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I enjoy simple things: solitude, cheap sheet cake, and sunlight. I also believe that white is, in fact, a color. Bring me fresh flowers and we can be friends.

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October 28, 2011

Halloween: The Nerd Costume

I'll be the first to admit - I am the same thing for Halloween every year. I just can't help it; I love letting out my inner nerd.  Plus, the costume is super easy to throw together with what you have in your closet, and there is no fuss.


Plus, it's reusable - you can wear it any day of the year!




October 27, 2011

DIY: The glory of spray paint.

Recently I am very into taxidermy- see here.  It may be because I am still wishing we had my late dog, Tigger, stuffed so that he could eternally chill on the couch.  Some may find this weird; I find it to be an act of true love (I'm 60% kidding). 

This summer my friend's dad was nice enough to part with a set of very old antlers from his family's lake house on Hunter Lake.



When I think about it, I am a pretty contradictory person.  I love color, but am entranced by pure white.  I like to eat healthy, but can't give up cheap sheet cake from the local grocery store.  I think I'm too mature for homecoming, but then I revert back to my college antics once placed in the environment.

Enter the glory of white semi-gloss spray paint.  This stuff can really change your life.  I always keep two cans around just to feel safe. 
A good wipe down and a couple coats of paint, and these jackalope antlers from 1898 are the perfect addition to my white frame gallery wall (that doesn't exist yet- but it WILL).



They're the perfect contradiction.  Masculine taxidermy meets feminine purity.  Plus, they're white. What's not to love? 
I'm pretty excited.



P.S. - Jackalopes are mythical. Don't worry, they had me AND Caitie fooled too.  How exactly did we exist before Wikipedia?!  No joke about 1898 though - these bad boys are old.
October 26, 2011

I Want Wednesday

Even though they KILLED my feet at first, I've been living in my Steve Madden madee leopard loafers for the past couple weeks (once they were stretched twice); I just love the punch they add to any look.

These By Paige needlepoint loafers really kick it up a notch and totally rule. 
Geek chic all the way.



I also have a hunch my friend Jerry is going to love the Seahorse pair.
Thoughts?
October 25, 2011

Weekend in Pictures

Every year I think that I am too old for homecoming and every year it's the best day of my life all over again. I hope it keeps getting better, although I'm not quite sure how it could (but that's what I said last time too)








The perfect fall weather and Sunday Funday didn't hurt either. 


P.S. - Did you know that the $2 bottle of Andre champagne was actually made for shaking and spraying?  If you haven't tried this once in your life, I highly suggest you do; it will increase the quality of your life by 150% - instantly. 

October 21, 2011

Friday Musings: Julie Sarinana

If I had to pick, I'd have to say that the blogger with my favorite style is Julie Sarinana of Sincerely, Jules. She always manages to look effortlessly cool and has a way of making a plain t-shirt look like something extravagant. Totally my kind of girl!

{all photos from Sincerely, Jules}

If you look through my inspiration folder, she totally takes the lead. Kind of creepy? Yeah, definitely.  Creepiest thing I've done in my day? Absolutely not.


Happy Friday! It's homecoming weekend for me. That means, lots of food, drink, and definitely NO football.

October 20, 2011

Recipe: Roasted Vegetables

I don't know if I was starving last night or if these vegetables were actually amazing.  Such a low maintenance dinner. All you need is a knife! I don't have much to say besides - do it!

I basically followed this recipe using what vegetables I had, but I didn't have rosemary on hand so I left it out. 

Ingredients:
your choice of cubed vegetables (I used sweet potato, cauliflower, zucchini, red onion, red pepper, and potatoes)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper 



Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees
2. Cube all vegetables nad mix in a large bowl
3. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh thyme, and salt and pepper.
4. Pour dressing over vegetables in bowl and mix so it is spread evenly
5. put on a pan and cook for 30-40 minutes


October 19, 2011

I Want Wednesday: Long Sleeve Mini Dresses

As the days get cooler, I find myself dreading the daily tights routine that comes with winter. This season I plan on fully embracing the moderate temperatures of fall that allow for bare legs and long sleeves.
Enter the long sleeve mini dress. Throw on a leather jacket and a scarf as it gets colder, and your legs can hold on to summer until they're too bare for public.


Of course my two favorites-  Thomas Wylde and Opening Ceremony, are the MOST out of my budget.

Life is hard.


1. Free People Vintage Lace Dress $168
2. Thomas Wylde Tiered Silk-Chiffon Dress $1,025
3. ASOS Swing Dress $113.49
4. Lulu's Striped Dress $38
5. Opening Ceremony Button Back Dress $632
6. Nasty Gal Gold Rush Dress $68
October 18, 2011

Inside her home: Jamie Blakey

I may have been a little late to the game, but I first discovered Australian label One Teaspoon this summer when I was searching for the perfect pair of denim cutoffs.  Not only does Jamie Blakey design the perfect, carefree denim shorts, but an entire casually hardcore line.  Plus, she totally rules in general.


I love peeking inside homes of designers because they usually reflect the feel of their collections.  Jamie's home is simple and fresh with unexpected accents, randomly placed mirrors, and and a bit of overlying edge.  And of course my favorite part, the huge oversized mirror in the bedroom!

See the rest of the images here.
October 13, 2011

Room of the Day

I couldn't pick just one today. These four images have been saved in my inspiration folder and I keep coming back to them for different reasons.




The chevron rug in the first image is edgy to balance out all the neutrals going on in the room. I think it makes for a comfy atmosphere. I love the second image for its use of pattern.  The couch, rug, and assortment of artwork (and taxidermy, love!) work together, although I haven't been able to figure out why. The third is a product of my love of the south and southern living, and the fourth - white painted brick, white painted hardwood floors and string lights? No need to say more.



October 12, 2011

I Want Wednesday: Marjorie Skouras Empire Chandelier

I've been keeping my eyes peeled for the perfect chandelier for over my kitchen table.  My favorite look so far is an antler chandelier, but I've been looking for months and they are extremely expensive as well as hard to come by.

My second favorite (and also out of my budget) option is the Marjorie Skouras Empire Chandelier.
Its glamorously rustic and comes in every color you could imagine.


I actually started to buy the supplies to attempt this DIY, but ended up changing my mind because I realized one problem with this dreamy chandelier. The actual functionality.  How much light can this thing really provide?

That makes me feel better about not being able to afford it, but it's still nice to daydream, right?
October 11, 2011

Recipe: Shiritaki Noodle Chicken Stir Fry

I generally try to eat relatively healthy.  That's not to say that I don't understand the glory of the Whopper....Or McDonald's french fries. Don't even get me started on those.  Is it bad for you? Yes. Is it extremely satisfying? Absolutely.

Sometimes when I am walking home from the gym at 8PM and I haven't eaten since noon, I think about all the things I could just grab from the restaurants I am passing.  A huge sandwich from Lansky's, some sushi from Fusha, a huge burger from Big Nick's, noodles from Ollies, the list goes on and on.  On days like that, some lettuce and grilled chicken just isn't going to cut it.


I'm sure you are aware of my obsession with shirataki noodles by now (see: this recipe and this recipe). I like to always keep a pack on hand for days when I am feeling like a ravenous beast.  Last night called for the emergency supply.


Directions:
  • Drain and THOROUGHLY rinse half a pack of shirataki noodles and set aside to dry
  • Defrost some frozen stir fry vegetables (I get mine at Trader Joe's)
  • Dice and season some chicken and cook 3/4 of the way through in a pan with some vegetable oil and garlic.
  • I added some fresh mushrooms
  • Add the vegetables (defrosted and fresh) to the pan with the chicken
  • Add shirataki noodles
  • Add some soy sauce and Soy Vay and continue to cook
  • I always keep some ginger on hand and add it in, but it's just something I like
  • I also add a splash of hot sauce because I like my mouth to be on fire at all times
  • Secret Tip:  If you like a thicker sauce, add a little flour to thicken the soy sauce / Soy Vay

October 7, 2011

Recipe: Shortbread Cookies

I need a sweet after every. single. meal.  Whether it is super sweetened coffee after my breakfast, a piece of chocolate after my lunch, or a healthy serving of frozen yogurt after my dinner, I physically cannot stop eating until I've had my sweet. Sad, but true.

A few weeks ago my friend Sarah was over and I had no sweets in my apartment. I quickly looked up this recipe, which only requires 5 ingredients you probably always keep in your kitchen.  It was fun and they lasted me for days - serving as the perfect amount of sweet to end my meal (I won't lie, I even had one after breakfast)


{shortbread cookies}


Ingredients:
Butter
Sugar
Vanilla Extract
Flour
Salt

Beat butter gradually and add sugar, vanilla, flour, and salt until blended.  Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until flat.  We used cookie cutters to make fun shapes, but you could always just cut the mixture into squares with a knife.  Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 50 minutes or until the bottoms begin to brown.  Let them cool, and enjoy!