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Spiked Watermelon Pops makes for a cool treat in honor of National Watermelon Day

This easy spiked watermelon pop recipe by Giada DeLaurentiis makes 16 pops and takes about 5 minutes prep time and about 10 hours freeze time.


1/2 (3 pounds) large watermelon, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup watermelon flavored 70 proof vodka (recommended: Smirnoff Twist of Watermelon)* see Cook's Note

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

Special equipment: 16 (1/4 cup) ice pop molds, 16 wooden pop sticks or wooden coffee stirrers at least 2-inches longer than the molds.


In a blender, combine the watermelon, sugar, and vodka. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Add the mint and pulse once to combine. Pour the mixture into the pop molds. Insert the wooden sticks all the way down the inside the molds. Freeze for at least 10 hours or preferably overnight.

To unfreeze the ice pops, insert the molds in hot water for 5 to 10 seconds. Serve immediately.

*Cook's Note: For nonalcoholic Watermelon Pops, substitute 3/4 cup orange juice for the vodka.


Spiked Watermelon Pops by Giada DeLaurentiis

Source:  Food Network

Posted by Amanda, in General.

Gladiator platform sandal will vamp up your fall shoe wardrobe

These Chinese Laundry imported leather gladiator platform sandals are adorned with grommets, whipstitching, cutouts and a back zipper.  The sandal comes in brown, black and camel and has a 4 1/2 " heel with 1" platform ($119 at Victoria's Secret)

Chinese Laundry Gladiator platform sandal

Posted by Amanda, in Shoes.

Adorable packaging on the Harajuku Lovers solid fragrances

Adorable packaging on the Harajuku Lovers solid fragrances

The Harajuku Lovers' solid fragrances are a great travel accessory and the perfumes are every bit as sophisticated as their liquid counterparts ($18 each at Sephora)

G Solid Perfume:  ever one to get lost in the crowd, G leads her crew in a white, corseted top and a blue miniskirt รก la Alice in Wonderland. Quirky, unique, and undeniably cool, G is the leader of the pack. Her scent is an oriental, fruity, gourmand fragrance with notes of fresh coconut, jasmine, and cotton woods.  Made from mandarin, coconut, apple skin, jasmine sambac, freesia, magnolia, coconut cream, white sandalwood and cottonwoods, this G solid perfume style is tropical, sunny and distinctive.

Harajuku Lovers G Solid Perfume

Love Solid Perfume:  Sweet, caring, and free spirited, Love is always off in her own little world. Stepping out in a cute, striped minidress and fashionable red kicks, Love wears her heart on her sleeve or, rather, in her hair! Her scent is reminiscent of a floral bouquet with notes of pink pomelo, rose, and creamy vanilla orchid.  Made from bergamot, pink pomelo, peach, bamboo leaf, watery peony, living hydroponic lace rose, jasmine sambac, nectarine blossom, creamy paperwhites, Egyptian jasmine, Ylang Ylang, vanilla, musk and blond woods, this Love solid perfume style is tender, romantic and sensual.

Harajuku Lovers Love Solid Perfume

Lil' Angel Solid Perfume:  Lil' Angel is a woman who is compassionate and caring towards others but is no saint. She sports a classy, yet sexy, schoolgirl outfit complete with a plaid pleated miniskirt, white knee-highs, and shiny black Mary Janes. Her scent is a citrus floral with notes of pineapple, candied violet, and lollipop accord.  Made from raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, pineapple, pear blossom, violet, rose, lollipop accord, hinoki wood and crystal amber, this Lil' Angel solid perfume is colorful, sassy and sweet.


Harajuku Lovers Lil' Angel Solid Perfume

Music Solid Perfume:  Always looking to make someone laugh, charismatic Music has no qualms telling it like it is! Stylin' in a smocked sailor outfit and black lace-up boxing boots, Music marches to the beat of her own drum. Her scent is a fruity floral with notes of pear, sweat pea, and sleek wood.  Made from Clementine, pear, jasmine sambac, sweet pea, honeysuckle, vanilla, skin musk and sleek woods, this Music solid perfume is sparkling, juicy and magnetic.

Harajuku Lovers Music Solid Perfume

Baby Solid Perfume:  One bat of her lashes and Baby has all the boys in the palm of her hand! Pretty in pink, Baby steps out in a short baby doll dress and sweet Mary Janes. Her scent is a powdery floral with notes of white rose, orange flower, and white musk.  Made from freesia, bergamot, white rose, orange flower, tiare, jasmine, white musk, soft woods, heliotrope, vanilla and violet, this Baby solid perfume is fresh, clean and soft.

Harajuku Lovers Baby Solid Perfume


Source:  In Style

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Hand-beaded pendant Maya lamp by Tiella

This finely crafted, hand-beaded pendant Maya lamp by Tiella is an affordable way to get chic lighting in your home ($76 at Lighting by Gregory)



Maya hand-beaded pendant lamp by Tiella


Source:  Food Network Magazine

Posted by Amanda, in Houses and Home Decor.

Moonshine bracelet set will raise your spirits

This cool leather and moonshine set features five bracelets with stone detailing ($14 at Shop the Look)

Moonshine bracelet set from Shop the Look

Source:  InStyle

Posted by Amanda, in Jewelry.

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