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Halloween Dessert Table featuring SugarPartiesLA

HAPPY OCTOBER TO ALL MY WITCHY WITCHES! Seriously though, it is my favorite month of the entire year. It’s like my soul pops out of it’s coffin and is ready to party and decorate as soon as the first day hits *insert laughing emoji here*… and I can’t lie, I’ve been cleaning and cooking to the Halloween playlists on Spotify since August… but now it is socially acceptable to flaunt that in every aspect of my life.

So with that being said, I have something fun for you guys today! My sister SugarPartiesLA and I decided to do something festive to celebrate October and get everyone inspired to do something similar for any parties or just cause (which is usually my case!).

In case you don’t know who my sister is let me give you a quick summary of what she does! Her name is Susan and we are seven years apart. SEVEN! But we have been so close our entire lives and I am so excited to be able to work with her creatively. She started SugarPartiesLA by herself all while raising two boys who are two and three years old! (Can we say SUPER MOMMY?) Her aesthetic and creativity is so unbelievable, so when she asked if we should style a table together of course I said YES! I figured my readers would love to be inspired by this, just as much as I get inspired by her work on the daily!

You can find Susan’s website by clicking here to see more of her styling and to read up on her blog. I will be sharing a few of the DIY here and Susan will be sharing her portion on her blog!

Grab a pumpkin spice coffee or something to munch on ladies and gents, because this is going to be a loooooong blog post!
Now, LET’S GET TO IT!

Halloween Desserts

 

SPIDER WEBBED DONUTS

For this, I saved myself some time and bought pre-made donuts from Vons just because we decided to do this project very last minute. Otherwise, you may bake your own donuts following this simple recipe inspired by crunchycreamysweet.com:

Baking Supplies Needed:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. In a large measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk, egg and oil.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Place the batter in a ziploc bag and close. Snip one corner of the bag.
  7. Pipe the batter out into the prepared pan, filling the donut cavities 2/3 full.
  8. Bake the donuts for 8 to 9 minutes. The bottom of the donuts should be golden brown and the tops should be light.
  9. Cool the donuts in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer onto a cooling rack.
  10. Cool completely before glazing.

DIY Frosting:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tblspns milk
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extractIn a small bowl, stir together sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved then dip the donuts into a bowl with the frosting in a circular motion. 
Onto the fun part… decorating! I did end up making my own actual frosting that I piped through a ziplock bag using a small circular tip. This was very simple and is even easier if you own a KitchenAid mixer. All you do is take roughly 1/2-1 stick of room temperature unsalted butter (depending on how many donuts you’re making, I’m terrible at accurate measurements when it comes to this though as I eyeball it) and about 1 cup-1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar then MIX!

To do so properly, first add the butter alone and let it whip on high until butter appears fluffy in texture. Then, simply add in powdered sugar and turn it on LOW first (it’ll save you from the mess of powdered sugar flying everywhere) then medium to high for a few minutes or until desired texture is formed. That’s it! Add it to a pipping bag or ziplock bag and pipe away!

STEP BY STEP ICING DECOR:

Start from the inner hole of the donut and pipe lines outwards

Begin to create the webs by piping wide “U” shapes to connect to each previous line

Repeat the same process on the outer portion of the donut. If icing gets too runny, refrigerate it for about 10 minutes!

You’re done! You can play up with your creativity by combining different food coloring mixtures for the icing and donut glaze to create some cool contrast and pops of colors!

 

SKULLROONS – Skullified Macaroons!

This is probably the easiest of them all! What you’ll need are:

  • Macaroons
  • Skull Gummies
  • Leftover icing from donuts!

Start off by piping a drop of icing in the center of each macaroon
Simply grab a skull gummy and place it right on top
Set on a garnished plate and enjoy! We served it up next to some Boo chips from Trader Joe’s and teeth gummies! 

Spooky Decor

A majority of all the decor pieces were purchased from the 99 cent store & Dollar Tree! Hard to believe right?! The customized pieces such as spider vinyl for milkshakes, etc and BOO banner can be available for purchase at SugarPartiesLA on ETSY and of course, you can request whatever your heart desires!

Susan from SugarPartiesLA pulled her inspiration to style a pink Halloween because of my dresser that I recently painted as shown on my Instagram stories! I love how soft and simple everything is, but still giving off some eerie and creepy vibes. Truly in love with this styled table. I hope you guys love it as much as we do! *heart eyes emoji!!!!*

 

Thanks for peeking and I hope you are inspired to create something creepy! Be sure to share with us if you do and don’t forget to check Susan’s blog out for details on the rest! <3

Home, Lifestyle

BOHEMIAN COFFEE TABLE DETAILS

I have been obsessing over this whole bohemian, Moroccan, Scandinavian type of home decor lately. There has always been a love spot for this type of style in my life, especially because of my culture (middle eastern). We typically decorate with tons of patterns, golds, rugs, lighting and so on so to reflect that at home with certain pieces has been amazing!

Although we are in the process of moving I still wanted to temporarily come home to a styled coffee table. I love details in things and believe this is what makes or breaks interior styles for me personally. I used to lean more towards antique inspired styles with vintage touches (shout out to anybody who remembers my bedroom with peachy floral wallpaper!) but can really appreciate more of the modern and rustic styles trending around lately.

 

Read on for more details!

 

My coffee table looks just as photographed about 90% of the time, give or take some items. I temporarily threw a beautiful rug on top of our current coffee table (that I cannot wait to replace!) and tossed my pillow just recently gifted to me for my birthday which is from Target. To compliment these items I have:

Gold and White tray – Home Goods
Mason Jar – Target
Candles – HomeGoods + World Market
Pineapple salt + pepper shakers – World Market
Lantern – Gifted but totally available at World Market
Gold foil and Marble Coasters – HomeGoods
Cactus – local Nursery

 

Hope you enjoyed my quick styled coffee table and I can’t wait to share more home decor as we settle into our new home!

Lifestyle, Positivity

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED IN 25 YEARS

As my 25th birthday is approaching, I can’t help but think about how fast time is flying by! Most importantly, I have especially been feeling the shift in changes in my personal life decisions, thoughts, and overall lifestyle that has changed year after year. I certainly do not have it all together at 25 and absolutely feel there is so much left to learn and experience, but I have been seriously making some positive changes that have helped shape who I am becoming. 

My biggest life changing moment to date has been marriage! I have been married for almost 2 years now. In this time, I have learned so much about myself and my husband. Being in such a serious relationship made me want to focus on myself that much more so I could be better for him, and for us. With that decision being made I dived into personal development books, podcasts, happiness journals and so on. Despite all these main factors, the person who stood out to me the most that really changed my outlook on life’s bumps has been my father in law. He is that person that, no matter how shitty a situation is, he tries to make the most of it in positivity. He always says, “life is beautiful” and I am really believing that more and more each day. Having conversations with him about life in general and hardships I have faced made me think to myself, if he has gone through so much in his time here, yet still manages to make sure each day he has is treated with gratefulness, happiness and positivity, why couldn’t I? 

I began focusing on this heavily, even if I didn’t quite believe it at first. With practice (and continuous practice!) I have really felt a shift in my moods and how I handle what life throws at me. Being on social media for years has also really taught me early on that you have to have a thick skin. Not everybody is going to like you or agree with you, online and IRL. By why should that matter? You are living for you and only you. Nobody should decide your happiness, or your anger, other than you. You are who controls you, and that is the most important concept I have taken throughout these growing pain years. 
Now for a list of my 25 years of wisdom!

  1. Push yourself but know when you need a break to balance out productivity and fun.
  2. Spend more time with your family. These are the people who will be here for you no matter what.
  3. Do more of what makes you happy. Whether it is reading, writing, walking, do more of what you love.
  4. Take time to remain creative. The adult coloring books are genius! Play with color and create something. 
  5. Get outside. A breath of fresh air words WONDERS! It feels so beautiful to connect with nature and experience life outdoors. 
  6. Get your hands dirty. This ties into being creative, but more geared towards building something or putting something together. Look up a fun DIY! Transform old furniture into a piece you love! 
  7. Focus on the positive. Work towards understanding that life will happen no matter what. What matters MOST is the way you look at it and know that you will get through anything. 
  8. Eat healthier. I can already feel my body begin to slow down and have less energy than I used to being a teen! This is a real eye opener for me so it makes me realize the importance of vegetables, water and a healthier diet overall. My favorite thing to do has been daily smoothies to help me get everything in one go.
  9. See it from another POV. This especially is important to me because I am married. If somebody is coming to you in regards to something you may not understand, try to see it from their shoes. How would you feel? 
  10. Skincare is important AF. Yes, it is nice to wear makeup and have a flawless finish, but the older I get the more I am into a simpler and cleaner look. This means less is more when it comes to foundation, powders and so on. That is why skin care is a must! Beautify your skin naturally. Plus, keeping it well hydrated helps prevent wrinkles!
  11. Minimize your items. This is what I have recently been loving because not only does it help give a simple and clean space that is organized, but it helps me save money. I would obviously not call myself a minimalist but I have been adapting a lot of influence when it comes to my items such as clothes, shoes, makeup, you get the picture.
  12. Keep a motivational journal. It is so easy to get into the routine of a 9-5 and feel like you have no time at all to focus on yourself. These journals typically take 5-10 minutes a day and help you focus on yourself. You can note what you are grateful for, what your goals are, what made your day amazing. I highly recommend these!
  13. To piggy back on motivation, also MEDITATE. I know this seems hard because you assume you have to sit there and think about nothing…who can do that?! But no, it is just about training to silence your mind and focus on deep breathing. This has had such a great impact on me personally. I love to YouTube meditations to follow along with for morning or night. 
  14. Read more. We easily get caught up on our phones, television, devices… But reading is great, especially if it is before bed. Pick something that interests you, get on a cozy hammock outdoors and wind down in beautiful words!
  15. Treat each day as if it were your last. This is easier said than done. We often get so caught up in life (I know I do) that we forget how lucky we are to be on this planet that is perfectly aligned with a body that is designed to repair itself and beat everyday to keep YOU alive! Let’s make an effort to be more grateful! 

I hope you enjoyed this life list I’ve compiled together. 

What will you be practicing more in your daily life?



DIY, Lifestyle

PINTEREST DIY PARTY

My bff and I make the best of our time when it is spent together since we don’t see each other on a regular basis due to the infamous busy schedules or when she’s doing my hair. We love to hunt the town for particular plants, grab a bite to eat at cute little restaurants, or hit up flea markets/crystal shops! This time though, we decided we needed to craft. We are both creative souls (she does hair while I do makeup) so naturally we love to get our hands dirty with the art of creating something. We made sure to plan an idea of what we ideally wanted to make, but we still walked into Jo-Ann’s overwhelmed! Where to even start when there is so much to make?! I set my mind up on this beautiful image off of Pinterest of a simple wall hanging piece. Pinterest helped big-time when it came to actually being in the store and trying to decide on colors, theme, etc. Danielle opted for the cutest picture collage ever featuring eucalyptus (my fave!).

These were ultra-easy to make and surprisingly didn’t take much time at all.
I used two different sized gold hoops, grey thin wrapping, and blush knitting material that was trimmed.
Here was my finish result prior to me hanging it up on a wall:

Here’s my bff’s, such an adorable piece!
She used a stick we hunted from outside, eucalyptus, twine + gold wire, little white clips, and printed photography that her boyfriend photographed (it was a present for him!)

 

What are your favorite DIY projects that you’ve made? Leave a comment and let me know!

Lifestyle, Positivity

SELF CARE PRACTICES TO KEEP YOUR HAPPINESS IN CHECK

It is so easy to fall into the everyday routine of life. We get sucked into this daily grind that strictly consists of work, home care, school, all while trying to balance some type of a social life! You may not notice the toll it takes on your mental state until you have a breakdown from juggling all stressors in your daily life. What’s important is a balance and with that balance, taking care of your needs mentally and emotionally.

I’ve personally gotten in these ruts before and let me tell you…sometimes it isn’t easy to get out. As somebody who easily gets stressed out it is absolutely vital for me to take care of myself. I have always loved hearing suggestions from others on what their favorite relaxation activities are. You may have tried some of these things but use them as a reminder to schedule yourself time to do what makes you happiest.

 Challenge yourself to some Yoga!

I know yoga may not be for everyone. Believe me, it can actually be quite hard! I still think it is an amazing physical activity that also plays a huge mental role. Classes can be really nice to take but sometimes I find that it can be distracting. My personal favorite way to practice yoga and get the ultimate relaxation factor out of it is to do so in the privacy of my own home. Simply YouTube a meditation yoga and pull out a mat! I find I can even get a quick one in before going to work since there are certain sessions that take anywhere from 5-10 minutes…totally easy to accomplish! I highly recommend checking out YouTube user “Boho Beautiful” for amazing videos to follow along with.

 

Music is great, but have you listened to Podcasts?! 

Podcasts have easily become so important to me. You can truly learn so much and open your mind to many discussions by listening to podcasts. I often listen to them when driving rather than music and especially before falling asleep. I have specific meditation + positive affirmation channels I love listening to! What’s best is that they are free and available on Spotify. I highly suggest listening to Josie Ong’s Affirmation Pod when you need a nice reminder of positive words. Before I fall asleep, I typically listen to my all time favorite Chel Hamilton’s Meditation Minis Podcasts. Her voice is so soothing! She does a variety of different types of meditation such as visualizations (love these!) and breathing exercises. In addition to these, definitely check out  Real Simple’s Adulthood Made Easy, Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss & Amber Rose’s Loveline.

 

Dive into a luxurious bath… You deserve it. 

There’s something deeply relaxing about sitting in a tub of water. When you add a lush bath bomb or bath tea (obsessing over these lately) to the mix, it is incredibly indulging! What I love best when taking a bath is propping up my IPad and pressing play on a Netflix series. What really helps set the mood is to light some soy candles that have lavender or eucalyptus essential oils. The ultimate treat after a long day, week, month, whatever!

 

Plan your life and journal your thoughts. 

I have been getting into the habit lately of journaling. What makes it so easy is something similar to the 5 Minute Journal or Happiness Planner. These are journals that are specifically designed to organize your thoughts and focus on happiness! Each day has a positive and uplifting quote, positive affirmations area, and so on. For the busy bee who prefers to start out light I highly suggest the 5 Minute Journal. I have been using it for many months now and just recently upgraded to the Happiness Planner which has much more information to fill in and is a little more time consuming. You can find the 5 Minute Journal on Amazon & Happiness Planner at Anthropologie or their website.

 

Connect with nature… Get outside!

The most valuable tip I have out of them all is to get outside. The best medicine is nature and a deep breath of clean, crisp, fresh air. Often times I find myself lacking in the amount of time spent outside so I do my best to make it a priority to find something to do outdoors. An example of something that had a positive impact is that I sat outside for a majority of this blog post. I found a nice spot in some sunlight and typed away! If you live in a house you could simply step out to your backyard which makes a big difference! So the next time you feel really stressed out, go sit by a pool or take a quick walk outside for fifteen minutes and notice the change it has on your mood!

 

 

What are activities you like to do to relax and unwind to keep your happiness in check? Let me know in the comments below!