Friday, June 28, 2013

I Married Adventure

Back in May of 2009 Colette called to tell me her and Dana (her husband) were eloping. I was over the moon ecstatic for her and knew I had to send her a care package before her big day being I wouldn't be there to help them celebrate.  I pieced together a bunch of hodgepodge items that would be with her on her special day and then take them on their honeymoon.  The last item I found to piece the package together seemed to be my favorite. A couple of weeks before their big day my mother and I were in a local antique store in my hometown of Watertown, South Dakota..... (The antique store is actually inside a home on Kemp Avenue).  I happened to stumble upon a book with the title  "I Married Adventure"......... the title was perfect and the print on the book was even more perfect.  I knew Colette needed this piece of art in her home being that her second love has always been design.  When it was time for my wedding I asked Colette if I could borrow the book for our wedding....... it was 'one' of my 'something borrowed' pieces.  Years later the book has made its appearance on many blogs, not to mention being in West Elm and Crate & Barrel ads.  Such a beautiful piece of art to own!


"I Married Adventure" displayed in Colette's home.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Updo's

From a Loose Chignon to Old Hollywood Glam, we found the summers best updo's. The looks are simple enough to recreate at home. Get ready to turn heads at your next barbecue, pool party, or summer social!

Low Chignon


Hair Knot

Side French Braid

Sleek Low Bun

Twisted Pony

Old Hollywood Glam

Courtesy:  Pinterest

Monday, June 24, 2013

DIY Cap Toe Tutorial

A Cap Toe appeals to the modern women.  It takes the classic heel and gives it an edge.  This look has found a place in my closet.

So instead of investing in a new pair of Cap Toe heels I thought it would be adventurous to take an older pair of heels and make it a great DIY project. A while back I bought a grey pair of heels at a resale shop for $10 and I thought these would be the perfect pair to experiment with. I also had a pair of Steve Madden cheetah flats that I was beginning to become a bit bored with........ and thought these too would be the perfect pair to jazz up!

 What You Need:
1. A pair of shoes
2. Masking tape
3. A paint brush
4. Acrylic paint

Start by taping off the toe of your heel....... making sure to press firmly!

Next, use your white acrylic paint for the first layer. Let dry for a couple hours and finish with two coats of the color you've chosen. Make sure and peel tape off a little before paint is fully dry...... this makes for an even finish.

Go ahead and give it a try!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Grilled Cotija Corn On The Cob



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 tablesppon lime juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • grated cotija cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonoise


  • In a small bowl, mix butter, cilantro, lime juice, lime peel, and a pinch of salt.
  • Coat the husked corn with the cilantro lime butter.
  • Grill corn over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until tender.  Occasionally turning and coating with the remaining cilantro lime butter.
  • Remove the corn from the grill.
  • Coat corn with a thin layer of mayonise.
  • Roll each ear of corn in cotija cheese.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stylish Dining Rooms

Formal dining rooms are still found in today's homes, but informal dining rooms and even outdoor dining rooms are becoming the new trend. The dining room by nature is a simple space for consuming food, but in modern times they provide a space for a variety of functions, including doing homework, paying bills, and working on a hobby. The focus of any dining room is its table, while the chair design creates the overall personality of the room. Today’s dining spaces are more inviting and personal than ever. In many homes, dining areas are adjacent to the kitchen for convenience in serving.

Courtesy:  Pinterest

Monday, June 17, 2013

Mix It Up

Prints can take you out of your comfort zone, but it's a good way to take it up a notch and build some confidence into your regular wardrobe.  Prints are personal and they add intrigue to any basic outfit. Here are some guidlines on how to pick your prints.

1.  Prints look modern when worn with neutrals (grey, black, white, nude)
2.  Start with picking a print that is smaller in scale and has fewer colors.
3.  Pair your shoes with any of the colors in your print
4.  Don't  be afraid to try something new!

3 prints I'm lusting after...

Clover Canyon Old Cow Pants. Find Them Here.

J. Crew Bow Pumps In Stripe. Find Them Here.

Geometric Print Clutch. Find It Here.

Cheetah Print Belt. Find It Here.

Courtesy: Pinterest