Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saying Sunday

Words to live by.

Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.
When you aren't traveling, you should at least eat well. Life is too short for bad food.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dinner in a dish

I came across a really simple one bake dish that I just had to share.

*Obviously pic taken pre-cooked. Arrange your ingredients as shown.


  • Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Red Potatoes, cut into quarters.
  • Fat Free Italian Dressing

How to:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray oven safe dish with fat free cooking spray, I used a 9 x 13 Pyrex.
  3. Arrange chicken, washed green beans, and red potatoes as shown in pic above.
  4. Cover all ingredients with dressing, I used about a half a bottle.
  5. Cover dish with foil.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.

So easy to make and easy to clean up! Healthy too :)
There is a recipe on Pinterest that is similar, but is less healthy. It used melted butter and canned beans. Fresh is always better and the butter isn't necessary with the dressing!

Brand Love

Ever stumble across a brand where you just seem to love EVERYTHING!
Lately I have been really admiring a few designers! Here are some I'm really loving and recently purchased!

Halston Heritage

Sold online and and select stores. Brand is named after owner and creator designer Roy Halston. Born in Iowa, Halsoton has even outfitted former First Lady and fashion icon Jackie O.

I have the Iris Halter dress shown above.

Cythia Steffe

Less expensive that Halston and found in most major retailers, this NY based brand has adorable feminine dresses and tops that I'm loving right now. Even better, I have seen items in discount stores like Marshall's lately!

I picked up this one shoulder dress above in crisp white. I cannot wait to wear it at the White Party at the resort on my upcoming vacay.
I also have this pretty pink and white racer back dress.
 For more on these designers, click on their name for the link to their websites.

Unwined Candles

It's great to hear a success story involving someone you know. Yesterday it was awesome to open up The Baltimore Sun and see this....

In the last year, there has been a growing buzz over a homemade candle company from small town Eldersburg and it's owners and creators, husband and wife duo Dave and Anna Neith. Especially when they were invited to the CMA's in Novemeber.

The two came up with the genius concept of the cleverly named company Unwined Candles. These homemade soy candles, which come in a variety of scents, are in recycled wine bottles. The candles not only smell great, but they last (we accidentally left ours burning over night). The packing is simple, creative, and sharp and each candle color is unique as the glass bottle it comes in.
Great for your home and also a fabulous gift (so much so they were sold out this past Christmas holiday) and are priced oh so affordable at only $20.

I love mine :) I have the flavor "Farmer's Market"

The company isn't all about profits- their product boasts recycling, local community, and giving back. Last year they donated portion of sales to a charity that aids wounded U.S. Soldiers. This year they have already participated in a fundraiser for another local business owner who is battling Lymphoma.
You can get yours at select local retailers, on their website Unwined Candle Company, or find the owners selling them at all the local Wine Festivals throughout the year.
For more and to order-


Saying Sunday

Sadie (my dog) thinks I'm generous, kind, protective, and loving- just to name a few. She loves me no matter what I look like, but loves me extra when we go on walks and car rides- unless that car ride is to the vet.
I'm glad it cost $337 for the vet to tell me Sadie is perfectly healthy.

My name is Sadie and I eat toilet paper.
If she could talk, she'd probably tell me I can't sing and to stop being stingy with her treats.

Loves her Nyla Bone.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Day Roses Inspiration

Did you get some beautiful roses on Valentine's Day?
My husband surprised me with this 2 dozen lovely mixed assortment :) Pinks, yellows, and white! LOVE!

I feel a little guilty after tossing my wedding bouquet, okay not really. Honestly I just did not know what to do with it. I know I know PINTEREST is filled with hoarding every single item from your wedding and then decorating your entire house with it....including your dead flowers bouquet. Don't get me wrong, I loved my wedding, but framing your wedding dress, invites, pictures, guest book, marriage license, wedding song lyrics, and so on is toooo much.
Anyway this years roses seem too beautiful to toss and I started to look around for possible uses for them that did not scream "wedding"
Here's what I came up with....

Shadow Boxes:



I'm loving this idea and I think I may recreate the last one!
For a step by step how to go HERE.


I do not typically like the look of dried flower arrangements. They usually look like something from an early 1990's country theme home (you know the kind with ducks and baskets everywhere).
Also they can collect dust and are hard to clean.
Crafters tip: Hair Spray can help battle that dust (HERE)  
Either way I do like this colorful design above! It's modern and fresh.
For a step by step how to go HERE.


This is so easy and inexpensive to do! Using apothecary jars, mason, or any other glass container with a lid is a great way to display your roses and best part no worry about dust :) Start with a big jar and add to it each year!

Old wine bottle + dried roses + diffusers! Creative and easy :)

Petal Project:

Instead of the whole flower, use the pedals to create shapes like this heart above.
For step by step and other ideas go HERE

If you have never done it before, it's super easy. I always have done the hang upside down in the basement (dark and out of the way).
Go HERE for a step by step!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

RiRi's fash at the 2013 Grammys

I'm not a huge award show fan. Last night however, I watched a majority of the 2013 Grammy Awards. I loved seeing Justin Timberlake preform and the tribute to Bob Marley by Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Ziggy Marley. I also liked seeing Price, as he presented the award for Grammy of the Year. The only way to describe him is " he is such a cool dude".

So anyway, I have been obsessing over the Azzedine Alaïa dress Rihanna wore during her performance of the song, "Stay" with Louisiana singer/songwriter/producer Mikky Ekko. The simple scoop neck and length mirrored that of a tank dress, but material and cut gave it that Hollywood glamour. It was not just form fitting, but beautifully flattering. Tunisian-born Paris-based Alaïa, has had a rack of celbs rocking his designs recently including Alicia Keys at the Super Bowl for her National Anthem performance. Rihanna's hot red dress was also byAlaïa which she sported to and during the same show.

Rihanna kept her look classic for both looks, sporting both red lips and nails. During her performance she pared the black gown with a Neil Lane diamond necklace and a simple crystal bangle.

Let's get real, this girl would still look amazeballs wearing a garbage bag!

I thought the black dress was fitting for such a deep emotional song. If you missed the performance, check it out below.
 I love seeing celebs rock sophisticated styles like these as opposed to blue hair and trashy dresses.
I'm keeping my eyes out for a copy cat black gown! If you see any, be sure to let me know!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Saying Sunday

To my fellow friends and Ravens family in NOLA today- have fun, be safe, and most importantly....