Friday, June 29, 2012

Cap FABB: Rent the Runway @ American Ice Co

This past Wednesday I attended the Cap FABB Rent the Runway event at American Ice Co. The restaurant & bar doesn't look like much from the street, but the inside is absolutely adorable! We were each given a patriotic little bracelet that got us a free Berry Lemonade Spritzer which was so refreshing considering how HOT is was. Another bonus was that the bracelet matched my outfit perfectly :)
Here's a couple of pictures from the night, unfortunately I went home early due to some wardrobe malfunctions :(  AKA my heels were soooo uncomfortable, & i've worn painful shoes before but these take the cake! I met so many new bloggers who I hadn't had a chance to meet yet, & let me tell you they are so SWEET!! I can't wait to hang out & get to know all of them more :)


I can't believe this week is already coming to an end, not that I'm complaining about the weekend :) This was such a fun jam packed week which has included me getting back into the swing of going to the gym & eating "better" ( I still indulge though)! I can't wait for Saturday, the idea of getting to enjoy the pool & beautiful sunshine sounds amaaaazing :)
Ana's Makeup Class // After my Makeover // the PERFECT Avocado
New Earrings from Violet // Laced Up & Stripes // @ Lost Society
Greek Pizza from CPK // Preview of an #OOTD Post // D.I.Y. Shorts & Leopard

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's Gonna Be a NEON Summer

As some of you may know I LOVE Polyvore, I really can't say it enough! It's a site that lets you make "collages" from millions of beautiful images & it's a fun way to get your creative juices flowing :) I just submitted a collage yesterday on Polyvore for one of the contests they're running & I wanted to share it with you! The theme of the contest is Favorite Summer Shoe. I picked a pair of  neon Brogues because they're not the "typical" summer shoe, but they have the neon factor & you can pair them with almost anything for a fun unexpected twist <3

Brogues THE Summer Shoe

3 1 Phillip Lim Tank, $295
Christian Louboutin Neon Brogues, $695
Dries Van Noten Necklace
Wrangler Shorts

Hope you liked it :) I'm so excited for the weekend, just one day away!! What are your plans?! Saturday night I'm going to the D.C. United Game & the rest of the weekend you can find me at the POOL!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Fiesta Lime Shrimp Tacos

Ok, I L-O-V-E TACOS Anything Mexican or wrapped in a tortilla :) Last week I reeeeally wanted tacos, but I didn't have any taco seasoning or sour cream .. but would I ever let that stop me ?! NO. I used frozen shrimp, but you can use any raw shrimp just make sure it's peeled & deveined. Then sprinkle the shrimp with the seasonings below. Make sure that the shrimp are all equally coated with the spices.
 The next ingredient (Sazon) is totally optional, but I like it because it gives the shrimp a festive color & helps to hold the seasoning to the shrimp.
 Don't worry if the shrimp turn a shade of neon orange because that's what's supposed to happen when you add the (Sazon) You can see that the shrimp aren't done cooking because they're still translucent. Heat up some oil to medium heat & cook them for about 3 minutes on each side. 
 Like I told you before, I didn't have sour cream so I made up a sauce which I affectionately coined "Crack Sauce". Take a big scoop of mayo & add a little splash of white vinegar (if you want a more tangy liquidy consistency add more vinegar). After that squirt a little Siracha (hot chili sauce) & some sweet chili sauce. I don't know the exact amounts, I just did it by taste :)
Here's the setup which included some shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, sauteed pepper & onions
Look at this magical rainbow of a shrimp taco!! The lime wedge is crucial & adds a nice bite :)
 Yes, it required 2 pictures
 YUMMMM, wish I was eating it right now 
Whew, that was a long post! Hope you all enjoyed it, & if you have any questions feel free to ask :)

In other news I'm so excited for the Cap FABB event at the American Ice Co. tomorrow. I've already got my outfit picked out, & it involves ombre shorts & leopard!

Violet's 2012 Summer Look Book Event

What happens when you combine an awesome boutique with lots of neon pieces, an unstoppable styling duo, & a beyond talented photographer?! You guessed it, you get the Violet Boutique's Summer 2012 Look Book styled by Spicy Candy D.C. & photographed by Marshall of TPWP. The look book is so fun & filled with tons of N-E-O-N! To see the complete book click -HERE- The night was filled with delicious food, lots of bubbly, wonderful company, & surrounded by lots of stylish goods :) Here are a couple of pictures from the night's festivities.
Hair by W Salon & Makeup by Anna Castillo for the Look Book
A Surprise gift from Julie (see what I got at the end of the post)
Roasted Pepper Bites, Crab Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes, & GRILLED CHEEEEESE :)
Some of my favorite ladies <3 Vivi, Brea, Jasmine, & Oby
Jasmine's Chic Heeled Sneakers
My new favorite fashionable foodie Monica & My vintage lover Katherine (close up of her collar tips)
 Leave it to these two to make burgers look chic, bffs Denisio & Krystin
Julie, owner of Violet boutique (Right) & her BFF (sorry I'm horrible with names)
I was gifted these beautiful orange earrings (which I've already worn twice)

I can't say it enough, but every time I've visited the Violet Boutique it's a shopping experience unlike any other. First off, you don't have to dig through a bunch of so-so clothes to find hidden gems becuase everything is adorable! Second, Julie & the staff at Violet are the sweetest most sincere ladies I've ever encountered when shopping. 
Don't believe me? Check out Violet located in Adams Morgan :)

Do you know what today is?! Yup, it's Tasty Tuesday expect a new recipe tonight.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Lipstick Shades

Hey ladies!! Hope you all had a lovely weekend :) I just wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite summer lipsticks in the form of a short video. I hope it will inspire you to try out some bright & funky new colors for this summer :) Warning: the audio is lagging, but I still wanted to share the video.

"ARE YOU READY" (625) by Maybelline
"IT GIRL" (R06) by Sephora
"CORAL CRUSH" (515) by Maybelline
"LOVE TEST" (R11) by Sephora
 "GLAMOUR" (G07) by Sephora [discontinued]
If you have a favorite summer shade I would LOVE to hear about it :)

My weekend was filled with makeup classes, dancing, & meals with the family. On Saturday afternoon I went over to the La Petite Marmoset Showroom for Ana B's makeup class. I had the pleasure of being her "model" & it was so much fun getting my makeup done professionally! That night myself & several other friends danced the night away on U St. Today however was very low key & consisted of a delicious lunch with the family & lounging by the pool. What were you up to tonight?!

Also if you're in the area on June 30th make sure to check this swap out <3

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Outfit: Sheer, Floral, & Denim

Last Thursday I attended the Violet Boutique's Summer Look Book Event styled by Spicy Candy D.C. & shot by TPWP. It was a wonderful event filled with tons of stylish DMV attendees & all the inspiration you could ever need for your summer wardrobe! I knew that I needed to wear something light weight since the weather here is H-O-T!!! I turned this maxi skirt into a dress by belting it at the waist & letting the extra material drape over. Don't worry that's a leopard mini-skirt paired underneath, not leopard panties :)
Dress-THRIFTED (last worn here), Mini-Skirt-H&M, Vest-CALVIN KLEIN (d.i.y.), 
Heels-GUESS, Necklace-F21

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

D.I.Y. Ruffle Ombre Denim Shorts

What could be better than Ombre, Crochet Ruffles, & Distressed Denim Shorts?! NOTHING, which is why  I felt it was time for me to make the perfect cut-off shorts :) I got these Levis as a pair of mom jeans at my local thrift store for around $3.99. I'm going to make this D.I.Y. tutorial as simple as possible, so excuse the overload of pictures (I think it makes it much easier to learn through images).

1) Tools: Pants/Shorts, Crochet Doily, Scissors, Strait Pins, Needle, & Thread
2) Cut the pants to a length that you feel comfortable with, but leave a little extra length in the front since you will be hemming it.
3) Cut a Triangle notch on the seam on the outside of each pant leg. Then round off the bottom edges so that the shape begins to look similar to this type of style.
4) Hem the bottoms of the shorts in the front, leave the back of the shorts un-hemmed so that they can fray. After hemming the front of the shorts cut the doily to the width of the front half of the shorts (reaching from the inside of the crotch to the seam that separates the front from the back). Leave an extra 1/2 inch in the length that way you can use that extra material to sew the crochet on the inside of the bottom of the shorts that way the rest of the crochet peeks out.
5) After sewing the crochet to the shorts, they should look something like this :) I really like how they look at this point because they're very plain & simple with a girly touch .. but I kept on going!
6) Now it's time to get into the OMBRE! There's many different ways to bleach and ombre denim, so don't think this is the only way. I just like this method because it's easier to control the bleach create a fluid ombre effect. Poor bleach into a bowl & add a splash of water (NOT a lot), then dip a clean sponge into the bleach. Squeeze the sponge along the top of the shorts making sure that the area is being covered & completely saturated.
 7) Add more water to the bleach solution so that it becomes more diluted than the first batch. Re-dip the sponge into the new solution & repeat the same process of patting the sponge down across the shorts allowing some overlapping of the two parts. Allowing the two levels of solution to overlap creates an even consistent fading. I used the same techniques to bleach the back of the shorts. Wait about 10 minutes,rinse the shorts in cold water getting rid of any excess bleach, & throw them in the washing machine.
8) All jeans have thread running vertically & horizontally, use a seam ripper to pull out the edges of thread that are sticking out from the bottom of the jeans. Don't worry if it's not fraying a lot, because once you wash it more threads will come lose.
9) To make the holes in the shorts cute width wise to the size that you want. There will probably be some broken white threads sticking out, & you can pull them so that they now hang down on the sides of the hole. Keep making more cute & continuing the same process of pulling the white threads down without breaking them.
10) After making all the cuts & pulling the thread your shorts should start to look something like this!
11) Alright, all this hard work is now about to come to fruition .. are you ready!?!

I am really satisfied with the results, but in the future I think I will bleach more of the jeans so that it's a more dramatic effect. Thank you all so much for looking through this tutorial, & I hope that these tips help you design your perfect pair of summer shorts! 
If you have any questions or want to show me a pair of shorts that you've made leave it in the comment section :) Coming soon an outfit post in these shorts, but for now a sneak peek!!