Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Days + Oversized Sweaters

Who doesn't love an oversized sweater? This chunky oversized pullover by Free People is perfection with it's high-low hem and soft stitching. Pair it with your favorite skinnies or fleece lined leggings. Trust me, you'll be tempted to wear it every day. 

Photos by Violet Short.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oils in January

I love Januaries. Despite the bitter cold and gloomy days, I love the new beginning this month brings.  Specifically, I'm using this new year as a chance to get my health in order again. After a year of directing most of my focus on the new salon, I'm finally finding the time and energy to direct some focus back to my health and wellbeing!

I'm not as keen on the negative feeling "breaking habits" brings, but instead thinking of it as "creating new {better} habits". And since we could all use the accountability from time to time, I thought it best to just put mine out there over the next month.

At the top of my list is the habit of using oils daily.  Whether it be to support my health, emotional wellbeing, or sleep routine; I find that oils make me feel better. I've seen and experienced impressive changes in both the mister and I over the last few months due to the goodness of these little bottles.

Two of my favorite oils at the moment are Grapefruit and Purification.

I add the Grapefruit to my water and find that the refreshing taste helps me drink more. As we all know, a hydrated body is key to our health. I aim to drink at least 64 ounces a day. And the grapefruit taste makes it a lot easier to achieve.

Purification is our best friend during flu season. Whenever we start to feel iffy, I diffuse it throughout the house to clean the air of unwanted germs. So far (fingers crossed) we've remained flu-free.

What new and better habits are you wanting to develop in 2015? If using oils is among your list, I would love to help you begin your oil journey!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Flower Fairy

I have this flower fairy friend. 

I call her whenever I need some natural beauty sprinkled in my life. 

Jacki Johnston and her darling business, Ohhvnlyday, have certainly made this world a prettier place. 

She waves her little wand and creates the most beautiful floral arrangements.
My very favorite are her flower crowns.

There's this magical princess feeling that happens when you put them on. 

And you can't help but spread your arms and twirl. 

If I could wear one every day, I would.
Wait until you see them on your little loves

The sweetest thing you ever did see.

For your next party, photo shoot, or gloomy day - phone Ohhvnlyday.

Flower crown c/o Ohhvnlyday
Polka Dot Skirt c/o Lily & Sparrow Boutique
Photography c/o Violet Short

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Homemade Almond Roca

Hi everyone! My name is Violet and I blog over at Blythe Ponytail Parades
Christie so kindly asked me to share some holiday goodies with you and this Homemade Almond Roca just blew me away. I grew up eating Almond Roca as my mom and I were big fans of toffee crunch. After stumbling across this recipe, I knew I had to try it for myself. My husband and I are all about white chocolate so I made a little switcheroo and used some Ghiradelli white chocolate chips for this recipe. 

Here's what you need to make your own:

2 1/2 cups chopped almonds
16 oz. light brown sugar
1 1b. butter
22 oz. milk chocolate or white chocolate chips

First, I cut some parchment paper to cover a large cookie sheet. 

Next, I poured a layer of crushed almonds over the whole pan of parchment paper. Note: Make sure this is very thick. You don't want a lot of spots empty as the toffee will be poured over the almond and harden together.

Then, I grabbed a larger saucepan and began melting the butter and brown sugar together over medium heat. Stir constantly to keep the mixture from burning. Once it becomes very thick and bubbled, it's about time to take it off the burner. Note: I had a candy thermometer in mine the whole time, taking it off the burner once it hit 285 degrees. 

Quickly pour your toffee over the almond layer and spread evenly. 

Next, take your chocolate chips and begin melting them in the microwave or on a low setting of your stove top. When the chocolate is fully melted, pour over the top of the toffee layer and sprinkle the remainder of your almonds on this chocolate layer. 

Now leave your candy out to harden, or stick it in the fridge to harden quicker. (Taste testing after 30 minutes is greatly encouraged. When its still a bit melty, it tastes like heaven fell in love with your mouth.) Once hardened, break apart by hand or cut with a knife. I found cutting to be difficult and left me with some less than pretty pieces so I used my hands. 

I ended up using more almonds than the original recipe called for. Once I made the toffee, I quickly realized the the almond layer was not thick enough to pour over so I added more. I also used slightly less chocolate since it generally comes in bags of 11oz. I had more than enough chocolate with 22 oz. total. 

These are quite the treat and will now be saved in my tried and true recipe box! Thanks to Christie for letting me share these sweet treats with you. Happy Holidays to you all! Enjoy the season overeating with your friends and family!