Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Art for the Living Room

Things are slow moving in the living room, but I had an epiphany last night about something that's been bothering me...

...the big blank space above my sofa!

I've been searching non stop for the right piece, but it's been sooooo haaaaard finding something that 1. I actually like 2. I like enough to hang in my house 3. is square 4. will fit in with the rest of the art 5. relates to the hubs and me 6. will give off the vibe that cool, artsy, forward-thinking people live here! That's not too much to ask, is it?

I have come across several pieces that fit most of the criteria, but not all. Here are some that I found, but either, can't afford, isn't the right shape, or am not brave enough to hang for all of my visitors to see.
Impression via I.O. Metro

Barrell of a Gun via here

Adiddas via Nicole Cohen

Flamingos via Nicole Cohen

Stacks by Nicole Cohen
Close-Up of Gun Being Fired via here
Although, all of the above are too expensive or not the right shape, I was doing pretty well on the cool content. So, as I said earlier, I had an epiphany...and came up with these.





 So will you do me a favor, and tell me in the comments below, which of the five (1,2,3,4, or 5) is your favorite? Which do you think I should blow up and put on display?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Back at it...

Head to toe:

Chambray top: Old Navy (similar)
Camo cargo pants: Old Navy (here)
Nude D'orsay flats: Old Navy (here)
Watch: Fossil (here)
Amelia bracelet: Wrist Soiree (here)

Happy Friday loves!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Personal Style Files: Flats

Working in retail has totally changed my personal style. Well, maybe not totally, but it has me considering one part of my body that didn't get much thought before. My FEET!!!!

Standing/walking/lifting/moving for 8 hours a day can really make you evaluate what's really important in life: pretty...or comfort.

Well, if you know me, there was no way that I was giving up the pretty. So, alas, my hunt for pretty AND comfortable shoes began. First off all, I'm not a fan of the rounded toe, ballerina flat, so the pointed toe was a must. Also, I needed a few pair in finishes that would span the extent of my wardrobe. And since they already had to be flat, they in no way could be boring. (Basic black = no go!) So, I was looking for special details or bold colors to elevate the shoe a little beyond the monotonous. I'm pretty proud of myself for coming up with these pretties!

Not only did I find a great selection that I thought would be comfortable and WAY beyond basic, they are all under $100!!!

1. I saw these on the Old Navy site a couple weeks ago, and almost strangled myself a few days later, because they had all sold out! Well, on a little trip to Nashville, my besties and I stopped inside an Old Navy store inside of the Opry Mills malls and they had a full stock of them! Except, of course, in my size! My heart sank...once again...but, this time, I thought I'd test my luck. I asked a really nice sales person if they, by chance, had any more tucked away in the stock room or a dark corner. She politely asked for my size and said she would check. Being a size 10, I never expect any store to have my size. But by the grace of God, she came back with a size 10 in hand and said that her manager had crawled on her hands and knees to get to a back corner where she found them! Yay!!!! They are super comfortable, are the perfect shade of lipstick red and were only $25! Total SCORE!!!

2. I found these on a little site that I like to check periodically, called AliExpress. Yes, they are what some would call a "knock off" of the Valentino RockStud Flats, but let me give you my little spill on "knock offs". I currently can not, and probably will never pay $995 for a pair of shoes. I like them a lot, but not that much...not even if I had it to pay! Plus, stores like Forever21 and Charlotte Russe knock off designers ALL THE TIME! I'd much rather just pay my $45 and have the look. So, I don't feel bad. Call me wrong, but I don't care.
Sorry, not sorry. 
I've never ordered from this site before, but know people that have who have had great things to say about it, so these are currently on order for me. I'll let you know about my experience and the quality of the shoes once they arrive.

3. I already have a great pair of calf hair leopard flats that I ordered from Madewell, and I LOVE THEM!!! They are my favorites and the most comfortable flats I own! The thing is, I've had them about a year and they are taking on that "seen better days" look. It looks like the leopard print has completely rubbed off the toe and heel of each shoe, leaving the white patches. Not cute boo boo.
So, I think it's best to just order another pair and I wanted to give these from Steve Madden a try. Plus, at $80, they're $20 less than the Madewell pair. Here's hoping they fit!

4. I'm obsessed with gold at the moment and these babies just feed into my obsession. I just got them in and they are just as gorgeous in person! I paid $40 for mine, but they are currently on sale for $32! Go snap up a pair for yourself!

5. I'm telling ya, Old Navy strikes again! These faux snakeskin flats completely fit the bill for basic, but updated. And at only $17, I couldn't loose!

So, are you guys as proud of me as I am of myself? You should be! Lol! Are you having to consider cute vs. comfort too? Which did you choose?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Salty Chihuahua

I'm back with another installment of "Tasty Tuesday", but this week's recipe is dedicated to the cocktail!

It started when this recipe that just popped into my inbox one day (thanks Missy! (-; )

What you'll need:

2 oz of Tequila (I used 1800)
1 oz of Orange-flavored Liqueur (tried O3 and it's pretty good)
2/3 cup of 100% Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice (or squeeze your own)
Sprig of mint for garnish

Pour ingredients over ice. Stir. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tasty Tuesday...on Wednesday?

I know it's Wednesday, but I made this meal on yesterday. So, technically, it still counts.

Last night, I posted this pic to Instagram and it got more likes than some of my outfit posts!

Yall, this food was sooooooo gooooooood!!!!!!! So good, that I'm breaking it all down for you to enjoy.

Garlic Paprika Salmon

First of all, I buy the family-sized bag of frozen salmon at Kroger and I cook them frozen! For this recipe, I lined a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and placed a little cooking rack on top. Spray a little cooking spray on the rack and place my frozen salmon on top. I poured a little olive oil over the fillets and them sprinkled on a little salt, pepper & paprika. I then spread on about 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic on to each fillet. Bake in the oven on 400 degrees for 25 minutes from frozen. Done!

Savory Sweet Brussel Sprouts

OK. Get your notepad out and get ready to write this one down, because you're going to want to remember this recipe for the rest of you days! I came across this recipe on the Real Simple website and modified it to our tastes. Basically, I just left out the raisins.

2 lbs of brussel sprouts, trimmed and halfed
6 strips of bacon
1 large shallot
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of honey
salt and pepper

First, toss your brussel sprouts in the oil, salt and pepper. Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Roast them a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, flipping once half way through. While your sprouts are roasting, cut up your bacon into 2 inch strips and fry. Remove the bacon and set to the side. Pour off about 2/3 of the grease. With the remaining grease, toss in your shallots and cook for about 4 or 5 minutes. Add your red wine vinegar and then add in your roasted brussel sprouts. Toss in the pan for about 2-3 minutes and then add your bacon. Pour into your serving bowl and then drizzle with honey. Serve!

"Baked" Sweet Potatoe

I rinsed off 3 single serving sized sweet potatoes in cold water and then put them in the microwave for 15 minutes (flipping them over at 5 minute increments). Once done, let them rest in the microwave for a minute or two (or five), before taking them out. To fix them up, split them down the center and fluff the insides. Add in a pat of butter, a pinch of salt, a dash of nutmeg and little bit of brown sugar and continue to mash. Done!

I am not over-exaggerating when I tell you that this meal was amazing! I may cook it all over again tonight!