Students of the World Professional Cake Pops

photo by Tina Phan

My friend Danielle is one of the busiest people I know. She's into fashion, fitness, e-commerce, advertising, and social media. She's just a general go-getter. Now she's got to get going to Jacmel, Haiti to film a documentary about Jean Baptiste Dessaix Music School.

Danielle and her Students of The World Professional team are a mix of filmmaking, producing, fundraising, and photography professionals.

photo by Steve Moakley


photo by Steve Moakley

I designed some Students of the World logo cake pops for their SOW Pro on the Patio fundraising event held on Launch787's patio.

photo by Steve Moakley

Look closely and you can see a donor chomping on a SOW Pro cake pop full of Objects of Confection's signature red velvet. He looks pretty content. I wasn't able to attend the event, but I heard the pops went fast.

Lucky guy.

photo by Tina Phan

Find out more about the trip and the team on the SOW Pro website, their Facebook page, and blog.

Donate to Danielle or her entire team on their Rally page.

I'm so proud of you, Danielle! You are amazing.

Today I Want: Pretzel Float

Today marks my first trip to Barton Springs this summer. The redhead and I saw not one, but two French bulldogs on an island on the dog-friendly portion of the the springs. They didn't look to happy to be on that island, and we decided they were playing Lost.

What would make my next trip to even better is this pretzel float from Urban Outfitters. Does anyone make beer cheese or mustard floaties as accompaniments?

If I get the chance to bring this inflatable pretzel to Barton Springs Pool, I hope to see a German shepherd on the puppy island.

Pretzel Pool Float, Urban Outfitters, $18

Sketchnotes: Creativity & Innovation Liz Aebersol University of Texas

Sketchnotes from the Igniting Creativity & Innovation session with Liz Aebersold,The Director of Communications and Strategy Management for IT at UT. Liz has a Masters of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. I just learned that existed!

I wish I could have brought some of my colleagues to the the talk. Here's to working with more openminded people in the future.

Do you think any of them will want to play at the next big meeting? How many of you get to play at work? Do you have creative leaders in your life?

Doodle Dining Club: Justine's Brasserie

My friend Meagan recently started a dining club. I love an excuse to get dressed up and eat delicious food at new (to me) eateries. Naturally, I joined her club.

This weekend we got "summer fancy" at Justine's Brasserie.

Last month I got a few too-outrageous-for-work but perfect-for-going-out outfits and I was so excited about picking an outfit. I go out to eat often, but rarely to fancy places. And suprisingly, I don't even have a million weddings to go this summer.

After conferring with Meagan on what she was wearing, I went with summer sequins and NEON. I've been dying to wear my new BB Dakota skirt. I first spotted it on my birthday weekend at Maya Star, but they didn't have it in my size. I later found it on Gliks for only $37! I'd never heard of Gliks, but I'm pretty happy about their prices.

Somebody didn't include my shoes in the photo. Hi, random cars.

Here I am with Meagan and Roach.

There was a long wait and I stayed cool with a very apropos French 75. Meagan went with a sparking water and of course they had Perrier handy.

Unfortunately, there are no photos of the food because it was too dark to photograph. You're also missing out on the cute golden lab puppy that came in after dark and the ten or so mosquito bites I got from sitting on the patio.

What I had:

Cheese plate
Verdict: Tasty with fig paste and pistachios. One of the cheeses was really soft and difficult to eat without bread.

Salade de frisee
Verdict: Good, but pricey for the portion size

Side of ratatoulle
I read the Yelp reviews and this was better than expected, I'd increase this to entree size next time.

Creme brulee
Verdict: Tasty and bigger than expected

I didn't have a good photo of Roach's boyfriend Brandon but I promose he was also there. (Thumbs up, Brandon!)

Today I Want: Kate Spade Sprinkles iPad Folio

I must have missed this by a millisecond. I'm pretty much glued to my iPad at work, so this would have gotten a lot of use. You snooze, you lose. I totally added it to my wait list, though.

Oh, did I mention I'll get to see my ecommerce hero in real life today? Yes, I'll be attending Gilt Groupe founder Alexis Maybank's reception at the W, thanks to my friend Danielle and her tireless entries to Austin Tidbits contests. Double thanks Danielle. I'm SO excited!

Kate Spade Sprinkles iPad Folio, Gilt Groupe, $45

Mother's Day Love and Mom Cake Pops

photos by Tina Phan

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Hope you're being extra kind to your mamas today. They did give birth to you, after all.

Earlier this week, kathyphantastic and Objects of Confection were invited to be part of the Tribeza magazine Mother's Day Shop Hop Event by Eliza Page Jewelry and Accessories! A few stores in Austin's 2nd Street District stayed open late for shoppers to pamper their mamas with spa treatments, makeovers, and of course, yummy treats.

Honored to be part of the event, I whipped up some "Mom" and "Love" lettered cake pops in girly pink and red for shoppers to munch on. Objects of Confection served several platters of cake balls in their signature red velvet, lemon, and Italian creme.

Lil Phan and I didn't get our mom treats this year. She's over cake pops and was never really into them to begin with. (I know!) Mommy Phan emailed us just before midnight, telling me and lil Phan that she'd already opened her gift and loved it. Opening Mother's Day presents before Mother's Day...isn't that cheating?

What'd you get your mom? Was it something sweet that rhymes with bake mops?