Color Inspiration {Wisps of Lilac}

Miss Renaissance Lavender & Lilac Manicure

{On all fingers, except index fingers – Essie Lapis of Luxury. On index fingers – Essie Nice is Nice.}

After last week’s rather punchy neon-tipped mani, I decided to go with light & airy tones of lilac this week. Can’t you just imagine fields upon fields of fragrant Spring Lavender?? Ok, maybe not, but it’s a pretty picture in my mind! We’ve got a chilly and rainy day here in Chicago…I wouldn’t mind an afternoon nap in the sun, surrounded by fields of lavender just about now.

xo

Architectural {Details}

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Miss Renaissance Vintage Chanel Jacket

{Jumpsuit – Ginger & Smart (old), Bralette- Xirena, Leather Jacket – Chanel (Vintage), Heels – Jean Michele Cazabat, Bag – Jerome Dreyfuss (old, similar here), Watch – Michael Kors, Bracelets – Hermes & In God We Trust.}

This Jumpsuit is one of my all-time favorite travel purchases! I found this baby while traveling through Australia last year, but somehow my goal of wearing it as much as possible fell by the wayside (boo!)…so showing it off here makes me a very happy lady! The architectural city background perfectly complements the steely grey of the look, dontcha think!?

xo

Dope DIY {Tile Coasters}

Miss Renaissance Tile Coasters DIY

Miss Renaissance Tile Coasters DIY

Miss Renaissance Tile Coasters DIY

Well, hello my Lovelies!! I hope everyone’s long weekend was fabulously relaxing and fun! What kind of trouble did you get into??! My weekend was busy busy…filled with celebrating my Birthday with delicious doughnuts from the newly opened “Glazed & Infused” (their Creme Brûlée doughnut is beyond addicting!), vintage shopping at the monthly Randolph Street Antique Market, and a fun trip to Michigan to photograph a lakeside wedding. Phew! Of course, there were also a few celebratory cocktails involved – which leads me to today’s fun DIY. I’d been scheming to make these Tile Coasters for months, and finally got them done this past week. They’re so simple but SO glam! All you need is a few super basic tiles from your local hardware store, a little spray paint in your favorite color, some tape (I am addicted to using my Washi tape for EVERYTHING these days!), and a little glitter to glam up your coaster’s edges. Tah-Dah! Aren’t they fun?! So go forth and create…any questions, just ask.

xo

{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}

Weekly Color Inspiration {Neon French}

Miss Renaissance Neon French Manicure

{On all fingers – Essie Absolutely Shore. On tips – Essie Camera.}

Happy Friday (long weekend – woohoo!!), Lovelies! I hope you have fun plans for this Holiday Weekend. I’ll be off to lovely Michigan to shoot a wedding with a friend. I’ll leave you with a little experimental French Mani. The traditional French Manicure has lost its once overwhelming popularity – but there’s always a new twist to an old thing, right? This colorful, neon-tipped combo is fun and different – perfect for a little Holiday Weekend fun in the sun!

xo

Video Premier {Glossed and Found}

I’m so excited to share Miss Renaissance’s first Video with you all! Last week, I teamed up with the amazing and hilarious Graham of Glossed & Found to film a fun little video of us making Banana-Nutella Poundcakes (check yesterday’s post for the full recipe!) We chatted, baked, mixed some drinks….and generally had a good time in the sun! Thanks so much for coming over, Glossed & Found! Mwahh!

xo

Snack Attack {Dream Combo}

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Miss Renaissance Banana Nutella Poundcake

Miss Renaissance Banana Nutella Poundcake Recipe

By now, most of you have proooobably figured out that I have a pretty worrisome serious love affair with Nutella. I just can’t get enough of the stuff. Add some bananas to the mix and the dream combo comes alive!!! So, a few days ago – when I found myself with a few extra ripe bananas in my kitchen – I immediately jumped at the opportunity to bake something involving said dream combo! And voila – these scrumptious mini poundcakes were born. They’re decadent yet light, and just sweet enough with that deep banana and chocolate flavor in every bite. They also happen to make fantastic individual dessert “favors” for any kind of party/shower/potluck you may want to throw or attend. I usually like to keep a few to myself and have a slice (or two) for breakfast with my coffee. Mmmmmm….

xo

{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}

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