Friday, February 27, 2015

Home Decor from Kirkland's - Fabulous Score with New Lamps

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I love Kirkland's.  If I had to pick one home decor store to shop at for the rest of my life, it would be them, hands down.  I've been searching recently for a pair of aqua table lamps for my living room sofa table, and of course I scored them at Kirkland's.  The only issue I found was the shades were in burlap - cute, but not my thing.  The one's I have I purchased in store, but here's a couple extras that are similar, available online:

Left $52.49 each // Right $59.99 each

My version is shown below.  I swapped out the shades with cream faux dupioni ones from Hobby Lobby for $15 each on a 50% week.  I also sold the original burlap ones that came with my lamps for $25 so these ended up only costing me $5!  Plus the lamps (retailed for $29.99 in store, I used a 15% coupon) this project totaled $55.  The gladiolas are from HL too $7.49 each on a 50% off week.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp on What's for Dinner Wednesday

My husband and I have been working together lately to get healthier, and one of the goals is lowering his cholesterol.  The doctor advised that we should eat more vegetable and whole wheat pasta to help.  I decided to try out a recipe using zucchini noodles and it was suprisingly good!  Albeit, a bit crunchier than regular pasta, you could probably peel off the skin to alleviate if that's your preference as well.

I started with purchasing a spiralizer for $9.99 with $5 coupon.  I was a little skeptical at first since this was such an affordable product, but my experience was very good.  I only wish the "thick" noodle slicer was a bit larger.

The rest of the ingredients I either had in my fridge or purchased at Aldi.  Total expense for purchased items: $1.99 for 3 cucumbers, $6.99 for 1 lb of jumbo shrimp, $1.99 box of garlic bread.  Under $10 for two - works for me!

Original recipe here

2 TBSP olive oil
1 lb jumbo shrimp, shelled (I used pre-cooked)
1 TBSP minced garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup seafood broth (I used in lieu of white wine, which I didn't have)
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 medium zucchini (original recipe called for 2, but made a way more noodles than I needed)

Heat olive oil over medium heat and add garlic and red pepper, stirring for 1 minute.  Add shrimp to pan and heat (or cook if you used uncooked shrimp) about 2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper and transfer to plate, leaving any liquid in the pan.  Increase heat to medium high and add seafood broth and lemon juice.  Add zucchini noodles and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Return shrimp to the pan and mix well.  Add salt and pepper and serve.  I added some garlic bread for a side.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Crop Tops on Wardrobe Remix Monday

I'm mixing it up a little today and showing outfits with crop tops, but since there's so many styles and ways of wearing one I used a different top in every set.  Pick one or pick them all but make sure to pick a crop this summer as it will still be en vogue through August!  As usual, only two items over $50.  Happy Monday and Happy Shopping y'all!

Clockwise from top left:
Top $20 // Necklace $2.90 // Shorts $15.80 // Flats $19.90 // Bag $44.98 // Sunglasses $7.90
Top $110 // Skirt $131.79 // Shoes $49.99 // Earrings $8 - Wouldn't this make for fabulous bridesmaids' attire?
Skirt $12.95 // Top $32 // Bag $14.90 // Shoes $39.90 // Sunglasses $49.99
Pants $29.95 // Earrings $32.99 // Top $30 // Jacket $43.80 // Shoes $32.99
Clockwise from top left:
Top $8.91 // Necklace $35 // Skirt $38.17 // Clutch $9.90 // Bracelet $36 // Shoes $40.99
Crop Top & Skirt Set $29.99 (for girls - wear if you're petite or slim) // Crossbody $24.90 // Shoes $33.60
Top $12.62 // Shorts $40 // Bag $24.90 // Watch $24.80 // Shoes $45.99 // Sunglasses $5.90

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greek Goddess Statue - Adding Some Class to My Decor

Our house has an elevated ceiling in the living room, and for a long time I debated on what to do in the two "nooks" that sit on the second level.  I knew I wanted to put some sort of statue up on the taller side, but I could never find one that looked quite right.  The other day, I walked into Trees n' Trends and saw a beautiful nude woman statue (in store or similar here).  Finally, I'd found the perfect muse for my nook!  I typically don't shop in that store because I find a lot of their items are overpriced, however, at $123.99 I had to take her home.

My poor husband had a hard time getting her up there (she probably weighs at least 70 lbs) but we finally got her set up and she looks gorgeous!  Next step: painting the back wall of those nooks burgundy to really make her pop!  In the meantime though, isn't she a beaut?!?!?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Since we just did blinds, I've been dying to add window treatments to our downstairs master (along with about 100 other things).  I knew I wanted something dark, but I couldn't quite decide on doing a burgundy or an eggplant.  I searched around and finally scored with some clearance curtain scarves at Bed Bath & Beyond for $5 each.  They were 216" each so I realized with 9' ceilings I could cut one scarf in half for two curtain panels, and then use two more to drape over.  3 curtains x 2 windows = $30.  Plus I had 2 $5 off $15 coupons for BBB so I got them for $20!

Couple of notes if you decide to do this yourself:
1) The scarves were tapered on the ends, so when the curtains are closed the inside is tapered and thus a bit shorter than the outside.  Once I add in my beaded trim I think it will look fine but it took me a while to get used to this.

2) These curtains were a little stiff so they worked much better once I put them in the washing machine.  I did a delicates cycle just in case and then tumble dried low.  It made them much more pliable and easier to maneuver when hanging.

3) If you decide to do a drape like this you'll need a double rod curtain.  I also got these at Bed Bath & Beyond - 2 for $24 each with my 20% off coupon.  I ended up swapping out the finials and got two sets of two (in store) for $30 with coupons.  

Otherwise, this was a simple project on the sewing machine - just needed to cut two of the scarves in half then add a pocket at the top to slide on the curtain rod.  Took about 15 minutes for all 4!  Total project cost = less than $100!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Houndstooth Skirt on Wardrobe Remix Monday

I purchased my Houndstooth Skirt a few years ago on Forever21, and I never feel like I pull it out enough.  It's so versatile, I decided to motivate myself to wear it more by posting it on this week's WRM.  Here's 8 ways to wear a houndstooth mini, with nothing over $50.  Plus, if minis aren't your style, this one is also adorable for $42.42.
Clockwise from top left:
Blouse $44.99 // Belt $5.99 // Handbag $49 // Pumps $44.99 // Earrings $20
Coat $41.99 // Necklace $48 // Sweater $14.99 // Sunglasses $5.90 // Boots $44.90
Skirt $34.95
Jacket $25.65 // Pumps $26.97 // Sunglasses $35 // Hat $20.99
Top $16 // Earrings $6.84 // Tights $38 // Bag $42.95 // Pumps $22.90
Clockwise from top left:
Blouse $17.12 // Necklace $50 // Blazer $49.78 // Pumps $47.99 // Bag $42.95
Necklace $10.90 // Jacket $29.67 // Tights $5.90 // Blouse $60 // Booties $34.90 // Bag $60
Skirt $34.95
Cardigan $14.95 // Tee $32 // Bracelet $30 // Necklace $11 // Pumps $39
Bag $29.95 (wear with both left and right)
Turtleneck $58 // Coat $46.07 // Boots $50 // 

Friday, February 13, 2015

DIY Floating Pearl & Bead Vases

I recently had a bride ask me about making these for her wedding.  I've seen a bunch and never could figure out how to make the beads float.  Then I remembered when I used clear water beads, they went completely invisible in the vase when I added water.  Makes total sense now!

To get the look you simply mix in the colored filler (pearls, beads, etc) in random spots on top of the clear water beads.  Top the whole thing off with clear water beads and a floating candle and you have your "floating beads" centerpiece.

Vase                                           Water Beads      

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DIY Blinds Project

We officially closed on our house May of 2012, and since that time we have had no blinds except the ugly $5 paper ones from Home Depot.  I finally realized how unacceptable this was and decided to take it upon myself to do something about this.

We had a local blinds guy come out and give us a quote, but just to do the upstairs blinds it would have been more than $700 just to do the upstairs in a faux wood blind - ouch!  Then my coworker mentioned she was having some blinds shipped to the office, and she'd ordered from Blindster.  After much coaxing with my husband, he finally agreed that was a potentially better option and we ordered 1 blind.

Honestly, I was a little skeptical too since I'd heard from others blinds were difficult to install, but about a week after the order our "blind" arrived.  It came with a simple instruction manual, basically involving screwing in two side brackets where the blinds could slide and snap in. The only issue I ran into was the screws they provided were 1.5" and they kept hitting the metal siding on the window when I tried to continue to drill them.  I finally switched to 1" screws and that did the trick!  The last step was snapping in the blinds and attaching the valance which just snapped in with a couple of hooks.  The whole process literally took me about 30 minutes - and the next ones were much quicker since I already knew the drill.

All in all, we went with the deluxe faux wood upstairs and real wood down and spent $515 for 12 windows - some oversized!  Blindster customer service was awesome - they credited me back 15% when they put the blinds on sale even though I didn't buy them on that day.  Nearly 3 years in, and we finally have blinds.  I am a happy camper!  Next step: wood shutters, but that's for another day and another post =).

Monday, February 9, 2015

50 Shades of Grey Style on Wardrobe Remix Monday

In honor of the much anticipated 50 Shades release this week, I thought I'd do a special Valentine's version of 50 style lingerie.  Probably a little tamer than what will be featured in the movie, but still cute and all under $50.  Happy Monday and Happy Shopping y'all!
1. Nail Lacquer $9.50  2. Dressing Gown $39.50  3. Handcuffs $4.19  4. Thigh Highs $11.33  5. Garter  $28  6. Bralette $17.95  7. Wrist Tie $17.24  8. Bustier $33.95  9. Bra $32.50  10. Mask $5.68  11. Panties $25  12. Tickler $9.74  13. Wine Gift Set (for FSOG)  14. Nightdress $28.32  15 & 16. Balconette Set $35.02  17. Trilogy (if you haven't read it yet) $14.99  18. Booties $49.90  19. Babydoll $25.54

Friday, February 6, 2015

Chandelier Makeover

A few years ago I ordered this chandelier off Overstock.  I always felt the color was a little too grey so I finally got around to changing it.  $5 really makes a difference!

I picked up some paint at Walmart and originally planned on spray painting it with a drop cloth attached to the ceiling to keep the walls paint-free.  However, when I got home, I realized there was a "scratch-like" finish on the piece to make it look old and I was afraid painting directly over the piece would cover that up.

I decided to spray the paint into a bowl and then use a sponge to paint it on, giving a more sheer finish.  It worked, and while the difference is subtle. I definitely notice it matches by other light fixtures much better.

I also tried soaking the globes several times in tea and baking them, with no luck.  I did get them a little darker but nowhere near the tea stained look I was hoping to match on my other kitchen pendants.  Guess I'll have to swap them out with others.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pistachio-Crusted Salad on What's for Dinner Wednesday

This is by far the strangest recipe I've ever made but it looked so interesting I had to share it!  Can't take credit for finding this one on my own, Blue Apron sent this over so the original recipe is here. Bon Apetit mes gracieux lecteurs!!

2 catfish filets
3/4 cup whole wheat Israeli couscous
1 cara cara orange
1 clementine
1 fennel bulb with fronds
1 red onion
1 ounce arugula
1 bunch mint, roughly chopped
2 TBSP panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup pistachios
Olive oil

Peel the rind of the cara cara orange, avoiding the white pith.  Mince to get 2 tsp of zest.  Remove the rest of the rind and cut into cubes.
Peel the clementine and cut into cubes.
Pick off and reserve some fennel fronds (leaves) and separate the stems and bulbs.  Thinly slice the stems.  Slice the bulb into small wedges.  
Peel and cut the onion into small wedges.
Pick the mint off the stems
Finely chop the pistachios (or stick them in a chopper like I did)

Heat 2 tsp of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the fennel bulb and onion.  Cook 5 minutes, until slightly browned.  
Add the stems and 1/4 cup water.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the couscous.  Cook 8-9 minutes until soft.  Drain thoroughly and put back in the pot.
Stir in the arugula, cara cara orange, orange zest, and cooked vegetables.  Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper.  
In a small bowl combine the breadcrumbs and pistachios.  Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper and press each side of the fish into the mix.  Cook in a pan with a little olive oil for 2-3 minutes per side.  
In a medium. bowl combine the clementine, fennel fronds, and mint.  Drizzle with olive oil.

Plate the arugula/couscous mix, the clementine salad, and the catfish on top.  Amusez-vous bien!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Printed Tee on Wardrobe Remix Monday

I just picked up this tee for $32 at t+j Designs for $25 and I just had to include in on WRM.  So many cute ways to wear a printed tee, I had trouble deciding.  One thing's for sure, I definitely wear my "red soles" when I wear my version.  Below, I did the champagne tee 8 ways.  As usual, only one item over $50.  Happy Monday and Happy Shopping y'all!
Clockwise from top left:
Shorts $11.99 // Tote $43.20 // Sandals $39.99
Clutch $19.32 // Cardigan $16.99 // Jeans $9.95 // Necklace $48 // Booties $47.99
Tee $32
Skirt $39.95 // Bag $14.90 // Chain Bracelet $29.75 // Cuff $37 // Shoes $47.99
Skirt $19.99 // Jacket $36.63 // Pumps $67.50 // Lipstick $39

Clockwise from top left:
Pants $26.99 // Blazer $22.72 // Purse $45 // Pump $38
Clutch $24.47 // Blazer $25.99 // Jeans $9.95 // Flats $15.50 // Sunglasses $19.97 // Necklace $36Tee $32Jacket $47.99 // Jeans $39.90 // Necklace $6.82 // Flats $17.80 // Handbag $29.95
Shirt $19 // Leggings $34.95 // Crossbody $13.49 // Watch $22.80 // Sunglasses $12.50 // Booties $39.99