Flower Subscriptions

As I get more and more into my beauty subscriptions, I’ve been curious what other kinds of delivery services are available to enhance my home.  I figured there would have to be mailers to update the house in even a small way, as the convenience of these things are worth the price.  I was thrilled to find information on Flower Maid, a Los Angeles based weekly or bi-weekly flower subscription.

Prices range from $10-20/week depending on size and how many types of fresh cut flowers that you arrange yourself, or subscribe to already done bouquets for $15-30/week.

For East Coast readers, H. Bloom is a great company that does the same thing ($29-85/bouquet depending on flower choices) or pay for a full year in advance conveniently at Calyx Flowers ($479.95 for full year or $269.95/6 months).

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Robes

When I moved to Southern California, I pictured myself tan, waking up early to skateboard down to the coast to surf for an hour before work, and basically just accidentally slipping into a super toned and slender physique a la Kate Bosworth, which seemed pretty easy according to my research of watching Blue Crush over and over.

First of all, I’m of Irish decent.  I’m pretty sure the only step between pale and burnt is blistered, which I really should know by now.  Also, it’s my 5th year in and the only thing I have to show for my skateboarding skills is a permanent scar and to be honest with you, I’ve not come as far as shoulder deep in the Pacific, so surfing isn’t working out so well.  I also moved here just before June, which sent me into a deep depression once I learned of the phrase, “June Gloom”.

Living by the beach… it’s actually cold.  Not in terms of snow or single digit Winter weather, but let’s just say leaving the house without a sweater is 9 times out of 10 a big mistake.  Also, almost like clockwork, when each June rolls around, the sky turns dark and remains overcast for the remainder of the month.  I’m convinced this is karma for all the egos and bad intentions that fill this town (half joking).

I take a personal protest by using the weekends to stay in bed, watch movies and order cheap Chinese food.  My attire?  Can’t live without my comfy robes.  Whether I’m sick, relaxing or even getting ready to go out – it’s my go to.  I also never travel without one.  I’ve managed to acquire quite the collection ranging from my favorite warm and cozy (pictured 1st) to a light, short sleeved printed wrap (pictured 2nd) to use while straightening my hair and doing my makeup.

Robes:

Kashwere Adult Shawl Collared Robe $135

*First heard of this from my friend Courtney (THANK YOU). 

Josie Interrupted Floral Short Robe $52.80

Kiku Cotton Kimono in Kyoto Floral Print $156.56

Lacoste ‘Smash’ Robe $69.99

Topshop Rose Robe $45

Oscar de la Renta Pink Label Heavenly Lace Long Robe $79

Splendid Soft Luxurious Robe $82.60

Hudson Park Boxed Robe $99.99

Marc by Marc Jacobs Serpent Nightwear Robe $81

Victoria’s Secret Long Terry Robe $44.99

In Bloom by Jonquil ‘Blossom Bouquet’ Wrap $68

Gilligan & OMalley Women’s MixMatch Robe $21.99

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Sleepwear Stripe Spa Robe $64

Calvin Klein Underwear Essentials Satin Short Robe $56.25

In Bloom by Joquil ‘Animal Patch’ Wrap Robe $58

Natori ‘Sapa’ Robe $170

Gap Stretch Jersey Short Robe $44.50

Anthropologie Blooming Rose Robe $78

Forever 21 French Terry Sleep Robe $15.80

 

Foodie Friday

Today was overcast and rainy in L.A. and even though that calls for even more traffic and the locals dressing up like they’re going to the Alps, I’m always a little excited at the change of pace.  Besides, this gives me unprecedented opportunity to sport scarves, rain boots and the previously mentioned giant puffer jacket I talked about in this post.  Who doesn’t love a ski bunny moment?  It is a risk, however, because more often times than not, what starts as a rainy day ends in full sunshine bliss.  I then become that person walking around in layers, sweating bullets and even though I normally straighten my hair, begin to feel it curl under my cashmere hat, which any naturally curly girl knows – when you commit to a hair accessory, you’re in it for the day.  Not a good situation.

What I can always count on, however, is my desire for a delicious treat to indulge in.  There’s something about this weather that makes you want to be comfortable and satisfied, so – I’ll go to the gym tomorrow.  I was going to be in Culver City today, a great up and coming neighborhood that houses one of my favorite restaurants – Akasha.  I’ve heard it’s great for dinner, but I go there for two reasons – they serve Intelligentsia coffee (it’s seriously like no other) and the seared albacore sandwich.  The albacore is really light and fresh and they pair it perfectly with pickled cucumber, avocado, cole slaw and wasabi mayonnaise.  I’ve heard Trader Joe’s (and I’m sure your local grocery store) carry wasabi mayo, so this would be easy to recreate with any fresh piece of fish, turkey or even just broiled veggies.

Top from left to right: Seared Albacore sandwich with zucchini and onion soup, front of Akasha, snapshot of the menu and their impeccably made cafe latte.

When I got home, I decided a treat was in order.  Cupcakes have been done countless ways and I believe the reason is because they are awesome.  They’re like a private cake and a little celebration you can have without making a scene… however you may want to hide from the outside world that you had anything more than two private cakes in one sitting – this is just advice, I’m not talking about anyone in particular.

Although I’m a chocolate fanatic, I love this recipe.  While the cupcakes were cooling, I made 3 different colors of icing and attempted to create an ombre pattern as I applied blue, then purple, then pink icing horizontally across the top of the cupcake and then smoothed it out with a knife.

I’m all about finding ways to brighten my day (especially when it’s dark outside), whether it’s a great top on sale, a new lipstick or a decadent treat.  Happy Weekend!

Here are some baking items I’m craving right now:

Wilton Re-useable Cupcake Holders from Amazon (photo taken from website) $9.90

Easy Release Cake Pan from Williams-Sonoma (photo taken from website) $52

Nonstick cookie sheets and drying rack from Williams-Sonoma (photo taken from website) $39.96

Cookie Spatula from Bed Bath & Beyond (photo taken from website) $9.99

Rose Cake Plate from Neiman Marcus (photo taken from website) $65

5 Quart Kitchen Aid Mixer from Bloomingdales – ON SALE and comes in tons of fun colors (photo taken from website) $269.99

Cute Apron from laylagrace.com (photo taken from website) $30

Lastly, my two favorite baking cookbooks:

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook from Amazon (photo taken from website) $16.30

Sugarbaby from Amazon (photo taken from website) $19.77