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Creating a Succulent Planter

Pigment, San Diego CA

I recently discovered the cutest store in North Park, San Diego called Pigment. Apart from lovely home decor, party supplies and accessories, Pigment has a studio where you can put together your own succulent planters! I absolutely love this idea and think it is such a fun and creative activity to do with friends, to make as gifts or to make a lovely planter for your own home. 
At Pigment, you can choose from a variety of glass and ceramic pots, small and large succulents and cacti, and beautiful dried flowers. You can begin to create the aesthetic of your planter by choosing the sand color you want and from there you can also pick stones, geodes, crystals and orbs in any color of the rainbow you desire.
If you don’t get a chance to stop into pigment here in San Diego, you can always gather the items to make your own at home. I’ve laid out the steps to creating your own planter below!

 Step 1: Pick a pot and fill it to the top with soil

Step 2: Plant the succulents in the soil then fill in the planter with sand. (I used a brush to get the leaves of the plants soil and sand free)

Step 3: Add in any air plants or dried flowers
Step 4: Add your finishing touches such as geodes, crystals or glass orbs.

Celebrating 23

Miette, San Francisco CA

 Last weekend I took a trip up to San Francisco to celebrate my 23rd birthday with friends and family! While up there, I visited my favorite little pastry shop, Miette, with my sister. Miette has the most adorable decor and scrumptious displays of candies, cupcakes, and so many more yummy treats!
Sweater: Free People // Jeans: Abercrombie // Sneakers: Adidas
 If you’re ever in the bay area I highly recommend stopping into this lovely spot either at their Hayes Valley location or at the location in the ferry building. My favorite treats from Miette are their old fashioned cupcakes, their walnut shortbread and the Belgian chocolate they carry called Cote S’Or.

Lemonade

Hillcrest, San Diego CA

It has been SO hot this summer and ice cold lemonade is the perfect thing to cool you down from the sun. I recently tried out the new Lemonade restaurant that we have in San Diego! They have so many lemonade options and you can mix any of the flavors together! I mixed the guava limeade with the original lemonade. It was seriously the best lemonade I’ve ever had.
Top: (similar here) // Earrings: Tiffany’s 
They also have a ton of lunch options from mixed salads, to toasted sandwiches to pastas, stews and yummy desserts. The architecture inside is also quite amazing!

Marble Nails

 I am IN LOVE with all things marble. Even more so all things PINK marble. I have a pink marble phone case, a marble planner and seek out marble accessories everywhere I shop.
 When I first saw a photo of marbled nails I was obviously obsessed and had to try it. You can do this technique on regular nail polish, gel or acrylic nails. I did this over a matte gel manicure that I had done. Since I didnt want to apply a whole coat of regular top coat over my gel matte topcoat i just did the marble detail and let it dry.
You can use a black or dark grey nail polish or if you don’t have either of those, mix some black eye shadow with clear nail polish. You want to look at a photo of marble and try to replicate the veins. I found that doing the “cloudy” areas first, then adding the blacker thin veins worked best. You can even use a permanent pen to do the thin veins! Hope you guys love this marble manicure as much as I do!

Dreamy Drip Cake

For this cake I decided to combine 3 cake trends: Watercolor frosting, chocolate dripping and ombre cake layers! I’ve had so many trial and errors baking and decorating cakes over the years and I finally discovered a few tips that made cake-ing so much easier!
Here are some basic tips that will be a huge help when baking any kind of cake!
1. My first tip is to freeze your cake layers for 30 min-1 hour before doing the crumb coat, this will also make it SO much easier to trim off the domes of the cake layers if they didn’t bake perfectly flat
2. Next you want to do the crumb coat and then refrigerate the cake so that when you put on the final buttercream it is chilled!
3. To get perfectly smooth sides, use a round board the same size as your cake layers (I used the bottom of the springform pan that I used to bake the layers) on top of your cake when frosting the sides so that the knife has something to hit against and keep it straight! This is a HUGE help in getting that professional look. 

T-Shirt Dress + Sneakers

La Jolla, CA
Dress: Abercrombie //  Sneakers: Adidas
One of my favorite outfit combinations is wearing t-shirt dresses with sneakers. I’ve been obsessed with these white Adidas lately and love wearing them with casual dresses.When I’m out and about or on vacation and know I’m going to be walking a lot, I love being able to wear a cute dress and be comfy in sneakers at the same time. This striped dress is so comfy and has the perfect sleeve length for transitioning to fall. I don’t know about you guys but I cannot wait for fall!