Friday, June 29, 2012

Food Truck Fare

The Orange County Fair is right around the corner and my dear friend, Jillian knew the exact event we would thrive at to kick off the Summer and the upcoming Fair.

Food Truck Fare - Wednesday at the OC Fair Grounds was food euphoria. We spent a good 3.5 hours gorging ourselves and catching up. It was an amazing night!

Lobsta Truck: Lobster Rolls $12 (It was like tasting lobster for the first time. In a golden buttery bun. From a truck.) >> Seabirds: Sweet Potato Fries $5 (We were pretty sure that the cinnamon and salt covered fries were the BEST sweet potato fries we had ever tasted.) >> Burnt Truck: Vietnamese Pork, Friend Chicken, Mini Mac - Sliders $2.50/each (Bites of AMAZING) >> Bakery Truck: Banana Caramel  Cream Puff $4, Strawberry Nutella Cream Puff $4, Red Velvet Cupcake $3, Carrot Cake Cupcake $3 (I thought Jillian and Kim were excited for the lobster rolls- but they were BEAMING when they got their cream puffs) >> Oh! There were so many cute puppies and little humans. This gorgeous dog was just one of many :)

Thanks Jillian and Kim for a foodtastic and fun night ;)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Gifts DIY

I work with several college students and with the school year ending, graduations and new endeavors for these bright-eyed kids; I wanted to send them off with some simple goods.

DIY Decorated Mugs

Via Pinterest, I found Danni of Oh Hello Friend's tutorial of sharpie decorated mugs and was sold. But instead of using Sharpies, I picked up Painters Markers in gold and black - no reason just wanted to keep some permanent craft pens around for future projects. (I recommend the fine tipped markers, the medium pushes out too much liquid for this project)

I really like that the imperfections of each design provides a unique gift for each person. I also had fun with the blank canvas - free spirit attitude I had when decorating these mugs - just go where the triangles take you!

With help from one of my dear friends, Linda - we wrote words that described each person along with their name for them to be reminded of how perfectly crafted they each are.

Mugs: Ikea $2.99 | Painters Markers: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store $3.99 (On sale right now for $2.99)

Lace Potted Succulents

I decided to act on my incredible weakness for lace and also my love for little, cute, low maintenance succulents. With three of the four graduating, I knew I wanted something extra special for each to take with them on their journeys. 

I was inspired by Elsie of A Beautiful Mess' Pretty Lace Flower Pot tutorial and went to Jo-Ann with ribbon lace in mind. And, low and behold found myself leafing through piles of crochet doilies instead. I was won over by how intricate the doilies were and knew they'd be perfect for my succulent pots. 

I simply folded the doilies in half, cut them, and used a hot glue gun to attach them to each pot. In the end, I also used the gold painters markers from above to write "Keep Growing" on each pot. 

Crochet Doilies: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store $1.99-4.99 | Succulents: Trader Joe's (Cost is around $5.00)

What are your go-to Summer gifts? :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Etsy Treasury | Apartment Color Palette

As I'm entering into a multiple year of leasing my apartment, I really felt like I need an exciting change. Furniture rearranging and adding pops of coral, yellow, sage and grey are all in the works over in my little abode. Everything in my treasury would be perfect to lighten up my space!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Etsy Treasury | Neon

Neon is such a big hit this Summer, and lucky for us - it was also popular in the 80's. Now now - before you race to your closet to pull out an air tight storage bag of your neon windbreakers and spandex (I may have had to refrain from the same) Check out some of my favorite neon items that I love (and aren't screaming the 80's.. that bad) - from our friends on

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