At Home Inspo Canvases

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Last weekend was my beautiful friend Brittney’s birthday! It was so much fun! We had the best girl’s day that started with a hike through a forest oasis of super-tall trees and waterfalls. Afterwards, we headed back to her place and painted inspirational life quotes on canvases. It was so relaxing and fun to just forget the real world, sip beer, and paint!

Brittney bought canvases at JoAnn’s fabrics for less than $7 a pack (talk afforadable!), and threw around some fun paints, glitters, and metallic pens for us to craft with. It was the perfect afternoon! We chatted about upcoming weddings (why are all of my friends getting engaged?! CRAZY!), ate salad, watched How to Get Away With Murder, and were pretty much as girlie as it gets! Such a fun afternoon, and definitely one to replicate for any east-coasters stuck in the snow! Check out our photos below for some inspiration! Think mason jars, Martha Stewart glitter, and salad-while-you-paint (aka.. excuse the salad bowl remnants in our shots! Girls gotta eat!)

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^^ My canvas? “Friends, lovers, and glasses of wine. 3 things that should never be counted.” AMEN SISTAS! (+ a little teal glitter heart – it looks like a blob here because I was waiting for the glitter to dry!)

Below: Pic from our hike! How pretty is that waterfall!?

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Beet, Pecan, & Goat Cheese Salad

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This has been my go-to lunch this week (I’ve had it 3 times now…). I bought a giant bag of spinach and those already-ready beets from TJs, so I felt like I had to eat them all before they went bad!! But hey, definitely not complaining bc this salad is amaze and packed full of antioxidants!

Ingredients:

♥ Spinach
♥ Beets
♥ Goat cheese
♥ Avocado
♥ Pecans
♥ Lentils

Throw your ingredients in a big bowl in your desired proportion, and toss with balsamic! If you need a little extra something to keep you full, try adding a protein like chicken or shrimp! Sprinkle some fresh pepper on top, and voila! Enjoy!

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Street Style: BCBG

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2015/01/img_83221.jpgEven the busiest city girl has time for some classic Wuthering Heights during lunch. How cute is that book, by the way? And the fact that it matches her glammed out BCBG outfit?? It’s all about the little things, people! (Speaking of books, my college girlfriends and I are starting a book club! First thing on the list : Brain on Fire! Comment below if you’re interested in joining && maybe I’ll start a separate Book Club blog segment!)

Her look:

◊ Shoes – BCBG 
◊ Skirt – BCBG 
◊ Sweater – James Perse ◊
◊ Watch – Michele Watch ◊
◊ Necklace / Bracelets – Vintage ◊

All Gold Everything

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The new year is a perfect time to liven up your home decor! Gold is warm and glittery, a great accent color for any area in the house. I love paring gold with soft pastels, bold blacks, and white walls! Here’s my inspo for each of the items above (plus, lots of blog inspired DIY options):

1 – Bar Cart! Bar carts are big news right now, esp for the yuppie generation that loves the idea of having a mini bar, but doesn’t have an apartment equipped with a built in. A bar cart is a super cute, stylish way to display cutesy bottles, glasses, straws, mixers, etc! Check out this article by Camille Styles for inspo on how to make your bar cart beautiful!

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2 -Faux Antlers! Faux is everything! Faux antlers are beautiful and decorative without the cruelty that we H A T E. Use these as jewelry hangers for a multi-purpose storage / decor option! For an awesome DIY tutorial, check out The Blissful Bee.

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3 / 4 – Gold dipped vases & lamps! Start with simple glass bottles or jars and DIY these boys into sparkly little gems. Two twenty one has a superb step-by-step guide! Check it out:

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5 – Vintage inspired gold mirror! Try your local thrift shop, then follow HGTV’s guide on how to antique a mirror.

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6 – Golden long stemmed silverware! We haven’t reached the point of DIY on these kids, but they do pair marvelously with every table setting… ever. Just go buy some.

Restaurant Review: Church & State

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Restaurant Name: Church + State 
Location: 1850 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$$
Genre: French Great for: Date night

This place is fantastic for a glass of wine and some appetizers. If you’re going all-out, its great for full on dinner as well, but trust me when I say you won’t be able to move after a full meal at Church + State. 

The ambience is simply magical: with rustic wood, artsy lights, and a flare of French decor, the dimly lit restaurant is small and cozy enough to have you feeling that you jetted off to Europe, just for dinner. On spring and summer nights (or heck, pretty much any night in LA), long tables are set in the outside area to allow for dining under the stars.

I advise getting here early if you don’t have a reservation, because if you show up past seven you’ll be standing in the doorway, tortured by the delicious aromas that won’t be yours until you’ve long been salivating.

Another plus of getting here early: the chef loves passing out goat-cheese puff pastry, and boy am I a sucker for anything bread and cheese. Follow that with the standard bread board (served warm with a butter so thick and creamy that even French natives won’t be unphased), and you’ll be full before you’ve even put in your order.

For the cultured wino – this is your place. I’m a happy camper on any night that = a glass of pino noir (there are so many good ones to choose from) and an order of escargot. Don’t make the mistake of thinking appetizers are meant to be just that – apps can go a long way and completely fill you up! 

My go-to items: Escargots de Bourgogne en Croûte (or breaded escargot for you non-francophiles), Os à Moelle (roasted bone marrow), and one of their many “tarts” which are basically fancy french pizzas. 

For the less adventurous, not to worry: there are plenty of more mainstream options, like mac&cheese, french onion soup, salads, and various chicken, salmon, and duck entrees. 

Near the up and coming arts district of DTLA, when you’re done with your meal you can stroll the surroundings of the restaurant and stop in one or more local bars/boutiques! Date night at it’s finest. 

OR, just stay at the bar (below). It’s.so.freaking.cute!!!! ♥

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DIY Shabby Chic Bridal Shower

Here it is! Take a look into my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s shabby chic bridal shower that we threw for her! My aunt and the bridesmaids teamed up to try to make this the most beautiful, chicest, memorable bridal shower ever! I think we achieved it!

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When the guests arrived, they were directed to a name tag table, where they wrote their name and relationship to the lovely couple. We used clothes pins to attach the name tag. IMG_2871

After getting a name tag, the guests were led to the next area, where they filled out advice cards and provided date night suggestions. I thought the date night jar was a very cute idea – the guests wrote down fun date ideas on a popsicle stick and placed it in the decorative jar. When the couple finally gets hitched, they can choose random date night activities from there, keeping it fun and spontaneous! I’m pretty sure I had the worst advice and date night suggestion… what a single girl to do?? haha. 
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Below is how we decorated the guests tables
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We bought all the bird cages and filled them with moss and flowers, which served as the main center piece decoration.

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We put together bridal shower favors with ‘Wedding Day Essentials’. Mostly all of the items in the bag were customized – chapstick, lotion, mints, kleenex, mints…
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This was the bridal party table.

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We rented this chair for the bride to add to the Shabby Chic theme!IMG_2867IMG_2883

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Homemade cake pops/balls – red velvet and vanilla! The vintage piece the cake balls are placed on can also be used as a jewelry rack! IMG_2898IMG_2895

Customized mints!

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I am just going to end on the cupcakes… let that soak in for a bit

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Juice Cleansing: Halfsies Pros & Cons

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I just completed my first ever juice cleanse, & I’m having mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong – I loveeee juices and can spend hours on end reading nutrition labels at Whole Foods & learning about cold-press techniques at pop-up juiceries. Several times per week, I’ll easily replace a late dinner with a green juice (Suja <<above>> is my fave because it’s crazy delicious and nutritious and doesn’t taste like green vom like some others). I’m a huge fan of the meal replacement philosophy, because juices are a great way to get nutrients when you just don’t have time for a  meal. But ONLY. DRINKING. JUICE?!

Let’s talk about that…

Before starting my three day cleanse, I boldly claimed that I couldn’t imagine that I would miss chewing things. Note: I did. Especially while everyone around me was carelessly nomming away. Find a buddy to juice with you and I promise you’ll appreciate the moral support! And even though you’re supposed to drink more juice than I was able to stomache, I never really felt satisfied. I wasn’t ever hungry because I was always full, but it was more of an I’m-so-bloated-with-juice full than an I’m-not-hungry full.

In the end, I felt super clean and rejuvenated and healthy and… OH YA: light-headed, crabby, ready for some vino, and down to chew on some almonds or kale or the carpet or my fingernails or ANYTHING I could get my hands on.

My ultimate conclusion: Juicing feels great if you need to detox from a vacay or if you’re looking to kick-start a healthy lifestyle change. But for someone who’s already pretty health-freakish, I really just missed eating quinoa and steaming my veggies. Sure, you can’t jam as many nutrients into your stomach when your veggies are in solid form, but there’s a certain happiness that you get from eating food that makes the process irreplaceable. Happiness is a nutrient too people!!!

I love the way I felt after juicing, but think I’ll probably stick to drinking juice for snacks or skipped meals here or there. I’ll save the intense cleansing for post-Vegas trips and other detox worthy times!

In case you’re interested in doing your own cleanse, I suggest trying Suja, Nekter, Organic Avenue, or Pressed Cleanses.

If you’re down to weerrrkkk for it, you can make your own juices with some of our fave recipes from Health.com. Well & Good kills it too, with tips & inspo to get you through the process

Have you done a juice cleanse? Where from? We’d love to hear about your results & tips!

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Skincare Favorite: Boscia Black Mask

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The product: 
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

The purpose: A peel-off mask that serves as an at home brightening treatment

Why I love it: I’m obsessed with this mask for several reasons! First off, it’s jet black and totally awesome for scaring your fam / roomates. It also goes on creamy smooth, cooling your face in a spa-esque manner. The clay composition of the mask is interlaced with antioxidants that literally suck the imperfections from your skin. The mask gets so tight after the 25 minute period that you can’t even smile! My favorite part by far is taking it off though. The mask forms perfectly to your face, and as you peel, you feel dead skin and excess oil being pulled away (hoorah!). Double bonus? The Black Mask is made paraben, sulfate, GMO, & phthalate free!

Be careful… not to apply the mask too close to the thin, sensitive skin around your eyes! The clay really clings to your pores, and that soft skin can hurt while peeling off the mask!

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What is your favorite at home spa treatment or mask?? Comment below!

DIY Cork Pinboard

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I’ve been wanting to make a wine cork pin board for pretty much forever. I thought I drank more than enough wine to make this a reality, but making a decent sized pin board actually takes a TON of corks. Get drinking, my friends.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
♥A foam board or piece of cardboard as your base. I used a small piece of foam board that I had laying around! (If you want to get really fancy, you can buy a frame and fill it in!) This was my first cork board though, and I wanted to keep it simple.
♥Glue. Soooo much freaking glue. I only bought one tube of tacky glue, then resorted to using two backup Elmer’s glues, and STILL didn’t have enough. Just get a shieeeez ton of glue… You worked hard drinking all that wine! The least you can do is make sure those corks are well attached to your base.
♥Corks. Needless to say, enough to fill your canvas.
♥An old paintbrush to spread glue

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Tips:
♥Get creative with patterns! There are so many online / on Pinterest! I really liked the simple tiled approach, which is pretty much fool-proof for noobs like me!
♥Cutting corks in half would really help in terms of affixing them sturdily to a base, but it’s sooo hard to cut a cork in half! I have super sharp knives and still couldn’t slice these suckers. (I even almost lost a finger. Not down.)

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And you’re done! So easy and such a cute pin board for photos, recipes, calendars, and more! :)

DIY Twist Bands

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I’m obsessed with twist band hair ties, but let’s cut the crap. These things go for like $2 a pop at the cheapest which is completely absurd. Follow the simple tutorial below to make your own and save some dollas.

What you’ll need to make 4 bands:

♥ 1 yard fold over elastic, any color (find this at any fabric store)
♥ Craft scissors
♥ Ruler

The how-to:

First, gather your supplies. You can get a yard of fold-over elastic for $2-$3. Cut roughly 9.5″ sections.

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Once you’ve cut the elastic into sections, fold one of them in half.

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Loosely tie the whole thing into a knot, then slowly tighten, pushing the knot upwards towards the tip of the elastic.

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Voila! You can make a bunch in just a few minutes. Notice how some of the edges may fray? Trim the lose ends down and top off with a light coat of clear nail polish.

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The best part of all? These bad boys are super good for your hair and double as an adorable accessory. Check out our post here to find ways to pair your bands with your fave watches and jewelry!