Archive / September, 2012

be your own stylist

Hi friends! I’m excited to welcome Ashlee to CLC to share a little of her style with us today. I’m a big fan of getting creative with what you already have ( and maybe adding a few new + inexpensive items ) to create a style that is your own. If you are too.. you’ll love this! Make sure you say hello to Ashlee! She’s such a sweetheart! 

- Jordan

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I’m not totally obsessed with trends nor do I fuss too much about what I wear. However, I believe it’s important that we experiment a little with our personal style. Like many of you, I don’t have my own stylist on speed dial or have endless funds to constantly update my closet. But here’s the good news, we don’t need any of that.

We can be our OWN stylists.

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Through much trial and error, there are three things (I have learned) that you can do to be your own stylist:

  • Find inspiration from your favorite dressed celebrities, friends, or actresses
  • Experiment with changes or additions to your current outfits
  • Don’t change too much – you always need to be yourself

To give you a few examples, I kept the basis of this outfit simple: jeans and a white tee. I normally wear it with sandals, a few bracelets, and my ring. Now if you experiment a little with certain pieces, you’ll notice how subtle changes can make a drastic (good) difference. So not only can you play around with being your own stylist but you can also make your wardrobe work double-duty.

Here are 3 ways to style your jeans and white tee for a day at the office, a night out, or an errand-filled afternoon. Also, remember to have your makeup and hair done accordingly. Happy Styling!

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guest blogger ashlee chuGUEST BLOGGER  /  ASHLEE CHU

Ashlee Chu is a Marketing and Event Consultant in Southern California. Her creativity and passions are evident in her work with Invisible ChildrenSoCal Girls MinistriesFoundation Restoration and most recently, be.loved along with Peristeria Magazine.
She shares about everything from faith and living to work and relationships. Oh and the occasional movie, top 10 play, or non-profit. She’d love to be your friend!

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> shop: white scoop neck tee / bootcut jeans // blazer / ballet flats / black bag / watch / sling backs / gold necklace / stack of bracelets / metal trimmed bag // cardigan / boots / necklace / belt / fringe bag

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food / 03

As a culinary major and an all things by scratch lady I absolutely shutter at the thought of using something pre packaged but there is one thing that I make an exception for. It is versatile, buttery, flaky, easy to use, quick, convenient, and delicious. That thing is pre packaged Puff Pastry. If you have ever made puff pastry by scratch then you would agree that you want to abandon the idea forever. It is a time consuming and labor intensive process that entails many hours of dough chilling, resting, and kneading. Not only to mention there will be butter and flour EVERY where. I don’t know about you but I simply don’t have the time to do that. Puff pastry in short is little layers of leavened dough with butter in between that when baked creates a puffy flaky pastry. The uses for puff pastry are endless. I will be using puff pastry a lot in my recipes here and once you start to make it a staple in your freezer you will too. The possibilities are endless. So go to the store, grab a box, and get to baking! One of my favorite blogs has excellent recipes on what to make with puff pastry.

bite sized fruit pastries step by step recipe with free printable download cute recipe card

Bite Sized Fruit Pastries

  • 1 package puff pastry ( I use pepperidge farm puff pastry sheets )
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup flour, for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon tablespoon lemon zest, about 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3 peaches, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  • any cookie cutter of your choice ( I went for tiny and bite sized for a little treat at our #CLCbrunch )
bite sized fruit pastries step by step recipe with free printable download cute recipe card

in two separate bowls mix each fruit with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon and let macerate for 30 minutes at room temperate, stirring occasionally to ensure even coating on the fruit

bite sized fruit pastries step by step recipe with free printable download cute recipe card

take both of your thawed puff pastry sheets and lightly roll seams together on a well floured surface, the more you rolls the less “puff” you will get with your pastry so be gentle

bite sized fruit pastries step by step recipe with free printable download cute recipe card

cut out as many pieces of puff pastry as you can using your cookie cutter, staying close together because unlike most doughs with puff pastry you can’t ball it up and roll it out again

bite sized fruit pastries step by step recipe with free printable download cute recipe card

lay out your shapes onto a lightly sprayed sheet pan and dock each piece with a fork avoiding the edges, this keeps the center from puffing up and knocking your fruit over, and we wouldn’t want that

make an egg wash by whisking together your eggs and water, brush each pastry with the egg wash

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assemble each pastry by laying a little pile of fruit in the center of each one

bite sized fruit pastries step by step recipe with free printable download cute recipe card

bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and puffy

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transfer onto a cooling rack and dust lightly with powdered sugar

enjoy!

xoxo calli

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featured / from the desk of series on pinegate road

Did you catch my interview on Pinegate Road Monday? If not, go check it out! I loved learning meeting other creatives in her From The Desk Of series. And I’ve loved getting to know Kelsey!

jordan brantley of create like crazy featured on pinegate road's from the desk of interview featured column

Speaking of Kelsey.. you should join us for our #designbywine twitter party on Thursdays! You must bring at least one cheesy joke to the table ;)

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handwritten

I’m still teaching myself to not overly design things.

I’ve fallen completely in love with handwritten type recently ( as you can probably tell from this board ) and, like I said about art in general, it seems I’m more attracted to the “imperfect” more human looking type.

messy imperfect wonderful hand drawn type

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interiors / 04

Hey folks, I’ve got some news for you: wallpaper is in.

There. I said it. I’d been thinking about it for the past few weeks but hadn’t shared that little bit of info.

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It is so “in” that I can’t wait to have a forever home {does that make me sound like a rescue pup??} so that I can wallpaper a powder room or dining room in something funky and fantastic.

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I’m just chomping at the bit to invest in a roll of something pretty and unique like those used in the rooms shown above.

Want to add this trend to your space? Try Urban Outfitters, Flavor Paper and Pure Home

-Taylor

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( steven gambrel / lonny / cup of jo / fine / pinterest (dots) / apt therapy )

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inter[view] / 04

Hey friends! I hope everyone had a fun + relaxing weekend! We’re starting off this week with an inter[view] with Elena Brown of Randomly Happy!

This girl is just too cool. I just love the “recrafting” projects she shares on her blog. ( which she recently redesigned herself! ) And she lives in London. Yeah, I’m jealous too.

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connect with Elena: blog / twitter / pinterest 

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( secret weapon / wishlist / other images by Elena )

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