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Cake My Day Inspirations: Food Crafts for Kids — UP CAKE

[ 208 ] March 6, 2015 |

Introducing “Cake My Day” Cake Design Cookbook

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

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Introducing CAKE MY DAY by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson

This month Sweetworks sent us over a box filled with goodies and one simple mission – make a cake that’s inspired by a soon-to-be released book Cake My Day and utilizes some of the candies in the box. Challenge accepted!

Cake My Day

UP Cake inspired by CAKE MY DAY

We flipped through the book, getting inspired and then went to work creating another kid-themed treat (like our Christmas Santa Hat Cake or our Halloween Eyeball Spiders). There is an amazing looking balloon cake in the new CAKE MY DAY book called Up, up and away, that started the ball rolling. Balloons are great but what do kids associate balloons with these days? The movie UP, of course. So why not go with that?

UP cake Cake My Day

How to make the UP CAKE!

The creation is simple. Take a square cake, cut into the shape of a house and then decorated with colored frosting and plenty of Sweetworks candies to create the look and feel of a house. Make a dozen, or more, small cupcakes. Cover them in blue frosting and top them off with a large colorful gum ball. Attach some kind of stringy candy to the balloons and house to give it the floating feeling and Ta-Da, you’re done. Simple and totally do-able!

Special shout-out: Katy Rose of ModlyChic had her mother, Shirley Hinderer, create this cake for me. She is truly the hands of God, and I cannot thank she and Katy enough for their kindness.

Cake My Day Sweetworks

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: Bet you can’t wait to cast your eyes on Cake My Day, right?! Well, this book, which is filled with dozens of cake creations, comes out on March 24th. So mark your calendars. And to sweeten the pie, or cake as it may be, we’ve got a Sweetworks giveaway worth $50! One lucky winner is going to get a bunch of Sweetworks candy AND THE BOOK Cake My Day to get to work on their own cake creation. Use the rafflecopter below to enter!

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy it CAKE MY DAY at:  Cake My Day

Buy the fabulous candies used to decorate many of the cakes in this book at Sweetworks


Giveaway runs from 3-6 -3-27, 11:59PM EST 18+ US ONLY


$50 Total Prize= $15 Cake My Day cookbook + $35 in Sweetworks Candy

This Sweetworks and Cake My Day cookbook  giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win.

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Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibanez

[ 138 ] January 31, 2015 |

My Favorite Mexican Cookbook

Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibanez

Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: Truly Mexican is my favorite Mexican cookbook. The recipes are obviously by a great chef but the book teaches as you cook. The pictures are phenomenal and this is a large oversized hardcover book that you can display proudly on your cookbook shelf!

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • 128 recipes
  • Illustrations of every recipe
  • Regional twists are included
  • Recipes cover main dishes, sides, salsas, guacamoles, moles, adobos, and more.

UPDATE: This post previously had a giveaway attached which has ended. There were 1178 entries, see giveaway winners. 

William Helburn: Seventh and Madison Fashion Book

[ 108 ] January 15, 2015 |


William Helburn Seventh and Madison

WILLIAM HELBURN: SEVENTH AND MADISON($65.00 hardcover, 9780500517659) captures striking fashion and advertising images by the go-to photographer for many of the top agencies in New York during the 1950s and 60s Advertising Revolution.

The reason I wanted to review this book was because the topic is about ’50s and ’60s advertising. I believe this era of advertising is among some of the best this country has ever seen. I  eagerly devoured Helburn’s body of work.

As well as cars and cosmetics, Helburn shot Coca-Cola, Canada Dry, whiskeys, clothing lines, airlines, jewelry, cigars and cigarettes, and any number of other products. He worked with the top models of the day, from Dovima and Dorian Leigh to Jean Patchett and Barbara Mullen to Jean Shrimpton and Lauren Hutton.

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Update: This book review originally had a giveaway attached. The rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 586 entries. See Giveaway Winners. 


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Yves Saint Laurent Fashion Book

[ 71 ] December 20, 2014 |

Yves Saint Laurent by Roxanne Lowitt

Yves Saint Laurent



YVES SAINT LAURENT ($50.00 hardcover, 9780500517604) is a dazzling portrait of the designer and his world of fashion over the last 25 years of his career by legendary backstage fashion photography pioneer Roxanne Lowit.

The subject intrigued me because he defined the 1970s in terms of cool cutting edge fashion. An accomplishment I particularly admired is that he:

He revolutionized women’s evening wear when he introduced le smoking, a woman’s tuxedo, and made couture accessible to a younger generation. ~ From Thames & Hudson website

Update: THis Yves Saint Laurent Fashion book past was originally a giveaway. The Rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 341 entries. See Giveaway Winners.


See our original Review of Yves Saint Laurent Fashion Book.

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