Faux Fur Coats

There are more coats in my closet than one person really needs, but every fall I still love shopping for at least one new coat.  This year I have my eye on a number of faux fur coats.  I learned the hard way when living in Virginia that you need to shop for coats when it is still hot outside for a good selection.  Need to buy a coat in February and you will be out of luck although there will be plenty of bathing suits for sale.  It’s not coat season yet here in California, but I’m ready to shop!

Mandy Faux Fur Jacket

Mandy Faux Fur Jacket

Cats Meow Faux Fur Coat

Cats Meow Faux Fur Coat

Sequin Faux Fur Coat

Sequin Faux Fur Coat

Shag Coat

Shag Coat

Which faux fur coat is your favorite?

Halloween Candy

Halloween candy

Halloween candy changes from generation to generation.  The candy we had as a kid is usually the candy we like for life.  I do not see the appeal of the candy kids eat today, but I am sure my parents felt the same way about me.

When I was a kid, there were fears of razor blades in candy.  I am pretty sure this was an urban legend, but it was real to us.  After trick-or-treating, my dad would examine all of our candy piece by piece feeling it for any foreign objects.  He also charged a “fee” for this…which we paid in candy.  He took a few of his favorites to keep for himself.  I was happy to give my dad all the Tootsie Rolls in my bag since I did not like those anyway.

halloween candy

It was also a time when candy was not the only thing handed out to kids since everybody knew everybody for the most part in the neighborhood I grew up in.  We also got pencils from teachers, toothbrushes from the dentist, a stack of pennies from another neighbor and once a goldfish from a pet store owner.  Yes, a real goldfish in a plastic bag filled with water.  We had to give those back.

Now that I’m on the other side of the trick-or-treat bag, I sometimes think of giving out whole candy bars, but have never done it.  Instead I hand out my favorite candy…things like Kit Kat, Snickers, Smarties and Skittles.  I wonder what the kids think of me.

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

This and That

Happy Friday message on chalkboard

It’s Friday! I’m happy to say in the last week and a half I have lost 5 pounds!  I have a long way to go still, but I love how fast weight comes off in the first week of a diet because it motivates me to keep going.  I don’t believe in complete deprivation while on diet though so this weekend we may walk over to the Oktoberfest for a beer and pretzel.  The other excitement for the weekend is watching the Dodgers hopefully win the first two games of the playoffs.

Here are some of my favorite things from this week.

1. Another raccoon…this one shows a raccoon that was saved by a family in the Bahamas and likes to play with the family’s dogs.  Apparently rabies doesn’t exist in the Bahamas so it’s ok to have a raccoon as a pet?

2. Asparagus, egg and bacon salad recipe I want to try.

3. A statement coat I have my eye on.

4. Income required to be in the top 10% in different cities.

Have a great weekend!

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Pink champagne cupcakes are my favorite cupcakes both to make and to eat.  Not a big surprise given my love for champagne.  These champagne cupcakes are so pretty in pale pink, although they can be made in any color, and are perfect for a baby shower, bridal shower or really any reason.

pink champagne cupcakes

I’m a big fan of “doctoring” cake mixes and happily admit to it.  This pink champagne cupcake recipe is from the Betty Crocker Big Book of Cupcakes, which is full of cupcake inspiration.

A few tips:

1. Use a champagne you like to drink!  It doesn’t have to be an expensive bottle, but do not go super cheap and use something like Cook’s.  I use Domaine Chandon Brut, which is also my go-to champagne for mimosas.

2. Instead of using liquid red food coloring (per the recipe), use “no taste red” icing color made by Wilton.  The liquid red food coloring has a bitter taste.

3. Add any decorations on top right after icing the cupcakes because the decorations will not stick once the icing has crusted.

4. If you want to use a different frosting, go ahead and use your favorite recipe and just replace the liquid in the recipe with champagne.


This and That

Happy Friday on chalkboard with vintage filter

Happy Friday!  Even my cat is excited it is Friday today and has been running around like a kitten all day.  Later today C and I are walking down the street to an Italian restaurant for happy hour.  Saturday we are going to a BBQ festival and Sunday we are making a trek to the valley to shop for a fountain for our courtyard.

Here are some of my favorite things from this week:

1. Who could resist this raccoon using a rock to ask (demand?) for cat food for her babies?

2. My love for suede shoes will never die.  Here is a pair I’m drooling over.

3. I wish the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail existed when I lived there.

4. Have you ever dreamed of escaping the rat race and running away from it all?  If so, check out my new favorite blog to read – This American Girl

I hope my east coast friends stay dry and don’t get cabin fever while it rains all weekend…have a great weekend!

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