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DIY Watercolor Cake

Watercolor decor is one of our favorite trends this season, so much so that we want to apply it to just about anything. Yes – even cake! While we love a simple white frosted cake, we also love taking things up a notch with a gorgeous design like the one below. This approach was actually the result of a happy mistake so while we’re sure there are millions of more professional ways to achieve this, we like this “can’t possibly mess it up” version!

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DIY WATERCOLOR CAKE

Materials

  • 4-5 pastry bags with varying colors
  • Bench scraper
  • Frosted cake

instructions

step-1 Fill 4-5 pastry bags with various shades of icing, any frosting tip will work!

step-1Begin piping 2-3″ lines using your darkest color around the cake. The lines should be random so don’t worry about being perfect!

step-2Layer in additional lines using the rest of your colors. Continue doing this until most of your cake is covered.

step-3Use your bench scraper to gently pull the colors across the cake, rotating it all the way around.

step-4Add more color if necessary, and continue scraping until it looks even!

Film: Elysium Productions | Photography: Ruth Eileen | Design & Styling: Style Me Pretty Living

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Chic Los Angeles Bungalow

I’m fully convinced that the number one rule to an ultra chic interior landscape is books: lots of them. And this Los Angeles bungalow got the memo. Populated with books, books and more books plus a leafy patio retreat with a bonfire at the ready; it’s just the thing to inspire a summer house redo. Find even more captured by Brit Solie right here in the full gallery.

My Photographer friend and on a recent trip out to L.A. to shoot a wedding, were lucky enough to get to stay with her cousin in her trendy L.A. home. It was picture perfect right out of a magazine. Julie and her Husband were the sweetest hostesses, I hope we get to go and sleep over again real soon.

Photography: Brit Solie

Lavender Honey Ice Cream

Feeling vanilla? Break out of your waffle cone shell with this lavender honey ice cream recipe from Jacquelyn of Lark & Linen! It’s the perfect remedy for the doldrums thanks to a heavenly combination of floral and sweet flavors that will instantly transport your taste buds to the south of France—kind of like summer vacation in a cone!

“It’s subtly floral, not overly sweet and, while delicious on its own, tastes particularly fantastic atop a slice of dark chocolate cake,” describes Jacquelyn. We can totally get behind that idea. For the full post and more gorgeous inspiration, check out Lark & Linen!

Lavender Honey Ice Cream
prep time
3 Minute/s
cook time
20 Minute/s
total time
23 Minute/s
Serves 12Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy cream (I used 18%)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2/3 cup mild honey
  • 2 tablespoons dried edible lavender flowers
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring cream, half-and-half, honey and lavender to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it comes to a boil, remove the pan from the heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
  2. Once steeped, strain lavender using a fine-mesh sieve. Return the cream mixture to the saucepan and heat until hot.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and the salt. Grab 1 cup of the hot cream mixture and slowly pour it into the egg mixture, whisking as you go.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick (it should coat the back of your spoon - about 5 minutes). Make sure you don't let it boil.
  5. Pour the custard through the sieve and let cool completely, stirring occasionally. Once cool, chill until cold (at least 3 hours, but up to a day).
  6. Run the custard through your ice cream maker, according to manufacturer's directions, transfer to airtight container and enjoy!
  7. Notes: The ice cream will keep for a week (if it lasts that long).

Cool down this summer with more sweet ideas:

3 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream | Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich | Strawberries & Cream Pops

Photography: Lark & Linen | Recipe: Lark & Linen

Beach 30th Birthday + Gender Reveal Fiesta

Part beach fiesta, part sweet-as-can-be surprise gender revel, and part personal shopping experience from Top Shop - saying this was a memorable evening would be the understatement of the year. The darling Dave Annable and his beautiful wife, Odette, star of The Astronaut Wives Club, hosted an evening I’m sure they’ll cherish forever, and thanks to the lovely Hello Blue Photo, every magical moment was beautifully captured


“It’s a Girl!” Dave Annable, star of Brothers & Sisters and Red Band Society, gushed after popping two oversized black balloons with wife Odette, Banshee and House actress, who will star in the upcoming Astronauts Wives Club this Summer. Pink confetti burst all over their beach front patio in Malibu, Ca., and tears of joy immediately followed as Dave embraced his wife in pure bliss!

It was May 9th, just a day before Mother’s Day, and also happened to be Odette’s 30th birthday. The parents-to-be, along with bestie and celebrity hair stylist Christine Symonds, were celebrating both of the girls “Dirty Thirty” with their closest friends. As a surprise to their guests, they also revealed the gender of their first baby! The special day was captured by Odette’s bestie since high school, Christina Wells, a wedding and lifestyle photographer.

The “Dirty Thirty” party included a taco cart, Mexican blankets, moroccan rugs and poufs, an open bar, a gorgeous Southern California sunset, and a surprise “Baby Gender Reveal”!

As guests arrived to celebrate the girls “Dirty Thirty”, they were offered Cucumber Mint Vodkas and Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas in mason jars with flower cut lids and sunset drink sleeves that read “I stole this from Odie + Teenie’s Dirty 30!” Not far off was a sizzling grill offering tacos with choice of chicken, carne asada, or carnitas and fresh chips and salsa, and my ever favorite home made guacamole. Guests were also invited to shop a pop up boutique with a Top Shop personal stylist while hanging out.

While mingling, they were asked to write their name on a giant chalkboard placing their vote for whether #babyannable would be a boy or girl! They were then invited to cuddle up with a nearby Mexican blanket, and enjoy the sunset as they swapped woven friendship bracelets to commemorate the day.

Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Invitations: Paperless Post | Festival Ice Cream Cake: The K Bakery | Personal Shopping: Top Shop

Inspired by the Easy Elegance of Boho with Pier 1 Imports

We’re looking to the pretty layered details of boho for this inspiration filled to the brim with decorating must haves big and small from Pier 1 Imports. Think a causal patio retreat layered with a blend of pattern and texture and an ease that fits right in with lazy summer days.  It’s all about casual beauty and loads of textiles with this look.

We started with a collection of pillows in the same color family but with varied prints and patterns and topped with lounge furniture with a decidedly retro flare. Add in gobs of lanterns and candles and layered rugs under foot and you’re well on your way to the bohemian patio of your dreams. This is exactly what easy elegance looks like and it’s all courtesy of Pier 1 Imports.

Pier 1 Imports Products: 1. Rattan Teal Tray | 2. Keegan Tile Pillow | 3. Citronella Aqua Filled Candle | 4. Artisanal Patched Lumbar Pillow | 5. Panal Acrylic Drinkware | 6. Carmelo Melamine Dinnerware | 7. Mediterranean Tile Rug | 8. Large Citronella Filled Candle | 9. Elmas Tumblers | 10. Russell Flatware | 11. Pelican Cay Aluminum Armchair | 12. Fringe Napkin Set

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Party Food and DIYS for Your Fourth of July Bash

A red, white and blue color palette and sparklers are a given, watermelon = a total must. But what else should you be infusing into your upcoming Fourth of July bash? We’ve got a round up of simple DIY projects, scrumptious bites and out of this world cocktails that will kick your fourth into a whole new level of cool. Get ready to celebrate the U.S. of A. with 15 of our must make details.

DIY Details for the 4th of July
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