June 29, 2010


I took a trip to IKEA yesterday and was reminded of how much I love that place.  The store seems to have evolved a lot since its early days.  Not everything has that "ikea" look like it used to.  You know, bright clear plastic furniture and Scandinavian details.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I picked up this vintage inspired alarm clock for just $5.99.  It was a frivolous indulgence but I don't regret my purchase.  It will be the perfect addition to my dorm room in the fall.  

June 27, 2010

Gold Sandals

Lately, I have found myself oddly attracted to gold sandals.  Tacky? Maybe, but if worn right I think they can be the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe.  Here are my favorites...

1. Metallic Thong Sandals, Forever 21: $14.80
2. Braided Slingback Sandals, Old Navy: $9.50
3. Diane von Furstenberg 'Karta' Sandal, Nordstrom: $159.90
4. Sand Grey/Light Gold FIT, Havaianas: $28.00
5. Oliva Sandal, Coach: $148.00
6. Jeweled Leather Capri Sandal, J. Crew: $125.00

June 26, 2010

Staying Organized

A lot of my friends have really mastered the art of keeping a cell phone calendar.  But for me, keeping an old fashioned weekly planner is an absolute must. It is the only way that I can remember the things I need to do for the day and the places I need to be. Without it I can say good bye to productivity and hello to hours of watching trash TV.  I recently went on a hunt for the perfect weekly planner because my [much loved] school agenda finally ran out of pages for the year.  Here is what I found at Barns and Noble for $6.36 (20% off the original price)!

The criteria...
√ not too big, not too small - I want it to fit in all my handbags but have plenty of space to jot down everything I need to accomplish for the day. This one is 5"X8"

√ cute and girly - Every time I whip out my planner I want it to be a breath of fresh air.

√ all the bells and whistles - It lists all the major and minor holidays and even gives the lunar phases.  This one also has a complete calender of the coming months  on each set of pages [see picture below].  In the back it has maps, conversion tables, a mini address book, and best of all blank pages for notes. 

√ affordable - This puppy is going EVERYWHERE with me so I don't want to feel terrible if I spill a few drops a tea on it at Starbucks or drop it while rushing around town.

√ nothing to close it - I've found that all those added button closures and cutesy bands [that wrap around the book to keep it closed] are really not needed.

It passed the test! 

June 25, 2010

The Perfect Summer Breakfast: Smoothies

On hot summer mornings in California the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove to make eggs or cook a steaming bowl of oatmeal.  After a while cold cereal gets a little monotonous.  The perfect solution: a delicious [and healthy] smoothie! Here is how I make mine...

What you will need:
1 medium sized banana
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 heaping teaspoon of ground flaxseed
1 heaping teaspoon of wheat germ
protein powder (optional)
1 cup of milk

Now, just throw all of these ingredients in the blender and wallah!   I like to use my knock off Magic Bullet blender.  It makes the perfect amount for one person.

Note: When making my smoothies, I am not precise in measuring the ingredients.  These are simply suggested amounts.  Add more or less milk to achieve your desired consistency.


June 24, 2010

DIY: Jewelry Organization

The other day my mom and I were brainstorming about the functionality of our jewelry storage. You know... that knot of necklace chains that are impossible to untangle. Here are some of the ways that I like to store my jewelry!

I use a vase with a long neck to hold a few of my favorite bracelets and then put a few rings in the vase. I love this solution because it is functional and pretty in my bathroom!

A Ferrero brand chocolate box is the perfect container to store earrings and rings.

This is a tea chest that I got for Christmas last year. I used up all the tea but the box is perfect for necklaces, matches, bracelets etc.

Hope this gave you some ideas! Good luck in your jewelry organizing ventures!

June 23, 2010

Testing. Testing. Can you hear me?

Welcome to Truffles And Ruffles! I am so excited to start this new blogging adventure! It is something that I have been wanting to do for a while now and I am finally DOING IT. With summer vacation just starting I figure this is the perfect time to start something new. You can expect some product reviews, fashion talk, craft ideas etc. Just some good old girl talk!