Sunday, September 12, 2010

Salted Caramel and Key Lime Cupcakes

Yesterday I went to Georgetown Cupcake at Bethesda Row. It was well worth the wait! When I visited the cute cupcakery in Bethesda, the line was not as long as I have seen it at the Georgetown location but it definitely wasn't short!
Image of Georgetown Cupcake at Bethesda Row

We had the pleasure of tasting the Salted Caramel and Key Lime flavors. These cupcakes were delicious and the Chai Latte was tasty too!

A partial view of the cupcake display

Here is a side shot of the menu with the hot and cold beverages and the flavors of the day! If you follow Georgetown Cupcake on Facebook you can find out the secret flavor of the day. If you are one of the first 100 customers per location to order the secret flavor by name they give it to you for free!

Image of Cupcakery Menu

Be sure to check out Georgetown Cupcake founders, sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne, on TLC in their new show DC Cupcakes!

Image via TLC

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fashion's Night Out 2010 in DC

Last year on September 10th, fashionistas in NYC had the opportunity to celebrate shopping and meet some of their favorite celebrities at various shops and boutiques in New York during Fashion's Night Out! Now those of us in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area can have fun too! Tonight Georgetown is hosting Fashion's Night Out! There will be lots of goodies and treats to sample and enjoy, including free cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, a Wii Tournament at Lacoste, wine, a pedicab and much more! You can also purchase the chic tote bag pictured above for $10 and support Labels for Love. Check out the video below or visit for more info! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Summer is almost over!

Okay... I'll admit it. I ran outside as soon as it started to get warm and left everything behind! I was weak after the rough winter we had and the sun was calling my name! :) However, I have gotten all of that out of my system and I am back to blogging!

So for my first returning post, I decided to share some photos that I took with my cell phone at Miami Beach this past weekend! It felt good to get away, lay in the sand, and enjoy the sun! I really enjoyed myself. I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend too! Here is another photo of the resort where we stayed. It was so relaxing!

I had such a soothing experience visiting the spa and taking in the beautiful scenery, while writing in my journal and reflecting on my goals for the rest of 2010. I look forward to sharing some of those goals with you as I move forward!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Single Awareness Day

Although I am sure Single Awareness Day, also known as SAD, a humorous alternative for Valentine's Day has been around for awhile, I recently heard of it a couple years ago. By the way, I personally think the acronym is hilarious!

I was talking to someone today and I can completely understand why some of us "single people" can get bummed out on Valentine's Day but for years I've thought of it as an opportunity to take the emphasis off of myself and make someone else smile! I typically give my family members cards and some type of candy or gift on this day to remind them that they are special and loved. It is also a blessing to be able to show love to friends and coworkers who may have recently been through a breakup or some other type of hardship. Everyone needs love and it can make you just as happy (if not happier) to give love as it would to receive love! 

The scripture below is used very often during wedding ceremonies but it is also something to take into consideration as a single person.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." - I Corinthians 13:4-7

I am working on showing others love through patience and humility. I plan to refer to this scripture as a way to show love to others not just today but all year long!

Resolve to think of Single Awareness Day as a day being single allows you to bless someone else and let them know they are loved. Happy Valentine's Day!

Will You Marry Me? Contest Winners - Gabriel and Jasmine!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you had a great weekend! I just wanted to share a post about the winners of Essence Magazine's Will You Marry Me? Contest! is giving the winning couple a massive wedding gift! "The winning couple receives a wedding gown from My Fair Wedding's David Tutera's own line, $10,000 dollars to spend on their dream wedding, cakes courtesy of Amazing Wedding Cakes, wedding consultations with Diann Valentine, and an amazing honeymoon in Maui!"

The 2010 winners are Gabriel Sheffield and Jasmine Harris of Manassas Park, Virginia! If you have looked at any of their blog postings, photos or videos, you have seen how in love these two are! They are so adorable and intent in putting God first in their relationship. Check out more information on Essence and the contest!

Congratulations Gabriel and Jasmine!

Video, images and quotation from

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Seven Dresses and Skirts

As you may already know, I love Etsy. I love shopping on the website and browsing the beautiful items from various sellers. A couple months back one seller in particular caught my eye- Sarah Seven! I love her feminine and flirty designs, not to mention the great photography! You can check out Sarah's Etsy Shop here! I've also included some photos below for your enjoyment!

Secretary Skirt
Doesn't the woman in this photo look like a young Sarah Jessica Parker?!

All photos from

Monday, February 8, 2010

Calling All Cupcake Snobs!

I know they are but what am I? Okay, okay, I'm a Cupcake Snob too. I'll admit it! Maybe that is why I love this place! Cupcakes Actually is located in Fairfax, Virginia. Although I haven't visited personally, a wonderful friend of mine kindly brought me a box of these DELICIOUS beauties! :o)

The following photos are by Jennifer Winter from Cupcake Actually's website.

My first favorite: Pucker Up. This one has a real lemon head on top!

He's awesome and smooth and has a secret stash of chocolate chips inside! Yumm!!!

Next up, Mint Julep. This one is definitely a must for all of you chocolate lovers! The mint buttercream on top is amazing!

Simply Red is simply adorable.

How can you resist that little red heart on this red velvet cupcake?

Last but not least is Banana Split. There isn't a professional photo on the website of this one but it was a delicious and soft banana nut bread with caramel on the inside and yummy buttercream frosting that had been dipped in chocolate and drizzled with caramel. It was amazing! Here is a photo of the Banana Split that I took mid-consumption with my cell phone!

I absolutely LOVE the packaging from Cupcakes Actually! These babies are definitely transportable!

My other favorite cupcake spot is located here in Baltimore! The Baltimore Cupcake Company has some truly delicious flavors! Some of my favorites are Vanilla Woo, Key Lime and Cherry Oh. They even have a "happy hour" from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. where you can get these yummies at a discounted price. Visit soon and often!
Well back to the gym for me. More cupcakes equals more time on the treadmill! I earn my indulgences! Cheers! :o)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Posters Celebrating the Beauty of Natural Hair

Her Royal Flyness, Andrea Pippins of the blog Fly, has a great line of prints in her shop I Love My Hair. These loveable prints feature creative illustrations of African-American women with natural hair along with the positive thoughts and feelings many women with natural hair may share. Check out some of the images below!

The Only Regret by Andrea Pippins

Kinky Coily Curly by Andrea Pippins

Self Love by Andrea Pippins

While I've Been Away - Paint Project #2

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I sure am. :o) I wanted to take a few minutes and post another project I worked on towards the end of 2009!

I have some great prints that I collected throughout 2009 that really made me smile and I wanted to finally put them up in my home! However, my search for fun and colorful frames to display the prints in turned up empty. So, you know what they say... If you want something done right, do it yourself! (They give great advice! LOL)

As some of you may know, I spend more than my fair share of dollars and hours in A.C. Moore, JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels craft stores. So, when the the big Black Friday sale hit I knew exactly where I wanted to go to buy my frames... A.C. Moore! I got all four of them for 50% the regular price! Woohoo! :o)

I was unable to find spray paint in all of the colors I wanted, so I used paint samples from Home Depot for the yellow and teal frames. The drying time was longer but it was so worth it! I love the bright colors!

Here is a photo of the original frame before I began painting.

The spray paint took to the metal very well! I love the reflective qualities! Pink spray paint mania! :o)

I decided to use the mirror as an insert for one of the frames. Some of the art may look familiar to you if you are a regular Etsy shopper like I am! The first on the right is by Shelli Dorfe of Studio Mela. I'd had my eye on this print for awhile but wasn't sure where I would display it in my home! Once I figured out where I wanted it to go, I was quickly on Etsy making the purchase!

You may have seen the print directly beneath it online as well! It is well loved by many bloggers and has gotten a lot press. I Love You Blogs and Tea is by Jennifer Ramos of Made By Girl.

The other print is from the Must-Have Boutique rebranding! As I mentioned in another post, this is a custom drawing by Alexa Roy of WhatHeLoves.

I decided to create my own work of art on the mirror!
This is a temporary place holder until I pick up more window paint!

Tada! Here is the finished project!

Custom Print by Alexa Roy of WhatHeLoves

So Very Happy (Limited Edition) by Shelli Dorfe of Studio Mela

I Love You, Blogs and Tea by Jennifer Ramos of Made By Girl

You can see my finished Paint Project #1 table in the background! :o)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Erin Fetherston Short Movies

As much as I adore Erin Fetherston's fashion, I must admit sometimes I don't quite understand the short movies that accompany it. They do a great job of showcasing the beautiful clothes through a type of dark fairytale. The one I found most "interesting" was the Dollhouse video from 2007 that was created to launch Fetherston's Target collection. It is of course fairytale-like with a dash of creepy sadness...

Beautiful Clothing from Erin Fetherston

I first heard of Erin Fetherston when I was reading Lula Magazine. I absolutelty adore Erin Fetherston's label of feminine attire, including dreamy skirts and dresses with bow & ruffle accents. So many of her designs look like they come from a modern day fairytale. I have inserted some of my favorite looks from her collections below.

Spring 2010
No. 2 - Plunging Halter Dress in Khaki Twill
(This definitely has a resort look to it.)
Spring 2009
No. 32 - Sunset Ombre Cloud Mini-Dress
(I like how the fluffy bottom balances out the straight torso. The bow-cap sleeve is a great accent as well.)
Spring 2009
No. 29 - Gathered Lilac Organza Cloud Hem Dress
(I LOVE the arched pouffy hem! Gourgeous!)

Holiday 2008 - 2009
No. 4 - Black Double Face Satin Bow Jacket with Black Double Face Satin Bow Skirt
(I'm a sucker for cute, fitting jackets with volumious skirts.)

all photos from

While I've Been Away- Paint Project #1

I truly didn't mean to be away from the blog for as long as I have! Happy New Year everyone! :o)

At least I haven't been a total slacker! Here is a project I finished early December. I wanted to paint this little table I bought from HomeGoods in November a shade of blue-green.

I already had some paint around the house that I could use that was a lighter shade of blue-green. This is the table after the first coat.

Second coat! Nice but a little too light for me... I had to try again.

So I tried a deeper and brighter color! I wanted something with more ummph! :o)

I only needed a sample of paint from Home Depot! Isn't that amazing! :o)

Tada! Mr. Table is all done! Looking snazzy in his corner... :o)

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