All Things Foodie

Unicorn Bark

I always bring a sweet treat to my girls’ night dinners and try to make it myself. I was inspired to make candy instead of bake…mostly because I have been short on time lately. So I decided to make white chocolate unicorn bark. It was so easy to make and turned out so pretty. I know the bright colors will bring a smile to my friends’ faces.

To make this simple bark, you will need a microwave, a freezer, a toothpick, a rubber spatula, two spoons, glass bowl (or any microwave safe bowl) and two smaller bowls, cookie sheet, parchment paper, white chocolate candy melts (I used Ghiradelli), pastel food coloring (I used Wilton gel food coloring), sprinkles of your choice, and your favorite candies and toppings. I used Lucky Charms cereal, sprinkles, and edible glitter. The total time this treat will take to make is about an hour.

First you will line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour the white chocolate candy melts into the glass bowl (tip: I used two bags of candy melts) and microwave the candy in 30 second increments, taking the bowl out of the microwave to stir until the candy is melted. It took me about 1 minute and 15 seconds…so the last time I just did 15 seconds. Make sure to stir the chocolate together until smooth and glossy. Next you will pour a small amount of the melted chocolate into the two other bowls and color with food coloring. I decided on pink and purple, so I made those colors in the small bowls by dropping a few drops of coloring into each bowl and stirring with a spoon until I got the color I wanted. Now spread the uncolored melted white chocolate on the parchment paper in an even thickness with the spatula. Then take one of the bowls of colored chocolate and use a spoon to drizzle on top of the uncolored white chocolate layer. Repeat this process with the other color of melted white chocolate. You can use as many colors as you want. Take a toothpick and swirl these colors together to make a pretty design.

Now just have fun topping the melted chocolate with the sprinkles, glitter, cereal, candy or whatever you have chosen until you feel you have covered the chocolate enough. Use your hands to lightly press the toppings into the chocolate so they will stay put.  Place the pan in the freezer (make sure it lays evenly) for 30 mins to an hour. Mine was ready and set after 30 mins. Then take out of the freezer and use your clean hands to break apart the hardened bark into whatever size pieces you desire, the more uneven the better it looks. I then packaged mine up in cute little treat bags and tied them with pink ribbons. I am sure my girlfriends will love this whimsical treat and if you have children, the topping possibilities and colors are endless and will provide a fun rainy day edible project that they will love to do and eat!

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Beauty

Magical Hair for Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2015

John Galliano makes his runway comeback debut by designing for fashion house Maison Martin Margiela’s Spring 2015 London show. I have met Mr.Galliano back when I used to manage the Andy Lecompte salon.

The designer has tried to make amends since his derailing at Dior and this show certainly not only opened the door to showcase his creativity, it down right broke the door down. The real standout for me was the hairstyling by Eugene Souleiman. Playful, gold glitter encrusted 20’s inspired waves ruled the runway. The way the gold flecks accented the hair, cementing it into place, made the models look like pure magical creatures walking down the runway. Thoughts of mystical lands ran through my mind when seeing the images and made me want to run straight to colorist, Danny Moon, who developed a glitter gel called Major Moon Shine. I once let Danny paint strands of my hair with gold glitter during the testing phases of his product, and felt like an excited 5 year old who had found a unicorn or a living My Little Pony. I have never wanted this grown up version of fairy dust lacquered in my hair more. For now, I will lust over the photos of the models who walked for Galliano and gaze at Eugene’s skilled hand at bending the hair into those architectural waves creating the avant garde style. I loved everything about it and now just need an excuse to rock this look in real life.

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Fashion

Makeup Jewelry

Many of the S/S 2015 fashion shows featured makeup that was made to look like jewelry.

Dries Van Noten models wore lip “piercings” that were painted on in gold and inspired by the burning man festival. The look was created by makeup artist Peter Philips.

The models who walked down the runway at Anthony Vaccarello in Paris had left ears that sparkled.  Their ears were painted with the liquid liner and glitter to look like they were wearing ear cuffs. The look was the brainchild of makeup artist Tom Pecheux.

This makeup trend is an affordable and temporary way to try out a jewelry trend and to keep up with the fashionistas. This look is not for everyday, but for a day when you are feeling bold and adventurous, and steady handed with the makeup brush.

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