Friday, January 30, 2015

For Your Weekend...

It'sssssss FRIDAY! And I rounded up a few things for you to browse and ponder this weekend. So, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, sit down, and start checking these out...

Is Anthropologie serious right now? I cannot accept this. 

Joanna Goddard is funny and I wish every single one of these things counted toward at least a cookie!!

To make up for scarring you with the first pair of shoes, these are actually beautiful. 

In case you are like me and only watch the Superbowl for the food, here is a list of 12 questions you're afraid to ask before the Superbowl so you can avoid any blunders!

Here is your free Superbowl Bingo printable from Studio DIY if the above list is not enough to keep you lookin' cool.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread sounds like something you should probably

Have a great weekend, ya'll!! 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine's Day Cocktails

Do you ever wonder why the color pink is associated with Valentine's Day? Well I perused the internet for an answer and this is what I found: pink is a color that speaks of affection, sweetness, and understanding. A lighter hue represents grace, gentleness, and admiration, while the darker choice lends room for appreciation and gratitude. 

I would personally be appreciative of this appreciation if it came in the form of one of these delicious pink cocktails I have rounded up!
Let me know which one sounds the best to you! Seems I had a thing for red citrus when I was searching! All links are below. 

grapefruit mojito

lemonade blood orange mimosas

gin/st. germain grapefruit martini

blood orange/thyme paloma

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Life Without Serial


...I know, I know. I am trendy, what can I say? Are all your friends talking non-stop about it? Well, I am THAT person who tells you 6 times a day you should be listening to it! I didn't even know what a podcast was before Serial (ok I sort of did, but who really gives them a chance?!). I had to watch this instructional video on the topic.

After listening to season one, I have mixed feelings. The obvious disappointment of not finding out a new verdict to the case is the major one. I just listened to almost 12 hours of Sarah Koenig speaking to find out there's still no happy ending?

Ok that aside, here are a few other questions/frustrations I would love to better understand. If you have any answers or thoughts, please share below!!

1. HOW DO THESE KIDS FORGET SO MUCH ABOUT A DAY WHERE THEIR FRIEND WAS MURDERED? I would love to have a better understanding of the exact demographics of that particular school. Were these kids so used to crime, that this was just "another day"?

2. How did Jay NOT get convicted of anything?

3. Still don't understand why Hae Lin's DNA was not tested the first time around...

Overall, Sarah does a great job of not leaving room for an emotional connection to be made between the listener and the people involved, including the convicted and suspects. I mean, you can't help but make assumptions, but she certainly doesn't make Jay look nothing by evil, nor Anon as this sweet innocent boy.

Thoughts aside, the real question is: what do we do now as we wait for Season 2?

-First, you should watch this SNL Parody
-Then there are some other stories by Sarah Koenig 

In the meantime, I will be watching The Killing on Netflix. A really...awesome...crime show....

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hanging a Great Gallery Wall

The gallery wall has very much been in trend over the past year and it continues to be an outstanding way to present your favorite art pieces. I currently have two small gallery walls in my house and they both have a more neutral and uniform vibe (think Ikea Ribba frame style!). While I don't mind this "matchy matchy" look and will likely keep one of my walls looking this way, I am very much drawn to the mix of white, black, and tan frames. Gallery walls can also vary in size. Personally, the bigger the better!

image via pinterest 

So are you ready to take the dive and fill your walls with something to look at? If you already have that collection of art prints in desperate need for a frame and a place to be displayed, this is a great way to start! Great, cheap frames can be found at places like Ikea, Pottery Barn, craft stores like Michael's (use a coupon for an ever better deal!). Or if you are more of a vintage kind of gal, run, don't walk, to your nearest flea market or thrift store to find a variety of old frames! A lot of these unfortunately need their glass replaced, so count on an extra trip if you decide to head this route. (fyi you can get custom shapes of glass cut at places like Home Depot and Lowe's!)
If you decide to start with frames first (like I did), this is fine as well!

1. Once you have gathered your frames, lay them out on the floor to get an idea of how you want to hang them- in what pattern and aspect. 

2. Once this has been decided, trace each frame on kraft paper and cut the shapes out. Tape these to the wall in the exact pattern you intend to hang the frames and tape them up with painter's tape. Make sure you evenly space out each piece (I usually do 3 inches).

3. Locate hook location for each frame and mark it on the kraft paper. 

4. Then, nail each nail where the marks are. Once all nails are in place, you can rip away the kraft paper, hang your frames and BAM! You have yourself a mighty fine gallery wall!!

This is my favorite look and I really hope you take advantage of a wall in your house to style your own! Below I have a few of my favorites rounded up from my Pinterest board.

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adding pinterest script 3. Changing the Position of the Pin it! button The cool thing about this code is that you have some freedom over where the Pinterest button for Blogger will go over the image. Take a look at the code that you just copied and pasted into the HTML for the word 'center'.