Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pina Colada Frozen treat 3 ww points

For this I used 
-1/2 cup of coconut milk
-1/2 cup splenda
-2 cups chopped pineapple

Blend and freeze. When ready to eat, let sit out to thaw for about an hour before. 
Personally, I liked the pineapple basil better. And it was less points. 
I love ice cream, and anything sweet, so these let me enjoy that without screwing my whole day up. 
But pineapple basil definitely wins! Check that recipe out here!

DIY Neon Shoes #2! Bright blue

Second shoe project in as many days...I have to find something to do with the 50 or so hours that work used to fill up before the car accident, so items in my 'giveaway/damaged' pile of clothes and shoes are the lucky victims. 

These were a pair of Baker's wedges that were badly damaged and headed for the trash. 

I used acrylic paint, and covered it with modge podge to *hopefully* seal it. 

Took a few coats, but extremely easy. My boyfriend even got into painting them. I don't know if I'd ever really wear them, but it was a fun project!

On the hunt for a gold cuff...

I've been looking for a gold tone large cuff for a while now.. and can't seem to find one that fits the bill.

I love this one from ASOS, but it's sold out.

They have this set of two, but I'm not sure I like the hammered detail.  
So, the search continues. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DIY Neon color block heels

All you need for these are a old pair of shoes, tape, and spray paint.
They aren't perfect, but they'll work. 
Before (I don't have a picture, ah!), but the bottom was a metallic brownish color. I had them in the goodwill bag, but thought I may be able to do something with them.

First, you cover EVERYTHING you don't want paint on. I used electrical tape and scrap fabric. A plastic bag on the inside shields that pretty well. 
Since the bottoms were dark, I used white paint first, then the neon. 
Let dry, peel, and wear!

Kale Chip Recipe

Kale chips are my new favorite snack. Here's the way I make them most often:

Kale Chips- Garlic Version

I buy the pre-cut Kale, just to save some time. 
Mix one tablespoon of olive oil in a bag and SHAKE! to cover the leaves
Spread out on a baking sheet and sprinkle garlic powder, garlic salt, a bit of cajun, and sea salt to taste. (You can also just put salt on them, they taste great like that, or experiment with various spices in your cupboard). 
Bake at 325 until leaves turn to chips. 

I also love them with Pele's Fire Macadamia nut oil for a more spicy taste. I use this to make my sweet potato fries too. 

Graduation dress!

My last class of my master's started today! I technically have an applied project after it before I officially earn my degree in behavior analysis (my focus is on autism spectrum disorders), but I am flying out to Arizona State to walk in May. I'm really excited, and really proud because my GPA is a 4.0, and I'm graduating a semester early, all while working full time (with the exception of the past few months due to a car accident). I am on the hunt for the perfect dress (yea, yea.. I know it will be under an ugly gown most of the time, but that's no excuse not to look good).
I found this Miss Sixty dress for $134 at Macy's. I want something professional, subtle, but stylish. I technically have two ceremonies, one for the entire Arizona State University, and one for the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's College Graduate programs, so I guess I need to find two! 

The Black Halo Jackie O is perfect, but more than I want to spend. I have this dress in a floral, so maybe I can re-wear it to one of the ceremonies, pending on if it still fits. 

Here is the Jackie O in the floral pattern, I couldn't find a full shot. I think it could work for a graduation dress, no? 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Designer deal! Alice + Olivia polka dot dress- $99

This goregous Alice + Olivia dress in dusty rose is on sale at Neiman Marcus Last Call for only $99.50! Pastel, polka dots, love. 

Unfortunately, not my size :( But I can still admire it. 

Deal- Diamond branch bracelets- the $10 inspired version

I fell in love with Love Maegan's diamond tree branch bangles by Cynthia Wolff. At 3k a pop, their beauty is way out of my price range. 

When I was shopping in Kohl's a few weeks ago, I saw these bangles by Jennifer Lopez on clearance for under $10. They have a look that reminded me of Maegan's gorgeous bracelets, I knew I had to get them. I have worn them a few times, and they mix great with other bracelets for a great arm party! 

Pineapple basil frozen treat! 1 Point WW

When I was in pompano beach last year, I had THE BEST sorbet, I mixed pineapple and basil and the combination was amazing. I compared a few recipes online, and decided I needed a more weight watcher friendly version, here's what I came up with: 

-1/2 cup orange juice (the brand I have added up to 1 point, the only thing that had point value)
-1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
-1/2 cup splenda
-1/4 cup fresh basil (I think it could have used a little less)

My calculations came up to 1 point, for the entire serving because the only thing that had any point value was the 1/4 OJ, and I'm sure I can find a 0 point substitute. 

Blend. Freeze. Enjoy.

I will for sure be making this again. I also made a 3 point pina colada version, coming tomorrow. 

Deals, deals, deals...

I bought a pair of trousers for an interview over the summer in a pinch locally at  Label Shopper/Peter Harris (depending on locations, they use both names). and they were just bad news. I lost the receipt, but finally went in and they gave me store credit (surprisingly), and I thought I would NEVER find anything in there, but I was wrong...I walked out with all of the above. Forever 21 skinny jeans- $2, Heritage brown skinny pants- $2, NY&CO tan blazer- $6, Jcrew light pink trousers- $2 (yes, $2), Rue 21 white crops- $2, American Eagle necklace- $2, Anne Klein beige cowl neck light sweater- $3 (I wore this today, I love it). The Limited lace tee- $3. My pants gave me a $14.99 credit, so technically I spent a little over $8. Craziness. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Closet overhaul!

In addition to my nook space, I also gave my teeny tiny closet a make over and tried to utilize every inch. It's so small I can barely get a picture of the whole thing.

 Storing vertically was my only option. I used wire kitchen shelving for extra shoe space. 

Dollar store wonder hangers = awesome. I used shower curtain rings to string belts on.

 I used a small book shelve to store purses and jewelry overflow. 

Key hooks from Bed, bath and beyond were perfect for necklaces 

Shoe shelve from Target, store small clutches and wristlets, and belts in the extra spaces. A wire rack also at target was perfect for folded jeans. Small pink bins from the dollar spot fit perfectly for extra odds and ends. 
Until the day I get the huge walk in I so desperately want, this will definitely work. Now just to get rid of some stuff so it isn't so packed in...(p.s. check out my ebay store link on the right panel!)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Boutique sales & Designer deals

I had some time to kill in between appointments and went shopping in downtown Saratoga Springs. I usually don't bother going into boutiques because they tend to be so overpriced, but I am glad I did! 
I grabbed this French Connection top for $20 from Violet's & Stella's of Saratoga

I also got these Seychelle shoes for 75% off... $25! Perfect for Spring!!

They had a ton of Vince Camuto, Frye and Sam Eldeman for 75% off, but sadly they were all larger sizes. 

I got a really cute infinity scarf for 12 bucks from an Italian brand. I wanted to buy everything in the store. Being from Upstate New York, there isn't much to choose from shopping wise. I will for sure be stopping in again. I stopped in Aggie Mullaney, which had a whole back room of sample items and picked up a really cute black dress for $28, and had an amazing selection of J brand jeans, but I contained myself. Maybe next time...

Crown molding for shoe storage

For my crown molding shoe storage system, I measured the area I wanted it to cover and purchased inexpensive crown molding (mine is very simple, I spent less than 20 for all of it). Cutting crown molding = not fun! My dad cut mine for me, but you can get around cutting the corners at an angle by hanging them in rows like this:

I wanted my corners to meet and go around the perimeter since my space is so small. The shoes stay up by gravity/physics. BUT rounded toe platforms DO NOT stay up. Save yourself a lot of aggravation, and broken items and beware of hanging them, it just doesn't work (if anyone knows of a way around it/trick to it, please let me know!!!). Overall, I am very happy with the result. 

Nook is complete!

About a month ago, I started transforming a little, out of place 'nook' in our bedroom, and I believe it is finally done! I guess I will always find something to change, add, or do to it, but right now I am very content. Most of the items I already had, 'borrowed' from my grandparents' basement, or purchased for next to nothing. Now I have my own space to get ready, store overflow from my tiny closet, and decorate as I please. 
I don't have a before shot, but this is an 'in progress,' I had a dresser there before. 

Another view. Stephen got a new lens and had to try out different perspectives :p. The only things purchased were the corner shelf (Home Depot- $25), crown molding (also Home Depot $18), small cabinet unit (Target $28, actually for a bathroom), vanity lighting (Lowes $10), and hooks (Joann's $7). Everything else I had, spray painted and altered to fit.
Too bad there isn't enough room for all my shoes, or nail polishes. It does help me get rid of them, although, there is vertical storage in my closet too :x.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Refashioner- Couture Redistribution

Refashioner is a great 'swappourtunity' site to trade your designer duds, bags, jewelry, and shoes. I've been a member of Refashioner for awhile now and have swapped for some great finds- Christian Louboutin espadrilles, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Proenza Schouler top, Longchamp bag, etc.. The best part is- you don't have to wait until someone wants your stuff. You submit your stuff, they value it, and then half of the value goes into your account to use to 'purchase' items. Some of the items are dated in my opinion...and I have had them deny quite a few things..but overall it's a great way to trade up the stuff you no longer want. I typically submit things that I can't get what I want for it on ebay- smaller indy brands, lesser known designers, vintage pieces, etc.  

Designer deal! J Brand Wax coated crops- $39!

Designer deal! I found these J Brand wax coated cropped jeans for just $39 at Marshall's. 
Shop Bop is currently selling a similar pair for $234. 

WW Friendly Protein Shake

I was told I need to increase my intake of protein, and not use dairy as my main source.. But still following weight watchers and making a 'low point' smoothie is difficult. I had what I thought to be a fairly good for you smoothie at and it ended up being 9 points!! So, I decided to 'make' my own. I have been doing a 2 point and 4 point version.
The 2 point version calls for
-Frozen fruit (MAKE SURE it is just fruit in the ingredients, if it is not, the point count will not be 0)
-Whey protein (I chose the Jillian Michael's one, since it is low cal, low point) -2 points
-Half a 0 Calorie Sobe (You can use water, but I find that this adds more flavor, especially for the 2 point version)
-Splash of vanilla extract
Blend and done. 2 points, very filling, and tastes good.

The 4 point version

-Frozen fruit
-Whey protein -2 points
-Weight watchers yogurt (I use vanilla or berry cream) -2 points
-Sobe 0 or water
-Splash of vanilla extract
Blend, drink, done! This one is tastier and more filling, I will typically drink this one as a meal.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

$70 pastel and nude binge...

After some bad news, I needed a minute to myself... so I went to the mall quick and walked out with $70 worth of neutrals and pastels. Express brown pleat front top- $10, H&M cream button up shirt- $9.95 (they also had this in a pretty orange red, but I have something similar already so I went with the cream), Rue 21 polka dot bow top- $7, H&M nude blazer- $19.95, Rue 21 flutter/lace rose top- $7, H&M blue cropped pants- $7, Rue 21 3/4 burnout tee $2, H&M blue tank-$3, and Rue 21 brown lace tank $2.

Budget look.. hot pink blazer

Neon, neon! I have been looking for a hot pink blazer...the one I love is unfortunately WAY out of my price range..The Preen Hutchinson Blazer from Shop bop is perfect, but no way would I or could I spend that much.
Enter the Forever 21 long collar blazer  for $29.  Maybe not as vibrant, but it definitively fits the bill. Plus the length won't overwhelm me, being only 5'1. Now only if I could actually find anything they have on their site in their stores..


I started organizing my crafting 'spot' yesterday. I need a system where I can easily see and access what I have. I got these glass containers as a set for .50 at a garage sale awhile ago and started filling them with craft baubles and supplies. They not only organize my stuff, but create some visual interest on my future work space. The hard part is going through all the crap I've accumulated. I hope to have my work bench and area done by the end of the week. My before pictures (which are better than it really was, I snapped the picture after I went through some stuff on the floor) are pretty depressing...I'll have to wait to post until I actually have something to be proud of.

Budget look, with a little DIY mixed in

So I recently fell in love with watches. I never was a watch person, and I went from owning none, to ten very  quickly. 
I LOVE this wrap watch by La Mer, the combination of bracelet and watch is perfect, but spending $185+ on a watch that probably doesn't have much longevity in the fashion world didn't jive with me, or my wallet. I went on a hunt for a similar wrap watch and found this one for $19.99 on ebay by Geneva. 
I still wanted a closer look to the La Mer, so I decided to add some color by painting a strand of rhinestones with nail polish and adding them to the mess of chains. 
Easy addition! I'm considering adding more rhinestones, maybe a charm or two, or switching up the colors..We' see! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Geneva from A Pair and A Spare included my DIY!

A Pair and a Spare is one of the first DIY blogs I started reading and obsessing over before I really joined in the DIY movement. Not only is she adorable, but so incredibly talented. She recently featured a bunch of reader DIY's on her site and facebook, and I was flattered she included my glitter DIY shoes!
These were a pair of free (YES FREE!) shoes from Forever 21 during one of their BOGO events on their clearance section. I followed this tutorial on her site to cover the cheap 'wood-like' wedge that they had. It didn't take too long, and I was really pleased with the results. Such an easy fix for scuffed up shoes, or ones that need a little pizzazz. Who doesn't love a little glitter?

DIY Two Finger Key Ring

First DIY! Pretty self explanatory, but hey, gotta start somewhere. I recently got a whole bunch of these keys and instead of doing all necklaces, I decided to make some rings. I think they came out cute.