Monday, October 24, 2011

Inspirational birthday cakes

I wanted to do something special for my BBFs birthday this past Saturday, so I decided to get an inspirational cake. I feel like plain old "Happy birthday, [Friend's Name!] just doesn't cut it to make your special someone feel special enough. You should make your friend feel empowered not just for being born, but for becoming good at something after they became born.

Photo taken with Instagram. Cake is from Buttercup Bakeshop.

Other ideas for inspirational cake messages include:
  • Happy birthday! You're really pretty
  • Happy birthday! You're an excellent driver
  • Happy birthday! Everyone is jealous it's your birthday
This year I chose "You're doing a good job" for my best friend. This inspirational message is sure to make any friend feel special because it implies ongoing success. What will you choose for your friend's next birthday?

PS - These were awarded with the cake (for doing a good job, of course):

Photo taken with Instagram. Kate Spade Taxi Mittens pictured.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

J.Crew can give me everything I need in life right now (still)

Ok, and maybe DVF Fall 2011 RTW can, too, but that's another post...

One time at work like two years ago went down in the history books as the time I proclaimed complete loyalty ONLY to J.Crew for the rest of my life if they would give me a lifetime supply of women's sportswear. Now, according to this arrangement I would be allowed to buy all my undies and some accessories and stuff from other places (though I wouldn't have to since they've added so many tchotchkes to the mix (but those are mostly brand partnerships anyway and not J.Crew proper so they kinda don't count)). So basically this deal would mean anything visible on my person would be J.Crew and J.Crew only (including items from brand partnerships, but that's up to my discretion (says the verbal contract)).

On this historical day I might have even said a prayer to "the J.Crew gods," an imaginary trinity of Cashmere, Cafe Capri, and Double Cloth, to please please please let me win a sweepstakes or something involving this fantasy lifetime supply. My co-worker then made a good point about what if they lose Jenna Lyons? Or what if her genius-well runs bone dry and the clothes start to suck like they did for ALMOST ALL THE YEARS BEFORE JENNA? (btw, from now on B.J. means "Before Jenna")...but I said I didn't care. I said I'd take the risk.

I know it's a totally crazy promise, but to prove my commitment I've already spent like seven minutes writing the above paragraphs, and another couple hours putting together the following digital shrine of what I hope to see in my closet's future. To keep the holy theme going, I'm going with the power of three. So, if I could choose three of each type of item from the current online collection, these are what I'd pray for (and I don't even believe in real god(s) like other people do):

Clockwise from ME: Porcupine Popover, Pony Cardigan, 
Play Commes des Garcons Cardigan

Clockwise from ME: Velvet Crush Top, Suzette Blouse, Blythe Blouse

Clockwise from ME: Commes des Garcons Play Striped Heart Tee, 
Fit Colorblock Tee, Crochet Lace Front Tee

Clockwise from ME: Schoolboy Blazer in Academy Stripe, 
Technicolor Tweed Jacket, Hacking Jacket in Double Serge Wool

Clockwise from ME: Toggle Coat in Houndstooth Plaid, 
Double Cloth Symphony Coat, Plaza Coat

Clockwise from ME: Starlee Sequin Dress, Sally Dress, 
Blythe Shirt Dress
Clockwise from ME (looking like Susan Boyle): Cafe Capri in Wool, 
Cafe Capri in Harvest Tweed, Min Jodhpur Pant
Clockwise from ME (on repeat): Bellamy Python Ankle Boots, 
Viv Flats, Darby Calf Hait Loafers

Clockwise from ME (Susan Boyle strikes again): Classic Pave Link Bracelet, 
Lulu Frost for J.Crew Crystal Horseshoe Necklace, Resin Colorblock Bracelet

 Clockwise from ME: AR Trapp Troubadour Sunglasses, Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves,
Eddie Borgo for J.Crew Cone and Pearl Belt
[Product photos and names from Photos of me are from me courtesy of Facebook, my mom, dad, life, etc.] 

And now you can turn to your neighbors to offer the sign of peace (or Tweet me and mention #jcrewshrine if you're feeling the fever). 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The real Bill Compton?

If you ever doubted that supes are real, here's proof. Something's fishy in Bon Temps...or is it Salem?!

If Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a baby

It's pretty smart that these peeps have made a movie starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt called 50/50 because I have srsly always described my little bro as looking 50% Seth Rogen and 50% JGL! If they had a baby, it would be my brother. And if my brother had two babies by himself somehow, they would be them. This is intense.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fancy Pigs in a Blanket (or Snuggie)

Oh hey! I hope you're hungry because Srsly Fancy has a brand new section called Snacks. It will mainly feature tasty recipes for things you can make (and eat) quickly. Think fast food, but just a little bit slower. If you've never heard of a snack before, I can help you learn!

A snack is technically something small you eat between meals, but if you wanna get really crazy, you can eat a bunch of snacks instead of a meal. I like to make a million little snacks when I have guests because people generally like to taste lots of different flavors. A "smörgåsbord," if you will.

Last weekend I had a bunch of peeps over and made my Fancy Pigs in a Blanket. These are not your average pigs in a blanket because they're decorated with poppy and sesame seeds. You can roll your dough in almost anything, really, to dress your pigs up--which you'll especially want to do if they're making a special appearance in front of your guests. Here's the recipe for these mini diva dogs:

What you'll need (to feed 8 hungry friends):
Two 8 oz. cans of Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
Two 16 oz. packages of beef cocktail franks (wieners)
Poppy seeds
Sesame seeds
Dips: ketchup and your favorite flavor of mustard

How to make 'em
Peel the paper off your first can of crescent rolls and wait for the awesome POP! sound (this might be the best part of making the Fancy Pigs so make sure you enjoy it). Roll out your sheet of dough on a large cutting board or flat, sanitary surface. Pillsbury has already cut perforated lines in the dough, but this is to help you form the shape of the large crescent rolls--we are not making those so we'll be thinking "outside of the box (or lines?)" for this recipe.

Cut 1.5" to 2" sized squares into the dough, going about 6 times across across and 5 down. Don't worry if there are lines from the pre-cut dough among your manually cut squares--the dough is very soft and can easily be molded together to get rid of the superfluous cuts.  

Now that your squares are all set, it's time to prepare your piggies' other accoutrements. Pour about 4 tablespoons of sesame seeds and 4 tablespoons of poppy seeds into two ramekins or small bowls. To make your first piggie, place a cocktail wiener diagonally at the top edge of one of the crescent squares. Roll the piggie in the dough so it's tucked in like a baby in a blanket (or a small adult wearing a snuggie). 

As your pigs are rollin in the dough, you might notice pieces of the dough breaking because of those pre-cut pieces. Just push the dough back together to seal it up if this happens, OR, just don't even worry about it! It's more fun to have slacker-styled hogs, anyway. Think carelessly chic. Now, roll these puppies in sesame or poppy seeds. Rotate between the two seed flavors until you've used all available squares. To be extra zany you can even MIX the two seed flavors together--your pigs might look a little overdressed but that's what diva dogs are all about!

After pre-heating your oven to 350-degrees, put all your piggies on a cookie sheet to bake for 12-17 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown. While you're waiting, put on some really good music to get you in the eating mood. Something like La Bouche is perfect.

La Bouche - Sweet Dreams MP3 Download

Your pigs should come out crisp and delish. Place them in a pretty dish near other pretty stuff (like flowers or candles) on a table so your guests can eat them. I like to serve them with grainy Dijon mustard and ketchup. If you're worried about double-dipping you can hire your boyfriend to keep a close eye on anyone who might be trying to ruin your party with germs. Just because they're called PIGS in a blanket doesn't mean they're for sloppy people.

Enjoy with your fanciest friends!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I would really really love to stick around

My second drug-induced 8tracks mix of the day was fully inspired by my mom (not the drug part, just the songs part). We had every one of these tracks on cassette tape and played them proudly during what we now refer to as the Nissan Mini-Van Sessions: 1986-1993, during which I likely wore some version of this outfit:

I think the first track really draws you in.

1. Marc Cohn - Walking in Memphis
2. Billy Joel - I Go To Extremes
3. Boy Meets Girl - Waiting for a Star to Fall (from the Three Men & A Little Lady Soundtrack!!)
4. Rod Stewart - Rhythm of My Heart
5. Go West - King of Wishful Thinking
6. Steve Winwood - Higher Love
7. Annie Lennox - Walking on Broken Glass
8. Wilson Phillips - Hold On
9. Steve Winwood - Back in the High Life Again
10. George Michael - Freedom '90
11. Seal - Crazy
12. Jon Secada - I'm Free
13. Billy Joel - The River of Dreams
14. Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
15. Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
16. Don Henley - Boys of Summer
17. Kenny Loggins - Playing with the Boys
18. Peter Cetera - Glory of Love
19. Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
20. Tom Cochrane - Life is a Highway
21. Jon Secada - Do You Believe in Us
22. Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
23. Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
24. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
25. Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise