Aug 31, 2012

down in the valley

The title of our post is the title of a song by The Head and The Heart (who I am obsessed with.)
The valley they're referring to, I'm sure, is not the San Fernando Valley, but it's definitely the valley I'm referring too.

When we took these pics. arnab and I were doing our favorite thing in the valley, which is thrift/vintage store shopping.
Besides finding cool things, it's always nice seeing the store owners who are always so friendly.



anisa is wearing a Walking Dead (comic) t-shirt, vintage Guess by Marciano shorts, Alexander Wang bag, and Steve Madden loafers
arnab is wearing Alternative Apparel shirt, Levi's jeans, and Zara boots

The post title is a song by The Head and The Heart.
Have a wonderful Friday!!

Aug 29, 2012

on a rowdy summer night

Last week arnab and I went out with out friend Iliana and her boyfriend Richard to celebrate Iliana's birthday.
We went to Kabuki Sushi, a small sushi restaurant, and let me tell you- we had a blast.

Our waitress was nice and funny, the food was awesome, and hanging out with friends was, as always, the best.

anisa is wearing a thrifted Levi's vest w/ diy studs, vintage polka dot dress, Betsey Johnson crossbody, Topshop sandals
arnab is wearing a Topshop shirt, Goorin Bros. leather hat, Levi's jeans, and Zara boots

Our post title is a lyric from Joe Purdy's "4th of July." 
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Aug 27, 2012

eat your heart out: diy cupcakes!

A recipe post! 
I haven't done one in forever!
But hopefully we'll get back to doing these fairly often. 

One thing that I've learned in all my baking endeavors is that some cake recipes shouldn't ever be made into cupcakes unless they say you can or you're an expert.
It's just weird that way sometimes.
Unfortunately, you also never know which cake recipes can be converted and which can't. 

One of my most favorite cakes is the sponge cake.
It's a fairly easy cake to make and I think it has a nice balance of everything.
I decided to take my favorite sponge cake recipe and make them into cupcakes, with my fingers crossed. 
And they came out lovely!

I used this recipe from The Pioneer Woman, which provides a picture by picture how-to. 
{The recipe starts with the making of the cake and you stop once the cupcakes are made, don't go on to the evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream}
I followed the recipe for the cake step by step, including the oven temp, the filled cupcake liners about 3/4, and then put them in the oven for 35 min. (it may take longer) and checked them w/ toothpicks.

Then came the frosting:

Ice cream!  
Since it's been on the warmer side here I thought I'd do an ice cream cupcake and it came out delicious!

mocha almond fudge

chocolate chip

Whipped Cream!
Then next day I started experimenting with whipped cream, I honestly loved all the results.

Regular whipped cream, which I love because you can eat it alone or pair it with fruits!

Chocolate whipped cream, that I made for the first time and it was a hit!

And mocha whipped cream, that I also made for the first time and was oh so yummy!

Whipped cream is very easy to make and what's great about it is that as you can make it to your taste  with more/less vanilla, more/less sugar, etc. 
I found the recipes for all the whipped creams here, it comes with a youtube video and everything!

Happy baking!!

Aug 25, 2012

and we’re all on our way to the beach

"Crossing sandy dunes
Hot day, mid-June
Naked kids, running wild, and free.
It's summer time fun, relax and stay young...
The water feels nice, dive deep down under
The ships, and treasures make reef
Just one of those days, had a blue, perfect wave
Come out, and join. You'll see."
{we played this song on the car ride to the beach both times we went}
{and we even sang it at the beach the second time}

The beach is a wonderful, wonderful place!
My bff wants to live near the beach for at least a year and who are we to discourage that?!
{in fact, if she's reading this (in arnab's words) "get to it!"}

This post will include pics. from two different days we were at the beach, I only write this because then the sporadic-ness of the pictures may make some more sense.

at Malibu:

{We always see dolphins. They are so beautiful!}

anisa (above) is wearing a vintage Talbot shirt, vintage Moschino necklace, Ray-Ban wayfarers, and Levi's shorts
anisa (below) is wearing an Alternative Apparel shirt, Levi's vest, and Billabong swim shorts

 beach + Anisa = crazy hair!

  beach + Arnab = crazy hair!
{I guess it's in our genes}

arnab (above) is wearing Aussiebum swim shorts and Andrew Christian swim shorts
arnab (below) is wearing an Outcast Americana tank, Andrew Christian swim shorts, and Quiksilver sandals
My favorite people instagramed:

The post title is a lyric from GROUPLOVE 's "Naked Kids."
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Aug 22, 2012

stay hungry stay free and do the best you can

 At the movies:

 {I am super excited about this movie!}

 At The Hat in Simi Valley:

I tried very hard to look like a modern day Peg Bundy.

anisa is wearing Jules Smith earrings, Alternative Apparel shirt, vintage scarf, Staring at Stars tights, Alexander Wang bag, and BCBGeneration wedges
arnab is wearing a TSquad tank, Levi's corduroy cut-offs, and Calvin Klein loafers

The post title is a lyric from The Gaslight Anthem's "We're Getting a Divorce, You Keep the Dinner Read."
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Aug 17, 2012

in a sweet summer haze

I'm quite obsessed with these shorts. 
They've been my go-to all through summer.
I rergret not buying another of the exact same pair, in case something happens to these.
Yes. They are that fantastic.

 I love the vintage feel of arnab's pictures.
The vintage car sure does help.

anisa is wearing an Alternative Apparel shirt, vintage belt, Levi's shorts, and Steve Madden loafers
arnab is wearing a H&M shirt, Goorin Bros. hat, KR3W cargo pants, and Guess by Marciano boots

The post title is a lyric from Joe Purdy's "Outlaws."
Have a wonderful Friday!!

Aug 15, 2012

...and you should've seen the looks i just received

To escape this hot, hot heat that we've been having these past two weeks arnab and I, along with our friends, have found ourselves at the beach, at the movies, and shopping!
Okay, the shopping wasn't a way for us to escape the heat, but it sure was fun!

We shopped over on Melrose, but first stopped at Jet Rag on La Brea because they have a $1 parking lot sale on Sundays!!

anisa is wearing a French Connection shirt, a  Proenza Schouler skirt, vintage Coach bag, and Halogen heels
arnab is wearing MLB LA Angels shirt, Levi's cut-offs, and Converse shoes

After shopping we spotted this food truck:
We proceeded to order some hot dogs and then just devoured them!
I'm a huge fan of hot dogs so I am pretty excited that my first ever food truck was a hot dog one.
P.s. the hot dogs were soooo good!!

And I drank this with it:

The post title is a lyric from The Format's "I'm Ready I Am"
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!