It’s that time of year again… the time when the weather gets warmer and we all start wearing less and less clothing. If that’s not motivation enough to workout, I don’t know what is. I’ll be doing a whole video very soon talking about my fitness journey and some tips I’ve learned along the way, but I wanted to share with you some of my current favorite workouts. I’m a huge fan of Mari Winsor’s pilates DVDs (she trains Dita Von Teese, so of course I’m a fan)…. but after a while I needed to switch it up. I love my dance classes, so I decided to try the Ballet Beautiful DVDs. They are very challenging (despite appearing easy at first), but after a while they just feel like a great workout. I actually get excited to start my day with them. (more…)
Easter Sunday is this weekend, so I wanted to share with you my Pink & Gold Glamour Easter Tablescape….. You may recognize some of the accessories from my Valentine’s Table and my Oscar Table. I added a few new editions to my tablescape collection, including my adorable cream and gold bunnies from Target and my gorgeous silvery/gold standing eggs from Pier One (I found them when I went there to pick up my new mirror for my bathroom makeover… I’ll be posting about that soon!)….. (more…)
I’m a little late on the bandwagon with this video, but I still wanted to film a #DearMe video in honor of International Women’s Day. This is advice I would give to my younger self. Hopefully young girls (or anyone really) can learn from some of my mistakes and life lessons.
Here in New England, St. Patrick’s Day is like our Christmas (well if your Christmas involves a lot of alcoholics.) So I decided to do a Rustic Glamour Tablescape inspired by the luck of the Irish. My inspiration was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so I used my gold sequin table runner from Easy, and placed it on top of my burlap table runner. Then I used my round mirror from Michaels in the center. I used mason jars from Michaels as vases for some white carnations (they always remind me of the St. Paddy’s Day parade) and some green filler flowers from the grocery store. Then I found these adorable green pedestal dishes (also from Michaels). I used them to hold my green tea cookies (recipe here). I added some green ribbon from JoAnn Fabrics, as well as my JoAnn Fabrics gold mason jars (also see here & here), and my gold votives from Michaels (also seen here, here, & here). The end result is fun and casual, but a little over the top… just like St. Patrick’s Day! (more…)
I’m sure you’ve all seen the articles circulating Facebook about how unhealthy the Shamrock Shake is for you. So I set out on a quest to make a St. Patrick’s Day dessert that is healthy and made with whole foods. Since I’m relatively new on YouTube, I was browsing around for popular channels to Subscribe to, and I found Ingrid Nilsen’s channel (and her other channels including TheGridMonster) and found her recipe for Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (video here). I decided to make a variation on these with matcha green tea powder and some lemon zest, to make a green tea cookie. I also substituted vanilla extract for the almond extract, and omitted the chocolate chips. The result is heavily (and you can eat the batter because it’s vegan). (more…)
Last week I showed you my favorite films that were set in the 1920s, and they were some of my all time favorite movies. When I went on a quest to find films set in the 1930s, I was amazed at how few there were, and even fewer that captured any glamour. Most wanted to focus on the depressing parts. But here are my favorites… (more…)
Last week we looked at the 20s, with its prohibition cocktail, its films, its fashion, and its beauty, this week Everyday Starlet is taking on the 1930s. At first glance the era of the Great depression can be, well, depressing. But this is also the beginning of Old Hollywood, with stars like Jean Harlow and Ginger Rogers lighting up the silver screen in all their black & white glamour. I did some research to find the most popular cocktail of the 1930s, and I discovered it was the French 75. The ingredients looked similar to my favorite cocktail, the Sidecar, so I thought about giving it a try. Luckily I found a recipe in a Vintage Cocktail book that I bought my BF for Christmas. I used honey syrup instead of simple syrup because I had some left over from my Bee’s Knees. I also used a sweet sparking wine in place of the champagne, and I think the combo made it a little too sweet. I would recommend using a dry champagne, especially if you use honey syrup. (more…)
It wasn’t until I started compiling this list of movies that are set in the 1920s that I realized how many of my favorite films of all time take place in the 20s. There is just something about the age of art deco, fringe, and flappers. So if you’re looking for some 1920s inspiration, these are my top picks… (more…)
Since Everyday Starlet is all about taking vintage ideas and making them modern, I decided to take a decade a week and really focus on modern updates of the drinks, fashion, films, and beauty of each decade.
This week we’ll be looking at the 1920s. This was the era of bathtub gin, art deco, and the flapper. When I started looking at cocktail ideas from the 20s everything I found had gin. I had never been a fan of gin, so I was a little discouraged. Then I stumbled upon the Bee’s Knees. I was intrigued by the use of honey and lemon. In the 20s, these ingredients were added to mask the flavor of bad gin. So I thought, what if I made the cocktail with great gin… it should be that much better. So I Googled “gin for people who don’t like gin”. I found a few options, but I decided on Hendricks because I thought the cucumber flavor would pair nicely with the honey and lemon… and does it ever! This has become my new favorite cocktail! (more…)