Monthly Archives: September 2012

The perfect weekender: Barnacle Bags

I know this is going to sound like an online dating profile line, but I love to travel. I do. So shoot me. The difference between me and all the lofty “oh, I want to circumnavigate the world and visit places that no one’s ever heard of” is that I enjoy weekend trips home to New Hampshire/Boston. Trips that don’t require me to pack heels, fancy outfits, or even toiletries. And since my trips usually span Friday — Sunday (Monday if I’m lucky), I only need a weekender.

Enter the perfect weekender compliments of Barnacle Bags on Etsy. BB is a line of custom-made backpacks and totes that are perfect for travelling. They’re durable, painfully adorable, and handcrafted in the seller’s home/studio on Lopez Island off of Washington State. I got a custom waxed canvas backpack with mixed fabrics (hooray for polka dots and stripes!) and I have to confess: IT. IS. AMAZING. I get a ton of compliments and it has everything I need for a weekend away. The outer pocket is great for quick access to train tickets/travel docs and the inner pocket holds my wallet, phone and all those other goodies I don’t want jacked. Plus it comes wrapped in brown paper and twine with a personal note from the seller herself. Even if it wasn’t perfect bag for weekend overnights, that detail alone would have me convinced it was the best thing I’d ever purchased.

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Random Karaoke Queen’s impressive in-store performance

 

Didn’t hear that one coming, did ya? Love that she’s got so much swag that she didn’t even take her backpack off. Didn’t even matter.

Someone — I’m looking at you Scooter Braun — should sign this girl STAT. Girl has got buttloads (yes, that’s a measurable term) more talent than Carly Rae and Psy combined.

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Walk of Shame Outfit: Warm Fall Edition

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I’m baaaaaaaaaaaackkkkkkkkk. Just kidding. I’m still  horribly single and struggle with attracting men in NYC…but that’s not without effort. I did just sign up for HowAboutWe.com though so that may change soon. I’ll keep you posted.

But that’s beside the point! Let’s talk about this walk of shame outfit!

Now I know what you’re thinking: this look is for daytime only; elizadeath looks like she belongs at a Pearl Jam or Nirvana concert; this outfit only works in attracting men because her vag is hanging out. Well, you would be right (to all the above) but that doesn’t mean it’s not a man magnet (to a certain faction) and the perfect outfit for walk of shaming.

First of all, this look is perfect for daytime (duh) so your morning-after schleping back to your apartment goes totally under the radar of judging moms and early risers. But for nighttime, it works quiet perfectly as well. Honestly, all you need to do is add a little red lipstick (I used a combo of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Coral and Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Courtisane) and you’re ready to romp. Plus, if you get hot on the dance floor, you can very easily tie the button down around your waist and whip the sleeves around in a quasi-sexy-if-you-loved-the-90s way. It’s intriguing and exotic.

Here’s the look rundown:

Plaid Shirt, J.Crew
T-Shirt, Hanes V-Neck + homemade stencil
Shorts, American Eagle
Boots, Frye (in Plum)
Watch, Michael Kors

Happy walk for shaming!

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The Super Single Ladies Single Serve Coffee Cake

Ever have one of those days/weeks where you just want to exclusively wear elastic waist pants and dive head first into a fuck it bucket? Well, I’ve been experiencing that…in a major way lately. I mean, I struggled to leave my apartment to go to my best friend’s birthday brunch yesterday. Fear not, I was not an asshole. I dragged my ass to Brooklyn, had an absolutely amazing time, but when I got home all I wanted to do was indulge and be incandescently gluttonous (yes, I just typed that. Deal.)

So, in my haze of trying to eat my emotions but not lose absolute control because I’m supposed to be going on a date this week, I turned to Chocolate Covered Katie and her brilliantly-portioned “Single Serving Recipes” section. I looked in my pantry and realized I had all the fixings for “1 Minute Coffee Cake in a Mug.” Welp, coffee cake it was going to be! And since it’s me, and I love booze, I decided to mix it up a little bit to make the ultimate Single Ladies Single Serve Coffee Cake by adding Smirnoff’s new Kissed Caramel vodka.

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The result? An absolutely delightful coffee cake (for one) with a hint of caramelly goodness. The exact recipe I used is copied below, but feel free to check out CCK’s version as well.

Batter:

  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 stevia packet
  • 50 mL of Smirnoff Kissed Caramel vodka
  • 2 tsp applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Streusel (you can double if you want to):

  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp applesauce
  • tiny, tiny pinch salt
  • 3 almonds, 3 cashews chopped (what? it was all i had!)

(If using an oven, preheat to 330 F.) Combine batter dry ingredients and mix well. Add wet and mix until just mixed. In a tiny bowl, combine all streusel ingredients. Fill a greased muffin tin 1/2 way with the batter (or a ramekin or mug, if using the microwave). Sprinkle on two-thirds of the streusel, then spoon the remaining batter on top. Finally, sprinkle on the rest of the streusel. Cook 12-13 minutes in the oven, or around 1 minute in the microwave. (Microwave times may vary.)

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