Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stealing from My Boy

These are a few shots from an impromptu, late-night photo-shoot from last night. I wore this to a family thing and most of this stuff I stole from Olie's closet.  I love having a husband I can steal clothes from.  He says he doesn't care but sometimes I wonder. Anyway, the shirt is his (from Old Navy) and the shorts were a pair of his jeans I made into shorts (they had ripped and he was gonna throw them out. GIVE ME THOSE PANTS! DONT THROW THEM OUT!). I think it's funny how they sag in the butt.  The vest, if you recall, was one of my recent thrift store finds that is actually from Chico's. However, I found it in the men's section. You gotta be on your game in the thrift store.  Who knows where all the jewels are from, I don't even know anymore.  And check out those cheetah shoes!  Thank you Journeys for my new favorite shoes that somehow go with everything I own.  All in all, a pretty successful outfit.

Notice the saggy butt.
Love this studded vest.

Check out my new Pinot's Palette koozie!  I have one in blue too.  I love new koozies.

Oh No!  There is something either completely hilarious or absolutely terrifying over there!

That pearl necklace was a bridesmaid's gift from my newly acquired sister-in-law.  I haven't taken it off since.  I know she found them on Etsy, I'll have to find out who from.

So many jewels!  That watch was also one of my thrift store finds.  The wood block is from Primark in the UK (sadly they have no online store) and the white bracelet with the studs was a gift.

I can't seem to take these shoes off.  PAINT YO TOENAILS, GIRL!

Good hair day.  I recently started using Loreal Elnett hairspray and it is dope.  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Beans for Breakfast

Ever since I studied abroad in Wales, I have been obsessed with beans for breakfast. Everyone hates on British food, but I loved it. So much so that I put on twenty pounds in the mere three months I was there. Anyway, my favorite part of British food is their take on breakfast, which includes beans. That is something you would never see here, which is sad, cuz it's great! So this morning I decided to do a little British/Tex-Mex/breakfast mash-up. Pretty simple really. I just took some of my leftovers from last night (black beans and kidney beans mixed with rotel), put that on some whole-wheat toast that I toasted with cheddar, and then slapped a fried egg on top. Voila! Simple, delicious, and healthy breakfast.

By the way, does anyone know where you can get a good English breakfast in Memphis?

Plates: Anthropologie, Tea-cup, Antique

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We Dig South Memphis

I've been working on a mural in South Memphis all week and I thought I'd share some of the pictures.  The design is by someone from Memphis College of Art (I will try to find out who, gotta give credit where credit is due).  This is all done through the Urban Art Commission, where I am an intern along with my friend Emily Balton.  I'm showing you the back of the mural because that is what I have mostly worked on, and it's a little closer to being done.  The site is a community garden and what we are painting on is a big metal storage container. Besides the millions of mosquito bites I now have, it's been really fun experience.  I'm about to head there in about an hour to help finish it up.  But here is what it looks like so far.

Painting with Red!  My favorite, favorite color!

The wavy pattern of the metal has made it really hard to get a smooth line.  Gonna have to touch this up today.

Emily painting away!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bringing Sexy Back

I wore this little number to the after party for my brother's wedding.  I got it on super-duper-sale at Urban Outfitters.  I probably should have ironed it before I wore it and took these pictures, but it was either iron or drink a beer.  Which would you choose?!  I hate ironing!  Anyway, I wore my favorite Wonder Woman-esque cuffs (also from Urban, I've been shopping there a lot lately) and a necklace that was given to me by a friend.  I think it might be from World Market?  If you haven't checked out World Market's jewels, you definitely should.  I wore my new cheetah sandals (see Friday's post) with this outfit, but I of course didn't get a good picture.  I'm not really a shoe person (gasp!) so I always forget about shoes.  Overall, I was pretty pleased with the outcome.  

Love this back!

See?  Beer and wrinkles.

This is a good face.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New work

Here are two paintings that I have been working on over the past few weeks. My work seems to be going in a new direction and I'm trying to be aware of this and ok with it. Normally I would paint these to death, but I'm taking these slow and really trying to figure them out. Wow this sounds like I'm talking about a boyfriend or something. All this to say, if you get the chance, I'd love a little feedback on these.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Relaxed Chiffon

This is what I wore Friday night for my brother's rehearsal.  I didn't want to be too dressed up, but I still wanted to be sassy.  I felt this outfit pulled that off perfectly.  I'm really into mixing patterns lately.  I think this might be my favorite combination so far.

Check out the mess on the floor.  Wherever Olie and I go, mess follows.

Kimono Top: Forever 21, Gray tank: Old Navy, Pants: Forever 21, Cuffs: Urban Outfitters, Necklace: Forever 21, Shoes: Target

Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Brother's Wedding!

This is just a little hodge podge overview post of my brother's wedding this weekend in Nashville.  So much fun!  Thought I'd highlight some of the fun stuff we did around the city.  Thursday night for the bachelorette we went to Cabana for dinner.  We ate lots of yummy small plates, the best of which was definitely the deep fried cheese grits.  Friday night after the rehearsal we ate at San Antonio Taco Company, which I think is my favorite place to eat in Nashville (so far, I've only been a few times).  Then Saturday was the wedding and that night we all went to the Tin Roof and got a little crazy.  It was probably one of the happiest weekends of my life.  Good food, good friends, family, and your brother marrying an awesome girl.  Can't ask for much more!
My new sister-in-law drinking moonshine mixed drinks at Cabana.  

Some of our yummy plates at Cabana.  The cheese grits are on the low right.  We also had bar-b-q wontons, fried alligator, and crab cakes with slaw.  Delicious.  
Jello shots at the bachelorette.  And baked brie.  An interesting combination.

My friend Laura and I outside of San Antonio Taco Company.  You've got to try this place.  The food is awesome and the balcony is so much fun.

My brother and I.  Being dumb.  

A few buckets of beer never hurt.

On the way to the wedding.  

An insightful quote.

The bride's dope shoes.

My bridesmaid's bouquet.  

Silly poses for pictures.
Bridal Party.  My husband and I are on either end.  I actually WILL wear this dress again. 

My friend Lily looking cute.  A bit of relaxing before the after party.

Chillin at the Tin Roof.  This place is pretty awesome.  

Friday, September 21, 2012

Crazy Weekend

So, I'm in Nashville for my brother's wedding, so this will be a quick post.  Much more to come, I promise.  But of course things are nuts here.  Last night was my brother's fiance's bachelorette party.  My outfit was super cute but I was so busy having fun that I didn't get any good photos of it (oh darn).  But here are my super cute shoes that I wore.  Got 'em for $20 bucks at Journeys.  Run.  Go.  So cute.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Twist on Some Classics

I took lunch to my dad the other day, and I decided to do a little update on some old standards.  I made chicken salad and pimento cheese but with a little more flair.  

For the chicken salad, I decided to add a little Mexican influence.  I mixed chicken, avocado, hot Rotel, cilantro, a little mayo, salt and pepper.  By the way, cans of Rotel tomatoes are always good to have in the pantry.  I throw them in everything.  This chicken salad was super dope.

For the pimento cheese I shredded a block of mild cheddar.  My grandmother says you should always shred your own cheese for pimento cheese, and so I do what she says.  Then I added a jar of pimentos, mayo, chili powder, and Siracha sauce.  I don't know if you've tried Siracha, but it is awesome.  It's another thing that is good to have around.  It added just the right amount of kick to the pimento cheese. 

These are both super simple and delicious.  Slice up a tomato, toast up some bread and  you are good to go.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pizza Night!

My husband and I make pizza all the time.  Like......way too much.  It's a problem.  We never used to do this until we found our infallible pizza crust recipe.  It is to die for.  It's really simple, it only has to rise for an hour, and I'm gonna share it with you in just a second.  So the other night I had mixed up a crust and it was all ready to go.  I went to grab a can of tomatoes to make marinara and I didn't have any!  What!?  I always have canned tomatoes for impromptu pizzas!  What to do!?!  Then I spotted a jar of roasted red peppers that I had picked up cuz they were on sale.  Hmmmm......... So I roasted an onion and about six cloves of garlic  for about 20 minutes on 400 degrees (I like garlic, you should too).  I added this to the jar of red peppers.  Be sure to drain the water/oil/whatever it is packaged in first.  I added a little olive oil, a few sprigs of basil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning (a bit of red wine wouldn't hurt if you've got it).  Then I pureed it all until it was smooth but still had some chunk to it (I used a hand blender, which I got for my birthday and I have found about 8 million uses for). This was what I used instead of marinara, and it was delicious!  I topped the pizza with chicken and pepperoni.  Here is what that looked like.

 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.  Gorgeous right?

Finished product.  We ate half for dinner and then the other half for a late night snack.
Ok, so here is the pizza dough recipe that I use.  It's Jamie Oliver's recipe, but he uses olive oil, and I have found it is better with Canola oil.  I know that sounds weird, but trust me, it's better.  This calls for a tiny bit of kneading, but don't be intimidated, and don't bust out the KitchenAid Mixer!  This is super simple, you can do it yourself.

Jamie Oliver's Pizza Dough (Tiny Changes Made by Me)

3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (sift the flour, then re-measure it)
2 teaspoons fine sea salt (Normal salt works too, use what you've got)
1 packet of yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons Canola oil
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water

First you add the water, yeast, sugar and canola oil in a bowl.  That needs to sit for about five minutes.  The yeast will rise up and get all puffy.  It should look like this.

Push the flour to the sides of the bowl so that there is a well in the center.  Once the yeast has done its thing, add it to the well.  Stir the flour into the liquid starting from the sides of the well and moving out. As you are stirring, sprinkle in the 2 teaspoons salt.  Salt kills yeast, this is why it needs to be gently added into the mixture.  Mix it into a shaggy mixture that looks like this.  

Now we are going to knead.  If you have never kneaded dough, it's simply pushing the dough and then folding it, pushing it and folding it.  There are tons of youtube videos on it if you are really confused, but this recipe should work fine even for novice kneaders.  Add a little flour to your surface (a clean table or counter works fine) and knead the dough for just about a minute.  Form it into a dimply ball that should look like this.

Clean your bowl and add a little oil to it to coat the bowl.  I find that a little baking spray works great for coating the whole bowl.  Add the dough ball to the bowl and turn it to get a coating of oil over the whole ball.  Top the bowl with a clean, damp towel and put it in a warm place.  An oven works great but be sure not to turn it on!  After an hour, your dough should look like this.

Another sexy rise!  This is what you are looking for.  Oil a pizza pan, and gently tug the dough into the shape of the pan.  This should be relatively easy, it won't fight you.  Now let that sit for fifteen minutes. Don't skip this part!  It needs to rise just a bit more.  Turn your oven up AS HOT AS IT WILL GO!  Top your pizza with desired toppings and throw it in your hot oven.  In my oven, the pizza cooks in about 12 minutes, but I have found that this recipe varies from oven to oven.  So keep an eye on it.  I know this seems like a lot of steps, but trust me, this is a very simple recipe that will give you amazing results.