• 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. 

  • Straw Hat Mini Makeover

    This is Elise. 

    I realize that not everyone thinks about summer every waking moment of their day but some people do.... like.... a random friend of mine none of you know. And SHE just really wanted a dope straw hat to wear. This DIY is dedicated to you, friend. 

    Let's start with this pretty basic bro-at-the-beach or dad-mowing-the-lawn hat. Here's what you'll need to fairy godmother that thing:

    • Hat
    • Rope
    • A few colors of embroidery floss (you might have some left over from THIS)
    • Needle
    • Scissors
    • Candles for ambience
    • Flowers for those Snaps you KNOW you're gunna take later

    Start by removing the original band and chin strap. Then cut off the edge of the brim to give it a more raw look. Place the rope as the new band! Lightly knot it on one side, then trim off the edges (but not too short!)

    Start wrapping the rope with embroidery floss. Once you've finished the first color, tie on the second color and keep wrapping. 

    Once you've finished the second color, wrap it back towards the first and tie it to the left over ends, then trim it all off. 

    Next, thread up some white floss and sew the knot down to the hat. I also added one stitch to the opposite side to keep it in place. 

    All done! Enjoy. 

  • Create Dinners No. 4

    This is Katie and Elise. 

    Yet another AMAZING dinner by Create Dinners (Kate Edwards!). Kate's vision was to take everyone to the south of Italy for the evening, and it just about felt like the real thing. It was a patio to end all patios covered by a massive, kind tree at the home of Vanessa and Jenny. Dinner was provided by the lovely Kylie Mazon from Cooking with Cocktail Rings, and her sous chef and jewelry designer, Octavia

    At the table we had florals designed by Chelsea, vases created by Shirlee, menus handwritten by Linsey, wine made by Rachel, hand painted cookies by Hannah, appetizers by Haley, and THESE CANDLES invented by Katie and executed by Elise. 

    Mel recorded and shared the events of the evening on the @createdinners Instagram, Natalia designed and created a beautiful wall hanging for added ambience, and Amy provided all kinds of moral and stylistic support! 

    As we enjoyed coffee and homemade canolis, Allegra performed rather than shared a hilarious and inspiring story from her travels in Italy. 

    Photo by Kate

    Photo by Kate

    Photo by Kate

    Photo by Kate

  • Pickwick Vintage Show

    This is Elise. 

    QUICK NOTE: You may have noticed a lot of me recently (....or that Katie sized hole in your hearts....), but that's only because Katie is so busy with her even more awesome endevour: MOTHERHOOD. Sorry to say you'll be seeing even more of me in the future, but Katie will be popping in and out too!

    Anyway, back to shtuff. 

    Pickwick Vintage! Katie and I went last year and LOVED it. This year I went as the event photographer, so I was able to soak in every last sequin and tassel. It was great. Their next show is in April, so don't miss it!

    Kate scored this suede fringe jacket. Not. Bad. 

    I found this awesome choker! It came with two different rings for the middle. This is the white one, but it also came in pink... *swoon*. 

  • DIY Copper Necklace

    This is Katie and Elise. 

    To anyone scared off by DIYs that requires new tools: sorryyyyy byyyyye. You're going to need to purchase a few tools and materials that you will never use for anything else. Here they are:

    - Pipe cutter (Found at Home Depot for $7)

    - Pipe bender ($14)

    - Copper pipe ($4)

    - String

    - Wooden beads

    - Paint (optional)

    So it'll set you back about $30, BUT this one copper coil will make you like... A LOT... of necklaces. We've made several designs for ourselves and have made them for gifts too!

    Start by bending your copper pipe. 

    Tighten the pipe cutter around the pipe, then twist. Continue to tighten, twist, tighten, twist until it pops off!

    Thread the string through the copper and the bead, knot, then pull the knot back through the copper so that it's hidden. 

    You can also paint the bead fun fun colors. Yay.