Brazilian Coconut Balls Recipe

Grape-stuffed Coconut Balls Recipe

If you're familiar with traditional Brazilian food, you'll recognize this delicious coconut treat. They're called "Bejinhos," which means little kisses. These have a cool twist though. There's grapes inside! With just three cheap ingredients, you can make this party favorite finger dessert. They're easy to make, easy to eat and not so overbearingly sweet. Mmmm, yeah I could eat these forever..

Here's what you will need:
Let's get started, shall we?
1. Add a can of condensed milk and 2/3 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes to a pan and cook on medium. Stir until consistent, then leave to cool for about 30-45 minutes.
2. Once cool, separate the grapes, coconut flakes and mixture into separate bowls.
3. Wrap the mixture around the grape. Don't worry at all about making it perfect, you can fix it later.
4. Leave a few balls in the coconut flakes bowl before rolling them in the flakes. 
5. Roll each ball in the flakes with your hands and make 'em nice and round.
6. Place them on mini cupcake liners- and voila!

Ever heard of the chocolate equivalent to these? They're called brigadeiros and are also to die for. To make these: Follow the same steps, but ditch the coconut flakes and the grapes. Stir in 4 tablespoons of unsweetened coco powder with your condensed milk on the stove, and then roll them in chocolate sprinkles after your mix cools. They're as yummy as they are cute. 

I recommend making them both together; they compliment each other really well.

Artsy Hand Painted Sunglasses: DIY

Hi guys! Here's a little hump day treat. The other night I decided to fix up some boring white sunglasses and I think they turned out pretty snazzy If I do say so myself. I sort of just went crazy and painted random strokes- 'twas quite fun. I think these might just be my new favorite sunnies.

You'll need:  A plain pair of sunglasses, acrylic paint, and thin paint brushes.
Steps:  Just create paint strokes all over, one color at a time. Imperfection is key.
Hope your week has been nothing short of fantastic so far.

All Things Go.

Hello, hello! Here's some more photos I took of my friend Dara the other weekend. Isn't that head scarf awesome? I found in a bag of stuff my older sister left behind and brought it to Dara to see if she could figure out how to tie/style it. I love the top she has on too - I actually have the same one. I can not wait till summer so I can see this girl and all my closest friends all the time.

Only two more months till road trips and *lots of sun time!

Addictive Album of The Week

Cults- Cults (2011)
       For Fans Of: Phantogram, Sleigh Bells, St. Vincent, Best Coast, She & Him, Metric, Feist
Remember when I shared with you guys my love for girly 60's-esque music when I gushed about She & Him the other week? Well, Cults definitely fits in with that theme.

 Cults made a killer debut last year with their self-titled album, released by Columbia Records. Their smooth sound is like a mix of She & Him and Best Coast, and it just works. I randomly stumbled upon their song "Most Wanted" last summer and felt compelled to check out the entire album.

I've been really into to bands with female lead singers lately, so Cults is the perfect album for me to blare in my car this week. It's seriously so much fun to sing along to.

Have a music filled week. Happy listening!

Unique Fabric iPhone Case: Quick DIY

You'll Need: A plain case, fun fabric, and various random decorations (get creative!)

I feel like I barely blinked and this weekend was over. I'm really glad I got to catch up with old friends and enjoy this GORGEOUS spring weather though. I also snuck in some quick, easy crafts. My little sister Carolynne has been complaining about her plain black iPhone case, so I helped her make a new one. This project is basically all her; I just helped her glue and arrange. 

 Steps:  Cut your fabric to fit the case, making sure not to cover up the camera. (You could mark it with a sharpie to be certain). Glue and decorate! Simple and one-of-a-kind. Carolynne loves it. 

Sister crafting time is always the best.

Two Looks: Featuring Dara

Hi ya loves! 4 posts so far this week? I think I'm getting the hang of this whole blog thing. Wahooo. Here are some more photos I took of mah best fran last weekend. Who says you need a super cool camera to take cute pictures? I think these might be my favorite photos I've taken yet.
I'm off to finish my 'Mad Men' marathon on Netflix now. I just got into that show recently and I think I'm in love (I'm so late I know). Hope the rest of your Thursday is grand.

DIY: Inspired Magazine Wall Art

Dara and I had a really successful crafting all-nighter last Saturday. One of our many projects
was these wall pieces we found on Pinterest! I'm really pleased with the way they turned out.

Original Tutorials: The bird silhouette art is from Tater Tots and Jello and the song lyric art is
from a A Beautiful Mess. We made a few small changes to both to make them more our own.

You'll need
 A canvas (we found 2 for $7.99 at Hobby Lobby), a magazine (we used vogue), 
mod podge, vinyl letters (we used the Helvetica ones from Hobby Lobby like Elsie), a bird stencil (her mom made ours with poster paper), white or black acrylic paint, doilies, and gold spray paint.
Cover the canvas with a magazine collage using mod podge. Get your bird stencil in place and then just hold it down as you paint everything around it white, somewhat lightly. Then, get a doily you don't mind ruining and spray paint gold over it while holding it down anywhere on your canvas. This creates the cool pattern you see below that helps liven up the art. Lastly, pick a word to display! 
We chose "free." Dara hand wrote hers and I used the Helvetica letters.
Here's Dara's up close. I love how her cursive "free" turned out. Here's mine! I may add a doily to the top right corner later.

Follow the same steps as the bird one, except this time using vinyl letters to spell out a favorite
lyric of yours. Ours is really only different from the original in that we used a collage instead of a painting, and in mine I tried to make the background shine through. Dara changed hers up more by adding doilies on the corners and painting the background black, which really made her letters pop.
Here's my song lyric one. The lyrics are from "French Navy" by Camera Obscura. Here's Dara's. Her lyrics are from "Float On" by Modest Mouse.

Hope you enjoyed our take on these popular DIY'S. I can't wait to hang 'em up.

11 Questions Challenge

Just now getting around to this. Better late than never though, yeah? Thanks Loren for tagging me!
11 Things About Me
1. I am a Brazilian 18 year old who's been living in Texas since age three.
2. Eventually, I hope to relocate to somewhere on the West Coast.
3. I 'm a middle child. I adore my older and little sister!
4. I'm a little unsure about my college major right now, but I've been leaning towards graphic design for a while.
5. I have quite a bit of wanderlust. I envy people who get to travel all over.
5. If you haven't already noticed, I'm completely obsessed with music. I would love to go to shows more often. 
6. I'm also obsessed with TV shows. My favorite of all time is The O.C. I could watch that show forever.
7. My favorite food is chicken lasagna. My grandma makes it the best, but my mom's is a close second.
8. Something else my mother makes wonderfully is lemonade. I'd pick fresh lemonade over soda any day.

1. What was/is your favorite subject at school?
I've always enjoyed English.
2. Favorite band/musician?
MGMT. Love, love, love them.
3. What's your star sign?
I'm an aries. I've never felt like much of a 'fire' sign though. A friend of mine is always telling me I need to calculate my natal chart with my birth time to get a more accurate evalution.
4. What's your biggest fear?
I'm terrified of snakes. When I was little, I would make my mom check if there were any under my bed
before I went to sleep. Luckily I've moved on from that stage, but that doesn't mean I go anywhere near
the reptile section at the zoo. I will also never step foot in a snake friendly house.. Yep, I'm sorta ridiculous.

5. How would you describe your personal style?
I'm not sure there's a set word to describe it. I have been told a lot my clothes are "tropical" and "exotic" looking though. I'm not really sure what that means, but I guess I do wear lots of bright colors haha.
6. Who/what inspires you?
SO many different people/things! Music, magazines, art, my friends and family, the internet..
7. Something you want to do before you die?
Live in a foreign country for at least 3 months. This makes me want to make an official bucket list.
8. What is your favorite book?
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. My favorite book by my favorite author. I reread it quite often.
9. Where would you like to be in five years?
Out of college and in a new city!
10. What is your most worn clothing item?
I have a favorite pair of jeans I wear often.. I can't help it, they're just so comfy!
11. Your best piece of fashion/beauty advice?
Wear what makes you happy! You don't necessarily have to strive to be the most "fashionable." If you feel good in it, that's what shines through. Sometimes I feel the best in a big, comfy sweater.

I Tag:
Diana, Gabby, Emily, Mariana, Megan, Sam, Kim, Deborah, Mia, Rae, and Allison

My Questions
1. What's your favorite place to shop?
2. What 5 people (dead or alive) would be at your dream dinner party?
3. Who's your biggest style icon?
4. Favorite band/musician?
5. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
6. The coolest person you've ever met?
7. What's your dream job?
8. Your favorite snack food?
9. What's something you wish more people knew about you?
10. One of your silliest moments?
11. Your greatest accomplishment?

I also tag anyone who wants to do this. Enjoy!

Quick DIY: Colorful Paint Swatch Art

I'm moving into my first apartment in August with a good friend and I've already started to think decor! The best part of this project is that it can be totally free. I got my bright paint chips from Home Depot, found a block of wood from their free scraps pile, and used letters I already had.

You'll need: A bunch of paint chips (I like the rounded ones personally), a hot glue gun, vinyl Letters, and something to mount it on like a piece of wood, a canvas, or even a square tile.

Steps: Lay out the paint chips in whatever order you desire (I decided to go the random colorful route) placing each one on top of the other to give it a scale-y look. Then just hot glue them on and dress it up with a word or phrase! I decided to do "home." I think it will look neat in the kitchen.

Inspired by A Beautiful Mess.

Making this had me singing a lot of songs with the word home in it, like "Home" by She & Him.

"It doesn't get better than home now does it?"

Two Looks: Little Black Romper

Hi! Thought I'd share an outfit post today since I've been gone all week for spring break.
Here's two different "looks" centered around one of my favorite rompers. I think black rompers are just as versatile and essential as the so-called little black dress! Dara took these and also let me borrow most of what I wore. (Only the turband and romper belong to me unfortunately!).

I'm now on a mission to find this same top or something similar...ASAP!

-Open front blouse, romper, shoes (Urban), Turban headband (Forever 21).

Romper (Urban), Button up shirt (Forever 21), Shoes and earrings (?).

I have tons of posts that I'm excited to share this week. Stay tuned. ;)

Quick DIY: Cute Fake Magazine Camera

I've been meaning to post this for awhile! You'll recognize this mini project from my header.
I came up with this one day when I noticed a magazine coaster my little sister was making looked like a camera lens. We then decided to use it to make a little prop camera with an old iPhone box.

(She made our "lens" by cutting out colorful strips out of a magazine roughly the same width and height, wrapping each strip circularly one at a time and taping them loosely.)

You can use any box obviously, but incase you use an iPhone box, here's how I made a stand for it and the top "flash" with the inside of the box:

We had fun cutting out random magazine clippings to decorate it with. Not only did it make a cool header, but I think it looks pretty neat on my desk too!