Y’all, I’ve found the perfect dress to wear all summer. 

I got this green frilled maxi dress on Asos recently and I am obsessed. I love the seafoam green color, the bardot top, and the frills. My wardrobe is slowly starting to be overrun with bright poppy colors and I’m quite okay with it. I usually don’t wear bardot/off-the-shoulder tops but this one is just perfect. I don’t own any other dress like this and I am in love! It’s one of those pieces that you see online and purchase immediately. 

I’m so excited to wear this dress around Italy this summer! And did I mention that I’m traveling to Italy this summer (no)?! Yes, my family and I will be spending 10 days in Rome, Florence, and Venice and I am so excited! If you know of any must-see places please do share. I can’t wait to eat my weight in gelato, pizza, pasta, and wine 🙂 

Where are you going this summer? And what are you wearing? 

Sam

Photographer: Stefanie M Marie

Funnel Cake

Funnel cake has a very special space in my soul.

I’ve been obsessed with funnel cake ever since I was a kid. Whenever we attended any fair, amusement park, or outdoor event I would always beg to end the day with funnel cake. As I got older and America’s culinary world grew more creative I began to see new types of funnel cakes covered in pounds of whipped cream, strawberries, jam, and sometimes peanut butter. 

Nothing against those inventions, but I’m a funnel cake purist. Just powdered sugar will do it for me, thanks.

Funnel cake is ridiculously easy to make at home, and all of the ingredients are probably already chilling in your fridge and pantry. You can even get creative if you don’t have a funnel on hand. To get the squiggles for the frying step, I’ve been known to fill up a Ziploc bag with the batter and snip off the corner in order to squeeze it out. This is also a great method for piping frosting if you don’t own a pastry bag.

So here is how you make funnel cake at home. I’ve made this funnel cake recipe multiple times when I was craving something sweet, deep fried, and sugary and it hits the spot every time. Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Funnel Cakes
Serves 4
Light and fluffy fried funnel cakes
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups oil for frying
  2. 1 large egg
  3. ⅔ cup milk
  4. 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt
  8. Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium high heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees. Reduce heat to medium to maintain the heat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine egg and milk.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour batter into a funnel (with your finger over the tip), or spoon batter into a large plastic bag with a tip cut off.
  5. Pipe batter into the hot oil making a squiggly design and working from the center out. Fry funnel cake for two minutes on each side.
  6. Remove from oil onto paper towels to drain.
  7. Sprinkle powdered sugar over hot cakes.
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I wore my favorite blue dress to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve last weekend.

Okay, this is my only blue dress but we’ll gloss over that fact. 

To my non-local readers, the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is a sprawling park about an hour’s drive outside of Los Angeles. Every year between March-April the poppies in this huge field all bloom at once, appropriately called a superbloom. Being surrounded by miles of golden wildflowers was a nice relaxing break from the bustle of L.A. life.

The dress I’m wearing here is from Forever 21 [similar here]. I’ve had it for a few years and it’s one of those dresses that I don’t wear often solely because I love it so much and don’t want to overdo it. Does anyone else do this? 

By the time you read this the superbloom may be over, but here’s some advice on how to enjoy it when it rolls around again this time next year:

  • Get there early. We left L.A. at around 11 AM on a Saturday morning and there wasn’t a lot of traffic, but there were wayyyy more cars coming in as were were leaving in the afternoon.
  • The official address of the poppy reserve is 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536, but here’s a tip: put this address in your GPS but don’t enter the park. There are huge fields of poppies on the drive right up to the park that you can frolic in for free. A lot of people, present party included, just pulled to the side of the road and walked around the fields on our own. This way you avoid the $10 parking fee and the long line of cars trying to get in.
  • Bring water. It was quite hot when we got there, and the fields with the thickest groups of flowers were quite a walk away from the road. We avoided the crowds of people by walking a little bit and had a nice sprawl of poppies to enjoy to ourselves. 
  • Don’t step on/pick the poppies! Respect Mother Nature 🙂

I’ve been really, really lazy lately when it comes to my hair.

I was quite motivated and consistent with my hair regime up until a few weeks ago, and I’m currently struggling to get back into it. My high maintenance natural hair has been such a chore for me lately. These days I’m lucky if I moisturize my hair more than once a week.

I genuinely do like taking care of my hair, but we all go through periods when the things we like to do just aren’t enjoyable anymore. When those times hit, I find myself using headscarves to style (read: hide) my hair as a way to still look stylish and put together. 

Whenever I wear headwraps out, I always get compliments and questions from people asking me how I did it. So, I’m not keeping the knowledge to myself any longer – here’s a quick video showing you how to wrap your headscarf. I hope you find this tutorial helpful! I have other headwrap styles that I like to wear but this look is by far the easiest. I may do a part two to this video showing another quick tutorial on a different style in the near future. 

The headscarf I’m wearing here is from World Market, but there are many other places such as Aso Dara and The Wrap Life that offer beautiful designs. Check either of these sites out if you’re in the mood to spice up your hair game!

Sam

Spring Summer Sam is ready for spring 😉

I love this fresh-faced, purple-accented makeup look, and I look forward to wearing more bright colors in the months to come! In particular, I am in love with the Weenie Colourpop Cosmetics eyeshadow, and Julep Snapdragon lip creme that I am wearing here. They are such pretty shimmery purples and I love how they look together!

Here is everything else that I’m wearing:

  • Ulta Cosmetics Demi Matte Foundation in Warm Deep (full review here)
  • Colourpop Cosmetics Weenie Supershock Shadow
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow
  • Elf Cosmetics Jackie Aina palette (brown shade used for brows)
  • Milani Cosmetics Trifecta Mascara
  • Julep Beauty Lip Mousse in Snapdragon 
  • Mother Earth’s flowers