Cinnamon Water: Addicted.

By |May 6th, 2013|cooking, DIY, DTLA, reviews|


There is an amazing restaurant called WoodSpoon just a few blocks from our place. In addition to having delicious food they also serve a carafe of cinnamon water to each table when you sit down. It sounds a little strange but is actually extremely refreshing and tasty. I became obsessed and vowed to make my own cinnamon water magic. First I bought some carafes with lids on them for easy storage, then got to work researching.

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I searched online for some recipes and quickly found that there really isn’t anything to it. You literally just dunk cinnamon sticks in water and then chill to your liking. The more cinnamon sticks  and the longer you chill it the stronger the cinnamon flavor will be. You can get some flavor after just a few hours but I prefer letting it seep overnight. I played around with the amount of cinnamon and decided that I liked it best with two sticks per carafe. Some websites suggest heating up the cinnamon in the water before chilling to help release the flavor and color. I gave it a try and it does give a nice rose tint to the water and really steps up the flavor level. Although the color was nice, I personally don’t think it’s worth the extra step- or pot to clean!


Steve and I are both totally hooked on our cinnamon water. I keep some carafes in the fridge and also have been pouring it in smaller bottles for us to take to work. It’s a great substitute for soda and helps satisfy my severe sweet tooth. On top of being tasty and refreshing, cinnamon is also touted as having a bunch of health benefits! Now that’s what I call a win-win.

Confession: I had to spell check cinnamon multiple times while writing this post.

 love and candy,


New Make-up All Stars!

By |April 30th, 2013|beauty, reviews|

Sephora new products

I went to Sephora to pick up my favorite Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, and ended up getting five other items that I didn’t know I needed. Sound familiar? They get you every time! Just so much fun stuff in one place. Out of the extra products that I picked, two ended up being standout stars. First, I am having a love affair with Clinique chubby sticks. I had my eye on them since my Christmas gift inspo post and finally gave in to this bright and fiesty red color. It is super moist, and somehow both sheer and bright at the same time. Definitely a keeper!

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I also picked up some Dior “over curl” mascara which is a Septhora exclusive. If you read this post you know I am a Dior mascara convert, and with the new round brush the best just got better. Me and my barely there eyelashes can use all the help they can get!

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Do you have any secret cosmetic weapons to share?

love and candy,


A Stagecoach Beginners Guide

By |April 25th, 2013|clothes, reviews, travel|

Stagecoach Wristbands

It’s stagecoach time! Heck yes. This is another one of my favorite weekends of the year.  You may assume that by reading the Coachella guide you are set for Stagecoach, but then you would be wrong. Yes, there are similarities. They are both at the same location in Indio so weather warnings and hydration rules are still on- but there are some key differences you should be aware of.


1.       First and arguably most impressively- you can take your beers OUT of the beer gardens at Stagecoach and wander around. This is awesome. This is American.

2.       Stagecoach is basically a giant tailgate. Unlike at Coachella, there is very little moshing or rushing the stage going on. Bring a blanket, claim some land, and relax in between sets. It’s nice to have some breathing room, but people can be a little territorial. This isn’t the wild west folks, and yes, I am allowed to stand up at a concert, even if I’m blocking your view.


3.       Compared to Coachella Stagecoach is also quite a bit smaller. There are only 3 stages, and a lot fewer acts. The downside is you obviously see fewer bands and the ones you do see are guaranteed to have large crowds. The upside is you don’t have to stress as much about who to see. The headliners don’t interfere with anyone else so you avoid some of those tough decisions.

4.       Wardrobe. Think less  Boho chic and more well- country. This one is pretty easy. Whip out your boots, your jean everything, and maybe a cowboy hat if you’re feeling particularly kitschy. Avoid white because it will get filthy, and make sure you are comfortable whether you are lounging on the ground or dancing your boots off. And like at Coachella either wear closed toe shoes or be okay with having black feet.


And there ya’ll have it. Can’t wait for another epic weekend!

Leaving Stagecoach

love and candy,