Monday, April 30, 2012

Cake Batter Dip!







So, you really need to make this. My lovely friend Whitney made so much delicious food this past weekend at my new house for a housewarming party and this was one of my favorite things...
Make it and you will see why. Just do it. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ideas for Mom Treats

























Ah, Kate Spade. Always the answer. I would love to do any of these glamorous things with my mom!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ride Colorfully







Kate Spade has challenged Pinterest users to create a board inspired by where you would ride on this fabulously design Vespa. I don't know what I would do with a Vespa, but I'm kind of obsessed with this one. Look how beautiful it is! I would totally ride this thing. Check out my curated "Ride Colorfully" Board on Pinterest!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Color Pop:Teal




My new home is spattered throughout with teal. I love the color more than I initially realized because it's such a calming yet fun combination of blue and green. It's a flattering color to wear, a refreshing color to live amongst and beautiful accent.
It reminds me of the Caribbean waters and that is always a good thing.

In a bedroom:




Beautiful glass:

Source: westelm.com via Laurie on Pinterest



Stepping pretty

Source: google.com via Laurie on Pinterest



Outdoor:




In an office:




On your walls:

Source: etsy.com via Laurie on Pinterest

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Random Raves





I thought I would share with you some of my recent and tried and true favorite things. I can speak from experience that all of these different things are awesome! I know none of these things are really related, which is why it's random.
The color of the Wild horses blouse is so pretty. I could wear it every day if people wouldn't make fun of me...and I don't even like horses that much.
Capri Blue's Aloha Orchid scent fills a room with such a wonderful smell. It's fresh and flowery and comes in more than just the green jar from Anthro!
The Edith Piaf radio station on Pandora has been playing frequently on my computer. I work much better with it on. Probably because I'm imagining myself at a European flower market...
Kate Spade's gumdrop studs are so versatile. I gave a black pair to my grandmother when they first came out, she gave me a clear pair recently and I loved them so much I bought myself a neon coral pair. The brights are so great for the neon trend right now and all the colors are beautiful.
I got the Michael Kors watch for Christmas from my parents and I kind of hate taking it off!
Tom's wedges are my go-to shoe when I don't know what goes with what I'm wearing. They are cute, comfy (really!) and are for a good cause.
Nude hydrating spray literally keeps my makeup fresh all day, even after an intense BarreAmpedworkout, which combines ballet barre training with pilates for a major workout and awesome results.
I don't drink sodas that often, but I do consume the carbonated stuff without much guilt (just 35 calories!) with the Soda Stream soda maker. You can make your own sparkling water or your favorite soda.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

MIA for a bit...





I apologize for the lack of posts yesterday and today. I strive to have a daily post and things that have gone unnoticed and forgotten have caught up with me. I'm sorry....I will have a fabulous post for you soon. Just stick with me for a bit.
Until then, I encourage you to follow me on Pinterest for some inspiration! Share a link to your board in the comments below so I can see what inspires you!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Guessing Game




Friends




Graphic Designers Eurydyka Kata & Rafał Szczawiński of re:blog are minimalist geniuses. I love good clean graphic design that pops color as a big aspect of the aesthetic. I also love trivia games, even though Boyfriend could easily crush me faced with any trivia question unless it involves art or fashion.
The design duo has created 15 Iconic TV posters simply by displaying three images that describe the show. I have included the ones that were shows I watch/have watched-some of them I didn't get until I checked the answer...then I was excited! Check out the other posters and see if you can guess them all! I'm being a copycat and am putting the answers in white underneath the poster like their blog did. It's kind of like using lemon juice and a black light to write secret messages to your friends. You didn't do that? My friend Whitney and I were obsessed with spies when we were kids, so that could be it...you're going to try it now aren't you?






Game of Thrones






Daria






True Blood






Once Upon A Time






Lost






Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Grilled Cheese Day!




It's GRILLED CHEESE DAY! Such a happy holiday...since I've changed my diet I try to stay away from cheese if it's lunch or after (according to Tone It Up's rules) but more often than not, I just give in to the gooey, stringy, sharp, deliciousness that is cheese. I set out with good intentions at least. By far, hands down the very best cheese I have eaten has been a random block I found at Whole Foods that had espresso on it. It sounds weird but it combines two phenomenal things-coffee and cheese. I don't know what else you need, other than chocolate and bread maybe.
My favorite way to make a grilled cheese is with some gouda or a sharp cheddar mixed with another cheese, feta maybe? I love putting a tomato slice in the grilled cheese and sometimes include bacon or avocado. That one above is grilled pimento cheese. Yep.
Here are some recipes I would just love to try next time I'm in a grilled cheese mood (ok that probably will be in ten minutes):



Mmmm, caprese.




Goat cheese with avocado!




A simple 3-cheese:




Mexican style!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Egg Mug & Black and Tan




I know I'm kind of late to the game of mug recipes that I've seen around, but I actually tried one! I didn't go by a recipe, I just put my regular scramble egg ingredients into a mug and stuck it in the microwave and voila! Instant nutritious breakfast. Pair it with my copycat version of Edgehill Cafe's Black and Tan and I am a happy breakfast-eater!
I know that having eggs in the mornings is obviously a good source of protein, but it also helps me stay full longer. It's easy to go by Starbucks and grab their feta-spinach-egg white wrap but that eventually adds up. I'm glad that now I can whip up something and still get to work on time for less and I know where my ingredients came from and that they were properly washed. That being said, I love adding tomatoes, a little onion, and spinach to my scramble because you get some veggies in there on top of your dairy. I also love to add a little kick to it with the feta cheese (gouda is also really good with eggs) and a tiny bit of cayenne pepper along with salt and pepper. I use a few drops of olive oil to grease my pan but if you're using the mug it's not that necessary unless you wanted the added benefits of good fats.

Tips:
Wash your veggies with a veggie wash so you know they are clean!
Buy free-range eggs-the way you can tell that the chickens that produce the eggs are healthy and have a happier life is if the yolk is an orangey-yellow color.
Whisk all the ingredients (minus the seasoning) with a fork in the mug before you put it in the microwave.
Add seasoning last, then fluff it all together.



Black and Tan




Mix according to taste:
Freshly ground coffee (tastes so much better and you can find cheap grinders that work well)
Hazelnut syrup (about 1/2 tablespoon)
Vanilla almond milk (about 1/2 cup or less)
2 shakes of cinnamon

Enjoy a fresh start to your day! As Zooey would say:







Monday, April 9, 2012

New Read You Probably Need






I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend! I had a wonderful, relaxing time at home with my family. Coming off of my post on Friday about Easter, I encourage you to find a hammock, a glass of lemonade and sit down with Pete Wilson's latest book, Empty Promises.
I've already said I attend Cross Point Community Church and have since I moved to Nashville in 2008. On top of being a very real, down-to-earth pastor that speaks so much truth, Pete is also a great writer. His first book, Plan B, was exactly what I needed to hear in a difficult time when I thought life wasn't going as I had planned. I highly recommend that book and am very excited about this new one, especially after reading this description:


We all long for more of something in our lives. In our endless pursuit to feel worth and acceptance we find ourselves sacrificing everything for the promise to be a little more beautiful, a little richer, a little more powerful and successful, a little more loved.
How do we break free from these empty pursuits and start chasing the only Promise that will ever satisfy? How do we uncover the hidden idols that are driving us and turn our devotion toward the one true God?
Join Pastor and best-selling author Pete Wilson in discovering the joy and freedom that comes with seeking after God with your whole life. Learn how to replace, and not just relinquish, life's empty promises by turning your focus and worship toward Him. It is the only thing that will set you absolutely free from the endless pursuit of everything else.

If have learned that if you don't need nuggets of information like I know this book will have in it right now, you will in the future. It's nice to have something like this in your mind's back pocket.
The book goes on sale tomorrow, so get ready!

Friday, April 6, 2012

What does Easter mean to you?




I have been thinking all week long about what my final post of the week would be...it is one of significance because it's Good Friday. This is one of the most important days in history, and yet most of the world clearly sees it as a day for bunnies, chicks, eggs and spring colors. Those things are beautiful and sweet for this time of year when trees are growing, flowers are blooming and nature comes back to life out of its sleep of winter. I have a holly tree in my yard with lots of bumble bees busy pollenating. They haven't bothered me and I have enjoyed watching their role in life. I also have a little cocoon hanging from a tree in my backyard. It is definitely a time of rebirth and reawakening...
which is why I'm not going to post great ideas of things to make or decorate or cook for Easter. That's not what Easter is about. Let me say now that this is a design blog, and I am straying away from that aspect right now to a bigger aspect: the design of life.
I scrolled through Pinterest earlier in the week and saw very little relating the the meaning of Easter until I found the sweet Grace Garden idea above. I absolutely love it. It's not an in-your-face blatant Christian piece. (I think people that need someone in their face about Christ are turned completely off by over the top "religious" things) This is a great way to put your hands in the dirt that God made and search for things in nature that He created to make your Grace Garden. If someone asks what it is, there is a perfect opportunity for you to tell the story of Easter:
Good Friday is a dark day. It was physically dark outside when Jesus was crucified. It was dark in the souls of those who were there to watch Him die, dark in those who sent Him to that death and even dark in those who were saddened beyond words. The day was good, eventually. It was good for us who are Christians because that means we can breathe a sigh of relief now. Our life does not end on this Earth. We have an infinite life beyond death thanks to this day over 2,000 years ago. Sorrows and trials we have gone through and will go through in our lifetimes will not have to be thought of again. Life will be completely alive forever. Why? Because that same man who was sent here as a baby, miraculously through a virgin, walked and talked among so many. He defied laws and set his own and spoke truth and love for a short time on Earth. He took the place of literally countless people and died an incredibly brutal death simply so that everyone that came after Him, loved him and followed Him would be able to live forever with Him.
I've been to mosques and temples where different people groups ritualistically go to worship their gods that are dead. There is emptiness in those beautifully adorned places. I've seen it and experienced it and one thing has always stuck with me: I'm so thankful that I worship One who has conquered death. I celebrate Easter because the Lord I worship is alive. That is something to seriously ponder...it's beyond capability of anyone to even fathom.
Pete Wilson, pastor of Crosspoint Community Church wrote in his blog what I think a lot of people need to hear. I encourage you to read it and just be quiet for a little while and think about this day. Think about what happened. Think about why it happened, because it was for you.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Peep-ing





I think Peeps are the cutest little things and have the greatest colors. I think they are kind of disgusting though. That's a lot of sugar just for something pretty. I did create Peep Sushi two years ago after seeing it somewhere before it became the thing to do with Peeps. The result was similar to Lauren Conrad's (above). I used Fruit by the Foot (and was shocked it was still around and still fun to eat), Rice Krispy Treats and as I recall, pink Peeps. Think of the Rice Krispy treats as your rice, the Fruit by the Foot as your seaweed and the Peeps as your fish or sashimi. Cut off their poor little heads (I used the ducks not the bunnies) and stuff it into a ring of rice krispy. You sort of have to mold around the peep head. The adorn with the Fruit by the Foot. I'm sorry my directions are haphazard. The result is hilarious and cute, disgusting for adults but tasty for kids.
I mean, let's face it, that is nasty.
I have also made a better treat out of the peeps...I only really like marshmallows in things, particularly chocolate and graham crackers. Hence, peep s'mores. It makes it prettier, as if you need that.
Since Lauren Conrad is adorable, as is her website, she has a quick and easy cutie kabob of sorts of peeps and Reese's. I would really only eat the Reese's and probably play with the Peeps.




She simply takes the peeps, a kabob stick and a soft chocolate candy and makes a pattern on the stick. Simple as that.
Go forth and conquer peep treats, peepsters. If you come up with something new, I want to see! For more ideas and just a dose of cuteness, go visit the Peeps!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sweet and Elegant Affair




I should have known when I saw that this week's CeCi Style was about Dylan Lauren's wedding, I would be in for an eye candy treat (pun intended). You might recognize Dylan Lauren from the popular chic Dylan's Candy Bar. As if looking at her adorable and creative logo didn't send me over the design edge, her colorful and quirky look for her wedding did the trick. According to Ceci, Lauren's inspiration for the ceremony was fairy-tale-esque meets Marie Antoinette. Ok, accomplished with that cake alone. Her reception was of course colorful without being childish. Bright colors can be elegant when done the right way, like this. Especially with Ralph Lauren custom bridesmaid gowns.
The photo above is from the reception. All photos can be found at CeCi Style



I wonder what flavor this cake is...oh it doesn't matter. I would hate to touch it to eat it. Masterpiece.




Ever my wedding invitation muse, Ceci Johnson does it again. The laser cut is so delicate and beautiful.




Elegant use of many colors.




That teal tablecloth. I just died a little.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Color Combo: Navy and Coral





One thing that I hope you take away from this blog is the power of color. It's such a fun study, especially because it's all around us all the time. I have been in love with two colors lately: navy and coral. I didn't necessarily picture them together until recently though, and the result is a lovely chic pallet of upscale nautical with a springy punch. I adore it to pieces. It's a great combination to wear because navy is a naturally flattering shade on just about any skin type and coral brings out a rosiness and a flash of the brightness that spring brings. Especially at mid-80 degree weather in the beginning of April!
Navy and coral also are a nice combination for homes as well, whether it be subtle or full-on in a room, the colors are very fun.
Here is a little navy/coral curation from Pinterest.



Of course Kate always gets it right:




I love love love Lulus and also this extra color pop of lime:

Source: lulus.com via Laurie on Pinterest



Hey there, awesome place setting. Look at that coral glass!




Completely casual and breezy with a little bit of turquoise thrown in:

Source: polyvore.com via Laurie on Pinterest



Super classy:

Source: decorpad.com via Laurie on Pinterest



Simple and elegant:

Source: polyvore.com via Laurie on Pinterest



Statement piece:

Source: etsy.com via Laurie on Pinterest





 

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