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  • Shrinky Jewelry

    This is Elise. 

    Anyone remember these? I do. Today we're making a slightly more grown-up version of that: the poor-woman's-Annie-Costella-Brown version to be specific. 

    You'll need:

    • This. (also available on Amazon)
    • Scissors
    • Oven or toaster oven
    • Parchment paper
    • Jump rings
    • Pliers
    • Earring posts
    • Hot glue
    • Hole punch

    • Check the instructions on the package for temp and preheat the oven. 
    • Cut out your awesome pieces and make sure they're HUGE. Like, 4-5 times bigger than you want the final version. 
    • Hole punch where the jump rings will connect the pieces. 
    • BAKE AND WATCH THEM SHRINK IT'S AWSOME!
    • Things can get weird while they're in the oven, so if you need to, you can straighten them out by placing them on a flat surface right out of the oven and flatten them with a metal spatula. 
    • Once they've cooled, attach them all together with jump rings and the pliers. 
    • Hot glue earring posts onto the back. 
    • Enjoy. 

    And Wyatt. You're welcome. 

  • Create Dinners No. 5

    This is Elise and Katie. 

    We're going to try to use as few words and as many photos as possible to communicate the spirit of that night. But, it's imporant to start with introductions. We had an incredible line up of creative, strong, kind and layered (yes, like an onion) women. And here they are (starting in the top left corner and moving across in rows). 

    • Emily of Hello Crisp. She provided many of the beatiful items on the table including the glasses and matte black silverware *swoon*.
    • Katie of well THIS BLOG. Katie searched high and low across the inter-webs to bring us the vintage embroidered napkins and runner!
    • Kristin, a graphic design and all-around babe, designed and produced the menu booklets.
    • Emily of MATERIA. She also providing gorgeous styling elements for the evening (like those woven bulls!).
    • Devin. As the su chef for the evening, she helped bring to life some of the most boss tacos ever consumed. She also hand painted everyone’s name onto colorful tiles for the table.
    • Lindsay. Besides gracing us with the presence of her AMAZING HAIR, she also hand painted adorable pots with succulents and cacti as favors!
    • Elise also of THIS BLOG. I was the wardrobe stylist for the evening! Kate and I shot a look book ahead of time with options for guests to wear, then brought the pieces that night.
    • Heather of The Scootabaker: chef and bad ass. Heather made hibiscus and strawberry powdered Mexican wedding cookies! A recipe from her grandmother. These as well as the most adorable little pig shaped cookies were also favors.
    • Kimberly, a writer moonlighting as a mixologist, brought a drink (ask kate) and read a story from her blog and had us all wiping our eyes from laughing too much, and connecting over the reality of the awkwardness of the human existence. It was great.
    • Shirlee of Quiet Lines Design. She spent over two weeks creating a set of dishes just for this dinner. She also brought many of her other porcelain and ceramic goods as decor.
    • Sofia: musician, and everything else creative you can think of. For this evening, Sofia kindly played us a few of her own haunting and sweet melodies as we munched on tres leche cake (thanks, Kylie).
    • Amy of Hello Honey Flower Co. She was our florist and sunshine for the evening.
    • Kate. Oh, Kate. What is there to say? She is our creator. “All that the light touches is yours” - Mufasa. Lol but seriously.
    • Kylie of Cooking with Cocktail Rings. Our chef! As always, she brought her soul to us through the delicious and beautiful eats that night.
    • Finally, Elli of Elli Lauren Photography. She was our official photographer, and I always love seeing the Dinners through new eyes, but hers were especially perceptive and engaged. It was a pleasure seeing the moments she captured. 
    • Korena Webber Jewelry. We did have one more guest with us there in spirit (or should I say "in necklaces"). We (The Happy Hunters) collaborated with long time friend and designer Kori to make a collection of necklaces just for the dinner! Everyone got to wear one for the evening and take it home, but she still has styles availble from the collab on her shop! You'll notice many of us have dope necklaces on. Thanks Kori :)

    Now on to more eye candy! ANd if you want to join in for Dinner No. 6 you can apply now on Create Dinners! (All photos by Kate, Katie, and Elli). 

     

  • The Summer Bag: Buy, But Don't Invest

    This is Elise. 

    By all means, get yourself some BASKET BAGS for this summer. They're already everywhere, and they're completely irresistable... at least to me. But do you really think we'll all be lugging it around come fall? Probably not. So please don't spend more than like $50 on them. Here are three options I bought for $4, $12, and $15! $31 and I'm good for the summer. Here's the secret: Etsy. Search for "wicker", "straw", or "basket" bags and adjust filters to show only vintage and under $25 and you will have pages and pages of great options to look at. 

    I'm all about investment pieces and spending more for a better product, but this is not that product. It's straw people, not leather. 

    Now let's take a look:

    The Wicker Bag: $15

    *my smug face*

    The Straw Bag: $4

    The Basket Bag: $12 (And my personal fav)

    Dress: vintage

    Sunglasses: Le Specs

    Earrings: home made

    Shoes: H&M (similar here)

  • 2006 Is Calling...

    This is Katie. 

    This is not a joke. This is not a drill. This is not the latest issue of Vogue *cough, cough*. Or is it?

    Here's to braving old high school photos and being ahead of our time...

  • Monday Morning Antidote: Mocha 2.0

    This is Elise. 

    You may or may not have picked up on the fact that Katie and I LEEERRRRRRVVEEEE mochas. It's chocolate, milk, and espresso... what's not to love? On this particular morning, I served up a new and EVEN MORE FUN way to enjoy this fine beverage (iced 'cause LA) with Kate in her lovely apartment. 

    You'll need:

    • Mocha (you can mix brewed coffee with milk and chocolate if you don't happen to have espresso on hand). 
    • Whipped cream
    • Colorful sprinkles
    • Chocolate chips

    Start by melting the chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute, stir, then 1 more minute. Dip the glass in the melted chocolate and give it a little swirl to coat it nicely. Gently take it out and sprinkle on some well... sprinkles. Place them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to get nice and chill. 

    Add ice, then MOCHA. Top it off with a lot of whipped cream, and sprinkle some chocolate chips on top. ENJOY.