Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe

Since today is my 26th birthday I thought it was only fitting to celebrate and center today's post on birthday cake. And no, I didn't make my own birthday cake, I actually made these for my mom and my husband for their birthday's a couple weeks ago before leaving for NYFW. And since I forgot to post them while I was away there's no better time than now to indulge in some chocolatey coconut frosted cake. I actually found the recipe in a nameless old cookbook of my mom's that was handed down to me, hope you try and love it!

For The Cake:
One-Bowl Devil's Food Cake
1 2/3 Sifted Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (Solid Form) or Softened Butter
1 Cup Milk
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
3 Eggs

Preheat Oven to 350˚

Grease and Flour 2 - 9" Round Cake Pans and set aside. Sift together Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Cocoa and Salt into a medium sized mixing bowl. 
 Add Coconut Oil (or Butter), Milk & Vanilla and beat 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping sides often.
Add eggs and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Pour Batter in cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).
Cool on Wire Racks for 10 minutes before removing from pan, let completely cool before frosting.
For The Frosting:
One Minute Chocolate Coconut Frosting
1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Soy Milk (or Reg. Milk, I only had Soy that day..)
2 Heaping Tbsp. Coconut Oil (Solid Form)
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Sweetened Or Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Throw all the ingredients except for the powdered sugar and coconut into a microwave safe bowl and zap for 30-40 seconds, remove and stir until smooth. 
 Add powdered sugar and stir until completely smooth. 
Fill your cake with frosting and top with the shredded coconut, put on top layer and then continue to ice the entire cake, sprinkling with coconut to cover.
Voila! Enjoy...

Catching Up..

Since I've barely snapped shots of anything this week, aside from my instagrams, I've been meaning to play a little catch up on my Trip overview of snapshots. And since it's been two weeks and is practically old new now, bear with me and humor my last attempt to catch up. After all it is my birthday weekend...

A View Lucky Fabb
Celeb and Blogger Sighting at BCBG Max Azria
GenArt Show - Chloe Comme Paris
 Sole Society Preview
 Backstage At Cynthia Rowley
 Before The Fit For Fall Show!

5 Ways To Take Summer Styles To Fall

It's official, it's fall and all those summer pieces sitting front row in your closet are just begging not to be put away just yet. And really there's no need to really retire them until Spring just yet, I mean, why would you want to, all those playful prints and colors easily made fall-like with the simplest, subtle touches. 

Here's 5 Of My Favorite Ways To Take My Summer Styles To Fall -

1. Top It Off With A Knit
Take one of your favorite summer prints and top it off with a fall knit, and immediately you've brought it back for a little more life.
2. Add The "It" Color
Since everyone is talking about all things oxblood, throwing it on and accessorizing with it immediately takes yesterday's news to trendsetting.
3. Add Some Boots
I always love the day where I can comfortable dawn boots for the season, why not do it transitioning a light weight dress...
4. Add Leather (Or Leatherette)
It's no secret that Leather is one of the biggest trends right now and will be right on into Spring, so toughen up that summer get up with a little leather or vegan leather if you please.
5. Accessorize 
The easiest way to make Summer work for Fall is adding a simple accessory (or more) here or there, don't be afraid to accessorize and play with the 'ways' listed above.
How Do You Transition To Fall?

The Wish List

Fall is here, and with every season comes a wish list for the newest wants for your closet. And since I've been obsessing for what seems like forever for a white blazer
and leather (ette) skirt I couldn't resist snagging the 'wants' I found. Since I really only had time for a quick shopping trip between shows and 'work' in NYC, I popped into H&M and spotted this skirt sitting alone on the rack for under $25 - of course it had to come home with me, even if it is a tiny bit big...

And when I got home this white beauty was waiting in my mailbox from Sheinside for well under $40, it's actually exactly what I've been looking for, and lighter so it's perfect for Florida weather. And now I just need to find the perfect fitting leather pants, I've been through like 4 already, boo! 

So what's on your Fall Wish list?
 skirt h&m, top vintage, blazer c/o sheinside, shoes bakers, clutch shop chameleon, lips makeup forever, necklace jewelmint

Colorfully Shorted

Over the last few months I've been on the hunt for colorful shorts to transition into fall paired with tights and possibly boots. I noticed Oasap had a few that were worth looking into and I ended up snagging the Cobalt pair (also in Orange and both on sale for under $45!). And since it's not quite fall here in Florida, I embraced the last few days (er, weeks) of Summer/Autumn with sheer separates and bare legs..
 shorts (run really small, size up) & shirt c/o oasap, bag vj-style, shoes bakers, necklace jewelmint and vintage


 Since maxis and prints are kind of a weakness of mine, it was an obvious decision to snag the Love Stone Maxi from Not only is it gorgeous and perfect for fall but it was on sale for under $60, among many other beauties at the street chic boutique. Of course, while at fashion week this was my first and favorite look, so of course I had to recreate it for you.
skirt c/o, shirt vintage, jacket sohtot, shoes bakers, bag vj-style, sunnies forever21
Ps. Love my Oxblood Lips for BDIB?

One Dress, Day and Night

When London Times tapped me to style their Metallic Stripe Dress for day and night for only $100, I immediately jumped at the chance, not only do I love their dresses (seen here, here and here) but I love a good budget challenge. They gifted me with the dress, and sent over a $100 American Express to complete the task. I immediately knew I wanted to go simple on accessories and let the dress pop on it's own so for day I played with a belt and playful pumps and for night I went casual 'cool' with boots and a scarf, just enough to make the dress stand out. Of course no look is complete without a bold lip, and since Oxblood is 'all the rage' I couldn't resist.

What do you think? How would you style it?
For Day - London Times Dress, Belt Goodwill $3.99, Shoes Bakers $39.99
For Night - Boots Marshall's $40 (On Clearance), Scarf Marshall's $5 and London Times Dress 
Grand Total = $88.98
Now, If You Love My Look, You Can Vote for me or your favorite blogger on the app, you will be automatically entered to win A $150 Giftcard to London Times And a $100 Amex Card to complete your own savvy look.  Vote and Enter Here!

And if you want to play with more color, take note from last week's 5WTW and Add Some Color! Xo.