Beautiful Styling for the Weekend

Apr

4

The Alchemist Dressing Table by HEKA

The Alchemist Dressing Table by HEKA

Styling by Josefin Hååg

Ombre Easter eggs DIY

365 Degrees North for Bolia

Are you kidding me? It’s Friday already?! How is this possible?! Not complaining about being able to enjoy the weekend, but it’s just scary how time is flying by so quickly. Anywho. I got some goodies for you:

1. First two images are from the The Alchemist Dressing Table by HEKA. How beautiful! Wish we all had one at home.
2. Then we jump into a cool DIY by Josefin Hååg, so simple and modern. Wish I could drill holes on my wall!
3. And yet another cool DIY, this time by My Dubio to create ombre easter eggs, I’m telling ya, these Scandi peeps have no limits.
4. Lastly this super sleek-styled room was created by 365 Degrees North for Bolia. I want to have coffee in there so bad!

Alrighty amigos, that’s all for this week. See you here on Monday with a fresh load of laundry…and posts. Happy weekend!

Paintings by Marta Marzal

Apr

3

Paintings by Marta Marzal

Paintings by Marta Marzal

Paintings by Marta Marzal

Paintings by Marta Marzal

Spring has sprung and so has the art!…and the allergies! *sneezes*. At least we have some beautiful paintings to look at while we stuff kleenex up our nose so it stops leaking (gross).

These spring-worthy paintings are the work of Marta Marzal, an artist whose portfolio seems to transition the same way seasons do, from dark moody still life, to colourful floral portraits. Seriously, I cannot be more excited about the sun coming out! The warmth in the air will definitely bring lots of good vibes for art and life in general.

Is it too early to start bathing suit shopping??! *pointy nipples from cold*

Salted Chocolate Diablo Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Apr

1

Salted Chocolate Diablo (ginger + cayenne) Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Artful Desperado

Salted Chocolate Diablo (ginger + cayenne) cookies via The Artful Desperado

Salted Chocolate Diablo (ginger + cayenne) Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Artful Desperado

Oh dear dear. It seems this blog cannot let go of chocolate. Well, more like, I CANNOT let go of chocolate! Maybe I need an intervention!? Perhaps I need to go to Oprah so she mentors me to overcome this dark addiction once and for all…FUCK THAT! Chocolate is forever, like diamonds, but way cheaper.

Last week I was a bit stressed out so I required an extra punch of bazinga! in my diet. Cue: a shitload of dark chocolate with a hint of ginger and cayenne, paired up with some sweet ass vanilla ice cream, topped with a sprinkle of sea salt. It’s almost as if Barry White were whispering in your ear “let’s get it on”….And you totally should! Seriously, these sandwiches are like a meal. But better and healthier (shut up).

Grab your measuring cups, spoons, and sexy apron and let’s get diiirrrty:

Salted Chocolate Diablo (ginger + cayenne) Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Artful Desperado

Salted Chocolate Diablo Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Makes around 8 sandwiches

This recipe for diablo cookies was originally created by TacoFino, a super awesome food truck that was born right here in our beautiful Canadian West Coast.

INGREDIENTS:

-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 cup cocoa powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 cup dark chocolate chunks
-2 large eggs
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1/2 cup canola oil
-3 tbsp freshly grated ginger
-1 tbsp vanilla
-Sea salt
-GOOD Vanilla ice cream of your choice (don’t get shitty stuff)

BAKE THEM:

1. Preheat the oven at 375F.
2. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cayenne and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir in chocolate chunks.
3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and add both sugars, oil, grated ginger, and vanilla and gently mix. Slowly add this wet mix to the dry one (flour cocoa mixture) until you form the cookie dough. NOTE: It may seem a bit dry, but not to worry it’ll get moist.
4. Form small dough balls (size of a golf ball-ish) and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicon pad. Press them down a little and sprinkle a bit of sea salt. *TIP: if you use your hands, make sure to have a little bowl of water near by to wet your fingers so it’s easy to handle the dough.
5. Bake cookies for about 10-13 minutes until they start to crack. Center should be fudgy so don’t over bake!

Salted Chocolate Diablo (ginger + cayenne) Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Artful Desperado

Salted Chocolate Diablo (ginger + cayenne) Cookies via The Artful Desperado

ASSEMBLE:

Once your cookies have cooled down. Grab yer bucket of glorious ice cream and place a generous scoop on top of a cookie, top with another cookie and gently press down. Don’t forget to call your friends to tell them you are going on a sex vacation and you won’t be back ’til later. They can join you if you want, after all, you’ll have 8 of these dark chocolate hunks!

Now stop salivating like a rabid dog and go make some!

PS. Photographing ice cream sandwiches is hard! You can see some of those fuckers melting in the back haha. Oh well, live and learn, right!?

Salted Chocolate Diablo (ginger + cayenne) Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Artful Desperado

Salted Chocolate Diablo (ginger + cayenne) Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches via The Artful Desperado

Photos and Styling: The Artful Desperado

Mixed Media by Ernesto Artillo

Mar

31

Ernesto Artillo for SixLee

Collage by Ernesto Artillo

Ernesto Artillo for SixLee

Collage by Ernestp Artillo

Ernesto Artillo for SixLee

Collage by Ernestp Artillo

It’s been a while that I haven’t featured a fashion-meets-mixed-media post. I’m glad I found this one while perusing around the interwebs. Don’t you love the work of Ernesto Artillo? It’s sassy!

His runway gallery is a visual feast for all of you lovers of colour, pattern, and avant-garde style, and his work has been featured on several fashion and design magazines, including Elle. He also recently collaborated with fashion label SixLee to create some of the collages featured above.

Check out the rest of his creationsover here.

Beautiful Things For The Weekend

Mar

28

Chadwick Rantanen - Untitled (2012)

Art by Chadwick Rantanen

Not Art Digital Collage

Not Art digital collage series

helena jåfs styling for String pocket

Helena Jåfs styling for String pocket

Photography by Harley Weir

Photography by Harley Weir

Beatiful things for the weekend

1. Paris print | 2. Black Bird soap | 3. LEIF flash drive | 4. The Mountains collage | 5. LEIF spoons | 6. Tivoli radio

Let’s daydream and break the piggy bank, bishezzz. Enjoy the weekend my dear friends. See you on Monday!

Lovely Interiors: London’s Hally Cafe

Mar

27

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Oh my, what a delightfully posh cafe in a delightfully posh location! It makes me wanna zig-a-zig-ah! So if you wanna be my lover…..What? Ok, even in writing I’m a total failure when I try to sound British (you should hear my Harry Potter impersonation, it sounds as if he had stayed in Cancun for months and picked up a drunken spring break accent).

These shots are from Hally, a new swanky-pants cafe in London’s shishi poo hood Parsons Green. Its gorgeous california-inspired interiors could cheer up the moodiest of london-foggers. Even Goopy Paltrow would totally approve.

I’m lovin’ how other cities are bringing other cities within their city. It’s a total design tongue twister that’s just perfect for those who can’t always travel to a foreign destination to live the full experience or for those looking for a change of scenery. Say, Melbourne has TONS of Parisian inspired cafes and New York has loads of Scandinavian-styled stores, so it’s only a matter of time before the rest of us catch up to this global game.

Here in Vancouver we are starting to see a small, but steady, trickling of US and Australian inspired eateries and shops. What about your city? Any cool spots like this one?

Photos via: We Heart

Bourbon Banana Upside-Down Tarts with Whipped Cinnamon Coconut Cream

Mar

25

Bourbon Banana Upside-Down Tarts with Whipped Cinnamon Coconut Cream // The Artful Desperado

Bourbon Banana Upside-Down Tarts with Whipped Cinnamon Coconut Cream // The Artful Desperado

Hey hey! Lovely seeing you in my kitchen again. This week I felt like I was so pregnant (so stressed!) and worst part is I don’t even know who the baby’s daddy is..maybe I’ll try calling Maury…anyways, I made a quick treat to feel at ease again, you know, these contractions and hot flashes are tiring!

These tarts combine the lovely flavour of caramelized bananas with the booziness of bourbon and the spiciness of cinnamon. It’ll bang your coconuts so hard you’ll be seeing stars. Let’s make’em!

Bourbon Banana Upside-Down Tarts with Whipped Cinnamon Coconut Cream // The Artful Desperado

Bourbon Banana Upside-Down Tarts with Whipped Cinnamon Coconut Cream
Makes: 5 small tarts

NOTE: This recipe has been adapted from Gather Journal’s drunken upside-down cake. In theory this is made with cake batter which I divided in individual tart moulds, hence the name.

INGREDIENTS:

- Handful of raisins
- 2 cinnamon sticks (not too ripe)
- 1/2 cup of bourbon
- 2 sticks of non-salted butter, soften
- About 4 or 5 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 4 firm bananas (not too ripe)
- 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup sugar (regular)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 whole milk

For the cinnamon whipped cream:

- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of sugar

MAKE IT:

First make the coconut whipped cream:

- Chill the can of coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours (overnight is better). Open the can (don’t shake it!) and remove the top solid layer and place it in a bowl. You can save the liquid for any curry dishes or even smoothies, we’ll only use the solid part.

- Beat the coconut solid layer with the cinnamon and sugar until light and somewhat fluffy. Place in the fridge.

Now the tarts!

1. Simmer the raisins, cinnamon sticks, and bourbon for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it steep for an hour or so.
2. Preheat the oven at 350F. Butter your tart moulds and add a nice layer of butter at the base, then sprinkle some of the brown sugar, enough to coat the bottom of the mould.
3. Remove the cinnamon sticks and raisins from the bourbon mix and keep the liquid.
4. Thinly slice the bananas and arrange them nicely at the bottom of the mould. Sprinkle some of the bourbon soaked raisins on top.
5. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
6. Beat the regular sugar with the butter until it turns pale. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla and reserved bourbon. Slowly add half of the flour mix, then the milk, then the rest of the flour. Do not over beat it or it’ll get tough!
7. Spoon batter over the bananas (don’t overflow the mould) and bake for about 30 minutes or until you poke them with a toothpick and it comes out clean.

Once they’re out of the oven, let them cool in a rack for about 10 minutes, then flip them over and remove from the mould.

Top with a dollop of cinnamon coconut cream while they’re hot annnd….see you in heaven!..and on The Maury Show, ’cause maybe you’re the baby’s daddy after all!

Bourbon Banana Upside-Down Tarts with Whipped Cinnamon Coconut Cream

Bourbon Banana Upside-Down Tarts with Whipped Cinnamon Coconut Cream // The Artful Desperado

Photos and styling: The Artful Desperado

Paintings by Liza Lacroix

Mar

24

Paintings by Liza Lacroix

Paintings by Liza Lacroix

Paintings by Liza Lacroix

Paintings by Liza Lacroix

Paintings by Liza Lacroix

Remember these paintings by Liza Lacroix? Hauntingly beautiful, yeah?

Judging by her tumblr she’s been quite busy creating new paintings, and they are just as awesome as the ones I featured before. Her style of bold brush strokes continues in her new series, but I did noticed she didn’t add carnival elements anymore, instead she went for a bit of a fashion/medieval look? Yes? Or am I on crack?

I love love the chunks of pink contrasting with the dark background. All of them in a row on my wall would look absolutely dashing…I guess I should add them to my letter to santa this year. Want one too? Maybe we can ask him for a group discount! :P