Classic Carrot Cake

Easter Sunday always truly marks that start of spring for me. Family BBQs, breakfast at the Farmer's Market, and even a drive down the Halfmoon Bay coast are all things on my spring To-Do list. Bringing a bite of this seasonal goodness to my own home, I decided to bake a classic carrot cake au Easter themed and let me tell you this will now become an spring tradition.
Sticking to basics I used a simple cake to frosting recipe, see here and then got creative with the cake's look, getting inspiration for one of my favorite party blogs, Oh Happy Day, see here. A couple of tips for baking and decorating. Make sure to allow each layer to cool down before you unmold it because this cake will crumble. For the icing tint and garnish, I used basic food coloring to get a light pastel orange hue and for the speckled eggs I had an even simpler solution, store bought Easter themed Whoppers. Happy Egg Hunting Folks!

Orange Details

Let me start by saying Orange is not one of my favorite hues. Yet every time I find myself playing with this color I am always amazed at the pleasantly vivid effect it can give an ensemble with its bold contrast or its monochromatic pop. This dress caught somewhere between salmon and peach, came out of retirement this past weekend and truly left me wanting more. Torn between using green or nude accessories, I instead ended up orange head to toe. For past orange-tastic surprises see here and here!

Dress: Everly, Pumps: Aldo (last seen here)
Coat: H&M, Bow Bracelet: BCBG Generation
Purse: Vintage Dooney and Bourke

Homemade Oreos

Did you know that National Oreo Cookie Day was this month? Well color me giddy but it is a fact that Oreos are my favorite kind of cookie. Peaking my taste buds, I explored some recipes from Chocolate Chip Oreo Sandwiches to Oreo Cheesecake and ended up picking a "cookie cutter" recipe, pun intended, for a classic homemade Oreo (see here and kinda tempted to try this one here too). It is a fast and easy recipe, yet make sure to properly sift and cream for it is those steps that make a big diffrence in the consitancey of the cookie. Also for the filling part, I am still trying to figure out the right sweetness I like. I have researched diffrent suggestions and I have found a couple to try (want to make this one here). Happy Baking!

Simple Stripes

Using a plain white tee as a starting point, I recently pulled out some of my favorite vintage pieces together for a basic but fun ensemble. Sometimes it's these simplest of looks that are my favorite, for nothing says effortless like subtle white accents.
Speaking of simple times, it has been a while since I have given you a little run down of my day to day this and that, which is anything but simple lately. Itching to get back into styling projects, I have been longing to do a photo shoot. Come the start of spring, I plan to get something put together to publish in my column, hopefully jump starting some ideas that I have had brewing in my fashion vault.  On a different note, I have also been quite the busy bee on the home front, getting things in order before I head out to Florida to meet up with the boy and the race team. Luckily, reuniting with some old faces will be my reward to the rush of planning and packing. Here looking forward the first official trip of 2013! Also, don't forget to follow my travels on Instagram: @livinginvogue 

Skirt: Vintage via Killer Styling, T-Shirt: Target
Pumps: Vintage via Black and Brown (last seen here)
Clutch: DIY (see here)

DIY: Transparent Clutch

Growing up my mother was constantly coming up with clever DIY projects to decorate the house with. But not inheriting my mother's nimble fingers, dabbling in DIY's myself can be quiet the feat. Yet recently browsing Jenni's ideas over on I Spy DIY (see here) and then encountering a must-have designer vinyl clutch on whowhatwear (see here), I decided to attempt to make my own see-through piece, referencing Honestly WTF (see here). One whole day and three tries later, I have a few recommendations. Make sure to watch that you not get glue on your fingers. Working with transparent materials makes it easy to see any glue residue. Hence make sure to take full advantage of using a brush to apply glue on needed areas. You do not need to splurge on an expensive antique brooch. I put three brooches, each snatched up at the flea market for a total of $10, together to make one. Also costume clip-on earrings can easily be made into brooches with a simple attachment of a backing. Lastly, I looked many places for a clear box. For a walk-in, ready to use, cheap buy The Container Store provides the best option (see here). That is the box pictured here in this project.

The transparent trend is hands down one of my favorite looks for this spring and this fun purse will be, without a doubt, a staple piece for warm times to come. For some more fab see-through options I picked (see here). For my last DIY project (see here).

1. Clear Box
2. Vintage Brooches
3. Clear Vinyl
4. Craft/Super Glue
5. Heavy Duty Button Snap Kit
6. Brush

1. Cut a 1 1/2 to 2 inch wide by 9 1/2 to 10 inch long vinyl strap
2. Center and attach brooches to vinyl strap and then to each other
3. Attach buttons to each end of vinyl strap
4. Glue button backs one to each side of clear box
5. Attach vinyl strap to box

Mad For Plaid

With a very long week behind me (see here), I have never been so happy to welcome the weekend. A full house and a great time as always with the race family, I am getting prepped for my whirlwind trip out to Florida, which is coming up quick. In the meantime, here in Cali the weather has been amazing, allowing for some warm sun during the day with a light chill at night. Thus inspiring some winter brights, I decided to pair this boyfriend style, plaid button-up, from a fab site called CanvasFA, with some neon Target Style pieces. How are you fighting your fashion winter blues?

Flannel Top: Canvasfa (buy here) Purse: Target
Jeans: Mossimo for Target (shop here); Shoes: Enzo Angolini
Bangles: Vintage & Thrifted