Summer Fun Giveaway!

Summer Fun Giveaway

I've been working a lot lately, however, fingers crossed that Vegas is part of my summer adventures. Vegas' so close to Los Angeles, I feel it's my duty to go at least once a year. Plus, I never leave Vegas without a good story and laugh. So, my promise is to go to Vegas soon and party it up for all the Cute LA friends.

In celebration of summer, my favorite season, I've decided to host a Summer Fun Giveaway! It's been long overdue, but better late than never. This giveaway includes multiple beauty treats and Cute LA swag.

Cute LA Summer giveaway
CreaTiffs Leather Keychain

CreaTiffs Leather Keychain

Cute LA Moleskin Notebook

Cute LA Moleskin Notebook

Murad Sun balm

Murad Sun balm

Supergoop City Sunscreen SPF 30

Supergoop City Sunscreen SPF 30

Benefit Roller Lash

Benefit Roller Lash

Shaveworks The Cool Fix

Shaveworks The Cool Fix

Lavanilla Vanilla Coconut

Lavanilla Vanilla Coconut

Vita Liberata

Vita Liberata

Dermadoctor shrinking beauty

Dermadoctor shrinking beauty

bumble bumble surf spray

bumble bumble surf spray

Jack Black Lip Balm

Jack Black Lip Balm

Minx Live Art Love nail wraps

Minx Live Art Love nail wraps

living proof mask treatment

living proof mask treatment

Caudalie Divine Oil

Caudalie Divine Oil

Cute LA Summer Giveaway is only open to U.S. readers. Which as soon as I figure out how to ship around the world, I'll have a giveaway that includes all of my lovely readers. Can't wait to see who wins this fun goodie bag!

Do you have any fun Summer plans? Let me know in the comments!

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Oatmeal Krispie Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

I usually make donuts every Sunday through the live streaming app, Meerkat. This week, with Father's Day, I decided to change it up and make my dad's favorite cookies. These cookies were built on his love of oatmeal rice krispie cookies. Over the years, this recipe has taking a mind of it's own to include chocolate chips and coconut. In addition, this recipe is made with Splenda white and Splenda brown sugar. Feel free to play around with the ingredients to find a combination that fits you. For example, I eliminated the chocolate chips and coconut to make simple oatmeal krispie cookies for my grandmother.

This was my first time making cookies, maybe I'll add them to my live stream schedule. If you decide to tackle these cookies, post a photo on social media and tag it #CreaTiffs so I can check it out. Make sure you follow me, @Tiffy4u on Meerkat to join in on the weekly fun.

oatmeal chocolate chip coconut cookies
cookie scoop for cookies
ingredients for oatmeal chocolate chip coconut cookies
chocolate for cookies
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Oatmeal Krispie Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies {Print This Shit!}

Notes: this recipe makes a lot of cookies about 4 dozen, and it only takes about 30 minutes in total to throw together. To make less cookies split the recipe in half.

Cookies Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter soften

  • 1 cup Splenda (or sugar)

  • 1 cup Splenda Brown Sugar (or brown sugar)

  • 2 Eggs

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • dash of cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cups oatmeal (Quaker)

  • 2 cups Rice Krispies

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut

  • 2 cups almond flour

  • 1 cup dark chocolate

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and use a cookie sheet. In a bowl mix together the butter, splenda, brown sugar splenda, eggs, vanilla. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Add in oatmeal, rice krispies, coconut and chocolate chips. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown.

What type of dessert should I tackle next? Let me know in the comments!

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Strawberry Shortcake Donuts {Recipe}

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts

Every Sunday I host the live stream, "Donuts & Chillin," through the social media platform, Meerkat. This live stream is full of fun, laughs and the occasional shot of tequila. I decided to start sharing the recipes and photos of these delicious donuts, in case you'd like to give them a try. If you do, please make sure to take a photo and tag it #CreaTiffs on Instagram and/or Twitter so I can check out your donut game. Make sure you follow me, @Tiffy4u on Meerkat to join in on the weekly fun.

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts
Strawberry Shortcake Donuts Closeup
Strawberries, basil and honey
Strawberries honey and basil donuts
Strawberry Shortcake Donut

TIFFY'S STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DONUTS {Print This Shit!}

Notes: this recipe makes 12 donuts, and it only takes about 30 minutes in total to throw together. Be sure to chill your can of coconut cream at least 4 hours in advance. I chilled it the night before, by the way this is the brand I used. This recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Donuts was adapted from With Food + Love and Oh, Ladycakes.

Donut Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 3/4 all-purpose flour

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup strawberries, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and oil the donut pans with butter, oil, or vegetable spray. I use coconut oil or butter. Slowly whisk together the sugar, coconut milk, vanilla and butter until the sugar is almost dissolved.

In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Then add in the strawberries and wet ingredients and stir gently until it is blended just enough that there aren’t any visible lumps.

Fill a pastry bag or plastic ziplock bag {cut the end} with the batter and distribute it evenly into the donut pans. Til each is about 2/3 full. Makes it easier if you place the bag inside a tall cup when placing batter into it. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven. Let sit in tray for 5 minutes then pop the donuts out of the pan and let cool on a rack.

Strawberries Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries, thinly sliced

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • juice from 1/2 lemon

  • a solid pinch pink himalayan sea salt

  • small handful basil, chopped

While the donuts are baking, coat the strawberries with honey, lemon juice and sea salt.

Mix well together for a few minutes until the strawberries are extra juicy, then lightly stir in the basil.

Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk, chilled for at least four hours

  • pinch of pink himalayan sea salt

  • teaspoon lemon juice {optional}

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar {optional}

  • splash of vanilla {optional}

Skim the solid coconut milk off the top, discarding any juice. Whip with salt and vanilla and chill until ready to serve. If you like your cream a bit more sweet, add the powdered sugar and lemon juice. You can also use heavy whipping cream or canned whip cream.

What type of donut should I tackle next? Let me know in the comments!

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Coffee Fix: Alfred Coffee, Los Angeles

Alfred Coffee Exterior

COFFEE FIX is a Cute LA series dedicated to the independent Coffee Shops in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Being an entrepreneur means often you have meetings, brainstorms and mental breaks in coffee shops. Also, don't get me started on the eye candy potential of cute guys drinking coffee. This is a fun avenue to find hidden gems while doing meetings. Travel with me as I take care of business and get a coffee fix.

Alfred Coffee is becoming the IT coffee spot in Los Angeles. If you didn't know, now you do. I recently visited the original location on Melrose. This location is situated on a beautiful street covered with trees and high end boutiques - Marc Jacobs, Herve Leger and Nasty Gal to name a few. I grabbed a latte here after a commercial shoot. Fell in love with their branding and ambience. The skull art and quotes on the wall are also a nice touch. An added bonus there's a door inside that leads straight into chocolate heaven, Compartes Chocolatier.

Next time you're craving a visit I dare you to give them a try. I mean they're the home to the espresso shots in chocolate covered waffle cones. Need I say more?!

Is your #AlfredCone a macchiato or espresso? #alfredcoffee #melroseplace #regram @gqgqgqgq #butfirstcoffee

A photo posted by Alfred {Coffee + Kitchen} (@alfredcoffee) on

Alfred Coffee Cup
Tiffy Diamond Alfred Coffee
Alfred Coffee Latte
Alfred Coffee Quote
Alfred Coffee Art

Visit Alfred Coffee & Kitchen, 8428 Melrose Place A, Los Angeles CA 91423 

Where do you get your coffee fix? Let me know in the comments!

5 Tips For Successful Meerkat Live Streams

5 Tips for  Successful Meerkat Live Stream

There has been a recent explosion in social media with the emergence of live streaming apps - meerkat and periscope. This isn't the first time companies have tried to grasp live streaming. However, with the integration of social media, live streaming is becoming more engaging. In fact, these live streaming platforms are being compared to the early days of YouTube. I have tried both platforms and instantly fell in love with Meerkat. I suggest if live streaming is something that you are interested in, you check out both platforms and choose the one that's best for your style. 

Before streaming, I watched users on both. It was fun, but I was already leaning towards Meerkat, due to the engagement factor. On Meerkat, people leave comments, in real time. These comments also push to twitter, to continue the conversation. An awesome way to build a new audience on two platforms at once - Meerkat and Twitter. 

My first Meerkat stream, had three people watching. It was a lot of fun and felt like I was "hanging out" with new people. I continued to stream, and within a week, made the leader board and a lot of new friends, or #meerhomies, as I like to call them.

Example of what meerkat looks like through the video compilation, #HappyGlobe by Meerkater, Jeff Castillo.

Here are 5 tips for successful Meerkat Streams:

1. WATCH STREAMS - Before you start streaming I suggest you check out a few streams to get the idea of what it's like. If you don't know who to follow, start with the leader board. These are the people that have successfully built a style and following on Meerkat. I've also created a Twitter list that showcases my Favorite Meerkasters. This list is updated regularly, as I find new favorites. Please remember, even when you start streaming consistently, you don't forget to support other Meerkasters! Join streams that have only 1-2 people to help that Meerkaster gain the confidence to keep streaming.

2. ENGAGE - Don't be afraid to engage, chat and ask questions when you jump in streams. Meerkasters love to talk, that's why they're on Meerkat (or should be). In fact, a lot of them will give you advice. In addition, when you start your superstar streams - don't forget to TALK to your own viewers. They are giving you their time, appreciate them. Even if you start with 3 people (like me!) those are 3 people that want to spend part of their precious day looking at YOUR face. 

Meerkat Scheduling

3. SCHEDULE - I always schedule my streams. You can schedule 24 hours in advance. It helps people find you easier and "subscribe." They'll get notified when you schedule, when you're about to start and when it goes live. That's THREE reminders to check you out. This is a great way to attract new viewers and prepare them for your topic. When scheduling, I highly recommend you add a photo and believe dimensions are around 600x400. 

4. YOUR VOICE - The best way to find your voice and style is to JUMP IN. Start streaming, people will ask questions, from there, you can gauge what "your audience" wants to hear from you. Once you figure that out, you can tailor content for them. This is a new platform, which means, no one is an expert yet. Experiment, get creative and have fun. In fact, I do streams with puppets sometimes.  

Meerkat App Live Stream with Puppets
Meerkat Live Stream

5. KEEP STREAMING - In order to really grow and create your community you have to keep streaming. You don't have to stream all day, but once a day will keep you relevant. I stream once a day for at least an hour, but I've done streams as short as 20 minutes. It's easy to fit into your lifestyle because once the stream is over, there is no extra editing, uploading etc. It is, what it is. 

Hope my tips help you feel comfortable in the world of live streaming. If you're interested, here are a few Meerkat Live Streams I do weekly!

FILM CHAT

FILM CHAT

PASSION FLOW

PASSION FLOW

PUPPET SHOW

PUPPET SHOW

DONUTS & CHILLIN

DONUTS & CHILLIN

FIELD TRIPS

FIELD TRIPS

 FUN FRIDAY

 FUN FRIDAY

Follow me on Meerkat: @Tiffy4u xo

DO IT FOR THE STREAM! 

What do you think of Meerkat and Periscope? Let me know in the comments and leave your username so I can check you out!