It’s DIY Time {Easter Egg Mania}

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

Hello hello, Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful first Spring weekend.

Speaking of Spring, Easter is almost upon us…and even if you don’t officially celebrate Easter, decorating for Spring is always more fun with some pretty eggs, right? I decided to go all the way with my Easter Eggs this year – and all the way for me naturally means tons of metallics, tons of glitz & my favorite Washi Tapes!! You can use hard-boiled eggs for this, or you can blow out your eggs first. I blew them out this year, because I’m planning to display these for a few weeks & maybe even use them again next year. If you’ve never blown out eggs, this video tutorial explains everything (it’s simple once you do an egg or two.)

K, so here’s the DIY Scoop: For the metal-leafed eggs I like to use  Mona Lisa Speedball Metal Leaf. It’s not too pricey, comes in different metal shades & it’s easy to use. Simply spray your eggs with a bit of spray adhesive (much easier than the gooey adhesive you need to paint on with a brush!), wait a few minutes for it to get tacky & apply the metal leaf carefully by hand. All you need to finish it is a super soft brush (I like to use a big make-up brush) to press the metal leaf into place an BAM – amazingly shiny eggs! To create simple patterns on the metal-leafed eggs like I did, just use a strip or two of Washi Tape & remove the tape after you’ve finished leafing – the contrast between the white egg shell and the shiny metal is really stunning! Oh, and if you’re planning to keep these eggs for more than one Season, I recommend spraying them with a sealant to protect them for the future. If you want to learn more about the basics of metal leafing, this video is super helpful.

For the Washi Taped eggs, you can let your imagination run totally wild. I picked my favorite rolls of tape and cut them into triangles, thin strips & small rectangles to create fun & modern patterns. The tape sticks really well to the egg shell – it’s super fast and easy! For some extra dimension, I added a strip of fabric ribbon to one of my Washi eggs…just use any fabric/all-purpose glue you have lying around to attach the ribbon to your eggs.

Happy DIY-ing! I’d love to hear about & see pics of any egg projects you guys come up with.

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

Style File {Longing for Spring}

Spring Style Crush by Miss Renaissance

{Earrings – Dannijo. Sweater – Topshop. Skirt – Marni. Clutch – Miu Miu. Heels – Loeffler Randall.}

Hello, Lovelies & welcome to March! I feel like Winter is sort of flying by this year….but now that March is officially here I can’t help but desperately wish for warmer weather to arrive right now!

Spring Styles have been all over the web and fashion magazines are beautifully displaying pastels, florals, and everything in between. For those of you lucky enough to be in warmer climates: I hope you’re already taking full advantage of Spring fashion arrivals!! For us Chicagoans it’s all but a daydream until about mid-May.

Speaking of daydreams….the outfit above is my perfect girly Spring 2013 ensemble. It all started with that amazing two-tone leather skirt, which just happens to perfectly combine two of my favorite colors. Pair that with a comfortable, light-knit sweater and a pair of wow-floral heels and I’m pretty much ready for anything. Spring Cocktails anyone?!

XO

It’s DIY Time {Vecco Rugs}

Vecco DIY

{This is all you’ll need for your custom carpet!}

Vecco DIY

{Place the stencil wherever your heart desires & spray away!}

Vecco DIY

{After drying & sealing, you’re done! How cute is that!?}

Vecco DIY

{Great for a stairway, entry..even in the bathroom.}

Vecco DIY

{Makes me happy every time I see it :-}

During my time at Alt Summit back in January, I had the pleasure to meet the super creative (and Chicago based – woohoo!) team behind Vecco, a new company that lets you custom design & create your own rugs and carpets. What a fun idea, right? SO up my alley!

I got to try Vecco myself this week (thanks to Vecco’s team for hooking me up with a little rug kit!), and I can honestly tell you it’s super easy & fun! I love that the paint is non-toxic (i.e. you can use it inside the house while you create your carpet) and that you can use a vacuum to erase any potential mistakes before you spray on the sealant to permanently “set” your design. It’s virtually foolproof that way!

There are tons of cool stencil designs and colors to choose from, so no matter if you’re into florals, stripes, or more abstract patterns, there will most likely be something awesome for you. It took me almost no time to create my little mat….I’m already designing a bigger area rug in my head. How fun would this be as a family project or a DIY for a weekend afternoon with your friends?!

Have a great weekend – maybe even with a little down time for crafting/DIY-ing!

XO

Currently Baking {Olive Clafoutis}

Renaissance Olive Clafoutis

Renaissance Olive Clafoutis

Renaissance Olive Clafoutis

Renaissance Olive Clafoutis

Renaissance Olive Clafoutis

When my good friends over at Said She Said He challenged me to make something delicious using Olives a few weeks back, I was immediately excited! Olives aren’t usually on my list of ingredients to bake with, but the idea of using them in a sweet recipe was intriguing.

During my research, I came across this unusual recipe and knew I had to give it a shot. What comes to mind when you think of Clafoutis? Cherries, perhaps? Or maybe stone fruit, like peaches or apricots? Traditionally, Clafoutis is a French dessert baked with whole black cherries – pits and all. Using a traditionally savory ingredient, such as Olives, in a normally sweet pastry sounded slightly absurd, but I thought it had the potential to be delicious.

Turns out it’s just that – delish! The poaching process takes a lot of the briney/salty elements from the Olives and replaces it with a slight sweetness that’s really interesting. Seriously, try it for yourself, your mind might just get blown a little!

P.S.: I decided to bake individual mini Clafoutis, but this recipe can also be baked in a bigger dish & served family style – what a perfect option for a weekend brunch, dontcha think?! 

XO

{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}

Lace-ups & Stripes

Miss Renaissance

Miss Renaissance

Miss Renaissance

Schutz lace-ups.

Miss Renaissance

{Top – Phillip Lim, Jeans – J Brand, Coat – Zara, Heels – Schutz, Sunglasses – Chanel (old, similar here), Bag – Celine.}

Hey hey, Lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. I spent a few days in Los Angeles last week…what a nice break from the absolutely FREEZING temps here in Chicago!!

On a little outing to the Pacific Design Center, I threw on my favorite casual jeans, a new floral blouse & my sexy new lace-up heels (they’re surprisingly comfortable!) There was just a bit of a chill in the air that evening, so a light coat was perfect just in case. The outfit combined a few patterns & textures – what do you think of this little mix & match action?

XO

Currently Baking {Berry Swirl Rolls}

Berry Swirl Rolls by Miss Renaissance

Berry Swirl Rolls by Miss Renaissance

Berry Swirl Rolls by Miss Renaissance

Berry Swirl Rolls by Miss Renaissance

I LOVE a fresh cinnamon roll! A warm, yeasty & fragrant dough is my idea of baked perfection. It’s nice to switch old favorites up a bit every now and then, so when I stumbled upon this recipe a few weeks ago my sweet-toothed interest was piqued. Lo and behold, stuffing a light & fluffy yeast dough with a mix of berries (I added a few blackberries to the raspberry mix for a little variety) is a kick ass idea!! The tartness of the berries is such a fresh take on an old favorite. These were so delicious, they were almost eaten before I could snap an “after” picture.

Give em’ a try on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning….you may even forget about your cinnamon roll addiction for a while.

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

Swinging into 2013 {Video Outtakes Galore}

Glitter Bombs by Miss Renaissance

Atelier Azza Glam by Miss Renaissance

Miss Renaissance Hair & Makeup Magic

Vintage Dreams by Miss Renaissance

Makeup Fun with Miss Renaissance

Azza Glitz & Glam with Miss Renaissance

Wreath Madness by Miss Renaissance

Miss Renaissance Dancey Pants

Feather Love by Miss Renaissance

Disco Fever by Miss Renaissance

Jewelry Details by Miss Renaissance

Gettin' dotty with Miss Renaissance

Details, details from Miss Renaissance's Video

Disco Fever by Miss Renaissance

Azza Details by Miss Renaissance

Laughter is the best Medicine by Miss Renaissance

A Fashionable Christmas Tree by Miss Renaissance

Hello & welcome back, my Lovelies…and Happy 2013!!! I hope your week was relaxing, fun & filled with friends, family and love! I spent a wonderful week in Florida with my family…cooking (lots & lots of baking), soaking up some sun, and gearing up for the New Year.

2013 here we come – may it be the best year yet!! I have so many exciting things planned for Miss Renaissance in 2013…and none of it could be possible without your support. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for reading & being with me on this journey!

I thought I’d start the year with a bit of a bang, so I chose some favorite Photo Outtakes from my Video Shoot. As you can see, I had a total blast getting ready (thank you again for all of the makeup/hair pampering Shannon & Tara!) and dancing like a goofball while throwing around glitter & feathers. A huge thank you to my beautiful & talented friend Rada for shooting these pictures.

XO

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