Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cauliflower Crust Loaded Pizza

Lately my food posts have been a bit sparse due to a no sugar low fat 30 day kick I'm on but my craving for pizza has not gone away. This recipe is definitely husband approved, you get your pizza fix without the guilt.



Ingredients:

Pizza Crust

1 Large head of cauliflower
1/2 cup 4 cheese Italian mix
1/2 cup Mozzarella
1/3 cup water
1 large egg well beaten
1 tsp pizza seasoning
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp olive oil
Seasoned salt

Pizza Topping

Pizza Sauce ( I used a store bought-Pizza Bolis)
1/2 cup mozzarella
1/2 onion chopped
1 cup chopped spinach
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup turkey pepperoni
1/2 cup finely sliced plum tomatoes

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

Chop cauliflower into small pieces and process in a food processor until you get the consistency of rice.  Place the riced cauliflower in a bowl with 1/3 cup of water.  Microwave for six minutes.

Remove cauliflower from the microwave and add both cheeses, egg, olive oil and seasonings.  Mix well and spread the cauliflower on a cooking sprayed pizza sheet.

Cook the crust for 20 minutes or until completely cooked and golden brown.

Once the crust has cooked and slightly cooled, spread the pizza sauce and the toppings.
Pop the pizza into the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the toppings are a light brown.

Enjoy!







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Monday, April 29, 2013

Duck re-purposed

I'm famous for re-purposing so needless to say I never throw out clothing which explains why I still have items from high school sitting in my closet.  My thought is you can always re-create something out of something.

When I purchased this dress originally I thought how interesting it was but once I put it on I literally looked like a figure skating bird.  I loved the detail so much I couldn't bring myself to return it so it sat in my closet for a while until I was rummaging through drawers looking for a tank and decided to put my scissors  to use.





Top-Dress turned into a top- French Connection
Skirt- DIY also worn here
Heels- Giuesppe Zanotti for Vionnet
Clutch- Fendi
Shades-Dior

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Friday, April 26, 2013

DIY Flirty Little Dress

When it comes to flirty little dresses, halter dresses are my favorite so when I picked up this Butterick B5886 pattern , I knew not many alterations needed to be made.  I used this crepe fabric that moves perfectly with this pattern.  I plan to make this dress again in a longer version and knit fabric, lets see how that works out.







Dress- DIY
Earrings-DIY
Clutch-DIY custom made 
Heels- Brian Atwood

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DIY Sleeveless Vest

An absolute staple in my closet is a little black dress, so the perfect spring update is  sheer over sheer over sheer.  I made this dress by draping on my form that's three sizes too big which made this simple little dress take way too long.  The fabric is this gorgeous sheer with lace and ribbon that I've had for over ten years stuck in a bin in my basement, who would have known.

Now on to the vest!

Being a huge fan of the Balenciaga vest I decided to break out this Cynthia Rowley pattern 1756 using this  Italian Cotton Sateen fabric from Mood and the pattern altering began.

Alterations:
Added 9 inches in length
Opted to square the hem as opposed to curve
Added a square faux flap pocket instead of the external square pockets
Left off the bottons
Extended the lapels
Added a trim to the armhole
Added a 1/2" shoulder pad that I covered with the same fabric









Dress- DIY
Vest-DIY
Clutch-Fendi
Heels-Jean Michael Cazabat
Earrings-DIY
Bracelet-YSL
Shades-Ralph Lauren






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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Perfect Iced Coffee

When It comes to coffee I can honestly stand up and say "My name is Nikki and I'm an addict".  I drink it in the morning, evening and afternoon.  I am completely aware this is not the healthiest addiction but I have no plans to stop anytime soon :).  The one draw back to constantly drinking coffee Is the brushing of my teeth after every cup to ensure I won't get coffee drinkers mouth.  So when warm temps roll in I'm delighted the opportunity to sip out of a straw and give my teeth a break.

This easy iced coffee is a perfect at home alternative to expensive chain coffee shops but taste much better and makes enough for several days.

Enjoy!



Ingredients:

1lb coffee
10 cups of water
ice cubes
syrup of your choice
creamer of your choice

Directions:

In a large bowl, pour 10 cups of water over 1lb of coffee and stir well.  Cover the coffee with saran wrap over night.  Strain the coffee using a strainer lined with cheese cloth or paper towels.  Strain the coffee at least twice to ensure all coffee grounds are removed.

Place the coffee in a pitcher or carafe with an air tight lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Serving:

In a tall glass, add ice cubes and pour in coffee
Add 1 tbls or more if you prefer a sweeter drink of syrup
Add 1 tbls of creamer I prefer flavored creamer, but any creamer will do.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIY Spring Leather Black & White

Feeling so inspired in my new work space, I wanted to squeeze in a spring leather look before the true heat rolls in.  Using Vogue pattern 8815 A and Butterick pattern B5566 E as a base and this fabric from Mood which is way more amazing in person.

Pattern Alterations:

Vogue 8815
Used the front and back piece and added about 4 inches to the length
Cut the fabric 4 inches too big on each side
Added elastic
Altered the zipper
Added a mini mock neck

Butterick B5566
Added a pleated tulip to the bottom of the skirt
Created a high waist








Top-DIY
Skirt-DIY
Heels- Camilla Skovgaard
Shades- Prada
Clutch-Saks

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DIY Craft Room Makeover for under $500.00








When it comes to coming way under budget I find the best solution is to DIY.  Lately my sewing and craft projects seem to have taken on a life of their own, and because I have a touch of OCD It's difficult for me to function in a cluttered disorganized work environment.  My husband was awesome enough to not complain when I decided to take over yet another room in our house (he's the greatest EVER!) so with maybe two days of prep I started the transformation of a guest room into a craft room.  Sorry I  accidentally deleted the before images, but picture a room 12x10 with a leather and wood queen size bed,  a couple of lamps and that about sums it up.  I wanted to create a space that was warm inviting and fueled my creativity all for $500.00, did I mention that $500 should also include hardwood floors? and doing the entire project 100% solo with exception of some heavy lifting.

Floors- Wanted dark wood so the room could flow seamlessly with the rest of the house.  If you have ever gone through the selection process, it's a pain trying to find dark wood flooring under $4.00 a square foot.  So after visiting several stores and many attempts to sell me $600.00 worth of flooring which would flush my budget completely down the toilet I ended up where no sales person wants a customer to go.......the clearance rack.  Because I only needed 165sq ft this was a perfect place to be.  I found engineered bamboo marked down from 3.85 sqft to only .66 a sqft.  so the floors were a steal for only $108.00.  I'ved never installed flooring and needed to do the glue down method, so I watched a few videos online and got busy.  After 3 very long days, several blisters and cuts, the floors were completed.
$108.00

Shelving- Opted for cabinets to keep items neat and orderly.  I knew cabinets were expensive based on the basement project we recently completed so I knew exactly where I wanted to go....The Loading Dock, which is a non profit building material re-use center in Baltimore filled to the brim with every building material you could imagine.  I picked up a set of six cabinets, and two 30" shelving cases in perfect condition all for only $100.00  If your working on a DIY project yourself I would recommend finding a re-use center in your area, most cities have them.
                                                                               
                                                                        $100.00

Cutting/Craft Table- Needed something functional that didn't take up too much space.  Took a trip to Lowes, had a piece of particle board for $17.48 cut 36x42, used a mahogany stain by minwax, and stained the particle board to a deep rich mahogany which gives the particle board a "real" wood finish look with a gloss.  Attached the table to 4 legs picked up at the re-use center for $12.00, and had them cut to 37.5" tall by Home Depot.  The bookcase under the table was purchased at Michael's for $19.99 which coincidentally was having a 60% off sale last week on craft room furniture.  The two white baskets were purchased at Michael's for $2.00 and the wicker baskets were purchased from Ikea for $7.99 each. Purchased the stool at the Goodwill for $6.00 which I painted the legs white, sanded and stained the seat with the mahogany stain.
                                                                           $77.15

Desk- In order in maximize the space, I chose a 12x96"desk connected to the wall which I purchased at Lowes for $12.98
                                                                            $12.98

Decorating Accessories:

Peg board- Lowes cut two 45x96 pieces- $18.00
Thread holder- Purchased on sale at Joann's for $9.99 and painted white.
Lazy Susan storage desktop- on sale at Michael's $17.99
DIY cork pin cushions- purchase glass canister and carafe corks at Ikea, remove the glass from the lid of the canisters and replace with the carafe corks.  Perfect for storage and pin cushion-$10.96
File Cube under desk- on sale at Michael's-$17.99
3 drawer organizer cube under desk- on sale at Michaels- $15.99
Curtains- Ikea- 9.99
Rugs- Ikea 9.99 each
Wall art- Frames from Target on clearance for 1.49 each and painted white, purchased 1 yard of fabric from Ikea for $7.99.  Used left over fabric to re-finish lamp shade.
Wall storage cabinet- purchased on clearance at Home Goods for $34.00 and painted white.

                                                                                    $157.36


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Perfect Denim

When it comes to wearing denim perfect for your body, it's a complete hit or miss unless your familiar with the brand.  Due to the fact I'm tall, have thin legs and ankles, healthier thighs butt and hips and smaller waist, finding a pair to accomodate every part of my body is a tall order.  Generally if the jeans fit in the thighs the waist is too big, if the waist is perfect, the butt is horrible, if they fit in the hips.......you get the point.  I wanted to share my top five denim choices that work well with many body types.

Prerequisite:
Nice stretch
No waist gapping
Mid to high rise
Snug without cutting off circulation
Fit true to size
Comfortable
Pass the bend over test


Levis Made & Crafted worn here
Maison Martin Margiela worn here
Blank NYC worn here
Seven for All Mankind worn here and here
Habitual worn here and on this post




Jeans- c/o Habitual Denim found here
Shirt- borrowed "stolen" from husband
Heels- Alexander Wang
Shades: Prada


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sunshine

I like most people living in the Eastern part of the nation can finally smile at the idea of not walking outside to temperatures that are typically reserved for January.  I'm smiling even harder because despite the amazing weather  I have been cooped up inside working on a pretty big DIY. (I will be unveiling in the next few days) Finally I've been able to put on clothes that aren't  splattered with stain, paint and glue.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few sneak peaks.
Now back to having a life..........








Dress- French Connection
Heels- Vionnet
Clutch- Fendi
Shades- Dior




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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Transition

Clearly I can't wait until it's consistently beautiful outside so in the meantime i'm transitioning with my unlimited selection of lightweight jackets.





Shirt- Jcrew
Skirt- DIY
Trench- Banana Republic
Heels- Manolo Blahnik
Clutch-Vintage
Shades- Dior
Necklaces-DIY


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