Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...

Talk about an absolute 'You Had Me At Hello...' moment for me! That is exactly the way I felt when I laid my eyes on this photo from the Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture line. This dress is so gorgeous and absolutely something I would love to wear if I had the lifestyle and means to do so.

Speaking of gorgeous...this vintage Lanvin c.1954 dress is absolutely stunning! Still 'In Vogue', it could easily be worn to a party or special event now. I know that I, for one, would love wear it. :)

A personal 'go to' item in my wardrobe arsenal is the Instant Button® For Jeans by KTR. I originally blogged about them here back in August of 2010, and have been using them ever since. Most of my pants and jeans end up being too large at the waist because I have to size up one to fit my hip/thigh area. I used to either wear a belt or have them tailored to fit until I discovered the Instant Button®  which acts like a 'temporary tailor', allowing me to adjust the waistband of my jeans/pants to fit needle and thread required. They were invented by Dana Hanh Contey, who writes on her website:

"I am the mom inventor of the patent pending Instant Button®. Instant Button® is the original removable and reusable button that allows you to add or reduce your pants size instantly for that tailored fit, without requiring a belt or an alteration.

I designed the Instant Button® to solve the common problems that impact the waistline and therefore, the fit of the waistband. Whether you lose weight; you gained weight; you have that embarrassing gap in the back, or a missing button, the Instant Button® is your solution. No sewing needed.

No matter the situation, with Instant Button® is your solution. You will never need to use a safety pin for a perfect fit, again!

With thanks and kind regards,

Dana Hanh Contey
Mom Inventor & Founder"

If you have the same problem with the fit of the waist on your jeans and pants like I do, then definitely give these a try...highly recommend! :)

I've been doing some window shopping on the ASOS website recently and discovered that they still carry one of the bags I reviewed here in September 2010. It's the Quilted Lock Across Body Bag available now in colors 'Nude', White and Black. I own the bag in the color 'Mink' seen here:

You can see my entire review with more photos in this post.

A reminder that you can save 20% when you spend $75 on clothing, shoes & accessories for the whole family now through Saturday, 1.28.12 at (click here to shop), and it appears that most of the eligible merchandise also qualifies for Free Shipping, as well.

My picks:

Sunset last evening...

Last night's dessert...Chocolate Mud Cake with French Vanilla Ice Cream.

This recipe comes from a cookbook put together by some lovely ladies at a local church and it is absolutely delicious!

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 6 T. butter
  • 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (or 1/3 cup chocolate chips- I used milk chocolate chips)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa (powder)
  • 3 T. backing cocoa (powder)
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • Whipped Cream or ice cream

  • Coat the inside of a 2.5 to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. (Note: the cake's cooking time and final appearance will vary depending on your crock's size.)
  • Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water and mix well.
  • Whisk in the 2/3 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, vanilla extract, salt, milk, and egg yolk.
  • Add the flour mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour the batter into the slow cooker and spread it evenly.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, and hot water until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour the mixture over the batter in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 1.25 to 2.25 hour, depending on the size of the crockpot.
Even when done, the cake will be very moist and 'floating' on a layer of molten chocolate (which I poured on the ice cream). You'll know it's ready when nearly all of the cake is set and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pot. (As you check, try not to let the condensed steam from the lid drip onto the cake.)

Turn off the power, remove the lid, and let it cool for 25 minutes. Serve in bowls topped with whipped cream or ice cream. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

What have you been up to lately? Are you planning to take advantage of the promo at Target? Shopped at ASOS recently? Tried any new dessert recipes lately? Please do share...I'd love to hear from you! :)



  1. I've never been to the ASOS website! I must check it out now that I went back and read your review of that cute purse. I'm loving quilted bags (maybe because the Kate I got for Christmas is quilted!). ;)

    Also - thanks for another delicious chocolate recipe! I can't wait to try it :)

  2. Are you kidding me....this cake is to die for, and very easy for me to convert to gluten free. I think Sunday my house absolutely must smell of cake!

    Also, love the Lanvin dress. I am a bit obsessed with Lanvin as of late....especially the wedge espadrilles. Way out of my league.

    As a little girl, my mom always had Lanvin powder with a great big puff.....I have been wanting to blog about it, and still might....thanks for the inspiration :)

  3. Thank you for the recipe! That looks amazing. I will definitely be giving that a try.

    Isn't Lanvin wonderful? I have 4 pairs of Lanvin shoes, pumps mostly, and I love them. There's something very feminine yet modern about everything Elber Albaz does.

  4. Beautiful as always FFM!

    And the Lanvin die for!!!

  5. That button would be perfect for me, my waist can be as much as 27 inches some days yet my hips are 34!