Friday, February 5, 2016

Vegan Valentine's Day Sundaes

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One of the hardest things about being vegan or lactose intolerant is missing out on delicious desserts when you eat out or you're at a party. Every year on Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I stay home and cook together in our pajamas, but we usually don’t make a dessert. 

This year, I thought it would be fun to put together an ice cream sundae bar so we can each make our own creations. Instead of buying hot fudge and caramel, I decided to make my own – and the result is to die for. Both recipes are super easy to make with only a few ingredients, and they are dairy-free. 

After you make the hot fudge and caramel, pour it over your favorite vegan ice cream; I used cashew ice cream in a vanilla bean flavor. (Note: Vegan ice cream does not have the exact same consistency as regular ice cream, but in my opinion, it tastes just as great!) I also put out some small bowls with fun assorted toppings, so we could each get creative and make our own hot fudge sundae!

Cook time: 20 min | Prep time: 2 min | Serves: 6 

Ingredients (Hot Fudge): 
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients (Caramel):
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Small pinch sea sal
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Directions:

1. Hot Fudge: In a blender, blend the coconut milk, coconut sugar and cocoa powder until smooth (helps ensure the sauce will not be lumpy).

2. Caramel (optional): Blend coconut milk, coconut sugar and maple syrup.

3. Pour each mixture separately into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, then remove from heat.

4. Whisk in the coconut oil/vegan butter and vanilla.

5. Allow the sauces to cool for 20 minutes. A thin film will naturally form over the top of the fudge sauce, which is perfectly normal. Simply give the fudge/caramel sauce a good whisk before pouring it into an airtight glass container. The sauce will continue to thicken while it cools.

6. Store the fudge in the refrigerator; it can be served cold or hot. Consume within 4-6 days.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Baby Pink

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 Dress: Chicwish c/o  |  Clutch: Old (similar here and here)  |  Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (old love these)  |  Bracelet: Margaret Elizabeth c/o  |  Bangle: Margaret Elizabeth c/o  |  Earrings: Tory Burch

I'm not a big pink person, but something about the month of February inspires me to try it out.  I think the shade of this dress is the perfect "pink" for my fellow ladies who also don't wear pink often.  It's a girly shade without being too youthful.  I love that this dress looks like it is a shirt layered under a shift dress but it's all one dress -- I'm all for things that add simplicity to getting ready!  (I also can't resist anything black and white striped, as displayed in my other outfit post this week).  

This outfit would be the perfect sweet outfit for a Valentine's Day date night -- wouldn't you agree?
  



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Home // Palm Leaf Guest Bathroom

Good morning!  Today I wanted to give you guys a peek into one of my FAVORITE spots in our home... which is oddly enough our guest bathroom!  I knew I wanted to incorporate this wallpaper into our home somewhere, but being that it's such a statement, I wanted to keep it in a smaller space.  I ordered a sample, held it up in the bathroom, and knew I wouldn't settle for any other wallpaper.  The vanity was already there and the wallpaper matched so beautifully with the creme counter-tops and gold fixtures.

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No joke, I ordered what felt like a million other wallpaper samples to try to find something I would like just as much (because this stuff is expensive).  Jesse and I both agreed that nothing would fit in this space as well as the Beverly Hills Martinique wallpaper.  (You might recognize it from the Beverly Hills hotel if you've been - it's the exact same paper. 

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The mirror is from CB2 and is one of my all time favorite mirrors.  I will definitely use it in future bathrooms that I design because it is the perfect size, and adds an effortless touch of glam all while being super affordable. 

As far as the wallpaper goes, while it is my absolute favorite looks-wise, I will say that if your walls are not completely smooth (no texture whatsoever) you will experience peeling... which is a bummer since it's so expensive, and the customer service is not the most helpful. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this little peek into my home and thanks for stopping by!



Monday, February 1, 2016

Stripes & Flares

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Top: Zara (almost identical and love something like this for summer)  |  Pants: ASOS (similar)  |  Shoes: Target (sold out - similar)  |  Bag: Diophy c/o  |  Earrings: Tory Burch

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Friday night was spent pretty low-key, Saturday we went to Disneyland with Abby and her fiance (and had the best time!), and Sunday we went to a birthday brunch, and finished off the night by watching Grease Live (did you see it?)

I've got an obsession with all things black and white striped, so I had to get this shirt when I saw it.  The best part is that it's not a standard t-shirt, it's got some personality and a bit of a feminine flair.


Photos: Taylor Cole

Friday, January 29, 2016

Currently Craving // Valentine's Edition

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Happy Friday!  Here's a little Valentine's Day inspiration and some of the things I've had my eye on lately. 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
 




Thursday, January 28, 2016

Date Night

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Dress: Stylestalker via Amazon  |  Blazer: Old (similar)  |  Heels: Schutz via Amazon  |  Sunglasses: Le Specs via Amazon  |  Bag: Tory Burch  |  Bracelets: The Peach Box c/o  |  Earrings: Tory Burch

I have been loving all of the amazing deals on Amazon lately... as seen in the outfit above!  My dress shoes, and sunglasses are all from Amazon, and they are all the cheapest deals I could find out of any websites selling the same item.  I love being able to get a bunch of different brands all in one spot, and the convenience of Prime two-day shipping is tough to beat.  (Seriously, best membership ever).

Since it's still pretty chilly, I paired the dress with a waterfall blazer.  I'm also obsessed with these shoes, which are surprisingly really comfortable.  I have one other pair of Schutz shoes (seen here) and those are also super comfortable...cute + comfy = a win in my book!
 


Photos: Taylor Cole