{ friday favorites } Deadmau5, Renegade Craft Fair LA, L’Oreal Colour Riche

{ beats } He’s widely known as wearing a giant mouse head during live sets or the recognizable mickey+smiley face hybrid logo, Deadmau5, is one of EDM’s biggest DJs. He recently released his new album { while(1<2) } and I’m loving the track “Pets”. It’s the perfect summer-night-drive-with-your-windows down tune. It’s been a on-repeat fave. Lucky for us it’s KCRW’s Today Top Tune–meaning it’s a free download! (If you reach this post after 7/25, just message me with your email and I’ll send you the song)

deadmau5{ eclectic event } The Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles (July 26+27) is this weekend in downtown LA’s Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA) and I’m beyond excited. This is the place to find unique gifts, handmade items, and meet talented artists. I love supporting independent crafters and shopping for one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, art prints, leather goods, rustic home decor pieces and much more. I’m looking forward to restock on some funky jewelry and art prints for my home.

Renagade Craft Fair{ beauty } Glamour Magazine recently sent me three L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Colors to try and it’s been my favorite lip product this season! This revolutionary product has a doe foot applicator providing intense color of a lipstick, smooths on like a lip balm and provides a sheen of a lip gloss. My favorite color to use is Coral Encore. It instantly brightens my face and provides a pop of coral color during the summer. I’ll do a full review of the three colors in another post.

L'Oreal Colour Riche

 

{ recipe } Zucchini Bread

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loaded with zucchini, pistachios, dates

zucchini bread recipe via it's jou life http://wp.me/p3cljj-cxThis zucchini bread was first inspired by a memorable breakfast muffin I tried at True Food Kitchen. I took some of those favorite ingredients (pistachios + dates) and incorporated it into this basic zucchini recipe found on AllRecipes.com. The * means I’ve altered the recipe. The original recipe called for 2 1/4 cups of sugar. I felt it was overly sweet since I added dates. That is why I cut down the recipe to 1/4 cup of sugar. In the summer time we incorporate our home grown zucchini into this bread and it makes such a difference.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cups white sugar*

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chopped pistachios*

1 cup chopped pitted dates*

Directions:

1.            Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.            Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

3.            Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini, pistachios and dates until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

4.            Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

Note: After two days, make sure you refrigerate  the bread. The natural sugars in the dates may get gooey. Don’t worry, it’s safe to eat.

{ jou eats } the honor bar

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Three dishes that will win you over: Ding’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Honor Burger, side of Hand-Cut French Fries.

The Honor Bar is the epitome of upscale casual dining. The environment is warm & inviting, drinks are old-fashioned & classy, service is sweet & friendly and the food is delicious & ohhhh-so-comforting. The menu is a modern take on classic American cuisine.

Their Hand-Cut French Fries ($3) are a must order. Some have a control item that is ordered to compare businesses. Mine is fries for classic American restaurants and this is a winner. Delivered fresh, warm and crispy, these hand-cut Kennebec potatoes are beautifully wrapped in paper and served with ketchup and aioli. Once you start, you can’t stop. Keep these to yourself or be generous and share with others. Heck, just order two for the table.

I’m always torn between ordering the Ding’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($12) and the Honor Burger ($12). It’s one of those things when you think you know which one you want, but you quickly change it to the other once it’s your turn to order. I, on the other hand quickly draft a pro & con list of each (in my head) and decide. Solution: come with a good friend, order both and SHARE. The chicken sandwich is truly a crispy chicken sandwich fully decked with premium ingredients–sliced tomato, swiss cheese and dressed kale. It’s certainly a beauty. The Honor Burger is equally delicious and packed thick–ground chuck, cheddar & tomato, topped with coleslaw. I had to unhinge my jaw to eat this tall guy. Always satisfied.

The Honor Bar is a top choice for a catch-up with old friends, a casual (but certainly to impress) date or grabbing drinks with coworkers. However, it’s not for large groups or birthday parties. There’s just no room for that. No reservations. No dessert menu. Come early and leave happy.

The Honor Bar // 122 S Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 // (310) 550-0292

{ recipe } zucchini, bacon, and goat cheese quiche

With summer here, our garden is flourishing with seasonal fruits and vegetables. We have a fridge drawer full of zucchini and cucumbers and an abundance of various tomato varieties. So this past weekend the Jou Test Kitchen opened up again and sampled various recipes to incorporate our organic produce. We brought our dishes (Zucchini, Bacon and Goat Cheese Quiche; Taiwanese Sesame Cucumbers; Heirloom and Burrata Salad; Heirloom Tomatoes on Grilled Rustic Bread) to a friend’s place for dinner.

We followed an Epicurious quiche recipe and loved it so much, we made another one the following day.

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Photos, L-R: Romulo Yanes via epicurious.com, Jennifer’s iPhone

Zucchini, Bacon and Goat Cheese Quiche

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 main-course servings

Active Time: 20 min

Total Time: 50 min (not including cooling)

Ingredients

1 (9-inch) refrigerated pie dough round (from a 15-oz package)

1/4 lb sliced bacon, coarsely chopped

2 medium zucchini (3/4 lb total), halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup whole milk

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3 large eggs

2 oz Gruyère, coarsely grated (1 cup) – We used goat cheese instead

Special equipment: a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate

Preparation

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.

Fit pie dough into pie plate and lightly prick all over. Bake according to package instructions, then transfer crust in pie plate to a rack.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

While crust bakes, cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until just crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate, reserving fat in skillet.

Add zucchini and 1/4 teaspoon salt to fat in skillet and sauté over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until zucchini is tender and starting to brown, about 5 minutes, then transfer with slotted spoon to a plate.

Heat cream, milk, pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 1- to 2-quart saucepan until mixture reaches a bare simmer, then remove from heat.

Whisk together eggs in a large heatproof bowl, then gradually whisk in hot cream mixture until combined. Stir in bacon, zucchini, and cheese and pour into piecrust. Bake until filling is just set, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer quiche in pan to rack to cool slightly, about 20 minutes.

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{ diy } succulent wedding centerpiece

DIY succulent centerpiece via it's jou life blog http://wp.me/p3cljj-bHWhat do you get when you mix an urban gardener with an DIY-enthusiast? DIY succulent terrarium centerpieces! We spent an hour of our Sunday to create a few of these lovely centerpieces for our upcoming wedding. We’re still having our florist make some floral centerpieces, but felt creating these additional DIY centerpieces is a beautiful way to add a personal touch and share our love for succulents with our guests. (It’s also friendly to our wedding budget!) I’ve learned floral centerpieces can cost from $75-$200. Materials to create these DIY succulent centerpieces cost about $15-$20 each.

A succulent terrarium isn’t only for weddings, it can also add the finishing touch to a coffee table, low-maintenance greenery to a desk or even a unique housewarming gift!

The Usual Suspects:
– Glass container with wide opening
– Succulents, assorted
– Cactus & Succulent soil mix
– Horticultural charcoal (optional)
– Decorative pebbles or river rocks
– A spoon, or little shovel

1. Place a 1-inch layer of pebbles/river rocks on the bottom of container; this provides drainage so the plants won’t rot in standing water. We used a mixture of large-size and small-size river rocks. We bought our glass containers from Michael’s craft store and succulents from our local garden nursery.

2. (Optional) Add a 1/2-inch of horticultural charcoal. The charcoal will help keep the terrarium smelling fresh. Smooth out this layer too. We read it helps to rinse the charcoal before to prevent a layer of black dust from collecting on the inside of the vase.

3. Place a layer of cactus mix soil, a fast-draining soil that retains little moisture. Use your little shovel or hand to level the cactus mix soil in your glass container.

4. Remove plants from pots. If you have multiple succulents in one pot, gently break them apart and use them separately. Scoop a little hole in the soil and place roots in soil. Gently add more soil around the edges of the container and around the base of the plants and pat around the roots. Sometimes the lanky, tall succulents have a difficult time standing up and tend to topple over. Pack more soil around them and strategically place some large-size river rocks around the base to create some stability. We used around 3-5 succulents per centerpiece.

5. Finish the look by adding more river rocks on the top layer. Done!

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Care Tips:
1. Give the terrarium direct sunlight every day for at least five or six hours.
2. Water the terrarium every two weeks. Water lightly–don’t over water.
3. The water should lightly drain to the bottom. After watering, there should not be more than an inch of water visible in the gravel at the bottom.
4. Use your finger to touch the soil and check if it’s dry before watering.

We still have to make more and look forward to shopping for more succulent varieties at our local nurseries!

tips: wedding inspiration using google images

wedding inspiration via it's jou life http://wp.me/p3cljj-bmMove over Pinterest, there’s a new inspiration board in town. My new favorite source for design inspiration is Google Images. Google is not only a noun and a verb, but also moonlights as an inspiration board of beautiful images to suit any style. It works sort of like an image search engine. Smartie Google uses algorithms to track down “visually similar images” that the user drags or uploads into the search box on Google Images.

This revolutionizes the way we search for photos or images.

I’ve been on a kick lately and looking for design and color inspirations for my wedding. I’ve been researching into color schemes and seeing what are the options for decor and florals. From the Google Image search above, possibilities are endless!

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Take this lovely photograph taken by Brandon Kidd. All you have to do is open Google Images in a new window, and then drag the photo above from this window into the search box. (If you’re not using Chrome, have to right-click on the image, save it to your computer, and then use the camera icon on the right side of the search box on Google Images to upload the picture.)

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using google image search via it's jou life http://wp.me/p3cljj-bmThese are your image search results. Easy. You didn’t even have to describe in words of what you’re looking for in Google search. Just drop in/upload a photo you’re inspired with and Google delivers you with exceptional images and a wealth of design options! I’m going to make a Google-inspired wedding.

{ DIY } craft letters for engagement shoot

We had a craft attack last week. In preparation for our e-shoot we prepared decorative craft letters as props. We bought the paper mache craft alphabet letters from Paper Source. They sell the whole alphabet in capital and lower case letters (also ampersand)! They are lightweight and the perfect paper material to be creative. You can decorate with paint, glitter, paper–possibilities are endless!

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Materials needed:

- Paper Mache Craft Alphabet Letters: We bought ours from Paper Source.

- Pattered Paper: We bought a beautiful patterned sheet of paper from Paper Source.

- Acrylic Paint: Colors that are similar to the paper you desire to wrap the letters in.

- Foam brushes

- Lead pencil & eraser

- Glue: We used a fabric glue that was strong and quick dry. All-purpose glue should be fine.

- Scissors & a Razor

Total time: If you’re a perfectionist, around 3-4 hours.

diy craft letters via it's jou life blog http://wp.me/p3cljj-b7diy craft letters via it's jou life blog http://wp.me/p3cljj-b7diy craft letters via it's jou life blog http://wp.me/p3cljj-b7The craft letters we bought from Paper Source only come in a natural brown cardboard color. We decided to wrap decorative Paper Source paper around our letters for a unique look. A good tip we read online is to prep the letters with colored paint that is similar colors to the decorate paper. We bought these super cheap Craft Smart Acrylic Paint from Michael’s craft store, along with the foam brushes. Prepping it with paint is a good idea in the case there are “gaps” near the seams. The like-colored paint will be more seamless where the would-be brown gaps are. We painted several coats of yellow, since the color was so light and translucent. No need to soak the foam brush in water, just start painting in full-strength. (Don’t mind the brown empty spots above, my fingers were holding those spots and had to wait until everything dried before completely covering the missing spots)

diy craft letters via it's jou life blog http://wp.me/p3cljj-b7diy craft letters via it's jou life blog http://wp.me/p3cljj-b7This is the tricky part. We lightly traced a dotted line of the letter (with a lead pencil) onto the front decorative side of the paper. We also turned the letter to it’s side and traced the side with a solid line. Then cut at the solid line and folded at the dotted lines. This way, there are “flaps” and that are folded. The flaps should cover the sides of the letter to create a seamless look on the front side. We went back and lightly erased the dotted lines since it was slightly visible. Then glue the paper cut-out to the paper mache. Repeat on the flip side. The inside parts of the “W” had open spots, so strips that were measured to the width of the letter were cut and glued for a seamless effect. For paper that extends off the edges, use a razor to lightly slice it off.

Finished product!

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manicure monday: a zoya jelly orange-red

So Wayne and I had our engagement shoot over the weekend and thought it’d be fun to add a pop of color to my nails. I went for a Zoya bright orangey-red color called Kate by The Small Things Blog. From the bottle to the nails, I love this vibrant color and jelly-licious finish.

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1. Revlon Colorstay Base Coat: Apply one thin coat and let dry. This bad boy is a must before applying any type of nail color. It creates a smooth base before applying polish and acts like a protectant barrier between the nail bed and color. This helps most in more saturated colors like deep reds  or dark colors from staining your nails. I like this Revlon brand because the dual brush covers more nail surface in one sweep. Easy and quick.

2. Color: Apply one thin coat and let dry. Repeat. Depending on the nail color, sometimes I repeat this step a third time with lighter, more translucent colors.

3. Sephora by OPI Top Coat: It’s important to make sure your color has thoroughly dried. Nothing is worse than applying top coat on semi-wet nails. Top coat is another must for me. It creates a seal for your color, shine, and protects it from chipping.

4. Sally Hansen Salong Manicure Quick & Dry Drops: This is a newly added product to my usual steps. I tried it for the first time over the weekend and really like it. This brilliant product dries polish in 60 seconds! These drying drops also help prevent smudges and dings. How it works: with just a couple drops, nails are dry to the touch in 60 seconds and completely dry in 5 minutes. Vitamin E and Jojoba formula helps hydrate and nourish dry cuticles.

{ jou eats } lukshon in culver city

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Lukshon reinvents the dining cuisine “Asian Fusion.” Lukshon delicately and tastefully infuses the tastes I love from Southeast Asian cuisine with modern American dishes.

Wayne and I were first hooked when we came for dinner during dineLA. Heart it so much that another time I dined both lunch and dinner in the same day! Over the years we’ve seen Lukshon on the dineLA list and–it certainly fed to impress!

Lukshon plates are a mixture of small and large plates and served family style.

We’ve come for lunch and dinner–here are some of our favorites:
– Tea Leaf Salad – loved the flavor, texture and ingredients in this salad! Slivers of crisp cabbage, the crunch of toasted marcona almonds, peanuts and chana dal peas–I couldn’t put my chopsticks down! I shoved it into my mouth.
– Crispy Soft Shell Crab – I’m happiest eating fried foods, crispy soft shell crab especially. It was served with some sambal kecang (peanut sauce) and corn.
– Spicy Chicken Pops – what’s more fun than eating food on a stick? These chicken pops were beautiful. The meat was sliced and peeled back from the bone to create a lollipop-like look. These drumettes were tastefully covered in garlic, kecap manis (Indonesia sweet soy sauce) and spicy sichuan salt.
– Chinese Eggplant – thick cuts of eggplant “fries” paired with fennel raita and tomato sambal. It’s creamy and flavorful.
– Dan Dan Noodles – a spicy dry noodles dish! Perfectly cooked noodles topped with a mixture of ground kurobuta pork, sesame, preserved mustard greens, Sichuan peppercorns and peanuts. Mix this baby together and it’s a guarantee flavor fest of spicy goodness.
– Steamed Black Cod – a hearty cod fillet in a spicy citrus broth.
– Kurobuta pork ribs – Finger-licking good status. Pork ribs flavored with spicy chicory coffee bbq sauce.

Service was attentive and professional. My eyes lit up when she said a dessert trio was included with our meal. Dessert to my ears!

The restaurant space is unique–the outdoor, fire-lit patio to the slanted doors to the Asian-inspired bathroom.
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Lukshon (3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90232 | (310) 202-6808). Located in Culver City along Helms Ave. btwn Venice and Washington Blvd.