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Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Just bought 2 of these West Elm pillow covers off of Ebay.  I have been on the hunt for the perfect pillows for our house and I fell in love with these.  I like the modern orange pattern on top & the gold and white ikat on the bottom it's the perfect mix, plus it's made of silk to dress things up a bit.  The gold tones will make my newly painted gold stool really POP!  There are 3 more left if any of you want one.  I will take a picture and review them once i get them.

*Nice pillows but they can be found on West Elm's SALE section of their website and unfortunately I think I am sending mine back I don't like them with the color of our couch. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


1. This is my favorite bright & perfect for a summer vacay

 2. This top is a bit more casual & I like the cherry red color
Purchase HERE

 3. This maxi is under $100 and is tribal chic

4. The most affordable option, it's light & has a great rope accent

5. I had to add this one from TopShop

Monday, May 23, 2011


Loving this Spanish inspired home. Every room seems perfectly thought out for an easy laid back lifestyle.

This is their son Cruz's bedroom

Complete with a hanging chair & cloth headboard that he personalized with his crayons.  I think it's a super fun kids room.

Digging this extra long lumbar pillow made from an old spanish blanket.

Cool and Casual Living Room

This house is so eclectic and vibrant.  The attention to detail and the use of color in every room is so amazing.  I love the greens, pinks, & blues together it is unexpected. It reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw meets Samantha Jones sexy and chic.

I am such a huge fan of these rugs, I want one BAD!

 She has personalized matches for guests & entertaining.

 This seating arrangement by the bookshelf is great with a cowhide rug.

 Love these green lamps. 

 These royal blue velvet dining chairs are super rich

Photo credit: Styleswoon.com


All of these amazing spaces have a gold accent piece that adds a little sparkle & a lot of interest.

So I decided to add the GOLDEN TOUCH to our living room by spraying an old industrial stool we had in our kitchen.



Thursday, May 19, 2011


1. It all started with this caprese salad I had for lunch from Pane Bianco.  It is the sister restaurant to the very well known Pizzeria Bianco.  It was so fresh & light, it also came with fresh bread and a creamy mint for dessert but I ate mine in the car before I could take a picture! http://www.pizzeriabianco.com/
2. I had some left over mozzarella from my salad so I decided to make a pizza for dinner the following day. Here are the steps & ingredients, it was really yummy and super easy!
Lightly brush the entire thin crust Boboli pizza with olive oil
Sprinkle a thin layer of shredded mozzarella & parmesan
Add the fresh mozzarella, a little goes a long way *this makes the pizza amazing
I added 5 slices of prosciutto it shrinks up after baking
Add fresh basil, I bought a basil plant to keep in our kitchen for cooking

Bake for 10 minutes & serve

While we are on the topic of cooking and being in the kitchen I took a picture of our new dish towel from West Elm, I love the fringe on the bottom and the modern stripes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


1. Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Oversized Blouse in Nude
It has such a fun shape and fit to it.  I paired it with with white jeans for my brother's graduation.
I scored it for $6 at Last Chance saving $270!

2. J Brand Skinny Capri's
These will be great with a white v-neck for summer 
Also found at Last Chance for $10 saving $159!

Friday, May 13, 2011


Not a big fan of Leann Rimes by any means but I LOVE this crochet dress she wore to her post wedding brunch.  Her dress is by Emilio Pucci and I wish I could A. afford it and B. be able to pull it off!
See more at http://www.emilliopucci.com/

Photo credit: unknown

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


This beef jerky recipe is so EASY and will be a big hit!  Could make a great gift for Father's Day, long car trips, tailgating, or just a quick & healthy snack.  I use my food dehydrator for this but you can also bake in your oven.

London Broil sliced into strips *I ask our grocery butcher to cut for me
Soy Sauce, Worsteshire Sauce, or any Lawry's Marinade or a combo of all 3
Seasoned Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Red Chili Peppers

Pour in enough marinade to cover the strips of beef in a large Ziploc, let sit overnight, the next day lay each strip out 1/2 inch apart on trays & sprinkle with seasonings above to your desired level of spice, turn on dehydrator and let cook over night or approx 10-12 hours until done.
 For directions on how to cook in your oven click here


Photo credit: Food & Wine

Friday, May 6, 2011


This alba gardenia hydrating shampoo makes for good hair days

My studded Converse for our weekend trip up north to a friends cabin

 My custom designed wedding ring...I combined mine with my grandmother's & I can't wait to see it all finished!

Photo credit: Oliver Smith