Happy Birthday to my longest and strongest friend! Best wishes for a day filled with frosting and fanciness!
Looking for something to do that appeals to the whole family? The Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell are what you’re looking for! Of course this is also the perfect date night idea. Grab a picnic blanket (and definitely some bug spray) to watch movies like Wreck it Ralph and Oz the Great and Powerful.
New this year, Outside the Box brings together FREE music and performing arts events, through out public spaces in Boston. With everything from Boston Men’s Gay Chorus, Museum of Fine Arts and The Mighty Mighty Bostones, there is something for everyone. Oh, and for your foodie friends there is the festival within the festival the Fork Lift Fest.
Everyone needs a little Shakespeare in their summer and there is no better way to watch it than on the Boston Common. Every year the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company puts on one of the Bard’s great plays, but with a twist. This year they take on The Two Gentleman of Verona but in the setting of Rat Pack era Vegas.
Not to mention all of these are FREE!!
1: Deathly Hallows Leather Bracelet from gogowrist; 2: Veritaserum Bottle from coolstorybroseph; 3: Time Turner Necklace from TimVogue; 4: Golden Snitch Bracelet from RosyDreams; 5: Accio Coffee Mug from authorish
My love for Harry Potter is still as precious and unfaltering as the time I first read The Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s taking everything in me not to order every single one of these fabulous collector’s goodies!
1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 avocados
1 tablespoon Honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
garlic salt (to taste)
paprika (to taste)
cilantro (to taste)
lime juice (to taste)
1 sm tomato, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 cup chopped kale
1/4 cucumber, chopped
1 mango, peeled and chopped
1 stalk green onion, chopped
Cook one cup quinoa in 2 cups water according to cooking instructions on package (making sure to rinse quinoa beforehand). When cooked, fluff with a fork and set aside in refrigerator to cool.
While quinoa is cooking, for dressing, mash one avocado in a small bowl. Add in olive oil, honey, garlic salt, paprika, cilantro and lime juice and mix into a slightly chunky paste. Set aside in fridge to cool.
Chop and mix tomato, red onion, mango, cucumber, green onion, kale, and avocado. When quinoa is cool, mix in vegetables and coat with dressing. Serve chilled!
The things I look for in food blogs are delicious, nutritious recipes that are simple to make. Skinny Taste has all of these things and a large database of all different types of recipes from Italian, Mexican, and even desserts. Anyone that is on Weight Watchers will find that all the recipes have points. Even if you are not on a diet you can never go wrong with creative healthy meals.
If you are makeup addict or just want to update your beauty routine, this is the blog you want to check out. The Drugstore Princess tries out the latest in makeup products and gives her honest reviews. Her reviews are great, but my favorite part is the makeup “dupes”. Love that Mac or Chanel lipstick but hate the price Drugstore Princess finds duplicates that are fractions or the prices from favorite thrifty brands like Wet n’ Wild and E.L.F.
I love fashion blogs but most of the clothing they highlight do not work for the 9-5 lady. Capital Hill Style brings fashion and professional clothing together. Some of the outfit ideas can be a little pricey even at the “intern” level but it is a starting inspiration. If you need to look professional in your weekday life this is definitely a blog to check out.
What are some of your favorite blogs?
GasBuddy is a super simple, awesome money saving tool. Using your current location or an address/ zip code, GasBuddy will direct you to the cheapest gas stations in the area, based on user reportings.
Tap on “Find Gas Near Me” and let the app do all the work!
You can sort by distance or price!
You can also use the map view to find the closest or cheapest station visually.
If you end up at a gas station and the price report is inaccurate, you can update it to keep the app’s information current.
Now go save some money in your gas tank!
Whether you’re headed out to a backyard barbecue or a more formal get-together, these two outfits will keep you looking stylish and patriotic. These looks will also keep extra money in your pockets for extra sparklers.
This outfit from Target is perfect for a backyard barbecue or picnic to watch the fireworks. Not to mention all of the items are under $20. Now that’s what I call a bargain that Ben Franklin would be proud of.
If you need to dress up a little more for the 4th, this Simply Vera Pleated Dress for Kohls is the perfect combination of dressy and casual. The silver sandals with the rope accents add the perfect nautical touch. With the code SAVE15KC you get an extra 15% off this outfit on the Kohls website from now through July 11.
No matter what you do for July 4 make sure you keep it fun, thrifty, stylish and safe.
1: 221B Baker Street iPhone Case from fancase; 2: Baker Street Tube Sign Patch from StoriedThreads; 3: I Am Sher Locked Mug from SeasonoftheGeek; 4: IOU Apple Pendant Necklace from simplywalkintomordor; 5: Sherlock’s Study Book Lover’s Scented Soy Candle from Frostbeard
I am such a nerd for British dramas, and Sherlock is definitely one of my favorites. To help get you through the ridiculously long hiatuses that Sherlock fans must suffer, keep your detective love sharp with these beautifully handcrafted Sherlock Fangirl Finds!
I will be the first one to tell you how much I love Pinterest. I have found so many great blogs, DIY projects, and recipes from pins. The one thing I HATE about Pinterest is when you find a recipe or DIY with no instructions. Grrrrrr.
As you may know we do things big here on the East Coast and especially Boston for Independence Day. The fireworks and concert are legen-wait for it-dary. Our new condo *fingers crossed* will allow us to see the fireworks from our balcony, and I need the perfect outfit for the festivities.
I found this shirt on Pinterest and was so excited to make it however as soon as I clicked on the link, lo and behold, there were no instructions. Never one to backdown from a DIY challenge I knew I could make this.
T-shirt (I went up a size)
Pre-wash the plain white t-shirt and iron it so that you have a smooth surface to work on.
Line the shirt with cardboard so that the paint does not run through to the other side and you have a flat surface to work on.
Mix up your red and blue acrylic paint with the fabric medium. Using one part acrylic paint to two parts fabric medium.
Make sure to figure out how low you want the blue and stars to go and use the painter’s tape to mark this off.
Lay out your star templates starting at the top of the t-shirt. Make sure they are staggered. You can even use different size stars if you want. I just like the bigger uniform style.
Using a small paint brush outline each star.
Start filling in around the stars. I only went up to the sleeves since I knew that I would be cutting them off. Also don’t feel like you have to fill in everything perfectly it looks better a little faded in spots.
Tape off the bottom of the shirt using the painter’s tape to create the strips. Use the ruler to make even strips.
Paint in each strip with the red paint, again, it doesn’t have to be perfectly filled in.
Let this side of the shirt dry for a couple of hours before flipping it over and following the steps above to paint the other side.
Once both sides have been painted let the shirt dry for at least 24 hours.
Take out the cardboard and iron the shirt. This seals in the color so that when you wash it the colors wont bleed.
This is where you decide how you want your tank to look. I decided to do something similar to the one in the picture.
Tape off the sections of the shirt that you are going to cut. Be conservative with your cutting since you can always cut off more afterwards to change the look.
I used one of my tanks as a template and inspiration to help me cut.
Once you have the general shape of the tank that you want run it through the washing machine and dryer, to help get rid of the stiffness and fade the colors.
Starting last week, I’m now taking a break from Los Angeles and hanging out on the East Coast for the summer! K and I will be both posting from the East Coast, but my posts will still say “West Coast” just to keep things organized.
During my time off, I’ll be spending time with my family, relaxing and decompressing and working on another personal project of mine, a documentary web series called Glad Rags. There will be plenty more info to come on that over the coming months, so keep your eyes out for it!
Thanks for tuning in as we double broadcast from the East Coast this summer!