DIY Ribbon Hair Ties

I love these ribbon hair ties from Anthropology, but considering how often I miss place hair bands and how  frequently I was needing to replenish my stash, I decided to see if I could make them for less.  This DIY is almost too easy for an explanation. I found this site, where a yard of elastic is only fifty cents and there are lots of color options. I cut the elastic into 10 inch pieces, making sure to cut at an angle (this will prevent fraying). Also make sure you alternate the angle cuts so that when they are tied, they ends are aligned. Then all you have to do is fold over the elastic and tie it in a knot. So simple. I ended up making a lot so I am going to send some to friends as little surprises. 


Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower

I made these mashed potatoes with a twist by adding sweet potatoes and cauliflower. It added some sweetness and texture without completely changing the original recipe. Plus they were super easy to make in a kitchenaid mixer.

Print recipe card here (4″x6″)

Currently Lusting: Jewel Tones

1. Port colored jeans // 2. Gold giraffe necklace  // 3. Navy velvet flats // 4. Scalloped lace mini // 5. Forest green leather hobo // 6. Suede booties

I have been lusting after all the deep hues I am seeing in stores lately, particularly the wine colored jeans trend. Here are a few items I have been eyeing. Are there any fall pieces that you have been dreaming about?

Baking Simply

Occasionally I don’t have to time to make a dessert from scratch and so it is nice to keep a packaged dessert around that is easy to whip up for guests or to bring to a party. I have had some difficulty finding a gluten-free dessert that is quick and easy to make, luckily I found this super delicious brownie mix by Bob’s Red Mill. Putting them in these colorful individual cups added a bit of a fun personal touch. I am definitely going to keep this mix on hand for when I am craving something super chocolate-y.

Enjoy this quick and easy dessert,

My Oh My

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to see Macklemore for the second time in a few months, and he definitely didn’t disappoint. He is a PNW native musician from Seattle who remains unsigned and until recently has had a dedicated but relatively small following. He is a hip-hop and rap artist who uses his music to discuss real life issues. And don’t let me forget to mention Ryan Lewis, the music producer behind the mixture of violins, gospel singing, and trumpets. The single Same Love has received quite a bit of press lately because of the support it gives to same sex marriage. And last week he released a new CD which made it to #1 on itunes. I would definitely recommend checking out The Heist, every song has real meaning. I am currently obsessed with 10,000 hours; my favorite lyrics from the song are “the greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint, the greats were great because they paint a lot”.

Here is the Same Love video – I would highly recommend you to check out his other music as well.

On Friday I got invited to a small performance by Austin Webb, a country artist who just got signed. I have a feeling that he is going to become quite successful. His voice is so smooth and he has a great sense of humor. If he doesn’t make it with the music he could give comedy a shot.

Austin Webb – Getting Even

On Friday I had the opportunity to go to Fashionxt. A fashion show with collections by Anita Kealey, Brent Collier, Joshua Christensen, Joshua Mckinley, and Seth Aaron. Sadly my camera didn’t work while I was there but here are some of my favorite looks, courtesy of Hal Harrison.

I loved the menswear by Collier, anything inspired by a previous era always seems to look fantastic in my book and the women’s looks by Seth Aaron had such great lines, I definitely would like a few of his pieces in my closet.

Here’s to another great week!