"Instant gratification is not soon enough."-Meryl Streep
Recently when I was at a drugstore, I walked by their (very not busy) photo center and had a flashback to the days of yore. You know, the days of dropping off film and waiting eagerly to get back your glossy or matte 4x6 prints. There was the dreaded period which ranged from anywhere from 1 hour to gasp! seven whole days to get back those precious photos. Albeit there was probably no greater joy than getting handed that envelope and looking at the pictures right at the counter. Flash forward to November 2011 and the three seconds it takes my photo to "process" on my Instagram iPhone app seems like an eternity. How easily we forget. Here's a glimpse at how November looked like via my Instagram. It's an Insta-PR Super Six.
1. Insta-Paris: Petits Pain au Chocolat
I used this recipe to make this delicious and super simple pastry that's just the right amount flaky and oh so chocolaty. It is the perfect winter weather breakfast treat. Close your eyes and your instantly in a bakery in Paris.
2.Insta-Dri: Ring finger statement nail
Still loving the statement nail. I think the other nails are starting to get jealous. One of my favorite polishes right now is Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri. It's borderline concerning how quickly it dries.
3. Insta-fashion: Stylemint
Like many, I was intrigued to hear about Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's new site, StyleMint, but of course slightly skeptical as well. Thoughts that came to mind--membership: boo!! and $29.99 for a fabby tee: too good to be true. Here's how it works. The members only site sends you a t-shirt for $29.99 (shipping included) monthly. You take a style quiz when you join the site and every month there are recommendations for you based on your fashion profile. You select your tee from that month's chic collection designed by the duo and voila! you get a piece from the twins' fashionable empire. So, what's the verdict? I received my first tee this month (the Broadway T in Royal Blue stripe) and have to admit I'm hooked. The shirt is a nice heavy 100% pima cotton (perfect for winter) and the perfect stripe and cut. You can see it styled here. It's blasphemous I doubted fashion royalty like the Olsen twins and am pretty excited to see what they come up with every month. (If Stylemint has peaked your interest, also check out Jewelmint and Shoemint which are the same concept with jewelry and shoes designed by other fashionable celebs).
4. Insta-notes: Rifle Paper Co. notebooks
Love these pretty notebooks to write down all my holiday to-dos. Rifle Paper Co. is fast becoming one of my favorite stationary lines. Check out their adorable holiday card collection.
5. Insta-necklace: DIY
My love for simple, geometric necklaces pushed me this month into the unknown territory of jewelry making. I've always been a little scared of the bead aisles at Michaels but a quick trip later, I was making a necklace. And thirty seconds later, I had a necklace. Mind you a first grader could have made it (and probably better and faster), but I think I may have discovered a new pastime. For a more complex and chic necklace (that will take you longer than a minute), try this tutorial at Refinery29.
6. Insta-dessert: Pumpkin love
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. What was your favorite dish? I could not get enough of my mom's pumpkin bread and my annual pumpkin pies using this very classic and simple recipe. So why does all the pumpkin fun have to end with Turkey Day? PR plans on celebrating the pumpkin until Christmas with four unexpected recipes using the vegetable, so stay tuned.
image source: SD (@pinkrickshaw)