Style DIY Top & Pants Matching Sets: For The Funky Cute Looks

β€œβ€How I style my DIY matching setsβ€œ Fashion Design + Film by Terrisa Chen

The DIY Top& Pants Matching Sets

Although summer is technically over, I still hold my feeling for the pink sweet feeling of the lovely sunshine , bubbly rose and the yummy ice-cream. I made this pink sweets print to remember the summer and also to cheer my self up whenever I feel bit down. You just need to dress cute sometimes and cute style can be cool as well.

The Fabric

I chose cotton batiste for this DIY design. This fabric is very lightweight and comfortable, it is semi-sheer and has beautiful illuminous look. They are popularly used for making linings or loungeries. However, with some fun and unique prints, they can be great for day wearing. I made a matching crop top and pants with this fabric and I love wearing them.

DIY pinks sweets matching sets

The Looks

I believe the best way to style this DIY matching sets is to have fun with it. The funky sweets print of the fabric already stands out itself. I just need to mix and match the top and pants with some different clothes and accessories to create more statement looks πŸ˜›

The fun & bitchy 60’s Mod look

Pair the DIY top with mini skirt, mini shoulder bag, ankle boots and retro cat eyes.

The Happy Go Lucky Vacation Look

Pair the DIY pants with crop top, hand bag, mule sandals and chained sunglasses

The Back to School & Work but still cool Look

Pair the DIY top with boyfriend blazer, cross body bag , sneakers and metallic shades

DIY Summer Outfit: Jungle print crop top and high waisted flare pants

Summer is always a magical season in New York. In spite of what the city has been through summer always brings back the most charming and vivid vibe at the hottest time of the year. Needless to say it is the most colorful and fun season for fashion outfits. I created this jungle print matching sets to celebrate the hot and mad midsummer in New York. Crop top and high waisted flare pants are a classic combo for a summer look. Although low waisted pants are trending this year, so what, you can never go wrong choosing a style that flatters your body.

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Jungle Print Matching set by Terrisa C.

The Summer Outfit: Crop Top & Pants Matching Set

Since the beginning of this summer, as midsummer got nearer, I had a desire to get into the jungle . Due to the restriction of traveling, I’ve not had a chance to go to any jungles but at the very least, I enjoyed the blooming flowers and leaves , dancing bees and birds in the Brooklyn parks. This jungle print matching set certainly cheered me up. “Make the most of what you’ve got” is always a decent way to stay fulfilled.

This outfit is made by jungle prints rayon. The fabric is soft, light and breathable, it is perfect for the hot summer. The animals and plants print on the fabric are a jungle landscape in itself.

How I Made & Styled The Outfit:

In this video: The first part shares the fashion inspiration and styling tips . The second part shares the design process.

My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCovdFLKm3MWyNjFwYS5epsw

Video clips used for the film : https://www.videezy.com/

Materials I Used For Creating The Outfit

Fabric: Jungle Print Fabric

Sewing Machine: Singer Heavy Duty 4452

Sewing Needles: Schmetz Universal Sewing Machine Needles

Sewing Threads: Gutermann 26 Spool Thread Box

How I Style The Outfit

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The Vacation Summer Look

Pair with a straw hat and a straw bag.

Wide Brim Straw Hat

Square Straw Bag

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The Urban Chic Look

Pair with a Cropped Blazer, Shoulder Bag, Round Shades , Minimal Earrings and Strappy Heels

Cropped Blazer

Vintage Shoulder Bag

Round Sunglasses

Minimal Earring

Strappy Heel Sandals

retro head scarf and tassel earring

The Retro Hippie Look

Pair with a leather Blazer, Hobo Handbag, Square Shades, Statement Earrings and Suede Platforms

Leather Blazer

Hobo Handbag

Statement Earrings

Suede Platforms

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Check Out My Other DIY Summer Fashion Design & Fashion Film :

Side Slit Pencil Skirt

Gathered Front Dress

Baby Doll Tunic

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DIY Pencil Skirt & How To Style It For The Best Looks

This side slit pencil skirt is one of the very first skirts I made since I started sewing and it is one of the DIY clothing projects I actually wear all the time. To me, it is very important that the skirt looks chic and stylish on a daily basis. The midi-length pencil silhouette skirt with a side slit seems like the best option based on its timeless and versatile character.πŸ’œ

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My Side Slit pencil skirt &crop top set

How I Made The Pencil Skirt

Making process in the video:

Materials I used for creating the skirt:

How To Style A Pencil Skirt

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With Crop Top & Pencil Skirt

Pair it with a crop top and strappy heels for a simple, chic, and sassy look πŸ˜‰

Crop top styles: High neck crop top

V neck crop top

Knit crop top

Heels Styles: High point heels

Strappy Heels

turtleneck top and pencil skirt
With Turtleneck & Ankle Boots

Pair it with a turtleneck top and ankle boots for a classy and sophisticated Look πŸ˜‰

Turtleneck Styles: Long sleeve turtleneck

Elbow sleeve turtleneck

Ankle Boots Styles: Patent leather ankle boots

Slender heel ankle boots

leather jacket and combat boots
With Leather Jacket & Combat Boots

Pair it with a Graphic Tee, a leather jacket, and combat boots for a funky and sassy look 😎

T shirt Styles: Retro graphic Tee

Leather Jacket Styles: Moto leather jacket

Combat Boots Styles: Zipper front combat boots

Laced up combat boots

button-down blouse and python boots
With button-down blouse & Python Boots

Pair it with a button-down blouse, python boots, and a mini handbag for an office yet quirky look πŸ€“

Button-down Blouse Styles: Semi sheer blouse

Python Boots Styles: multi color python boots

Handbag Styles: Mini top handle bag

cropped sweater and knee high boots
With Cropped Sweater & Knee-high Boots

Pair it with a cropped sweater, knee-high boots, and a mini box purse for a casual and fun look 😊

Cropped Sweater Styles: Crew neck cropped sweater

Turtleneck cropped sweater

Knee-high Boots Styles: Suede knee-high boots

Leather knee-high boots

Mini box purse Styles: Square mini box

Check Out My Other DIY Fashion Projects:

Gathered Front Knit Dress πŸ‘—

DIY Pink Floral Gathered Front Knit Dress

DIY gathered front knit dress
DIY Gathered front knit dress

This gathered front knit dress is made from rayon jersey, light, cozy, and stretchy.  The pink, flowery, and soft fabric reminds of a picnic in the garden.  I added the gathers in the front to give a little more structure to this dress. The fabric is flexible and versatile, It can be layered with a turtle neck shirt, a cardigan, or a denim jacket. 

In this article, I will share the my method to make this dress, however, I am not an expert in sewing or pattern making. I got my inspirations from others and I create my own designs. The point is to share the creative ideas , and the ideas can be transferred into many different unique creations .

🌟 Check out this dress in surreal digital art “The Secret Garden” 🌸🌳🎨

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“Ready In Pink”

Materials For Creating The DIY Gathered Front Knit Dress

How I Make This Dress:

  • Trace the knit dress sloper ( Mark the desired dress length, make sure to add 1” extension along the center front for gathering)
Knit dress sloper
  • Recreate the front sewing pattern ( Mark and cut 8 equal distance between lines from center front to side, insert 2″ extension in between each cut line, add notches)
gather front dress pattern
  • Cut the patterns on the fabric (1/2″ or 5/8′ seam allowance)
cut fabric
  • Sew the center front pieces together first ( 1/2″ or 5/8″ seam allowance, and sew the side of the 1″ extension)
sew fabric
  • Pull a string through the extension and make gathers ( Use a safety pin to pull through )
make gathers
  • Sew the front sides and back sides together
  • Add desired sleeves

Add A Matching Square Scarf

pink floral square scarf

It is always fun to add a matching accessory to the cloth. I used the leftover fabric to make a pink floral square scarf. The sewing process is super easy and quick. The rayon jersey is soft and gentle for the neck, and it is perfect for the early fall weather.

  • Cut the fabric in a 20” by 20″ square
measure and cut fabric
  • On the wrong side, turn the edges over twice and press , pin the edges.
pin fabric
  • Sew the folded edges (hem)
sew
  • Use a stem iron to press over the fabric, it’s all done.

Explore The Secret Garden In Your Heart

β€œIf you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

🌟 Check out the making process of the Garden Floral Dress πŸ‘—πŸŒΈ

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“Garden Explore”
Fashion design & Digital art: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

*All outdoor photos taken with no one else around. Keep safe social distancing.

No.9_Esthers Waltz by Esther Abrami

The Garden Explorer

I remember when I was a kid, every day I woke up with excitement and anticipation. The outside world always seemed colorful and magical. A park, a playground, a plot, a back yard, even a sidewalk can make me stop and wonder for a while, and of course, there is the wonderful light from the sun, mystical clouds, aromatic herbs, the pleasant sound of birds……I was always interested in and inspired by the simple things around me. I could make many places my secret garden, a hidden alter for me to paint and write all the untold stories.

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“Secret Garden”
Fashion design & Digital art: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

Find Inner Peace & Joy

As I’ve got older, for a long time, Β I felt I lost the ability to sense and explore the charms around me, because life got too busy and complicated. I either did not have time or I did not have the energy to cherish the lovely little things around me, instead, I was stressed with other things, the same stuff all adults stressed with, I felt just stuck in repeated circles…….Till one day I realized it is actually pretty simple to get myself grounded again.

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“Garden Party”
Fashion design & Digital art: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

I have noticed that when I choose to listen to my heart and allow myself to enjoy the things around me, allow myself to be simple again, I automatically let go of unnecessary anxieties that distract me. The same simple things inspire me and present new ideas if I allow myself to be open. The desire to explore and create, which not only brings me joy but also brings me inner peace. The secret garden is always there.

The Secret Garden

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Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
Image by USA-Resisebologer from Pixabay

Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded in 1910, a beautiful estate located in between prospect park and Brooklyn Museum. The combination of exotic plants and the unique ‘Garden within the Gardens” design highlights the whimsical charm of this place. I visit this Botanical Garden every year, every season. Every visit brings me something new and refreshing, the smell of flowers & trees, the sound of birds and bees, the cross-cultural architectures …… maybe they are exactly the same plants, the same buildings, but there is always something different when you let yourself to explore.

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Garden Roses
Photo by Joel Halbert

The truth is, no matter where you are, no matter how many times you pass through the same things and situations, you are not trapped. It is up to you to discover the beauty around you and you can build your own secret garden.

Wonder Journey In Dumbo, New York……Bring Magic Into Reality

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“Lost In The Wonderland–Night Play”

The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

The joy of wondering

Summer is short this year in New York, it is probably short in other places in the world as well. The virus “Covid” is like a hidden lock, closing the usual activities and entertainment. Without beaches, vacations, and parties, summer seems never really begins, the fall is already here. But it’s ok, I am not all that disappointed, I started my journey of wonder, I simply find there is no time for feeling down.

One thing I do a lot during the pandemic is free my imagination to wonder. It might sound a bit easy and lazy, but when you put your ideas into action, you will push yourself to learn and create. The process of wondering and creating generates magical and positive energy.

(*Note: All outdoor photos taken with no one else around . Safe social distancing, safe photoshoot.)

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“Lost In Wonderland–Dawn Play” The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

β€œImagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.”

Alice started her adventure with curiosity, wondered through the rabbit hole, she explored the most bizarre and exciting world. I often wake up with odd and funny dreams, which add lots of colors in my night world. While the day-time is filled with routine, I would think about how to turn magic into reality, it turns out there are many ways. One way is to be open to your wondering imagination, get inspiration, then take action. Before the pandemic, I knew nothing about pattern making (Patternmaking for Fashion Design)or sewing, now I can not stop creating my own clothing designs and transferring them into digital art. It is a learning process, I explore, I make mistakes and I enjoy it very much.

The baby doll dress for the curious kids

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“Lost In The Wonderland–Day play”
The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

This cotton baby doll dress is a wonderful piece for me. I found the cotton fabric online and they are actually meant for kids’ wear. However, I immediately had the look of the baby doll dress in my mind when I sew the fabrics, it is a perfect type of dress for the forever kid in my heart.

Materials For creating this baby doll dress

  • The baby doll dress pattern
  • Light cotton Fabrics. eg: cotton lawn, cotton poplin
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needles and threads
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Steam Iron

Sketch, Cut and Sew

DIY baby doll dress sewing pattern
DIY baby doll dress sewing pattern

The Wonderland

This stop of the wonder journey is The Max Family Garden, located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.  This open-air garden shares a wall with St. Ann’s Warehouse, a performing-arts venue.  The original brick walls and the scenic archways represent an industrial and rustic aesthetic, they also provide access for community members and visitors to come together for exploration and inspiration. I have visited Dumbo many times before, this garden corner always fascinated me. The Max Family garden, any garden in-fact is a wonderland if you want it to be.

Chai Tea White Russian Mocktail With Homemade Non-alcoholic Coffee liqueur

I decided to make this Chai Tea White Russian mocktail after craving for my old-time favorite cocktail: White Russian. Back to a couple years ago, I would just go get the liquors and make a cocktail in no time. However, the more I drink tea the more I feel it is more fun to try to create tea-infused mocktails. The process is whimsical and profound.

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Chai Tea White Russian Mocktail

This mocktail is combined with chai tea and homemade coffee liqueur. It is very easy to make, and you can even make it a decaf version with decaf chai and decaf instant coffee. The taste is still as wonderful!

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Ingredients

Chai Tea

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Chai Herbs

Chai Tea is a black tea mixed with aromatic Indian spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and black pepper. Chai tea has a distinctive fragrant. It is known for helping digestion, lowering blood sugar and boosting immunity.  It can also be a coffee substitute due to the caffeine content of chai tea.

iced chai tea
Iced Chai Tea

Chai tea tastes great by itself, is a balance of spicy and sweetness, it also goes well with milk, cream or non-dairy nut milk. You can enjoy it hot or cold.

Non-alcoholic Coffee Liqueur

non alcoholic coffee liqueur
Non-alcoholic Coffee Liqueur

This homemade coffee liqueur is easy and delicious. Even without alcohol, the combination of coffee and cocoa definitely gives you a nice buzz. With the sweetness of brown sugar and the aroma from vanilla extract, this coffee liqueur stands up well next to anything shop-bought.

Chai Tea White Russian

With some fresh cream on the top and pinches of cinnamon powder, this Chai Tea white Russian mocktail is finished. The taste of it is smooth and aromatic. The sweetness and spice from chai perfectly balanced with the chocolate coffee liqueur, the final touch of cream just makes everything smooth and gentle.

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Chai Tea Russian With Cinnamon

Ingredients:

  • 4 bags of chai tea ( or decaf chai tea)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee powder ( or decaf coffee powder)
  • 1 1/4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp heavy cream (or half & half)
  • Water

Method:

1. Put chai tea bags into a glass jar, add hot boiled water, let it steep for 6 mins.

2. Take out the tea bags, add simple syrup into the jar, stir, let it cool down.

3. Pour 1 1/2 cup of water into a pot, boil.

4. Add brown sugar, instant coffee powder, cocoa powder, vanilla extract into the pot,           stir well, turn off the heat.

5. Pour the coffee liqueur mixture from the pot into a glass jar, let it cool down.

6. In a glass filled with ice, add 2 1/2 ounce chai tea mixture and 1 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur.

7. Add 1 1/2 ounce heavy cream ( or half & half)

8. Sprinkle cinnamon powders on the top.

9. Enjoy!!!

Related Art:

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“Afternoon Tea” digital art by Terrisa Chen @Rock Ur Tongue

Check Out More Tea Mocktail recipes:

Blue Butterfly Flower & Oolong Tea Mocktail

A Delicious, Magical, Dreamy Tea Mocktail –– Violet Fizz

“Violet Fizz” is a non-alcoholic drink that is extremely delicious and dreamy. The magic blue-purplish color with the creamy white foam is just beautiful and tempting.  It takes a bit of time to make this mocktail, but the process of making it is full of fun and surprise. It certainly encourages me to be creative, and I found that if I try to be creative, magic is everywhere.

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Violet Fizz: blue butterfly flower tea-infused mocktail

This beautiful herbal tea-infused mocktail gets a magical appearance and a tasteful flavor. The components of this drink are made from three main parts: blue butterfly flower tea; egg white and cream; sugar and citrus.

violet fizz ingredients
Violet Fizz Ingredients

The Violet Color

The dreamy violet color of this drink comes from butterfly pea flower tea. It is known for its ability to change colors depending on the PH level. Since there is a combination of lime juice and lemon juice in this drink, the acidity changes the tea’s color from blue to purple. In this drink, I made some blue ice cubes from the butterfly pea flower tea first and crushed the ice, so when I pour the lime and lemon juice infused mixture into the crushed ice, it turns a magical violet color.

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Crushed ice

The white foam

The lovely white foam comes from cream and eggwhite. For a rich foam, You can do a dry shake first and then do a shake with ice.  I chose to shake with ice directly because the last touch of club soda really did the trick for foaming up the top. However, It is important to give the egg white and other ingredients a thorough shake. ( shake about 2 mins) I used a copper cocktail shaker.

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The Taste

The taste of this drink is rich, refreshing and full of layers. It is Sweet and citrus, fruity and creamy. With the fragrant of butterfly pea flower tea and the aroma of orange blossom, this mocktail drink is simply indulging!

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Enjoy it with a straw

 

Violet Fizz

Ingredients:

  • Blue butterfly flower tea ( butterfly pea flower tea)  10 g
  • Lime juice 1/2 oz
  • Lemon juice 1/2 oz
  • Simple syrup 1 1/4 oz
  • Heavy cream 1 oz
  • Egg white 1
  • Orange blossom water 1/6 oz
  • Orange Peel 1-2
  • Club soda

Method:

  1. Boil some water.
  2. Put the dried butterfly pea flower in a glass or cup, add boiled water. Steep for 5 mins and let it cool down.
  3. Pour the blue tea into an ice cube tray, freeze the tray about 4 hours.
  4. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour in lime juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, heavy cream, egg white, and orange blossom water.
  5. Shake, shake, shake ( about 2 mins).
  6. Pour the mixture into a tumbler glass.
  7. When the blue ice cubes are ready, take them out from the tray and put them into a high-speed blender.
  8. Crush the ice with high-speed mode.
  9. Add the crushed ice into the tumbler glass.
  10. Top with club soda.
  11. Add orange zest on the top.
  12. Enjoy it with a straw.

 

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“Mermaid Cat” Digital Art by Terrisa Chen

Check Out Tea Drink Recipe with blue Butterfly flower Tea & Oolong Tea:

Homemade Milk Tea With Blue Butterfly Flower, Oolong And Whipped Cream

 

Homemade Milk Tea With Blue Butterfly Flower, Oolong And Whipped Cream

This blue milk tea recipe is inspired by a spring-feeling Sunday afternoon. After months of cold wind and grey sky the bright and warming sunlight just reminds me spring is right around the corner and there will be color outside again, and of course happiness.

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Milk tea made from blue butterfly flower, Oolong tea, and homemade whipped cream

This cute and jolly tea drink is very easy to make. The combination of the blue milk tea and the candy-coated whipped cream is simply delightful. The milk tea itself is light and refreshing, the topping is creamy and sweet. You can enjoy the drink by using a straw or a spoon.

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Ingredients

The Milk Tea

The milk tea is made of blue butterfly flower tea,  Oolong tea, milk. The flower tea has a neutral earthy taste, the Oolong tea has a floral and sweet taste. These two together with milk create a smooth, soothing and mild taste.

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Dried blue butterfly flower

Blue Butter Flowers  ( or Butterfly Pea ) is a plant species from southeast Asia. They are famous for their natural blue color ( from anthocyanin) and they are also famous for their health benefits: Improve eyesight; Improve hair growth; Antioxidant; Anti-inflammatory…….Miraland Berry Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers, (2.8Oz), Premium Quality Thai Herbal Tea, Antioxidant Rich, Ideal for Tea Desserts Beverage …

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Rolled Oolong Tea leaves

Oolong ( Black dragon) tea is a traditional semi-oxidized Chinese tea. Each variety of Oolong tea is processed differently, therefore, the flavors and shapes vary. The Oolong I use is Tie Guan Yin, which is a famous type of Oolong tea, it has a natural sweetness and floral aroma, it offers multiple health benefits as well.Golden Moon – Organic Oolong Loose Leaf Tea | Naturally Creamy Texture & Deliciously Smooth Taste | Tie Guan Yin Wulong Tea Variety is Good for Weight Loss | 40 Servings in 3.3 Oz Tea Tin

The Creamy Topping

The topping is made of heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and candy sprinkles. This  5 minutes whipped cream by Bake Often is easy and fast, it is perfect for adding the creamy topping for the milk tea.

homemade whipped cream
Homemade Whipped cream

Blue Butterfly Flower Milk Tea With Candy & Cream On Top

blue milk tea

Ingredients:

  • Dried blue butterfly flowers ( 5 g)
  • Oolong tea (5 g)
  • Milk (2/3 cup)
  • Cold heavy cream (1 cup)
  • Powdered sugar (3 tbsp)
  • Vanilla extract (1 tsp)
  • Candy sprinkles (5 g)

Method:

  • Boil water ( about 2 cups)
  • Brew the Oolong tea in a teapot, set it aside
  • Put the dried blue butterfly flower in a glass, add hot water and let it steep for 3 mins
  • Pour the blue butterfly flower tea into a glass mug
  • Pour the Oolong tea into a glass mug
  • Add milk
  • In a big glass bowl, add heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract
  • Whisk till soft peaks form
  • Top up the mug with whipped cream
  • Add candy sprinkles
  • Enjoy

 

Related Digital Art

SWEET SLAY; CANDY OF THE DAY

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“Sweet Craving” Digital Design by Terrisa C. @Rock Ur Tongue