The Christmas Cookie

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

How are y’all doing?

Have you done all your shopping?

Been naughty or nice?

I hope if you all are traveling that you all make it to your destinations safely and without delay. When you arrive or if you are expecting visitors, these Christmas cookies are super cute and delicious…

Who wouldn’t want to get these wrapped in a box?

IG Cookies

After seeing this OBVIOUSLY you would.

These cookies are great!

They taste great and because they are so small you don’t feel bad for eating 3-4 of them. Who am I am kidding, I ate like 7. Continue reading

Mixed Monochromes: Skirt and Tank Top

Ok so they aren’t completely monochrome but close enough. Remember I said I’d been on a sewing frenzy of sorts – this was the same time I finished my blue ponte dress? I went to Mood with my mum to get fabric and we got quite a lot – four cotton sateens and a voile print that was too cute to leave behind. THEN we went to The Fabric Store and got more cottons and silks. Some of the cotton I got to use as lining – I prefer that to synthetic satins.

Anyway, here’s my pretty mashup of prints:) I wanted to wear them together so I had to wait until I completed my skirt:

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Tank Top

So it’s the same story. You find fabric you need and while making your great escape before you plonk down ALL your money, the inevitable happens.

You see something else and try to ignore it but it’s just so cute. And it’s practically flirting with you – telling you all the things you could make out o it that you didn’t realise you needed until that moment. So you go over – just to see what it feels like after all it may not be that great. But floaty and soft, and the print looks even better up close. *sigh*

So I settled for one yard to make another modification of the Tiny Pocket Tank . I added some shaping to the waist and made the back more racerback. It was a quick sew – four seams, serge sides, narrow rolled hems on the neckline, armholes and bottom. I changed the shape of the bottom to make the back longer and curved the sides.

It felt a bit rude to photograph the mannequin with no bottom but I clearly got over it. Anyway, that print!!! So cute right – makes me want to go to Europe and sketch. Self control is my friend.

Skirt

My mum and I fell in love with this cotton sateen from Mood. The print reminds me of photography film and I love that it’s not quite monochrome – the subtle blues are lovely. And of course, it’s quite comfortable with the teeny bit of stretch blended in.

I used the pattern from my other high waist skirt. I forgot to interface the waist band so it’s softer in that area but no harm done. I also raised the slit by about two inches which gives more freedom to move. I still like that length.

Both are fairly quick makes. I’m pretty certain I will make more of each. I’m avoiding the skirt in black though – I think I would look like a restaurant hostess but I could be wrong. What do you think?

À tout à l’heure!

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PS: I will be back to show you what I made for my mum too:)

Currently Obsessing Over…

Happy Friday! TGIF

I hope that you all had a wonderful week. I know that there is a lot of lot of extreme weather conditions happening coast to coast. New York got a few inches of snow yesterday, California is expecting some heavy rain over the next few days, which we really need. If you haven’t heard we have been in a rough drought for some time now. While I miss the snow, bundling up with love ones and the smell of  fir burning in the fireplace…I still love LA weather. But I could go for a trip back home to Michigan for Christmas,  so as long as I don’t have to shuffle snow.

Any-who,I am sharing with you the things that I am currently obsessing over. Some of these things are predictable, may be shocking and some just super cool; because I am super cool chic.

Here we go:

  1. This Wilton Cookie Pro: I have to admit that I am SO not one of those women who can put things together, like furniture. Directions kinda intimidate me. I am a point and pay girl. I point what needs to be done and I have no problem paying. This cookie pro was intimidating, but YOUTUBE is my friend. To my credit, I read the directions and tried myself, and I did good…I was just missing one small step, which I will share this Thursday when I post the cookies I made and share the recipe.
  2. This cake boutique: Yes, its all cake! Now I have been wanting to go here like forever so I dragged my husband with me. I just could not bring myself to pay $8-$12 for a slice of cake, so he got a slice of cheesecake and I am going back with Lady ID in 2015 so we can do a taste test. Apparently he LOVED the cheesecake, but how pretty is that Checkers Cake? And even though I don’t like green tea, I am interested in trying that and the strawberry shortcake.
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Banana Nut Muffins

Hey There! Happy December.

We are having some serious rain over here in Los Angeles, and I have to tell you that I LOVE it. It is such a nice change to grab an umbrella and some rain boots. Up until the end of November I have been wearing flip flops for a while, but now its time to break to dust off my boots. A girl can never have enough shoes..

Anywho…

In between my current addiction with the show “The Good Wife”, which I am ashamed to admit that I just starting watching in October, BUT from the beginning. I am well into Season 2 now and I am trying to catch up with the rest of the world. I promise I am not always behind =)

I have currently been in some kind of banana mood. Last week I made some Vegan banana bread, which was posted on instagram a few days ago. This week I made some non-vegan banana nut muffins. I will try to re-make the vegan banana bread and post more pictures and the recipe on the site next week, stay tuned. But for now, we have muffins!

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In the Navy: Flared Pencil Dress

Hey all!!!

I hope you had a blessed, delicious and fun Thanksgiving weekend. I certainly did :) I made some pumpkin-spiced cupcakes and they were a hit. I tried out a new recipe this time instead of my regular recipe and I must say, this new one was incredibly moist. I will share it soon. I did manage to exercise some self-control with the Thanksgiving dinners *gasp*

In the meantime, let’s look at some fashion. A big thing for me this year has been making regular clothes and sort of revamping my wardrobe. At some point I realised I no longer had a little black dress. No bueno. So I got some Theory fabric from Mood for that. Then I realised I wanted a navy dress as well. Back to Mood – this time to order some navy blue ponte knit fabric. Killing two birds with one stone – ponte was on my list of fabrics to try.

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When Life Gets Interesting……Part 2

I spent time in a hospital today. Spending time is an overstatement, I was there for 6 hours in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Chicago. Let me first start by saying how professional that hospital is. Everyone was kind, not the “you have cancer” sympathy kindness…. But REAL kindness. The kindness I miss seeing having grown up in Michigan…. The kindness that I hardly ever see in Los Angeles. Everyone was compassionate: the nurses, receptionist, anesthesiologist, and the doctor. Basically it’s the place you want to be if you have cancer, because there is a trust and lack of fear that they provide to their patients and the families.

While I was there it felt like a mini Episode of Greys Anatomy, where the hospital staff all knew each other and there was a history beyond their hellos and the conversations that had with other. It was surreal almost because you never imagine seeing your parent who gave birth to and provided life to you… in a gown with their hair covered in one of those surgery coverings. Somehow those surgical covering looks way more scary on people you love  than they do on physicians and the actors portraying patients on TV that you have no physical and emotional connection with.  That was really for hard for me. I am tearing up just re-living it.

I remember the moment I went back and saw the IV in her arm and then the anesthesiologist came in with three medical students asking a million questions, routine procedure for them but a nightmare for those in surgery. Little did I know my mom agreed to be apart of a research study. I was with her for a while, we made jokes, talked about random things and then she went… They wheeled her bed off down the hall into the surgery room with an army of what seemed like 17 people.

Why so many?!?!?!?

I’m sure it’s normal but it makes you feel the “seriousness”. Felt like an episode of parenthood, which my husband and I watch religiously.

Then I came out  to the waiting room, and you wait and wait and wait. The waiting is like INTENSE. Minutes feels like hours, and hours feel like months. I walked past a guy getting treatment and he was  younger than my husband. I saw a girl in college with her roommate and her dad, parents waiting for their children and people older than me waiting for their parents. Then it dawned on me, this is serious! I felt so many things when I saw all of those people: I felt angry, sad, happy, blessed and then ultimately hopeful. Hopeful because no matter what people say JESUS already died for us to be healed and have an abundant life. Hopeful because he orchestrated these doctors to care enough about cancer to save lives and give others hope. Hopeful because cancer is not terminal, LIFE is terminal.

I was able to pray with my mom before she went into surgery. Something I’ve never done before. That was cool! I’ve learned from watching her go through this the importance of running to God, remembering that sickness and disease is NOT apart of his plan. Gods power works best in our weakness.

I also had to remind myself that life is short. We have to continue to VIVA LA VIDA!

Live LIFE:

1. Stress Free- Stress kills and bring sickness, disease and infirmity into our lives. Ultimately stress is brought on by fear. My prayer everyday is for God to continue to perfect his love in me so that all FEAR can be expelled. Make sure to keep a prayer of Faith.

2. Spend TIME, not minutes or an hour but REAL TIME, a commodity and blessing you can never get back with people who are stress and drama free and who love you. We need to make sure that we have friends who edify, uplift, encourage and pray for us. Life is short, I know I don’t need to remind anyone of that.

3. PRAY- always. God hears us, he is listening,

4. Don’t let fear, worry, unbelief, doubt or anxiety about tomorrow rob from you what you have today.

We ALL only have today.

Cancer is not terminal.

Life is terminal.

No one gets out of life alive.

Don’t fear death.

Fear dying and never having lived.

~Bekah~

Tuesday Favourites

When Life Gets Interesting…. Part 1

Hi Everyone! Does anyone remember me?

I have been pulling a disappearing act for a while, but Lady ID has been doing a great job with her posts. How about that sexy pencil skirt that she made? I can’t even keep up with her honestly. I want to thank her for bearing with me while I have been incognito for the last few weeks.

I have had an interesting last few weeks to say the least. Some good days, some interesting and some indescribable, but through all of the setbacks, disappoints, and even good times; I know that God always has a plan. This is post will serve as Part 1 of  whats been going on in my world, and then I will get back to what I do best, making food and talking about eating =)

When Life Gets Interesting : Part 1

A couple weeks ago I found out that while my mom was having her routine mammogram, the doctors asked her to come back the next day because they noticed something abnormal. She went back the following day and had another mammogram done, and expecting to hear nothing…she had to go back again. They suspected that there might be something there and they did not want to “rule anything out”. She went back to the hospital for the third time that week and they took a sample from her breast to see if any of the cells would test as cancerous.  That alone is already freaky enough, but I also know that God is the ultimate healer. I was “concerned” BUT I had SO MUCH faith that it was not even a question to me about cancer being an option in my mothers future. I had all of my friends and my church praying for this to not be cancer. Continue reading

Fall Style with ModCloth

Hey all!!!!

So fall is “here”. For those of us in SoCal, it may not seem like it but trust me that has arrived – I can’t rock the tall boots just yet but the ankle boots are permissible. For those of you with proper fall…I admit I am a little jealous. I love seeing the leaves turn from green to yellow and orange.

Part of the fun in changing seasons is the wardrobe change – hello sweaters, hello tights, I see you boots ;) Clearly ModCloth thinks so too because they contacted me and asked me to share my fall layering style inspired by their lovely collection of cardigans (check them out). My fall style features lots of tights, sweaters and scarves, and they have plenty to choose from.

It’s funny they asked because I was already working on a different board already featuring one of their sweaters but then they have so many to choose from…

Fall in (to) SoCal

Day to Date:

Los Angeles is huge. Driving from one place to another can be time consuming so I chose to do a day to date night look. One versatile outfit – dressed up/down with a change of accessories.

The dress is a great length to pair with tights and stay covered up. The boots work for traipsing around town without wearing out my feet and I can tell you from experience that a satchel like that carries my daily essentials. I actually already own a similar satchel just but mine was customised from The Leather Satchel Company in England.

Later on in the evening, you can transfer the lip gloss, credit cards, cash and phone into the adorable clutch. ;)

Fall Colours:

If it is not clear by now, I LOVE COLOUR. Especially pinks, oranges, reds and cobalt. Since it is fall I have been wearing a lot of orange and more red that usual. I do not buy into the idea that you should go dark in fall and winter. If anything I think it is the perfect time to go with bright pops of colour so things stay cheery. Works for the leaves at least.

So click on the board for item details. All but three items are sold at ModCloth.

À tout à l’heure

Spicy Floral High-Waist Pencil Skirt

Hallo hallo hallo.

I hope you all have been having a blessed November. I can’t believe the year is almost over!!! It’s been so hot in LA that I forget it’s “fall”. I would actually love for the seasons to change a bit more than a slight cooldown:)

Anyway, I wanted to quickly how you the skirt I made last weekend – I wore it to church yesterday which is why I didn’t tell you about it before. As much as I can, I prefer to wear the outfit then blog it :)

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