Friday, November 30, 2012

Menswear Made Feminine

Celebrities That Wear The Pants


I'm all for girly dresses, glitter and high heels- but sometimes it's fun to mix it up. Here are three menswear inspired looks that I think are absolutely gorgeous! Since the weather's starting to cool down, don't be afraid to layer up and take a note from your boyfriend!




Thursday, November 29, 2012

Top Kitsch Holiday Gifts

Merry Kitschmas  Christmas 


With less than a month away until Christmas, we've decided to start displaying ALL of our favorite gifts. From things we'd love to receive, to things we're planning on giving it's about time to get ready for PRESENTS! 



First of all, it only makes sense to start with our favorite thing to give and receive, KITSCH! 

The "I AM" collection is a huge staple for me. Whether it's the headbands during yoga or the hair ties throughout the day. I am obsessed with this collection! It's very reflective of the person wearing it, because I AM greatful, peace love, happiness and beautiful! I generally love to mix them with the other Kitsch collections, but I couldn't imagine my wrist without them! 

One of the greatest things to happen in 2012 was the Charm Collection  it's incredibly chic, and the perfect simple statement piece. It makes it super simple to be able to mix metals between gold, rose gold, and silver! Beauty!

Now there are many other things that you can decorate your wrist with other than Kitsch hair ties, but I prefer to mix and match. When I saw this evil eye  bracelet I knew it was going to be at the top of my Christmas list. 

I'm sure everyone knows how obsessed I am with the golden goddess collection, since I seem to use it in EVERY style guide. No it's not a lack of originality- it's the fact that it really IS the perfect collection. I probably get more wear out of these than anything else, SUCH a beautiful group and perfect for fall.


What are you asking for this Kitschmas!?  



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Chai Cookies

A Tasty Holiday Favorite 

Holiday flavors are absolutely amazing. Anything cinnamon has always been on my favorites list, but I'm almost certain that anything Chai flavored is at the tip-top. Here is a great way to take classic Chai flavors and have a new holiday goody to pass around! You know you want to be the one in the office that keeps bringing in the baked goods, it will make 2013 that much easier for you!
For the topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch cloves
For the cookies:
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix the topping ingredients together on a dinner plate. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together oil, sugar, syrup, and milk. Mix for at least a minute, until it resembles applesauce. Then mix in vanilla.
Sift in remaining ingredients, stirring as you add them. Once all ingredients are added mix until you’ve got a pliable dough. Get in there with your hands to mix, it’s the easiest way to get the dough to come together.
With clean, moist hands, roll dough into walnut sized balls. Pat into the sugar topping to flatten into roughly 2 inch discs. Transfer to baking sheet, sugar side up, at least 2 inches apart (they do spread a little). This should be easy as the the bottom of the cookies should just stick to your fingers so you can just flip them over onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, they should be a bit browned on the bottoms. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas To-Do List


Make That List, Check It Twice!

December 1st: Get your tree up! Keep in mind that this is the FIRST weekend in the month, and you've only got so much time to celebrate the Holiday in all it's glory. Take time out of your Saturday to put up a wonderful tree! I recommend going to a tree farm, where they can actually cut down the tree for you, that way you can have a fresh beauty that will keep your house very pine scented!

December 3rd: Narrow down your gift list. Who is a "must"? Who needs something extra special? Who would be happy with a DIY gift? Make sure your list is well categorized and complete. 

December 5th: Plan your outfits! What festivities are you going to this year. Do you have a company Christmas party? A Tacky Sweater Party? Family Christmas dinner? Are you hosting!? Spend the next couple of days carefully deciding on what to wear. A pre-planned outfit means a less stressed you! 

December 8th: If you haven't already, get your list together for Christmas cards. Hopefully you've been planning something creative and meaningful- if not, it's okay. We will give you some ideas in the next couple of days on GREAT things you can do. Figure out the quantity and make sure that you have all names and addresses ready to go! Purchase enough supplies (stamps, envelopes, cards..etc) to take care of everyone! --Also make sure you say a nice Mazel tov to any Jewish friends you have, because it is the first day of Hanukkah. 

December 10th: Send all the lovely Christmas Cards out! 

December 12th: Make sure that ANYTHING you order online has been taken care of. You don't want to have to worry about customs/lost items/excess delivery charges... the less stress, the better!



December 15th: Start wrapping! Assuming you've purchased an abundance of gifts, it's now time to make sure that you start wrapping everything! Want a great way to cheat the system, when it comes to close family buy everyone different colored paper, but don't put a tag on this. It's a great way to avoid the whole "shake and see what's inside" routine because no one will know who the recipient is except for you!

December 20th: Sort through your gift list to find ANY last minute purchases. If you wait until Christmas Eve you probably will end up getting someone something horrible. Make your grocery list as well so that you can figure out what you are prepping for the holiday. Are you taking baked goods? Have you got to plan out the entire evening!? Be prepared!

December 24th: Send out the mass Text message/email on this day. Most people are too busy to be bothered with the generic "Merry Christmas!" on the actual holiday, so be prepared.

December 25th: Horrraaaayyy! The day has arrived. Enjoy your lovely gifts, stellar outfit and well prepared meal... without a drop of sweat on that pretty brow! 




Hopefully this guide will help you be better organized is such a chaotic time of year. Happy Holidays everyone! 


Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Cyber Monday!

Last chance to score a great sale!


Hope your holidays went wonderfully! I hope they were filled with lots of green bean casserole (because that is my favorite) and pumpkin pie (also my favorite) but now it's time to make sure that you get shopping done!


Don't miss out on this great sale!

Also, get ready for some holiday-festive posts! It's official, CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Molly Sims Loves Kitsch!

And we love great sales!

Check out what Molly Sims thinks of us! We're blushing! ;)


And just incase you forgot--- don't miss out on our Black Friday specials! 





Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

A Special Thank You :)


We've all got so many things to be grateful for! I love the fact that we have an honored tradition of giving thanks, but it should really be something that is done ALL YEAR LONG! Even when things feel like they aren't going great, if you're able to read this- you've got something to be thankful for! Whether it's a home, family, food, education, health or opportunity, we should all be sure to count our blessings. 

I am thankful for the WONDERFUL Kitsch family, my amazing friends, my lovely family all over the world, my spectacular husband and the fantastic life I am able to live. I am grateful for each and every day, opportunity and moment that I have been given. I know I do not show appreciation often enough, but life is GOOD! 

I am also grateful for you- our wonderful Kitsch readers, fans and followers. You are a wonderful group of souls who support the Kitsch family! We truly are the luckiest!

Now make sure you count your blessings and have a massive slice of pumpkin pie! 





Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Survival Tips

And Something Special For Our Fans!

Here comes one of the biggest holidays in retail, and yet it isn't even technically a public holiday. In the last ten years, it's actually become the BIGGEST day of shopping in the entire year. While some retailers are opening at midnight, and others are even opening on Thanksgiving day, here are a couple tips to help you get through the shop!
  • Plan Ahead! Most retailers will have released what their specials are by now, figure out which ones you want to visit most.
    • Find out what time those stores open, so that you can try to be there in line before each of them. This would be great for the 8pm Target, 4am Best Buy scenario. Just as long as you are fueled with leftovers and coffee!
    • Find out who is also offering those deals on "Cyber Monday", the Monday following Thanksgiving is a huge deal for online shoppers to be able to indulge without the price tag. You might find better deals, or at least more convenient ones.
  • Divide and Conquer! If you've got to separate from family in order to snag the deals, make sure that you do so. Certain things, like that awesome tv, or the 50% off of your entire purchase will only be available to the first few people throughout the door. I always love to go for a shop on the Wednesday night before to scope out the clothes, because I am not going to be caught in a dressing room the day of!
  • Be NICE to the employees! Some of these poor people won't have slept at all from their Thanksgiving celebrations. They are probably sleep deprived, sick of picking up after aggressive customers and might even have insight or extra discounts for you. 
Wait, I'm not done yet! Starting Friday we've got this great special for you too!!



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What To Wear For Thanskgiving

A Simple Fall Style Guide

One of the biggest dilemmas I have around the holidays is "what to wear" (okay- let's be honest, it's an every day dilemma, but it has extra stress around the holidays). There will undoubtedly be photos taken by family, you may even need to make multiple stops, and you always want to make sure that you are comfortable. Here are some tips for putting together your ultimate Thanksgiving outfit. 

  • Go For Gold I know I've said it before, but I will say it again- Move over silver! This fall is all about the gold tones. You can be sure to dress up any outfit by throwing in some classy gold, or be bold and go for the multi-tonal look. Rose gold always has a special place in my heart, but feel free to be creative and mix to your liking!
  • Cranberry Isn't Just For Your Plate Cranberry hues have been so eye catching lately! Whether you decide to rouge your lips, or go for a wholly inspired look (I love the playsuit I found from Nastygal, everyone from your boyfriend to grandma will be impressed!) it's a must for this holiday! 
  • Love Layers Whether it's scarves, tunics, or kitsch hair ties- make sure that you've got the layered look mastered! You'll probably be going between cozy kitchens and drafty driveways so having layers is essential. You don't want to catch a holiday bug and be out of order for black friday shopping! 
  • Finger Licking Fashion Make sure that your digits are fully taken care of before this event. With all the hand shaking, hand holding and eating you want to make sure that you are looking your best from head to TOE. 
  • BOOTS! Must I say more!? It's fall, if you haven't gotten your favorite pair of boots for this season... do it! Especially before Thanksgiving! Even a lazy outfit of leggings and an oversized t can be made much more sophisticated with the right pair of boots!
What are you planning on wearing this holiday!? 


Monday, November 19, 2012

A Low Fat Thanksgiving Favorite

A Vegan Green Bean Casserole


Here is a GREAT recipe that I stumbled upon from a blog called Fat Free Vegan. This is my absolutely favorite dish at Thanksgiving, but I can only imagine that the fat content and sodium content (thank you condensed soup!) is probably horrible! Here is a great, simple way to keep the favorite and ditch the fat. 

From Fat Free Vegan


Ingredients

Beans
2 quarts water
1 tablespoon table salt
1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
Sauce
10 ounces mushrooms 
3 cloves garlic, minced
generous pinch cayenne pepper 
Salt to taste
Fresh pepper to taste
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup vegetable broth 
1 tablespoon dry sherry 
3/4 cup soy creamer (or try full-fat unsweetened soymilk)
Topping
1 1/2 slices whole grain bread
1 tablespoon Earth Balance margarine 
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/16 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 3-ounce can of French fried onions

Instructions

  1. Beans: Bring the water to boil in a large pot. While it’s heating, cut up the beans. Add the salt and beans to the boiling water. Cover and cook for 6 minutes. Drain beans in a colander, and then spray for a minute with cold water to stop the cooking. Let them drain in the colander, shaking every now and then to get off all the water.
  2. Sauce: Trim and discard the mushroom stems and chop the mushrooms into pieces. Spray a non-stick pan with canola oil and heat it. Add the mushrooms, garlic, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Cook until mushrooms are very soft and exude their juices. Whisk the flour into the vegetable broth and add to the mushrooms along with the sherry. Simmer, stirring, until mixture thickens. Add the soy creamer and simmer until thick, about 5 to 10 minutes. Adjust the seasonings and stir in the beans.
  3. Topping: Put the bread, margarine, salt, and pepper into a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Pour into a bowl and add the onions. Stir to combine.
  4. To assemble: Put the green beans into an oiled casserole dish and top with the onion mixture. Bake at 425 F for about 15 minutes. If you are not serving this right away, refrigerate the topping separately; bring to room temperature before sprinkling the topping on the casserole and baking for about 20 minutes or until hot throughout.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s) | Cooking time: 30 minute(s)



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Inspirations

Wise Words from Mr. Bikram Himself





“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick,
to start from scratch once again.”
 -Bikram Choudhury.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

Personalize it with Kitsch!

I just wanted to post this lovely gift I gave a girlfriend of mine for her birthday. Yes, I know the title is "Christmas Gifts" but really, it's so versatile you can use Kitsch to help jazz up any wrapping! I took a simple box, hand written note and paired together four of my favorite headbands and created a fun new way to wrap! I chose ones that I felt really reflected this friend, so although these can't be purchased from Kitsch as a collection, you can still collect and mix your own! 

Remember, we're all about STACK, LAYER & COLLECT! Once you've got your group going, you can always further personalize a gift. Ditch the paper and grab some hair ties!



Friday, November 16, 2012

Get the Most out of your blowout


Save time & do less damage!




We all enjoy a freshly washed blowout, but who has time to style their hair from scratch every day? Even after you splurge on a visit to the salon, your tresses can become limp or frizzy by the next morning! Fortunately, extending the life of your sleek style is a cinch if you know a few professional tricks.
First
A long-lasting blowout starts with a good base. If you have fine locks, make sure that you've got a great moose that will boost the roots. Thick, coarse, and curly hair already has volume, so run a smoothing cream or balm from roots to ends to help relax strands. Start with two inch sections and aim the heat down so that you can start to smooth the cuticles.
Don't forget to set your mane with a blast of cool air. Mist tresses with a flexible finishing hairspray to set your style. The key to a sleek blowout is zapping any dampness. Make sure that your hair is 100% dry because any leftover moisture can turn into frizz!
At Night Night
While rinsing your face or applying night cream, make sure to pull back your hair to avoid frizzing along the hairline. Kitsch hair ties are perfect for a loose ballerina bun or pony tail to help keep everything in place. The soft elastic material doesn't cause awkward dents or creases in your hair! (This works great for at the gym too!)  If you are worried about sweat along the hairline, try wrapping a silk headband to gently smooth edges while you snooze.
The Morning After
It seems obvious, but always wear a thick shower cap when washing up. Opt for caps with a sturdy elastic rim, rather than cheap plastic ones which tend to move around on your head, leaving edges exposed to moisture. Perk up roots with a dry shampoo or body-boosting powder. Use your fingers to work the product into your scalp. This will refresh strands and soak up any oil that may have built up overnight.
Going The Distance
To avoid frying your hair—which rids your mane of movement and make ends look ragged—only tame flyaways with a flat iron as a last resort. The better option? Blast the front and top sections with a blow dryer, which will smooth strands without losing body. If you have bangs, use a round brush with your blow-dryer to re-straighten your fringe each morning. Around day five, add some large curls to the end of your strands. You’d be surprised how a small bump on the tips can instantly refresh your hairstyle!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2

 The End of The Saga



While everyone else was pouring their cups of coffee on Tuesday morning I was lucky enough to be on the other side of the world watching the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. It was sad to say goodbye to Harry, Hermione and Ron but I think that saying goodbye to Bella, Edward and Jacob was that much harder.

By no means am I saying that this movie outweighed that of the Harry Potter Franchise, but I do feel that the ending scene was Bill Condon's way of making sure that tears were shed. I weeped like a baby. 

The ending does differ from the book, and although I'm normally 100% against anything that alters the original plot, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll save my complaints for later, but I would LOVE to open up a discussion and see what the Kitsch fans think. 

Did you see it? Did you enjoy it!?




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shortest Female Styles

girls who wear kitsch on their wrist


Majority of our posts and hair tutorials tend to be geared toward the girls with longer locks. Well today, we would like to pay tribute to those women who are REALLY being bold with their lengths!


Miley, RiRi, Ellie and Lourdes all know how to make us do a double take! These girls are all pushing the feminine boundaries and bringing girly sophistication to buzzed cuts. 

Would you be bold enough to try one of these looks!?

Monday, November 12, 2012

How to kick the coffee habit

Great Coffee Alternatives


As the seasons begin to change I almost immediately run for my sweater and cup of coffee. Even if I don't need the caffeine, I still love the rich taste and warm temperature. Here are some GREAT alternatives so that you can kick the addiction and stay more health aware!



Green Tea This antioxidant rich drink contains unfermented tea leaves, packed full of health benefits. Although caffeine is generally known as something that is dehydrating, Green Tea, which has just under the same amount of caffeine as coffee is a stimulant without the crash. Some recommend drinking up to six cups of this wonder tea daily, in order to receive it's full benefits. This is a great mild metabolism stimulant, and when purchased in organic form can be used as a part of a mini detox! Also, some scientists even believe that it's such a strong antioxidant that it can lower the risk of cancer. 

Wheatgrass Juice When your body starts to digest this lovely power shot, you begin to get the same amount of energy as a sugary, deathly energy drink- without the risk! Wheatgrass juice has high amounts of chlorophyll which helps pull toxins out of the body. Just one little shot, which is best served with a side of orange, is equivalent to consuming two and a half pounds of leafy greens! (In terms of benefits, not calories!)

Chai Tea Now before you continue reading, I don't mean the milk mixed, syrup flavored chai tea that you get at your local mass coffee shop. I'm talking loose leaf, middle eastern chai. The mixture of cinnamon, cloves and other wonderful black teas has a mild amount of caffeine for a quick pick up. However, the cinnamon, one of the best things for circulation, suppressed appetite and blood sugar control, will still give you the feeling of a naughty fall delight. If you are really keen, try mixing some vanilla unsweetened almond milk with the tea and a pinch of honey or stevia. Delish!
Pomegranate Juice Tis the season! These big bad boys are finally ready to be picked and consume. Although a pom is a lot of work, I absolutely love pomegranate. From juices, to baking, adding it on salads and just eating it plain. This tangy delight is one of my favorite seasonal flavors. Pomegranate is considered the wonder fruit, full of antioxidants, proven to lower bad cholesterol levels and ready to fight free radicals. 



Now even though it's Monday morning, put down that coffee and do something GOOD for your body!



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Inspiration

Advice from Good Old Winston Churchill 

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
-Winston Churchill 


When I stumbled upon this quote from Winston Churchill, I realized that this could not be more relevant to my life. Also, it's basically applicable to everyone, no matter their success or their failures--it's all about the ability to keep pushing forward. This week make sure that you strive for excellence despite what happened last week. If it was a great week, keep in mind that it can always be made better and if it was a horrible week, you've got the time to start fresh!

Have a wonderful Sunday and great start of the week!

xo-

The Kitsch Team 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

How to: Tightline Your Eyes

Beauty Tips & Tricks


Tightlining? What is that!?

Well until I figured out how to do it, I didn't actually realize that there was a term for it. However, it's technically called tightlining and it's a great way to make your eyes seem much bigger and sultry without looking like you've done a whole lot. 

photo credit: Beautylish

  1. Lift your lashes upward so that you are able to see the line-able edge on the top lashes. It's basically the same place as the "water line" that you've got on the lower lid. 
  2. Starting at the inner corner, dab the liner and work it in between the spaces of the lash line. The more the merrier, and it will start to blend as it warms on your skin. Once you've reached the outer corner, you're done. Congratulations, you've officially tightlined your eyes!
  3. Want to be really bold!? Do the bottom line and make sure you glam it up with mascara!




Friday, November 9, 2012

Must-Have Stocking Stuffers

Some Stocking Stuffer Favorites for 2012

Even more than actual Christmas presents I LOVE stocking stuffers. This is probably for a couple of reasons, but one I love getting a bunch of small things and making a big impact! Usually a lot more creativity can go into getting a stocking together for someone, and you can really make sure that it is tailored to their personality. I have browsed the internet for just a couple of my favorite ideas for stocking stuffers. I have too many to count, but we've still got a little of time before Christmas actually arrives!


  • Kitsch Hair Ties We've got a great collection of Holiday colors in cute little trios. These babies are perfect for EVERYONE whether they are apart of a small package or topping a large one. Although these colors are perfect for the season, they can still be worn separately throughout the year. I mean we ALL need a gold, black and white glitter hair tie? Right?!
  • Witty Tshirts There is no doubt that Gangnam Style is our generation's Macarena. I think that the "Keep Calm and Gangnam Style" would make the perfect sleep or workout shirt. I probably take myself too seriously to actually wear it in public, but I have nothing against being cheesy and cozy in the comfort of my own home. What better way to inspire a giggle when the presents are being opened??
  • Sugar Plum Fairy Set Philosophy has always made the greatest little gift packages, not just around the holidays. I love the idea of this Sugar Plum Fairy gift set. It comes with a bubble bath and lip gloss (and have you ever tried their lipglosses?! AMAZING!) plus at being only twelve dollars, it's a cute package that will go a long way. 
  • BKR Bottle A water bottle!? Say whaaat!? Yes, seriously- a water bottle. Have you got a fitness fanatic in your life? They would adore one of these water bottles. They are completely healthy and made out of glass with a gorgeous silicone sleeve to protect from any drops that may occur. Plus all the celebrities have them. Don't you know someone wanting to sport the same workout gear as Miley Cyrus. No? Okay, well still I love this bottle! It's good for your body and the earth! 
  • Kitsch Earrings We recently started offering our lovely earrings in sets, and this is my favorite. You've got a heart, a star and a moon. The perfect charms for anyone. These fit nicely into a Christmas card too! I bet they would be "like a dream" come true for someone on your list. 
  • Band Aids Practical and completely epic. Urban Outfitters has the greatest collection of first aid I've ever seen. "What happened to you!?", "Oh no big, Yetti attack is all." Now that's one way to start a conversation!
What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers? Anything that you are really hoping santa decides to drop off this year!? 



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Beauty Trends & Ideas For Fall

Bold Beauty Trends



Bold Brows I cannot be more in love with this! It's absolutely stunning, very natural and almost effortless! The great thing about wanting bold brows is that you can honestly just make sure that you are plucking appropriately. For example, all you want to do is clean up your brow area and not necessarily shape it. 

Do you feel like maybe your brows are too sparse or you just need a little bit of definition? Find a slanted makeup brush and grab a color of eyeshadow just a tad lighter than your natural shade. You can define and fill in your brows with a couple easy steps and you don't have to worry about looking like you fought with a sharpie! Keep it as natural as possible, but still be defined!

Fierce Lashes Having volume has always been something on the minds of women across the world. However, stand-out lashes are really taking the lead this season. Move over eyeshadow- it's time for some serious lash power! Whether you are more into the separated "doll" look on the right or into a more vintage cat eye lash both are incredibly hot this season! 

If you want your lashes to have a bit more separation you have two options layer different types of mascara; one just for volume, let it dry and then one specifically for definition or you can pick up cluster eyelash falsies. The falsies are my preference because you can definitely be a bit more effective without running the risk of getting a different look. The wispy vintage inspired cat eye look can be done by purchasing regular lashes and then trimming them along the edge so that the ends have the most oomph! The great thing about this is it will help you completely avoid the awkward eyelash touching eyelid scenario that falsies can sometimes cause. 


Black Cherry Lips Move over red, there is a new vixen in town! I absolutely ADORE black cherry lipstick. Almost every beauty brand is busting out with their own version from Dior to even cheapies like Revlon, with such a selection there is no reason to not own this trend. It definitely can make even the sweetest girl edgy and add a little bit of a sultry sass to your everyday attire. Just make sure that you've got your white strips ready to prime your teeth to pearly white before you rock this trend, the contrast is a beautiful thing! Also, whenever you go with red lipstick, remember it tends to bleed- always grab a great liner to go with it. You can also set it with translucent powder and reapply so that your pout stays coated all night!

How brilliantly do these three trends go together?!

LOVE IT! 





Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Yummy Fall Flavors

A Vegan Thanksgiving Inspired Side Dish



Zesty Citrus Butternut Squash Citrus Dip w/ Arugula
vegan, makes 4 cups of dip

1 15 oz can of organic butternut squash (or fresh puree)
1/2 cup white cannellini beans, drained
2 Tbsp tahini
2 tsp roasted garlic
1 Tbsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp EVOO
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Tbsp fresh orange zest
dash cinnamon
salt/pepper to taste
fold in: 1 cup fresh arugula, finely chopped
garnish: arugula, 1/2 orange, peeled, sliced into cubes, dash cayenne on top
extra zesty: add in a splash of lemon juice

Directions:

1. Process your dip ingredients - until smooth.

2. Taste test - adjust as desired.

3. Finely chop your arugula. Fold it into the mixture - leave out a few bits for garnish.

4. Place in a 250 degree oven to heat for 25 minutes. Or stick in microwave until heated through (about 1-2 minutes)

5. Garnish dip with arugula, orange, dash of cayenne and a slight drizzle of good olive oil. Serve warm with bread slices for dipping.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall Jean Trends

Hot New Jean Trends For Fall 

Okay, time to be serious- first of all, if you haven't voted yet (and are eligible to vote) get your gorgeous behind to the polls NOW before it's too late.

Alright, now that we've cleared that up, time to discuss one of our other favorite things FASHION! Fall 2012 has come with some AMAZING trends with jeans. It's refreshing to see something cute other than just a basic denim skinny hitting the shelves. Here are some of the few favorites we have.. It was definitely hard to narrow them down! 


  • Wax Coated Denim is probably the most tricky of all denim trends. You've really got to search for a great fitting pair, and one that looks "waxy sexy" instead of just trashy. It's one of those garments that can sometimes ride the fine line- but when you see a pair like the hunter green ones on the far left from Juicy Couture, you know that something has been done right! These jeans are definitely date night worthy with enough personality to either be dressed up or down. Have you tried this trend yet?
  • Funky Florals Grandma's couch definitely looks good as a pair of jeans. I absolutely love granny print or funky florals and I can't seem to get enough of them. The ankle length of this great pair from Nasty Gal is totally flattering when paired with a chunky heel. 
  • Polka Dots These are still a definite play on vintage inspired clothing but are a great addition to your fall wardrobe. I love this color here from Paige Denim because it's such  a lovely rose and can be worn from fall and winter, straight into spring as long as you accessorize accordingly! 
Have you tried any of these jean trends yet? What is your favorite?


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Inspiration

Give Thanks & Grow 

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, 
at least we learned a little and if we didn't learn a little,
 at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick at least we didn't die; 
so let us al be thankful. 
-Buddha 

With everyone posting on their different social network sites about what they are thankful for, I have to admit that it is very refreshing to see those give thanks as opposed to complain about short comings. If you are reading this, no matter how horrible your day/week/month has been, you have a reason to be thankful- you obviously have the gift of technology, and working power. You probably have clothes on your back, shoes on your feet and access to food and clean water. You are in a situation where you can only better yourself through positive actions and perseverance so make sure that you don't take life for granted- be thankful and make the most of it! 


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Easy Organic Hair Masks

How to take care of your hair 

Don't let the temperature changes of Autumn get your hair into a funk! There are so many great NATURAL things that you can do to your hair without paying hundreds for Keratin treatments and Brazilian Blowouts. 

  • Olive Oil & Honey- Melt honey for 15-20 seconds in the microwave (just so that you'll be able to blend it with the oil) and add in some olive oil. The ideal combo is 1 part honey to 2 parts olive oil depending on your hair. Place all over dry hair (starting at the ends! they need the most loving!) and let it sit for 15 minutes. I recommend putting a shower cap over your head, so it doesn't get sticky. It may take a couple of rinses in order to get your hair clean, but don't worry and wash away- your hair will be silky smooth at the end!
  • Coconut Oil- I cannot sing the praises of this product enough. Organic coconut oil should literally be in EVERYONES pantry. Not only do I cook with it, I love putting it in my hair. If you sleep with it in your hair overnight (just straight coconut oil- no heating, nothing) and rinse the next morning you will be AMAZED. 




What natural products do you put in your hair? Did you try these remedies and enjoy them!?

TAKE THAT COLD, DRY WEATHER! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Great Stocking Stuffers

Great Kitsch Gifts For Everyone 



Hello!! I know it's only a couple days into November, and there has been already Christmas talk but don't worry, we will definitely still cover Thanksgiving. We're just so excited about all of the wonderful things that Christmas brings!


Also, we're thrilled to introduce you to our lovely holiday collection, each one will have three hair ties- two solids and a glitter and be themed especially for this festive time of year. Make sure that you grab them quick before they sell out because these are the PERFECT stocking stuffers, gift tags, envelope fillers or you can even hang them on your tree. 

I can't wait to show you all the lovely Kitsch holiday ideas that are coming! 

What are you asking Santa for this Christmas?? Make sure that Kitsch is on the list! 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

How to: Budget for Christmas, Last Minute

Get the Most out of your Christmas Money


Goodbye Halloween, hello thanksgiving and HELLO CHRISTMAS. It's inevitable isn't it? Every year we say "I'm not going to last minute Christmas shop, and I am going to save early!" and now I've seen so many people tag themselves at shopping centers with the caption, "just finished half my shopping!". Wow Where did the year ago!? With a little over two months it's important to make sure that you start getting set for Christmas. Be prepared to get a ton of great ideas coming through our blog the next few months that are time efficient, fun and oh-so cute! 

Even if you think it's a bit early, now is the time to really get going on making sure that you don't miss anyone on your gift list. Here are a few tips so that you get the most out of your Christmas budget!

  • Make a list, check it twice and DIVIDE by three There are three (well really four) categories that people go into at Christmas time. 1) MUST buy gifts (the close family and best friends) 2) MUST give small gifts (this category is great, because it's for the people who you want to give something to, but can't splurge on- they fall into the cute handmade category, we've got GREAT ideas on how to make sure that you give them something memorable!) 3) MUST give cards (probably the longest list of people, just make sure that you can grab a couple stamps and get crafty!) 4) MUST.. do nothing (easy!)
  • Transfer away! We've got about 7 weeks to really save if you are down for the last minute antics of week before Christmas shopping. Figure out a budget, divide it by seven and then put a little into a savings account every week. If you do this you won't be as hard-pressed to rack up Christmas debt. 
  • Get CREATIVE! Think of great things you can make (and we will provide lots of those ideas in the upcoming weeks) and also look at online shops like Etsy. Oftentimes you can find an amazing thing for relatively cheap- but it will fit their personality perfectly!

Hopefully those three tips will help you get some great ideas in mind! Stay tuned for lots of ways to make sure that you are the ultimate gift giver this holiday season!