Temporarily Tatted

So I happen to love tattoos. I realize this may come as a surprise considering I have one little tiny tat hiding under my ring finger, but the main reason I don’t have more is because I haven’t found anything else I feel so completely confident I will love in fifty years (other than my husband’s initials). I remember being thirteen and sticking on temporary tattoos by the dozens while my dad and grandma (who thought tattoos were reserved for hookers and sailors) cringed. Fun as they may be, temporary tattoos haven’t been considered on trend or fashionable since junior high. That is, until recently. A number of companies have given new life to the temporary tattoo, and I am nearly beside myself! When my husband and I were on our honeymoon last year, I stumbled upon a pack of cutie tattoos from the shop Merci in Paris. I was so excited and have held on to them for a year waiting for special occasions to use them because I wasn’t sure where I’d find such stylish temporary tats again. However, now that companies are making so many fabulous ones, I have been wearing them all the time. It is now not only acceptable, but in style to wear tattoos as accessories, like jewelry. I played with a few traditional black tattoos this weekend, as well as a gifted metallic (!) one from my sister-in-law.

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The heart and arrow are from a European company called Bloom, the gold bracelet is from Flash Tattoos, and the initials under my wedding rings is my permanent ink.

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The company Tattly makes trendy/hipster tattoos that are so playful, and I love the metallic drama of the Flash Tattoos.

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I love them all and am really hoping this trend keeps up long enough for me to try each one out. What do you think? Are you already a fan of temporary tattoos? Would you try them? You can also order custom ones off Etsy and other sites for a bachelorette party or birthday which would be such a blast! Happy tatting friends.

-Meg

Lemon Tart Part Deux

A few weeks back I made my first attempt at homemade lemon tarts that turned out to be cupcake sized lemon pies. They didn’t quite have the baby shower-ready look I was going for, so my search continued… After many trials and errors, I came across this crust recipe and this Trader Joe’s lemon curd (I combined with homemade whipped cream) which finally produced the desired result. IMG_0243

I placed the cut-out dough on an upside down mini cupcake sheet, then baked the dough at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. The crust forms around the upside down cupcake pan, creating the perfect tart shell.

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They were the perfect summer sweet treat: light, zesty and tangy.

Have you ever made a homemade tart? What tricks do you have for the crust?

-Allison

Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag!

 This week I bought my first ever Kate Spade handbag! For the last four years I’ve been carting around varying Urban Outfitters cross-body satchels until they begin to unravel. So this bag is a big, exciting deal for me and it happened to come in one of my favorite colors which pretty much sealed the deal—I’m in love…

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Allow me to introduce the Cedar Steet Maise in snap pea green.

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Gold polka dot interior inside? Ooh-la-la!

Who makes your favorite purse ever? What does it look like?

-Allison