Travel Diaries: New York Business trip

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I love my job, as an advertising producer, because it allows countless opportunities. Last week, I got an email that a major brand wanted to fly Live Art Love to New York for a brainstorming session that week. This is amazing because I love traveling and NEW YORK is my second favorite place in the U.S. after Los Angeles. Third, is Vegas, for the debauchery reasons but I'll save that for another post.

Anyway, we stayed in Midtown at the Carlton Hotel which was beautiful and walking distance to Madison Square Park. The brainstorming session was a lot of fun. We threw around ideas with some of the smartest people in the advertising world for a brand. During the meeting they referred to us as the "SWAT Team" for advertising. This is our most badass compliment to date. To know you're creative ideas are valuable is a great feeling.

Side note, during the brainstorming session we got to play with play-doh which is an exercise for bringing back childhood imagination. Next time you're trying to think of creative ideas, break out the play-doh!

While in New York, I also fit in a little fun time. I went to my favorite Pizza spot, Artichoke and grabbed drinks at the Ace Hotel and 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar with New York friends. 

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A lot of New York adventures were chronicled through Snapchat, make sure to follow @Tiffy4u to see behind the scenes of my life in my snapchat stories.

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Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze

Tiffy Diamond Meerkat Donut Stream

Every Sunday, I host the live stream, "Donuts & Chillin," through Meerkat. This live stream is full of fun, laughs and the occasional shot of tequila. I read books and research every donut before I make it. Mixing and matching to find a donut that fits what I'm, or my viewers, are craving.

One of my friends and loyal meerkat viewer, @Cakey_Poppins sent me a set of amazing gold mixing bowls for my stream.  I didn't have mixing bowls and was so excited for this upgrade to my live stream show. Before these, the struggle was real, using anything I could for a bowl. As a thank you, I included her name as a sign throughout my stream for others to follow her on social media.

Don't miss the "Donuts & Chillin" meerkat stream, every Sunday. Follow @Tiffy4u on Meerkat to join in on the weekly fun. You can also watch through my website,

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Tiffy Diamond Meerkat Live Stream
Apple Fritters with Pure Maple Glaze
Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze
Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze

Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze {Print This Shit!}

Notes: this recipe makes 8 - 10 apple fritters, and it only takes about 45 minutes in total to make. For the apples I used one tart (granny smith) and one sweet (red delicious). However, I feel you can use any type of apples you desire. If you want to have a tart and sweet taste then use both, if you're not a fan of both - stick with sweet apples.

Donuts Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 2/3 cup whole milk

  • 1  1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Vegetable oil for frying

  • 2 1/2 cups apples - peeled and cored cut into chunks

Maple Glaze Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups confectioners sugar

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon butter soft

  • warm milk or water as needed

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients - flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Then, whisk together the wet ingredients - eggs, milk, melted butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Fold in the dry ingredients until you see a few streaks of remaining flour. Gently fold in the apple chunks.

  2. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Heat at least 3 inches of oil in a deep pot or fryer (I use a fryer). The oil temperature should be 350 - 355 degrees. When the oil is hot enough use an ice cream scoop and a large spoon. Scoop the dough on the large spoon and then flatten it a bit before dropping it into the oil. You don't want the dough to be spherical. Fry a few at a time, to not overcrowd. Fry 1 minute and 40 seconds or until golden brown, then flip over and fry the other side for 1 minute and 40 seconds. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove each fritter and drain thoroughly on the baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat with all batter.

  3. Glaze: In a medium bowl whisk together confectioners sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, butter and cinnamon. If the glaze is too thick, add milk or water until your desired consistency.

  4. Dip the fritters into the glaze and enjoy immediately! 

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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


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.

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