Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DIY Wednesday: Personal Pizookie!

Hello all! I have missed blogging dearly! So happy to be back on it! My trip back was quick, but fun! Now, right where we left off... 

The "do-it-yourself" featured today is a deep dish chocolate chip cookie a la mode, or if you are a BJ's fan like myself, a personal "Pizookie" !!! Thank you to A Cup of Jo for this inspiration!

What You'll Need:
-Dough from Chocolate Chunk Cookies-4″ ramekins (or other small baking dish)
-Vanilla Ice Cream
-Preheat oven to 375° F (350° for convection ovens)

1. Fill ramekins 1/2″ deep with raw cookie dough.  Place ramekins on sheet pan and put in middle rack of oven.  Bake 12-18 min., or until top starts to turn golden brown.  (remember you want them slightly undercooked, but not too doughy.)
2. Remove from oven and place each ramekin on a napkin (this allows you to hold the hot dish as you eat your dessert delight.)  Top with a couple scoops of ice cream.  Grab a  spoon and enjoy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer To-Do List!

Hey dolls! Well, looks like I am out of Spokane! I will be taking a break from blogging for the next couple days to gather my things and begin the moving process back to California! I will return Tuesday most likely. The drive takes quite a long time... 16 hours.

This blog features a "Summer To-Do List" ... I figured, being that Summer has officially begun, this would be the perfect bon-voyage-to-Spokane blog post! 

First, to get you in the Summer mood, are these photos, that inspired me while coming up with my list!

Now, to the list!

Christi's Summer To-Do List:

1) Get back into the soccer regimen
2) Visit the beau in Canada
3) Attend another music festival
4) Save money in hopes to travel the world
5) Find a decent job
6) Go to a beach
7) Perfect the Alexa Chung "cat-eye" 
8) Get fit
9) Figure out my graduate school options/plans
10) Watch as many Jenna Marbles videos as possible

Images: Free People, Little Plastic Horses

DIY Wednesday: De-Potting Mac Eyeshadows

There are a lot of different ways to depot MAC eyeshadows, most of the ways varying in difficulty or damage. I prefer to avoid anything that involves flames considering I may be the most clumsiest person I know. I wouldn't want to burn the house down. My inspiration for this "Do-it-yourself" came from from Alyson at her blog Crushing On Clothes... you can see her tutorial here!

The tutorial I will be using today is by Lara Hill and it is the easiest and quickest way (that I have found) to depot MAC eyeshadows. Best of all, with a couple of extra steps, this technique can also be used to depot cream blushers, cream colour bases and cream or powder foundation products.

What You'll Need:
-MAC eyeshadow pot
-Hand towel
-Small flat-head screwdriver or a similar strong, small knife
-Iron set on hot and with steam turned off (to avoid an accidental steaming of your fingers)
-Wax paper
-Labeling items (blank magnet, scissors) 


1) Using the tip of your screwdriver/knife, carefully work it underneath the lip of the shroud. It's easiest to do this at the front of the pot where the lid latches closed. Apply enough pressure to make the shroud pop clear, then put the pot aside.

2) Flip the eyeshadow so it lays shadow-side down down onto your hand towel, lay the wax paper over the top and rest a hot iron over that. In thirty seconds or so, lift the iron and check the paper - if the plastic pot underneath is starting to stick slightly to the paper, it's time to remove the eyeshadow. 

3) Flip the eyeshadow over and gently work your screwdriver/knife between the eyeshadow pan and the black plastic shroud and give it a wiggle. If the eyeshadow moves with gentle pressure, it's ready to be removed. If you have to force it at all, the glue is still solid and it needs to be heated further. If the glue is suitably melted, gently work the tip of your screwdriver/knife under the pan and wiggle it from side to side until the glue gives way and the eyeshadow pan lifts free. Don't force it in any way, as the pan itself may bend and weaken or shatter the eyeshadow itself. When in doubt, apply more heat.

4) And now for the label. I prefer to keep the pot sticker attached to the pan itself so that when you reorganize your palettes you can keep all the information handy. Lay the eyeshadow pot with the domed side down and cover it with wax paper. Apply enough heat with the iron to soften the glue on the sticker without melting the plastic pot. 

5) Carefully peel it away and apply it to a blank magnet, then trim to size. Attach the magnet to the existing sticky glue on the underside of the pan and put the pan into your palette of choice. 

6) Yay! One depotted, labeled and stored eyeshadow!

*Side Note: If you are an avid MAC product buyer (like myself), make sure that you save all of your containers! They have a recycling program and for every 6 empty containers you turn in (mascara tube, eyeshadow pot, lipstick container, lipgloss tube, blusher pan, etc.) you get a free lipstick of your choice! Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

colored denim!

One of my favorite items for the Summer... all sorts of colored denim.

tunesday tuesday!

Today, I must feature an anthem type song.. this song should be played whenever you go out. What is better than a little dub-step to your night? I'll answer for you.. nothing.

*Side Note: I will be seeing Skrillex in early July. Super stoked.

Monday, June 20, 2011

the barefoot contessa!

Although my blog is usually about fashion trends and product raving, I don't want to neglect my other passions... cooking and Ina Garten's Food Network show "Barefoot Contessa"! Today I am featuring the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten and 2 of my favorite go-to recipes of hers! I hope you enjoy these recipes as much I do... they are super quick, very easy and delicious comfort food! 

1) Lemon Bars

2) Mac & Cheese

Shout out to Chad Patton for this fantastic blog request!


I know pleats seem to be rather "old-fashioned" but pleated fashion is totally trending this season, specifically pleated maxi skirts.

Friday, June 17, 2011

5 things Friday!

5 things currently making me happy this week:

{bare minerals - nude beach eyeshadow}


{Wildfox Charlie Crop Tank in Ferrari Red}

{Best fake tanner EVER}

{I bought my Week 1 Passport! Skrillex....}

shoe porn

Get these on my feet now...

Images: Nasty Gal

Thursday, June 16, 2011

get your lita on!

The Jeffrey Campbell "Lita" shoe has been taken to a whole new level...

Images: Thrifted

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

nastygal is at it again...

Nasty Gal's June 2011 Lookbook features this "unknown" model once again.. dynamite.

Images: Nasty Gal