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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Olivia's Ootd




Hi everyone ! This is my daughter Olivia , if you have been following my blog you already know this is my 2nd child. My first child is a boy, his name is Lucas. Here is a previous post so you can see both of my kids > here . I'm doing a segment of both of my kids "outfit of the day " but first lets start off with Olivia. You probably might see her more often than Lucas, because he is going to school already. We usually do our photo shoots while he is at school or sometimes weekends if we get a chance because by the time he gets off school, I will be extremely busy taking care and spending time to both kids, dinner , homework, bath time and bed time. The routine.

Anyhow, Olivia is 9 months old. She is walking already. I'm so proud of her for being such an early walker. She started walking when she was 8 months and she is getting better and better everyday. It's a lot of work for me now too, since she just wants to walk all the time. She don't want to be carried around anymore, only last  for a few minutes and she want to be put down . So I have to keep my eye on her every time she walks because they could get a little careless on things.

 
She loves to talk as well , her first word is "mama". Just recently she started to say "dada"
She could blab all day
 
headband, top and pants : Gymboree
coat : Carters (Kohls)
shoes: Children's Place
 

Have a good day everyone! I hope you enjoyed Olivia's pictures

How to Make French Macarons



My quest in conquering French macarons cookies was quite a rocky road journey. I did 3 tries to finally get that delicate and precise French pastry. So what inspires me to make French macarons? Once upon a time, It was Paris Fashion Week most of my favorite style bloggers are in Paris. Aside from the latest  fashion runway instagram photos , there was also an array of beautiful French macarons on my intagram feeds from these style bloggers. I was curious and intrigued on what this little delightful darlings taste like. So I did my research, next thing I know. I bust out my mixer. After that I made batch by batch by batch. So enough on my ramblings and lets proceed on my tutorial.


Ingredients for macaron shells :

1 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 3/4 cup almond flour



  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature



  • Pinch of cream of tartar



  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar



  • Directions:

    Sift confectioners' sugar and almond flour until combined.



    Whisk whites with a mixer on low speed until foamy.



     Add sugar while Increasing speed to medium and whisk until soft peaks form. Add food coloring and Increase speed to high, and whisk until stiff peaks form.


    Slowly add the egg whites mixture into the flour and powdered sugar mixture and fold until mixture is incorporated.


    It should be this thick of a mixture , you don't want it to overmixed or undermixed or else it will not turn out right. An overmixed mixture will result on cracked macarons. So it has to be on the right consistency, when you hold your spatula up, it should take atleast 5 seconds before it drips. This is the macronage part, the crucial part in making macarons, so you got to be very careful.


    Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain round tip, and pipe 3/4-inch rounds 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, dragging pastry tip to the side of rounds rather than forming peaks. Tap bottom of each sheet on work surface to release trapped air. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.



    Bake 1 sheet at a time, rotating halfway through, until macarons are crisp and firm, about 15 minutes. Let macarons cool on sheets for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.


    Sandwich 2 same-size macarons with 1 teaspoon filling of your choice (buttercream, jam, etc). Serve immediately, or stack between layers of parchment, wrap in plastic, and freeze for up to 3 months.


    Vanilla Buttercream filling recipe with Pistachio
    • 1 Vanilla Bean
    • 1cup Granulated Sugar
    • 3 Egg Whites
    • 1pinch Cream of Tartar
    • 1/4teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
    • 2 Sticks, cold unsalted butter, cubed
    • 1tablespoon Vanilla Extract
    1. Split vanilla pod lengthwise, and using back of paring knife, scrape the beans into granulated sugar (making a vanilla sugar).
    2. Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar to soft peaks. Bring the vanilla pod, vanilla sugar and 1/4 cup (57 grams) water to a boil in a small saucepan, and cook syrup to 238°F (115°C). Carefully remove the vanilla pod then gradually pour the syrup down the side of the bowl, cool on medium speed about 8 minutes.
    3. Add in the salt, butter and whip on high speed until fluffy and emulsified, about 10 minutes. Add vanilla extract. Note: for the macarons in the photo, I folded in finely crushed pistachio for added color and flavor               
    4. Now your buttercream is ready to go! Fill a piping bag (or a zippered plastic bag with one corner snipped off) and pipe your filling onto half of the finished macaron halves, then top with the other halves to make sandwiches
    Thank you so much for reading, have a great day and I hope you enjoy making French Macarons.
    Love,
        April
    Recipe for macaron shells adapted from Martha Stewart
    Recipe for buttercream filling adapted from Food52

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Navy Blue

     
    One of the fashion trends that I love for A/W 2013 is navy blue and cobalt blue. I saw them everywhere on runways and fashion magazines. For some reason, I'm starting to fall in love with this hue and I'm probably going to wear them more often this season.I'm not really a "blue" person, I'm leaning more towards feminine and lighter shades of color. This royalty color is too bold and too strong for my taste. But in fashion, there are no boundaries, you can always experiment , try new things and step out of your comfort zone.
     
     



    In this outfit, I love to add a masculine touch of this feminine laser cut skirt. This sweater that I bought from Phillip Lim for Target does its job well on that. It is perfect for this kind of weather, It fits good and it is very comfortable. I love how it drapes perfectly when paired with  the skirt. It looks effortless and yet well put together. What do you think ?

    Sweater : Philipp Lim for Target
    skirt : H&M similar here
    bag: Kate Spade (old)
    boots: Zara (old)


    Did you notice my little cutie patootie? Yes, I will be featuring her outfits, as well as my son too. They are in my new page in the blog at Kiddie Corner, there I will be featuring their "ootd". So I hope you will have fun with my little munchkins.




    Thank you and have a great day everyone!
     
    Love,
            April








    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    Fall essentials :Boxy Jacket and buckled booties


    Hi lovelies! How was your weekend? It's definitely fall , the days are a little chilly and the leaves are changing its colors. So that day, we decided to take a short walk at the park nearby, It's so nice to see the trees with their different shades of burnt colors. In this fall 2013, I'm inspired of boxy oversized jacket and buckled booties like the one on Zara's look book last month. So, when I saw this jacket at Guess in the mall, I was blown away and when I checked the price,I was blown away again becasue it's on sale for 40% off. I knew I have to get it. So me and my friend bought the same jacket, we are so happy they have our sizes and they are the only ones left too. Score ! We got it for only $40.We did really good. I'm also in a hunt for buckled booties, I think they are really edgy and booties make your legs look longer as compared to  tall boots, in my opinion. So when I made a trip to Marshalls last week to look for home decor for my son's bedroom, I bump into this booties , $40.Next thing I knew, it went home with me. So these are my fall essentials , I know this will be shown often in the blog, since they are versatile and also goes with anything.



     


     
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    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Black and White Clashing Prints


    This fall/winter season I'm obsessed with black and white , so you're going to see me sporting these colors/looks often. In this outfit I  play around with prints , so polka dots and tribal prints. I love how they clash, I think they're artsy and playful. This is what I wore at the mall that day, so these polka dots slipper flats is just perfect to be on my feet all day long.

    blazer : Candies (old)
    crop top : Forever 21
    shorts : Bar iii (Macys)
    flats: Gap
    bag : Kate Spade (old)

    Runway Inspiration :

    via Pinterest

    Street style Inspiration:

    via Pinterest
    Thank you and Have a great weekend everyone!
     
    Love,
          April

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