Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

About Me

Free Falling

I’m excited to share today’s look with you for two reasons. One because I love it, and two because I won it! That’s right, I won this amazing Hello Holiday dress through a wonderful giveaway on Mermaidens blog. Apparently people actually win these things! I usually enter with the suspicion that no one wins. But they do! So don’t stop believing people. Soon you’ll have your day in the won.

Free Falling- Paint the Gown Red

It had cooled down enough for me to strap on some boots this weekend, so you bet your class I did. Mind you they have cutouts and breathe very nicely, but it’s a step in the right direction. I also had this peach and black polka dotted hair accessory that matched the dress unbelievably well. I finished off the outfit with my peachy heart sunglasses and a deep purple lip. All and all this look epitomizes my slow transition into fall. The second the weather cooperates, I’m free falling.

Free Falling- Paint the Gown Red

Dress Hello Holiday, Boots Sam Edelman, Scarf ModCloth, Sunglasses Urban Outfitters Lipstick Mac Diva

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

Fall is in the air…or rather, in my kitchen. It’s still hot as blazes outside but that hasn’t stopped me from baking my favorite fall treats. Like these pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon frosting. Oh man! I didn’t know I could love a cupcake so much. Especially one that wasn’t chocolate! But these guys have secured a spot in my heart forever. Or perhaps that’s my gut. Regardless, I’m eating them all, because they’re awesome. The cinnamon cream cheese frosting is the real winner here. Combined with a not-too-sweet pumpkin muffin and bam! Best fall cupcake ever.

Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt *1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 12-cavity muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves together. In a medium bowl, whisk the brown sugar and eggs together until combined. Add the pumpkin, oil, milk, and vanilla until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Spoon the batter into cups. Bake for 17-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting. (original)

For frosting: in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Serve and enjoy!

Fave Five: Mustard

Mustard is one of my favorite fall hues and these ladies are totally rocking it! It reminds me of the 70’s and of colorful changing leaves, two things I love. I want to wrap myself up in it and drink hot cocoa. I want to bake pies and take naps with it. Oddly enough I don’t really own any mustard, aside from that which I spread on my ham sandwich yesterday. But I plan to remedy this immediately. Happy fall weekend!

Fave Five: Mustard- Paint the Gown Red

Steffy's Pro's and Con's

10 Fall Treats to Try

I cannot wait to start eating this stuff. Pumpkin, squash, apple, nuts, cinnamon and caramel. Mmmm. Fall sweets are some of my favorites. They’re decadent and heavy and meant to bulk you up to survive the cold winter. Unfortunately we don’t get winter in LA, but I like to bulk up nonetheless. So even though it’s hot, I’m down to start eating apple pie. Who’s with me? Check out my Pinterest page for more Fall treats.

DIY Beach Ball Pumpkins

This SoCal heat wave is unreal. It’s been hotter the last two weeks then it was all summer, and yet pumpkins are popping up in grocery stores! Pumpkins!!! It’s technically fall, but it feels like summer. So I decided to craft a DIY appropriate for this very confusing time in life. I bring you… beach ball pumpkins! These no-carve pumpkins are perfect for those summer loving peeps who refuse to see the season end. Whether you prefer a brighter fall color pallet, love the beach, or just wanna break the rules these pumpkin beach balls are for you. It's true. Alright, lets do this!

Materials

  • Pumpkins
  • Red, Yellow, Blue and White Paint
  • Paintbrush

Directions

Gather Materials. Remove stickers and wipe pumpkin surface clean. Paint entire pumpkin white. Let dry. Paint red, white and blue beach ball portions. Let those dry. Paint white circle at top and bottom of pumpkin. Repeat process with as many layers as necessary to cover. Let paint dry completely. Decorate your home with pumpkin beach balls! Yay!