Tattoo Sunday

On Sunday I had an appointment to add yet another piece to my tattoo collection. It's funny every time after I'm done getting a tattoo I tell myself "Ok I'm done with tattoos for a long while now." Then I always find myself sitting on that chair anticipating that moment for my artist to begin. It's really true what they say tattoos are an addiction haha. It's definitely not for everyone I know but as for me I absolutely love them. I won't get too much into tattoos & about all my other tattoos so I'll probably save that for another post.

Custom Illustration

How cute is this illustration of Rudy & myself? I'm really into getting custom pieces done of us both or even just myself. It's something personalized specifically for you & that just makes it so much more meaningful. I'm so in love with it. I'm blown away at how realistic it is & by the way it looks so much like us both! My tattoos are even on point it's insane.

I found Lauren Dunn through her Instagram (Which I have linked) & quickly fell in love with her work & became a fan. I wasn't following her for too long but I knew right away I needed a piece done by her. I quickly contacted her & had her make this personal illustration of me & Rudy. Lauren is such a sweetheart & was a pleasure to work with. She made me feel very comfortable & open to giving her my opinions. She was always so assuring & willing to make as many revisions as I'd like in order for me to be satisfied with the piece. That made it a lot easier for me ask for the changes since I sometimes have an issue voicing my opinions because I hate to be a nag or annoying. The photo above is the final revision & I'm so satisfied with it. She also worked very quickly! She did everything I wanted & more. She only offers a digital print, which was ok with me since I can always get it printed elsewhere.



Overall I was very pleased with her work & her communication. I'm in awe with this piece. I'm really happy with how this came out, it's perfect. The colors scheme was exactly how I wanted it. When I had reached out to her it was with intentions of using this art somehow in mine & Rudy's wedding since peach is obviously going to be a HUGE part of the wedding & we all know who's favorite color that is haha. I cant wait to see it's part in the wedding.

I think you guys should really check her out & look at her work maybe even get your own custom illustration. It's a beautiful keepsake & something you can have hanging at your own home.


XO
Juliana

The Proposal!

(The spot where Rudy proposed to me.)

Where do I even begin? I'm engaged! Today makes exactly one month that Rudy proposed to me and I still can't believe it. I always catch myself staring at my ring in awe. I don't think that feeling will ever fade. Today I'm going to share our engagement story with you guys. It's kind of a long story to have to type up to every single person and that's what really pushed me into making this blog so I can just type up a whole post dedicated entirely to this story. Let's begin!

Sweet Buttercream Frosting


I absolutely love to bake, it's so much fun especially the decorating part. It's a hobby of mine especially when I'm sitting around at home left with nothing else to do. Today I decided to finally try making a sweet buttercream frosting. I've never made some myself but how hard can it be? I watched a few tutorials on YouTube, then got an easy recipe to follow. Here's a little step by step on how I recreated this sweet buttercream frosting.



Ingredients you will need:
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 box (16oz.) of powdered sugar
1 tbs of vanilla extract

I started making my buttercream while my cake was already baking in the oven. You can choose any kind of cake for this I just went with a Pillsbury boxed cake I had at home, the flavor I had was an orangesicle which was my first time trying it & it was pretty yummy by the way.

First start off with your 2 sticks of unsalted butter. You want your butter to be softened so I just microwaved mine for about 25 seconds checking it every 10 seconds to make sure it wasn't melting or getting liquidy & mixing it between each stop. You want it to go from looking like the picture on the left to the one on the right.

After that put the butter into your mixer, I had mine mixing for about a minute so it can fluff up.


Now grab your powdered sugar. You wont be using the entire 16oz. you'll really only need 4 cups of it. Pour your powdered sugar & you're going to want to sift it first before mixing it into your butter. This is going to help get rid of any big chunks in the powder & will help mix your powdered sugar & butter better. Then once you are done sifting add 4 cups of the sugar into the mixer with your butter & mix. Make sure to stop the mixer once in a while to scrape off the sides of the bowl along with the bottom of your bowl.


Time for the fun part & my favorite part, the food coloring! Choose any food coloring you want to add to your buttercream you can even choose not to add any if that's what you want. I of course went with Peach no surprise there. Also at this time you can also add any flavoring you'd like. I went with vanilla.


Your buttercream is now all done & ready to start decorating your cake! I was feeling very creative today & decided to make a two layer cake & added some cute little pearl balls to the top of the cake as well.



That's it! Wasn't it so easy to make? Such a cute & simple looking cake. I hope your sweet buttercream frosting came out as good as mine did. I was very pleased with it. Is there any recipes you would like me to create next? What's your favorite dessert to bake?


XO
Juliana