pretty new things.

I really love the new Princess line by Vera Wang. I’ve picked up a couple pieces and they make me so happy.

Gold arrowhead earrings:

And this funky chain braid charm bracelet:

…which by the way is such a hackable idea. Has anyone made one of these braid-chain pieces? I found some tutorials online and plan to eventually give it a try. I’ll be sure to post on it if I do.

practically free friday #6 – make a starbucks frappuchino at home

Happy Friday!

It takes a little planning the day before, but you can make a Starbucks Frappuchino at home for practically free.

Why the planning ahead? Because the secret to the awesomeness isn’t blending coffee with ice, but making ice OUT OF coffee. I can’t believe I just discovered this because it’s so obvious!

The rest of the ingredients are up to you.

In mine (which yielded 2): unsweetened almond milk (about 1.5 cups), baking cocoa (about 2 TBS), mini chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup) , and of course the coffee cubes (about 1 cup of coffee, then frozen into cubes). It wasn’t quite chocolatey enough so I ended up adding a scoop of whey protein powder and 2 packets of Splenda, then blended again (to make two beverages).

I sorta just kept tweaking the amounts of everything as I went so I didn’t come up with a recipe – it’s all about personal taste anyway. I brewed my coffee extra strong for the cubes and as a result my frap is pretty strong, in a good way. Since I used up leftover coffee and bits of random pantry staples for this, it’s a practically free Starbucks fix, perfect indulgence for my Friday off and start to my four day weekend!!

1 minute vegan chocolate cake .. it exists!

I’ve seen these 1-minute cake recipes everywhere. My mom recommended one, and Pinterest is full of them. I found this one on one of my favorite blogs {and the only dessert-specific blog I ever look at. All her recipes are healthy, vegan, and most are quick}. This is my kind of baking. Since I *slightly* adapted her recipe {to make it coconut-y and oil-free}, I am posting my version:

One-Minute Vegan Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons white flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 splenda packet
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs shredded coconut

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add liquid, and mix together. Add shredded coconut. Transfer to a coffee mug. Microwave  one minute. Let it cool about 30 seconds before eating.

I just doubled everything in a bowl and divided it between two mugs, and microwaved separately, to make one for hubby and me. YUM.

Yup.

PS, If you are tracking calories like I am, here are the nutrition facts Katie worked out for the no-oil version:

  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbs: 30g
  • Fiber: 6.5g
  • Protein: 5.5g

warrior weekend

I was awesome at this weekend.

No seriously. I ran in the cold. Twice. And I hate running. And I hate cold. It’s all about the gear, maaaaan♥

And I played with fire. Thanks Amber for the soldering//pipe sweating lesson. I totally feel empowered. Workin’ on a trellis (more to do).

I hacked off my bangs.

I made a kick-ass Pumpkin Spice SOY latte at home.

There was also Stats homework, scary movie-watching,  and guacamole on everything. No Halloween bash, which was becomming a tradition, but I wasn’t feelin’ it this year. Halloween on a Monday means: Marilyn Manson playlist (headphones), pulling out a random costume fro years past (dragonfly?), and potluck. That’ll do, Halloween is still fun when it’s low-key.

What’d ya’ll do with your weekend?

favs

…sometimes, I just feel like sharing bad ass things I find. This is one of those times.

♥ Elsie’s Thrift Tips. You know how people used to camp out for concert tix to go on sale? Once I sidewalk-camped for a Savers half-off sale. Not because it’s necessary like.at.all.. more because I wanted the funny/stupid story. But also because I totally heart thrift shopping that much. I get really eager to switch up my wardrobe in the fall {back-to-school nostalgia?} and this post was well-timed and well-done.

Mari Kasurinen’s sculpting. I’m a child of the 80s and had a boatload of My Little Ponies. How fabulous is this pop-culture-y take on repurposed art? Omlikealot.  This one of Pan is my fav {Frida Kahlo is my close second}!

Veganomicon {the cookbook}. Written by the same gals who run Post Punk Kitchen, this is my fav cookbook lately. Maybe I’ll review it after I really splatter it up with red wine and unrefined coconut oil. I’ve had crazy-good success {ie, husband feedback} on lots of recipes from this cookbook. The chickpea cutlets with mushroom gravy are kick-ass and the recipes are online and linked for ya. Yer welcome.

Mod Podge Rocks {blog}. First, the name “Mod Podge Rocks Blog” happily reminds me of this Arrested Development gag. Good times. Second, this is the best website evah! I hosted a Craft-and-Bitch, mod podge style, last Friday night, and beforehand was searching for inspiration to pass on to those attending. This blog is all you need to get serious ideas flowing. {who still mod podges?}

Capsule Wardrobes. Have you heard of this concept? Essentially it’s a shopping//style concept in which you focus on building a super-versatile wardrobe on astonishingly few crucial pieces. It’s different for everyone {depending on your work wardrobe needs, budget, etc} but it’s built on the idea that we often buy things we don’t wear, and wear to death the things we love. This may kinda-sorta conflict with my thrifting habits, but the minimalist in me totally love this idea and am putting some thought into it now that I’m pushing 30 and feeling the need to sharpen up my style just a little.

That’s what I’m diggin lately – how about you??

Pinterest

Do you use Pinterest? If you aren’t already in the loop on this, you should definitely check it out. It’s basically a storage site for images you find around the web. You can organize them in categories, type notes, view other people’s saved images, and it credits where you “pin” them from, for future reference. It’s my new favorite thing ever for keeping track of recipes I want to try, inspiration for my new house, fashion photos, etc. And (hint hint, June 21 birthday), my wishlist!

Here’s what a pinboard looks like {with my notes on each – so cool}.

Perfect for a visual person/digital packrat/inspiration seeker like me. You can follow me here {or just check out what I’m diggin’}.