Sunday, February 23, 2014

LA Cake Club

Today was our first meeting for LA Cake Club. Since I didn't know what everyone's preferences were, I chose to bake a simple cake. Vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting.

We met at Griffith Park and it was perfect weather for a cake party.

My vanilla cake
Happy to begin the cake feast!
There were so many scrumptious things to try
Gorgeous mixed berry cake
Stella McCartney inspired citrus cake
Thanks Sara for making LA Cake Club a yummy reality!
Luca is growing so handsome, so fast!
The cakes were insanely good, so many talented bakers
All that remains, I brought home a taste of everything for Antz
We tasted so many treats and met so many wonderful people. I'm excited to see all the photos and our next cake club!

My love made this rad illustration of Liv and me, I love it!
You can see more photos on Instagram #LACakeClub
Here's the recipe for my vanilla cake.

 Yay Cakes!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Misha Lulu Spring Line 2014

The greatest children's line designer in the world, Karen, asked Olivia to be a part their Spring 2014 photo shoot today. Guess where it took place??

That skirt is FABulous!!
Yep, my backyard! I can't wait to see how the photos turned out but for now, here's the behind the scene shots. I am so lucky rustic is in style because our backyard was a source of spring inspiration for Karen & her husband Joe.

 Update: Karen posted these photos of Liv on Instagram.

You know how you meet people and you get a first impression? I met Karen a year ago and I was like, I'm gonna fall in love with her. She's a true beauty inside and out. I am really happy we are friends. She also makes rad clothes for kids that are whimsical, fun and nice quality. I'm fully endorsing her for all you parents with 12 months - size 10 little people.

Misha Lulu
 She is having a sale in her surplus store!!

Of course Liv was an old pro, she rocked the shoot and was super stoked to wear pink heart shaped sunglasses *I gotta buy her a pair* Karen and Joe generously gave Liv a gift of clothes which is so awesome because I've been wanting pieces from the winter season!

Nino tunic
Dial Hello dress
I adore this Swan shirt
So rad, just when I think my kid can't get any cooler. Tomorrow is gonna be fun, Tom Kenny is coming to her school for a special performance. I hope to get him on video doing Ice King's voice!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lovely Lavender

It's been years since I've colored my hair. Like pre-bebe, before Mark invented the Facebook, back in the old MySpace days.

I was a former purple nurple
I was always coloring my hair in beauty school, often experimenting with Manic Panic crazy colors which was fun for a day then it became tedious to keep the color vivid *re-coloring every few days*. It also sucked having all the collars on my clothes, towels, my pillow cases, even my car seats covered with hair color. I think it's a sin against nature to have bright colored hair that isn't maintained. I knew I wanted a pretty color without all the hassle so extensions was the best option. I love the idea of starting with a white base which is the best result for a bright pastel color. I was concerned the white would absorb the color and end up looking too grape so I added clear color to the lavender for balance and shine.

You can see how much color change happens with just five minutes of processing. The result makes me so happy. You would think my random patches of gray hair are intentional. I love silver foxes!

Thank you Kelly Osbourne for the lavender inspiration

My hair has been behaving lately, thanks to my two favorite products.

My go-to everyday shampoo & conditioner for my chemically processed hair is Joico K Pak Reconstruct. The shampoo is clarifying without stripping my hair's natural oil and it definitely cuts down on the frizz. I don't apply anti-frizz anymore because it usually has alcohol in it which makes my hair limp. Don't mess with my volume, dude! I like that the conditioner has a pump *because I use a shit load* it smells like bananas to me and it doesn't weight my hair down. The best thing is the size of these guys, I buy the 33 oz bottles which last me like six months.

My second genie in a bottle is my liquid gold, *the original* Moroccan oil. When I curl my hair, I don't use hair spray. I know it's against the law of hair stylists but I use it on everyone except myself. I have tried every brand and have yet to find a hair spray that holds my curls without making my hair crunchy or sticky. I use this stuff sparingly and run it through my hair with my fingers starting from the back to front so I don't overload on my bangs. No matter what texture your hair is, this stuff will make a difference on your wig.

Oh, I almost forgot, about every three months I slap on this intense hydrating hair mask overnight. My hair gets super dry and I am constantly frying it with my flat iron so I put it on after a shower and sleep with a shower cap.

Really attractive for my husband!

You lovelies have any hair products you swear by? I take a daily multivitamin and biotin in an attempt to make my hair grow. I see a tiny bit of growth but I am so ready for it to be past my shoulders!

Last weekend at the Dumb Starbucks in Los Feliz

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My DIY Midi skirt

I mentioned here all about my love affair with midi length skirts/dresses. You see, they are perfection for me, I am a giant. Someone of my stature can always use more length yet a maxi dress looks like I'm swimming in fabric *ie:a tent* Midi is in between your knees and your shins. Finally I won't feel like I'm wearing a mini skirt all the time. So, I am doing my daily online window shopping and I stumble upon a midi skirt at ASOS.

Image 4 of Love Midi Skater Skirt

Everything fell into place, right fabric, right cut, right price *ASOS is always having a sale*, I put this guy right into my shopping cart. Then I looked in my closet and saw a sea of black skirts of various lengths *pencil skirt, maxi skirt, mini skirt...* We're right around the corner from spring and I'm gonna buy another boring black skirt? I decided I needed something bright and cheery to add to my wardrobe. Ideally I've been wanting this lovely skirt for years but I haven't found one in my price range *the one pictured was $200*

Stockholm Street Style
Image from Carolines Mode

I love this yellow Gorman skirt *yeah, I love how blindingly yellow it is*
Gorman Mellow Yellow skirt

Guess who's out of stock? Bleh.

So I decided to make lemonade out of lemons. Why not use my dust-collecting Hello Kitty sewing machine to make my own skirt? I can custom tailor it and save major buckaroos at the same. I enlisted my amazing seamstress Mommy-in-law to help me out.

Plenty of yellows to choose from
Two yards for ten bucks? Yes, please!
This was my first time using a pattern
Awww yeah, POCKETS ARE MY JAM!! *but very fucking hard to sew!*
Trying out my pleats
It was tricky but I had tons of help, thanks Mommy! Also, thanks to Gorman for the inspiration of the design and color we used. I am so giddy that a skirt I was ready to pay $169 for, we made with our own hands for $20!! You obviously got a peek of it yesterday, but here she is again.


I know I hated on roses last week but these guys matched my skirt so well and peonies aren't in season yet

By the way, did you notice my lavender hair?

There's no way I was gonna bleach my chemically straightened hair, so here's my trick.

I wanted a silvery lavender color *definitely not grape* so I used Matrix SoColor 3VR
I bought white hair extensions, sewed some hair clips on the track and colored it myself.
I'll take more photos of my hair this three-day weekend!