Today is National Chocolate Chip Day! When you think of chocolate chips, what's the first thing that comes to mind? With me, it's chocolate chip cookies. I love everything about them: the cookie dough, the smell of the cookies while they are baking, taking a bite out of a warm and gooey cookie right out of the oven and then snacking on a homemade cookie once it's cooled!
Originally, chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, but today there are many flavors. These include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.
Chocolate chips can be used in cookies, pancakes, waffles, cakes, pudding, muffins, crepes, pies, hot chocolate and various other types of pastry. They are also found in many other retail foods like granola bars, ice cream and trail mix.
Treat yourself to a some chocolate chips in whatever form is your favorite. I think I'll have a cookie!
Sources: Wikipedia, Very Best Baking.com
Multi Coloured Shell Earrings: Bright multi (£4 at Evans)
Miss Dior Cherie Collection: In 1947, the classic fragrance Miss Dior launched with Dior's New Look. Today, Dior designer John Galliano unveils his modern take on the classic fragrance with MISS DIOR CHERIE. In the words of Galliano, as fashion evolves, so must its scent, and the essence of the new fragrance must be as modern as the fashion ($42 to $92 at Macy's)
Labokoff The Balloons Print: Print of an original photograph digitally mixed with painting. It is printed on Hahnemuhle fine art paper with pigmented inks ($28 at Velocity)
Gabriella Rocha - Neve (Teal Leather): A low topline and supple leather make for a genuinely comfortable flat. Leather upper; leather lining; adjustable ankle strap; non-slip rubber bottom ($65 at Zappos)
Box Pleat Bubble Dress: Strapless textured taffeta dress. The bodice contains boning, smocking and side zipper for snug support. The box pleated skirt ends with a bubble hem and two lace trimmed ruffles. Includes sash ($27.80 at Forever 21)
Ombre Bangle: A gorgeous block colour bangle that is solid, team with other coloured jewels for a true statement (£8 at Oasis)
Large Bow Headband: A pretty headband wrapped with grosgrain ribbon and topped with a large bow ($3.80 at Forever 21)
Paul Smith Swirl Leather Purse: Framed leather purse in a multi swirl embossed leather with a snap fastening and cream lining - comes with a Paul Smith dust bag and box. The swirl print is individual to each bag due to the cutting process (£155 at Coggles)
Gem Martinis: Electric hues shade exaggerated trumpet flares in handblown glass. These scream party in orange, green or blue. Handblown glass. Dramatic flared shape ($4.95 each at CB2)
Source: Shop Style, Christian Dior
Meira T diamond and love carved pendant
necklace is a great accessory that you will absolutely adore. A 14k
yellow gold rectangular pendant has the word "LOVE" carved
from it in modern-style block letters. Dangling along with the
pendant, which measures 3/8 inch long, is a small disc that is
encrusted with .12 carats of sparkling diamonds. The pendant dangles
from a 16 inch 14k yellow gold chain ($498 at Max & Chloe)
Quilted Nylon Backpack: Choose nardels (pink) or black quilted
nylon. Top handle. Adjustable back straps. Zip around. "Juicy"
embroidery, ruffled zip pocket, and logo patches on front. Side zip
pockets. ($228.00 at Juicy Couture)
Original Backpack: Classic GG-printed cotton jacquard to wear as a
backpack or carry as a chic hobo. Adjustable hobo strap, backpack
straps. Handstitched leather trim. Detachable ID tag with embossed
logo. Zip-top closure with three front zip pockets. Inside zip,
cell and PDA pockets. ($2,590 at Saks Fifth Avenue)
leather backpack: Fine leather featuring Peretti's most celebrated
icon. After dyeing the leather, each Open Heart is painted with
lacquer using an ancient Japanese technique known as "inden."
Backpack in black leather with lacquered Open Hearts ($475 at Tiffany
Prada Vela Small
Backpack in Blue: Small nylon backpack with drawstring close and
double clip front. Two exterior zip pockets. Prada Jacquard fabric
lined interior ($545 at Barneys New York)
Large Backpack - Geometric Girl: Just in time for back to school,
the backpack in a tokidoki print. Adjustable straps with flap
closure with clasps. Front flap pocket, side flap pockets, side zip
pocket; detachable character key chain. Interior open pocket, cell
phone pocket and 2 mesh pockets ($248 at Macy's)
Coach Signature Backpack: This backpack lets you stand
shoulder-to-shoulder with style cellphone/pen/multi-function pocket.
Inside zip pocket. Ring to clip an accessory or keyfob. Back zip pocket.
Drawstring and clip-front closure. Signature jacquard fabric with
leather trim. Fabric lining
($248 at Coach)
Kate Spade Union
Square Backpack: Oxford nylon backpack with leather trim. Adjustable
straps. Goldtone hardware. Front exterior zip pocket. Front flap
magnetic snap closure. Interior zip, cell phone, and additional
pockets. Logo lining ($325 at Bloomingdale's)
Louis Vuitton Bosphore Backpack: This practical city backpack has several pockets
to carry multiple items.
Monogram canvas, textile lining and natural
cowhide trimmings. Polished brass pieces. Leather strap and flap
closure. Inside D-ring (to attach charms or a pouch or key holder).
Two large zippered pockets on the front and a zippered side pocket
Carried on the shoulder. Adjustable textile strap ($1,410 at Louis
here's how the story goes: back in the '60s, a small firm in Hong
Kong created an inexpensive camera called the Diana. Crafted entirely
of plastic, each camera cost only a dollar at the time of its
release! Although it was only produced for about 10 years, Diana
became a favorite with avant-garde and lo-fi photographers. They
loved its soft and dreamy images, super-saturated colors,
unpredictable blurring, and random contrast. Diana shots were raw and gritty, with a character all their own. They couldn't be duplicated
by any other camera on Earth! But after the camera was discontinued
in the '70s, functional examples became difficult to find and
increasingly expensive to purchase. Dianas were in high demand! And
given the cameras exceptional images and retro good looks, the fine
folks at Lomo decided that it was time for a comeback!
satisfied with a simple reissue, Lomo decided to add something to the
original. That meant adding all-new functionality to the camera and
dramatically expanding its creative potential. They called it Diana+.
Its body was re-cast using a duplication of the original mold. The
lens was balanced to obtain those "perfectly imperfect"
dreamy, gorgeous, color-drenched, sometimes-blurry, and
often-mindblowing images. And this Diana knows a few new tricks, too!
Features include an integrated hotshoe flash mount for use with the
Flash+; 2 shutter speeds: one for day and one for night; the ability
to shoot multiple or partial (overlapping) exposures; two image sizes
for 12 square shots or 16 square shots on a roll of film; new Pinhole
function: remove the lens, set the aperture to a super-small pinhole
and shoot a super-wide-angle, severely old-school image through a
tiny hole; new endless panorama function: shoot a long, concurrent,
and unlimited panoramic image, with almost no space between each
individual frame. Includes: Diana+ camera
(with lens cap, strap and shutter lock), Diana Vignettes photo and
story book and instruction manual; 5"w,
(Diana+ camera $55; Diana F+ camera
$95 at Urban Outfitters)
Diana Deluxe Package: The Lomography Diana F+ camera, plus a huge
assortment of lenses and accessories! Create an unlimited variety of
incredible analog images with the world's first all-plastic medium
format and 35mm film camera system. An insane amount of gear, you
paparazzo, you. Diana F+, Diana Flash,
hotshoe adaptor, cable release collar and cable release, Diana back
and 4 masks for 4 kinds of film, viewfinder adapter, universal
viewfinder, fisheye viewfinder, splitzer multiple exposure tool, 20mm
fisheye lens, 38mm super-wide lens, 55mm wide-angle and close-up
lens, 110mm telephoto lens, and "Diana Vignettes" hardcover
photo book; 22.75"l, 18"w, 4.25"h (box) ($250 at Urban Outfitters)