November 29, 2014

WE ARE FAR, FAR FROM HOME

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Sweater: Marshalls
Jeans: PacSun
Booties: Off Broadway
Hat: Forever 21
Scarf: Thrifted

I found these boots at a costume shop last Halloween season.  It wasn't your typical Halloween Express kind of shop, but instead a place where a lot of theatre companies rented costumes for shows.  They were always my #1 choice for costume shopping, and they were the only place in town that sold Ben Nye makeup.  I love love loved this place, but sadly they closed for good this year.

This, combined with some other recent events, has made me realize the importance of patronizing local establishments.  So this year, shop Small Business Saturday!  You never know, it could make all the difference in the world.

From Wonderland with Love,


November 27, 2014

SALTED CARAMEL HOT CHOCOLATE

Salted caramel hot chocolate // Fear in Wonderland

Hi lovelies!

The other day, my super sweet boyfriend ran out and got me breakfast from Dunkin' Donuts, and I was so excited when he brought me home a salted caramel hot chocolate. But then I tasted it and was severely disappointed. I hope they were just having a bad hot chocolate day, because it was seriously bad. I consider myself pretty good at piecing together recipes, so I decided to make my own. Here's the recipe that makes 2-3 servings:

Ingredients:
  •  2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Nestle (canned) Dulce de Leche
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp marshmallow cream
  • 1 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • whipped cream

Heat the milk on medium low in a medium sized saucepan.  Once it's at a nice warm temperature, add the white chocolate chips and the Dulce de Leche because they need the most time to melt.  Stir!  If you're not pouring something in the pot, you should be stirring.  Add the salt, the cocoa powder, the marshmallow cream, and the yogurt.  You're still stirring, right?  When you get tired of stirring, use a mesh strainer to get out any shrapnel that won't melt/blend.  Top it off with whipped cream!

From Wonderland with Love,


November 25, 2014

LAST MINUTE PLACEMATS

Easy DIY placemats // Fear in Wonderland

Hi lovelies!

If you're anything like me, you often wait until the last minute to do anything.  And now you've realized Thanksgiving is two days away and you're place settings are a little lacking.  Chipped plates aside, I can help you out with that.  These placemats are easy, cheap, and interesting enough to make it look like you didn't put them together at 3:00 AM on Thanksgiving morning.

You will need:
  • plain placemats
  • paint pen
  • ruler
  • scrap cardboard
  • scissors
I got these placemats at Kmart for about $3 a piece.  They're simple and tasteful, but they could use a little personality.

Easy DIY placemats // Fear in Wonderland

To start, use a ruler to draw a triangle onto a piece of scrap cardboard (I used a piece of a cat food box), and cut it out.  The triangle doesn't have to be perfect.  I made mine a bit skewed because I'm going for somewhat of an abstract look.

Easy DIY placemats // Fear in Wonderland

Use the triangle stencil to trace triangle shapes flipped up and down in a row across the placemat. It's best if you use a sheet of paper or a ruler to guide you and keep them straight.  Don't worry terribly about the exact positioning of the triangle - remember, it can be abstract.

Easy DIY placemats // Fear in Wonderland

Now keep doing that until you've covered the whole placemat with triangles!  I was originally going to fill them in with acrylic paint, but I ended up liking the look of them empty (plus, we're going for quick here, right?).  The paint pen dries fast, so you'll be finished in no time.

Easy DIY placemats // Fear in Wonderland

What'd I tell you, that was super quick and easy, right?

From Wonderland with Love,

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