Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Video Dump

Music picks of the week :)

One of the best performances by the judges on The Voice. The new lineup is, in my opinion, better than the old one (and you can tell by their interactions that they enjoy each other's company more).

This isn't the old Hanson anymore, in case the last song by them that you can recall is Mmmbop. They're older, bluesy-er, but still fun to listen to. I'm so excited to watch their concert on June 15 :D

Plus here's a really good cover of Ain't No Sunshine




Fave part is at 4:04 hahaha


Fashion Picks: MET Gala 2013

My Top PUNKtastic Picks (None of those who barely gave a nod to last night's theme)

Sarah Jessica Parker 
Anne Hathaway
Jennifer Lopez

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Killer outfit

I just had to post this. Below is a killer outfit on Zoe Saldana during the Berlin premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness. She looked oh-so-divine in pink and gold Balmain separates (that jewel pink skirt! the gold and pink scales! I die..), Louboutin pumps and jewelry from EF Collection. I love that she decided to not copy the actual look and have the outfit speak for itself (the earrings on the model are too distracting, as is her stick-straight, slicked hair).

Luxe and exquisite and chic and just gorgeous all at the same time. I love it. Can you tell I love it?

Here she is sending all the fan boys' and girls' hearts a-flutter. Plus a sneaky way for me to highlight the top's details.

Ah, Balmain <3


Baby Shower Cake

“One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed.” - Julia Child

Wise advice from the lady who, with her jolly demeanor and easygoing attitude, demystified French cuisine and made it accessible for American audiences.

Sometimes, you just have to accept the fact that there is a bigger reason behind things not going the way you planned them to. Take, for example, the cake that I made for my friend/co-worker's and his wife's baby shower two Fridays ago. It was supposed to be a blue-turning-white  ombré cake topped with a clothesline clipped with tiny baby clothes cut out from patterned paper. I forgot that if I used pure butter instead of crisco (ew, crisco, butter is so much better!) the icing would be off-white instead of white - adieu, ombré! Then when I started making the mini clothesline, I forgot to offset the weight of the mini clothespins, which made the paper baby clothes turn upside-down on the clothesline (or I should have used wire since it won't turn like string does)! I had no time to cry over these mistakes (by then it was already 1am) so I mulled over my options, looked at pictures on google for inspiration, and came up with these changes:
1. Instead of making an ombré cake, I used my star tip to cover the entire cake with star-shaped frosting. Only problem was I ran out of frosting (whoops!) so I was only able to cover the top of the cake. Good thing that happened, because I used the leftover chocolate frosting from the middle layer to cover the sides, and it turns out that that frosting was everyone's favorite part of the cake.
2. I changed the mini clothes into a banner saying "Baby Boy." Lesson learned: do a test run! If I had done that, I would have made a cleaner-looking banner.

I got hugs and thank yous from the parents-to-be plus a lot of compliments for my made-from-scratch cake which helped me get through my running-on-two-hours-of-sleep day. After work, I went home to take an hour of nap, then headed off to DC to eat dinner with some friends at Hot N Juicy (couldn't eat any seafood as I was allergic to them, but the wings I got were good albeit spicy <for me, that is, since I don't eat spicy food often enough to build tolerance to them>). More on that in another post, but first, here's the cake:

Speaking of banners on cakes, if you want to spend hours looking at gorgeous/adorable ones, head over to Pinterest! I'll make it easier for you by putting this link lol http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=banner+cake
Hopefully they will inspire you to make your own version someday ;)

Here are my favorite ones:

From lookatthebirds.com