Hang Your Own Gallery Wall: Part II

Happy Hump Day, everyone! Today, I wanted to provide you all with a little midweek Interior Inspiration, so I'm sharing another one of my favorite topics: The Gallery Wall. You may remember I shared my process for creating the Gallery Wall in my living room previously (which you can check out here) but today I'll be sharing some new tips from the one I recently hung in my bedroom. Check it out.

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Ain't she a beaut? (No, not the dog, though she took residence while I was shooting this, and who am I to deny a face like that?) I'm even more pleased with this one than I am with the one in my living room (if that's possible!) Like any artistic endeavor, there are no real rules here, I just wanted to share a couple tips to help make your Gallery Wall as good as can be.

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First, make sure to choose a color palette - it can be as many or as few as you like. I personally always keep mine on the smaller side, but do you, boo. I wanted a bit more color in my bedroom than the living area, so I incorporated a couple bluer tones in addition to the neutrals. Second, remember a variety of textures, shapes and sizes are everything. Think outside the frame! Use small objects, polaroids, postcards - even something unexpected, like my little bottle and flower.

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And as always, remember to make it personal. You want it to feel like yours, so find or make pieces of your own that feel special to you. Don't have any ideas on where to start? Check out this Easy Printed Canvas DIY I did here - the pair of them ended up on my wall, and I'm so pleased with their look!

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Final note- is having too many Gallery Walls in your home a thing? Is it wrong to love them so? If it is, then I sure don't want to be right. Who's with me?

Life Hack: Clear Nail Polish

Are you ready to have your mind blown? It's Tuesday morning and I know I could use a little post-weekend help, so I'm sharing a life hack with you that I recently discovered. Presenting, the virtues of clear nail polish (You know the kind they always want to put on you after you get a manicure and you not-so-reluctantly oblige? No? Just me?)

You see over the holiday weekend, in a flurry of excitement - drinking, cooking, cleaning, drinking, entertaining, drinking - I noticed a button was beginning to come loose from my beautifully starched oxford shirt. Not having the time to sew it back on myself (a skill that I advocate all human beings possess) I used just the smallest drop or two of clear nail polish to set the fraying threads. Et Voila, Life. Hacked.

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This isn't the only non-beauty application for the stuff, either! There's a multitude of household uses, from sealing envelopes, to covering splinters in wood furniture, to keeping your belt buckles looking shiny and new. Just a quick tip for you on this early weekday! Get a bottle of the cheap stuff ($5 or less) and store it away for a rainy day... you'll thank me later. Cheers!

DIY Abstract Printed Canvas

Good afternoon, friends! It's midweek, and the temps are climbing, the days are getting longer, and spring doesn't feel like the too-distant future anymore. That means that it's time to brush off the dust of winter and start sprucing up for spring. I thought what better way to take advantage of your added post-work daylight than to do a simple (and fun!) DIY project for the home.

I was inspired (as always) by a recent trip to West Elm where I found myself once again looking at a piece of wall decor that I thought I could save some $$ and recreate myself. All you need is a few simple supplies and you can have a piece (or two!) of handmade art in your home in under an hour. Simply pick up the size canvas you want to use - I used two square 20" x 20" canvases. Then make sure you have a tube of acrylic paint, a large-ish brush or foam craft sponge, and some construction paper or cardstock.

I began by measuring out the layout of my canvases, by tracing very lightly in pencil. I'm going with this square-shaped gridded design. Then, I cut out the shape of each design element - a sort of half moon, in my case and used them to mark my layout. Now, once you're measured and ready to paint, simply follow the shape of your half moon with a brush to make a design that looks like this:

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For the second canvas, I chose to do the inverse. This is where the cutout shapes come in. Layed out and gently masking taped onto my canvas, I used them as a negative-stencil, and painted over them with paint. Then lifted each to reveal the white canvas underneath.

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When dry, they really are a totally unique piece of custom artwork that can stand alone or together. Remember to embrace the imperfection of it! That's what makes it uniquely yours! For decor ideas, use them stacked or side-by side. I think I'll be using mine in lieu of a headboard above my bed. They would also make a great addition to a gallery wall or leaning on a picture rail. I love simple abstract pieces like this because they can truly go just about anywhere. Versatility is key.

If you're at all interested in saving a little money but getting a fantastic payoff, really give this DIY a try - it's not at all difficult, and I'm sure you'll be glad you did! Don't forget to tag me on social if you do. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Cheers!

Now Trending: Succulent Terrariums

Hey, Hello, Howdy, Hi! It's MARCH! We've (almost) made it through the winter. Finally. It's the month of SPRING! And while the outside temperatures may not fully reflect it yet, I couldn't help myself. I needed to bring a bit of vibrancy and green indoors. And what a better way to do that than with one of these:

Terrariums are the trendiest new home interior accessory since the Edison lightbulb. Don't believe me? Keep your eye out for them, and you'll notice them everywhere from home interior stores to your favorite restaurants. And why not - they bring some life and color to their environment, and somehow blend between vintage and modern decor seamlessly. Not to mention, they're hard to kill, for those of us with not-so-green a thumb. (Ahem, me.)

All you need to make a terrarium is a glass jar - I fashioned mine out of an oversized cookie jar from Target, but you can find them just about anywhere. Be sure to get several plants, succulents are perfect for this because they are particularly resilient - and some soil to fill in around them with. The other important components are some stones or pebbles, and moss.

To assemble, simply place a layer of pebbles in the bottom of your jar, followed by a layer of soil, and begin placing in your succulents, being sure to arrange them with a little breathing room between each. Fill in any remaining areas with additional pebbles and soil, and then top with a layer of moss, gently pushed down over top. Then, give it a little H2O, and it's good to go!

Place it anywhere your home could use a breath of fresh air - the kitchen, a bedroom, even your living space! It only needs a trickle of water a couple times a week, leaving the rest of the time for you and guests to enjoy its presence. If you're anxious for the spring like I am, this is the perfect little project to sustain you until those temperatures begin to rise. Give this a try, I'd love to see what you come up with! Cheers! x

DIY Holiday Garland

Hey there! Happy hump day, and happy 4th night of Hanukkah. While we're all still coming out of our latke-induced food comas, I'm already moving full speed ahead towards Xmas. 

Now, I'd be lying if I said I haven't had a menorah and a christmas tree up for weeks, but my philosophy with holiday decor is that some is good, but more is better. Amirite? So, no time like the present to share this cheap n cheerful garland DIY with you. Read on for the super simple tutorial below:

For this project you'll need some wrapping paper (the heavy duty kind... don't skimp here, people) a length of ribbon or yarn (I'm using that baker's twine that's all too trendy these days) a pattern for your shapes, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick! I found all of these materials at the dollar spot in the front of my local Target, so I know you'll be able to find them too. 

Simply measure your desired length of yarn, and decide how concentrated you want your garland to be. Mine has about 15 circles on it, spaced about three inches apart. Then, just simply trace onto your wrapping paper and cut out your shapes (2 per piece). Once they are spaced how you want them, simply use your glue stick to glue the two pieces together, sandwiching your yarn between. When finished it should look like this:

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The best part about this project is how customizable it is. If you want to use ribbon, use ribbon. If you're more of a twine person, twine it up! Don't like circles? - Use triangles or even letters instead. Make it as long or short as you want, and enjoy the smug satisfaction you'll feel when guests compliment your decor at your upcoming parties. You are having a party right? Good, my invite had better be in the mail. Cheers! x

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I seriously can't believe the day after tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Does anyone else feel this with me? Please say you do. (Even if you don't, tell me sweet lies and give me some comfort here. I'd do the same for you.)

So if you are indeed in the same boat I'm in, and feel the impending stress of the holiday, but still want to make your family think you're cool, calm and collected - nothing says I-have-my-stuff-together-so-stop-asking-when-I'll-get-a-"real"-job than a bangin' handmade centerpiece. (At least, I'm hoping that's what it says.)

Lucky for you (and me) an impressive piece of holiday decor couldn't be cheaper - or simpler! Presenting: fragrant, beautiful and festive Clove-Studded Oranges. Also known as Pomanders. To me, the rich spicy fragrance of cloves goes hand-in-hand with this time of year, and for less than 15 bucks you can put together something that'll keep the annoying relatives at bay. Read on for the DIY below:

To start, make sure you know the size of your serving bowl. I use this vintage wire fruit basket I got at a flea market back in my LA days, and it's on the smaller side, so I only used 5 pieces of fruit. Your next choice is which fruit to pick, typically, pomanders are citrus fruits (and most commonly oranges or grapefruit) though I've seen lemons or even apples as well. Lastly, you'll need a bottle of whole cloves, and a metal skewer or toothpick to pierce the rind of your fruit. (Trust me on this, cloves are spiky, and after a bit your tender little digits are gonna start to get sore.)

Simply use your skewer to poke partially through the rind (don't go all the way into the flesh or you'll have a sticky mess on your hands... literally.) And create whatever pattern or shape you desire. I did a combination here, some striped, some swirled, one sort of discoball style.

After that, arrange in your serving bowl and bring to the table with a sense of humble accomplishment. These surprisingly keep for quite a bit, and smell fantastic all the while. So, give this a try and tell them nosy relatives who's boss. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all. x

Fall Fruit Galette

Hello friends! Happy Monday, or as I'm calling it, happy-three-day-week-leading-up-to-the-best-foodie-holiday-of-the-year. If you're anything like me, you love the T-givs classics, but are open to a sneaking a little something new and special into your menu every year. I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you this Fall Fruit Galette - a warm and comforting mixture of pink lady apples, cranberries and bosc pears, all wrapped up in a flaky, buttery crust. It's as easy as pie. Actually, it's easier than pie, and tastes just as good (or better). Read on for the recipe below. 

Now, I've made a galette on #MOGBLOG before, so feel free to make the failsafe crust recipe from my strawberry rhubarb summer galette here

For the filling, make sure to peel your apples and pears (about 2 of each), and slice on the thinner side (I'd say about 1/8th of an inch thick if you can) and toss them and your cranberries with 1/2 cup of sugar 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of flour. 

To prepare, remove your chilled dough from the refrigerator, place on a floured surface and roll out quite thinly into the shape you'd like your finished galette to be. I made a rectangle today, though circular are just as easy to make, too! Then, lift your crust onto a baking sheet, and place your fruits inside, being sure to leave about an inch border all around. Fold the edges of the crust over and brush with melted butter or an egg wash for a golden finish and bake for around 40 minutes. (By the way, totally optional but fancy-looking step here is to add some slivered almonds about 10 minutes before the end of the baking time. I find they really add a welcome moment of texture to the finished product.)

I mean come on. Just look at this. So simple, so impressive looking, and just as tasty as a pie, only with way less effort. What I love about this one in particular is its not-too-sweet flavor. It makes a marvelous finish after a big meal without weighing yourself down with a teeth-hurting saccharine confection. (Though let's be real, there's a time and a place for that, too.)

Do give this one a try at your Thanksgiving table this year, I'm sure it'll be a real hit. And happy early Thanksgiving from me to all of you! Cheers. x

MOGBLOG DIY x AEO STYLE

Good morning, friends! So excited to finally tell you what sneaky business I've been up to. Today, #MOGBLOG is sharing a DIY project on AEO Style, the American Eagle Style blog! Not only is it an easy one, its a fun one, too - combining one of my fall essentials (a great military style jacket, like this great bomber from AE) with a very personalized touch! Read on for all the details and styling tips below!

Step 1 - Go hunting for patches, pins, buttons and anything else you'd like to adorn your jacket with. I found these at a cool vintage store in my neighborhood, though there's plenty of great resources online. Check out Etsy as well! Step 2 - Gather your materials, including a needle and thread, some scissors, and Fabri-tac (or similar fabric glue.) Step 3 - Lay out your design, and when you're satisfied, attach the patches either by sewing or gluing with Fabri-tac. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle before washing or wearing. (I'm sewing mine, because I would be letting myself down after my years as a costume designer in grad school. LOL.) Step 4 - Last, but not least - attach your pins and buttons and get stylin'!

I chose to wear the jacket with a really simple outfit underneath. Because it's one-of-a-kind, I wanted it to be the star player of this look. A simple black hoodie, tee shirt and jeans, contrasted with a great pair of suede boots. And of course, add any signature jewelry you typically wear (for me, it's this vintage gold bracelet) and you've got a look that's uniquely you - and that's the best part! Do give this one a try, and be sure to keep your eyes open for some great gems over at American Eagle and AEO Style. Cheers! x

Easy Pumpkin Spice Granola

Top of the morning to you! (Well, I guess it's not the "top" of the morning per se, but you get the point.) Sorry it's been a minute since we caught up - it has been busy here! Lots and lots of exciting things coming to #Mogblog v soon. (Wish I could tell you more, but STAY TUNED!)

Anyway, in honor of these busy times - as we all tend to find ourselves having more and more of as the holidays approach - I wanted to share a quick an easy seasonal recipe that is perfect for your days on the go. Presenting: Pumpkin Spice Granola. So easy, so convenient, so much better than you'd buy in a store. Eat some on yogurt or with milk in the morning, or take it with you and eat a handful while you're running errands. Or, if you have a little extra time, bake up a batch of pumpkin granola muffins with it. (I personally love Laura Vitale's recipe.)

All you need to do to make this scrum-diddly-umptious granola is combine 2 cups of old fashioned oats, 1 cup of sliced almonds, 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds, a couple tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle over a pinch of salt and set aside. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together 1/4 cup each of honey and vegetable oil with a splash of vanilla (again, I never measure my vanilla) and fold this mixture into your dry ingredients. Spread the granola evenly in a baking pan and bake at 300 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes, giving it a stir every 10 minutes or so. When it's removed from the oven and cooled slightly, feel free to mix in any dried fruit you may like (I added about a half cup of dried cranberries) and enjoy! 

There you have it. Couldn't be simpler, and quite satisfying, too! Now if you'll excuse me, I have some errands to run. (He said while stuffing his face with homemade granola.) Catch you later! x

DIY Mulling Spices

Being that its 3 whole days past Halloween, that means we're clearly in the holiday season. (Only half-kidding, I've listened to "All I Want for Christmas is You" about 300 times the last couple days... No shame.) Anyway, I figured I'd share with you a super easy and super useful DIY project that's perfect as the fall days turn cooler and lead us into winter. Presenting: my homemade blend of Mulling Spices!

By now, you've surely read last week's #ThirstyThursday post about Mulled Wine... but even if you haven't, this spice blend can bring some festive fall flavor to pretty much anything. Including your home. Seriously. Take one or two of these sachets, boil them in about 4 cups of water and then reduce them to a low simmer for a bit and enjoy as your home smells like the quintessence of fall. Or, add them to your cider, your tea, your red wine - for reals! Get creative. And check out the oh-so-simple directions below:

Simply combine a dried orange peel or two, a couple of cinnamon sticks (broken in half to release their essence), a few whole cloves, some black peppercorns, and a star anise inside a square of cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine. So rustic and charming! Also, makes a great handmade gift around the holidays. Just store in an airtight container (like a mason jar) and enjoy all season! Let me know how you love to use this blend in the comments below!

DIY Lipstick Print Shirt

Hey Everyone! I hope by now, you've read my post about the Clarisonic launch I attended last week... it not, you can below. Go ahead and do that now. I'll wait. So, in light of that, I wanted to share a little DIY project on how to get my look from the event - a Mark McNairy inspired lipstick print shirt.

All you need for this project is an oxford shirt (I thrifted mine for 15 bucks - significantly cheaper than the 200 plus the designer version would cost you) a tube of acrylic paint, and a small paintbrush or two. Check out the step-by-step video below:

Seriously. This project couldn't be simpler. It couldn't be cheaper. And it couldn't be chicer. What are you waiting for? Get yourself to a thrift store and then give this a try. I can't wait to see how it works out for you!

Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

L'Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year to all - in honor of the Jewish New Year, beginning tonight at sundown, I'm sharing with you perhaps the tastiest (and most versatile) of bread recipes. That's right, the legendary Challah.

Many people, Jews and non-Jews alike, are familiar with its delicious fluffy texture, and gorgeous braided appearance; but perhaps are unfamiliar with its significance to this holiday. Its shape - round at this time of year, rather than its usual loaf-shape, is symbolic of the cyclical nature of a year. Another thing about Challah that many people may not be aware of is how truly easy it is to make. Check out the oh-so-simple recipe below:

To begin, simply mix a packet (about 2 teaspoons) of instant yeast in a cup of lukewarm water, with a pinch of sugar. While that is activating, whisk together 4 1/2 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of salt in a large bowl. Form a well in the middle and pour into it 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and 2 large eggs, plus one yolk (save the white for the egg wash... that comes later.) Start slowly mixing them together, using a fork, and as the flour starts to combine, pour your (now foamy) yeast mixture into the mix. Combine until a shaggy, tacky dough forms, and dump out onto a floured surface to knead for a few minutes. Once it is a smooth ball, place it in an oiled bowl to rise for a couple hours. When doubled in size, punch the dough down and dump out onto a floured surface. Cut the dough in half, and set one half aside - did I mention this recipe makes 2 loaves?? To braid into a circular shape - follow along in the infographic below:

(In other words: cut into 4 even pieces, roll those pieces into long ropes, make a tic-tac-toe shape with them - overlapping as shown, and then cross one over another clockwise, then one over another counterclockwise, and vice versa until the ends are too short... at which point, tuck them underneath, and transfer your beautiful braided loaf to a parchment-lined baking sheet.) 

Then, brush your reserved egg white over the tops of your loaves, and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Pop them into a 330 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through.

Once they're cooled (if you can wait that long) slice and top with whatever your heart desires. Truly. Challah is so versatile. I'm eating mine toasted with cream cheese, pomegranate seeds and a drizzle of honey (pomegranate and honey are also significant to the holiday, FYI). It makes phenomenal french toast, grilled cheeses, even BLTs - sacrilege, I know. But seriously. Get to baking. You still have a couple days to celebrate. Go for it - and happy new year! x

Blueberry Cast Iron Coffee Cake

Oh, Sunday. Is there anything dreamier than thou?? I'm convinced that Sundays were created for the sole purpose of lounging about in head to toe jersey knitwear, beverage in one hand, snacks in the other.

What better way to celebrate the best day of the week than with this delicious cast-iron skillet coffee cake. Some version of this recipe has been floating around in my family for some time now, and it's a personal fave of mine. I mean, it's cake. For breakfast. (Ain't it swell that if you call it a coffee cake, it's socially acceptable to eat in the morning??)

The best part is, the recipe is super simple, super tasty, and just begging for you to give it a try. Seriously. You could probably make it right now with stuff you already have in your kitchen. (don't have blueberries?? try blackberries, raspberries, dried cranberries, or even raisins!)

Recipe
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1.5 teaspoons Baking Powder
.5 teaspoons Baking Soda 
.5 teaspoons Salt
1 stick of Butter, melted
2 eggs
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Milk
1.5 cups Blueberries

Preheat oven to 350°, place cast iron skillet in the oven while preheating. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, mix melted butter, eggs, sugar, and milk. Then, add dry ingredients slowly, mixing well to incorporate. Fold in blueberries. Pour into greased preheated skillet and bake for 45-50 minutes. When finished, dust with powdered sugar and allow to cool slightly before serving.

So... Give this a try. If not this morning, how about this afternoon - that way you can enjoy it in the upcoming week. It makes a great cut-a-slice-and-take-to-work-in-the-morning snack. And seriously, tag me on social media if you make this. I wanna see your creations! Good luck, weekend warriors, can't wait to hear how they turned out. xx

#MASKOFTHEMONTH: Avocado Honey Mask

Ah Monday. Whether you partied it up at Pride, or just had some beers with dear old Dad this weekend; surely your skin could use a refresher. And since Summer is officially here, undoubtedly your sun exposure is at its peak. That being the case, give this mask a try.

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Not to oversell this, but it's so incredibly easy to make, has some amazing benefits, and - wait for it - it's edible. (Good to know because, spoiler alert:  it's a little runny. Some avocado may or may not have run into my mouth when I was applying it.)

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To make, simply mash half an avocado with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and two tablespoons of honey. For the ultimate spa experience, place it in the fridge for half an hour and apply with a brush. The creamy, vitamin-rich avocado nourishes the skin, while the vinegar brightens and clarifies. The honey carries natural antibacterial properties, keeping the skin smooth and soft.

So give this DIY a try! Its ultra-nourishing and soothing benefits are perfect for sun-drenched summer skin. Let me know how you like it in the comments below, and be sure to tag me in your mask selfies on social media with the hashtag #mogblogdiy! Can't wait to see. x

La Vie En Rose: DIY Rosewater Toner

Hey friends! By now you may have seen our #MOGiveaway - and if you haven't - click HERE to enter, by subscribing to our Youtube channel. This week, we're sharing with you La Vie En Rose. Every day, a new one my rose-colored picks - guaranteed to keep you tickled pink as we kick off the month of June!

Today, I'm sharing with you my super simple Rosewater Toner Spray. This stuff is amazing. Not only does it mattify your skin in these less-than-glam hot summer days, it also keeps your makeup in place. Oh, and it smells heavenly too. Sound too good to be true? It's not. Read on for how to make some of your very own!

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To make this delicious concoction - simply combine 2 oz distilled water, 1.5 oz rosewater (find it in the ethnic food aisle of the grocery store), and .5 oz witch hazel. Give everything a nice stir, and pour into an atomizer bottle. Pro tip: leave it in the fridge for an even more refreshing spritz. I like to spray it on when I'm finished beating my mug for the day, after some time in the sun, or when I simply need a little pick-me-up.

So get out there and give this a try! I promise, you won't regret it. Who wouldn't want to smell like a delicious fresh bouquet in the heat? It's sure as hell nicer than smelling like a sweatball. Amirite, ladies?? Be sure to check back tomorrow for our next pick in the Vie en Rose week, here on MOG.

DIY "Chombré" Shirt

For today's edition of our Summer Kickoff series, I'm sharing a super easy - and fun - DIY you can do today with supplies you already have on hand. The ombré trend is here to stay for the summer, and I'm gonna show you achieve that oh-so-cool look at home.

To start, gather your materials - either an old chambray shirt that needs a little sprucing up, or you can thrift one - like my $15 JCrew shirt I found at Crossroads here in LA. Then, make sure you have a bucket, some gloves (to protect your skin) and some regular ol' bleach.

First decide where you want your bleach to cover, and then wet your shirt with plain water. Next, fill your bucket with 2 parts hot water and 1 part bleach, and then lower your shirt into the solution, up to where you planned to cover. After that, let it sit for about an hour in a well-ventilated place. 

When you come back, rinse the shirt in cool water, and then refill the bucket with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. (This helps the bleaching process to stop.) Allow that to sit for about 10 minutes, and then rinse again. After that, just throw the shirt in the laundry, and enjoy your new look!

This look is perfect for the summer because it's a great way to incorporate the denim on denim trend, without it feeling heavy. It makes a great poolside cover up, and is perfect to layer on over a tee or tank when the sun goes down. I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of this. Let me know if you give it a try in the comments below - I'd love to see your handiwork in action! Check back tomorrow for a new video - featuring a Summer Cocktail Recipe you won't want to miss!

Delicious Refrigerator Pickles

Well, AccuWeather tells me the heatwave is continuing well into the weekend here in LA, and I have been taking these early summer vibes in stride. So, in addition to dressing for the heat, I thought I'd share one of my favorite hot weather treats with you all today.

Delicious Refrigerator Pickles. I'm salivating even thinking about these. Actually, BRB - I'm going to go eat a few while I write this. Really. SO! If you like pickles, particularly briny, salty, dill-y pickles - you are going to love these. And the best part is - when you're craving them, you can make them and start snacking in just a few hours. No need to wait weeks like you would for "real" pickles. Check it out below:

Get a pack of small, firm Persian Cucumbers (I use about 10 or so) and slice them very thin. About an eighth of an inch. Go ahead and place your cucumbers in a lidded jar.

Next, add 3 Teaspoons of a coarse salt, I really like this pyramid salt from Trader Joes for this - it's so tasty and has such a great flaky texture. Then, chop your fresh dill and add about 2 tablespoons (or more, to taste) of that.

Finally, pour 1/2 Cup of plain ol' White Vinegar into the jar and seal the lid. Give everything a good shake to distribute and put it in the fridge. In a couple hours, check back - the vinegar should have drawn liquid from the cucumbers, diluting into a delicious brine. But occasionally, this doesn't create enough liquid (you'll want the cucumbers to be completely covered) so it's OK to add another half cup of H2O at that point. Every couple hours, give it another shake, and after its been around 6-8 hours these babies are perfect. (If you can wait that long. Like I said, I started snacking in 2 hours. Oops.)

Let me know if you give these a try! So so tasty, and incredibly easy, too! It'll become one of your new summer staples, guarantee. 

Thirsty Thursday: Bar Cart Basics

Happy almost-weekend, y'all! In honor of this week's Thirsty Thursday (and because I want to share my most recent favorite purchase) I will be giving you the basics on stocking your home bar cart.

If you didn't know (ie, have been living under a rock) Bar Carts are like the boyfriend jean of the interior design world - the "it" piece of the moment. So luxe and glamorous, but undeniably cool and accessible at the same time. There are a million places you can find a great one (but often - it'll cost you.)

Enter, the Threshold Bar Cart from Target. The perfect balance of style and budget. At $129, its reasonable, and still has the look of the $400 + models. Love it. In fact, a lot of the accessories I used to outfit this cart came from Target. Go figure. 

In addition to your liquor (which I will leave up to preference) - you'll want to have all of the bits & bobs you need to make a great cocktail. My essentials are as follows: A really sexy Ice Bucket (like this hammered brass one from Threshold) - A Cocktail Shaker and accoutrements (which I got in a set from BevMo) and a couple of little bowls for nuts, olives, chocolates, whatever! (marble bowls by target). Lastly, to contrast all the mixed metals and stone, I threw in these rustic coasters - a gift from my grandfather - that he made out of unfinished wood from an old tree branch. How good are they?

There you have it. All the makings of a delicious craft cocktail. Well, minus the booze. As always, feel free to offer ideas in the comments below, and remember to subscribe & follow us on bloglovin, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook!

Thirsty Thursday: The Desert Facial

So. Day Three. In between my busy schedule of dipping in the pool, soaking up the rays, and catching up on my reading, I've somehow managed to squeeze in about 7 of these killer cocktails. 

First of all, I love a cocktail with a raunchy name. I think its funny and charming. Lighten up okay? (Maybe that's the vodka talking.) Anyway, not only does this drink sound great - but it looks and tastes amazing, too.

It's hard to imagine a vodka cocktail be described as "refreshing" but with its blend of cucumber and mint - that's exactly what this is! Topped off with a splash of pineapple juice to sweeten the deal, it truly is the perfect beverage for a long day spent poolside. (Unless of course you count H20... but where's the fun in that?)