kid's ice cream party!  Cool off on these hot summer nights, and invite friends and family over for a summer white party, complete with an ice cream "Mini Bar" for the kids!  We love mini ice cream bars and thought they would make an adorable "Mini Bar" for a kids ice cream party, so we invited some of our favorite mini people and threw one!

    Our "Mini Bar" featured little gold and white takeout boxes, mini ice cream bars set on a tray of ice, mini marshmallows, salted caramel sauce, vanilla sprinkles, napkins, straws, and mini mason jars filled with milk.

    The kids placed their ice cream bars in small takeout boxes and poured toppings over their bars.

    The kids were able to get toppings with every bite, using their dipping takeout boxes!

    The ice cream went pretty fast! And the mini marshmallows were a close second! ;)


    We paint-dipped wooden spoons with white acrylic paint to add a little special touch and to tie in the party theme!

    Make serving guests a breeze by pre-pouring milk into mini mason jars, and placing them in the fridge the night before the party.  When guests arrive and are getting ready for some sweets, set out the mason jars in a tub or tray of ice, and the kids can serve themselves!


    Thank you to our fabulous photographer, Brooke McDougal of Brooke Aliceon Photography, for capturing the day, and allowing us to feature her adorable daughter and son! And thank you to our wonderful friend Ashley, for letting us borrow her little daughter!

    Life's short, eat dessert first!

LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Design & Styling: Linen, Lace, & Love





Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Sips: Banana Split Martini

    We hope everyone is enjoying this hot hot Summer!  Last week we shared a chic way to cool down, with a "Sweets & Sips" Summer White Party.  We paired ice cream bars with specialty cocktails, and we wanted to share the Banana Split Martini single serving recipe with you! The original recipe was created by The Slow Roasted Italian, make sure and check them out for more fabulous recipes!


BANANA SPLIT MARTINI

Ingredients:
1 oz. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
1/2 oz. Banana Liqueur (like 99 Bananas)
2 oz. Creme de Cacao
2 oz. French Vanilla Creamer
Ice
Garnish (vanilla frosting and gold sanding sugar)
Cocktail shaker

Directions:
Prepare martini glass by rimming it with vanilla frosting and then dipping the rim in sanding sugar.  Combine vodka, banana liqueur, creme de cacao, creamer, and ice in a cocktail shaker.  Strain and pour into prepared martini glass.  Serve and enjoy!



LLLove,
Jen & Jess





Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sweets & Sips Summer White Party with Magnum Ice Cream

    We love a good white party, it makes for very pretty pictures when all the guests are coordinated! ;)  When Magnum Ice Cream asked us to do a sponsored posted centered around Magnum Bars and summer entertaining, we thought a Sweets & Sips Summer White Party would be the perfect choice!  We paired the gourmet taste of Magnum with exciting toppings and decadent drinks.  Invite your friends over for a sunset, dessert, and cocktail party...what better way to cool down on those hot summer nights?


The Sweets:

    Our "Ice Cream Bar" sign was made out of kraft letters and foam board (tutorial here DIY Glitter Foam Letters).  Our party was photographed by the lovely and talented Brooke McDougal, of Brooke Aliceon Photography, and our beautiful linens were courtesy of the wonderful Concepts Event Design.


    We made this giant Ice Cream Bar out of foam board, glitter, and card stock! I promise we did not try to eat it.  The Magnum Ice Cream tasted way better anyway. ;)


    We made a sign to instruct guests what to do.  We made a simple DIY Dipping Bar, with gold and white take out boxes.  Guests were instructed to choose a box, select their Ice Cream Bar (either Belgian White Chocolate or Sea Salt Caramel Swirl), fill their dipping box with delicious toppings, and dip away!
  


    It was delicious!

    Little takeout boxes made for a chic, and mess free, way to eat your ice cream bar, as well as easy clean up for the host!


    Our "dipping bar" consisted of "white" and "gold" sweets like yogurt covered pretzels, salted caramel, mini marshmallows, coconut and more.  Get all the supplies you need to through your one Summer White Party at your nearest Kroger store!


    The guys where very happy to join in the festivities, especially when they heard there would be ice cream!

The Sips:

    We stocked the bar with straws, napkins, and plenty of glasses for our guests.  Premixed drinks are key for stress free hosting, so we premixed our "Banana Split Martini" and chilled it in the fridge before serving.  We also left our beer and bubbly on ice, so guests could help themselves to refreshments!


    To learn how we made these DIY Sparkly Bottles, click HERE! Everything's better with a little sparkle!


    We made a pairing menu highlighting which ice cream bars paired best with which beverage!  We gave an option for the Belgian White Chocolate bar, the Sea Salt Caramel Swirl bar, and a beverage that paired well with both bars.
    Everyone had such a blast tasting their ice cream bars with the specialty drinks!  It was like a mini dessert and cocktail tasting!  Two of our favorite things.


    A great party tip, is to leave a box of extra glasses underneath your bar table (it helps if you have a linen).  That way you can restock the bar quickly and smoothly if you find yourself running low on glasses.


    The boys were BIG fans of the beer pairing.  We found a perfect light beer at our local Karl Strauss brewery called Windansea Wheat!  It's banana and clove flavors paired perfectly with either ice cream bar!


    Instead of bottles, we bought a few growlers, it's cheaper, and cleaner than a bunch of empty beer bottles lying around your backyard.


 

    We recommended pairing our Belgian White Chocolate Magnum Ice Cream Bars with Michelle Blanc de Noir.  Noir is a dry sparkling wine with strawberry impressions coming through in the nose.  The initial impression is dry, with a soft and fruity aftertaste, perfect for pairing with white chocolate.


    We fell in love with the Magnum Gold?! Ice Cream Bars, and decided to pair them with a Banana Split Martini.
BANANA SPLIT MARTINI:
Serves 12


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
  • 6 oz Banana Liqeur
  • 3 Cups Creme de Cacao
  • 3 Cups French Vanilla Creamer
  • 6 Cups Ice
  • Garnish (vanilla frosting and gold sanding sugar)



Directions:
Prepare martini glass by rimming with frosting, and rolling the rim of your glass in the gold sanding sugar.



Combine ingredients in large drink dispenser, stir well, and chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve and enjoy!

The Fun:

 
We made it casual for socializing and mingling, by laying out a couple picnic blankets and comfy pillows.


Summer entertaining just got a little more delicious!  Thank you Magnum Ice Cream!

LLLove,
Jen & Jess


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