While I was in Hawaii I acquired a jar of guava jelly and a jar of guava butter from a farmer’s market stand called North Shore Goodies. (Awesomely you’re also able to purchase their goods online!) The first thing I thought of when I got these delicious things is that I should make cupcakes with them. I was finally able to do so last night. It’s a guava-jelly-filled butter cupcake with guava buttercream frosting. This is what they looked like:
They came out really, really tasty and smelled super good! However they are definitely a very sweet cupcake, so if you are not a fan of very sweet treats I would not attempt this recipe unless you mean to modify it (though I’m not sure how well it will turn out with less sugar, for example). If you wanted to cut down on some of the sweetness, you could try a different cupcake base or just not fill the cupcakes with a guava jelly. Continue Reading
As most girls do, I love shopping. I love it a lot, and thus I have a lot of clothes. In fact, I have an entire 3-door closet (sliding, sadly not a walk in) and a large 8-drawer dresser full of clothes. (Which doesn’t even include my 4-drawer unmentionables dresser!) The problem, though, is that I still have a lot of clothes that I’ve had since college (in some cases even high school, *cringe*) and I honestly am over the jeans-and-t-shirt look. Sure, it’s comfortable, but I feel like I’m still in college when I wear it. I want to get rid of most of my t-shirts, keeping only the ones I really love and replacing them with tops that I feel suit my personality and my vision of my “personal style” more.
Personal Style—It’s a word that haunts some people because they feel they can’t decide what they want or stick to one look! It’s hard, seriously, figuring out not only what you like (and don’t like) but also what works with your body type and coloring (skin/hair/eyes). (Same goes for figuring out what makeup looks right too, actually.)
This post is my first nail of the day, and I’m quite pleased to introduce you to Zoya’s Izzy polish! Izzy is a bright fuchsia with fine glitter that really catches the light. She’s part of Zoya’s Holiday 2011 collection and I received a sample size of her (0.25 fl oz, half a full size) in my Birchbox this month.
This is the first Zoya polish I’ve ever tried and I was really, really impressed! Izzy was perfectly opaque in one coat, which has never happened to me before. Even Butter London polishes—the most expensive polishes I own at $14/bottle—require two coats for full opacity.
I’ve only been wearing the shade for a day (since I painted my nails last night) but the wear seems pretty good. I will admit that I do have one small chip on the index finger of my left hand, but that was from banging my finger against some glass in a pastry shop earlier this evening. The chip is super, super minor though and I don’t think it’s the fault of the polish… just my clumsiness. There’s also been a tinsy bit of wear on the very edges of my fingers but that happens with all polishes I’ve tried, I suspect due to the way I type with the tips of my fingers/nails.