Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Moroccan Tile Coasters



So I have something slightly embarrassing to admit.  I moved in with Jeff over a year ago, but we never managed to get coasters.  We just have cups all over the house resting on scraps of paper.  Super classy, I know.  So when I saw this DIY from Darby Smart (and saw that it had the word "Morocco" in the name) I had to go for it.


The kit came with coasters, spray paint, and some cute stencils.  I maybe didn't read the instructions all the way so my spray paint smeared in a couple of places, but I still think they're pretty.


And now I have coasters in my house!  Kristina for the win :)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Natalie Merchant on the Brain


Tee - JCrew / Jacket (old, similar) and Pants - Old Navy / Flats - Madewell (on super sale!) / Necklace (old) and Bracelet (similar) - Baublebar





Every time I wear this shirt (last seen here), I end up with These Are Days by Natalie Merchant stuck in my head for the entire day.  It was on an album my mom listened to when she cleaned when we were little so I always think of it as mom music, along with Carol King's "Tapestry" and the Miss Saigon soundtrack.  Well, Miss Saigon she really just played around the holidays, so for years I thought it was Christmas music.  Really weird, sad Christmas music.



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Monday, April 14, 2014

This weekend...


This weekend I...

...Stayed at a DoubleTree for the first time, and now I would like four thousand of their cookies please.  I went down to Bloomington with my sister to volunteer for Destination Imagination again, and our roadtrip involved singing at the top of our lungs to musical soundtracks and an unhealthy amount of Taco Bell.
...Caught the ending of The Help again, and for the first time DIDN'T cry.
...Got my snazzy new business cards in the mail!
...Ate a mac and cheese hamburger.  Yes, it's just as amazing as it sounds.
...Wandered around the neighborhood to celebrate the warm weather, along the way we drank several Moscow Mules and almost got blown away in the wind.
...Started working on a branding project I'm super excited about.
...Finally saw Frozen, and now have all of the songs stuck in my head.
...Went to church with Jeff's parents and then out to Maya del Sol for a freaking amazing brunch.
...Caught up on all of the tv Jeff and I watch together, including the new season of VEEP.

I hope you had a good one!



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Current Pinsperations

Happy Friday everyone!! Here are a few of the things that have been inspiring me lately (can you tell I have Spring in my brain?):

All images via my Pinterest page.

Have a great weekend!



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Anniversary Outfit


Shirt and Sweater - Loft / Skirt - Banana Republic (similar) / Shoes - Sole Society

Note - My legs are not this tan (I wish, right?), I was wearing brown tights.








Today is Jeff and my anniversary, which means it's the perfect day for a little date night action.  It's weird, but I guess starting next year we'll have a new anniversary to celebrate.  We were talking about celebrating our pre-versary this year (a year before our wedding) but it turns out I'll be out of town that weekend so I guess it's just a regular old anniversary this year ;)

We're heading to Mercat a la Planxa later to celebrate - tapas is our little tradition.  Not only did we get engaged in Barcelona, but our first date was also at a tapas place. For me, date night is the perfect excuse to break out some of my pretty shoes that are impractical for my everyday life - helloooooo red suede!  I didn't mean for my shoes to match my nails, but I am definitely not upset about it.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Bacon in the Oven

I love bacon (I mean, who doesn't?), but I hate making it.  It takes forever and requires far too much attention for me in the morning.  So last weekend I decided instead of frying it up, I'd try it in the oven.  And let me tell you, I am not going back!

You can bake bacon just on a cookie sheet, but I like my bacon extra crispy so I didn't want it just sitting in grease while it cooked.  So I took a baking pan, lined it with foil (for easy clean up, because cleaning is also hard on Sunday mornings), and then put two cooling racks on top.  That way, the bacon grease could drip off, and the bacon could cook from both sides.


(I may have turned the cooling racks between pictures.)



Bake it at 400 for 15-20 minutes, and voila!  Lots and lots of bacon is served.  




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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Vest, Again


Sweater - Banana Republic (old) / Vest - Old Navy / Jeans - Gap / Boots - Tahari (similar) / Watch - Michael Kors





I told you I had a problem.  Seriously.  This vest is getting around.  If it was a person, she'd be getting a very bad reputation.  I wore this for running a few errands (ahem, trying on many pairs of shorts) last weekend.  Comfy and cute, what more do you need?


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