Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving DIY

Happy Thanksgiving! Today Smash-Monkey and I, An Vo will show you a creative and delicious way to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers by Organic Designer Desserts!  This is a holiday twist on a traditional Shepard's Pie. Enjoy the video!!!

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Thanksgiving Pie

Preheat oven to 350

Step 1:  Make or buy your favorite pie crust.  I like to use a fingering technique for the crust.

Step 2:  Layer the bottom of your pie with stuffing.

Step 3:  Top with a layer of turkey meat.

Step 4:  Add a layer of veggies.  I used peas and corn.  Any leftover veggie side from your Thanksgiving dinner will do!

Step 5:  Pour some gravy on it!  This will make your pie moist and help bind the layers together.

Step 6:  Spread a layer of sweet potato or yams.

Step 7:  Choose a star shaped frosting tip and fill a frosting bag with mashed potatoes.  Starting from the center of the pie, dot little potato stars until it covers most of the pie, leaving a little space between the crust and the potato.

Step 8:  Choose a circular frosting tip and fill a frosting bag with sweet potato. Dot sweet potato around the pie creating an outline between he crust and the potato stars.  

Step 9:  Put mini marshmallows into the finger pockets of the crust.  

Step 10:  Decorate the top of your pie with cranberry sauce and veggies.  I would recommend peas, corn and carrots for fall colors!

Bake for 30 mins.

Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.  

Cut into slices and enjoy your second Thanksgiving dinner!  Perfect ready made meal for Black Friday shopping :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dystopian Glow

In the last week I have visited two completely different landscapes both holding the same otherworldly energy and vibes. I've learned my lessons among many different anecdotes and affirmations including, 'life begins at the end of your comfort zone' however none held so true until I trespassed into an old millinery warehouse set deep in the woods along a creek at Madam Brett Park located in Beacon, NY.

My friend Melissa invited me along in what was the most spur of the moment, photo shoot I've ever had the pleasure of partaking in. We forgot to keep in mind the change of time and soon realized the sun setting. Once we reached our destination there was still enough light to see inside the building which was eerily dark. My voice echoed throughout the entire 50,000 sq ft dilapidated wasteland and I could feel energy from beyond surrounding me...creeeeeeepy!!  

The mill was an important gathering place for farmers and Native Americans inhabiting both shores of the Hudson River hereabouts. In the 1800s, the creek powered a profusion of hat factories (including the Tioronda Hat Works, located in the brick building adjacent to the park), which earned Beacon the nickname "New York's Hat-Making Capital." (

Upon returning back home to review the photos, we were beyond breathtaken and couldn't help but realize the potential of greater things to come. I am so happy and blown away by how talented an eye Melissa has, she captured the essence of the moment down to the smallest of detail. I can't wait to shoot with her again, only greatness awaits! Enjoy!!

You can check out Melissa Robins' portfolio at:

(Apologies for the largely formatted photos...but any smaller and they wouldn't invoke the same visual feelings. Thank you for your understanding!)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween everyone!!! I have to say, I LOVE October!!!! I drove up to Sleepy Hollow, NY on Monday and had the best time ever with @sofausti & @johnnycassanova. First stop was a crematorium and you could feel the confused energy in the air at the very first step inside. My camera even started to malfunction...very creepy. So I figured I would ask the universe and spirits for permission and if it was alright to shoot, afterwards you could feel the energy shift to a sort of 'okay with everything that was happening' sort of vibe. These are the photos we developed, needless to say, we had an interestingly spiritual trip!

Ps. Super thank you to @vsa_designs for letting us model their jewelry, go shop and check out these and more beautiful pieces at

Photo credit to @sofausti & @johnnycassanova


Fast forward two days, I attended a Halloween Party for Shoeless x Organic Designer Desserts!! The creepy cupcakes were delicious and I couldn't help but put my pumpkin carving skills to work!!

Photos c/o Shoeless Blog 

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Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone!! XOX

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All about that Grey!

Had so much fun meeting new blogging buddies and supporting my gal Jeanne Grey at her Blogger meetup last Saturday in Soho! There's nothing I enjoy more than spending time with good ppl making new and exciting memories! Thank you to @ZeroUV @Commoditygoods @Gypsywarrior @PrintedVillage 

Make sure you check out and follow @the.grey @moorejoel @mimidaily @stylefeen and more!!

xo <3

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Technicolored Dreams

When I think of road trips I automatically envision miles of open road and an horizon as far as the eye can see. Last weekend I spent the last few hours of my friend, Jeanette's vacation for the summer in NYC and we decided to drive upstate to Woodstock. In the days ahead of our planned excursion I stumbled upon an amazingly colorful house set deep in the back roads en route to our destination and I knew I had to go see it in person. I emailed the owner, Kat Wise, to not only let her know of my upcoming arrival but to ask permission first. (of course!) She responded so quickly and without haste welcomed us into her magnificently whimsical house of creative splendor! When I tell you my breath was taken at the very first glance, I kid you not. All jokes aside, we were pretty lucky having arrived on a day where no one else but Kat was around to give us the grand tour and let us photograph the endless details around every corner. We asked so many questions and without hesitation she recanted of her travels to over 100 different countries around the world for 15 years! Having seen her creative lifestyle and genuinely humbled personality, I couldn't help but feel completely inspired to follow in her footsteps. Please visit her website and go shopping on her Etsy page, she is unbelievably talented at creating 'amazing technicolor dream coats'!

ps. after we left her house, we drove past a large field of you know I had to bust a U-ie and take photos before we arrived in Woodstock!

Peace & Love!! xo

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

   Winter took its toll and sadly I had abandoned my posts here on Smash-Monkey, however with the weather in NYC getting warmer, it has sparked inspiration and creativity back into my blood stream! Last month we celebrated Easter and I couldn't help but post some pictures from an amazing tea party earlier this month to commemorate this spring season of light and love! We had so much fun devouring deliciously made cupcake confections by An Vo of Baked Babes while modeling our floral crowns made by none other than YOURS TRULY! I have always enjoyed arts and crafts and have finally decided to turn it into my own business on the side. You can purchase your very own beautiful flower crown by clicking HERE!

Happy Easter and I wish you all a lovely Spring holiday!!