Captivations v.8

February was a month of lots of love, productivity and fun. Here are some of my captivations this month.

Valentine Cards

Some of the Valentine’s cards I made this year. They included photo strips I made through Artifact Uprising.

Valentine’s Day
My Valentine and I celebrated well! I loved the gorgeous bouquet waiting for me in my office on Friday morning. We enjoyed dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant and celebrated a friend’s birthday. I made creme brulee (his favorite) for the first time. We dressed up as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum for an Alice in Wonderland tea party. Continue reading

Alice in Wonderland Party

Alice in Wonderland Macarons

My friend Ellen is a master of costumes. She works for a local theater, lived in Tokyo and enjoyed their love of costumes for some time, and has accumulated quite a collection. She decided to throw a themed party inspired by one of her favorite costumes: Alice in Wonderland. The result was a theme-decorated apartment, creative mix of costumed guests, and a lovely spread of food and drinks. Continue reading

Favorite Mardi Gras Party Ideas

Mardi Gras Party Ideas

Though I’ve never been for Mardi Gras, New Orleans is one of my favorite cities I’ve visited. With the recognizable color palette and festivity around the holiday, I’ve always thought a Mardi Gras party would be so fun. Here are my favorite party ideas. I made the mini king cakes (#2) this week and I definitely recommend them for a quick and easy way to celebrate!

1. Festive Tablescape
2. Easy-to-Make Mini King Cake
3. Pineapple Black Bean Salsa
4. Colorful Macarons
5. Masquerade Cookies

How have you celebrated Mardi Gras?

Flavors of the Month: January 2015

One of my goals for 2015 is to eat in Monday through Thursday to help me eat healthier and save money. I did pretty well: 6 or 7 times out of 16 nights this month I ate out and many of those occasions were to meet up with friends – aka time/money well spent in my opinion! It helps that my boyfriend is really good at eating in and we make dinner together (truth: he’s usually the brains and talent behind what we make) during the week instead of going out. Even though I’m keeping with my goals, I did have some great flavors, dishes, and meals this month. Here are some highlights:

Orange Breakfast Buns

Orange Breakfast Buns at January Brunch Club
As I mentioned in my recent captivations post, some of my lady friends and I started a brunch club and January’s meeting was a delicious success. Linda wrote about it in detail here. I made Smitten Kitchen Orange Breakfast Buns and they were gooey and flavorful. Continue reading

2014 Recap and 2015 Goals

20152014 was a fantastic year! Here are a few of the highlights:
-Hosting a Lunar New Year Party and Pizza Party and Friendsgiving.
-Seeing Ellie Goulding and One Republic in concert.
-Interning at an event floral company and taking a semester-long event planning class.
-Being in the audience of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
-Seeing Kristen Bell and the Veronica Mars cast at the movie premiere.
-Going to the Austin Food & Wine Festival.
-Being a presenter of a social media webinar at work.
-Being outside: camping in a rainy forest and in Padre (where I learned to surf!), hiking Pedernales State Park, standing among tall sunflowers, and going paddle boarding.
-Take a fun trip to Greece.
-Earning an Associate of the Month award at work.
-Being a part of Sarah and Daniel’s wedding.
-Being in the presence of Neil Patrick Harris and Neil deGrasse Tyson (at separate occasions because two three-name-Neils in the same place would be wild).
-Birthday week!
-Taking a calligraphy class.
-Countless amazing food eaten. Continue reading