12 December 2014

HAPPY FRIDAY FINDS!


Eclectic goodness. Designed by Roman and Williams. More photos on Desire to Inspire.

The best book covers of 2014 via New York Times.


And finally, are you ready for this? Because I don't think I am. I'm in an eBay holiday video with my internet spouse, Justina Blakeney. Watch me get all surprised when Justina gives me a sweet prezzie. I've never really done anything like this before so it's very strange watching and hearing myself. Justina on the other hand is a natural. Love her. It was really fun! Alright, my vintage vultures, have a fantastic weekend and stay warm!

11 December 2014

KITCHEN CONCOCTIONS • MICHELADAS WITH NEGRA MODELO







The first time I had a michelada was five years ago at a bar in Los Angeles. I remember it was super delicious. It's like a lighter version of a bloody mary and it reminds me all the Mexican candy I ate growing up. So when Negra Modelo reached out for a partnership, I wanted to make this yummy cocktail for the holidays. For me, it's really all about the chili and honey. It's like crack.

Serves 4

1 cup Clamato juice
2 bottles Negra Modelo
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Tobasco
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Worchester sauce
2 Lemons (1 juiced and 1 for slices)

Mix clamato, tobasco, soy sauce, worchester sauce, lemon juice and a few ice cubes in a pitcher. Remove the ice once the mix is nicely chilled. For the rimming, mix paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and salt on a plate. Then add honey on another plate. Rim 4 glasses with honey first, then gently rim them on a plate of chili powder. I say gently because you don't want to press too hard on the plate. You want a nice even coat. Add ice into the glasses. I like to use large cocktail ice cubes. With those, you just add one. Glassware and champagne coupes from West Elm. Pour 1/4 cup of the juice mix into the glasses, then top off with a chilled Negra Modelo. Garnish with a lemon slice and a pinch of chili powder. Enjoy!

10 December 2014

DAB IT YOURSELF • PEACOCK TREE TRIMMINGS











Since we're staying in New Orleans for the holidays, we're inviting friends over for a merry ol' time. Which means I need to make our place all festive feeling. I went to Home Depot earlier today to look for garlands and I was surprised that they sold out. I was a little bummed but the Christmas tree fellas said I could have whatever I wanted in the tree trimmings box. I'm like, DONE! So I went through the bin and found these peacock looking trimmings and that's when the idea came about. What would you call this? Not a wreath and not really a garland. I tied a few of the trimmings together and nailed the piece to the wall. What do you guys think? A pretty nice piece for the cocktail bar, yeah? I think I need to add some more stuff to it. But maybe not. I don't want it to get too cheesy.

West Elm glassware and stemware. Copper mugs from Target. Vintage teak ice buck from eBay. Painting by Everyday & Co.

LUIGI + STERLING



I used to have the sweetest little girl in the world and her name was Beatrice Arthur Mastiff. After the breakup, we parted ways. I still get to visit her though. Then, I moved to New York City a year after and found myself a new heartmate. A friend of mine once told me that you can't trust a man if he doesn't like dogs. Well, this heartmate has two and they're both pit bull mixes. So, I moved in with him a month later and now we're in New Orleans and we're buying a house together. That's all :)

09 December 2014

LINKS TO MY FAVORITE GIVEAWAYS





You know it's the holidays when every blog is doing some sort of giveaway. And there are some hideous giveaways out there, too. I just saw some ugly pillows with hundreds of people fighting for them in the comments section. Seriousnessly? Just google "pillows giveaway" and you'll know what I'm talking about. But...there are also some really, really awesome giveaways. You bet I commented, pinned, or tweeted to these amazing goodies. Seriously, Eames chairs? And Sonos speakers? We all love music, yes? And cookware! And because sharing is caring during the holiday season, I decided to let you all in on these giveaways. And you know what's even more caring, is if you'll win them for me. JKJKJK. But not really JK. KTHANKSBYE!

Hurry up and enter because some of them are ending soon!

Apartment Therapy • Win 4 Herman Miller Eames Chairs
SFgirlByBay • Win an Aether speaker cone
Honestly WTF • Win a Jonathan Adler Dora Maar vase
Lonny • Win a Sonos Play:1 speaker
Design Crush • Win $1000 prize pack from Drake General Store
The Food Republic • Win a Le Creuset cast iron cookware set
24 Merry Days • 24 giveaways with 24 bloggers. They're all pretty great!
Justina Blakeney • Win a Modernica planter

08 December 2014

PAINT A CHRISTMAS TREE ON YOUR WALL





If you got a small space and wanna do something fun this Christmas, because you think a real Christmas tree is, like, too cheesy, then how about paint something graphic on the wall? Like a triangle that looks like a Christmas tree! Check out these fun and clever holiday decorating ideas by Justina Blakeney. The tufted bench, deer headgrey fur throw, and LED lights are from Target. Photographs by me.

Sponsored by Target.

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