Friday Faves // Vol. 12

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday! Friday! Friday! Faves! Faves! Faves!

1. This photo booth style shoot with dogs. I'm a sucker for animal photography, I guess—it combines two of my loves!

2. This Quilted Northern Commercial. I about died when I saw this. Either I have a twisted weird sense of humor, or this is one of the best toilet paper commercials ever.

3. Flower Eyewear. Um...super stylin' eyewear for $39–88? Don't mind if I do. I think these frames are fun.

4. VSCO's free Lightroom presets. If you have Lightroom, you should get these presets asap. There's no reason not to. I use VSCO 01 presets with a lot of my outdoor photography, and they streamline my photo editing process while giving my photos just the look I want. I actually used the free presets for the first time in my photos from Wednesday (see derby hat photo and sparkler photos.)

5. Kortni Jeane Swimwear. One of these days I really need to compile a list of online boutiques that I adore. There are so many new ones I've been loving lately. But anyway, this is one of them! It's really stylish swimwear, and one thing I love is that the owner is all about selling unique suits. She's always swapping out prints and styles.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I'm off to Cali :)

Life Lately

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hi, there. This is just a random conglomeration of photos that I have sitting on my computer but no place for on the blog. So I thought I'd share them with you! This first photo is from my visit to Virginia to see my family. We had a Kentucky Derby party, and this is me in my garb. Shame I didn't get many photos at the party! I was too busy having fun I guess :)

Next, I present Oskar the cat and the mirror. Also taken at my family's home in Virginia.

...and that awkward moment when your roommate walks in on you with the lights off in the kitchen photographing a cupcake on the stove with a sparkler on it.

Wow, that was a lot of prepositional phrases.

In case you didn't know...I reallyreallyreally love sparklers. So, cheers to the season of sparklers almost being upon us! (This is especially good because I was running out of sparklers from last summer.)

Fruity Pebbles Cupcakes

Monday, May 18, 2015

Guys. I lied. I said on Studio 5 last month that my next cupcake would be blueberry-maple, and this totally isn't that. But...I got tired of seeing these Fruity Pebbles in my cabinet, mmkay? Ha, well...I hope you enjoy these! They're kinda quirky but ultra delicious. I mean, if froyo and donut shops can top their treats with Fruity Pebbles, then why not I? So, without further ado, here's a sweet recipe for Fruity Pebbles cupcakes—with Fruity Pebbles both in the cake and on top.

Makes 12–13 cupcakes.

  • 1 2/3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Fruity Pebbles
  • one batch of basic buttercream frosting
  • a bowl of extra Fruity Pebbles


If you haven't already, you should check out my basic cake baking method and my list of cake baking tips! Every cake batter recipe I post follows that same method, and my cake baking tips are great tips to memorize for whenever you're preparing a cake batter such as this.
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a larger bowl, beat the butter at a high speed, and gradually beat in the sugar. Then, beat in the egg whites.
  4. Now you will gradually be adding the dry mixture and the milk to the butter-sugar-egg mixture. To do this, alternate mixing in some of the dry mixture, followed by some milk, followed by some dry mixture... You get the picture. Do that until you've incorporated the dry mixture and the milk completely. Just don't over-mix here.
  5. Finish by incorporating the vanilla and Fruity Pebbles.
  6. Baking time! Fill your liners 2/3 full and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Use the toothpick test for perfect doneness. Remember...crumbs!
  7. Top with a basic buttercream frosting—I recommend using a piping bag with a large round tip at the end. To frost, hold the tip over the center of the cupcake and pipe straight down, letting a mound of frosting form on the cupcake.
  8. Dip each frosted cupcake in a bowl of extra Fruity Pebbles.

Friday Faves // Vol. 11

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hey, there! I've been collecting a list of things that have inspired me lately, so I thought I'd share a few with you. Things like...

1. This girl's artsy prints. This girl is actually a friend of mine, and she just opened up an Etsy shop that you most definitely need to hit up! My favorites are the Fry-day love note and the Salt Lake Temple Illustration, methinks. You'll also find a link to her shop in my sidebar ;)

2. This article about learning French. Maybe I'm biased because I contributed to it, buuuut it's definitely a good read for language obsessed folk like me who love studying foreign languages. This post in particular, "Parlez-vous Français?", details 5 great resources for studying French.  Go check it out!

3. ASOS' wedding line. Maybe I'm way behind the times on this, but I just discovered that one of my favorite clothing stores, ASOS, has a wedding line that happens to be perfect for frolicking in sunny weather in a fancy, dressed-up manner. I haven't quite figured out how to just get to the "ASOS Wedding" stuff in particular, but if you just search "ASOS Wedding," you can sift through and find most of it pretty quickly. So much pretty!

4. The movie About Time. Guys. I'd forgotten about how much I love this movie. Let me draw out for you a list of reasons as to why you should watch it. 1) England. 2) Rachel McAdams' super cute style. 3) Beautiful Cornwall. 4) You'll feel super happy afterwards. 5) This scene. 6) The music. 7) Everything.

5. This quote: "Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous." That's all :)

Happy Friday!

Love, Maurine