Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring is in the Air!

The weather is getting warmer and the flowers have started to bloom. That can only mean 1 thing; Spring is here! One of my favorite times of the year has arrived and these are my must have fashion items that will help you enjoy it to the fullest! Keep a look out for my must have beauty and nutrition items, coming soon!

update: the mint green scarf was out of stock but is now back! Just ordered mine! woohoo!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 <-- click these links to see where you can buy these finds!

What are YOUR must have Spring items? Let me know!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Little Slice of Comma

If there is anywhere that I long to be at during these upcoming spring days, it is at Carson City's very own, Comma Coffee. There has never been another coffee shop that has amazed me more than this one. Located right in front of the Nevada Legislative Building along Carson Street, this little eclectic coffee house is full of quirky knacks along the walls, amazing lunch specials, and true homemade bran muffins. Must I also say that the cappuccinos are delish! This place is perfect for a summer lunch outside in their patio seating, or a cozy date night inside during those winter months with a cup of hot cocoa. I discovered this magical place during a "business/work" trip to Carson City. One of my rad friends kept raving about this place nonstop assuring me that I would love it. We came for lunch both days and I came back during dinner for an Art Reception the next night. (How could I stay back at the hotel, when there was a free art showcase going on!?) I sat there endlessly reading my book alongside a hot foaming cappuccino staring into the greenery bliss & blooming flowers. Staff is as friendly as can be, one of the girls even posed for one of my pictures! There is truly no other place like this ANYWHERE (& I live in Vegas!) It is coffeehouse perfection at it's finest. If I had endless amounts of cash, I would travel here every week to get my daily dose of Comma. If you live in Carson or Reno, my blood boils with envy, because this hole in the wall holds a very special place in my heart, and I live 600 miles away. Can't wait till I set foot in there again! (: I promise it will be soon, but in the meantime, I will settle with the occasional Madhouse Coffee run and will keep on recommending this place endlessly to anyone who wants a little piece of heaven on earth. (:

Elsa, I will forever be grateful for taking me to this blissful place <3

<3 Stef

Monday, March 5, 2012

DIY: Mr. Piñata!

So as we were frantically bunting for my mom's birthday last month and were amongst mounds of streamers and tissue paper, I had the idea of making a piñata out of one of the paper lanterns that we had laying around the house. Granted, I had seen something similar here and figured that I would go ahead and do my own twist on it. We filled it with confetti and candy, however never did smashed it open and decided to go with the original and less chaotic way of opening it (by pulling the string). It was super easy to make, although I must say that if you are using the tissue paper, since it is very thin, it can easily rip and tear when gluing it onto the lantern. Crepe paper would work best, but my local Hobby Lobby unfortunately did not have any. If it wasn't for the awesome bird picture holders i got, I would have been a very sad Stef.

You will need:

Paper Lantern
Various colored streamers or tissue/crepe paper
Scissors & Glue stick
A piece of sturdy cardstock (I used a paint sample!)
String or Yarn

Go ahead and start with
1. preparing the paper that will cover your lantern. Go ahead and start with cutting slits 2/3 of the way up all along the paper with some scissors (or an Xacto knife, much faster I would say!)

2.Then start seperating the cuts you made so it creates a nice frilly texture. I went ahead and also scrunched it with my hand that looks like it has a freakishly long thumb (I don't.)

After you have cut out all of your colorful strips go ahead and add some glue to the strip and attach it all the way around, repeat throughout the whole lantern.
To make the opening where the confetti or candy comes out from take your cardstock circle or rectangle and glue 1 or 2 pieces of string and place it at the bottom of your lantern covering the opening. Make sure that your string/s are pulled out such as the 3rd picture below so that you are able to pull out the confetti or candy.

"Pulled out" strings

Make a mustache out of black foamie material and you'll be all set! The perfect addition to your Mexican themed fiesta or just random house party. Add confetti made from colorful tissue paper and some candy (Twizzlers anyone!?) to finish it off. Perfect!