18 Aug

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Let’s talk wedding gifts for a moment, shall we? For something that involves gift giving, a registry can seem like it’s the least personalized part of the whole shebang. From not knowing exactly how many items to list to feeling obligated to stay within a certain price point, there are some not-so-fun aspects of creating a registry. Or should we say were?

Zola transforms a registry into a personalized experience, simplifies all the nitty gritty, and allows you customize it to fit your needs. There are a ton of neat features like group gifting (so multiple people can contribute to one item) and curated categories (where you can organize aspects like everyday items, experiences, or a honeymoon fund). But what we’re digging most is the fact that you can compile your list with products from all over the web with a single checkout through Zola. Not to mention the site is just plain pretty…

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

It’s also suuuper easy to use, and you can manage your registry online or via the iPhone app. The Gift Tracker alerts you when a gift is purchased, and from there Zola can hold, ship, or convert it to credits. You can also add photos and notes.

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Love, love that you can add a personalized little note about the items you choose.

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

Just a few ways to categorize your registry. All the modern, timeless gifts are offered in a range of price points and aesthetics. You also don’t have to choose between having a registry with designer gifts or practical items, because with Zola you get a blend of both.

Zola Registry | 100 Layer Cake

100lc readers, set up your wedding registry on Zola between 8/18/14 and 11/18/14 to receive $25 in Zola credits. (Credits will appear four weeks after your registry goes live.) Sign up here.

Anyone else totally in the mood to shop now?

 
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18 Aug

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

All we’re saying is: summer ain’t over yet. Okay, we’ve actually got a few more things to say, like how much we love the beach and SoCal and the free-spirited vibe in this shoot by photog Megan Welker and Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events.

Jacquelyn says, We were inspired by the Southern California surfers and a vagabond lifestyle. The location was tropical at the beach and the couple was ready to enjoy the open road with their bags packed. We had a fun 60’s/70’s retro vibe complete with a VW Van for the bride and groom to escape and camp along the coast after their nuptials. The bride was barefoot and wore a gorgeous yet simple dress from Stone Cold Fox with jewelry from Cleobella. Afterward she changed into her bikini by Tavik and beautiful coverups by Cleobella to enjoy the ocean water with her groom. Her hair and makeup were done by 1011 and we added Flash Tattoos along her arms to make her look even more fun.

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

The goal for this bouquet by MV Florals: Simple, wild, and fresh-picked

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Doesn’t get much better than this…

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Prim & Pixie came up with all the woodsy-yet-beachy paper + leather goods. Cool, right?

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Has there ever been a more summery sweetheart table? Vintage doilies, camping lights, and more daisies for this retro scene.

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Love the ‘do not disturb’ hanging.

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Hippie inspired wedding inspiration  | Photo by Megan Welker | Design and styling by Beijos Events | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=77108

Umm yeah… amazing.

Thanks to the folks below for sharing this shoot with us!

Photographer: Megan Welker / Styling & Design: Beijos Events / Florals: MV Florals / Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup / Paper & Leather Goods: Prim & Pixie / Tableware & Glassware: Borrowed Blu / Table, Chairs, & Camp Lights: Archive Rentals / Umbrella: Kerry Cassill / Dress: Stone Cold Fox / Bride’s Coverup, Kimono, Jewelry, & Getaway Bag: Cleobella / Bikini: Tavik / Leather Pouf: Cleobella / Groom’s Swim Trunks: Katin / Beach Towels: Kamp & Co. / Tattoos: Flash Tattoos

 
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18 Aug

waffle cone cookies

How about we kick Monday morning off on a sweet note with these waffle cone cookies? The lovely Apryl Ann Photo + Layered Bake Shop are here to show us just how to make these delicious homemade pizzelle cookies for your ice cream (not to mention give us something to crave all week long). Take it away, guys…

waffle cone cookies

What is a pizzelle you ask? It is thin anise flavored Italian cookie. I grew up making these by the dozens every Christmas for my Italian grandfather. I was always in awe of the gorgeous pattern the pizzelle iron made, and like my grandfather I grew to become obsessed! I am actually not a fan of anise, however it is hard for me to enjoy these cookies without it. They are quite surprisingly delicious with the added flavoring and I encourage you to use it. But have no fear, I have included some alternative flavors that are just as delicious. That is what makes this recipe so great; its ability to be customized. Strawberry ice cream with a lemon flavored waffle cone like cookies, can you even imagine? This is a fun activity to do with your kids! My family recipe is sacred but I have created by own similar one you can follow here: 

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Ready: 45 mins
Makes approximately 2 dozen

Equipment needed:
Pizzelle iron
Butter knife
4″ scalloped cookie cutter
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients needed:
3 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon anise extract (or pure vanilla extract)
1 3/4 cup of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

Um, yum!!!

waffle cone cookies

waffle cone cookies

*It is important to follow the instructions on your pizzelle maker. Some are non-stick and others need to be brushed with oil.

Directions

1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar with a whisk until thick. Stir in the melted butter and anise (or vanilla). Sift together the flour and baking powder, and blend into the batter until smooth.
2. Heat the pizzelle iron, and brush with oil if needed…you must read the directions that come with your iron. Drop one tablespoon of batter onto each circle on the iron. You may need to experiment with the amount of batter and baking time depending on the iron. Bake for 20 to 45 seconds, or until steam is no longer coming out of the iron and it turns the perfect shade of brown. Carefully remove cookies from the iron by sliding the butter knife under it and lifting up. Transfer to a flat surface and center your cookie cutter before pressing down. Then move the cookie to another flat surface to cool and harden.
3. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Alternative flavors: Chocolate, add 1/4 unsweetened cocoa, an addition 1/4 granulated sugar, and an additional 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. Lemon, add 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of lemon rind (you can adjust to your level of preferred lemony) Expresso, add two tablespoons of instant expresso coffee. Bourbon (yes, this is amazing!), replace the extract in the recipe with 1 tablespoon of bourbon.

Created by Apryl Ann Photo for 100 Layer Cake | Dessert by Layered Bake Shop

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