February 28, 2014

DIY: color tip nails




It's time to get your pamper on!  I usually do my own nails and rarely visit nail salons.  This becomes a problem when cool and fun nail art is everywheeeeere.  I mean, it's complete amateur hour when I'm doing my nails - getting one perfect coat on is a battle that I usually lose.  HOWEVER, when attempting this DIY I was actually surprised at how easy it was.  Easy in the sense that you're only really painting 1/4 of your nail vs. the entire nail.  And the easiest part (in my opinion) - just the tips!  

It's a cool way to spice up your usual one full coat of one color without getting too caaraaazay!  And with spring coming up, think of all the fun pastels you can try this with.  Funz.




Materials:

- Nail guide line stickers (beauty shops (Sally Beauty) or here)
- Clear coat nail polish
- Color nail polish
- Nail polish remover and toothpicks for mistakes


Instructions:

Place a base coat of clear nail polish on your nails.  

Then, place the nail guide stickers on each nail to the desired length you'd like the color nail polish to go.  Make sure to adhere the edge well so the nail polish doesn't seep through. 

Next, paint the tips of your nails with the color nail polish.  I used two coats.  Allow this to dry for roughly 15-20 minutes.  

Remove the stickers very slowly and carefully.  Taking the stickers off too quickly can mess the edges up.

Dip the toothpick into the nail polish remover and use it to straighten and clean up the edges.  Allow the polish to dry for a few more minutes.

Last, place another clear coat on to of the entire nail.  Donezo!





enjoy your new nailsss!
xoxo, NB

February 25, 2014

WEAR: boyfriend jeans


Featuring: Refind Denim x Neato Bonito x Throne Watches

What are "boyfriend jeans" you ask? Despite the name, these type of jeans are not actually your boyfriend's jeans. They are suppose to look and feel like jeans a woman might borrow or steal from her boyfriend.  However, no boyfriends are actually required or harmed in the making.  Ironically, they are essentially a women's version of men's jeans.  They have a more fairly relaxed fit and are suppose to fit baggier and not hug the body as much as skinny jeans (the opposite of boyfriend jeans).  


 

Women's jeans and men's jeans are cut differently. True men's jeans aren't meant to be worn by women because it's important that the jeans fit around the waist and butt properly.  Because of it's popularity, more feminine versions have been developed so women's jeans can mimic men's jeans but not really.  You follow?   Yea, fashion is complicated sometimes.  Cue in Refind Denim!  They can help you un-complicate things and can guide you to finding your one-of-a-kind, perfect fitting boyfriend jeans.  Refind Denim specializes in taking relaxed fit women's vintage jeans, distressing them and turning them into the perfect boyfriend (jeans)! 



We were thrilled when our friends at Refind Denim asked us to be a part of a photo shoot where we would be wearing their denims and also as an added bonus, wearing vintage reclaimed watches from a Brooklyn company called Throne Watches! WUT.  Throne watches breathe new life into old vintage faces by pairing them with handmade Horween leather.  You can get your own watch and find out more info about Throne Watches and Refind Denim through the links and don't forget to follow our instagrams for more pictures! 




As with everything, not all boyfriends are created equal, therefore the same pair of jeans will not look the same on all women.  The key is to style them so you don't look frumpy.  To contrast the more masculine nature of the jeans, pair them with heels or more feminine tops.  The reality is that how they look has much more to do with how you carry yourself than what you actually wear.  So find a pair that suits you, much like finding a real boyfriend right?  Then, rock your boyfriend jeans with natural confidence and comfort,  because they are among the most comfortable style of jeans. :) NO boyfriend required. 


We love the idea that both of these companies breathe new life into vintage pieces and are custom/handmade right here in New York City and Brooklyn!  


Jeans: Refind Denim // Watches: Throne Watches // Styled by: Rose Tran // Photography:  Jenny Futography


February 24, 2014

EAT: chicken pesto quinoa salad




For me, eating healthy is always a challenge for a multitude of reasons (one being that I love yummy food), including options that are limited and boooooooring.  Enter - the chicken pesto quinoa salad!  Hearty and delicious.  Does quinoa count as a carb?  I mean, it's a seed.  But it's also packed with protein.  I'm not sure what I'm getting at here besides I think you should try this salad if you're trying to eat healthy and are running out of options.

If you're looking for the pesto, it's homemade (yum!) and mixed in with the quinoa part.  I like to make sure the quinoa is warm before I plop the mixture on the salad - makes for a much more satisfying meal (hot and cold!).  I used a rotisserie chicken from Central Market to save time.  If you're really strapped for time (and who isn't?), grab a jar of ready made pesto as well.



Ingredients (no exact measurements - throw as much of each as you'd like on your salad):

- Rotisserie chicken (I bought this pre-made at Central Market)
- Arugula or other salad base (I used arugula and spinach)
- Garbanzo beans, drained
- Radishes, sliced thinly
- Avocado, halved and sliced
- Baby cucumbers, chopped
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- parsley for garnish
- olive oil
- salt and pepper

Fresh Pesto (use a jar of ready made pesto if you don't have time for this).  Recipe from foodnetwork.com
- 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Instructions:

- For the pesto: combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.  Add 2/3 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth.  Transfer to a bowl and mix in the cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.

- Put the cooked quinoa into a cup and mix with desired amount of pesto (I used roughly 2 tsp.) and chopped cucumbers.  Put to the side.

- Take the salad mixture and toss with olive oil (roughly 1 tbsp. - a little goes a long way!) and salt and pepper. 

- Assemble the salad at the bottom of a plate, followed by chunks of chicken, radish slices, avocado and garbanzo beans.  Top the salad with the pesto quinoa mix (I used a ramekin to shape it).  Garnish with parsley. 


ENJOY! gobble gobble
xoxo, NB

February 21, 2014

DIY: double pearl ring




Pearls are everywhere this season - and not your dainty proper pearls, either.  Big, bubbly fun pearls in the form of chokers and cool ring/earring designs are taking it to the next level.  When we spotted this DIY by HWTF, we knew we'd have to make this for ourselves.  It was actually really fun and easy (we had a little DIY slumber party in NYC in lieu of braving the cold weather for an evening out).  

Go ahead, give it a go!  You can put your own unique spin on it by using different ring metals like rose gold, various pearl sizes and spacing between the pearls.  Woot!




Materials:

-thin gold rings (h&m, $5 for a multi-pack of various sizes)
-E6000 craft glue or super glue
-pearls - you can use half drilled ones, or fully drilled (this will show a visible hole at the other end if you can't find half drilled)
-wire cutter


Instructions:

Use the wire cutters to snip a hole in the ring to the desired size that you want the pearls to sit in each side.  Then, dip each side of the ends of the ring in glue.  Take the first pearl and slip it onto one of the ends of the ring.  Do the same for the second pearl.  Let the glue set.  TA-DA!








pearl power!
xoxo, NB


February 19, 2014

SOUL: happiness


Just some words of wisdom on this Wednesday   

Learning how to select our thoughts (like selecting our clothes everyday) can be really beneficial.  It's not easy when everything feels out of control sometimes. With that being said, our thoughts are really the only thing we can control. It's a power we can cultivate but nonetheless takes practice and is a challenge everyday.  Along with choosing happiness, we must also strive to participate relentlessly in the manifestions of our blessings.  

"No matter where you are right now, no matter far along you are on your own path, don't wait to have it all to celebrate. You're never going to figure it all out. Make being happy your business, all along the way. Life can't be one long, tough haul, with a little party at the end. What good is that? Life should be punctuated with celebrations and you have to build them into your time because being happy isn't easy.” -BF

Get it girl.  xoxo, NB. 

February 9, 2014

DIY: valentine's day ideas


Good ol' vday is just around the corner!  We've gotcha covered with sweets, cards, packaging... and more sweets!  Here's the links to our Valentine's Day DIYs in the past year.  Enjoy!




February 6, 2014

WEAR: sport laces with lace-up heels


Greetings, we realize things have been cold here - in more ways than one, but we are trying to slowly warm our way back into things. :) However, according to groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, there will be MORE WINTER!  Who died and made him sheriff of the weather world, right?  Well, being the rebels that we are, we are summer dreamin',  all day, everyday here. Ok, ok, let's not get ahead of ourselves, we'd be happy if SPRING just reared her pretty, little head.  


For a day back in Texas, it was actually warm enough to snap these shots.  It's still February, not quite full blown spring, but hey, we'll take it!  And spring dreams are made of these … bare legs and strappy lace-up sandals.   These lace-up sandals sometimes known as gladiator sandals from about 2-3? years ago, have fought their way back into our lives last summer and they seem to be sticking around! Inspired by the amazing Maja Wyh, we too decided to add some color and put new life into our own pair of Zara lace-up sandals.  


These laces were meant for my Nike tennis shoes.  The hot pink luckily contrasted well with the soft lavender of the faux snake print.  For plain black lace-up heels, neon green or yellow could really make the black pop.  These laces were a little bit wider than I wanted but it worked out for the more sporty look.  Try thinner laces for a sexier look.  Switching out laces on tennis shoes make them feel like new, so the same should apply to heels!


Happy reducing, reusing, and repurposing ... not just your laces, but have fun with your wardrobe! 



tshirt: Reason Clothing // denim shirt:  UO // shoes: Zara // laces: Nike // cuff: The Haute Pursuit // watch: Casio


February 4, 2014

EAT: drop biscuit blueberry cobbler




Biscuits make it better!  With winter weather in full effect, I've been craving comfort food like some sort of wildebeest.  So when I saw this recipe for drop-biscuit cobbler in the February issue of Bon Appetit, I ran out in the bitter cold to grab ingredients (most of which I already had on hand!) for it.

I made a couple of changes to my version - the original called for pears and dried cherries.  I opted for fresh blueberries as they're my favorite berry and preferred flavor for pies and cobblers.  Blueberrylicious.  Feel free to use whatever fresh fruit you'd like.  

Also, in the spirit of Valentine's Day I used a cookie cutter to turn my biscuits into heart shapes.  Awww - everyone knows true love and sweets go hand in hand.  :-)




recipe from Bon Appetit magazine
  • Ingredients:
Blueberry Filling
- 6 cups fresh blueberries (about 2 lbs.)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. flour
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. finely grated lemon zest

Biscuit Topping
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Vanilla ice cream (for serving)

Preparation:

Blueberry Filling

Preheat oven to 375°.  Combine 1 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp. flour, berries, juice, and zest in a large bowl. Toss to coat.  Pour into an 8x8x2" glass baking dish or divide among six 6-oz. ramekins.

Topping and Assembly

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and ¾ cup sugar in a medium bowl. Rub in butter with your fingers until a coarse meal forms. Gradually mix in ⅓ cup hot water until a soft wet dough forms (a few lumps are okay). Drop clumps of dough over filling; sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar.
    Bake until filling is bubbling and top is golden brown and cooked through, 45-50 minutes; let cool. Serve with ice cream.
  • *to make the biscuits into heart shapes, I simply patted the dough flat and used a heart shaped cookie cutter to press them out



drop it like it's hooooooooot
xoxo, NB