Saturday, March 30, 2013

the infamous sock bun.

a tutorial. 

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whether you're searching for a way to shove all your hair on top of your head or for great no-heat curls, you found your answer in the sock bun. 

it's an excellent way to get a thicker more 'volumptious' (as my friends say) bun. the more hair you have, the harder it is, but if i can do it with all my hair, you can do it with yours. 

fresh hair.
put your hair in a ponytail. position it where you want the base of your bun to be.
here's the trick to the whole thing: the sock. just cut the toe off of a sock out of the lost and found collection in your laundry room and roll the sock up so it looks like this. ^ men's socks probably work the best because they're thin. make the sock as close to your hair color as possible.
pull your hair through it. then pull the sock roll to the tips of your hair. (not pictured)
tuck the end of your hair under the sock and then roll the sock down towards the base of the ponytail. my thumbs are pushing my hair inside the hole of the sock. (if that makes any sense...)
roll until you reach the base
tuck and pin as needed. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

key lime cupcakes.

i agree - nom nom. 

so my mom asked for one lime at the market aaannnddddd the guy decided to sell her 12. yeah i don't know. so she came home with 11 extra limes. later i had a friend over, and we made key lime cupcakes. well, really they're just lime cupcakes, but oh well. 

we searched for a good cake recipe, and found one. we searched for an icing recipe, and found one. 

so here you are:


175g unsalted butter, softened

175g golden caster sugar (just throw your regular granulated sugar in a food processor and make it a bit finer)

3 medium eggs

175g self-rising flour

2 limes, zested

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp whole milk

1. Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas. Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Whisk the butter and sugar with an electric whisk or beat with a wooden spoon until pale and creamy. Whisk in the eggs until just combined. Add the flour, lime zest, baking powder and milk. Whisk until fluffy.

2. Divide between the paper cases, filling them about two thirds full and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden and risen. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

*this isn't my recipe. about 2 of my cupcakes (out of 12) turned out weird. they got really fluffy and and then i cut into one, and they were hollow. they had baked on the edges and the top, but not in the middle. i don't know what happened. i think it was my self-rising flour substitute that messed it up. so i think y'all are out of danger. 

^comment below if you have questions about self-rising flour or subs etc

key lime icing

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt 

1 (16 oz.)package powdered sugar

3 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons milk

1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speet with an electric mixer until creamy. 

2. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with lime juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, and 1 tablespoon milk, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition. Beat in up to 1 tablespoon additional milk for desired consistency. 

^that's the recipe... but i like my stuff tangy. i kind of went crazy with the lime juice. i put in the 2 tablespoons and then, as my friend was stirring, i grabbed the lime and was like, "raahhhhhhhh katniss!!" and just squeezed a bunch of juice into the icing. she said, "carrie?" and i just acted like nothing happened and threw the lime peel in the sink. 

yes, i know. you wish you had our decorating skills. :P

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

i miss my fur-balls.


my little confused parrot.
we always had so much fun together. 
sleep in peace, my sweet lily putt. <3 thanks for growing up with me.

Adelboden, Switzerland

the time of my life.

and since i had the time of my life, i took about 7 photos. ok, no i took exactly 20. but none of them are really worth anything. but here's one that turned out ok. :) 

blue skies as deep as the sea, more snow than you can imagine, breathtaking mountains, and amazing people and sights 24/7. i miss you adelboden.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

button earrings

let's keep it simple.

a good use for all your 'oh-so-useless' fabric scraps. ;)

Friday, March 8, 2013

summer scrub

i want summer. so badly.

hey y'all, i'm back. so sorry it's taken this long. i've been busy with school, and frankly, i've had no inspiration lately. but the weather is warming up, and it makes me long for summer with all my soul. 

and so, my friend sent me this recipe for an amazing scrub to get those smooth summer legs. this one's for you ladies! (;


3 tablespoons of citrus (i used a lemon)
1-1/4 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of oil (olive oil is best for your skin, but really any   type is fine)

mix it all together in a bowl.

then shave. scrub. shave again. scrub. rinse. moisturize/lotion. 

*when you rinse the scrub off, use a loofah or a wash cloth because your skin becomes semi - water resistant from the oil. so you really need to get the oil off.* 

you now have fantastically silky legs. sleep in shorts and be amazed. ;)