Sep.01.14 Giveaway / Celebrating with Fashiony Fab

Hello, friends! What better way to kick off a new month than with a giveaway!? I’m happy to be teaming up with some lovely creatives to help celebrate Maru of Fashiony Faba double celebration, at that! Not only is it her birthday month but her blog, Fashiony Fab, is going into it’s second year! So, let’s celebrate!

Design by Of Trees and Hues

The great thing about this giveaway is that the winner chooses what they want. We’re giving away a $270 giftcard to either Amazon, Etsy or Sephora — which would you choose!? And another great thing is that if you’re following Of Trees and Hues on Bloglovin and Instagram, you’ve already earned two entries!

There’s a lot of creative folks who has help make this giveaway possible and I’m fortunate to know them all! Please take a moment to wish the lovely Maru a happy birthday and stop by the blogs of these incredible people:

Fashiony Fab | Fierce in The City | Of Trees and Hues | Kyla is Inspired | Live Colorful |By Regina | Coco and Mingo | Mamages | Tana Gandhi | Honestly B | Rio The Dreamcatcher | Rolala Loves | Star-Crossed Smile | Tara Victoria | The Quarter Life Closet | Safaris and Sunsets | My Lifebox | Minck Co

The details:
The giveaway is open to International Readers and will be running from Monday, August 25th to Sunday, September 7th. The winner will be randomly chosen via Rafflecopter and will win a $270 gift card from Amazon, Etsy or Sephora, your choice! Remember that the more entries you do, the more chances you have of winning. Continue reading to enter, and good luck!

Aug.29.14 Digital Apparel / With Cocorrina

Wallpaper by Cocorrina

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Hi Of Trees and Hues readers! This is Corina from Cocorrina, it’s really awesome to be here once again. At the moment, I’m not really sad to be giving my goodbyes to summer. Usually I’m always thrilled for all the seasons, and once one is over, or I got too much of it, I can’t wait for the next one to come.

Wallpaper by Cocorrina

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I know most of you aren’t like that, and basically are screaming for a little bit more summer. So I designed 3 wallpapers today to slowly help you transition into a Fall mood. Enjoy!

Wallpaper by Cocorrina

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How incredibly awesome of Corina to make these especially for you! To further your transition into fall, just think of all the lovely dinner parties to have outdoors — and Corina has conjured up some of the yummiest cocktails + drinks to get you started!

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Aug.27.14 Instagram favorites / with Tara Victoria

Hello lovely Of Trees and Hues readers! My name is Tara Victoria and I run the blog Tara Victoria, as well as the Graphic Design studio Hatch & Harbour. I am so honoured to be guest posting for Trina while she spends some much needed time visiting family!

Tara Victoria for Of Trees and Hues
Today I wanted to share with y’all some of my favourite instagrammers who have been absolutely killing it lately. I say it a lot, but I am constantly blown away by the levels of creativity and uniqueness that is consistently blowing up my feed.

Recently, I read an amazing post by Megan of The Fresh Exchange about the lessons she’s learned from this summer. She talks about seeing beauty in the imperfect which is what I love most about these particular grammers. While some have a more curated feed than others, they’re sharing their life experiences. Moments that aren’t perfectly set up still life’s (thought I do love a good still life), moments that are authentically real. Yea, maybe some photos are a little more blurry than others, but they’re all memories worth sharing. So here’s to these talented grammers that are a blessing to follow!

llewllewtoo / kaity_lucas / evanandlou / mo__a / seablanket / victrver

Tara is just flooding with inspirational goodness, be sure to check out her blog, including her Linked Up series which is full of even more lovely finds!

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Aug.25.14 Recipe / Jasmine and Honey cake

Hello! My name is Joyti, and I’m the blogger behind Darjeeling Dreams. Today, I am sharing a jasmine and honey cake recipe with you. This cake is infused with jasmine green tea. What makes this cake truly special is the taste of milk, honey and tea. It’s a lovely dreamy thing, which makes it quite perfect for Latrina’s lovely, dreamy space!

Jasmine and Honey Cake

Jasmine and Honey cake
By Joyti of Darjeeling Dreams

for Cake milk:
1 tbsp jasmine tea
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine-grained salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup good-quality honey
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons plain yogurt

for Syrup:
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup water
1/2 tbsp Jasmine tea

Jasmine and Honey Cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil a 9×5 loaf pan.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. When melted, turn the temperature down to the lowest setting, add tea leaves and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add milk and let stand for about 10 minutes. Strain butter-milk mixture, pressing down on the tea leaves to extract the most flavor. Set the mixture aside, discard used tea leaves.

In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a small bowl, combine butter mixture, eggs, yolk, honey and yogurt. Gradually whisk the wet ingredients into the dry mix. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake cake until tester poked into the center comes out clean. Test at 40 minutes.

While the cake is baking, make syrup. Combine honey and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, until the sugar dissolves into water. Add tea leaves, heat for 2-3 minutes. Strain and discard tea leaves.

When the cake is done, cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan, pour 2 tablespoon of tea syrup slowly over the cake, making sure it absorbs into the cake. Turn cake over, and pour the remaining syrup over the cake.

Jasmine and Honey Cake
Jasmine and Honey Cake

If this yummy cake wasn’t enough for you, Joyti has an incredible archive of delicious recipes for you over at her blog, Darjeeling Dreamsher Oat-Hazelnut Cake is one of my favorites!

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Aug.22.14 Weekend Favorites / 17

Happy weekend, friends! I am packing up for a week away to visit family, but before I go — here’s a few inspirational finds to keep you busy while I am away!

Weekend Favorites at Of Trees and Hues

Recipe — I was never crazy about marshmallows but this recipe by Paper & Stitch has got me thinking otherwise! Ice cream makes anything better, right?

Inspiration — I can’t help but think of all the lovely ways I would decorate and use this gorgeous space. Open floor plan, white brick and large windows — a creative’s dream space!

What to Wear — Jasmine of Let’s Frolic Together has put together a lovely guide on what to wear for your portraits guide. A great read, especially for bloggers who are seeking new portraits!

Graphics — My girl Corina is killing it with these gorgeous cocktail graphics! I love her unique take on recipe posts — so beautiful and fun!

Reader Love — This week’s love goes out to Dianna & Ronnie, two gals who are incredibly kind and their presence here always make me smile!

As I mentioned before, I will be away next week while I spend some quality time with my husband’s family. But no worries, while I am away — I have some lovely and talented gals taking over the blog! I am so happy to leave this place in such good hands and I know you’ll love what they have to share! Stay tuned and have a happy week!

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