Trick or TREATS: Halloween Party Recipes

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When it comes to tricks or treats… we always choose treats!! In our office we love sweets and we love any excuse for a themed party! To spread our ghoulish fun, we decided to share some of our spookiest and tastiest recipes that you can make for your own Halloween blowout!

Classic Caramel Apples

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What you need:

  • 2 packages (14 oz each) chewy caramel candies
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8-10 tart apples
  • 8-10 thick wooden skewers or popsicle sticks
  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, stir the caramels with 1/4 cup of water until melted.
  2. Slide a stick into an apple, dip the apple into the caramel, then place on wax or parchment paper.
  3. Optional: Dip in peanuts or candy before caramel sets.
  4. Keep apples on parchment until the caramel is set.

Blood Splattered Cookies

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We love this eerie cookie recipe from Annie’s Eats. It’s bound to creep all of your guests out!

  • Bake sugar cookies in whatever shape you prefer.
  • Edge and flood the cookies in plain white royal icing.  Let dry completely overnight.
  • Tint some of the leftover icing dark red.  Thin it to a consistency that splatters well.
  • Lay cookies on a work surface covered in wax paper, parchment or foil.
  • Splatter away using a clean paintbrush or the tines of a fork, until the cookies look as gross as you like.  Let dry.

For more baking tips check out Annie’s blog.

Skull Cake

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William Sonoma has these incredibly haunting skull cake pans that will make any dessert table hauntingly delicious. You can choose your favorite cake flavor and the pans will transform it to the perfect Halloween treat. We personal favor a moist chocolate cake. Try this chocolate glaze recipe from William Sonoma to top off your cake:

Chocolate Glaze

2 Tbs. melted butter

8 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa

8 Tbs. hot water

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbs. meringue powder

 

1. To make the glaze, combine melted butter, cocoa and hot water. Blend in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add more hot water to get a thin, pourable consistency for glazing (glaze will harden when cool).

2. Place cake on a wire rack and pour glaze over the top of the skull. As the glaze flows over the cake, use the back of a spoon to get the glaze into the eye sockets, nose and any other hard-to-reach areas.

3. Once the glaze has hardened, carefully remove the cake from the rack and place it on a cake stand using a small amount of icing to secure it to the base.

Find more skull decorating inspiration here.

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Our own Maggie , from Customer Service made these chilling treats last year for Halloween! They look dangerously delectable!! She used her skull pan from William Sonoma to create a decomposing skull cake and Monkey Bread to make frightfully real looking Brains.

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What you need:

2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 cans Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits
10 tablespoons butter
1 cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 12-cup fluted tube pan.
  • Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in 1-gallon bag. Separate dough into biscuits; cut each in quarters (a pizza wheel works really well for this).
  • Shake biscuit quarters in bag to coat; place in pan. Sprinkle any extra sugar mixture over biscuits.
  • In 1-quart saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to boiling over medium-high heat; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour over biscuit quarters.
  • Bake 30 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Turn upside down; pull apart to serve.

Yum… now our mouths are watering! Hope your scary treats are a hit at the monster bash!

 

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Social Style

 

Brace yourselves! The latest edition of Social Style is here. We bring the items that your favorite celebrities and bloggers have worn in the past right to your finger tips! In today’s edition  We found pieces that everyone from Rihanna to Kristen Stewart have worn. Start dressing like a star now:
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A few years ago, when she was rocking red hair, Rihanna wore this casual and cool Acne leather jacket. The beige leather jacket paired with simple jeans and shoes, balanced out her fiery locks.

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Copy this edgy pop star’s look by pairing the jacket with a graphic tee and nude flats. Get the same Acne jacket for less on our site! It’s easier than you think to dress like a celeb when you are on a budget!

 

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Krysten Ritter stunned in these Jimmy Choo “Kann” jeweled sandals on the “Late Show With David Letterman” in 2010.

 

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These nude jeweled sandals are timeless and can be paired with almost any thing. Whether you are wearing jeans for a night out or an evening gown to a gala, these Jimmy Choo shoes will leave a little sparkle any where you go!

 

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Kat Von D and Kristen Stewart battle it out for who wore it best in this Derek Lam printed dress. Which star do you think rocked it the best?

 

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It doesn’t matter because once you get into your own Derek Lam dress, you will put them both to shame!!!

 

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Celebrities everywhere, including Rita Ora, Solange Knowles, and Nicky Hilton, have their hands on these Edie Parker sparkle clutch handbags.   These chic box clutch bags can be customized with your  name or witty saying of your choice.  Look like a starlet on your next evening out with your own glittering Edie Parker handbags.

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Best in Bags: NYFW Spring 2015

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 has quickly come to a close and designers, editors and models alike all impressed on and off the runways. Instead of our usual trend round-up, this season we are talking the best of bags.  We are eyeing up the handbags on the runways and on the street. Designers showed a lot of statement handbags from kitschy clutches to bold backpacks. They didn’t disappoint and neither did all the fashionistas who attended the Spring 2015 shows. Current season or classics, we saw a lot of stand out  handbags.  See our best in bags countdown:

10. Proenza Schouler Fringe Clutch

 

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Fringe is nothing to be afraid of for Spring 2015. It popped up every were during New York Fashion Week, and Proenza Schouler aced it. A fringe clutch, like this black and blue bag, is the perfect way to wear just a touch of the trend.

 

9.  Kate Spade Watering Can Evening Bag140905153956-06-nyfw-0905-horizontal-gallery cnn

While we might not work this into our own wardrobe, we have to say we loved this kitschy water can clutch from Kate Spade! Her Spring preview sent us off to a whimsical secret garden. With the array of  playful handbags, there will be plenty of ways to transform a basic outfit with Kate’s Spring 2015 bags.

8. Nonoo Champagne Holographic Oversized Clutch

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We are loving this oversize clutch from Nonoo. With just a touch of holographic trim, it remains a a neutral and is easily paired with any outfit for day or night.

7.  Libertine Glitter Skull Clutch

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A printed clutch that can still act as a neutral is the ultimate wardrobe staple!

5.  Cynthia Rowley Zipper Backpack

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Backpacks are coming back in a huge way. This style from Cynthia Rowley is city chic and uber cool.

4.  Alexander Wang Sneaker Handbag

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Alexander Wang is taking the sneaker trend to whole new level!

3.   Marc Jacobs Crocodile Handbag

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2.  Rag & Bone Crossbody

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We love a subtle leather crossbody any day, but Rag & Bone managed to put their cool girl styling on it and making it even better!

1.  Creatures of Comfort Tote Handbag

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This green suede tote from Creatures of Comfort is so simple but yet so chic. The color and the texture transform a simple shape into the ultimate in luxury. We picture this tote as a jet setters staple travel carryall.

 

 

Social Style

Being technology obsessed fashion lovers, we are constantly perusing the social media sites of our favorite bloggers, celebrities, and style muses. As we scroll through Instagram and Facebook we find ourselves wondering WHERE do they get such incredible pieces and can WE afford it?! If you as style crazed as us, you are going to love our new blog feature! We have scoured our pages for some of our favorite celebrity/ blogger looks and we are showing you how and where to find it! The best part it that you can look like a chic blogger or socialite for a portion of what these designer pieces originally cost!!

 

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Fashion blogger, former model, stylist, and photographer Hanneli Mustaparta knows her style! This Norwegian blogger looks New York cool in this blue suede motorcycle Mape jacket from Acne.  Pairing this with skinny jeans, fringe loafers, and a clutch for day time, her appearance is effortless and chic.

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This cobalt blue color is on trend and will be a perfect addition to your Fall wardrobe.  You too can look blog-worthy with this same Acne moto jacket, at a fraction of the cost! You can find it here.

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One of our favorite bloggers,Chiara Ferragni, from The Blonde Salad,  dressed up a sports jersey with the Isabel Marant Clemence pumps.  This Fall / Winter sportier looks will be everywhere. We love how these embellished pumps make a jersey fashion forward! Chiara was ahead of the game when she wore this look!

 

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These embellished pumps can be paired with anything from a jersey to a dress to jeans! Pick up your own affordable pair of Isabel Marant pumps here.

 

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Cool girls and celebrities alike have been seen carry the Proenza Schouler PS1 handbag. It’s a classic bag that won’t go out of style and can be worn with almost anything. Alexa Chung and Leighton Meester wear this handbag well.

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The Ps1 comes in a variety of colors and materials, and we love every version of it! Check out our selection of this it girl bag.

 

We love the thrill of finding celebrity styles at a more affordable price! Tune in again for tips to look like your favorite stars!

 

Look for Less: Emmy Awards 2014

After Sunday night’s disappointing outfits at the VMAs , we weren’t sure what to expect from the Emmy’s red carpet looks. But last night the stars brought their style A games and left us with some fashion moments to remember. Some of our favorite dresses came from Sarah Hyland, Julia Roberts, Lizzy Caplan, and Hayden Panettiere ( sporting the best accessory… the baby bump!).  With so much inspiration from one carpet ,  today we set out to help you find those looks for less! We have the designer pieces that will have you camera ready and looking like a starlet in no time!

 

Whether you have the baby glow to go with it or not, you can look stunning in a shining sequin gown just like Hayden Panettiere’s Lorena Sarbu number.

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clarie dicksonThis Claire Dickson gown has a similar starburst pattern like your favorite Nashville star.

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Add this Judith Leiber crystal minaudiere clutch to complete the red carpet look.

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Kristin Wiig kept it simple and cool in this white silk dress from Vera Wang.  We love how she kept the look clean with minimal accessories.

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This Monique Lhullier gown has a similar slinky feel to the one the Bridesmaid star wore last night.

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Just add a pair of uncomplicated t-strap pumps to keep the outfit crisp. These metallic Yves Saint Laurent sandals elevate the starlet style to the next level.

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There were some red hot looks at the Emmys Monday night and we loved it! Many stars steer away from the hue because they don’t want to blend in with the carpet. However, last night many celebs, like Claire Danes and Julia Louis Dreyfus weren’t afraid to come out blazing.

Sizzle in one of these crimson designer gowns:

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Kate Mara was strikes a pose in this piecey white J. Mendel gown.

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You can get the same sexy look with this embellished Valentino gown.

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Stack on some rings like this Pamela Love hinge ring and grab a Lambertson Truex minaudiere clutch to get Kate Mara’s Emmys style.

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Shop these discounted designer pieces from us for your next big event.  You will be transformed into an instant starlet on a not so starlet budget!!!

FASHION POLICE : VMA Edition

After assessing the red carpet looks from last night’s Video Music Awards , we have to admit that we think the celebs’ styles came up short.  Sequins, leather, studs, and  sheer everything… it has all been over done. We get it… its the Video Music Awards and we want our rockstars to have a little bit of an edge!  But some of the outfits from the red carpet were too over the top for our taste.  Don’t get us wrong though, there were a few celebrities who got the superstar style just right.  Check out our wrap up of all the best and worst looks from the award show.

 

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Last night Miley Cyrus rocked out a pair of leather high-waist pants with a matching bandeau top by Alexandre Vauthier. This look is on trend with matching crop top sets that have been in style this summer. We can’t say this is our favorite look for Miley, but she definitely looked chic and subdued ( for Miley anyway). We think this was a good pick for her, especially after last year’s Miley mayhem. ( do twerking and Robin Thicke ring a bell?)

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Miley’s outfit was all leather done right, but we think Ariana Grande‘s outfit went wrong… This Moschino outfit is trying too hard to be sexy and grown up. Ariana has a fun young spirit about her and this all leather get-up is too severe. She should be wearing something more youthful and exuberant.

 

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Metallics were everywhere at the VMAs Sunday night.  Some stars wore the shining style in a sexy sophisticated way and others wore it ALL wrong. Nicki Minaj was one style star who hit the metallic nail on the head.  This snake print metallic mini from Saint Laurent is gorgeous on Minaj. We are loving her pared down style as of late… now if only she would smile!

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Iggy Azalea also worked the silver metallic trend right at the show. This curve hugging gown from Atelier Versace was simply futuristic and fresh.

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Amber Rose also stepped out in a metallic number but she didn’t get it quite right. In fact, we aren’t sure if this even qualifies as an outfit. It appears as though Amber Rose just threw on a chain bra and some underwear… but we wouldn’t expect any thing less (or should we say MORE) from her. We will say it takes a confident woman to sport this look!

 

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift and Amber Rose might share the same stylist because they both forgot to put on pants! We love Taylor’s valiant effort to try something out of her realm and to be a little sexier; however this attempt was a flop.  Ms. Swift has certainly got the legs for this look but the bottom is ill fitting. If the shorts were a little longer or if it was a different print this outfit may have had a fighting chance.  We usually love Taylor’s style but this one was just a bust.

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Nick Jonas was one the best dressed guys at the VMAs.  He is no longer the littlest Jo Bro but an edgy rocker in this Vivienne Westwood plaid blazer and leather pants.

 

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We can’t say that Katy Perry was our best dressed at the awards, but we can say she has the outfit with the best sense of humor. We loved the homage to Britney and Justin’s denim ensembles circa 2001.

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Thanks Katy Perry for the custom Versace VMA nostalgia!

 

 

 

Women We Adore: Coco Chanel

 

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” How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be somebody.” Today on her birthday we celebrate that somebody who left a lasting impression on the world. That somebody is the timeless Coco Chanel.  For those of you who don’t know, Coco, originally born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, was a French designer and founder of Chanel. There she was known for creating a liberating silhouette for women and creating a sportier casual standard for women’s clothing.  Her designs embodied understated elegance. She famously gave us what are now considered Chanel classics  including the the little black dress, the Chanel tweed suit, and the quilted Chanel handbag (aka the 2.55, which by the way was named for the date of its creation February 1955).Suits designed by Chanel.  (Photo by Pauevolution-chanel--large-msg-129781595831 Chanel suit-Page-1
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Being a fashion company, we admire Coco for her fashion legacy and the company she created. However, these aren’t the only aspects of her story that make us love and adore her!

1. As is implied from Chanel’s words of wisdom, she was a fearless, pioneering, and ambitious woman. Coco Chanel overcame adversity in her early life and became a success as a designer. Her mother died when she was young and Coco grew up in an orphanage. Despite this she became a confident , strong woman.

2. She sang in a cabaret in her early career. Before Coco began designing she aspired to be a star on the stage. (this is where she picked up the nickname Coco) While she wasn’t a success at this career, she is someone to be admired for going after her dreams.

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3.  We love her revolutionary designs! At the time Coco’s designs were groundbreaking for women. Ladies still wore very constricting garments such as the corset, but Chanel came out with sportier more comfortable styles. If it weren’t for her we might still be squeezing into corsets every day!!

4.   “There have been several Duchesses of Westminster—but there is only one Chanel!” Mademoiselle was also a little bit kooky and little bit scandalous. Stories have been told of her affairs and gentleman suitors. She lived quite a fascinating life and she did as she pleased. While we may not agree with everything she did, she lived the life she wanted and didn’t worry what others thought.

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No 5.   And most of all we love her for all the styles that we still covet today:

 

Happy Birthday Coco! 

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