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Thursday Friday Discount Code

Thursday Friday Diamonds Together bag in Teal | 30% OFF Discount Code

Remember that fabulous little fluffy key ring/purse charm from Thursday Friday? Well, now you can shop their entire site and get 30% off your next purchase (including sale items) by using GIFT30 at checkout. There’s tons of fun (and also, pretty practical) stuff you can find, so this would be a great way to get started on your holiday shopping. Enjoy!

The Garden Themed Baby Shower


Tony and I are recovering from Baby Shower #2, which involved the loud chatter of my very enthusiastic Cuban family (who have actually begun to rub off on his Peruvian side) and copious amounts of the very best homemade ethnic food any pregnant woman could want.

For this one, we went with a garden theme, since it was hosted in the beautiful backyard of my aunt & uncle’s home. We enjoyed one of those rare cool and clear Miami afternoons that I usually just pray and/or daydream about. Gotta say, we are both feeling very blessed indeed.

Here are some of our favorite details, including the Polaroid sign-in book, Milk Jar Mimosas, and everyone’s favorite Pomeranian, Romeo.


Event Details:

Cupcakes: Not Just Cakes by Patty, Milk Jars with Straws: Beau-Coup.com, Dress: ASOS Maternity, Flowers: Berkeley Florist Supply arranged in Mason Jars, Favorite Red Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo.

All photos taken by dad-to-be Tony Espinoza.

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

When Karl Lagerfeld teams up with one of the world’s most innovative makeup creators, nothing less than a “miracle of color and beauty” can be expected. Born of a longtime mutual admiration, The Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura collection is fashion meets art in a colorful juxtaposition of classic edge. This is basically wearable art for your face (just take a look at those lashes!).

Get a look at some of my favorites from the collection in the pics below. While you’re shopping the collection, be sure to take advantage of the special code available to readers of Bubbles & Ink:

Code: WISH2012
Valid: Thurs. Nov. 22nd through Tues. Nov. 27th
Offer: 20% Off plus Free Shipping on All Orders of $50 or more

Proenza Schouler Private Sale Tomorrow

Here’s your chance to score some Proenza Schouler for a discounted price – but only tomorrow, May 16th. Read on for more details on this rare opportunity.

What you need to do: Sign up for their email newsletter. You will then receive a code to participate in their private sale on May 16th.

This special discount code will get you 30% off their new spring 2012 collection, which, if you haven’t already checked out, has some pretty covet-able items. You’re going to want that code.

Get to it!

For Mom

Today’s Happy Hour post is dedicated to the Mom in your life. The lady who held your hand when you were low and gave you good advice even when you really didn’t want it. The lady who’s put up with you through your adolescent, college, and bad boyfriend years. The lady who still loves you despite your faults – and actually thinks you’re the best thing to ever happen to her, no matter what. Here’s to the moms who know better and aren’t afraid to say so – because it’s for your own good, dammit.

These gifts are all under $100 and go one step beyond the usual flowers and card. Go ahead and buy a little something for mom to show her you may not be done making her crazy, but you can surely make the experience a little sweeter. Happy Mother’s Day, all. And thanks for all you do.




 In this post:

1) Kate Spade New York Mom’s the Word Earrings

2) Ariella Collection Floral Ring Stack – Set of 5

3) Kendra Scott Danielle Oval Pendant Necklace

4) Sequin Brights Small Enamel Bangles

5) Tocca Beauty Roller Ball Perfume Trio

6) philosophy Happy Travels Set

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hey, loves. Happy Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your better half or celebrating with friends (or maybe even boycotting the whole thing), I wish you a day filled with love and beauty.

I’m feeling the love this fine day, so I’m sharing an item from one of my favorite Project Runway designers, Mondo Guerra. Though this limited edition tee will likely be gone in a blink, there are still tons of other awesome items on the site and you can get them for 20% less today by using Facebook code fb20 at checkout.



Fanboy Fashion: The Assassin’s Creed Hoodie

My husband and I decided to be a bit more frugal with our Christmas gifts this year, which inspired me to channel my inner Martha and create for him the ever-coveted (and perpetually sold-out) fanboy item du jour – the Assassin’s Creed Hoodie.

Now, I wish I could say I did it all myself, but it would have been truly impossible to create and assemble without the help of my blessedly patient grandmother. Without her, Tony would probably be wearing no more than a pinned-on patch of red stick figures scribbled in magic marker. So if you’re not an expert with a sewing machine, I strongly suggest asking someone for help.

Below, I give you our attempt at creating the Assassin’s Creed Hoodie from scratch with nothing more than some basic items and a simple sewing machine. I know not everyone has a Cuban Abuela handy, so if your embroidery skills are not up to couture fanboy status, you can always purchase an iron-on logo from sites such as scifigeeks.com or alltheragefaces on Etsy and place them on the hoodie as you prefer.

I hope the step-by-step process is easy for you to follow but please feel free to email me with any questions. I’d love to also see any pics of your completed versions. Best of luck and happy crafting!




What you will need:

1) A basic hoodie:  You can find this at any Target or Walmart store for little more than $10. I purchased two because I wanted to be sure I had enough fabric to create the beak at the point of the hood. (This actually worked out because I was able to make two hoodies – one with a beak and the other without.)

2) A sketch of the Assassin’s Creed Logo or an iron-on patch.

3) A basic sewing machine and basic embroidery machine (only if you will be embroidering the logo instead of ironing it on). Note: You will also need threading in the colors of your choice and paper cloth backing if you choose to embroider the logo.

4) An alphabet in your preferred font.

5) A pencil, ruler, pair of scissors, some pins and tracing paper.

6) An iron.

How to do it:

1) Place the hoodie on a flat surface and make sure it is free of any wrinkles or debris. Lightly iron if needed. Set aside.

2) Take the extra hoodie and carefully remove the stitching from the front pocket to release the fabric from the body of the hoodie (You can now use this as a second hoodie with a different logo).

3) Fold the fabric into the desired size and shape of the beak you will be attaching to the hood. Pin in shape and set aside. (If you will be ironing on the patch, skip ahead to step 8.)

4) Take your pencil and tracing paper and sketch out the logo. You can print out the logo and trace over it to make things easier (I had to eyeball it and fold it in half to ensure symmetry because I didn’t have a printer handy. Tracing it should be much easier and take less time. Also, if you will be making a second hoodie, you can use the alphabet to trace the year like we did in the 1499 version.)

5) Transfer logo sketch to paper cloth for embroidering.

6) Take ruler and carefully measure center of chest for pinning. Pin the paper cloth logo design to the hoodie to keep it in place while embroidering.

7) Embroider logo in desired color (we used red). Once embroidery is complete, carefully remove pins, peel off excess paper cloth and trim any excess string.

8 ) Once you have your logo in place, take the beak and carefully pin it to the hood. Use a basic sewing machine to attach the beak. Once the beak is attached, remove the pins and iron lightly.

Voila! It may not be exactly the same as the commercial version, but those guys are starting to get a little annoying with their lack of inventory anyway.