Thursday, June 21, 2012

Catching Up- Nails

I've had so many manicures since the patterned ones I showed you forever ago, I don't even know where to begin! Regrettably, Some of them weren't photographed, but a few few were. Here are the manicures (all done by me except for the sparkly blue) you have missed.
This "jailhouse" manicure (as I dubbed it) combined the sharp contrast of black and white and the recent trend of one finger with a different design. While it's far from perfect, I like the concept.
While bubble gum pink is not exactly my go to color, I wanted to try something completely girly with these nails.  What I'm most proud of are the flowers, as this was the first time I painted them perfectly.

While I didn't paint these blue sparklers myself, I love the color. It reminds me of the ocean, happiness and of course, summer.  One thing is for sure, metallic will always be beautiful.
Sometimes simple is best, as showcased with this pale pink manicure. Whenever I just need the perfect day-to-day look, this color wins out. It goes with everything, overpowers nothing, and has a certain air of class.  For girls who don't like nail polish that takes too much attention, this is perfect! Not to mention that even when it chips, it's far less noticeable than with brighter colors.

This is my current manicure and I just love it! Check out Instagram for the full version on how it came to be, but long story short, it was a mistake turned aquarium inspired mani. The teal color has me obsessed (it's on my toes too) with it's vibrancy. Just love, love, love, love, love.

Okay, well that gets me up to date.  What is your favorite manicure? Mine is the teal, but comment yours!
P.S. Last week I had on birdie Sally Hansen nails stickers (not a peep). They were adorable, but I didn't get a photo, so when I do them next, I'll be sure to post.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cupcakes to Die For

Okay, so lately I've become addicted to gourmet cupcakes.  Just now i had a s'mores one (see Instagram) and it got me thinking that I should post about some yummy cupcakes just to make you guys want to break your diets and dig in.

These apple cupcakes filled with caramel and covered in vanilla frosting look simply delicious!  I've always wanted to try making this design, but i never have.  This motivates me to try though.   (I Heart Cuppycakes found via Cupcakes take the Cake)

I know it's not exactly the season for Christmas trees, but this is just such a fun idea for winter time!

Okay, so cake pops have become really popular of late (I personally love them) and I love that this dessert combines these two cute cakes into the ultimate adorable treat.  It's Cupcakepops!!!!!!

This mint chocolate cupcake from Curious Gourmet Cupcakes in Franklin, Tennessee looks just delicious.  I'm addicted to frosting (the not too sweet kind), and this looks like it is just piled on.  Of course, it could end up tasting like toothpaste, but if done right, and mint-y frosting can hit all the right notes.

Allow me to introduce my all time favorite cupcake, the half and half from Crumbs Bake Shop.  Crumbs started in Beverly Hills but has quickly grown with locations all around the country and they even ship!  Though all cupcakes from Crumbs are delicious, this one is just too good to resist.  With a marble cake and both chocolate and vanilla frosting, topped with pieces of cookies and brownies, this is the perfect choice whether you're in the mood for chocolate or vanilla.  YUM!
Why yes, that is Marilyn Monroe.  These mini cupcakes were provided for Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum from Baked by Melissa.  Don't they look amazing?
This last cupcake is an idea I plan on perfecting this Father's Day.  You dye different sections of the batter with colorful food coloring, pour a little of each in the pan, bake it, and you have a psychedelic cupcake!
Well, there you are, my cupcake inspirations.  Hungry yet?