Thursday, August 25, 2011

Denim Inspired Mani

Last year it was all about the military mani, this year denim is the new inspiration behind Chanel's new trio of limited edition polishes.  I'm not sure yet how I feel about the blue, but I choose Blue Rebel as my shade of choice.  Keep your eyes open, these will be at our favorite money-gobbling counter soon! ($39)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Five Cent Floor

 30 days and 13,650 nickels later (that's $682.50) new Seattle homeowners completed what I believe to be one of the most fantastic bathroom floors ever!
Peep the original article and inspiration behind this project here.

Exaggerated Earthquake

 I experienced my first "earthquake" yesterday.  It's very abnormal for this to happen around the DMV.  Not going to lie either, I was pretty rattled after the five second shakedown, I hope this doesn't turn into a routine ordeal.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Magnificent Mutation

 I was browsing this morning and found this revamp.  I'm still stunned at how ridiculously awesome this came out.  I absolutely love the decor, love the lighting, the floor is fab and of course I'm obsessing over the brick wall.  I'm more than inspired and can't wait to start redoing things in our new home.  Now, if we could just have the keys please.

Parmesan Zucchini Chips

1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup milk
2 small zucchini cut in 1/4-inch-thick slices
Cooking spray or vegetable/olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Grease a large oven-proof wire rack set on a baking sheet.
2. Whisk together bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt, onion powder and pepper in a medium bowl. Place milk in a separate shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk then in breadcrumb mixture patting the crumbs on. Place slices on wire rack. Repeat until all are coated.
3. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with basil dipping sauce if desired.

Basil Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup Sour Cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise (like Hellmann's)
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1/2 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
*Use a blender or food processor to combine all ingredients except salt and pepper until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cheesecake Sopapilla

3 cans pillsbury butter crescent rolls
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter (melted)
cinnamon & sugar

Unroll and spread 1 & 1/2 can crescent rolls on bottom of un-greased pan. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Fishtail Braid Tutorial

 One of these days, I'll figure it out.
 1. Start by bringing all of your hair to the right side of your head. Grab a small piece from behind your left ear, and then do the same on your right side. Bring both pieces over to the right side of your head.
2. Divide the small section on the right side into two: A thin, half-inch section on the far right, leaving the remaining section as a one-and-a-half-inch section. This should leave you with three sections of hair in your hands: The section from the left side of your head and the two sections from the right side in varying sizes.
 3. Take the small, half-inch section from the far right and cross it over, combining it with the left section. Grab a half-inch section from the outside-most section of the left-side portion, and combine with the right side.
 4. Take a half-inch section from the right side (taking it from the furthest section on the right), and grab a half-inch section from the remaining hair below (from the right outside, as well), and add all of that to the left section. Do the same on the left side. Repeat, pulling towards the right side. Continue crossing hair over from one section to the other and secure with an elastic band.
5. The short version: Take two equal sections of hair, and pull a thin strand from the outside edge of one section. Cross the thin strand over the other section of hair. Combine the strand to the hair in that section. Repeat the same steps with a thin strand from the outside of the other section until you’ve created crossover pattern, or a fishtail braid. 
6. Rough it up a bit at the top of the braid, and pull the strands to loosen and fatten it up. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hometeam Corruption

Friday evening I landed some last minute tickets (AND parking) to the preseason Redskins game.
Apprehensively sporting a Landry jersey, I walked up into that stadium and cheered on the Redskins as they shockingly beat the Steelers.
The seats were awesome, the weather was beyond perfect and that screwdriver I ordered was extra enjoyable.
 My McNabb.
Yup, that's me committing the crime!

Warehouse Conversion

I had to share this completely renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment located in a historic warehouse building in Melbourne, Australia.  I'm a huge fan of exposed brick and this pad has it in just about every room.  How sick is this place?!?

Buncha Bracelets

This might just be my most favorite post ever.  You can never have or wear too many fabulous bracelets at once.  I spy a handful of DIY bracelets I've posted!
See a bracelet you must have?
Find out what & where here.

Sally's Buffalo Chicken Dip

Best. Dip. Ever.
In a saucepan combine: 1/2 bottle hot sauce, 2 blocks of cream cheese, 1/2 bottle ranch dressing and 1/2 bottle of blue cheese
 Next, stir in shredded chicken
 Cover with shredded cheese and place in oven (350 degrees) until the cheese is bubbly and brown
Serve with celery or Fritos Scoops, yummm!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sarcastic Soaps

 These humorous soaps by Mollycoddle are available on today.  If you need an invite, just holler with your email.  There's 2 days left, make moves!