October 8, 2014

St. Pete Murals #5

 On Central Avenue between 11th and 13th street.

October 7, 2014

Red Beyond the Walls

She looks at the world from the cracked window of her third floor bedroom. A few cars drive by, winding from one street to the next and swerving from pedestrians who had the right of way. Everyone is going about their day as routine dictates, while she stays holed up between those four walls planning her escape from it all. Yes, her escape from her daily routine, the monotony of it. And no, that's not all. She sees the world in a different light than those she sees on the streets below. 

Eyes stained red from wandering thoughts of who she's to become. Who is to say she can be whoever she wants to be, but she's expected to stay sweet and kind all of the time? She seeks the camaraderie of people who love her, but they want something else from her. How can she stay delicate in a world so cruel? If love is a foundation of our basic needs, why is it so difficult to decipher what to believe as trickery is so common in the game? Inherent in our core is selfishness and needing for ourselves over others. Chaos stems from the very core of what it means to be human.

Heartbroken by the injustices of the world beyond her four walls.

October 6, 2014

Over The Weekend: Limbo

Bloggy world... I've returned.

Overall, the weekend air cooled down and my heart softened.

There's nothing that makes a Floridian happier than finally feeling a cool breeze in autumn. The leaves haven't turned golden yet, but when you walk outside and it's under 70 degrees... that's bliss. Unfortunately for us, it's only temporary. Cold front trolls.

So this weekend was both a mix of highs and lows. While there were disappointments, there wasn't a thing that stopped me from having a great weekend. Plans fall through, but it's how you pick up from there that counts. Friday was an early day for me, so I took a day trip to Orlando with a girlfriend. It's incredible the amount of things we accomplished in a few hours of being there. The rest of the weekend was spent with family and in silence. I also started watching Breaking Bad a few weeks ago. I am so late in the game, y'all, but I can see why there was so much buzz about the show.

Speaking of shows, I am pretty excited for more season premieres happening in the upcoming days: Walking Dead and American Horror Story. Although... with Walking Dead, I feel that the plot has plateaued, took a deep nose dive even... but it's one of those shows that I want to stick through despite how bad it's become. I just need to know what happens.

How was your weekend?

September 5, 2014

On Creating A Wall Gallery

My apartment is slowly coming together, finally!

This apartment is truly my first one I had the opportunity to call all the shots on the decor and furniture. It's been an adventure, but I stuck with simple pieces and keeping neutral colors throughout my apartment. But here and there I added in a few splashes of color and mixing patterns to create a more organic feel.

It's been a work in progress, but it looks much more like home now that my walls are no longer bare with this wall gallery up! Many of the art pieces are of my own paintings, as well as a metal print from Tiny Prints with my photo of a marina in St. Petersburg and a cute cubs print from the Animal Print Shop

This monogram pillow from from Tiny Prints is one of my favorites. It ties in with my wall gallery paintings with its brush stroke design and adds a little color to my otherwise, very neutral couch. Guys, Tiny Prints don't just do customized stationary, definitely check out their new home decor collection too!

A wall gallery is a great way of making a room in your home look bigger than it is. My apartment is about 650 sqft, but this frame collage really adds more height to my living room, giving it an illusion of being much bigger.  

I'll admit that it can be pretty tedious to put up the gallery. To make it easier for you here are some quick tips!

3 Steps to A Wall Gallery

1. After collecting your art and prints, choose your frames. You can go with one color frames or try different sizes with different colors. I love experimenting with different shapes and colors, so I chose to go with the latter of the two options.

2. Gather all of your frames and arrange them on your floor first. Don't be afraid to arrange and rearrange again until you find the best way the frames look together. 

3. Cut out newspaper or kraft paper into the shapes of your frames and tape them to the wall. This way you can see how it looks on your wall and it'll give you an idea of where your nails will have to go to hang up the frames.

Have you put up a wall gallery in your home? I'd love to see it!

August 28, 2014

Cookie Butter Dip

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter made into a dessert dip.

Guys, this is an award winning dip. At least it was when I made it at an office dip off contest! It's a super easy recipe and it's very forgiving, so you can add as much or as little of the cookie butter you want depending on your preference. And it's cookie butter, you can't go wrong. So next time you're in Trader Joe's pick up a jar, and the other ingredients, and wow your friends.

Cookie Butter Dip Recipe

1 8oz cream cheese
1 cup cookie butter
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup crushed toffee candy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cookie butter
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 teaspoon confection sugar (add more to thicken)

Crushed pecan praline and toffee candy

1. Mix all of the ingredients (cream cheese, cookie butter, milk, sugar and vanilla) and then fold in the toffee.
2. Add the drizzle, praline and toffee toppings and refrigerate until cold.