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Sugar Free and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cristina RamirezComment

I have recently kicked sugar and most dairy products from my diet, but needed something to quench my cravings. I’m not a sweets person to begin with but it’s funny the minute you eliminate something from your diet, the cravings all of a sudden start. I looked up a few different recipes and narrowed it down to these ingredients. These cookies came out so good! I personally think they taste like the Chips Ahoy Chewy cookies, but not as sweet of course (which I kind of like). 

Homemade Artisan Bread

Cristina RamirezComment

Processed bread is always one of those foods that is always on the top of those “what never to eat” list.  Processed bread is loaded with preservative that are so difficult for your body to digest which then turn into fat.  On top of all that, personally I have never really liked the taste of store bought bread.  I've been making my own for a while now. I've tried several different recipes and techniques and this one is by far the easiest and the best tasting. Give it a try! I promise, you can't mess it up.

Coachella Prep

Cristina RamirezComment

April is such a busy month and I feel like it’s the kick start to the summer (here in LA).  Not only is my birthday in April but its festival season!  This is my first year going to Coachella and I am so excited.  I’ve always dropped the ball when planning to go, but not this year. I’m not ecstatic about the lineup but I still think it is an experience everyone needs to do in their twenties.  

Homemade Pesto

Cristina RamirezComment

Pesto is one of my secret ingredients to fix a boring meal.  You know those simple weeknight dishes that you’re kind of bored of but are easy quick meals so you just make it and force it down.  I feel like even a little goes a long way, such as adding a teaspoon in a bowl of some chicken noodle soup or using is as a base for your pizza.  I love to toss it in sautéed potatoes and adding some to pasta marinara.  

Pineapple Vase

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Ok! How adorable is this pineapple vase?  I mean I think pineapples in general as so cute (and I they always remind me of Sprongebob), but add some really pretty flowers into the mix and my mind is blown lol.  I love when I see people’s vacation pictures of them on a beach with a straw in a pineapple and slurping a fruity cocktail, it just makes perfect sense.  So, I thought why not up-cycle the pineapple in other ways.  This is great for parties (like a luau) or even just to have around the house after cutting up the fruit.

Bon Brunch with Chambord

Cristina RamirezComment

There is nothing I love more than enjoying brunch outside with my girlfriends, especially during the springtime.  It’s the season when bridal showers, engagement parties and baby showers start rolling around.  It’s my favorite time to throw a party because of all the pretty flowers to choose from to set the table. 

DIY Tassel Garland

Cristina RamirezComment

Haven’t you been seeing these cute tassel garlands all over Pinterest for like ever now? I thought I would take a stab at making my own.  I like the idea of hanging one over my bar cart when having a few people over for cocktails.  It’s pretty simple but does take a lot of time.  So if you would prefer to buy one I found some cute ones over at Oriental Trading.  But maybe you want a certain color palette and want to create your own, here is a little tutorial to create your own.

Watercolor Name Cards

Cristina RamirezComment

I’m all about the little details when it comes to planning an event. I always like to put my own personal touch at my table.  These watercolor name cards are so easy and you can even get the kids to help in.  I think there is something so therapeutic about painting, especially with watercolors.  If name cards are not your thing you could always turn them into gift tags or thank you cards.

Roasted Red Pepper Veggeti

Cristina RamirezComment

It’s time to put those New Year’s resolutions into action.  Eating healthy and getting shape is my yearly struggle, but this year I am totally motivated.  I got a Fitbit for Christmas and I’m totally obsessed.  It’s not something that was on my wishlist, but I’m so glad I have it now.  So now that I am up and moving, it’s so important to me to pull through with healthy meals. 

NYE Ready!

Cristina RamirezComment

Are you ready for New Year's Eve? It's one of my favorite holidays. I love fresh starts and always have a list of resolutions at the beginning of the year, whether I follow through all year is another story though lol.  This year I must say I dropped the ball on committing to an awesome countdown event, but whatever I end up doing I will definitely throw some sparkle on and have a glass of champagne in hand.

Style Up the Holidays

Cristina RamirezComment

There is something in the air this holiday season; I'm totally bursting with Christmas spirit.  I’ve been shopping, baking, and decorating like crazy.  I was lucky enough to partner with Nordstrom to style and plan all my holiday party outfits.  I’m love shopping through TopShop, BP and all the other great brands all under one roof.  Now, I’m a girl who is always on a budget and I was able to find some really great deals.  No one item is over $100! All styles are so versatile; they are perfect for hopping around to all those holiday parties.

Chocolate Chip Waffles

Cristina RamirezComment

Is it the weekend yet? I’m so ready for a quiet morning with some chocolate chip waffles and some good reading.  This recipe is a classic and never disappoints.  You could always substitute the chocolate chips for blueberries, nut or pretty much anything else.  I hope you enjoy these. 

The Classic Tee

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One of the most classic pieces of clothing is the basic white tee.  You can dress it up or dress it down; it never goes out of style.  I love to pair it with a leather jacket and pumps.  It just always makes me feel a little edgy and boosts my confidence.  This is a look I contributed to the FYI Network. They have a new series called Style Unzipped that goes on every Monday at 10/9c. On the show they discuss the history of iconic fashion pieces. Stay tuned for the episode on the T-shirt.