Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Haul-idays: 99 Cent Only Store

It's coming! Halloween is coming, and will be here before you know. I've been hitting up this 99 Cent Store like it's my job lately and this post is dedicated to the finds I found today. What you see above is a glittery tile thing I found on the Halloween aisle and I paired it up with a picture frame holder I spotted on the other side of the store. Cute little statement for less than $2.

I love candles of all shapes, sizes and smells and I've had my eye on these little gems for awhile now. This is the Glade Oil Candle melter and candles. For less than $2 you get the melting bowl and 4 sniff worthy candles. Fun, fun.

Just a few groceries to spruce up dinner tonight. My friends may laugh, but you can actually eat really well and really cheaply here.

I may or may not have gone over board on the make up today. You see when I spend a lot of money on eye shadow I tend to opt for taupes and neutrals, you know daytime make up. But you drop a buck here and you can afford to follow the trends. Purple eyeshadow for cheap? Sign me up.

Hello headbands! If you watched the Emmy's this year you probably noticed the red carpet was loaded with Grecian inspired looks and hair-dos. How gorgeous is this gold, double braided beauty? And if I'm being completely honest, you should know I bought it in copper too.

Two perty green vases. I have a very specific purpose for these and you'll get to see it soon. Keep your eyes peeled for a DIY post featuring these in the next week or so. :)

And sprinkles just because they are fun and pretty and the vanilla bean ice cream in my freezer needs to play dress up.

That's my haul for today. Hope it inspired you to find deals wherever you can. Happy Haul-idays!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

DIY: Super Simple, Anthropologie Inspired Necklace

Get out your old T-shirts and your vintage play-pretties. This craft is crazy easy and silly gorgeous. You'll need: a t-shirt, pins (or any old jewelry,) and scissors.

Pick out your shirt. I picked a gray one, just because it'll go with a lot and I like the look of heather gray mixed with sparkle. Also, lay out all your pins and jewels. I collect new and vintage pins so this was a lot of fun. Shiny, shiny, shiny!


Lay your t-shirt flat and cut it straight across the chest, right under the arms. 


This is what it should look like. Ready? Here we go!


Following the last cut you made, start cutting strips about an inch or so wide and keep going till you're out of fabric. You should have lots and lots of strips.


This is the fun part. Take one of your loops and stretch it out so it curls around itself. This would be a really fun project for kids, very hard to screw up.


Pretty neat huh? Keep going.


Pick out your pin. This is the one I chose, my parents got this for me at a flea market in Albuquerque a few years ago. It's one of my faves.


Pin it to your loops. Mine were pretty long so I doubled them over. Play with it and find a length you like.


Here it is! All finished and ready to wear. I think this is going to look really great this fall, because it has scarf elements, but at the same time looks polished and festive. If you happen to try it, send me a picture so I can put it up and we can all "ooh" and "aah" over it!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fix it Friday: Stuffed Tomaters

Yum. That's all I can say. These were made up on a whim and turned out so good! I'm not sure what kind of tomatoes these would be, they were like cherry ones, only bigger. Not quite plum sized either. Doesn't matter, they were delicious. 

Last night I wanted to make a side to go with our pasta so I had this plan to stuff big tomatoes with chunks of chicken, peppers and feta cheese. Didn't quite happen.

You see I'm nearing the end of the groceries and this is actually when I get most creative. Tim Gunn, "Make it work" kinda thing if you will.

So this is what I had. Tiny tomatoes, chicken, frozen red and yellow bell peppers and whipped cream cheese. Doable.

I diced my chicken and peppers and began cooking them up in a skillet. And it didn't take me long to realize there was no way I would be able to stuff them into the itty bitty tomatoes. Oh, and I scooped the tomato seeds with a pairing knife and melon baller. 

So back to my dilemma. How was I to pack all this flavor into those little gems? I'm going to say it, and you might be sick of it, but I can promised I'll keep saying it. Magic Bullet.

I put the chicken, peppers, cream cheese and Italian seasoning in the MB and pulsed it into a pate' of sorts and plopped it into a Ziploc baggy. Plopped, appetizing.

Then I cut of one of the corners so I could piped it into the tomatoes...kind of like icing. Does this sound weird? I promise it's amazing.

So fill them up with the mixture, I used my mini muffin pan so they wouldn't fall over in the oven. Sprinkle them with some more seasoning and put them in an oven at 300 for about 10 min. or so. I like to broil them for the last few minutes to get that pretty color.

 After that it's up to you. Serve them alone or as a side. They are truly scrumptious and we had zero leftovers. Happy stuffing!




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What a Bad Blogger Am I!

I know. I know. I haven't blogged in...ahem...quite some time. I love doing it, but let me just give you my excuse...I've been working! Which. after spending nearly a year here interning and working for free, my first paid gigs are a sight for sore poor eyes. In the last month or so, I've worked as a Talent PA on a documentary on human trafficking which I think is going to do a lot of good and raise a lot of awareness for it's cause. I had no idea this was going on so close to home and in such large numbers. I also just got my first casting assistant job. It was only for 2 weeks as the casting director was in from NY and doing a quick sweep of the talent out here. I wish I could say more, because it's going to be a pretty A-list film, but Hollywood's a small town and I don't want to be known as a blabber mouth.


I have some really fun posts coming up so stay with me, and maybe one day I'll get this multitasking thing down.
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