August 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
Matchy-matchy. I’ve never been a huge fan. Coordinate? Yes. Match? Blech.
I got a duvet cover for $20 at TJ Maxx in June, and I adore it.
It didn’t come with shams, so I’m taking this opportunity to think of ways to make the bedroom seem Feng Shui without them. Here’s some inspiration:
Go ye therefore and mix your linens.
June 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
Have you gotten hooked on Pinterest yet?
If not, go create an account and get ready to have creative fun and lose track of time. I have spent a lot of time browsing the internet just looking for things I love and “pinning it” to my Pinterest page.
All the things I love are organized into categories. While I’m browsing other sites, I can fall in love with something, pin it, and continue browsing. I love the convenience and the cleverness.
After I’m done browsing for things I love, I can go back to Pinterst and look at my pins. Pinterst has already documented where I got my pin from, so no worries about copyright issues!
Another feature I love is the fact that I can follow other people’s boards and see what they pin. If I love what they pin, I can repin it to one of my own boards. Brilliant!
Thank you, Pinterest for being so clever.
p.s. Dear Readers, please forgive me if I don’t post again for a while – I’m probably distracted by Pinterest.
June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
Unaccustomed as I am to the art of overdoing it, I thought I’d give a whirl at layering my necklaces. The results were fun enough for me to share:
Needless to say, I will not be attempting any of these layered looks with my outfit tomorrow. I shall take heart, though – there are countless tips and tutorials on layering jewelry. You can even get videos on layering from people you probably went to high school with. I leave you with a video I should probably heed:
May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
TO WORKDress Jewelry Shoes TO PLAY Shorts Hat Shoes Clearly, I’m pumped for summer! My inspiration board is filled with shorts, swimsuits, and sandals. My freezer is stocked with Magnum bars. My straw fedora is handy every morning.
Like what you see here but can’t afford it? No worries! Check out your local thrift stores and online auctions for items similar to these! Now, go create some clever outfits. Happy Summer!
May 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
Something must be done! I want more clothes, but I don’t have the money to buy them. My friends feel the same way. Let’s trade!
I have been wanting to do a clothing swap for quite a while, now. I read about doing a clothing swap in one of Nina Garcia’s books, and I fell completely in love with the idea: get rid of your unwanted clothes and obtain new clothes for free!
My friend Molly took the plunge and actually created an event on Facebook for a clothing swap. The event became popular enough that it needed to move to a bigger apartment – my place! Woohoo! Party at my house! (Sorry, Josh. Girls only.)
We each brought our bags of unwanted clothes, shoes, and accessories. Everyone brought what they wanted to get rid of, and everyone took home whatever they wanted to take home (i.e., no bartering system). We had quite a nice setup with a full-length mirror and dressing rooms handy.
Ultimately, the dressing rooms were ignored, and we changed in the middle of the living room. But, Jamie was the only boy there, and he didn’t mind:
Eating was an important part of this party,
but we pretty much focused on dressing ourselves beautifully:
All in all, we each made out like a bandit:
And even the Mission Mart will get a piece of the action!
Did I have fun? You bet. Would I do this again? In a heartbeat. I encourage you to have your own clothing swap! It’s cool. It’s green. It’s clever.
April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Good Idea: Buying a copper pot. It conducts heat very well and therefore cooks food very evenly.
Bad Idea: Buying a copper pot. It oxidizes very quickly when exposed to oxygen or water/steam.
Copper is a beautifully ductile metal and is therefore used as an alloy in pots often. However, oxidation is the other side of that copper coin. (Get it? Never mind.) Oxidation causes the pot to discolor and look unclean. One is able to purchase many different types of polishes to keep one’s pot bright ‘n’ shiny, but I wanted to try a few different inexpensive methods of my own:
I remember cleaning pennies with vinegar & salt as a little girl. I used lemon juice today instead of vinegar knowing that I just needed an acid to clear up the copper oxidation. The same principle was behind using the ketchup. I’ve been using Bar Keepers Friend for years on all my pots (of any material), and I wanted to compare the results with the acid-based cleaners.
As you can see, the lemon juice & salt win this round. The ketchup performed poorly – I had high hopes for him. I spread the Bar Keepers Friend with a wet washcloth, so it got a little abrasion, but not much; I think it did pretty well, too.
I tried to clean the rest of the pot with the lemon juice & salt, but the smell of the salt made me gag (always has – don’t know why), so I switched to Bar Keepers Friend.
There are still a few spots (like freckles) on the pot, but it’s pretty clean without too much elbow grease on my part:
Although the oxidation of a copper pot has little to no effect on the thermal conductivity, a copper pot looks so much nicer if you polish it after every use. I truly believe a copper pot is worth the pains of polishing it; I like my food to cook evenly. My grandmother has a copper-bottom pot, and she tells me she does her best cooking with it. I myself have a copper pot – which I may give away once I start having children and cannot spend every waking hour at the sink polishing my pot. But, that’s a different story. For now, thanks for having thermal conductivity, Copper.