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Today is National Chocolate Chip Day so indulge yourself in a chocolate treat

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!    

Chocolate chips are a required ingredient for making chocolate chip cookies, which were invented in 1933 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. The cookies were a huge success, and Wakefield reached an agreement with Nestlé to add her recipe to the chocolate bar's packaging in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, but in 1939 they started selling the chocolate in chip (or "morsel") form. The Nestlé brand Toll House Cookies is named for the inn.

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!


Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate chip cookies

Sources: Wikipedia, Very Best


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Miss Dior Cherie Collection

Miss Dior Cherie
Miss Dior Cherie collage

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

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)

Meira T Diamond and Love Carved Pendant Necklace

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Fashionable backpacks for back to school

Juicy Couture 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)

Juicy Couture quilted nylon backpack

Gucci Medium 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)

Gucci Medium Original Backpack

Elsa Peretti 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 & Co.)

Elsa Peretti leather backpack

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)

Prada Vela Small Backpack

Tokidoki Abraccio 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)

Tokidoki Abraccio Large Backpack - Geometric Girl
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)
Coach Signature Backpack

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)

Kate Spade Union Square Backpack

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 Vuitton)

Louis Vuitton Bosphore Backpack

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Lomography Diana+ plastic vintage camera from Urban Outfitters creates soft and dreamy images

So 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!
Not 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, 3.75"h, 3"d
(Diana+ camera $55; Diana F+ camera $95 at Urban Outfitters)

Lomography 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)

Diana+ Camera
Diana F+ Camera
Lomography Diana Deluxe Package

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