Happy Wednesday – we’re half way there! Embrace the little details in your look for the rest of the week; from ornamental jewelry to leather adornments, classic pieces get a boost from eye-catching tweaks. Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color to a monochromatic ensemble for a fun twist.
This past weekend was such a treat – I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in New York City with my boyfriend and best friends. Miraculously, I beat Sandy to her mischief, too, returning home today to spend what’s left of my birthday weekend with my family.
As I paused to “make a wish” amid the glow of my (gasp) 23 birthday candles, I was overwhelmed with one clear notion: I am blessed. To my family and friends both near and far, thank you for sending such love my way. I am indeed a lucky girl.
Below you’ll find just a few images capturing a whirlwind of a weekend – enjoy!
October is a special time of year for so many reasons, but perhaps most significant is its designation as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To show your support for all those touched by the disease, don’t forget to integrate a pop of pink into your wardrobe. Whether it be a pencil skirt, cardigan, or simple sheath, there’s never been a better time of year to show your allegiance to one of fashion’s most feminine shades.
I absolutely love birthdays – others’ more than my own. This past weekend, I put my own twist on traditional birthday cake. It all started by turning layer cake into a decorative Bundt, then adding a burst of lemon and opting for icing instead of frosting. Different? Yes – and it made for an extra special birthday celebration for my dear step dad.
Of course, you don’t need to have a birthday on the calendar for an excuse to make this light and delectable dessert. Hope you enjoy!
xx cocoa & lace
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened natural applesauce
4 large eggs
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
the juice of 1 Meyer lemon
Icing: 1/2 cup 2% milk and 2-2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus lemon juice to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) in an extra large mixing bowl. Make well in center. Set aside.
Melt butter in microwave (use microwave safe bowl!).
In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, applesauce, eggs (one at a time), extract, lemon juice, and milk.
Gradually pour liquid ingredients into the well in the dry mixing bowl.
Pour into a 12-cup Bundt pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.
Mixing icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over bottom of cake, then over top of cake one let out of pan.
Happy Monday all! Wanted to share an ensemble in my favorite color of the season – emerald. Compliment the rich hue by pairing with metallics and rich textures (i.e. suede) for a look that’s timeless and tres chic.
xx cocoa & lace
Cusp.com, Trina Turk Monarch Fitted Dress in Green
AX Paris, Statement Gold Cluster Necklace
Shopbop.com, Tory Burch Robinson Middy Satchel in black