April 16, 2014

Shareen Vintage in Los Angeles

Shareen's Vintage in Los Angeles | Luci's Morsels
I visited Shareen Vintage for the first time this weekend. It's located in a warehouse in Los Angeles, just north of Chinatown. I don't have tons of vintage clothes shopping experience, but I got into the swing of things pretty quickly. There are no boys allowed in the store because the dressing rooms are wherever you find room (i.e. out in the open). The store is divided into three sections - Shareen's own designs (many wedding gowns), pieces organized by decade for inspiration (available for purchase but most are damaged in some way), and then the free for all for you to grab, try on, and take home! It's primarily dresses, none of which are sized. The intention is that you make it your own, having the pieces tailored to your needs and wants. You can see from the picture of our rack below, there is no shortage of colors and prints. I think most dresses cost between $40 and $100. I ended up taking only one dress home (I need to get it altered and then I'll share it with you) and snapped a few wedding dress inspiration pictures! Shareen was definitely a fun experience.

These graffiti arts photos were snapped outside of the store. And this might be my favorite Instagram picture ever!

And.... Shopbop is having their Friends & Family Event - 25%off everything. They have many amazing things, but this is a great time to stock up on your favorite designer jeans!!!
Los Angeles Graffiti Art near Shareen's Vintage | Luci's Morsels
Shareen's Vintage in Los Angeles | Luci's Morsels
Los Angeles Graffiti Art near Shareen Vintage | Luci's Morsels

Shareen's Vintage in Los Angeles | Luci's Morsels
Shareen's Vintage in Los Angeles | Luci's Morsels

Los Angeles Graffiti Art near Shareen's Vintage | Luci's Morsels

April 15, 2014

Tropical Peach + Mint Green Iced Tea

Tropical Peach and Mint Green Iced Tea Recipe | Luci's Morsels

I used to be a big tea drinker. My mom only drinks tea, so I grew up with homemade iced tea at most meals. All my siblings used to give me a hard time for constantly stealing my mom's tea at dinner. But hey - there are perks to being the baby. And isn't mom's food always better than yours anyway? I've gotten away from drinking hot tea almost entirely and not much iced tea in the last few years (though I still steal hers when I'm home). But since Lauren was my guest this weekend and she only drinks tea, I thought it would be fun to get creative with a drink we could both enjoy!  Besides mixing the tea bags to create new flavors, I also made some herb-infused simple syrup with much less sugar than is normally used to make the liquid sweetener. Then I didn't feel guilty about the calories! We were both impressed with the bright, light, and satisfying flavor combinations. I also made a black cherry and rosemary tea combination that was just as delicious (and even more unexpected).

When making iced tea, you want to do about one tea bag per cup of water. If you're using all black tea bags, do about three tea bags for every four cups of water. And for all herbal teas, because they are weaker in flavor, add an extra bag or two for every couple of cups of water.
Tropical Peach and Mint Green Iced Tea Recipe | Luci's Morsels

Tropical Peach + Mint Green Iced Tea
(makes 6 Cups)

for the tea:
6 Cups boiling water
2 peach tea bags
4 tropical green tea bags (Republic of Tea or Mighty Leaf)

for the mint simple syrup:
1 Cup water
1/3 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup fresh mint

Boil water in large pot. Add tea bags and remove from heat. Let tea steep twenty minutes. Remove tea bags. Pour tea into large pitcher, cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

For the simple syrup, combine water, sugar, and mint in a small pan over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Simmer two minutes. Strain into small bottle. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

To serve, let guests combine their tea and infused sweetener. Provide additional sugar options. For more fun, serve in mason jars with fun straws (also available here)!

Low Calorie Infused Mint Simple Syrup Tropical Peach and Mint Green Iced Tea Recipe | Luci's Morsels
Tropical Peach and Mint Green Iced Tea Recipe | Luci's Morsels

Tropical Peach and Mint Green Iced Tea Recipe | Luci's Morsels

April 14, 2014

Gold IT Sandals

Gold Sandals for Summer | Luci's Morsels w. Lauren of The Pear Shape

So Lauren flew into my life on Friday and we had a great weekend. We didn't do everything we dreamed about, but we did do a lot (including a nap), so we're very happy campers. Lauren and I met through Instagram and blogging about a year ago when she moved to San Francisco. Our first meetup was in downtown SF and we were pretty instantaneously friends. Last summer, we hung out every week for blogger dates and now we chat almost daily online. Finding friends in a job where you work primarily from home (alone) can be hard sometimes, but finding people who you just click with so quickly and long-lastingly is pretty special. I'm so happy to count Lauren among that small group of friends!

I haven't worn this purse in a while and it was high time I brought it back out. I bought it in Nova Scotia on a family vacation about six years ago. It's the perfect travel bag - flat, squishable, roomy, and it matches everything! And these gold IT sandals are so glamorous! They took a little while to wear in (walking in them around my house of course), but they're just about there! And this bright orange nail color is so fun - I wish I'd written down the name at the nail salon.

April 11, 2014

Fashion Friday: Jean Jumpers + Denim Dresses

I'm super excited because my blogging bestie Lauren is coming to visit for the weekend. We have ten recipes picked out to make as well as plans to see a movie, go to the beach, take blog post pictures, catch up, and whatever else sounds good. We obviously won't get most of that done, but it doesn't matter - we're going to have a great time!

I started pinning jean dresses and found way too many to share with you today, so I made myself pick just my favorites. There seems to be a jean dress no matter what your style - short or long, skinny straps to long sleeves, and fitted or boxy. I could easily see myself in all of these options here! Click on the dresses for more details.

Also, I've been getting a lot of questions about how bloggers earn money. Below, I share one way and how you can help keep Luci's Morsels going!

One of the primary ways Luci's Morsels makes money is through affiliate links. I use a company named RewardStyle, but there are others. Basically, if you click my links and buy anything on that site (and don't return it), I earn a commission - just like a salesperson in the store. It is completely anonymous and doesn't affect your prices or online shopping experience. Whether you are an occasional or avid online shopper, it would mean the world to me if you clicked through the links from my blog posts, advertisements, and social media profiles before making a purchase. Each purchase keeps Luci's Morsels going, so I can buy flour for cookies, denim to share with you, and pay for the internet and iced coffee that make blogging possible! For links to sites I frequent, please visit my SHOP page.

April 10, 2014

3x3 Style: Pastels

3x3 Style: Pastel Pants for Spring | Luci's Morsels
It turns out pink pants are in this season. We didn't plan it, but Alyssa and I both managed to wear them. And luckily Grace had her own pair to throw in the mix. I haven't always been a fan of pale or "baby" colors but as my style becomes more sophisticated, I'm enjoying them more and more. Don't miss Alyssa's lilac and pink ensemble or Grace's pastel neutrals for great ideas on how to wear pastels this season!
3x3 Style: Pastel Pants for Spring - Fidelity Colored Denim | Luci's Morsels
Moving to Los Angeles has been good news for the blog. The fashion scene (in particular denim) is so vibrant and close - it's fantastic. I keep finding myself stumbling on the offices and showrooms of some of my favorite brands! More surprisingly, however, are the food blogger communities down here. I've now joined two groups. Julia Child definitely got it right when she said "People who love to eat are always the best people." This past weekend, I attended an event sponsored by the California Fig Association The goat cheese ice cream with fig compote and candied walnuts was definitely one of my favorites. And I learned that I prefer dried golden figs to the black mission variety. They much less sweet and intense in flavor.