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july 13, 2014 7:58 pm #sunset

dining al fresco tonight! feta stuffed burgers, charred zucchini and corn, and golden roads 🍻!music provided by our neighbor singing “sweet dreams are made of this…” at the top of his lungs 😝 #sunday #summer #picnic #love

work in progress. can you guess? 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓 #sunday #farmersmarket #ventura #oxnardshores #california #organic #foodie

#summer

Just a short list of what I love about summer…

1.) WATERMELON—it just makes sense.

2.) STRAW HATS—in all styles! But remember this rule of thumb: one fedora per group.

3.) COCONUT—water, tanning lotion, hair spray, pie, candy. I might just gnaw my arm off if I put enough Hawaiian Tropic.

4.) OUTDOOR CONCERTS—nothing beats sitting on a grassy lawn listening to live music with friends. Best of all they’re usually free. An alcoholic beverage might be necessary also.

5.) READING—that weird urge to want to read a book and being highly ambitious about it…”oohh, I’m gonna read the entire Harry Potter series this summer!”

6.) BBQ’s—because it’s an excuse for me consume copious amounts of meats and alcohol in one sitting.

7.) ROAD TRIPS—I love driving out of the city into wide open spaces. As long as I’ve got a good playlist going I might just drive all the way up into Alaska without even knowing.

8.) THE “NO MAKE UP” MAKEUP LOOK—It’s supposed to look like you have nothing on but really there are 10 products on your face and it took forever to perfect, yeah that look.

9.) DANCING—anywhere, anytime.

10.) BIRTHDAYS—for some astrological reason, most of my friends in my circle are born between June-August. The celebrations never stop! I might just need a vacation from summer.

-@Lbomb

Summer Ready // Time to get golden crispy crackling delicious 🍗

Standard Waikiki Sunset… Where everybody’s in the way 😝. Currently having cocktails on the beach with my mama 🍹👯🍹! #waikiki #hawaii

p a c k i n g 😎☀️🌴🍹🍍🌊 // i am so excited to be going home in less than 24 hours!!! these pasty white legs need a tan ASAP! #homebound #hawaii #happy #nextstopzippys 😂😂😂😂😂

Today was great until someone crashed into my PARKED car 😫! All is good now thankfully!!! In much better news (to me at least), our cute little library nook is almost done yaaaaaay! ✊ #mondays #workinprogress #whataweirdday #donttextanddrivepeople !!!!

tea time celebrating the beautiful bride! 👰 #laurchaun #bridalshower

s u n d a y s / / / blood orange lemonade + iced green tea kombucha with lime & mint! 🍊🍋🍊🍋🍊🍹🍹💃#justneedsliquor #sunday #farmersmarket #addictedtosundaysblog

weekend plans

For the past 6 years, my honey and I have lived a what I like to call a “cross-county” relationship. Not too far apart and only by a county but separated enough where it’s been a weekends only to spend physical time with each other. We usually plan out our weekends which I know sounds lame, where’s the fun in that?! But, it works for us!  Here are 3 things that’s on my radar for our weekend plans:

I am a huge Wes Anderson fan without a doubt. He has such a unique imagination and a quirky attention to detail. His movies are magical, witty, humorous, and they just have an all around beautiful vision and design. Can’t wait to see his new film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”!

http://laist.com/2014/03/20/popular_ramen_festival_returns_this.php

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Article and Image via: Laist + Daikokuya

If anyone knows me which most of you readers probably don’t LOL… You would know that my favorite thing ever is a big ol’ bowl of ramen. And beer. Not together though.  Been there, done that.  I do NOT recommend it… a belly full of noodles and beer is no bueno.  TRUST ME.  This weekend, LA is having their 2nd Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest!  $5 admission fee and $8 flat rate for every ramen bowl!

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image and recipe via: Camille Styles

And last is completely boring as far as plans, I’m packing up my apartment for the next chapter in my life!  More entries to come on the next venture.  But if I did have the extra time for my Sunday, it would be spent making these drool worthy eclairs!  The photo alone has me dreaming of Paris!

What are you doing this weekend?!

xx,
Chaslyn

P.S. I’m completely Tumblr illiterate but learning so if any readers feel that I’m not properly linking back to the source.  Please send over the tips!  

INSPIRATION. Where does it come from? Do we search for it? Does it just land on our lap? Is it through a picture, a loved one, a seemingly beautiful sight that is tragic to another eye? To me, it seems to come from change. Bad or good (?)… At this point… and for the first time in my life, I have no idea where this current change is going. Isn’t that the norm for everyone? I know that it compelled me to write! And to express. This current behavior isn’t the norm for me. This behavior of digging a little deeper and discovering new sides of myself. Let alone in an open feed! Do I call this INSPIRATION? Changes as I hope most of you can relate fuels me to rise, adjust, and CREATE. I’ve missed this blog. Given, there weren’t many entries… But, I know this space was and is a platform to share everything that I love with people I care about and readers from near and far to connect with. To recap, I have so many questions that come to mind as of late, and with such recent changes (aka pitchfork in my current journey)… the number one ??? that spear heads this entire entry for me is what next?!

What inspires you? So much so, that it develop questions so deep that it gets you off your butt to seek the answers? I would love to hear it! This is in no means to be dark and serious although this entry may come off that way (?). For me, it’s a variety of people and things but it all has a common denominator and that’s LOVE.

Changes whether good or bad inspires me to give and send love any way I can. It brings me joy and unleashes a side of me that I never knew existed! I’m so excited to share, create, and connect with all of you through inspiring images, cooking in the kitchen, DIYs, fashion, and much more!

xx,
Chaslyn

image via: http://www.behance.net/gallery/An-ode-to-the-sea/14025403

[Honolulu, HI]—sometimes, a girl just misses the sight and smell of home. 

Hi all, been hearing some great and constructive feedback from friends and readers after just 4 posts.  Love it!  We’ve been asked if the pictures are ours and they totally are!  Unless noted and if they aren’t, we send some link love to the original source.  Baking and cooking is a passion of mine and the advice I’ve been getting is to do how-to’s.  I’m not shy about it, I am like most of you… the curious foodie getting adventurous in the kitchen.  I want baking and cooking to be easy but still look fabulous without breaking the bank.  I usually pull baking recipes from online or my fave cookbooks and add my quirky little twist to it to make it extra special.  One day, I hope to be creating my own recipes and hope you stick with me long enough through the good and bad times in the kitchen!  For now, here’s that Fleur De Sel Caramels Recipe that I owe you from Miette.  It’s so easy and makes a great hostess or “just because” gift.  Enjoy!

Fleur De Sel Caramels

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 1/4 Cups Whole Milk
2 Cups (14 Ounces) Granulated Sugar
1 1/4 Cups (8 Ounces) Light Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
3 Tablespoons Water
1/4 Cup Fleur De Sel For Sprinkling

Preparation

  1. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking dish or casserole. Line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper long enough to extend over two opposite sides by about 3 inches, to use later as handles, if needed. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk, granulated and brown sugars, salt, butter, corn syrup, and water. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Place over medium-low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixtures reaches 246 degrees F, 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. When the caramel reaches the correct temperature, remove it from the heat and pour into the buttered pan, scraping out any caramel clinging to the sides of the pan. Be careful because the caramel is very hot. Let the caramel cool for 15 minutes and sprinkle with Fleur de Sel, then let cool completely to room temperature. Wrap the baking dish in plastic wrap and refigerate the whole pan for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 1/2 hours to help it set up and make cutting the caramels easier.  (I completely skipped this step, I was too excited!)
  4. Cut into sizes as to your liking and enjoy!

Chaslyn