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Praline Patisserie feature and GIVEAWAY!

Check out the adorable Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature from Praline Patisserie and enter to win a fantastic giveaway!

TWIX Bites Coconut Macaroons

Two of my faves in one: coconut and TWIX!

Blogging 101: How to Write a Better "About Me" Page

Check out the tips to writing a better "About Me" page in the latest Blogging 101 post!

Coconut, Raspberry and Blueberry Ice Cream

A delicious frozen treat, that is creamy, super easy and dairy-free!

Do Tell Tuesday #27

Come Link Up at Do Tell Tuesday for some inspiration and the chance to be featured on all 6 blogs!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Perfect Gifts for Your High School Grad!




Somehow, summer is upon us and that means it's time for graduation!  Having such a huge family, it is always a challenge to find something unique to give as a present.  However, I have a lovely gift guide for you today which was put together by my lovely friend Mary, a total expert in all things tech and school supplies-related.  Absolutely everything on the list is beautiful, functional, and guaranteed to be a great gift.

They'll be sure to love these items during their last "free" summer or during the school year.  Now, let's get to the picks!


Perfect Gifts for Your High School Grad! on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #DROIDTurbo #CleverGirls

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas + Do Tell Tuesday #70!


Mother's Day Gift Ideas on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Welcome to Do Tell Tuesday!  Do Tell Tuesday is the time where WE get to see what YOU are up to! Share your projects and recipes, then take time to look around at your fellow creatives.  Not a blogger?  That's okay!  You can still take a look around and discover some new ideas and inspiration!

Each week a featured host will be bringing you a set of features.  Before we get to this week, let's meet the hosts!


Do Tell Tuesday on Vintage Zest

Keep up with us at:

Mabey She Made It : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Vintage Zest : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Little Red Window : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Lil Mrs. Tori : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus


Now for the features courtesy of Cassie!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Olive Heights Trading Co. feature & GIVEAWAY!


This week on Shop Small Saturday Showcase, I have something just for the big kids.  :)  When I first found Olive Heights Trading Co. at Artisanal L.A. last year, one of their bottles of bitters ended up being one of the only items we bought that day.  Usually, I try lots of samples, file away all the business info, and figure out what to buy from the online shops later, but this just couldn't wait!  All of the items were interesting, but the Moroccan Orange Bitters came home with me that day.  :)

Actually, if you are interested in trying it for yourself, the awesome owners and of Olive Heights Trading Co., Benjamin and Scott, are giving away a gift set of Moroccan Orange, Basil Rosemary and Padre Pio Molé Bitters to one of my lucky readers!  But first, check out the interview where you'll find out the amazing inspiration for the Padre Pio Molé Bitters and more interesting tidbits!


Olive Heights Trading Co. feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!

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Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Our company was founded in 2013 by veteran bartenders Benjamin Carpenter and Scott Winnie with the vision and guidance of longtime friend and business analyst Skyler Champion. Our aim was simple; to produce quality artisanal bitters while only using organic ingredients from the finest domestic and international sources.


Where did the name of your store come from?

Olive Heights is the neighborhood in Pasadena where we founded the company in an attic apartment of a historic Craftsman home.


Olive Heights Trading Co. feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


Why did you start making goods for Olive Heights?

Ben had recently become head bartender of Green Street Restaurant in Pasadena. His owner and bar manager, Michael and Alison Hawkins had approached him about buying bitters for the bar and Ben asked for the opportunity to make them himself. A couple of weeks later, they hosted a bitters tasting for him and enjoyed them so much that they encouraged him to start a company and offered to be his first account.


What is your favorite item?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vegetarian Lasagna with Spinach, Mushrooms & Soy Crumbles


Did you know it is National Soyfoods Month?  Well, it is and I have a couple of recipes for you to celebrate!  As you know, I usually cook with lots of veggies and whole foods, so I sometimes end up skimping on the protein.  Well, lucky for me there are wonderful swaps with soy foods that bring on the protein, flavor, and nutrition!

I love a beautiful slice of veggie lasagna, but if I'm ever in the mood for a meatier version, I have this recipe to share with you today.  The trick is, there is absolutely no meat at all!  Don't tell your carnivore friends and family until after they have tasted it, and they'll be totally surprised.  Seriously!


Vegetarian Lasagna with Spinach, Mushrooms & Soy Crumbles #soyswaps


In this recipe, I swapped out the typical ground beef for the MorningStar Farms grillers crumbles and it makes the entire recipe even easier and quicker.  You don't have to cook it nearly as long as beef requires and it's super convenient to have this on hand in the freezer!

Now, let's get to the recipe!


Vegetarian Lasagna with Spinach, Mushrooms & Soy Crumbles #soyswaps


Vegetarian Lasagna with Spinach, Mushrooms & Soy Crumbles
Adapted from here

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pretty & Inspiring Spring Outfits + Do Tell Tuesday #69!

Pretty & Inspiring Spring Outfits on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Welcome to Do Tell Tuesday!  Do Tell Tuesday is the time where WE get to see what YOU are up to! Share your projects and recipes, then take time to look around at your fellow creatives.  Not a blogger?  That's ok!  You can still take a look around and discover some new ideas and inspiration!

Each week a featured host will be bringing you a set of features.  This week, Lisa chose some gorgeous spring fashions!  Gorgeous style inspiration ahead...  But before we get to this week, let's meet the hosts!


Do Tell Tuesday on Vintage Zest

Keep up with us at:

Mabey She Made It : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Vintage Zest : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Little Red Window : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Lil Mrs. Tori : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus


Now for the features courtesy of Lisa!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Simply Brigadeiro feature & GIVEAWAY!

Simply Brigadeiro feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #dessert #gift #favors


On today's Shop Small Saturday Showcase, I have a gorgeously delicious shop to share with you today: Simply Brigadeiro!  I first met the fabulous Sabrina at Artisanal L.A. while she was passing around samples of her amazing brigadeiros.  I was hooked!  They are sweet, gorgeous, and the perfect gift for everyone!

I did my usual interview and took some photos, and awaited the "few" pictures she had of her own.  Well, I was absolutely floored by the creativity and gorgeous displays she created, so be prepared for the literal eye candy ahead!

Not only that, but Sabrina is offering a box of 24 assorted brigadeiros to one lucky winner!!!  Check it out below after the interview and beautiful photos.  Enjoy!


Simply Brigadeiro feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #dessert #gift #favors


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Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Hello! I'm a Brazilian transplant from the Southern part of Brazil to Los Angeles since 1994. My family always cooked and baked. My passion comes from watching and helping both my grandmothers. They both taught me how to make a few delicious dishes and sweets. Sometime in 2006, I took a professional baking course at Epicurious and cooking classes here and there.


Simply Brigadeiro feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #dessert #gift #favors


Where did the name of your store come from?

The name behind it its purely from the product itself. I'm a gourmet brigadeiro boutique so Simply Brigadeiro was the right way to go with. Because that's all I do.


Simply Brigadeiro feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #dessert #gift #favors


Why did you start making goods for Simply Brigadeiro?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bridal Shower Invitations with Wedding Paper Divas

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Wedding Paper Divas.
I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”


Bridal Shower Invitations on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #ad #WeddingPaperDivas #IC


Remember a few weeks ago when I shared the plans for my sister's bridal shower invitations?  After perusing the Wedding Paper Divas site and the sample kit with my sister this weekend, we decided to change the plans I initially told you guys about.  So, here is our final plan for the bridal shower invitation!


Bridal Shower Invitations on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #ad #WeddingPaperDivas #IC


Initially, I thought we would match my dress above, choose a clean, modern design like the sample above, have scalloped corners, and use a gold envelope to match the gold foil.  Well, after ordering a few samples, we decided that the wedding invitations should use these details instead and do something more bridal and light and simple!  We went with this design, which you can see below!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Upcoming Events: Food, Drink, Crafts & More! - Spring 2015


Upcoming Events: Food, Drink, Crafts & More! - Spring 2015 on Diane's Vintage Zest!


It's April, and that means all of the fun spring and summer events are starting up again!  Last year, I shared my plans, and I dare say that the next few months are even busier!  There are some old favorites that I visit every year, plus a few new kids on the block that I'm excited to see for the first time.  If you plan on going to any of these events, let me know!


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Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy Book Launch Party!

Upcoming Events: Food, Drink, Crafts & More! - Spring 2015 on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Joy Cho is one of the bloggers, and I'm look forward to checking out her new book at next week's launch party!

Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy Book Launch Party at West Elm LA!
Date:  April 16, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location:  west elm, 8366 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
More Info & RSVP:  https://ohjoyla.eventbrite.com


Whitney Port Personal Appearance

My friend and I just had to go to this because it's so L.A.!  She'll be showing off her latest Whitney Eve designs and sharing some fun freebies too.  Fun!

Whitney Port Personal Appearance
Date:  April 18, 2 pm - 4 pm
Location:  Nordstrom The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036
More Info & RSVP:  http://shop.nordstrom.com/st/nordstrom-the-grove/Whitney-Port-Personal-Appearance-for-Whitney-Eve/64026



Jackalope Arts Fair

Upcoming Events: Food, Drink, Crafts & More! - Spring 2015 on Diane's Vintage Zest!


This is a totally new art fair that I am pumped to check out!  Over 200 local artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts will be bringing their locally handcrafted goods to the community over two days!  They have two other locations in Denver and Phoenix, so my readers from those cities will be able to find the quality artisans that have been curated by the talented founders of Jackalope Arts.  Nice!

I found some of my amazing Shop Small Saturday Showcase features on their vendor list, so I will definitely be catching up with Clay & Fabric, Foxboxes, Hallo Jak, Kheel's, Squshies, TeaDrops, Wood Brain, and Zazu Faure.  Then, I will be sure to find some fresh new shops for future features to share with you all!  So excited!

Jackalope Arts Fair
Dates:  April 25 & 26, 11 am - 6 pm
Location:  275 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Tickets:  FREE
More Info:  http://www.jackalopeartfair.com



Artisanal L.A.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Plátanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains)


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish


Well, I'm down to the last plantains post!  If you have ever had Plátanos Maduros at a Cuban restaurant, you might just agree that I saved the best for last.  :)  I do love the Tostones (Fried Green Plantains) from last week, but there's a reason why everyone eyes the last plantain at the table...  Yes, these are sweet, but they are commonly served as a side dish.  In fact, they go wonderfully with my favorite Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja, hint hint.

If you thought last week's recipe was easy, this one is even easier.  REALLY.  Just make sure to check out my tips for picking and prepping plantains to make sure you get just the right plantain for this recipe.  By far, the hardest part is going to the grocery store.  I promise!


Platanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains) on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #cuban #sidedish



Plátanos Maduros (Sweet Cuban Plantains)
Adapted from Three Guys From Miami

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