8.29.2014

WEEKEND PROJECTS


I don't know about you but this weekend totally snuck up on me. I can't believe its already Friday and Labor Day! I thought I would put together a few fun things to do if you have a little extra time this weekend.

No 1 Pom Pom Pillows

These pillows require a little extra work (and a sewing machine) but the result is 100% professional. A great way to use scrap fabric.


No 2 Distressed Jeans

Have a few old pairs of jeans in your closet? I love distressing my jeans. The only thing that they dont include is using a cheese grater or zester. Those two things also work wonders.


No 3 Copper Plant Stands

I love how simple these are. As you know, I have a plant obsession and these are the perfect way to display them.


No 4  DIY Shibori

I love the look of indigo dye and this project turned out so great. 



These elegant earrings will take you all the way into fall and the holiday party season.


No 6 Marble Cheese Board

I have a few marble tiles laying around so this is the perfect DIY for me.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!



8.28.2014

WORKOUT MOTIVATION


One of my favorite parts of having a little extra time these days is being able to try things that I didn't have time for when I was working. This has included going to new workout classes all around the city and pushing myself a little harder than usual.

The big reason for this shift, from the elliptical to weight lifting cycling class (yes, I actually did that) was ClassPass. I was lucky enough to try ClassPass complimentary for one month and I have enjoyed all of the benefits. ClassPass is a monthly subscription for $100 and 10 classes. You can take classes from any of their 33 (they are adding more, daily) SF studios up to 3 times each. They are also in NY, Boston, LA and Chicago.

I love being able to try new classes, although constantly being the "new kid" takes a little courage. I have tried several different barre classes, spin class and Pilates. Next up is yoga, reformer Pilates and a new spin class. Most importantly, ClassPass got me out of workout robot mode. I was doing the same thing everyday and, while consistency is good, I wasn't really pushing myself.

Regardless if you get ClassPass or not, maybe sign yourself up for just one fitness class a week at your gym or get outside and go for a run. I always remind myself that doing the same thing is easy but there is such a satisfaction in following through on something new.

Since I have been working out so much, here are a few things that keep me going.


No 1 Taylor Fit Studio

I found this little studio because of ClassPass and I am now addicted to her classes. They combine weightlifting with barre and pilates. Taylor was formerly an instructor at Dailey Method and decided to open her own studio. I love a positive instructor and the classes are very personalized, only about 10 people.

No 2  Project Juice

While I am not a huge proponent of juicing, I will admit that after a crazy hard workout sometimes juice tastes so good. Project Juice has some great combos. Two of my favorites are their coconut water and the mint chip shake.

No 3  Who Run the World? Girls! Station on Spotify

Whoever created this station is a genius. It features girl power songs that practically guarantee you a good workout. Also, you can picture yourself as one of Beyonce's backup dancers for a little more motivation (or maybe that's just me).

No 4 Lululemon

People give Lulu a hard time but the fact is that they invented cute workout clothes. Sure there are the Nikes and Adidas' but Lululemon consistently produces all of my go-to workout clothes. They last forever and provide me with a darn good reason to go to the gym.

No 5 Fitbit

I have had my Fitbit for about a year and a half now. My whole family is in a steps competition and we are constantly keeping each other accountable. I find that it gives me that extra motivation to walk instead of cab, or get dropped off a little further away from my destination. Its also a good reminder to make sure that you are moving everyday, even if it is just walking.

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8.27.2014

YES YOU CAN MAKE: SUMMER CORN SALAD WITH HONEY LIME DRESSING


A few of you asked me to post a salad that I featured on Instagram. Ask and you shall receive. This salad combines all of the best flavors of summer in a southwest-inspired salad. It makes a great side or add chicken for a complete meal.

Ingredients

2-3 ears of corn, cooked and sliced from the cobb
1 1/2 cups of chopped tomato (I love mini heirlooms because they are colorful)
3/4 cup of black beans, rinsed
1 Avocado
1 Lime
2 Tbsp of olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp of honey
Salt and pepper
Goat cheese (optional)



Step No. 1

Assemble avocado, beans, tomatoes and corn in a mixing bowl.


Step No. 2

Mix olive oil, honey and juice of one lime. Add salt and pepper to taste. I like to use a jar with a lid so I can really mix it up.


Step No. 4

Pour dressing over ingredients. Toss with a spoon.


Step No. 5

Plate salad and garnish with goat cheese (optional).



Delicious! The perfect dish to bring to a dinner party.


8.21.2014

NEW DISCOVERY: LUMIO


It's been awhile since I shared one of these "New Discovery" posts. The purpose of them is to share new cool products and up-and-coming brands. I love to support creative people that are making new innovative products.

This San Francisco-based brand is no exception. I have followed their Instagram in wonder for the past few months. The company is called Lumio and they make these beautiful, handcrafted books that transform into lights. I love how soft the light is and the ambiance it ads. Since they are rechargeable, they would be perfect for a romantic picnic, a glamping trip or just reading in bed.






Isn't it mesmerizing? Check out more at Lumio and take a look at their Instagram too!


8.20.2014

JUDGE A BOOK...


Coffee table books are underrated. They just sit there looking pretty and collecting dust. I love to actually read my coffee table books. I browse them for inspiration when I'm drawing a blank. That's why not only does the cover matter (believe me, it does) but what's inside. Life lessons and decorating lessons in one post. Check.

I recently ordered "The Flower Recipe Book" and can't wait for it to come in the mail. I'll share more about it when it arrives. It got me thinking that I need to revamp my coffee table book selection. Here are a few of the books on my wish list…



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8.19.2014

PERFECT MIX


I can't believe that we are already into mid-August. Where has the summer gone?

While cleaning out my closet the other day, I noticed I have a lot of black and white, denim and pops of red. Then I took a look at my Pinterest and saw the theme continued on there as well. Its an easy mix that can be dressed up or down and given a ladylike or rocker vibe. Even though I have countless stripped shirts, I keep buying more because they look great with everything. Here is a round-up of my latest favorite combos. What are you closet go-tos?


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8.18.2014

THE PERFECT ACCENT


Building a perfect room is all about the mix. Pair high and low, old and new to create a visually engaging space that feels completely unique. I have partnered with Chairish to show how to style this fun, sunny, yellow Herman Miller-style accent chair. If you remember a few months ago, I introduced you to Chairish, the site where you can shop for curated pre-loved furniture. I love their accessible selection of vintage finds from gorgeous pillows to perfectly-worn leather chairs.

The first room features a oh-so-fun donut painting that adds color and a playful element. When paired with a minty sofa and a broken-in leather chair, the room feels light and fun. The second room plays off of a wonderful Secret Service target with a 50s vibe, and allows the yellow to shine amongst the natural tones. Which one are you drawn to? That donut painting is making me hungry...


To see more fabulous chairs that add a punch to any room, click here. Believe me, it was hard choosing just one.

Room 1:  Chair / Art / Coffee Table / Rug / Second Chair / Lamp / Sofa
Room 2:  Chair / Art / Coffee TableRug / Second Chair / Lamp / Sofa

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