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The quintessential bar cart….they are an inspired, classy way to store your liquor and bar-ware when you lack the space for a full bar. Perfect for the house or a special event, a bar cart can roll its way to the perfect point in any room. After you find one, fill it with stylish decanters, gold-trimmed stemware, spectacular liquors, chevron straws and cocktail books. The cart becomes more than a movable bar, it’s a focal point in any room or at an event.
via Life Styled
What to stock on your new classy cart? Well just the essentials to begin with – glasses + stemware, ice bucket, a cocktail shaker, garnishes, and swizzle sticks. Want to spice it up a notch? Think about adding additional items such as fun glassware (our favorite is from Z Gallerie) , a colorful tray (think gold and chevron!) , fun bold printed cocktail napkins (love gold polka dots!) , floral (nothing better than white hydrangea in an ikat bowl), bottle stoppers, and a variety of decanters. Never hurts to add those stripey straws either!
Check out the Matchbook Mags guide to Bar Cart Essentials:
If you are on the prowl for the cart of your dreams, check out www.shopcandelabra.com and www.shopsocietysocial.com. If you’re on a budget, check out yard sales and flea markets. You might not find a cart in perfect condition, but you can do a lot with gold spray paint.
This post was a collaboration between Nicole of LovelyGirls and by Lauren Golt from the talented duo of Social Stylate… shes our favorite contributor!
|For the home decor enthusiast|
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I went to my local hardware store and picked up some Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in Gold, Silver, Copper, and of course in Black (in Halloween spirit), and then some Frog Tape painters tape (which would be used to tape out the chevron pattern). Outdoor firepit blazing, glass of wine in hand, and of course a big piece of cardboard, I went to town and enjoyed a Saturday evening to myself with a few cans of spray paint (and of course some girlfriends as well!). I have to admit, the chevron pattern around the pumpkin was a little bit of a pain, but I am super excited for the turnout! I have recieved a lot of compliments from our neighborhood trick or treaters, and of course from fellow Facebook friends who seem to be taking this trend and using it for next year! In the mean time, enjoy my photos and let me know what you think (or share any pointers!).
|Sweet n’ Savory Fruit Salad in Watermelon Cup|
|Sweet and Savory Watermelon Salad|
August twenty-second is fastly approaching which means that I will be turning thirty in just two months. Oddly, I am embracing it with open arms and honestly, turning twenty-nine was really the bummer. I mean honestly… twenty nine? What fun is in twenty-nine? I would rather go around and tell everyone that I am already thirty (and to some I have… sorry!). My twenties were filled with great times, awesome friendships, and some stories that I would rather just forget (yes, there are quite a few of those!). I am really just ready to embrace thirty with huge open arms… giving up the bar scene and hangovers and now enjoying sushi and wine dinners and front porch happy hours with friends. I am so happy with where I am at in life and really just enjoying the past two years with LovelyGirls grow. Yes, my twenties came with some regrets, but I consider them hiccups and learning curves… But I am also embracing the LOVE that I shared during those times!
|The Laurel Flute Set from Z Gallerie $23.80|
|Umbrella Boot Stand from Z Gallerie, $79.95|
Now, I just adore this wellie umbrella stand. I wanted one so bad last year but they sold out. And of course, they brought them back this year due to popular demand, and I am pretty sure they upped the price tag by an additional $30.00 too…. and that is why they are on my wish list!
|Deer Head Mount from Z Gallerie, $49.95|
|Wire Capiz Sunburst Wall Mirror from Target, $84.99|
|White Apple iPad 2 16GB Wifi|
And of course… the beloved iPad. I was really not interested in one of these until around March or April… that is until I got my first White 16GB iPhone and I fell absolutely in love!… and that is when I decided I would totally forego a 30th birthday party/dinner/celebration and suggest my friends and family all pitch in for one these. Ballsy right? I know. Very doubtful to happen, and still very indecisive on my birthday plans (which will be a whole ‘nother blog post.)
I hope that everyone can welcome “30″ with open arms just as I am, and not worry about if you have kids yet, maybe not married yet, or just not quite where you saw yourself. Remember 40 is the new 30… so you have ten more years to get there!
Live. Laugh. Love.
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Starting at th ebottom of the lantern, use small squares of tape to being attaching tissue paper disks around the hole, overlapping them. You will use approximately 70 of the 5″ tissue paper disks, depending on the size lantern that you choose to use.
Working toward the top, continue sticking and overlapping disks to cover the lantern.
Tip: You may find it easier to rest the lantern upside down before you start sticking the circles from the bottom up.
Bake cake according to box instructions. Cool completely. Crumble completely into a bowl.Not going to fib, we stuck our cake outside to cool completely because it was 40 degrees outside and it kept me from having to rearrage my refrigerator. I also think it sped up the process a little bit! We also suggest doing the cake crumbling over the sink, but that also might be because we had the kids participate in this step.
Mix in 3/4 of a tub of frosting thoroughly. Yes, this means wash your hands, pull up your sleeves, and get your hands dirty
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using small ice creap scoop, scoop cake mixture. Use hands to form balls. Place onto sheet. Continue to roll balls until mixture is gone. About 45 balls from one box. Who are we kidding… ice cream scoop? Just put your hands in there. We suggest rolling them no bigger than the size of a blow pop.
Chill in refrigerator for a few hours, or you can place them in the freezer for about 20 minutes, but do not forget about them! We definitely went the freezer route and set the timer on the stove. Perfection!
In a deep bowl, melt candy melts in microwave according to bag instructions. Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert lollipop sticks into melted candy. Insert lollipop sticks into cake ball, making sure not to push all the way through. Okay, so we cannot confirm or deny the candy melts because we decided to bust out the good ‘ole fondue pot and melt white chocolate for this step. Please make sure that if you are melting chocolate to add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and to stir constantly. This is an important step… we know! We burnt a couple batches of chocolate in the process. Oops!
Once all of the balls have sticks inserted, place them back in refrigerator for 15 minutes, or freezer for 5minutes.
Re-melt chocolate. Remove cake pops from refrigerator and dip the cake pops in the candy melts/chocolate. Use a spoon to cover the entire pop, gently tapping off excess. Place back onto cookie sheet (if you would like to add sprinkles, this would be the time to do that before the melted chocolate hardens).
Place back into refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden.
If you would like to add a second color to your pops, you can place melted chocolate/candy melt in a zip lock bag, cut a very tiny hole, and then pipe onto harden cake pops
Enjoy your finished product, and of course the images of ours below!