We wanted to try a healthier, prettier and more gourmet summer dessert that’s easy to make for any get together or just to store in your freezer. These pretty pops contain natural ingredients and explosive flavors– they’re just so yummy!
Apple, Ginger and Sage Popsicles
2 cups of apple juice
1-2 tbsp ginger juice
1 tbsp finely chopped candied ginger
3-4 sage leaves plus 3-4 small extra
6-7 sage flowers, remove stalk plus 5-6 extra
3-4 slices of apple
Makes about 8 popsicles
Take half a cup of apple juice, add the ginger juice, sage flower and sage leaves and bring to boil. Shut the lid and let it cool. Drain after it is cool and add it to the rest of the apple juice, add apple slices, sage leaves(fresh) and flowers (fresh). Pour in the popsicles molds and freeze overnight.
Grapefruit n Sage Popsicles
5-6 fresh grape fruit juice
4-5 sage leaves plus extra
5-6 sage flowers plus extra
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
pinch of pepper
1/4 cup water
In a sauce pan heat water, sugar, salt, pepper, sage leaves and flowers. let it cool, strain and add to the grape fruit juice and add some fresh sage leaves and flowers and freeze.
We’re all about DIY projects here on the Chic Report, so here’s another DIY that can add pizazz to your hairdo and is definitely something to talk about. It’s so easy to achieve this whimsical look!
What You Need:
Gold or Silver Metallic Spray Paint
Twigs from your local tree
Krazy Glue or Hot Glue
Step 1: Spray the twigs with metallic spray paint and leave them to dry
Step 2: Glue the bobby pin to the spray painted twig and let it sit until the glue is completely dry
Step 3: Pin in place and your finished! (Wow, that was easy and fast!)
What you need: Scissors, shaving razor, tweezers, patience
So we decided to try something new. Instead of buying a $80-$100 pair of super trendy ripped boyfriend jeans, we decided to make them ourself.
I went to my local thrift store and found a pair of medium wash vintage Wrangler jeans for $7.00 (instead of $89 at Urban)
After trying them on I envisioned shredded torn up knees and pockets. I went on Youtube and looked up videos… this is what I found that explained the process the best. Both were great in learning how to do make distressed ripped jeans:
For 1 pair of jeans it took me about 2-3 hours (without stopping)– it’s tedious work.
1. Use a plastic spoon to make applying mascara to your bottom lashes less messy.
2. Use scotch tape for an eyeliner stencil and get that perfect line.
3. If your mascara is clumped or hard to apply, use eye drops to dilute for easier application.
4. Use white liner on your waterline to make eyes look bigger instead of black.
5. Blow dry or heat up your lash curler for a long lasting eyelash curl.
6. Make your lipstick last by putting a tissue over freshly done lips and pat power for a long lasting matte effect.
7. Wash and save old mascara wands for multi-purpose use– it’s a great tool for filling in and combing your brows.
8. Know when to throw makeup products out so they don’t harm your skin or eyes. Makeup does expire.
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Out with the old and in with the… revamped old T! Don’t be afraid to nip, tuck, cut and bleach an old t-shirt or a pair of jeans– just go for it! Just think of it this way, an old raggy looking t-shirt in the back of your closet could be cut into a super cute crop top or made into a beach cover up and a pair of old jeans could be fringed and given a super cute distressed vibe. Rip them, fringe them, leave them be, whatever you’re feeling, do it, you might end up with something totally cute that all your friends want. You can end up have a bunch of new clothes with just a couple snips. Don’t be worried about ‘oh what if I ruin it’ if the shirt or pants were just going to sit in a bin or stored under your bed anyways. Take a risk and see how creative you can get!
Crazy Cute Open Back Ties Tutorial (If you want to try something more difficult)
There’s tons of easy-expert DIY tutorials online–Check them out for some inspiration!
What You’ll Need
- ANY cupcake recipe
- Butter Cream Frosting recipe
- Chocolate chips in different sizes
- Red candy coating
- Disposable piping bags
- Waxed paper-lined cookie sheet
- Black food coloring pen
- Bright green food coloring gel
- Various decorative piping tips
- Yellow sprinkles (for buttercream daisies)
- Display board or cake pedestal
Step 1: Melt the red candy coating in a small bowl in the microwave according to the package directions. Melting 1/2 cup of the candy coating ensures enough for the ladybugs with plenty to spare.
Step 2: Fill a disposable piping bag with the melted candy coating, snip the tip of the bag to create a small opening, and pipe red dots in various sizes onto your waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
Step 3: Slide chocolate chips into the melted candy coating circles while they’re still warm and in liquid form.
Step 4: Place the lined cookie sheet of ladybugs into the freezer. Freeze for 5 minutes or until just firm.
Step 5: Use a food coloring pen to add details to the ladybugs, such as black spots and a small line for the wings.
Step 6: Bake the cupcakes according to recipe instructions and let cool completely. Set a small portion of the Buttercream Frosting aside, then mix the remainder with a few drops of green gel food coloring. Once you’ve achieved the desired color, add the green frosting to a piping bag.
Step 7: Use a grass tip and a medium-size round decorating tip to create grass and swirls of green buttercream onto your cupcakes.
Step 8: Using the leftover buttercream frosting, pipe on daisy petals with a small round decorating tip. Use yellow sprinkles for the flower centers. Add ladybugs to each cupcake, arrange on a pedestal, and serve!
1.) Black Ankle Booties: When you don’t feel like wearing pumps and adding an edgier look to your outfit, add booties. They go with just about anything (tights, pants, bare legs) and are probably more comfortable than a pair of heels.
2.) Nude Heels: These were a huge trend this season. These add the perfect classic touch to your look as well as elongating your legs in the process. They also work with any color– a go too if you’re running late and don’t know what to put on your feet!
3.) Polished Sandals: Perfect for the summer. Dressy, sophisticated, and shows off your cute pedicure. If your office allows it, these can be used for work as well. Strappy, tied, bucked, colored, black. chunky heel, polished sandals comes in all different looks.
4.) Kitten Heels: Don’t break your ankle while trying to get from point A to point B in your 5 inch stilettos! Try a sleek pair of kitten heels as a more practical option that won’t sacrifice your look.
5.) Patent Leather Loafers: Loafers aren’t only for boys– try a pair of sleek and professional loafer style in a pointed toe. They’ll know you mean business.
6.) Tall Boots: With the temperatures in fall and winter close to zero, keep warm and dress up your look with a pair of tall boots. Calf height boots are also ideal in this type of weather– and did i mention they’re super cute?
7.) Printed Pumps: Snakeskin, leopard print, geometric, floral, polka dots–it doesn’t matter: printed pumps show your unique sense of style and will get you noticed. They might not match everything, but they add a pop when styled the right way! Just look how cute Olivia Palermo’s are! (See above)
8.) Comfortable Commuting Shoes/ Sneakers: Owning a cute and comfortable pair of kicks to run around the city with will save your feet– trust me they’ll thank you. It’s an easy solution to uncomfortable shoes you can only wear around the office and it’s an easy swap. Just stow them away in your bag and take them out when needed.
9.) Flats: Your day can turn out to be completely unpredictable– running here and there in heels just won’t do. Swap your stilettos with a pair of the cute pair flats that you put in your bag that morning. You’ll still look professional and put together… just in a more comfortable way.
10.) Classic Black Pumps: You can never and will never go wrong with these. They add a polished and sophisticated finish to every outfit. You’ll feel confident whether you’re dressed up or dressed down!
Trail Blazer award recipient and Best Female Performance winner Shailene Woodley rocked the carpet last night at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards with a French inspired, bold yet naturally radiant look, created by Celebrity Makeup Artist Roxy.
To achieve this look, Roxy hydrated Shailene’s face by applying Laurel Whole Plants Organic Skin Facial Elixir to her face, neck and decolletage. Next, to even out her skin tone and achieve a flawless finish, Roxy applied a sheer foundation with a beauty blender sponge. She then softly played up the definition of Shailene’s cheek bones with a warm cream RMS Bronzer. Following this, for extra radiance, Roxy applied RMS illuminizer down the bridge of Shailene’s nose, above and around the corners of her brows, in a C shaped manner.
For her eyes, Roxy applied a chocolate brown liner along the top and bottom lash lines, diffusing it softly with a petite eye brush. To emphasize the eyes a bit more, she layered a soft black liner on her top lid with a subtle smudge.
Last but not least, Roxy focused on Shailene’s lips, applying a mixture of Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons in Napa Vineyard and Redwood Forest ($9, www.burtbees.com), for a rich, bold and creamy red that finished the look flawlessly.
Finally Coachella season is upon us! After waiting another year, those who have enough money to drop $400 for a two day pass will be experiencing a hypnotizing explosion of festival culture at its finest with camping and anything else you can imagine.
The 2 day, 2 weekend festival will have games and activities, bars, bad dancing competitions, a beauty bar, wine tasting, dodgeball, ferris wheel, pie eating contest, yoga, a snowball fight and (most importantly) portable phone charging stations. April 10-12 and 17-19 festival goers will be able to see some of our favorite artists. The line up includes: Drake, Fka Twigs, Alesso, Angus & Julia Stone, Cedric Gervais, David Guetta, Hozier, Florance + The Time Machine, Kaskade, Tyler the Creator, R3HAB, The Weeknd and so many more. Just by hearing that lineup, I’ll be crying in my room knowing I’m missing out.
(Check out a 2014 Coachella experience here)
All types of celebrities make appearances throughout the 2 weekend. 2014 Coachella had celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Vanessa Hudgens and even Leo DiCaprio was spotted dancing among the concert goers *lol*. (See him dance HERE)
Coachella fashion is also super cute and fits perfectly with the California festival scene. Belted dresses, mini shorts, crib tops, lace, jewelry, flower crowns and gladiator sandals seem to be all time favorites every year. Channeling your inner hipster or hippy is not hard to do, but who can do it the best is what every attendee strives for. (See below)
Coachella is one of those festivals you have to do at least once before you get old– it’s definitely on my bucket list!
Now that it’s spring and the sun has finally come out, we’ve been obsessed with finding the right pair of sunglasses to sport around. Enter Lafont sunglasses.
This is not a joke- I repeat this is not a joke! Sign up on blogilates.com for an easy monthly workout calendar and meal plan from an international YouTube Pilates instructor and sensation Casey Ho. Miss Ho does a fabulous job promoting a healthy lifestyle and body image by making it easy for you by her daily workouts and weekly meal plans. All you have to do is sign up for the news letter and you’ll receive the calendar and the plan the day you join!
Motto: “Train like a beast, look like a beauty”
Take it from me, working out is difficult. Between making time for the gym and then once getting there, trying to figure out what’s going to tone me up for the summer, and people staring is a lot of stress– with Casey’s plan it’s super easy. Basically what you do is look on the calendar at the workouts, copy their names into the YouTube search bar or go to her Youtube Page, press enter and find her step-by-step instructions on how to sculpt your body. All you need is two 5 lb weights, yoga mat and an “I can” attitude. Her workouts range from easy, intense and killer, but if you ask me, even her “easy” workouts leave you sore. Casey has a combination of High Intensity Workouts (HIT), 10 Minute Abs, Victoria Secret Angel Arms and 5 Best Butt Excercises. Every one of her exercise videos have a cute take on each workout with great workout, good motivation and instruction and the best is you can do it at your own pace!
The meal plans are extremely easy to follow too. You eat 6 times a day: 3 meals, 3 snacks. Theres a vegan or non-vegan plan, which include some of the most interesting, filling and healthy ways to stay slim through your Blogilates journey or just to replace pizza every once in a while. She has hundreds of other recipes in addition to the meal plan so you can mix and match while always staying under your calorie goal for the day. She also has a “YOLO” Meal plan, which is basically a healthier way to eat your favorite guilty pleasure foods such as fries, ice cream, and chicken nuggets.
I didn’t believe that doing your workouts at home with a yoga mat was going to do much, but after seeing my sister lose 20 pounds off Blogilates, I think its a great thing to spread among women who are a little uncomfortable with their weight and want to turn that winter gut into a summer butt!