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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Must Have Summer Headband From Anthropologie

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Everybody needs a few summer statement pieces and this Anthropologie turban headband is sure to make a splash! I love a bit of bling and this piece does such a great job of weaving a glam look into the ohhhh so trendy bohemian style. Pair it with loose curls and a low ponytail to get an effortlessly chic appearance. This turban headband is a hit every time I wear it out so head over to Anthropologie.com and treat yo self!

Cost- $38.00

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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. 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 fabtastically 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

DIY Nail Polish

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Spring is a big time for PARTIES, from weddings and bachelorettes to birthdays and reunions and you always want to make them  special and memorable. A  great way to do this is to whip up a signature color nail polish for your guests to take home or use at the party depending on the occasion. I love this DIY Nail Polish “recipe” for wedding shower gifts, as part of your bachelorette survival kits and even for your core group of girls to wear at a college reunion! Whether it’s the hot new color in all our favorite magazines or the perfect shade of pink that represents our favorite bridezilla, this DIY Nail Polish is sure to be a thoughtful hit!

1) Take a Mineral Based eye shadow or blush. I like e.l.f. mineral eye shadows and blushes. Mix and match like art class to get the shade you desire. Even add some glitter to fancy it up!

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2) Take a clear base coat and mix it with a tablespoon of your signature mineral eye shadow or blush color or till you get the desired color. I usually pour the base coat out into a plastic cup and mix in the color slowly to make sure the two blend together smoothly.

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3) Pour the color back into your base coat bottle and finish off with a cute personalized label! Just search for labels online, cut and past into word and write over the picture for an easy-peasy home made label! Paste the label onto the bottle with a glue stick and Voila. Your own signature nail color made in minutes.

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Baby Shower Statement Pieces

This past weekend I attended one of my good friends’ baby shower and it was beyond perfection and bliss! It was so my style…at home, intimate soiree that looked like it had jumped out of the pages of pinterest. Homemade yogurt parfaits in mason jars, DIY flower headband station, chalk board decor and doilies galore! But of course, you also have to have some statement pieces as well…and that’s where I come in!

Every baby shower NEEDS a FABtastic cake. For this reason, I left it to the cake gods and experts at The Butter End Cakery. Not only do their cakes look beyond beautiful and cute and classy and woweeeee but they also taste amazing. Hard to find my friends. Style and substance!

The Butter End Cakery- Baby Shower Elephant Cake

The Butter End Cakery- Baby Shower Elephant Cake

I cannot rave more about this cake…not only is it super adorable but it is VEGAN and DELICIOUS! If you ever need to have a vegan cake please please choose their carrot option. So Wonderful!

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You also NEED to bring a gift to remember. So put on your DIY Diva gloves and grab your glue gun and go off the deep end!  The deep end of a Rubber Ducky Bubble Bath tub made out of diapers, that is. This is a great way to give the expecting parents some bath swag in a super unique way.

Rubber Ducky Tub Made Out of Diapers

Rubber Ducky Tub Made Out of Diapers

  • Simply start with a rectangular basket and wrap it with diapers.
  • Print out hot and cold nozzles to put on the end near your “faucet.”
  • Make your faucet by rolling the diapers and connecting with hot glue.
  • You can make water droplets out of blue foam and clear fishing wire!
  • Cotton balls make great bubbles.
  • Display your organic baby shampoo, bubble bath and ointment
  • Pepper with rubber duckies and other fun bath time toys

Ugly Sweater Holiday Baking Party

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This holiday season I wanted to have some girlfriends over and do a good old baking party. BUT, I couldn’t just have your run of the mill snow flakes and Santa cookie cutters. Oh HO HO HO NO. I needed something really unique and super fun! I searched for a few hours and discovered these amazing Ugly Sweater cookie cutters from Etsy. How Fabtastic! These would truly make my baking party special and memorable! I immediately ordered a few cutters and sent my invites out!

Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies

This party was such a hit and must be on your list for this holiday season!  Everyone had such a good time and loved the hipster twist on the time honored tradition of a baking party.  My guests really got into making the perfect designs and wanted to decorate multiple sweaters. It was also fun to see how everyone’s personalities came out in their individual cookies. I love this party idea because it’s super easy to pull together and does not take a lot of effort to clean up.

All you need are the Ugly Sweater cookie cutters from Etsy, a variety of cookie decorating accessories such as icing, pearl beads and sprinkles and sugar cookie mix! Also, no party is complete without some drinky drinks so try to make a fun punch,  such as Santa’s Strawberry Champagne Punch! This is easy peasy to make by using one bottle of champagne, one Skinny Girl Strawberry Lemonade (5 Calories) and slices of fresh strawberries. Serve with red and white stripped straws and you are good to go!

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Spaphile “Best of 2014″ VIP Box

It is the time of giving and Spaphile is helping out in a major way with their new VIP Box. If you are a lover of Burchbox, just cant wait to try new products and love a good deal you are going to be obsessed with Spaphile’s “Best of 2014″ VIP box. You can order it online here for $75 which is such a steal for everything being valued at $250! One of my favorite products in there is the Wink Mascara! I am always looking for mascaras that give me a lot of volume but don’t clump and this one works like a charm. Also the Burke Williams Day Spa pass is incredible! I absolutely love the vibe there and the services are top notch. Definitely take advantage of that spa pass my little princesses!

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Here is a little overview of all the goodies that you will get when you purchase the box:

Youth Anti-Aging cream by SkinAgain ($64 value)
While most skincare products have one active ingredient, this one-of-a-kind cream has four active ingredients that reduce fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles and restore elasticity in the face. In short, SkinAgain is in a class of its own.Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer by Wink Natural

Cosmetics ($39 value)
Wink’s Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer is committed to solving women’s toughest beauty problems with real science and nature’s finest ingredients.

L’eggs Sheer Energy Sheer Tights ($5.99 value)
With its innovative knitting technology that micro-massages your legs to keep them feeling invigorated all day, these tights combine beauty and wellness in one product.

 ZICO® Premium Coconut Water™  ($1.68 value)
It is not only delicious, but it naturally supports hydration with five electrolytes: magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium.  Made from concentrate of Indonesian coconuts, this beverage will not only taste good, but also make you feel great.

Quest Nutrition Protein Bar ($2.39 value)
Why? Because you deserve a delicious protein bar that’s actually good for you.  Here is a protein bar with a savory taste and nutritional benefits.

Tri Miracle Square Travel Packs by MASHK ($10 value)
This will keep your skin looking vibrant, no matter where your travels may take you.

3-Day Spa Passes at any Burke William Spa location ($120 value)
State of the art service and equipment to meet your every spa need.  Their credo is the privilege of anticipating the needs of each guest and the honor of creating an environment of refinement that inspires each of us to higher levels of integrity and pride. Need I say more?

Energizing Body Gel by basq  ($20 value)
A light textured cooling gel, with antioxidant rich blend of cucumber, green tea, aloe and eucalyptus. Perfect for soothing tired legs and feet, aching muscles, sore back, shoulders and cooling overheated skin, while leaving skin feeling super soft and silky.

Ceramide Super Strengthening Serum XXX by Nick Chavez ($12 value)
Use this product on wet or dry hair.  It restores moisture and creates stronger, more resilient hair by fortifying your hair’s internal protective structure.

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

Corn Dog DIY Costume

DIY Dog Costumes

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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!

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!

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