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Brownie Snap Ice Cream Sandwiches

There are ice cream sandwiches and then there are ice. cream. sandwiches. These are the latter. The brownie snap is sort of a brownie that wants to be a cookie and is tossed with sugary goodness. Sandwich any flavor of ice cream you love between them! Or eat them alone. You can’t go wrong! I suggest making some right away. xoxo Lexy Ward Of PROPER

Brownie Snap Ice Cream Sandwiches
prep time
45 Minute/s
cook time
11 Minute/s
total time
56 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1+1/2 cups flour
  • Several tablespoons of Old Salt Merchants' Jamaican Ginger Sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a mixer, combine the brownie mix, vegetable oil, and eggs until creamy. Slowly add in the flour until well-combined.
  3. Cover the mix with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. After refrigeration, roll the dough into miniature rounds and roll them in the ginger sugar.
  5. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-11 minutes or until they just begin to barely set up.
  6. Let them cool and then sandwich any flavor of ice cream you love between them! Or eat them alone! You can't go wrong!

Color-blocked Cutting Board: For The Host | Ginger Sugar: Old Salt Merchants | Gold Plate: Canvas Home | Latte Bowls : Anthropologie | Recipe, Styling, & Photography: Lexy Ward Of PROPER | Watercolor Dots Tea Towel: Sister Golden

Lexy Ward | PROPER

DIY, Lifestyle
Fancy Girls Night In

A good girls night cures all, and the lovely ladies from Golden SwankWest End Girl, and A Slice Of Style are proving that point in the prettiest of ways. With Sarah Burton on hand to beautify the girls in time for their selfies, Amber Reverie filling the place with gorgeous blooms and delicious eats from Flour & Flourish - this girls night captured by Whitney Hunt is one we want in on next time. 


Hosting a fancy girls night in is something every group of girls should do. We wanted to make this a night full of pretty things and the color palette clearly shows just that. The berry tones with touches of mint made for a springy and rich setting.

We made Italian sodas and ate macarons while we caught up on each other. From beautiful desserts full of color from Flour & Flourish to the amazing florals that decorated the tables by Amber Reverie, this girls night was a complete success.

Using graphic designer Kirsten Kizerian’s home in Utah as our location seemed perfect because of the openness and natural light. We used natural wood furnishings to help off-set the bold color palette and added a fun cowhide rug for texture. With a little help from Target we got the perfect pillows to adorn the sofa finishing the room off.

Dressing up and getting our makeup done by professional makeup artist Sarah Burton prepped us for our B.F.F shots and of course we had to take a “girls night” selfie.

The watercolor floral invitations were designed using a fun die-cut styled envelop and the matching table cards added for a nice detail to the tablescape. To top the night off we made a free print for anyone trying to get ready for their own girls night.

Photography: Whitney Hunt Photography | Floral Design: Amber Reverie | Stationery: West End Girl | Make Up: Sarah Burton | Desserts: Flour & Flourish | Dishware: Target | Flatware: West Elm | Furniture: West Elm | Model: Jenica Parcell Of A Slice Of Style | Model: Jessica Cheeseman Of Golden Swank | Model: Kirsten Kizerian Of West End Girl | Pillows: Target

Twisted Updo Inspiration

Beautiful updo’s never fail to amaze us. Whether it’s a sweeping style, an elegant bun, or a flowing ponytail, we’re obsessed. And this stunningly twisted updo from Jennie Kay is no exception. It is quickly becoming one one of our must-haves for any occasion. Get ready to be awed by this gorgeous twisted updo in the video from Elysium Productions below!

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instructions

step-1Divide hair into three sections, and gather the bath section into a low, loose ponytail. Pull the ponytail through the hair tie to form a loop.

step-2Curl the front sections away from your face, using a large curling iron. Wrap these pieces around the ponytail and pin. Repeat on the other side.

step-3Continue curling and spraying the front sections of hair, pinning them as you go.

step-4Gently curl the front most pieces of hair, and pin into the bun for a loose romantic look. Spray and enjoy!

Film: Elysium Productions  | Photography: Ruth Eileen | Hair and Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty

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Behind the Scenes with Zoom Interiors

Meet three best friends who turned their education and love of great design into a thriving online business. Zoom Interiors is fun and girly and bringing great design to the masses and even had a little pit stop on Shark Tank! We caught up with Madeline, Lizzie, and Beatrice for a q & a on what makes them tick plus a peak inside one of their recent edesign projects.

SMP: Tell us a little about your business.

We started this company in college while we were studying interior design. We realized how unaffordable and inaccessible interior design was so we set out to revolutionize the industry. We believe that everyone deserves an amazing space to come home to that won’t break the bank. 

ZOOM interiors is a completely virtual interior design service. Through our online platform, clients work with designers to transform their spaces on a budget. We have much more to offer than design services. You can shop, blog, and get custom artwork all through our site. ZOOM is a lifestyle.

SMP: Some words you live by?

“When in doubt white it out.”

SMP: What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process?

“Don’t be boring” -Diana Vreeland

SMP: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?

Style doesn’t have to be expensive!

SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have?

Beatrice: Lots of art on the walls
Lizzie: A beautiful lighting piece like a pendant
Madeline: Textures (fur throws, etc)

SMP: One small design change that can make a big impact?

Every space needs a conversation starter. It can be anything from a tabletop accessory to a monster wall piece.

 

SMP: Number one interior design tip?

Asymmetrical balance, you can never go wrong with that. Aka don’t match your side table to your coffee table.

SMP: One place everyone must visit in their lifetime?

Lizzie: Harbor Island. The effervescence of the island is addictive.
Beatrice: Paris. It’s cliche but true.
Madeline: India. All of the textures and colors are mesmerizing.

SMP: Your favorite instagrammer?

@manrepeller, she has a great sense of humor and a fresh perspective on design and style.

 

SMP: What’s a typical work day for you like?

Morning pow-wow, creating design concepts, working with clients, styling photoshoots, yummy lunch, desk time (yes, even we do it), afternoon tea (or a beer on extra tough days).

SMP: Your most memorable moment?

Our first interior design class together where we met. It was lust at first sight.

SMP: One thing you can’t live without?

Beatrice: My bracelets. I haven’t taken some of them off in over 8 years!!
Lizzie: A disposable camera
Madeline: My white leather Converse

 

SMP: Your top 5 design tips?

1) Don’t be too matchy-matchy.
2) Use neutral bases with pops of color in the accessories.
3) The more lighting, the better. Ambiance is crucial.
4) Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. You’ll like it, trust us.
5) Once in a while, switch up the lay out. You would be amazed how much of a difference moving furniture around can make.

SMP: The best advice you’ve ever received?

Listen to all opinions but in the end decide for yourself.

SMP: If you could dine with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

We would dine with Sophia Amoruso, she’s the founder of Nasty Gal, she is our #girlboss hero.

SMP: Where do you see yourself in five years?

We see ourselves as a lifestyle brand, think Martha Stewart for millennials.

Arc Lamp: Shop ZOOM | Coffee Table: CB2 | Cow Hide: Shop ZOOM | Dining Table: Shop ZOOM | Gold Table Lamp: Target | Interior Design: Zoom Interiors | Paintings: ZOOMart | Pink Dining Chairs: Shop ZOOM | Pink Pillow On White Chair: CB2 | Sofa: CB2

DIY Fabric Tile Coasters

We’re big fans of easy DIY projects that make a big style statement, so when we stumbled upon this drink coaster tutorial from The Effortless Chic we naturally had to share. It’s the perfect way to use up any leftover fabric you’ve got lying around and a chic way to dress up the table!

“Is there anything better than something you can make yourself for less than $3 or, even better, probably for free from things you already have lying around your house? Not to mention, something that you will actually use? No, friends! The answer is no!” says Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic.

Materials 4″ square white ceramic tiles
mod podge glue
1/2 yard of fabric (both of these prints are from Minted)
1″ foam paint brush
scissors
pencil
ruler

instructions step-1 This DIY is so simple, you guys! Begin by laying out your fabric and either measure out a 4″ square or tracing the edges of your tile, then cut out the piece of fabric.

step-2Using a foam paint brush, cover the top side of the tile with mod podge glue, then place the fabric neatly on top. Make sure there are no bubbles in the fabric, then add another layer of mod podge glue on top of the fabric. step-3 Allow to dry.

For the full post and more fresh inspiration, visit The Effortless Chic!

Photography: Melissa Valladares

How To: A Simple Summer Floral Arrangement

A quick cheat, as we like to call them can take details from ho hum to crazy beautiful in a matter of minutes. We use these shortcuts for everything from decorating to last minute party preparation and now we can add florals to that mix thanks to AvaFlora. With store bought blooms and a sprinkling of foraged greenery from your own backyard, your summer flowers will be downright enviable.

Spring and summer are beautiful seasons that offer a large variety of foliage and flowers that may grow in your own backyard or garden. We incorporated foraged elements such as grasses, flowering branches, garden roses, tulips, and leafy foliage to add an abundance of fresh textures. We also used seasonal blooms such as fluffy peonies, sweet pea, and ranunculus which can be purchased from your local florist.

Materials

  • A vessel
  • leafy foliage
  • flowering branches
  • tulips
  • peonies
  • garden roses
  • clippers

instructions
step-1Choose a vessel – we used a ceramic cookie jar.

step-2 Create a foundation and using some foliage and flowering branches. This will help hold your flowers in place in the following steps. We used eucalyptus and spirea.

step-3 Start adding in your larger blooms first such as peonies and garden roses.

step-4Enhance the oblong shape by adding in some taller stalky flowers. We used tulips and left the foliage on to help create a lush look.

step-5 Last step – add in your smaller novelty blooms and any other accents you may have. We added in ranunculus, sweet pea, and our foraged grasses.

Photography: Cadence Kennedy Photography | Floral Design: AvaFlora

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