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Olga Prinku

I am a bit of a flower fiend. Floral prints, flower-centric artwork, fresh flowers in the house, faux flowers that look like real flower around the house. I absolutely love the color and visual interest flowers bring to almost everything. The other day I was wasting time on Instagram and I discovered artist Olga Prinku. Her Instagram is absolutely incredible. She creates gorgeous works of art with real flowers incorporated into embroidery.

 These delicate pieces are created by carefully stitching dried flowers on to tulle stretched over wooden frames. Aside from the collar above of course which was probably stitched on a frame and then trimmed it down and fitted it over the fabric. 

Crazy beautiful, right? I would love to curate an entire gallery wall of these intricate pieces.

Images from here, here & here.


Ultimate Chocolate Cake – Tasty

Chocolate cake. Chocolate. Cake. CHOCOLATE CAKE. I had a chocolate cake that I loved; it was my favorite chocolate cake in all the world. It was made by a waitress at a restaurant a mere 7 minutes from my front door. It wasn’t available every day, but I could wrangle a piece a week if I really wanted. Sadly, the restaurant expanded to two additional locations, and they decided to go with desserts that were easy to mass produce and my beloved chocolate cake was no more. We even tried to special order one for my birthday, but they weren’t interested. Ever since, I’ve been sampling cakes around town, hoping that I might find something better or at the very least comparable, but alas my search has yielded nothing so far. I have decided that I must take matters into my own hands and find a recipe.

My first try was the “Ultimate Chocolate Cake” by Buzzfeed Tasty

Ratings out of a possible 10

Chocolate Flavor: 8 – it was really good, but not quite perfect.

Texture: 10 – spot on.

Frosting: 6.5 – a little better than “okay”, but I’ve had and made better.

The “M” word: 8.5 – perfect moisture day of and after, but dried out easily.

Effort: 7 – a little more than a simple rip and bake, but I think anyone who has made a cake from scratch before would be able to execute the recipe.

Overall: 7.5 – my taste testers literally RAVED about this cake, but for me, it wasn’t quite up to snuff. I do think it is important to note that I don’t care for stout and I could definitely taste it in the final product.

So the search continues…..

 


ORTTU

As you guys well know when it comes to fashion, I am usually of the “more is more” philosophy. Embroidery, sparkle, pattern – bring it on, but recently I discovered the brand ORTTU and I’ve found myself really admiring the simplicity of their designs. Now I will acknowledge what they lack in bells and whistles, they make up for in drape and additional fabric, but this more minimalist approach to dressing has really pulled me in.


I was showing Andy some of my favorite pieces, and he has dubbed the aesthetic “Star Wars Chic” – as in the garments look like something a really put together fashionable Jedi would wear. I think that’s probably the highest form of praise in the realm of the geekboy, right?

What do you think? I’m thinking of trying to integrate a piece or two into my normal rotation.


Happy Independence Day

I don’t usually get political in this space, but today has had me doing a lot of reflecting on our country and the problems we are facing. The last year has been rough, it seems like there isn’t a day that goes by without something in the headlines that makes me want to hang my head and cry or scream and throw something across the room. It’s hard to get out of bed and fight everyday when the outlook seems so bleak, but that’s what this country was founded on, people fighting for a better life. So instead of closing your browser, curling up in a depressed ball and saying “fuck it”. Do something, register to vote, educate yourself, and get ready for November. Fight for what you believe in, stand up for those who can’t protect themselves, and fight ignorance and intolerance by rising above petty squabbles and being a living example of what this country needs more of. The only way we really lose is if we stop trying.

 

Image from here.


Summer Sunnies Under $20

In an effort to honor the sanctity of the Summer Bucket list, I decided to kick things off by shopping for sunglasses. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for; I wanted sunnies with that little extra something special. It is summer after all. Like I thought, the internet came through like a champ and I found all sorts of wonderful over the top options. The price tag however… I’m just looking for something fun, not a lifelong style commitment. Fortunately, there is this wonderful thing called Amazon, and it was more than happy to hook me up with plenty of options, all of which were under $20. Here are my top contenders.

  1. Pastel Strip Oversized Sunnies
  2. Blue Jeweled Cat Eye Sunglasses
  3. Sparkling Geometric Rose Fade Sunglasses
  4. Gold Accented Sunnies
  5. Jeweled Leopard Cat Eye Sunglasses
  6. Royal Pink Star Spangled Sunnies
  7. Pearl & Rhinestone Oversized Sunglasses
  8. Two Tone Baroque Swirl Sunglasses
  9. Engraved Floral & Gold Leaf Sunnies

What do you think? I am finding myself having a hard time deciding which to get, and I would honestly be grateful for opinions and recommendations at this point.