Santa Snacks

I grew up not believing in Santa. It was kind of an unspoken fact in my household that he isn’t real. I even ruined Christmas for a girl name Jennifer Kudson in 4th grade by breaking the news to her that there’s no such thing as Santa Clause. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry!

Whether you believe in the big jolly guy or not, you have to admit Christmas is the perfect time to experiment with cookies. Cookies are allegedly Santa’s favorite, so I decided to whip up a treat for the make believe fella (but really for myself because I totally have a sweet tooth). You may have seen in a previous post, I made Unicorn Breakfast aka Funfetti dip; so without making a trip to the store, I used what I had at home and finished up the box of Funfetti mix to make Funfetti Cookies!

These cookies are like a fluffy party in your mouth. So yummy and so easy to bake.

What you’ll need:

  • Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs


I didn’t want a full batch of cookies so I cut the recipe in half, but here are the instructions to bake 2 dozen cookies:

Mix 1 box of Funfetti cake mix with 2 large eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1tsp of vanilla extract. Form cookie-like circles on cookie sheet and cook until light golden. I baked my cookies at 375 for about 18 mins. The vegetable oil gives the cookies a cake-like consistency so they are perfectly moist and fluffy.

Let cool and enjoy!

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Fashion Lessons to be Learned from the Effortless Italian

A bucket list destination of mine is Italy! So until then, I’ll follow their fashion.  There is no doubt that Italians have a flair for fashion, and an aspiring trendsetter should turn to the country for inspiration. But, what are the main lessons to take away from the eternally effortless Azzurri? The following are the ones to keep in mind.

Color Is Key

Now that the winter is here, it’s tempting to get in a rut no thanks to the likes of the Starks. Is it the end of the world, Jon?! The bad weather and the lack of sunlight lead lots of women to opt for neutral colors. The likes of blacks and white and creams are everywhere in the winter, and they can look the part. However, the Italians are always colorful and always stand out from the crowd as a result. Sure, it may not be seasonal but no one cares. The key is to use a neutral base layer and to add elements of color on top. A dark top and jeans combo, for instance, goes well with vivid shoes.

Buy Quality Materials

Italian women, and men for that fact, never look tired or outdated. Their clothes are always on point and in season, which is the reason they are appealing. How they do it is simple: invest in high-quality items. Rather than shop little and often, they would rather go big and then go home. Gucci, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana may be expensive, yet the material lasts forever and stays in fashion. Regardless of the year, you can dress to impress without updating the wardrobe.

Accessorize

This has to be one of the worst-kept secrets in fashion, but it’s one the Italians take to the next level. You can do it with almost any accessory, as the following paragraph will highlight, but jewelry is the gold standard. For starters, rings and bracelets add elegance to a part of the body that is pretty basic. Let’s face it – a manicure only goes so far. And, in keeping with the buying quality theory, it’s usually Roma designer jewelry or Marco Bicego. Aside from the obvious, pendants are a terrific way to add originality as necklaces are common.

Keep The Sunglasses On

Winter, it may be, but the sun still shines. At least, it does in Italy! Winter sunlight is one of the joys of an otherwise stressful and cold season. However, it too comes with pitfalls, such as blinding light which causes the retinas to take cover. And, if you are in a car, it’s not just annoying but dangerous. The Italians have a solution, and it’s called never taking off the sunnies. Not only is accessorizing essential, but it also adds a sense of glamour. Plus, it’s an original move in the winter.

 

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Museum Of Ice Cream Los Angeles

I don’t remember when or how I came across the Museum Of Ice Cream (MOIC) Instagram account, but when I did, I fell in love! All the color. All the fun. All the fab. So when a girl’s trip to LA commenced, we HAD to make an appearance. And let me tell you, this was an unforgettable experience! If you ever have the opportunity to visit any of the MOIC locations, I fully recommend it.

The experience starts outside where there is music and dancing. I had a mini jam session with some of the staff who all wear pink, even down to their Apple Watch bands – how cute?! You are then taken in groups to the entrance and learn a little bit about MOIC and solemnly swear to have fun, take pictures and touch almost everything. The smaller groups help to enhance the museum experience as you’re not rushed or crowded.

Upon entering the doors of MOIC, you’re greeted with your first treat. Each room in the museum has a special sweet treat from ice cream to magical concoctions made of candy. Pro Tip: Don’t eat too much before you visit so you can fully enjoy each treat.

Each room in the Museum of Ice Cream pays homage to a type of ice cream, its toppings, and vibrant colors that make you feel nostalgic. The MOIC provokes magical, happy thoughts making it OK to literally scream for ice cream.

Unlike many museums, MOIC strongly encourages flash photography and video. And you know what else is encouraged? Playing in a pool of sprinkles and hugging giant gummy bears. You guys. Seriously, the MOIC is like a dream! All the things you image as a kid come to life and you can document it all.

We had so much fun taking photos/Instagram Boomarangs, stuffing ourselves with delicious sweet treats and making memories. The Museum of Ice Cream is the perfect mixture of art, color, and childhood dreams come true.

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AdDRESSing Your Confidence

Dresses are a fantastic feature of any wardrobe. Whether you’re a girly girl, or a tomboy at heart, wearing a classy number now and again can feel amazing. The right dress is a power symbol, like a decent car, or a flashy watch. The perfect dress ensures you’ll turn every head in a room. No matter your tastes, that power is sure to feel great.

But, sometimes, we all go through a bit of a wobbly when it comes to dresses. They’re a clothing choice which needs a fair bit of confidence. There’s no getting around the fact that you’ll have to show more of your body in a dress than you may at other times. And, that takes guts! But, it usually does pay off. If you’re having a crisis about the prom dresses you can’t get yourself to try on, or just a dress for a business meeting, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to look at a few ways you can address your lack of dress confidence, and get back into the swing of things.


Do the prep

As mentioned above, wearing a dress means showing more of yourself than you may be accustomed to. That can be tough. But, if you know you that those parts are primed, you’ll find the exposure much easier to deal with. Obviously, your first step should be to shave and moisturize your legs. If you have the confidence to reveal the fuzz, then good for you. But, most of us can’t go that far, and even one day’s worth of growth can stop us reaching for that dress. So, make sure to shave before you even attempt getting your legs out. Think, too, about applying some fake tan. You don’t want to over the top here, but a sun-kissed glow is always a great way to bolster your confidence.

Small practice sessions

Like anything, dress confidence is all about practice. If you jump straight in with a big event, you may struggle to find the necessary courage to go all out. But, if you get into the habit of wearing a dress for small trips, you’ll soon get used to the exposure. So, instead of waiting for your next night out, wear that dress to the shop, or on a walk around the block. In no time, you’ll feel much more comfortable. You may even start to crave the freedom dress wearing offers.

Believe you look good

There’s no denying that this is easier said than done, but believing you look good in dresses is a sure way to find your awesome. Half of the battle with a dress is the way you wear it. If you don’t believe you’re owning that outfit, your posture will become hunched and defensive. That kind of thing really shows with a revealing dress. Instead, believe you look terrific. Hold your head high, and your back straight, and strut your stuff. Before you know it, your belief is sure to come true.

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Living Legend Wallahi G

You ever make a new friend and a little bit into the friendship you think, “You really just fell into my life and I kinda fux with it!” That’s how things are going with my newfound friend, Giancarlo aka Wallahi G.

He randomly entered my life almost four months ago and he has been a pain in my ass, but most importantly, the friend I never knew I needed. He’s one of those people who has a contagious sense of humor, good spirit and motivation out of this world. And with that, I am proud to introduce you to song writer, hit maker, risk taker – Wallahi G.
Wallahi’s story:

He’s a recruiter by day, artist by night (or whenever he gets time away from his desk and feels inspired). He’s also a proud supporter of the City of Southfield, where I’m also from (shoutouts to the S). **Southfield made us, college changed us**

Wallahi has been into music for 15 years, but is fresh to recording having 1 year under his belt with his first project called “Funemployed”. It’s a compilation of tracks relatable to millennials, or anyone who likes to have a good time. He describes Funemplyed as “millennial-focused rhythm and poetry.”

Fun fact about Wallahi:

He left his management-based job at a well-known grocery chain, packed up and traveled through Central America for 6 months. If that’s not awesome and inspiring, I don’t know what is. During his travels, he fell in love with the culture, the people, and the architecture. He came back to the states to re-up on funds and create more music. His most recent release, and one of my personal favorites, “All I Need” ft. 2:19pm is a rap ballad chronicling his “lust issues”. Give it a listen here. I promise you’ll bob your head!

I won’t spill all the details on this young gent. Get into his music to learn more! Jam out on SoundCloud.

Oh, and Happy Birthday!!! ❤

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Mala Prayer Beads

Positive energy, passion, and healing. All things we could all use a little more of in our lives, and they all happen to be some of the great things Mala Beads stand for. Now a proud owner of Mala Prayer beads, I am already attracting more positive energy and love.

My beads, which double as a necklace, feature matte watermelon stones and alloy beads, and no two bracelets are alike. This handmade Mala Prayer bracelet was created to attract love. Because all you need is love, right? I also love that they can be dressed up or dressed down. Worn during meditation or yoga, or event at work and school.

Each piece is created with care and love and Mala Prayer believes in giving back, too. All sales made through Mala Prayer will provide female entrepreneurs with a microfinance loan, which they can invest in their business, home or community.

Shop the Mala Prayer collection. and experience the power and positivity of the beads!

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Monochromatic Magic

Monochromatic: Containing or using one color. It’s fashion – look it up!

But seriously, this is my first time toying with a monochrome look and I think I’m obsessed. This plum color is sleek and sexy and perfect for fall.

Of course you can play with other colors like camel and olive green; or even pink and lime green. The color wheel is your oyster!

I paired this Fashion Nova bomber jacket with a super comfy, velvet Forever 21 bodysuit with jeans and over the knee boots from Target. Each piece was purchased separately but hanging near each other in my closet, I knew I had to at least attempt the look.

Check out your closet for a monochromatic look. Let me know how you play with one color.

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