St. Patrick’s Day Candy Bar

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St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and while I rarely miss an opportunity to get a little festive around a holiday, this one seemed to sneak up on me. I didn’t have time to host a cocktail party with Irish libations or bake my Irish soda break scones with sea salt whisky butter, but I did have time to set out a small St. Patrick’s Day candy bar for a few friends that I had over this past weekend. I filled one bowl with gummy lip candy and a sign reading “kiss me, I’m Irish.” In another bowl, I placed a few chocolate coins with the label, “pot of gold” and I filled the third bowl with sour rainbow candy and a sign reading, “follow rainbows.” Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Supplies:
Gummy Lips 
Sour Rainbows
Chocolate coins
Construction Paper
Circle hole punch
Label Maker
Tooth picks
3 bowls

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Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

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St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and while I may not be Irish, I love any excuse to be festive. Last year I made Irish soda bread scones with sea salt whisky butter and this year I thought I’d put a spin on a classic sweet treat for an easy and affordable, yet fun holiday dessert.  Check out my Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats and Erin go Bragh!

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Total Time: 15  minutes
Serves: 9


Ingredients:
6 tablespoons butter
8 cups miniature marshmallows
12 cups Lucky Charms

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Steps:
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Lucky Charms cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into thick squares. Best if served the same day.

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Friday Link Love

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Happy Friday friends! This weekend I’m driving up to Santa Barbara with my fiance and his parents for a quick getaway. I’m looking forward to catching up over a few wine tastings and trying out a some new restaurants in town. I hope you have some adventure (and wine) in store as well! Check out this week’s installment of Friday Link Love and have the sweetest weekend! xo.

1) The prettiest drink blog, like ever.

2) The most beautiful shots in movie history. Swoon.

3) Obsessed with these “shit to do” and “merci” stamps.

4) A fun way to remix all that Easter candy.

5) I love a good coconut oil beauty hack.

6) Good tips for loving yourself.

7) Just when I thought I couldn’t adore Reese Witherspoon more, she goes and does this cuteness.

8) Mini fish and chips appetizer for your Oscar party? Yes please.

9) Inside Bobbi Brown‘s medicine cabinet.

HALLIE’S VALENTINE’S DAY MIX TAPE

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Valentine’s Day in my house has always been rather relaxed. The night unfolds around a home cooked meal, a bottle of wine and some barefoot slow dancing in the living room with my love. If you’re like me and plan to stay in and get cozy – turn up the volume on this Motown Valentine’s Day mix tape. xo

 

“Can’t Nobody Love You” by Solomon Burke
“Use Me” by Bill Withers
“My Girl” by Otis Redding
“Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand” by Ray Charles
“Bye Bye Blackbird” by Joe Cocker
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye
“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations
“The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson
“Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding
“Love and Happiness” by Al Green
“Take Time to Know Her” by Percy Sledge
“For Your Precious Love” by Otis Redding
“You Send Me” by Aretha Franklin
“In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett
“You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters
“Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & The Pips

Succulent Pumpkin Vase

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Happy (almost) Halloween! If you’re looking for a way to keep those pumpkins around past Saturday night, try turning them into a succulent pumpkin vase. It’s super easy and looks adorable.

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You’ll Need:
a pumpkin
a knife and spoon
succulents
cactus soil
saran wrap

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Steps:
1. Begin by cutting a circle around the stem on the top of your pumpkin.

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2. Remove the top and begin scooping out the innards with your spoon (save the seeds and toast them for a snack).

3. Once the pumpkin guts are fully removed, place saran wrap along the inside walls of the pumpkin.

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4. Fill the inside of your pumpkin 3/4 to the top with cactus soil.

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5. Decide where you want to place your succulents and plant them in the soil.

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Friday Link Love

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Bonjour (and Happy Friday)! I’m bound for Europe on a spontaneous getaway with my love. Knowing how badly I’ve been wanting to travel to the city of lights, Andrew turned to me on a whim and said, “Hey, I’m buying you a ticket and we’re going to Paris for the weekend.” Hashtag swoon. I hope you too have a bit of romance in the coming days. Until then, check out this week’s installment of Friday Link Love. Au revoir LA!

 

1) Fall sangria served out of a pumpkin? Genius.

2) My girl, Keltie Knight, dishes out 10 truths and they’re perfect.

3) Totally making this coconut oil popcorn and watching a scary movie this week.

4) 45 life lessons, written by a 90-year-old.

5) Chic ways to dress up your pumpkin.

6) Um, LOVE these DIY couples costumes! Especially the V-J day sailor and nurse Times Square kiss!

7) Ok, so it’s a kids’ Halloween party but swap the apple juice for pumpkin ale and you have the cutest casual Halloween picnic.

8) These unusual beaches have me looking up airfares.

9) Pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls. Yes! Pumpkin everything!

 

 

 

Hallie’s Autumn 2015 Mix Tape

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Autumn is in full swing. The sun is setting over the horizon earlier in the evening, warm blankets are finding their way out of storage as the cool winds blow through the leaves that are changing from green to shades of red, yellow and orange. Tobacco and leather scented candles fill the air with a comforting and familiar aroma, red wine and whiskey are shared with loved ones as warmth is found in the essential fall uniform: over-sized sweaters and boyfriend jeans. This is autumn to me. Everything about the season pleases my senses. As I slip into my usual routine of baking pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, carving jack-o-laterns, and snuggling up with my love, my home will be filled with tunes that are calming, mellow, and ostensibly haunting. Check out my autumn mix tape and let me know what you’ll be listening to in the comment section below.

 

“Morning” by Beck
“Small Things” by Ben Howard
“Fallingforyou” by The 1975
“From Eden” by Hozier
“Where Are You Now” by Mumford & Sons
“Paint” by The Paper Kites
“Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver
“Georgia” by Vance Joy
“All the Time” by Bahamas
“Gold” by Chet Faker
“Waiting Game” by Banks
“Red Dust” by James Vincent McMorrow
“The Last Day” by Moby
“Angels” by The XX

 

 

 

 

 

Style Guide: Coachella

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Tis the season for dancing around the desert and taking fashion risks. Coachella may be a music festival, but to me it is entirely sartorially centered. I often find that my summer style inspiration is influenced by the festival crowd. The integration of high and low designers, mixed patterns, bohème chic accessories, and Woodstock inspired garb – it’s enough to prove the dusty earth of Indio a runway. Check out my style guide for rockin’ three days in the desert and let me know what you’ll be wearing in the comment section below.

1. The Who Concert Tee
2. Vintage Chanel Necklace
3. Fringe Bag
4. Cut Off Dagger Cuff
5. Cut Off Shorts
6. Stuart Weitzman Sparta Sandals
7. Aviator Sunglasses
8. Floppy-Brim Fedora

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1. Headband
2. Clubmaster Sunglasses
3. White Hand Crocheted Bralette
4. Deconstructed Denim Shorts
5. Fringe Sandals
6. Crossbody Bag
7. Stackable Rings

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1. Embossed Faux Leather Crossbody bag
2. Statement Ring
3. Gladiator Sandals
4. Sunglasses
5. Maxi Dress
6. Goddess Necklace

Friday Link Love

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Happy Friday! This week was a short one for me. I took Monday off of work in order to soak up the last few hours of Jenna’s visit to LA. We had the loveliest weekend catching up, laughing, eating delicious food and spending quality time together. We laid by the pool at the Chamberlain Hotel, sipped almond lattes from Alfred Coffee & Kitchen, made new friends at LA Foodshop, threw back some bubbly at Malibu Wines, and had brunch with the sweetest mama in Silverlake at Sqirl. It was the best long weekend and I wish I could press repeat and do it all over again. I hope that this weekend brings you and yours adventure, play and lots of laughter. Keep reading below for my favorite finds from around the web with this week’s installment of Friday Link Love.

1. I’ve been working on eating my greens. I’ll definitely be making this pretty salad next week.

2. Tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

3. A modern twist on Easter brunch.

4. This is the most Instagram worthy grazing table I have ever seen.

5. Gold leaf Easter eggs? Yep. I’ll be making these.

6. What lovely floral cocktails for spring.

7. A comprehensive guide to picking the right, ripe produce.

8. Beauty must-have: oil.

9. Christina Tosi teaches us how to make the world’s best birthday cake. No, but really. It’s the best.

 

The Best Juices in L.A.

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In my quest to make 2015 a healthier and greener year I decided to fully immerse myself in the juice culture.  Being that Los Angeles is one of the more health conscious cities I’ve ever lived in, this task has proven to be both surprisingly easy and enjoyable. Check out my guide to some of the best juices in LA and  tell me about your favorite locations in the comment section!

1. L.A. Juice – Red Carpet $9
Ingredients: Beets, tangerine, and apple
Health Benefits: Liver support, blood builder, rich in vitamin C.

L.A. Juice
8360 Melrose Avenue #104
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 951-0765

2. Juice Served Here – Twenty-Dollar Juice $20
Ingredients: Cream Party, Beauty Boost, Honey, Vanilla Bean, Bee Pollen, and Colloidal Silver
Health Benefits: Nutritional powerhouse, anti-aging, and enhances libido 

Juice Served Here
8366 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 944-0409

3. My Glow Bio – Zinger $8.50
Ingredients: Carrot, apple, and ginger
Health Benefits: A good source of beta-carotene, necessary for a shiny, well-moisturized hair and scalp. Loaded with minerals, vitamins, and biotin, as well as strong anti-aging and beautifying properties. Contains powerful antioxidants, and also possesses antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties, and aids blood circulation.

My Glow Bio
7473 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-3939

4. The Juice LA – #10 $9
Ingredients: Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime
Health Benefits: A blast of vitamin C-promotes immunity & fights infection with it’s strong antibacterial & antiviral properties

The Juice LA
3145 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 644-0250

5. Clover – Gingersnap $8.50
Ingredients: Fuji apple, green apple, lemon, and ginger
Notes: A fruit filled blend with a kick.

Clover Juice
2 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2568

6. Moon Juice – Cucumber, Pineapple, & Jalapeño $10
Ingredients: Cucumber, pineapple, and jalepeño.
Health Benefits: This juice is anti-inflammatory, boosts metabolism, and contains live bromelain enzyme power.

Moon Juice
507 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-2929

7. Pressed Juicery – Greens 2 $9
Ingredients: Kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple and lemon.
Notes: Leafy greens. Refreshing citrus. A touch of sweet apple. Greens 2 is a staple when you want all the goodness of a greens juice, but are still easing into the pressed juice habit.

Pressed Juicery
8714 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA
(310) 854-4407