Friday, June 28, 2013

Paris in Stripes

Confession:  When I saw this dress in the store I had premeditated thoughts of it twirling under the Eiffel Tower whilst holding an environmentally responsible, yet chic, canvas bag of baguettes and peonies.  Every girls' "Free People" photo shoot dream.  Hmmm...

While the accessories didn't make it, (or hairspray for that matter- sheesh!) the dress did have a wonderful time in Paris!  Channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn proved to be a challenge, especially since my hair was fighting a losing battle with the weather gods.  (And because of an accidental Marilyn Monroe moment involving me, a subway grate, and a motorcyclist)  But who cares, we were in Paris!  C'est la Vie!

Dress: Express, Belt: Express, Shoes: Charlotte Russe (Similar), Sunnies: Coach (Similar)

To Paris with love, xoxox

Stay tuned for What's Haute in Hillsboro: Paris Edition

What would you wear under the Eiffel Tower?

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Monday, June 24, 2013

It's Cool, it's Tragic, it's UPCYCLE Magic!

A week or two ago during my closet spring cleaning, I decided it was time to get rid of some t-shirts from college that I don't wear any more.  Not even for pjs.  This was a long time coming bc I don't think I had worn the shirts for about three years now, however I couldn't give them up bc they had cartoons on them.... (crickets chirping)...   Anyway, you can learn about my personification problem from this post: Time to Separate the Men from the Boys.  My solution helped to ease the pain; I turned my t-shirt into a headband!  Yay!  It solved my attachment issue because I wasn't giving my Felix the Cat T-Shirt away, just cutting it into shreds- oh dear...

Cut five strips

Sew the five strips together at one end (sewing can be done by hand as well)

Tape down sewn end, or place under heavy object

For the braiding, just follow me real quick!

Once braid is finished, wrap around your head.  Make sure it is snug.  Cut extra.

Sew the two ends together.

Take a rectangular piece of t-shirt to wrap around and cover the head band where the two ends meet.  (Optional)

TA- DAH!!!

Let me know how yours turns out!  If you've done a D.I.Y. recently- share!

I love comments the way Cookie Monster loves his cookies- nom nom nom!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ooh Baby Designs

Oh baby- I was so excited to find out that I had won this great scarf thanks to Jenny from Plane Pretty and Stephanie from Ooh Baby Designs!  Remember those giveaways I was gushing about here J.Crew Winner, Chicken Dinner?  Well, this was another one of those contests!  Guess what?  This new, super soft, black and white, chevron infinity scarf just inspired todays fashion post!  Well whatyaknow.

Top: Old Navy (similar)// Bralette: V.S.// Scarf: Ooh Baby Designs// Shorts: Forever 21 (similar)// Bracelet: Love 21 (similar)// Heels: Guess?  (similar)

Scarf: Ooh Baby Designs// Ring: That's my Wedding Ring yo!// Bracelet: Love 21 (similar)

Shoes: Guess?  (similar) and (similar)

Make-up.  Eyeshadow by Mac in Samoa Silk, Eyeliner Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen, Mascara  Maybelline Full & Soft in Very Black,  Garnier skin Renew Anti- Dark circle roller for under my eyes, Warmth by Bare minerals bronzer, Covergirl Outlast lip stain in Sassy Mauve 420 and Lipfusion Infatuation in The Flesh gloss on lips.  In outside pics I added a touch of Stila Color Balm lipstick in Elle.  (Just a touch though, it's quite electric!)

Polish:  Ballet Slippers by Essie (TIP: only put one coat so that white tips of nails can be seen through the nail polish)

Next on my list from Ooh Baby Designs- this guy!  What do you like?  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tahiti Sweetie

I had the amazing experience in 2010 to travel to Tahiti!  My husband, then fiancé, has family there and we went for a visit!  Tahiti is absolutely breathtaking!

Even better than the beautiful scenery was meeting the rest of David's family!!!  

(moi avec cousine Christelle)

They were so kind, fun,  gracious, and spoiled us terribly by showering us with gifts and delicious food the whole time we were there! (why did we leave?)  One such gift was a dress made by one of David's Aunts, Nadine:

 She made this sun dress/maxi dress for me before they were even a trend!

This dress has come in handy this summer as we have hit upwards of 80 degrees already!  Perfect for a hot island and perfect for a hot city.  

Dress: Gifted// Clutch: Target// Bracelets: Gifted & Express// Sandals: Unisa 

Bracelets: Express Cuff// Diamond studded: Fire Finch// Gold Bead & Infinity: Gifted (similar)

Well, I can put my maxi dress on and pretend I'm in Tahiti...
Eh bien, je peux mettre ma robe maxi sur et prétendre que je suis à Tahiti ...


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Movie Marathon Review: Episode 4

Our review, sans spoilers below:

We Review the Following: 

What have you watched lately?  Any good docs we should check out?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dressed up Ramen!

Are we talking black tie?  No silly gooses!  David and I are obsessed with Phở, (pronounced fa) a vietnamese noodle soup with thinly sliced meat and herbs.  There are many different ways to have your phở, however we figured out a really easy way to have it at home- without having to run to the Vietnamese Restaurant or Asian Grocery store.  Yes that also means it's not authentic, but in a pinch it sure does the trick.  (Or maybe it just makes us feel more grown up by saying we are not eating the ramen of our college days, but phở.)  Oh well, who gives a phở.

First Step: Make the ramen as usual on the stovetop.  Last two minutes before noodles are done, crack an egg in the pot.  (Essentially you poach the egg, read this post for more on that: Somewhere Poached Eggs.)  

Second Step:  Pour the contents of the pot (noodles, water, and egg) into your serving bowl.  Add the ramen seasoning.  (We split one package between our two bowls)  Mix it in.  Try not to break the egg yet.

Third Step:  Now this is where it gets fun, add whatever you like!  We usually add handful of spinach, cilantro, asian basil, tomatoes, or green onion.  Just whatever we have on hand.

Fourth Step:  Secret ingredients!  Add one spoonful of each to your bowl.  Sun Luck Pure Sesame Oil, Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar in Roasted Garlic, Kikkoman less sodium Soy Sauce.  These are staples in our pantry.

And this is the payout:

This is the MONEY spoonful!  A little broth, a little egg yolk- YUM!  C'est Magnifique!

How do you make your ramen?  Ahem!  Phở?