DIY | A Spring Wreath

I was heading out the door to make my monthly trip to Hobby Lobby. Then I realized, 'I can easily recycle some of the faux folliage I already have.'  I wanted to turn my winter wreath into a spring wreath. Here's how I did it :

I started by taking the holiday berry stems I had from my Christmas wreath...

And employed my trusty DIY crafts best friend: Mr. White Spraypaint

Then the berries looked like this:

Then I waited for the spraypaint to dry.
While I waited, I mixed my paint palette. These are the colors I planned to paint the berries:

My spring-inspired palette: heather grey, lemon yellow, pale blue and mint green

Also while I waited, I decided it was Wine O'clock... 

Then I began painting the berries, one color at a time, until every berry was painted.
I couldn't lay the stem down on anything to dry, so I used a skinny vase:

Once the berries were dry, I worked the stems into my twig wreath.
This is the base I use for all my wreaths - just $7 from Michaels.

 TA-DA! Finished product: a bright and inviting spring wreath that didn't cost anything extra.
I simply used paint and products I already had in my house.

I know what you're thinking now:  Lizz, that wine looked muy delicioso. What do you drink?

My latest favorite label is The Show from Argentina. Try the Malbec!


My Favorite Things | Chillin' Songs

When you're relaxing by the pool, sipping a cool cocktail on the patio, or even doing your lazy Sunday afternoon chores, what is playing on your iPod?

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Chillin' Songs. Perhaps you've heard many of them, and perhaps you'll discover a few new tunes to download for your own chillin' playlist :

1.   Jammin' by Bob Marley 
(been top o' my list for years though)

2.   Dream a Little Dream of Me by The Mamas & The Papas

3.   Blood by The Middle East

4.   Harvest Moon by Neil Young

5. The Girl from Ipanema by Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto & Stan Getz
(there are many versions of this song, but this is my favorite)

6.   Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

7.   Clair de Lune by The APM Orchestra

8.   Don't Worry By Happy by Bobby McFerrin

9Golden Years by David Bowie

10.   And You Be Loved by Damian Marley

BONUS:  Looking for a few more obscure tunes? Want even more sweet music to add to your list? These also rock my socks:

L'Appuntamento by Ornella Vanoni
Destiny by Zero 7
Tequila by The Champs
Crepuscolo Sul Mare by Piero Umiliani
Lay Lady Lay by Magnet
Hotel California by The Eagles
Moondance by Van Morrison
Dance Me to the End of Love by Madeleine Peyroux

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Sun & Sand with Shorts & Knits

Bikini season is just around the corner, yall. Is your beach body ready? Mine is not... but model Magdalena Frackowiak's sure is!

Tell me this editorial from Vogue Paris (April 2012) doesn't make you want to book a 7-day resort vacation...

"Under the Sun" 

 I love these nautical rope sandals.

Confession: my girl crush on miss Magdalena continues.

I also must admit that I titled this post Sun & Sand as an excuse to tell you about the new Yankee Candle scent I am obsessed with! If you're ever in the YC store (or a Cracker Barrel I suppose), give 'Sun & Sand' a whiff. It will transport you to an island!

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Phone Photos | Vol. 2

I haven't done a Phone Photos installment in a while. Most times, these photos are not the best quality; but many times, our phones are with us at the right moment to capture the right shot.

Here, a few images I snapped with the trusty ol' Samsung:

Two of four bear cubs at the Dakota Zoo.
It was such a joy to watch them wrestle with each other.

A navy and white parrot lamp I have been in love with.
From my friend's boutique, Lot 2029

I went jogging by the livestock auction stables here in Bismarck one day (something about the smell of alfalfa hay is comforting to me). It's usually cattle, but this day I saw pretty horses waiting peacefully.

I loved the way this one horse was sleeping, just like a big dog.

I didn't take this photo. My friend Elle sent it to me. She said it reminded her of me.
And that made my day.


Gilded Goddess

As if by magic - or perhaps the weather gods decided to smile upon me - we have had the warmest of March days in Dakota this past week.

I saw this editorial in Vogue Spain for March 2012 and took solice in knowing that one day soon, I too would be enjoying hot, sunny days...

Doesn't model Edita Vilkeviciute just glow?

Photography by Greg Kadel

Gold brocade skirt (Versace?) styled two ways,
with a lacey tank and with a denim collared shirt.

Don't cry for me, Texas.... I'll see you soon!

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Don't Get Pinched

I found a new way to incorporate that lovely St Patty's-inspired green into my wardrobe...

Kelly green denim jeans from my girlfriend Hope's boutique called Lot 2029

I paired my new jeans with a white silk charmeuse shirt from Banana Republic and a thrifted cantaloupe Arden B. silk jacket from Buffalo Exchange. I love the gold accents on it.

Added my gifted gold Ralph Lauren skinny belt, a jade and ivory necklace, a straw fedora from Target, and pink glitter pumps by Steve Madden.

Happy St Patrick's Day to my Jellies  - CHEERS

Family, Fun & Food

What a blast we had with our St Patrick's Week guests, bro and sis-in-law Chris and Amy. We were honored that they decided to spend their spring break with us in Dakota.

 We brought them to our favorite sushi and hibachi restaurant, Kobe's.

 They got to attend one of my Hubby's homegames and see many of our players shave their heads for St Baldrick's Day, a fundraiser that benefits kids with cancer.

 Us ladies enjoyed Kiss Me, Im Irish martinis!

And because Amy and Chris wanted to test the fruits of my recent culinary labors, I cooked many a meal for them including these delicious appetizers:

 Corn and Black Bean Salsa
In a large bowl, mix canned corn kernels, drained black beans, and petite diced tomatoes. Add a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, cilantro, and green chilis.

Eat with tortilla chips!

Asparagus Tempura
(This is the first time I have ever tempura'd anything, so if I can do it - so can you!)

Mix together 1 cup of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Then add 1 cup of club soda, and whisk together until mixture is bubbly and lumpy.
Heat vegetable oil in a skillet on medium/medium-high heat. Cut the ends off the stalks of a bushel of asparagus.

One at a time, toss the asparagus into the tempura batter. When coated, place them into the hot veggie oil. When the batter is lightly golden brown, take the aspargus out of the oil with tongs.

Eat with a spicy ranch dip- just add Cajun seasoning to light ranch!


Green Cupcakes

My bro-in-law and sister-in-law are coming to visit us this week! We're excited to spend another Saint Patrick's Day together - it's our tradition. And because St Patty's is one of my most favorite holidays, I thought it would be fun to bake our guests some green cupcakes.

Step 1:  Using white cake mix, I blended green food coloring into the batter:

Step 2:  Fill cupcake tins with the batter

Step 3:  Bake at 350 degrees for about 17-20 minutes. It's funny what 'golden brown' looks like on green tinted cupcakes.

At least they still look Kelly green on the inside!

Step 4:  Decorate cupcakes - I used whipped vanilla frosting with more food coloring mixed in.

For my second batch, I added some lemon zest for extra flavor. With another kind of frosting, I piped shamrocks on top.


A Vintage Inspired Spring

It has been unseasonably warm this weekend in Bismarck. In fact, yesterday I wore jeans and a cropped T-shirt...

True story, Agador Spartacus. Word has it that our pleasant weather will stick around until next week, so yall may be seeing some fun spring outfits from Yours Truly very soon!

Speaking of spring, I fell hard for this editorial from L'Officiel Paris (Feb 2012) with its warm-weather appeal and 1950s inspiration bursting with color.  Photography by Alexander Neumann, model is Luisa Bianchin :

Remember these mini shorts from the D&G spring show?

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