Daily Candy ~ Bridal Shower Style

A Tea Party Bridal Shower for my sweet friend Megan.

All things that are associated with a "high tea" we incorporated into the super fun shower!  I had fun preparing the menu and working with her other friends to make the most fabulous shower we could possibly make!

The Menu:
  • Blackberry Iced Tea
  • Raspberry Iced Tea
  • Champagne Punch
  • Dilled Radish Tea Sandwich
  • Herbs de Provence & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
  • Fresh Cream & Blueberry Tartlettes
  • Spinach & Zucchini quiche
  • Prosciutto Quiche
  • Assorted Tea Cookies
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
The Recipes:
  • Champagne Punch
    • 1 chilled bottle of rose sparkling wine or champagne
    • 1 chilled bottle of ginger ale
    • 1 can lemonade concentrate
    • raspberries
      • Mix all ingredients in punch bowl, serve immediately
  • Dilled Radish Tea Sandwiches
    • 1 package whipped chive cream cheese
    • 1 package thinly sliced radishes
    • 1 tsp Dill
    • Sea Salt to taste
    • 1 package thin sliced white bread
      • spread each slice of bread with cream cheese.  Top with radishes.  Sprinkle with dill and sea salt.  Serve immediately
  • Herbs de Provence & Cucumber Sandwiches
    • 1 package whipped chive cream cheese
    • 1 thinly sliced english cucumber
    • 1 tsp herbs de provence
    • Sea Salt to taste
    • thin sliced white bread
      • spread each slice of bread with cream cheese.  Top with cucumbers.  Sprinkle with herbs and sea salt.  Serve immediately.















Stay Sweet,
Kem

Makeout Monday ~ Things I love this week


* Teddy Bear Head Toast* Yes, if I woke up to this everyday, I would be a happy kat. 


*One Day.  One day for sure*


 <3 Whale Bath Mat! *squeee* <3


*Yes, we are back to toast, but come on, this is cute!*

*Perfect way to introduce a little fun into your living room, or bring Miami to the midwest*

*Perfect transition purse. Perfect*

Stay Sweet,
Kem

A Peek into My Life




If I could live anywhere, I think I would want to return to my heritage.  I have always wanted to visit England, and I know, that some day I am destined to.

I have already written about my love of a good cloudy day, or a rainy day inspiration.  I love the history that the homeland holds.

My grandparents actually lived in England, while my grandfather was in the service.  I love hearing about where they lived and how things we similar, but different from the US

I am throughly enjoying that the summer 2012 Olympics are being held there, and am in awe of getting to see the country side.

Being able to see and be in the same place(s) of some of the greatest writers in history would be amazing and living where true royalty resides would be incredible.

God save the Queen.

Kem


Sweet Nothings for the Weekend



We have a Winner! Congrats Kris.


This weekend is all about planning.  I am planning a fun photo shoot.  I am planning on watching the Olympics.  I am planning of going to a pool party.

What are your plans this weekend?

Stay Sweet,
Kem

Currently



  • Watching: Gossip Girl.  I am officially obsessed and I am trying to get through the seasons, so I can not waste any time during the olympics.  The summer olympics are my favorite thing to watch, and really who doesn't love it?
  • Working On: august is going to be my vegan month. I am trying to work up the courage to  jump into it without complaining.  Last year, all I could think about was cheese pizza, for a whole month, and it drove me crazy, so this year, I am going to go forth with motivation and leave cheese in the past.
  • Thinking About: joining a yoga class.  I have been doing yoga with you tube, but I really crave being in a class.  There is a wonderful studio in the same shopping district as my day job, and I think I am going to join for a month and see how it goes.  Yoga really works for me, helps me release anxiety, it is great exercise, and I enjoy the solitude. 
  • Anticipating: a really good summer time thunderstorm.  There has been no rain in kansas city, and I am really just wanting to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea, and listen to the rain.  I find that dreary days are instant inspiration for me.  Maybe I should move to portland/seattle 
  • Eating:  I have been eating frozen yogurt like it is going out of style.  Besides it so hot, so that is my excuse.  The heat. My gawd the heat.
  • Wishing: the summer would come to an end already.  I am ready for sweaters, boots, tights, and overcoats.  Oh and hot cocoa!


  • Stay Sweet,
    Kem

    Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday



                          Kayla O // Twitter // Facebook


    Age:33

    Occupation:Mommy, Painter, Horror/Pin Up/ SFX Model, Belly dancer, Costumer, Book collector,  Jane of all Trades

    Where are you from:Raised in Oklahoma

    Favorite photographer to work with: Dyna Mite Dames


    Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s)
    Black and Red, Photo Dyna Mite Dames, muah Dyna Mite Nicky Callahan, dress,mask, Aaron patrick Turner, location Tulsa Ok



    red and white- Photo  by Dyna Mite Dames, make up Dyna Mite Nicky Callahan, Hair Vin Tage Flair , Location  Shawnee, Oklahoma



    The Kiss, Photo,  Freak The Mighty Photography, Male Model, My Husband Danny, MUAH myself and Stacie Garcia  
        Location The Ardmore White Walls and Drags , Ardmore Oklahoma

    Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite?
    The first photo was taken here in Tulsa, Where I Live.  Im in LOVE with this Dress!!! Aaron a close friend created it for the play Sherlock Holmes.  
    I really like the intensity of the clothing/ background  colors in contrast to the great styling of the soft makeup .  Dyna Mite Dames Really outdoes themselves every time I shoot with them! 

    The White and red shot was so fun! not to mention the Legendary ebay battle over that hat! This is my favorite dress !!  It was a vintage store find from Cheap Thrills in Tulsa. 
     I love these photos because i love seeing the results of a  group coming together as a whole to complete a look or image.

    The  Kiss, This was one of those moments..Right before the races had begun, and my hubby swooped me up for a kiss for good luck.  Ryan was at the right place at the right time and captured something special!

    How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography?
    Enjoying, Im a Lifer! National Geographic got me started..later like most  I discovered Playboy! HaHaha!  started modeling off and on fifteen years ago.
    Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration?
    Mata Hari :) Jane Russell, As far as Modern day Models... I really Enjoy Looking  at photography, so  I have tons of Love for all The Ladies out there posing and pouting it up for the camera!
    What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers?
    Dior,Chanel. Eiko Ishioka and Alexander McQueen

    If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be?  Karl Lagerfeld




    Stay Sweet,
    Kem

    Daily Candy


    Sorry guys, I have been so stupid busy that my daily candy today comes from my iPhone camera, and that is a sad excuse!

    Dress: Retro Vixen
    Hair Bow: Creep Hair Goodies c/o Dani Dahl


    Did you know that my all time, favorite, thirst quenching beverage is Coka-Cola.  I love it so much I could drink myself into a diabetic coma, so I have to put a limit on it. 

    Do you have a favorite drink, even if you know it is bad for you?

    Stay Sweet,
    Kem

    Makeout Monday ~ Things I love this week




    <3 Tina Fey is always right <3


    <3 pastel doc martins <3

    Stay Sweet,
    Kem

    A Peek into My Life




    What are 5 of my strengths

    1. I am loyal to, sometimes, my own demise.  
    2. I love with my entire heart, however I don't give it away easily.
    3. I will always tell you the truth, even if it hurts me, and even if it will hurt you.
    4. I have an extremely retentive memory.  Seriously, ask me anything, I bet I will remember!
    5. I like being a social butterfly and hosting parties or mingling is something I love to do, and something I *think* I am pretty good at.

    What are some of your strengths?

    Stay Sweet,
    Kem

    Purse & Clutch Giveaway! Sponsor Highlight!









    A very sweet sponsor of mine wanted to do a giveaway, and I could not be more THRILLED to introduce you all to Purse & Clutch!


    This is a great company with an even greater heart! How can that be, you ask?  Well read more about it!




    The mission of Purse & Clutch is to partner with reputable organizations who employ artisans from developing economies to create reliable, dignified, living wage jobs for those in need. Our vision is to connect consumers with sustainable alternatives to their current purchases in order to create a new normal of fair compensation - especially for those with otherwise limited opportunities to work.

    All of the wholesale companies we choose to work with have a vision to connect the poor of their developing region with Western markets. We look for companies who pay a fair, living wage for their particular region and who are committed to creating a workplace that ensures no child labor or forced labor. We carefully screen our wholesalers to ensure they are committed to non discrimination, to environmental sustainability, and to favorable work conditions. Together, we work with existing skill sets in local economies, instead of changing cultural traditions or simply giving handouts, which encourages independence from outside aid that could only be a temporary source of help.


    We are currently purchasing our products from JOYN (Northern India),  Handmade Expressions (multiple rural villages throughout India), and are collaborating on product designs for El Transito Centro de Artes (Nicaragua). We are excited to expand our wholesalers by purchasing from Craftwork Cambodia in the fall and have begun discussions with a contact in rural Colombia.

    Now that you are so in love with this company, right(?), they are giving YOU a chance to win a Classic Clutch of your choice! ($24.50 value)

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    Currently






  • Watching: Date Night with Steve Carrel and Tina Fey.  Also, I have been getting my Glee on, like no body's business.
  • Working On: blogging.  I am just trying to get new ideas for upcoming posts, and I think I have found some pretty wonderful inspiration.  
  • Thinking About: how welcome the autumn season will be this year.  I know, I know. Everyone is experiencing a heat wave/drought conditions, but it is crazy here in Kansas City.  In fact, I don't even remember the last time I turned on the windshield wipers on my car!  I am ready for a season change.  There is so much beauty in the midwest during the fall! The leaves change, there are apple orchards, pumpkin patches, hay rides and so many reason to be outside! I can't wait!  I am also thinking about re-joining a yoga class.  I love yoga, and being in a class room is good for me.
  • Anticipating: my craft-a-thon weekend coming up!  I have a lot of things planned, and of course will be sharing it.  Here are few of my DIY projects coming: refinishing rocking chairs, refinishing old radios, styling shoots with vintage clothing, etc.
  • Eating: Popcorn.  To me there is nothing better than homemade popcorn, fresh off the stove, and sprinkled with sea salt. Delicious!
  • Wishing: that I had a chauffeur.  I really dislike driving, and if I ever win the lottery, or magically become super famous, chauffeur is number one on my list.  I know, probably something that will never happen, but one can dream!


    Stay Sweet,
    Kem a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Sweet Bar Cart DIY



    I am a bit of a collector.  I like to collect tea pots, clothing, vintage treasures and more recently, vintage glass ware.  I have inherited quite a bit of carnival glass, from my Grandmother, and other pieces that have family history, but my new favorite is vintage barware.

    My Gramma Wetherington gifted me a set of glass decanters that were my great, great, great grandfathers and they are beautiful.  Carved, Cut glass and in excellent condition.  Along the way I have picked up other pieces at estate sales, antique stores and received some as gifts.




    This growing collection inspired me to set up a bar cart.  One a place to openly store my favorite things, and Two, make something that is functional as well as collective!

    I salvaged the cart from an antique store, and left all the "patina" on it.  Sometimes, I like to clean things up for a modern edge, but this time, I just cleaned it and left as is.

    Next, I found the vintage stainless steel ice bucket on an antique expedition and then pulled out all my bar ware.





    I top it off with a wooden serving tray, that I picked up from Target.

    The wine rack was an auction find and I display my red wines in it.  All in all, I am super excited with how it turned out!

    Tips for creating your own personal Bar Cart:
    • Know how big of a cart you are looking for.  Don't count out tea service carts, or even shelves when you are looking
    • Make sure there is enough room for glass ware as well as your alcohol.
    • Use modern pieces to accentuate the vintage for a well rounded look

    Stay Sweet,
    Kem

    Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday





    Dutch Van Kirk // Model Mayhem // Facebook //

    Age: 24

    Occupation: Criminologist (Pin-up model for fun/hobby)

    Where are you from: England, United Kingdom - Now live at Fort Irwin Army Base California.

    Favorite photographer to work with: BreAnne Nixon of Bre Nixon Photos and Dwayne Parker of TASK photography.

    Featured photo(s): TASK Photography 1 & 2 - Bre Nixon Photos 3,4,5,6

    Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s)

    TASK Photography 1 & 2, Trunk 4  (MUA - Rochelle Alverez) (Photographer - Dwayne Parker of TASK Photography)
    Location: Barstow Station, California. 

    Bre Nixon Photos - Makeup and Hair done by myself - Dutch Van Kirk. (Photographer, BreAnne Nixon of Bre Nixon Photos)

    Tell me about your featured photo(s). When were they taken? Why are they your favorite?
    The TASK Photography photos were taken on location at Barstow Station. The location is stunning and gave fabulous Backgrounds.
    These are some of my favorite photos because they are traditional Pinup style images, very authentic to the time. 

    The Bre Nixon Photos were taken at the Bre Nixon Studio on Fort Irwin. These are my favorite beauty shots that have been taken of me.
    The images are fresh and capture cheesecake pinup. 
    How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography? I have been modelling since I was a few months old. My mom was a beauty queen and naturally introduced myself and both my siblings into the modelling world from an early age. I stopped modelling when I was in my mid teenage years to concentrate on my schooling. I started pinup modelling around 9 months ago and have loved every bit of it. I've always wanted to enter the pinup modelling genre as I dress in the 1950's style everyday, so after a large weight loss towards the end of last year I decided it was time to pick up where I left off. 

    Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration? My favorite modern day pinup is Doris Mayday. I think is stunning in so many ways. I have had the opportunity to speak with her a few times and what a lovely lady. Here look is to true to the time era and its awesome to see another lady live the 50's lifestyle on a daily basis. I think she is a wonderful advocate for curvy females and I think her proportions are perfect for pinup modelling. I'm going to be shockingly obvious at say my favorite past time pinup model is of course Marilyn Monroe. Although an obvious choice she paved the way for bombshells of the past. Her images are timeless and will always be an inspiration to me. When I look at her, I see the epitome of poise, class and sophistication. Every quality I find endearing in a lady. a

    What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers? I love Pinup Girl Clothing and of course Bettie Page Clothing. Their collections are very well made and last for years. The designs are authentic and showcase the best of by gone fashions. 

    If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be? Without a doubt, Michael Malak in his Wings of Angels Series. His images are just WOW! When I look at them, they take your breath away. A pinup model has never been showcased better than in his images. His authenticity is on a whole other level of its own. His traditional World War II pinups are what you see in old movies. If you didn't no any better you would say they were taken at the time. Michael Malak is on my list of dream jobs. Hopefully one day I will have the pleasure of working with him. 


    Stay Sweet,
    Kem

    Makeout Monday ~ Things I love this week


    <3 This was my all time favorite cartoon when I was lithe <3


    <3 Wish I received more hand written notes in the mail <3


    <3 I recently did this for my bathroom linens, and I am glad <3

    <3 Always for Kate Spade <3


    <3 Leopard & Moccasins <3

    Stay Sweet,
    Kem