Laurel-Manette and I are always looking for creative ways to re-invent pieces in our wardrobe, and our worn out ballet flats were simply screaming for a make-over! Inspired by a ridiculously expensive pair of designer espadrilles, I came up with this simple DIY for upcycled ballet flats! For less than $10 we created a pair of adorable flats that will instantly add some flair to your outfit. Enjoy our how-to video and be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel!
It’s that time again….we are going to BACK TO SCHOOL!…. OK, no we aren’t, but we kinda wish we were, if only for the incentive to put together adorable outfits everyday! Growing up, neither Laurel-Manette or I had the pleasure of creating a closet full of back to school style. LM was homeschooled and I went to a private school where uniforms were mandatory, so we thought it would be fun to put together some outfits we wish we could have rocked in High School! Obviously when you are trying to look fabulous 5 days a week for a whole year, you are gonna have some style repeats. So, we each took a piece from our wardrobe we loved: Laurel-Manette chose a vintage H&M chambray top, and Tanya a pleated pleather skirt, and styled it 3 different ways. Whether you are headed back to school this fall or not, we hope these outfits inspire you to get creative with what’s already in your closet, so you can extend your wardrobe this fall without spending a dime.
Top: Forever 21, Skirt: W118 by Walter Baker, Shoes+Backpack: JustFab
This cake is amazing. Typically, most gluten free dessert recipes I find call for expensive ingredients that require a special trip to Whole Foods, which is simply too much hassle for me! The “secret ingredient” in this chocolate cake is black beans, and though it may sound disgusting, its actually incredibly moist and delicious. My sister made this recipe last year, and her husband (who hates “healthy” desserts), whole heartedly approved! I’ve been craving something chocolatey, and this mouth watering indulgence was perfectly satisfying. It’s very rich, especially with the buttercream frosting, but it doesn’t make me feel bloated or too full (as long as you keep it to one slice!).
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 T vanilla
1/2 t salt
6 T coconut oil or butter
3/4 c sugar
6 T cocoa powder
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 T water
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9″ cake pan and dust with cocoa. Place beans, 3 eggs, vanilla, sugar, and salt into food processor or blender. Blend on high until beans are liquified. In small bowl mix together cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. In mixer or large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add remaining two eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. Pour bean batter into egg mixture and mix. Finally, stir in cocoa powder mixture and water and beat batter on high for one minute until smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cake is done when top is rounded and firm to the touch. I used this chocolate buttercream frosting recipe.
I love a bouquet of beautiful flowers on my table, but unfortunately I don’t have the budget for fresh blossoms continuously. A tasteful dining room table centerpiece elevates a room and is welcoming, wether or not you’re planning on guests. Here are three dining room table centerpiece ideas that are easy and budget friendly.
Real or Artificial Fruit/Vegetables
For some reason, I’ve always been obsessed with artichokes. When I got married, my husband thought I was crazy for the artichoke collection I possessed, but I absolutely love the artistic design of this veggie! There are endless possibilities for using fruits as centerpieces: lemons and limes, apples, pomegranates and grapes are a few.
Miniature Vases with Greenery
I love the simplicity of this delicate decoration. Asparagus ferns have always been my favorite, especially this soft variety which grows wild in the Hollywood Hills. I’ve collected miniature glass bottles at thrift and antique stores, which are always very cheap and easy to find. You can use any greenery for this easy idea.
Upside Down Wine Glasses with Flowers
This is a super girly and romantic idea, perfect for an intimate dinner or shower. I used artificial flowers and tea candles, and added a pretty set of bluebirds.