Because Today Is Shark Week | Shark Week Cupcakes

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Since today marks the most anticipated week that basically everyone has been waiting for all summer long, i’ve had the major urge to make these since before today even started.

Aside from being overly excited that Shark Week officially begins today, I feel like i’m just as excited to chow down on some “theme related” goodies such as these Shark Week cupcakes.

I’ve never really been too much of a “shark movie buff”, but I am really looking forward to the cage diving segments, and actually learning more about sharks, more-so then the movie “Jaws”.

These Shark Week cupcakes have been a long time favorite of mine for a few years now, so I felt as though I needed to list the recipe below for maybe some of you that are interested in trying these as well!

Happy Shark Week!

Ingredients For Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Easy White Icing 

Directions:

  1. STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line up a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.

  2. STEP 2

    In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt, and then set aside. In a mixing bowl, mix together cream butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Then be sure to add eggs, one at a time, well beating them well, and then beat in with vanilla. With your mixer on low speed, add flour into your mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.

  3. STEP 3

    Pour the batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake this until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. STEP 4

    Cool it in a pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then spread with Easy White Icing using a table knife or small offset spatula.

 For The Shark Fin:

+ Just use a gummy type of candy, I would use “Airheads”-Obviously the blue flavored candy, and I would cut the airhead out into the shape of a shark fin.

+ Or, the other option seen above is that, you can just cut out a shark fin with something as simple as a basic chocolate cookie, or Oreo cookie, and cover the shark fin {cookie cut-out} in blue frosting, which you may have to use food coloring to do so, since it’s kind of hard to find actual blue frosting.

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The Monster Tour With Rihanna & Eminem | Pasadena, CA

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When it comes to concerts in the summer, I usually can’t help myself, but freak out.

Clearly when the news broke that Rihanna & Eminem were touring together for their upcoming leg of “The Monster Tour“, I basically fell out of my seat, and onto the floor in the midst of just about having a heart attack.

Bad girl Ri Ri and Eminem kicked off their Monster Tour in Pasadena this weekend, and i’ve previously seen both of them live on more then one occasion, even when Eminem opened for Gene Simmons, but Rihanna & Eminem together? Yeah, basically there is no comparison, as they both stole the night away.

The concert took place at the “Rose Bowl”, it was a sold out show, and if you attended, you can see why that was.

When the show started, they both came out on stage singing 5 main songs together, some of them being “Love The Way You Lie Part 2″, and “Numb”, then Rihanna proceeded to take the night away singing a few of her own songs without Eminem.

IMG_1326 After Rihanna took the stage, Eminem came out, and did a few of his hit songs from his latest album “Recovery”, which takes all of his fans on his journey battling sobriety, and trying to maintain his life in a whole different direction being sober.

Obviously though, it wouldn’t really be a show if Eminem didn’t come out and sing “The Real Slim Shady“, and “Mockingbird“, which he did! He also did a few more of his recent songs such as “Not Afraid”, and “Rap God”.

IMG_1351 The two of them closed the show with Rihanna’s newest hit single “The Monster“.

Overall, the show was pretty amazing, and if “The Monster Tour“, is coming to your city, it’s worth going, because who knows when these two will get together again.

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Sloe Gin Grapefruit Fizz Cocktail Recipe | DIY

SGGF Before summer comes to an end, it’s always nice to get a few good friends, and family together for a last summer celebration.

It’s obviously never a party without a few tasty drinks, and a few light bites.

This has been by far one of my favorite cocktail recipes to date, and it helps that I can never stay away from Grapefruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 or 3 fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons sloe gin
  • 2 tablespoons of regular gin
  • 1/3 cup ginger ale
  • 1 grapefruit wedge

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar with tarragon leaves and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Mix together. Then just add ice.
  2. Add in the sloe gin and the regular gin. Top with about 1/3 cup ginger ale.
  3.  Finally, garnish with a grapefruit wedge and there you have it!
  4. Enjoy!

PUSHMATAaHA | The Perfect Summer Jewels

I hope you guys are all having a great week so far!

Um, lets just talk about how it is already the middle of August just about, and with that being said, that is just kind of a scary thought to say the least.

As much as we all love accessorizing for our daily summer outfits, I figured that I would put together a few of my favorite realistic summer pieces from my favorite jewelry line “PUSHMATAaHA“. I’ve known about this brand for a while now, and Virginia, who is the designer of the brand, actually drew inspiration for this jewelry line from art, history and traditional cultures. All of the jewelry collection pieces are a celebration of power and protection, as each piece is hand-crafted using semi-precious stones, metals and materials sourced throughout the world.

Some of my favorite pieces from this line include: statement cuffs, necklaces, rings and earrings.

Here are a few of my top favorite pieces:

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SPIRITUS EARRINGS

BONDAGE-TWO-SET-22K-RGP-22K-GP BONDAGE TWO SET RINGS

AMA-CUFF-BWC-22K-GP AMA CUFF

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NUBIAN CUFF

MINI-HIPPO-NECKLACE-22K-GP MINI HIPPO NECKLACE

MOTHER-SERPENT-BANGLE-22K-GP MOTHER SERPENT BANGLE

GET THE LOOK THAT VANESSA HUDGENS IS WEARING:

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New YouTube Video Up | Weekend Look

Most of you guys know by now, that I recently not too long ago started a “YouTube Channel“.

Being not too familiar with the YouTube community yet, and still trying my hardest to figure out this whole “editing”, and “visual effects” thing, i’m pretty well…proud of myself that I at least have 3 videos up!

The whole reason behind why I actually wanted to start a YouTube channel, was that I wanted to base the entire channel off of this blog. Eventually, i’m sure it will come together, but for now, I really appreciate you guys sticking with me on the journey.

Obviously blogging is what I love, and I hope to build off of it sooner then later.

I may not be one of the “best” or “top” YouTube gurus right now, but remember that everything takes time.

Here is my 3rd video: “Weekend Look

I am going to try and get new videos up once a week, so be on the lookout!

TO SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL CLICK HERE

Mid-Way Through Summer? | Celebrate National Relaxation Day With Tommy Bahama

When it comes to hot summer days, and well mid-way through summer, these are the days that you need to cherish the most in terms of much needed relaxation, because before you know it, summer will be over, and fall will kick in with much colder temperatures.

This summer, I had the opportunity to spend some much needed time with great friends, and I actually had PLENTY of time to get a few beach days in, which was surprisingly very rare last summer.

1507521_10152921484793868_2082652089763030319_o { A good pool day is always the best on a hot day! }

10440286_10152935892868868_3053460235443128792_n { A few birthday celebrations and special occasion dinners were in order. }

1604729_10152787816358868_1435147323923841314_n { Obviously, it’s not summer, until you’ve hit your first wave surfing in Cali }

10003905_10152692046248868_2079478252_n { A night out with friends is always a plus! Especially in L.A }

How have you celebrated your summer so far?

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Tommy Bahama has a “Summer of Go” Sweepstakes between July 16th- August 18th

1) Air Transportation for 2 anywhere Alaska Airlines flies
2) 3 night stay at select Fairmont Hotels and Resorts locations
3) $500 Tommy Bahama Gift Card
4) “Summer of Go” Travel Pack
5) $50 Uber Credit
1) Air Transportation for 4 anywhere Alaska Airlines flies
2) 7 night stay for 4 at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
3) $1000 Tommy Bahama Gift Card
4) Dinner at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant on Mauna Lani
5) $200 Uber Credit
6) Summer of Go Travel Pack
Big thanks to Tommy Bahama for sponsoring today’s post!

Blog Edition | Some Of My Favorite Foodie Blogs

Wahoo! It’s Monday! Well…okay maybe not ‘Wahoo’.

If you have been reading the blog for quite some time now, you do know that from time to time, I often tend to post food recipes on here.

Well, i’ve recently been getting flooded with emails asking if I could do a “favorite blog series” on here featuring my favorite fashion blogs, food blogs, and lifestyle blogs, so I figured, hey why not.

Finding the perfect food blog, and really sticking with that blog that you love to visit every morning before work, can be quite easy, but all at the same time very tricky.

It usually depends all on your diet too. If you’re gluten-free, carb-free, dairy-free, you want to make sure you find THAT perfect food blog, instead of reading one, that maybe doesn’t agree so much with your current diet.

So below, i’ve decided to list for you guys a few of my favorite food/foodie blogs in categories of diet restrictions, and also non-diet restrictions.

This was quite fun to research to say the least!

Normal/Everyday Diet { No Diet Restrictions }

1. Chasing Delicious

cd 2.  Not Without Salt

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3. Joy The Baker

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Gluten-Free Diet { Gluten Restrictions }

1. Gluten Free Girl

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2. Gluten Free Goddess

Orange_CupcakesApril3. Elana’s Pantry

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Dairy-Free Diet { Dairy Restrictions }

1. Dairy-Free & Fit

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My Favorite Local Designer From Cleveland, Ohio | Rebecca Levine Designs

Every now and then, we always come across a few very talented local designers in our neck of the woods. “Neck of the woods”, meaning neighborhood.

So, in speaking terms of that, a few months back, I was randomly introduced to a very talented, and genius young women from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Rebecca Levine.

Long story short, we actually connected through Twitter, and thank god for social media, because if it wasn’t for social media, I would not have a blog, and I actually don’t really know what I would be doing right now, so I am so incredibly thankful for all of you that read Chiffon Souffle, and I am so thankful for the wonderful applications we have today.

Back to meeting Rebecca, but we connected through Twitter, and she actually sent me a few of her products in the mail! She is so incredibly talented that words can’t even describe her craft of art.

Below I figured that I would show you guys a few of my favorite pieces from her line.

This is true art, and there is nothing like it.

1. Stained Glass WrapBand

11 2. Zebra WrapBand

22 CLICK HERE ON HOW TO WEAR THE WRAPBANDS

33 Rose Mist Scarf

44 Fleur De Lis Scarf

66 Gold Leaf Earrings

77 Silver Circle Earrings

99 Enjoy This Day Napkin

TO SHOP REBECCA LEVINE DESIGNS CLICK HERE

The Perfect Summer Dairy Free Treat | Wink Frozen Desserts

Since it has currently been un-bearable in Los Angeles, with these high temperatures, and sticky humid air, we all know that on these hot summer days, we usually have to find one way or another to just cool down.

Whether you have the option of jumping in a pool, hosing yourself down, running through a sprinkler, or one of my favorites, eating ice cream, one way or the other, one of these options has to work!

I’m not sure if too many of you have had the opportunity to see my recent YouTube video about how I was diagnosed with what’s called “Hypothyroidism“, but I basically have to go “Gluten Free“, and “Dairy Free” at all costs. If you haven’t seen the video that is up on YouTube, you can simply go ahead and click here.

So, about a few weeks ago, I had recently discovered that well…since I can no longer indulge in dairy products, and obviously the ‘regular kid ice cream’, I will have to find an alternative that allows me to enjoy ice cream as much as I do.

With that being said, like I said, a few weeks ago, I was introduced to an ice cream that is not only dairy free, but gluten-free, sugar free, fat free, nut free, and EGG FREE, which was known as “Wink Frozen Desserts“.

Who knew that this was actually possible to have such a dessert as healthy as Wink Frozen Desserts is, but I was ecstatic when I found out about them.

Aside from Wink being diary-free, gluten-free, etc, I loved, loved, loved that it came in an actual variety of different flavors, so this is obviously not your typical plain vanilla ice cream.

Some of my favorite flavors { starting from the flavors that I found to love the most } are right here below:

1CAKE BATTER { which was my ultimate favorite } 

2 CINNAMON BUN { which was my 2nd favorite }

3 ICED LATTE 

4 Cocoa- Dough

5 Choco-Mint

Now, tasting all of these amazing sounding flavors, you’re probably wondering, which flavors I favored the most.

First off, I really loved the ‘Cake Batter‘ as my first choice. My second choice, would have to be the ‘Cinnamon Bun‘ flavor. My third choice was the ‘ICED LATTE‘, for more then one obvious reason, other then the fact that I am completely obsessed over coffee.

With all of these flavors being dairy-free, you’d think that just maybe these wouldn’t taste nearly the same as regular ice cream, but they actually do, and they obviously aren’t as sugary, since they are sugar-free, which is a great thing!

I would highly recommend choosing Wink Frozen Desserts, if you are trying to go gluten-free, are gluten-free, and if you currently have to stay away from dairy.

This is a better choice, and it makes your body feel a million times better, then just eating your typical ice cream.

This week, I will be putting out a YouTube video about my favorite flavors that I tried, and I will also be doing a little live taste test to show you guys a little bit more about Wink, and the flavors that they are offering, so be sure to lookout for that!

TO SHOP WINK FROZEN DESSERTS CLICK HERE

Get On Up Movie Review | Get On Up With James Brown

I hope you guys are all having a great week.

For one of the last blog posts of the month of July, I figured  that I would let you guys in on a little detail of last nights recap of the “Get On Up” movie featuring a documentary about the life of James Brown.

Growing up, I always listened to James Brown from time to time, but I never really knew too many details about his personal life, so going into this movie, I didn’t really know what to expect.

The movie included some of my favorite actors and actresses like Chadwick Boseman { who played James Brown in the movie },  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Josh Hopkins.

Chadwick Boseman couldn’t have played a better version of James Brown, he looked identical to Brown, and he sounded identical to Brown.

The movie was a full of stories of how James Brown rose from extreme poverty to eventually becoming one of the most influential musicians in history.

Some parts about Browns actual childhood life, you will be quite shocked to see,  I know that I couldn’t really wrap my head around the certain events that actually occurred throughout his life. How someone actually lived through what James Brown endured during his childhood years, and came to have such a success that he did, really made me look at life in a whole different perspective, and really made me learn to value life for what it is.

Some of us are too busy on our cell phones, driving the day away on the road, or just partying our lives away, we don’t really realize how quickly life can come and go day by day.

Overall, would I see this movie again?

Yes, 100%, and to tell you the truth, I will buy this movie when it comes out.

Like I said, when I got out of the movie, and was driving home, I was kind of at “woaho” with myself because life now compared to what it was back then, is jaw-dropping to me. We have so much technology today, and the whole world around is just so commercialized, it’s insane.

Get On Up comes out in theatres August 1st!

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