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Gift Guide #4: Kiss the Cook!


Hey good lookin',
whatchya got cookin?
Serve up these special treats
to your favorite chic chef.

1.  Who wouldn't love measuring out their flour and sugar in love with these heart-shaped cups and spoons?

2.  Pretty pink cooking utensils?  Yes, please!

3.  Giada de Laurentis is my all-time favorite.  She's so pretty, so pleasant, and her recipes are so easy and delicious.  Her "Everyday Italian" cookbook is a must-have for any girl who loves whipping up Italian.

4. Pink damask-printed oven mitt and potholder set... lovely!

5.  This pink blender is not only cute, but think of all the things that can be made: smoothies, margaritas, and lots more!

6.  Towels are an especially useful gift.  And fluffy pink ones are ideal for adding a pop of color to a kitchen.  Hit up Wal-Mart, Target, and JCPenney for good deals.

7.  "500 Cupcakes"... perfect for the sweet tooth in all of us.

8.  Jessie Steele makes and sells thee most fabulous aprons.  Let's bring the apron back into the kitchen, ladies!

9.  This Petit Treat Cupcake Stand would look perfect on any counter to serve up cupcakes, cookies, etc.

10.  Feeling the urge to splurge?  Drop the big bucks on this pink 5-quart mixer.




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.