Spring Recipe- Oreo Bark

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Ingredients
  • - 1 package vanilla candy coating
  • - ¾ cup Easter/Spring M&Ms
  • - 8-10 Spring Oreos (crushed)
  • - Spring or Easter Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Melt package of candy coating in a small pot on low heat – stirring constantly until all melted. Pour over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Sprinkle on crushed oreos, M&Ms and sprinkles.
  3. Place in fridge for half hour-hour.
  4. Break into pieces
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Join The Knit Party!

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Wool and the Gang introduces new “Knit Parties” for spring/summer ’15.  Featuring two exclusive designs – the “Knitting Me Softly Necklace” and the “Tender Loving Clutch” — Wool and the Gang’s Knit Parties combine fashion with craft, function with fun.  
Interested Knit Party hosts simply sign up at the Wool and the Gang website and select their project – the necklace or the clutch.  Wool and the Gang does the rest, sending knit kits for all attendees in their preferred colors, including the jersey yarn, chunky needles and easy-to-follow patterns.  Making it even more foolproof, Wool and the Gang also sends a “Wool School” video tutorial to watch during the party, complete with a music playlist.  

What’s more, each Knit Party project offers three different difficulty levels, making it perfect for those who have never tried their hand at the needles and also those who know their moss stitch from their twisted rib.  It’s a great idea for friends, coworkers, baby showers, and more.

Wool and the Gang “Knit Parties” retail for $27 for each attendee, and the host receives her/his knit kit for free.
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2015 Summer Sunnie Trends

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Trend #1: Color

Although a little more on the crazy size, bright sunglasses are in this upcoming summer. Any colored lenses you can get your hands on add a pop of color to this extremely stylish 2015 season. Colored lenses aren’t the only pop that’s in– Stylish, colorful frames add mystery and uniqueness to a woman’s overall look. Some of the hottest bright colored designs are: Acne’s yellow lens glasses, Charlotte Ronson’s blue aviator sunnies and Lacoste’s purple-plum sporty chic lenses all add an interesting flare to noteworthy outfits.

 

Trend #2: White Frames

If a more classic look is your thing, go for a pair of sophisticated white framed sunnies for summer. Not only does white match with everything, but are an extremely chic alternative to regular sunglasses. Kate Spade and Erin Fetherston came up with beautifully made and detailed white glasses for the runway that ultimately embodies an elegant and chic look. White frames can come in many shapes: cat eye, square, circle, etc. It’s the universal sassy girl go to sunnie!

 

Trend #3: Over sized

I’m not talking about big, I’m talking HUGE! These sunnies don’t only cover your eyes, but most of the area around them too– your eyebrows and your face may be included. The beautifully oversized glasses will accentuate your personality with this new fresh look. Roberto Cavalli, Moschino, Maison Martin Margiela and others concocted some of the best over sized sunnie looks for the spring/summer 2015 season that will add the perfect final touch to any outfit.

 

Trend #4: Retro ‘60s/‘70s

This is another comeback that’s absolutely glamorous and chic. The retro look adds a feminine, glamorous look by using experimental shapes and fresh, stylish designs. Gucci, Valentino, and Chanel have been forefront in renovating the style and bringing it back to 2015.

 

Trend #5: Round or Square

These sunnies are the most diverse and creative looks due to the interpretations designers are using with accents of wood, leather and tea toned glasses. The geometric shapes add dimension and uniqueness to the overall look with a retro feel.

 

Trend #6: Semi-Rimless and Ombre Effect

Another fresh and new direction for the spring/ summer 2015 is framing only one half of the glasses or leaving a space between frames going above and below the glasses. In addition, the Ombre effect seems to never leave the runways and always returns with some new and really catchy interpretations. Miu Miu’s extravagant, out of the box interpretation of both these looks took the fashion world by storm by making the bottom of the lens a half red frame instead of the top and using the Ombre effect on the lens.

 

Trend #7: Aviator

Aviator glasses have always been in-style, but this already timeless and classic style is being spiced it up with innovative vibes by many designers. Although more on the safe side, you can’t go wrong with this traditional look! Our favorite aviator looks this season are the mirrored aviator sunglasses designed by Christian Dior and Acne Studios.

 

Trend #8: Extravagant and Unique Sunnies

Standing out is always in-style, especially this season. Extravagant and unique eye wear styles come in many different styles. Barbie-inspired sunglasses of Moschino, colorful beaded designs from Libertine, shield glasses of Kenzo or Prada’s interesting wooden and leather sunglasses give you a new, unique and fresh look that people are bound to comment on.

 

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Friday Treat- Easy French Macaroons
Easy Macaroon Cookie Recipe

 Ingredients
  • How to make Macaroons:
  • Shells:
  • ¾ cup almond flour {I used Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour }
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
  • ½ cup extra fine sugar {I used regular sugar and sifted it}
  • Optional: gel food coloring by Wilton
  • Buttercream Filling:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Optional: different extracts for flavoring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
  3. If you have time, draw 1-inch circles on the back of each sheet, spacing the circles at least ½-inch apart.
  4. Sift almond flour and confectioners’ sugar together 2-3 times. Set aside.
  5. Whisk egg whites with a hand mixer until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Reduce speed and gradually add extra fine sugar. Increase speed and beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Sift flour mixture over whites with a fine sieve. Discard any lumps or coarse bits that remain.
  7. Fold mixture together with a rubber spatula -using short strokes at first -until just combined . The batter will be very stiff.
  8. Here is where you will want to add the Gel Food Coloring if you would like to tint your Macaroons. You will place a small amount of the gel food coloring on the end of a rubber spatula.
  9. Use bigger folds once batter loosens. When batter is ready, it should fall from the spatula in a thick ribbon.
  10. Transfer mixture to a piping bag. In a pinch, you can also use a gallon-size Ziploc bag: just snip a teeny bit from one of the bottom corners. Twist and clip the top of the bag to avoid overflow.
  11. On your prepared baking sheets, pipe out 1-inch rounds in the circles you drew.
  12. Let piped macarons stand uncovered for 15 minutes to form a crust.
  13. Decrease temperature to 325 just before placing the baking sheet in the oven. Bake pans one at a time for 10 minutes, turning halfway through.
  14. Note: After first batch has baked, oven temp should be increased to 375 then decreased to 325 just before the 2nd baking sheet goes in.
  15. Now directions for the delicious Buttercream!
  16. Cream butter and confectioners sugar together in a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. If mixture is stiff, use 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk or cream to loosen.
  17. {optional} Add your extract in small drops. Beat until flavor is thoroughly incorporated.
  18. Transfer icing to a piping bag and pipe on half the macaron shells. Sandwich with remaining shells.
  19. You can eat these right away or put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Music Festival Season Never Looked So Good With Pixie Ink

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Lineups are out, headliners have been announced, and floral headbands are quickly selling off the shelves.  This festival season, it’s not just about crop tops and high-waisted Levis – Pixie Ink tattoos takes festival season trends to a whole new level.

Whether you are head banging to ACDC at Coachella, getting in the mood with Drake at Governor’s Ball or crying happy tears to the reunion of Mumford & Sons at Bonaroo, Pixie Ink tattoos is the ultimate festival season must-have.  With creativity and music in the air, Pixie Ink tattoos enable your body to be the canvas by mixing and creating your own temporary tat masterpieces.  Pixie Ink provides a variety of different packs such as Notorious, Shooter, Wonderland and Vicious that feature everything from Jimmy Hendrix inspired guitars to 1980’s-styled boom boxes and DJ turntables. Pixie Ink isn’t just about following a fashion trend; Pixie Ink lets you express your own personality, whether you’re feminine and flirty, grungy rock-n-roll or living a thug life… you can mix, match and layer like a player. Stick a couple Pixie Ink sheets in those fanny-packs and bring a few extras to share with the hottie rocking out next to you.

Pixie Ink tattoo packs are $25 and can be purchased here.

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St. Patty’s Day Treat!

With St. Patty’s celebrations starting this weekend, we thought it’d be a great time to share one of our favorite party recipes- Lucky Charms Munch. Although the recipe’s name and ingredients suit the festivities, your guests will flip out over how great the taste is as well. Our tip? Add some green food dye to make it extra special for the occasion.

Lucky Charms Munch

Yield: 6 Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Lucky Charms cereal
  • 6 cups pretzel sticks
  • 8 ounces white chocolate baking bars
  • 1 bag of M&M’s
  • 1/4 cup colored sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup of each pink, yellow, and green candy melts

STEP 1: Pour box of cereal out onto a large baking sheet. Pick out all the marshmallows; set aside.

STEP 2: In a large bowl mix the pretzels, M&M’s, and marshmallows together.

STEP 3: In a medium microwavable bowl, microwave white chocolate chips for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are completely melted. Pour over mixture and toss until evenly coated.

STEP 4: Spread mixture in single layer on baking sheet. Immediately sprinkle with candy sprinkles and drizzle with melted pink, yellow, and green candy melts. Let stand until set, about 15 minutes. Gently break up mixture and enjoy!

*Store Lucky Charms Munch in a covered container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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Spring Trend Alert: Gingham

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There is something so optimistic about gingham, the checked cotton fabric popularized by ’50s and ’60s style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot, who wore it in the form of cropped pants and skirts. The preppy print made a comeback on the runways in September thanks to designers like Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta, who all played on its nostalgia-inducing elements and brought it into the modern day with sleek silhouettes and darker color choices. It’s a major street style trend too, usually in the form of matching separates like a full gingham suit, and almost always in black and white. 

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Chic Tweak’s 2015 Spring Trend Guide

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Spring is just 10 days away so why not get your spring trend on…here’s a list of our top fashion styles guaranteed to make a splash next season.

  • Fringed items
  • Floral prints
  • Geometric prints
  • Striped prints
  • Crop jeans
  • Ripped jeans
  • Ankle-zip jeans
  • Coloured jeans
  • Leather trousers
  • Cocoon coat
  • Bomber jacket
  • Biker/Leather jacket
  • Denim vest
  • Kimono
  • Oversized sweaters
  • Crop sweaters
  • Cable-knit sweaters
  • Long cardigans
  • Off-the-shoulder shirts
  • Peplum tops
  • Blouses (collared blouses and non-sleeved blouses)
  • Jumpsuits/playsuits
  • Co-ords
  • Birkenstock flats
  • T-bar flats
  • Slide sneakers
  • Ballet flats
  • Suede boots
  • Brogues/Oxfords
  • Sneakers
  • Tote bags
  • Mini-sized bags
  • Envelope clutches

 

 

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Super Fun Nail Designs For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that is celebrated all over the world. We always give you some ideas to inspire you for each holiday, so this happy day is not an exception. Below you can find several super fun nail designs for St. Patrick’s Day. The most common color, as you will see, is the green color. Other interesting details that are part of the nail art for this day are for sure shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, gold etc. Also you can add the Irish flag as a part of your nail design, or you can add some kisses because the quote says: ” Kiss me I am Irish!”

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New Company Alert: Zero Gravity Phone Cases

ZERO GRAVITY is a culture, a movement, and a brand with an identity. Their mission is not to try to make you look more cool, or more fashionable, but to only EMBRACE WHO YOU ARE individually. They do this by fusing fashion, pop culture, and technology together. They give you options about what you want to share with the world and they are also able to do any type of custom case!

ZERO GRAVITY means FREEDOM, freedom of expression, and letting go of inhibitions, celebrating a more UNIQUE YOU.

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Get The Look: Reese Witherspoon’s Do

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HE LOOK: A modern take on classic, 40s waves

INSPIRATION: Inspired by the sleek and beautiful lines of Reese Witherspoon’s dress, celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel gave the Best Actress Nominee a deep middle part that transitioned into soft cascading waves for the red carpet tonight. “I wanted to play up the duality of texture and create a look that had strength and softness at the same time,” said Adir.

Here is his step-by-step breakdown:

  • Adir started by creating a severe middle part and then applied John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse from roots to mid shaft to towel-dried hair.
  • To continue building the perfect foundation, Adir applied John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Primer from roots to ends before blow-drying hair away from the face with a medium-sized round brush.
  • Once dry, Adir tucked hair behind both ears and pinned into place. “A great tip to avoid dents in the hair is to use a business card and hair clip to hold the style in place,” said Adir.
  • To create the soft waves in the back, Adir used a 1″ curling iron and curled the hair in a barrel curl from ends to mid shaft, pinning them in place to cool down.  He continued that motion throughout the entire back section of the hair that was down.
  • Before removing the cooled curls from their pin set, Adir sprayed John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Flexible Hold Hairspray. He then removed all the pins and let the hair drop, applying more hairspray on a paddle brush and brushing out the curls into a smooth 1940’s wave.
  • Adir then removed the business cards that were holding the front structure of the hair in place and applied John Frieda Frizz Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum with a coloring brush to create duality in texture.
  • To finish, Adir spritzed John Frieda Frizz Ease Keraflex Flexible Hold Hairspray to lock in style all night.

 

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Oscars 2015: Chic Tweak’s Best Dressed List
This year’s Oscars red carpet was about making a statement—blazing red, all over pearls, high drama jewelry—and pulling it off with aplomb, not to mention a few sequins (80,000 on Julianne Moore’s dress alone!).

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1. Dakota Johnson in a Saint Laurent dress, Forevermark Diamonds jewelry, and Bally bag

2. Cate Blanchett in Martin Margiela Couture

3. Naomi Watts in Armani

4. Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

5. Emma Stone in Elie Saab Haute Couture

6. Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

7. Julianne Moore in Chanel and Fred Leighton jewelry

8. Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta and Forevermark diamond jewelry

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5 Good Things for the Weekend!

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Here are five things we’re super into this week:

1. This Cat Tipi – I want it for my cat Mr. Waffle Fry – Hw cute? And only $54!

2. This New Neutral Shade from Essie’s spring collection called ‘Picked Perfect.’

3. This Deluxe Butternut Mac n’ Tease recipe from mynewroots.com. It’s dairy-free (and gluten-free if you sub in rice pasta).

4. A Military Button-Up for tucking in and out of every pant. Only $58.

5. A Great Article on the pros and cons of juicing from a paleo/nutrient-dense perspective via Chris Kresser.

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Red Carpet Style With Repetto

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A few years ago, we were introduced to one of our favorite shoe brands, Repetto, and the rest is history. What makes this brand so special? Repetto uses “stitch and return” to hand make its iconic ballerina flats and loafers, which translates into shoes as soft and flexible as true ballet slippers. Feel like you’re floating on air when you walk (and rock) the red carpet. Shown above: “Michael” black patent loafers ($350), “Cendrillon” blue suede ballerina flats ($295) and “Brigitte” pointy-toe ballerina flats ($380).

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3 Tricks to Up Your V-Day Gift Wrap Game

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If you ask us, wrapping gifts is half the fun of gift-giving. Even if you don’t have the perfect present inside, putting a little something extra into your wrap job always impresses the giftee. Click on Brit+ Co’s how-to here for three easy ways to gussy up your already-wrapped gifts and make them even more Instagram-worthy. How can you not love these? Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day! xo Chic Tweak

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Hump Day Week Treats!

French Macaron Valentines For Your Bae

Happy Month of Love!

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Known for bringing an American twist to the quintessential French macaron, Dana’s Bakery is elevating the traditional Valentine treats with an exclusive collection of new flavors. Inspired by the iconic Necco Sweetheart treats, the collection features candy-colored cookies in decadent flavors printed with classic heartfelt messages.

Dana’s Bakery Sweetheart Macarons ($35 for box of 12);

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Chic Tweak’s Grammys 2015 Best-Dressed List

Now that we’ve seen all the glamorous looks hit the Grammys red carpet, we’ve narrowed down our top picks below. (Don’t see your favorite? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!)

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1. Beyonce in Proenza Schouler

2. Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad

3. Zendaya in Vivienne Westwood

4. Taylor Swift in Elie Saab

5. Charli XCX in Moschino

6. Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

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FRIEND PARTY Series One Balloons!

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FRIEND PARTY is a collection of artist-created balloons for birthdays, holidays, or any time you need to celebrate with a little something special. Each round, six new friends will create six new designs, available in short batches… so get them quick!

Each artist’s twitter/instagram is listed so you can share your celebrations with them. Let’s keep this party going!

There’s a limited batch each time around, and you can get a pack here for $12.

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Day Zero Project (101 in 1001)

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It’s the beginning of February and with the winter still lingering on, I know we all could use a little pep in our step. I have always been a fan of challenges and after coming across the dayzeroproject I couldn’t help but want to participate! The timeline is realistic (about 2.75 years to complete your list) and allows you to really organize and plan your tasks.

1. Create your list of 101 things you want to accomplish.

2. Go out and do it!

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