Friday, December 14, 2007

Tulum, Mexico




ohhh Tulum was wonderful! As chill and perfect like one would hope. Missallfun had a fantastic time chillaxin at Zamas, Maya Tulum and the beach. I highly recommend Tulum to anyone who is adventurous(not so high maintenance), who enjoys simple life paired with a high quality of realness. From the ant migration in cabana #12 to the Mayan honey massage from Lecrucia at Maya Tulum, Missallfun had a fantastic time and wished she could only share it with the company of more friends. Ari and I even enjoyed a wedding(dont freak not ours!) at the beach front restaurant at Zamas. Speeches, toasts, drinking coconuts, fresh salsa, eating,dancing, reading(The Omnivores Dilemma), swimming, sweating, exploring the ruins and lots of smooching but of course...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

LOVE LOVE LOVE


ok so good sleep wasnt exactly what I encountered in Tulum but thats for another post. Moving forward I just couldnt help myself when I set my eyes on this beauty today! Isnt it lovely? fit for a king and queen! Anything tufted makes missallfun week in the knees. The Antoinette silk upholstered bed is Available at Barker Stone House

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

SHES OFF

Missallfun is off for a much needed vacation. TULUM here we come!

Monday, December 3, 2007

New Orleans



Brad Pitt commissions designs for New Orleans. NY Times says he commissioned 13 architects to design 150 homes that would cost about $150,000 to build. Hes planning to match 5 million dollars! IF you dont have that kind of loot to donate you can still be involved by adopting certain things in the house at makeitrightnola.org
This is such a great holiday gift, especially for someone who has everything. the site is amazing you can click into the home and purchase energy efficient light bulbs for the living room if you choose.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thayer Spring 2008


Thayer Spring o8 line is full of easy feminine strong pieces. Missallfun approved! Im obsessed with this one!!!! My favorite yet!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Guia la Bruna, Enfant Gate Brief


silky and smooth just enough to get things going in the bedroom. This sassy number can be found at one of our fav. Studio City stops. Faire Frou Frou.

MESSY URBAN GET UP AND GO HAIR


Aside from my hair vitamins, aaron keeps me fresh. Just wanted to share the love!

Monday, November 12, 2007

H&M


so last week I was swamped with work, on set and sans computer but I must share this awesome video of the mayhem Roberto Cavalli contributed to H&M. Most stores cleared out by noon. Please check out the video on Yahoo news. Such a mob scene! I wonder if any tights remain.

My Thanksgiving dessert choice #1


perusing epi today I found this fantastic looking delight. This coconut rumcake will sure be a hit at the missallfuns and look glorious on the table. The recipe looks intense so ill need to channel my inner Martha. Wish me luck!
For cake:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs plus 3 large yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup well-stirred sweetened cream of coconut such as Coco López

For coconut slivers:
1 medium coconut
2 teaspoons confectioners sugar
For icing:
3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons well-stirred sweetened cream of coconut
1 tablespoon dark rum
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
Equipment: a 9-inch round cake pan (2 inches deep); an adjustable-blade slicer
Make cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Lightly butter cake pan and line bottom with a round of parchment paper. Lightly butter parchment, then flour pan.
Whisk together flour (1 1/4 cups), baking powder, and salt.
Whisk together whole eggs and yolks, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in flour mixture until combined, then whisk in butter until just combined. Pour into cake pan and rap pan on counter to expel air bubbles.
Bake until golden brown and cake starts to pull away from side of pan, about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes. (Leave oven on.) Invert cake onto rack (discard parchment) and cool 10 minutes more. Generously brush top and side of warm cake with cream of coconut, allowing it to soak in before brushing on more. Cool completely.

Make coconut slivers as cake cools:
Pierce softest eye of coconut with a small screwdriver, then drain and discard liquid. Bake coconut in a shallow baking pan 15 minutes. (Leave oven on.) Break shell with a hammer, then pry flesh from shell with screwdriver.
Thinly shave enough coconut with slicer to measure 2 cups and toss with confectioners sugar, then spread in 1 layer on a baking sheet. Bake until just dry but not golden (some tips may color), 5 to 10 minutes. (Shave and bake remaining coconut with more confectioners sugar to serve on the side, or freeze for another use.) Cool coconut completely. (It will crisp as it cools.)

Make icing:
Beat together cream cheese, cream of coconut, rum, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons cream with an electric mixer until smooth, then beat in confectioners sugar. Icing should be smooth and slightly runny; stir in remaining tablespoon cream if necessary.
Smooth icing over top of cooled cake, allowing some to drip over side, then top with coconut slivers.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

OMG, Is it new years already???

so I havent even got word if thanksgiving will be at my parents house or grandmas and I just received a myspace message inquiring about my NYE plans! Already? I havent even thought about my side dish contribution to turkey day.
Anyway, on the radar:
1.skip town, ting did that deal go down and if so can you spot me some miles?
2.dinner party at casa de missallfun? I barely finished the clean up from Halloween!
3.Hire a culinary student to cook for a small group
4. Visit the NYC girls
5. start thinking about what restaurant will suffice for a 2008 kick off
6. Cuddle with mr.allfun
7. sleep through it and opt for brunch?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Prepping for Haunts



Last night Ms.tobepink came over for a quick dinner and a party consultation. spiced pumpkin wine goes rather nicely with garlic and rosemary! Just a few pics to show you my progress of me setting the tone!

Lemony Snicket in "The Composer is Dead"


I cant wait to check out the Symphony Centers "The Composer is Dead" this Saturday at 3pm. With these past few wickedly chilly days in Chicago, an afternoon at the symphony will be a big hit on my Agenda.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Current Obsession


Im going nuts over this BAG!!! Im picturing it with my great brown flats, my sneakers, my new wool skirt and my missoni tights. I actually cant think of what it wont go well with. Givenchy Large Shiny Grained Nightingale is on the radar...but is it worth being evicted?

Monday, October 22, 2007

An amazing Show


Last night I had the pleasure to see Vicente Fernandez at a sold out show live in Chicago. As always, it was a moving show, full Mariachi, Tequila and thousands of loyal fans enamored with his voice and presence. For those unfamiliar check out this podcast at NPR

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New to Chicago: Flirty Girl it up this Fall





A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to scout out Chicago's west loop hottest new gym. The new all women's workout facility, aka Chicago's high end exclusive womens club caters to strong women who want an alternative to the average gym. They didn't skip a beat with the concept nor the interior. I had such a great time owning my stripper pole and hanging out in the locker room. Chandeliers, Pink towels and rose petal soaps have me all kinds of sold. Whether you join on a monthly basis or purchase a punch card Flirty Girl Fitness truly offers a one of a kind program and experience. Dont forget to hit up the spa after your hot bod boxing class and enjoy a Flirtini at the bar! Best yet, a sun deck for the summer!

Green is the new Black



You may already own a "Im not a plastic bag" tote but dont be left out of the loop this fall when you can upgrade your shopper with Cara Zavaletas original design "Green is the new Black" made in the USA canvas tote. Im such a fan of this shopper because its roomier for groceries and great as a carry on. Cara has partnered up with Carbon Fund and some of the proceeds go to the cause! Not only is this a responsible buy but a fantastic gift option this holiday season. Missallfun approved!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

My Past Weekend



Yes, Friday I was at Jerry Kleiners Green and Pink themed Bash. I usually dont pose for photos but make exceptions for friends. Last Girl Standing and my coworker at Playboy was buzzing around the scene taking pics and making the mix fun. This explosive event was an invite only and when I arrived it was so mobbed I was escorted through Room 21's Kitchen( A very clean one I must add). Im sooo cool:) Right. Anyway, the party was at one of my favorite locations. The Chicago Illuminating Co. is a great open space with attached garden. The space is truly a gem alone or it can be transformed into whatever your hoping to achieve.
Saturday: Brunch at Wishbone where I had the Mississippi mud coffee, so yummy a sure fire way to start an afternoon and Corn Flake Crusted French Toast. Delish! Then over to Wicker for a Mani-pedi at Pinky Nails followed by a quick costume change and off to my volunteer position at Cut and Paste. This year was amazing! Just look at the audience participation in the photo above!!! She came up dressed like Alice! I had so much fun, a truly unique event. Sunday: Huevos Rancheros at Milk and Honey and you know I didnt forget the Lavender sugar cookie. ITs soo busy there! Nap time... woke up to a text invite to Target I couldnt pass up a quick trip to one of my favorite places. I picked up a few items for the Big MISSALLFUN BASH Oct. 31st! Finally, Bears Packers Game at the new sports bar in wicker, Boundary on Division street. Over a 100 beers and crispy tater tots get my stamp of approval. Missallfun approved!

Monday, October 8, 2007

pretty flowers to start of my weeK

Add it to your fall purchase list


Dropping OCT. 30th is this fantastic book. Place your order at amazon. I just love a great Hard Cover, dont you? Anyway Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People will sure to be a hit in your collection or a fantastic housewarming/holiday gift.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

HOT OFF THE PRESS

I just received work that Indulge Boutique should be opening its doors by November! Stay tuned with all the opening party details!

New Resource


just look at this great concept done with class. Our friends at Birdie-buddies.com offer great company for all your "on the green"needs. These guys are great to have in your rolodex! Missallfun approved!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Chicago Symphony Orchestra


I just learned that the Symphony Center is presenting Macy's day of Music on Oct. 13. Saturday will consist of a ton of acts from 2pm-11pm. Im hoping to make a few after dinner? what a great addition to the weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Marble tops x 3


look at these gorgeous Draper-style cabinets at our friends at Modlife. The set of three would be a perfect buffet with matching lamps and a great bar spread. Two would also serve as a great back to a tufted sofa. The brass pulls are to die for and I just love how marble reflects a soft light from a pair of lamps. Such a great find and price!

This Weekend Event: Cut and



Not to be missed! This Saturday Cut&Paste will be taking Chicago by storm at the Logan square auditorium. This one night event will feature 8 all star contestants battling it out in the digital design world. Last years design tournament was a great addition to Chicago's growing design and creative industry events. The event was beyond stimulating, smart and well organized. I also more happy to have something interesting to do other then dinner and some drinks. Get your culture in!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

OFF TO VEGAS!


whoa so Ive been preoccupied with work and hitting the town this week but will be back Tuesday to give you the full missallfun report. from the great 1o cane event on Monday to my scrumptious date out at greenzebra last night. Ill report back from the palms on tuesday!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

tinycakes


last sunday I met the sweet girls at Tinycakes at the Logan Square Farmers market. I nibbled on their chocolate pistachio biscotti yummy and purchased some lemon poppy seed madellines. I discovered them in my bag on Tuesday, not too sweet and just a tender bite. I attempted to make these once and they came out rock hard! Ive come along way since and only buy them from the professionals. I cant be good at everything! They informed me that this sweet display would be on board until mid October. Oh and dont forget to pick up a bag of mixed greens from the guy across the way, I just love the pieces of kale in my salad mix

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Calling all Spooky Inspirations




This year I will have a great time entertaining on Halloween. Im gathering inspiration from my inner Martha and finding some new favorites for my go to files. Just look at the spooky soiree at Carolyne Roehms gorgeous site. She is such a great resource! Im starting early to let my ideas brew.

Mexico revisited





So after hearing about Tulum for over a year now from my sweetest girlfriends and other acquaintances. Its finally on the map for missallfun! Someone Special and I are seeing a december get away. After doing my research, I have decided on Zamas. My two bestest buddies have trialed and gave rave reviews. I also have heard about Casa Magna which is an eco chic resort with great options like a Cleansing retreat (sans margaritas!?!) and at their latest addition Amansala which features a Bikini Boot camp and a After the Baby retreat. I just love these two options but think Ill be have a cocktail or two while I'm on VACATION. Is that considered cheating? Just look at these great photos.

Friday, September 7, 2007

I HEART THIS WALLPAPER


A work contact of mine has this wonderful wallpapering in her daughters room and I just love it. This would be great in a small bathroom or a grand closet. For the young at heart! and of course fun like me...

Farmers Market still in bloom





on tuesdays I head over to the Farmers market in front of the MCA. I usually nosh on whatever looks yummy and smile at all the gorgeous flowers.