Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Feather Hair Extensions

I'm sure most of you have seen these by now. Feather hair extensions have spread from salons and into hair like wildfire lately. I've had mine in for roughly 3 weeks now and I had purchased the feathers at least 3 weeks before finally getting them put in. In only a month and a half the cost to carry a supply of these pretty feathers has more than doubled. Supply met demand, got married and had a baby that they named Inflation. Oh good Lord.

These feather extensions are actually pretty cool. I only waited to share them because I wanted to wear them first so I could tell you what they're really like.
They're a fun, no fuss way to add some interest to your hair. They are actual feathers that are attached to the with a micro ring used for hair extensions. There are usually three feathers to each ring, 2-3 rings total. They are incredibly easy to wear in the hair because they can be treated exactly like your actual hair. They can be shampooed, dried, and curled. The best part is, you don't even feel them in your hair. Ya just forget you even have them in.

So here's a peek at mine.

I chose to go with brighter colors. Pink, purple, teal & white. If these types of colors aren't for you, no worries. They come in natural colors as well. They take roughly 10 minutes to apply and last up to three months. The cost starts at $30 to have them put in. Just a fun 'lil somethin'

Monday, March 7, 2011

Semi-Homemade Springtime Cupcakes

I recently hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law and my newest baby niece. The decor was spring-like and I was able to find some very cute goodies to go with the theme. So rather than ordering a 1/2 sheet cake, which I originally planned on doing, I instead made cupcakes and ordered only an 8 inch round cake. Together they looked great and gave more than one flavor option for the guests. I don't actually come up with these ideas until I'm out shopping for something else and stumble upon something I like and then change my entire plan. Thus creating more work for myself but in the end it's worth it. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

Now, in true simple complexities fashion, I want the finished product to look the way I picture them in my mind, only without a ton of work. So I cheat. I buy boxed cake mixes and fillings and frosting in a can, add some pretties and there ya have it.

Lemme show ya

I went with lemon flavor for these cupcakes. Since I was doing a lemon filling I decided to lighten up the lemon flavoring of the cake so I combined one box of lemon and one box of vanilla cake mix.

Then we have have the cutest ever cupcake wrappers by Wilton. I love Wilton products. They have a huge variety and they never disappoint.

I use a measuring cup to fill the cups to ensure that they all turn out the same size. I filled these about 3/4 full so they fill most of the cup as they rise.

I wanted these to have a filling so I used a canned ready-made lemon filling.

I used a piping bad with a medium round tip, inserted it directly into the top of the cooled cupcake and filled it.

Now for the icing on the cake. Yep, from a can. Doesn't get any easier than that.

Then, thanks again to Wilton, I found these super cute birds nests with jellybean eggs which went perfect with our theme. I used these to finish off the cupcakes.

...and the finished product.

Works for me! Mission accomplished!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Love it!

Can I just say, I love the background I have on here.  It reminds me of the end dance scene in Footloose.

That is all.