Little Black Dress

Hi and hope you had a great start to the week? I am sharing a few pictures of a dress my younger sister made for me. She is a fashion designer and makes an array of gorgeous outfits. I am so proud of her and love that she is chasing her dream! Check her out on instagram @omogecreations for more of her beautiful work and how you can get yours. 

There is something about a simple black dress that is timeless. I own a few of them and they are in constant rotation. A little black dress is one of the few items I feel is essential to any female closet. I love the style of this  dress for a lot of reasons. It looks great on different body types, the fabric is wrinkle free and the gathering/ruching on the waist helps create a beautiful figure and is also helps hide love handles:) Win, win I say!

I added a little bit of flare with the large brooch which speaks more to my personal style. I decided to keep everything else simple, so I paired it with my favorite black pumps, pearl earrings and my classic vintage chanel bag. Ruby woo by MAC is my all time favorite lipstick and my go to item for that instant glam. Do you love LBDs? What is your go to item for that instant glam?

Street Festival Chic

Two weeks ago I attended the Festival of Chariots (Taste of India) that took place in Atlanta. It's a three day event that is held yearly. My husband found out about it and we figured it would be something fun and cultural to take the kids too. We missed the day of the parade but I will try catching that next year. We had a great time at the festival especially my son:) There was lots of food, drinks to sample and activities for the kids and adults too. I plan of attending more of the local events in my city this year.
I decided that I wanted to wear something bright and colorful so I settled on this dress I bought a few years ago. I am definitely following my rule this year of shopping more from my closet. I love that one can dress this outfit up or down. I decided on the latter since I was attending a daytime event with the kids. I paired it with my favorite new crossbody bag and old flat sandals to complete my look.

Coconut Lime Cake

I am a big fan of coconut and anything coconut! Bounty and Mound chocolate are two of my favorite and I'll take coconut rice over fried rice any day! It was only natural for me to try a cake recipe that involved coconut. What I loved about the most about this cake was its lightness and fluffiness.  The lime infusion also gave it a slight tanginess which balanced well with the sweetness of the coconut. The recipe's frosting was a little too sweet for my taste but I know now to make changes when I try this again. Do you like coconut as much as I do?

2 cups all purpose flour
21/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
grated rind of 2 limes
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 cup dry unsweetened coconut

For the frosting:
11/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 egg whites
4 tbsp cold water
1 tbsp liquid glucose
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line two 8 inch round pans with parchment paper. Sift together the flour and baking powder into a bowl. In another large bowl, beat the butter until soft. Add the sugar and lime rind, then beat until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding 1 tsp of the flour mixture with each addition to stop the batter from curdling. Beat the mixture well between each addition. Using a wooden spoon, fold in the flour mixture in small batches alternating with the lime juice. When the batter is smooth, stir in two-thirds of the coconut. Divide the batter between the tins and spread it evenly to the sides. Bake for 30-35 or until insert comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out to cool on a wire rack. Remove the lining paper. Leave to go cold.

Spread the remaining coconut in another cake tin. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully so that the coconut does not get too dark. Allow to cool in the tin. To make the frosting, put the sugar in a large heatproof bowl, and add the cream of tartar, egg whites, water and glucose. Stir to mix. Set the bowl over a pan of boiling water. Beat with an electric whisk at high speed for 7 minutes or until thick and stiff peaks form. Remove from the heat. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating for 3 minutes or until the frosting has cooled slightly. Put a cake on a serving plate. Spread a layer of frosting on top. Set the second cake on top. Swirl the rest of the frosting all over the cake. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut and leave to set.

Old items revisited

Its a brand new month! Can't believe how far into 2014 we are in already! Thankful to God for His countless blessings and protection. Time to revisit my 2014 goals. One of the things I love about  the month of June is the countless amount of end of season sales from different merchants. This is the time of the year when I like to pick up a few items to add to my wardrobe. I usually wait for second cut sales from the high-end merchants (because I am cheap like that, lol ) Better savings too!

 Last week for one of the weddings I attended, I decided to shop my closet. I settled on this Alice and Olivia dress that I bought a few years ago. I wore it once and it has just been sitting collecting dust in my closet :( (Note to self, shop my closet more often) I paired my dress with a pair of lace pumps which I think should be a staple in any closet. Its sexy and classy all at the same time and available at a wide range of price points too. I added a pop of color with my red purse. What do you think of the look?