Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nail Blog Recommendations?

Nail polish and nail art are so much more popular now compared to when I first started this addicting hobby four years ago; moreover, it seems like there are new nail blogs appearing everyday! Do you have a nail blog or know of any good ones worth following? Please drop me a link to your recommendations or even all of your favourite blogs in the comments section, I'd love to know about them! Thanks in advance and I look forward to reading them! 

P.S. The picture above features Dior Pink Kimono #483, a flirty hot pink jelly. Opaque in two coats. ;)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A photo update! :)

Hi guys, I just wanted to say hi and give you guys a lil update on what I've been up to for the past few months. 

Back in December, I finished my undergraduate studies after a mentally draining final semester. I was literally staying up working on my endless papers every night and lived off of caffeinated drinks. I'm really thankful to have supportive friends and family who kept me sane along the way. Proofreading, dessert runs, and late night snacks ftw! Afterwards, I went to Hong Kong, stayed for a month and spent the winter holidays there with my family. 

When I returned to Vancouver, I wanted to do all the things that I didn't have a chance to do before due to my hectic schedule. Therefore, I picked up baking and cooking and tried all the recipes that I've been dying to test out for the longest time. Above is a picture of some raspberry ganache filled macarons that I made. :)  The cute, pastel coloured pastries have always been my favourite treat ever since I first encountered them in Paris when I was young. Learning that it is possible to make quality macarons at home really inspired me to pursue my dreams and have my very own French bakery someday. 

Here are some pistachio coated espresso truffles that I made. I also experimented with other flavours such as lavender, earl grey, and my mommy's favourite rum raisin. :)

My latest kitchen adventure was an Easter brunch that I cooked for my family a couple weeks ago. I was super excited yet nervous because it was my first time cooking for such a large crowd. I made sure to use five starred, foolproof recipes and read all the reviews there were so I won't disappoint. All in all, I'd have to say it was quite a successful experience except for the fact that I was *slightly* behind schedule and turned my kitchen into complete chaos afterwards heheh. Thanks for coping with the supposedly brunch turned linner guys!

That's all for now, have a great weekend everyone!

P.S. I'm currently sporting Joe Fresh Crush, a bright tangerine creme, on my tips. To be honest, orange is one of my least favourite colours but the fact that it's Pantone's "it" colour of the season, I had to give it a try. And hey I'm convinced, orange can be pretty fascinating! ;)

Edit: For those who are interested, here are the recipes I used...