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Floral midi

Laura Wears... diy homemade floral midi skirt

floral midi skirt

how to wear a midi skirt

Laura Wears... flats and a midi skirt

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Laura Wears... wedding guest outfit midi skirt

Top:  J.Crew Drapey Crepe Tank
Skirt:  homemade {similar here}
Necklace:  c/o INPINK
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh gold bangle; thrifted gold twig bangles
Purse:  Ivanka Trump Travel Organizer {also here and here}
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney {more colors here and here}

I am slowly trying to fill gaps in my closet – for example, I finally purchased a plain white button-down shirt last week {this one}.  These flats were bought in March as part of the same initiative.  A beige shoe is a nice neutral that can be paired with almost anything 🙂

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Homemade Apple Cider

Last night I went over to a friend’s for dinner (takeout Lebanese cuisine that I picked up on my way over!).  For drinks, she had made apple cider (which I LOVED).  I thought I would share the recipe since I haven’t put up a food-related post in quite a while…

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Ingredients
2 cans apple juice
1 and 3/4 cups cranberry juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves

Combine ingredients in a pot.  Simmer for 45 minutes.  Serve warm

Image from wildelori.blogspot.com

Side note: Do you follow me on Twitter?  I have been stalking these shoes (also here) all morning.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I am really trying to wait until they are on sale since my new years resolution is to shop less and save more.  It’s going to be a challenge.  Although I have good motivation to save – we want to re-do our bathroom and kitchen this year.

Green Smoothies

Right before I came down with pneumonia I impulse-purchased a book about green smoothies.  While I know blended fruit and veges isn’t for everyone (Kevin HATES the concept – he’s a real texture-oriented eater), I have to say I am  pleasantly surprised how much I am enjoying a daily smoothie.  So, with that in mind, I thought I would make a quick recipe post to share my two favorite recipe to-date (both are iterations of recipes found in the book):

Favorite 1
2 cups of water
2 huge handfuls of spinach
1/2 cup kale
2 pears, diced
2 kiwis, diced
3/4 cup of broccoli

In a blender, add water, spinach and kale.  Mix well.  Add remining ingredients.  Mix well.  Makes 2 servings.

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Favorite 2
2 huge handfuls of spinach
1.5 cups frozen mango (thawed in microwave)
2 bananas

In a blender, add water, spinach and kale.  Mix well.  Add remining ingredients.  Mix well.  Makes 2 servings.

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DIY Multi-strand Necklace

I fell in love with this necklace at Tory Burch.  The problem?  The $395 price tag.  So, I decided to do the next best thing – DIY something similar. 

For my first attempt, I decided to use neutral coloured beads for both practical (goes with everything) and availability purposes (Walmart didn’t have much selection and Michael’s was closed when I wanted beads). 

Materials:
Beads  [I used 3 different types – large beige ball, small beige ball, and a white oval]
Clear jewelry cord  [I used the stretchy stuff, but the non-stretch stuff would probably be just as good for the necklaces]
Clasps [the Tory Burch option has a single clasp but since I couldn’t find any, I put an individual clasp on each strand.  To be honest, clasps aren’t necessary since the strands are so long]

Time Required:
About 3 hours…maybe?  I worked on this on-and-off while watching tv for a few days

Total Cost:
about $25

What I did:
Shortest Strand – 4 small balls, 2 oval…
2nd Strand – 10 large balls, oval, small, oval…
3rd Strand – Oval, small, big, small, big, small big, oval…
Longest Strand – alternated between large and small round beads

See Monday’s post for more pics!

Other DIY’s
Spotted Easter Eggs
Ribbon Wrapped Trees
Loopy Christmas Balls
Holiday Gift Tags
Scalloped Christmas Balls
Mini Winter Hat Ornament

Monochrome and a DIY

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Silk blouse:  Banana Republic
Shorts:  J.Crew eyelet shorts  (similar and here)
Necklace:  DIY {details here!}
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh Allie Bangles
Glasses:  Drugstore find 
Purse:  Banana Republic {last summer} 
Shoes:  Nine West ‘Metric’ Wedge {last summer}

Tuesday night indulgence

Even though I try to keep my blog content centered on my outfit choices, every once an a while I feel the need to post something different – and tonight is one of those nights…

I’d like to call this my Tuesday night indulgence recipe:

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
*recipe from www.foodnetwork.com

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These are definitely my go-to quick treat! 

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix ingredients & bake at 350 F for 10 minutes (or until edges start to brown). Delish!

DIY Spotted Easter Eggs

When we were younger, my brother and I used to love making these spotted Easter eggs. Last weekend I was feeling creative, so I decided to make some spotted eggs to decorate my new house 🙂

What you need:
Eggs
Dye (& containers)
Spoons
Candle (white is best) and matches
Baking sheet
Paper towel
Aluminum foil

Step 1: Hard boil or blow out eggs

Step 2: (once eggs have cooled) light candle, and dribble melted wax on eggs (hard to see the wax in the pic below)

Step 3: Once wax has dried, place egg is dye.  The dye is not able to penetrate the wax, so the areas with wax will not be dyed.

Step 4:  Allow dye to dry

Step 5: Repeat process with different coloured dyes until you are happy with the looks of your eggs.

If you don’t let the eggs dry fully after dying, the wax will not stick well, and may dislodge.

Step 6:  Once you are finished waxing and dying the eggs, place them on a foil-lined baking sheet and place in oven to melt off the wax dots.  I suggest broiling them at about 150-200F.  Monitor the eggs (if they get too hot, they may crack).  Once wax is soft, it can be wiped off with a paper towel.

Some of my eggs (especially the middle egg, above) have a mottled colouring.  I think this is becasue I used cheap dye and didn’t always allow my eggs to dry fully between each wax-dye cycle. 

Procrastinating – GF Shortbread Cookies

The other night I REALLY did not want to do school work…

Bad because I had a 6 page report due on Monday morning, but good because I did found time to make some gluten free shortbread cookies – yum! 

This recipe on Food.com is amazing!  Even Kevin, my gluten-loving husband raved about these cookies. 

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While this is not the best presentation possible, the cookies were still delicious!!

D-I-Y: Ribbon wrapped trees

I was trying avoid school work this evening, so I got creative…

I have seen many these paper trees all over the internet.  I am sure I am not the first person to think of wrapping the “tree” with ribbons, however I thought I would post my version anyways…

Materials
Paper (I used thicker card-stock scrap-booking paper)
Scissors
Glue
Ribbon 

Time
~ 30 mins

 

Put glue on one edge of the paper (a short side if you have rectangular paper), only about 1/2 the way down – you can add more glue later. 

Make a cone and add more glue where necessary (normally at the edges!).  Allow a minute or two for the glue to partially dry. 

Cut off excess paper at the bottom of the cone so the tree is able to sit flat (probably the hardest step for me – it took me about 5 tries to get the base somewhat flat).

Beginning at either the top or the bottom, glue down ribbon and wrap tree.  I only glued down the ribbon at the bottom and the top.  This gave the ribbon a more drape-y feel.  Once all the ribbon was added (I used 5 strands), I added a few ‘anchoring’ spots of glue – normally just to glue the strands of ribbon together at points where they crossed.

The finished product…

And with some smaller ribbon-less paper trees I quickly glued together…

Thanks for reading.  Happy crafting 🙂