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The Christmas Latte to Rule Them All
I've talked about this cafe before, and I'll talk about it again. All That Sweets is hands down my favorite dessert cafe on Earth. Watch my video review here or read below^^ Today I went alone so I passed on a slice of the strawberry shortcake but look how adorable is it! Their cakes are always light and creamy, though the flavors change daily! I've seen chocolate, vanilla, and even kiwi cakes. Instead I opted for one of their amazing macarons. Because I came late in the day, my only option was the chocolate raspberry "merry xmas" heart macaron, but I probably would have chosen that anyway. These flavors also vary with the season but every single one I've ever tried has been absolutely delicious. But of course, the star of the show is my Christmas Tree Latte <3 Their lattes are amazingly intricate, and they have a dozen of them on the menu at all times. The homemade (delicious) whipped cream is covered in melted chocolate, sprinkles, and meringue cookies. I seriously thought I hated meringue until I tried these babies. Now I can't get enough! They sell these for the month of December, and then usually move on to make snowflake or other winter themed lattes. All year 'round they offer rose, raincloud, and even coral styled lattes! This year they also introduced a gingerbread man latte that I was tempted to get, but I had to stick to my traditional tree :) You can also find me here: Tumblr Instagram Twitter Facebook SnapChat: cari.cakez
Hot Topic's Cartoon Network Line Looks AMAZING.
Ever want to switch your style up to something that screamed 'Marceline'? Or maybe you looked at Steven Universe's beloved Cookie Cat ice cream and went, "Man, they should put that on a sweater!"? Well, my friends, Hot Topic just dropped a new collab with Cartoon Network, and it's all the cartoon-inspired fashion you could possibly want - and more! There's pieces inspired by our favorite Cartoon Network shows, including classics like 'Dexter's Laboratory' and 'Courage The Cowardly Dog'. Check 'em out! Adventure Time Finn hooded shirt, BMO cardigan, Marceline mini dress, Finn & Jake button-up, Adventure Time babydoll dress, Marceline striped sweater Steven Universe Cookie Cat sweater, Mr. Universe t-shirt, Rose Quartz dress, Steven Universe star-patterned button-up, Garnet dress, Amethyst cardigan, Pearl dress Dexter's Laboratory Dexter button-up, Dexter babydoll dress The Powerpuff Girls Powerpuff Girls bomber jacket Courage The Cowardly Dog Courage cardigan The clothes all fall in the $25 to $70 range and come in a variety of sizes so that people of all ages, shapes, and sizes can sport their favorite Cartoon Network show wherever they go when it drops in stores this week. Which brings me to my question: What's got you screaming "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!"? (Garnet's dress from 'Steven Universe' is tugging at my fangirl heart strings right now.) @Jaileejailee @mst2000mt @midevildragon @johnbell @JtacoGuzman @sewilson550 @DmNapier @TiaJanay @realtgreat @JessiPetro @Jackie0Wackie @ChrisJMoreno @ShonA @xuannhi26 @KendraMaddison @kbecker @Poetry4Power @isssc1100 @TechAtHeart @Krystalstar22 @YumiMiyazaki @ninjabryan @szewwy @HappyLulie @Sara3 @PrincessUnicorn @LenaBlackRose @AmberMatthews @JaiiPanda @MrOmega @ShakirBishop @hermoineNH1 @KageTsuki040910 @JaredDaigre @EXOAsf @CynthiaForeman @jevonlowery @midevildragon @jayeon6 @selfishmachines @BenDeierlein @vinylleyva @JohnMcCullough @PurpleStarzz @addri @Pj91777 @SpazMatic @IsmarieRamirez @SarahSutcliff @KpopGaby @YumiMiyazaki @arnelli @priscillasdoor @ColeKat13 @TehDL @AprilNapier @CollinShipley
You Won't Believe These Gift Wrapping Skills.
So, without fail, the holiday season always reminds me how absolutely horrible I am at wrapping gifts. I try, every year, to wrap them thoughtfully, with brand new wrapping paper boasting Christmas trees or stars or tiny penguins. However, it all ends up crumpled up into large balls of frustration around my living room, so whatever gift-wrapping inspiration you were hoping to get from me is just not going to happen any time soon. Not this millennium. However, check out the packaging handiwork of Sheila, a 27-year-old graphic designer from the San Francisco Bay who put the rest of us to some serious gift wrapping shame. Swipe left to each of these presents to see how they were wrapped - and prepare to be amazed. With a handy Xacto and some graphic design know-how, she transformed this small set of Gundams into a huge stick of butter. And what could she be doing with this copy of 'Falling Up'? Wrapping it up like a sirloin steak, of course. She actually designed her own fake butcher shop labels to pull this one off. I like this one because it (somewhat morbidly) stuck with the ocean theme. Okay, maybe it's just me, but I'd much rather have the giant candy bar. And the doughnuts. I mean, fairies are great, but check out all those sprinkles! It's crazy how realistic this sushi looks - even in photographs! And, last but not least, one man's Nintendo cartridge-inspired flask is another man's, uh... cheese? So what did you guys think? Could you pull this wrapping job off, or do you have a better, more signature strategy of your own?
Real Fashionistas Critique Game Fashion
If I remember correctly, a little while ago @paulisadroid wrote a card in which he talked about how Louis Vuitton's latest collection has featured Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII as the model. To be clear: I don't know anything about fashion. I know that shirts go on top and pants go on bottom and sometimes those two things are one thing and they're called a jumper. Or a romper. Or a flightsuit. Idk. In any case, the good people (I'm assuming. Idk, they could suck) over at Australian Kotaku brought together some women who actually do know about fashion and had them critique outfits in various video games. I'm not gonna rehash their whole article, just some of the choicest bits. For reference, the women who offered their critiques are "Lisa Patulny, Editor of Byrdie / Carina Ross, Health and Fitness Editor, POPSUGAR / Alexandra Whiting, Lifestyle Editor, POPSUGAR / Justine Dunton-Rose, Beauty Editor, POPSUGAR / Genevieve Rota, Entertainment Editor, POPSUGAR" Let's start with Lightning, since she's the one who really got this ball of fashion rolling. Lisa: Feeling the tan and cream vest but not the thigh bag. Is that a thing? Do people make leg bags? I really don’t want one. Alexandra: As a dedicated FF player and, you know, woman, I love Lightning. She’s a total badass with a military background to boot, and her outfit reflects this. Lightning looks like they put her in a soldier’s uniform and she ripped off all the bits she didn’t need, strapped a bag to her thigh (don’t knock ‘til you try it) and added a cape for the hell of it. Genevieve: I don’t want to offend this girl ‘cause she looks like a bad-ass. But there’s just a lot going on. The olive green, the tan, the burgundy, the black, cream, navy, yellow . . . I’m exhausted. Coco Chanel’s sage advice – “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off” – really would have come in handy here. She’s making a case for belts serving as bras, though. Chloe - Life is Strange Lisa: I don’t know anything about Chloe but I assume she punches people who wear the band shirts of bands they don’t really listen to. Carina: I’m not sure what her character does in the game . . . does she fight? Or maybe mope around? Either way her outfit confuses me. A beanie AND a singlet, tells me she can’t decide if she’s hot or cold. 4/10. Alexandra: Chloe is obviously very cool. We know this because she has a skull in her tattoo, on her shirt and then (for extra clarification) the word ‘skull’ on her top. Justine: This girl looks like Ruby Rose back in her DJing days. Enjoying her rock vibe and cool beanie. 8/10 Aiden - Watch Dogs Carina: Underneath that big ol’ coat Aiden looks like the kinda guy you’d want to take home to mum. Ya know, jeans, sensible jumper, dreamy eyes… 8/10 Justine: This guy looks not unlike someone who is living in NYC right now. I’m actually quite enjoying his street style. Lose the gun and I would probably go on a date with this Aiden from Watch Dogs dude. 9/10 Genevieve: I’m willing to look past the bootleg jeans and fingerless gloves for what looks to be a very attractive face under that scarf. Nice broad shoulders, a smouldering eye, 5 o’clock shadow . . . From a style perspective he’s a no but from a sex appeal angle he’s a YES. I hope he’s not a baddie. Tingle - The Legend of Zelda Carina: How adorably annoying! Nothing frustrates me more than the colour neon green. Also why is Tingle wearing his red (also an annoying colour) jocks on top of his offensive onsie? 1/10 for the booties. Justine: What even is this? It looks like something from my childhood nightmares… With a terrible sinus infection. 1/10 Alexandra: We could say a lot of things about Tingle’s look, but the important thing is he’s owning it. *cough* Quiet - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Lisa: Sorry, is this an “outfit”? I don’t think she’s finished getting dressed. I hope there’s a mumsy character who follows her around the game with a jumper saying, “Don’t forget your cardigan!” Is there? I would play that game. Carina: WHAT the actual hell!? Anyone who has boobs will tell you there’s not much you can do in a bikini five sizes too small, apart from stand very still and pray you don’t have a nip slip. How does Quiet even live? Don’t even get me started on the rest of her strange get-up. 1/10 soz, Quiet! Alexandra: If she wasn’t rocking weapons I’d think Quiet’s been made to wear this against her will. Because that is the only way someone would ever wear this. Justine: I’m lost for words. No, just no. Everything about this is no. 0/10 Genevieve: Yes, she’s covering her private parts with miniscule scraps of material. Yes, her tights are upsettingly holey. Yes, this outfit is completely inappropriate for everything, ever. But she’s got cool combat boots on, and a bangin’ body – why shouldn’t she show it off? You know what’s really letting her down here? Her greasy hair. Girl, take a shower. You know, I'm really not surprised about their reactions to Quiet's outfit. Any fashionable people here have any insight to offer? Do y'all agree? Disagree? @tessstevens @allobaber @jordanhamilton @marshalledgar @lizarnone @lavonyork Also, less fashionable people who might get a kick out of this: @inplainsight (Australia) @paulisadroid @tylerdurso @buddyesd @shannonl5 @alletaire @namrow @SAMURXAI @arnelli @poojas