DIY Glam Wedge Sneakers

DIY Glam Wedge Sneakers

DIY Glam Wedge Sneakers

 The wedge sneaker craze is super popular, but I still couldn’t find a pair that I really like. Whoa is me! So, I decided to take matters into my own hands, or feet, and created DIY glam wedge sneakers for only $70!

Art Deco Wedge Sneakers

Art Deco Wedge Sneakers

I wanted a shoe with some pizazz but not a pair that would break the bank! I headed to H&M and found a great sneaker base. Now, what would I do to jazz them up? I thought about feathers, glitter and even pipe cleaners. All bad choices. Very, very bad! Then, as I was walking through the H&M store, I discovered an art deco style necklace that would pair perfectly with the sneakers. Voila, I had found the missing link.

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DIY STEPS:

Now, let’s put it all together! Actually, this project is super easy. All you need are your sneakers, two necklaces, a scissor and Weldbond glue. Take each necklace and cut the chain with a regular scissor leaving about two inches of chain on either side of the art deco triangles. String the necklace through the bottom shoe string holes and glue the chain on the inside of the sneaker. Next, secure the triangles to the sneaker by using Weldbond glue. Let your DIY glam wedge sneakers dry for about an hour before wearing them. Wahooo!! Totally amazing, super cuteastic, pizazzyy sneakers all for under $70!!!!!!!

DIY Glam Wedge Sneakers

DIY Glam Wedge Sneakers

Guacamole and Chips Made Fancy Pants

Fancy Guacamole and Chips

Entertaining this weekend? I wanted to give you a little nugget of food joy! A fancy pants way to display your guacamole and chips! Everyone loves this staple appetizer but, let’s face it, guacamole and chips is not the best looking dish. Until now!

Guacamole and Chips in Mini Margarita Cups

This guacamole and chips made fancy pants is super easy to prepare and will make a big splash at any gathering! All you need are plastic mini margarita glasses, your favorite guacamole recipe, and blue corn tortilla chips! You can easily find these cute mini margarita glasses at Party City for $8! Just place some corn chips in the back of the filled margarita glass and voila! You have an amazingly unique display for an otherwise boring guacamole and chips platter.

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Corn Dog DIY Costume

DIY Dog Costumes

DIY Dog Costumes- Corn Dog

Halloween is creepily creeping up on us and I want to provide you with an awesome DIY dog costume for you to make this holiday! We love our pooches but some of those store bought costumes are outrageously expensive. No worries my lovely ladies. The Hostess Handbook has you covered. Your dog will look FAB for less with this DIY dog costume!

I always like to do something kitschy, so I am going to show you how to make a corn dog outfit for Halloween. Literally a Corn and a Dog. We are going to make an ear of corn and put it on a dog for a super cute and unique costume that will get everyone barking! I featured this costume last time I went on Good Day LA and everyone was obsessed!

Corn Dog Costume

Corn Dog Costume

Here’s What Ya Do!

Materials you will need:

Green felt

White Ping Pong Balls

Yellow Spray Paint

Yellow foam sheets

Green Stalkings

Velcro Pieces

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

Gettin Down and Dirty:

You can buy everything at a Michaels Crafts Store except the green stalkings and ping pong balls. I picked up green stalkings at H&M on the cheap and grabbed some ping pong balls at Bevmo! This tutorial is for a small dog but can easily be adjusted for larger dogs!

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1) Take your green stalkings and cut off the foot. Then, cut it again right below the knee area so you have about a piece or tube that is a foot in length. Cut out two holes for the dog’s legs and put it on your pooch like a tight fitting shirt! This will be the base of the costume!

Ear of Corn foam and leaf base

Ear of Corn foam and leaf base

2) To make the ear of corn, cut a rectangular piece of yellow foam 6 inches in length by 2 in width. Cut two leafs out of your green felt. Make sure they are about 7 inches in length to cover the ends of the yellow foam piece. Then, spray paint your ping pong balls yellow. Once dried, attach the ping pong balls to your yellow foam sheet with hot glue. You should be able to fit 2 ping pong balls across and five in length! Finally, attach your leaves to the sides of the yellow foam with hot glue. 

Yellow Ping Pong Balls

Yellow Ping Pong Balls

3) Take your ear of corn and attach a velcro piece to the bottom. Then, take another velcro piece and stick it on the green stalking base so the ear of corn will attach securely on your dogs back! 

Voila! You have a super fantastic DIY dog costume for Halloween!

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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Who doesn’t want to dress up in a big, over the top hat and garden party dress while sipping champagne and watching hot ass polo players? NOBODY! That’s why I had to go to the infamous Vueve Clicquot Polo Classic in LA this past weekend.  Honestly, it was one of the most fun events I have been to, and yes, partly because our table had endless champagne but also because of how well run and executed the party was. I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP area and everything was beyond FAB! Only in LA can you turn your head and spot Christina Hendricks,  Rachel Zoe, Anna Farris, Rosario Dawson, Allison Pill, Hannah Simone, Sanaa Lathan, not to mention the oh so Scandalous Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, and my favorite, Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, dressed to the nines and actually just enjoying themselves and the polo match like regular people.

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You entered and immediately you were hit in the face with cuteness! Life size picture frames, rustic garden swings, men dressed up in orange suspenders and bow ties and of course champagne a flowin!

Veuve Clicquot Polo Picnic Tables

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When we found our table, our personal Vueve Clicquot boy waited on us all afternoon, bringing picnic baskets overflowing with gourmet treats and cold bubbly.

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Like any good polo match, or so they say, we trotted out onto the field during the half time and ceremoniously performed the stomping of the divots.

 Stomping of the Divots

Stomping of the Divots

Basically, you head out onto the field to fill in any “pot holes” in the lawn that have been kicked up from the horses. It was a nice little time to get up and mingle, but be careful of the hot cakes if ya know what I mean. After hours of watching or more like drinking, the amazing DJ, Tendaji Lathan, turned the last hour into an epic dance party. Classy of course, but perhaps some table dancing. Not by me of course!

Me and the Boyf!

Me and the Boyf!

As the last bottle was popped, I realized I was totally pooped and headed back home, only immediately to get my tickets for next year’s event. Please do yourself a favor and mark your calendars for next years Vueve Clicquot polo classic. It will be one of the most fun events of the year! Cheers to that!

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Becca and my afternoon soiree!

Homemade Strawberry Tart Recipe

Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman- Author of  The Desk and The Stove

This homemade strawberry tart is one of my all-time favorite desserts – the fresh strawberries, vanilla pastry cream and lemon crust all work so well together, and, remind me of lazy Sundays spent at Nonna’s house near Rome. Serve this tasty treat with a glass of Prosecco for your summer get-togethers. A word to the wise: try to save a slice – it might just be even more delicious for breakfast!

 

Pasta Frolla…

½ cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
½ cup plus 1 tbl sugar
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
1 2/3 cup AP flour
 zest from ½ lemon
3/4  tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

Topping…

2-3 cups strawberries, sliced
Lemon zest cut into strips
½ cup sugar
½ cup water

Pastry Cream…

2 1/8 cups milk
½ vanilla pod 
zest from ½ lemon
4 egg yolks
¼ cup, plus 2 tbl sugar
2 tbl AP flour
2 tbl corn starch
 

(YUMmazing!)

1-    In a large bowl, mix together the chilled butter into the flour with your hands, working quickly. Add the egg, egg yolk, sugar lemon zest, baking powder and salt and gather together. Quickly knead the dough into a ball, flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap.  Let chill in the fridge for at least 45 min.

2-    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F and begin the pastry cream.

  1. Pour the milk into a pot and add the vanilla seeds and lemon zest. Bring it to boil; once reached, remove from the heat and let stand for 10 min.
  2. Whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar until they become pale yellow (the ribbon stage).  Add the flour and cornstarch to the sugar/egg yolk and whisk to combine.
  3. Add a bit of the milk/vanilla/lemon zest mixture to the eggs/sugar bowl to temper the eggs. Whisk to combine and then add the rest in stages.
  4. Return the entire mixture to a pot and cook over high heat until the cream begins to thicken. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap directly on the cream and refrigerate for at least 30 min.

3-    While the pastry cream is chilling, roll out the dough on a floured surface to ½ inch thickness and transfer to a buttered and floured tart pan with a removable bottom.  Trim excess dough and prick bottom and sides with a fork. Bake blind by covering the tart with a disc of parchment paper and weighing it down with dried beans – this will prevent it from swelling in the oven.

4-    Bake for 20-25 min until golden brown.  Let chill on a wire rack.

5-    Fill the cooled pastry shell with the cream and decorate the top with the sliced strawberries.

6-    Make a simple syrup for the topping by dissolving the sugar into the water with the lemon zest over medium heat.  Once you have a thick syrup, remove from the heat and remove the lemon zest.  Using a pastry brush, gently brush the syrup over the strawberries to create a glossy look.  Cover and refrigerate the tart for 30 min- 1 hr before serving.

 

Unzipped Bag Bowl

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Fred and Friends unzipped bag bowl

 This past weekend, I stumbled upon this Fred and Friends unzipped bag bowl and think it is just too damn cute. What a perfect hostess gift for all your holiday parties! You could even pair it with some candy or salty treats for a more complete gift!

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This unzipped bag bowl is made out of blown glass and could also be a wonderful house warming gift! Of course, I am always thinking about design and envision these bowls as centerpieces with goldfish in them! Tooo cute!

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Chocolate Tuxedo Cups

Need some YUMmazing “Tasty Tips” for  Thanksgiving? I know, I know it sooooo early but a girl can excited; can’t she? Its my favorite holiday!  I just love these chocolate tuxedo cups and think they are a FABtastic dessert option for your Thanksgiving meal. Everyone is always sooo full and these chocolate mousse filled cups are a perfect little sweet treat! They make such a wonderful presentation and are so easy to make. Your guests will be super impressed by your “cooking skills”! Love it! Its also cheaptastic! 

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Chocolate Mousse

Take a chocolate mousse boxed recipe of your liking and whip it up! This takes no more than five minutes! Easy-peasy! Put the mousse into a plastic bag and cut a whole in one end to make it into a makeshift pastry bag. This will give the mousse a nice presentation because you can create swirls with the mousse by using the “pastry bag.”

Then crumble some cookies over the mousse and put three “chocolate straws” in the side! Voila! You have a FABtastic dessert with an amazing presentation. I displayed them on a silver tray with pink napkins and a mercury glass vase of flowers. Makes for a very classy look which works so well with the chocolate tuxedo cups! You can order these chocolate tuxedo cups online from Kane or pick up/order from World Market!

Boozy Brunch at Pearl’s Liquor Bar

Champagne Brunch at Pearls Liquor Bar

Champagne Brunch at Pearls Liquor Bar

It’s about that time in the week when everyone is looking forward to what the weekend will bring! Well, look no further. This weekend, you must, must, must go to a boozy brunch at Pearl’s Liquor Bar. I went to this super cute place last weekend for Easter and was blown away at their Sunday  champagne brunch. WOWza! You feel like you are royalty. Every table gets their own glam champagne tray, which comes with three different juices in antique bottles, a shabby chic Ball Jar of flowers, fresh cut strawberries, super trendy red paper straws and of course, a silver bucket of champagne. Honestly, this is the best boozy brunch presentation I have ever seen. The atmosphere is also amazingly magical with hanging flowers, a garden tree swing and open air rooftop. This place is perfect for brunch with the girls, birthday soiree’s and Sunday Funday’s. Next time you are looking for a fabtasticly fun and unique boozy brunch spot, try Pearls! You won’t be disappointed!

 

Pearls Liquor Bar

8909 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

(310) 360-6800

Mani Monday: Coachella Nails

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Everybody needs some bling for Coachella this weekend, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. These super easy DIY musical nails are perfect for the festival and can be done right in your own home! All you need is blue nail polish and a white nail art pen. Follow these simple steps to the most rockin Coachella nails!

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Game of Thrones Premier Party: Themed Food Ideas

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It’s the most sacred time of the year!  No… not Easter. No… not Passover. YES…Game of Thrones!!!! I am beyond excited for the long awaited premier this Sunday. Of course, I invited everyone and their grandmother over to watch the big episode. I am sure many of you are doing the same and I wanted to give you some fun themed tasty tips for all your gatherings! Make labels for each dish so your guests can laugh along with you.

Red Wedding Sangria

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I am still in shock over the Red Wedding episode so lets drown our sorrows in some yummy sangria! All you need are chopped oranges, apples, strawberries and cherries. Let them sit in your red wine for about two hours before serving. Then, add in 2 shots of peach liqueur to the mixture and start pouring.

Unick Meat Balls 

This fun play on our beloved Unick is sure to get some laughs. For an easy dish, use Trader Joes Turkey meatballs with a side of marinara and soy glaze.

House Barathean Brie cheese and Crackers

Everyone loves a little cheese and cracker action and it is so simple to throw together.

Calis’s Deviled Eggs

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Those damn dragons keep getting older and bigger. Let’s go back to a simpler time when they were just wee little eggs. Somehow, I think we knew they would always be little devils!

Bud Vases with Dyed Peonies

Dyed Peonies

Dyed Peonies

I have a big obsession with dying flowers at the moment and I just love how a trio of bud vases look, soooo, I decided to show you all how-to create a wonderful display of bud vases with dyed peonies! I bought these cute spice holders at World Market for around $10 and have had them displayed in my kitchen for god knows how long. Well, as I was dying my peonies, I thought wouldn’t those storage jars make for cute bud vases? Voila! Always look for new ways to use what you already have! You will be surprised at how many household items make for awesome vases. Maybe empty spice jars or candle holders? Now, lets get into the nitty gritty of this DIY Diva project!

How-To: Dyed Peonies

Blue Dyed Peonies

Blue Dyed Peonies

You are going to be shocked at how easy it is to make these dyed peonies! Simply, cut the stem in half up the middle and put the two sides in blue food dye with a couple drops of water. The stems will begin to suck up the blue food dye and about three hours later you will have your finished product.

Food Dye

Food Dye

Prop the flower upright with tape! Sometimes, I prop the flower up next to my toaster oven. It’s off of course! I like to use little plastic cups for the food dye that you can get at Smart and Final for super cheap! Food dye you can get at any market! 

Bud Vases

Spice Jars

Spice Jars

Take your containers and put one full flower in each. I like to set up the display in a straight line and use only one dyed flower so it really pops! Voila! You have a Cuteastic display of bud vases with dyed peonies! 

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Send me your pictures

Are you a DIY Diva? Send me your pictures of unique bud vase flower displays for summer and be featured on The Hostess Handbook! Wahoooo!

St. Patrick’s Day Chic Shots

St.Patrick’s Day is NOT known for being a classy holiday, but a girl can try! These chic shots are super cute and will fancy up any St. Paddy’s Day party. The shot itself is an easy peasy recipe of 1/3 of melon liqueur and 2/3 vodka, with a splash of lemon juice. It makes for a light, refreshing and simple combination that goes down real smooth. Be careful not to have toooo many! Who am I kidding? Go for it! Serve in a mini martini glass to class it up and add the bow and a striped straw for some more pizzaz! Voila, you have super chic shots that are easy to make and fancy schmancy!

St. Patrick's Day Shots

St. Patrick’s Day Shots

St. Patrick’s Day Bow Wine Markers

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Bow Wine Markers

St Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend and it seems like everyone is ready to have some fun. There will be lots of drinking and merriment soooo I wanted to show you a super cute DIY for all your holiday parties. With everyone getting sloshed, you’ll want to keep a hold of your precious drinks! Why not do it in style, right? Thus, my St. Patrick’s Day bow wine markers are the perfect solution.

Bow Wine Markers

Bow Wine Markers

These bow wine markers are super easy to make and sooo on your budget. You can make a bajillion of these for the price of the store bought kind. All you need is cute green chevron paper and gold letter stickers (both can be found at Michaels).

Bow Wine Marker Outline

Bow Wine Marker Outline

Use the flattened bow in the picture above as an outline to re-create the wine markers. You want the entire strip to be 3 inches long. Then, cut a slit  2/3rds into each knot (rounded area after the triangle) with one going from top to bottom and the other from bottom to top. Make sure to not cut all the way through the knot. Wrap your bow around the stem of your wine glass attaching each side with the slits in your knots and your done!!!!

Bow Wine Markers

Bow Wine Markers

Add some letter stickers to monogram the bows and personalize them. I absolutely love this tutorial and think it is a great decor piece for all you parties. Try making these bow wine markers this St. Patrick’s and add them to your party repertoire! Your guests will love, love, love them!

Add Letter Stickers to Monogram

Add Letter Stickers to Monogram

DIY Diva: Fruit Crate Business Card Holder

DIY Card Holder

DIY Card Holder

Yesterday, I went to the Farmers Market on Melrose Place (one of my sunday rituals) and got some fabulous raspberries. As I took the fruit out of the cardboard crate and went to dispose of the container, a light bulb went off in my DIY diva brain! Hello, there must be some way I can repurpose this crate into something useful and DIYtastic. I had, at the same time, been emptying out my purse of a bajillion recipets, tissues AND businesss cards. Suddenly, it all came together. Why not turn the fruit crate into a business card holder? Well, the business cards only fit in half way because the container gets slightly smaller at the bottom. Soooooooo I filled the bottom of the crate with some gum balls that I had lying around the house! Yes, I just have random gum balls in my drawers. For real! Anyway, this solution was perfect, now the cards could rest on top of the gum and also be held in place by the candy so not to go toppling over the side.

Fruit Crate Business Card Holder

Fruit Crate Business Card Holder

This fruit crate business card holder is soooooo super easy to make and such a unique piece to have sitting on your desk. The next time you go to the super market or farmers market, grab a basket of fruit and try out this kitschy DIY Diva project. Now, that’s what I call recycling!

 

 

Thirsty Thursday: Oscars Inspired Cocktails

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Helloooo Thirsty Thursday! It’s my favorite time of year. Oscar time that is. LA is a buzz with constant parties and mingling. It seems as though everyone gets into the Oscar spirit and what better way to gear up and enjoy the show than with some Oscars inspired cocktails. My friends at Belvedere Vodka have provided us with some pretty fancy schmansy recipes for the show. Now, you can entertain like the big wigs with these Oscars inspired cocktails even if your not on a Belvedere budget!  

Recipes:

 

Classic American Hustle

American Hustle Cocktail

American Hustle Cocktail

50 ml of Vodka

20 ml lemon juice

15 ml simple syrup

Dash egg white

 Combine all ingredients and dry shake to emulsify egg white. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fine strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and discard.

 12 Years Of Belvedere

12 Years a Lush Cocktail

12 Years a Lush Cocktail

 50 ml of Vodka

25 ml orange juice

Top Fever Tree Lemonade

Build drink over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

The Wall Street Dirty Martini

A Wolf of a Martini

A Very Dirty Martini

60 ml of Vodka

10 ml Dolin Dry

Splash of Olive Juice

Combine ingredients in mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into two chilled martini glass and garnish with a single green olive.

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