Champagne Blush

Those of you who know me well, know how much I adore weddings. In fact, the planning of my own big day nearly 10 years ago (sigh) is much of what motivated me to start-up my blog back in 2012. Being happily married for nearly a decade now is quite amazing, but I gotta admit, I do dream of the day when my hubby and I renew our vows, which is most definitely in the plans for the very near future.

It truly has been a marvelous year to get married! We went to 4 weddings last spring and summer and I’m seriously blown by the level of gorgeousness and creativity that went into each special day. Attending so many weddings this past year, has me looking forward to 2015. I truly cannot wait to see what’s new! From bridal style and decor, to all the personalized details that I’m such a sucker for.

But first, I’m pulling together some of my favorite trends from 2014 to create a special bridesmaid’s look (through the eyes of the Maid of Honor,) for a fabulous NYE wedding! Starting with the darling number you see below (Vivien) in the fitting shade of champagne, from Weddington Way.

Champagne Blush | Bridesmaid NYE - Posh Little Designs

As you may know, nude and neutral bridesmaid dresses continue to top the list for wedding party fashions. If I were getting married tomorrow, this shade of nude would most certainly be among my favorites. There’s an incredibly chic and understated elegance about this hue that looks beautiful next to the bride in white and can be easily glammed up with the right accessories, as you will see below in my Champagne Blush NYE Bridesmaid look.

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I’ve been ooh-ing and ah-ing over all things gold and sparkly and couldn’t think of a better time than a New Years Eve wedding to incorporate some glam!

Loving the idea of loose locks pulled back into a modern twist, and an embellished sheer capelet as an over-the-dress option, to cover bare bridesmaid shoulders on a chilly New Years Eve night

Simple, stacked dainty gold bangles and a gold & pearl ear jacket (swoon) from Rue Gembon, with a gold sparkled Anya Hindmarch clutch are perfect additions to the bridesmaid’s style.

And since I’m still blushing over blush tones, tying in one of the hottest colors of the season by way of sparkling heels and half-moon nails (with gold) seemed oh-so necessary.

Lastly, a pop color via the YSL berry lipstick which has been incredibly sought after for Fall/Winter 2014 to complete this festive look.

If only I could transport these items into my closet at this very moment! What are your thoughts on the trends for weddings in 2014/15? Are you loving these ideas as much as I am?

Click on the numbers above, for direct links to each of the items seen in today’s post.

Much more holiday to share soon!

xo

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Lemon Cardamom Mini Donuts (DF)

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During the holiday season, there’s nothing I love more than hosting and entertaining, and when I’m entertaining, having a few tiny treats on the menu is an absolute must. A must, because miniature and one-bite items are easy for guests to enjoy, and much less guilty because of their small size. Not to mention adorable! So yes! When it comes to entertaining, mini is the new black in my opinion and these Lemon Cardamom donuts that I made with my mini pan, are a new favorite. And since Christmas fast approaching, whipping up a batch of these less guilty treats, dressed up with posh embellies, seemed oh so necessary.

Darling and delightful and promised to hit the spot!

Lemon Cardamom Mini Donuts (DF)

A sweet, spicy and aromatic cake donut, topped with a tart glaze and decorated with colors of the season. Not fried, free of dairy and easily converted to gluten-free.

(baked & dairy free – makes about 36)

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

1/4 cup vegan butter

1/4 cup coconut oil melted

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

zest from 1 lemon

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 2/3 cups flour

1 cup coconut milk

decorative sprinkles of your choice; I used silver and white sugar pearls, gold and silver sugar crystals, silver and gold edible glitter and coconut flakes.

Mini donut pan lightly greased

1 ziplock bag

1 piece of parchment paper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In the bowl of a stand mixer blend together oil, butter and sugars.

Add in eggs, lemon zest and vanilla and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients.

Pour a portion of the flour mixture into the egg and sugar mixture alternating into thirds with 1 cup of coconut milk until completely combined.

Pour the mixed batter into the corner of a 1 gallon ziplock bag, cutting the corner with scissors.

Pipe the batter into the greased mini donut cavities filling only about half-way full.

Bake in the oven for 4-6 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from pan and transfer to a cooling rack.

(Makes about 36 mini donuts)

While donuts are cooling, whip up your lemon glaze. It’s a tasty compliment to the spiced flavor and it will only takes 1-2 minutes to make!

baked donut recipe adapted from King Arthur

Lemon Glaze

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon coconut milk

2-3 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

In a glass bowl, stir ingredients together until thoroughly combined. If it’s too dry or thick add a few more drops of lemon juice until the glaze is a dipping consistency. Careful not to make it too thin.

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Dip the tops of the cooled mini donuts into the lemon glaze.

Place on a sheet of parchment paper, and sprinkle with your favorite toppings.

I went with coconut flakes and silver and gold sparkle for a glamorous touch, but any color will do!

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

I can envision these mini donuts atop a Christmas or New Years Eve dessert table already.

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Stack the donuts on a mini cake plates and serve to guests with tea, coffee or hot cocoa and enjoy!

Wishing you all a great week! I’ve been under the weather for the last several days so having these mini donuts to enjoy was a much needed treat.

More to share soon!

xo

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Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles (V)

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Winter is almost here, which for most of us means that we’re a long ways from summer. We actually couldn’t be further in the Pacific NW with the 20 degree temps we’ve been experiencing lately, but that’s not stopping me from having frozen treats on my mind. Maybe it’s all the chilly weather getting to me…it must be, because I’m dreaming of sunshine and 80 degrees.

That brings me to today’s recipe featuring a few of favorite things, like peppermint and chocolate, which I’ve combined together to create frosty and festive popsicle fitting for the Christmas season. And for a little extra holiday cheer, there’s a touch of pink incorporated into each pop, courtesy of the peppermint candies.

Very merry and posh!

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles (V)

Creamy coconut milk paired with cool peppermint and sweet dark chocolate makes this recipe an instant seasonal favorite. Not only are these pops dairy free, they’re also completely vegan and free of gluten soy as well, so everyone can enjoy!

Ingredients/Supplies

1 full can of light or full fat Coconut Milk (I used light and prefer Trader Joes coconut milk)

1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar

1/4 teaspoon of pure peppermint oil

1/3 cup crushed peppermint candy discs + 4  solid peppermint discs uncrushed.

1/3 cup of dairy free dark chocolate (chopped into small chunks, about 1/2 inch in size) I found mine at Trader Joes

4 popsicle sticks

4 6-8 ounce containers (i found mini plastic parfait glasses and used those)

parchment paper

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Combine Coconut milk and agave nectar in a glass bowl. Blend together for desired sweetness. Add in peppermint oil and stir.

Pour in 1/4 cup of the 1/3 crushed peppermint candy discs (the red color of the candy will tint the coconut milk pink), setting the remaining crushed peppermints aside.

Pour in 1/4 cup of the 1/3 chopped dairy free dark chocolate to the coconut milk mixture and set the remaining chocolate aside.

Mix all of the above ingredients together.

Drop each of the remaining 4 peppermint discs into the bottom of the mini parfait glasses.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Pour about 1/2 a cup of coconut peppermint and chocolate mixture into each parfait glass over top the peppermint candy disc.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Repeat this step for all for parfait glasses.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Place on a tray in the freezer for about 1 hour and then insert your popsicle sticks.

Allow another 2 hours to fully freeze.

Line a dish with a sheet of parchment paper and set aside.

Pour remaining crushed peppermint and dark chocolate into a dish and mix together.

Once popsicles are completely frozen, fill up a medium-sized bowl with warm water. Place each popsicle into bowl of warm water to remove from the parfait glasses.

The popsicles will have a layer of melt on them which you can top with the remaining peppermint and chocolate mixture. Repeat these steps for each of the remaining popsicles and place on the parchment paper.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Return to the freezer for another hour.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Serve immediately!

These popsicles are fabulous for holiday parties and entertaining, especially if you live in a warmer climate. You could also enjoy these with friends and loved ones bundled up in your coziest blankets near the fire. That’s exactly how I had mine and I’ve already

Happy Holidays!!

Much more on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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Thanksgiving is less than 24 hours away and I have much to do before my family arrives. That means I’ll be spending the majority of my time in the kitchen today finishing all my prep work, for tomorrow’s festivities.

Luckily I have many recipes that I’ve known for years, some dating back to when I was growing up to rely on. One of my favorites is a 5 ingredient Cranberry sauce that’s fresh, simple, tangy and delicious, making it a must add to your holiday menus.

Because today’s such a busy day, I snapped and edited a few photos of the Cranberry sauce via VSCO Cam and Instagram to share with you today. As you can see I had a little helper, who’s also a big fan of this recipe. If she loved it, I’m certain you will too!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cinnamon sticks, raw turbinado sugar, fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest blended together with the cranberries for a tart and delicious holiday topping.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

4 cups of fresh cranberries (rinsed)

1 cup water

1 cup turbinado/raw sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

zest from 1-2 oranges.

Fresh squeezed orange juice from the zested oranges.

Instructions

Place water, orange juice and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil.

Add cinnamon sticks and cranberries and stir until blended.

Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and let cool.

Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

This cranberry sauce is the perfect pairing for your favorite holiday dishes and appetizers. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving friends! You can find me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing a Black Friday discount code for the shop, later this afternoon.

xo

 

Citrus & Spice Sangria

One of my favorite adult beverages to serve when I’m hosting a party is sangria. I just love how simple it is to make, and how the flavors can be so easily adjusted to match the holiday that you’re celebrating.

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Today I tested out a new sangria concoction that I’ll be adding to my Thanksgiving menu next week. The colors and flavor profiles remind me of the season, complete with tangerines, sweet persimmons, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, elderflower liqueur and sauvignon blanc.

An instant fave, that truly tastes like Fall in a glass, if there were ever such a thing!

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Citrus & Spice Sangria

A sweet and tart blend of fall fruits and spice, floral liqueur and white wine. The vanilla bean adds a smoothness with fruity floral notes from the liqueur, with a mild cinnamon finish.

Ingredients/Supplies

Medium sized pitcher

1 bottle of your favorite Sauvignon blanc (I chose Sauvignon blanc because it’s less sweet and has many floral notes. You could also try chardonnay or pinot grigio.)

1/2 cup St. Germaine – elderflower liqueur

1/4 cup Cointreau

3 tangerines sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

2 persimmons rinsed and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (cut a few rounds into quarters and set aside for drink garnishes)

1 vanilla bean bruised

8 cinnamon sticks (2 for sangria remaining for drink garnish)

1 16 oz bottle of club soda or sparkling water

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place sliced persimmons & oranges, cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean into your pitcher.

Add St. Germaine, Cointreau and the entire bottle of white wine.

Stir and place in the fridge, allowing flavors to blend for at least 2 hours (make up to 24 hours ahead.)

Add sparkling water or club soda when ready to serve. Add to taste.

Pour sangria into your favorite wine glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks and quartered persimmons or tangerines.

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

 This is a perfect make ahead low maintenance cocktail for the holiday. Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Citrus & Spice Sangria | Posh Little Designs

Still 6 days and counting, but luckily I have this test batch of sangria to finish up just in time for the weekend! One of the many perks of blogging. Cheers friends and happy Friday!

More to share early next week!

xo

This specific recipe for Citrus & Spice Sangria was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Birthday Gram – Las Vegas

Last weekend my hubby and I flew to Vegas for my birthday. This was last-minute, somewhat unexpected travel, but I’m so glad we decided to make the trip, because it turned out to be the perfect couples getaway. My sister in law’s birthday actually falls on the day before mine so each year we make an effort to celebrate together and since they just happened to be in Vegas the same weekend, in addition to my dear sis from LA, the timing couldn’t have been better!

The weekend moved by so quickly that I didn’t have much time for photos with my dslr camera, but I did capture many shots via instagram.IMG_6691.JPG

 

I truly cannot remember ever having a birthday celebration this wonderful. Thanks to my dear husband and amazing sister, I had the absolute time of my life and felt completely and utterly spoiled from start to finish.

From our stay at the Palazzo, to the gifted tiara and french macarons, the atmosphere, the laughs and the shows, the weather, quality time with my family…the list goes on.

IMG_6692.JPGThe only difficult part of course, was being away from our girls for a few days, but they had so much fun spending quality time with their Grandmas for the weekend.

This was certainly a much deserved break for me and my hubby. We all deserve those from time to time, especially on special occasions right?! Well aside from feeling a bit tired, I’m excited to get back to creating and will have some fresh concepts to share with you all soon. In the mean time, let’s be friends on IG: @poshlittledesigns.

Check back soon.

xo

Mammogram Party

Earlier in October I took part in an annual Mammogram Party in my home town. This was an event put together locally to help raise awareness about breast cancer and provide knowledge and important info to women about annual screenings. Those who attended were able to schedule their screening appointments while also enjoying prizes, goodie bags treats, hair extensions and plenty of shopping from some fabulous vendors.

The event lasted from 9-3 pm and I had my Posh Little Designs booth set up, with many products on display and for sale from my online shop. Everything from cookie cutters and baking cups, to cupcake liners, paper straws, cupcake toppers and much more. I also baked up a batch of sugar cookies in themes to match the event which were given away for donation. Since most of my business is online based, it was refreshing to speak to customers face to face and interact on that level. I enjoy both aspects very much!

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

For this event I again chose a mostly white backdrop, and tied in shades of black, pink and silver through my products and samples. I hung tassel garland in textured white, displayed simple white roses in my most favorite goblets from the Oh Joy! For Target party collection, and once again took advantage of the wonderful free awareness prints from Heather of Chickabug.

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

 I’ll be donating 20% of all proceeds from the event, in addition to sales of awareness themed and pink products from the shop for the month of Oct. to a local non-profit breast cancer organization known as Team Julia. You can find out more details about this wonderful charity by following the link above.

Annual Mammogram Party | Posh Little Designs

How wonderful it was to be involved in this event again this year! Thank you so much to Cassie, my great friend Christy and all the rest of the amazing ladies who made this event such a great success!

Much more to share soon!

xo

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