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Thank you!

Friday Five

It’s definitely true that time flies when you are having fun. Some weeks I feel like Friday will never arrive, but this week I’m shocked that it’s already the weekend. In the past few days I’ve caught up with former coworkers over happy hour, attended the launch party for a local magazine and got my butt kicked at a kick boxing class. As fun as it’s been, I think the couch has my name written all over it this weekend.

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{We have hit the one year mark on our wedding countdown. Can’t wait to say “I Do” next August!}

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{Picking fresh apples, pears and cantaloupe at a local orchard.}

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{My favorite distressed denim shorts from Peridot Boutique.}

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{Wine, cheese and a blog brainstorm make for a fun, relaxing evening,}

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{Had fun catching up with friends while indulging in this chocolate biscuit at Forte.}

Happy Weekend!

DIY Gold Dipped Wine Glasses

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It may not be as exciting as Friday, but Wine Wednesday is also quite enjoyable! Before uncorking a bottle of your favorite vino, try glamming up your glasses with this simple DIY project.

“Simple” and “DIY” used in the same sentence, you ask? I’ll admit it, I’ve had numerous Pinterest fails, so I am sometimes wary of crafts that look too good to be true. However, this is not one of those projects. When my fiance came home from work and saw my made-over wine glasses sitting on the table, he was shocked at how well they turned out. He usually laughs at my silly crafts, but this is one that finally received his stamp of approval. The modern gold dipped look creates chic, sophisticated drinkwear that will add some shine to any bar cart.

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You will need:

  • Wine glasses (mine were $1 each from Dollar Tree)
  • Gold metallic spray paint (I used Krylon Short Cuts in Gold Leaf)
  • Clear acrylic sealer (I used Mod Podge)
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Several sheets of newspaper

Begin by washing the wine glasses thoroughly. Once they are dry, tape the newspaper to the stem, covering the top of the glass and leaving the area you want to be gold exposed.

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Spray paint the exposed area, until it is evenly coated. Don’t spray too close or for too long because that will cause the paint to drip and not dry smoothly. Repeat on the other glasses and let dry for about 30 minutes. Once they are completely dry, spray one coat of the sealer; let dry for 15 minutes, then spray another coat. When it is dry to the touch, carefully peel off the tape to reveal a perfectly painted glass! Now drink up :)

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Treats and Trends Turns Two

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It’s amazing looking back at my earliest posts and seeing how much has changed, both in my personal life and the quality of my blogging. When I started Treats and Trends in 2012, I was a recent college graduate living in a Seattle townhouse with two friends and working at a clothing boutique. Since then I have moved to Las Vegas, become engaged to my dream guy (yes, that sounds so sappy, but is also so true) and have built up my resume with jobs in PR and copy editing. In the past two years I have stepped out of my comfort zone and it has allowed me to become a strong, independent person. As much as I miss my old life in Seattle, I am proud of how much I have grown and have enjoyed blogging about life’s adventures every step of the way.

IMG_1069{Throwback to the sorority days. Little did I know I would be meeting my husband-to-be in a few months and moving to Vegas a year later.}

I started this blog as a hobby because I enjoy writing and wanted to share the things I am passionate about, but it has turned into much more than that. It’s a way of documenting everything from day to day activities, like cooking and crafting, to our exciting adventures and important life events. It’s also a creative outlet and gives me an excuse to try Pinterest projects, take “artsy” photos and put together fun outfits.

IMG_1381{Cheesy picture from our trip to White Sands in New Mexico.}

One of the hardest things about blogging is the photography. I love taking pretty photos and capturing the beauty in everyday life, but I don’t have formal training or a fancy camera. Through trial and error (and by following a variety of inspirational bloggers on Instagram), I feel that my skills have greatly improved, although they are far from perfect. Looking back at my first posts, the pictures were definitely not something you would see on Pinterest! My goal is to keep learning and improving to create beautiful, engaging posts similar to those on the blogs that I follow religiously.

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Thank you to everyone for reading my blog and all of the supportive comments :) It means the world to me knowing that people enjoy it because it is something I am very proud of and enjoy writing. I’m excited to see what the upcoming years have in store!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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With summer in full swing, I’ve been seeing a lot of ice cream recipes circulating around Pinterest. This ice cream sandwich trick has popped up a few times and I decided to give it a try after reading about Lauren Conrad’s successful attempt on her website. I used my sea salt chocolate chip cookie recipe (minus the sea salt) to make the cookies and bought a variety of mini ice cream cartons for the filling. Instead of using pints and large cookies, which other recipes called for, I decided to use the personal-sized cartons and small chocolate chip cookies to create a more manageable serving size. It was a simple, sweet treat and just the right amount!

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How to:

  1. Take the ice cream out of the freezer and use a sharp knife to make an incision at the top of the carton where the cardboard overlaps, dragging it vertically to the bottom. This will make it easier to peel off the wrapping when the ice cream is cut into discs.
  2. Next, cut horizontally to create a one-inch-thick disk of ice cream, then peel off the cardboard.
  3. Place on top of one cookie, then top with another to create the sandwich. To ensure it stays frozen, return to freezer and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Repeat and enjoy :)

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It’s important to keep the ice cream in the freezer until you are ready to begin cutting, working with one carton at a time. The softer the ice cream, the harder it is to cut into disks. Also, the ice cream will naturally melt while you are working with it, so it helps to freeze the assembled sandwiches before eating them in order to keep their shape and not become a sticky mess. Overall, I would agree that this trick works, but it’s not as easy and perfect as Pinterest makes it seem.

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{Pictured above: salted caramel, vanilla bean and chocolate chip cookie dough}

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Friday Five

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Happy Friday! After an on-the-go week, I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. A few weeks ago I started a new job as a copy editor at Caesars Entertainment, which I am loving! On Tuesday we took a work field trip to The LINQ with a plan to see Grumpy Cat at Kitson and ride the High Roller. Unfortunately the line was ridiculously long to see the cultural phenomenon that is Grumpy Cat, but I was able to ride the 550-foot-tall observation wheel. We went right at sunset and I loved seeing the amazing views of the Strip and surrounding valley. Even though it wouldn’t be my first pick of places to live, Vegas definitely does have its perks.

I’ve decided to make my “Friday Five” posts into a series, so every week I will post a few highlights from the week. Hope everyone has a great weekend :)

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{I can finally check riding the High Roller off of my Vegas bucket list}

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{Some light reading. Now that we have our date and venue, let the wedding planning begin!}

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{Loved this nice note from my coworker}

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{$1 beer night at the Las Vegas 51s game}

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{One of the many pictures my sister sends me of her dog, Gunner. Just look at those eyes!}

Quilted Florals

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Quilting is not just found on classic Chanel handbags anymore. The trendy texture is on everything this fall, from leggings and skirts to leather jackets and cardigans. This quilted crop top initially caught my eye because of the gray floral pattern with a hint of pink, but the final selling point was the fun, feminine texture.

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I love the juxtaposition of a feminine item paired with something edgy, so I balanced out the girly top with a leather skirt and caged sandals. To accessorize, I added some simple studs and basic black purse.

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Top: Nordstrom (Savvy)

Skirt: Kohl’s

Caged Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita