Sunday, June 26, 2011

New Name & Euro Updates!

Hey guys!! So before I left for Europe, I was in the process of redoing my blog. Crunched for time, it really isn't much different from this one except a change in name and slightly different layout. The reason this blog hasn't been updated for so long is that I've been focusing on the other. I'm still working on it, but it does have a few things I never posted here, plus I'll be writing all about my Europe adventures over there. So please head on over to the new blog and I hope you enjoy it :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Outfits for Ovaries

Ahh, I can't believe I haven't posted anything in a month! Life has just been so crazy with school coming to a close and my spontaneous decision to go backpacking in Europe for the summer!! Nevertheless, I wanted to share these photos from the Outfits for Ovaries fashion show hosted by CMA, Fashion Inc, and the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of North Florida. The clothes were provided by local Tallahassee boutiques Cole Couture, Spriggs Luxe, Way Out West, and Olde Fields. The hair was done by the talented crew at Haute Headz. I highly recommend checking out all these places!

As one of CMA's Student Liaisons (the other being the fabulous Robin Holmes), I got to help out with a lot of the planning for the fashion show, working directly with the models and pullings. It also meant I couldn't model in the show like I have done previously. Instead, I recruited several members from my beautiful APhiO family to model for me in the show along with my boyfriend. It was really great getting to dress and work with my gorgeous littles and siblings and everyone seemed to really enjoy the whole experience.

Garner [Royal] Love <3
Aren't we a pretty family?

The male models (my BF, Chris, is on the left)

Me with my littles Megan and Colby

Marilyn & Kristina: I want to buy both of their dresses!

Megan having her makeup done

Colby waits as her hair dries

Colby, Bonnie, and Sarah in their evening looks

Grandlittle and Boyfriend

Little Megan working the runway

Anyone go to the show? If so, what did you think? Any suggestions or ideas for the fall? Comment and let me know :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Baking

This last Thursday was St. Patrick's Day. It was also my co-ed service fraternity's Big/Little Bake Wars. For the bonding event, one of my littles, Marilyn, and I decided to make a Thin Mint & Irish Cream Tiramisu. We thought it went perfectly with the theme and who doesn't love Thin Mints? We used THIS recipe from LaDue & Crew, while making a few of our own adjustments and variations. 

First, we made the ganache and mousse. Here's what we used:

Mint Chocolate Mascarpone Ganache
12 crushed* Thin Mint cookies (to save money, we bought the equivalent at Publix)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 Tbs Mascarpone cheese
1 tsp Irish cream

*The recipe says to grate the cookies, but we just crushed them for simplicity sake.

1. Heat cream in a bowl within a pot of simmering water for about 3 minutes or until it gets hot.
2. Add Irish cream and crushed Thin Mints.
3. Stir until chocolate is melted.
4. Stir in mascarpone until all is well combined.
5. Chill in the refrigerator until cold.
6. Once chilled, beat it with a mixer until it seems like whipped cream.

Mascarpone Mousse
2 egg yolks
1/3 c sugar
2 egg whites
1 c Mascarpone cheese
1 TBS Irish cream
A couple drops of green food coloring 

1. In a bowl with a pot of simmering water, add eggs yolks and half the amount of sugar.
2. Whisk for about 5 minutes, until yolks become thick and lemon-colored.
3. Remove from heat and whisk for another 5 minutes until cooled.
4. Blend in mascarpone cheese.
5. In another bowl, use a mixer to whisk egg whites and remaining sugar until stiff peaks form.
6. Whisk in Irish cream.
7. Fold egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture.
8. Chill in refrigerator.
9. Afterwards, feel free to add in green food coloring!

Once you're done, it's time to get working on that Tiramisu!

Mascarpone Mousse (from above)
Mint Chocolate Mascarpone Ganache (from above)
Thin Mint Cookies
1/4 c coffee
1 TBS Irish cream
Small plastic cups

1. Set aside a mixture of the coffee and Irish cream.
2. Start off the cups with a layer of mouse at the bottom.
3. Soak a cookie (or 2 or 3) in the coffee mixture and place on top of the mousse.
4. Then place a layer of ganache, more soaked cookies, and another layer of mousse.
5. Top it off with a piece of a Thin Mint cookie.

We were trying to make as many servings as possible so instead of parfait glasses we used small plastic cups and did very thin layers. The tiramisu turned out delicious and were a hit at the Bake War. After hours of work between the two of us, it was astonishing to watch all the cups disappear in minutes. 

While the ganache and mousse were chilling in the refrigerator, we realized the tiramisu wasn't going to be enough to feed everyone and that we wouldn't have enough time (or ingredients) to make more. We decided that while we waited, we would also make some impromptu St. Patrick's Day cupcakes with whatever I had around my kitchen. This ended up being...

- Funfetti cake mix
- Milk chocolate frosting
- Coconut flakes
- Leftover Thin Mints
- Green food coloring

The result actually came out quite good and were received very well by guests who, thankfully, devoured them at the event (otherwise, that would've ended up being me eating all of them).

At the end of the day, Marilyn and I didn't win the Bake War. That honor went to my big and new sibling, Alex, who made some yummy oreo balls. They were so good, Marilyn and I actually didn't get a chance to try them because everyone had already eaten them all by the time we'd gotten there! Nevertheless, I got to spend some great bonding time with Marilyn and by looking at the response to our tiramisu and cupcakes, I like to think we were a close second <3

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CLUTCH Magazine Spring 2011 Release Party

Last night, FSU's student-run fashion magazine, CLUCTH, held their Spring 2011 Release Party. The event, which celebrated the magazine's 10th issue since it's founding in 2006, was held at The Midtown Filling Station and co-hosted by the online magazine and the Collegiate Merchandising Association.

CLUTCH's PR Director (and awesome friend), Chandra Robrock, and CollegeCandy put together quite the party. There were amazing VIP gift bags given to the first 50 guests (filled with goodies like Tarte lip stains and gift cards to, a live DJ, all-night drink specials (including Clutch-tinis), 400 mini cupcakes from Lucy & Leo's Cupcakery, free raffles for prizes like an HDTV and a $250 gift card, and, of course, free copies of the latest CLUTCH!

With CMA Publicist, Jacqui, and CLUTCH PR Director, Chandra (love them!)
CLUTCH is one of my favorite things at FSU. Every semester I look forward to the new issue. This past issue I was fortunate enough to contribute an article on Cosplay (staying true to my geeky self, as always),  co-write an upcoming entertainment feature, and work on the editing team. I remember when I first heard about CLUTCH on a segment during MTV's TRL way back in 2007 and thinking how neat it was and how I'd love to be involved with something like that when I went to college. It's crazy looking back now that I'm actually here at FSU being a part of that exact magazine.

If you want an issue of CLUTCH, feel free to contact me or stop by the CMA table on Market Wednesdays. You'll also find it at various boutiques and salons in Tallahassee so be on the look out!

Here are some photos of my line and I at the release party:

It was a Royal Night for sure! Here with my big, 4 of my littles, and 2 of my grandlittles <3
Big & Little <3
Little & Big - they crazy!
I adore my newest littles: Marilyn, Colby, and Megan (missing Jenny :()
Megan won a HDTV!! What a way to end the night!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

2011 Oscars: Best Dressed

So with a hectic week of exams and a busy Spring Break schedule (Miami and Orlando!), I fell a little behind with my blogging. This post is over a week late, but I still wanted to share my thoughts on the fashion at the Academy Awards since it is THE red carpet event of the season. 

#1 - Natalie Portman - Rodarte
The soon-to-be mother and well-deserved Best Actress winner looked radiant in this gorgeous, deep purple gown which perfectly complimented her skin tone.

#2 - Anne Hathaway - Atelier Versace
This gown with its fitted and embroidered bodice was my favorite of Anne's many wardrobe changes. I also loved the red strapless Valentino gown she wore on the red carpet. Kudos to her stylist Rachel Zoe.

#3 - Mila Kunis - Elie Saab Haute Couture
Some critics thought the color washed her out, but I disagree. I think the color and gown look lovely on her. 

#4 - Mandy Moore - Monique Lhuiller
Mandy was the epitome of elegance and sophistication in this sparkling nude gown.

#5 - Gwyneth Paltrow - Calvin Klein
Gwyneth looked stunning in this chic metallic gown, complete with effortlessly slick-straight hair.

#5 - Hilary Swank - Gucci Premiere
The two-time Oscar winner exuded glamour in this silver embellished gown. Usually, I'm not a fan of anything with feathers but here it works.

#6 - Hailee Steinfeld - Marchesa
I love it when young stars dress their age, and Hailee's fashion choices have really been a breath of fresh air. She looked incredibly youthful and still ladylike in this custom-made tea-length dress.

#8 - Helen Mirren - Vivienne Westwood
Speaking of dressing well for their age, nobody does it better than Helen Mirren. She always gets its right. Simply classy.

#9 - Jennifer Hudson - Versace
Jennifer wowed everyone in this stunning orange halter gown which showed off her new toned figure.

#10 - Reese Witherspoon - Giorgio Armani Prive
Although not the most innovative design, the simple and classic black and white gown nonetheless looked stunning on the former Oscar winner.  

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rachel Bilson in California Style Magazine

Chanel dress, belt and necklace.

My style inspiration and celebrity obsession Rachel Bilson was featured on the cover of the March 2011 issue of California Style magazine. She looks absolutely stunning in the various drool-worthy gowns she wears in the gorgeous photoshoot.

The magazine article covers a variety of topics – here are a few snippets of what she had to say:

Referring to her Edie Rose dinnerware: “To stick with fashion, that would be a little bit more predictable. But there’s no one in my demographic, or really any ‘celebrity’ who has a similar aesthetic as me, who’s doing home or tabletop design. I’m sort of obsessed with dishes. I’m always cooking and baking at home, and I hate going out. I’d love to do bedding, too.”

Referring to her relationship with ex-fiance Hayden Christensen: “Without saying anything too specific, I can tell you that things are really positive right now. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”

Referring to working with Josh Schwartz (creator of the O.C.) again: “Josh knows me so well. I mean, he’s married to my best friend. We’re all very close. He knows how I deliver a line. He knows that I can be, you know, funny. It’s much harder to be funny than it is to act in a drama. But I’m up for it.”

Versace dress. Van Cleef & Arpels earrings.

Dolce & Gabbana blouse and skirt.

Valentino gown (reminds me of Emma Watson's BAFTA gown). 

Ralph Lauren Collection dress.

ChloƩ dress. Cathy Waterman necklace.

Oscar de la Renta dress. Cathy Waterman earrings.

Friday, February 18, 2011

2011 BAFTAs: Fashion Highlights

The King's Speech dominated at the BAFTAs, picking up pretty much every imaginable award (although The Social Network and Inception put up a good fight). But while the awards were all about the King, let's see who was the Queen of the red carpet. Here are some highlights:

 Jessica Alba - Versace (My favorite of the night!)

 Rosamund Pike - Alexander McQueen

Amy Adams - Elie Saab

 Emma Watson - Valentino

 Noomi Rapace - Givenchy

 Rachel Stevens - Isabel Morant

Emma Stone - Lanvin

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 Fall Fashion Week: Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier, a designer known for her classy, feminine looks opened her 2011 fall show with a leopard print dress. The surprising opening was followed by a parade of blacks, golds, and splashes of red in lace, sequins, and chiffon. The collection had a very sultry and mature feel to it, although the black velvet bows around the waist of many of the looks (and in the hair of all the models) gave the designs a girly touch.

We’re also seeing more of the purple eyeshadow, berry lips, and cat-eye liner makeup trend that we saw at the Grammys.

I wonder which celebs will wear these red-carpet ready looks? Perhaps Julia Stiles and Brittany Snow who were seated front row at the show?

My favorite look off the runway? The flowing red chiffon gown (pictured first). How stunning would this look on the red carpet? Here are just a few other highlights (obviously I’m a gown girl).

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