Friday, June 20, 2014

DIY Ripped Denim Shorts

Remember how I was thinking denim shorts? (I've been thinking about a lot of things lately). Well, I came to a decision; I finally found my favorite pair. Too bad they were made by Rag and Bone and were $209.

No. Way. 

So I did a bit of investigating into DIY-ing ripped denim shorts (diy-ing? is that a word?). To be honest, every time I've made a pair of cut-offs, it's been pretty disasterous. I don't know why, other super savvy ladies make cut-offs all the time. But mine always turn out really wonky. But I figured I'd give it another go. Because, insanely, I was actually slightly temped to drop the $209. 

I found this great tutorial on distressing denim (click here!).You basically just make lots of horizontal cuts in the denim using an X-ACTO knife. The knife cuts away the blue part of the fabric and leaves nice big patches of stringy white holes. It took me about an hour to complete my pair. Very worth my effort. And the bits of denim fuzz all over my house.

Pro tip: find a picture of a pair of distressed denims that you love and use that as a guide to where to place the holes. I, of course, used the Rag and Bone shorts I was in love with. I actually pulled up Damsel in Dior's Rag and Bones': she's had them for a while so they are even more lived-in. Which I love.

I think I need a roomier and shorter pair. And with traditional pockets so that the pockets show throught the holes. But I'm very happy with my first effort! And I didn't spend $209 on a pair of ripped shorts. Someone slap me in the face if I ever do that.

Shirt and Shoes: Old Navy

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I'm Thinking Statement Necklaces

I'm Thinking Statement Necklaces

Normally, I'm a chunky bracelet girl. But right now, I'm really digging statement necklaces. I need about seven, so I can make a different statement every day of the week! Here are a few I'm really loving. All you need is a little summer dress and you are good to go!

Necklaces Top to bottom and left to right: Boticca, Debenhams, BCBGMaxazria, Henri Bendel, Humble Chic, JCPenny

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thrill Of The Hunt

I'm officially obsessed with Plato's Closet. I think it's the thrill of the hunt. Especially when the payoff is this good. I bought this little red dress for $8. Oh, and did I mention it is BCBG? Huge savings. Like.....ridiculous savings. It was perfect to take me from church to a Father's Day pool party yesterday. I got about a billion compliments on it. Plus it's so breezy and cool. Great for a high of 91 degrees.

I also scored these bracelets at a yard sale for $1.50. I'm killing it with the bargains lately.

Dress: BCBG via Plato's Closet, Shoes: Old Navy, Hat: Dollar Tree (wow, I'm so cheap. I love it)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Staples

Ok, I know it isn't officially summer yet, but it's close enough (and hot enough!). I have a feeling this is what I'm going to be wearing all summer: a cute dress and great sandals. I've been wanting a pair of gladiator sandals for about three years now, so I figured it was time to just give in and buy myself a pair. I've already worn them so much. They just go with everything. Even preppy J.Crew dresses.

Dress: J.Crew Factory, Sandals: Urban Outfitters, Assorted Jewels

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How To Grill Pizza

Have you ever grilled a pizza? If  you haven't, you are totally missing out. This is the best way to get that smoky, wood-fired pizza taste that you get in a restaurant in the comfort of your own backyard. Seriously, grilling a pizza takes it up to the next level, without an expensive pizza oven. You may never make pizza any other way.

Olie and I were doing a bit of yard work yesterday afternoon, so it seemed like a perfect night to grill pizzas. This way of cooking pizzas is not as fast as cooking in your oven, mainly because everything is done outside. But it's so worth it. This was a fun Tuesday night adventure.

Now, disclaimer, I am not a pizza grilling expert. This is only my second attempt at it. I'm still working out some of the kinks (also, Olie did most of the work, I took pictures). However, you want these pizzas to be a bit rustic. If your dough folds a little, tears, or burns in spots it really doesn't matter. It still tastes amazing. Like really amazing.

So let's take a break from hamburgers and hot dogs and grill some pizzas! Get ready: you will be hooked.

First things first, you need some pizza dough. You can make some (click here for the super awesome recipe I use. Thank you Jamie Oliver. You changed my life) or you can pick some up from your local grocery store or pizzeria. Totally up to you.

There are a few things you will need for this process. We're working with a very hot grill, so I wouldn't attempt to grill pizzas without these items:

Grill (duh)
charcoal (also duh)
oven mits
tongs (a must!)
pizza pan
spatulas (just in case you have trouble removing the pizza)

So you've made your dough and it's all risen and beautiful and amazing and you are so cool. Go ahead and grease your pizza pan and add a bit of cornmeal (if you've got it) to the pan. Then press your dough into the pan.
Go ahead and get all of your toppings ready to go and bring it all outside.

Now light your coals. My husband and I use a chimney and light them that way. If you make a pile and light them in the grill, that's fine too. Once all of the coals are lit pour them into your grill, keeping them concentrated in the center. Don't let the grill cool down! We want all this crazy heat!
Place the grate onto your grill. You need to move quickly but carefully. Your grill will be very hot.

Turn your pizza pan face down onto your grill. Let it sit for about 30 seconds.

PUT ON YOUR OVEN MITS! Carefully remove the pizza pan from the grill, leaving the dough behind. You may have wrinkled your dough. That's ok. It's rustic, remember? But you can use your tongs to spread the dough out a bit. Be gentle.
Let this cook for about three minutes, until it's nice and bubbly.

Look at those air pockets! I've never been able to achieve this crust consistency until I started grilling pizzas!

Slide the dough back onto the pizza tray. Gently flip it over so that the cooked side is on the top.
Now it's time to dress your pizza. I would try to do this relatively quickly. You want the grill to stay hot.
Yes, I am the weirdo who likes peas on pizza.

Slide your pizza back onto the grill and let it cook until the cheese is melted. If you cooked more than one pizza, you may need to transfer your pizzas to the oven. The grill may not be hot enough anymore. But with one pizza, you should be fine. If you plan on cooking more than one, go ahead and have your oven nice and hot, so that you don't have to wait around.
And that's it! The process is very simple, and you won't believe the result. It's unreal. And grilling is always fun. Grab some beers, some fun pizza toppings, and make an event of it! 

What do y'all like to grill besides the usual brats, dogs, and hamburgers? Grilled tomatoes are amazing, as are grilled okra. I'd like to try some weird stuff, any ideas?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Floral And Glitter

I've owned this dress for about three weeks. I've already worn it to two weddings, to work, to church, and (sadly) to a funeral. Talk about multi-tasking! And it was originally $128 and I got it for $38. I think I win. I also got these shoes for a song at Plato's Closet. They're Nine West and I paid $12 for them. I don't think I would ever pay full price for a pair of glitter heels, but for $12 I just couldn't pass them up. If time travel were possible, I would have to show these shoes to twelve year old Meredith. She would die.

These are the highest heels I've ever worn. I'm already 5'10" and these put me up to around 6'2". I'm kind of a baby about my height. I feel uncomfortable if I'm way taller than everyone else. But I'm trying to get over that. Strangely, I felt empowered in these shoes. Like, I'm taller than you so if you mess with me I might stomp on you cuz I totally could. Nothing like a fabulous pair of shoes to conquer insecurities. 

I don't think I'm ever going to buy anything full price ever again. 

Dress: Anthropologie, Shoes: Nine West via Plato's Closet, Assorted Jewels