November 18, 2014

DIY: leather cord organizer


Device cords have a knack for flip-flop-skidoppin all over the place - especially in backpacks/travel bags which can lead to a tangled mess.  And we all know Ain't Nobody Got Time For That.  I had some leather pieces that I've been wanting to put to use so I made some handy dandy leather cord organizers to keep my wires neatly tucked away when traveling or not in use.  

It doesn't take long and is super easy to make.  Inspired by the always fun and peppy designlovefest.com.  Go with a favorite color or even prints - just get wild and crazy with it! 



November 13, 2014

EAT: oxtail beef stew



BRRRrrrrrr it's friggin cold out there!  Cold is just plain painful if you ask me - I'm a warm weather gal at heart.  I consider a mild cool breeze sweater weather.  As we creep further and further into winter (or is it already here?), I find myself going into full hibernation mode.  That (unfortunately) includes cravings for hot hearty meals.  And it doesn't get much more hearty than a rich beef stew with toasty french bread.  Oh la la!

For my stew I decided to go with oxtail as the star of the show.  If you've never had or heard of it before, it is what it is - the tail!  It's fattier but incredibly tender and delicious after being stewed for hours.  Fall off the bone delicious.  Rich, steaming hot stew with crusty french bread delicious.  Delicious!!

The entire process is a labor of love and does take a few hours.  But do not fret, you can always prepare the dish a day ahead and then keep it in the fridge overnight to serve the next day (it's even better at that point).  Pair it with a nice glass of Petite Verdot or Petite Sirah and you'll pretty much be in heaven.


November 10, 2014

DIY: fall succulent centerpiece



I fell upon a fantastic garage sale find last weekend where I scored an octagon glass pedestal thing (I have no idea what it's called) for $3!  CHA-CHING!  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at the moment but decided later on that it'd be great for a centerpiece stand.  

Succulents were a given because I am borderline obsessed with them and already had a ton laying around on my patio table.  So I snipped a few stems to use in this fall centerpiece and added in some holiday decorations to make it that much more snazzy.  And there you go - a cute little centerpiece to use for holiday parties and get togethers.  AND unlike fresh blooms this will actually last through the season and on (so long as you keep them alive)!



November 5, 2014

INSPIRATION: monochromatic colors

pictures belong to Vanessa Hong from thehautepursuit blog. 


Always inspired by the fabulous Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit with her bold yet effortless styling.  For this particular post, we wanted to showcase how amazingly she pulls off  the monochromatic look in neutral colors. I will forever be a fan of all black everything but she has inspired me to take it to the next level to try all beige everything and even 50 shades of grey. 

Below are links of some monochromatic items to try this look for yourself. All items in grey or camel and all in the $20 to $200 range. :)  

Camel asymmetric skirt - BCBG/Revolve Clothing

xoxo, NB. Happy shopping! 

November 4, 2014

EAT: salted dark chocolate avocado mousse


Hellooooo November!  Here comes all the good and bad of colder weather and holiday happenings.  On one hand I love this time of year when I get to use my fireplace, snuggle up in PJs and sweatpants (oh, how I love thee) and spend lots of time with family and friends.  On the other hand there's the inevitable winter weight gain from an increase in heavy foods, holiday sweets and decrease in exercise.  In the end, it's a great trade off if you ask me!

Regardless, it's always nice to be mindful of what you're eating and exactly what's in it.  And if you can make it a bit better for you without sacrificing flavor you're in a win/win situation.  Behold - a salted dark chocolate mousse that's quite delicious and not (as) bad for you!  The main ingredient is avocado which gives it that rich, smooth texture.  And although there is that slight hint of avocado flavor (which I already love), it really tastes similar to a classic chocolate mousse.  The best part?  It's super easy to make!  I found the adapted recipe from Adventures in Cooking and made sure to sprinkle a bit more sea salt on the top.