Simple Farmhouse Inspired Window Treatment

Thursday, March 4, 2021

When I got my condo it came standard with very simple, boring boxy looking blinds. I wanted to change it but because my condo is new it would have to be without any modification to walls etc. for the first year.

When I bought my home, I had NO clue how expensive window treatments could be, like why are rods like 50 bucks, why are all the curtains I like 30 dollars per one (not even a set??). This transformation cost 25 dollars all in. I absolutely love the farm style inspired windows so I picked up some sticky tags and sheer curtains and got to work.
What you will need:
Command Utility Hooks, sheet curtains, white string.

I purchased the command hooks at Walmart and got two boxes for $4.99 each. The curtains are also from Walmart and were on sale for $12.99

First I took of the cover as it was bulky, and than measured the width of the curtain hook/loops.
I places the adhesive tracks and hang the curtain.
I started on each end of the window and once I came to the middle the curtains would over lap, that way creating more of a farm inspired feel.

I used a the command utility hooks on the side and used a white siring that I have looped so I can keep the curtains open.

Before:
 

After:

What do you guys think?

OOTD - Animal Instinct

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

I have been seeing a lot of cool animal print pieces all through 2020 and in the fall. I picked this dress up on a whim at Marshalls and absolutely love it and plan on transitioning into Spring and Summer. I love finding pieces that I can style in different ways – on its own or layer it with a sweater or a skirt.

 



 


dress: Marshalls
shoes: ShoeDazzle
jacket: Bano eeMee

#bookofthemonth The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

I highly enjoyed this and think will love the series. This is a fantasy story with some romance, but does not focus on the romance while still being a great romance. I think that everyone who like YA  needs to read this book. Brilliantly bold and captivates your attention from the first page, and holds it tight until the end. I read it in one sitting, and couldn't put it down.

"Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki--near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be--not even Deka herself."

OOTD - Comfy Work from Home Outfit That's Not Sweats or PJS

Monday, March 1, 2021

I, like many of you have been working from home for what feels a long time, and have also invested into many multi color matching sweat suits. I m trying to be more mindful of dressing up everyday and NOT wearing PJ's or sweats. 
Dressing up and "going" into the office is how I am trying to create separation from work and home as I found that for months now I would just check my work e-mail and walk back into the office at all kinds of time. So this was a step towards creating some separation.

So few ideas (that are just as comfy) as PJs:
Lose fitting, soft dresses. (boots and hair done optional!)
Joggers and t-shirts.
dare I say, jeans and tank tops.
Midi skirts and t-shirts/hoodies.

 



 

dress: Asos
shoes: Nasty Gal
headband: Nordstrom's

The Best Shrimp Tacos

Friday, February 26, 2021

This easy shrimp tacos recipe is made with spiced shrimp, cabbage salad, avocado crema, pico de gallo and a spicy mayo crema.  Its so easy to make and always a hit in my house.

What you will need: 
1 lb Shrimp
2 Avocados, mashed 
2 tomatoes
1 red onion
2 cups cabbage shredded
Garlic
White vinegar
Mayo
Franks hot sauce
1 tbsp Lime or lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp Sea salt, fine
1 Sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, fine
8-10Tortilla 
Red paprika
Chilly flakes 

For shrimp:

In a large bowl combine shrimp with chilly flakes, red paprika, salt and pepper and garlic.

Heat oil in a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Cook the shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes, flipping once, until they are opaque and cooked through.  Transfer to a clean plate and set aside. 

For cabbage:

Combine shredded cabbage, salt and pepper and 1/4 white vinegar and mix well. 

For avocado crema:

Combine mashed avocados, 1/2 red onion, salt and pepper and lemon juice.

For pico de gallo:

Combine diced tomatoes, 1/2 diced red onion, salt and pepper and garlic.

For spicy mayo:

Combine mayo and hot sauce, mix well.

Warm tortilla in the oven, and combine all ingredients (in any order you like!)





Master Bedroom Dresser Makeover

Thursday, February 25, 2021

I have lived in my condo for almost two years and never got to finishing everything, design wise inside my house.

This past weekend I decided its finally time to update the dresser and my bedroom. 
I wanted to go with gold accents in the room and went on a search of a mirror.
I wanted something more vintage looking than round. I picked this one from structure and it works perfectly. I was able to put it up myself, fairly easily.
I finished the dresser with a tray that matches the style of the dresser, gold vases and gold speckled potted plans.

 

OOTD - Pleats and Red Lips

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lately I have been dressing up for the occasion (meetings, grocery shopping etc) and my mood (feeling pretty or having a good hair day). Usually, I don’t use beauty to complement my outfit but lately for a more glam outfit, I started doing a bold lip and a smoky eye. This dress is flirty but also work appropriate and can easily got form 9 to 5 to date night. 




dress; Nordstrom's
shoes: Aldo

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