Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Favorites

I hope everyone is had a good week. I have been busy, busy getting ready to finish up the first half my Senior Design class. I've been getting all of the construction documents up to par and haven't had a lot of time to blog with week. Good news is, I finally set up my LinkedIn page. You can see it here.

As always, here are my top five favorite things this week.

Favorite Look

Shop this look.

Favorite Sweet

Oh my! I can't wait to try these out for fall.

Favorite DIY

What to do with all those bags of pennies my grandmother had hidden throughout her house.
(Great for fall too!)
Favorite Laugh
Every time I see this I chuckle like a five year old girl.
Favorite Bible Verse
So while all of you are enjoying your day off, think of me as I work my tail off! It should be illegal to have to wait tables on Labor Day! Anyhow, enjoy your weekend and please be safe.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week has been quite swell, I can't complain. My week as seen a lot of this fuchsia color, so I'm going to go with it. Top five favorite things at this moment.

Favorite Color:  Pantone's Sangria 
Favorite Song: Wildfire | John Mayer
New album out NOW - someone buy it for me ASAP!
Favorite Quote:  I love this because it's perfect for this time in my life. I have major Senioritis and am so ready to graduate. This quote reminded me there is light at the end of this massive design project I'm devoted to right now and the best days are yet to come. Motivation!
 Favorite Design: I love everything about this picture. The gilded chair with a cheetah print seat, the coral bag, and (there's that color again!) that pop of color on that dresser! It's a simple dresser and they've added the gold corner to make it look like an expensive piece.
Way to cheat the system - love it!
Favorite Snack: I am a huge kid at heart and I think this is just too cute! An apple slice sandwich with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and Honey Smacks cereal. I think I just found my new favorite brunch munch! Yummmmmmm.
The weekend is just a blink away! Be careful and have a fun filled weekend with friends and family.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DIY Wednesday: Easy Entry Upgrade

I am so very excited to be posting today's DIY Wednesday. I have been looking forward to getting this complete for a couple of days now. So here it is!

I don't know about you but the inside of my front door is where everything goes. Shoes, purse, book bag, leash, bills, etc. I needed some sort of organization that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. Meanwhile, I had recently gotten an email from Jo Ann's who wooden crates on sale. They looked pretty cool so I ran by and picked up three.

Not knowing what I was going to do with them, I went to the trusty Internet for ideas. I found this...

Bam! What a perfect way to corral all that junk sitting by the door! Instead of staining them, which is still a great idea, I ran by Lowe's and picked up sample containers of my three favorite colors right now. Only $2.99 and just the perfect amount!

I waited until I got home from work and attempted to paint the crates outside. I got attacked by mosquitos so I brought the project back inside.

I'd advise you to not paint this on your stove, unless you have a curious dog like me! If so, somewhere high would be good, or else your puppy's nose will be blue! I'm very proud of how it turned out. After all that, it looks like this. I'm still going to get a mail divider and another basket for more storage. 

Isn't just adorable!? And the colors are endless - perfect for any room. I'm really happy that now I have a place to show off my adorable Hunter rainboots that I got for my birthday this year!

A fairly quick and easy way to freshen up your front door and it only cost around $50!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Ten: Ten Decorating Don'ts

Before you rearrange the living room (again!), read this first so you won’t make the same design mistakes again. Learn how to turn your “Don’t” into a “Do!”

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1. Don’t hang floor-length curtains level with the top of the window.
Hang curtains close to the ceiling for the illusion of greater ceiling and window height. Width-wise, curtains should just cover the frame to create the look of wider, grander windows.
2. Don’t have all the same color wood in one room.
Mix all colors of wood together in a single space. (All woods can coexist in a room just like they do in a forest.) Then, lighten a space up with Lucite, polished chrome, or glass accents.
3. Don’t put an area rug over wall-to-wall carpeting; it’s like wearing socks and sandals and is a big design no-no.
 Use an area rug in a bedroom or living room with wood floors. The rug should peek out from under a coffee table at least 18 inches from the sides.
4. Don’t underestimate the power of personal photographs.
Go big and crop in. Then hang the framed photos uniformly with about four inches between and above each piece.
5. Don’t use a pale color on the walls -- they’ll look washed out.
Go with a dark, saturated color like this deep red. Choose three to five paint chip colors for your entire home and put them on a single piece of paper. If they are in harmony, use it as your whole house palette to work toward.
6. Don’t push all your seating against the walls in any room.
Float your seating (be sure to leave about two and a half feet for walkways between pieces). But if you do have a hefty piece of furniture on one wall, balance it with a mirror, indoor tree, or furniture piece that is roughly the same dimensions on the opposite wall. Otherwise, it could feel like the room might tip over.
7. Don’t display paperbacks when decorating with books.
Remove the jackets on hardcover books to show binding color, embossing, and texture. Display them on the coffee table, stack them on side tables with knickknacks on top, or neatly stack right on the floor next to your sofa.
8. Don’t cover your couch with too many decorative pillows.
Stick with two 18-inch square pillows and layer in with other smaller shapes on a standard size sofa. Use the pillows that came with your sofa somewhere else to pull the entire room together.
9. Don’t buy your furniture all in one place. It’s like wearing head-to-toe of the same designer.
Show off your personal style and mix old and new pieces. Find a good place to showcase your favorite family treasures and heirlooms.
10. Don’t put a tiny piece of art above your bed.
Aim to fill two-thirds of the wall space above the headboard. Then hang a mirror behind your bedside table lamp. The mirror enlivens the space and creates visual depth in a less than spacious room.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Super Classy and Chic School Supplies

For most kids/teens, school has officially started and what better way to kick of the 2013-2014 school year with the cutest supplies. I don't know about you, but getting all new school supplies was my favorite part about being back in school. I couldn't wait to show off my new notebooks and pens. I've complied the most girly school must-haves that you will not be able to resist!

1. Sarah Pinto Academic Calendar - Not only do you see the full month all on one page, but you get a break down of every week with extra space to write down all that homework!
2. Lily Pulitzer Lunch Tote - One that all the girls will be asking you about, this Lily lunch tote is big enough to hold Tupperware containers plus a bottle of water.
3. Russell + Hazel Eco-binders - Help save the environment with this 100% post-consumer recycled binder. Features include a dry-erase board on the inside flap and reinforced metal corners so all the banging in your locker doesn't destroy it. Check out the filler paper that goes with it!
4. USB Hubdog - Save your homework from being eaten by your dog with this super chic USB port, which is capable of holding four USB flashdrives. Now, that's wire management for you. 
5. Jonathan Adler Pens & Pencils - Note taking will be somewhat more enjoyable when you get to use these stylish pens and pencils. Don't forget the highlighters to match!
6. Vera Bradley Backpack - Turn heads as you walk through the halls with this bright and cheerful backpack. Features a inside sleeve for a laptop and a lot of pockets for all your kick-knacks.
7. Urban Outfitters Mini Bottle USB Flashdrive - Keep all your files bottle up with this miniature glass bottle with a cork USB flashdrive built in. Definitely a conversation starter!
A quick quote of the day:
I hope you all have a fantastic school year!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

House Tour: Tory Burch's Gatsby-era Home

Any Gatsby fans out there? If so, then you're going to love the always fabulous Tory Burch's home in Manhattan.

Tory is known for her extensive and successful fashion line which showcases the beautiful collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories. You can shop her collection at
Vogue magazine calls this home an "Estate of Grace." This 1940s-themed Manhattan home is sure to surprise you. Get lost in the bold patterns, rich colors, and antique furniture. You'll notice that every detail in every corner is primped and polished to the utmost degree. Interior Designer Daniel Romualdez did a fantastic job translating the fashion idol's vision into reality.

(Images courtesy of Harper's Bazzar and Vogue Magazine)
Her style isn't really my taste but I can appreciate the beauty of it. So glad I stumbled upon this gorgeous home.
How handsome are her three sons?
FYI - her ex-husband Chris Burch founded C Wonder, a line that has everything from clothing, jewelry, home d├ęcor, and accessories. I have fallen in love with the home stuff recently. And it's pretty reasonable. You have to check it out!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Solo Dinner Night

Italian Baked Chicken mixed with Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans

Tonight was one of those nights that I just felt like cooking for myself. Have you ever done that? I sought the infamous Pinterest for something, and this recipe caught my eye. I added my own twist onto things and it turned out great. Thanks to the owner of this blog for the idea.
You will need:
 chicken breasts
fresh vegetable(s) of your choice
4-5 baby red potatoes
half a stick of butter
one pack of Italian dry dressing mix
salt and pepper


Oven temp: 400 degrees

I used a 9x9 Pyrex square dish, but the more chicken you use the bigger the pan will need to be.
I washed the potatoes and cut them into bite size chunks.

 I added a half of bag of SteamFresh green beans.

I cut the half od stick of butter into slices and added them on the top.

I drizzled about a half of the bag of dressing mix onto the top of everything and then covered in foil.

I let it bake for about 30-45 minutes and here's how it turned out.


After thought:

Zucchini or squash would be another great veggie to use. Next time, I need to make sure the potatoes get mixed well because the ones of the top didn't get cooked all the way. :( Maybe I'll try it with Panko bread crumbs for an added crunch.