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Pretty Petals & Charming Teacups

I love flowers and tea and teacups, so I’m sure it surprises no one when I talk about how much I like Floral Story series by artist Marina Malinovaya. Each image is created with a table, a tea set, and a lot of flowers. I’d also imagine a lot of patience. In addition, I suspect that the artist is some sort of wizard because I’ve seen her Instagram account and she appears to have a cat. I would never EVER be able to lay something like this on the table with out there being fluffy paws all up in everything.

 I need that teeny spoon. It’s really cute, plus it might be the source of her cat control magic.

You can check out more of her images as well as some beautiful behind the scenes shots on her Instagram page, and you can purchase some of her beautiful floral a resin jewelry and ornaments here.

Images from My Modern Met.


Grown Up Fancy Girl Dreams

One of the most glamorous things I think a woman can have is a dressing room. A room with the one sole purpose of holding/displaying ones wardrobe in an orderly and aesthetically appealing way. Sounds wonderfully decadent to me. The house I live in now has a walk-in closet, which is the closest I’ve ever come to attaining this particular goal, but alas I share it with my husband who, shockingly enough, actually has more clothing than I do. Lately I have been toying with the idea of giving it a mini makeover, something along the lines of some additional storage, a coat of paint and maybe some better lighting. Even at it’s brightest, the current fixture casts such pitiful light that I am quite sure Dracula himself would find it a cozy place to curl up during the day.

The other benefit of having a space like this is you’d never forget what is in your closet. I can’t tell you how many times I have been elbow deep in a stack of clothes desperately looking for something to wear (mostly on laundry day) and all of a sudden I find something I haven’t seen in a year. In a way it’s like getting something new all over again, but in another it’s frustrating because it means I am not making the most of what I have. What do your closet dreams look like?

 

Image from here.


Real Life Fairy Tale Things!

Guys I am geeking out so hard right now! Not only am I going to an special early showing of the new Beauty & the Beast movie tomorrow night, I just found out that you can have your very own enchanted rose. This is some real life crazy fairy tale awesome! The company is called Forever Rose, and they are offering up living flowers that can last up to three years without water or sunlight and theoretically last indefinitely if they are kept in their protected glass domes.

When I saw these white ones, all I could think was how they would be amazing centerpieces at a wedding. Heck, they would probably even upstage the all-important wow of the wedding dress. Oh, and of course I need a full arrangement to live in my work office. 

I can’t even begin to articulate how badly I want one of these. It’s one thing to have to get a shirt or a mug with images from the movie on it, but to be able to to have a real piece of the magic? It doesn’t get any better than that for me. Now all I need is a yellow ball gown and a talking teapot and I will be set.

 

Images from here & here.


London Fog Sugar Cookies

Still feeling pleased with my recent baking win, I  wanted to try my hand at a similar recipe, these London Fog Sugar Cookies. The cookie part was pretty much the same, and I am a sucker for anything with Earl Grey tea and fresh vanilla. Since we’re currently in what will most likely be our last cold snap of the season, I couldn’t think of a better time to whip up something that pairs great with a hot mug of something.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup confectioner’s (icing) sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean pod, split and seeds removed
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Earl Grey tea leaves (I just cut open one teabag and measured from there)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons decorating sugar (for rolling, optional)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl or dish, combine the granulated sugar, icing sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Using your hands, rub the seeds into the sugar to evenly distribute them throughout.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter with the vanilla sugar mixture. Add egg and vanilla and mix until blended well.
  3. Add the flour, tea leaves, baking powder and salt and mix to combine into a soft dough.
  4. On a clean work surface, roll the dough into a log. Roll log in decorating sugar (if using). Wrap log tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours until ready to bake.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Slice chilled dough into ¼-inch thick slices. Bake until the edges are light brown and the middles set, about 6-8 minutes. Be aware that the bottoms will brown long before the sides or tops do, so don’t over bake!
  6. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Will keep covered at room temperature for 1-2 days.

Notes:

  • Since the Thyme Cookies were so surprisingly wonderful, I had really high hopes for this recipe. Before I get all nit-picky, I want to say this was a solidly good recipe; the problem was that I wasn’t wanting merely “good” I wanted “fantastic”.
  • The biggest issue I had with this recipe was flavor. Not that these had a bad flavor, they were just a little bland. The vanilla was very subtle and the earl grey, well if I hadn’t made them myself, I wouldn’t have known it was in there. They were perfectly fine with an accompanying strong cup of tea. All in all, if I decide to make these again, I am going to have to dial the flavors way up.


The Newest Thing in Bad-Ass Hair Color

I have been LOVING the rainbow of hair color trends over the last couple of years. I mean, the fact that one can now purchase lavender hair dye at Target is a testament to how far we’ve pushed the envelope when it comes to “socially acceptable” hair color. Now innovators are taking things one step further with The Unseen: Fire dyes. This semi-permanent color turns your tresses from a deep somber raven black to a variety fiery hues with the application of heat. Now for a Florida girl like me, I am fairly certain that there wouldn’t be much of a shift back and forth, but for someone who didn’t reside in the sunshine state, this would be so much fun. This product was set to launch with London fashion week and the company behind it is now looking for investors so they can start large scale production.

You can read more about Unseen and their project “Fire” on the company’s Instagram page and in their Bored Panda article.