Santa-Monica brand TOMS has decided to expand their shoe empire this upcoming Spring 2012 with their collection of ballet shoes.
The brand promises that this collection will continue with their One for One program (for those who are unaware, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every purchase). The ballet flats will be sold at retailers for about $75 but for those who are willing to spend an extra $50, a series of upscale versions (think of TOMS and The Row collaboration) will be available at U.S. store, Neiman Marcus.
The TOMS ballet shoes will be available in fabrics such as suede and linen as well as leather.
And if you’re super excited for these flats, the TOMS website has an e-mail sign-up that will notify customers when the collection is available.
So in a hasty decision to up my blog presence, I’ve decided to start a YouTube channel.
I bet you’re thinking “Wow Carly, a YouTube channel? With Carly Foy? HOW AWESOME!”
And you’re right. It is awesome.
This video I made, is like a cupcake without the sugar.
To be honest, it’s missing the Carly Foy swag I have. So with that being said, the video is a legit tutorial. I’m an awkward person on camera and for that, I apologize. Yet it is a learning curve. I promise that the next video will say “I’m Carly F. Foy and I’m awesome” versus “I’m just Carly Foy and I don’t know how to smile.”
To watch the tutorial, click here.
And if I fail as a YouTuber, I’m going to blame the ginger.
Being a loving, caring person that I am, I took my sister who was sick to the clinic. Of course though, I was bored and decided to stop by Michaels. I stopped by the beading section to just kill time when I found a cute, pre-made bib from Bead Landing: C’est La Vie collection. The colour is a nice cream that is accent by off-white mesh. To pair with it, I choose a silk cording from Jewelry Essentials and their Naturals collection in navy blue. Also, this total cost, with tax was $10.16, which is way cheaper than buying one in the store.
Here’s a simply how-to for this quick DIY.
What you’ll need:
-A pre-made bib (with hooks to lace through the cording)
-Silk cording (the package I used came with a thick cord and a thin cord, use whichever you prefer)
-Thread (that matches the cording)
Take the cording and cut the ends on an angle. This is to help thread the cording through the jewelry hooks. If the silk is fraying, proceed to grab the tape and tape the edge to help insert it. Once hooked onto the necklace, pull through. Then try on the necklace and slide up the ribbon for preferred placement. Once necklace hangs where desired, cut the excess cording but leave behind about an extra inch for sewing the ribbon together. Grab your needle and thread and fold the end of the cording. Proceed to stitch and tie a knot once finished. Cut any extra cording and voila, you have your quick DIY bib necklace.
P.S. I’d like to thank my mother, who I asked to take a picture of my chest. I could’ve worded it a bit better when asking but she’s a very understanding woman. Most of the time.
1. Ronnie and Sammie will fight: This shouldn’t surprise you. They get back together. It’s inevitable.
2. Mike will not get as much as Vinny: Let’s face it. Vinny is attractive. Mike is balding.
3. Snooki will flash her lady bits: Even though I just watched the first few minutes and she seemingly packed one suitcase full of panties, Jersey Shore fans have seen her drunk cartwheels. They’re indefinitely blurred.
4. Pauly D will blow a fuse in the house: When I went to Italy, I killed my friend’s convertor straightening my afro. The electricity in the house is doomed.
5. Everyone’s Italian vocabulary will expand: Instead of just knowing the word ciao, they will expand their vocab to mangia, grazie, sesso, formaggio and giù per scopare.
6. The girls will not make it up those stairs: The apartment has a bajillion stairs. Snooki has tiny legs and all the girls have a love of alcohol.
7. Ronnie will be topless 99% of the time: I’m watching it now and he’s been topless since he arrived.
8. Italy will have a shortage of wine, limoncello and grappa: Screw Jager, it’s Florence. They’ll be classy drunks.
9. Deena will violate statues: That girl has no boundaries.
10. Vinny will shave his beard: This “beard” of his is no beard. It is a 5 o’clock shadow. He will shave it in embarrassment over a real man’s beard.
I’m usually very finicky when it comes to my recipes, but due to lack of concentration with my cat walking into walls, I chose a fellow blogger’s recipe based off of Shelly Kaldunski’s Salted Caramel Cupcakes recipe in the Williams Sonoma Cupcakes book. Except she used her own salted buttercream recipe. I’m not going to lie, I really didn’t like her take on the frosting recipe so in turn I made my usual one, which is just guessing mostly (that’s right, I’m a magician when it comes to baking) and adding things in until it tastes yummy.
Here is the recipe I used from Savory Bites:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
- 2 large eggs (room temp)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Sea salt (preferably Fleur de Sel!) (NOTE: DO NOT PAY $8.99 for Sea Salt. Be cheap, like me and buy a large container for $3.99)
Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a standard 12 cup cupcake pan with liners.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat the sugars, milk and butter using an electric mixer. You want them to be light and fluffy, which should take approximately 3 minutes if the mixer is on medium-high speed. Then, add in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Add in the flour mixture. Beat until smooth and use an ice cream scoop and pour into cupcake tins (lined with paper cups).
My Buttercream Recipe:
So for my version of the buttercream recipe. I used 1 cup of butter or 8 ounces, 4 cups of icing sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavouring, two splashes of milk, a pinch of sea salt and a tablespoon of the caramel (which you can make from scratch beforehand or purchase at a bulk store). Then beat it with your blender, ice your cupcakes and use the leftover caramel to dribble in a pattern and sprinkle sea salt on the tops.
Craving for a few more statement pieces to add to my wardrobe this fall, I decided to scour the pages of Etsy to find unique pieces that would be perfect to don with a tee and a pair of skinny jeans (the only pants I will ever wear willingly).
So when I stumbled upon Miss Annie May‘s Etsy boutique while perusing through the jewelry pages, I was impressed. Her designs use vintage costume jewelry and an abundance of chains. Miss Annie May heavily uses of brassy colours that adds just the right amount of perfection to create her vintage aesthetic.
With pieces like the “Queen Rebel” (above, left, $70.89 CAD) and my current favourite, “Desert” (below, $80.74 CAD), Miss Annie May’s designs are the perfect piece to be donning as the weather cools down and wardrobes change from summer fun to chilly fall.
It’s almost near impossible to live in North America and not be aware of ABC’s The Bachelor/The Bachelorette series. I remember watching the first season and seeing Trista jilted as third runner-up. I then vowed to never watch it again. That was until this season, when I got caught up with Ashley’s annoying Bentley drama that consumed the regular weekly magazines I read. I was anticipating the finale to be perfect. After all, Ashley has a stylist and a beautiful backdrop for her staged proposal.
I was severely disappointed with her dress just as much as I was with her final choice (sorry JP, but Ben was a smarter choice and I’m pretty sure a huge chunk of the female population would agree).
The dress made by designer Randi Rahm and according to HollywoodLife, cost $16,790. Overall, I think the dress was absolutely breathtaking — that is, on the hanger. However, on Ashley, the dress was not flattering at all. With her small chest and an awkward set of straps that were only there for decorative purposes, this overpriced frock made her look like she had saggy boobs and wide hips. Though I will give her immense props for feathers and glitter, a combination I favour dearly.
Additionally, I absolutely hated those pearl drop earrings from Cezua of Beverly Hills. Don’t get me wrong, I love pearls and have a set of pearl drop earrings myself, but the contrasting black pearl and white pearl did not suit the blush Rahm gown and I certainly hated the fact that the earrings were the opposite of each other.
And Ben, if you’re reading this in the Sonoma Valley, even though the ring you picked out made me want to vomit, call me.