MY CLOSET: Black & White

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cleveland Ohio Street Style Fashion

PYLO bell sleeve crop top - NastyGal faux fur scarf

2 Bandits jewelry Crescent Earring - Nasty Gal faux fur scarf


Nasty Gal De Ville Faux Fur Scarf - Cleveland Ohio Fashion Blogger


button front a-line studded skirt

So. Many. Things. This outfit is super jam packed with details, trends, texture...all of em. But it works. A balanced crazy. The simple Black & White color palette acts as a mediator or sorts. It's like "marled knit crop top AND a striped fluffy scarf? Surrrrre, go ahead". The silver studded details of the skirt unify the western vibe of the hat & jewelry. By the way I love the look of the skirt, cute and fits well... but can a girl get some stronger snaps? With my high level of wardrobe malfunctions, a snap up skirt with wimp snaps won't cut it. (if you can successfully wear this skirt, please, give me tips) 

Hat: Revolve Clothing  ///  Necklace & Earrings: 2 Bandits  ///  Scarf: NastyGal  ///  Crop Bell Sleeve Sweater: PYLO  ///  Faux Suede Button Front Studded Skirt: Yoins  ///  Fringe Heels: Misguided  ///  Lipstick: Glam & Grace Pastel Pink

YUMS & NOMS: Mixed Berry Crumble Recipe

Monday, January 11, 2016


Raspberries Blueberries Strawberries Blackberries fruit recipe
Mixed Berry Crumble Recipe


fresh fruit bake - berry crumble recipe

Ooooh you're gonna want to try this ooey gooey fruity recipe! Here's another one I learned from the incredible cooking class at Gervasi Vineyard. (check their current list of classes) This class was no joke. I learned so many incredible recipes, including Salmon En Papillate which I shared previously. These are both must makes on the regular!


 Mixed Berry Crumble Recipe

Filling

  • 2 Pounds Fruit (blueberries strawberries blackberries)
  • 2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar

Crumble
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 pound Butter/Margarine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Toss fruit with lemon, flour and sugar. Spoon into 2 deep dish ramekins. Fill to top.

To make the crumble: Combine flour, both sugars, salt and butter. Mix with hands until large crumbles are formed. Sprinkle over fruit until covered. Place ramekins on a parchment lined baling sheet.

Bake 1 hour, until crumble is golden brown and berry filling is bubbling over.

MY CLOSET: Accessories, Always

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Cleveland Ohio fashion - street style

Cleveland Fashion Blogger - Asos - NastyGal - Zara

NastyGal Statement Necklace - Laka Collar Body Chain



Rusts, browns, mauves...all the muted tones. But of course, I wanna talk accessories...
It's all in the details. I believe that accessories make the outfit. They take you from plain Jane to polished. Ok, maybe not polished...they won't iron your wrinkled clothes or remove cat fur for you...but they add a level of uniqueness, style and completeness to your look.

The quality of the accessories are also something to consider and a big factor. It's the most important part of your look. You can be wearing a t-shirt or even a trash bag for that matter, paired with a great necklace and killer shoes? Boom! You're good to go & can pull anything off. And guys, I'm not saying to go off and buy expensive designer brands, that's definitely not the case. Go for quality designed items that will last.

PS: And i know you're asking, "hey what's up with the flowers growing out of your body?"
Well, I'm a little salty I haven't gotten to wear a floral crown this week so I'm trying to do my best to get by....which means adding floral illustrations to anything that I can. Hopefully another fresh flower DIY will be in the works ; )

Hat, Necklace & Top: NastyGal  ///  Vest & Belt: ASOS  ///  Mauve Pants: Zara  /// Snake Print Heels, Double Sided Earrings: Aldo

DESIGN CRUSH: Best Finds on Etsy

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Good Machinery - resin bracelets

THE GOOD MACHINERY


Anna Joyce handmade handbags - Etsy find

Artefacts Collections

ARTEFACTS COLLECTION


YAYOI Jewelry - Etsy finds
DRESS.DANCE.SING.LOVE.LIVE. Store

DRESS.DANCE.SING.LOVE.LIVE. Store




Etsy Finds:

Here we go! I found a few notable goodies on Etsy. These shops were stand outs for their overall aesthetic, desirable items, cohesive line and general breath of fresh air. I picked a variety of styles to accommodate various tastes. Check out their shops and support these bad ass makers.

THE GOOD MACHINERY - resin bracelets

ANNA JOYCE - hand painted, hand dyed fashion & home accessories

ARTEFACTS COLLECTION - upcycled vintage kilim textile handbags, geometric wooden jewelry

YAYOI JEWELRY - quartz crystal statement jewelry

DRESS.DANCE.SING.LOVE.LIVE. Store - hand dyed home goods, handbags and accessories



Etsy Real Talk:

Oh Etsy, the frustration. It might make you cringe even thinking about shopping on the site. While it once was a powerhouse for indie designers, it's now filled with anything from mass produced crap from China to your every single friend who puts a bead on a string. Heck, I think my cat is even on there selling his fur balls.
Let me tell you it was a frustrating experience rummaging the site for designers, but once I found them, the struggle was all worth it. I've been hunting for original designs and creatives who kick ass at what they do. I know they're out there and I want to support them and be inspired by their awesome. (Keep in mind, this is only what I could find.)

Etsy Search Tips:

Know the buzz words for what you're looking for.

To find anything worthwhile on Etsy, you need to be specific. I used trending grouped keywords in my search, (more the better), tassel statement jewelry, geometric statement pendant, quartz crystal pendant, crushed pyrite pendant, rope fringe necklace, copper rope necklace. Being too general will land you in the desert with no water in sight.

Favorite all the shops and items you're interested in

This is somewhat of a handy little tool. Base on items and shops you favorite, Etsy will suggest similar shops/items for you to check out. Its another helpful way to shift through the frustrating mess.

Unfortunately, those are all the tips I have. The site has become so saturated that it's a struggle to find what you want. Good luck and I'd love to hear about your favorite makers and designs!


MY CLOSET: Holiday Style

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fashion statement floral crown

Cleveland Ohio Fashion Blog - Holiday Street Style

floral crown DIY - Cleveland Ohio Fashion

Checkered tie waist dress - pink Zara coat

Cleveland Ohio Fashion

Statement Floral Crown DIY


Floral crown - holiday fashion - Cleveland Ohio

Merry Christmas, guys! Weather wise, this has been the most amazing winter so far. No complaints from me! I love being able to wear dresses comfortably without freezing my butt off. 

Also, hey flower crown! Gah! It was my first time making one and I went all out with this statement piece. Designing with flowers is such a fun challenge....not to mention, GORGEOUS! Remember, pick a variety of colors, textures and sizes to combine together. I have some directions and tips below!

DIY Statement Floral Crown 
  • floral wire
  • floral tape and of course
  • freshly picked flowers.
First, cut a piece of wire to fit you head. It's up to your own preference to how you'd like it to lay and fit you. Overlapping the wire ends, use the floral tape to wrap and secure the ends together. Make sure to pull and wrap the tape tight. Floral tape isn't as sticky as regular tape so it was a little hard to get used to.

Now that you have your crown base, lay it flat on the table so you can start arranging flowers around it to get an idea of how you'd like it to look. Trim the stems to be around 2 inches long. You'll be taping these to the wire.

I used cuts of evergreen branches as the main greenery element and wrapped those to the wire first as my base. I spaced small cuts equally around (except for the front). Wrap each stem base with the tape until it's secure to the wire with little movement.

I left the front bare (no evergreen) so I could easily add in my focal point. I grouped my largest flowers (3 giant mums) in the center and arranged carnations around them as accents with little snippets of evergreen. Try on your piece every once in a while while you're making it to see how it lays and to see how it holds up. Make any adjustments necessary and ENJOY!



Flower Crown: diy  ///  Coat: Zara  ///  Dress: Missguided  ///  Boots: Missguided 




MY CLOSET: Black & Brown

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cleveland Street Style Fashion - PYLO Charlize Maxi Dress
Black and Brown fashion trend
Cleveland Fashion - mock neck maxi dress
Vintage Blanket Cape fashion trend
PYLO maxi dress - Cleveland Fashion
Cleveland Fashion Blogger - Fashion body harness
Back to black...& brown. It's always been favorite color combo of mine, maybe it's just because the majority of people are afraid to wear them together. To me, it's a sophisticated vibe and it speaks confidence....do your own thing and don't follow the crowd. I love how brown can tone down an upscale, dressier look. This long and flowing black maxi dress from PYLO oozes glamor and would typically worn for a night out. IF you pair brown with it, you automatically get a toned down casual look. I love being able to work items into different styles and make them versatile. Versatility enables you to be able to pair down your wardrobe, get rid of the extra clutter.

Hat: ASOS  ///  Earrings: Souls Repurpose  ///  Charlize Mock Neck Maxi Dress: PYLO  /// Plaid Vintage Blanket  ///  Boots: Matisse (from Swell)  ///  Harness: Glam & Grace

YUMS & NOMS: White Queso Cheese Dip

Sunday, October 25, 2015

White Queso Cheese Dip Recipe
White Queso Cheese Dip Recipe
White Queso recipe ingredients

White Queso Cheese Dip Recipe



Why it's taken me 32 years of my life to finally make my own queso, is so beyond me.  Seriously, what have I been doing this whole time? Well, finally...i did it and it's super easy to make. I have the delish recipe below so you can have a hot bowl of cheesy goodness in no time.


WHITE QUESO DIP

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Butter/Margarine
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup Green Pepper diced
  • 12 oz White American Cheese (got slices from deli)
  • 4 oz Pepper Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4-2/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 Tomato - diced
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (you may want to use cilantro instead)
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan. Cook the onion and pepper (med/high heat) until softened and reduce heat to medium-low.
  2. Add the shredded cheese and 1/4 cup of the milk. Stir, stir, stir until melted together 
  3. Add the tomatoes, parsley & cayenne to your liking
  4. Add more milk if you'd like a thinner consistency.
  5. Pour into a heat safe bowl and enjoy with tortilla chips!

(Recipe inspiration from here)