Happy Tutorial Tuesday! How i do my bumper bangs
now, let me start by saying that there are probably a million other ways to do this, but since chopping off my hair last month i’ve been having so much fun experimenting with new ways to style my locks and i’ve always been fascinated by girls with bumper bangs. what a cool thing, to just have bangs for a night. the drama that these add to any outfit is perfect. my friend, kristina is the hair queen. noone does hair better than her. she told me she was working on a post about these and i was like, “omg, i want to do it” and she told me her trick. those donut bun makers that are all the rage on pinterest? yeah. cut one and roll your bangs up in them. mind=blown. i knew that with my birthday coming up, i’d want to wear a pretty new hairstyle and this was it.
separate your hair pretty far back and pull it forward. take your foam roller and begin rolling. spread your hair across it as you move your way up. while rolling, spread your hair across the roller and pull tightly along the way. the secret in secure bangs is a tight roll, i’m telling you. when you get to the top and your hair is covering the whole thing, bobby pin either side directly into the roller so you are securing many layers of hair at once. spray down to keep things shiny and fierce!
you’re done! i put a bandana in sometimes when i don’t want to curl the rest of it because, gosh darn, how cute does this look with a bandana?! good luck & enjoy! this can work on so many different lengths of hair, i love when girls with long hair do it. their bangs look so luscious and thick!
i obviously did this on my iMac in my studio. sorry about the lighting. also, i’m working out later so the only effort i put into my face was some lipstick. apologies again. happy tuesday! D: ) (it’s an emoji with bumper bangs)
happy monday munchies! lovely pizza!
so, i love hearts. always have, always will. when i chose to throw a bday/vday party, i obviously had to incorporate hearts. i needed snacks, love to make pizza, and chose to cut them into heart shapes. this was a super easy pizza with some pesto, italian cheeses, and sliced cherry tomatoes but the way it was cut made it so special. i pressed my dough into a cast iron pan (only way to make pizza now, as far as i’m concerned) and sliced it into 8 wedges. i then cut triangles and shaped each slice into a heart with my kitchen shears/food scissors. easy peasy and what an impact! i absolutely recommend you shaping your slices before serving! so fun & easy!
Pizza Dough. (makes 3 10” round pizzas or 2 sheets) from epicurious
2 envelopes of yeast**
4.5-5.5C flour +more for handling
2C warm water, divided (let your faucet run for a while)
combine yeast, 1/2C water & 2tbs of fluor in a mixing bowl. whisk to combine and let foam for 10 minutes. in a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine 3C flour, salt & 1.5C water. add the yeast mixture and stir until combined. add an additional Cup of flour and stir until dough separates from side of bowl. let rise for at least an hour, covered, in a nonstick sprayed bowl. cut into however many sections you desire and bake. woo hoo! this also freezes well, wrapped in saran wrap.
**if you’re like me and buy the big bags of yeast, 1 envelope = 2.25 tsp. for this recipe 4.5 tsps is what you would add to the flour & water.
happy sunday style! my vday/bday prom party dress!
pardon the crappy photos. i assumed that the party i threw would be very well documented by cameras, and i assumed wrong! everyone was having too much fun chatting and partying to take photos of what was happening! i guess that’s a good thing! anyways, i didn’t have a date (when do i ever?!) so I WORE THEM. i made a classic julie dress (sweetheart-princess-circle) with some incredible alexander henry fabric. he is an amazing print designer and i have stared at this fabric for years without having a reason to buy it. this party was the perfect excuse. i was covered in men all night on valentines day. isn’t that the dream?
hope you had a romantic valentines day!
happy spruced up saturday! before & afters of my bathroom!
i am so excited to share with you my brand new bathroom, along with some photos of what it looked like before! my batyhroom has been the same since i moved in 5, yes FIVE years ago. and it really needed a change. i was playing around with different ideas for my bathroom (i thought itwas going to be teal and checkered at one point) and then i settled on this PERFECT PINK. it’s called blushing bride by benjamin moore and i hope (and the guy at the hardware store hopes) it brings me luck in my single life. haha. i found this incredible decal on etsy (my friend, kristina sent me an email with it and i immediately bought it) the shelves are ikea that i got cut to fit the wall. i love it so much. every time i pull the shower curtain back when i get out of the shower i can’t believe this is my bathroom. it’s a dream. and it was all done for very cheap!
(shelves $30 + decal $32 +paint $25 +supplies $5)
not bad at all! the mason jars look great and the storage on the shelves allowed me to take everythingoff the floor and store it under the sink. it looks so much brighter, bigger and better in there. with the leftover paint, i sanded down a detail on my cabinet, along with the heater pipe that runs the height of my bathroom and painted that to match. what a difference a couple coats of paint make! yay! hope you like it!
happy waistline wednesday
i have never found a morning routine that has such immediate change as this one. when you’re waking up, and doing your stretches (which you should do every morning!!) do this:
1 push up
2 push ups
3 push ups
4 push ups
5 push ups
6 push ups
7 push ups
8 push ups
9 push ups
10 push ups
in the end that’s 55 of each! gets your heart rate up, works your core, upper body and lower body. GET IT. quick and dirty, i love it.
Happy Sunday style!
Here I am on my way to the Bettie page anniversary party last week. I love my new winter coat from Slapback. I’ve got my black easy jeans and white ruffle socks tucked into my favorite leopard wedges. I’m wearing my favorite new circle scarf (thanks, Clara!) and my incredible new Kate Spade bag. I love it. Thank you, Santa!
I’m loving my hair so so much. I don’t know what I was ever doing with so much of it!
happy fashion friday!
i am so so so proud to show you all this amazing video that i had the pleasure of designing costumes for. Great Caesar has been my favorite band for the past 6 years (holy crap i am old) when i met them at a tiny club in boston that they were playing. i proceeded to befriend all 6 of them, date 1 of them for almost 3 years, breakup with him and stay very close friends with all 6 and all of their families.there is a lot of love here. being a part of this team was amazing and working on it from the very beginning held so much meaning to me. there is a lot of symbolism in color throughout the wardrobes of all characters and i had so much fun working on this with an incredible team of people. i’ve been friends with the director for years, and what a director he was. i love you, alex! the rest of the team is such good friends after a week away together (it was like camp!) and we’ve continued to work together on many different sets.
this was shot last june in CT & NY. looking back on 2013, this was my favorite week of the year. Macy Smith, my favorite assistant ever, absolutely killed it. she’s the best and i could not have done it without her. This debuted on Upworthy.com on MLK Day. what an important message that sent. i hope you all see this, spread this and really feel the emotion and message through the work.
love who you love, chase your dreams and don’t let anyone ever ask you why.
happy waistline wednesday! so, are you looking to cut out a bit of fat in your life? you probably are. well, i invented this delicious flatbread pizza during a snowstorm and ended up making it again, and again. you’ll think you’re eating pizza, but your pants won’t ;)
here’s my new favorite pizza dough recipe
(this makes up to 3 small 10” “pizzas”).
it’s also the easiest one i’ve used, and i’ve used a lot of them.
adapted from epicurious (my favorite app!)
4.5 tsp dry, active yeast
4.5-5.5 cups whole wheat flour, divided. (you can use a combo of white/whole wheat if you prefer, just keepin’ it healthy)
2C warm water, divided
whisk/stir yeast, 1 Tbs Flour & 1/2C warm water. let it bubble and foam (5-10mins)
while science is happening over in the yeast cup, in your stand mixer, or large mixing bowl, stir salt & 3C flour. add the yeast mixture/science experiment to the flour and also add the remaining 1.5C warm water. start up your mixer, or just start hand mixing it. add another cup of flour when you’re ready and mix until the dough clumps together, away from the sides of the bowl.
let your dough rise in a greased (olive oil, PAM, whatveer you’d like) bowl and let it sit for an hour or so..until it doubles. you can let it sit for longer. nothing bad will happen to it.
the rest of the “pizza”:
press it into a cast iron pan (SO HAPPY I BOUGHT THESE!) and spread down on it some crushed garlic (i used about a tbs from a jar) and a laughing cow cheese wedge. at 35 calories a slice feel free to indulge and use 2. get CRAZY! throw down a bunch of fresh spinach and feel free to pile it on, it will shrink a ton when it wilts. sprinkle with parmesan, salt & pepper and pop that baby in the oven for about 18 minutes at 400 degrees.
happy monday munchies! port said.
i am part syrian and i say that because i am so proud of (syrian food. i love it and want everyone to love it with me. i go out for middle eastern food in new york but there’s something about a couple of the restaurants back in MA that i grew up on that i love..and port said. a delicious meal that i CANNOT find in new york. ugh. it’s more or less sauteed mushrooms and your choice of chicken/beef or shrimp and i always order it at El Basha in WOrcester County (there’s 3 of them). well. i wanted it in new york, so what did i do? i figured out how to make it!
chicken port said. adapted from here.
3 Oz. Butter (or a generous drizzle of olive oil)
1 Lbs mushrooms sliced (or beef or shrimps..don’t slice your shrimps.)
1 Lbs Chicken cut up into 1” pieces
3 cloves garlic crushed
1 tbs syrian pepper (see recipe)
1/2 tsp black pepper
Juice from 1/2 lemon or 1 Tbs of of lemon juice
sautee the sliced mushrooms and garlic in olive oil/butter until mushrooms are almost soft. add your sliced chicken and syrian pepper and pepper. this will probably look like a lot of spice. it’s okay. thats where the flavor comes from. cook until chicken is cooked through and mushrooms are super tender. i did not cook my mushrooms long enough last time i made this so i know now for next time. add the lemon juice at the end and stir so that everything is happy, saucy and flavorful. salt to taste.
i’m making this with beef next time. so excited that i figured it out!
serve over rice. or not. i didn’t because i’m trying to avoid carbs. what else is new?
DIY Syrian Pepper:
1:1:1 cinnamon:allspice:black pepper
happy sunday style!
for the first time in almost 10 years…i got a haircut. a big one.
i saw this photo of marilyn and thought on a whim, i want that hair. i emailed it to a hairstylist that i’ve worked with on sets, Kimalisa at Sam Brocato Salon in SoHo, and she was game. i think she made it pretty much exactly what i wanted! im so happy, i feel so much lighter and so much like a vintage barbie/stepford wife/marilyn monroe. i love it so much! hope you do too! a change feels so good! i took off almost 10 inches!
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